Apple Brandy by Sidonie Lancesseur for by Kilian 2013


Post by Poodle


Recently I received a sample of Apple Brandy from a perfume pal who lived in NYC. This is the perfume that is exclusive to the New York By Kilian boutique. I find the exclusivity of certain scents frustrating for obvious reasons but since it showed up on my doorstep I gave it a try.

Apple Brandy by Sidonie Lancesseur for by Kilian 2013

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Featured accords:
Apple, rum and plum accord, oak, labdanum, ambroxan, cedar, vanilla

At first sniff, Apple Brandy is full of apples and boozy amber fruit. The apples seem almost candied but the sweetness quickly moves from candied to caramel. It’s vanilla caramel wrapped around a juicy red apple. It’s not quite what I’d call brandy just yet but more like mulled wine from the plum note which also keeps the apples from smelling too fresh and crisp. There is a smokiness and a touch of amber that also prevent the sugar from taking over. The oak and cedar are noticeable even early on in the perfumes development and give it a rich, warm feeling. Imagine when you take a sip of a beautiful amber hued brandy and you can feel it warming you from the inside out. There seems to be a tiny bit of spice, maybe a touch of nutmeg. Apple Brandy has the makings of a great cold weather perfume. The scent seems to walk that fine line between a scent I want to smell like and a scent I want my home to smell like. (It would make a great scented candle.)

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As the fragrance develops the changes are slow and subtle. I wouldn’t call it completely linear but if you’re looking for a roller coaster ride of notes rising and falling you won’t find it here. The apples and fruit gradually slide away and the woods take on a tobacco like feeling at times. This is where it reminds me of brandy, when the oak-y woods blend with the fruit. The vanilla starts to become more noticeable but the caramel and candy that were present in the top notes have faded considerably.

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Photo has nothing to do with the scent I did think it too gorgeous to pass by though

I had to dab Apple Brandy on from a sample and got reasonably good projection. I was catching whiffs of caramel apples and liquored sweetness most of the morning. By early afternoon my skin was still scented softly with a wonderful woody vanilla. I’ve seen reviews say that this perfume was very boozy but my skin didn’t bring out that part of the perfume I guess. I don’t think I would have to worry that someone would think I’d been drinking.

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Further reading: Now Smell This and Ca Fleure Bon
by Killian has €150/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $7/.5ml

Overall I do like this perfume but can’t say it’s interesting enough to justify the price. I’d wear it if I had it but I won’t be splurging on a bottle anytime soon.
Have you tried it? Did you like it? Do you like exclusive perfumes?

Until next time…

18 comments on “Apple Brandy by Sidonie Lancesseur for by Kilian 2013

  1. Limited editions especially the city exclusive variety are highly annoying in my opinion. Saying that I do love a boozy fragrance so if I may order a sample but then again I don’t really want to love something that is too hard to get hold of.
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    • poodle says:

      Well since the time I wrote this I read somewhere that Apple Brandy might not be so hard to come by in the near future. If that’s the case then do try and get a sample because it’s worth sniffing I think.

  2. FeralJasmine says:

    Loved reading this review, Poodle. I haven’t smelled Apple Brandy, and I suspect that I would like it, but I dislike the concept of exclusive scents enough that I will stick with the calvados-scented Or de Serail instead. If a company deliberately makes it difficult for me to obtain their products, well, I won’t obtain them.

    • poodle says:

      I can relate. I have a hard time finding perfumes that aren’t even exclusive to people who live near major cities. To those of us in suburbia, everything seems exclusive sometimes.
      It’s one of the better Kilian’s I’ve smelled so hopefully it will go into wider release.

