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
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?
Are you a Lily of the Valley fan? Have you tried the Penhaligon’s one?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies