Rich amber and patchouli bottom notes, with a lush jasmine heart note, and lovely violet leaf and bergamot top notes...what perfume could be more perfect? The scent is captivating, and what's more it lingers for hours; the lasting bottom notes are as pleasing as the flirty top notes. Not too sweet, not too musky, and most definitely not too overpowering, creator and owner of Cocktail Perfume, Gigi Gold, listened carefully to what her clients wanted.
With thirty years experience in the cosmetic and perfume industries, Gold worked her way from a department store Clinique counter to designers like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. She credits her inspiration for Cocktail Perfume LLC to a struggling American economy. "When the recession hit," she tells her clients, "I realized people couldn't afford $110 for a nice bottle of perfume, and I thought, 'that's not right.'" She went on to create her signature fragrance, Cocktail, using the same chemist as Calvin Klein, as Dolce and Gabbana, that would run the consumer nearly half the price of a designer fragrance.
The name 'Cocktail' Gold uses denotatively, that is, to mean a mixture of ingredients. "We think of alcohol," she says, "but that's not always what it means. This is a cocktail of bergamot, violet, jasmine, patchouli, white chocolate and caramel, rose, amber..." It took six reworkings and tweaks to find the perfect cocktail of essential oils that would make her fragrance answer all of her clients' prayers. When she had it, Gold knew she had hit, well...gold!
Right now, Cocktail is available as 1.7 oz eau de parfum. The line has since grown to include 8.5 oz. Lotiontini and Bubbletini, a non-greasy, luxurious lotion and a moisturizing shower gel respectively, both paraben free, with the signature Cocktail scent. Cocktail is available in boutiques and beauty stores across the US, a full roster of which is available on the website www.cocktailperfume.com/stores-and-distributors. Cocktail has seen recent success with blurbs in SELF magazine, Newsday, and Daily Deal with Tory Johnson.
While the scent and ancillaries seem to match Gold's down to earth, yet energetic, ebullient personality, she stayed true to herself with Cocktail Perfume in another important way. A percentage of the profits from Cocktail are donated to CURED, an organization that calls attention to Eosinophilic Disorders. Gold is a firm believer in charity and philanthropy, and this particular disease effects someone near and dear to her. "I just had to. There wasn't a question in my mind," she says of donating portions of her proceeds to charity. "You have to give back."
In explaining her fragrance philosophy, Gold says she created a scent that was not only universally appealing, but also aromatherapeutically what she wanted all women to feel. "The bergamot is for calm, violet oils inspire new beginnings. Jasmine evokes happiness, and I want everybody to be happy. Rose brings love to you. Amber brings inner warmth, and patchouli, positivity and power--positive and powerful: that's what I want all women to feel!"
Gold is showing her products at the NY International Gift Show January 27-30, 2013 in hopes of expanding into the New York market soon.