Sweet Redemption by Calice Becker for by Kilian 2011

Hiya Scented People,

Noticing a great deal on by Kilian at SurrenderToChance in a DailyChanceSpecial I snapped up a couple and the first I’ll be talking about is Sweet Redemption. I have not really delved into the world of by Kilian yet because I thought it was so expensive that an addiction could send me to the poor house, having done the math it is pricey but not extreme.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
African orange flower, opoponax, incense, benzoin, vanilla and myrrh

The grandson of the founder of the LVMH group, Kilian Hennessy grew up in the family’s wine cellars and has brought that boozy reminiscence of sensuality that cognac has to this fragrance. I am not saying it smells like cognac but the glorious rich intoxicating blending that makes you want to swirl and sniff your balloon works similarly here.

RedemptionPhoto Stolen TheWallpaperTree

I was wearing this for an hour or so today before I looked up the accords. Who knew an African orange flower smelled this good? You’ll have to look elsewhere for someone to parse the notes in Sweet Redemption, it’s too perfectly proportioned. Yes I smell lovely, sexy white flower and the vanilla/ambery background noise. I get a slightly smokey scent throughout and something sweet but licorice sweet not honey sweet, maybe sweet chilli sweet? I can’t tell you what these things are but I can tell you that I smell incredible. This is a magical, hefty, slightly dirty, good time cha cha cha of a fragrance. I want to pop on a flirty frock, some killer high heels, hair up, morals down and get my gorgeous smelling self out to see the world. Which is not to say that I smell cheap, NO WAY! I smell like a million dollars. Like cognac diamonds shimmer. Rich, sparkly, gregarious, Sweet Redemption wants to get out there and get herself noticed, not by shouting, obnoxious or bad behaviours but by being alluring, likeable, slightly sexy but not vampish, confident and ready for good things to happen, to make good things happen to everyone around and self. OH DEAR! I think I am seriously in love with this juice.

I wore Sweet redemption to work tonight. There is a guy there who is quite a perfumista and he didn’t even blink, usually he is the first to notice a fragrance, but I was stopped by 2 of the ladies that I would never expect to even think about fragrance asking what it was, who by, where to get it. Surreal. One other full table compliment from a bunch of girls that I adore!It has maintained its integrity but grown slightly deeper, warmer and softer; not much though.

Now I’ve done some cleaning up around the house, fed and watered the pets, chatted with TSO Jin, written some blog and it’s 6+ hours since my last spritz and I am still fragrant, warm, rich and delicious. I smell like a warm sweet milky coffee feels after a good day (I’ve just sat down at the computer with one and it is SOOOO good), when you’re tired but not buggered, happy with the days events. A comfortable spicy vanilla and myrrh, ready to hit the hay because early in the morning I’m off on a short plane flight for an overnight gig.

Redemption Photo Stolen Jingna Zhang

I love the reviews by Olfactoria’s Travels and GrainDeMusc if you are looking for extra insights.
The by Kilian eBoutique has 30ml travel sprays 95€
SurrenderToChance starts at $7/ml

I feel so lucky that you all come back and read regularly,
THANK YOU for becoming part of the APJ family.
Have you tried the by Kilian line, have a favourite? Do share it with us in the comments please.
Till tomorrow,
Portia xx

44 comments on “Sweet Redemption by Calice Becker for by Kilian 2011

  1. lucasai says:

    Gorgeous review! I’ve tried only one Kilian in my life which is Prelude to Love… I though it was nice but not groundbreaking. A good neroli scent with a touch of iris. I don’t know why I didn’t try to sample more… Probably because they’re expensive, far too expensive for me to spend my money on them.

  2. Tatiana says:

    I received a sample set of these when they were offered on the Facebook page. Since they arrived all at once I quickly became overwhelmed with trying them. I think my favorite from the L’oeuvre Noir series is Cruel Intentions. But over all I am more in love with the Arabian Nights scents. Completely in love with Rose Oud and own a travel set of Incense Oud. I am going to need to revisit this one.

    • I am now intrigued to find out more about this house Tatiana, I have 2 more to try in my current samples and then I think I will get some more. If the rest is as good as Sweet redemption I think I may be lost,
      Portia xx

  3. P – I’m so glad you love this. Me, I gave it a 1 Bone rating. I found overwhelming and cloying! 🙂

  4. Zubi d'Nova / Melissa de Blok says:

    I just got the sample set…… Loving Love and Tears on me right now. it’s less jasmine than Nuda by Nasomatto (which was too much for me), but more than the usual “jasmine mixed with other things”. I’m a jasmine newbie though.

    I also loved “Love”, but I’m a gourmand girl to the bone.

    Cant wait to try the one you reviewed, you make everything you like sound scrumptious! 😀

  5. poodle says:

    I haven’t tried this one yet. I have sampled Liasons Dangerous, which I know I just misspelled but you know the one I’m talking about. Anyway, it did not work on me. Brought to mind Patty from the posse’s Tampax fresh accord. In the vial and on paper I like it but on my skin, ewwww. Not so much.

  6. sinnerman01 says:

    Hair up , morals down !!! Only u Portia can put it like that ! Great review, I love the name of this one , I myself have never tried any from the line! I yet to be bitten by the sample bug, I covert bottles and I am always a size queen when it comes to perchases! Only the largest bottle comes home with me! Thanks for the giggles this morning , now I’m late for the bus! Must run ! Xxx

  7. Jordan River says:

    Calice – what a career. Bamboo Harmony and Water Calligraphy are the subtler Scents that she designed for the Asian market.

  8. laniersmith says:

    Sweet Redemption sounds like she has a lot in common with you Miss P. She is a star! Have a good trip sweetheart. And thank you for this really wonderful and fun to read review. I was in your pocket the whole way. Loved IT!

  9. Natalie says:

    I have sniffed through the line, but wasn’t really grabbed. Always nice to read more thoughts, though! Eventually I’m sure I’ll spend more time with these.

  10. It’s true that many of Kilian’s fragrances are much more affordable than it seems at first. There are travel sets (though I wonder if the glass is a little too fragile without the fancy travel holder), and refill bottles that are a lot less. I have a sample of Sweet Redemption, but haven’t tried it on my skin yet. I was going to work my way through the whole love story, but your review makes me think that I should start at the end of the story first!

    Thanks for the beautiful write-up!

    • Thanks baconbiscuit!
      I haven’t tried the rest yet and didn’t even realise there was a love story till I began researching my post. I would have done it in order had I known, I wonder though if I was meant to try this one first. It is so me,
      Portia xx

  11. Dubaiscents says:

    Just when I think I have narrowed down my list of the ones I like in this line you write such a wonderful review that makes me want to go back and try this again. Thank goodness I can just pop over to the store and spray these on for free 🙂 I will by a FB someday….. too many choices!

  12. flittersniffer says:

    Love, love this one and your rapturous description of it. Works especially well at the beginning of autumn with a nip in the air. Very comforting and enduring as you say.

  13. Undina says:

    I’m behind my reading. Coincidentally I just tested it yesterday (not for the first time) because I wanted to compare it to Seville a l’aube.

    Sweet Redemption is a little too sweet for me in the opening. Several hours into the wear I like it much more but first fifteen-twenty minute are a little too intence. I have a couple of samples of this perfume so I’ll wear it a couple of times more but I do not think it’ll be love. Even though your enthusiasm is contagious 😉

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