The slightly sweet and gently floral lily of the valley has been a main fragrance note for decades. Christian Dior's favorite fragrance became increasingly popular in the 1950s thanks to the house's diorissimo fragrance. In some of Dior's most popular fragrances (some of which are among the most popular perfumes ever), notes of the flower can still be seen (time).
Not to be confused with the standard lily, it grows in spring in white, bell-shaped buds on a long, green stem. "Lily of the valley or Muguet has a flattering, sweet fragrance in French, infused with dew that is alternately sweet and green, ”he explains Steve Mormois, CEO and founder of fragrant beauty,“It has a strong connection with the emergence of spring and with new beginnings. It has a remarkably feminine character and a lasting classicism without being old-fashioned. " (Entertaining fact: Kate Middleton had lily of the valley in her wedding bouquet for her wedding to Prince William in April 2011).
Lily of the valley, which is often used as a base note in floral fragrances, goes well with woody notes such as sandalwood, patchouli and vetiver as well as green notes such as herbs and leaves. According to Mormois, these pairings "emphasize their sweetness without flattering".
Like many trends that were first set by Christian Dior, the popularity of the floral fragrance continues to this day. "[Lily of the valley] creates a day of simple pleasure, similar to the first warm spring day, ”says Mormois. Fascinated? We don't blame you. Here we searched high and low for 22 of the best lily of the valley scents to help you find your perfect scent for this season (and beyond).
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