Well, hello good APJ people. Got a fun post for you all today. It is all about Kyse perfumes! Ok, just the ones I have been fortunate enough to try.
Kyse by Terri Bozzo
Kyse is owned, and the perfumes made, by Terri Bozzo, located in the US. Terri’s work tends to attract various opinions. She has a large following of gourmand lovers; then those who appreciate her budget friendly prices and light hearted approach to her scents. There is, as always, a small group who find the Kyse range rather twee and hold no bragging rights.
I own an old rollerball from Terri’s earlier body of work, which I find to be superb in everyway. It is a milky fig, with a trace of freesia and jasmine perhaps, that is creamy and green, yet is so expertly blended that it is seemless. Called Dream, it gives an early inkling of the sweet, edible offerings to come with the Kyse project. Had I not come across Dream, I would have underestimated Terri’s talent in her later work. Kyse scents are over the top compared with Dream.
Let me quickly sum up those I have worn.
Frolindo Lavande – a buttery lavender that melts in the mouth, salted popcorn style. Huge personality on opening. Maintains the eerie edible lavender for a good few hours.
Confit de Roses – a melange of sweets and rose, underlined with a really unique base. Not for the faint hearted! No rose has ever been that heady and ready for clubbing at midday.
Bois de Santal et Terre – mushrooms growing on damp wood, but dries down to a sweet bark. Veers sharply left out of nowhere.
Elegance Sombre – exactly what I thought Prada Candy was said to be, but oh so much better and richer! If you want to dip your cautious toes into Kyse, do start here. One of the more mainstream gourmands.
Ãme Sauvage – leather that has been mascerated in liquid sugar and smoked over summer. Full on opening, but heavenly release of scent half hour later.
Vertigo Cuir – gave me a caramel coated leather sofa headache. Too much sweetness that overrides the tame and very pleasant leather. Nonetheless, an incredibly vivacious scent that will suit non-wallflowers.
Gardenia Sucree – beautifully smooth gardenia, iced with the right amount of white sugar sweetness. Sadly, it does not last long on me. I want it in bath oil form. I want to diffuse it in steamy hot water. Forever.
Fumee Vanilla – one of the latest releases is also one of the flatest. Terri shows none of her flair for flounce here. Simply a pleasant vanilla. Without gourmand inclinations.
Cocco Tiare – all the beachy comments made about Bronze Goddess apply here, but no sign of a Giselle Bundchen type in the adverts; more like Marcia Brady. Pretty, polite, but no skin to be seen.
Cocco alla Vaniglia – add the two directly above together, et voila!
Oui Plus – a malty, chocolate biscuit kind of sweet scent. One of Terri’s signature blends that put her on the gourmand radar. A step beyond Elegance Sombre.
Kyse’s range have that same appeal heavy drag queen make up has to one who normally loathes make up of any kind; uncharacteristically, I am happy to wear even the sweetest ones, applied sparingly, but often. There is an exaggeration to most of the scents that makes them endearing and so much fun to wear. They do not take themselves too seriously and the range is diverse enough for everyone to find at least one to enjoy.
I am always pleased to be able to try anything Terri produces. I do not always want to be beholden to matronly seriousness in chypre form, nor get mullet street cred from Flowerbomb nuclear missiles.
Terri is generally kind enough to slip the odd sample of something into an order. She has a lot of her scents in whipped soap and body lotion form. A great way to try the range if you are not wanting to commit to a bottle. Do yourself a favour though and grab a sample or two.
If you have tried anything from Kyse, or Terri’s earlier work, PLEASE share your impressions. Or, if you you are going to seek out samples, which ones appeal to you?
May your week be filled with all manner of frivolities!
P.S. Photos by me