Great Perfume House Series- Houbigant

Great things and legendary people often begin; it is said, from humble beginnings. This is true of legendary perfume manufacturer Jean-François Houbigant and the great perfume house he began four centuries ago. Yes, that’s right the House of Houbigant has stood since 1775 and has lasted when many other perfume manufactures have not. Jean-Francois Houbigant was born in Paris, France on December 21, 1752 into the servant class which what was then a very rigid caste system. The class one was born into almost always set the trajectory of one’s life. However, Houbigant’s mother worked for royalty – Duchess of Charost – who it is said took favor upon and sponsored him. Houbigant grew to work his way through merchants and equally ambitious perfumers to grow his appreciation for naturally occurring, beautiful fragrances.

Eventually, after tutelage from his future father-in-law, the 23 year old Houbigant established the company that has endured into the 21st century. Houbigant was permitted, under law, “to make and sell all kinds of scents, powders, pomades, pastes to whiten and cleanse the skin, soaps, toilet-waters, gloves, mittens and skin material” and that he did. Almost immediately, Houbigant’s fragrances caught the attention of French nobility and distinguished itself from the many competitors of the time. In fact, it has been rumored – though not proven – that Queen Marie Antoinette actually carried two bottles of Houbigant’s cologne on her the day she was…dispatched from this world.

Through the rest of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, Houbigant has continue to innovate and achieve excellence in the creation of fragrances that are appreciated the world over. In fact, it is said that modern perfume making would not exist were it not for these innovations and were it not for the model set by Houbigant’s fragrances. Some milestone fragrances produced by this august house include:

Fougère Royale (1882). This is still the most popular men’s fragrance.

Le Parfum Ideal (1908). This fragrance was one of the first to seamlessly into synthetic ingredients into its formula without loss of scent quality.

Quelque Fleurs (1912). This is one of their most popular fragrances to this day.

Quelques Fleurs L'Original Perfume for Women by Houbigant

In 1973, Michele Perris began a fruitful collaboration with the House of Houbigant which continues to this day, Jean-François Houbigant may be gone but the humble experiment that began four centuries ago continues as the world’s most respected perfume house lives one. We honor the memory and achievements of Houbigant and Perris by carrying its Quelque Fleurs original fragrance for Women. We look forward to your trying this perfume for yourself.

Early Summer Fragrances for 2016, Part II

Most things in life come in cycles.  Fashion comes in cycles.  The waves come in cycles.  The economy is cyclical as well as many other areas of life.  In this, fragrances are no different.  This being the case, it is time once again to shed the old and renew ourselves as only changing our old fragrance can do.  This is what fragrance manufacturers offer us every year.  They know the urge to change, to grow and experience the beauty and splendor that summer provides is too strong to resist.  To that end, here is another list of fragrances designed to re-invigorate us as we cycle into summer.

Fragrances for Men and Women

Hermes ’24 Faubourg’ Perfume for Women – Containing notes of warm vanilla and ambergris, this entry is recommended for use on casual occasions.

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf – This entry, which is designed for romantic settings, features hints of freesia, Centifolia rose, osmanthus and Sambac jasmine supported by a background of patchouli.

Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil Cologne Absolue – This unisex fragrance features notes of lavender and oak moss.  It is at once bright and fresh.

Miss Dior Cherie – Sweet, fruity and assertive without being overbearing, this entry contains notes of strawberry leaf and patchouli.

Fragrances for Men

Everyone woman knows how difficult it can be to get men to abandon cologne they feel comfortable with even if it is a standard like Drakkar Noir or Old Spice.  Here are some early summer fragrances for men you may wish to get for your boyfriend or husband to hint at a change.

Bleu De Chanel – Assertive without being overpowering, this entry contains woody scents mixed with citrus notes that are fresh, clean, and sensual.

John Varvatos ‘Artisian Blu’ – Containing notes of bergamot, Egyptian geranium, orange blossom, cedarwood, patchouli, this cologne has an instantly refreshing aroma.

Dior ‘Sauvage’ Eau de Toilette – This entry has actually won many awards in men’s magazines and is growing in popularity as a trending new fragrance.  Its top notes are that of Reggio di Calabria bergamot and its middle notes are of Sichuan pepper and ambroxan.

