Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tuberose Series 6: Kai eau de parfum
Perfume Review: Kai edp
Date released: 1999 (?) in oil and 2006 in edp
Perfumer: Gaye Straza Rappoport
Sample provenance: edp sample from luckyscent, 2010
“Gardenia, exotic white florals,” and that's pretty much what you get. The scent does start out with a stemmy greenness under the gardenia, and the first fifteen minutes is just delightful, recalling a greenhouse where the gardenias are in bloom. After that, I smell a lot of tuberose and a grassy jasmine, and the whole thing is pretty and simple and luxurious for two hours – and then it's just gone. I got four wearings out of my sample vial, and each time I got two, maybe two and a half, hours of scent. (I did layer it over some unscented shea butter twice, and the fourth time tried it on skin that had not been bathed for more than twenty-four hours, to see if that would make a difference. It didn't.) Either there's no base to this scent at all - and I see no typical basenotes are listed – or it's a light musk that I cannot smell.
I did not try the oil, but maybe I should have. On the other hand, I have a feeling it would remind me of a concoction I smelled at a “natural perfumery” stall at our local permanent flea market, said concoction being made strictly of tuberose and jasmine sambac essential oils, in a carrier oil, and costing $12 for half an ounce.
The CEO and I stopped briefly, for five days, in Hawaii on our way back home from Australia and New Zealand a few years ago. (Oh, come on. Wouldn't you rather fly back via Hawaii than LA? That was a no-brainer.) And it did smell wonderful, with tropical flowers and ocean breezes and coconut oil, and a freshness in the air, especially on the Big Island of Hawaii where we visited Volcanoes National Park - go if you possibly can, it's amazing and largely undeveloped. Kai does not smell like that Hawaii vacation, however - the scents I've tested that made me think of Hawaii are Ormonde Jayne Frangipani and Maoli Colonia Dulce.
The Bottom Line :
Quality B Smells like natural florals but is very simply structured.
Grab-scale score 6
Short description Tuberose Floral.
Earns compliments: Yes.
Scent presence: Nice three-foot sillage, but very poor staying power in edp.
Review Report: Now Smell This, For the Love of Perfume, Basenotes, Fragrantica
* Celebrity info from luckyscent.
Top image: Kai eau de parfum at ebay by andyfrog. Middle image: Jasminum sambac by mondomuse at flickr. Bottom image: Tuberose by Swami Stream at flickr.