Kinski by Kinski Fragrance
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Kinski is a perfume by Kinski Fragrance for men and was released in 2012. The scent is spicy-animal. It is still in production.

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Geza Schön

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCannabis, Aldehydes, Bergamot, Juniper, Blackcurrant
Heart Notes Heart NotesNutmeg, Rose, Magnolia, Marine notes, Hedione, Castoreum
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Styrax, Benzoin, Labdanum, Suede, Musk, Amber



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484 Reviews
my own damned fault
Apparently every now and then I need a reminder of how foolish I can be.   My most recent was buying Kinski.

I've always liked Comme de Garçons 2 Man. It's one of the two or three Iso-E super heavy perfumes that I like.   I also love Parfumerie Générale Cozé: hash brownies, who could say no?  Kinski reads as derivative, having stolen the framework of CdG Man 2 as well as pulling a little petty theft of Cozé's space cake note. What Kinski brings to the table is a note of what I'll call drunk-sick.  

The experience of wearing Kinski is like that of having had an enormous hash brownie washed down with a large glass of cheap rum. I ride the headnotes like the bed-spins, surfing the undulating queasiness.

To be honest, I can’t rightly say that Kinski is bad. Many seem to love it.  It's just not my cup of tea. And after having made the egregious decision to purchase it when I find it sick making, I can hardly point fingers.  But thank goodness for the spice of life and all. A fumie friend now has it and is making far better use than my bed spins and dry heaves. 
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Weird and Synthetic, But Very Good...
Kinski opens with a dash of pink Peruvian pepper before the cannabis accord presents itself early in the heart notes conjoining with the pepper. A beautiful almost lemon-like vetiver and castoreum tandem emerges in the mid-heart notes with base notes of musk, cedar and synthetic ambergris sweetened by the faintest whiff of benzoin. Projection and longevity are average.

Kinski is an interesting scent with the cannabis allure drawing many to try it. That said, while the faux cannabis accord is certainly present, it is the lemony vetiver, Peruvian pepper and castoreum that really makes the scent, IMO. The scent is quite synthetic in nature overall, but similar to many in the great Comme des Garcons line, synthetic does not necessarily equal "bad," and Kinski is definitely a fine smelling scent that will impress most who smell it. I don't think it is groundbreaking, but it is invigoratingly sharp in the opening and heart notes, drying down to a more subtle, smooth and even slightly sweet woody ambergris concoction. I give Kinski a very good 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend a sniff to all.
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Brilliance and Insanity?
Remembering dead movie actors seems to be a new trend in perfumery. Besides Steve McQueen, the brilliant German actor Klaus Kinski has to deliver his name and reputation for a new fragrance. I am not sure how well known he is outside Germany. He appeared in the German Edgar Wallace film adoptions of the 60's and in numerous so called spaghetti westerns from Italy. I think his collaboration with Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu) brought international success. In real life and on stage, he played the roles of the masked psychopath, the bizarre mastermind and the pitiable monster. With such a draft, any perfumer can run riot!

With a good sense for the unconventional Geza Schön delves deep into his pool of fragrance ingredients, and he brings a lot of notes to the surface that we haven't experienced too often in gent's fragrances since the times of Klaus Kinski. Kinski is a nostalgic reminiscence. It is a journey into the world of the long gone powerhouse fragrances, sort of Aramis or Marbert Man. It has some 70ies barber shop style in it. However, I leave it to the conoisseurs of the perfumes of that days to discuss which one Kinski resembles the most.

The 70's approach of Kinski is realized by a kind of Chypre accord with a distinct resinous appeal, being lightened by only a few flowery notes. The user Ralle on the German site who is appaently an acquaintance of Geza Schön seems to have witnessed the development process. He states that there are also aldehydes and a wine accord. This makes sense to me as the opening is a bit “buttery” just like Chanel No.5. And the distinct masculine character of Kinski is supported by bitter and smoky notes (Marihuana?)

Just like many pieces of 70's design from contemporary production also Kinski can be recognized as a scent of today – you just have to look closely enough. Behind the nostalgic scent fireworks hides a robust cedar and vetiver base note such as we are used to from Terre d'Hermès and its followers. It may be slightly more aromatic. At every stage of the fragrances' development this modern note is present more or less, and it provides a kind of anchor that contemporary noses can cling to.

Among the contemporary men's fragrances Kinski plays an outsider role. There is not much around resembling Kinski, but yet, it does not stand completely alone. The most reminiscence in style and characteristics I see with Shirley Brody's wonderful XPEC Original due to its resinous chypre style. However, Kinski is not that opulent in the florals. It has more tartness, and it is much more on the resinous side than the English tuberose eccentric. With its smoky green Marihuana appeal that especially emerges in the heart notes, Kinski stands in a row with the resinious hemp perfumes by Robbie VanGogh, but also with Boadiceas' smoke-bomb called “Intricate”.

The fragrance's development is problematic. Kinski is a clacker. He uses up all of his ammunition right at the beginning: there is a spectacular diversity of fragrance notes that could even raise the question of wearability. But within one or two hours Kinski tames down more and more until only the cedar and vetiver accord is left. Only by overapplying I find the smoky and resinous parts a bit more sustaining. At the beginning you will hardly dare to wear Kinski even at raunchy bars of dubious repute, but during drydown, it will fit to any office floor!

I admit, you can judge such a concept in one way or another. It may be arguable that your sense of smell should not be put under such pressure for hours. I do not generally oppose a perceptible scent development – but it should never contain such a dramatic change in style and appearance. Personally, I'd prefer those more discreet fragrances in which the perfumer achieved to maintain a steady tension for many hours.

Kinski will test your coolness as a perfume customer: Who can withstand the top note's inducement to buy immediately and postpone the decision to after fully tested?
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