Tips for Blending Fragrances

As everyone who uses perfumes, colognes and similar products knows fragrances shopping is a very personal experience.  You are, after all, trying to find a scent that is special and uniquely you.  Well, the best way to achieve this kind of customization is by mastering the art of blending fragrances in order to create something truly unique.  But what are the essentials of fragrance pairing?  What does one have to know about this science/art?  Here are some tips to help you create your own fragrance blends.Blending Fragrances

Define the kind of scent you are trying to create:  There are scents that are floral, fruity, masculine, sweet, etc.  Once you have made this determination begin to choose scents that are in the same category and begin to experiment.

Learn how to identify essential oil notes:  Blends are comprised of top, middle and base notes.  Top notes are the strongest most noticeable aroma; middle notes last longer than top notes but are not as strong and finally base notes last the longest.

Know the basics of essential oil blending:  As pointed out above, scents can be woodsy, minty, spicy, based on oriental ingredients, etc.  Learn the fragrances that blend particularly well together.  For example, floral blend pair well spicy, citrusy and woodsy essential oils.

Consider the strength:  Each fragrance you add to your blend will most likely vary in intensity.  One fragrance should not overwhelm the other.  If it does then you need to go back to the drawing board so to speak and continue mixing until you have a greater balance of the fragrances.

Use an eye dropper:  You will want to use an eye dropper in order to be more precise when creating your blend.  This will help later when you are trying to make adjustments to your fragrance.

Label your blend:  Once you have blended your new fragrance place it in a separate container and put it aside.  You may also wish to write down how you achieved your new blend so that it can be more easily replicated.

At Lily Direct we have many aromas for you to choose from.  You can begin your experimentation with a variety of the most popular fragrances on the market including essential oils, etc.  We’re sure that aided by these tips and a visit to our store you will create a blend that is deeply personal and absolutely distinctive.


Great Perfume Houses Part 20

I can’t believe we have already gone over the history of 19 great ones! So off to London we go with number 20 and don’t worry, we have tons more to tell you about.

Miller Harris is a British perfume house that develops fragrances in the classic French style. Founder Lyn Harris trained and studied and then trained some more to incorporate a traditional sensibility while creating unique and modern scents. Lyn trained in Paris for 5 years before moving on to study at the prestigious Robertet in Grasse.

Robertet is widely recognized as a leader in using natural aromatic raw materials. Their knowledge, acquired over the years has made their name known as constant innovators in this field.

After leaving Robertet, Lyn went to London and founded Miller Harris in 2000. From the very beginning, Miller Harris scents have been adored as their legions of fans can attest. Few Houses have such a devoted following and even fewer give you the ability to build a “fragrance wardrobe”.  With Miller Harris, you can not only have different scents for different seasons, but different fragrances for different looks or moods.

Here are just a few of the Miller Harris fragrances that has to offer.

Coeur de Fleurmiller harris

–This decidedly delicate scent is perfect for that sweet romantic feel. Its top notes are sweet pea and mimosa; middle notes are raspberry, peach and iris; base notes are vanilla, amber and Egyptian jasmine.

Fleurs de Bois

-Perfect for a summer morning this scent is great for a man or woman. Its top notes include Sicilian lemon, green mandarin and rosemary.

Shop Miller Harris Perfumes at and start building your wardrobe today!

Winter Fragrance Guide

For a lot of you fragrance lovers out there, a new season means a new fragrance. Here at Lily Direct we definitely have a perfume for every season; and our wide selection of discount fragrances make it easy for you to have the same. Winter is a time when you want to stay warm and toasty whenever you can, so it makes sense that you’d want to go with a warm and toasty scent that makes you feel special no matter what you’re doing. Below are four of our favorite scents for you to rock all winter long:

"winter fragrance"The One Perfume by Dolce & Gabbana The One is a warm, floral scent with notes of vanilla and amber-musk that is perfect for wear all throughout the cold winter months. This perfume screams femininity! Use The One as your signature scent and you’re sure to turn heads wherever you go.

Fame by Lady GagaWe’re sure when you think Lady Gaga you think bold and ostentatious; but Fame is actually a flirty, fruity, subtle scent that is perfect for a night out on the town with your girls. Spritz it on before you get dressed and reveal a delicious scent when you take that coat off for the night.

Premiere Perfume by GucciLooking for the perfect scent for a night out with that special someone? Look no further than Premiere. This light, delicate perfume smells of crisp white flowers and is sure to heat up your romantic life this winter.




