this smells like the beach bag my mother had when I was small. the accord suggests sun warmed vinyl and cotton toweling together with whatever the masking fragrance was in our family tube of sun cream. there's a faint powdery floral note floating above the beach bag accord. none of the parts or sum are at all reminiscent of any lilac i've smelled (and i was smelling them just a few weeks ago).
Demeter:Lilac is pleasantly nostalgic for me, but unlike any lilac flower I've sniffed.
I will say first of all that the best lilac soliflore I have smelled is not this one, but Highland Lilac of Rochester. [Editing to add that I've changed my tune, and my favorite is now JM White Lilac & Rhubarb.] That said, I find Demeter's Lilac delightful in its own way, as well as being considerably less expensive. This is somewhat sweet without being cloying, and lightly powdery without being old-fashioned. It only lasts about 3 hours on me, but has good sillage and is thoroughly pleasant to wear. It is also the first good experience I've had with Demeter fragrances, which to me have usually seemed like inept caricatures of the scents they seek to portray. Lilac was a welcome exception. Perhaps I'll try a few more Demeters after all.
05th October, 2009 (last edited: 08th July, 2012)