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    Default Pacifica French Lilac

    As a forty year fan of Le Dix, I had often heard it described as a violet perfume. I begged to differ. The main perfume strand in it has always been lilac, to my nose

    To confirm this I ordered a lilac sampler from TPC (whom I owe an apology, since my lost samples, mailed on 29/3/2011 turned up yesterday. Where they had been is anyone's guess.)

    I was surprised by this little perfume. It is the truest rendition of spring lilacs I have ever smelled. Not only is it true to its name, it is surprisingly concentrated. And what also delighted me was that it had that little nuance of greeness from time to time, that characterises the real life lilac perfume.

    A kind basenoter sent me some Prada Infusion d'Iris to try and I was wearing that on part of my arm, with French Lilac on my hands. Made a nice combination, faintly reminiscent of Le Dix.

    I have finally got something sweet to layer with Le De which to my taste is just a little too green in character and needs sweetening.

    Whenever I think of layering, I always think I must share the comment by a well-known perfumer (whose name escapes me) He said,' layering is like throwing a bunch of bricks into the air, hoping they would come down as a house" Cute eh?

    I intend to try some of their other lines, given how inexpensive they are. If anyone else has experience of their perfumes, I would appreciate hearing your comments.

    Cheers
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    Hi LiliB,
    I have French Lilac of Pacifica and i own Prada Infusion D'Iris and a miniature of Le Dix only.
    I had never thought of layering Le Dix with French Lilac (which by the way is very clean fresh soapy smell of lilacs) ...
    It's morning here ,and since that i haven't scented myself yet,i am given the chance to try this combination you suggested!
    I am going to apply and give my experience to you later
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    Default Re: Pacifica French Lilac

    Quote Originally Posted by LiliB View Post

    To confirm this I ordered a lilac sampler from TPC (whom I owe an apology, since my lost samples, mailed on 29/3/2011 turned up yesterday. Where they had been is anyone's guess.)
    Yay! A happy final result. (I updated the TPC feedback thread, too; it's important followup information for everyone.)

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    Probably sounding like a broken record, I would like to point out that the best, the absolutely best bar-none lilac-based fragrance comes from Rochester. Have they sent it to you too? Have you had a chance to try it yet?
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    The Best lilac to me is Lilac Yves Rocher ,i have to add
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    I've recently tried Persian Rose from this house,thanks to one of our kindest BNer's.I am usually bored by tea rose scents(that aren't Fleur de The Rose Bulgare,that is)but I am really enjoying my PR sample.It has a very nicely lasting citrus note on me and I'm considering a purchase of it,for those days I'm in a rosy mood but would rather not dip into the Creed.I'm finding it to be a very realistic floral and good quality.Their prices are just insanely low.How refreshing!French Lilac is a nice one for the price,too,especially now that you've discovered some layering possibilities.
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    Hi Sophi

    Actually I was talking about layering Le De (from Givenchy) with French Lilac and Infusion d'Iris to produce a perfume similar to Le Dix. To me the Givenchy is too much a green, early spring bulb type of perfume, and it needs sweetening to my taste.

    Cheers
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    I'll have to sample Pacifica's Lilac scent now on your recommendation, LiliB. My local Whole Foods carries that line. I bought their Malibu Lemon Blossom.

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    Today I wore another Pacifica that I personally like better than all the others put together: Waikiki Pikake. It seems to be discontinued but there are lots on eBay. I put it on some 6 hours ago and it's going strong.

    This was the first one I bought, and I always wore it when we visited my parents in Florida. It's perfect for warm weather.

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    Hi Twolf
    Who is the producer from Rochester? I don't have anything that I think comes from there - I have Demeter, En Passant, Aqua Allegorica Angelique Lilac, Profumo Firenza and Pacifica.

    Hi Perfumed Lady
    Thanks for your comment about the Pacifica rose. As a rose lover, I find I am not overly fond of the tea rose strain of perfume. My love extends to the dark, rich rose scent which is probably the Bulgarian Rose variety. For the rose afficionado, what I'm looking for is something like a cross between 'Mr Lincoln' and 'Fragrant Cloud'.

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    Highland Lilac of Rochester, a US based company with the only scent (I thought) available.
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    Waikiki Pikake is still available on the Pacifica website and Amazon.com. So it doesn't appear to be discontinued as far as I can tell.

