Lys Méditerranée by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
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Lys Méditerranée is a perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle for women and men and was released in 2000. The scent is floral-fresh. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrange blossom
Heart Notes Heart NotesSea breeze, White ginger lily
Base Notes Base NotesMusk



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Greatly helpful Review    12
Well, Stevie Nicks, yesterday and today...
Like when there grew wild flowers
left and right of the paths.
On the paths of childhood,
high in the north,
where in fine dry sand
collects the heat of the sun,
in the while of long, long summers.

One was the first fruits,
because it was already late summer.
with it tender petals,
velvety and cuddly,
carefully rubbed between the fingers.

And the other was the sweetness,
which has been to share with bees,
in the short moments,
when they drained of the late flowers.
The white and - mostly - white.

It was hot and dry for weeks,
too hot to go barefoot.
It smells like tar,
the skin for sun, life, love and sun.

The favourite song of this summer could be heard from all the houses:
" I get a kick out of you " -
by Gary Shearston, clearly.
And without even knowing what that would mean later times,
i agreed.

Oh, I was so easy to please:
while others won one tournament after another,
I practiced myself in distinguishing from flowers
and other pointless activities -
where to go with that? br/>
People listened to the blossoms
and let them go.
You were wiser, of course.
They spoke little, they were simple.

They announced a little bit already
of what would come after the fullness of the sun:
the lead grey skies
and then the falling rain that leaves silence
and wet sweetness,
on moonlit silver wishful nights
alone with himself and the eternally unsaid.

And by the way you got everything from the,
what life can be,
in its depth, tenderness and beauty.
Stevie Nicks sang: "You can go your own way"
Well, Stevie Nicks,
yesterday like today.

One suspected and was otherwise quiet,
because none of this could be said anyway,
in its abundance. And simplicity.
One: the training units,
yet others: speechless, wishless, happy.

Sometimes it's better to be quiet,
sometimes it's better quiet.
Because none of this can be said anyway....

<font color=#38B0DE>-==- Proudly Presents
One in its floral directness and opulence
stunning perfume,
a tender elephant in a robust china shop,
a silver shark in a goldfish tank,
a year that is a whole summer.
Barbara Schöneberger sings Stevie Nicks.

An appearance in any ladies' or men's wardrobe,
that seems a little too small...
and bursting with opulence at the seams...
and in the end everything charmingly emphasizes,
and is lovingly honoured.

A real challenge -

and a lot of love, depth and balm for the soul.
A lot of it.

You can go your own way.
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A greenhouse...
Sadly I do not know flowers as much as I would like to, therefore I can really not “judge” the quality of the notes here – lily and muguet, or more in general this perfume as a whole from the point of view of its objective quality. What I can say though is that it opens with a breathtakingly vibrant and realistic feel which threw me right into a greenhouse: the smell not only of petals and leaves but also soil, stagnant water, dust, freshly-cut branches, humidity, and an almost perceivable and really fascinating rendition of that peculiar feel of “humid warmth” there’s often in greenhouses and florist shops – almost stale, opalescent, suspended. All of this with a fresher, brighter, zesty citrus-floral breeze coming from outside, to bring in also a more radiant “outdoor” feel (I guess the “Mediterranée” part of the concept). This perfume seems so simple, yet so deep and complex, carrying a powerful and romantic feel of nostalgia, slightly gloomy too, at the same time lively and relaxed – almost sleepy. It smells apparently clean and elegantly understated, but if you “listen” to it carefully, it has a lot of images and stories to narrate, with some unpredictable darker shades (the dust, the soil, the archaic rawness, the dreamy feel of warmth). As I was saying, I don’t know if the materials are objectively good here (they definitely seem to me though), but all of this I noted above is more than enough for me to consider Lys Mediterranée a fantastic, deep, sincere scent, absolutely worthy a sniff for any fan of flowers (and of perfumes in general, actually).


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Very helpful Review    2
My Reference Lily Fragrance...
Lys Mediterranee opens with a brief oceanic mist before a very subtle angelica makes an appearance. The angelica hangs around in the background, just barely perceptible when a gorgeous lily of the valley note emerges and remains through the heart, soon coupling with a co-starring water lily to give a nice presentation of lilies right after a spring rain. Joining the angelica in its supporting role is a very faint orange blossom. The base is a light clean musk that melds with the lily but never calls attention to itself staying true to the linear and subtle nature of the scent. Projection is above average and longevity is excellent.

Lys Mediterranee is a beautiful composition that lily of the valley and lily fans in general should really appreciate. The angelica is so subtle that at first I did not detect it, instead focusing on the lily of the valley, but on my second wearing I not only noticed it, but can now really appreciate the skill in how Flechier uses it to support the muguet. On the whole Lys Mediterranee does not change much once you get past the brief oceanic stage at the top, but it is probably the best lily focused composition I have smelled to date. From a guy's perspective I probably would prefer smelling this on a lady than wearing it myself, but wearable and wonderful it certainly is. Lys Mediterranee is another strong release from the house of Frederic Malle and earns an excellent 4 stars out of 5.
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Fresh and pristine
For the record, this is primarily lily of the valley, despite the note not being listed in the scent pyramid.

Lys Mediterranee is very floral and crisp. This fragrance makes me think of Summer and lush vegetation. The aquatic aspect is certainly present, however it is not entirely oceanic, meaning I'm not picking up on any salt water accords, or anything beach related. It's more so the scent of dewy white florals after a heavy downpour of rain.

The scent itself reminds me of a florist's shop. The lily of the valley is very strong, followed by notes of orange blossom and jasmine. The overall blend is very green and pristine.

Lys Mediterranee is quite a cold and somewhat icy fragrance. It's very clean but also very natural, like something you'd easily picture yourself smelling in garden-like surroundings. I am really enjoying smelling this fragrance as I find it quite intriguing. I actually much prefer this fragrance over Carnal Flower due to its watery-like freshness.

It's a relatively light and airy scent, also quite linear, but that is in no way a negative aspect, as the blend itself is one I can honestly describe as very moving and beautiful. On the skin, it tends to become quite subtle, almost transforming itself into a very soothing skin scent.

The longevity is rather persistent, holding on my skin for nearly the whole day. I must say that this is one of the nicest interpretations of lily of the valley, perhaps even exceeding Diorissimo in terms of being more natural and more skilfully executed.
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The Antithesis of Poison
I am confused about whether the "lys" in Frédéric Malle LYS MEDITERRANEE is supposed to be lily or lily of the valley. And is ginger lily a flower or do we have ginger and lily or LOTV here? In any case, to my nose, this perfume opens with a burst of bright orange blossom before an aromatic quality of mingling ginger and angelica sweep in to create a unisex out of what seemed as though it was going to be a feminine floral perfume!

I am reminded in wearing LYS MEDITERRANEE of the opening of Bond no 9 NEW YORK FLING, which is erroneously marketed to women when in fact it is a completely unisex and barely floral aromatic perfume featuring ginger as the focal note. The ginger in LYS MEDITERRANEE is not quite as marked as in NEW YORK FLING, but it still is enough to make this seem far less floral than I had been expecting.

Yes, mediterranean seem apt here: fresh and breezy, this is an easy fragrance to wear. Pretty much the antithesis of POISON, amazingly created by the very same perfumer: Edouard Fléchier. Now that's what I call versatility!
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