Nothing sells a perfume (at every price point, for nearly any demographic) like the promise of romance, right? The prestige brand Krigler, which emphasizes its five generations of luxury perfumery, recently released Lieber Moment 214, a "moment of love" designed to complement Lieber Gustav 14, "an early Krigler fragrance inspired by a love letter from WWI."
I tried Lieber Gustav 14 a long time ago, and I liked it. It reminded me of Caron Pour Un Homme, since it's a masculine lavender-vanilla-musk blend that can also worn by a woman with certain tastes. Lieber Moment 214 is described as "smoother and more powdery" than Lieber Gustav 14, and its composition includes notes of grapefruit, aldehydes, lavender, violet, rose, ylang ylang, white musk, vanilla and patchouli.
Although Lieber Moment, like Lieber Gustav, is "created to suit both men and women," I find it intensely feminine and I can't imagine it finding a male audience. Of course, I happen to enjoy many feminine aldehydic florals, and Lieber Moment is another one to add to my list. Its kinship with Lieber Gustav is most apparent in its earlier stages, when it blooms with a slightly musky lavender note. The body of the fragrance is mostly powdery violet and rose, and the base is a soft vanilla-musk with the barest hint of woods. The dry down lacks...something. I'm not sure what, exactly; it just feels somewhat anemic, and it fades away without making a concluding statement.
If' you (like me!) are fanatical about violet-rose floral fragrances and you're curious for a comparison, I'd say it falls about midway between Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose and Yves Saint Laurent Paris on this very specific spectrum, so if you love either of those, you may like this one. Like many aldehydic florals, Lieber Moment has plenty of sillage: when I accidentally tipped out more of my sample vial than I'd planned, the scent seemed to rise from my arm in shimmery waves. Its lasting power is average for an Eau de Parfum — for this price, I think, it should last longer.
Lastly, although Lieber Moment is billed as "nostalgic" and "sentimental," it doesn't truly smell like a vintage fragrance. If you're in the mood for olfactory time-travel to the World War I era, I'd recommend Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (1912) and Caron N'Aimez Que Moi (1916), even in their current formulations. But if you're just looking for a powdery-aldehydic rose-violet perfume, and you can afford to go high-end, you might want to sample Lieber Moment.
Krigler Lieber Moment 214 is available as 50 ml ($205) and 100 ml ($305) Eau de Parfum. For purchasing information, see the Krigler website.
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