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 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.