Kilian has released the last two fragrances in their Asian Tales series. The first two were nice, not particularly memorable for me. I loved Flower of Immortality with that glorious peach and red currant axis. Now Calice Becker has the last two. The releases on them seem to say that these are things she had created that Kilian snagged from her to finish the series, which, they say, goes against how he creates fragrances. So I’m thinking when I read that – huh? Just trying to finish this out and grabbed a couple of formulas that were Calice’s favorites? Ack, will these be half done?
I am happy to report that they are not. Even if they have been snagged from Calice Becker’s personal favorite formula shelves, they stand on their own as fitting this series and pretty darn nice.
Kilian Imperial Tea was a formula Calice worked on because she wasn’t quite happy with other tea scents out there. Notes of Jasmine sambac, bergamot, guaiac, maté, violet note make up Imperial Tea. This is a gorgeous tea that is enough different from others to make it unique. A little creamier and milkier, more floral, there’s a wee bit of smoke coming from it. It hits the perfect spot between that dark smoky tea like the old Comme des Garcons Tea and some of the lighter tea scents out there that make you think “Lipton instant.” It’s really a must for any tea perfume lover to try. It may or may not make your favorites list, but it is a distinct take on tea that you should try. With the loss of some great tea perfumes in the last couple of years, there’s some room for a good one or a great one, and Imperial tea is somewhere in the middle of those two things, depending on your tea smell preferences.
Kilian Sacred Wood is Calice Becker’s blend re-creating sandalwood since the days of using real sandalwood are so over. Given my long history of difficulty with even doing a post on sandalwood, I’m not a great resource for reviewing this, except I think it is a darn great blend if sandalwood is what you are looking for. Notes of Steaming milk accord, sandalwood, carrot, cumin, elemi, cedar wood make up Sacred Wood. It’s definitely a creamy sandalwood that intensifies in that first hour after applying and is its most sandalwoody. After that, it smooths out to a really nice woods scent. That’s okay with me because I find sandalwood’s smell overly rich much of the time, almost to the point of nausea. Yeah, I know, you sandalwood lovers are screaming with horror now. This also explains my inability to do a sandalwood post, the thought of smelling all those sandalwoods in a row makes me more than a little queasy.
Okay, do I have open giveaways? I do! The Chanel Jersey, Beige and 1932 extrait samples. Winners are – SallyM, Jane Elisabeth and trickyhollyolly. Just click on the Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog or e-mail patty at perfumeposse dawtcawm, remind me what you’ve won and give me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick confirm that I got your e-mail so you know it didn’t land in my spam filter, and I’ll get your samples sent out.
This week, of course we will do a drawing for three winners of samples of these two Kilian fragrances. Just drop a comment to be entered. You can tell me your favorite Kilian, if you’ve even tried Kilian or how you feel about tea or sandalwood fragrances or whatever is capturing your attention now.