Lili Bermuda is a line based in surprise! Bermuda. I’ve tried most of the fragrances in the line. I can tell you that the line loves pretty florals. And they seem to do them very well.
Here’s my reviews of Lily and Oleander:
Lily – Includes notes of nectarine, tamarind, cactus flower, lily of the flower, pear flower, calla lily, white musk and woods.
Lily opens with a cottony softness paired with a lot of citrus. It becomes fruitier with pear. But, this pear isn’t overly sweet. It almost smells like a pear meets sugar snap peas. It has a green, vegetal quality to it. There’s a “sea breeze” sort of accord as well. For most of the wear, it’s a fresh floral, like a lily in a sea breeze. To me, the salinity is what keeps Lily interesting. At first glance it appears to be a pretty fruity-floral, but there’s a saltiness to it that really makes it stand out. It dries down to a soft musk. The musk is floral reminding me vaguely of Egyptian Musk or perfumes like China Rain.
Give Lily a try if you like soft florals or perfumes like Philosophy Amazing Grace, Jo Loves Fresh Sweet Peas, Kelly & Jones #2 Riesling, J.Lo Glow, Jennifer Aniston perfume, and/or China Rain. It’s good if you are looking for something pretty, light and fresh that isn’t totally predictable.
I find that projection and longevity are below average for this fragrance. It wears very sheer and light. Please note that I’m reviewing the EDTs.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Salty, floral musk with pear.
Oleander – Includes notes of sweet orange, hibiscus, pink pepper, iris, oleander, muguet, vanilla and white musk.
There aren’t many perfumes that feature oleander and I wish that there were. Lili Bermuda Oleander is a spicy, humid lily fragrance with powder. It opens with a floral musk with warmth and a lot of aldehydes. The lily is prominent on my skin, as well as a powdery iris. To my surprise, so is the oleander. Oleander smells like heady, indolic, powdery and slightly fruity oleander blossoms. The dry-down is a powdery musk.
This is one of my favorites from the Lili Bermuda line. It’s sort of an old school “perfume-perfume”. Many of the other florals by the line are sheer, pretty numbers (think along the lines of Annick Goutal or Jo Malone London soliflores). But, Oleander has all those grand things I love – powder, aldehydes, indolic florals. Yet, it comes across as more modern with a sheerness that makes this “grand dame” sort of perfume totally appropriate for daily wear. It’s an EDT so I imagine the EDP is more lush.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Powdery floral/oleander and iris. I’d love to have a bottle of this and the matching bath/body products.
Now that I am on the East Coast, I really should plan a quick trip to Bermuda. It’d be nice to see pink houses, beaches and a now I can add a little perfumery to my list of sites!
Lili Bermuda scents are available in a few sizes and concentrations. The 1.7 oz EDT retails for $65 at Lili Bermuda. Bath and body products are also available.
Want more reviews? Try…
Parfümieren – review of Lily
Perfume-Smellin’ Things – includes a review of Oleander
*Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pics from the brand.