When I think of perfumes inspired by Hawaii, I think about stuff that smells like coconut and gardenias. This is what the perfume industry keeps giving us. After reading the notes of Phoenix Botanicals Ka Pueo, I still expected a “tropical white floral”. I was surprised to try it and see that it is a smoky white floral. Yeah, like a “lava white floral”.
Ka Pueo opens with sharp woods and a cool, minty jasmine. On my skin, the creamy florals start to stand out once this perfume warms up on skin. It’s like a tropical flower pudding with pine sap. The dry-down is more of the smoky, sharp woods.
Ka Pueo is really sharp and smoky on my skin. It’s the palo santo. Now this is going to sound bad but it isn’t meant to sound bad. I really think Ka Pueo could keep pesky summer bugs away. It’s all that palo santo! Palo Santo has traditionally been used for so many things and one of those is an insect repellent. Perhaps this one would be a good outdoors fragrance for summer? I haven’t tested my little theory but I don’t think it’s a far-fetched idea.
Notes listed include ginger lily, sustainable palo santo, pinyon, jasmine accord, tonka bean, frankincense, vetiver, smoke and woods. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Irina Adams
Give Ka Pueo a try if you like smoky scents or like the idea of a “tropical woods” fragrance. Or if you like perfumes like OLO Palo Santo, Sweet Anthem Elliott, Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods and/or Le Labo Patchouli 21. Ka Pueo is unisex.
Projection and longevity are average for a natural perfume.
Ka Pueo comes in a few sizes. The 4 ml retails for $40 at Phoenix Botanicals. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – “Lava white floral”. It’s creamy, minty and smoky. And that’s weird. But, weird in a good way.
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