Lys du Desert

Eau de Parfum

by Decennial

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The perfume idea for Lys du Desert, created exclusively for Luckyscent, came to Perfumer and friend Andy Tauer when he first visited Joshua Tree National Forest, and the Desert Lily was in full bloom in the Pinto Basin – a rare occurrence only a few weeks out of the year. Its white lily scent was intoxicating, with hints of green freshness that reminded him of the oasis at Cottonwood Springs, a site with lush green vegetation at the north entryway. His ode to what spawned LA – the rugged yet delicate, unforgiving yet captivating desert – is captured in Lys de Desert. Andy combines this special, creamy botanical with the warmth and dryness of the desert, a natural space that has fueled his olfactory imagination for years.

In its opening, a hot desert wind sweeps through Lys du Desert, carrying with it an oasis of green freshness. But freshness is only hinted at. Bone-dry ambery woods, reinforced by powdery iris root, envelop these notes, suggesting the magical combination of flowers and desert. The dry woody amber that leads the fragrance reminds you where the desert lily blooms: among Creosote bushes and isolated pines in the wonderland of rocks further up the hills. As it dries down, Lys du Desert becomes an interplay between sweet florals, warm amber, and dry woods. Remarkable and stunning.

Lys du Desert  Notes

Bergamot, rose, green lily, dry cistrose, iris root, ambergris, dry cedar

Lys du Desert Sizes Available
75ml $150
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Here's what other people are saying about Lys du Desert...
This sits somewhere between LADDM and Knize Ten. Peculiar in that way but fantastic.
By  on 7/4/2015
Right from the start it is rich, you would think the top note would be weak but it is not. It melts well into the heart notes, earthly, roots...the base is solid, warm & lasting.
By   - from San Diego on 3/4/2014
I get the cedar - woodsy - thing going on, but it really starts out smelling like something out of a medicine cabinet when I was a child...some 50 years ago. It dried down to a cinnamon, powdery, micurachrome scent that I could barely tolerate. I got this because of the reviews. I'm glad I got only a sample.
By   - Office Clerk from Valencia on 7/23/2013
Lovely, exquisite, unusual. I am really enjoying it!
By   - floral designer from Cleveland on 5/19/2013
This one is nice, but I don't think it is the best of the set, like others have noted. There's a lot going on in the inital blast but it mellows to have a suede/blonde woods undertone that reminds me of a lot of Serge Lutens fragrances. This whole line of Decennial carries this common undertone. In the end each one has the same suede - cedar scent. This one is drier than most except for the Santal one. Not a bad scent. It's light and woody with a little amber. Nice.
By   - HS from NY on 3/18/2013
An amazing scent. This is the long lost brother/sister of Orris. More dynamic than Orris though, ever changing. I received my sample and had purchased a bottle within 15 minutes of applying it. Quite possibly my new favorite Andy Tauer scent. I would snatch up a bottle, who knows how long this will be in production.
By   - from Tucson on 1/13/2013
Lys de Desert nods at some of Andy's earlier work--notably Orange Star, L'Air du Desert Marocain, and Lonestar Memories--yet smells distinctive. Somehow, Tauer managed to fit the seemingly disparate pieces of orange blossom, powder, lily, and birch tar together to from a cohesive and legible form that never feels heavy or confused. Recommended.
By  on 12/18/2012
Yep! This one is the best of of the line. When Tauer makes a fragrance with the word Desert in it... well you know the rest!
By   - Musician  from Pensacola on 12/14/2012
By far the best of this collection - in fact, the whole box smelled of this sample as only this perfume leaked a bit when I opened my new perfumes and samples. If I hadn't read the description, I would have said Rose well before Lily (the latter is not my favorite flower) - it has hints of other Tauer winners, and that's a good thing (incense Rose, a bit of Lonestar Memories). For a floral, this is darker and woodier, not a light lady like floral (that's a good thing too). I really love this perfume - a nice surprise - nice drydown too.
By   - Consultant from Weybridge, VT on 12/5/2012
This was my favourite of the Decennial set (all of which I liked). Sweetish, spicy, intriguing. I'd deliberately not looked at the nose for each scent, but somehow it's no surprise to find that the parfumeur was Andy Tauer. It's got the typical complexity and richness.
By   - writer from London on 11/21/2012
Oh Andy, this is exquisite. I smell Incense Rose, Creosote fromLone star memories and LddM. The best from each one. I almost ordered a full bottle of this just on the strength of it's name, and yours. However, I got a sample pack first. Silly me, now I have to wait for the full bottle. Andy well done this is another stunning and beautiful, beautiful perfume.
By   - Director of domestic affairs from Portland, almost on 11/20/2012
This was lovely - I definitely smelled parts of Orange Star in this, plus a lot of iris, and something in it reminds me of L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain. Definitely a beauty!
By   - from San Diego on 11/19/2012
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