after sampling the darker side of Kilian, i decided to try this and had no intentions of liking it.
but after a few days of trying it, ive found it to be a complex frag, which suits me. all the way through i get a strange edible but not edible feeling, not something i can decipher in the notes, but its intoxicating, and even those around you seem to be allured by the smell. it has got good longevity, and i find it in a good way, the nature of the frag lends itself to the type of longevity that lets you get a hint of it now and then as you move, rather than the full on in your face longevity of Other houses heavy scents.
because of the cost of kilian, id always reccomend a sample first, ones that one person loves someone else will hate.
Straight to heaven is not a heavenly scent but it's a very simple and well made masculine fragrance.
For me the opening is the best part of this fragrance.
A strong, dry, bitter and kind of green patchouli note with very lovely boozy feeling and a little bit of spice to add more masculine edge.
The boozy feeling is very nice and it's not in your face and it gives this dry bitter opening a nice warmth and cozy feeling.
As time passes the patchouli note settles down and I do get a semi sweet ambery kind of scent plus that boozy feeling and spices both in the background.
The base is pretty the same smell plus some peppery cedar wood which is nice and pleasing.
As I said very simple and not much to talk about but good. projection is average and longevity is around 4 hours on my skin. it was worth buying a sample and enjoying the scent but paying $260 for 50mil of this? NOOOOO WAAAAAY!
Rich and fascinating fragrance...evolves a lot from a pungent rose and dried twigs opening that suddenly cycles into a gourmand spiciness then an hour later those dried twigs actually deepen and clarify as the cedar note mentioned here. Periodically over several hours, the rose pops and could be feminine, but a spiciness lingers that isn't sweet at all, thus this is a true unisex fragrance and really delightful! Lasts well over 7 hours on skin and clothes.
Straight to Heaven was the first scent that I purchased from the house of by Kilian (henceforth Kilian). I am both very pleased and disappointed by this perfume. While it was not at all what I was expecting after reading a review from an online magazine, I absolutely love this scent. I have seen that others state that they cannot differentiate rum scent in the opening; however, if you have ever heard of or tasted a Venezuelan higher end rum called Ron Diplomatico Blanco, it is exactly what the opening of STH smells like for me.
After the dry down I can still get the hints of rum, but it turns into sweeter, crisp scent. Unfortunately, the longevity for this scent is a downright shame. I have both Black to Black and A Taste of Heaven and Kilian and these two scents last 10 plus hours. To pay $250 perfume ($150 if you get the refill) which only contains 50ml and that lasts for so little an amount of time is not acceptable. That being said, I will continue to scour the internet for either used bottles, testers, or just great deals on this fragrance because it is just that good.
Unfortunately, my nose is too new to break this scent down any further that I did. I do disagree with other reviewers who said it smells like a wood closet with moth balls, or dirty books. I agree that the booziness of the rum opening is overwhelming, I can't smell anything that resembles a rotted book or closet. To each their own though.
Longevity: 4/10 (I gave this a 4 because out of all my perfumes, this has the least longevity. I'm sure their are others with less though.?
Sillage: 6/10 (Aside from the overwhelming, room filling opening)
Cost: 8/10 (Based off the refill price. 10/10 if in retail packaging)
Value: 6/10 (I determine this by averaging the values I have given for the cost and longevity.)
I’m certain that this stuff could snuff me out, though much less sure that I’ve been virtuous enough to earn eternal bliss. I like the boozy opening well enough, and the rosewood note that follows is attractive too, but all is swallowed up within minutes by the same sort of loud and fiendishly abrasive artificial “wood” that ruins Lolita Lempicka au Masculin and Guerlain Homme for me. I find prolonged exposure excruciating.