Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: 'Wayne's World''s Cassandra Wong

Welcome to a new BBJ feature, Fictitious Fragrance Fans. Fragrance is one of the most difficult areas of beauty to discuss and I find myself trying to convey a scent to you, more often than not, by the pop culture character it embodies to me. So why not make it a thing? 
Cassandra Wong

Hurricanes in patently untropical climes SUCK, don't they? If I'm going to have to hunker down and be mildly frightened of my own skylight, I'd at least like to be in Miami, where it's so nice I'll say it thrice like my friends Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. So this week's installment of Fictitious Fragrance Fan is the deeply tropical Honolulu native Cassandra Wong, played by Tia Carrera who was beyond foxy in her role as Wayne's object of his affectionShe's always had a very Miko quality. Remember Barbie's ethnic friend Miko who originated somewhere from the South Pacific? To me, Cassandra radiates tropical appeal (minus the natural disaster side effects) of such lush beach locales as those from whence she came. Though in the movie, she's of Chinese heritage. IRL, she's from the shores of Hawaii and everyone knows Hawaiian culture originated in French Polynesia. For that reason, Cassandra's fictional fragrance is none other than Saffron James Huile de Mo'orea in Coconut ($40 at beautyhabit.com).

Perfumer Kate Growney (Owner of Saffron James and former Lucky beauty assistant) went to Tahiti and brought back monoi, but with Tahitian vanilla pods scraped into the coconut meat instead of tiare flowers. 
Smelling divinely of grown up coconut, this pure cold pressed coconut oil (free of preservatives) has a lower melting point causing it to harden below 76 degrees. You simply warm the bottle in hot water to transform it from a butter to a liquid and spray with wild abandon. It's going to do for body oils what Wayne and Garth did for Bohemian Rhapsody

There are no trips to Moorea in my immediate future, alas. 
So I'm spraying on my Huile de Mo'orea and living in the now, as Garth says. Are you mental? Get the net.  Rock it and feel like if you were a president, you'd be Baberham Lincoln. 

And tell me: Are you rocking tropical body oils even during the doldrums of Sandy, like I am? 

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