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    Default So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    After this, no more mega posts, I PROMISE!!! But I feel it's my duty to post on this since it's available in only a few locations...

    Well, I should start out by saying that my impressions today are different than yesterday and I'm learning how to wear this to exploit its rich, earthiness to the maximum... I have to spray twice on each location to really get the dirty patchouli note that made me fall in love with it the first few times I smelled it. I also feel that this will be enhanced in warmer weather, we'll just have to see... I love that soily, foresty note ANYWAY, and here, it is employed beautifully...

    First, let's start with the press... because the published description is VERY accurate... "The leitmotif here is Rum, a sexy note blending the heat of Caribbean islands with Patchouli, hot and deep. The mystery of its aura is deepened by Nutmeg, Cedar and Brazilian Rosewood. This life-giving alcohol definitely leads us into temptation, an invitation to partake of forbidden fruit." Developed by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur.

    Ingredients (found at bykilian.com, a beautiful website where you can see the black tanks and BEAUTIFUL locking boxes the fragrance comes in, cradled in cushioned black satin): Martinican Rum Absolute, Dried fruits accord, Javanese Nutmeg Oil, Hedoine, Cedarwood accord, Indonesian Patchouli Oil, Ambergris, Vanilla Absolute, and White Musk.

    So, with two sprays in the same location, this smells very earthy and laden with patchouli at the opening, but nowhere near the depth as the new Luxe from CdG... this is a somewhat sheer fragrance, that is, it doesn't hit you hard, but it is complex, and rich. It's not boozy in the traditional sense, but the Rum is most evident at the beginning, and it and Patchouli work together as a team, neither note dominating. The nutmeg is fantastic here because I smell the shell and the powder, warm, spicy, with an element of bark.

    The woods in Straight to Heaven are fantastic, light, soft, beautiful. Cedar is listed as a note but it's not the cedar I've come to know. I don't really even want to mention it because I'd hate for anyone to think this has a cedar impression, because it doesn't. Perhaps the soft wood I'm smelling here is Rosewood. Whatever the case, the wood is gentle but masculine, as if touched with a light brush stroke of natural unsweetened vanilla...

    It's a fragrance that wafts roundly and softly, somewhat dark and earthy. And the reason why I bought it is because besides making me swoon a little with every sniff, it combined all my favorite perfume elements, those being: dirt, food, and woods... So this is, technically, the first earthy/woody/gourmand I've met, and we are VERY good friends (Gourmand haters, don't worry... it's not what you think)...

    So, yes, it's $225 plus tax for just 50 mL, that's ridiculous. BUT, you get that amazing box, the side of the bottle is textured in the most amazing pattern.. it feels so great in the hands (see website) AND what MOST people don't realize... WHEN YOU GET IT REFILLED IT ONLY COSTS $90!!!!!!!!!!! That's not ALL that bad! And I'll be getting this refilled. Plus, Bergdorf will send it to you, refilled, shipping taken care of.

    Thanks for reading
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Excellent review. "Straight to Heaven" is the best Kilian IMO. I'll only had a comment. It is the smell of Rosewood that makes this woody one more unique. Most have cedarwood, sandlewood, pine or other common varieties. I play a guitar made out of rosewood and you can easily smell the rosewood when playing it, just as in wearing "Straight to Heaven" Great sillage and lasting power to boot.

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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Have you tried Idole by Lubin? If so, how does it compare to Straight to Heaven. The notes sound similar.

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    Hey don't worry about the mega posts...they are most enjoyable and enlightening.

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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    It sounds lovely and almost as enticing as Spiriteuse Double Vanille by Guerlain, which I am also dying to try. The nutmeg note sounds curiously wonderful.

    Thanks for the great review nthny.

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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Quote Originally Posted by Circa1905 View Post
    Have you tried Idole by Lubin? If so, how does it compare to Straight to Heaven. The notes sound similar.
    Yes, I have, briefly. To me, STH is a bit more dense and compact. The similarities were noted on the blog Perfume-Smellin' Things as well though I'm not familiar enough with Idole to make a really accurate judgement. All I know is that I smelled both on my arm within 15 minutes of each other and I didn't remember the Lubin once I smelled the Kilian.

    Thanks for the 'thanks' everyone... my pleasure!

    I forgot to add, for whatever it's worth, that Kilian wears A TASTE of Heaven in the day and Straight to Heaven at night. Both are amazing
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    I forgot to add, for whatever it's worth, that Kilian wears A TASTE of Heaven in the day and Straight to Heaven at night. Both are amazing
    And neither of them on his wrists!

    Hee, hee...[sorry, I couldn't resist]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto View Post
    Hey don't worry about the mega posts...they are most enjoyable and enlightening.

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    Seconded. Mega posts are the best kind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    And neither of them on his wrists!

