Lys Méditerranée (2000)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle


Lys Méditerranée information

Year of Launch2000
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 183 votes)

People and companies

HouseEditions de Parfums Frederic Malle
PerfumerEdouard Flechier
PackagingFrederic Malle
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Lys Méditerranée

Lys Méditerranée is a shared / unisex perfume by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. The scent was launched in 2000 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Edouard Flechier. The bottle was designed by Frederic Malle

Lys Méditerranée fragrance notes

Reviews of Lys Méditerranée

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The first floral hit is a lily in full bloom. Touches tiger lily, not sweet initially, very nice.

After this first hour or so, I get more of a sweeter note that is quite characteristic of muguet, and for quite a while the muguet really defines this composition. Later in the drydown, orange blossom is added as well as whiffs of citrus and nigh-ozonic undertones, but for most of the time the muguet rules.

The base combines nonspecific woodsy hints with white musks and a very restrained tonka - but the muguet stills shines through on my skin until the very end.

The sillage is moderate, the projection very good, and the longevity amounts to ten hours, albeit very close to my skin for the last hour.

This spring scent, unashamedly a floral fest, is well-executed and composed of ingredients that are of a very good quality overall. At times the standard drops and inferior synthetics are evident, but that is only for smaller parts of the development of this product. 3.5/5.
16th June, 2017
Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son - Claude Monet - 1875
30th October, 2016
The blending of lily and vanilla (vanilly!) makes me question whether or not there is actually honeysuckle in this scent. Either way Lys Mediterranee is as soft as buttered silk and milky-pleasant top to bottom. Like a quieter yet more regal version of Deep Night. Excellent stuff.
19th February, 2016
Lys Mediterranee is a strong floral. I admire it for opening so loud and strong, and for smelling like lilies as advertised, but the overall mix is just a little off to my liking for a perfume to wear, just a bit sour, in a way that may be the best representation of natural lilies, but takes it beyond what I prefer to wear.

Hedging, somewhat, I'll say it develops well on skin, and presents a symphony of floral goodness at a distance; and I'm somewhat torn between neutral and thumbs up. When I draw the source up close, it shifts into neutral.
03rd January, 2016
Lys Méditerranée

Briny, breezy marine notes liven up a rather classical floral fragrance, conjuring a perfume that says "Summer at the seaside".
The marine notes have nothing to do with Calone, or ozone, or sour metal, or fish, rather feel airy, like the subtle , salty sea spray you get on windy days on the beach. The flowers- gorgeous lily and some of its relatives- aren't, in my opinion, cold and austere as some reviewers pointed out: I feel them creamy and waxy and rather warm, almost sharing savoury notes with sun kissed, slightly sweaty skin- I can't help quoting Luca Turin, here, and his comparison between lilies and salame! Though in many country, Italy for one, lilies are widely used in funeral services, I somewhat succeed in skipping this association and enjoying their heady, rich, pollen laden scent. (On a personal note, my psychoanalist, who is anosmic after nose surgery, used to put beautiful pink streaked lilies in a vase in his studio, hoping to be able to smell them again, sometimes. The heady, pervasive scent of lilies reminds me of an important, very vital phase of my life, so that's maybe why I see lilies devoided of cold or gloomy aspects). The drydown is creamy, soft, sweet and slightly resinous, with cosmetic and musky undertones.
In short, a softly radiant, serene, seamlessly elegant fragrance, ideal match with a holiday facing "the blue honey of the Mediterranean" (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
28th May, 2015
I like the scent of lilies in perfume, if done well, but not so much lily of the valley which I find a bit harsh and soapy.

When I first tried Lys Mediterranee I feared it was a bit clean and LotV rather than lily. But on further wear I grew to love it. I wore it generously when out for a dressy evening party in winter, which is not when you'd imagine this perfume should be worn since it suggests summer. But actually it was just right for a dressy event.

It has an Audrey Hepburn-like elegance and charm - graceful, not very fleshy but pretty. Also, just like Hepburn, it has a grounded personality underlying the creamy clean lily. I tend to think its the note of ambergris which gives this a skin-scent saltiness and something that vaguely reminds me of labdanum, slightly sweaty though not indolic (makes me think of the scent of horse-hair). The animalic part is very subtle though. (Having said that, when I last wore this a handsome Japanese cellist kept sniffing my neck!)

I'm trying, and failing, to imagine this on the average man. For men who don't require a perfume to smell 'manly' (whatever that may be) it's lovely, it's not sweet and I think would suit a man wearing a light summer suit or shirt

If anything I'm reminded of a 1960s Dolce Vita aura - white/cream couture elegance - as opposed to a garden or the outdoors, but our impressions and associations are bound to differ.
12th February, 2015

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