The more perfumes I experience, the more I realize that enjoy season-appropriateness. Every autumn, in November, when the days get significantly darker, all of a sudden patchouli makes sense like never before and when we’re moving into December – it’s incense time. Therefore, it’s not surprising that when I got the opportunity to try out Paul Kilers of PK Perfumes line of scents, I immediately fell for Cafe Diem!
Cafe Diem is officially about coffee, but it’s incense that jumps out and grabs all the attention. As we know, incense is not a singular note, it can be either harsh or smooth, sweet or savory, airy or dense, un-lit or somouldering, all depending on how it’s tweaked. The incense of Cafe Diem is full bodied, medium harsh and on the drier side (as opposed to both sweet and wet) with undercurrents of aromatic, warm spices, woods, coffee and vetiver. There is no church-y or celestial vibe here, this incense comes across as a very practical one with both feet firmly planted on the ground. It’s doing its thing with the people it truly loves and feels comfortable with, whatever that may be.
This is mostly a linear scent but occasionally a single note rises above the others making itself known. I’ve especially noted this with cinnamon. It smells like a thin layer of cinnamon powder, sprinkled on top of the froth of a warm cappuccino, bringing a smile to my face every time I get it.
PK Perfumes is an American indie brand, run by perfumer Paul Kiler. Pauls scents are highly original (I’m planning on reviewing more of them later) and Paul himself comes across as a very energetic and passionate artist. For anyone looking for something different scentwise, I can highly recommend checking this brand out!
Full notes include: Brazilian Arabica Coffee, Sage, Absinthe, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Cardamom, Mace, Hinoki Cypress, Whiskey, Mimosa Absolute, Rose, Jasmine, Olibanum, Sandalwood, Indonesian Vetiver, Bourbon Vetiver, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Cedar, Amber, Woods, Musks, & more incense
Image is taken from the PK Perfumes site, where you can also buy this scent.
This review is based on a sample sent to my by Paul Kiler of PK Perfumes.