Perfumes tend to have a limited number of messages.
Broadly speaking: the floral says pretty, the Amber sensual, the chypre domineering, the aldehydics are haughty, the fougère is elegant and the incense mystical.
The gourmand is mostly a categorical error, the spiky woods are antisocial and the fruity-floral derisable.
And the aquatic? You decide...
Perfume is often - but not always - described as a tool of seduction, and sex is a serious business - there's no place for humour in its vocabulary.
But there are a few exceptions and Kyoto is one of them. A wacky mix of incense and lemon curd, it doesn't take itself too seriously.
When I smell it, it makes me smile. Not exactly manna from heaven but it's maybe the nearest we'll get in these dark times.
Kyoto starts off with a mixture of frankincense, cypress and cedar, before the incense slowly reduces to lingering smoke and a vetiver core reveals itself. It's like a slightly more restrained version of Encre Noir, and there are also hints of something floral (maybe that's the Immortelle). It dries down in a pretty linear and speedy way after that, so I am guessing, like Encre Noir, that this relies a lot on the Iso-E. But I don't mind that: if it smells good I don't care how it's achieved chemically.
NB: I would just add to all you very imaginative folks out there, that I have spent a lot of time in Japan and in Kyoto, and there is nothing 'Kyoto' or even particularly Japanese about the smell so far as I can tell. It doesn't smell like Japanese temple incense or temples or shrines, or Japanese forests or whatever other fantasy Japonisme you have in mind. Some of those would be very interesting scents to capture but this isn't doing that.
Very green - cypress and vetiver, and something almost minty (not fresh but like the remnants from mint tea.) Similar vibe to Floris 1962. There's a slightly acrid undertone (teak oil?) that's not offensive but enough to make this not a go-to fragrance for relaxing. I don't really get the pine forest vibe - it lacks the warmth and sweetness (to my nose) - Mechant Loup (another Duchaufour creation, I think) does this much better. It also lacks the depth of a real outdoorsy fragrance like yatagan or cleanness of AdP Colognia Club. It's interesting and worth checking out to appreciate the creativity, but it's difficult to think of the circumstance that would make this my first choice to reach for.
I get incense , but it's the freshest and most gentle incense I think I've ever smelled...very delicate sense of smokiness....nice nuances of woodiness...very mild projection , but I thinks this fits the nature of this fragrance...bottled meditation/mindfullness...gets a touch resiny as it moves along...very nice...I wear this for relaxing , kicking back , enjoying the smell and listening to some deep soothing music...overall impression is sitting in a wooden sauna, sipping coffee, and smelling some fine Japanese incense...namaste...