Okay, the promised new Kilian Playing with the Devil review!
There is a new entry in the Garden of Good and Evil, By Kilian Playing with the Devil. Now, that name conjures up all sorts of Bacchanalian smells in my mind. Let’s see if Party With the Devil lives up to it.
Notes – litchi, blood orange, black currant, white peach, pimento, pepper, rose, jasmine, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, benzoin, tonka, and vanilla.
No musk? Cumin? Virgin’s blood? Tsk, disappointed in the list of notes.
Fine, it’ won’t be what I think it should be at all, but is it a good fragrance? It’s Calice Becker, so of course it is well made. It opens strong on the litchi and fruit notes, starts to warm with the florals, and I was thinking it was heading off into more interesting territory all too briefly, left it for a while, got a nice build-up from the benzoin and pepper. It smooths out and warms with the tonka and vanilla notes. The first two times I tried it, I wasn’t bowled over, but the third time is a charm. I really do like it, it’s a beautifully made fragrance.
It just doesn’t fit my idea of what Kilian Playing With the Devil should be just based on the name. I’m over it, though, and just judging it as a fragrance I’d wear? Yeah, absolutely, it’s in that slightly weird mix of notes categories like Amouage Beloved. Not the same fragrance at all, but just a discordance that is interesting. My other complaint is that nice weird phase doesn’t last long enough, the tonka and vanilla kick in and smooth out the roughest of those edges that I really, really liked. Still beautiful, but from after the first 5 minutes through the first hour is my very favorite part. But, you know, there is just nothing in this that makes me unhappy in the least, I really love it, just doesn’t have the teeth I was hoping it did. Trying to live up to a name is tough.
I was doing some sample give-aways last week for this fragrance, and I’ll do another set of four this week and announce the winners next Tuesday. Just drop a comment to be entered. What are you doing for the upcoming Labor Day weekend?