Lights is my latest foray into the world of Roads perfumes. Its opening is all about ylang ylang and citrus. The combination has an almost honeysuckle-ish quality, very golden and warm.
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The ylang ylang note is very true to the smell of the essential oil, which I personally like, because I like the smell of pure ylang. There is also a good dose of powder and spicy geranium (the listed note is rose geranium, which is supposed to be less sharp, but it smells like standard spicy geranium to me). The drydown is positively hothouse steamy.
Lights almost strikes me as an update on White Shoulders, and when I think of it in those terms, it seems like a bold choice to bring out this perfume, which isn’t a “type” that’s popular at the moment.
In fact, that is one of the things I have appreciated about testing all the Roads perfumes at once. In several cases, when I first put a perfume on, I thought I knew where it was heading, but then it turned into something totally different and much more interesting. With so many companies recycling fragrance types or tropes that have been done a dozen different ways, I almost don’t expect to come across a brand that is striking out in a different direction.
And for those who are counting: there are three more to go …
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