MiN New York Apothecary & Atelier, an amazing emporium of niche fragrances and a gathering place for perfume lovers, I have 10 sample sets of By Kilian's new Asian Tales fragrances to give away to Best Things in Beauty readers! I featured Kilian Hennessy earlier this week, and I told you about his two latest introductions, Water Calligraphy and Bamboo Harmony - both of which I adore. Spray samples of both fragrances are enclosed in these fold-out stories.
Kilian confirmed for me that both fragrances were developed to appeal to
an Asian aesthetic that includes a preference for light fragrances.
Those who want their fragrances to announce their presence in a room and
leave a trail behind them probably won't like the new By Kilian scents.
I love them! I appreciate a light, perfectly crafted harmony of notes
that's personal. I don't want others to smell me from four feet away.
I'm looking for a more intimate connection with fragrance. I want to
enjoy it, and I'm happy if anyone within a few feet of me can enjoy it. I
may overuse the term "office-friendly," but Water Calligraphy and
Bamboo Harmony are office-friendly.
Water Calligraphy Eau de Parfum ($225) is an "olfactive impression of an
aquatic flower sitting next to a pond of water lilies...a moment of
delicacy. A harmonious duo of sparking grapefruit zest and reseda
blossom underlined by dewy water lily awaken the senses. In the heart,
the majestic jasmine sambac enhances the evanescent magnolia, giving an
impression of quiet water sliding over cardamon and vetiver, like
Chinese ink slides on rice paper."
Bamboo Harmony Eau de Parfum ($225) wears an aura of subtle sips of
white tea taken in the heart of a bamboo grove, "a moment of
spirituality." "Bamboo Harmony opens with luminous notes of bergamot,
bigarade, and neroli. It evolves through a comforting heart combining
white tea leaves and mimosa, highlighted with a very light touch of
spices. The character of the trail is given a rare mate essence
interlaced with sensual fig leaves and oak moss." Like Water
Calligraphy, Bamboo Harmony is light, but long-lasting on my skin.
I haven't formed the words yet to tell you in personal terms how much I love these fragrances. Yesterday, I wore Bamboo Harmony to meet up with friends for a late lunch. We were outdoors on the terrace, and with the humidity, I caught an occasional whiff of the wonderful fruity white tea fragrance. It's so fresh. Water Calligraphy, is an elegant aquatic floral with a touch of fruit that gives it a sparkling presence. If you separate your fragrances by season, these are perfect for summer.
Members of the Kilian Club at Facebook were sent complimentary samples of both fragrances right before they arrived at the fine stores that offer By Kilian (such as MiN). If you didn't know about that club, you have a second chance - here. How can you enter to win this contest (technically a sweepstakes)?
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