Hello Olfactoria’s Travelers,
Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse thrilled to be with you all today. I hope life is treating you all well and that your holidays are wonderful. If times are tough for you now I am sorry. All I can say is bad times are like the rain, you can’t stop it, it will pass and pretty soon the sun will come out. It will happen, depend upon it.
I have in my collection a bottle that has always seemed delightfully festive in its lovely red, gold & black. Festive and elegant. Even the name suggests the over the top extravagance of the holiday season:
Gilded Lily was created by Ineke Ruhland for Ineke in 2010.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pineapple, rhubarb, grapefruit, elemi
Heart: Goldband lily
Base: Patchouli, oakmoss, labdanum
For our house here in Australia Christmas season is usually an onslaught of friends and family. A full table, laughter, joy, probably a snippy fight, great food and the camaraderie of years spent together. I know I’m the lucky one yet this time is always bitter sweet. I miss my Mum, Dad and Sister. In the end though family has become what I have made with my BFF Kath’s family and Jin. We are all a good fit and I love the madness that is Christmas Day in 35-40C down here.
Photo Stolen WAToday (Problem with using the image? Let us know)
Gilded Lily seems the perfect accompaniment to this Holiday bitter-sweetness. Its opening of lightly sweetened fruits, the green brightness of the resin and the softest kiss of lily that can be smelled from very early on. Sweet but not sugared, a lovely treacle thick waft of something quite unusual, disarming and teetering on awkward. That frisson of nearly going over the line of gorgeous into disgusting; but Gilded Lily only skirts the edges and remains prim and ladylike through the heart. I love this nod to naughty, even though it doesn’t properly manifest, it keeps me guessing even when I know the outcome. The base notes conjure for me a well loved leather handbag, filled with remembered scents of cosmetics, fragrance and all the othe paraphernalia of modern womanhood.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Reading back it feels like Gilded Lily wears big on me, it does not. Yes, it is fragrant and lovely but no BIG WHITE FLORAL, rather a memory of a BWF. A hologram that has all the hallmarks of the BWF but manages to remain calm and composed and only hint at outrageous. I like Gilded Lily for that, and I am still beautifully fragrant but sotto voce. Yes, the impact of being softly and beautifully fragrant. Perfect for a night of reflection.
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
Whatever you are doing or wherever you are doing it I hope your holidays are/were on the happier side of bittersweet. Even if you are solo this year try and do one good thing that you really enjoy, luxuriate in it. Be it cooking, reading, cleaning, sewing, surfing the internet, walking your dog, window shopping, spritzing fragrance or helping at the local church. Whatever, wherever, I wish you health, wealth and happiness.
Editor’s Note: Portia had intended for this post to go up on Christmas day. It is entirely my fault that it did not (my commitment issues, you know? 😉 ), so I adapted it a bit to still fit the aftermath of the holidays. But in any case, Portia’s words are timeless and make sense now just as much as on Christmas day.