Let’s have a kiki, Vero Profumo Kiki

What’s a kiki? A song will do as an introduction to the scent today. Sing, dance, listen if you wish.

A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves
We’re spilling tea, and dishing just desserts one may deserve
And though the sun is rising, few may choose to leave
So shade that lid and we’ll all bid adieu to your ennui *

Now seriously. Kiki is a scent created by perfumer Vero Kern who stands behind niche perfume brand Vero Profumo. It was not inspired by the song but by Kiki de Montparnasse, muse of Man Ray. Scent itself is a homage to the city of Paris. Kiki was first introduced in extrait de parfum in 2007. Later in 2010 its lighter eau de parfum version was introduced. I will try to cover both now.

Kiki Eau de Parfum starts off as an aromatic lavender scent that quickly reveals its floral side. It’s very happy, uplifting and rather, let’s call it, fresh. Kiki’s lavender is really lovely and unlike many other lavender fragrances it’s not herbal at all. Hope no one gets angry at me when I say that it reminds me of a high quality soap with lavender flowers in it. It’s like a scent of Provence. There’s also a light spicy quality to lavender of Kiki. After some time lavender turns lighter and at that time Vero Profumo Kiki Eau de Parfum reveals its sweet, gourmand side of caramel. It possesses some delicious and edible aroma. Who wants some toffee? In the drydown this perfume is mostly a citrus scent. We have a little bit of watery passionfruit here, bergamot and citron – all paired with accord of light musk. Vero Kern also found some space for crispy geranium and a little bit of patchouli (really?)

What can I say about Kiki Parfum? It’s was a mother scent for Kiki EdP. It’s opening is also created from aromatic lavender but its different than in EdP. Lavender in Kiki Parfum is more spicy and definitely less soapy in my opinion. Might be just my personal notice but I think it’s a little bit more floral. Extrait version of Kiki definitely has less caramel. It’s not as sweet as EdP. There are other ingredients that make it edible. Black currant makes it slightly fruity. Notes of citron, bergamot, musk, geranium and patchouli are present of course. There’s a slight difference in both since Kiki Parfum has some opoponax and amber that give more sensuality and sweet warmth in late drydown. It’s beautiful and charming, kind of frivolous. I’ve never been to Paris (though it’s relatively close from Poland) but if Kiki really is a homage to Paris then I want to go there now. (I wish I could, but I can’t right now).

When I first tried Kiki it kind of didn’t work for me, it smelled a little bit old-lady-like on my skin. But I tried to stay neutral and few more sampling changed my mind. Now I find both Kiki Parfum and Kiki Eau de Parfum charming and amazing fragrances, made with lots of love and care for the details. I personally liked Eau de Parfum more because of it’s more soapy lavender and caramel. Vero Kern created a beauty for woman and man who are not afraid to wear something that gears towards feminine side of the perfume counter. May I be honest with you? I think I don’t need a bottle of Kiki in my collection. At least not now. But I’m curious about other Vero Profumo fragrances.

Kiki Eau de Parfum is available in 50ml bottle while Kiki Parfum can be spotted in 7,5ml and 15ml flacons. Did you try Kiki or other Vero Kern scents? Did you like them?

* – lyrics of Let’s Have A Kiki by Scissor Sisters

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32 thoughts on “Let’s have a kiki, Vero Profumo Kiki

  1. poodle says:

    I haven’t tried Kiki yet. I generally like lavender so it might be a good one for me. The only one I’ve tried is Rubj and that was challenging. It’s grown on me but I can’t say it was love at first sniff. I’d like to try Kiki because I think it might be the most user friendly of the bunch. I’ve heard Onda is another love/hate type of scent as well.

    • lucasai says:

      Hi Poodle! That’s correct. Onda and Rubj are really challenging. I personally can’t wear any of these two. Kiki is the easiest to wear in the bunch, lovely lavender.
      And then it’s Mito, an intensive citrus.

  2. bloodyfrida says:

    Kiki is my absolute favorite lavender; I haven’t tried her other fragrances because they’re so pricey, I don’t want to fall for them as well!

  3. brie says:

    Love love love lavender (please don’t be reading this Kafka!) and the idea of a high quality lavender soap smell intrigues me……

  4. Lucas, I had never heard those lyrics before. They fit Kiki to a tee. I am literally dying to buy some Kiki parfum, but it is not widely available. This is the only lavender that works for me and, I think, my favorite from Vero Profumo.

  5. hajusuuri says:

    Hello dear one…you make this sound wonderful. Soapiness normally does not bother me so I may just seek out a sample to try it for myself. I have a vial of Mito and have yet to try it on skin!

  6. I haven’t tried any of the VP line yet, but am dying to…you’re not helping matters!

  7. Dear Lucas
    The Dandy does adore lavender… and I suppose there’s a sort of precedent in the pairing with sweet caramel in the vanilla present in both Jicky and Caron Pour Un Homme… though neither could be described as sweeet.
    I’m tempted by both of these and so will now keep a look out.
    Thank you as always.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  8. Post Script…
    Can we have an audio clip of you singing the tune next time…?

  9. Kafkaesque says:

    Since this represents pretty much all that I struggle with in perfumery (minus the inclusion of ISO E Super), it’s safe to say that it won’t be for me. Lavender is difficult enough, but soapy lavender? With caramel and gourmand tendencies??? I may never open my sample vial of the EDP!! That said, you do make the pure parfum sound … erm….slightly… um… better (???), but I’m still extremely dubious. Lavender….. *shudder* 😉

    But I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lucas, and I really liked the light-hearted, fun, whimsical aspect of your review. Nice job, my dear!

    • lucasai says:

      You and lavender, seriously, not a single lavender in this world that would appeal to you even on a tiniest bit?
      I hope that you will give a try to your sample, you paid for it – use it!

      Glad you liked it!

      • Kafkaesque says:

        I have not come across a single lavender perfume that I’d wear — no. Lavender, to me, is up there with soapy aldehydes, calone and fresh, clean scents. Totally Verboten. If there is a lavender fragrance to make me change my mind, I haven’t met it yet. LOL.

        As for Kiki, well, I loved Onda with a passion as you know, but my experience with Rubj is such that it may be a while before I will get around to something with the verboten L-word note in it. *grin* 😉 xoxox

        • lucasai says:

          Hope you’ll find a lavender perfume you can tolerate. I wish to find a vetiver or patchouli that would work perfectly for me.

          I know you love Onda, and you got that bottle from a generous reader of yours. On me Onda and Rubj were not good as you know.

  10. Undina says:

    Nice review, Lucas!

    So far I tried only two VP’s perfumes, both very wrong for me – Onda and Rubj. I have some hopes for the other two.

  11. I haven’t tried any of Vero Kern’s fragrances and have them at the very top of my to-sniff list. I liked that you tried to stay neutral and persisted with Kiki. Isn’t that often the case that our minds and our tastes can change?

    • lucasai says:

      I hope you’ll be able to try Kiki and the other three soon.
      Yes, staying neutral can often change our minds but that requires more tries.

  12. Natalie says:

    I like Kiki. It is my favorite of the VP line, but I’m waiting for her to make one that I truly love (I know she will eventually, somehow I can just tell).

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