When my friend Sandra asked me the other day whether I was excited about the new Kilian, I answered something to the effect of: No, definitely not. (I think my exact words were: It should be perfectly bad.)
While I am a lover of Kilian (I know how that sounds – Ha, I wish!), I mean, all things By Kilian, I had been terribly disappointed in his creations for some time since the L’Oeuvre Noir had been completed. The Asian Tales were an epic fail for me (Herbal Essences for very rich people), and I didn’t like the previous three releases from the In The Garden of Good and Evil Collection enough to justify the expense of springing for a bottle (or a refill even).
Experience should have taught me by now that as soon as I stop hoping for the next great thing, as soon as I have no expectations whatsoever, I end up loving the perfume in question.
So before my dear Catholic mom gets nervous, let see how much playtime the devil really gets in this fragrance…
Playing With The Devil was created by Calice Becker in 2013 and includes notes of blood orange, black currant, white peach, lychee, pepper, pimento, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, rose, jasmine, tonka, benzoin and vanilla.
Playing with the Devil is a peach scent through and through. A very delectable, sweet, drippy, ripe and gorgeous peach.
My favorite peach fragrance is Parfums MDCI Péché Cardinal, but this one is different enough to warrant my and your attention.
So Mom, relax, the devil won’t be much interested and this is as far from an olfactory carnal sin as I am from ever becoming Kilian’s lover. And to be fair, it is a hard name to live up to. But all that aside, Playing with the Devil is a perfume I want to wear.
It smells warm and comfy and has a lovely tension of sweet and spicy (peach and pepper) that keeps it from ending up as a bland foody scent, which it is definitly not. After the sprightly opening of peach and tart orange and blackcurrant, it softens over time, getting darker and warmer as the florals bloom and the woody-vanillic base gains strength, but above all this, the peach never wavers, it is with me until the end (about eight hours later, so great longevity and good sillage as well).
It is innocent enough for my children to love it, it even moved the husband to an only semi-lethargic “Hmmm” upon confrontation with this perfume, which translates as: “I adore it, but won’t ever say so out loud, because I am very aware of the costs involved here.”
Pssst: now with mom appeased and gone, I can tell you that Playing with the Devil is not as innocent as it might seem at first. The longer I wear it, the more I fall for its peachy charms, the more I experience the subtle undertow of excitement, the low thrum of anticipation, attraction… a shiver running through it, an invitation, a temptation.
Maybe this is where the devil comes in, because this perfume exerts a magnetic pull, a lure to let my mind wander to places yet unexplored, deeds yet undone. It is a temptation that I find myself unable to resist.
Unfortunately, I seem to be a willing player in the devil’s game.
Read my other Kilian reviews here.