Earlier in the year Poodle was the recipient of a Jatamansi Award, more of which will be coming soon. You may know Poodle as The Kerosene Queen over at Australian Perfume Junkies or from her considered, considerate and considerable comments on fragrance websites. This weekend Poodle is off to The Sniffapalooza Fall Ball in New York where she will meet The Scented Hound (who will be disguised as a perky Perfume Mule), Hajusuuri, Michelyn, Nancy, Ari, Joan and Bacon Biscuit. Also in town will be The Goodsmellas which includes Ed Libassi, Carlos Powell and Rich Scardaville.
Guest Post by Poodle
Kenzo Air by Maurice Roucel – 2003
I love men’s fragrances. I have many bottles in my collection and at times I find that I wear so-called men’s scents more than the ones marketed towards women. I love the notes; the spices, the incense, the woods. Sure, those notes are found in women’s scents too but not at the same intensity usually.
I used to smell men’s fragrances and fall in love and wish that I would meet a guy who would wear it. It never happened. I remember even as a teenager, being at the mall and spraying a tissue with a favorite men’s scent. I’d bring it home and tuck it in my sock drawer or pillowcase so I could smell it and enjoy it but I’d never think of wearing it. I didn’t want to smell like a guy.
One of the first men’s perfumes that I fell hard for and changed my way of thinking was Kenzo Air. I had received a sample of it with a Sephora order and when I sniffed it I was instantly taken to a happy place. I believe some people would use the word swoon. I swooned. Did I rush to the computer or the store and get a bottle? No. It was for men. Did my husband like it? Not really. But, oh, I wanted that stuff. As time went I on wanted it for me. By that point it had become really, really hard to find so I had to resort to eBay to get some. But I did, and it is a favorite that I wear just for me. I don’t care if it smells masculine to most people because to me it smells fabulous.
Kenzo Air opens with a burst of anise. It’s got a strong licorice smell but it’s not sweet like candy. It’s more herbal and earthy. I can smell the cedar in it as well right away. The cedar is both the fresh needles of the tree as well as the fragrant wood. The anise fades a bit but it seems to linger well into the dry down on me. There is a peppery quality to the scent as well but it’s not harsh at all. The vetiver is wonderful in this and it, along with the woods turn this into an almost meditative scent. I’ve never been to a mountain temple but I could imagine it would smell like Kenzo Air. Somehow it really manages to smell fresh. This fresh air is far from oceanic though. Imagine taking a hike (or in my case it would be a drive) up to a scenic mountain overlook and stopping and taking in a big breath of fresh air. That’s how this smells to me. Although it’s not listed as a note, I get incense in the heart of this fragrance as well. The amber in the base is barely detectable to my nose but the touch of it does keep the whole scent from feeling too cold and distant.
Air is one of the few fragrances I own that I spray on only when I know I can huff my wrist for a while. Perhaps that’s why they named it Air because you just want to keep taking deep breaths of it. I know I usually love the richer, heavier scents but this isn’t one of those. It’s noticeable but not suffocating. On the right man this must be amazing.
Have you tried Kenzo Air? Do you have any scents you wear just for you?
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