Perfume Review: Rose Ink by Kierin NYC Perfumes

This Rose Ink perfume was sent to me by Kierin NYC for the purpose of review. And quite frankly I am thrilled that they did. While I have been working through the Kierin NYC Discovery Kit, I have seen all of the bottles that the full sized perfumes come in and it is really nice to see in person.

I know I adore glass which is why my kitchen cabinets have such an odd assortment and many of my plants are in containers not originally meant to house plants. I love glass and I love recycling. Which makes the Kierin Perfume bottles quite perfect. They are made with recycled glass. They are given a white coating to protect the product from sunlight and then they are each given their own graphic design. I have to say I find the graphic placed over the corner quite appealing. And to be honest the bottle simply feels good in the hand.

However this is not a bottle review, it is a perfume one.

To be completely honest, I might not have picked up this perfume on my own. And that is mostly because of the name. Rose Ink is the newest perfume in the Kierin NYC lineup and the name Rose scared me a little. while I generally like the scent of rose (especially the French Rose of skincare) when I see the word Rose in Perfumes I tend to think of little old ladies sitting in church. Mostly because in the church I attended as a child there was a trio of elderly sisters who all seemed to douse themselves in rose scented products before service.

However nothing about this brand looks elderly. It looks fresh and new. So I had high hopes. After all, the perfumes in the discovery kit surprised me, why wouldn’t this? Now with perfumes I have two methods of trying them. Which I use depends on how they came to me.

The first is that I read the description, let the magic of the imagery of the description carry me away and then see if the perfume lives up to it’s hype.

The second method is to try the perfume and then read the description.

With the Discovery kit, I generally found that the Perfume Descriptions from Kierin NYC were stripped of a lot of their verbiage and that the perfumes came across exactly as described. So for Rose Ink I decided to try out the perfume before looking at the description.

So that’s what I did.

I’ve been wearing Rose Ink for the past week.

First off, it isn’t a simple rose scent. there is nothing of the elderly church going triplets about it. There is rose mixed in but it is more of a wild rose scent than a garden one. It is the sort of rose you can see climbing trees and winding through the wild. There is a spiciness to the floral and it really balances out the sweetness of the rose. Because that is the usual downfall of rose, on it’s own it can become very cloying. This is not cloying. It is very much blended into its environment. Which is perhaps why when I close my eyes and thing of rose while wearing it I get the wild rose imagery rather than a garden scene. It is a wild and woody setting rather than an organized and tended one.

Like all of Kierin NYC’s perfumes, Rose Ink sprays on strong and then after a moment of intense scent it fades back to a more personal scent. If you give it that moment to settle in then it becomes the kind of scent you could wear just about anywhere. It isn’t going to disturb others in an office setting. It wouldn’t be out of place at dinner. It is a light spicy floral that stays close enough to your skin that someone would have to be invited into your personal space in order for them to smell. Personally that is my kind of scent. I generally wear scent for myself to accent my mood or even to change it. While I have some scents that I wear specifically because my babydoll likes them, most of the time the perfumes I wear are for me and not other people so I don’t want them to be troubled by them.

This is a scent that definitely falls into the personal category. What I find interesting is that all of the other perfumes from Kierin NYC fall into very specific categories, at least for me. With each of them a sniff said, ‘Yes this is something I could wear to the office’ or ‘Nope this is a date night scent, not an office one’. Each perfume seemed crafted for a moment or a situation. I could say daytime or night time as a descriptor and easily pick a scene where it would be appropriate. In fact the scene would almost shoot into my brain from the first sniff.

This Rose Ink is a little different. If asked night or day I would simply say yes. It is a perfume I could see spritzing on in the morning when getting ready for work. It is also a perfume i could see spritzing on in the evening as I get ready to go out. It is a scent that I could easily see becoming an everyday scent. I quite like it actually.

I am however curious as to what the official description says about it, aren’t you? So lets look (I should point out that out of curiosity I wrote up my thoughts about the perfume before going onto the site to see it’s official details just because their descriptions ended up being so accurate with all of their other perfumes.

So officially Rose Ink is…

LET THE ROSE INK TELL THE REAL STORY…

Be among the very first to experience our latest creation, KIERIN NYC ROSE INK. Crafted in collaboration with perfumer, Jerome Epinette, this New York story is a remarkable, woodsy floral that blends the memory of deep devotion and deviant desire. A sultry, lusty, unisex 2.0 scent made for memorable men and women.

