By Kilian Sweet Redemption or “The End” is the final perfume in the L’Œuvre Noire Collection. Looking back at this collection, especially after seeing where the line has went, it was a really solid collection. When Sweet Redemption was first launched, I wasn’t immediately drawn in. My notes actually said “pedestrian”. Trying Sweet Redemption years later, my opinions have changed. It may be due to the amount of drivel the line has launched post 2011 and how my expectations have been lowered. But, really I think I’m trying this perfume now without any real expectations.
Sweet Redemption opens with fizzy grape soda and a heady, indolic orange blossom over vanilla custard. The acrid incenses peak through. It smells like raw myrrh but it also reminds me of waxy black licorice. It mixes with heady white florals and balsamic cocktail bitters. In the heart grape soda turns to root beer (more molasses and spices but still fizzy). The dry-down is smoldering, primordial incense resins and a balsamic vanilla bean pod.
Sweet Redemption is unusual. It’s sweet yet acrid. Floral but balsamic. It’s unusual but completely wearable. I can’t believe that I ever thought of this one as “pedestrian”. Now the newer launches from the line, yeah, those could be called that.
Notes listed include orange blossom, vanilla, myrrh, opopanax, benzoin, and incense. Launched 2011. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give Sweet Redemption a try if you are looking for a “different” orange blossom. Or if you like perfumes like Phoenix Botanicals Night Bloom, L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville a l’Aube, Smell Bent Sunshine and/or ABL Brands Crush’d. Sweet Redemption is unisex. I find it to be one of the few orange blossoms that I like to wear in both cool and warm weather.
Projection and longevity are above average. And baby, it has sillage.
The 1.7 oz retails for $260 at Saks. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Acrid, balsamic orange blossom in a root beer float. It’s unusual but enjoyable. I really like it. Sadly, I do see this one as “The End” for the line. It was the last interesting one that they produced, as if they knew they would dumb down the future launches…hopefully I’m wrong.
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