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Love, Don't be Shy (2007)
by By Kilian

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Love, Don't be Shy information

Year of Launch2007
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 136 votes)

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HouseBy Kilian
PerfumerCalice Asancheyev-Becker

About Love, Don't be Shy

Love, Don't be Shy is a shared / unisex perfume by By Kilian. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Calice Asancheyev-Becker

Love, Don't be Shy fragrance notes

Reviews of Love, Don't be Shy


Love (…don’t be shy): Heavy duty bergamot, Neroli, and pink pepper opening… so heavy duty that, instead of citrus, it comes across as a strong, smooth spice accord with a soft resinous twist – the uniqueness of the accord is accomplished through the use of the oil form of the constituents which results in an accord that projects depth, silkiness, character, and sophistication.

The remaining actions of the fragrance seem to rest too much on the laurels achieved by the opening. The florals – jasmine, rose, and iris – do appear, but not enough to augment the waning power of the opening. And, as the beginning accord weakens, the fragrance loses as much interest as it loses potency. It needs those florals to keep up the drama and complexity. The resins of the base also fail to provide needed interest: I cannot find the civet, and the labdanum is much too discreet – this is not the time or place for transparency. The white musk is white musk so it does what is expected of white musk – very little.

Love began as a potently sweet caramelization. Its initial drama was achieved by the combination of the depth and strength of its vegetal oils. It was suggestive of resin and was unembarrassed in its projection. The promise of this impressive opening, however, has not been carried through the remainder of the fragrance… As soon as the opening began to weaken, it had not a substantial enough augmentation of middle tones of florals and resins, and this fragrance with its cheeky name, became just a rather ordinary long-lasting caramel skin scent that would have a difficult time competing with a typical designer gourmand.

17th November, 2017
Oh! At first this is a sweet, very sweet little beast! I mean a “Kids wash your teeth”, cavity inducing, loved by dentists one! And you better love it too or you will be stuck with it for a long time! Because it lasts and lasts.

As a man I don't find it masculine enough to suit me and my personality. But if you do, great!

When I spray Love by Kilian on, my nose is hit by a warm mix of very thick, loud, pink and orange colored bubble gum and cotton candy with all of their “chemical” smells on a caramel base. Welcome to the funfair!

As the opening settles down the candies stay but allow us more to get the full range of this fragrance. There's actually a spicy, syrupy orange with a lightly smoky amber hidden in the middle. It's joined by civet, appearing with its sharper, unclean and honeyed leathery touch giving a more sour counterpart to the sugary bomb. It gets more noticeable as time goes on. It's helped by florals, mainly jasmine which depending on how it's distilled can also have an animalic vibe. This incorporates a depraved, dirty twist and some character to the fragrance. (Which can also keep it unisex enough for some men to wear it I guess).

Love by Kilian is the respectable, fun “girly-girl” woman who loves super sweet/gourmand perfumes but who also embraces her wilder and sluttier alter-ego.
11th November, 2017
I love to hate on ridiculously-priced fragrances, but this one is awesome. It smells like cupcakes with a hint of flowers. It's unisex, but much more on the feminine side than the masculine.

Longevity is at an all-time high for me. This one is up there in the 20 hour range. The projection is also extreme; this one is in the room-filling category.
03rd February, 2017
Sweet Angel - the Mugler one!

To my nose this is a blatant copy of the classic Mugler Angel, with the sweet sugar syrup note heightened.

Here is the same Christmas candle potpourri blend of fruits and gourmand scents that made up the original Angel. I can detect no difference other than the price tag.

Odd that no other reviewers here noted this similarity. In any case not worth consideration due to its blatant duplication and its cost.

Stick with the original Angel.
16th February, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A lovely opening combining neroli with Iris, with the floral sweetness taking some of the freshness away from the neroli. Soon an added rose notes fme handed the sweetness even further.

Later in the drydown the jasmine is evident, but after the first couple of hours the intense sweetness abates in intensity and changes character. Now it becomes a tonka sweetness with a definite caramelized coriander undertone, but is it much less sweet and much less intrusively sweet than it was in the initial stages.

On the other hand, now in the base it reveals itself as not a very exciting composition, and feels to be more on the mediocre side. The sillage in moderate, the projection good, and the longevity around a smashing ten hours on my skin, albeit with reduced projection in the second half.

Overall in the middle range, in spite of the excellent performance, and not anything I would endow with the sort of feeling the overly ambitious name purports to conjure up. 2.75/5.
09th January, 2016
Nothing I can write here will be better than Gimmegreen's review, so I'll just focus on what I smell. First of all, there's a ton of cheap marshmallowy Pink Sugar vanilla in here, topped with what smells like it could actually be rather expensive real rose and jasmine, rendered candied by the vanilla. There's a touch of sugary strawberry that comes in later, and a slight green undertone that's subtle, but there - the only thing keeping this from being a complete candied mess.

The end result actually reminds me of Guerlain. Not the good Guerlains, but the newer Petit-Robe-Noir-style Geurlains that have discarded the classic Guerlinade in favor of cherry candy and marshmallows. As such, this isn't terrible, just really candied and sweet. It raises the question of whether or not anything with this much ethyl maltol (the chemical responsible for the marshmallow vanilla smell) can EVER smell "classy" or "expensive". Honestly, I don't think it's possible. Taking some real heavy-hitting ingredients and dunking them in marshmallow fluff is an interesting but ultimately failed experiment, I guess. It's fun enough to earn a neutral rating instead of a thumbs down, but I just don't like scents that are this candied and sweet.
23rd October, 2015

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