Forbidden Games by Kilian 2012

Hello Fumies and Friends,

There was a lot of kerfuffle when by Kilian brought out his newest set of fragrances “In The Garden Of Good And Evil”, we were all expecting way too much because of by Kilian’s history and price point. To be fair on the poor guy he did open with beyond amazing fragrances: Back to Black and Sweet Redemption being my two faves so far. Then came the Asian Tales, which for me were a complete and utter flop. So as a comeback series “In The Garden Of Good And Evil” needed to be so far above the bar, include new directions and exquisitely crafted fragrances. I have read Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt a couple of times and seen the John Cusack, Kevin Spacey and Jude Law film many times because I love The Lady Chablis. In my mind I hoped for something outrageous and dark, brooding dankness that was glossed over with beauty.

Forbidden Games by Kilian 2012

Forbidden Games By Kilian FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Apple, peach, plum, cinnamon
Heart: Bulgarian rose, bourbon geranium,  jasmine
Base: Vanilla, honey, opoponax

I am glum. With Forbidden Games I had hoped that the jasmine, honey and to an extent vanilla/opoponax were going to undercut the fruit with a dirty, fleshy, breathy, urinous backbeat that would naughtily and subversively poke fun at the many fruity fragrances already in the market. Something gorgeous and devilish, a finger raised fearlessly at the quagmire of fizzy fruit cup crap. Sadly this was not to be. Forbidden Games leads us and our expectations astray, we get a very pretty, sweet, fruity and only the merest hint of anything not being ultra nice. I was hoping for Serial Mom but I got Mrs Brady.

Forbidden Games is not a bad scent, actually it is flawless in its genre, and will be perfect for those uber rich Dads to gift daughters and wives (They are giving their mistresses the Arabian Nights and L’oeuvre Noire collections). Especially good for a gateway fragrance that will take a girl to a perfumista woman. The packaging and copy are fabulous, of course, and they didn’t just release this for fun so there must be a clientele out there buying Forbidden Games, let’s hope so for the company’s sake.

Forbidden Games by Kilian Forbidden Fruit Michelangelo, Ceiling Sistine Chapel WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

My skin eats most of Forbidden Games in the first half hour of application and after that I need to take a really up close focused whiff of myself to get anything much. If you like the idea of spritzing yourself with perfume and the initial rush of sweet, fruity girlishness but can’t or don’t want to wear fragrance at work then this could be for you. Fireworks and then the merest whiffle of something that is soft enough to pass off as body lotion because offices are so drying, don’t you know.

Forbidden Games by Kilian Forbidden City Tormod Sandtorv FlickrPhoto Stolen Tormod Sandtorv  Flickr

Further reading: The Non-Blonde and Patty really made me think about my review at Perfume Posse
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Surrender To Chance starts at $4/.5ml

I am yet to try the rest of the “In The Garden Of Good And Evil” set but my buddies on FFF tell me there are a couple of perfect gems hiding in the range, my next “To Try” will be In The City Of Sin. How did they fare on you?
Portia xx

Forbidden Games by Kilian Midnight Garden Good evil MoviePilotPhoto Stolen MoviePilot

23 thoughts on “Forbidden Games by Kilian 2012

  1. Good Girl Gone Bad took me by surprise– it was lovely. The others left me as cold as they did you. Now, a perfume inspired by Lady Chablis would be truly inspired!


    • Good girl gone bad is not bad actually, but in this fragrance I can’t feel any noughtiness,for me it’s too pure and well behaved, I expected something very different because of its name..


  2. Let me start by saying how much I adored Eastwood’s film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Lady Chablis, the other quirky character, and the dialogue are all fantastic. I must read the book, thanks for the reminder. As for Kilian’s collection, it falls flat for me. It probably appeals to a wider audience, like Asian Tales. Yet the theme was the perfect opportunity to push the envelope and try something daring.

    And for a Sunday morning smile, my favorite quote from John Kelso to his agent, “I’ve only been here three days and it’s just a shooting, but give it time, okay. This place is fantastic. It’s like Gone With the Wind on Mescalin. I know you’re my agent. Listen to me, they walk imaginary pets here, Garland. On a f…ing leash. Alright? And they’re all heavily armed and drunk. New York is boring!”


    • Hey Brooke,
      And John Cusack delivers the line sop perfectly into the phone. Even our own Aussie Jack Thompson is PERFECT as the lawyer, Jude law gives his best performance. What a film. Rarely do I love a film as much as its book. This was a gem.
      Portia xx


  3. Hi Portia,

    One of my favorite movies. I’ve watched it several times but have not tried the Forbidden Games fragrance and probably won’t. I think I need the book, though.

    About the movie: I just love the image you posted from the movie pilot. For me the song “Skylark” (used with the image) will forever be associated with this movie and in particular with this cemetery scene. I’m wondering if any of the other scents in the series capture the same dark, humid, bittersweet and almost hopeless mood of nostalgia and decay?

    Azar xx


    • Heya azar,
      That Skylark song is pretty and eeerie, I remember being chilled the first time I heard it. As for the by Kilian frags I have a couple more here that need to be investigated before I write them off or fall madly in love. Hopefully the second,
      Portia x


  4. I also like the movie. Asto the perfumes… The clutch is just gorgeous and I want to get a bottle just for it… But I’m a perfume lover, so I need a perfume to go with it – and so far I’m leaning towards In theCity of Sin but I realy hope that I’ll like the forth one more because, truth be told, I wouldn’t be buying ItSoT if it weren’t for the packaging: it’s nice – but that’s it. Forbidden Games weren’t bad on me either but, again, nothing spectacular.


    • WOW! I understand that you love the clutch but you could get an LV or Prada clutch for the same money just about.
      Do you think if these had been marketed differently you would have liked them more?
      Portia xx


  5. The first By Kilian I tried was Sweet Redemption which set the bar so high that I don’t think any other By Kilian fragrance will ever meet or surpass it. After going through several small samples I now hope to buy a travel or refill size. I would love the gorgeous full bottle but it’s just out of my price range. That said, I found the new line very disappointing. I haven’t tried the new one, the fourth in the Forbidden Games series. However the other three just left me kind of blah. On another note, I loved the move and the book. If someone would create a perfume that embodied the atmosphere of both I’d buy it in a heartbeat!


  6. I’m another lover of the film. I have a replica of the bird girl statue. We went to Savannah and there was a tour of all the places where they filmed the movie which was pretty fun. The best part of that trip was that the Lady Chablis was performing that week and we got to see her. She is a riot! Anyway, this perfume is like most of the Kilians for me, boring. I keep wanting to like one but it just doesn’t seem to be possible. Chablis would not wear this.


    • Ha Ha ha the Lady Miss Chablis would most definitely NOT wear this. I’m thinking either Madame rochas or Amouage Lyric Woman for her. what do you think?
      Portia xx


  7. I really like “In the City of Sin”- it’s a woody incense with a little skank and something I can only call “a fire accord”. No smoke, just the fire. My decant is almost out, I may have to beg for a bottle for the holidays!


    • Hey Masha,
      I am so happy to read some love for this lot. thanks for chiming in with a positive rave. Good luck wioth the begging.
      Portia xx


  8. OMG. “I was hoping for Serial Mom but I got Mrs Brady.” YES!

    I had about the same experience that you did with this one. Girly-fruity and completely gone after an hour of wear. It’s well done or whatever but not for me.


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