Lily & Spice is the latest fragrance release from Penhaligon's; it includes notes of lily, saffron, patchouli and musk. It is meant to herald the "return to the essence of Penhaligon’s identity of traditional English perfumery". (via princesssquare)
Lily & Spice is a rather forthright take on lily, miles away from the embellished approach of Serge Lutens Un Lys or Donna Karan Gold. It opens on lily accented with subdued green notes, but almost from the start, all of the hard edges have been softened; it isn't likely to strike anyone, as Gold apparently did, as overly sharp. If you pay attention, you will find the saffron and hints of clove, but the fragrance isn't more than mildly spicy overall, in fact, I'd say it is not quite as spicy (or as sweet) as a real lily.
There is nothing of the lushness of Un Lys, just a very pretty, very feminine lily, more fresh than not. The dry down adds a touch of earthiness, but no more — the patchouli is done with an extremely light hand — over a musky woods base; after about an hour, there is the vaguest little dusting of powder. The powder intensifies as it continues to develop, but it never overwhelms the fragrance.
Lily & Spice is nicely done and very wearable, but personally I don't find it as captivating as Un Lys or Gold. If either of those fragrances were too much for you, Lily & Spice might be more to your taste.
Lily & Spice is an Eau de Parfum, and the lasting power is good. It is sold in 50 and 100 ml bottles; a matching candle is also available. For buying information, see the listing for Penhaligon's under Perfume Houses.