Let’s don’t mince any words – By Kilian Pure Oud, I love you. I adore it, need it, must have it. Yes, yes, this is what oud perfumes should be, so everyone else that isn’t By Kilian Pure Oud should pay attention. Now, the price has me shuddering – about 400 for 50 mls, though the refills once you go through the first 50 mls should be much less spendy. Since you’ll only buy this if you love it, you should plow through 50 mls in a hurry. This is one of the rare times when I will say it’s worth every last cent. Sure, I’d like it to be cheaper, but I have no qualms about the price.
Grain de Musc reviews it here, and Octavian reviews it here. Leathery, tobacco, dark, civety, saffron, Immortelle. What’s not to love? Well, if you like your perfumes bright, cheerful and flowery, please don’t go near this, you’ll hate it because it’s none of those things. By Kilian Pure Oud is moody and difficult, warm and embracing. So many oud perfumes are muscled by the oud and get all sharp and shrill and make my head hurt. This has the oud, but it’s a base, a complement to the other notes. Denyse and Octavian mention an inkiness, and that’s exactly it. Dry ink, dusty, slightly musty, nestled into leather. This is the melancholy letter you write at the end of the affair with the person you wrongly thought was the love of your life. This is the first By Kilian perfume I’ve smelled that belongs absolutely in that cunning little enameled black box with the black ribbon and the key, and the addition of the gold plate on top with a big K on it. The juice inside it matches all of the externals – it is the darkness that you covet.
This shit rocks.
I’ve got a couple of other things I’ll talk about next week that have made me scream “Oh, God” a couple of times in a frenzy like this one has. It’s been a pretty great perfme summer for me so far. How about you?
Oh, yeah, yeah, of course I’ll give away a couple of samples of The Preeeecioussss. Drop a comment and you’ll be entered in the drawing.