Spring is in the air… Part II: Lily of the Valley… The Perfumed Dandy’s Seasonal Selection

Happy May Day or better still Bonne Fete du Muguet.
A little re-posting in tribute to the fabulous French tradition of giving Lily of Valley on this day.
Have a Diorissimo of a day!!
Yours ever
The Perfumed Dandy

The Perfumed Dandy.

Dear Friends

It was always my intention to turn my musings to muguet.

Then dear Ginza at The Black Narcissus sent through an invitation to dance that I simply couldn’t refuse.

Hence here are my Lilies of the Valley, the most delicate and fleeting of flowers, ready for their foxtrot, paso or pas des deux.

Blooms for a Spring wedding or “La Fete du Muguet” perhaps, but as much about consummation and physical labour as matrimony and May Day, at least so far as The Perfumed Dandy is concerned…

1. Odalisque by Parfums de Nicolai

A strange way to start some might say, for Odalisque is an olfactory oddity: a muguet chypre.

The outsider intent of the scent continues in the blending too: it is so beautifully blurred that beyond the tart tangerine opening some people struggle to locate both lily of the valley and bitter oakmoss…

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5 responses to “Spring is in the air… Part II: Lily of the Valley… The Perfumed Dandy’s Seasonal Selection

  1. brie

    happy may day Mr. Dandy!

  2. Lilybelle

    Happy May 1st, dear Dandy! I meant to wear Diorissimo today, but I forgot what day it was. We don’t have that lovely custom here. We had lily of the valley where we used to live in New York, and it always came up in May in time for Mother’s Day. I used to give some to my mother, and I would put some in a small vase on the kitchen window sill so I could enjoy the light through the leaves and blossoms. And the scent! I miss the real thing. 🙂

    • Dearest Lily
      What a lovely gift for Mothers’ Day. As Mothering Sunday falls so much earlier here in the UK it’s too soon for any home grown flowers so we can be as grand as we like at the florists.
      And yes… the real smell of lily of the valley, something that has forever eluded perfumery!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. I started my 1st of May with the scent of Lily of the Valley by Yardley as the beautiful bottle of Le Muguet 2013 by Guerlain that I had been longing for was not officially launched until the afternoon in Hong Kong. As soon as I was able to free myself to collect my precious bottle of Le Muguet, I rushed home to try on this special fragrance. Le Muguet 2013 by Guerlain is refreshing, green, aromatic, sensual and a true reflection of the Spring season. Le Muguet 2013 by Guerlain, a beautiful green fragrance within a gorgeous bottle available only to a limited number of fragrance admirers, most certainly made my 1st of May especially special.

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