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Kimono Rose


Kimono Rose, along with La Vaniglia and Notturno Fiorentina are from the Le Voluttuose collection which was launched for women in 2010, and created by Enzo Galardi of BOIS 1920, an Italian niche brand that was saved from extinction after Galardi inherited it from his grandfather and rebuilt it into a success story. BOIS 1920 now has over twenty fragrances in its offering and is sold through luxury retailers around the world. The Italian translates as The Voluptuous.

As a Voluttuose, the name Kimono Rose has meaning.  First, the Rose. As a symbol of beauty and true love, with the power to win and heal hearts, the rose is universal. In the perfume world, rose is the Queen of Florals. As the star player in a fragrance, the rose note can be anything she wants - powdery, lemony, spicy, woody, green, earthy, fruity, sweet, dank, romantic, sensual, seductive, bawdy, brooding, spiritual, otherworldly. In a supporting role, rose absolute creates richness and depth, and can make a fragrance feel like a tender caress, a passionate smooch, or a thousand lingering kisses. Second, the Kimono. This is a Japanese rose, soft and sensual, like the fluid touch of weightless silk on skin, luxurious, elegant, steeped in centuries of tradition, and achingly beautiful.

The opening of Kimono Rose has a similar juicy citrus accord as La Vaniglia, green bergamot but with mandarin orange not zesty tangerine, balanced with the tartness of black current and the unexpected musty-sweet of lychee juice. I’ve never smelled this accord before, it smells deliciously mouth watering, and leads directly into the heart of Bulgarian and Turkish rose absolute.

This is beautiful. I have the sensation of burying my face in a big bunch of fresh-cut roses, and breathing deeply the earthy spiced sweetness so perfectly blended with the vegetal scent of green leaves and cut stems, pollen, and dust from the garden. This is far from a traditional sweet “Rose” perfume, and I love it.

As the rosey heart of Kimono Rose dries down, lily-of-the-valley adds a delicate watery white floral note, which segues into the green woodiness of bamboo, and now I’m standing in a Japanese garden, imagining the faint scent of green tea wafting from a cedar tea house. The cedarwood note deepens as the scent dries down into the base, blending with patchouli and amber and the earthy rose into a richly warm scent that floats on skin for hours. It’s definitely sensual, but has a pure understated elegance that goes right to my core.

Kimono Rose is a like a tender caress and a lingering kiss, a Voluttuose that, like the flower in its name, has the power to heal, as well as steal hearts.


Notes: bergamot, tangerine, blackcurrant, lychee; Heart note: Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, lily of the valley, bamboo; Base note: cedar, patchouli, amber.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Enzo Galardi


Price: $5.00