By Kilian Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi is the latest release in the Garden of Good and Evil series, but with the “Night in the Garden of Good and Evil” slant. Created by Alberto Morillas, it has notes of gardenia, ylang, tuberose, rose, vanilla and cedar.
Can we take a moment to look at this little clutch Kilian Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi comes in? I hadn’t gotten one of the GG&E clutches in my clutches before, but this thing is so darn cute. I never use a clutch, but it will go perfectly in my cut little used Vuitton black doctor bag purse I finally gave in and bought at a great price as an early birthday present. Yes, you get a picture of it.
Soooooo Gardenia? Is it too much to hope for a big, stinky bleu cheese gardenia? yes, yes, it is. But given that most people don’t agree with us stinky gardenia lovers, it’s probably a smart choice to tone that down so Kilian Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi has a broader appeal. There is a bit of gardenia tang on a longer open that never fully resolves, which is great, but this is an elegant floral with some opulent tuberose and ylang. I don’t think this is really unisex or at least not comfortably unisex. I think a guy could wear it and smell amazing, but I think it’s a tough sell as unisex.
The gardenia, tuberose and cedar are used judiciously to give it a subtle undercurrent of darkness. Hard to say why, it just doesn’t feel that wholesome as an elegant floral, but it’s not dirty or naughty pungent. Just slightly morally askew.
Hey sister! Go sister
He met Marmalade down in Old New Orleans
Struttin’ her stuff on the street
Hello, hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?
Getcha getcha ya ya da da
getcha getcha ya ya here
Mocha chocolata ya ya creole Lady Marmalade.
I wound up loving it, but I think if you’re looking for something making a big statement with that name – Kilian Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi – well, you’ll probably be disappointed. I loved the beginning of it much more and wished that could have lasted all the way through – that bite. It turned into a really beautiful floral that is easy to wear and that biting quality got smaller when I wanted it to get bigger.
I’m not crazy about the name, though I do love the song and, honestly? I think the name fits for at least part of the life of the perfume. It’s a seductive floral that has that little hidden bite to it that should scare you but doesn’t. And that clutch!! I have to admit that I’ve taken the perfume insert foam out of all of my Kilian boxes and turned them into knitting supply boxes. I know, I know, that seems so wrong to take such beautiful things and make knitting notion containers, but they are really perfect!
Winners of the Ormonde Jayne Vanille d’Iris samples – foxbins, eleebelle, nancysg and cookiequeen. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog, send me your name and address and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll send you a quick “got it” e-mail so you know it didn’t drop into my spam filter and then get it sent to you.
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