Why ‘Pure Addiction’ should have been chosen as the name for this very straightforward take on the woody-aromatic theme is anybody’s guess. For unlike By Kilian’s recent ‘Addictive States of Mind’ line which, at least notionally, took as its inspiration various psychoactive substances (cannabis, coffee, tobacco), Pure Addiction doesn’t even hint at anything in that direction.
The perfume opens with a classic hesperidic top to soft aromatic heart transition, the latter tending more to the culinary with hints of green kitchen herbs than fields of sharp, medicinal lavender. The complex doesn’t integrate well however, with the scorched woody base that sticks out like a sore thumb, despite some attempts at camouflaging it beneath a good dose of clovey eugenol.
Nose: Paul Emilien
House: Paul Emilien
Release date: 2014
Notes (per Fragrantica): cloves, cardamom, basil, bergamot, labdanum, cedar, sage, precious woods, amber, patchouli, white musk.