Hey Fragrant Friends,
Do you have very specific Scent Memories? A place, a moment, a person? Does one spritz conjure memories even if you never had that fragrance at the time? That’s how today’s fragrance has hit me since the very first tome I smelled it.
Lys Mediterranee by Frederic Malle 2000
Lys Mediterranee by Edouard Flechier
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sea water, ginger
Heart: Angelica, orange blossom, lotus, lily
Base: Vanilla, musk
Salty white flowers with a frosty ginger zing. You know the evening as you leave the beach if you’re staying in a resort? The sun is going and suddenly the air gets cool. As you make your way up towards the lawns you can smell the tropical night blooming flowers. Lys Mediterranee smells luscious yet cool and aloof. I think the angelica and the water flowers all give a light wet swampiness that keeps the very tidy florist shop vibe from being too antiseptic clean. It may also be the lily, very asiatic lily stem as you cut it, or the leaves if you break them off. It’s a smell I used to love when arranging flowers.
Every time I wear Lys Mediterranee the exact same scent association pops up. A few years ago I was staying with my mate in his house on Ibiza. He taught me how to ride his moped so I hired one and we buzzed around the island. 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 restaurant has a verandah built over waters that are so clean you can count the sand grains. Lys Mediterranee smells like magnificent that day but with extra added flowers.
Do you have an Island Memory Scent? Is Lys Mediterranee a fave of yours?
See you tomorrow,