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Fragrance Review: Kai

The Hawaiian-inspired Kai Fragrance has been around for nearly 10 years. Considering its longevity, the line is relatively concise: nine different products, all scented with the original fragrance. No variations, no spin-offs — just pure Kai.

What makes this scent so unusual is that it is an unabashed, unapologetic floral. The notes are almost entirely gardenia, mixed with some other sweet, yet vague, florals to round it out and keep it from being a one-trick pony. Unlike many floral-sweet scents these days, it doesn't pretend to have anything musky or woodsy about it, not even hidden deep within the base notes. Because Kai is so strongly based on one note, it usually incites a strong love-it-or-hate-it response in people.

I have worn the Kai Perfume Oil ($45) before, but I found myself getting a little queasy from the overwhelming sweetness of it by mid-day. Because it just smells so pretty, I find myself giving it another shot about every few months, but I can never really get into it. On the other hand, I know people who are absolutely obsessed with all things Kai. If you love a pure, tropical floral, I would definitely recommend giving Kai a sniff. They make a lovely Body Glow ($28), a shimmery dry oil spray that is less intensely scented than the perfume.

For those of you who have smelled Kai, which side of the fence are you on?

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emalove emalove 9 years
I love the smell of Kai.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll have to check this out.
ladyv ladyv 9 years
I used to wear it all the time, but I guess I forgot about it... now, where is that little roll-on bottle?
techno_teal techno_teal 9 years
I wore the Kai parfume on my wedding day - I went to and just ordered about 15 samples and it was by far my favorite for my summer wedding!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I own the Kai body cream and loofah/soap and love it. The scent is so different and it's relaxing for me. I haven't tried the fragrance yet since the cream tends to act as a perfume on it's own.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
This sound great , I must try it.
Hannah426 Hannah426 9 years
I have never worn it, but I don't think I would like it. I'm not a big fan of floral scents.
hooligan hooligan 9 years
I wear it - not every day, but I do like scents that remind me of a vacation - I also wear Aloha Tiare by Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Baby Love (Fred Segal) and Monyette de Paris - also vacation-y scents!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I have never smelled it, but in general I love gardenia. I love Fracas, Marc Jacobs, and Bond No. 9 Saks for Her, all of which have prominent gardenia.
wren1 wren1 9 years
One of my faves. love it!
cupcake-sarah cupcake-sarah 9 years
I happen to love Kai and can't get enough of the gardenia scent, it's one of my favorites. I know this fragrance is really popular in Hollywood, Reese Witherspoon and several other starlets are big fans of the scent.
Glamourgasm Glamourgasm 9 years
i know some people love this smell (esp. oprah), but i can't stand it. too flowery.
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