Tonight is the last post on the "Perfume Confessions" mini-series.
Recently, I walked through a high-end fragrance department and discovered a counter full of black bottles.
That blackness sparked my curiosity and I approached. I smelled one bottle, then the next, my senses as well as imagination were intrigued. I discovered L’Oeuvre Noire or Black Masterpiece by Kilian.
My senses were touched even further when I learned about the founder of this Luxury niche fragrance. His is name is Kilian Hennessy (does it ring any bell?...), yes that's right, he is the grandson of the founder of the famous Hennessy cognac company. The brand was launched in 2007, and Hennessy has noted that he wants to “put perfume back on a pedestal” and that he “he has no interest in the current trend of bizarre fragrance combinations”. L'Oeuvre Noire was born...
The names of this luxury fragrances also capture your mind with mystery.
The initial offerings from By Kilian included six scents under the name The Black Masterpiece / L’Oeuvre Noire (2007):
two for women Love and Beyond Love
two for men A Taste of Heaven and Straight to Heaven
and two unisex scents Liaisons Dangereuses and Cruel Intentions
Later additions to the range include
Prelude to Love (2008)
Back to Black: Aphrodisiac (2009)
Love and Tears (2010)
Sweet Redemption (2011, reportedly the last in the series).
Beyond Love, Prohibited.
Finally, what completely sold me on this unique collection was the Packaging. The By Kilian fragrances feature luxury packaging: the refillable bottles are sold in lacquer boxes with lock and key; refills are sold separately, as are 1 liter fountains.Stores are reportedly not supposed to sell the (considerably less expensive) refills if you have not purchased the original bottle. So, the bottle you buy is the bottle you keep for your lifetime. Nothing is meant to be thrown away!
Ugh, I still get the goosebumps from this post, how impressed I was with this collection. Hope you all enjoyed my perfume confessions mini-series, and certainly, I'm waiting for your feedback!
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