Everything Changes – By Kilian Sweet Redemption (The End) Perfume Review

Sweet RI have to admit that I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to By Kilian, I have pretty much dismissed the line up until now, predominately due to the high prices (a rookie perfumista error, I know) but my financial restraints prevent me from considering über expensive fragrances, so I don’t try them just in case I fall in love, which is pretty much always the case.

But thanks to some excellent reviews by my Evil Scent Twin, Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels I have found myself officially intrigued. I wanted to see what all of the fuss is about so I managed to blag a few samples from the By Kilian counter in Harvey Nichols.

Seeing as I’m such a latecomer to the By Kilian party, it seems fitting that I should start at the end, with the last fragrance in the L’Oeuvre Noire (The Black Masterpiece) collection, Sweet Redemption (The End).

By Kilian is the brainchild of Kilian Hennesy, grandson of the founder of the LVMH group (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennesy) and the house has two lines; L’Oeuvre Noire and Arabian Nights.

About L’Oeuvre Noire:

“The Black Masterpiece ‘By Kilian’ evokes a Faustian atmosphere that casts an iniquitous alluring spell, pervading the spirit and senses, while transporting the soul to nirvana. Inspired by a search for perfection, the poetry of Rimbaud and Baudelaire, as well as the lyrics of modern day poets like Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dog. The Black Masterpiece ‘By Kilian’ is revolving around ingenues, artificial paradises and Parisian orgies.” [1]

The Notes

Top: Bergamot and Bitter-Orange Leaf
Heart: Orange Blossom, Myrrh and Frankincense
Base: Oppoponax, Benzoin and Vanilla [2]

’ [3]

How Does it Smell?

Sweet Redemption is an interesting take on the note of orange blossom, it’s not like any other orange blossom fragrance I have smelled before. The opening is a beautiful mixture of orange blossom, petit grain and green jasmine. The orange blossom feels sunny and golden and sniffing my sample I’m sat here thinking ‘Very nice, but what is all of the fuss about?’

Then everything changes.

Sweet Redemption starts to become really interesting when a cool note of camphor appears in the heart. The camphor is of course slightly reminiscent of Tubéreuse Criminelle by Serge Lutens, which is famed for it’s dramatic use of the note. Now, I love Tubéreuse Criminelle but the camphor in Sweet Redemption is used in a completely different way, it’s very much a supporting part as opposed to the main feature.

The heart continues with warm, creamy florals and I can’t tell you just how much that is right up my street. Tuberose isn’t listed as a note but I am absolutely positive that there is a healthy dose of the carnal, white flower within the heart of this fragrance.

The interest continues right through to the base where Sweet Redemption becomes warmer and sweeter. Vanilla is used to make the base creamy and smooth, and there is nothing more pleasant to my nose than the smell of sweet white flowers and vanilla. There are some glorious amber tones due to the Myrrh and an almost fuzzy edible quality thanks to the benzoin, it’s all rather lovely to be honest.

Sweet Redemption feels like a finely tuned orange blossom, it’s almost as if the perfumer (Calice Becker) has looked at other orange blossom fragrances and worked to iron out the kinks and create the smoothest, warmest fragrance in the genre. Compare Sweet Redemption to another good orange blossom, Elie Saab Le Parfum and Le Parfum feels rough, and positively gauche.

If you’re not a fan of white florals because you find them too harsh or screechy then I implore you to give Sweet Redemption a try, this creamy white floral may just change your mind, it’s not without it’s interesting facets but it’s not over the top either.

So far Mr Kilian has impressed me, and now I need to work my way through my other samples from the L’Oeuvre Noire line, so look out for more reviews!

The BottleSweet Redemption

The packaging for all perfumes within both of the By Kilian lines is impressive. All perfumes are encased within a thick glass bottle with metal armour on the side.

The bottles are then kept in a plush wooden box complete with a lock and key.

As beautiful as the packaging is, I can’t help but feel that it’s a massive part of what you are paying for, this is only confirmed by the fact that the refill bottles are quite cheap.


Sweet Redemption is available in 30ml and 50ml Eau de Parfum. Prices range from £82 to £145 and in the UK the By Kilian line can be found in Harvey Nichols.


This review is based on a sample of Sweet Redemption that I personally blagged from the By Kilian counter in Harvey Nichols.

[1] aedes.com

[2] osmoz.com

[3] Sweet Redemption Press Release

Image 1 bykilian.com

Image 2 smartologie.blogspot.com


21 thoughts on “Everything Changes – By Kilian Sweet Redemption (The End) Perfume Review

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely…
    I fear for our evil twin status though!!! 😉
    So glad I had a part in nudging you towards Kilian, you are in for a great ride. May I recommend Beyond Love – the great tuberose in the line, it should be very much your thing.

    P.S. and a learned a new word: to blag. 🙂

    • Thank your for nudging me twoards the line, I’ve only sampled a few but I have been so impressed with them.

      I think our status will always be there despite the odd shared ‘love’ 😛

      Weirdly, I found a sample of Beyond Love in my sample box that I never knew that I had. It’s very cold for a tuberose, I’m looking forward to trying it some more.

      Blag is such a fab word!

  2. Tommy, your love of beyond Paradise has me fearing that we too might be evil-scent-twins, but regardless, I love reading your reviews! You’ve become part of my morning cuppa 🙂

    I still haven’t tried this, but I think I’ll be able to soon; apparently, Austin has all the high-end department stores (they’re just 15 miles away…). Can’t wait!


    • Dee, thank you so much, it means a lot to hear that you enjoy the blog and that I’m part of your morning routine.

      It does seem that I am Evil Scent Twin with a few people, Beyond Paradise is one of those scents that most definitely seems to divide opinion.

      I’d be interested to hear your thoughts when when you do try Sweet Redemption.

      I hope you’re all settled in your new home 🙂

  3. I love Kilian! I had never been introduced to their scents. I believe that this company did a great thing allowing people to sample their scents. Great quality!! I found two I’m not sure I can do without. Thanks!! I like Beyond Love and Cruel Intentions.

    • I agree, it was very astute of them to send out the L’Oeuvre Noire samples to people, I wish I had been quick enough in entering to get mine.

      There seems to be lots of love for Beyond Love, I shall have to sample it more and perhaps schedule a review. Thanks for your comments.

  4. I love By Killian so much, but I do wish the fragrances were more affordable. I usually get the atomizer refills because they’re cheaper, haha! Which reminds me, I’m actually all out of my beloved Cruel Intentions – I need to stock up.

    You MUST try Back to Black if you haven’t already xoxo

  5. Great review!

    Like you, I stayed away from the By Kilian line for pretty much the same reasons. A sample of Sweet Redemption found it’s way to me though, and I was pretty much hooked on it. Which lead me to seek out out other samples of the line. I think I’m in trouble … I’ve now tried five different samples and I’m loving all of them.

  6. Hi Tommy, I found your reaction to the development of Sweet Redemption very much echoed my own. It’s nice to find a “warm” orange blossom. I wonder if Harvey Nics have the travel refills for this yet – it amazes me that a set only cost £45, positively a bargain compared to a full bottle!.

    BTW I like the way you sub-divide your review – very readable as well as enjoyable.

    • Hi Tara, thank you for your comments, I’m pleased to know that you are enjoying the reviews and their layout 😀

      It’s good to see that we share our views with Sweet Redemption’s development. I think the travel refills are the way to go with By Killian, they are just too expensive otherwise.

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