Picture: Lavendel in the fall of 2011.
Photo: Mr Parfumista (c)
Vero Kerns Kiki starts with a beautiful, bright, clean and sparkling lavendel which after a while blends with the characteristic slight tart scent of passionfruit. I can recognize the note from Maïtre Parfumeur et Gantiers Fraiche Passiflore but in that scent it is lighter and more flowery, which of course not is that suprising, featuring that name. The note of passionfruit I'll also recognise from Veros Rubj and Onda EDP which also highlights the passionfruit and it somehow smells like the pulp of the fruit,. As Kiki drys down the note of passiflore deepens and mingle with the noble note of lavendel, some hints of brisk geranium and a well balanced patchouli that bases the notes. In this stage that lasts the rest of the day, Kiki has reached its perfection as Angel Lavandula.
Something that fascinates me with Kiki is that I can still smell clear whiffs of the clean and bright lavendel sixteen hours after application. At that stage it would not be surprising if the patch had taken over the show but instead it supports the lavendel in a balanced way. Kiki is in the same spirit as Serge Lutens Gris Clair and there are some similarities in notes, the clean and bright lavendel is the most obvious. But as Gris Clair to me are more masculine in it's character, featuring incense and harsher notes, Kiki, with it's passionfruit and patch is the feminine version.
Kiki is a true comfortscent that lasts the whole day and remains unfragmented, a perfect companion during cold winterdays, especially on Mondays I have noticed.The paring of lavendel, passionflower and patchouli seems quite unusual but is in this case a perfect match.
Notes: Bergamot, citron, passionfruit, lavendel, geranium, musk, patchouli, caramel