Perfume, Reviews - July 16th, 2009
Have I mentioned before how much I love KenzoAmour? Yeah, I have here and here. It makes sense then, that I had high hopes for KenzoAmour EDT Florale – hopes that it would be super-fab and lovely. I have not been disappointed.
The original KenzoAmour is a warm, spicy fragrance. KenzoAmour Le Parfum makes it even darker and spicier, very heady. Florale (as I like to call it) is the direct opposite of Le Parfum. It is above all a light, delicate fragrance, sparkling and fresh.
Florale opens on notes of neroli, black currant, and cardamom. The neroli is definitely the first thing I notice, with the grapefruit providing some tartness. The cardamom is also definitely present, presenting a hint of the spiciness from the original KenzoAmour, and some of the powderiness too. The heart notes are frangipani blossom, rosebud, and gardenia, and once the grapefruit cools down, the florals come to the fore. It finishes on notes of white musk and cedar wood. Florale is not a sweet fragrance like the original. The hint of spice and powder keep it in the family, but it is definitely its own thing entirely.
I am definitely in love with this new version of KenzoAmour. I love neroli, and neroli is definitely front and center in Florale. It’s crisp, but not too biting, and the soft drydown is very pretty and pleasant. It’s lighter, both in concentration and staying power, but I don’t mind reapplying. One doesn’t want a heavy, dense fragrance on a hot day anyway.
I couldn’t review the perfume without mentioning the bottle. I think it’s my favorite of the three, so elegant and mysterious with the clear glass and a white mist. It is hard to photograph in a way that expresses how pretty the clear glass and mist actually are in person, but it’s gorgeous. Definitely my favorite of the three bottles (the solid colors, the brushed gold, and now this clear version).
Do check out KenzoAmour EDT Florale if you want a fun summer fragrance that is also elegant and refreshing. Two thumbs up Kenzo!