Forbidden Games from By Kilian's latest series, In The Garden of Good and Evil, can be summed by a quick look at the listed notes:
Apple, peach, plum, cinnamon, Bulgarian rose, geranium bourbon, jasmine, vanilla, honey, opoponax.Honestly, this is all you need to know. Well, also the price: $245 (50ml EDP) and have a look at the beautiful packaging:
What you get is exactly what the notes threaten to deliver: a fruit cup. Not a bad one, perhaps, as perfumer Calice Becker managed to make this apple and peach pie crisp and not cloying, even after the flat and somewhat sugary base unfolds. Still calling this Hello Kitty fragrance Forbidden Games is a huge inaccuracy.
I mentioned Hello Kitty for a reason. My four year old niece is a huge fan. She's also a little princess who loves clothes, accessories, makeup, and perfume (seriously, I'm in Auntie Heaven with this girl). I recently got her a bottle of Hello Kitty perfume in the cat shaped bottle and she's completely delighted. She gets a wonderful expression on her face as she dabs the perfume on her neck-- joy and concentration. The notes of Hello Kitty are cassis sorbet, Italian mandarin, apple, magnolia Blossom, freesia, orange flower, tonka bean, vanilla, and musk. On the beautiful four year old it smells simply of apples and a very light sweet musk. It's cute $10 fragrance for a preschooler who absolutely loves to apply perfume (there's no lasting power, which is perfectly fine in this case). By Kilian's Forbidden Games is Kitty's older and tenacious sister in more ways than one: it's all about the packaging in both cases.
By Kilian- Forbidden Games from In The Garden Of Good And Evil collection ($245, 50ml EDP) is available from Luckyscent and select department stores. A sample set was sent to me via By Kilian's Facebook fan page.
Top photo of the pink flamingos came from somewhere on the Internet. I've had it for years but didn't save the source. By Kilian In The Garden Of Good And Evil picture by Ben Pogue for Bergdorf Goodman.