By Kilian seems to understand and embrace the brave new world of perfume lovers—those of us who do most, or all, of our research and shopping online. Case in point: offering a complete sample set of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection to anyone who “liked” their Facebook fan page.
I’ve spent a lot of time with this collection of samples, and from the get-go, I was impressed. This is a collection that Tim Gunn would smile approval at—it’s extremely well-edited. Each offering is a stellar contribution to it’s genre. Today, I bring you a mini-overview of the collection.
- Prelude to Love: smooth, soft, iris. Even the citrus notes are soft; a very tender fragrance.
- Love: taught me that I actually do like (maybe even Love) orange blossom. Love is sweet and tender, delicate, yet bold.
- Beyond Love: real tuberose. Turns out I don’t really hate tuberose, so long as it stays away from the tropical clique. It’s fleshy and odd, and quite nice. I’m still not converted, but getting closer.
- Love and Tears: lightly indolic jasmine.
- A Taste of Heaven: really and truly is a taste of heaven, if you love lavender as I do. It reminds me somewhat of Tauer’s Reverie au Jardin, and I’d be hard pressed to choose one over the other if someone was offering to gift me my choice of the two. It’s green, round, creamy, and wonderful.
- Straight to Heaven: rum, pepper, musk. Lot’s of pepper—it’s dry, hot, and dusty, and reminds me of Carbone de Balmain.
- Back to Black: is the only one in this series I’ve opened my wallet for, and remains my favorite. B2B is a stellar honeyed-tobacco, which gets better and better as the hours wear on. It’s one that when I catch a whiff of on a scarf in the closet, I have one of those idyllic moments when I think I could be a signature scent kind of gal (this delusion is always brief).
- Liaisons Dangereuses: sweet roses! A youthful rose in the same vein as Juliette Has a Gun’s Miss Charming. LD is charming and pretty.
- Cruel Intentions: woody & leathery. Yeah leather! Smooth leather. Did I say leather?
- Sweet Redemption: the final installment in L’Oeuvre Noire, Sweet Redemption is what I can best describe as a Tropical Incense. It’s weird on my skin for the first half-hour or so, veering between scratchy cedar and a mish-mash of tropical notes (gardenia, tiare, osmanthus), but then settles into a beautiful woody incense.
The L’Oeuvre Noire collection is done in excellent taste: there isn’t a single one I’d say “no” to!