Water Calligraphy (2012)

Water Calligraphy by Kilian
Bottle Design: Carré Basset
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Water Calligraphy is a perfume by Kilian for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still in production.

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Calice Becker

Fragrance Notes

Grapefruit zest, Jasmine, Cardamom, Cherry blossom, Magnolia, Vetiver, Waterlily



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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 06.07.2018
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Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
A more expensive L'eau d'Issey
Water Calligraphy is a nicely presented and skilfully composed floral aquatic. I'm not a huge fan of aquatic scents, but whenever I get the chance to smell an aquatic of this calibre, using quality ingredients, I can understand why people love them. It is best enjoyed during the heat of the day.

This fragrance is predominantly focused on water lily and sweet, dewy jasmine. It smells rather pretty on the skin, and even the tart opening of grapefruit goes down a treat. It is definitely a fragrance that has the ability to grow on you.

In terms of creativity, I feel it somewhat lacking. Many comparisons can be drawn from the very popular Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey, which is a staple in almost every aquatic lover's wardrobe. I find its somewhat generic approach disheartening. I hoped to discover a new and exciting take on an aquatic that hadn't been done to death.

I wish that the vetiver accord in the drydown was stronger, and more earthy. In this composition it presents itself as salty and woodsy, which is certainly pleasant but nowhere near as striking as it should be.

Overall, Water Calligraphy is fresh, crisp and summery with a slight oceanic twist. It seems to be more of a hit with men than it is with women. Many have agreed that the scent is well-constructed, however the price does pose a slight concern. Is it really worth the big bucks?

In terms of aquatics, Water Calligraphy is easily one of the nicest. It's a slightly different path for By Kilian, but I'm rather liking the risks they're willing to take for their consumers. I won't be buying a full bottle, but that's not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it.
Scent 3.0/10
Very flowery scent. waterlily and magnolia are the dominant notes.
The drydown is flowery and a bit powdery even. Some may say a slight aquatic perhaps. Not my kind of scent


Reniferka 7 months ago
Jasmine aquatic shampoo. Similar watery floral scent one can get elsewhere for a fraction of the price.+3
Bottle 7.0
Sillage 4.0
Longevity 5.0
Scent 5.0

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