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Liaisons Dangereuses – A powerful effect

Liaisons Dangereuses by Kilian -


Trying to stay healthy and fit is a full time job. It’s not for slackers – I’ve proven that with the extra pounds that have appeared on the scales. Entertaining, eating out, working weird hours shares part of the blame, the rest is due to me refusing to make good choices. So I recently had a stern talk with myself and made a promise to stick to The Plan, eat right and exercise. Big surprise…it’s working.

But I still have that little voice that calls to me every evening about an hour after dinner. “Eat a sweet” it says. My husband hears it, too, although the voice gives him specific instructions to eat Moose Tracks ice-cream. He’s very obedient, but I fight back.  My sweet craving is for fruit, fresh, tart, and aromatic, or cooked, sweetened, and spiced or flambéed with a splash of booze. Mmmm. It takes all my energy to ignore that little voice and seek other diversions. I climb the stairs to my office, close the door, and start sniffing sweet perfumes instead.

I have my choice of sweet florals, sweet gourmands, sweet spices, sweet orientals, sweet herbs and woods or incense, but tonight I choose the sweet fruit and rose in Liaisons Dangereuses by Kilian, from his 2007 Oeuvre Noire collection. You can read our posts about other fragrances from this line – A Taste of Heaven, Beyond Love, and Back to Black.

Kilian Hennessy is the heir to a long line of cognac makers, the world-famous Hennessy brand, and the grandson of the founder of the LVMH Group, which now owns luxury labels Louis Vuitton, Dior, Kenzo, Fendi, Guerlain, Givenchy, Tag Hauer, Bulgari, De Beers, Moët et Chandon,  Veuve Cliquot, Dom Pérignon….to name a few. He fell in love with perfumery, trained with great noses, and started his own brand, by Kilian in 2007 with the “L’Oeuvre Noire Collection”, composed with high quality and rare ingredients, and created mostly by Calice Becker, the nose behind modern classics such as J’Adore for Dior and Beyond Paradise for Estée Lauder.

Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Affairs) takes its name from an 18th century French novel which is about a devious aristocrat’s use of sexual intrigue for personal revenge – remember the 1988 movie with Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer?  The story didn’t end well for any of the characters. The titillating name of the novel, however, seems to have little connection to the character of this gorgeous fragrance.

Kilian describes Liaisons Dangereuses as being inspired by …”the Damascus Plum, a delicate fruit with a smooth note…” It opens lush and fresh with roses blooming in the garden, bathed in warm sunlight, their green-leafed aroma mixed with the heady scents of tart blackcurrants, young peaches, and velvety purple plums. This is a deliciously exotic fruit accord, sweet but not saccharine, made smooth, rich, and slightly alcoholic with the addition of freshly cracked coconut, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drop of geranium oil as it moves into the heart. Fruits splashed with sparkling wine.

Through the heart, the floral rose note floats on the jammy fruit accord, still fresh and dewy, with an aura of green from vetiver, as the magical dry-down in this garden progresses.  As the light fades, the fruit accord softens and begins to trail off, and the rose slowly goes to sleep, wrapped in blankets of creamy sandalwood trimmed with dark vanilla, resting on a bed of musks and oakmoss. The faintest wafts of spiced rose and fine sueded leather remain the next morning.

The beauty of Liaisons Dangereuses is the blended perfection of the rose note with the fruits, balanced with the almost savoury notes of coconut, geranium, and vetiver. An unexpected liaison of disparate notes results in a transcendently gorgeous fragrance - sweet,  exotic, and lush, but also pure and playful.

Liaisons Dangereuses is far from dangerous. I think, in fact, that it’s heavenly and I intend to liaise with its sweet beauty on a regular basis. It has a powerful effect on cravings.

Liaisons Dangereuses is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $4.00 for 1 ml.