The tenth and last perfume in the L’Oeuvre Noire Collection is the one I was sure about from the moment I read the notes list. Sometimes you just know (or rather hope, and are afraid of taking the first whiff of the actual perfume for fear of being disappointed, for fear of what is in your head, is better than reality.)
Sweet Redemption, The End brings to an end the complicated love story of Kilian’s collection. Created by Calice Becker, Sweet Redemption includes notes of orange blossom, vanilla, myrrh, opopanax, benzoin and incense.
Opening with sweet and fully blooming orange blossom, Sweet Redemption is not a perfume with a huge development. The tone is set from the start and although it deepens and darkens over time, the perfume feels almost linear, but not in a stagnant or boring way, with me it is rather the case of being glad that every single note I love in there, stays with me as long as the perfume lasts.
Some have reported a sour or bitter note in the heart of Sweet Redemption, thankfully that is lost on me. I only perceive a slight green note coming with the orange blossom which keeps it from being too sweet, since all the other notes contribute to the sweet and resinous character of the perfume, that little bit of green air sweeping through, is quite welcome to me.
The longer the perfume is on my skin the more the emphasis moves to the warm resins and vanilla base, accented by a slight inflection of incense, but not incense being burned, there is no smokiness, but the resinous aspect of incense is there, like a few crystals lying in the sun and getting soft in the heat.
Sweet Redemption is exactly what I wanted it to be. A cozy, undemanding, comforting, but impeccably beautiful fragrance to lie down on, like on a pillow. It is dark orange, like evening sunlight filtered through linen curtains, warm and warming.