Few notes capture spring as brightly and beautifully as lilacs. I have three lilac bushes around the front of my house that I’ve been nurturing for years, and they are surrounded by those monstrously big old-fashioned iris.
Lilacs have that sweet scent that borders on candy, but never quite goes there. But it is one of the most beautiful, completely floral girly scents that I can think of. Roses are more mature, more laid back, reserved. Lilacs just don’t care how big and sweet they smell, they are unflappable in insisting on smelling great and looking cheerful. And there’s no hint of smut laying behind their little blooms.
Liz Zorn tackled Lilac in two perfumes, not sure how new they are, Lilacs & Heliotrope and Lilacs & Rose. I like them both, but between the two, the Lilacs & Heliotrope has my heart. Where the natural lilac doesn’t quite turn to candy, the heliotrope pushes it over into gourmandy territory without it feeling like candy. From Liz’s website:
“A formidable pairing of lush iconic florals, opening with the green tinged freshness of lilacs in full bloom, settling to a rich heart of white and purple lilac, a touch of orchid, and the slightest hint of rose melding into the heliotrope, with a base of mosses, soft musk and benzoin.”
Fully lush, with an unbelievable softness, this is one of the most purely beautiful florals I can remember smelling. If you’re not a big floral person, don’t bother, but if you enjoy a really beautifully crafted floral perfume, you do need to try this. It’s absolutely perfect for spring, summer, and the heliotrope will take through the rest of the year.
I did get this large sample in an order I placed with Soivohle, and I’m going to happily give away some of it. Just drop a comment to be entered. I’ll pick three winner for a sample. If you want, you can tell me what perfume that is a straight-up floral that you like the most. If you hate florals, well, you can tell me which one you hate the most.