Lili Bermuda boutique
5 Queen Street
St. George’s GE 05
Team: I went on vacation. I know, I know, WEIRD. But I managed to do some beauty things so I wouldn’t fall over like those classic workaholics that die immediately after retiring. Baby steps.
This isn’t kbeauty at all, but I’m really into fragrance at the moment and I think we could probably use a bit of fluffy, fantasy escapism right now.
I ended up in Bermuda for three days (I’ll talk more about my vacation later), so I decided to visit the historic — and still very much operational — Lili Bermuda perfumery at their St. George headquarters. The perfumery was established in 1928 and they still age and bottle their perfumes by hand, now at Stewart Hall in St. George.
The journey involved taking a ferry ($5 per person each way) from the Royal Naval Dockyard to St. George and then walking up a few blocks to the perfumery. Buses are also available, but they don’t offer quite the same experience. I must say, all those fancy sea salt sprays that end up in my monthly beauty boxes in no way compare to real salt spray, which left my hair horribly tangled until I washed it and conditioned liberally with Lador Hydro LPP.
The Stewart Hall showroom is thoughtfully organized, beautiful, and just really pleasing. Those cloudy tall shot glasses contain cotton balls that bear the scent of the perfume next to them, making quick sniffs painless.
Lili Bermuda perfumes are sold in many Bermuda-based shops (and online), but I really recommend stopping by Stewart Hall, if possible, to take in the history of the perfumery (here’s a webpage with information about visiting). High tea is usually served on Wednesdays and Saturdays (we missed it, sadface) in the gardens. There’s also a creating scents workshop offered for a few months out of the year.
Before planning my trip, I had never encountered Lili Bermuda — I was unsure about whether the perfumery was a legit independent company or the beauty equivalent of a port jewelry shop. I was really surprised when I read reviews of the perfumes on niche fragrance junkie websites like Fragrantica — the scents have legit followings and many are highly rated.
I decided long before arriving at Lili Bermuda that I’d buy the Fragrance Library for Her ($50 online, $40 in-store) and the Fragrance Library for Him ($45 online, $35 in-store) so I could spend some time testing the scents before thinking about committing to a full bottle.
The fragrance library for men includes Cedar, Navy, 32°N, 64°W, Somers, Fresh Water, South Water and Calypso.
The fragrance library for women includes Coral, Pink, Lily, Petals, Oleander, Passion Flower, Alegria, Paradise, Fresh Water, South Water and Calypso. I’m drawn to South Water so far, which appears in both libraries due to being considered a unisex scent.
With my purchase I received two really cool hand fans. I feel very fanserviced!
OK, off to bed because I’m a bit landsick (I returned yesterday) and also to smell my loot at last (I’ve been keeping it all intact for photos)!