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    Default Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    This is one By Kilian fragrance that hardly gets spoken about here. I tested it for the 1st time last night.

    It has a wonderful orange blossom note, very gentleman's-eaux-cologne-fresh, with florals exploding all around (iris, something akin to that baby-aspirin-geranium note) and then it starts to sweeten like confectionery candy (Smarties candies, to be specific). It made me smile and I sniffed my hand for several hours. From far away, the scent gathers a crisp almost chypre-like effect - sort of like Oranger Alhambra by Giorgio Armani Prive.

    Any love for this one? I know its mad expensive, but nonetheless, I can't seem to get it off my mind.

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    This one has never clicked with me. It's pleasant enough, but doesn't distinguish itself in any noticeable way. Becker's other scents for this line reveal more imagination.
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    It's nice, no reason to say 'Wow' though and definitely not worth the price Kilian is selling it. Nonetheless, an elegant fragrance blended with style.
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    In my 20 Feb 2010 review my final thoughts on Prelude to Love were:
    "I don't love it but I can't help being somewhat enthralled by it. Quite a Lolita-esque scent, if you ask me. "

    I still find it a little hard to place a finger firmly on the pulse of this composition but I have to admit it is quite an intriguing scent. The ladies may have a more eloquent reaction to it though. Ladies?
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Glad to hear your thoughts on it! Since I have it, I'm obviously one of the fans of it . I love Orange Blossom scents, and think it is a totally unique take on the note. I can totally see your smartie impression too - it does have that slightly tart, candy-like feel in the drydown. It wears great worn with a heavy hand in warm weather, too!
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    The only by Kilian I could justify buying.
    It' got some floral/citrus accords similar to Windsor's top.
    And the middle are 3 of my favorite floral notes: orange blossom/neroli, Freesia, and "cold Iris",
    with just enough cardamom, cypriol, and rose peppercorn to keep it from being to feminine.

    I knew I was drastically overpaying for a short-lived predominantly synthetic scent, but I had to have it.

    I bought the tester, so if anyone who owns the full presentation can post the ingredient/chemical list:
    i.e.
    alcohol, parfum, citral, geraniol, linalool, alpha-isomethyl-ionone, etc.
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    From far away, the scent gathers a crisp almost chypre-like effect - sort of like Oranger Alhambra by Giorgio Armani Prive.
    can you compare these 2 further ?

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    I picked up the discovery set of By Kilian so I could get a little more of this one in particular.
    I find it sort of out of place with the other fragrances in the By Kilian line but it has a compelling orange blossom aspect that while it remains is quite unusual and refreshing.
    I am definitely a fan and the reason I don't think it gets mentioned is we rarely talk about citrus fragrances as a class very often. If we did I wouldn't hesitate to put this up there with some of my other favorites.
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    can you compare these 2 further ?
    Well, I'll have to dig around & see if I can find my sample of the Armani.

    When (or if) I do I will post my thoughts.

    The Armani is much more bergamot prominent in the top notes, but besides that they are very similar (atleast in my mind, they are).

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    One of the things that I enjoy at the By Kilian website is the "perfumer's formula". For Prelude to Love they give (per 1000g):

    Hesperide Notes:

    Calabrian Bergamot Oil 200g
    Italian Lemon Sfumatrice Oil 150g [note: I learned a new word; supposed to be very zesty and green]
    Mandarin Oil 20g
    Calabrian Bigarad Oil 50g

    Floral Notes:

    French Lavandin Abrialis Orpur Oil 10g
    Freesia Accord 350g
    Tunisian Neroli Orpur Oil 20g
    Orange Blossom Absolute @ 10% 10g
    Bulgarian Rose Absolute 5g
    Florentine Resinoid Iris 5g
    Iris Accord 40g

    Spicy Notes:

    Guatemala Cardamom Oil 15g
    Pink Pepper Berries 5g

    Woody Amber Notes:

    Indian Cypriol 30g
    Russian Leather Accord 10g
    Musk Accord 80g

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    ^Yes i remember saving that jpeg the day before I bought the tester.
    I tried to replicate it, but i think I need to source different synthetic freesia, mine came out too feminine.

    Do you by chance have the actual box ingredient list?

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    if anyone who owns the full presentation can post the ingredient/chemical list:
    i.e.
    alcohol, parfum, citral, geraniol, linalool, alpha-isomethyl-ionone, etc.
    Anyone who can post this list thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    This is very nice, just the price is a bit too much..
    I bought several samples on e-bay, pour them in an atomizer, and voila, I have a little decant!
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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Ingredients List On Retail Box:
    - SD Alcohol 39C
    - Parfum
    - Aqua
    - BHT
    - Limonene
    - Eugenol

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    ^Yes i remember saving that jpeg the day before I bought the tester.
    I tried to replicate it, but i think I need to source different synthetic freesia, mine came out too feminine.

    Do you by chance have the actual box ingredient list?

    Anyone who can post this list thanks in advance.
    Here's the link to the By Kilian website with the list of ingredients

    http://www.bykilian.com/en/les_fragr...elude-to-love/
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    Default Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    I'm glad to see people talking about this one. I own it and like it quite a bit. It may be the least dramatic of the Kilian line so people seem to pass it up fast.

    But I love the transparent iris and wood (cypriol?). I think the hint of sweetness that's in it is actually a bit of another scent in the line 'Love'. Only turned way down. This aspect me reminds me of a number of Guerlains only much sweeter.

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    I've been meaning to try this one, but I notice that Kilian, while still selling it in their store, no longer advertises it as being among their collection on the main page. Is this slated for discontinuation...?

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Quote Originally Posted by blackice View Post
    Ingredients List On Retail Box:
    - SD Alcohol 39C
    - Parfum
    - Aqua
    - BHT
    - Limonene
    - Eugenol
    Wow, only Limonene and Eugenol. I expected it to look like a Tom Ford ingredient Label. LOL Certainly at least expected Butylphenyl methypropianol, and hydroisohexyl 3-cyclohexene-carboxaldehyde, given how it smelled.

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    Here's the link to the By Kilian website with the list of ingredients

    http://www.bykilian.com/en/les_fragr...elude-to-love/
    Thanks, but I was referring to the box ingredients that black ice posted. i used that "perfumer's list" on Kilian's site to attempt a recreation a while back, and it came fairly close, apart from the freesia I had at the time smelling too femme. I should try it now, as I have sourced good, unisex Iris and Freesia accords that smell in accordance with the Kilian.

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    Default Re: Prelude To Love by By Kilian

    Coincidence at this thread being bumped: I wore the very last drops of my sample last Saturday afternoon on my way with Ray to go check into a Ft. Lauderdale beach hotel for a romantic weekend. It really does have a wonderful tiptoeing-through-the-tulips vibe. A real happy fragrance. I just wish it lasted longer and was a tad more...substantial. And affordable.

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