By Kilian Addictive State of Mind Review and Giveaway


Finally, y’all. After a few too many rounds of uninspiring releases from By Kilian (ahem, Asian Tales), the new Addictive State of Mind collection is a stronger, less commercial effort. I think the concept of perfumes based on addictive substances has a lot of potential; I can’t be the only one salivating at the prospect of a Kilian chocolate scent. The first three fragrances in the series, Intoxicated, Light My Fire, and Smoke for the Soul, focus on the vices of coffee, tobacco, and marijuana. Sadly unrepresented is the most potent intoxicant of all, Kilian himself. “Skinny Robert Downey Jr.!” I hissed at my Sniffapalooza seat mates.

Intoxicated is extremely sweet, with more cardamom and less coffee than I was hoping for. There’s a strong resemblance to Thierry Mugler A*Men and the dearly departed Rochas Man. I still prefer Bond No. 9 New Haarlem for my coffee fix, but I think Intoxicated will easily be the most popular of these first three.

Light My Fire is a dry tobacco fragrance, more masculine and easygoing than the voluptuous, honey-drenched Kilian Back to Black. Unlike most tobacco fragrances, the emphasis is on tobacco itself rather than the accompanying vanilla and spices. My personal favorite, although I’m not sure I would pay Kilian prices for it.

Smoke for the Soul combines a hilariously unsubtle cannabis note with harsh, billowing birch tar smokiness. Probably the most interesting and the least wearable of the trio. Curiously, even though Smoke for the Soul has a much stronger smell than the other two fragrances, it has the weakest staying power. Not a particularly lasting high.

I have an extra Addictive State of Mind sample set from Sniffapalooza, and I’d love to share it with you! If you’d like to enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling us your favorite, non-depressing addiction. Perfume counts, of course. I will close the giveaway at noon on Friday, October 17th. This giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers. Good luck!

20 thoughts on “By Kilian Addictive State of Mind Review and Giveaway

  1. Too many addictions to count. Starting with perfume, books, cooking, running with my DH, travel and ending with spending time riding and caring for horses. So much fun to be had, so little time.

  2. My addiction is eating cherries. I know that many people like eating different foods and, from time to time, overindulge in it. But with me and cherries it is a real addiction. If I do not control myself, I’ll eat them until I feel sick but even while already not feeling so good I’m already thinking when I’ll be able to eat them again.

  3. Hmmm…perfume most definitely but also coffee and dark chocolate. Not sure I can pick a favorite though :). Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Of course there’s perfume, and perfume bargain-hunting, if that can be called an addiction. Judging from my sometimes compulsive need to stop in if I’m passing my a Marshall’s, I think maybe it is. Other than that, my addiction is sugar, especially chocolate.

  5. Now I’m wondering if television and sugar are depressing addictions. (Addictions of the depressed?) Also, of course, perfume.

  6. I don’t know, I think half my behaviours are addictions and the other half are procrastination. So, for non-depressing I’m going to pick looking at pictures of gorgeous perfume people (of the male variety): Kilian Hennessey, Pierre Guillaume, Carlos Huber, and for cute pointy hair, Christophe Laudamiel. 🙂
    Then there’s cat pictures/videos. Check out Ouvre-Moi on YouTube.

  7. Definitely coffee, going out for breakfast (if only I could do it everyday!) and TV series (how not get hooked??!?).
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  8. Thanks for the chance, Ari! Snap and straight-to-the-point reviews – thanks, as well!
    My consumable addiction – chocolate (no surprise) and green tea, my body-flattering addiction – yoga, finest cotton and The Body Shop body butters, my mind-easing addiction – funk, reading Pipi Longstocking (and books in general, but they don’t always work in anti-depression way) and…kissing, ha! So, there are many helpers not to fall down the rabbit hole of depression, right! 🙂
    I am in the EU.

  9. Yes, I’m afraid I have to admit – one of my current favorite (non-depressing) addictions is definitely perfume.
    Thanks for the draw. It sounds like a very intriguing collection.

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