By Kilian Asian Tales Water Calligraphy and Bamboo Harmony : New Perfumes

By Kilian Asian Tales Water Calligraphy and Bamboo Harmony are now in stock at and Saks Fifth Avenue. Both fragrances were created by perfumer Calice Becker. As by Kilian press release explains, the Asian Tales collection “was first conceived as an olfactive voyage, yet soon transformed into a spiritual journey as meanings behind symbols and words became increasingly significant and relevant. As the creation took shape, every detail was placed with careful attention and with the intent to pay homage to this great culture.”

Water Calligraphy includes notes of grapefruit, reseda, water lily, jasmine sambac, magnolia, cardamom, and vetiver. “It pays homage to water, the essential element of calligraphy. Its precise dosage allows for all the shades and nuances that make calligraphy an Art in Asia. Water Calligraphy is the olfactive impression of an aquatic flower sitting next to a pond of water lilies.”

Bamboo Harmony features notes of bergamot, bitter orange, neroli, white tea leaves, mimosa, spices, yerbamate, fig leaves, and oakmoss. “Bamboo Harmony pays homage to Bamboo, considered by the “Men of Letters” as the symbol of human perfection. It is also the main component of their brush, the central element of calligraphy which, in Chinese culture, is the representation of Art and Beauty. Bamboo Harmony is the olfactive impression of a subtle sip of white tea taken in the heart of a bamboo.”

Maybe this is old news, but as I was browsing by Kilian’s website, I noticed that the house ventured into the accessories territory with a line of evening bags named after the perfumes in the L’Oeuvre Noire collection: Invitation, Surrender, Aphrodisiac, Prohibited and Don’t Be Shy. I don’t usually carry clutches, but some (such as black beaded Aphrodisiac, pictured) look pretty.

Via Aedes, and press release



  • marlena: I bet those purses are crazy expensive… knowing by Kilian’s pricing tactics.

    Did you smell the new perfumes, V? April 18, 2012 at 1:38pm Reply

    • Victoria: I didn’t even inquire. Considering that I carry two large totes on any given day, a tiny clutch won’t do it. Even for the evening. And especially if it is at by Kilian’s prices!

      I smelled them very briefly the other day, I can’t really comment. April 19, 2012 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Rina: I wore Water Caligraphy today and really liked it! I think it’s the best one so far. Hate to admit it, but I can see myself owning this one…Will test drive Bamboo Harmony tomorrow…. April 20, 2012 at 11:11pm Reply

    • Victoria: I liked Bamboo Harmony very much, the green note is so crisp and bright. April 22, 2012 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Kelly: I just purchased Bamboo Harmony from Sak’s San francisco yesterday and I love it. I am now ordering the other fragrance I love from Bergdorf Goodman Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses April 21, 2012 at 10:39am Reply

    • Victoria: Now I am curious about the other three fragrances in the Asian Tales collection! April 22, 2012 at 12:45pm Reply

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