Originally posted at Dreamwidth on February 02, 2010.
Inspired by Absinthe, bittersweet nectar of poets, this fragrance gives an initial burst of Orange Blossom then blossoms into a heart of Turkish Rose. Then swirling woody notes of Patchouli and Oak Moss join with lascivious Amber. The fragrance beckons one to enjoy a Garden of Delights, an astonishing olfactory oxymoron combining the freshness of Lavender from southern France and the warmth of Bourbon Vanilla.
Oh wow, as green on the skin as it is in the bottle.
Once again a really warm lush fragrance from Kilian. Soapy, slight woodsy smell, guessing that's the green absinthe oil something warm and musky underneath. DAMN YOU KILIAN, and damn you Calice Becker...This is a brilliant lavender/green cologne smell, a fantastic masculine without a doubt, but wonderful for a woman too.
I'm not big on lavender scents per se, although saying that both Vicomte de Valmont and Casanova by BPAL both have big lavender hits, and actually it would be interesting to compare the three fragrances together. All have a sense of gravitas and history about them, all are delicious.
After a couple of hours it's still very clear on my skin too, not so much lavender at this point, but LOADS of patchouli, amber and the briefest hint of vanilla. This is a wonderful smell very special but OH! the price... I need to do a sniff test against the BPAL scents I've mentioned as the Kilian is very pricey indeed. I've already blogged about the cost of niche scents here and the equivalent BPAL would be £25 cheaper. Alternatively I could splash out on a 5ml decant from The Perfumed Court for under £20.
This is a fantastic scent, one I immediately adore, but the price tag is fierce. Samples are pretty readily available on ebay and it is worth checking out. Sadly a full bottle will never be mine... :(