Anya’s Garden Kaffir is a natural perfume with interesting notes of lime leaves, herbs, woods, and leather that gives it an old-fashioned feel. They don’t make ’em like they used to, right? Well, no, they do. We have to find them! This is one of the few unisex leather fragrances that I know of that will work in the summer! It’s sheer and green with a warm base; it could work in any climate. I had no idea that leather and lime are perfect together until now. (Well, I’ve worn Bandit, but it doesn’t emphasize the two notes like this does).
Kaffir (named after the lime, not the slur) opens up as zesty lime oil. It’s refreshing but it will remind many people of Thai food, Tom Kha soup. It reminds me of fresh lime/kaffir leaves and brewed linden tea. And I like that. After 5 minutes, I get Green with a capital /g/. The galbanum is beautiful, very high quality. It’s crisp and freshly cut greens. Forget Thai food, Kaffir reminds me of all the things I like about Balmain Vent Vert! There’s a lime zest there but it is mellowed by a green sweetness, one of my favorite and “complicated” notes, tarragon. Eventually, the greenness of Kaffir “settles down”. I’m left with an oud and sawdust softened by a suede like ambrette seed. I also get a delicate jasmine floral. On me the jasmine is very subtle and enhances the feminine softness of the suede-like notes of the dry-down.
I expected Kaffir to be a natural version of Piguet Bandit, a fragrance that intimidates many. You could compare the two fragrances, but I find Kaffir much easier to wear. I love Bandit but I only reach for it occasionally. Now, I’ve reached for my sample of Kaffir many more times than my bottle of Bandit! And so has the husband, Kaffir wears amazingly on him. It’s more herbaceous lime leaf, sawdust, and worn leather boots. It’s the perfect summer “cologne” for him.
Notes listed include Kaffir Thai lime leaf, galbanum, French tarragon, tinctures of eight jasmines, heritage oak, Grasse jasmine, golden agarwood, musk seed, and leather.
Give Kaffir a try if you like vintage Balmain Vent Vert, Piguet Bandit, Serge Lutens Daim Blond, and/or Creed Royal Delight.
The EDP spray of Kaffir retails for $100 and the pure parfum for $60. It is available at Anya’s Garden.
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