Hi there Posse. INeKE is a brand I really fell hard for earlier this decade. There seemed to be a lot more buzz about the brand then than now, everything seemed to go a bit quiet after many peoples favourite release, the gardenia heavy Hothouse Flower in 2012. In 2017 there was a new release Idyllwild, but I never did get my sniff on it. During this time I bought nearly every bottle released and loved them. Over the years my collection has slimmed down, through gifting, wearing and rehoming, to my three favourites: Chemical Bonding, Evening Edged In Gold and todays story, Gilded Lily.
Gilded Lily by INeKE 2010
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Pineapple, Elemi resin, Grapefruit, Rhubarb
Heart: Lilium auratum
Base: Oakmoss, Labdanum, Patchouli
Before we even start on the fragrance can we take a moment to admire the beauty of the bottle. Red glass with black and gold artwork. Hefty bottle without being heavy and it’s a really good size for use.
How does Gilded Lily smell? Well the opening is like a fruity vodka cocktail with a hint of greenery cutting the sweetness. Bubblingly aldehydic and full of fun. The fragrance starts and ends with golden references and it’s the cool touch of gold metal in the evening that springs to mind at the opening.
The heart maintains the sweetness of a ripe, uncut pineapple and adds a soft lily scent. Not the funereal weight of a Casablanca lily but a lighter, less cloying, more peony like lily. Cool, dewy and refreshing. This heart slowly warms through. The base is filled with the warmth of resins and a clean, waxy patchouli with nods to the cushiony softness and scratch of oakmoss, all drizzled with lovely fluffy musks. A base that resembles the golden warmth of being cosily indoors on chilly autumn afternoons and evenings with the golden light streaming outside as a beacon to friends and family.
Excellent late summer fragrance, cool yet warming. Gilded Lily has a wonderful scent story that moves through very pretty phases. Not overpowering but you will be fully fragrant for a few hours and humming away in the background a couple more.
Don you have a favourite INeKE perfume?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies