I was introduced to the Kilian “perfume family” a couple of years ago by a colleague of mine who purchased more than a dozen samples made by the famous perfume house. In search of the perfect scent, we started sniffing the (quite expensive) perfume samples during our lunch breaks. Soon we were charmed… Back to Black, Beyond Love, Love, Liaisons Dangereuses and Incense Oud are some of my favorite Kilians. But I still remember how I fell in love at first…sniff with “Playing with the devil”. “Playing with the Devil” is part of the “In the Garden of Good and Evil” Kilian collection, the “forbidden fruits” being the main signature of this assembly.This is a fruity fragrance with an opening of fruity notes – Blood Orange, Blackcurrant buds, White Peach and Lychee (Lychee being the “power” driver here) – combined with hot spices – Black Pepper and Pimento Berries. Then comes the “woody” scents Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouli, dressed by a sensual Rose and Jasmine scents. In the dry down, a Vanilla and Tonka Bean powdery trace moves over the lychee strong note.

playingdevilThis scent firstly drew me in with its delicious lychee top notes. The “ohhh so fruity and sparkling” scent got my attention immediately! However, playing with this sugary fruit/vanilla combo might be someone’s ultimate desire, but to me, no matter how much I sometimes “crave” a “sweet perfume”, this one was a little too…cosy. Because there came its dry down and I couldn’t point out-at first-why everything changed. The myrrh-ish, overly powdery scent made me feel like its designer “over-composed” this perfume somehow. Less unique than other Kilian frags, I wasn’t scrubbing it off, but I gave it a break from time to time. On the other hand, my sister tried it and she found this perfume feels “too girly”. But to me, the sweetness is well balanced and not synthetic. All in all, I think it’s worth sampling, and if you can afford spending a couple of hundreds (or even more) dollars for a bottle, I would say- go for it and spoil that little  “girly” girl inside of you.


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