Kiko Sahara Sun Eau De Toilette ($32) is one of two new, limited edition fragrances that launched with the Kiko Lovegrove Summer 2016 Collection. Sahara sun promised to be a spicy citrus scent with notes of sunshine and amber.
I’ve suddenly become the biggest fan of amber since trying Commodity Gold since getting a sample of it (and later ordering the large size) in the Commodity Cocktail Kit. So I wanted to see what Kiko’s play on amber was! I didn’t expect a dupe of Gold but I was hoping for something as warming for Summer wearing!
Kiko Sahara Sun Eau De Toilette’s description is part of its selling point. They describe it as a warm, sunny scent that reminds you of the perfect landscapes of the desert and the sun beating down upon the sand dunes. I wasn’t expecting sweet or fruit from this fragrance. I was hoping for something warm, sunny, and perhaps spicy! I was actually thinking it might prove a more unisex scent which I’d be quite alright with as I tend to like masculine scents that women can safely use without smelling like aftershave.
The fragrance comes in a gorgeous elongated bottle with rose gold accents. The juice inside will make you think of the Summer heat as its gold color almost glows in a certain light.
I think it’s a fragrance you can wait on for a good sale. Kiko tends to clearance their limited edition collections towards the end of the season. The Kiko Holiday 2015 Collection included 4 fragrances all of which went on sale for around $14 or so. They didn’t sell out quickly so, I think you’ll find the same holds true for these limited edition, Summer fragrances.
If Sahara Sun was unique and special enough I’d recommend you immediately purchase it. But it sadly is not.
I can’t say at the moment what comes to mind when I mist myself with this fragrance but it does smell generic enough to remind me of some celeb perfume or another that I have laying about somewhere.
I honestly don’t get much amber here. At first mist there’s a light floral note which reminds me of freesia. As it dries down you’ll be a warm woodsiness added to the softer, lighter florals. I don’t smell any of the citrus or amber notes at all here. Just light, feminine florals that have added warmth from the delicate woodsy notes. It’s fresh, it’s light, it’s slightly warm and it does smell Summer-y but not exactly the blend I expected. I think I expected more complexity. It’s a fragrance that doesn’t have any uniquness nor anything complex about it. It opens and dries down with the same woodsy floral notes it starts out with. The sillage isn’t particularly great either and a touch up is needed to keep things fresh as this pretty much disappears within a three hour period on my skin.
I wouldn’t pay $32 for Kiko Sahara Sun Eau De Toilette but if I were to get it on sale it might be worth picking up if you’re looking for a wearable light, floral fragrance.
Sahara Sun is available now at kikocosmetics.com.