Oh L’EauParKenzo. It’s light, it’s airy, it’s fresh and crisp, but with an underlying femininity that doesn’t make it smell just like a sheet of Bounce. And it’s a fun compound name. In sum? One of my favorite, go-to scents. The fragrance was first released in 1996 and despite the plethora of choices on the perfume market nowadays, this scent still shines.
(The more elaborate description from the Kenzo’s official website describes it as a “fresh, aquatic scent, captured in a bottle with gentle curves escaping on a wave of serene beauty with a blend of cool mint, lotus flower and the sensual lingering of pink peppers.” Meanwhile, the over-the-top Sephora description reads: “It all began with Kenzo’s love of water. Kenzo’s universe is a vast garden, and water is its source, the origin of every vital force. Simplicity, purity, and sincerity. The bottle of L’Eau Par Kenzo does not contain water – it is water.”)
There are only two drawbacks: availability and what I will term the “initial sniff”. When it comes to brick-and-mortar stores, I’ve only found it at Sephora. And then, there’s the “initial sniff.” That is, the very first notes I get out of this perfume after spraying are too floral-y, so much that they veer into the pollen-y category. The magic of a layered perfume, though, is that the first few notes are not indicative of the more lasting and more prevalent scents that you will carry with you for most of the day. So aside from that first minute where I think my sinuses will bleed from an allergic reaction, I love love love the middle and base notes released throughout the day. By the time I hit the office, the lingering notes of that initial sniff are long gone, and so I really don’t mind it at all. This is in sharp contrast to some perfumes whose top notes I enjoy much more than their base notes. (Hello, Daisy Oh So Fresh. Which I shall review soon.) The wear time on this perfume isn’t the greatest, but that actually makes it a perfect, subtle daytime scent that naturally fades into your skin chemistry without irritating those around you.
All in all, L’EauParKenzo is a top-notch perfume in my books. Makes me wonder about the “Wild Edition” listed on the Kenzo website. Wished it was available at Sephora or Ulta so I could bring my nose to its nozzle!