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By Kilian Sweet Redemption EDP Perfume Review

By Kilian Sweet Redemption

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… Continue reading | 9 Comments

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By Kilian Incense Oud EDP Perfume Review

By Kilian Incense Oud

In By Kilian’s Arabian Nights Collection, Oud is merely a cognomen and not a hint to actually containing oud. I think Incense Oud is an excellent fragrance despite its slightly misleading surname.

Incense Oud opens with spices, a minty rose geranium and astringent cedar. The scent is dry, spicy and woody all at once. It softens with incense resins, “fruity” spices (like pink peppercorn and cardamom) and a “fruity” rose. It’s one of those incenses that I enjoy. Soft and powdery instead of sharp and… Continue reading | 1 Comment

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By Kilian Back to Black EDP Perfume Review

It’s interesting to see one’s perfume tastes “expand” throughout the years. When I first tried the By Kilian line only the L’Oeuvre Noire Collection existed. My favorite was Back to Black. It immediately drew me in. I loved its tobacco sweetness. Now I still like Back to Black but I find myself now more drawn to the flowers in the collection like Beyond Love. Even though these days I find Back to Black “too sweet” for most of my moods, I do think it’s a paramount perfume for the… Continue reading

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By Kilian Playing With the Devil EDP Perfume

By Kilian Playing With the Devil

Old Southern ladies like to say things like “Oh, this rain is playing the devil with the arthritis in my knees!” and stuff like that. So when I heard of this new By Kilian perfume, Playing With the Devil, I thought about my great aunts’ grouchy old friends and one of their favorite phrases, “playing the devil with“. This has nothing to do with this fragrance but it’s funny how you forget something like that and then some niche perfume makes you think of… Continue reading | 8 Comments

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By Kilian Water Calligraphy EDP Perfume Review

By Kilian Water Calligraphy

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… Continue reading | 12 Comments