This post was originally about buying perfume in Nairobi at shops in the city such as Scents Kenya. It has since morphed into a post about perfumes and colognes in general, e.g., Acqua di Gio, the Armani perfume, and Versace Eros, a Versace perfume for men. To jump to the list of 10 best female perfumes in Kenya, click here.
In this post, you will find not only a list of the best female perfumes in Kenya but also the best colognes for men.
Since many of you come to this post searching for ‘Versace perfume’ and ‘Armani perfume’, I will tell you about that next.
Versace Perfume & Armani Perfume (e.g., Acqua di Gio)
Popular Versace Perfume Products
Here are some of the current most popular Versace perfume products on Amazon.
Click each image, or the caption below it, to find out more about each product.
Popular Versace Perfume Products for Men
Popular Versace Perfume Products for Women
If you would like to know more about the fashion house Versace as well as Versace perfume and colognes, in general, click here.
Armani Perfume (Acqua di Gio and More)
Now on to Armani perfume.
Below are some of the most popular Armani perfume products on Amazon today. Click any product for more information about it.
For more information specifically about the Armani perfume Acqua di Gio for women and some of my other favorite perfumes for women, click here.
For information about Acqua di Gio for men, go here.
If you would like to jump straight to the section about Scents Kenya, go here.
Next up is a list of the current most popular colognes for men and perfumes for women according to Amazon. I will keep this list updated over time.
Best Men’s Colognes & Best Female Perfumes in Kenya Lists (Includes a Versace Perfume)
10 Best Men’s Colognes (includes Acqua di Gio)
- Nautica Voyage by Nautica
- Nautica Classic by Nautica
- Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
- Cool Water by Davidoff
- Polo Red by Ralph Lauren
- Nautica Blue by Nautica
- Acqua di Giò by Giorgio Armani
- Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche
- Cremo Blue Cedar and Cypress by Cremo
- For Him by Raw Chemistry
- Embrace French Lavender and Tuberose by Vera Wang
- Happy by Clinique
- Cloud by Ariana Grande
- French Lilac Spray by Pacifica
- Princess by Vera Wang
- Bright Crystal by Versace
- Cool Water by Davidoff
- Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
- Lucky You by Lucky Brand
- Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger
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Best Female Fragrance (Might Be Available at Scents Kenya)
Best Female Perfumes in Kenya: How to Choose the Best Female Fragrance for You
As I mention later in this post, I am a firm believer in the French saying les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas (essentially: there’s no accounting for tastes).
As such, I am not sure that you can say that there is one best female fragrance.
What is more important, really, is finding the best female fragrance for you.
I try any perfume I am interested in, making sure that I spray some perfume on the test strip, wave the test strip around in the air a couple of times so that the perfume dissipates a bit, and then I lightly smell the test strip from a distance so that I get a sense of what the perfume will smell like after a while.
After I have decided on a maximum of three perfumes that could be the one for me, I spray each perfume on a separate place on my body (usually the inside of my wrists or somewhere else on my arm).
I then walk away for a while and do something else for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Once the fragrances have had time to settle, I smell each of the spots where I sprayed the perfumes to see how each fares with my personal body chemistry.
Best Female Perfumes in Kenya: Making the Final Choice
Choosing the best female fragrance for me then becomes a purely subjective decision.
I buy the perfume that smells best on my body at this point and one that I feel I will want to represent me for the next couple of months. (I usually only wear one or two perfumes at any point in time, so I know that the scent I choose will be “my scent” for the next few months.)
How do you choose the best female fragrance for you? Let me know in a comment below.
What Products Other Than Versace Perfume Does Versace Make?
Versace not only designs, manufactures, distributes and retails clothing—both haute couture and prêt-à-porter—but also lifestyle products such as accessories, jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrances, and home furnishings.
Versace Perfume for Women
Versace Perfume for Men (May Be Available at Scents Kenya)
Of their fragrances for men, Versace tags them the expression of a man’s strength and charisma conveyed in modern and sensual Mediterranean freshness as well as the essence of pure masculinity for a strong passionate man who is master of himself.
Want to learn more about Versace perfumes? If so, check out a wide range of Versace fragrances here.
And now, on to my original post…
That’s in reference to how fast I use up each of these items.
Let’s leave the first item alone for now and focus on the second, perfume.
Buying Perfume at Duty Free Shops
Whatever the case, I’ve always had the mindset that the cheapest place to buy perfume is at duty free stores, so I rarely ever attempted to buy perfume at perfume shops in Nairobi or elsewhere in the city for that matter.
Fast forward some years.
Searching for Davidoff Cool Water Cologne for Men
Without going into too many details, a company I was working for, at the time, needed to purchase a bottle of Cool Water, the man’s fragrance, on a very strict budget but was having a hard time finding it.
In the spirit of team work, I decided to pitch in and check for it at a perfume shop or two even though it was my day off.
Checking Out Different Perfume Shops in Kenya
I was in luck! They did, but unfortunately, not at the price I was looking for.
There, too, I found what I was looking for, though still not at the price required.
I left The Village Market and decided to make my way back towards town.
Again, I found the same situation: they stocked the product, but it was above my budget.
One Last Perfume Shop
Not about to spend my entire day off performing work-related activities, I called the office and told them that I was unable to find the item at the required price.
Although the item was readily available, I hadn’t been able to find it within the required budget.
My colleagues thanked me for my efforts and continued looking for the item elsewhere.
I, on the other hand, proceeded with my day as I had originally planned.