    Hee, hee...[sorry, I couldn't resist]
    hahaha! Totally true! Well, he and I don't have that in common... I'm a wrist person because I like to have instant access throughout the day... so I guess that makes me a pretty girl

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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    You've got me interested in this fragrance to be sure. You mentioned and described what you think might be the brazilian rosewood note in Straight to Heaven. Have you ever tried CdG "Palisander"? It would be interesting to know if there might be any similarities (perhaps there are none at all). A long time ago I had a guitar constructed in Peru that had palisander wood on the sides and back. Palisander, as I understood it then, is a type of rosewood.

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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Hi scentsual. Yes, actually I play the bassoon in an orchestra (yes, it's true, it's not a joke hahaha) and they make them of palisander occasionally.. as far as i'm aware, it's the same wood, with a different name. I'm an easily influenced guy, so I don't know how this will sound but for some reason Palisander by CdG seemed "red" to me, whereas STH is more brown, with the nutmeg, rum, wood, and vanilla notes.
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Quote Originally Posted by scentsual View Post
    You've got me interested in this fragrance to be sure. You mentioned and described what you think might be the brazilian rosewood note in Straight to Heaven. Have you ever tried CdG "Palisander"? It would be interesting to know if there might be any similarities (perhaps there are none at all). A long time ago I had a guitar constructed in Peru that had palisander wood on the sides and back. Palisander, as I understood it then, is a type of rosewood.
    I've tried Palisander several times but it wasn't strong enough for my dry skin. Palisander is nice but I don't think there are any similarities. Straight to Heaven is more robust and is unique. Don't try to smell where you spray. This one is all about how it smells from afar. Sit back and it just enjoy the sillage from time to time.

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    good thing you told me the refill is 90 dollars........seems like an incredible bargain compared to the 240 i paid for the original bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acceptfacts View Post
    good thing you told me the refill is 90 dollars........seems like an incredible bargain compared to the 240 i paid for the original bottle.

    =)~
    Wow, they didn't tell you that??? That seems like kind of an important detail! Yeah, you just bring your old bottle in and they dump more in... I'm wondering if they'll fill it with another one next time. I was really undecided between this one and A Taste of Heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    Wow, they didn't tell you that??? That seems like kind of an important detail! Yeah, you just bring your old bottle in and they dump more in... I'm wondering if they'll fill it with another one next time. I was really undecided between this one and A Taste of Heaven.
    lol...i didnt even try any other killian....

    but you know which fragrance i liked out of the ones i tried? Tom Ford Extreme.....seemed like a pretty linear woddy/citrusy scent but it had such a kick to it......and its longevity is amazing.
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    I'm sorry to report, this house totally failed to charm me. The base notes on all the scents have horrible development.

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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    I love A Taste of Heaven, get tons of compliments too. Each of the scents had their own distinct personality. Their development was fantastic on me, made it difficult to choose only one. Killian helped me & made sure I knew about the refill price.
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Interesting that the ingredients of each fragrance, together with their proportions, are listed on the By Kilian website--sort of an "open source" fragrance. Some of the DIY'ers may want to try their hand at concocting these scents (assuming, of course, that the raw materials available to DIY BN'ers even approaches the quality of those available to Calice Becker, et al.).
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    I love A Taste of Heaven, get tons of compliments too.
    I completely agree - for Straight to Heaven! Received my box two days ago. This scent is unique, sensual, voluptuous and simply amazing. My coworker (female) called it the best ever I was wearing in the office. So I can't wait to give the other heaven by Kilian a trial...the taste of heaven.
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    I dunno, somehow this whole brand, and the way it has been launched just screams "HYPE!" to me, reviews haven't been all that good either, but still I'm also curious as hell, so that's why I will definitely get me some samples to at least find out for myself what all the fuzz is about.
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    How does the refill work? Is there a certain period of time that you have to wait for before they refill your bottle?

    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    Killian helped me & made sure I knew about the refill price.

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    I already put in an order for a sample from TPC - it's on it's way! I'm looking forward to it. I like Lubin Idole a lot (just doesn't last long...) so if it's even a little similar (but hopefully not too similar... ) then I'm sure it will be wonderful. Thanks nthny for the great review and your previous story!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domingo View Post
    I dunno, somehow this whole brand, and the way it has been launched just screams "HYPE!" to me, reviews haven't been all that good either, but still I'm also curious as hell, so that's why I will definitely get me some samples to at least find out for myself what all the fuzz is about.
    yeah it's hypey but once I smelled this, none of any of that mattered... i knew i had to have it.... this line also sits next to the Caron urns in Bergdorf Goodman, where I bought mine, which was kind of cool to me. And you know, there IS something Faustian about this line, something poetic. The don't really tell stories or highlight specific NOTES per se, but they are very poetic compositions, and I liked that. So, hype or not, STH smells heavenly to me. I also chose it after smelling about every niche offering in NYC, not saying it was better than those, but for what I was looking for, this really stood out. I sort of discounted the line based on the reviews, too, but reviews only tell you so much. Once smelling this I couldn't even look at the Malle line, and those are VERY well reviewed. So definitely give them a try.

    Schachman... it was my pleasure!
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    Kilian is a fantastic line. Modern twists on classic ideas, done with amazing balance and super fine ingredients. Did you get a chance to try Cruel Intentions? That one has me jazzed. The new Frapin's share the same mindset as the Kilians.

