Last year when I read about the upcoming launch of Kokorico, the latest masculine perfume from Jean Paul Gaultier I became suddenly interested, because, although I love each and every one of JPG creations, I never managed to have a fragrance of my own. And when I had an opportunity to test it over the last weekend, I find out that this might be the second item on my “to buy list” in the near future.
Kokorico (which is the French equivalent for the sound emitted by a rooster, which in English is called “Cock-a-doodle-doo”) is a woody aromatic fragrance, developed by two perfumers: Olivier Cresp and Annick Menardo. As a concept, the scent embodies the new sensuality in Jean Paul Gaultier’s vision, extracting the source of inspiration from one of his fashion shows.
Even tough cocoa is not listed in the top notes I perceived its presence in the beginning, accompanying as well the fragrance throughout its entire development stage. The fig leaf which was employed as a component for the opening was replaced in approximately 20 minutes by a warmer blend of cocoa and patchouli. At that time I realized that I had to buy Kokorico in the next months. For the closing of this gourmand voyage, the composition was balanced by an elegant mixture of vetiver and Virginia cedar.
The presentation of Kokorico is an easy recognizable trademark of JP Gautier. The bottle that holds the perfume has the silhouette of a male torso from one side and the shape of a man face, viewed from the front. On the opaque black glass, the perfume name is printed in red, with the “K” letter borrowing the form of feathers. The packaging is metallic, with circular shape and painted in bright red, a perfect contrast with the black hue from the bottle.
The video advertisement was created by the famous French director Jean-Baptiste Mondino and features the Spanish model Jon Kortajarena in a very powerful black and white representation that transmits the sensual character of the fragrance. Kokorico will be my second acquisition in the coming months (the first on my list will be Nur by SoOud or 1740 Marquis de Sade from Histoires de Parfums, since I haven’t decided yet!), provided that I don’t get distracted by something even more interesting.
Kokorico Jean Paul Gaultier Perfume Details
- Kokorico by Jean Paul Gaultier is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion, 100 ml After-Shave Balm, 200 ml Shower Gel and 75 ml Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Aromatic
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2011
- Perfumers: Olivier Cresp and Annick Menardo
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Jon Kortajarena Video for Kokorico Jean Paul Gaultier, directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino