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I can't believe I never wrote a review for Black Lily. It's been a favorite for so long! When I was new to BPAL (2009?) a friend sent me 50 used imps, so I could find out what I liked. My first love was Tiger Lily but I soon found out it was discontinued. So I started a search for a lily scent i would love just as much. In the end Black Lily was the winner. In fact I think I love it even more than I loved Tiger Lily. Black Lily is a soft lily, 'grace in shadow' is a good description. It is a velvety lily. I would say it's a dark and mysterious lily, but I am not entirely sure if that is not because I know it's called Black Lily. Compared to other lily scents Black Lily is a very sophisticated lily. You could wear it to the opera (I do wear it to the opera). You could wear it to a reception at an embassy. On the other hand there is no reason not to wear it when you go for a picnic on a late summer afternoon. 

 

If you are not a fan of lily scents, try Black Lily. She might win you over.

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I am surprised by how much I like Black Lily. Got a frimp, tried it, and was blown away, even though usually I like quite complex, dark and strong scents, everything containing patchouli and vetiver, and despise florals. This one, however, is a secret gem. Simple and elegant and light, and somehow dark and mysterious and certainly not boring in any way - a vision of grace in shadow is a very apt description. I wear it when I want something simple and safe - it's really pretty in a grown-up woman way.

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Hmm. Either Black Lily is not so dark and shadowy, or this imp is mislabeled, because it's very pink and reminds me of the sweet pink carnation of High Strung Daisies. :think: I'm not getting lily or darkness, just something that smells similar to High-Strung Daisies (or might be that scent in disguise).

 

If this really is how Black Lily is supposed to be, I like it more than I thought I would, buuuut I already have High-Strung Daisies ALL THE THINGS and do not need more of this one.

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In the bottle I barely smell anything. But applied it smells like fresh cut lilies, the black ones I'd assume. It's a unique lily. A fresh cut green grass-like quality, with a wet floral, like freshly cut stems, & stamens weeping with pollen . It's gentle, & low throw. Perhaps aging will make this beauty sing deeper.

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Whew. This is strong. When I smelled I understood what you guys mean about it smelling like-- well, a black lily-- it does intuitively seem like that. But I accidentally got enough on me that I had to shower, turned myself off of it, and now am trying to sell mine off. Too much!

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