Opens with a blast of lemon followed quickly by aromas of absinthe, frankincense and peppery spices. The frankincense is the center of attention throughout, but a citrusy floral accord leads to a dry down that features amber and soft wood. This never feels heavy, lasts and projects. Well done. I like it, but probably not a purchase. Thumbs up, though!
I just received 6 or 7 samples from Luckyscent, and despite one of the sample bottles breaking and leaking all over everything, I smelled something really wonderful coming out of the Lillipur bottle, so it was the first sample I tried (besides the annoying one which was inadvertently "tested" all over my hands!).
My first thought was disappointment -- all I smelled in the top was a "synthetic perfume" fragrance -- it could almost have been any perfume.
It opened up really nicely, and I feel like it's almost there! But the powdery element (likely the Cashmeran mentioned by another reviewer) is overwhelming on me. Will give it a few more tries.
Anise, some amber, and a boozy lemon note with hints of Pernod - what a delicious opening blast! Soon a frankincense undertone develops that blends in well with the boozy top. The drydown sports the floral side with carnation and a touch of cinnamon - a bit on the restrained side, but the sweetness comes to the fore in the base, carried by a well-made vanilla, modified by a pleasant patchouli-tobacco component.
Whilst a recent composition of traditional components, this bears the hallmark of high levels of skill and craft. It is well-blended whilst maintaining good structure, has strong sillage with good projection and an excellent eight hours of longevity on my skin.
A great addition to my wishlist. 4/5.
Lillipur opens with vermouth-like transparent wormwood with hints of moderately hot spicy pepper. As the composition transitions to its early heart the wormwood vacates, replaced by a slightly bitter star anise that melds with a short-lived natural lemon and cedar tandem that quickly subsides to reveal the underlying synthetic blond wood accord from the base that gains intensity considerably as time passes though the fragrance's mid-section. During the late dry-down the synthetic blond woods diminish considerably, allowing the lemon and cedar to make a reappearance, now with subtle patchouli and dry tobacco support. This new lineup slowly gives way very late to slightly powdery, relatively dry benzoin-laced amber through the finish. Projection is slightly above average and longevity very good to excellent at just shy of 12 hours on skin.
I first saw the official note list to Lillipur and decided to just bite the bullet and blind buy a bottle at its relatively reasonable price point. Now having worn the composition on skin several times, I may have been a bit too quick on the draw. The vast majority of the composition is quite pleasant and right up my alley... Notes like natural smelling lemon, cedar, dry tobacco leaf and slightly hot pepper are just the kind of ingredients I look for. Wormwood is a risky ingredient for me as my skin frequently doesn't mesh with it, but here it comes off as very vermouth-like and smells great albeit extremely short-lived. So, what is the problem with Lillipur? Maybe "problematic" is a more apt descriptor of the synthetic blond woody accord in the base that dominates large portions of the key mid-section's development. I am highly confident that the accord is derived from my arch-nemesis, Cashmeran. Some love the stuff, but for me it comes off smelling synthetic and overpoweringly strong. For all I know there could be quite a few more ingredients in Lillipur that I never detected despite my best efforts due to the Cashmeran concealing them under its ever-encompassing potency. When the blond woods finally recede there really is a great composition waiting to be found in the incredible smelling late dry-down. Getting there is the challenge, however, and each individual will have to decide whether it is worth it. For me, the composition is just "good enough" to remain in my collection, but I am afraid it won't be used often. The bottom line is the $145 per 100ml bottle Lillipur has a reasonable price point per milliliter and an impressive list of ingredients, but the synthetic blond woods are just a bit too much, keeping the overall score to a "good" to "very good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5. Recommended to those that either enjoy Cashmeran or are not bothered by it as there really is an excellent fragrance underneath the stuff. That said, if you are sensitive to the ingredient, lookout!
I've tested 5 of their fragrances and they do have one thing in common. the bottles are pretty damn ugly! xD
This fragrance opens up with semi sweet, creamy woody smell mixed with soft spices in the background.
The "Cashmere Wood" note doesn't smell something new or unique. it's a soft woody note that kind of smells like sandalwood. very smooth woody smell.
In the mid I'm getting a little stronger sweetness but still creamy with stronger woods and now very soft floral aroma in the background. it's a very pleasant smell and perfectly balanced for both genders. creamy sweetness and soft floral notes for women and woods plus soft spices for men!
In the base unfortunately the woody smell almost disappears and you will left with a simple creamy sweetness and very smooth floral notes.
The note breakdown looks very interesting but the scent is much simpler than how it looks.
Projection is moderate and longevity is around 10 hours on the skin.
I like it but there is nothing exiting about it because I've smelled this before many times.