Category Archives: By Kilian

Love – By Kilian

Love opens with sweet rich candies. A hugely synthetic but glorious orange sherbert accord – pounded off the skin by flourescent aldehydes. A sweet honey, sticky bubblegum-like jasmine, bright red berries – it’s a full-blown fruity floral – exaggerated so much it’s impossible not to swoon over.

The complicated sugar rich opening falls into the “pink bubblegum” category, and this Bazooka Joe style chewy goodness stays true throughout the heart. The florals get more intense, with the jasmine now becoming the leading player with some honey drizzled orange blossom. A dense, clean rose bouquet keeps it all solid and a little “perfumey”, just to keep Love teetering on the edge of maturity. A rich iris is subtle, but definitely there – providing more of a powdery texture and adding an ever so slightly savoury-floral edge.

Once the screechy aldehydes (not the soapy kind) have burnt off, the sugar turns from dense bubblegum into soft, chewy cotton candy. It’s bright, fluffy, and yes – pink. As if it needed sweetening more, some rich vanilla comes in (which thankfully I get along with after recently had a reallllly hard time with vanilla) – and a bunch of white musk to throw it off the skin a little more. It’s a huge perfume – loud, grotesquely flirtacious, but completely harmless.

Love remains pretty linear, it’s a fluffy marshmallow full of sugar, caramel, vanilla, the fruity twang of berries and a hugely playful floral bouquet in the middle. Sure – we have seen this kind of thing before – but here it is blown to gigantic proportions, and executed fantastically!
The drydown on the skin is long, sweet (if I need to say that any more), and true to the opening. The rose becomes the lead and it reminds me (the tiniest bit) of the sugar-coated rose petals of Parfumerie Generale’s gorgeous Brulure de Rose, with some pollen rich orange blossom on the side. It starts with a crisp, cavity inducing crack and breaks into bouncy, creamy yumminess – like a creme brulee!
A perfect example of the fruity/floral/gourmand genre – I love Love :D

Love 50ml EDP By Kilian – $235 Luckyscent

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By Kilian – Bamboo Harmony & Water Calligraphy (Asian Tales)

Bamboo Harmony opens with a rich bergamot which brings to mind the thoughtfully named Bergamote by The Different Company. The bergamot is paired with some citrus florals (neroli) and some more bitter acidic citrus fruits. It’s not quite harmonious at first, but still, a perfectly tame, smoothed out citrus combination.
The thing is, I actually like this opening – I normally can’t stand bergamot soliflore openings, or even many citrus openings at all! Bamboo Harmony is really slick in its initial presentation, and familiar in its scent. It has the depth that Bergamote lacks, and the solidity from generic but nicely chosen supporting notes.

Anyway. A light, almost unidentifiable floral joins in after a few moments as the citrus fruits calm down. Some subtle tea leaves creep in, making the heart a little herbal but still sleek and rounded. This combination pretty much makes up the entire Bamboo Harmony fragrance, until a little hint of anise joins in at the end. At first I sniff it and I think “Yep, I wouldn’t wear this, but it’s a very nice citrus”, and then I sit and think about it…
If this came in a sports bottle and cost £20, I’d sniff it and think “Urgh… generic sports crap”. The thing is, there is nothing original about Bamboo Harmony, in fact, there’s nothing really nice about it either. When you are presented with fancy packaging and familiarity with a niche brand – you naturally take it seriously (I’m not saying you force a positive review becuase I’m sure my readers know me well enough by now…). But, Bamboo Harmony is plain Jane, and to be honest, reminds me of Green Tea or even the ghastly Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden :’)

All in all – a quiet (but thankfully not transparent) green tea and citric floral fragrance that dries down to not much more :)


Water Calligraphy opens so thin and translucent it just smells like alcohol – but when that burns off, the opening turns out to be much nicer than Bamboo Harmony.

A lovely juicy grapefruit, not at all bitter – but mouthwateringly fresh, joins a delicate floral jasmine (with the merest hint of indole in the background). A little bouquet of magnolias join in quickly – sweet, green and lemon scented with a waxy texture. The indole in the jasmine comes in and out (and personally I find it a little out-of-place), but it adds a little substance to the otherwise very light leading notes.

The grapefruit unfortunately leaves a little early, and the florals start to dull slightly. There is a dewy freshness over the entire composition – but not at all like the gloriously synthetic covering over my recently reviewed Un Matin D’Orage – here it is much more ethereal and light.
And then, yet again, I realise exactly what I realised in Bamboo Harmony… this is rubbish!

From the start, Water Calligraphy smells identical to those scented tabs in magazines that advertise fragrances – you know the ones that all smell absolutely identical and nothing like the advertised perfume. I could imagine Water Calligraphy being a lovely air freshener, maybe even a fabric softener, heck – even a bleach fragrance.
What remains on the skin after the first ten minutes, is a very light, very cheaply floral, unappetizing fragrance that smells surprisingly familiar to Poundland’s rip-off of Kenzo’s Flower, which me and my boss had a good laugh at the other week…

However – the interesting aspect of Water Calligraphy returns about 3 or 4 hours later – when a potent semen note – in the same style as Secretions Magnifique, or even more so: Bosque by Humiecki and Graef, settles on the skin. It’s a wierd floral, with a salty note and a metallic thread running through it. It’s (in my sick mind) the best part of Water Calligraphy – but I’d still much rather go for Bosque which from start to finish is absolutely fantastic. Still – a lovely unexpected surprise :’)

Water Calligraphy By Kilian 50ml – $235 luckyscent
Bamboo Harmony By Kilian 50ml – $235 luckyscent

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