Vibe: Dark – Warm – Wild

Olfactive Harmony: Floral – Woody

the 10 ml size

Key Ingredients: Saffron, Cassis, Damask Rose petals, Cedarwood, Crisp Amber

Eau de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray.

Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol.

KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA.  

Fragrance made in the USA.

Okay well I can definitely agree with the warm, Wild, Floral and Woody. Those are all words I would use to describe the scent. I think it is mostly the cedarwood balancing out the rose. I would have sworn there was a touch of gardenia in there as well, but it isn’t listed as a note. Over all though as with all Kierin Perfumes, what you read is pretty much exactly what you get. As I have been fooled by many perfumes before, I have to say that is very nice to see.

And if you see the description and are still on the fence about the perfume, it is sold in two sizes. There is the full sized bottle (pictured at the top of the post), which has 50 ml worth of perfume inside and there is the 10 ml size Pictured above). I love that it comes in two sizes. While you can read about perfumes and imagine them all you want, perfumes are so personal that the only way to know if they are right for you is to actually try them. The smaller 10 ml size allows you to do exactly that. You can wear the perfume enough times and for a long enough duration to find out if the scent really is for you. Wearing a perfume and living with it a while is the best way to know if a scent is for you and if it is worth investing in a full sized bottle. I love that Kierin NYC gives you that opportunity by selling the smaller travel sized version as well as the full sized one. I also like that all of their perfumes are sold in the travel sized tubes as well. While not traveling at the moment, I don’t like traveling with a full sized bottle of perfume. There was an incident once and I would really like never to repeat it. Not that having permanently scented luggage isn’t an interesting edition to my life, but I prefer to wear my perfumes rather than use them to scent my belongings. So I always travel with travel sized bottles. I really like they have that as an option for each of their perfumes. As much as I adore the bottles, sometimes you don’t need the full bottle.

Admittedly with these bottles, I kind of want to collect them all. Just look at the image below. Can’t you just see a row of those bottles lined up on the vanity, each for a different day or occasion? I can. Of course that is why I am currently building my own personal scent library, but that is another story. Whichever size you choose, it is hard to go wrong With Kierin NYC. Their perfumes are well thought out from design to execution and a pleasure to wear.

Perfume Review: Santal Sky by Kierin NYC Perfumes

The Discovery Kit

As many of you may be aware, I have been working through the Discovery Kit from Keirin NYC. They very graciously set the kit over for me to try and review. The kit itself costs $20 if you buy it from the Kierin NYC site. However, with that $20 purchase you get a code that gives you $20 off your purchase of a full sized perfume.

How cool is that? You get to try four separate perfumes and then the cost of the Discovery Kit just rolls right into the purchase of the perfume you like the most. The hardest part is actually picking which perfume you like the most. Plus with each purchase you get a free 10 mL container of their latest perfume release to try (while supplies last). The current perfume is Rose Ink and I will be trying that out once I have finished with the Discovery kit.

the 10 ml size in Rose Ink

Which will be soon as I have reached the fourth, and final sample in the discovery kit. This perfume is Santal Sky and I deliberately left it for last because it sounded like the one I would like the most. So what does the site have to tell us about the perfume?

Santal Sky is an amazing, thoughtful scent with a touch of irreverence. Woody, intimate and serene fragrance and bound with earthy vibrancy, it refreshes the soul and embodies a calm heart in the fast beat of city streets. 

Eau de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray.

Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol.

KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA. Fragrance made in the USA.

Vibe:  Intimate – Serene 

Olfactive Harmony:  Woody – Spicy

Key Ingredients:  Cardamon – Saffron – Sandalwood – Vetiver

Full sized bottle in Rose Ink

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations.

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

I am very much a fan of spicier perfumes. Not that I don’t have my friends in the florals, but I do tend to like the spice. As with every other Kierin NYC Perfume, the scent description for Santal Sky is spot on. It is a woody- spicy blend. I would say it is very sandalwood forward with an earthy saffron kick to it. The Vetiver and the Cardamon are very much back notes.

I would also say that they are very accurate in describing the scent as intimate. It is intimate in several senses of the word. The perfume itself is intimate as it may come on strong when first sprayed but after a few moments it fades back to a very personal scent.

To smell it, another person would have to pretty much be in your personal space. It is not a scent that travels to say hello to the neighbors. You can smell it when wearing it, and after that initial fade it will last pretty much all day close to your skin. This is a scent just for you and those you let in close.

