Another example of a “potential niche sensation” in a “neglected mainstream bottle”. Give this an obscure hipster name, make 50 bottles per batch when you feel to and get rich (if not in money, in praise and hype). Jokes aside, Kenzo Power is an extremely interesting fragrance, surely one of the most creative ones by this brand, and most important, tremendously easy and enjoyable to wear regardless of any added value. Power is a really bright, white, talc-like powdery scent with a fantastic bergamot opening, a sort of gassy-spicy vibe and a really recognizable tolu balsam note, which brings it really close to that other tolu bomb – Escada Magnetism for Men. Both share that same exact sort of “creamy-powdery-medicinal Cola feel”, and while in Escada it was bolder and more predictably integrated in a YSL M7 kind of structure, Kenzo Power brilliantly and perfectly fits it in a completely different, almost opposite ambiance – a delicate, weightless, futuristic sort of abstract floral whiteness, which gets some “substance” and a sweet darker shade precisely thanks to this odd balmy feel coming and going, cleverly balanced by a subtle but persistent feel of aromatic zesty freshness (bergamot). The only far comparison that came to my mind at some point was some sort of translucent lab hologram of a grandnephew of Jaipur Homme and Escada Magnetism for Men – fresher than both. Quality-wise the blend smells synthetic in a really pleasant, creative way, somehow soothing and somehow aloof, the kind of synthetic which you quite never smelled before (who said syntethics don’t require as much talent and creativity than naturals?). The result is a really clean and bright scent with a ton of personality, some really charming and enigmatic shades, decidedly androgynous, creepy and comforting at the same time. Fantastic for summer days. Really well done.
Power goes on as an understated, crisp green floral composition with a soapy-clean undertone: in other words, Alliage Lite. After a time the merest touch of indole begins to rise from the depths and ruffle’s Power’s squeaky clean surface. Not much later comes a note that reminds me disturbingly of Froot Loops. The resulting heart accord smells like a bright, synthetic floral grafted onto a hackneyed fruity-aquatic fougère men’s fragrance structure.
Unfortunately as far as my enjoyment of Power is concerned, it’s the artificial “froot” flavoring that grows to dominate the composition. So much so in fact, that after an hour on my skin, Power feels a lot like one of those crass fruit concoctions in candy-colored bottles that are sold to teenage girls. The drydown is powdery coumarin and fabric softener, which I suppose is meant to leave you feeling well scrubbed. Personally, I find that bathing works just as well. I imagine the folks at Kenzo think it's daring to hawk this kind of scent to men, but if your chromosomes read “XY” and you’d like to wear a green floral, I say just suck it up and buy Chanel No. 19.
I rarely hate a fragrance but definitely this is one of them!
Start fresh, spicy and a little sweet which is pleasant but nothing special.
After about an hour the floral note comes in and say everybody get the hell out of here, this is my house!
The floral note here is very unpleasant, feminine and I can't stand it at all!!!!
I don't hate floral note in masculine fragrances but this is not masculine floral fragrance!
I hate it!
How does Kenzo wield POWER ?
"Speak softly, and carry a big stick." ...Theodore R. Roosevelt Jr.
Musky springtime florals sharpened gently by citrus, and sweetly spiced by cardamom...floating over a creamy soapy base -to produce a JONES CREAM SODA like effervescence on my nose. But as the above quote portends, this character speaks rather softly. Recommended ONLY for the guy with a big enough stick, to wear it !
Easily unisex. A solid spring/summer spirit lifter.
24th July, 2013 (last edited: 29th March, 2014)
I once smelled this and was mind blown. Then I got it and was quite disappointed. It smells like you'd walk through a rotten forest. It smells like something died...
Quite similar to Tempore Uomo by Laura Biagiotti. Kenzo Power is not the most masculine scent as it is quite floral in my opinion, however it does contain certain style and character, thus a wearer must have style as well. Apart from that, this scent is quite summery to me, not formal at all and yet, as prior mentioned, stylish. There is a certain heaviness and also sharpness in this scent which makes it lively and brisk but yet not fresh. Projects magnificently and lasts more than 10 hours on me. I find nothing simple in this fragrance. Due to it's complexity, heaviness and need for a strong character, albeit no uniqueness, this fragrance is bound to confuse people and most of them won't know how to deal with it or what to make of it. It won't be a common subject, not much mentioned and it'll mostly remain off the radar.