Woman in Gold by Kilian Paris
The Narcotics Collection
Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Floral Oriental
Perfume Author – Calice Becker
A magnificent collector’s edition coffret, beautifully embellished in homage to Klimt’s unique signature style and masterful use of gold leaf, to house Woman in Gold. The elegant black glass bottle is adorned with Kilian’s signature finishes – the engraved plaque, galvanised cap, both rendered in gold it comes inside its own sculptural enamelled wooden box. Once opened, the mirrored zamac lid inside reflects the luminosity, mysterious glamour, and jewel-like quality of each bottle.
The notes conjure, in scent, the delicate gold leafing and play between light and shadow, for which the painting is celebrated. Perfumer Calice Becker was inspired by the fascinating contrast between the painting’s facets, which she describes as ‘texturised and brilliant, rich and voluptuous’. Its zesty luminosity is the fragrant expression of this brightness. The petal-y rose heart depicts all of the facets of the rose. Finally, vanilla absolute’s unctuosity appears generously in the dry down, adorned by an exclusive patchouli molecule, the Akigalawood.
Head Notes – Mandarin, Bergamot
Heart Notes – Rose, Geranium
Base Notes – Tonka bean, Vanilla, Patchouli
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