When it comes to perfume, I know what types of scents work with my body chemistry. Eau de toilette or cologne just doesn’t last on me at all. Well, maybe for 10-15 minutes. Eau de parfum lasts somewhat longer, especially if I pile it on. But oils last longest on me.
So when I noticed a review of KIORI Perfume Oil, I stopped to check it out. I also know what scent families smell best on me. When I read the description of KIORI, I ordered a sample vial.
KIORI is a new (launched in 2014) Oriental scent, created by Lisa Wallos.
It is positioned as gender neutral. The other fragrances I wear are also gender neutral Orientals, so when I read that, I thought that this would suit me even without smelling it in advance. And when the little sample vial in a black drawstring bag arrived, I tried it immediately. I knew it was right on target for me.
KIÖRI perfume oil is a natural, handcrafted fragrance composed of pure perfume, resins and essential oils from the plant world. It features notes of vanilla, patchouli and florals in a base of natural jojoba oil rather than artificial chemicals. But it isn’t a girly scent. IMHO, it’s a deep, but soft Oriental scent. And I don’t really detect the floral notes – they must be well-blended with the other notes, especially the vanilla – to produce a slightly sweet scent that I definitely love. And sweet scents are not usually my thing, so it can’t be that sweet.
I checked out how other people rated KIORI on Fragranta. They felt patchouli is the strongest note, and I would agree. But it’s not a hippie scent, and it doesn’t smell like incense. Though when it dries down, a bit of spice comes through. It’s a warm, enveloping scent. It’s earthy, and I think that gives it its bit of masculinity.
On me, KIORI lasts for 6 hours or more, and the average rating is 7-12 hours. The sillage (i.e. the degree to which the scent radiates) is moderate according to the raters and to me too: it radiates within an arm’s length.
The raters tend to “love it”, and think it’s a fall/winter and evening scent. Although I love it too, I wear big scents all year round and during the day as well as at night. I’m not bound by convention when it comes to perfume.
KIÖRI is a highly concentrated fragrance available in 1/4 oz. and 1/8 oz. rollerball bottles. I liked the sample I bought on the website so much that I bought the 1/8 oz. size.
It is sold on the KIORI website where it’s 20% off till the end of the year with free shipping. If you or someone you know likes natural perfumes, perfume oil or Oriental scents, check this one out. It would make a great last minute gift or think ahead for Valentine’s Day 😛
KIORI is my current fragrance heartthrob. What’s yours?