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Category: Floral Woody Musk

Notes: Heliotrope, frangipani, rice, cherry blossom, tea, vanilla, musk.

The Bottle: Their resemblance to abruptly decapitated ostriches aside, I quite like all of the Kenzo creations. Simple, unusual lines, never flowery or overdone, this graceful silhouette puts most clunky high-end bottles to shame. ****

The Scent: I enjoy this, but only after the frangipani shuts it. That particular floral isn’t a favorite of mine, and I find its presence here a tad intrusive at the outset. The lovely, delicate Eastern trio of the rice, cherry blossom and tea leaves is exotic and yet understated – the softly spoken, richly attired geisha of the fragrance world. The vanilla wafts through intermittently, like a small child peering out from between her fingers. Sweet and graceful, once the frangipani recedes and the other notes have room to shine.  ****