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    Default Re: By Kilian Asian Tales (5 new fragrances inspired by China)

    Kilian Hennesy [French accent, imperfect English pronunciation]:

    "Err, okay, so we've established ourselves in the West with L’Oeuvre Noire Collection and, err, have attracted the lucratif Middle Eastern market with our Arabian Nights Collection. So err, what is next? Hmmmm...

    Oooooooh! Oui, oui, oui!!! China is supposed to be the next, err, super economee, no? Why don't we, err, create a collection particulièrement for Ahsia! Yes, but let's bring in a leettle, err, spiritualitee. C'est géniale! Ooh la la!"
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    If you do join his facebook page you'll likely get samples for free in the mail. Lots of people here got Amber Oud...

    I am interested to try the new BK frags, but I'm not sure I will appreciate them... hard to say, but I will give them a try. I just hope they are not done in a style similar to JCE's stuff, I am not a big fan of his "minimalist" frags, many of which are far too synthetic-heavy... (put DOWN the iso-e super!).

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    Just noticed on Saks website that Kilian will be at Tysons Corner location Saturday April 21st from 1-5 for the launch of Asian Tales. Looks like I'm driving to Virginia.

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    I really respect By Kilian and his marketin concept, but Back To Black is the only gem I found from his entire line.
    I don´t know why I really cannot love his fragrances, although I want to like and love them

    His fragrances smell like miscompleted to me inspite of good ingredients, good ideas and concepts.

    His fragrances are just fragrances for room. I will not spray them on my skin, but in my room.

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    Has anyone tried these new ones yet? I can't believe there's not a single initial impression anywhere on these

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    I really respect By Kilian and his marketin concept, but Back To Black is the only gem I found from his entire line.
    I don´t know why I really cannot love his fragrances, although I want to like and love them

    His fragrances smell like miscompleted to me inspite of good ingredients, good ideas and concepts.

    His fragrances are just fragrances for room. I will not spray them on my skin, but in my room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flouris View Post
    Has anyone tried these new ones yet? I can't believe there's not a single initial impression anywhere on these
    I still haven't found any of these available for sale or sampling.
    Currently wearing: Leather Oud by Floris

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    Yeah I think you have to actually visit a Saks to test them out. Unfortunately the Saks in Portland closed but most other major cities seem to have them still. Just weird nobody has tried them yet.

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    to all basenoter tycoons, host split for these fragrance please....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temptation View Post

    His fragrances are just fragrances for room. I will not spray them on my skin, but in my room.
    I really like BtB too. You know they sell candles? ...might be cheaper than using the edp as a room spray, lol.

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    I tried Water Caligraphy today from the sample set they sent out (had Bamboo Harmony too).

    The first thing that hits you is the grapefruit and its definately the zest and pithy type as opposed to the fleshy kind, Its supported by a very floral underlayer and a slightly dry cherry blossom leaf which is really well done. The base smells a little like ylang-ylang but its quite a subtle impression of a magnolia and jasmine.

    I was hoping for a little more intrigue but it smells a little too familar and many will find it safe, Its does what the name suggests as its watery and has an air of purity but thankfully not transparent and has the usual quality mark you'd expect from this house.

    The florals are very evident and are the mainstay of the fragrance so maybe it leans towards the feminine side of unisex but I'd have no problem wearing it again.

    I'll give Bamboo Harmony a go tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucasai View Post
    I'll be getting samples of these soon, all thanks to joining by kilian fanpage on facebook
    Apparently posted out yesterday. I'm a club member of long standing but have never received anything. Sent out 6000 sample sets but I note >14000 Killian Club members so maybe not every member gets them.

    Please review when you get your samples

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    What do you get if you take Invasion Barbare and remove the violet accord and replace it with bright shimmering Tea? You get a good approximation of what Bamboo Harmony does.

    Its a great modern Fougere which has a very similar structure to MDCI's offering. It doesn't quite have the suave ambiance of IB but its a more delicate take on the same theme (they could be brother and sister). Its been a freezing cold day here so its not really had its chance to shine and I'll try it again when the weather isn't so crappy.

