Gone Forever! – Review: Guerlain Lys Soleia

Hi there Olfactoria’s Travellers,

Portia in the OT house from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse

Since I heard the today’s fragrance had been discontinued it has been an oft spritz. Then on Facebook Fragrance Friends one of the girls (THANKS Kate) decided to do a Random Act Of Kindness (RAOK) and I won so I’m able to spritz to my hearts content. Obviously the sales for it have been dropping or it wouldn’t be on the chopping block but to say I am saddened is an understatement.

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2012

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia Guerlain FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, lemon, palm leaves
Heart: Lily, ylang-ylang, tropical fruits
Base: Tuberose, vanilla, white musk

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and here is a perfect tropical, beachy foil for whatever you’re doing, and wherever you chose to be doing it. This is one of Thierry Wasser’s loveliest in my eyes. So wearable, so bright and happy. One of the heftiest Aqua Allegorias, you will be delightfully fragrant and have sensational sillage for at least 3 hours before it all becomes very soft and cuddly.

Photo Stolen Flickr

Lys Soleia opens on me with a split second of citrus and then it takes a back seat to the creamy ylang and white flower bouquet that is lightly sweetened by a lightweight ripe papaya. None of that gag worthy over the top punch you in the face stench that papaya can get, in Lys Soleia we have it shorn of everything but a watercolour wash.

It’s funny that Lys Soleia is named for the lily because I get very little of what my mind associates with lily, the dewy wetness and air conditioned florist shop, doesn’t register at all for me until well into the heart and then only as a bit player. Ylang, papaya, tuberose, vanilla and a large dose of cuddly clean musks is what Lys Soleia offers up to me. I’m surprised that there is no salt or sandalwood, if you asked me I would definitely have included them in my guess-timation. After 3 hours I left with a soft glow of amorphous fragrance that smells fresh in a just out of the shower body kind of way, very nice

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia by Guerlain HotelDelCoronado WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Warmth, passion, island nights and huge bouquets in lavish hotel foyers. Lys Soleia will scintillate and beguile your company while remaining low level enough to wear to dinner, though perhaps a little too fragrant for scent conservative workplaces.

Further reading: Smelly Thoughts and Candy Perfume Boy
Beauty Encounter currently has $42/125ml

What has been discontinued for you lately that will be hard to replace?
Portia xx


About Olfactoria

I'm on a journey through the world of fragrance - come with me!
This entry was posted in By Portia, Floral, Fragrance Reviews, Guerlain and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

16 Responses to Gone Forever! – Review: Guerlain Lys Soleia

  1. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,
    Lys Soleia is calling my name. Thank you (I think) for this review!
    A discontinued favorite? Three years ago I bought a cheap lipstick chubby pencil in a color called “tomato”. It is my favorite red ever and now is nowhere to be found. Trying to find a match for “tomato” launched me on a lipstick quest that cost at least 100 times the price of the original cheap lipstick. I never did find a total color match. 😦
    Azar xx

  2. Esperessence says:

    Wonderful review, I always thought Lys Soleia was a Lily dominant fragrance due to iTS name but good to read it is not, Portia, or Maybe not as it might be quite difficult to find.

    A discontinued gem would be Fendi Palazzo edp. It was discontinued longer ago but everytime I wear it my heart aches as I like it so much. Would have loved to try THE body Cream of Palazzo for THE Total experience.

  3. Tara says:

    Lovely review, Portia. I’m sure more than a few people will be trying to snap it up before it’s all gone, after reading this.
    I thought Lys Soleia was one of the best AAs and that it would be perfect to pick up at duty free on your way to the beach, so beats me why it didn’t sell. It had a lovely warm base too and I agree, much more substance than others in the line. Oh well. I’m glad you have some to enjoy a little longer.

  4. Asali says:

    One can feel how much you love this one Portia, and I understand, it’s one of my big summer loves too. I remember being scared of the ‘Lys’ and delighted when I got ylang instead. It’s always sad to see the good ones being dc’ed, Iris ganache for one 😦 thanks for the review.

  5. Rob says:

    It is always sad when a beloved frag goes the way of the dodo! I particularly miss the old skanky Creeds from the last century, such as Orange Spice (definitely discontinued) and Baie de Genievre (do not see it anymore.)

  6. anitathepianist says:

    Portia, I understand. It’s so hard when something you love is discontinued or has its price go out of sight. Lolita Lempicka”s “L” was rumored to be gone forever. I wrote to the company to ask that they be courteous to their customers and confirm or deny that rumor. Eventually, they did, confirming the rumor and siting economic issues. Patou, on the other hand, let Eau de Patou disappear for a fairly long time, then put it back on the market for an exorbitant price..Eau de Patou for me is the perfect summer fragrance, so I’m saving my pennies..

  7. anitathepianist says:

    No shame needed, annemariec, it’s is correct when you mean it is. In my former life I was a grammar teacher.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s