By Kilian: Garden of Good and Evil - buy a vat!

By now, most of you have heard of By Kilian's newest trio of scents, In The Garden of Good and Evil

In case you haven't, here's the quick rundown:

In the Garden of Good and Evil 
For Kilian, an olfactive harmony always begins with a story. In this new collection, it is the myth of original sin which is found at the heart of the narrative - a classical theme whose interpretations punctuate art in all of its forms. Here, the world of perfume enters into the garden of Eden and shows us another side of the story, leading us away from the well-known representations and allowing us to understand it now by breathing in its delights. 
A collection as a promise of forbidden pleasure. A collection that invites us to succumb to our most secret desires, breaking through time back to the entrance in the garden of Eden. An entrance which begins by a rendezvous in The City of Sin, the beginning of a forbidden passage, the place of shadowy sensory delights that tantalizes and seduces us in the Kilian collections.

The scents
  • Forbidden Games
    FORBIDDEN GAMES, literally. FORBIDDEN GAMES embodies the spirit of a temptation that leads to total abandon.

    FORBIDDEN GAMES is a composition of fruits and spices, flowers and amber; A nectar of fruits prohibited to mortals.

    The perfume opens on a potpourri of fruits – Apple, Peach, Plum – spiced by Cinnamon bark from Laos. Then the perfume advances into a lush, exuberant floral heart – Bulgarian Rose Orpur, Geranium Bourbon, and Midnight Jasmine – before disappearing slowly into a sweet confection of Madagascar Vanilla, Laotian Honey and the spellbinding resinous oil of Opoponax.

    FORBIDDEN GAMES: when going beyond the boundaries has never been so exciting.

    Notes: Apple, peach, plum, cinnamon, Bulgarian rose, geranium bourbon, jasmine, vanilla, honey, opoponax

  • Good Girl Gone Bad
    GOOD GIRL GONE BAD typifies a special sort of woman. A perfume that represents a kind of voluptuousness beloved by Kilian : sensual and unrestrained. A woman who is game for anything in the world of love, of desire, of naughtiness.

    GOOD GIRL GONE BAD is a composition of fruits and flowers, a perfume as bewitching as bursts of laughter, a barrier moved beyond, a forgotten prohibition.

    The perfume opens on the fresh innocence of the petals of Jasmin Sambac and the apricot sweetness of Chinese Osmanthus. But that feminine ideal does not continue to fool anyone for long. Letting go of their demure appearances, the flowers toss off their inhibitions and reveal the other, decadent side of themselves. The Rose of May gives off its honeyed heat. The Indian Tuberose nakedly exhibits its milky roundness, while the narcotic sensuality of Egyptian Narcissus surges forth, uncontrollable and deliciously haunting. Notes of Virginia Cedar and Amber open up and try to assert their dominant character In order to contain that outpouring of opulence, but they never succeed in taming it completely. The tension is palpable; the addiction exacerbated; the pleasure consummated.

    GOOD GIRL GONE BAD, when the woman become a temptress, a sinner - when she dares and when she proves her audacity.

    Notes: Jasmin Sambac, osmanthus, rose, tuberose, narcissus, violet accord, plum accord, cedar wood, amber, patchouli, vetiver, musk

  • In The City of Sin
    IN THE CITY OF SIN, a perfume as the opening face of the collection. IN THE CITY OF SIN, a place of extreme temptation where every street corner offers the possibility of impromptu encounters and seductions. IN THE CITY OF SIN embodies the temptation which leads to carnal desire.

    IN THE CITY OF SIN is a rich composition of fruits and spices, flowers and woods, in which the essence of fruit liquefies and melts onto the heady woods. The perfume opens with an explosion of Bergamote from Calabria, pink Peppercorns and Cardamom from Guatamala. The perfume then evolves into a heart of Apricots and caramelized Plums held in check by the Turkish Rose Absolute. A light haze of Indonesian Incense entrances and then lends a profound depth, further sustained by Atlas and Virginia Cedar woods and rich Indonesian Patchouli.

    IN THE CITY OF SIN, when the door opens onto a universe without limits: the quest for ecstasy is launched.

    Notes: Bergamote, pink peppercorn, cardamom, apricot, plum, rose absolute, incense, cedar wood, patchouli, white musk accord

Each scent is marked at $245 on Luckyscent. They're taking pre-sales as are Saks and Bergdorf Goodman and all the usual By Kilian retail suspects. The bottle comes with a white bottle case / clutch with a gold snake twisted around it.

I have samples of all three of the scents and have worn two of the several times. I definitely have a favorite (so far), but more about that in a minute. I do plan on reviewing all three soon.

*You, too,  can get samples of new releases by the By Kilian line
by joining the By Kilian Club on Facebook

So there's the scoop on the In the Garden of Good and Evil collection.

But wait! There's more! 

Take a look at the amazing perfume fountains available for this collection! 
Dazzling white and featuring the lovely golden snake that symbolized The Garden of Good and Evil, it houses a full liter of perfume!

There are only SIX in the world and retail for $2700.

Amazingly decadent, right?! I think anyone organizing a split would be rewarded handsomely by getting to keep that baby on their nightstand. I can't even imagine having one full one for myself. Swoon!

They are simply amazing. The lovely Eva at Bergdorf Goodman (in New York, natch!) showed me this beauty while I was in visiting two weeks ago. She took a picture of the flyer for me (shown below).

If anyone out there falls for the honeyed fruits of Forbidden Games, the heady dazzle of Good Girl Gone Bad, or the spicy seduction of In the City of Sin, and wants to order a fountain (or a bottle!), please call Eva at 212-872-2658 - and mention me! And then please come back and let me know what you picked.

If you were buying a fountain of any By Kilian scents, which would you pick? 
I'd definitely get Amber Oud and Good Girl Gone Bad. And maybe Incense Oud. Hey, if we're dreaming, I can afford two or three, right?! 

Now that I've been in perfume land for a few years, I really need to go back and revisit the L’Oeuvre Noire Collection and see which I fall for. 

Scent descriptions and images (except of fountain) courtesy of Luckyscent,
who will also be selling these perfumes, albeit not the fountains! 


  1. Wow I had not seen the fountain,talk about something else eh? Well if I could have one yes one! :-D it would have to be amber oud then I could use some in my bathtub what the hell!

    1. Love it! Sure, why not. As much as I love it, I always want it to be just a tad stronger. Bathing it in -literally- would do the trick!


  2. So I'm the only person who doesn't love this packaging? I don't. Snakes cuh-reeeep me out.

    And haven't smelled any of the Good-and-Evil scents, either. I don't know why I haven't received samples... I signed up with BK on Facebook about a year ago; got the promo samples of the Japanese thingies. Complained about them boring me (wonder if that got me kicked off the mailing list?).

    I do really like Sweet Redemption, Beyond Love, and Rose Oud. That said, I still don't want a vat of any of them. A vat of Chanel No. 19 sounds good, or maybe one of Iris Poudre.


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