Anya McCoy is one of those people who makes scents I consider my armor. When I go into someplace and sniff the sad remains of a former favorite scent I can just walk away, rueful but sure in the knowledge that people like Anya are carrying the torch, away from the vicissitudes of bean counter, idiotic new “guidelines” or focus groups.
Kaffir would have been killed in committee before it could have gotten within 100 miles of your local Sephora, and that would have been a tragedy. Anya balances a lime leaf and tarragon opening, a jasmine and wood middle, and a leathery, musky base that works in several different ways. It’s playful in the way it flirts with Thai food, with the lime leaves’ winking Pad Thai echoes. It’s also slightly retro in the middle with hints at old-school Gentleman’s Scents when the jasmine joins the party. Finally it’s its own, wonderfully sexy self with the delightfully vegetal musk and leather. I want to try the perfume strength one.
Ladies, if you are the sort of gal that wears Derby or Bandit, this slashingly, heartlessly chic little number should be on your radar.
Note: They are having a 25% off sale through Valentine’s Day.
Kaffir is available at Anya’s Garden website, $60 for 3.5ML of perfume or $100 for 15ML of EdP. My sample was from her mini sampler set, $7 for the sample. Image from Anya’s Garden website.