Paris, je t’aime – Review: Vero Profumo Kiki Extrait de Parfum

The third sister in Vero Kern’s amazing trio, is Kiki, the intellectual one.

Onda and Rubj are very introverted and very extroverted respectively, Kiki occupies the middle ground. She is the brain of the operations, she is level-headed, sensible, but also sensitive. She is intelligent, but not brooding, she laughs easily and knows how to let go and enjoy life.

Kiki includes notes of lavender, caramel, musk and fruits.

Kiki is a lavender perfume and how this difficult, masculine leaning and often harsh note is treated here, is amazing. It makes a lavender convert out of the most dubious perfume lover. Or rather, it makes a Vero Kern fan out of lavender skeptics.

Opening with highest quality lavender that is rich and soaring, like instantly being transported into the Provence, Kiki turns soft and warm by underlining the existent gourmand facet of lavender, making it sweet and almost edible with caramel and hints of fruitiness.

Underneath it all lurks an animal though. A wild side, a cleverly concealed raw undercurrent that turns what could sound almost innocent – lavender and caramel, what’s to fear? – into a more dangerous specimen.

What results, is a bright and exuberant but also cushiony, soft and infinitely cozy perfume, with a breath of the wild running through it, that is unique and interesting and lifts my spirits every time. Kiki is very potent, a dab will go a long way, sillage is above average and it lasts the day.

Kiki makes me think of summer days in Paris. A soft breeze, an elegant and desirable man by my side, a walk though the Tuilleries, soft music from some café in the distance. And a few thoughts not fit to print.

This is a fantasy, mind you. Sadly yours truly has yet to go to Paris. But in my dreams I have been there a thousand times, and every time it was fabulous.

Kiki makes it even easier to go there in an instant. I close my eyes, inhale deeply and hear her tinkling laugh.

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33 Responses to Paris, je t’aime – Review: Vero Profumo Kiki Extrait de Parfum

  1. Sandra says:

    Thank you for reviewing the Vero Profumo perfumes – I have been eagerly awaiting your take. They sound amazing and I look forward to smelling them soon. If this brings out Paris in your dreams, then it is a must try. We are going back to Paris in two weeks to finally get a glimpse of the Christmas decorations. My two year old son loves Paris and its parks. Truly magical city.

  2. Ines says:

    You’ve never been to Paris?
    Oh, you really have to go as soon as possible. :) It is always fabulous (well, I’ve been twice and those were fabuluos) and I’m pretty sure it will be wonderful again this December. :D

    I can’t wait!

  3. I’m not especially well travelled (I’ve been to a couple of European countries; France, Poland, Germany and I’ve also been to America) but Paris is by far my favourite place so far, it’s just such a wonderful city you absolutely must go!

    As you know, I’m on a bit of a lavender kick at the moment and Kiki really does sound very beautiful (I also love the name) that I’m going to ensure that I try it, and the other VP scents too. Thank you for the review.

  4. Tara says:

    I went to Paris for my 18th birthday, but how wonderful for you to go one day as a Perfumista. Can’t wait for the blog posts when you do!

    Lavender can be wonderful when it’s top quality and in the right composition. Kiki sounds pretty special and love the idea of lavender and caramel.

  5. Nana Kelly says:

    Hi B, thanks for the review, I am so curious and want to find out if Kiki can be found at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris?

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Nana, I can only try to look it up at veroprofumo.com too, since I never have been to Paris. But I’m on my phone and it is a flash website. :( But I know that all points of sale are listed on Vero’s site, so it should be no problem finding out if and if yes, where in Paris the line is sold.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Oh Birgit, you capture her so well! And I love your Paris fantasy (I think a lot of us probably have that fantasy). ;)

  7. civava says:

    That one is a masterpiece! Very interesting twist of lavender and caramel, musk…. French boulangerie-pâtisserie cosy feeling. And truly, all lavender sceptics shouldn’t be afraid of that perfume. It is powerful mood-lifting remedy! It has great lasting power but not powerful sillage even though it is an extract. Only price is a bit out of my range. Nevertheless it is still on the very top of my buy list.

  8. “Rich and soaring” lavender. Yes, please! I am joining Candy Perfume Boy and ordering a sample now.

  9. Undina says:

    It sounds really amazing. And I will try it one day. It will be interesting to see if it goes to my Vero love (Rubj) or Vero hate (Onda) camp.

    What do you think about the EdP version?

  10. Oh, I can already tell I’m going to like this one. The notes sound wonderful and I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite stars of any time period :)

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