Mean, clean, green apple
If SM Café is Strangers Parfumerie’s dark and devilish dive into debauchery, then Kira Kira is their ascension into an apple-y angel. The scent just radiates cleanliness. It opens with a concussive blast of sour green apple that will knock the socks off you if you aren’t ready for it, and then just as quickly as it appears it vanishes, being replaced by some artificial fragrance chemicals that remind of Le Labo’s Another 13. After the Another 13 phase it slips into a really clean soapy scent with just the faintest hint of that opening green apple hovering in the background, just barely detectable at the rear of the fragrance. Now, while you may think that the opening, to middle, and finally to dry down would take a little bit of time, this rollercoaster of a fragrance does all of this in about 5 minutes flat. Luckily the fragrance doesn’t die as quickly as it changes form, as the soapy finale will last you the entire rest of your day with the fragrance, and while not the only “clean” fragrance in my collection, it’s definitely the one that reminds me the most of how it feels right after stepping out of a hot, sudsy, and steamy shower. Overall, a pretty easy recommendation as I can’t really see anyone particularly disliking it, because it’s not really offensive. I would especially recommend it as a clean alternative to people who found Zoologist’s Panda too dirty, as I find the green apple in Kira Kira heavily reminds me of the one featured in Panda, though it’s definitely not featured as prominently as in Panda. Remember to try before buying.