By Kilian has been irking me this past year. The brand seems to have given up on having an artistic direction and have been very open about their target markets (Asian Tales). And now we have the In The Garden of Good and Evil Collection.
Last summer when I was in Vegas, I kept smelling By Kilian fragrances on all of the tourists. Obviously Las Vegas has been a great market for this line. I kid you not, I smelled Incense Oud on sooo many people (which smelled great in the heat). I thought my nose was playing tricks on me. I asked people, “What are you wearing?” They responded Kilian Incense Oud.” I was right. My nose is good, even in the clouds of cigarette smoke. One gentleman told me it is very “exclusive”. I went home and told a fragrance friend, “I bet we see something Vegas-y from Kilian”. Behold! Kilian realizes they have a market there and now there’s a collection for those in Vegas wanting to buy something fancy, small and expensive. Bravo for realizing your audience. Now let’s see if it is has any artistic value.
In the City of Sin opens with fruits and pink pepper, not juicy but soft. Lovers of plum fragrances should love this top opening. It’s stone fruits and tons of “fruity” pink pepper and cooling cardamom. On me this fragrance wears a sweet fruity floral. I notice the plum and rose for most of the wear. It strangely wears very sweet and like rose cotton candy on me. The dry-down is still that same plum fruity-floral theme but with more white musk and cedar (like the cedar in Diptyque Philosykos).
In the City of Sin is a pleasant fragrance and “easy to wear”. But, I’m not feeling it. I have other things that I’d rather wear when I want a fruity-floral for grown-ups (ex. Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois or Bois et Fruits). In fact, there are other fragrances in the By Kilian line that are about the same. I guess that is why I’m not feeling it; it’s redundant.
Notes listed include bergamot, pink pepper, cardamom, apricot, plum, rose, incense, cedarwood, patchouli and white musk. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give it a try if you like plum in fragrance or dig spiced fruity florals. Try if if you like Fifi Chachnil, Creed Spring Flower, Etat Libre d’Orange Putain des Palaces and/or Creed Acqua Fiorentina. I view it as a feminine fragrance that is ageless. It would work on a teenager or a more mature woman.
In the City of Sin doesn’t have the same projection as other By Kilian perfumes. It’s softer. It has average longevity. The packaging is really pretty.
The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $245 at Luckyscent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Spicy stone fruit floral. Pleasant enough but I’m not in love.
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