It knocked me right off my surfboard! Figuratively speaking. That’s how much I liked Capri, Michael Kors’ latest addition to Island, his line of tropical-inspired perfumes for women. The entire set, all three fragrances — Capri, Hawaii and Fiji — impressed me. How often can any of us say that about a full set of anything?
Capri, along with the two other scents in the set, surprised me because, honestly, when I think of Michael Kors, I don’t immediately equate the man with perfume. Instead, I think of accessories (his bags are all over Macy’s) and his very orange tanned face on Project Runway. But all that has changed for me now. The next time Kors releases a fragrance, I’ll pay close attention, because if his future fragrances are on par with Capri, Hawaii and Fiji, they’ll be great.
Hitting fragrance counters about a month ago, Capri looks and smells like tropical vacation in a bottle. The very sight of the bottle made me think of white, sandy beaches and blue, rolling surf.
White florals like Capri have a tendency to be overwhelmingly strong, but Capri’s blend of bitter Seville orange and bergamot (a small, pear-shaped citrus fruit grown in Italy) notes, mixed with violet, fig and white moss, hit just the right subtle intensity.
When I first spray it on my skin, I get a burst of violet that transitions to citrus over time. My favorite aspect of Capri (and the other scents in the set) is how natural and un-synthetic it smells. There’s nothing chemical or plastic about these fragrances. Picture vibrant flowers picked from a lush, tropical garden at the base of a secret waterfall. None of the scents smell synthetic to me, and my nose can usually detect things that smell plastic or lab-derived.
Whether they’re sets of lipsticks, eyeshadows or perfumes, I rarely like every item in a set of beauty products, but I like the Fiji and Hawaii scents just as much as Capri.
Hawaii, which I consider the boldest of the three fragrances, smells of clementine oranges, pineapple, orange flower, jasmine, ginger lily and white amber. Because El Hub’s family is from Hawaii, I’ve spent a lot of time in the islands, and I can honestly say that Michael Kors’ Hawaii is appropriately named.
Fiji, more of a floral scent than Hawaii, scores extra credit for the hot pink bottle (so cute!). The fragrance contains notes of Fijian tiare flower, and I believe it’s the lightest and most feminine of the three scents in the set.
I have yet to smell the original Island perfume by Kors, which won a Fragrance Foundation award in 2006. It’s available online at Sephora.com, so hopefully the next time I make it to Sephora I can give it a try. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it!
Another added plus: Capri, Hawaii and Fiji are boy friendly. I hauled El Hub along with me to the fragrance counter and forced him to give each one a good sniff. He usually hates most perfumes and cringes at the smell, describing most of them as “too perfume-y” or “too old lady,” but after smelling each Kors scent he surprised the heck out of me by saying he liked them all. I’ve made El Hub smell many a perfume, ya’ll. His reaction put me into temporary shock.
Capri, Hawaii and Fiji are available at Nordstrom stores or online at Nordstrom.com. Each one will set you back $60, a great deal considering the large 1.7 oz bottles and that they’re all eau de parfums (not watered down eau de toilettes). I can’t wait for summer because I’ll be wearing these every day!
What do you think of Michael Kors’ fragrances? Love ’em? Hate ’em?
Happy Monday, ya’ll! I woke up this morning totally confused. My internal clock hasn’t figured out why we (here in the U.S.) set our clocks ahead in spring for Daylight Savings, but I’m happy about the extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day. How’s your day been so far?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,