If it’s summer, the sun is bright, you are sweltering in the shade with your fresh-squeezed lemonade and vodka. That means it’s big freaking white floral perfume season!
Le Labo Lys 41 has notes of lily, jasmine, tuberose absolute, woods, Madagascar vanilla, tiare, musks. What a glorious tuberose fragrance it is. Oh, yeah, it’s lily too. I think of it as the Hermessence Vanille Galante with more lily and tuberose than vanilla. It has a soft wispy warmth with the vanilla and musk that tamp down the white florals and keep them from indole overload. It’s soft and glorious and a delight to wear. If you’re not fond of the warmer aspects of vanilla fused into a white floral perfume, you might want to steer clear. I think they got the balance exactly right
Le Labo Ylang 49 has notes of ylang ylang, pua noa noa, (gardenia from Tahiti), patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, sandalwood and benjoin. Ylang wrapped in a woody incense chypre cloak. Yup, who knew how perfect this could be. My former favorite Ylang perfume, the discontinued Lorenzo Villoresi, has now been dislodged, and Le Labo Ylang 49 is in that spot. Not that I have a lot of choices, but at least all the ylang perfumes I know are pretty darn great.
Le Labo Ylang 49 opens with a definite chypre tang, building an oakmoss/vetiver alcove in the trees, inviting the incense to spread its rich cloak on the ground. In walks the delicate, earthy, beautiful and slightly feral ylang oozing puffs of gardenia, collapsing into the beautiful alcove in tinkly giggles. Oh, wait, that’s me giggling so happily.
And Le Labo Ylang does make me happy. It’s moved up on the favorite white floral perfume list to a fairly high-ranking slot – like top 5, mostly because it changes so much and keeps becoming something else as beautiful, but different. There is nothing straight-forward about it
As Ylang 49 dries down, it changes, loses some of the chypre sharpness, easing into that soft, buttery, luxurious ylang/gardenia. There is no phase of it that I don’t like. If you really want to curl your toes with white floral-gasm, spray them both on at the same time. Seriously, it’s heavenly. Miss Non-Blonde has a review of both of the Le Labo Perfumes, I’m linking her review of Ylang 49
And we’ll do a giveaway of four sample sets of both fragrances to commenters. White floral, hellyeah or hellno? Think wearing white floral perfume in summer is goofy or genius?