Perfume Review: Santal Sky by Kierin NYC Perfumes

The Discovery Kit

As many of you may be aware, I have been working through the Discovery Kit from Keirin NYC. They very graciously set the kit over for me to try and review. The kit itself costs $20 if you buy it from the Kierin NYC site. However, with that $20 purchase you get a code that gives you $20 off your purchase of a full sized perfume.

How cool is that? You get to try four separate perfumes and then the cost of the Discovery Kit just rolls right into the purchase of the perfume you like the most. The hardest part is actually picking which perfume you like the most. Plus with each purchase you get a free 10 mL container of their latest perfume release to try (while supplies last). The current perfume is Rose Ink and I will be trying that out once I have finished with the Discovery kit.

the 10 ml size in Rose Ink

Which will be soon as I have reached the fourth, and final sample in the discovery kit. This perfume is Santal Sky and I deliberately left it for last because it sounded like the one I would like the most. So what does the site have to tell us about the perfume?

Santal Sky is an amazing, thoughtful scent with a touch of irreverence. Woody, intimate and serene fragrance and bound with earthy vibrancy, it refreshes the soul and embodies a calm heart in the fast beat of city streets. 

Eau de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray.

Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol.

KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA. Fragrance made in the USA.

Vibe:  Intimate – Serene 

Olfactive Harmony:  Woody – Spicy

Key Ingredients:  Cardamon – Saffron – Sandalwood – Vetiver

Full sized bottle in Rose Ink

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations.

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

I am very much a fan of spicier perfumes. Not that I don’t have my friends in the florals, but I do tend to like the spice. As with every other Kierin NYC Perfume, the scent description for Santal Sky is spot on. It is a woody- spicy blend. I would say it is very sandalwood forward with an earthy saffron kick to it. The Vetiver and the Cardamon are very much back notes.

I would also say that they are very accurate in describing the scent as intimate. It is intimate in several senses of the word. The perfume itself is intimate as it may come on strong when first sprayed but after a few moments it fades back to a very personal scent.

To smell it, another person would have to pretty much be in your personal space. It is not a scent that travels to say hello to the neighbors. You can smell it when wearing it, and after that initial fade it will last pretty much all day close to your skin. This is a scent just for you and those you let in close.

It is also somewhat intimate in the sense that it is a very sensual scent. This is not a scent I would wear to the office. It is not a scent I would wear to happy hour.

Santal Sky is a date night scent.

What is kind of interesting to me is how well thought out the Discovery Kit, and in fact Kierin NYC Perfumes are. There are four perfumes in this kit: 10 a.m. Flirt, Nitro Noir, Sunday Brunch and Santal Sky. 10 a.m. Flirt is a scent that I would call office appropriate, Nitro Noir is a happy hour out at night with friends kind of scent, Sunday Brunch is a day time out with friends scent and Santal Sky is very much a date night with that special someone perfume.

I really like that it is almost a library of scents, each perfume in it’s own category. Each scent with it’s own time to shine. I find that very well thought out and as I tend to associate scents with specific times and activities I really appreciate the thought that seems to have gone into not only each scent but in the collection as a whole. I was very pleased with this discovery kit as well as each of the perfumes in it.

Santal Sky, is the last perfume in the kit and I am happy that I did leave it for last. I enjoyed the warm spicy notes and while i did wear it each day for a week straight to test it out, the remaining portion I am going to save for afterhours wear as I think that is the time of day where this particular blend will really shine. Now of course comes the hard part, figuring out which scent I want to order in a full sized bottle.

At least I know that all of their perfumes come in recycled glass bottles that have been coated in white and given beautiful graphic designs on them, so no matter what I pick I’ll feel good about the bottle and know that it will look good in my perfume collection.


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