Imagine a warm and quiet night, somewhere in the tropics. Before going to bed you decide to sit down for a few minutes your deck chair, watching the ocean. You’re calm and safe, thinking you know exactly what to expect of the night. A few minutes of fresh air, then onto bed, maybe a little reading before falling asleep.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a conga line of samba dancers appear on the beach. Before you know it, there is a party in full swing, complete with capoeira practitioners, fire jugglers, bars and barbecues. Even though you’re normally the quiet type, before you know it, you’re in the party midst, dancing and enjoying yourself, all through the night.
When you wake up, still in the deck chair, every muscle is sore. The sun is already high in the sky. You look toward the beach for a sign of the party, but nothing can be seen. Did it happen? No one knows.
The story above is what comes to mind when I wear Kiki EdP. The start is very aromatic, consisting of lavender and liquorice, showing itself from it’s most green and fennel like facet. At this point I’ve been thinking ”oh, it’s one of those scents”, a green-ish, fougère-like, cologne-y little thing that make me think of barbershops and guys whose name I can’t remember.
But within half an hour, Kiki goes in the completely opposite direction. The funkiness of tropical passion fruit emerges, backed by sweet, mellow caramel. This is a unique pairing for lavender, all of a sudden Kiki goes from calming to invigoration. That crazy beach party is ON.
Towards the dry down, lavender emerges yet again, as the tropical spell wears off. This time around, the lavender is different, gone is the green, herbal one of the intro. The accord is both fuller and muskier, similar to the one in By Kilians A Taste of Heaven. This phase is also the one that is most similar to the Extrait.
I might be the only parfumista that consider lavender a winter-appropriate note. In my opinion, Kiki EdP is one of the most fun and refreshing approaches to lavender around. Now I’m really curious, what are your favorite lavender scents?
Notes according to Fragrantica: Lavender, Bergamot, Citron, Passion fruit, Lavender absolute, Geranium Caramel, Patchouli, Musk