Ok, so there’s no doubt that this a gorgeous looking bottle of perfume. The flacon design apparantly caused terrible headaches to the designer as injecting and suspending the Lily of the Valley bells around the upper part of the bottle is unprecedented in a scent bottle. But, my goodness, it was worth the head scratching to deliver something that could earn a place on the most prestige of dressing tables.

The fragrance itself is beautiful. I was taken through the individual notes – via a set of little jars full of cotton wool puffs sprayed with each of the notes – and its hard to even understand the alchemy that transports the sharp tone of bergamot and the overblown, heady notes of jasmine into the delicate flowery-skin scent that Lalique Fleur de Cristal becomes. It’s also got stephanotis, lily of the valley (you can definitely pick that up in the fragrance), sandalwood, cashermeran and amber in the mix.

On the fragrance card, it was disappointing..just flowery and nothingy – this is a fragrance that needs to be tested on the skin, because that’s when it flourishes into a sensual, gentle, petal blend that is just lovely.

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