The iconic creator of Kilian the brand, Kilian, began his journey into the realms of perfumery after being inspired by his family cellars in Cognac and his academic writings on the semantics of scent. Today the Kilian brand includes a host of beautiful and exotic fragrance collections, including “Asian Tales,” “Addictive States of Mind,” “Arabian Nights,” and “In the Garden of Good and Evil.”
The timeless and luxurious scents created by Kilian even include unique and artistic scent jewelry and decorative homeware. This traditional perfume brand is infused this the essence of childhood memories; many of the scents include sugary sweet flavors and woody undertones to mirror the alcohol in the cognac barrels in the cellars where Kilian grew up. This guide will explore 11 of the best and most evocative perfumes by Kilian.
Best Kilian Perfumes:
1. Back to Black
Launched in 2009, Back to Black by Kilian is an earthy, woody fragrance designed for both women and men. The top perfumer behind the creation of this scent is Calice Becker, and the fragrance is a member of the luxurious and exclusive collection L’Oiuvre Noire / Black Masterpieces. The versatile, mysterious scent is ideal to be worn during the colder autumnal and winter months.
The keynotes in this scent include honey, cedar, oak, tobacco, vanilla, labdanum, almond, raspberry, bergamot, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, chamomile, olibanum, and strong woody base notes. This is a complex, layered perfume.
Love, a distinctive amber fragrance for women by Kilian, was first launched in 2007 and was instantly popular with Kilian fans. The creator of this unique, sensual scent is Calice Becker. The velvet-smooth base notes of this scent are caramel, musk, civet, labdanum, vanilla, and sugar, which contrast dramatically with the sharper top notes of neroli bergamot, coriander, and pink pepper. The heart of this scent is a floral celebration of orange blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, and iris.
3. Black Phantom
Created to be worn and enjoyed by both men and women in 2017, Black Phantom by Kilian is a seductive amber vanilla scent. The perfumer behind the craft of this fragrance is Sidonie Lancesseur. Chords of rum, inspired by the dark pirate waters, combined with intense coffee and vetiver at the heart of this scent.
Sweet undertones of sugar cane and sandalwood provide depth and longevity to the base notes, contrasting with a sharp devilish hit of cyanide in the top notes.
4. Angels’ Share
A smooth vanilla amber scent to be worn by both men and women, Angel’s Share by Kilian was recently launched in 2020, having been created by perfumer Benoist Lapouza. Paying homage to the magic of Kilian’s childhood, Angel’s Share contains the essence of Cognac, which provides the rich caramel hue of this scent.
The deep base notes include praline, vanilla, and sandalwood, which harmonize fluidly with the middle notes of oak, tonka bean, and cinnamon. The top notes include the exquisite cognac oil.
5. Good Girl Gone Bad
Launched in 2012, Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian is a floral fragrance with a fruity twist. Inspired by the powers and contrasts between emotions of good and evil, this scent is encased in striking, minimalist gold and white glass bottle.
Base notes of amber and cedar provide woody depth, while top notes of jasmine, May rose, and osmanthus combines with the floral heart of narcissus and Indian Tuberose to offer a heady garland of floral layers.
Created by Calice Becker in 2014, Intoxicated by Kilian is a spiced and aromatic fragrance to be flaunted by both women and men.
The unique inspiration for this scent is a cup of dark Turkish coffee. Sweet base notes of caramelized sugar fuse beautifully with notes of green cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, and a mocha coffee. A warm, intense scent, Intoxicated is best suited for an evening occasion during winter.
7. Straight to Heaven
Launched in 2007, Straight to Heaven is a woody scent designed exclusively for men and created by expert perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur. This fragrance is designed to induce emotions of ecstasy from the wearer.
Spiced, deep base notes of patchouli and cedarwood blend with chords of vanilla and dried fruit at the heart of this scent. The top notes include an unexpected splash of dark rum.
8. I Don’t Need A Prince By My Side To Be A Princess
A creamy amber vanilla fragrance for both men and women, I Don’t Need A Prince By My Side To Be A Princess by Kilian was launched in 2018. The fun, sugar-sweet base notes are vanilla, benzoin, and marshmallow, while the aromatic middle notes comprise ginger, peach, jasmine, apple, green tea, and hedione.
The citrus-fresh top notes are dominated by the aromas of lemon. This unique scent is designed to be worn by sassy, confident fashionistas and is inspired by the flavors of green tea matcha.
9. Moonlight In Heaven
A dreamy, sensual scent, Moonlight in Heaven by Kilian was launched in 2016 and created by top perfumer Calice Becker. This aromatic scent for both women and men is perfect for an elegant evening occasion.
Velvet base notes of tonka bean and vetiver give depth and longevity to this fragrance, while middle notes of mango, rice, and coconut are fruity and exotic. The top notes of pink pepper, lemon, and grapefruit and intense and captivating.
10. Liaisons Dangereuses
Launched to high acclaim in 2007, Liaisons Dangereuses by Kilian is a magical and mysterious scent for both men and women, once again designed by Calice Becker. A deliciously fruity fragrance, the top notes of this scent are filled with an abundance of peach, plum, coconut, and blackcurrant.
The woody base notes of musk, oakmoss, vetiver, vanilla, and sandalwood work beautifully alongside middle floral notes of ambrette, geranium, and rose.
11. Rolling in Love
A scent hoping to instill the joy of romance in the wearer, Rolling in Love, was launched in 2019, having been created by perfumer Pascal Gaurin. An amber floral scent, Rolling in Love is suitable for wear by both men and women.
The base notes are deep and mysterious chords of vanilla, tuberose, musk, and tonka bean, which blend seamlessly with top notes of ambrette and almond milk. The middle floral notes are iris and freesia.