Black Phantom ‘Memento Mori’ by Kilian Paris
The Cellars Collection
50ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Woods
Perfume Author – Sidonie Lancesseur
Inspired by the moto of the pirates: “Memento Mori”, the scent Black Phantom is a sensual and surprising twist on an Irish coffee created for those who live for pleasure.
The jet black flacon reposes in a black lacquered coffret from which a smiling skull rises.
Head Notes – Cyanide Accord, Rum
Heart Notes – Ethiopian Coffee Absolue, Javanese Vetiver, Indonesian Patchouli, Sandalwood
Base Notes – Sugar cane Accord
‘When I launched my brand in 2007, my goal was to put perfumery back on its pedestal and return it to its former glory, the way perfumery existed in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
For me, perfume is the essential accessory of every man and woman. Each fragrance that I make is imagined and created as the ultimate way to express oneself and all the facets of our unique personalities‘ – Kilian Hennessy
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