By Kilian Angel’s Share Review

By Kilian Angel's ShareBy Kilian Angel’s Share was just released, and I think they sold out at the U.S. Kilian site in less than two hours.  The note list of cognac, cinnamon, oak, tonka bean, praline, vanilla and sandalwood explains that.

Those of you desperately wanting another big Kilian gourmand may be mildly left wanting, and those of you dreading a big Kilian gourmand will be happier than you think after reading that note list.

Those of you that hate cinnamon in perfume can go on to Roses on Ice or something else.  More on that later. It’s not a cinnamon perfume, but— well, I’ll wait and get into that later.

Angel’s Share in the distilling business is that portion (la part des anges) that evaporates and the angels take up to God, or I guess for themselves. It’s not super clear who gets it, but it actually works in the experience of By Kilian Angel’s Share.

This opens as the big, beautiful gourmand you are expecting from the notes — a big, lush booze, pralines, wood, vanilla, cinnamon poof bomb.  And you are going yeah!  Like Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant before the horror hits you that you are not ready to be committed to wearing that gigantic gourmand for maybe years before it will come off.  Okay, I’m exaggerating about the Kenzo a little bit.   But not much.

By Kilian Angel’s Share opens big, and the gourmand people will be leaping in their seats.  On me, that open is fleeting. It’s there and then it ghosts, and I’ve mostly got a great vanilla-softened oaky sandalwood with a hint of cinnamon. That part also makes me very happy, though I loved the open.  It was just not expected.  I thought that was the way it would finish, but only sort and not really.

This is a wafter. What you smell on your skin with your nose down in it isn’t all of it.  I started walking around the house and looked around to see who smelled so delicious.  Me. In the waft, I get the cinnamon-vanilla-praline just gently spinning around in the air like some magic invisible fairy dance. And I’m thinking, is that intentional?  Is it just my skin?  Is it just how I smell things? I don’t know. But if it was intentional, it is genius. It really feels like the angels are taking their share.  You have been left with something, and they are taking theirs, but it is still there, swirling about you, not really leaving you.

There and not there.

About the cinnamon.  I amp the oak and sandalwood like crazy on my skin with this perfume. My sister was amping the cinnamon.  The cinnamon is absolutely there, but on me it is lighter, floating. On her, it is more like a big cinnamon roll.  I like them both, and I love cinnamon, but if you can only do a little cinnamon, just be aware that this may amp cinnamon like a FireStix.  Or not.

Overall, I think By Kilian Angel’s Share is gorgeous, less of what I was thinking it would be and more of what I had not expected. In this case, that is a great thing, even though in my sweet perfume loving old age, I probably would have been all about a big praline and vanilla cinnamon bomb, too. 🙂

I am thinking of throwing the ALOF Freckled thing on with it. It could be horrific, but maaaaybe not!  Could be genius.

Winners of the A Lab on Fire Freckled and Beautiful – VerbenaLuvvr and Bridget B. Just click on the Drop Us a Note up at the top in the Aqua bar, send me your mailing address, remind me of what you won, and I’ll get the sample of this and the ALOF Sunset Blvd one out to you as well.

Yes, of course a drawing on this lovely thing.  Will draw two commenters are random to get a sample of By Kilian Angel’s Share.  Just drop a comment to be entered! So cinnamon, yeah or nay?  Or really, just generally, is there one note that is a complete deal breaker for you?

  • Ann Michele says:

    Description sounds delicious-always risky to spend couple hundred dollars without trying first. Might be worth the risk.

  • Zazie says:

    Sounds delicious! And I love the name.
    Maybe because I am binge watching Lucifer on Netflix…

    Oh, and none of the notes listed is a deal breaker.
    The big deal breaker for me, when dealing with gourmands, is adding lavender or other herbs – rosemary, sage…
    Many have gone down that route, from Uncle Serge to Guerlain to the late Vero Kern, and while it is an interesting twist, the herbaceous oriental (I think I made that up!) is not for me…
    Cinnamon feels more appropriate, somehow. Like you are owning it.

  • Ariel says:

    Yay to cinnamon! It’s so cozy and such a big part of my childhood memories. Coming home to cinnamon toast and a pile of library books was the comfort I held onto during dodgeball.

    Pink pepper and my skin do not play nice. Nails on chalkboard awful.

    Thanks for the draw and the very informative review. So nice to hear how the scent wore on different skin.

  • Undina says:

    Usually cinnamon ruins a good pastry or tea for me, but surprisingly I don’t mind it in perfumes (in moderation).
    Cumin and tuberose are two notes that, as a rule, do not work for me, but even these might be present (in homeopathic quantities, of course), and I won’t scrub the perfume off.

    Thank you for the draw: with the current testing situation (as in “no testing at a store”), everything one might want to try has to be either bought, swapped or won – so, I’m not passing on the opportunity.

  • Brigitte says:

    Yay to cinnamon. No note is a deal breaker.

  • Gina T says:

    I love cinnamon in vintage spicy oriental fragrances. I also like it in gourmands. Thanks for the sweet giveaway! Hugs to you today!

  • pattie says:

    Hi Patty! I like cinnamon and this sounds gorg, so please enter me.

  • Tara+Mc says:

    I love the name, sounds like a wonderful holiday scent! But now I need to hear more about this Roses on Ice creation.

  • Maya says:

    Nay on cinnamon. I really like the bottle and name of this perfume, but I have disliked every By Killian perfume I have tried. So DNEM. It took me a while to figure out what it was that I didn’t like in some perfumes. It was lychee/litchi. It ruins the perfume for me.

