Here's What The New KKW Body Fragrances Really Smell Like

Photo: Courtesy of Eli Russell Linnetz.
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Kim Kardashian West is trying to be less predictable. After her first KKW Body fragrance campaign featured her chilling in the nude, the ad for her two new scents, KKW Body II and KKW Body III, stars women of various sizes photographed with features like stretch marks and belly rolls on proud display.
And rather than catering to a strictly female audience, Kardashian West is branching out by marking KKW Body III, a woodsy floral, as unisex. "I saw that there was a demand from my male fanbase to have a unisex fragrance," Kardashian West tells us. "Even my makeup artist Mario [Dedivanovic], he'll wear one of my fragrances."
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So now her fragrance repertoire is made up of three distinct scents, but putting all hype aside, is there really a "scent for everyone and every occasion" as the press release claims? And how do these two new fragrances stack up to the OG KKW Body? We asked seven R29 staffers to test out the three scents, and you can read their unfiltered opinions on them, ahead.
KKW Body, KKW Body II, and KKW Body III are available at 3 p.m. EST, November 2 on kkwfragrance.com. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
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Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer

I Tried: KKW Body

The Verdict: "Let me start off by saying that I'm not a huge fragrance person, unless it's for an event or night out, because my nose is extremely sensitive. I can't stand inside of a Bath & Body Works store for longer than three minutes without getting sick (so sad, I know). But I was surprisingly delighted by the scent of the OG KKW Body perfume."

"Although the description says juicy floral, a scent that I stay away from to avoid getting headaches, it didn't come off like that at all. It was more of a musky, woodsy scent — which is my go-to for fragrance. Overall, I went about the day headache-free, smelling like the perfect mix of my boyfriend's cologne and my favorite flowers."
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Channing Hargrove, Fashion News Writer

I Tried: KKW Body

The Verdict: "Initially, when I sprayed KKW Body, I was surprised at how light and clean it smelled. I expected something a little more risqué based on the bottle. The first burst reminded me of me of tropical vacation and the dry down is what I hope I smell like after I've been at the beach all day and finally shower. Though, I totally might have made all of this up based on the grittiness of the bottle, which to me, feels like sand on your butt."
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Eli Russell Linnetz
Michelle Li, Associate Stylist

I Tried: KKW Body II

The Verdict: "At first spray, this scent was a little bit overwhelming. But after it sunk in, I looked forward to catching whiffs of it as the day went on. The scent is really fresh and floral and made me feel nostalgic. It reminded me of a scent my mom used to wear when I was little, and she had great taste in perfumes."
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Eli Russell Linnetz
Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer

I Tried: KKW Body II

The Verdict: "I like this fragrance way more than I’d like to admit. It basically smells like the beach in a naked Kim Kardashian-shaped bottle. It’s floral and fresh but not overpowering at all. I wore this all day and never felt like I was suffocating in obnoxious perfume."

"By the end of the day, it dried down to a musky coconut scent that smelled expensive and not like cheap body spray. I’ll definitely be putting this on when I need to be mentally transported to the beach in the dead of winter."
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Eli Russell Linnetz
Landon Peoples, Fashion Features Writer

I Tried: KKW Body III

The Verdict: "When it comes to fragrances, I’m someone who has always just worn whatever I liked — men’s, women’s — it hasn’t ever mattered. But, like fashion, I know that the fragrance market is still pretty conventional when it comes to gender and how each gender should smell. That means that I’ve always held scents labeled 'unisex' at bay, refusing to buy into marketing gimmicks — but also, like, how do you assign a scent to a corporate concept?"

"Anyway, if we’re conforming to gender norms, then the KKW unisex fragrance will most likely be received by the mainstream as feminine-leaning. That being said — it smells good, almost lemon zest-y at first application, but then becomes more robust and sporty as the day progresses. Would I wear it again? No. But that’s because I prefer stronger, more signature, consistent scents. The bottle, however, is pretty sick."
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Eli Russell Linnetz
Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer

I Tried: KKW Body III

The Verdict: "I have an extremely sensitive sense of smell, which is a blessing and a curse: I am both a scent savant who can sniff out the top notes of a fragrance from a mile away and a terrible, terrible snob (there are some popular but cheaply-made perfumes on the market that literally make me gag). But I genuinely liked the original KKW BODY — and not just because I love the gorgeous faux sculpture of a bottle."

"I don’t find this flanker as impressive — it’s a perfectly pleasant, wearable scent, but the woodsy spice I expected based on the opener (juniper berry, pink peppercorn, and black pepper Madagascar) never hit! It's all sweet, creamy sandalwood and vanilla. Not my jam, but probably someone else's."
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Eli Russell Linnetz
Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer

I Tried: KKW Body III

The Verdict: "I'd say this is way more complex upon first spritz than the other two KKW Body fragrances. I'm a big fan of woodsy scents with floral notes, so I really loved its mix of pink pepper with lavender and violet and then a little bit of lingering vanilla."

"The fact that it's being marketed as a unisex fragrance is still a bit ridiculous to me because, you know, anyone of any gender can wear any fragrance they want, but I genuinely liked smelling like a sexy forest all day. It probably helped too that it reminded me of the first scent I really got into as a kid: Bath & Body Works' Warm Vanilla Sugar. Don't even try to hate."
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