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Unless you live on Jupiter and only get intermittent internet signal, you know that I am still having some issues with living at the back of the back of beyond. This is mitigated, somewhat, by my occasional Saturday forays back to Chicago. Two weeks ago I leapt aboard the train and went to do a Mag Mile stroll with my darling Miss Francine. Lots of stops, including Chanel and over the next couple of posts I will tell you allllll about some new stuff I sampled and sniffed.
The Universe was on my side that Saturday. Starting out frosty, it quickly warmed up to the mid-60s, which made strolling an absolute delight. We met at Nordie’s, where I got to sample the Bottega Veneta everybody’s been raving about (more on that in another post, I have to take my time with that subtle one)…I also sampled Prada Candy and……..I still feel like the Nerd Girl at the Cool Party. I can’t ‘get it’ because I CAN’T SMELL IT! sur-prize! I have yet to find a Prada I can get more than a faint ‘scent-over-alcohol’ smell from.
Prada Hates Me. Who cares? I Love Kilian.
We went to SFA to yakk with Rosie – and smooch the Kilians. Francine hadn’t spent a lot of time with them so it was fun to watch her reactions. I think she fell in love with Straight to Heaven , though knowing her perfume tastes I am thinking it might have been A Taste of Heaven. – it was one of the Heavens, that much I do remember (I’m OLD). I always forget that Kilian has two gorgeous Ouds, confusing them with the Tom Fords which reside cheek by jowl against the Kilian display. Saks’s perfume counter is abysmal, banished to the back of the section like a smelly old dog. Anyway, I stumbled back upon Rose Oud.…I have no idea why I keep glossing over this scent. It combines two of my favorite scent families, rose and a soft, dark oud accord – I don’t know if you remember my summer experiment where I combined Amouage Tribute Attar with Rosine Poussiere de Rosine for the Hog Roast at the nursing home….this is similar, but without the ashy accord (which I love to distraction, btw). This is much lighter and just beautiful. In a ‘pretty’ way. I find myself embarrassed to describe it thus because somehow ‘pretty’ has become almost anathema in the lexicon of Serious Perfumery. It’s okay to be ‘daring’ or ‘challenging’ or ‘intriguing’ – why not ‘pretty’? Tribute is GORGEOUS but it can be challenging and, in some situations, requires some explanation. Sometimes I just want to smell beautiful, in a pretty way. Just like this.
Rose Oud is, by far, my personal win of the Kilians, with Incense Oud in for the place. Both of those gorgeous beauties are done by the ultra-fabulous Calice Becker. I applaud that she didn’t crush the rose notes under a whole lotta lotta, y’know? Rose gets short shrift sometimes, just like ‘pretty’ – for example, the Rosines are often dismissed because of their lack of darkness and complexity – but I am going to come right out and say that I LIKE a sunny rose now and again. Yeah, they’re not over-nuanced but there’s a place for them. Rose Oud isn’t ‘sunny’ by a long shot – rather, it’s a glowing, faceted opal of a scent, with the roses and spices weaving and winkling around each other, forming a shining veil, luminous sunlight through stained glass. It is complex without trumpeting its complexity like a fedora on a 14 yr old boy.
I’m not in the market for a full bottle of Rose Oud because my lottery ticket has not been verified just yet but when I am I won’t be getting it in the justintimefortheholidays glamazon Swarovski crystal limited-edition bottle – as magpie as I am, I can’t love the embellished Kilian bottles. They feel ‘bedazzled’ to me, like someone hung a Juicy Couture charm on a vintage bottle of No 5 perfume. The standard Kilian black bottles are elegant, classic – and good enough for me. You may feel otherwise and that’s okay – diff’rent strokes!
But I thought you might like to see it anyway. That’s it up there.
Notes for Rose Oud are: Turkish rose, oud, saffron, cardamom
Photo courtesy shopstyle.com
SURPRISE!! If you slogged through all that, there is a halfway-decent reward. This charming young man at the Killian counter gave me this charming little box with 5 charming Kilian samples, including Rose Oud. I’m giving it away because I am Just That Kinda Gal. To enter, just let me know which Kilian is your favorite – or which one you have always wanted to try, or how you feel about the LE bottles v. the regular ones, or what you’re having for Thanksgiving dinner, because I am Just That Nosy. Giveaway will be open until Friday, November 25. Winner will be announced next Tuesday.