It is also somewhat intimate in the sense that it is a very sensual scent. This is not a scent I would wear to the office. It is not a scent I would wear to happy hour.

Santal Sky is a date night scent.

What is kind of interesting to me is how well thought out the Discovery Kit, and in fact Kierin NYC Perfumes are. There are four perfumes in this kit: 10 a.m. Flirt, Nitro Noir, Sunday Brunch and Santal Sky. 10 a.m. Flirt is a scent that I would call office appropriate, Nitro Noir is a happy hour out at night with friends kind of scent, Sunday Brunch is a day time out with friends scent and Santal Sky is very much a date night with that special someone perfume.

I really like that it is almost a library of scents, each perfume in it’s own category. Each scent with it’s own time to shine. I find that very well thought out and as I tend to associate scents with specific times and activities I really appreciate the thought that seems to have gone into not only each scent but in the collection as a whole. I was very pleased with this discovery kit as well as each of the perfumes in it.

Santal Sky, is the last perfume in the kit and I am happy that I did leave it for last. I enjoyed the warm spicy notes and while i did wear it each day for a week straight to test it out, the remaining portion I am going to save for afterhours wear as I think that is the time of day where this particular blend will really shine. Now of course comes the hard part, figuring out which scent I want to order in a full sized bottle.

At least I know that all of their perfumes come in recycled glass bottles that have been coated in white and given beautiful graphic designs on them, so no matter what I pick I’ll feel good about the bottle and know that it will look good in my perfume collection.


Perfume Review: Sunday Brunch by Kierin NYC Perfumes

Recently I have been trying out the samples from the Kierin NYC Discovery Kit. As you know, and I’m sure everyone knows at this point, i am a huge fan of trying perfumes before I purchase them While the collector of glass in my sees the bottles and just wants them, not all perfumes are scent’s I want to have around, regardless of the beauty of the bottles.

Full sized bottle (different scent)

That is what makes discovery kits, like this one so fantastic. In the discovery kit you et four samples of perfumes to try out. There is enough product in each for about two weeks of daily wear, which is plenty of time to find out if you can lie with a perfume. There have been many perfumes I have tried that I liked initially in the one day wear test but found after three days I was ready to call it quits. As perfumes can get pricey, I find it better to just try a sample for a full week straight and then take some time to think about it.

What I especially like about this kit is that while it costs $20, when you purchase it you also get a $20 voucher that rolls into the purchase of a full sized bottle of perfume from the brand. And currently (while supplies last) you also get a 10 ml bottle of their latest release Rose ink. The 10 ml sized bottle is shone in this post as is the Full sized bottle of the perfume so you can see what they look like. They (along with the discovery kit) were sent to my by Kierin NYC for review). I love that the bottles are made from recycled glass and given a white coat to protect the perfume inside.

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the 10 ml sized bottle

Now, I have been working through this discovery kit (this is the third out of four that I’ve tried)/ I had to take a little break because I was having dry skin issues and I didn’t want to spray anything erven remotely near my hands if I didn’t have to. My baby doll picked up an extra strength hand sanitizer and it dried my hands out more than anything I have ever used. I’ve been moisturizing like crazy (and stopped using that hand sanitizer) and all is well now so I can get back to wearing perfume.

Today’s sample is the Sunday Brunch Scent. The official description is …

In The Mood For Good Times?

Sunday Brunch inspires a celebratory mood and making memories of a life well lived.  A unique blend of scents, this fragrance is citrusy, cheerful and luminous.  

au de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray. Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol. KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA.  Fragrance made in the USA.

Vibe:  Cheerful – Luminous

Olfactive Harmony:  Citrus – Floral

Key Ingredients:  Italian Bergamot – Lemon – Earl Grey Tea – Jasmine

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations.

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

I’ll admit, I was slightly nervous about this scent. Bergamot and I are not the best of friends and while I love the scent of Earl Gray tea, I don’t like the taste of it. While my grandparents were Builder’s tea all the way, my mom is a huge Earl Gray fan. For drinking I lean towards regular black tea but Earl Gray is a huge scent from my childhood.

As I think about it, this perfume actually captures my favorite part of that which is the scent. I like the scent of Earl Gray, I just can’t take the taste. Sunday Brunch does capture that scent. The lemon is quite forward in the scent mix and blends well with the Earl gray scent. It smells like tea with lemon. There is a slight floral element to the perfume but it is a back note. It is as though you were having tea in the sunroom and the heat was making the scent of the garden rise outside and drift inwards. The florals are a light touch but the Earl Gray and lemon are more present.

