Back to Black, Aphrodisiac by Kilian Paris
The Smokes Collection
50ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Woody Oriental
Perfume Author – Calice Becker
Back to Black, Aphrodisiac is a tobacco aroma with sweet undertones of Honey. The freshness of the Bergamot of Calabria contrasted by the heat of spices – Cardamom of Guatemala and Coriander berry of Europe – creates an elegant yet unusual opening. The heart is composed with Honey from Laos, Oliban from Somalia, Cedar from the Atlas and Vetiver from Haïti. A few notes of Oak Moss and Patchouli from Indonesia coat this woody marquetry. This “tobacco” composition is further intensified by powerful Amber notes reinforced with a soft accord of powdery vanilla which provide the power and tenacity to the perfume.
Head Notes – Bergamot, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Chamomile, Coriander, Raspberry
Heart Noes – Atlas Cedarwood, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Haitian Vetiver, Olibanum, Honey Accord
Base Notes – Amber, Cistus Labdanum, Vanilla, Almond
Heir to a long line of cognac makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian decided to take up the torch of family tradition. Creating a new luxury brand was definitely a challenge worthy of his predecessors.
His childhood haunts included the family cellars in Cognac. Before graduating from CELSA, he wrote a thesis on the semantics of scent, in search of a ‘language’ common to gods and mortals. Remembering the “angels’ share” as part of his heritage, he was led into the world of perfumery. The “angels’ share” is what the House of Hennessy calls the percentage that – inexplicably – evaporates from cognac cellars, like an offering to the gods.
Many of Kilian’s fragrances today carry this childhood memory as they are reminiscent of the sugar in the alcohol and the wood of the cognac barrels