Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS Virgin (Lily of the Valley) EDP Perfume Review

Eric Buterbaugh Virgin

Seven Days of Eric Buterbaugh*:

Eric Buterbaugh is a well-known floral designer based in Los Angeles. Last year, he launched a line of perfumes, Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS, inspired by the medium he knows best – flowers. The Noses work with Firmenich, creating many of my most-worn perfumes from designer to niche. I’m dedicating a week to reviewing this line because like Eric Buterbaugh, I too love florals. 

Lily of the valley is a note that I’ve always appreciated but rarely wear. The plants themselves are so small, delicate and fragile. The first time I ever smelled lily of the valley was in the Appalachian mountains as a child. I couldn’t believe that something so small, so delicate could envelope you in its invisible, aromatic presence. My grandfather told me that these small little things were highly poisonous and this only piqued my fascination with the fairy-sized bells. I’ve spent over twenty years trying to find a lily of the valley perfume that reminded me of those little blossoms growing so close to the forest floor. Most of muguet soliflores smell chemical or too sterile. None of them have displayed the disparity of the flower’s confidence and fragility. In theory I adore muguet soliflores but none have really connected with me. None, until now.

Virgin is a cool, crisp floral with greenness. It opens as a sparkling neroli, like a chilled shot of orange blossom water. The sets the tone for the best lily of the valley perfume I’ve ever worn. The muguet is crisp yet heady. It has a metallic peculiarity that’s like delicate little bell blossoms next to a wrought iron fence in a shaded garden. The fragrance starts to warm up becoming a heady lily with a mineral quality that is either like skin or warm tears, I can’t tell. And either can be interpreted as rather romantic in their own way, right? And if not romantic, both are rather symbolic when we speak of a muguet perfume. This heart is airy and smooth as silk. The dry-down is the sort of musk that smells like a breeze bringing in the aroma of clean laundry that has dried in the sun.

Out of all the muguet-centric perfumes I’ve tried, Virgin is the one that I relate to the most. It smells like the space around blooming lily of the valley. The mineral element (reminiscent of skin and tears) grounds this airy scent, also adding essential symbolism. It’s a gorgeous scent that wears like a dramatic (and sheer) floor length dressing gown that reminds me of all of my favorite Old Hollywood starlets. It’s a floral that ethereal, but carnal. And that, to me, perfectly represents muguet AND how we perceive divas and feminine icons.

Dorothy Lamour

Notes listed include orange flower water, bergamot, rosewood, muguet, ylang-ylang, amaryllis, sandalwood, ambrette seeds and clear musk. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Pierre Negrin

Give Virgin a try if you like lily fragrances or white florals. Or if you like perfumes like Donna Karan Gold EDT, Cartier Baiser Volê EDT, Serge Lutens Un Lys, Malle Lys Mediterranee and/or DSH Perfumes Madonna Lily.

Projection and longevity are average.

The 3.3 oz bottle retails for $295 and the 8.4 oz for $495 at Eric Buterbaugh and Saks. A Scent Kit is also available.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONSilky, ethereal lily. In my opinion, it’s a perfect lily.

*The brand has eight perfumes but I’ve only tried  seven and seven makes for an entire week of reviews!


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LA Times – More info on the brand and the man.

*Disclaimer – Product provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. Dorothy Lamour pic from Saks is an affiliate link. Thanks!

12 thoughts on “Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS Virgin (Lily of the Valley) EDP Perfume Review

  1. You so sold this one to me, even if the clean musk makes me slightly suspicious. I will follow your EB week with great interest.

    1. Please follow 🙂

      Clean musk isn’t always a bad thing, IMO. You have the sort of musks that are animalic and I don’t think it would fit with this at all. Then there’s the musks that are basically “invisible” and help with longevity. That’s what’s here. The sort of musk that is more of a fixative than anything else.

  2. I have been so curious about these but the price has scared me away. I look forward to the week of reviews. Have you ever tried Van Cleef & Arpels Muguet, which seems to have disappeared from stores recently. If so, does this smell at all similar?

    1. I know this sounds terrible, but I have tried the Van Cleef & Arpels and can’t really remember it :S
      Going on my faulty memory, I actually remember the VC&A one reminded me of Coty Muguet de Bois (“higher pitched” green) with peony? Which isn’t like this one. But, yeah, I’m not really the one to ask since I can’t really do a side by side.

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  4. I always adored Dior’s “Diorissimo,” but they reformulated it, and it no longer has that delicious lily of the valley smell that it used to. Is this Virgin Lily similar to Diorissimo (the original?)

    1. I’m not a Diorissimo expert but I sniffed a few years ago and didn’t like the reformulation (actually, I thought it was horrible). I sniffed it again this weekend and it’s much better. It’s possible that the re-re-re-formulation 😉 is closer to the way it used to be.

      Virgin Lily is the same theme but more modern. It doesn’t really smell vintage-y. My closest recommendation to vintage-ish Diorissimo would be Jessica McClintock. It’s not a dupe but it has that similar crisp floral feel.

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