The scent, like all of Kierin NYC’s perfumes thus far, come on strong and then fade back to something more wearable. I would say this is more of a day scent than an evening one. I could see wearing it to an office or on a day time shopping excursion, but I wouldn’t choose it for after hours. It is too sunny a scent for that. It is a very bright and sunny smelling perfume and I like it.

I have a hard time separating the nostalgia from the scent though. For me it is very much a scent that brings me back to childhood and having morning tea in the summer with my mother. We always had potted plants and gardens so even the floral seems appropriate. I really enjoy it for that, but I am not certain i could wear it every day. The perfume seems wearable enough for everyday use, but I doubt my memories could take it in a daily dose. While I like the scent and may end up getting a small 10 ml size of it, I can’t see this being a full sized bottle purchase for me.

This would be a once in a while perfume so I am sure the smaller size would last a while. I am however very glad I tried it and will definitely wear it again. I just think that trips down memory lane should probably not be taken daily. If you are looking for a light scent for daytime wear, you might want to actually give this a try though. while the citrus does brighten it, the tea gives it a bit of grounding so it is a very well balanced blend. I can’t wait to see what the final scent in the discovery kit holds for me.


Perfume Review: Nitro Noir from Kierin NYC

Recently Kierin NYC sent to me a Perfume Discovery Kit.  It contained four 2 ml perfumes to try, which is enough product to wear for a couple of weeks. I love when perfume companies do discovery kits as they let me try out the perfumes to see which one is for me. 

While there are a lot of scents I like, there are a lot of scents that sound good when you read them and then don’t really work for you when you try them on. The Kierin NYC Discovery kit is offered for $20 on their site, but (and this is the really cool thing) when you order the discovery kit they give you a code so that when you order a full size of whatever perfume you ,like, you get $20 off that purchase. 

The full sized bottle made from recycled glass

That’s right, the cost of the kit rolls right into the perfume purchase.  Plus with the discovery kit you get a 10 ml bottle of their latest fragrance release. The bottles pictured are the 10 Ml and the full sized bottle of their latest release which at this time is Rose Ink. I’ll be saving that review for once I have worked my way through the discovery kit, I just couldn’t resist showing the bottle.  It is 100% recycled glass and coated white so the perfume is protect from sunlight.  Personally I love the look of the bottles.

But now it is time for the perfume.

The Discovery kit contains four perfumes.  Last week I reviewed the first of them, 10 a.m. Flirt, and I really liked the scent. Now it is time for Nitro Noir.

According to the Kierin NYC website Nitro Noir is…

Impossible To Resist

The 10 ml size of perfume

Nitro Noir is a remarkable and decadent scent. It is spicy, intoxicating and hypnotic. Designed for the individualist looking to get noticed in a crowd, but made for more than going out. 

Eau de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray.

Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol. 

KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA.  

Nitro Noir Sample from the discovery kit.

Fragrance made in the USA. 

Vibe:  Intoxicating – Hypnotic 

Olfactive Harmony: Chypre – Floral – Gourmand

Key Ingredients:  Italian Bergamot – Pink Berries – Orris – Patchouli

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations.

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

Now for those who are looking at that and thinking, most of that I get, but there is one word I am unfamiliar with, I got you. According to Wikipedia Chypre is…

Chypre (pronounced [ʃipʁ] or [ʃipχ]) is the name of a family (or concept) of perfumes that are characterised by an accord composed of citrus top notes, a middle centered on cistus labdanum, and a mossy-animalic set of basenotes derived from oakmoss.

And I have to say that I find it appropriate here.  While I get the dominant scent of Patchouli in the mix there is a slight citrus note to the scent and there is an almost mossy scent balancing it out.  The citrus note for some reason pings as tangerine to my nose rather than anything else. Perhaps that is the Italian Bergamot mixing in, I’m not sure. Nitro Noir does have that sweet tang I associate more with tangerines though.

There is also an odd fruity scent as well that sort of reminds me of pears. It is a very light back note and looking at the list of intended notes I’m not entirely certain where that note is coming from. I have to say I am not getting a whole lot of floral notes. which I’m actually fine with. While I like floral perfumes, I also like a break from florals and this is certainly a break from florals.

