Lilac has a sweet, floral aroma that is delicate, fresh, and slightly green with slight powdery undertones.

This fragrant flower, native to the Balkan Peninsula but grown widely, evokes memories of early summer days, first loves, and youthful innocence.

Fragrance Pyramid

Lilac is typically featured as a Top Note or Heart Note, introducing fragrances with its light, floral freshness.

Scent Summary

  • Floral
  • Sweet
  • Fresh
  • Delicate
  • Slightly green

What Does Lilac Smell Like?

In perfumery, lilac captures the essence of early summer with its fresh, floral sweetness. It has a delicate, green nuance that adds depth, evoking the sensation of a gentle breeze through a blooming lilac bush. 

For me, lilac perfumes give a vintage vibe, bringing a touch of innocence and freshness, making them feel airy, light and feminine.

Complementing Notes

Lilac’s sweet, fresh scent is complemented by a variety of notes, creating fragrances that are vibrant and lively.

  • Green notes: Enhance its freshness.
  • Rose: Adds a classic, floral depth.
  • Jasmine: Introduces a rich, heady floral contrast.
  • Musk: Offers a clean, soft foundation.
  • Ylang-ylang: Provides an exotic, floral sweetness.
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