This is the last of the By Kilian line I plan on reviewing. The one missing from the ten perfume collection L’Oeuvre Noire, that bears the quite a bit less modest title Black Masterpiece in English, Straight To Heaven, the most masculine leaning perfume in the line. True to form, I don’t really like it, so for now, it will remain unexplored. (I’ve been known to come around though, so that can be subject to change. )
Created by Calice Becker in 2007, Liaisons Dangereuses includes notes of coconut flesh, prune absolute, plum, blackcurrant buds absolute, crystallized peach, cinnamon bark oil, ambrette seeds absolute, rose Damascus, geranium bourbon, Australian sandalwood oil, oakmoss extract, vetiver java oil, clear woods, vanilla extract, white musks.
Katie Puckrick calls Liaisons Dangereuses “a tea party in a rose garden. In heaven.” What a lovely, and fitting description.
In Liaisons Dangereuses, I find nothing reminiscent of the story it is named after (Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos’ Liaisons Dangereuses). It is a lovely, friendly, fruity gourmand without a hidden agenda or an ulterior motive.
Liaisons Dangereuses opens fresh and sweet, full of ripe and juicy plums and peaches. A slight hint of cinnamon accompanies the fruit as they slowly get richer and jammier, rose comes in and adds a floralcy that is beautiful, but the fragrance firmly remains gourmand. It is sumptuous and luscious, opulent and airy, rich and transparent all at once.
As it dries down, Liaisons Dangereuses becomes less fruity and more softly vanillic with a dash of mossy-ness, that I wouldn’t mind at all if it were a little more pronounced. Unfortunately in the dry-down a synthetic, artificial note creeps in, like artificial flavoring in sweets, that I don’t much care about. This strange note is not always apparent, but when it comes out, it is enough of a bother for me to scrub off the perfume.
Liaisons Dangereuses is a fruity floral, but a classy one. One where you can smell the quality and the care that went into it. As long as that jarring note doesn’t appear, that is.
On a good day, I am enjoying this liaison very much, the only danger I see then, is that of addiction. But unfortunately the artificial fruit note makes it altogether too dangerous for me to wear the scent.