Gilded Lily (2010)

Gilded Lily by Ineke
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Gilded Lily is a perfume by Ineke for women and was released in 2010. The scent is floral-fruity. It is still in production.

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Ineke Rühland

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPineapple, Elemi resin, Grapefruit, Rhubarb
Heart Notes Heart NotesLilium auratum
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Labdanum, Patchouli



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Interesting metamorphosis. I was initial repulsed by the fruity top notes and solid projection- which many people find so appealing in modern fragrance-werk. But now that it has dried down I am back at my tester and very pleased to find a sumptuous fresh patchouli that even I (not a patchouli fan) can wear. This would make a fantastic day scent for Spring and Summer for a man or woman or anything in-between. It has some commonality with my old friend 'Eau Dynamisante' Deodorant by Clarins...a true life saver in the heat of the Summer! This would make a lovely layer over top of that one for sure. The fruity bits dissipate and leave a strong fresh resinous base of good quality Oakmoss, that probably melds well with most people's chemistry. I may invest in a full bottle- since the bottle is OMG- freakin' gorgeous!!!
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Unusual patchouli
The charm of this chypre resides in the fact all its notes come out at the same time, at the beginning like an explosion of fruit,flowers, labdanum,patchouli,oakmoss.Shocking!
My impression is that the patchouli sets down and absorbs the other notes and then-and this is fantastic-it releases them one by one. A dominant is the pineapple. But the thick scent of the lily inches out and then here comes the pineapple again and so on and so forth. Wonderful.
Shall I mention the longevity? Great.
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The Best Fruity Chypre Since Unreformulated Mitsouko
Ineke Gilded Lily is a splendid representative of a perfume genre currently in decline: the classic fruity chypre. The most famous member of this class of perfumes, Guerlain Mitsouko, has been reformulated so as to be a mere shadow of its former self. Other members of this class include Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse, which is still around and in good shape; and Rochas Femme, which was reformulated but has managed to keep its integrity in tact, at least as far as I'm concerned (there is some debate about this, however).

The current, far more common, "modern chypre" category is filled with perfumes featuring above all patchouli and at least a modicum of sweetness, but still enough of the classic chypre elements to make the name seem acceptably accurate. With Gilded Lily, Ineke has managed to create a fruity chypre in the classic tradition, albeit apparently without violating any of the IFRA restrictions cited as the cause for so many reformulations of once classic perfumes.

The oakmoss and patchouli are woven together into the characteristic mesh texture unique to chypre perfumes, and the rich fruits here (though I cannot claim to be able to identify them individually) offer a perfect counterbalance to the dark lily flower. Although it was launched only in 2010, Gilded Lily amazingly captures the beauty of fruity chypres in the grand tradition, and I was at once relieved and delighted to have discovered the existence of this excellent perfume.

I completely love this composition, which has great longevity and fairly big sillage. Gilded Lily comes in a beautiful red bottle with black and gold accents, is topped with an attractive matte black cap, and is housed in an equally appealing box. Every time I get depressed about reformulations, I reach for Ineke Gilded Lily as reminder that all is not lost, and that great perfume is still being made today.

It goes without saying that those who dislike the aesthetic of classic chypre perfumes such as Mitsouko need not apply. But for fruity chypre lovers, Gilded Lily is a winner!

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