Let’ go through two interested new releases – Papillon Salome and Maison Francis Kurkdjian Ciel de Gum. Both were what I expected and some unexpected. Why put them together in a review? Because they go great together.
First, let me warn, if you put Papillon Salome on, be ready to live with it for a couple of days. I sprayed it on in the afternoon, then showered because I was going out that night, and it was as if I hadn’t even showered as far as Papillon Salome was concerned. I meant that as in it had not washed off a bit and I smelled more than a bit unwashed – in a good way, of course.
So if you are going to put on Papillon Salome, commit, because it won’t be leaving you for a day or two. I needed to re-apply to write this review, and I have to go to the office tomorrow, and, well, I’m afraid that even a tiny drop may be too much to take in there because I know it’s not going anywhere.
Notes of bitter orange, jasmine, carnation, rose, Africa stone, oak moss and styrax make up Salome. Inspired by Biblical Salome of the Dance of the Seven Veils, intended to be seductive, it hits that target square on. It applies with an amazingly heavy dose of skank. This is the Africa stone, which is basically the old droppings of a Rock Hyrax – also known as hyraceum – and that stuff is pungent. While I find the opening to be sexually feral just because it takes your breath away and makes you think naughty thoughts, I don’t think it really stays that way. It stays incredibly seductive, like a full-court flirt press that never lets up. Dance of the Seven Veils in scented form, and my respect to the perfumer to fully encasing this sort of seductive hammer in a perfume.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Ciel de Gum was created for the anniversary of the GUM store in Russian and has been exclusive there since 2014. Osswalds in NYC got a few bottles of it, and I hope they can continue to get them. This has rapidly become one of my favorite go-to scents. Notes are amber, pink pepper, jasmine, rose, cinnamon and vanilla. This is your gramma’s amazing closet – the best smell I ever get out of amber. It has the lovely cinnamon-rose-jasine that keeps the floral accord so warm. When I first put it on, I thought, oh, yeah, nice. The more I sniffed it, the more I liked it. it’s some combination of notes that has this warm snuggly comfort in it. The vanilla isn’t overpowering at all, it takes a back seat, so it’s really not a vanilla perfume wholly. The vanilla just smooths over the more potentially problematic parts of cinnamon and amber and renders it all lovely comfort. My only complaint is this is an EDT, so frequent applications are necessary. For me, I can’t even complain because I don’t like stuff to last past 2-4 hours so I can put on something else if I want.
Both Papillon Salome and Maison Francis Kurkdjian Ciel de GUM are great additions to your winter perfume wardrobe. But where the magic happens? Put them both on one arm and sit back and go into an olfactory cuddlesex coma.
So let’s give away two sets of samples of Papillon Salome and Maison Francis Kurkdjian Ciel de GUM with commenters drawn at random. Favorite comfort scent or favorite seductive scent, or do you have one that hits both?
Winners of the By Kilian Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi samples – Lisa Stephen, fleurt4fleurs and Julie. 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.