By Kilian Addictive State of Mind is the newest series released fall of 2014 by the Grandson to the founder of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Group, Kilian Hennessy. It consists of three perfumes – By Kilian Smoke for the Soul, Light my Fire and Intoxicated. Yeah, it’s another year, so it’s another Kilian line. Not that I’m complaining. But has anyone else noticed there seem to be a record number of new niche releases this fall? How to get a fraction of them reviewed is beyond my grasp.
Worse yet, I am trying to figure this out while my arm/shoulder/back are still recovering from an injury I don’t remember inflicting on it, except maybe in my sleep? It’s been about 3-4 weeks, and my chiro appointments are slowly resolving it, but damn… for a while it was 3 Motrin every three hours day and night for about 10 days before I got it through my head that this wasn’t some normal “Fall pressure changes are setting into a really old shoulder injury” pain and went and got help. So these will be reviews in brief still until I can type more than 10 minutes without screaming. Naw, it’s not that bad, really, it just sounds much more dramatic than saying “it gets all achy and stuff.”
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
“Hope is the thing with feathers
By Kilian Addictive State of Mind line has three perfumes at launch.
By Kilian Smoke for the Soul-
Notes of Eucalyptus, grapefruit, cardamom, mate tea, tagete, thyme, tobacco, birch make up this scent created by Fabrice Pellegrin. It’s an unusual pairing of tea, birch and lighter citrus/minty notes. It’s not exactly mint in your tea, it’s more than that. I wound up liking it much more than I thought I would because of the contrasts it has, and it doesn’t feel too heavy of clunky, the citrus and eucalyptus lifts it out of the dark. I like it, and this is coming from someone who loves my tea scents all black and smoky and smoldering choking tea notes at me. Hey, it’s a nice switch-up for a tea scent.
By Kilian Light My fire –
Notes of Patchouli, cumin, honey, birch, tonka bean make up this fragrance created by Sydonie Lancesseur. This leans heavily into the patchouli and honey on the open and has a nice skank bump from the cumin. The birch gives it some interest and the tonka smooths it all out. The heavy patchouli on the open almost had me backing away from this one, but I stuck with it and wound up liking it much more than I thought I would. At times it got a little muddy as it transitioned into another phase. It has a great hay-like feel to it that wound up charming me completely. Skank and hay are just not something I have much resistance to. Further into the drydown, the hay wasn’t as prominent, nor was the skank. So love turned to like. Not hate or dislike, but the first 15-20 minutes were the most fun I’ve had in a while.
By Kilian Intoxicated –
This, I predict, will be the big seller of this particular line, it has all the elements to make it the next Kilian Back to Black. Calice Becker crafted this addictive thing with notes of Cardamom, mocha coffee, cinnamon, tobacco, vanilla, patchouli. Yeah, seriously, that is my idea of perfume heave right there. Perfect for the winter months, it oozes warmth and comfort, wrapping the cinnamon-laced coffee and tobacco around that somewhat narcotic patchilla (yeah, I ‘shipped these two notes together, and???). The promise in the line’s name – By Kilian Addictive State of Mind – comes closest to being realized in Intoxicated. It is addictive. As the cold winds blow and I’m snuggled up in my new unicorn slippers and red fox onesie for the winter, this one will be billowing out of that onesie, trust me. The nicest thing about it, for all the heavy notes, it isn’t overwhelming and oppressive. Back to Black, much as I love it, can sometimes be too much, especially if you’re in a tight space with a lot of other people around. Intoxicated doesn’t seem to have that problem. For all of its heavy notes, it fairly lilts in the air. Nice waft.
Winner of the Serge Lutens L’Incendiaire sample – Eloquaint and Andre Gooren. Contact us by clicking on the Drop us a Line at the top of the blog, send me your address, remind me what you’ve won, and I’ll give you a quick confirmation that I got your e-mail instead of it floating aimlessly down my spam filter, and then I’ll get your sample sent out to you. I hope you love it!
AND! a Giveaway! If you comment on the post or share it on Facebook or Tweet it, you’ll be entered in the drawing for a sample set of all three perfumes. I’ll give away four of them. So what do you do for entertainment when you have an injury that stops you from doing all the things you love? Did I mention I haven’t knitted more than 4 stitches for the past almost month? I mean, how many books/movies/ceiling staring seshes can a person do?