Lily of the Valley by Penhaligon’s

Hey Posse Peeps! There’s been a lot of talk of thunking lately around on APJ. I’m not sure where it originated but it’s such a brilliant idea. Thunk is the sound an empty vial, decant or bottle makes when it hits the bin. Brilliant eh? So on my 2019 journey to thunk you’ll be coming along with me on rides of fragrance that I have emptied the whole vial or spritzed the whole decant onto myself for one glorious ride. Quite a few of these I’ve tried before and so the duplicate has sat here in my collection unloved and untouched since it arrived. Time to get some gone I reckon. Today I’m thunking my vial of Lily of the Valley, a gift from my Secret Santa this year.

Lily of the Valley by Penhaligon’s

Lily of the Valley by Penhaligon's

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Amalfi lemon, geranium
Heart: Lily-of-the-valley, rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, oakmoss

Michael Pickthall the nose seems to have only ever done 4 fragrances. All of them were for Penhaligon’s. The only one I spent any time with was Bluebell because it was one of Princess Diana’s fragrances. So I’m interested to smell their version of lily of the Valley.

I am suitably doused.

Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley is a softer, prettier, more field like version of the old trope. It is far prettier than Diorissimo, and much more wearable. Melon, grass, jasmine and slightly sharp geranium create a wonderful zingy scent that is utterly perfect for a muggy, hot Sydney summer night.

The fireworks are brief and fun but what’s left is a soft focus, slightly breathy fragrance that is quite a lot like my minds remembrance of real life Lily of the Valley, smelled on May Day in Paris in 2018. Later it starts to smell a bit like functional fragrance, clothes wash softener or the like. Not bad, just a bit boring. Maybe because the functional fragrance world has lifted its game?

Surrender To Chance has samples from $4/ml
March also likes Penhaligon’s

Are you a Lily of the Valley fan? Have you tried the Penhaligon’s one?
Portia xx

 

 

 

Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies

30 Comments
Kat January 25, 2019

I love Lily of the Valley, and I've spent some time this winter narrowing down my favorite LoV perfume. Diorissimo is nice but has a musky note that is sometimes a bit too much. Jessica McClintock's signature scent is a lovely jasmine/LoV scent that is heady and floral without being sweet or cloying. Possibly my favorite. Yves Rocher makes a very nice (and very affordable!) LoV EDT. It's delicate, feminine and sweet, with a touch of lemon. It's an office-friendly scent, and a good place to start for anyone who wants to see if they like LoV. It's currently 50% off at yvesrocherusa.com - 20 ml for $6.40, 100 ml for $15 (no affiliation, I have just been loving their latest sale).

PerfumeClick January 11, 2019

I'd definitely try all the versions of this fragrance after getting to know princess Diana had one of the version in her fragrance collection.

Libby January 6, 2019

I love lily of the valley , mostly when it is in bloom in my yard and I can bring it inside. This sounds lovely with those other notes, I might need to get a sample, and I love surrender to chance, I have had such good scents from them!

marcellavmiller January 4, 2019

‘Tis!

marcellavmiller January 4, 2019

The only lily of the valley I wore was Diorissimo back in the Stone Age. I always found it rather precious on me. Never got anything breathy or animalic that I can recall. I do love it in nature, however. I have a literal carpet of it planted under a large tree in my garden. It smells gorgeous when it’s all in bloom.

Tara C January 3, 2019

Not a huge lotv fan, although I do like Guerlain Muguet.

Maya January 3, 2019

I love lily-of-the-valley. They prefer growing in shady, even dark areas, and if there is a slight breeze, you can often sniff them before you find them. The truest lily-of-the-valley perfume for me has been vintage Diorissimo and a close second is Oriza L. Legrand Muguet Fleuri. The Oriza is somehow stronger and sharper around the edges. I think finding good lily-of-the-valley perfumes is harder than with any other floral.

Gina Tabasso January 3, 2019

I love LOTV, love Penhaligon's and have the vintage of this, which is much more chypre and well, vintage.

Kathleen January 3, 2019

Besides Diorissimo, and Guerlain’s annual Muguet release which I’ve sniffed a few of, I’m not that familiar with Lily of the valley in fragrance. Penhaligon’s sounds lovely for spring/summer. I’m on board with thunking; I appreciate the inspiration to use more of my samples and bottles.

Brigitte January 3, 2019

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Queen Cupcake January 3, 2019

APJ? My favorite lily of the valley is the flower, which I look forward to every Spring. Thunking... yes, I will be doing that in 2019! Must try the Penhaligon and also Heaven by the Gap...

matty January 3, 2019

I can't say I've taken much notice of LIly Of The Valley.

Brigitte January 3, 2019

I believe that I was the one who started the "thunking" craze on APJ ;) like you and shiva-woman I want to scale down my collection and also use things up before they evaporate. That being said, I have thunked quite a few decants and samples in 2018 as well as upwards of 12 or more full bottles. I am going to continue in 2019. and yes, I do very much like lily of the valley...while not a soliflore, Heaven by the Gap is my favorite.

RoseMacaroon January 3, 2019

I do love lily of the valley, but can't usually identify it in a perfume -- the big exception being Penhaligon's, which I do really enjoy. I'll have to get a decant for when warmer weather comes. Thanks for the reminder, Portia! XO

Shiva-woman January 3, 2019

Not a lily of the valley fan, but "thunking" without knowing the word before today has been on my mind. I think after many of us have collected, and sniffed, and decanted, etc. we just want to scale down a bit. Sometimes I want fewer choices and more true loves, fewer try-outs, and more appreciation for what I have and real wear time without my perfume-analyzing mind always on. So here's to thunking!