Love and Tears is the 9th fragrance in By Kilian’s Collection, L’Oeauvre Noire. It’s the “Surrender” scent and it’s a big jasmine soliflore. A big and beautiful jasmine soliflore. Now, the tears, this fragrance isn’t sad at all. I think, the tears come from your bank account when you buy this fragrance.
Love & Tears opens up as a very heady white floral with indolic jasmine and orange blossom. Boy, this jasmine is strong. Give it a few minutes, wait. Now sniff. Awe, it’s a huge jasmine but not skanky or filthy. The indoles settle. It’s clean, white, intoxicating. It’s pretty linear. It wears as this, what I’m calling, Jasmine-osauras-Rex. And then after a few hours, I get the dry-down. It’s still very much white floral, but more gentle and with a Mediterranean inspired evergreen that very much reminds me of the brush that grows so close to sea. I would call this a “green jasmine” because it is so fresh. I actually like this one better dabbed than sprayed.
Notes listed include bergamot, petit grain, cypress, jasmine, orange blossom, ylang-ylang and cistus. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give Love & Tears a try if you are looking for a jasmine soliflore or if you like fragrances like Montale Jasmin Full, Serge Lutens A La Nuit, Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage, Nasomatto Nuda, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Jasminora and/or Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger. I consider Love & Tears to be a very feminine fragrance.
The 1.7 oz spray of this perfume retails for $225 at Luckyscent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A very big white floral, heavy on jasmine and orange blossom, a “green jasmine”. Big and beautiful but I like Serge Lutens A La Nuit better. This is what I’m telling myself 😉
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*Product picture from Luckyscent. Washingtonian actress and 1940’s femme fatale, Ella Raines pic from www.fanpix.net