It was one of my previous misconceptions, that I don´t particularly care for flowers. Not the real thing of course, but floral notes in perfumes. I am fine with the soft, delicate ones, no problem there. But the big, white, super florals – I always thought they were not for me. But as so many things get thrown over in my personal perfume world, this concept had to fall too. It is not that I am all over every screaming tuberose and indolic jasmine I can find, but I do not dismiss them either any more.
A lily, in my eyes, is right between a delicate bloom like lily of the valley (but we know how that can turn out in certain hands) and a sillage thrower like jasmine.
Lys Mediterranee was my first lily perfume and it is still one of my favorites.
Created by Edouard Flechier in 2000, Lys Mediterranee includes notes of water-lily, ginger-lily, lily of the valley, angelica root, orange and ambrette seeds.
For me it smells like a lily. Surprise, you say, but what I mean is not a bouquet of lilies, artfully arranged, and often reminiscent of death with its funereal associations, but a lily in nature. I can smell the flowers itself most prominently of course, but then there is its green stem, a touch of earth, and most importantly the wind that comes in from the sea – the eponymous Mediterranean – that softly brushes past with its salty tang.
The scent is heady, but not too much, has good sillage, but not too much, is a perfect balance of sweet and salty. There is an initial sharpness that mellows in seconds, bringing out a pure, white unadulterated lily, it is big, but, again, not too much.
It is just right. It is probably a favorite of Goldilocks. (The bears wear Muscs Kublai Khan :)) It has a presence that is not to be ignored without being overwhelming.
The drydown is musky, in a vegetal way, by which I mean the fine line between animalic and clean that is so hard to toe. Lys Mediterranee does it perfectly. Staying power is very good, I get easily six to eight hours out of it.
Goldilocks would approve.
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