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Katy Perry's INDI

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Mainstream celbuscents  all smell the same to me, sticky and thick and overpoweringly sweet, so I’m shocked when Katy Perry’s INDI comes out of the bottle almost the exact opposite.

At first, it smells sharp with a sort of retro vibe, but this soon becomes a green citrus and tea accord, then more creamy with the addition of musks sweetened with notes of dark plum. As it dries into the heart, Katy Perry's INDI reminds me of the exceptional Sarah Jessica Parker scent, SJP Stash, but not as dark and spicy, much more light and airy. There are soft white florals, lily of the valley and cyclamen, and cedar notes in the heart which add up to a powdery softness, and then the base notes develop, and this is where INDI enters niche territory.

Per the note list, the base is “seductive musks”, with notes of vanilla and tonka and cedarwood, and the result is a deliciously smooth androgynous skin scent that lasts for hours. It seems linear at first, but the scent is full of surprises, revealing a menu of olfactory sensations through the dry-down that’s quite wonderful…clean, earthy, floral, woody, whiffs of dried fig, leather, bitter chocolate, citrus, sandalwood, cedarwood. INDI stays close to the skin, but stays for hours, cozy and warm, soft, intimate, subtle and sexy in the most natural way.

Katy Perry’s INDI is definitely a fragrance for grown-ups. In an interview in Cosmopolitan when the fragrance launched in August 2017, Katy Perry said that her new androgynous look with short blonde hair and more natural makeup is part of her search for her real self, her individuality. And because she’s embracing her own individuality, she wanted to encourage others to do the same. Therefore, her new musky scent is intentionally non-gendered so that it will appeal to everyone, and can be worn by anyone. No boundaries, including the price which is truly affordable.

I think it's outstanding.


Notes: White Tea, Oriental Plum and Italian Bergamot, Fresh Muguet, Cyclamen and White Cedar Wood, Amber Sultan, Vanilla Tonka and Seductive Musks

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Unknown (Coty)



Price: $5.00