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A few months ago I would have said HELL NO to sweet gourmand fragrances. Then I got introduced to Kilian, Love Don’t Be Shy a fragrance worn by Rihanna before launching her own perfume . Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy made me realize that smelling like sweets can be quite pleasant.
This later lead me to try Kilian I Don’t Need A Prince By My Side To Be A Princess perfume (we’ll just call it Princess)— another warm & sweet gourmand fragrance from the niche fragrance house.
*Record Scratch* Is Kilian Princess Perfume discontinued?
Before I dig into this review, let me just say that after doing some research I discovered that Kilian Princess perfume MAY be discontinued. Although rumors began circulating at the beginning of 2021, I grabbed a 1-ounce bottle as recently as November 2021. However, I can’t find a retailer that currently has it in stock besides a mini version currently available at Sephora.
I read in a Reddit thread that Kilian confirmed via Influencer and Entrepreneur Jackie Aina at the top of 2021 that Kilian Princess Perfume was being discontinued everywhere except Russia. My recommendation is to request an email notification on Sephora’s website for when (and if) the fragrance restocks. You can get notified by clicking here, selecting the size you’d want, and selecting “Email me when in stock” on the product page.
I’ve reached out to Kilian to determine whether we can expect it to restock and I will update this post when I get some clarity.
Below are retailers that have carried the fragrance in the past.
Kilian Princess Perfume Scent Notes
Price: 0.25 oz Travel $30, 1 oz $75, 3.4 oz $135
Fragrance Family: Warm & Sweet Gourmands
Key Notes: Ginger, Green Tea, Marshmallow
Top Note: Lemon
Middle Notes: Green Tea, Ginger, Peach, Hedione, Jasmine, and Apple
Base Notes: Marshmallow, Vanilla, and Benzoin.
Fragrance Description: “I wanted to amp up the girl power with a unique scent calling out all fierce females. Gourmand with a kick, Princess is like sipping on a green tea matcha with a tip of ginger on the nose for sassy spice.”—Kilian Hennessy
Kilian describes this scent as unisex/genderless. However, it’s very clear that this fragrance was created with a certain type of woman in mind. Someone who may want but also doesn’t need a man. She’s secure in herself. Spicy yet sweet and gets a kick out of men fighting for her attention (though she’s never that impressed).
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My Thoughts: Is Kilian Princess Eau De Parfume Worth The Hype?
I wish I knew it was rumored to be discontinued before purchasing. Needless to say, I love this scent. The marshmallow notes make it somewhat of a hyper-feminine scent (kind of like Prada Candy) but the touches of ginger and green tea do a great job of calming down the sweetness just a bit. This was a blind buy for me so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the fragrance but it absolutely did not disappoint (aside from my potentially never being able to buy it again).
As you can see, box of the Kilian Princess perfume is a play off the actual bottle. The bottle is very unique in the fact that it’s inverted. At the top rounded part, you’ll find the perfume. The base is the cap of the fragrance. My first instinct was that the nature of the perfume would cause it to leak down through the “cap” (since it sits upside down essentially) but I haven’t experienced that. I would not reccomend sitting the perfume in any way other than how it’s intended.
The Scent and My Body Chemistry
As far as the scent goes, when I first spray the perfume I get a kick of ginger but when it dries down the marshmallow swoops in to soften the ginger. I can’t quite say that I really pick up the green tea notes (honestly, I don’t think green tea has much of a recognizable scent in real life) however somewhere down the line I’m sure it’s there to help blend these seemingly opposite scent notes. I also get a a dash of the jasmine which I typically love on me. If you find Kilian, Love Don’t Be Shy to be overly sweet, this is a good alternative that also incorporates marshmallows without smelling like a candy shop.
Does Kilian Princess Perfume scent last long?
The one thing I didn’t quite enjoy about Kilian Princess is that it didn’t last long IMO. The first time I wore this perfume I over did the sprays, putting some in my hair (wig) and also on my clothes. On skin alone, I don’t find it to be an all day fragrance.
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