Perfume Paradise: Lili Bermuda

On a recent trip to Bermuda to visit family and friends, I did my usual rounds in town for some shopping (ok, mostly eating, but there are a few things I always do when I’m in Bermuda. One, get my eyebrows done at Strands on Reid Street, I swear Annaline is a magician; two, I always pick up more Royall Lyme, since my husband and I are both obsessed with it). On my sunny stroll down Front Street I came across a new perfume shop called Lili Bermuda. This beautiful boutique offers a range of men’s, women’s and unisex perfumes, soaps, and other skincare products inspired by Bermuda (think cedarwood, loquat, sea salt, and other delicious fragrances).

One of the best things about the company is how unique and relatively rare their offerings are – perfect for a perfume addict and someone who’s a little bit snobby about their scent. Case in point: they’ve developed a limited edition eau de toilette called  Mary Celestia (with notes of grapefruit, citrus, rosewood and amber) after analyzing and re-creating a perfume found in a shipwreck off the south shore of Bermuda. There were only 1864 bottles made, after the year the ship sunk. Seriously, how cool is that?

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I had a hard time picking a favourite (although if you pulled my arm I’d say South Water, a blend of tangerine, coconut milk, guava, and basically everything warm and summery rolled together) so instead I bought a Fragrance Library, a beautiful box of eleven fragrance samples so — depending on my mood — I can smell like Fresh Water, Coral, Passion Flower, or even Paradise if I’m feeling frisky. The packaging is gorgeous, the scents are both complex and accessible, and every time I wear them I think of Bermuda, a place that has such an important part of my heart.

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You can order from Lili Bermuda online, but my recommendation? Book a flight and go visit the shop in person.

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