When I suggested to someone the other day that they needed a tiara, I told them how long I had my tiara and why I got it. But I had to replace it because my bulldog ate the tiara. I got a bigger, more sparkly tiara. But something about that phrase – The Bulldog ate My Tiara – says more about me than thousands of words could and how I find what is the best feminine perfume for me. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the By Kilian Flower of Immortality in a second
There is a part of me that is such a girlie-girl. I love all things feminine. Heels, frills, lace. My calendar is littered with hair appointments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, rolfing, yoga, Pilates, acupuncture. My closet is full of silks and cashmere. When I knit, my fingers only want to knit the softest, most plush yarns.
I also have a bulldog, and I had a truck until it got totaled a couple of months ago. I love to get dirty gardening, and sweat pours off me in buckets during hot yoga and when I run. Cowboy boots sit right next to my Laboutins. One day I load up on Annick Goutal Eau du Fier, and the next nothing but Dior Diorissimo, Dior New Look or Chanel 1932 will do. What I think is the best feminine perfume swings like a pendulum depending on how, um, forcefully feminine I’m feeling that day.
But there is one note that always hits my girlie girl trigger point.
By Kilian’s Asian Tales first two perfumes left me underwhelmed. They weren’t bad, they just weren’t memorable. Expectations were low for Kilian Flower of Immortality, except it’s Calice Becker and peaches, which could not possibly be bad, right? Notes of White peach, blackcurrant bud, freesia, iris, rose crystal, vanilla, tonka bean, white musk are part of the perfume. The Chinese tale “A Tale of the Fountain of the Peach Blossom Spring” is the inspiration for the perfume A fisherman from Wu Ling gets lost and ends up rowing next to a grove of peach treats. He follows it and winds up in Utopia.
I am a sucka for peach, it reaches deep inside me and curls its fingers around my tiara-loving femininity, sends me scurrying for some lacy underthings to put on under my sweats and even prompts me to throw a hot roller or two in my hair to get bouuuunnnncy curls. It is the part of me that weeps when the bulldog destroys my trinkets that represent my girlie-girl.
Peach a tricky note to do – easy to get into Candle or Air Freshener territory. MDCI Peche Cardinal does it right, though the perfume is more tart than Flower of Immortality. By Kilian Flower of Immortality gets the peach just right for me. It bursts open tart, juicy, sweet, and it’s so peachy perfect, my eyes literally roll back into my head and I get a case of the vapors. Yeah, see? Peach brings out my inner Southern Belle. The freesia adds the sweetness, but blessedly it doesn’t last too long and takes a back seat as a bit player, which is where freesia should go because, Lord, it can be overwhelming in perfume, though I love it so much in a live flower.
If you don’t love you some tartish sweet peach, skippity skip on by this one, you will so hate it. The drydown is much more subtle, but retains that softly fresh and juicy peach smell. It is uber-feminine in my mind and a great improvement on the first two Asian Tales perfumes. Calice peels her peach nicely for perfume.
So I do have some around and will give out 5 samples to commenters. And here’s what I need you to tell me this week – and you can choose – do you love peach in perfume or does it make you think of bathroom deodorizer? And what’s your favorite lily of the valley fragrance? That’s right, the Note Guide returns next week or maybe the week after with some spring notes, starting with lily of the valley. So I’m trying to get all the LOTV note prominent scents ahead of time! So drop a comment and be entered to win a sample of By Kilian Flower of Immortality.