    100% unisex and very easy to wear. Thumbs up so far.

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    Default Re: By Kilian Asian Tales (5 new fragrances inspired by China)

    Thanks for posting your reviews, Kron. Both sound very interesting.
    Currently wearing: Leather Oud by Floris

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    Kron thank you very much for your impressions and the photo!

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    saw these first two at Saks in NYC... I won't write a review since I just sniffed at them so didn't get a proper impressions...


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    Thanks Kron for the reviews. Now I have to try Bamboo Harmony...
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Mazzolari

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    ... Woah! Definitely sounds interesting.
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Tonka Imperiale
    3. Dior Homme
    4. Pure Malt
    5. Oud Wood
    6. Ambre Nuit
    7. L'air Du Desert Marocain
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    They will probably do quite well here with the casual shopper - nice packaging and both very well crafted, inoffensive, light, uplifting etc. but basically safe and derivative. I'm sorry I can't roll off the names of what they both remind me of but original these are not. I wore Bamboo Harmony again today and I will say it seems to have good ingredients (no cheap notes), and pretty good tenacity and it is, indeed, very nice, but there's nothing here to interest me personally. My fears of above in the thread have materialised

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    I wore Bamboo Harmony yesterday. It is not strong, but it lasts for a long time. My impression was a very soft white tea with osmanthus, although there is no osmanthus note, at least I don't remember that on what I have read. I liked it, it is very pretty, but it is not my style. I would not refuse it if somebody gave it to me (hint, hint ), but I normally go for either greens or orientals. I love several by Kilians, and BH is indeed very beautiful, but not my thing.

    I only smelled Water Caligraphy briefly on Friday after I got my samples. I prefer Bamboo Harmony. Water Caligraphy is more, how shall I say, aquatic?. There is a note in the heart that I did not care for. I liked the dry down, but I need to give it a full wearing.
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    Yeah baby, give me some more safe, me too scents.

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    Got my samples, thank you Kilian!

    Bamboo harmony starts out with one of the best citrus openings I've yet experienced, they are giving Malle's Bigarade Concentre and Xerjoff's Kobe a run for their money in this department. There is a clean musk, tea and some spices in the background. It is a rather simple, uncluttered scent.

    I agree with others that this is a mellow, laid back frag. "Safe", maybe... but IMO this is really well done. I don't necessarily share some BN'ers tastes for shock and awe in my frags though. I think this deserves some wear in the summer heat, it's going to be a great fresh citrus option. I find major issues with many frags in this category for having a synthetic smelling edge to them, Chanel Allure Sport for example... so finding one that comes off as natural smelling and also has at least moderate lasting power is somewhat difficult. I think the people that will like this are ones who appreciate a frag that is both understated yet polished. You can certainly get many, many "similar" frags for far cheaper, but they won't be as polished. IDK, polished is a bad word maybe... I'd say just exceptionally well composed and lacking in obvious flaws. So far, I cannot find anything that I dislike and whatever synthetic aroma chemicals that were used don't stick out and don't bother me.

    For people who enjoy frags like TF Neroli Portofino or Malle's Bigarade Concentre, this has a similar vibe but is in a different league... far far superior IMO. It does have a JCE-like vibe to it, but the apparent use of more natural ingredients than JCE normally uses gives the notes a complexity that is lacking in most of JCE's frags. So I guess this is bordering on minimalist, but the quality of the ingredients lift this from becoming a yawn fest despite the simplicity of the composition. I could almost see this as a Hermessence frag, but if it was, it would be the best of the line IMO.

    My initial rating is 5/5. Best fresh-citrus frag I've ever tried so far.

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    Water Calligraphy is a nice floral aquatic, definitely feminine leaning... not something I'd wear. It's ok I guess, but I'm not interested in this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Gardenia View Post
    .....There are not enough bamboo scents around !
    I was just thinking the same thing! More bamboo! Not really. But it made me laugh. :-)

    I doubt I'll need any of these but it'll be interesting to see what Calice Becker came up with.

