Prelude To Love is the most summery Kilian in my set, so I have worn it the most in the last few weeks. It is fitting that it should be the first reviewed, after my initiation to the line with Back to Black.
Created by Calice Becker in 2008, I think of Prelude To Love as the first By Kilian, although it is actually the seventh, launched after the inital wave of six, when the brand first launched in 2007. Prelude To Love includes notes of seville orange, bergamot, Amalfi lemon, ginger, pepper, orange blossom, Florence iris.
Prelude To Love is a beautiful fragrance that above all, strikes me as young. Young, not in the sense of immature, but young at heart, innocent and un-disturbed, not yet corrupted by love, by the world in general. Prelude To Love is easy to love.
The perfume opens with a furioso of citrus notes, it sparkles and shines and makes me happy instantly upon spraying (and is great in the summer heat! Might that be my perfect citrus?). Later it softens, gets rounder, more demure, floral notes enter the scene, most prominently a soft orange blossom and a light, velvet-y iris with just a little touch of earthy-rooty greyness, to give the composition a little more gravity and touches it to the ground, quite literally, so it doesn’t float off into the blue, cloudless skies it evokes in my mind’s eye. A very soft spiciness adds dimension to the heart and the drydown is more earthy, a bit leathery and woody, but very faint. This is not a fragrance with a strong base.
Longevity is below average, although the others in the line are a lot more longlasting than Prelude To Love. It is in keeping with its character though that it trails off gently after about four hours.
Prelude To Love is very feminine, soft, tender, pretty and elegant in an unstuffy way. It possesses a natural grace, it is like a dancer’s light footfall, a beat of a butterfly’s wing, a rustling of leaves in the wind.
I adore the exuberant beginning of this pefume, I love the tender and graceful middle stage, but somehow the drydown is just okay. It doesn’t quite hold up its excellence throughout the entire development. But as I said before, it lies both in the character and in the nature of that kind of perfume that it is more fleeting than others.
Beauty, and youth – which brings us back to my initial association with Prelude To Love – are fleeting after all. That is a fact of life many have their problems with, these days. Let us enjoy them while they last and turn to other things when they fade.