Frederic Malle • Lys Mediterranee • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||56%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
How strange, how uncomfortable at first and how pleasant at the same time. Lys Mediterranee sits at an interesting crossroads where my established expectations and perspective don’t help me that much. For one thing, the opening is not what I would expect from ‘Mediterranean sea spray mingles with the spicy scent of ginger lilies’ (Frederic Malle website). I get the sultry scent of ginger lilies, my mother had dozens of them in her garden but I don’t get any ‘marine top note’ or a ‘fresh accent’. The initial scent almost scares me because it has the potential to turn too warm and itchy like Angéliques sous a la Pluie. However, the heat leaves itself to a honeyed, summery floral which soon becomes very much like a sweeter L’eau d’Hiver. All these share an angelica note and this note is as dominant as the lilies on my skin. Lys Mediterranee sits in the middle of the two in terms of transparency and as far as the honey goes, it is the most pleasing. Althogether, this is the pure bright heat of Mediterranean on me, somehow reminding me of a thousand forgotten scents from sweet, dry hay to stables even. Sultry but subtle, innocent and animalic. It's strangely pleasing to smell this, but I wouldn't need a full bottle. Good sillage and tenacious lasting power.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Snowy lily with just a touch of spice. The most distinctive thing about this is the aquatic touch--this may be the only aquatic note I've experienced that is subtle enough not to make me queasy. It just gives a freshness to the glowing whiteness of the lily. This is not my type of fragrance, but I just had to give it a 5.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I vastly prefer this to Serge Lutens's Un Lys, and here's why: I think the pure lily notes meld much better with Lys Mediterranee's green, grassy oceanic base than with the vanilla in Un Lys that makes it, at least to my nose, too cloying and overly sweet in the drydown. While Un Lys is like placing your nose directly into a lily, Lys Mediterranee is catching the wafting aroma of lilies while walking along the beach on a spring morning. I generally don't gravitate toward lily scents, but this one is quite unique and wearable. Perfect for spring and summer.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This a really beautiful fragrance, but not one that is an everyday sort of scent for me (for reasons that I'll try to make clear here) so it gets 4 lipsticks (for now anyway). The best way for me to articulate how I feel about this fragrance is to do as others have done here and compare it with Un Lys, another wonderful lily fragrance by Serge Lutens.
First of all, I can't decide if I like Lys Mediterranee better than Serge Lutens Un Lys (which I think I gave a 5 previously, but will probably revise - much time has passed since that review!). I think there are certain aspects of Lys Mediterranee that are better than SL's Un Lys and others that aren't. My overall impression is that this is a really true lily scent, as is Un Lys (but I can't yet distinguish between types of lilies as others have here!). For some reason (and I haven't tried my Un Lys in awhile) I think this one is more intense than Un Lys, meaning that it's not for the shy woman. Perhaps this relates to the type of lily used (ginger/spicy?), but I'm not sure. In any case, you definitely know you're wearing it, as do others. But it's gorgeous so that's ok. I like that it doesn't have the vanilla drydown that Un Lys has and instead has a musk base. I'm not a huge fan of vanilla. But the musk to me still smells kind of sweet and just a little overpowering. On the other hand, I think I might prefer the opening of Un Lys, which, to me is fresh and green (a good thing in my mind!). But overall, there is something about this fragrance that I might like better than Un Lys...perhaps it's the 'aquatic' note others have mentioned here, or maybe it's somehow a more rounded out composition. I don't know... On the other hand, I like that Un Lys feels lighter on me. In any case, Lys Mediterranee (well, both fragrances really) is a must try for a white floral lover and/or a lily lover. I'd own both if I had the money. Lys Mediterranee is great on a cool summer day or evening in my opinion. Lovely.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
