Kilian

Kilian

Deliciously Scented Weapons of Seduction

Heir to a long line of cognac makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian decided to take up the torch of family tradition. Born into one of France’s most illustrious dynasties in fine liquors, he translates sensibility and vision inherited from his ancestors into the realm of perfume. A culture of pursuing ultimate luxury and his audacious, rule-breaking approach define his namesake brand: KILIAN.

His childhood haunts included the family cellars in Cognac. Before graduating from CELSA, he wrote a thesis on the semantics of scent, in search of a ‘language’ common to gods and mortals. Remembering the “angels’ share” as part of his heritage, he was led into the world of perfumery. The “angels’ share” is what the House of Hennessy calls the percentage that – inexplicably – evaporates from cognac cellars, like an offering to the gods.

Many of Kilian’s fragrances today carry this childhood memory as they are reminiscent of the sugar in the alcohol and the wood of the cognac barrels.

When Kilian speaks about his perfumes, he’ll “stumble across” literary or cinematographic references, or sensual allusions (to good food, or the skin), as if his work were constantly (deliberately) set in vibration by this referencing system. These are the rungs of the ladder leading to his perfumes, which do not spring from a cloud, or a nose or a pistil, but from what makes us better: a museum, the work of a filmmaker or composer, an evening out, a restaurant, another person.

While art leaves its mark, perfume has an inherently immaterial dimension. The top notes, the heart notes, citrus or explosive. But there must something for the eye to take in: the bottle, the material, the vaporiser; and the box, the bed in which it lies, like an echo, an apparition, a transition to the real. Kilian and his artisans opted to risk coming down to earth, to work with silver, gold, Calais lace and lacquer; to seek ways to recharge (and not throw away); to dare to interpret what they dream, draw out the essence, immortalise. To translate with the risk of betraying, but also to reconnect. Find oneself.

Luxury, like happiness, is the blurry notion of something good that happens. The art of Kilian is to capture it, like a whiff of the times, and make it last. His perfumes are messages conveyed in a mist, or a gust, to defy fate, and that may just take hold, endure; slide into a heady, addictive eternity. Luxury should always be lasting, and that is a voluptuous challenge, to capture what is ephemeral to better savour it. To slow down time and enhance the sensations. To go back to the origins of perfume, when bottle and box were its coat of arms; the embodiment of a spirit.

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    KILIAN Black Phantom

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    KILIAN Black Phantom

    Inspiration: On turbulent seas, an inescapably transient pirate ship braves black waters, leagues deep in mystery. Black Phantom “Memento Mori” reveals its hidden treasures to the curious nose in waves. Fragrance story: Rum accord from Martinique, akin to ‘pirates water’, spikes the scent of strong coffee at its heart, balanced by vetiver essence. A deadly bite of cyanide accord hides menacingly, like the smile from death itself. Smile back as sugar cane and dark, creamy sandalwood assures a trying journey holds a sweet reward. Key notes: Rum, Coffee, Cyanide
    • Made in France
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    KILIAN Intoxicated

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    KILIAN Intoxicated

    Inspiration: A cup of smooth dark Turkish coffee Fragrance story: Inexplicably addictive, Intoxicated curbs craving like a cup of rich Turkish coffee, laced with green cardamom–both in oil and absolute–doubling the addictive stronghold of this stimulating substance. Warmth rises like a stream with spicy cinnamon and hallucinogenic nutmeg. At its base, like at the bottom of a delicate porcelain mug, floats the crystallized sweetness of caramelized sugar. Key notes: Mocha Coffee, Cardamom, Vanilla
    • Made in Italy
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    KILIAN Straight to Heaven, white cristal

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    KILIAN Straight to Heaven, white cristal

    Inspiration: Moments of ecstasy envelop the senses with Straight to Heaven, white cristal. Fragrance story: Smoldering with addictive sensuality, a burning splash of rich dark rum defines the opening, its sweet gourmand chord is softened by creamy vanilla and dried fruit. Spicy patchouli pairs with the fresh, woodsy scent of cedarwood to finish, finding animalistic harmony at long last. Key notes: Patchouli, Nutmeg, Cedarwood
    • Made in France
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    KILIAN Vodka on the Rocks

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    KILIAN Vodka on the Rocks

    Inspiration: The refreshing feeling of a Vodka cooled by ice Fragrance story: Ice cracks beneath a stream of silky clear liquid, awakening deep curiosity for a taste of Comprised of cool spices like cardamom and coriander plus aldehydes at the opening, Vodka on the Rocks evokes the frozen steam rising from ice cubes in a clear crystal tumbler. Bitter rhubarb accord, a splash of clear rose and Lily of the Valley harmonize with an intoxicating leather undertone of sandalwood and oakmoss. Key notes: Aldehydes, Cardamom, Oakmoss
    • Made in France
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    KILIAN Liaisons Dangereuses

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    KILIAN Liaisons Dangereuses

    Inspiration: A secret love affair begins innocently enough with a jammy rose essence and juicy plum accord in Liaisons dangereuses, typical me. Fragrance story: The connection intensifies as blackcurrant buds absolute mark love’s stain, its deep purple undercurrents tangling with hedonistic ambrette seed essence, cultivated in the heat of equatorial terrain, mirroring heated nights of passion. Vanilla absolute and moss keep the scent suspended just above the natural world, keeping the secret safe a little while longer. Key notes: Plum, Rose, Vanilla
    • Made in France
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    KILIAN Dark Lord

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    KILIAN

    Kilian Hennessy, born into one of France’s most illustrious dynasties in fine liquors, translates sensibility and vision inherited from his ancestors into the realm of perfume. A culture of pursuing ultimate luxury and his audacious, rule-breaking approach define his namesake brand: KILIAN. Founded over a decade ago in 2007 by Kilian Hennessy, KILIAN launched with an opus of ten fragrances recounting love and its prohibitions, sin, and innocence, darkness, and light—dualities that continue to shape KILIAN creations, aesthetics, and storytelling. Today, KILIAN offers a menu of fragrances within four olfactive families—The Fresh, The Narcotics, The Cellars, and The Smokes. From the dark cognac cellars of his childhood memories to Paris's most elegant evenings where desires roam free…KILIAN explores the very space that fragrance touches so powerfully, invisibly, and irrevocably.
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    KILIAN Back To Black: Aphrodisiac

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    KILIAN Back To Black: Aphrodisiac

    FRAGRANCE NOTES Kilian Hennessy's Inspiration: Rekindle small fires in the darkest of nights, under blackest skies that hold the brightest of stars. The Perfume: Languid honey laced with sweet spices mingles with mysterious smoky incense essence and vanilla absolute, making Back to Black, aphrodisiac a nourishingly yet addictive substance. Blue camomile and cedarwood are veiled in smoke. A sandalwood note creates a gourmand tobacco harmony–a true titillation for the senses. Perfume notes: Cedarwood, Incense, Honey Perfumer: Calice Becker.
    • Made in France
    • 100 ML
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