My second try of PK Perfumes, Café Diem, is a fragrance which scarcely smells like coffee in its opening but develops somewhat of a coffee character as it dries down. From its onset, its a crossover between a fresh spicy and a warm spicy fragrance, slightly sweet, slightly boozy in a whiskey sort of way, but overall not that heavy or dense.
As is often the case, it opens a little sharper and dries down to be more balanced, but still with some of the spicy elements, a curious mix of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and other familiar players. The note list is quite long!
Overall, I quite like Café Diem, especially when it dries down, at which point it feels a bit more in balance. Id recommend it as a boozy, slightly coffee-laden alternative to some of the powerhouses, too, since while its not transparent or weak, its definitely not a powerhouse in a way that many might find prohibitive. Density-wise, its more in line with Legendary Fragrances Barista than Kerosene Follow or Sebastiane Espresso Royale in terms of coffee scents.
Still, its a reasonable value in that $2/ml range that I find appropriate for niche/indie offerings, sold only through the PK website, I believe. The pricing for Café Diem is $125/$85/$55 for 60ml/30ml/15ml and samples are available on the website.
Ive a decent amount of coffee-intensive and boozy scents so while I tend to like many such fragrances, Im inherently a bit discriminating when it comes to new ones, so Ill be trying Café Diem some more, but its very pleasant and one Id recommend everyone looking into. 2 tries from PK so far, and both are solid offerings.
Opens with galbanum, incensne , amber, spices and musk. As it settles down I get some Hinoki and coffee too.
It is right in my wheelhouse. Sweet and spicy incense.
If you like CdG incense series or MadHat's Incenses you will like this one too.
There's a backbone of clary sage and coriander that reminds me of X For Men, but made rich with cedar and frankincense, while a roasted coffee smell gives a dark uplift to everything. Over time, it fades to creamy frankincense and leathery, smoky burnt woods.
Smelled blind, I would have assumed this was a Clive Christian or a better-than-average Amouage. For those of you who scour these reviews looking for hidden inexpensive gems, this is definitely one. You can get a little bottle of Cafe Diem for under $20 and you can see I'm comparing it to $350 perfumes...
PS: I know I've said this about two PK Perfumes now - I swear I'm not affiliated! I'm just a new fan!
This is a very nice scent. I don't usually like scents with food notes, but this is very well done. Starts with accurate sage and wormwood herbal notes. Subtle dry spices develop, mostly of a peppery nature. The cinnamon is well blended (thankfully) and is not a strong note. Attractive resins from the cypress, olibanum, and incense base. The dry aspects are counterbalanced by some opulent boozy notes of the absinthe and smokey whisky. The vanilla is not problematic at all (thankfully). Almost a leather note at times in the dry-down. Pleasant woods emerge from time to time. Incense notes develop in the later dry-down. Well done!