I agree with previous reviewers who describe this to be very authentic to the lily flower, but delicate. It doesn't assault my senses with the heady sharpness that I usually get with white florals. This one is rather airy with a slight salty marine note. Very appropriate for spring and summer and the perfect fragrance backdrop for drives along the coast or walks along the beach. I wouldn't wear this often enough to purchase a full bottle, but I'd definitely keep a decant on hand.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
My problem with this scent is that it's mostly ginger lily, which is too spicy for me. But it is well-done, so if you love ginger lily, I'd definitely recommend it. If I apply just a dot of fragrance, instead of a dab, it is a lovely lily, with a subtle aquatic note--how often do you encounter a well-done aquatic note? I think a full-sized spritz of this would be chokingly pungent, though. Maybe the oil would be easier to apply sparingly.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This is very pretty, and the lasting power is amazing; my dry skin has a hard time carrying/ (i.e. transporting?) many scents, but a couple dabs of this lasts all day; and yet, it's not at all heavy. I do detect the saline oceanic note, which stays all the way through vs. something gone after the inital poof. However, someone below noted they found it a little too chemical smelling; and i see what is meant by that. It's hard to explain. I find the quality of the Malles v. v. high, and yet by the end of the day there is a trace (on me just a trace) of something "less natural" but for the first seven hours, I feel as if i'm walking along a garden by the sea. V. much worth trying.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Coarse Eyes: Green
A lily masterpiece. Imagine a bouquet of fresh cut lily flowers in your home and the beautiful fragrant smell they emit every time you walk by. This fragrance captures that ethereal feminine scent perfectly.
Although there are additional notes such as angelica root and orange flower, make no mistake the lily is the star of this show--with ginger lily, lily of the valley and water lily.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
This is a beautiful fresh green lily fragrance with fantastic staying power, the lily does tend to fade out and it smells almost more like orange blossom as the day goes on but as I like both that's fine by me!It lasts a good twelve hours (I know as i always keep smelling my wrist and smiling when i wear it!) and It smells like walking through the garden at night in summer. Its like carnal flower, its one of those timeless fragrances that make me smile when I wear them.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Lily of the Valley with a slight, softly spicy carnation-like note to it .Warm and sweet, linear--there's nothing spiky, overtly green or jarring about it. A skin-lily, if you will, but very, very white and floral. Probably the best lily scent I've tried. I'm trying to make a nice, romantic picture to complement my review, but it doesn't push any buttons for me. Barney's copy reads, "Ginger lily, angelica root, orange flower and water lily evoke the heat of a beautiful summer evening on the Mediterranean." Oh, I've never been there. No wonder I don't picture anything while smelling it, then. I lack the proper reference point. But I can pretend and say it smells like the floral arrangement in the lobby of a fancy hotel in Portofino. See, romantic, no?
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I usually reserve 5 lipstick reviews for things that I am absolutely in love with, that just strike me as absolutely perfect. Lys Mediterranee isn't *quite* there, but it's the best lily fragrance I've experienced, and I wanted to rank it above Serge Lutens Un Lys, which I certainly couldn't have given less than a 4. So 5 it is!
Lys Mediterranee has all the beautiful juicy lushness to make it one of the best lily fragrances you're likely to try, but this is put into balance by a few other factors which is what boosts it up above the rest for me. The use of ginger lily give Lys Mediterranee a bit of "zing" - this, along with whatever magical elements have been added under the name of "marine top notes," and a dash of orange blossom give Lys Mediterranee that elusive quality that makes it my favorite lily - it's transparent, and even slightly green, AND beautifully, fully, almost perfectly lily, without any sharp edges. Other fragrances such as Serge Lutens Un Lys will sacrifice the former in search of the latter, or the latter in search of the former.
Somehow Lys Mediterranee captures what I consider both of the best aspects of lily, even though they're slightly contradictory. Transparent and soft, floral but not overwhelming, discrete, but noticeable.
