I can’t let people forget their mistakes. It’s a fault of mine. This is why you shouldn’t marry me.
By Kilian Water Calligraphy smells so very familiar when I apply it. It reminds me, I hate to say it, of something more mainstream but I don’t know what. I do get water lily with a bit of sulfuric grapefruit peel. Water Calligraphy “wears down” on me really quickly. I’m left with dewy florals and white musk. The dry-down is a grassy vetiver with tons of white musk.
After a few wears, it hit me. I finally figured out what Water Calligraphy reminded me of – Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey. But, less woodsy and with less longevity. And it’s less abrasive. I mean Water Calligraphy is “nice” and all of that but it sure doesn’t seem original. Yeah, I wore it one day carrying a heap of groceries back from Uwayimaya on a hot day. It smelled great and was awesome on my overheated body; however, I can find other stuff, stuff launched in 1992 and sold at every department store in America that retails for much less and smells almost the same (well, to my nose). Here is where By Kilian made the mistake. Do your perfume research.
Notes listed include grapefruit, raseda blossom, water lily, jasmine sambac, magnolia, cardamom, and vetiver. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give Water Calligraphy a try if you like watery florals. Or perfumes like Clinique Happy, Davidoff Cool Water for Women, Calvin Klein Eternity for Her, Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey, and/or Alfred Sung Shi. Water Calligraphy is a unisex fragrance but it does come across as feminine to me since it reminds me of so many popular designer perfumes marketed to women in the 1990’s.
Water Calligraphy has average projection and below average longevity. I get 3 hours max and about an hour on a warm day.
By Kilian Water Calligraphy retails for $260 at Saks.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Inoffensive dewy floral. Now let me translate that – dull. A nice, wearable fragrance. But, it’s not worth the price in my opinion. You can get something like this for under $100. AND because of this, Water Calligraphy offends me. It takes some nerve to try to sell us something for about $250 in a pretty bottle that smells like something that has been on the market for over 20 years that retails for under $100. Stuff like this really “grinds my perfume gears”. – After that rant, if it sounds like something you’d like, try it.
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*Sample provided by By Kilian since I’m a fan of their Facebook page. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Luckyscent. Hiroshage “Yatsumi no hashi” from Wikipedia. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!