Sweet dreams are made of this...
Who am I to disagree? Yes, what is underrated for someone could be overrated for someone else. KENZO Power deserves much more attention than it got so far. I used KP some years ago when it was released to the market and I found it gorgeous, in some manner I expected that feminine side that a lot of people did not like. To me, that floral aspect is the signature of this scent, its floral heart has a “coolness” and “freshness” about it.
Since I’ve just found a sample in my bathroom I decided to test it once more and write a review. Well, at the first shot I instantly got a green blast of aromatic, zesty and vanillic aroma of bergamot, the pungent lemon-like aroma of mashed coriander seeds, and the cool delicate breath freshener aroma of crushed green cardamom pods. Just to be sure, I bruised a green cardamom pod from the kitchen and the smell is released, which is like a mixture of menthol, camphor, a greenish eucalyptus, orange peel, and lemon, is very close to the KP opening. There’s sweetness, quickly eclipsed by bitter lemon rind-like taste... Yes, the opening smells like a cup of Earl Grey black tea where bergamot and cardamom are dominant.
After the citrusy and spicy opening, it comes the sharp floral accord created using jasmine, rose and freesia. To me, it smells a little like osmanthus, as the scent of happiness. It smells of warm, ripe apricots, good green tea with its floral notes and natural sweetness and soft leather. I got something powdery like the iris in Dior Homme, though there is no iris in there, or it is not mentioned.
I can detect faint vanilla-cedar and labdanum in the dry-down, with dominant tolu balsam, and they start making their presence known shortly thereafter. The tolu blends well with the spice and floral notes to create a creamy, white-smelling accord. I love it!
In my opinion, KP is a contemporary woody-oriental-floral fragrance. If you like fresh, sheer, lightly spicy, faintly floral fragrances, give KP a try. Don’t care what other people say, KP was made for men, but women won’t find the fragrance too masculine. I got a lot of compliments from women when I wore it. And, do I have to say I like KP’s heavy stainless steel container in the shape of a sake bottle? Yes, unusual as the juice inside.
KP projects magnificently and lasts more than 10 hours on me. My impression is a long-lasting déjà-vu of another flower for man colognes. It has hints of the victorious Dior Homme iris and the most recent Valentino Uomo dark chocolate accents. As far as I remember, KP has a long lifespan on fabric, where it develops differently than it does on skin.
My gut feeling is that you should refrain from wearing it in summer or hot weather, too much sweet and floral for that season, and... do not exaggerate if you wanna wear it in the office. This is good for special occasions. It is amazing when it is so cold and windy outside and you smell this... and of course not for all type of guys! I found KP rich enough to work as a cold-weather scent for autumn, and fresh enough to work in warm weather like spring, but I found that it's at its best in cool, moist weather. it absolutely gives me a feeling of warmness.