I just love and adore this, plain and simple. I can't analyse it or proselytise about it, it just had me at 'hello'. I hate the idea of having to state which scent I'd save in a fire, or take to a desert island with me, but this would probably be it. It's as though I didn't choose it - it chose me. I think it's been discontinued!! :-(
Lily & Spice by Penhaligon's, 2006
The first part is really natural, green, cool and botanic with (as said) a realistic smell of spicy lily and its typical green-floral, projecting, lymphatic and almost aromatic whiff. The smell is nearly sparkling because of the aromatic-pungent chord of cloves, saffron and pepper. A touch of hesperides and a sheer patchouli shadow the smell enhancing its importance and royal temperament. With time the smell tames its hispid sharpness morphing in to a warmer musky-floral-vanilla outcome that is less angular but not too much soapy or linear. The scent is pleasant, well balanced and elegant with its touch of british style and Victorian reminiscences. I appreciate a lot the smell of romantic lily in parfumery, dozens are the fragrances with lily in composition that i love, from Fracas to Ungaro III, passing through Equipage, Salvator Dali for Man and Heritage. I like so much the muguet in Diorissimo and Lys Mediterranee by Malle (mostly lily, citrus and musk). Lily &Spice is slightly more spicy-dark but less green and less floral than its cousin Lily of the Valley by Penhaligons. The Lily & Spice's dry down is tamed but not powdery as happens in other womanly lily fragrances and the fragrance in its complex is not too much floral as happens for Diorissimo (with its hyper floral soul of muguet, rose and jasmine), not as heady as happens in a great lily fragrance as Molinard's Les Fleurs de Provance: Muguet. A more than pleasant spicy-floral scent anyway.
One of the white flower fragrances that does not turn stale on my skin. very elegant and feminine and the cinnamon gives a little twist so you wont smell like a flowershop :) It is then one of those warm florals
Although this contains 8 notes according to Pehnaligon's web site, I can only detect one - the white lily, slightly green notes without the cloying ripeness present in most lily based oils. This is fresh, as if the lily had just opened. Lovely and heady. Warning- it lasts and lasts and lasts and could become a bit much at the end of the day if applied in too heavy a fashion. 8 notes: Top: Saffron, White Madonna Lily Middle: Hot Pepper, Clove Base: White Musk, Patchouli, Vanilla, Benzoin
This scent was love at first sniff for me! It has an oldfashion feeling I adore! The beautiful lily goes very well with the "spices". I only have a sample, but am hoping to find a whole botle.
Some perfumes go so well with coffee. This stands alone and isn't a one that compliments coffee , in fact, I try to drink tea when wearing this. I love this perfume. As mentioned in the reviews above; it doesn't change over the course of wearing it- it doesn't have to! It's fine with the same fresh lily likeness all the day through. Really reminds me of a big beautiful lily corsage.
This is one of those 'truth in advertising' scents. Lily and Spice? Yep, that's what you'll get. Before writing this review I read the entertaining ad copy. Let me share some highlights: 'carnally spiced', 'thick, hedonistic blooms' and accords that 'plunge into dark spices'. My my, pass me a fan and call me blushed. Now here's what you'll really get: a white floral. And spices? They make a flaccid appearance, yes. Blooms? Sure, but they are so well behaved you could take them to a church social and let them sell cakes. Oh, and plunges? Only into mediocrity. I can't say this is a stinker, however. I liked it for a sample run, but I"ll probably pass it along. The dry down 'edges out', becoming less white and more soul, which is nice. But hey- if anyone is looking for a tantalizing swapping experience that will leave you gasping for more, let me know.
I was certain that I would love this. I don't. The fragrance starts with a nice oriental lily note and ends with an unpleasant watery patchouli. Possibly a casualty of the the new regulations?
This was one of the first Penhaligon's fragrances that I took to immediately. The spices balance and also enhance the richness of the lily scent. Very moreish. (I must compare with Donna Karan Gold.)
I have worn Lily & Spice since it was released. It is such an willful and proud scent, packed with contradictions - light & dark, virgin and whore, stability and chaos. Most lily scents reek of camphor, the notes are so similar, but this, this is a clean, skeletal white boned thing, wrapped in the softest of indolic sheaths. The white musks translate for me into starch and clean laundry, another reason I love it so much, it simply soothes me. The spices are dusted across the floral notes with the lightest of touches. The clove does noticeably rise and fall but only to counterpoint the waxy and sullen beauty of the Madonna Lily. Indeed i think it is the aloofness of Lily & Spice, the reserve, the bonewhite chilly sensuality that i love so much. One of my favourite actresses is Isabelle Adjani, coldly beautiful, glacial even, her face a perfect mask of internalised desire. This could be for her.
Lily & Spice by Penhaligon's, 2006
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