Kenzy entered my wardrobe last April 2019, together with Raaqi, also produced by the Swiss Arabian. I remember looking for a perfume from the Middle East, like Tasmeem by Rasasi and Rawaa by Al Haramain, and by chance, I came across these two captivating jewels. The dark amber-coloured bottle, the same shape as Raaqi which I reviewed the other day, and the olfactory notes of Kenzy immediately caught my attention, and I opted for a blind purchase since these perfumes are only available online (i.e. Notino). By the way, Kenzy (كنزي) means my treasure, according to the Egyptian Arabic dictionary. I already knew the Arabian Swiss brand, and I have owned Casablanca since November 2017.
Kenzy is a modern semi-oriental fresh, gourmand, and opens very fruity and sweet, with a combination of the solar, sweet, juicy accord. Just to give you an idea, it's reminiscent of melted Italian soft gelee Dufour Big Frut, the rainbow-filled candies that have been popping fun and goodness in our childhood. A mouth-watering range of soft fruit chews that ooze fresh fruit juice with each bite, with their sweet, and smells like grape flavoured mixed coloured Big Frut candies, more sweet than fruity. Although the scent features plenty of citrus fruit, the opening is not harsh or sour at all. The lemon stays creamy, the orange is all too sweet, and the bergamot is powdery, they all remain in the background and just season the summery fruit salad.
The candies and citrus peels form a sharp and butch combination that lingers for quite some time. Lovely fig, in its fruit form, is ever so slightly less pronounced, but it backs up the other aromas well. Against my expectation, I am missing the salty, milky, and green notes from fig leaves and fig wood. For instance, as in Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme, Ferrari Noble Fig, Z Zegna Milan, Guess 1981 Indigo, and Red Fig Monotheme, which I own and they smell like fig trees heated by the cruel summer sun.
The opening can be very sweetish at first if you are not used to that intensity of tasting and refreshing fruit salad and citrus juices, but in a while, it starts to settle a bit more and starts smelling relatively green and kind of amber as well. The fragrance becomes warmer a lot softer. The mid notes begin to come up, adding some dry, green, fruity, and floral accords. I get a healthy and appealing whiff of dried apricot after the initial opening calms down. The grape and pomegranate rise and make themselves known. I start to get a lot of grape, the warmth of that note is an exciting play, off of the rest of the fruity, fresh ingredients, in this cologne. Even if not mentioned anywhere, I seem to catch some jasmine blossoms in the heart, which add some floral accord to the otherwise too fruity one. Those green and floral notes carry the musky and gourmand tones to the end with them. The further you get away from the opening, the less it smells like a bowl of freshly cut fruits, and Kenzy becomes its own thing, with the seductive sweetness to amber and vanilla in the base.
The last part of the wear does get quite musky, and vanillic, and the scene heats up at this point. The vanilla pods add a sweet and aromatic accord that boosts all notes. At this final stage, I can detect very subtle signs of any first fruits, and plenty of sweetness from the amber. The white musk blends with the gourmand notes, but it's a neat kind, not animal or mouldy, it is beautiful and creamy, with a warm sweet undertone. I get a lot of fruity jelly candies in the first hour and mostly vanilla in the dry down.
The truth is, I'm pleasantly surprised by the aroma. While it does have the fruit notes as the main draw, Kenzy remains nearly masculine and doesn't stray into the cloying category. Sure, it has its sweetness, but nothing crazy. I think that it is bolstered by the musky and amber notes that play the background and keep the overall composition in check.
Projection wise, I didn't find Kenzy to be all that loud or heavy. It's towards the right side of things, at the start. But, not much more than modest, after that. It is also essential to note that this easily lasts all day on my skin, practically, until I take a shower, or the morning after if I rock it at evening as I did yesterday, it does not stop working. I doubt there is another perfume in this price range, with such powerful projection and durability. I believe it is more of a daily Spring scent that can work in the Fall, and it can be attractive enough for summer evening casual or leisure outs, either. Whether to wear it in Winter is up to you. Honestly, I don't know if it will survive in a cold situation and perform any better or worse.
Kenzy is just as a gourmand, mild projecting, fruity apricot and grape, slightly citrus and floral redolence with soft musky and amber tones. The scent feels informal, soothing, semi-gourmand, inviting, youthful, modern, sugary, tender, and very pleasant. I tried it, and I found it very pleasant, even it's a reasonably simple scent. With that said, fans of sweetish summer or fruity cologne will enjoy this one! At last, I did not find any similar cologne in my collection, so Kenzy is a standalone product and not a replica in any way for what it worth it.
This review was based on a 100ml 3/4 fl.oz bottle I own.