So, I’m putting aside Kilian Dark Lord – with difficulty.
I received a fun sampling set in my birthday box from a dear friend (it also contained a box of marrons glaces which …). I was not familiar with Kayali so had to do some googling.
Per the text on the box (and as noted in today’s title) this is meant for layering. I don’t like being told what to do regarding fragrance so I started out sampling each of the perfumes separately and then had a go at layering.
Kayali was founded in 2018 by someone named Mona Kattan and it looks to be based in UAE. The word Kayali translates to ‘my imagination’. Parent company is Huda Beauty. Apparently the numbers in the name (see below) relate to the number of tries to get the final fragrance.
So, the little box opens nicely and has a list of the perfumes included on the cardboard lid with basic notes. Then, below that, the samples are arrayed with their names.
I find that sort of presentation helpful. I did individual triesand then lower down I show some attempts at layering.
First out of the box was Vanilla/28. The juice is purple which I found a bit odd for a vanilla. Notes: vanilla orchid, tonka absolute, brown sugar, amber woods, musk. Sugar sweet vanilla – gourmand. Bit of wood/resin which keeps this from getting too sugary. Nice solid gourmand vanilla.
Musk/12. Hmm… Notes: lotus flower, jasmine, musks, vanilla, sandalwood. Light musk, soap and watery (the lotus flower?). Never falls over the cliff into pure soap. Bit spicy. Nice skin scent.
Déjà vu (white flower)/57. Notes: gardenia, jasmine absolute, orange flower, tuberose infusion, Tahitian vanilla. Fruity floral, so lord knows what other notes it contains. Gets dryer and spicier. Cloves? Pleasant. Fruity clove. Not for me.
Sweet Diamond (pink pepper)/25. Notes: pink pepper, bergamot, saffron, Bulgarian rose, vanilla orchid, sandalwood. Rooooose and saffron. Everything else is just helping this along. I hate the name. If you hate saffron this could be a serious no go. Saffron and sandalwood after a bit. Sort’a nice if that’s your jam. And the more I smell, the more I like that aspect of things.
Utopia (vanilla coco)/21. Notes: pear, jasmine, coconut, sandalwood, vanilla bourbon. Suntan cream with a hint of beach cocktail.
Invite Only (amber)/23. Notes: black cherry, honey de Provence, tobacco leaf, amber resin, vanilla Madagascar. Cherry candy!!!! The hard candies I got as a kid. Mucked up my teeth (oh, those visits to the dentist). The tobacco modifies the sweetness a bit, but not much. Another bad name.
Eden (juicy apple)/01 (really?). Notes: juicy red apple, wild berries, jasmine, lychee, vanilla flower, sensual musk. Apple/lychee/jasmine. Feh. Irritating fruity floral. The lychee note smells cooked.
Lovefest (burning cherry)/48. Notes: burning cherry, raspberry, praline, Palo Santo, guaiac wood, patchouli. Good lord, this is awful. Woody cooked cherry, with barrel lees and a weird, slightly sour patchouli. No, thank you. Interestingly, this is the shortest lived of all the fragrances. Thank.Goodness.
A couple of layering attempts.
Vanilla/28 & Invite Only (vanilla, black cherry, tobacco, amber). Uh, no. Weir, scratchy, sweet thing. Headache-inducing.
Musk/12 & Eden (musk, lotus flower, vanilla, apple, jasmine, lychee). Big fruity floral. Better than first try but really not convinced. Simply too sweet without anything interesting to modify that.
These are well done but not earth-shattering. And on the days that I could still smell things when going to sleep I discovered they made me slightly nauseous.
Each fragrance had a tint and I can see the deeper ones staining clothes. So, something to keep in mind.
They are available in regular sizes and travel ones (varying — 10ml, etc) which I see on Cult Beauty here.
So. While I think someone might find something in this offering that pleased them that someone isn’t me. Though the vanillas and musk are ripe for layering.
Anyone had a go with the line and have things to say?