Following up on yesterday's article about Kai, here are a few more gardenia fragrances worth considering:
Monyette Paris: Another perfume oil, this one with gardenia, lily of the valley and nag champa incense. This is creamier and sweeter than Kai, and when worn right next to each other, the Monyette smells very much like vanilla sugar with a hint of incense and a dollop of suntan oil. Very beachy and tropical. I prefer Kai, but if Kai is too green for you, Monyette may be what you are looking for.
Creative Scentualization Perfect Gardenia: A very sweet gardenia with a touch of vanilla and musk. None of Kai's greenery, none of Monyette's nag champa, just a basic, sweet gardenia. Too plain for my taste, but might be nice for layering.
Chanel Gardenia: A lovely fragrance, but it only smells like gardenia to me for a very short while, after that, it is a dewy jasmine with a bit of orange blossom and tuberose. Worth trying, but probably won't satisfy you if you are looking for lots of gardenia.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Essense oils: Bonnie has the same notes as Monyette, but is drier and smells more like incense to me. I prefer it over Monyette personally. Gardenia is a basic gardenia with a hint of green, reasonably true to the flower but not at all heavy or cloying. Sweet Gardenia is a tropical beach scent with coconut. It smells like a creamy, sweet suntan oil with floral undertones. Spicy Gardenia is an interesting scent, meant to mimic vintage gardenia perfumes. It is very rich and lush, and has the best lasting power of the DSH gardenia scents I tried.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Parfum de Beaux Arts: Nouveau Gardenia has bergamot and mimosa top notes, and a musk and sandalwood base. This is a pretty scent, and more delicate than any of the Essense oils, although that may be because I am trying the Eau de Parfum version rather than the oil. It has a fresh, summery feel that is reminiscent of Kai, but without the heavy green notes. Not terribly long lasting.
I have already reviewed Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia. Marc Jacobs and Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion are also worth a try, but I haven't smelled either in such a long time that I cannot comment on them.
Have I missed anything wonderful? Please comment!