Good Girl Gone Bad from by Kilian 2012


Post by Greg Young


What does a man have to do to please his beloved? He selflessly enters a competition for a girly white floral, knowing that is his lady love’s favourite style. Lady luck smiles on him (thanks APJ & Libertine Parfumerie), but sadly lady wife does not; Good Girl Gone Bad is Bad in my Good Girl’s opinion.

Good Girl Gone Bad from by Kilian 2012

Good Girl Gone Bad By Kilian FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Jasmine, osmanthus, may rose
Heart: Indian tuberose, narcissus
Base: Amber, cedar

Well of course, I wore it myself; as you do.

I chose a sunny Spring Saturday to try it; a couple of spritzes to the wrist that wafted jasmine around me, slip on some Italian jeans, my Cucinelli polo, and some Common Projects sneakers and I feel like a millionaire. Ten minutes later, and my effervescent mood has soured a bit. My Good Girl Gone Bad has run away on me, faithless hussy that she is. I worked it out soon enough; I’d smothered my arms in sunscreen prior to going outside, and killed it. A couple of more spritzes does the trick. I go out shopping in the Melbourne sun, wandering around my local for a coffee then down to Chadstone for a bit of retail therapy.

Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian Melbourne Jorge Lascar FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

The whole time, I am sneaking sniffs at my wrist. (I always feel very self-conscious doing that; it seems something only women have license to do). This is a seriously good floral, with excellent lasting power. It’s heady and creamy like the smell of a Hawaiian night. It’s not a ravening monster like my HdP Tubereuse 3. This one is more refined and less animalic.

It’s now almost 9 hours since I applied it, and it’s still going strong. It remains all florals on me still, and is yet to get to the amber and cedar drydown, so I think it has plenty of development yet to go. Best of all, my wife actually likes this when I wear it, even if she won’t wear it herself!

My preference is for fragrances that are civilised enough to wear in a professional office environment, and last the full working day, and this one fits the bill. I have little hesitation in recommending Good Girl Gone Bad to guys who are OK with wearing florals, particularly in the coming sunny weather.

Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian  The Painter of Sunflowers Paul_Gauguin WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: AustralianPerfumeJunkies and EauMG
Available in Australia exclusively in store at Harrold’s Sydney & Melbourne
LuckyScent has $160/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

Thanks to Portia and Nick at Libertine Parfumerie for the opportunity to discover something that I might never have picked up and tried of my own accord.

11 thoughts on “Good Girl Gone Bad from by Kilian 2012

  1. I love your perspective, Greg!
    My dear B shies away from most white florals but, strangely, has no problem wearing certain outrageous and lush roses!
    Azar xx


  2. Nice review. I tried this one when it first came out – such a great name and all notes I love. Unfortunately, I really dislike it. I think it’s the base. It’s somehow cloying to me and I pick it up in his other perfumes. I do not like the line. Hennessy cognac is great however! 🙂


    • Perfume is very much horses for courses, isn’t it? I was quite surprised that I liked this one, and have not been much of a fan of other By Kilian’s, other than Bamboo Harmony.


  3. There’s no way I could get my hubby to wear any fragrance marketed towards women. I’ve had to lie to him about a few. If it smells too girly he won’t wear it either even if he likes it.


    • Hi Poodle. I must admit, I don’t like “girly” scents either, but there’s a good case for saying that gender-based marketing is not much of a guide to whether a guy will like something. Lines such as EldO, Tauer and Malle have quite a few scents supposedly aimed at women that are worn by a few of the guys that I know. (Diorella and Like This get quite a few mentions). I’m sure Liam could name a few “female” scents that he wears.


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