Perfume Review: Tann Rokka Kisu
Tann Rokka (Romany for "house talk") is a fashionable and eclectic “lifestyle store” in London that sells antique and contemporary furnishings, luxurious home accessories as well as candles and fragrances, Aki and Kisu. Kisu, Japanese for “kiss”, created by Azzi Pickthall, is said to have been inspired by Japanese ancient bathing rituals, and features notes of ylang ylang, rosewood, cedarwood, musk and “marine” accord.
Kisu is a scent that never sits still on my skin; its transformations are fascinating and rapid. And yet the changes are not abrupt, each stage flows into the other quickly but smoothly. The scent starts with a bright citrus accord that makes me think of the peppery freshness of grapefruits and the understated fruitiness of bitter oranges. The subtle sweetness of the initial notes evolves into the richer, floral sweetness of ylang ylang and the brightness is replaced with a languid twilight of what I perceive to be patchouli. The patchouli is joined by woods; cedar is especially prominent, to my nose. Soon musk becomes subtly apparent too; combined with whatever it is that comprises the “marine” notes; it adds an interesting salty and sensual undertone to Kisu. This undertone reminds me of Eau des Merveilles, the two scents seems to share this saline, woody, slightly animalic and a little powdery quality. In the very late drydown the citruses re-appear, albeit more subtly, in a way bringing the scent full circle and rounding and elegantly finishing the composition.
This tasteful, interesting, and, to me, definitely unisex, fragrance can be found at Luckyscent, $75.00-$125.00.
The image is from Luckyscent.com.
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