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In the City of Sin (2012)
by By Kilian


In the City of Sin information

Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 26 votes)

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HouseBy Kilian
PerfumerCalice Asancheyev-Becker

About In the City of Sin

In the City of Sin is a feminine perfume by By Kilian. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Calice Asancheyev-Becker

In the City of Sin fragrance notes

Reviews of In the City of Sin

The innocent ways
Of this curious scent not
Lost on this sinner.
08th October, 2017
I don't see In the City of Sin By Kilian mentioned all that much online so upon receiving a free sample with my purchase from By Kilian, I didn't have many preconceptions about what it was like, nor does the name provide much insight into it.

It does open with bergamot and pepper but the floral notes take over my experience of it very on, and rose only seems to factor in as a small part of this. There seems to be another flower that mixes with the apricot to make for the feminine side of this, although it does have a dark side, too, in the dry down, with the patchouli, softened by the cedar.

This definitely leans pretty feminine on me but while it's not for me, I imagine some men might find this enjoyable. I'm not sure I'd necessarily want to smell it on a woman, though, myself--it lingers awkwardly (not effectively) in between to me.

4 out of 10
18th March, 2016
The opening: a silky, white, dry, faint and fairly masculine synthetic texture supported by a heavy load of something smelling like ambrox to me (not ambroxan) and other usual woody/incense aromachemicals. A sweet, aromatic, woody, warm (but dry) and powdery blend, with a slight balsamic feel and an overall quite flat flower note, together with a discreet fruity heart which smells like a peachy tea note to me. All quite dry, dusty, austere and polished like a satin glass of a trendy downtown restaurant - which I guess may be Kilian's kind of reference. A bit like a cheap lab replica of Daim Blond or (new) Visa by Piguet withouth leathers, charm and class. Short persistence. I would not say it's bad (which for Kilian, is already a "bravo!"), but it is surely not worth the price, as In the city of sin is basically an uninspired, average trendy perfume with not much to tell. For wealthy undemanding customers!

12th September, 2014
Genre: Fruity Floral

J’Adore meets Parfum Sacré, but nothing particularly sinful transpires.

In the City of Sin launches on a whiff of pepper and a very sweet bergamot top note, then transitions quickly to an accord of rose, syrupy fruit, incense, and patchouli. The rose, pepper, and incense combination found some of its finest early expression in Caron’s Parfum Sacré, but In the City of Sin relegates its incense and pepper to supporting roles, giving pride of place instead to fruit and patchouli. The fruity rose/patchouli accord has its own precedents in scents like Bond No. 9’s West Side and the much more complex and elegant Amouage Lyric Woman, but In the City of Sin is a far, far sweeter and sunnier composition than either.

Reading through this last paragraph, I see that “very sweet” crops up more than once, suggesting that the sin in this city is that of gluttony. Yet for all their sweetness, the fruit notes here smell more chemical than edible - the same sort of artificial quality I perceive in Calice Becker’s earlier J’Adore. The artificial fruit completely overwhelms the incense, steering what might have been a woody rose oriental à la Parfum Sacré or a fruity “modern chypre” in the Badgley Mischka manner into well-trodden fruity floral territory.

Only after three or four hours does the fake fruit begin to subside, yielding the limelight back to patchouli, rose and incense. As these notes too recede, the drydown lands on a mild and not terribly exciting blend of soft cedar and clean white musk. Inasmuch as this scent covers territory Calice Becker long ago explored in J’Adore, and given the cloying artificial nature of its dominant fruity notes, I can’t recommend In the City of Sin. If the idea of rose and incense sounds appealing, try Parfum Sacré, Lyric Woman, or Cabaret by Grès. If you want a cheerful, fruity, liqueur-like rose, skip In the City of Sin and try Serge Lutens’s La Fille de Berlin instead.
05th July, 2014
A pleasant surprise for me! I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but with a trashy name like In the City of Sin, let's say I was prepared to be underwhelmed. But this is quite good. Smelling it blind, I first got an rush of alcohol and cedar to the nose. The cedar was quite strong, and reminded me immediately of Tam Dao EDT. Just as I was beginning to think "Is that it?"', the cedar faded away and was replaced by a pungent, mealy spice - I guessed cumin, because of that slightly dirty, dusty aspect it has, but I see that I am wrong, and that it is cardamon. The cardamon here does not feel lemony-woody to me as it usually does, though. Whatever the spice is, it adds this lovely skanky, dissolute air to the whole thing that I appreciate. Oh! I just got the reference to the sin in the name, I suppose. I like a light touch of cumin in scents, especially in fruity floral scents like this, because it adds a raunchy undertone that contrasts nicely with all the pretty flowers and fruits.

The heart and dry down is a musky mixture of rose and fruits (plum or apricots), and it comes perilously close to the ambrette-rose-fruits accord in Chanel No. 18. In fact, at times, they seem identical. There is no ambrette used here though, so the cumin or cardamon stands in to provide the skanky, musky effect that ambrette achieves for the Chanel. Very nice, overall. But since it's 195 euros for 50mls, I think I'll stick to the Chanel, of which I have 30mls in various decants.

12th June, 2014
Tony T Show all reviews
United States
Floral-Incense and cedar is what I detect..The fruity aspects of apricot and plum are non detectable to my nose.. The Turkish Rose element gives off a unisex appeal combined with the basenotes.. Like most By Kilian's the projection is weak while the sillage is 6-8 hours..Very well balanced scent but leaves a lot to be desired..
04th January, 2014

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