L'Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo are new flankers to Kenzo's L'Eau Par Kenzo Pour Femme & Pour Homme:
As night falls, L’eau par Kenzo becomes Eau Indigo, a pair of sensual fragrances for him and her inspired by the seductive dance of color and scent as dusk sets on water.
It is customary when reviewing a flanker to compare it to the original pillar scent, but I'm operating in the dark here: I tried the original L'Eau Par Kenzo fragrances (Femme & Homme) a very long time ago, and only on paper. I did take notes, but they're cryptic at best: about all I can say is that I didn't feel the need to own either one. If memory serves, both were lighter fragrances than the new Eau Indigo duo, with a considerably greater emphasis on aquatic notes. Maybe we'll get lucky and someone who has tried the originals and the flankers will comment.
L’Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo Pour Femme was developed by perfumer Christine Nagel (the notes: bergamot, mandarin, jasmine, orange blossom, ylang ylang, tonka bean and amber). Eau Indigo Pour Femme is described as a sensual floral, and while it starts out soapy-clean, it does get arguably "sensual" near the end. After a burst of orange-y citrus, it's calms down to a soft, pretty scent with a focus, to my nose, on the orange blossom note — although those of you who normally find orange blossom too sharp will be pleased with how cushion-y smooth it is here. Eau Indigo Pour Femme reminds me of floral-scented marshmallows, although that perhaps overstates the sweetness and the weight: it is more airy than not, and not at all too much for summer. The dry down is a not-quite-light-not-quite-dark woody amber-y musk.
L’Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo Pour Homme was developed by Sophie Labbé (the notes: ginger, citrus, elemi, coriander, vetiver, cedar, amber, labdanum and tonka bean). It starts out fresh and spicy, with lots and lots of ginger — it has a wonderful zing to it in the early stages. After that, it's a nice enough, if not remarkably original, woody musk with just a touch of earthiness. Like the women's, it is lent some degree of sex appeal by the amber-y base, but it's distinctly the "fresher" of the two.
When I first tried the pair, I liked the Eau Indigo Pour Homme version much better than the Pour Femme, but subsequent tries changed my mind: Pour Homme teeters on generic after the ginger wears off, while Pour Femme improves the longer it's on skin. I'd wear either one, but I'm not enthralled enough to buy even the Pour Femme. At any rate, they're worth a try, and if you're wavering, Kenzo's picture-perfect packaging (as always) will help inch you along to the cash register: the bottles are lovely, and it's hard to tell in the picture but the curved shape of the front allows them to fit together in one rectangular block.
I am still very curious about the other recent Kenzo flanker, Amour Eau Florale — do comment if you've tried it!
Kenzo L'Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo Pour Femme is in 50 or 100 ml Eau de Parfum; L'Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo Pour Homme is in 50 or 100 ml Eau de Toilette Concentrée.