Stella by Stella McCartneyLove the smell of flowers after a rainstorm? Then this feminine yet strong scent with notes of rose and warm amber is perfect for you. Spritz Stella on before a first date and we can almost guarantee you’ll get a second date.

New and Recommended Fragrances You Should Be Looking for This Year

Have you had enough of your old perfume? If you are trying to change it something new and trendy, here are a few suggestions.

Newer fragrance: As Oscar season has just wrapped up, we cannot ignore acknowledging one of the latest and most successful fragrances launched at the end of 2013, which is now gaining more momentum with actress Cate Blanchett’s big win at the Oscars: Armani’s Si.

If you haven’t heard of it, it is time you checked it out in shops everywhere and maybe even bought it.

According to some experts, this new perfume is an absolute accomplishment, which is only equaled by the house’s classic Aqua di Gioia. It belongs in the cyphre perfumes category and is fronted by Blanchett- switching the focus from the conventionally young and sexy model Armani uses for its recent fragrances. This means the target is more mature and sophisticated women who know how to appreciate a true designer’s creation.

Fragrance description:

This fruity and sophisticated creation opens very clearly with delicate and assertive notes of Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and Liquer de Cassis. At the heart of the whole edifice you will find several stronger, classically recognized notes of Rose de Mai absolute, Neroli absolute and Egyptian Jasmine absolute. After a few minutes of wearing, you will be overwhelmed by warm undertones of cyphre combinations. Patchouli oil stands out from these notes. Amber and musky tones are also felt. Everything is wrapped up with a sweet accord of vanilla, which will give this entire composition a longevity and power.

3 fragrances to hit the shelves in 2014:

  • Guerlain Idylle Duet Rose Patchouli Perfume- This incredible new scent is developed on the concept of blending Bulgarian rose and leaves of Indonesian patchouli. This is a seasonal perfume that will be available this spring.
  • Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde Fragrance- Reminding the wearer of a hot summer vacation on a beach, with a Caipirinha in hand, this is the ultimate must have. Refreshing and citrusy, it is expected to hit the markets early this spring.
  • Kenzo Couleur Violet- This is the third member of a series of perfumes launched a year back with Rose- Pink and Jaune- Yellow. This perfume, expected to be launched in April starts out with notes of exquisite blueberry, leading to the floral heart of elegant violet and the base made with chilled currants.

For more new and classic perfume options at the best prices, check our LilyDirect site. Also look for the new creations this spring, as we always keep our perfume offer updated.

New Perfumes & Fragrance News: Modern Muse from Estée Lauder

Recently the fragrance world has seen the launch of the latest creation from Estee Lauder. Deemed as the first major fragrance launch over the past 10 years, Modern Muse is the iconic house’s latest attempt to climb back to the perfume makers’ top. Estee Lauder perfumes are some of the heavy hitters on LilyDirect, so, although the perfume hasn’t yet made its way to our counters, here is a small review.

Basically, Modern Muse is meant to be the fragrance of choice of today’s self-confident and modern woman. A Modern Muse is a woman who lives in today’s hectic world and knows very well how to use it, how to step in it, how to inspire it. Created by perfume designer Harry Fremont, this fragrance is based on a duality that every 21st century woman expresses: delicacy and strength. Today’s muses are strong women who embrace their individual style and are not afraid to conquer the world with a delicate move of their arms. Such a woman possesses an independent spirit and a natural magnetism, a woman who is in control of her erotic strength, of her power to seduce and also can communicate to the world without saying a single world. A woman with a force of creative energy in everything she does, who is a true inspiration to everyone around her.

The composition actually expresses this duality by using sparkling notes of jasmine (the delicate note of feminity) and combining them with sleek wood notes (a definition of power and masculine energy). Exotic notes of honeysuckle, Chinese Sambac and mandarin are blended in the middle notes, while base notes start off delicate patchouli, Madagascar vanilla and musk.

The house of Estee Lauder has chosen internationally renowned model Arizona Muse (with a name that fits the creation) to be the face of the new fragrance. The fragrance is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum. Modern Muse was launched in 2013.

Verdict: It is very interesting to observe how the creator if this perfume has managed to balance in an almost perfect way the floral notes with some of the harsher and more contrasting ones. The result is really sensual and strong, lasting on the skin up to 6- 8 hours.

It is perhaps not among the best of the house’s creations, as it definitely doesn’t stand among the pantheon of classics, such as Youth Dew, Intuition, Estee or Beautiful, but this is a decent, well balanced creation that will definitely please elegant, sophisticated women.

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.