By Kilian Black Phantom (Memento Mori) is the most recent release from Kilian. And it’s a fun one. Notes of rum, sugar cane, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, almond, heliotrope and sandalwood.
Notes from the release “A ghostly pirate treasure-ship which forever silently cruises the Seven Seas without wind or air, but with her empty sable sails drenched in perfume – and the eerie clash of spectral cutlasses still resounding from her decks. Kilian Hennessy intrepidly explores these dream-like visions in a unique, surreal & supremely sophisticated new gourmand-woodsy fragrance. He weaves in, too, the dark and ancient concept of the Memento Mori: the death that sits unseen beside us in this life. To enjoy life fully and wholly, just as we love perfume: reveling in a sensual but inescapably transient moment which can be remembered and treasured – but never preserved. If it’s dirty, kinky, naughty, messy, or just plain wrong, I want it.”
Normally I’d laugh at that, but it’s really fun and fits the fragrance amazingly well. An oriental woody vanilla that hits on the sweet notes, buttressing them with some coffee and boozed chocolate. Seriously? This is the best gourmand they’ve done since Back in Black. It’s not a heavy gourmand, surprisingly, and I’m thinking I can even wear this during the summer – lightly! Mostly, it’s an adult, fun gourmand that will be one of the best sellers in the line over the next year. Count me as a huge fan of this. I never loved Back in Black like others did, though I understood it. This one is perfection.
Can we talk about my kitchen remodel? It’s done!!!!!
This is the angle from the living room, that’s the partial well we took out for the breakfast bar. Cooktop is in the bar with a euro style vent. I’ve got two wine racks. There’s a place for everything (at least for now!), so I’m trying to keep my counters basically clear. Below is the view from the kitchen to the living room.
I love it, it turned out great and was really fast. About a month start to finish, though some of the minor finish things took another week or so.
Winners of the Basenotes grab bag sample sets (huge!) with Bogue Gardelia sample – Claudia S and Foxredlab. Winners of a Bogue Gardelia sample – Anna Egeria P. and Eliz88510. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.
We’ll do a drawing this time for a By Kilian Black Phantom sample. You want to smell this, unless you absolutely hate all gourmands, then you don’t. Drop a comment to be entered. I’ll draw four winners at random next week!