Like the 10 a.m. Flirt, this perfume comes on strong, but given a moment or two to settle down and Nitro Noir starts to hug the skin a bit more.  It does travel a bit more than the 10 a.m. Flirt thought.  With the 10 a.m. Flirt a person would need to be very close in order to inhale the scent of your perfume.  Nitro Noir will be noticed in casual conversation.

It isn’t something you would scent from around the corner, It does not dominate a room. It isn’t overpowering but noticeable.  Because of that I would not wear it to the office.  Not only does it take up space, but the scent does lean more evening than it does daytime office work, at least for me. 

The mossy notes, which I think might be the Orris, give it a bit of a fresh scent that is lightly green (at least to my nose which admittedly sometimes converts scents to colors) so it isn’t as heavy as some of the patchouli influenced perfumes can be, especially blended with bergamot. 

Nitro Noir is a scent I would wear to an event or out to a club, it is probably not one I would wear to dinner.  It would be appropriate to wear at dinner time, I just don’t think I’d want to wear it when focusing on food.  Drinks, and appetizers yes, an actual meal not so much.

One thing I like to do with scents when I am wearing them is close my eyes and inhale and picture the scent in a scene.  When I do that with this, I can picture a glass of red wine in my hand as I stand on a patio in the early evening at a party. In my mind I also picture the warmth of an early summer evening where the heat of the day has gone but the residual heat keeps anyone from getting cold. In addition to warmth there is a level of sophistication to the scent.

While a bit picturesque I think Nitro Noir is a perfume that does go well with warm nights rather than cool days. 

Despite the decided lack of warmth right now, I did enjoy wearing it this past week.  It is a perfume that will last the duration of the day, should you choose to wear it throughout the day. This is the second perfume I have tried from the Discovery kit and thus far both have had the same longevity to the scent.  Hopefully that will be something that is standard throughout Kierin NYC’s perfume line. While I generally choose perfumes for their scents, I really like when I can apply a scent when I want it and have it last without having to reapply midday.

Even though I wouldn’t normally wear this in the day time, it is nice to know it will last.  In this trial, I wore it for the full day and had only minor scent fading throughout the course of the eight hour day.

I generally work alone and when I partner with people it tends to be over the computer or on the phone, so there was no one to object to any scent I felt like wearing. 

It is however more of a cocktail party scent.  It is warm and sensuous and more suited to after office hours.  For me it is also something I would wear more often when the weather warms, or at least when I want my mind to think of warmer settings.  I’ll admit, I had more thoughts of warm summer evenings this week than I have in a while.  Over all, Nitro Noir was a rather enjoyable scent and I look forward to discovering the other scents the Discovery Kit has to offer.

Discovering the 10 a.m. Flirt

The Discovery Kit from Kierin NYC

Recently Kierin NYC very kindly gifted me a Perfume Discovery Kit to try out and review. And by now I think everyone knows I absolutely love reviewing perfumes. The Discovery Kit contained four 2 ml perfumes to try, which is enough product to wear each for a couple of weeks to see how it suits.

Personally,  I find this a great way to discover new perfumes.  There are so many perfumes that I have sniffed in stores and thought I liked until I got them home and started wearing them.  Conversely there have also been a few perfumes that I didn’t think I would like, but fell head over heels for once I put them on and wore them around for a bit. There ae also perfumes I’ve smelled other people wearing that I loved on them, but did not suit me at all when I wore them.

As perfumes can get a bit pricey, and scent is so different from person to person, it only makes sense to try them before you buy them.  Kierin NYC’s Discovery Kit actually makes that a lot less risky, not only scent wise, but monetarily as well.  The Discovery Kit costs $20, however in addition to the four perfumes to try, you get a $20 credit towards the purchase of a full perfume. 

That’s right my darlings, the $20 for the Discovery Kit just rolls right into the price of the perfume (they send you a card with a code to use when you make your first purchase). Their perfumes come in two sizes.  The 10 mL size of 10 a.m. Flirt which is sold for $30 and their full sized bottle (50 ml) retails for $84. 

the 10 mL size

The full sized bottles come in recycled glass bottles that are painted white (with a beautiful design on the outside).  I love that they are opaque glass as light is not a good thing for perfumes and the glass is both beautiful and protective. Both sizes are pictured in this post in the scent Rose Ink, which is their newest scent so you can get an idea of the sizing. 

