Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses Perfume Review

Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses Perfume Review
Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses Perfume Review

Kilian Eau de Parfum is a peach-coconut dream that starts off sweet and fruity with a creamy undertone that shifts to having a more musky, rosy floral feel, still more underneath the fruits (dominated by peach and coconut). The drydown is woodier and a little smoky, but the other notes from before were more dominant and noticeable.

It is described as having “jammy rose essence” and a “juicy plum accord” and is part of the brand’s “Narcotics” family, which is dedicated to highlighting floral notes. Here is a more complete set of notes as seen on retailers:

  • top notes: peach, plum, black currant, coconut
  • heart notes: rose, geranium, ambrette, cinnamon
  • base notes: musk, sandalwood, oakmoss, woodsy notes, vetiver, vanilla

Scent Development

It had a sharp twist of slightly greener, woody black currant with a kiss of coconut creaminess that was then spiced with cinnamon and overtaken by plum. There were a few slices of peach that seemed to add sweetness but were less noticeable as actual peach in scent. The coconut really tamped down the “fruity” aroma of peach, plum, and black currant and made it feel more indulgent and richer with less overt sweetness.

After 15 minutes of settling on my skin, Liaisons Dangereuses turned smoother, creamier, and slightly musky with a medley of fruit with coconut cream and a veil of rose. The perfume softened further, more of a peach and coconut fruitiness over a creamy, vanillic base of musk and rose. It stayed in that space until about the fourth hour during the drydown where it was slightly smoky and woodsy with peach, coconut, and vanilla that were a little musky and floral.

Application

For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise. 

I purchased my sample in January 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.

Longevity

It lasted for eight hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate and dropping closer to the body after two and a half hours of wear.

Personal Thoughts

I liked that the coconut was present but the fragrance never felt like a beachy/sandy/sunscreen lotion kind of fragrance, so it was just enjoyable to see coconut in a different light than I have previously. The musk was more an element of diffusion than heavy, which I also preferred. If I found myself wanting to wear more fruit-floral fragrances, this is one I would consider.

Available Sizes

  • 50ml for $240
  • 50ml refill for $195

Where to Buy

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Nancy T Avatar

Now this fragrance just sounds much more appealing than yesterday’s! While I am quite guilty of loving beachy coconut scents during the summer (duh! I miss the shore trips!), this one is giving me a sense of something still summer-y, but richer, juicier and probably more memorable. Next time I hit a B&M Sephora or Nordstrom’s, I’m going to have to give this a test drive!

Joanne Egerton Avatar

Hi Christine,
I am just organizing my over 100 bottles of perfume. I have good size collection of Kilian and I buy like 12 at a time. They are even nicer 1 year later. I am a member of a Kilian group on FB. This is the first one I will probably go and try in a few months from now. It sounds very well rounded in the dry down.
I am a huge Delina and Delina Exclusif fan. I could bath in it literally. Though I do love my roses and florals, not good with patchouli (it smells like a skunk on me and my Ragdoll will not put up with it lol) but I do love some of his boozy lines. (Ragdoll does not approve either) Christine thanks for the great review and especially the notes as they layer on the skin and come out. There is a beautiful fruity one by Parfums de Marly Oriana that is unique too. Ragdoll likes lol. I think you already reviewed it. Thanks again Christine!

janine Avatar

This sounds more up my alley but as a rule I avoid. killians due to poor performance. I did buy Immortal love but it is a poor performer.

I recently bought Mancera Coco Vanille which sounds similar. I am entrigued I do love the peach/coconut combo. And I never bought a peach note fragrance that I didn’t like.

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