Kilian Hennessey, the hottie of the perfume world, has just opened a By Kilian boutique in the exclusive Burlington Arcade in Knightsbridge. You may recall that I mentioned my visit in my recent post Pia and Nick’s Smelly Cakey Perfume Meet Up.
On a day where sniffing perfumes was the number one activity, it seemed ironic to me that I fell for the first one I smelled and could find nothing to compare during the rest of the day. To be fair though, all subsequent scents were drowned in a general miasma and were hard to distinguish.
Good Girl Gone Bad had been sprayed prior to me entering the boutique and that big tuberose was my first scent of the day. “What is that amazing tuberose-y smell?” I exclaimed as I crossed the threshold. Dear reader, this good girl went mad for it.
Good Girl Gone Bad opens with Indian tuberose. There’s a lot of Osmanthus in there, (which smells like apricot blossom), but the tuberose kept tapping me on the shoulder. There’s jasmine too, but that didn’t get much of a look in, nor did the rose, nor the narcissus. To me, this was all about the tuberose. Sometimes it can get so intense that it almost collapses into a vegetable note- usually celery or even fennel. That’s exactly what happens here. The tuberose, so rich and creamy, becomes both celery like and slightly salty at the same time. It’s borderline savoury, but doesn’t quite put its toe over that line. At the same time, this is feminine- almost exaggeratedly so. There was talk of a Parisienne countess who owns a carafe of it- or did I imagine that?
I’ve never smelled tuberose quite like this. It was like a drug to me. There’s allegedly amber and cedar in the base, but you know when you fall in love and can see nobody else in a crowded room? That’s the tuberose in Good Girl Gone Bad. I only had nostrils for you, my darling.
Photos: Fragrantica and The Telegraph