  • Anna Egeria says:

    I can’t wait to smell Angel’s Share, it must be gorgeous! I do like cinnamon in a fragrance. I have worn EL’s Cinnabar. The deal breaker in a fragrance for me now would be a beautiful violet note. Thanks for the drawing.

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    Yay, thank you! 🙂 I’ve been searching for a cinnamon-heavy fragrance that makes me happy for a long time and this sounds promising.

  • SpringPansy says:

    Yes, please enter me. I love some of the By Kilian fragrances. Sounds delicious.

    For cinnamon – a cool dry incensey cinnamon: Villoresi’s Incensi. I never hear about it anymore. I had a bottle, traded it away and wish I hadn’t. Or Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique for warm and sweet.

    I also just posted on yesterday’s beach post. Always late to the party…

  • Sarah says:

    I like cinnamon, but dislike heavy cinnamon Xmas candle scents. That lurking olfactory assault gives me headaches. This sounds like the opposite of that!

    • Patty says:

      As long as your skin doesn’t amp the cinnamon, I think you’ll be fine. It’s not a cinnamon battering for sure!

  • Tara C says:

    Sweet, boozy, cinnamony, yaaaaas!! Thank you for the sample draw as I am far too broke to buy a bottle.

  • Musette says:

    Omg. I have missed you SO much on the blog – I didn’t realize it until you started reviewing again! I can hear your voice and see you moving about, wondering ‘wth? WHO SMELLS SO FAB!? Oh! it’s ME’
    dnem, obvs – you’ve described it lusciously but this is so not me it isn’t even ….. but! I did want to say thankyoufalettin’youbeyourself.. again! xoxoxox

    • Patty says:

      yeah, this is deffo not you! 🙂 I think you’d admire it from afar, but I can’t even remotely picture you wearing and going oh, yes, that is amazing for me. 🙂 And thanks.

  • Dina C. says:

    I’m not a gourmand fan, so this one sounds like a no to me. Love cinnamon in food, but not in scents. DNEM, thanks! I like wafting scents.

  • Mak1203 says:

    I get the same “what smells good? Me!” When I wear MFK BR 540 and especially the body oil. looking forward to trying this one!

    • Musette says:

      snap!!! I (literally) JUST picked up a carded sample of BR540 off my office floor, wondering what the heck? why is it here? What does it smell like? So I just sprayed a touch… operators are standing by… xoxoxo

    • Patty says:

      I need to go back and revisit this one, but I’m not sure I have any. I probably have a sample if I just hunt for it, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Portia says:

    WANT this so much. that bottle alone is enough to make we sweat.
    Portia xx

    • Musette says:

      it is gorgeous, innit? Makes me want to clean off my perfume dresser !!! xoxoxo

    • Patty says:

      You know, I did not even mention the bottle, and I should have. I love this bottle. I always liked Kilian’s packaging, but after you’ve gotten a couple it feels like too much. This bottle is just right, it looks gorgeous and is substantial enough to not feel cheap, but it’s not overdone. Really lovely stuff.

  • taxi says:

    This sounds amazing! I’d love to see how I waft!

  • Jennifer S says:

    This sounds yummy! Love cinnamon sprinkled on my oatmeal and I even add a touch of cinnamon to my coffee now and then. Dealbreakers for me would be any note that contributes to a powdery scent. Iris is that you?!

  • Kathleen says:

    I’m not sure about cinnamon note in perfume, I haven’t had much experience with it. But I adore actual cinnamon; I eat cut-up apples daily with a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon on top.
    I like the bottle design better than the black bottles!

    • Patty says:

      I do too! It’s lighter and more ethereal. They are really gorgeous to look at as well, and made well without being over the top.

  • Maggiecat says:

    Cinnamon is a huge yes for me, and I love the warmth it gives to cost winter scents.

  • NancyC says:

    I’d love to try this one! I’m a cinnamon fan – Bengal Rouge is big love for me.
    Gardenia is sadly a deal breaker for me. I love smelling the actual blossom, but my skin amps the note.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, you gardenia haters. I used to hate it, along with LOTV, but I eventually learned to love them both.

      Cinnamon is great in a perfume, and this one is really done well.

  • KimB says:

    I also like a lot of Kiliians. Cinnamon is nice if subtle. Otherwise I feel like I’ve put on my favourite tea.

    • Patty says:

      I’d like to say it is subtle. It is on me, but I don’t know that that’s the case on everyone. I’m just not sure. I think the cinnamon is the wafty part, along with the vanilla. The woods stay much closer to the skin.

  • hajusuuri says:

    Sounds interesting and would love to try! Cinnamon just smells nicely spicy to me. Thanks for the draw!

  • March says:

    So that sounds fantastic, and I love the name! But don’t enter me in the draw, that wouldn’t be fair lol.

    • Patty says:

      I know the name is great, and I really was thinking oh, yeah, the name, but that the name seems to work – at least the way it smells for me – is crazy.

  • Janet in California says:

    I love a lot of Kilian’s. This one sounds like heaven to me. I don’t think I have any cinnamon note perfume.
    Thanks for the draw.

    • Patty says:

      I can only think of EL Cinnabar and Serge Rousse. I like a good cinnamon for sure, so I wouldn’t have been unhappy with the FireStix effect either. 🙂 I did love this, and I’m happy they’ve done something so beautiful.