Stella McCartney, L.I.L.Y ABSOLUTE

From the moment she swanned in fashioning a boxy blue jacket, a peek of a white silk shirt, hair beautifully undone, and some seriously kick-ass boots clip-clopping down the stairs it’s fair to say the gaggle of ladies awaiting her arrival were already eating out the palm of Stella McCartney’s hand. Myself and some beauty buffs were congregated in the basement of her Fulham Road store surrounded by some rather lovely panties and heels (I want them all) in the lingerie and shoe room, to witness the launch of her newest fragrance, L.I.L.Y ABSOLUTE*; and if you hadn’t gathered already I have a major girl crush going on.

She spoke with knowledge, love and sass for her latest release, a darker venture into L.I.L.Y. Stella likes the personal touch and L.I.L.Y is obviously a scent close to her heart, named after her father’s pet name for her mother (Linda I Love You – Lily) and its top note Lily of the Valley, was the flower which made up her wedding bouquet. But she fancied toying with the more masculine notes in the scent, resulting in the new ABSOLUTE version, which delivers bigger hits of truffle and moss. A few random Stella facts? She’d love to launch a makeup line (score!). Her favourite everyday scent is that of her children’s breath which she laughed off as being completely weird but comforting. She wants me to be her best friend. Ok so perhaps the last one wasn’t true, but I wish it was.

After dousing myself in the stuff last night I’m pleased to report back the experience of bathing in L.I.L.Y ABSOLUTE is a pleasant one. Think of this as a darker, richer and woodier scent than the original. The first waft you get is one that is slightly peppery, the black truffle notes come through and then the lily of the valley cuts in. Patchouli and amber anchor the mix and it cumulates into a lightly spiced floral affair once dried down. On initial spritzing this reminded me of Gucci Guilty, and although it shares its pink pepper, amber and patchouli notes, L.I.L.Y ramps up the floral and leaves the fruity flavours of Guilty completely out of the equation. Those not fond of floral need not apply for this fragrance, but if you’re a fan of Stella’s previous offerings, then a penchant for this is on the cards.

Head over to Selfridges now if you fancy a sniff for yourself and 50ml bottle of this EDP will set you back £65. Girl crushing over, I’m off to equip myself with a while silk shirt Stella-stylé pronto.

*PR Sample


  • Can’t wait to give this a whiff ! x

    • I’d love to hear what you think when you do! :) 

  • KLG_Hair

    She is gorgeous! And seems such a nice lady.

    Love the name, love the packaging, and it seems I’ll love the scent too. Totally sold. x

    • Haha I feel exactly the same way :) 

  • joysteib

    Lily sounds amazing and delightful !!!!!  The story behind the name is so sweet and endearing!!!  Thanks for sharing!

    • Isn’t it! I got a bit emotional when she was explaining! 🙂

  • Sonia

    oh wow it sounds lush! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Let me know what you think when you’ve had a whiff! :) 

  • Ahrum Kim

    Ooh. It all sounds lovely! I’m very intrigued. I love Stella. 

    • Me too – she is a BABE! :) 

  • She oozes comfort and class, love it. This sounds like a great fragrance, will definitely be checking it out when it comes out here. x

    • She does – such a classy lady our Stella :) 

  • Katie

    She’s amazing, I love her and her entire family!
    Katie xx

    • Me too! :) 

  • Amy Hemmingway

    I absolutely love the Stella perfume and I was woo-ed by those lovely prints on the bottles too. I’d love to give this a go now (not that I need to add to my massive perfume collection but whatever…) 🙂

    • Ah the printed bottles are always THE BEST! :) 

  • Katie Fawcett

    Lucky girl, sounds like you had a wonderful time 🙂

    Katie xo

    • Thank you – I did! :) 

  • Pippa Jones

    It looks so pretty! defiantly one to try tomorrow when i am shopping! or some of the stellas anyhoo.

    Pipp xx

    • Ah any of the Stella’s – the original is amazing! :) 

  • Charlotte Hoedemakers

    You’re so lucky! She seems like such a lovely person. I really want to try the new L.I.L.Y. perfume, it sounds right up my street! Love the packaging too 🙂 Stella seems like such a nice and cool person.

    • She really was – cool and classy and utterly lovely :) 

  • gigi

    mmm sounds lovely! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

    • It is! :) 

  • Hearts&Crosses

    Sounds amazing and you lucky lucky girl I’d love to meet Stella, she seems like such an interesting person, glad you enjoyed it!

    • One of the best opportunities I’d had through blogging, I felt very VERY lucky :) 

  • Millie

    You are so lucky!! I would love to have the opportunity to meet Stella!! Hope you had an amazing time, sounds like you did!! 🙂 ♥

    • Ohhh I did! :) 

  • Lauren Davies

    Wow soo jealous! You get invited so some wonderful things!! Please check out my new store on my blog 😀 handmade silver jewellery! 

    • I was a very, very lucky lady! :) 

  • beckysmakeup

    She always comes out with the most beautiful timeless bottle designed. I have not yet found a Stella McCartney perfume thats ‘me’ but am always tempted to purchase for the bottle alone! I shall definitely having a whiff of this when next in the perfume section!


    beckys makeup

    • Hopefully this one is the ‘you’ scent :) 

  • Maddy Cane

    Love the bootle and really want to have a sniff of this! xxxx

    • Isn’t the bottle a beauty :) 

  • Line Juul Noergaard

    I need this in my life. Lily of the valley is my favourite flower and I have them in my garden. Love the bottle as well! 🙂 x

    • Ah this sounds right up your street then! :) 

  • katherine.parkes

    I love her perfumes, definitely going to go smell this one! x

  • Abigail Wheeler

    Oh my gosh you are so lucky! I’ll definitely be asking for one of these for my birthday. Stella McCartney is a national treasure! 

    Abi xx