  3. Kandice says:

    I haven’t tried this yet. I might like it though I haven’t had much luck with Kilian’s more recent releases. That said, I’m with everyone else on the exclusives. If I have to jump through hoops to get a fragrance, I’m not going to do that – especially when there are so many other fragrances out there.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Poodle,
      I loved your post. It really opens many cans of worms!
      To start: Even if an exclusive fragrance were drop dead gorgeous I would not leave my comfort zone or waste my time trying to get it. Like Kandice says…”there are so many fragrances out there” and many of these are stunningly beautiful, easy to track down, some even for a great price! The use of the notions of exclusivity, scarcity and luxury as marketing tools has always intrigued me. “Novelty” is another one that gives me a good laugh, especially if I succumb to the hype. “You too can look like this”, “You too can feel this way”, “Shock and Awe”, “Let’s offend and see what happens” and, of course, “The beatings will continue until sales improve” have left the world with masterpieces of advertising art, in many cases the ads are far superior to the fragrances they try to sell.
      Azar xxx

      • poodle says:

        Well said. Since I wrote this the distribution might have changed. I need to check on that… It seems that it might be available on Luckyscent now. That’s a good move for Kilian. I could see this selling well in fall and winter.

    • poodle says:

      I don’t have any luck with this line but this one I actually liked. I’d consider a decant of it.

  4. Barbara Carter says:

    This smelled so boozy on my skin, like I had drenched myself in a fine brandy and a dollop of vanilla. I think If I got pulled over wearing this I would get tested for driving intoxicated.
    I loved this one, however I only got about 5 hours before it became a skin scent. It is bold and brash on me, and I loved the boozy goodness. Wish it lasted longer, but it is probably a good thing it didn’t.

    • poodle says:

      Five hours is a fabulous thing in my world. I rarely find any perfumes that last very long.
      It is a good boozy scent isn’t it? I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. I have another review on the way for another Kilian which would definitely get you arrested if pulled over I think. I don’t love that one but it was interesting. I’d wear Apple Brandy and obey the speed limit.

  5. I haven’t tried Apple Brandy but quite like to try if I have a chance. I’m not a fan of exclusive perfumes… It simply annoys me. Feels like it’s just a manipulative advertising ploy and, for a twisted person like me, it means something to ignore.

    • poodle says:

      Do try it, it seems it’s on luckyscent now. I’m happy to see that they realized the error of their ways and that they would see a heck of a lot more of this one if people could get their hands on it.
      I can’t stand exclusives, especially if I like them.

  6. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Poodle,
    I got to sniff this in LA with Kilian and his beautiful wife Elisabeth. It’s very interesting and beautifully crafted but I can’t see myself ever spritzing it.
    I very nearly bought Back to Black that night but can’t remember why I did not. So annoying because he was signing.
    Portia xx

    • poodle says:

      I did the same thing at Sniffa. Almost bought something and then didn’t even though he was signing. I just haven’t fallen in love enough with any.
      I can’t see you spritzing this either.

  7. Donna says:

    I haven’t tried this one and I am in US. I don’t care much for exclusive scents because all of us perfumistas should have the opportunity to explore and enjoy these wonderful creations. It would be like an artist creating a painting that only a few privileged could view. Seems stuffy to me. Just my take.

    • poodle says:

      I think a lot of perfumes have an exclusive feel to them because they are so expensive they’re only sold in certain stores. Part of me likes the idea that I’m wearing something special that not everyone can get though. I guess if I can’t have it because I can’t afford it it’s easier for me to accept than if I can’t have it because I don’t live in a certain city.

  8. Laurels says:

    I got a chance to smell Apple Brandy at the Scent Bar (hi, Portia!). Sprayed on a blotter it smelled lovely but very sweet, too much so for my taste. I sniffed the blotter a few hours later, though, and the sweetness had faded, leaving a beautiful, warm, slightly boozy, slightly spicy, somehow not entirely gourmand baked apple aroma. I really regret not trying it on skin, or getting a sample.

    Exclusive perfumes seem to me to be aimed at travelers looking for souvenirs rather than perfume aficionados, but what do I know. I’m glad Apple Brandy is more readily available now,

    • poodle says:

      Yes, it’s gourmand but it’s not at the same time. I like the apple note in it which is surprising since I’m not fond of smelling like fruit salad. Its really nice on skin I think. The warmth makes it bloom.

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