By Killian Sweet Redemption
Completely due to jealousy, I am inclined to despise Killian Hennessey. He is too beautiful, too young, too rich and too talented. He is by all accounts a perfectly charming man as well, which makes me even more wretched.
I’ve liked his fragrances, but haven’t really loved any.
Sweet Redemption is perfectly lovely. I’ll quote the press release:
“Inspired on one hand by Baudelaire’s homage to sweet and deep fragrances, yet on the other hand by the dark and mysterious poetry of Jim Morrison as he seemingly forebode his own demise. ‘Sweet redemption, the end’ is a final bow to these cursed poets, a final commentary on the irresistible charm of the forbidden fruit that tempts us throughout the ‘L’Oeuvre Noire’.This redemption, this liberation, becomes even more desired when we learn of its intensity… the innocence of orange blossom… the roughness of the sour orange leaf absolute… the sweetness of the vanilla absolute. The dry down is composed with a strong balsamic ? almost religious ? accord built around myrrh,incense and benzoin.”
Well. okay. I get a really lovely orange blossomed touched with vanilla. It skates back and forth between being really true to the orange blossom to having an almost chewing-gum aspect to it that sounds dreadful but it’s totally captivating in a very happy, youthful way. The balsamic aspects in the drydown aren’t to me churchy at all, or for that matter that strong. They just add depth to the opening, making for a scent that I can only write of as serene- I think my blood pressure dropped 10 points at first whiff. It’s probably the best use of orange blossom in a scent in years.
It’s $225 for 50ML at the usual suspects, which would bug me, but then how much is Prozac these days? Plus, there aren’t any side effects to this, except perhaps anorexia of the wallet. My sample was from LuckyScent.