Sounds like a good one.
So much for a name.....came to find out Lys Bleu (Prince Henri D'Orleans - 1980) has no lys in it at all! I finally found the notes for this one from a French magazine from 1984.
So...my rough translation! Created to pay hommage to today's woman, refined, elegant, seductive, with the sensiblity of french prestige. A fragrance floral, green, chypre, at times deep and vibrant.
Top - a hint of black currant, verbena, rose of may (cultivated exclusively in Provence)
Mid - tuberose, ylang-ylang, exalted by several modern and original notes of honeysuckle and tuberose (mentioned again?) which gives the pulpy taste of apricot, held together by crocus and hyacinth, which relieve the bite of clove
Base- precious woods, grey amber, musk which convey all their power and sensuality
The scent was created using over 100 different ingredients (none being lily!)
Any suggestions from the expert noses out there to what could be somewhat comparable?
Sounds like a good one.
Not having smelled this fragrance I cannot suggest an alternative. It sounds like any number of big white florals that were created at the time. I hope you realise that the description of a fragrance (written by somebody in the Marketing Department) often has nothing to do with what is in the fragrance. Reading the above description I can point out that there is no Lily extract used in Perfumery; no Crocus (do they have a smell?), no Hyacinth, no Honeysuckle, no Apricot. What exactly are "precious woods"? Can anyone tell me? Never heard of "Grey Amber"before, either. It's all a load of Marketing BS.
I hope someone else on Basenotes can help you find an alternative, sorry that I cannot.
May I suggest you try typing some of the notes into the Basenotes
perfume directory and see what suggestions that throws up.
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Grey amber is ambergris, literally. As far as I know, some broad-leaved trees (e.g. oak, linden, ash) are called "precious woods", but when talking about perfume it's marketing speech of course, just as David Ruskin said.
In perfumery it's common to create fragrances that represent flowers that either don't yield essential oils that could be used, or don't have a scent. Flower by Kenzo is a recent example of the latter. It's not a realistic representation of any flower's scent but a perfumer's vision, just like all perfumes. Cheers for that
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Of course "grey amber" is Ambergris, DOH!!
I have a sample of that fragrance from a BN buddy. I think you shouldn't rest your hopes on finding a duplicate because that rarely happens, but if you look for a lotus (or water lily) fragrance, or a watery floral you will find something similar in style. I'll repost if I come up with anything specific to recommend.
I don't these would have the fruity or chypre quality that the notes of Lys Bleu would seem to suggest (or the muskiness), but, based on lilybelle's recommendation to focus on lotus or water lilly, I would suggest sampling Van Cleef & Arpels Muguet Blanc, Aftelier Perfumes Lumiere, and Aftelier Perfumes Secret Garden. They might be in the neighborhood, but, as I've not smelled Lys Bleu, either, I can't guarantee it ...
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However.....one thing has me confused............If notes are Marketing BS, and as David Ruskin states, there is no Lily extract.......why do we refer to them at all? Shouldn't we then only go by the sniff/sample test, and not try to label the individual components..........thus ignoring the notes?
I have smelled this but did not find it to be a white floral. Gave my sample away....can't retest it. I liked it though, and I would not have liked a water lily note, nor musk. I believe I got the sample from Twolf so she may have impressions to contribute.
There are mini bottles on eBay:
There is a difference when we try to analyse a perfume by smell, and try to work out what notes and materials are present. You do not have to recognise every material in a fragrance, and I doubt if anyone can do it. However, like a greater understanding of the structure of music, an understanding of the structure of a Perfume will, I think, bring a greater enjoyment of that Perfume. The most important thing is to like a Perfume, we not not need to label individual components, but it is fun to try, and can bring a greater enjoyment, and a greater respect of the Perfumer who created it.
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Hi Crazyquilter! I'm glad you finally found a complete set of notes for Lys Bleu.
I put black currant, verbena and rose in the search bar on Luckyscent and two showed up. 06130 Yuzu Rouge and 06138 Lys they both sound nice and would be a good place to start. http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...uzu_Rouge.html
30R., I replied to the OP in the PM about a month ago, and was suggesting lily-based fragrances -- also done with a light hand and transparent. Lys Bleu is by no means Rosie the Riveter, it is relaxing and -- oh yes! -- aquatic in nature, there is not much of a chypre in this floral despite the official description.
Hello ladies! To add another "fragrant layer" to this search -- I have the parfum, not the EDT!
Twolf - From your initial suggestions, I had gotten as far as sampling Un Lys - Serge Lutens...pretty, linear lily fragrance, but not close. Then I happened to finally find the notes for Lys Bleu, which lead me to starting this thread.
30R - I will probably get one of the EDT's off of Ebay, just to compare to the Parfum. Have yet to see anything but minis of the EDT at this point, but I'll keep looking! But realistically, this is now so rare, I really just would like to find something similar, that is in production. (I realize from what I've read on other threads, that could just be a lot to ask for!)
Kiliwia - Thanks for pointing me to Luckyscent....I've bookmarked the site, and probably do some sampling!
I do know that I am enjoying the treasure hunt, I'm learning lots about fragrances in the meantime (I was able to find a similar floral peony fragrance to replace another discontinued one I was using!) , and appreciate all the tips and support!