Le Lilas fragrance notes

  • Head

    • orange blossom, bergamot, neroli
  • Heart

    • lilac, jasmine, angelica seed
  • Base

    • galbanum, musk, sandalwood, vanilla

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Corday – LE LILAS (1928/31)

Blanche Arvoy launched Corday in Paris in 1924 and in the USA in the 1940s.
It was a most successful perfume house, remaining in operation through the 1970s.

Their Le Lilas appeared in 1928 and reached our shores in 1931. Lilac itself is rarely
used in parfumerie and is even more rare as a soliflore. It is difficult to extract the
floral oil and still have it be true to the flower.

Le Lilas is an interestingly dry lilac, very green and slightly minty. Mimosa oil also
contains this mint-like quality. There is an earthiness to Le Lilas that suggests the use of orris. The lilac and galbanum take center stage almost immediately. This is certainly unisex by today's standards and is quite restrained and sophisticated. As it dries down, the jasmine, musk and vanilla emerge to soften the dryness and round it out.

Perfect for spring and summer wear. It is light and gentle and a scent meant for the young, in my opinion. Quite lovely and happily still available from private sellers of vintage scent.

Top notes: Orange Blossom, Bergamot, Neroli
Heart notes: Lilac, Jasmine, Angelica Seed
Base notes: Galbanum, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla

8th March 2020