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    So, this is supposedly the new trend in the fragrance industry...


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    But, for now, let's concentrate on the present...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    They will probably do quite well here with the casual shopper - nice packaging and both very well crafted, inoffensive, light, uplifting etc. but basically safe and derivative. I'm sorry I can't roll off the names of what they both remind me of but original these are not. I wore Bamboo Harmony again today and I will say it seems to have good ingredients (no cheap notes), and pretty good tenacity and it is, indeed, very nice, but there's nothing here to interest me personally. My fears of above in the thread have materialised
    Oh, brother! Well, at least my wife will be happy. Except she's all bought out on these sorts of scents already....

    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    Yeah baby, give me some more safe, me too scents.
    Exactamente!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    Got my samples, thank you Kilian!

    Bamboo harmony starts out with one of the best citrus openings I've yet experienced, they are giving Malle's Bigarade Concentre and Xerjoff's Kobe a run for their money in this department. There is a clean musk, tea and some spices in the background. It is a rather simple, uncluttered scent.

    I agree with others that this is a mellow, laid back frag. "Safe", maybe... but IMO this is really well done. I don't necessarily share some BN'ers tastes for shock and awe in my frags though. I think this deserves some wear in the summer heat, it's going to be a great fresh citrus option. I find major issues with many frags in this category for having a synthetic smelling edge to them, Chanel Allure Sport for example... so finding one that comes off as natural smelling and also has at least moderate lasting power is somewhat difficult. I think the people that will like this are ones who appreciate a frag that is both understated yet polished. You can certainly get many, many "similar" frags for far cheaper, but they won't be as polished. IDK, polished is a bad word maybe... I'd say just exceptionally well composed and lacking in obvious flaws. So far, I cannot find anything that I dislike and whatever synthetic aroma chemicals that were used don't stick out and don't bother me.

    For people who enjoy frags like TF Neroli Portofino or Malle's Bigarade Concentre, this has a similar vibe but is in a different league... far far superior IMO. It does have a JCE-like vibe to it, but the apparent use of more natural ingredients than JCE normally uses gives the notes a complexity that is lacking in most of JCE's frags. So I guess this is bordering on minimalist, but the quality of the ingredients lift this from becoming a yawn fest despite the simplicity of the composition. I could almost see this as a Hermessence frag, but if it was, it would be the best of the line IMO.

    My initial rating is 5/5. Best fresh-citrus frag I've ever tried so far.
    It does sound well done. I'll see what my wife thinks. When you say Neroli Portofino done right - my ears perk up at that. I love neroli, but I am totally turned off when neroli gets a cleaning solution vibe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    Water Calligraphy is a nice floral aquatic, definitely feminine leaning... not something I'd wear. It's ok I guess, but I'm not interested in this one.
    This one too - right up her alley.

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    I am wearing Water Calligraphy today from a sample. I was hoping for more of the "effervescent magnolia" promised by the advertising, but I still like it. It conjures up landscapes of pink blossoms floating on water. It is suprisingly tenacious, too.

    I tried Bamboo Harmony as well. It strongly reminded me of The Different Company De Bachmakov--the similarity is great to my nose. However, Bamboo Harmony is somehow better, more refined... It is a very lively fragrance, perfect for summer, if anyone likes this genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catnip_too View Post
    I am wearing Water Calligraphy today from a sample. I was hoping for more of the "effervescent magnolia" promised by the advertising, but I still like it. It conjures up landscapes of pink blossoms floating on water. It is suprisingly tenacious, too.

    I tried Bamboo Harmony as well. It strongly reminded me of The Different Company De Bachmakov--the similarity is great to my nose. However, Bamboo Harmony is somehow better, more refined... It is a very lively fragrance, perfect for summer, if anyone likes this genre.
    Thanks for the update! I remain interested in both, even though I've been unable to get hold of samples yet....
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