Let me get this out of the way: Vero Kern is a genius.
I don’t toss that word around a lot, but here it’s deserved. Her original trio of extraits, Kiki, Rubj and the (IMHO) irreplaceable Onda are truly things of beauty. A few years ago she came up with the idea of doing somewhat lighter versions that she asked me to try out and give her feedback on. (I wrote about them here) She wrote: The Eaux need a different structure by pointing out more the top notes and less on the base always by still respecting the original style of the Extraits.
I’ve simplified the whole composition. I also replaced the heavy animal notes by the unique scent of PASSION FRUIT which I love very much and which gives the creations a certain erotic readiness.
I have to admit that I was a bit diffident about the fruit note, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Each one was in it’s own way a brilliant take on it’s headier, more concentrated sibling. The one that I liked best of the three was Kiki: the addition of the passionfruit to the wonderful lavender, mango and musk of the extrait adds a a giddy fizziness to it that I absolutely adore. The extrait I wrote of as being “an absolute delight from beginning to end“. The erotic readiness of the Eau de Parfum is, if possible even better..
$165 for 50ML (which these days seems like a bargain..) at Luckyscent. Mine came from the perfumer. Those in Europe might want to go directly to her website.