This is a beautiful fragrance for Spring and Summer.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Lys Méditerranée is a beautiful olfactory essay on the lily. As reviewers here and elsewhere have noted, it smells like the rush you get when you open a florist’s cold refrigerator full of fresh white lilies and stick your head for a deep sniff. As the perfume develops, it becomes slightly tempered with a touch of a “green stalk” note but regardless, the lily note always stays true and clear. For comparison purposes, I also tried Serge Lutens’ “Un Lys” on the other wrist. It is a creamy warm lily whereas Lys Méditerranée is a cooler, slightly more shimmering lily. Last but not least, it has just the right amount of sillage.
Here are the listed notes: Top: Ginger Lily, Lily of the Valley; Middle: Angelica Root, Orange Flower, Water Lily; Base: Musk.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This starts with some fresh green notes, a little deep, nothing to turn off this normally-hate-green person. Then it goes into orange blossoms and the sea. At times, the orange blossoms seem a little indolic and perhaps too rich for me. I'm not sure. Beautiful, different fragrance.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Ginger lilies, with a touch of softness There are other notes in here, not just the lilies so I have to disagree with the reviewers who call this a true floral representation. It is not. It's a very strong lily scent, but it's not pure. Still, it's lovely. I give it four lippies because it's very nice, but on my own personal like-it scale, it's a three at best, because I'm not a huge lily fan outside of Easter Sunday. Fleshy white flowers aren't at all my thing.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
On reading below reviews, I was stunned by many comments on Lys Mediterranee smells like Serge Lutens Un lys. IMHO, they are completely different. Lys Med is rather cool with sheer refreshing aquatic note whereas Un lys is warm with embracing creamy vanilla. They also feature different lilies in their compositions. Lys Med focuses more specifically on ginger lily and water lily, which makes it full with green, transparent charms of watery freshness, whereas Un lys just focus on lily in general in a dreamy aura. There are also differences in conclusion of both scents. The ethereal white lily of Serge Lutens eventually wanes in a looming darkness like a sweet dream fading in the night, while Lys Med floats on breezy dawn light throughout its evolution. Though they both smell quite good, my favorite lily scent would still be Annick Goutal’s Des lye.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
While I agree that this is quite similar to SL Un Lys, I like Lys Mediterranee for it's aquatic freshness. Not that the effect is in any way salted or ozonic, more of a sheer lift to the green strength of the character of the Lily in general. The vanilla is pure and light, not a heavy, sickening sweetness. Love it! I believe this is the closest I've come to finding a true flower "impression" in a scent.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
this is beautiful in a simple, floral way. it is pure flowers, as in you smell like you just rolled in a lily bed. it doesn't go sharp or powdery like a lot of florals do, it stays soft and almost aquatic, as a number of others have commented. i do agree that it is not the most original lily out there, but imho the purity of it is lovely.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I can't buy this simply because it would end in a divorce due to the price! However, it is a nice perfume that smells strongly like honeysuckle and/or lilly. My husband like it~he said it smells very fresh. It added to the headache I was getting at the time, but I think any perfume would have at that moment. It is, however, a little too sweet/floral for me.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is very beautiful, but it is a smellalike for SL Un Lys and Yves Rocher's dc'd Pur Desir du Lys. I am taking points off for unoriginality. Also, there is such a strong undercurrent of gardenia that it is nearly a gardenia scent. Between this and Un Lys, I'd have to go with Un Lys, and before either of those, the extra greenness and reasonable pricing of the YR usually wins. However now that YR has discontinued Pur Desir du Lys, I may have to pick between these two. I still think I'd go with Un Lys.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is a very sheer lily, with just the lightest touch of what seems like orange blossom underlying it. It's aquatic in its sheerness...reminds me a bit of Ralph Lauren Blue, but much better. I don't get a musk note as some others do. This lacks the vanilla and musk notes of Un Lys, which is more of a year-round lily for me, while Lys Mediterranee is definitely a breezy summer scent. Only drawback is that it is completely gone after 3 hours on me, so reapplication 1-2x during the day is necessary.