July 31st, 2006
I realized after my mini-sniffage this past weekend that I never did get a sample of the newest scent by Kenzo – Kenzoamour, so I just had to run back to Nordstrom’s after work to remedy that. Pathetic, I know. Hey, but Nordstrom’s is only a 5 minute walk for me. So I read this description on Nordstrom’s site today, “The slow and sensuous journey of a couple through Asia, punctuated by encounters, bursts of laughter and smiles, soft sensations, pictures and perfumes brimming with life. Kenzo introduces a soft, sensual, happy fragrance with a woody, musky scent. Olfactory evocations of traveling through Asia, with memories of India, Indonesia, Japan, Burma and Thailand…. Lovely places, filled with vibrant colors and aromas. Notes: Frangipani blossoms from Bali or Borobudur, cherry blossoms from Japan, tanakha wood used decoratively in Burma by women and children, incense, Thai rice steam, vanilla of la Réunion and white tea from China”. Many questions arose in my head. First of all, why a couple? Secondly, what “soft sensations” and “perfumes brimming with life”? Needless to say, there will never be a logical answer to this, and I’m not even going to bother. What I do want to know, though, is who the heck writes this stuff? I want to meet that person.
But back to Kenzoamour. Luckily, I was able to find a more coherent description on a Russian site stating it was created by Olivier Cresp and Daphne Bugey (for their other creations, please consult the Noses page on Now Smell This). The bottle was designed by Karim Rashid, in reminiscence of creations by a famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancuzi. To be honest, the bottle is way more fascinating than the scent itself. No, it’s not a bad scent. On the contrary, it’s a gorgous Japanese cherry blossom and frangipani blend. The problem with that is it only lasts for about 30 seconds, and after that it’s a sort of bland white tea/vanilla mix. It’s so sweet it’s borderline cloying. On top of it, I’m getting a minty/anise note that gives the scent a little zing but just kind of stays there to the point of getting pesky. The staying power is lamentable as well. So I guess I saved me some dollars, folks. So much the better – there’re enough new releases that will seriously undermine my perfume budget this year (yes, I’m talking about you, Paprika Brasil, and you, Orris Noir).
Kenzoamour is currently available on Nordstrom’s online.
Image source: www.nordstrom.com
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