Kiko Oasis Sunset Eau De Toilette ($32) is one of two, limited edition fragrances that launched with the Kiko Lovegrove Summer 2016 Collection. If you read my prior review on the Sahara Sun Eau De Toilette you already know I was a bit disappointed with these fragrances.
I would urge you, if possible, to head into a Kiko store location and smell them prior to blindly purchasing each like I did. I don’t regret my purchase in all honesty as I already gifted both to my best friend Jai who actually liked them but I’m still kind of disappointed I didn’t like them as much as he did.
Kiko Oasis Sunset Eau De Toilette actually smells a little bit like Kate Spade Twirl to my nose. One of the most striking things about the limited edition fragrances are the beautiful clear bottles with rose gold accents and the gorgeous glow-y juice inside. I wish the fragrances were as warm and Summer-y as the bottles but sadly they are not. I was expecting two warm spicy scents from Kiko but these lean towards being more about full on florals.
Oasis Sunset contains notes of jasmine tea as well as freesia and rose mixed with sandalwood and musk. At first mist I get the freesia note very prominently with a bitterness I can describe. At the dry down the freesia mixes with rose and a smooth, creaminess from the sandalwood. I like the idea of these notes more than I actually like the smell of them combined. Some might enjoy this type of floral fragrance but it feels cloying to me and sort of chokes me up a bit as there is nothing holding the fragrance together that makes it particularly appealing to my nose. It’s just full on floral with a bit of sandalwood creeping in the background. I think, like, Sahara Sun, the first mist is pretty much what you get through the entire fragrance even after dry down. There’s no complexity here which isn’t a bad thing if you’re not one for a complex fragrance experience but personally I like the actually be able to smell the top, base, and heart notes. I relish the way a fragrance starts out one way and develops into something entirely different as it sets and wears. You aren’t getting that with Oasis Sunset.
The wear isn’t particularly great either and touch up is required. I get about four to five hours with this but I do need at least five or so mists for that to occur.
All in all, Oasis Sunset is a nice light floral fragrance. It might not necessarily be for everyone if you aren’t a fond fan of basic florals! Personally, I didn’t really like this one nor did I enjoy Sahara Sun. I’d recommend waiting on a sale if you really need either or both.
Kiko Oasis Sunset Eau De Toilette is available now at kikocosmetics.com.