"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" - Katy perry
Killer Queen opens with a rich plum note. I can also make out what I think is raspberry. The plum note is long and distinctive, so carries down to the heart of the perfume, along with the patchouli. This mixture of plum and patchouli is very similar to Midnight Heat by Beyonce - another Coty release.
I'm not familiar with celosia, and - except for the jasmine - I am not able to separate any floral notes from the sweetly powdered floral jumble heart of the fragrance, as the praline develops and mixes with the patchouli, lasting for the duration of the perfume. I think that the powdered floral mix is very similar to Taylor by Taylor Swift [Elizabeth Arden] overall, so maybe there is magnolia in Killer Queen?
There is no strong indication between the heart notes and the base, thanks to the constant presence of the powdery floral mix and patchouli. The soft, creamy praline adds a slight nuttiness so it is a warm, comforting mix, which does lend a bit of a different air to Killer Queen as it dries down. The final drydown reminds me of Lancôme's La Vie Est Belle, so there's nothing new here either.
Official scent notes; wild berries, dark plum, bergamot, velvety red flower (Celosia), Sambac jasmine, rainbow plumeria, cashmere, patchouli and liquid praline.
Killer Queen is pleasant and easy to wear for autumn/winter, but not anything to get excited about. I love perfumes with praline and/or vanilla in, but this is "meh" for me - it reminds me of other perfumes all the way through. I will happily use my bottle as it's here, but I wouldn't choose to buy it for myself.
With a new company now in charge of the Katy Perry fragrances [Coty], Katy promising a new mature image, the meaning behind the perfume's name, and the marketing campaign for this, I was expecting Killer Queen to be adult, a bit more unique and confidently commanding. However the result is still 'young' and unoriginal. Killer Queen doesn't have a unique stamp of it's own to make it stand out from the crowd, and it is not something that I'd imagine Katy herself actually wearing.
If you mix Purr and Meow together, it smells fairly similar to Killer Queen, so if you have a fan of Katy Perry, or her previous perfume releases, in your life Killer Queen would make an excellent gift choice for them.