Lovely Lilac: The Other Purple Flower
The aesthetic of AFTER MY OWN HEART approximates something like a cross between FERRE edp and Bond no 9 EAU DE NOHO. I'm not sure why since neither iris nor violets (nor heliotrope) are listed among the notes, but there you have it, my honest, untutored reaction to this gorgeous perfume. AFTER MY OWN HEART features, instead, lilac, and may actually represent the strict antithesis of both the Caron violet perfume, AIMEZ MOI, and Guerlain INSOLENCE (that is, no added dextrose or plastic notes).
The Ineke is also more complex and perfumey than, say, the purple floral offerings of Christian Celle, Borsari or Jean-Charles Brosseau; or the Prada iris trio. This composition is also less masculine than purple perfumes such as Yves Rocher IRIS NOIR or Acqua di Parma IRIS NOBILE. If the truth be told, I love nearly all purple-floral perfumes (the most notable exception being post-nuclear-holocaust-perfume-Hall-of-Famer Guerlain INSOLENCE). Each of these distinct compositions has its own special purple properties, and after testing AFTER MY OWN HEART, I found another must-have for my growing collection of fine purple floral creations.
Lilac is much rarer in perfumery, it seems, than violet, iris, and heliotrope, but no less worthy as the focus of a fine perfume, which this one certainly is. In a side-by-side comparison of AFTER MY OWN HEART with Frédéric Malle EN PASSANT (probably the most famous niche lilac perfume), I find that the Ineke is more resinous and perfumey with significantly better lilac longevity. EN PASSANT is a bit more green and less perfumey and dries down slightly sweetly with much less lilac. Anyone who likes the Malle is bound to like the Ineke, which I find to be superior as a specifically lilac perfume.