It is however not the scent I will be reviewing today. For now I am going through the discovery kit, giving each perfume a week of wear to see how I feel about it.  The first perfume I chose to try was the 10 a.m. Flirt.

The full 50 mL size bottle

And you know I love perfume descriptions so here is the one offered for 10 a.m. Flirt on the Kierin NYC Website.

Are You In A Fresh, Magnetic and Flirty Mood?

10 a.m. Flirt is a complex yet clean, unique scent that reserves its most lasting and memorable notes for those you allow to get close.  

FREE 1ML SAMPLE OF OUR NEW FRAGRANCE WITH EVERY ORDER. LIMITED TIME OFFER, ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! 

Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol. Fragrance made in the USA. 

Vibe:  Flirty – Magnetic

Olfactive Harmony:  Floral – Woody – Green

Key Ingredients:  Gardenia – Fig – Cashmere Wood – Sandalwood

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations. 

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

I have to say, that is a little bit different than the usual florid prose given to perfumes.  It is very to the point and I have to say the points are good ones. The clean and conscious ethos is one I can really get behind. You all know how I feel about parabens at this point I’m sure.

When spritzed on the wrist, this perfume does come on a bit strong.  Then as though it has realized its mistake it fades back very quickly to a more personal scent.  And there it stays.  The scent on my wrist stayed more or less the same throughout the day.  At the end of an eight hour work day, the scent was only slightly faded, but still definitely present. 

As the description says, this is a scent for those you allow close. As I think of scent as a very personal thing, I rather enjoy that aspect. I generally like to keep my scents close rather than sending them ahead of me to announce my presence.

I would also have to say that Floral, Woody and Green are also really accurate descriptions. I would say that I noticed the green first.  And yes I know sometimes my scents and tastes come out as colors, but in this case the fig is the cause, not my sometimes strange internal wiring. It is the green of growing figs. There is a slight sweetness to the scent that follows and at first I was inclined to lean into that sort of sweetness you get from a very ripe fig.  I believe that may be the gardenia though. 

Gardenia is one of those elements that I am always hesitant with as it can easily overpower everything.  It isn’t overpowering here, it is very balanced with the green of the fig and the woody spicy sort of notes that come from Cashmere Wood and Sandalwood.  If I were listing the scents as they hit me, I would say green fig, spicy sandalwood, and then cashmere wood with a touch of gardenia to sweeten up the mix.

This scent is more spicy than sweet.  However, it is sweet enough to bring it into a day time perfume rather than a night time one. 

When I first spritzed it on my wrist, the spices made me think evening, but then that gardenia kicks in to mellow the spices and it becomes a day appropriate scent.  I know technically, you can wear any perfume you want any time of the day, but to me there are some scents that just make me feel it should be worn at night and there are some scents that make me want to wear them in the day time.  It’s not as though you will cause shock and horror if you wear an evening perfume in the day. I use appropriate in a personal sense. 

I am a very scent oriented person and scents do change my moods. Some perfumes I simply can’t wear during the day because they take my mind too far out of work mode for them to be practical for me in the daytime. I just won’t get anything done as my thoughts will be far, far away.

Sandalwood tends to lead me towards the evening as it tends to be a somewhat sensual scent, however all of the other elements work with it to make it something I would wear in the day and still manage to get my work done without mentally straying from the day’s path. With that hint of spice though, it is definitely a little flirty.

I’m really pleased with that actually.  So many times the word flirty is associated with sweet almost little girl perfume scents.  This is not a perfume you would have worn in middle school.  It is an adult perfume, but it isn’t stodgy and matronly either.  It is grown up without being old. Which is a really hard line to find.  The 10 a.m. Flirt finds that line and walks it with precision and grace.

While I would term this a day time perfume, because of the Sandalwood, I believe it would work well as a transitional scent. This is one I would put on in the morning and then keep a in a small atomizer in my purse so that I could touch up before meeting friends out for happy hour.    It is not one I would reach for when going out at night. It is day to evening transitional.  I would go for something else when going out for the night.  For me, this 10 a.m Flirt is appropriately named and is at its best when worn during the day.

As the first scent pulled from my Discovery Kit, I have to say I am excited to see what other delights the kit holds.  This was an excellent entrée into Kierin Perfumes and I have to say, I can’t wait to try the next one. Tomorrow, I begin the trial of the Nitro Noir. And after a week of trial, I’ll be back to let you know how that worked out for me. For now, I am going to enjoy the last day trying out the 10 a.m. Flirt.