Top notes include wild berries, dark plum and bergamot accords.
The main note of the heart is velvety red flower (Celosia), but there are also Sambac jasmine and rainbow plumeria.
The base contains cashmere, patchouli and liquid praline.
Perry told Women’s Wear Daily that “Killer Queen has been in my vocabulary since I was 15, because of the song ‘Killer Queen’ by Queen. Freddie Mercury painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in. I named my company Killer Queen after those lyrics. I feel like, after all this time, it was appropriate to use that name in association with something I did. I feel like I’m falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted.” Killer Queen was described as a playful, sophisticated, powerful, edgy and delicious fragrance, that reflects the rebellious spirit of the singer
I feel like Katy put on her grown woman undies when it came to Killer Queen. She ditched the juvenile cat theme, went with Coty, and added some sexy appeal. Upon contact the dark plum and red flower hits, but it’s sweet and velvety. It isn’t overpowering yet very flirty and alluring. The plumeria is very subtle and adds even more floral notes. At the end I noticed that it was similar to Beyonce “Heat”. Trust me, they are not the same but that’s the first comparison that came to mind. In fact, it smells like the older more sophisticated sister fragrance of Rihanna “Reb’l Fleur”. It could be because they share the same notes of dark plum and patchouli. This is one of those fragrances that women of various age ranges can love; from early 20’s to the older distinguished ladies. I also love that it came just in time for fall because it has warm velvet characteristics. The longevity is slightly below average and the sillage is average as well. I got compliments when wearing it but I did find myself replaying more than my norm and it didn’t stick to the skin as much as I would like. Now this may not be a bad thing for most, you want people to notice but not be overwhelmed.
You’ll either love or hate the red ruby shaped glass bottle. I assumed that all available sizes came with a pedestal but it seems like the small sizes do not. The bottle is designed so it can rest on the sides. This almost forces you to place it in the front of others widthwise if you keep you fragrances out for display. If you plan on keeping it behind other bottles it takes up a lot of room. Unless I’m the only one that keeps my bottles in order by size with the tallest in the back.
Killer Queen was released on August 24th in the US. It is available as a 15, 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum, and body lotion and shower gel are also available.