One of the most prominent and well known flowers, Lily has many uses and symbolism. A member of the flowering plants genus, Lilium. The true lilies are perennial plants with underground bulbs. They bloom usually in cold temperate regions and in the summer or late spring. They grow to an height of 60-180cm. They have large marked or striped flowers in different colors. Lilies are usually white, yellow, pink, red, orange or purple in color.
Lilies have edible bulbs and the flowers and bulbs are usually eaten to reduce internal heat. The build can be preserved and dried to flavor soups and they taste like potatoes. Lilies in any form are very dangerous to cats. Ingestion of any part of Lily can lead to the death of a cat but they are totally harmless to human.
LILY in Perfumery
Lilies are flowering plants with large often fragrant flowers, though some lilies have no scent at all. They are planted for decorative purpose due to their beautifully patterned flowers. These flowers have been used to decorate houses and infuse some sweet smell into the atmosphere.
Lilies have a sweet, spicy and dominant fragrance that has a good longevity. Lilies like the Casablanca Lily, the Madonna Lily, the Stargazer Lily and the Easter Lily are popularly used. The Madonna Lily was used by the ancient Greek to create a perfume called Susinon.
In modern times, Lilies are also used in a lot of popular perfumes. Perfume houses such as Victoria's Secret, Fragonard, Renee, Frederick Malle, Estee Lauder, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Cartier has incorporated some Lily notes in some of their perfumes.
LILY perfumes for Women
Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranean
A floral fragrance made in 2000 by Eduoard Flechier, it is worn by warm and dominant women. Top notes are ginger and sea water while the notes in the heart are Angelica, Lily, lotus and some orange blossom. For the base, a musky note is combined with vanilla to give a very attractive dry down.
Ava Luxe Madonna Lily
This Lily perfume encompasses a fresh, soft spicy, sweet and green accords. Created by Serena Ava Franco, Madonna Lily is a softly sweet smelling fragrance that gives out a comforting feel. Notes of Lily musk and green leaves are very dominant throughout to the dry down.
Fragonard Mon Lys
Fragonard Mon Lys belongs to the Floral Woody Musk category and was launched in 2017. The perfumer who created this fragrance is Celine Ellena. It opens with notes of Clementine, pink pepper and saffron. Right at the heart are Lily, ylang-ylang and Neroli. For the dry down, cedar, musk and Virginian are noticeable.
Estee Lauder Pleasures
Another notable Lily perfume is from Estee Lauder. A summer fragrance, Estee Lauder Pleasures is classified under floral fragrance. Lily and peony are the expressed notes in this perfume with drops of jasmine and pink pepper. The fragrance has a moderate longevity and sillage.
Cartier Basier Vole
Basier Vole by Cartier is in the Floral Green Fragrance category. Launched in 2011, this fragrance was created by Perfumer Mathilde Laurent. Top notes are Lily and citrus, Lily can also be found in the heart and even down to the base. The base has green Lily and also some green notes.
Victoria's Secret Wild Scarlet
Fresh and sweet, Wild Scarlet is the fragrance to bring out the adventurous side of a woman. A Floral Fruity fragrance that infuse a soft spicy accord that is so green and yet so modern. Red apple, Lily, chamomile and aloe vera are the important notes in this classy and flamboyant perfume.
Renee Mediterranean Lily
Pear, Lily and nectarine are the whiffs that you would get from this 2000s fragrance. Renee Mediterranean Lily is a floral arrangement of different fragrant flowers created by the talented Perfumer Renee Griffith. The notes that you would get from this fragrance are Lily, bergamot, jasmine, water Lily sandalwood and gardenia.
Bath and Body Works Midsummer Dream
One of the latest perfumes launched in 2021, Midsummer Dream has a fruity and floral fragrance. It is a blend of many accords such as white floral, soft spicy, sweet and fruity. It gives out a powdery, aquatic scent that with moderate longevity and sillage.
Victoria's Secret Total Attraction
Total Attraction just as its name implies is an alluring combo of Lily and orchid. Launched in 2014, it is one of the popular perfume from Victoria's Secret. It has a moderately long scent and its sillage is also moderate.
A lily perfume that combines notes of Lily, Amber, jasmine, bergamot and honeysuckle. It is in the accord category of Floral Fragrance and it is a perfume made for Women.
LILY perfumes for Men
Nautica Aqua Rush Gold
Zara Olfactive No.6 Elegantly Tokyo
Gucci Made to Measure
Abercrombie and Fitch Summer Cologne
What does Lily smells like?
Fragrant lilies can smell very sweet and soft while some have an overpowering citrusy spicy scent that takes you by surprise. Depending on the type of Lily, their scent varies a lot. But generally, they have a nice smelling fragrance.
Is Lily the best flower for perfumes?
Lily is among the top 10 best flowers for perfumes. Due to their elaborate and amazing scents, they are among the widely used flowers to produce fragrances.
Does Lily fragrances last long?
Depending on the type of perfume or the concentration, Lily has an average longevity. This can be affected by skin type, season or time of the day. So before buying any Lily fragrance, sample it and read the reviews of avid perfume lovers on it.
Is Lily really harmful?
Lily is totally harmless to human beings, basically no side effects. The only organism in danger from lilies are cats. Lilies are highly poisonous to cats and can cause a lot of irritation or death of the cat.
Is Lily of the Valley also a Lily?
Lily of the valley is not a lily. Though its name implies that it is a Lily but they are not true lilies. They do not belong to the same genus as the true lilies. They are classified under the genus Convallaria as opposed to genus Lilium of the true lilies.
Subtle and sweet smelling or loud and spicy, lilies tend to demand for attention and attract compliments. They give off a fresh, soft and alluring combo. They are mainly used in perfumes for women but some can be worn by men. They have a somewhat musky scent that attracts the male gender. Lily perfumes are one of the best kind of fragrance in the world of perfumes.