K de Krizia 1980 Eau de Toilette

Version from 1980
K de Krizia (1980) (Eau de Toilette) by Krizia
Bottle Design Pierre Dinand
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7.6 / 10 101 Ratings
K de Krizia (1980) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Krizia for women and was released in 1980. The scent is floral-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by FlorBath / F.P.d.P. SPA.
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Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
AldehydesAldehydes HyacinthHyacinth BergamotBergamot NeroliNeroli PeachPeach
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley Orange blossomOrange blossom CarnationCarnation NarcissusNarcissus IrisIris JasmineJasmine RoseRose TuberoseTuberose OrchidOrchid
Base Notes Base Notes
CivetCivet MossMoss MuskMusk AmbergrisAmbergris LeatherLeather SandalwoodSandalwood StyraxStyrax VanillaVanilla VetiverVetiver


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Submitted by Murcielago, last update on 13.01.2023.
Interesting Facts
In 2012 the scent was re-released with a new design.


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355 Reviews
K for overKill
Peaches and cream used to be a thing in perfumery.
This is Maurice Roucel's version from the early 80's. It's a pink floral, thick and creamy with peach and a whiff of tuberose.
There are aldehydes, which lead Michael Edwards to call it a soft floral. Along with moss, they can be used to give an edge to a profile, in the same way that Roucel uses magnolia with its silky petal and dark bitter nuance.
On paper, there's a fantastic range of textures in K : syrupy, fluffy, castor sugar, aldehydes, dusty-woody and waxy ambergris, and as these merge into powdery-versus-sharp, a complex fruity-floral takes the stage. This leads down to a sweet powdery base with a funky animal facet and the mossy chypre note.
It seemed like Roucel set the mould for this type of bosomy floral, one that was still being used by the end of the decade with Spectacular (1989) a similar type of aldehydic tuberose with peach, amber and incense (but not half as good).
K was great stuff, but after a decade of this kind of thing it's no wonder people wanted a break from the erotic charge. There's only so much a guy can take...
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44 Reviews
Helpful Review 3  
Chypre à la Italiana
Smelling and wearing K de Krizia, one wonders if Maurice Roucel looked for inspiration in Dioressence and Miss Dior. While all 3 perfumes are a beauty on their own, K has that beautifull herbal-ness of Dioressence that makes it stand out, even among vintage Christian Dior fragrances.

K came out in 1980 (or 1981, depending on the source) as the debut fragrance of Mariuccia Mandelli, and has always been considered an aldehydic floral. But K is so complex, so intriguing, so much more that this title doesn’t do it justice. K is floral, leathery, animalic, powdery, chypre, aldehydic, herbal...it’s an elixir on its own!
The aldehydes are there in the opening, hushed and mellow unlike other aldehydic fragrances. Neroli provides an even fresher sensation with its mellow sweetness, before the floral heart takes over. And here is where the magic happens! Hyacinth is the star; a rich, oily, leathery hyacinth that for a moment, briefly reminds me of the original Trussardi for women. Delicate and whimsical in appearance, hyacinth looks far more innocent than it really is. The rough edges are put upfront, surrounded by narcissus (another killer flower with animalic nuances) and carnation, which adds a spicy and piquant touch. After all, these flowers are anything but demure and innocent. Among them, orris engulfs the flower orgy in one of the most beautiful powder clouds I have ever encountered; you haven’t smelled powdery until you’ve smelt K. Floral powder, leather, oiliness...here is where I’m reminded of Miss Dior (the real one) and see (smell) the imprint it has left and the impact it has made in perfumery.
But the base notes aren’t far behind. Oakmoss, animalic musk (nitromusks more likely), civet, sandalwood...it all somehow combines and brings to mind the herbal beauty of Dioressence. The notes are different, the arrangement is more modern, but yet, the classics inspire the new, and the ghost of it lingers on skin like a nymph. Somewhere, deep in the heart of an emerald green forest, a witches brew surrounds me. A beautiful full force chypre.

K has average sillage, and lasts around 16 hours on my skin, hovering above and sending fragrant tendrils to my nose with temperature variations. Krizia chose a classically composed fragrance for her debut, and while probably a big seller in its day, it seems overlooked and underrated. It’s a vintage treasure that hardly gets mentioned, and it’s a shame because it’s a beauty on its own, quite cheap on eBay, and seems to keep very well. I have a large 100ml edp from 1981, and even though it brings to mind many fragrances, it can hold its own. It might start innocent and ethereal, but it has a big and bold heart, that was made more evident in the following Teatro Alla Scala.
If you enjoy green/floral animalic chypres, leathery and powdery herbal green perfumes, or simply love old fashioned quality perfumery, seek it out. Krizia was a helluva designer, and her perfumes were even better.
Italian at its best!
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Very helpful Review 7  
lost chypre
Discovering a chypre from the early 1980s that you've never tried is dicey. While it's new to me, it's by no means a new perfume, and has lived, loved and likely been reformulated a number of times, probably fatally. Hand a new fumie a current bottle of Diorella, she'll sniff and then look at you and say, "This is the shit you've all been talking about?" And she'd be right to ask. The current stuff isn't anything to rave about, or really even discuss. 

There's a whole generation of fumies for whom the the tragedy of reformulation means that their Miss Dior Chérie (or whatever it's called at this point) has been tampered with and their Badgely Mischka has been unceremoniously discontinued. 

IFRA (International Fragrance Association) regulations diminish the perfumer’s palette. However you come down on the ethics, evidence and outcomes of their restrictions, the IFRA hinders perfumers and takes perfumes away from those who relish them. 

The fun for all of us, though, is finding what slips through the cracks.

K de Krizia (perfumer, Maurice Roucel) starts and remains beautiful.  There's a bit of a dry fruit feeling upfront, and an appropriate amount of Amber in the far dry down, but all the way along this baby is a soaring floral chypre. What seem like aldehydes provide the lift off, but once at altitude it's the cold flowers that give buoyancy. I don't know the ratio of oakmoss to treemoss to [insert mossy analogue], and god only knows what has been done to modulate the other toxic aromachemicals like bergamot, labdanum, but K de Krizia passes all the functional tests of a chypre.  It's dry like a good martini, it's florals are buttery yet sharp in tone, and it makes me want to take it in like a long drag on a cigarette.  Now THAT to me is a chypre. 

K reminds me quite a bit of Miss Dior. Or at least the reformulation circa 2005 that I have. God knows how many variations of Miss Dior are out there.  The floral tone to the two is similar. The petals aren't so much dried as freeze dried and the effect makes them bite back a bit when you sniff your wrists. 

Your gift at the end of the day of a wearing of K is a starched soapy climax that seems as thought it might be hissing at you. If you like chypres and like the floral tone that Ivoire de Balmain strikes, try K de Krizia. I found a 100 ml bottle of edp for the price of one snort of an overpriced niche perfume. 

One for any list of under-appreciated, inexpensive darlings like Ivoire, Rochas Tocade, Bal à Versailles, Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel and EL Azurée. 
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58 Reviews
Helpful Review 5  
Roucel's Ode to Joy
This was the perfume that put Maurice Roucel on the map -- a dark floral chypre that Luca Turin identifies as an homage to "the world's most expensive perfume." I first encountered it (in the perfume concentration) in Paris in the early 1980s on the dressing table of slightly bohemian but still impeccably turned out Frenchwoman. Then I thought it was the most lovely perfume I'd ever smelled, better than the No. 5 with which I'd grown up. Poor K has grown tatty over the years and reformulations; how the beautiful have fallen.
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