Karleidoscope by Karl Lagerfeld: The Maestro is Winking

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 From the very start, the name Karleidoscope is so corny I was convinced this was a long lost 80s throwback. Mais non, it was created in 2011. This is proof, if proof were needed, that Herr Lagerfeld has a sense of humour. Not only has he given this rather pleasant scent an ironic”Selfie” name (at least I hope it’s ironic), but inside the box was a little piece of black padding shaped just like Karl Lagerfeld’s head. I hope that’s ironic too. Did I mention the lid of  the box is faceted plastic like a Kaleidoscope? (or the eye of a fly if you want to prick the bubble).

 KarleImageidoscope is a  beautifully packaged, feminine scent with the emphasis on the feminine. It is a rather simple tale of Angelica and Violets that settles to a very light (almost too light) herbal floral. In a previous review I was honest about my ignorance of the note Angelica. However now I have smelled two perfumes with Angelica in, I can isolate the note and report that it is a sort of twig-like herbal flower note. Not as pretty or airy as Violet, Rose and Peony, it is more herbs than petals. It is a pale shadow of Woodiness, hence my twig comparison. In fact, it is usually the Angelica root that is used in fragrance rather than any flower heads.

ImageIn the middle comes a little Heliotrope. Often a melancholy note, here it is holding hands with Violet and set against an almost honeyed background. The basenotes keep the Angelica and Heliotrope going, although the Violet has bloomed and  drooped by now. Patchouli, although a very Patchouli Lite version, comes in at the end and tidies up after the party. I didn’t get the Benzoin, but a whisper of Musk smooths everything out nicely before it finally disappears.

Karleisdoscope could do with a bit more longevity, but it’s a very hot day and it may last longer on cold skin. It’s unusual to find Angelica in a leading role, usually she just plays walk on parts, but if Karl says it’s in, then I guess it’s in.  Wear your herby, rooty, violetty, musky Karleisdoscope with pride and still have change from twenty quid.

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11 thoughts on “Karleidoscope by Karl Lagerfeld: The Maestro is Winking”

  1. Oooh, that sounds fascinating! The only other Angelica perfume I’ve heard of is one by the divine Jean Claude Ellena *le sigh*, the George ‘Swooney’ Clooney of perfumery himself. It’s called Angeliques Sous le Pluie and is supposed to be nice. Haven’t tried it myself. ( http://www.fredericmalle.com/main.cfm#!/scents/?sub=76&subsub=81 ) in case you want to check it out.

    I have never even heard of Karleidoscope before. Where did you find it? It sounds like a really lovely perfume.

    1. I think there was some Angelica in SJP Dawn, but your example sounds much more like the Real deal! Believe it or not, it was from Cheap Smells for a mere 7.99. It’s still there but has gone up to 12.99.

      It’s really weird how neither you nor I had ever heard of it and yet it was a 2011 release by a pretty big name. PR Fail?

  2. Dearest Iscent
    The Dandy is intrigued too… my memory of angelica being confined to it candied atop iced cakes as a child.
    In response to your last comment, this completely slipped under The Dandy’s radar too… perhaps it got caught up in some corporate confusion!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy,

      Yes it’s very curious how this one tiptoed out from under the radar. KL is no Rookie, but I had heard not a word. This is not a bad little purchase but I would prefer it if he had cranked up the Violets and the longevity.

      If I hadn’t been doing my weekly browse on Cheap Smells (awful name, great site), I would never have even known about it.

      Your friend
      IScent

      1. Dearest Iscent
        Oh I’m so glad that The Dandy isn’t the only one to scan CS (I can’t bring myself to use the full title) for the occasional bargain fancies that pop up for a few weeks before disappearing or strangely doubling in price…
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

    2. Dear Mr Dandy

      What a pickle- I have left several comments on your site recently and none have shown up. I am starting to believe your new PC doesn’t like me as much as the old one!

      Sadface
      Your friend
      IScent

      1. Dearest Iscent
        Not a pip out of you at all!
        What a shame…. can’t be the PC as all that side of things is handled by the WordPress server.
        Most peculiar, also I don’t have particular security measures, once someone has been welcomed in The Dandy family your comments should magically appear at once.
        I will check spam in case something is awry.
        Yours ever, and with concern,
        The Perfumed Dandy

      2. Dear Mr Dandy

        Do excuse my demented ramblings, I can see perfectly that all my comments have been not only published but commented on and I can only put the glitch down to to midsummer madness and the heat. It may explain why I have commented twice in some places. And it could possibly be my random unticking of a box somewhere.

        To coin a phrase, it’s not you, it’s me.

        Your friend
        IScent

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