I first smelled Lyric at the end of 2009; it was during a time that I was hunting roses, and I had just purchased Sa Majeste la Rose, that wonderfully pretty Serge Lutens soliflore. It was my first or second sample-batch order from Luckyscent, and I was terrified.
Terrified because, well, it’s like 300-bucks. I can justify my way into a $155, even $210 (hello, Chanel Exclusif) bottle of perfume… but anything above that requires a certain type of deep breathing I have not yet mastered.
I had read so many reviews of this fragrance (check out the links down below), I had myself convinced that it was going to be THE Perfume to Rule All Others, and earn me a free trip to Mordor: do not pass go, do not collect $200.
So I had put off trying it for a while—I know that I’m not the only one who does this!—saving my pennies for the inevitable. When it did arrive, I danced around that little vial for days (or weeks?) before testing it on skin, and when I did… (drumroll please) I liked it. I thought it was really pretty. Very wearable, approachable… a great everyday scent. Fortunately, I’d acquired plenty of those… and wasn’t remotely tempted to splurge.
Well, nigh over a year later, inspired by Robin’s post/poll yesterday asking, “how many times do you try something before you give up?” I dug out my sample, once again testing fate (…I’m so close to that bottle of Bois des Iles, I can taste it). And?
Lyric… is a smooth, diaphanous veil of a fragrance that transcends time—it is both ancient (the quality of the materials), and thoroughly modern (the treatment of the materials). It reminds me of how sexy a woman can be when covered head-to-toe in something revealing in just the right places; it’s sexy in the most sophisticated way. Lyric is mysterious, mesmerizing, hypnotic. It possesses the beauty of hidden things; I wasn’t ready for it before now.
My cabinet is full of blast-your face off power-houses of wonderment; it’s a regular three-ring circus… but now? Now that I’ve sated my desire for extravagance, I’m longing for subtlety.
I am in serious danger of needing a bottle.
Notes (compliments of our friends at Luckyscent):Bergamot, spicy cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, rose, angelica, jasmine, ylang-ylang, geranium, orris, oakmoss, musk, wood, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean, frankincense
Read some great reviews of Lyric: Now Smell This :: Eiderdown Press :: Perfume Smellin’ Things :: I Smell Therefore I Am :: Perfume Posse :: Notes From Josephine :: The Non-Blonde :: and another from Perfume Smellin’ Things