By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses (Typical Me) is a dense jammy rose. However, the difference between Liaisons Dangeresues and other jammy roses, is that this one has a greenness that makes it seem more like “IT’S ALIVE!” which is a good, I guess. It’s a rose entangled in fruit orchards and vines that makes me think of Disney Sleeping Beauty’s cursed castle – a snarl of overgrown thorns.
Liaisons Dangereuses is a spiced plum jam with overripe, slightly camphoric blackcurrants. It’s fruity, jammy and lactonic with a green coconut. Fruit is a continuing theme within this fragrance. The heart is a densely jammy, fruity rose with an addition of fruits like raspberry, plums and apricots. There’s something sharp/bitter but I can’t figure out what it is. It’s like dry woods but greener. Whatever this greenness is, it gives a humid “outdoors” quality to this otherwise jammy, fruity fragrance. Liaisons Dangereuses dry-down is a vegetal musk with clean woods that still have that bitter, green quality (vetiver, most likely).
Notes listed include coconut flesh, prune absolute, plum, blackcurrant buds absolute, crystallized peach, cinnamon bark oil, ambrette seeds absolute, rose Damascus, geranium bourbon, Australian sandalwood oil, oakmoss extract, vetiver java oil, clear woods, vanilla extract, and white musks. Launched in 2007. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give Liaisons Dangereuses a try if you like jammy roses. Or if you are looking for “unisex” roses. Or perfumes like Neela Vermeire Trayee, Byredo Pulp, Montale Roses Elixir, Parfums DelRae Bois de Paradis and/or Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Fleur de Comores.
Projection and longevity are above average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Jammy plum-roses, green coconut and dry woods. You know, I remember liking this one much more in the past than I do now. That dry/bitter element isn’t working for me. It’s almost like it’s too much “IT’S ALIVE!” for me. It’s really overgrown…if that makes any sense. I think if I were forced to buy a By Kilian jammy rose, it’d be By Kilian Rose Oud. But, thank goodness, nobody is forcing me because I don’t feel like spending $260+ right now.
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*Sample purchased by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Helen Lee Worthing pic from www.doctormacro.com.