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    OK, so far I tested my sample and rum`s Straight to Heaven is most boring and uninspiring of three masculine-multigender from Oeuvre Noire by Kilian...
    booooring...
    Rush for Men by Gucci or Gucci Homme made the woody impression better, without any marketing ploys and glamour luxe poems... and cheaper - for the cost of amazing box and bottles.
    (I`ve heard a rumour about the cost of packaging abd design of Kilian line - he invested 0,8 mln euro in its development, so the price per unit)

    I found Absinthe and Oud scents much more inspiring, though not totally unique (Oud reminds me M7 and Absinthe reminds of Caron pour une Homme), but very good commercial things that are lovely to wear.
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    This sounds fantastic.....Gary

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    moonfish.. I'm so sorry you found it boring... well, lucky you've got the Gucci then... (which I like as well, but it's to my nose a different fragrance all together.. i think that perhaps (only perhaps) the boring you get in the Killians is the milky, creamy, blond wood effect of rosewood, but maybe not and the fact that besides the nutmeg, there are no prickly spices in this, so it's quite a rounded, oily (patchouli) fragrance. This is in my mind a very brown, creamy color... there's no citrus brightening things up or spices carrying you away to far off lands or herbs... it's dense! but sublte... Just when I think it's gone, someone tells me how good I smell. That's a weird thing I've noticed about this, and it's uncanny.

    we all often hold perfumes up to this odd double standard (I've found)... huge corporations, car companies, retail clothing, etc, spend billions on advertising and marketing. Furniture companies are notorious for marking up couches 200 or 300%, every pair of nice jeans has marketing and advertising and store ownership costs woven into every pant leg. This is a niche brand that is sold in two places in the United States, of course, one is going to expect to pay a little more, and one DOES know he or she is paying for the box and bottle because they are beautiful! But I personally smell a high concentration of oils in all of Kilian's fragrances, and VERY FINE ingredients. Anyway, It's not silly to pay more for a box, if that's what you want to do Like I've mentioned, the refill is more reasonably priced. (p.s. I actually keep the box locked so I have to unlock it every time and take the key out of its little case and all... yeah yeah, it's cute-sy and silly and maybe a little immature but, eh, these days, anything to put a smile on your face And I also pose this food for thought... Why can't a perfumer use modern influences in the inspiration for his or her creations? It's funny, in every ad we see for department store brands, it's something like, "for the modern man who desires something or knows something etc...." Why can't Kilian say he thought about Faust and Snoop Dogg? I'll admit, it annoyed me at first until I met the fragrances in person in the store.

    As with so many fragrances, this is totally different sprayed than dabbed. The "dirtier" aspects of patchouli and cedar come through more... I dabbed some on the other day of a sample they gave me and it was a different "experience". If anyone orders samples of this, I'd order the mini-spray.

    I also loved a taste of heaven (i don't know why but i get this sweet, yet resinous baked bread-y effect and reminds me of something that could be a part of the L'Artisan line, not so much Caron, but that's just me) perhaps the only piece of marketing they use that is worth anything is the modern vs. romantic/gothic effect... there is a definite nod to BOTH in these fragrances. The decision between the two was so hard to make I'm hoping they'll let me refill my bottle with the other one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsp_NY View Post
    How does the refill work? Is there a certain period of time that you have to wait for before they refill your bottle?
    The refill costs $90 US. I can't say for sure what would happen at Aedes (apparently many were sold there as it was sold out when I went to purchase it in December... they said that because of the holidays they really sold a lot of everything which made me very happy for them ) so I bought mine at Bergdorf and they said I'd just send the bottle, and they refill it (since I don't live in NYC) and send it back to me, all shipping and handling covered. I also asked for three samples of STH to give to friends, and they gave me Love on accident, so I called and they sent me FREE of charge, samples of STH as well as asking me if there was anything else in the store I'd like a sample of... now that's service I assume for as long as the fragrance exists, one can refill it.
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    Default Re: So, Kilian's Straight to Heaven, a review...

    Nicely said, nthny, and I agree with your thoughts. Did you realise some similarity with Tom Ford Extreme on the woody dry down, as I did?

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    I only did a quick sniff of TF Extreme, fly777... I wish I could get back to you on that one but I don't remember it well enough because I only focused on the initial impression.

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    nthny,
    no reasons to be sorry about
    Tastes and people are different, and I`m glad you found your Holy Graal in that bottle by Kilian
    There`s no House that pleased everyone by every scent launched.

    You love Straight to Heaven, I like Cruel Intentions and A Taste of Heaven so far - and I definitely adore the package... But I did not found any scent by Kilian to be groundbreaking - they are good commercial scents with glamour (chic, gothic, luxe, pretentious, whatever) press-releases and enormous price-tag... The price-tag and packaging are actually uber-lux - and I wish to Kilian Hennessy all the best on his way to uber-prosperity
    And I will support his prosperity with my euros
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