Lys Mediterranee by Edouard Flechier for Frederic Malle 2000

Hey All,

Back in December EmmaKate did a review of Lys Mediterranee and I was so inspired that when I was in Vienna, shopping with Birgit and Sandra from Olfactoria’sTravels, and one of the shops (Pure Day Spa) were offering mixed 10ml travel sets I jumped on it and grabbed some. En Passant, Carnal Flower & Lys Mediterranee.

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sea water and ginger
Heart: Angelica, orange blossom, lotus and lily
Base: Vanilla and musk

The opening burst is so transportative, not to anywhere particularly, just away. Remember back in the 1980’s when you would walk into a restaurant and at the door they would have this ENORMOUS floral architectural extravaganza? This is one of those restaurants but located on a completely untrammeled beach and the salty air is fresh and cool. There’s a great restaurant down on the uncool side of Ibiza where all the locals gather for paella and nobody speaks English, the food costs nothing and the waters that the restaurant are built over are so clean you can count the sand grains. It smells like that with flowers.

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I can understand why so many people love this beautiful fragrance, and I am quickly becoming a convert. This is day 3 of wear.

After the beautiful, slightly loud opening Lys Mediterranee settles into what will be its most long lived section on my skin, the heart, which is pretty and linear. The flowers all play beautifully together and though each one has moments I think they are hard to read separately and just enjoy the beauty and serenity as it washes over me in waves. I get why EmmaKate thinks this would be perfect Bridal fragrance. It swoops effortlessly and flies behind in breathtaking but tasteful sillage. I would spray this on the petals the flower girls throw before you walk down the aisle and then bathe myself in Lys Mediterranee.

As it dries down the musk remains unsmellable to me but I do get a soft warm vanilla pushing through the flowers that slowly takes over the fragrance while it fades. 5-7 hours of smellable fragrance, less in the heat of the day, more for night wear.

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Further reading Olfactoria’sTravels and PerfumeShrine

FredericMalleInternational has 50ml €115 or 3x10ml €75
In Australia MeccaCosmetica has 50ml $218 or 3x10ml $142
SurrenderToChance starts at $6/ml

I know you’ve tried one or more of the Frederic Malle range, what was your favourite? Do you own a bottle? Have you maintained your composure and kept to samples or decants? I love the 10ml trvelers and getting a mixed set made the decision easy, just like buying splits or big decants.

See you tomorrow,

Portia xx

20 comments on “Lys Mediterranee by Edouard Flechier for Frederic Malle 2000

  1. brie says:

    Sounds divine! (and btw, I would have been one of those reeking of a floral extravaganza in the 80s !!! made me laugh reading it :)!)

  2. Cookie Queen says:

    Three years ago I ordered the humongous sized Carnal Flower from Pure Day Spa. I asolutely loved it, and used most of it. I haven´t fancied it of late, but I take it out of the box and sniff it and am always astounded by it. Pure Day Spa is on my list of fabulously fun things to do in Vienna in a couple of weeks. I hope I can try Dries van Noten. And retry Lys Mediterranee since I really did not pay it much attention when I had a sample. Bussis. xxx

  3. Madeleine says:

    Hello Miss P,

    As I said in response to the lovely EmmaKate’s review, Lys Med was the one that led me down the rabbit hole. I appreciate all of the FMs and own six: Carnal Flower, Lys Med, Therese, Une Fleur de Cassie, Lipstick Rose and Portrait. I also need to add Musc Rav to that collection. I,also owned Noir Epices once but I’ll keep that story for a blog.post. So basically I’m an FM groupie! Just wish they sold mixed travelers sets here 🙁

    Love M

  4. anatu13 says:

    If I had to pick one scent to wear every day this would be it. To die for!!! I don’t get the vanilla from it–for me it’s ginger lilies and salty ocean all the way through.

    • I bet you smell PERFECT in it too anatu13, but really? SAME PERFUME EVERY DAY? I am shuddering all over. FOREVER? AAAARRGGGHHHH!!!
      Portia xx

      • anatu13 says:

        YIKES!!! I didn’t say I *wanted* to do that!!! ROFL!!! Hey, in less than a year I’ve gone from no perfume to 5 bottles and countless decants and samples–I’m pretty firmly in the “something different every day” camp. That’s just the one that’s: (1) in my top 3 (2) I can wear no matter what the weather, (3) I always think of when I’m feeling indecisive, and (4) often gets compliments! 😀

      • Ha Ha Ha!! I get it. It was a bit overdramatic but really even the thought gives me the willies. He HE.
        Portia xx

      • anatu13 says:

        No kidding! When you pointed it out it freaked me out too! 😀

  5. I say.

    Just looked up the notes up and this does sound rather smashing.

    Malle and his collaborators do have such a wonderful way with flowers.

    Now what’s the address of that restaurant if I ever happen to be on the wring side of Ibiza…

    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  6. Undina says:

    I’m a minority here, but I didn’t like this perfume when I tried it. The explanation is rather simple: I do not like the scent of lily to be dominant in any perfume. I do not dislike it as much as I do tuberose (Carnal Flower, hi there! ;)), I like it a flower and as a less prominent ingredient among others but most lily-centered perfumes were too loud for me.
    But I’m glad you enjoy it. I think it fits your personality.

  7. Natalie says:

    This is one that didn’t move me, but I LOVE that photo you have chosen (the hut on stilts). I think I must need a vacation, because I’m definitely imagining a tropical getaway, calming ocean, wonderful fragrance, big drink with an umbrella in it, etc. 🙂

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