Mancera Tonka Cola Photo by Olya Bar
Mancera Tonka Cola is scented tribute to the storied past of the iconic cola drink. Few brands possess the global influence and enduring connection to communities worldwide quite like Coca-Cola. For years, it has stood as a symbol of universal appeal and cultural resonance, reaching into the hearts of people across the globe.
Andy Warhol’s famous painting via wiki
The late Andy Warhol said, “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.”
The fragrance opens with a burst evocative of a blissful first sip of a sparkling cola on a sun-drenched summer day. It’s a vibrant, jubilant splash of Sicilian lemon, bursting with life, reminiscent of my childhood days when cola was a treasured treat reserved for special occasions. Those days were filled with delicious anticipation, the house abuzz with the arrival of guests, each moment a celebration in itself.
As the fragrance unfurls, it transforms into a sumptuous cola accord, carbonated and richly infused with a succulent cherry heart. Each note in this symphony creates a fizzy, tantalizing sensation akin to the lively dance of effervescent bubbles that playfully tease the tongue. A whisper of sweet cinnamon weaves through the scent, adding a comforting warmth reminiscent of cozy evenings spent by a crackling fire, wrapped in the embrace of nostalgia and contentment.
Cola closeup by Olya Bar
The overall olfactory focus on the kola nut, with its robust, stimulating flavor, pays homage to the fragrance’s invigorating qualities and its deep cultural roots. Revered in West African traditions, the kola nut is more than a mere ingredient; it’s a symbol of hospitality and societal bonds, often shared ceremonially in gatherings, bridging the past with the present.
Cherry Soda Float via Unsplash
In its final act, the fragrance reveals a base of complex tapestry woven from threads of time, and reminds me of the classic cherry soda floats. Roasted tonka bean, with its deep, almost edible warmth, melds seamlessly with the creamy, comforting embrace of vanilla. Indonesian patchouli leaves add an earthy depth, grounding the scent with its resonant soulfulness. Orange blossom lightly kisses the blend with a hint of floral freshness, while benzoin and labdanum impart a resinous, create a golden amber accord oozing with warmth and sensuality, mystical quality akin to a secret whispered in the twilight hours.
Mancera Tonka Cola is a love letter to bygone eras, a romantic ode that captures the boldness of historical cola tonics and the sweetness of treasured memories. It’s a scent that invites you to relive moments of joy and warmth, which Coca-Cola has been excellent at capturing with every single ad campaign they ever launched. As we are getting closer to Christmas I find myself rewatching some of their old commercials and feeling the craving for that fizzy iconic drink. Mancera Tonka Cola is now my olfactory portal to days filled with wonder, a timeless embrace of the past, present, and future in every spritz.
Notes: Cinnamon, Cherry, Sicilian Lemon, Nutmeg, Coca-Cola, Indonesian Patchouli Leaf, Orange Blossom, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Benzoin, Labdanum.
Olya Bar, Editor.
The bottle of Mancera Tonka Cola was kindly gifted to me by Twisted Lily where I’m the Head of communications and digital strategy.
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