One of my next stops was Nakumatt Ngong Road, where I needed to purchase some things.
As I stood in the checkout line at Nakumatt, it occurred to me to check out Sensations, the perfume shop at Nakumatt.
I wasn’t very hopeful, but I thought, since I was already there, I really had very little to lose.
Believe it or not, Sensations stocked Cool Water at exactly the price I was looking to pay!
After conferring with the office, I quickly purchased the cologne and off I went on my merry way!
I had never paid much attention to Sensations before then but with retail prices being 500-1,000 Ksh below anywhere else I had looked that day, I made a mental note of it.
Shopping for the Best Female Perfumes in Kenya
Again, the price was favorable.
I purchased this perfume at only a little more than I would expect to pay at a duty free counter.
A Reader Question or Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio for Women (an Armani Perfume) & Other Perfumes I Love
Upon reading my choice of Rose Essentielle as a personal perfume, a fellow blogger asked me in the comment section:
Biche: How could you go from Anaïs Anaïs to Rose Essentielle? I was just wondering what were the steps in between? Because I feel something must have gone wrong along the way. Just a personal opinion, but I don’t like this Rose Essentielle.
To which I responded:
I totally get where you are coming from but as the French say les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas (essentially: there’s no accounting for tastes)!
My Mom says I just like “murky” perfumes. (What?!)
I can’t really enumerate the steps between Anaïs Anaïs and Rose Essentielle because my adventurous spirit can be evidenced in my choice of perfumes too (as a rule I never buy the same perfume more than once).
Some of the perfumes that I’ve used over the years which still stand out for me are:
- L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake,
- Parfum d’Été by Kenzo,
- Lalique by Lalique,
- Sotto Voce by Laura Biagiotti,
- Acqua di Gio and Sensi—both by Armani, and
- Deep Red by Hugo Boss.
Best Female Perfumes in Kenya: More of My Favorite Perfumes (Might Be Available at Scents Kenya)
Some other perfumes I have used and loved that I didn’t mention in my response to Rafiki include:
- B. Balenciaga Skin by Balenciaga (I love how this smells almost like musky naked skin but a little sweeter…)
- Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermès (meant to evoke a stroll through the island-gardens on the Nile at Aswan—I love the fresh complexity of this fragrance)
- Eau Parfumée au thé vert by Bvlgari (a green-tea inspired fresh clean scent), and
- Sì by Giorgio Armani (an amazing Armani perfume with a sweet elegant scent)
I mentioned above that I never buy the same perfume twice.
The first fragrance to make me break this rule was the Armani perfume Acqua di Gio for women. (Coincidentally, the second was also an Armani perfume: Sensi).
Although I know Acqua di Gio primarily as a women’s fragrance, there is also a men’s version of the fragrance known simply as Acqua di Gio pour Homme.
How Does Acqua Di Gio pour Homme, the Armani Perfume, Smell?
With several flavors of the fragrance available, Acqua di Gio pour Homme is a sensual men’s fragrance collection with citrus and other notes such as orange, lime, mandarin orange, jasmine, bergamot, lemon, and neroli.
What Is the Inspiration Behind the Armani Perfume, Acqua Di Gio pour Homme?
The men’s version of the fragrance seeks to capture the essence of freedom, full of wind and water.
Acqua di Gio pour Homme combines the sweet and salty notes of sea water with nuances of sunny warmth on your skin.
Acqua di Gio pour Homme is said to be full of scorching Mediterranean sun.
Bitter citrus and the aromatic nuance of rosemary intertwines with the scent of the salty sea.
A woody base and a warm musky trail soften sharp notes of spices.
Acqua di Gio pour Homme has a crisp and lively aquatic splash of woody marine freshness. This sea-inspired limited edition cologne stands out among men’s fragrances.
Flavours of Acqua Di Gio pour Homme, the Armani Perfume
Some flavors of the men’s version of the fragrance include:
Who Created the Armani Perfume, Acqua Di Gio pour Homme?
The fragrance Acqua di Gio pour Homme was created in 1996 by Alberto Morillas.
When Is the Best Time to Use Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme, the Armani Perfume?
The fragrance is best for daytime or for evening casual use.
Where to Buy the Best Female Perfumes in Kenya Inexpensively in Nairobi (Also at Scents Kenya)
Do you, my reader, know of any other that you would like to recommend? (The perfume shop at Westgate Center seems to also stock a wide variety of perfumes for OK prices, though I’ve not paid that close attention to their pricing so please don’t quote me. Also, you can get a wide selection of perfumes online here at Jumia Kenya.)
As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
Perfume Shops Where You Can by the Best Female Perfumes in Kenya
In case it might be useful to you, let me reproduce what he wrote here.
Mose first wrote:
Hi Biche. Thanks for this helpful info. Have you tried a shop called Scents : The Perfume Spot Nairobi. It as [sic] on Muindi Mbingu Street near Jeevanjee Gardens next to Family Bank and opposite Barclays bank. They have a wide variety…even of latest perfumes and very good customer service. Thanks. Mose
To which I responded:
Welcome to Chick About Town!
No, I haven’t been to Scents : The Perfume Spot Nairobi before but it sounds interesting. Thanks for leaving a comment about it. What’s their price range like?
Mose then responded to my question with:
Biche, their designer perfumes range from 4K to 29K. It’s worth checking it out. Thanks,
Now you know.
If you ever do try out Scents please let me know what you thought in a comment below.
For now, I wish you a great weekend!
Until the next time,
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