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    Default Re: By Kilian Back to Black

    It's a very smooth, insanely sweet honey gourmand. Smells ok but I don't really get the hype on this one. I don't smell any tobacco in Back to Black either, which is a shame as it could really use some other notes besides honey and sugar.

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    Am I the only one who thinks BtB is an overpriced Pinaud talc rendition? I found this one disappointing to say the least. Great sillage and longevity, but in order for that to be an asset, the scent itself has to be an asset to the wearer.

    I've found other Kilian's to be FBW, but not this one.

  3. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks BtB is an overpriced Pinaud talc rendition?
    I think some do, as Al Gae and a few others mentioned... and it did for me when I first tried it. But if you can identify some of the individual notes you may start to lose that association and have a better appreciation for it... it is a very complex blend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes22 View Post
    I love Back to Black. TV is nice, but it seems very linear and straight forward to me, while BtB keeps me more interested.
    +1

    I own both but would take BtB if I was forced to choose. Much less linear, I've never perceived it as powdery or feminine, and the tobacco is quite noticeable for me in the mid. Like Hobbes also said, it gets much better longevity than many claim. The jacket that I wore last time I applied BtB (just to the skin, and quite moderately at that) smelled of it for weeks. Over all a fantastic fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    I think some do, as Al Gae and a few others mentioned... and it did for me when I first tried it. But if you can identify some of the individual notes you may start to lose that association and have a better appreciation for it... it is a very complex blend.
    4 sample wearings gave me the same impression as I stated. I went on to the next sample unimpressed other than it's projection and longevity. I don't wear frags to identify notes. I review them for that. I want to wear them because it moves me in some fashion and enjoy them without analyzing it.

    BtB simply isn't for me. Flat out too powdery.

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    Maybe it's skin chemistry or my nose is off, but I really don't find BtB that powdery or feminine. It was the second or third niche scent I ever tried, and I fell for it immediately. Like Partario, I think it's fantastic.

    Also, I'm not sure how someone doesn't get tobacco from it - I get more tobacco from BtB than TV, which is mostly vanilla to me.

    AromiErotici, out of curiosity, what Kilians do you find FBW? The only others I really enjoy are Taste of Heaven, Cruel Intentions, and Liaisons Dangereuses. If these had the projection and longevity of BtB, they might be FBW to me.

  7. #37

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    I don't know why I haven't gotten around to order a sample of this yet. I've been meaning to for at least a year. Somehow, I forgot to grab it on my last sample order which was during my "Honey Hunt."

    I love powder, too. And some people mention almonds. Even better. A powdery, almondy honey? I have high hopes for this one.
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    Default Re: By Kilian Back to Black

    Sounds like this one's a bit of a chameleon... I just finished wearing it a while ago - reports of excellent longevity were not exaggerated on me. Pretty much the whole time I felt like I was digging through a big bucket of baby powder, and there was maybe a cherry in that bucket, and yea, a bit of honey, and I caught a whiff or two of a nice cigar tobacco from the chest on occasion, but the notes I was looking for were more of the proverbial needle in a haystack. I got extremely tired of it by the end of the day, and yet this fragrance now has some controversy in my mind. I've got about one more wearing in my sample, and I'm definitely looking forward to it; I'm so curious if I'll interpret it differently next time.

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    Hobbes, have you tried Straight to Heaven yet? That one is a bit sneaky with it's longevity, but I think it hits your nose like a truck and overwhelms it. I got over 24 hours with that one as well, but I didn't realize it until the next day when I could smell it while I was walking around. I also spilled some on my fingertips while I was decanting it and could smell it there for DAYS. Good stuff.

  10. #40

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    Scent memory can be tricky...

    Some of the other Kilians bring up interesting associations... A friend once asked if I was using Comet Cleaner when I was wearing Cruel Intentions. It never occurred to me, but after he mentioned it I had to agree that CI does share some similarities. Also, A Taste of Heaven can go into toothpaste or shaving cream territory.

    For me, when I went through the list of ingredients and picked out some of them, it reduced my brain's ability to report it as only baby powder:


  11. #41

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    Wow, that's a lot of tonka absolute in there. A LOT.

    And a lot of vanilla. And then 180g of a sweet note, too? Daaaaaaaaamn. This sucker must be sweet!
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    Partario, I've only tried Straight to Heaven once, and it didn't work for me like BtB. I should try it again though, I was wearing 5-6 scents at the time, didn't really give it a fair chance.

    Dorje, I got a very strong Play-Doh vibe from Cruel Intentions the first time I wore it. It really put me off at first, but later I was actually pretty intrigued by CI despite myself. Crazy projection on that one.

    I'm continually amazed at what memories or images get conjured up with certain scents. Taste of Heaven reminds me of this shed at my family's cabin on Lake of the Woods in Canada. Pretty sure there is zero lavender or vanilla in this shed, but it smells exactly like AToH in my mind.

  13. #43

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    A amazing cologne produced by a passionate man: Kilian. I brought this one blind. A purchase I do not regret.

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    Another fan here. Outside of their Oud scents, B2B is my favorite By Kilian. I like TV a lot as well... For me it is pretty much a toss up in a head-to-head.
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    Fragrance lovers of basenotes, please don't wear B2B in the summer! It will turn into a powder bomb, Im so surprised no one has ever pointed out that powdery frags turn even more powdery once mixed w/ heat + sweat. In cool/cold weather this one decadent/opulent/rich/sensual/sexy honey bath. B2B any day over TV. TV turns sour real quick on my skin, and also it really isn't the Love Potion it has been labelled to be. It's more of a potion for serious upscale events, like business diners/meetings.

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