Photo Source | Fragrantica
Top Notes: Truffle, Black Pepper
Heart: Pink Pepper, Lily-of-the-Valley, Ambrette Seed
Dry-Down: Amber, Patchouli, Oakmoss, and White Woods
Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter Stella McCartney. Discovering the auditory joy that is The Beatles several years ago triggered my obsession and it has only grown since then. Paul’s daughter Stella is not only an incredible fashion designer in her own right (one of my favorite designers along with Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Dace Moore) but she has also made her mark in the world of beauty with her fragrances Stella and L.I.L.Y, as well as her vegan line of beauty products, aptly named CARE. Stella’s newest fragrance to hit the shelves is L.I.L.Y Absolute.
I have to say I was incredibly excited when L.I.L.Y came out in 2012. Created as a tribute to Stella’s mother, the late Linda McCartney, L.I.L.Y promised to be something utterly unique amongst the sea of celebrity fruity concoctions and abstract florals. With notes of oakmoss, lily of the valley, black pepper and, most interestingly, truffle – it sounded like a perfume right after my own chypre-loving heart. I also loved the concept. Named L.I.L.Y for Paul McCartney’s nickname for his wife (an acronym for Linda I Love You), the scent was meant to celebrate Linda’s love for the outdoors and white flowers. That being said, when I finally got my hands on a sample, I was disappointed. Despite the promise of truffle-laden earthiness, L.I.L.Y smelled to me like a very generic, albeit very pleasant, floral perfume. All I could smell was synthetic lily-of-the-valley and musk. Fast forward two years and I have to say I absolutely love L.I.L.Y Absolute, the newest version of the scent. Its much more earthy and animalic with stronger doses of the truffle, patchouli and Oakmoss.
While the amber, lily-of-the-valley and ambrette seed do add a sense of sweetness to the scent, this fragrance is by no means one’s typical, ultra-pretty floral fare. It’s definitely not a scent that will appeal to everyone (the base notes are incredibly earthy and musty and do conjure up images of rain-dampened soil and greenery) but I feel that it is a more authentic depiction of what the first fragrance was trying to get across and more accurately captures the fresh and dirty smells of the outdoors. It may not be a crowd-pleasing fragrance, loaded up with vanilla, sugar, and fruit, but it is definitely sexy in a grungy, hippie sort of way. It’s the olfactory representation of Woodstock women in the sixties – minus the marijuana and sweat. I definitely have to add this bad boy to my collection.