Blame Portia: Fath’s Essentials Lilas Exquis

A couple of weeks ago our own Portia wrote about Fath’s Essentials Lilas Exquis (linked here– click on it, read, then return.)

Now that you have re-read the post you can imagine if you have read any of mine that the phrase “high-pitched white floral and dark recesses of wild dogs” would have me typing the search criterion into Google so fast my keyboard would melt.

You would be correct.

Lilas Exquis isn’t necessarily lilac, although frankly it’s been so many decades since I have smelled the real thing I can’t tell you if this is even a simulacrum. Portia insists that it’s the smell of wisteria. I know the Chinese variety is somewhat common in California but I can’t say that I could identify it enough to say “oh, yes, Wisteria” with anything but put-on snooty-pantitude. The closest I have been to it that I am aware of was at the Barnsdall House, the Frank Lloyd Wright home which was recently renovated (again) and uses an abstraction of the flower in it’s decoration. Whatever: it is it’s a delight, and it has a fair bit of dirt to it, and a fair bit of skank. It seems in a way the olfactory manifestation of one of those soft-core David Hamilton photos: innocent young yoof posing innocently among the innocent white flowers just before not so innocently grinding the stable boy like a fresh cup of coffee in the loamy soil at the roots.

It’s not at least for me really even a wild dog sort of thing, but more like CB I Hate Perfume Musk Reinvention: it’s more fecund and less fecal and I am really glad I popped for the blind buy.

Lilas Exquis is available at Neiman Marcus, but I would do as I did and dig a little further. I purchased my 3.3oz bottle for only $20 more than N-M charges for a .5oz one. The only bad part is that now I have to wonder if everything else from Fath’s Essentials is this good..

Photo of my bottle is mine, others are from Pexels and Wikimedia.

PS: This post will be up in time for Thanksgiving, which you may or may not celebrate depending upon where you live. If you do I hope you have a peaceful holiday filled with delicious treats and delicious memories. I will be spending my turkey day having Fettuccine Carbonara (for which I am truly thankful), bad old movies, and a drive along the coast with the top down if it isn’t too cold. I am thankful for my health, my relative safety, and all of you- you always brighten my week.

  • Kathleeen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love Lilas Exquis, and agree Portia has good taste in fragrance. Glad your blind buy was a big hit. I need to explore more of the Fath Essentials offerings and wouldn’t be surprised if they were all this good. One of my top favorite vintage perfumes is Fath de Fath.

  • Tom says:

    Sorry if WordPress comments are acting up- mine are being randomly marked as spam, that my cookies don’t taste good, or are randomly not going is as replies. I guess the site has hit the Thanksgiving hooch early..

  • Tom says:

    Ordered! Thanks for the tip and thanks to the company for doing such a great deal!

  • March says:

    Doesn’t this sound great!! I loved the sound of it in Portia’s review and you haven’t put me off! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and it’s warm enough for you to take that drive.

    • Tom says:

      It is really nice! Very interesting sillage on it and wonderful undertones of skank!

      It’s supposed to be warm and nice here So I likely will take that drive, SPF 3000 and all..

  • Dina C. says:

    I love the look and scent of Wisteria. Here in Virginia it blooms around April-May every year for a short time. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Tom! Hope the weather cooperates for your drive.

  • Portia says:

    I’m so relieved you love it Tom. when you tolds me you’d gone the blind buy I was terrified I’d given you a bum steer.
    Wear it in the best of good health my friend,
    Portia xx

    • Tom says:

      It’s almost crazy good- it’s (how shall I say it) “definite” scent- you have to wear it like you mean it. That’s a good thing.

      Thanks for pointing it out!

  • Musette says:

    LOL! if you read the comments you’ll see that I was hooked on ‘recesses of wild dogs’ as well.

    … and now Maya is saying EU/US$ are nearly on par….

    well… it ‘is’ my birfday, come Friday….


  • cinnamon says:

    Are there not lilacs near you? We have very stinky wisteria here — and loads of it. And had to look up David Hamilton. Coffee grinds, huh …

  • Maya says:

    I love the fragrance of all flowers, but lilac is hands down my favorite. I couldn’t find samples of Lilas Exquis anywhere so I went to the French Jacques Fath parfum site. Unless I’m reading something wrong, it has a discovery set of 12 – 2ml samples for 5 euros, essentially free. Shipping to US (Missouri) is 22.50 euros. Total 27.50 euros. Euros and USD are almost the same right now. Thought I’d let you know – and anyone else who might be interested.