I was a slow starter with the Kilian line. For a long time I did not get it. But when I finally did, a whirlwind love affair started and many of the ten perfumes that make up the L’Oeuvre Noir collection, wormed their way into my heart.
Some did so immediately, love at first smell (Prelude To Love, Love And Tears, Sweet Redemption), some more slowly (Love, Beyond Love) and some I actually hated at first (Back To Black, Cruel Intentions). A Taste Of Heaven was in the latter category. Dismissed by me as a masculine, barbershop lavender, it wallowed in limbo in my discovery set, green with envy that all its colleagues were used, while it was ignored. (Sorry, really bad joke!)
A glowing review by The Candy Perfume Boy got my interest and got the deliciously green colored A Taste Of Heaven back on my skin. And lo and behold, this time I was ready for him, we clicked immediately and since have gotten really close.
Created by Calice Becker in 2007, A Taste Of Heaven includes notes of Calabria bergamot oil, geranium bourbon oil, orange flower absolute, Turkish rose absolute, green absinthe oil, lavender barreme oil, lavandin abrialis oil, lavandin green absolute, lavandin green concrete, Indonesian patchouli oil, oak moss extract, costus oil, ambrarome absolute, vanilla bean absolute and tonka beans.
On me A Taste Of Heaven is a gourmand lavender that is complex and interesting, but most of all gorgeous and just eyes-rolling-heavenwards good.
But while Kiki is a lot more dirty-raunchy, and Esquel uses the lavender only as a starting point and ultimately goes off elsewhere, A Taste Of Heaven is very much worth being explored.
A Taste Of Heaven reminds me of nothing more than this wonderfully chaotic and colorful rendition of “The Sound of Music”.
Opening with a sharp, full-on lavender and bergamot, I am reminded of Guerlain Jicky as well, but soon A Taste of Heaven becomes more smooth, soft, sweet and warm. Vanilla and tonka sweeten and soften, patchouli and oakmoss give their earthy and dark green hue to the perfume’s base. It oscillates between uplifting and soothing, between exhilarating and comforting.