If you've never taken the plunge before and bought a woman's fragrance to wear for yourself, I would not recommend K de Krizia as your first purchase. This can be a tough one to stomach at first.
I saw this in a store for a good price recently, and having read reviews saying that this was a leathery chypre that could just as easily be worn by a man, I bought it without smelling it first. When I first put it on, I thought, "What the hell was I thinking?", because K de Krizia opens up smelling extremely feminine. You get this big, stonking smell of white flowers and aldehydes that I've only smelled in classic women's fragrances like Chanel No. 5. I love Chanel No. 5, but it is not something that I want to wear at all; I like smelling like a man, not Catherine Deneuve. I immediately thought, "Ok, here's another one I'll be giving to Liz", my wife.
I'm glad I sweated it out though, because K de Krizia evolves into something much less blatantly feminine, and just really good. After about a half hour, the big heady floral smell mellows out a lot, the perfume becomes much better balanced, and you can smell the other notes coming through. Balancing out the florals are leather, oakmoss and some woody notes - all smells that are very common in masculine fragrances from the 1980s. I think I also smell tobacco in this too. The leather and oakmoss are very strong in K de Krizia, and that's what I like most about it.
The drydown reminds me of some men's fragrances that I already wear a lot, like Lauder For Men and Basile Uomo. Don't get me wrong, K de Krizia is not a macho smelling fragrance - you have to remember that, at the end of the day, this is still a woman's fragrance. However, it's got a lot in common with men's colognes, and it's a very complex scent, which makes it worth trying. Like most great fragrances, K de Krizia smells better the longer you wear it. This one's a keeper for me.
I don't wear fragrances marketed to women all that often, but sometimes I like to think outside of the box and wear one. If you already have no fear of wearing a woman's fragrance, and you love chypres, then definitely try K de Krizia. The price is certainly appealing. However, if you haven't yet taken that leap of faith, don't say I didn't warn you about this one.
MY RATING: 7.5/10
Fragrance House: Krizia