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K de Krizia (1981)
by Krizia


K de Krizia information

Year of Launch1981
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 61 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMaurice Roucel
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyInvestindustrial > Morris
Parent Company at launchFlorbath

About K de Krizia

K de Krizia is a feminine perfume by Krizia. The scent was launched in 1981 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Maurice Roucel. The bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Reviews of K de Krizia

Peaches and cream used to be a Thing in perfumery.
This is Maurice Roucel's version from the early 80's. It's a pink floral, thick and creamy with peach and a whiff of tuberose.
There are aldehydes, which led Michael Edwards to call the 2012 version a soft floral, and along with moss, they can be used to give an edge to a profile in the same way that Roucel uses magnolia - with its silky petal and dark bitter nuance.
On paper, there's a fantastic range of textures in K : syrupy, fluffy, castor sugar, aldehydes, dusty-woody and waxy ambergris, and as these merge into Powdery versus Sharp a complex fruity-floral takes the stage. This leads down to a sweet powdery base with a funky animal facet and the mossy chypre note.
It seemed like Roucel set the mould for this type of bosomy floral, one that was still being used by the end of the decade with Spectacular (1989) a similar type of aldehydic tuberose with peach, amber and incense.
K was great stuff, but after a decade of this kind of thing it's no wonder people wanted a break from the erotic charge. There's only so much a guy can take...

13th April, 2021 (last edited: 15th April, 2021)
Hail Maurice Roucel for this beauty! To my nose this is a gorgeous floral aldehyde chypre top with a smooth balsamic and resinous base. I've got several backups of this lovely. So much more wearable than some of the powerhouses of the era it was marketed in, too, so smooth and cuddly.
30th October, 2017
A great and grand floral chypre of the old school variety.

Rich, deep and fragrant - a real perfume.

How anachronistic that it came out of the 1980s. Barbara Herman rightly describes it as "lush."

Top notes: Peach, Hyacinth, Bergamot, Neroli
Heart notes: Jasmine, Narcissus, Tuberose, Rose, Muguet, Orris, Orchid, Carnation
Base notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, Amber Moss, Civet, Vanilla, Styrax, Leather

One of the best. First Edit: Louis Scherrer II created five years later is a copy of K, and just as fine. A powdery green floral chypre.
28th July, 2014 (last edited: 26th July, 2015)
Wow. This is a dark and dramatic masterpiece. I am not good at identifying notes, but this is definitely a chypre of the Rochas Mystere order. My bottle is quite old so I did not smell many floral notes. It went straight to a Wagnerian forest!
This may become a favorite.
07th July, 2014
Discovering a chypre from the early 1980s that you've never tried is dicey. While it's new to me, it's by no means a new perfume, and has lived, loved and likely been reformulated a number of times, probably fatally. Hand a new fumie a current bottle of Diorella, she'll sniff and then look at you and say, "This is the shit you've all been talking about?" And she'd be right to ask. The current stuff isn't anything to rave about, or really even discuss.

There's a whole generation of fumies for whom the the tragedy of reformulation means that their Miss Dior Chérie (or whatever it's called at this point) has been tampered with and their Badgely Mischka has been unceremoniously discontinued.

IFRA (International Fragrance Association) regulations diminish the perfumer’s palette. However you come down on the ethics, evidence and outcomes of their restrictions, the IFRA hinders perfumers and has taken perfumes away from those who relish them.

I can't find information on how to date this particular perfume, but I believe I have a vintish K de Krizia. There's a bit of a dry fruit feeling upfront, and an appropriate amount of Amber in the far dry down, but all the way along this baby is a soaring floral chypre. What seem like aldehydes provide the lift off, but once at altitude it's the cold flowers that give buoyancy. I don't know the ratio of oakmoss to treemoss to [insert mossy analogue], and god only knows what has been done to modulate the other toxic aromachemicals like bergamot, labdanum, but my K de Krizia passes all the functional tests of a chypre. It's dry like a good martini, it's florals are buttery yet sharp in tone. It's like taking a long drag on a cigarette. Now THAT to me is a chypre.

K reminds me a bit of the mid-2000s Miss Dior. God knows how many variations of Miss Dior are out there, but the floral tone to the two is similar. K has less of the patchouli overdose, but in both perfumes the petals aren't so much dried as freeze dried. They bite back a bit when you sniff your wrists. Your gift at the end of the day of a wearing of K is a starched soapy climax that seems as thought it might be hissing at you.
19th June, 2014 (last edited: 24th January, 2017)
Genre: Chypre

This is a grand and glamorous rose-centered floral chypre scent that could easily have been crass and overbearing, but isn’t, thanks largely to well-calculated structural balance and ingredients that smell of quality. Smelling K de Krizia, I’m reminded both of such floral chypre classics as 1000 and Acqua di Parma Profumo, and of the recent ambitious rose scents from Amouage (Lyric Woman) and Andy Tauer (Une Rose Chyprée). K de Krizia is less fruity-lactonic to my nose than the Patou and Acqua di Parma classics, and lacks the incense that distinguishes Lyric Woman and Une Rose Chyprée. This leaves it both drier and in some ways more transparent than any of these others.

I find this scent especially appealing in its drydown, which showcases bracingly bitter moss, smoky leather, and the merest dab of animalic warmth. Longevity is more than adequate for me at perhaps six hours, and the scent projects well but does not overwhelm the wearer. Once past the more aggressively floral top notes, I find a light application of K de Krizia fairly comfortable to wear as a man, and wonder that it doesn’t receive more attention. For crying out loud, it’s even a bargain!
19th June, 2014

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