Hermès Terre d’Hermés Cologne – Another popular entry, Hermès has a masculine aroma with notes of grapefruit, bay rose, geranium, patchouli, benzoin and vetiver.

Yes, life is cyclical and there are time when nature demands of us that we get rid of the old and embrace the new.  Summer exemplifies this mandate as does the fact that styles and fragrances change.  Make the most of these bold, wonderful fragrances and retire your old scent.  First, start off by browsing Lily Direct for your new aroma.


Fragrance Families-It’s All Relative

If you are an avid perfume wearer you probably know more about fragrance families than you even realize. Maybe you aren’t completely well-versed in the actual terms. You may not know the difference between a floral and an oriental scent by name, but chances are, your nose can (and does) tell the difference. More often than not, the fragrances that one person enjoys all fall into the same fragrance family. Sense of smell is the savviest of the senses; so one’s nose often understands what they enjoy more than their mind does. After reading this blog go check out your fragrance collection. I bet at least 90% of your scents come from the same fragrance family.

Although there are quite a few fragrance families, we are just going to go over the four most common here…


The floral fragrance family is generally considered the most popular fragrance family. The name pretty much speaks for itself. Floral fragrance s can be based around a single flower or a floral bouquet. Fragrances in this family usually smell very romantic and pretty. Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana is an example of a delightful floral scent.


The oriental fragrance family includes rich and spicy scents. These warm, sensual scents often include musk, vanilla, exotic resins and wood. You might also notice notes of cinnamon, cloves, amber and incense. If you’re looking for a great, intense oriental scent try Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.


This fun fragrance family is zesty, clean and effervescent. Fresh scents are most often fruity, green or herbal. There are a few different subcategories in the fresh family including fruity-floral, aqua and citrusy scents. Dot by Marc Jacobs is a great fragrance to try if you’re a fan of a fruity-floral scent and looking for something young and flirty.


Woody scents are the earthiest of the fragrance families. Scents in this family include notes of wood, moss, dirt and damp leaves; think fragrant forests or roaring camp fires. There are a few variations within this mature fragrance family including woody oriental, dry wood and mossy wood. Estee Lauder’s Sensuous is the perfect example of a woody scent.

Fresh New Perfumes: Choose the Right Fragrance to Bring Out Your Inner Urban Goddess

new perfumesThe art of creating unique perfumes began thousands of years ago in Egypt. Since then, people have been mesmerized by the hypnotic power of seduction of one-of-a-kind fragrances, which are today more important than our clothes or accessories. We start our daily beauty ritual by applying our favorite perfume in key spots. Suddenly, we feel alive, aware of our own uniqueness, self-indulgent and ready to conquer the world.

The right signature scent should complete you, highlighting your personality and nurturing your well-being throughout the entire day. Today’s fragrances are an amazing mix of floral, fruity and musky elements, designed to surprise and charm. Love at first sniff truly exists; you just have to learn how to select the perfume which matches your taste and personal preferences.

Modern women are a delightful paradox: they cherish their femininity and still want to hold on to their independence, power, and seemingly masculine authority. Bring out your inner urban goddess with a special green fragrance. There’s nothing subtle about DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Cologne by Donna Karan. This cool perfume, the original smell of blooming spring, reminding you of recently cut grass and pristine outdoor areas, enables you to become the queen of the concrete jungle by simply showcasing your natural beauty. A single drop of perfume can influence your mood and change your entire day.

Once you start wearing 212 VIP Cologne by Carolina Herrera, nobody will ask you if you’re on the list ever again. This special fragrance is your one way ticket to a whole new, highly exclusive dimension, where you will be in the center of everyone’s attention with your sense of style, creativity and amazing odor. Designed by the famous perfumer Alberto Morillas, Herrera’s 212 VIP Cologne captures the essence of New York, the fabulous city that never sleeps. Based on a brilliant combination of passion fruit, rum, musk and vanilla, this seductive fragrance is the ultimate weapon of seduction used by beautiful, confident urban amazons.