How the Paris Robbery Aftermath Inspired Kim Kardashian’s New Fragrance

How the Paris Robbery Aftermath Inspired Kim Kardashian’s New Fragrance
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Today marks the release of Kim Kardashian-West‘s three limited-edition fragrances at Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Citrus, and Crystal Gardenia Oud. The monikers make no secret of what they actually smell like, but the minimalist packaging is a little more cryptic.

Although we’re typically unmoved by the stories (or lack thereof) behind celebrity fragrances, we’re admittedly intrigued by the inspiration for Kardashian’s bottle design.

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In an exclusive interview with Women’s Wear Daily, the media juggernaut described the “calming and healing” theme of the scents, and how the aftermath of her Paris robbery influenced the crystal-themed design.

“Honestly, after my Paris situation [when she was held at gunpoint and robbed], a lot of my friends would come over and bring me healing crystals, and I obviously knew what they were — it’s very L.A. and it’s very popular right now — but for me it meant something so different,” she said.

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“I was sitting there and I’d get these collections of them and I started to really dig deeper into what they meant and the meanings behind them and started to go to these crystal warehouses in Culver City and downtown [L.A.].” Oh, we can only imagine what a Kardashian krystal (see what we did there?) collection looks like.

It’s also worth mentioning that the 37-year-old has overseen every step of the ideation process, thus cutting out the middle man and bringing a small batch directly to her fans.

“It’s the first time that a fragrance is really being sold with the model that I’m doing it at. It’s really just using online sales and doing it all digitally,” she said.

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The quartz bottles are available in two sizes, 30 ml. and 75 ml., and priced at $35 and $60, respectively. The prices are surprisingly modest, but of course, there’s a catch: only 300,000 are available at the KKW Fragrance website or at the Violet Grey store in Los Angeles, CA.

“Fragrance is harder [to sell], but makeup is difficult, too, because you don’t really test the product. I hope we’re doing a good job of describing what it will smell like, that’s always a little bit tricky.”

We think you’re doing amazing, sweetie.