Vero Profumo offers three extraits, Onda, Rubj and Kiki that I have reviewed in the past weeks, in addition, in 2010, perfumer Vero Kern released three Eau de Parfum versions of the perfumes. They are not just lower concentrations, but completely reworked fragrances. Luckily, I had the chance to try those as well.
Kiki EdP includes notes of lavender, bergamot, lemon, passion fruit, geranium, caramel, patchouli and musk.
Kiki is the one EdP I prefer to the extrait. Kiki EdP is a lovely, fresh and carefree lavender scent that morphs into a cozy gourmand, like lavender nougat. Despite sounding heavy it is not, and where the extrait can be very loud and demanding almost, the EdP remains more airy and easier for me to wear. That was a surprise insofar, as with the other two I clearly preferred the extrait versions.
Rubj Eau de Parfum:
Rubj EdP includes notes of bergamot, tangerine, neroli, passion fruit, orange blossom, tuberose, basil, cumin, cedarwood, oakmoss and musk.
When these scents came out last year, I read a review of Rubj EdP on Now Smell This, where Angela stated that Rubj smelled like a “ravished Ballerina”. That image stuck with me. I had to think about that comparison ever so often, wondering what it smelled like, until I got a sample of Rubj EdP myself recently.
In the first hour Rubj is quite a challenge, as it is a bit too dirty for my liking, but patience pays in this case, and once the onslaught of skankiness has calmed, a beautiful floral envelops me. For me it is a clear case of preferring the extrait de parfum though.
Onda Eau de Parfum:
Onda EdP includes notes of bergamot, tangerine, ginger, lemon, coriander, basil, passion fruit, ylang-ylang, honey, vetiver, patchouli, musk and cedarwood.
Onda extrait is an amazing perfume and I was wondering how an EdP with passion fruit top notes of all things, could work with that austere leather chypre. In the hands of Vero Kern, it does work. Although the lighter, more airy EdP projects more, which is something I don’t like in the case of Onda. Onda is supposed to be my coat of armor, to stay close and intimate, I don’t want it out there. So one more point for the extrait team.
I prefer Kiki in EdP, Onda and Rubj in extrait form. Generally though, I am very impressed with all three – or better: six – perfumes by Vero Kern. And for once, it looks like I am on the same page with Luca Turin.
He will be thrilled.