I resisted Kelly Calèche for a long time because I do not like leather.
Leather makes me nauseous, actually. I really can not tolerate it without serious discomfort, which naturally makes me weary of anything with that note. For example as lovely as Boxeuses may be in the later stages, its initial blast of leather throws me completely, and not in a good way.
But if there ever was a man known for his subtlety it is Jean-Claude Ellena, and he does not disappoint me again, the leather in Kelly Calèche, meant to evoke the feeling of an Hermes Kelly Bag, is indeed subtle. Subtle enough to be not only tolerable for me and my stomach, but enjoyable in its soft and discrete manner.
Kelly Caleche is considered a floral-leather fragrance and was created by JCE in 2007. It includes notes of iris, lily of the valley, mimosa, tuberose, climbing rose, sheepskin, calf leather and vanilla.
It opens on sparkling citrus notes, very uplifting and light. Soon the leather starts peeking through, but does not fully come into its own about half an hour into wearing. In the meantime a lovely floral bouquet that is very well blended, dominates the perfume.
Most reviewers bemoan the fact that the leather is too weak or not present enough, that it comes onto the stage only late in the game, or feels too subtle. Well, this is exactly what endears Kelly Calèche to me. I smell the leather all right, because I may be hyperosmic to this note, for me there is plenty in there and it smells like the softest lambskin.
The juice is pink, a trait that normally sends Perfumistas running in the opposite direction, for fear of what is to come. But this is not a pink pink fragrance if you get my meaning. It is way to elegant and sophisticated, highly wearable and fitting for almost any occasion.
Kelly Calèche is a wonderfully office-appropriate perfume, I find myself reaching for often, on days when I lack inspiration what to wear, and it always turns out to be appropriate, I am always happy with my choice.
There may be many more exiting perfumes out there, but in the real world we need high quality scents that go with us where ever we go (sounds like a Jeep commercial!). Kelly Calèche is such a perfume that is practical as well as beautiful.
When thinking about what to take on a trip, I often end up packing Kelly Calèche. I always feel well dressed with it.
Recently I often found myself thinking about what makes the cut in my collection. Something as functional as it is beautiful like Kelly Calèche, is certainly full-bottle worthy.
Also this association is not the worst to have…