On my first trip to Bangkok, I was lucky enough to be served a perfect plate of coconut sticky rice with sliced mango. This dish was freshly prepared and the mango was delectable (it's the main attraction). This famous Thai dessert has never been as good when I've had it in the US, perhaps due to the quality of the mangoes available here most of the year. If you're lucky enough to live in a city that imports Alphonso mangoes from India (my favorite mango), buy some and serve them with coconut sticky rice. (Alphonso season starts in April and lasts just eight weeks.)
Moonlight in Heaven is a simple perfume, dominated by the aroma of mango. When first applied, I detect the scent of ripe mango, combining with citrus; the fruits are super sweet and super feminine. Are certain fruits masculine (gassy durian, sweaty grapefruit, musky papaya and currants) and others feminine (peach, apricot, mango and roses' best-est friends —raspberries)? I also smell faint, creamy coconut, with a touch of vanilla, and cooked jasmine rice, but Moonlight in Heaven never makes me hungry. Moonlight in Heaven plays more to the mainstream perfume court than the food court; it's not a novelty, duplication-of-a-dessert fragrance. At the end of its development, Moonlight in Heaven is extremely boring, presenting a faded mix of fruit and bland vetiver; it lacks "fun" in all phases — why make a staid mango perfume? Here's hoping a perfume company that knows how to make zippy fruit perfumes will tackle mango (Vilhelm Parfumerie, I'm sniffing at you.)
I've never owned a By Kilian cologne (I like fragrances from the line, but never enough to commit to a bottle); as you can guess, Moonlight in Heaven won't be taking up residence with me either. For a mango fix I'll order a case of Alphonsos and spray on some vintage Annick Goutal Folavril.
By Kilian Moonlight in Heaven Eau de Parfum is available in 50 ml ($285, refill $185) or in a 250 ml carafe bottle ($720).
*The fragrance notes include lemon, grapefruit, pink pepper, coconut, milky mango rice, tonka bean and vetiver.