Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Does anyone else wear any of the Krizia fragrances? Although some of the best in the collection have bit the dust, Krizia exemplifies such an ebullient and vivacious side of Italian perfumery that it should be explored for this reason alone. Thankfully, the elegant floral K de Krizia by the great Maurice Roucel is still around. Unfortunately, some of my favorites are gone*: Teatro alla Scala, a composition of amber and tobacco, the coffee laced Spazio Krizia Donna as well as the effervescent and sexy Krazy Krizia. The latter is particularly fun—imagine Guerlain Shalimar dressed up for 1980s.
Ah, the 1980s with their glitz and high maintenance glamor! Although Krazy Krizia was released in 1991, its roots are firmly in the preceding decade. Its author, perfumer Dominique Ropion who already had several perfume gems under his belt by the time he started working with Krizia, took the classical oriental idea and made it sparkling. Its effervescent citrusy top is intertwined with a crisp apple note. After this initial cool sensation, the smoldering richness of patchouli, vanilla and woods comes as a surprise. Like Shalimar, Krazy Krizia is based on the contrast between bergamot and vanilla, except that Ropion inserts an exquisite rose and tuberose accord as well. Krazy Krizia hits all of its notes one by one, until suddenly they begin to sound like a rich harmony.
The name Krazy Krizia alludes to Krizia’s lead designer Mariuccia Mandelli, who received the nickname Crazy Krizia for her collection of outrageously short hot pants done in unusual fabrics. Nevertheless, the Krazy Krizia fragrance is more sensual and plush than provocative and shocking. It may smell too heavy and dense today when the fashion is for airy and luminous orientals, but it is just as alluring and bold. Mandelli used to say that “every woman should dress as she pleases as long as what she wears becomes part of her.” Wearing Krazy Krizia, I feel that it not only becomes a part of me, but brings out the whimsical sides of my personality. How can one be serious trailing the sillage of golden apples, candied almonds and tropical florals!
Krazy Krizia includes notes of bergamot, mandarin, orange blossom, tuberose, patchouli, sandalwood, tonka bean, and vanilla.
*Krazy Krizia has been discontinued, but most of the discontinued Krizia perfumes can be easily found online and on Ebay at reasonable prices. A quick google check today revealed that you can find 3.4 oz EDT spray for $27.
Photograph: Mariuccia Mandelli via wiki commons.
Sample: my bottle from 1995