    I've tried Highland Lilac of Rochester, thanks to 30 Roses, and it's very natural!

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    Hi Twolf

    I would have thought the Rochester producers would have a mighty fine product, seeing that the Lilac is very popular in New England generally and is very much a cool climate plant. TPC don't offer it in the lilac sampler.But I will definitely want to try it. Even having sampled only 5 so called lilacs, the Pacifica stands head and shoulders above the rest, and is my benchmark to measure others against.

    I have tried Demeter, the Aqua Allegorica, Profumo Firenza and En Passant. None of these come within a 'bull's roar' of being true to real lilac. My test is to close my eyes, and see what I imagine. Only the Pacifica transports me to my lilac bush in spring. The Firenza is nothing short of foul, having a nasty initial blast of something that smells like pure petroleum. It then fades into a faint lilac scent, but without the full-bodied lilac character of the Pacifica.

    The less said about En Passant, the better. I would call it an 'interpretation' of lilac, rather than a rendition of lilac.Their lilac has more of the green nuance, and less of the traditional sweetness of the lilac perfume that I mentioned above.

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    Waikiki Pikate is still available. I'm definitely going to investigate their perfumes further. They are such brilliant value for money, and anything that works well in hot weather is of great interest to me, considering I live on the edge of the 'outback' and we have scorchingly hot summers.

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    Just a little update - I just went into Pacifica's website and ordered French Lilac. Imagine my shock when the postage came up as $53!!!! For an item costing $22. Soon put paid to that idea.

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    LiliB, you might be interested in this thread where we reviewed the lilac fragrances that 30 Roses sent around:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/274...nces-to-Sample

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    Default Re: Pacifica French Lilac

    Ladies,

    I was guessing WP was discontinued as I never see it in stores any more-- I ought to have checked the website before posting. Glad to know it's still around!
    Also, I think Persian Rose is a Bulgarian rose rather than a tea rose. Lots of lemon in that one.

    Highland Lilac of Rochester does not ship outside the USA, unfortunately.


    I have 2 other lilacs I love but they are now hard to find:

    Mary Chess White Lilac, which my mother used to wear as I was growing (I have a bottle from eBay)
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    Côté Bastide Lilas, which the company tells me is now discontinued. But there are probably still bottles around so if you see one, grab it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    I'll have to sample Pacifica's Lilac scent now on your recommendation, LiliB. My local Whole Foods carries that line. I bought their Malibu Lemon Blossom.
    Lily, you can also buy this online, I think, as they have a storefront on Amazon. I bought my Nerola Orange Blossom that way.

    I can see myself wanting to sample the Lilac now.
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    I bought the Pacifica French Lilac this morning from an Australian website that seem to specialise in fragrant candles and a few selected perfumes. With the postage, it cost me $39, much better than $72 it would have been direct from Pacifica.

    I guess they're one of the few who are open about what they are sending, and need to hire a rowboat with an Olympian to hand deliver it to us. I know when I buy through Amazon, I tend to pay steep charges for freight, yet most websites offer postage at a nominal sum like $10. I think I've been spoiled.

    I'm not impressed that Highland don't ship overseas. I've decided to give them a miss. I'll stick to my Pacifica for when I want a lilac soliflore or lilac note to layer. But I'm definitely going to try the Yves Rocher, which intrigues me, having read some reviews.

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    This is definitely not my day. I've just done a search for the Yves Rocher perfume. Not available in Australia, or on any other site except eBay. Therefore no real choice available as to stockists. The Rocher sites only ship locally, as usual.

    Isn't it good that I can deal with not having everything I think I want lol!!

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    It's OK Lili,i had an awesome scent made of Le Dix and French Lilac ....but do you know what?French Lilac is very soapy and overwhelming for Le Dix!
    Infusion d'Iris is nice incense-y and that's wht i like about it...it's simply irresistable wearing this itself with the same perfume body lotion layering underneath
    La Pausa 28 Chanel (soapy violet scent) may work for you ,too..i suggest you give it a try with a lilac scent,wouldn't it be a nice combination?
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    Yves Rocher Pur Desir de Lilas has been discontinued in 2004, I think. Check eBay regularly. Once again, it is not my absolute favorite, but many people adore it.

    Waves to sophi.

    EDIT: Warum has it on her To Swap list. Please send her a PM, she is normally easy to deal with.
    Last edited by Twolf; 30th June 2011 at 06:39 PM.
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