Perfume Reviews

Reviews of Lys Carmin by Van Cleef & Arpels

Total Reviews: 6
I am not strictly speaking a great lover of straight up floral fragrances, but I am drawn to the white floral notes in a few outstanding fragrances, e.g. Guerlain Mahora and 24 Faubourg. Over the course of my perfume journey, I have come to know and to love some white floral notes such as gardenia and tuberose, and over the course of this last year, I began an exploration of another white floral note--lily. I purchased several outstanding fragrances with a prominent lily note: Guerlain Lys Soleia; Donna Karan Gold; Cartier Baiser Volé; Cartier Baiser Volé Essence; and, Serge Lutens Un Lys. With my appetite for lily throughly whetted, I next sought out and purchased Lys Carmin.

Lys Carmin is unlike any of my other fragrances that contain a prominent lily note. Lys Soleia and Gold are both warm lily fragrances that incorporate several other floral notes whilst Baiser Volé Essence is made lightly warm and soothing by vanilla. Both Basier Volé and Un Lys on the other hand are very fresh, green lily-centric fragrances, studies of one flower only--true solifores. Lys Carmin, however, is neither especially warm nor green. Instead, as others have noted, it is a spicy lily fragrance ever so slightly sweetened by ylang-ylang and vanilla.

I find LC quite airy and light. On my skin it wears as a hazy, gauzy lily mist that seems to float around my body rather than project off of my body. It brings to mind the Spanish ironwork lace balconies of the French Quarter, long white silk gowns, wide brimmed hats dripping in white flowers, and gently scented white handkerchiefs discreetly tucked between soft bossoms that glisten ever so slightly with perspiration borne of Summer heat and humidity.

I find LC to be an undeniably feminine, lily-centric fragrance. It is fairly linear but nevertheless quite lovely. Projection and sillage are both soft. Longevity is average. It would be appropriate in virtually any venue any time of year except perhaps during the coldest months where its lovely fragrance may be eclipsed by frigid temperatures and icy winds. In short, it is a quite beautiful white floral fragrance, and I am very pleased to have added LC to my collection.

Fragrance: 9/10

Projection: 5/10

Sillage: 5/10

Longevity: 6/10
03rd January, 2018
Straightforward lily scents seem to have become a bit of a niche cliche. Just add some melon and you've got yourself a modern aquatic floral. Thankfully, VC&A have put a little extra effort into their lily offering, so it comes out ahead of the pack.

Yes, Lys Carmin has a lot of upfront lily, but it's topped with a pinch of sparkling aldehydes and enough powdery rose to make it feel upscale and "perfumey" instead of just modern and aquatic. The lily itself is a bit dirty, with peppery wood undertones, and the whole thing has a bright green leafy quality which really adds a lot.

Given time, as the brightness and the powdery rose fade, everything gets sort of milky as a creamy vanilla slides in underneath. To be honest, I like this phase less than the first couple of perfumey green hours, but it's nice enough, and there isn't a melon cliche in sight, so Lys Carmin earns a thumbs up.
06th April, 2013

Really uncomplicated fragrance that smells finally as a decidedly smooth vanillic/floral with a lily/ tuberose exotic vibe. The smell is not linear at all as the beginning is sharp, aqueous and slightly dusty-prickly while the following development tends to be soothed and rounded by a plain vanilla with a ripe floral vibe and a delicious indolic spicy dry down with the pungency from a spicy/exotic lily/ylang-ylang. Pleasant and mysterious.
06th December, 2012
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Very clear,.very crisp good lily scent.
05th May, 2012
My impression is all of the series are nicely done. Not cheap smelling or "off." I am not a white flower person, though contradictorily, I crave white flower smells. This opens with a spicy lily.
There is a raspy dry sweetness that reminds me a tiny bit of powdery candy. But do not take this to mean SWEET and STICKY and juvenile in the manner of most perfumes. The perfume I believe is offering some approximation of sweet skin. I agree with teardrop, it is linear and straightforward. Also, I agree it lacks the heart stopping heady element that delights some of us perfume folk. Therefore, I classify this as a calm florist shop mid summer morning kind of affair. Maybe on a man...it might be utterly intoxicating?
14th March, 2012
The spicy floral opening combines pink peppercorn & a green tuberose, to form an accord that suggests the pepperiness of Stargazer lilies, rather than the purity of white lilies. lt stays fairly linear for most of its duration, leaving an impression of sweetness on the skin after 6-7 hours.
This is certainly a pretty & very true lily scent, but it lacks the heady creaminess that l love in Lutens' Un Lys, & therefore l'm giving it a neutral.
22nd February, 2012