K de Krizia (Krizia)

I do not wish to sound accusatory. My instincts here may be completely unfounded. But I now have reason to believe I know the true identity of the grail Sophia Grojsman has been questing after for thirty years.

Maurice Roucel designed K de Krizia in 1981 as a sum complexity from which others might either learn or subtract, but upon which no one could ever improve. All of the ingredients (peach, rose, vanilla) made so monotonous in Grojsman's hands are here-- but woven together with so much innovation, feeling, and revelatory delight that they may as well have been discovered an hour ago. On skin, K de Krizia plays like the most intricate Baroque chamber music you've ever heard, yet it wears like the simplest and softest cashmere shawl. Luca Turin counts it amongst his favorite perfumes of all time; from him, I borrow the descriptive phrase "a gentle grace... that beggars belief". To this, I add that Sophia G. (incomparable as she is) does well to aspire to K de Krizia-- though as all grails do, it may forever remain just outside of her grasp.

Scent Elements: Aldehydes, peach, hyacinth, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, narcissus, orange blossom, rose, carnation, orchid, lily of the valley, orris, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, amber, moss, civet, vanilla, styrax, leather