By Kilian Love and Tears (Patty)

There is definitely a Romance.Gone.Bad vibe to the By Kilians. After their foray into ouds this last year and an aphrodisiac (if you like your aphrodisiacs of the spice variety and not oyster’ish), they’ve returned to the “love” theme with Love and Tears.

Calice Becker is the creator of this one, and it is beautifully done. Notes of Bergamot, petitgrain, cypress, jasmine, orange blossom, ylang-ylang and cistus make up the perfume. It’s not over in the very indolic range of jasmine, but more in the greenish tropical jasmine range. Makes sense if you want your love with pristine tears instead of dirty, rutting goat sex. I’m more in favor of the latter, but I wouldn’t turn down a bottle of Love and Tears or even a more pure love full of happy tears. Not that I’d want to live with it regularly, but it would be worth a visit.  Brief.  The perfume I could live with a lot longer, it really is lovely.

So if you want jasmine to be a little more green with a light indolic touch (no fecal for you, thanks!) and more tropical, you should definitely look into Love and Tears.

Denyse has reviewed this too.  It’s due out late September at Luckyscent, but they included a sample with an order, so I think you can sample earlier than the release date.

Which for you, nice, happy love or something more smutty?

  • Tara C says:

    I thought it was very pretty and appealing, but then I had to ask myself, why when I have about 3-4 bottles of good jasmine soliflores, I never reach for them? I always seem to go for the more skanky intense scents. So there’s my answer right there – don’t need this one, although I think it’s well done and pretty.

  • Rappleyea says:

    This sounds like a must try for me, Patty, although I’d much prefer an indolic jasmine. How was the lasting power? The only base note listed was the cistus.

  • mals86 says:

    Wellll, now, if we’re talking about Love, here ya go:

    The White Rose, by John Boyle O’Reilly

    The red rose whispers of passion,
    And the white rose breathes of love;
    O, the red rose is a falcon,
    And the white rose is a dove.

    But I send you a cream-white rosebud
    With a flush on its petal tips;
    For the love that is purest and sweetest
    Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

    “Happy love with a hint o’ Smut” would probably be my choice, not an either-or. Jasmine can get pretty smutty on me, unless it’s the green kind, which I like without loving. (Tuberose, that’s love. Jasmine, not-so-much.) Rose, though, I love from Sweet&Innocent all the way through OhYouNaughtyGirl.

  • maggiecat says:

    In the rest of my life I tend to go for the smut, but in perfume I’m more of a nice girl. probably the only place that could be said. This By Kilian sounds interesting – I’ve not had a lot of opportunties to sample this line, but now I’m intriuged.

    Does anyone think we love perfume contrary to our personality types?

    • Musette says:

      well, I’m pretty on-track with perfume. Vintages Mitsouko, Jolie Madame, Femme. Ass-kickers, all. But I definitely love colors and flowers contrary to my personality type. David Austin roses for my Carmen Miranda-lookin’ self. Hokay.

      My favorite colors are watery blues and greens…I have (‘had’ – my ex-hub made me get rid of it because it was silly) a teensy slate-green chiffon summer dress. Not only was it completely age (and SIZE)-inappropriate but the color made me look like I’d been pulled out of a limestone crypt!

      I thought it made me look delicate and ethereal. =))

      xo >-)

    • Rappleyea says:

      I definitely think so MaggieCat! I’m just the opposite – pretty much of a nice girl in RL, but love heavy, dense, vintage, and definitely skanky perfumes.

  • Bee says:

    I tried it on one wrist, on the other my only full bottle-jasmine: jasmine & cigarette. I definitely prefer the latter, I find it has more depth, and has an interesting drydown (tobacco-leathery notes) whereas Love and tears sort of bored me (not smutty at all!). Beyond Love is still my favorite By Kilian.

  • Abyss says:

    A posh department store here will be stocking the Killians from next month but they already have the testers out so I tried this (and the rest of the line) yesterday for the first time. Love and Tears was one of the last ones I tried but I can’t remember what it was like at all except “kinda fresh”!

    The store were giving two samples per customer and the two that stood out on first sniff and went home with me were Back To Black and Beyond Love. I might have to go back and try some more, though.

  • Isa says:

    That Love and Tears has my name on it. I’m looking forward to trying it. I don’t like jasmin when it gets too indolic and dirty, but I love it when it’s green, soft and wet :)

    By the way… yesterday I fell in love with Back to Black, which I was able to try thanks to a dear friend who sent me a sample. That honey in the drydown was addictive.

  • Masha says:

    To answer, I’ll tell you what I did last week (shh!). I’d received a small bottle of Yves Rocher’s Tendre Jasmin in Munich during one of their promotions, and it was a lovely little floral with no real jasmine. Very pretty and happy. So I added 2 drops of real jasmine sambac absolute (which IFRA banned, I think), and turned it from Tendre Jasmin into Smutty Jasmine! Now I really love it. And hey, real jasmine is shown in real research to be just as good at inducing sleep and happiness as most of the prescription pills on the market today. I say, go for the jasmine option.

  • carter says:

    Nice, pretty, safe…zzz. Pristine tears? Don’t waste my time.

  • Musette says:


    I have enough ‘nice’ to last 2 lifetimes and always forget about it 20 seconds after it wears off. The smutty stuff? With me always.

    xo >-)