An aromatic piece of classicism combining a Victorian fougere herbal-fresh initial spark with a more chyprey powdery-mossy-tonkinian dry down. A simple but heavenly accord of lavender, musk, oakmoss, soap and fava tonka. As well as outlined by Odysseusm, Yardley English Lavender (one of the first in its genre since issued far back in 1873) represents the long aromatic edge connecting scents as Geo F. Trumper Wild Fern, Houbigant Fougere Royale and Atkinsons English Lavender. Ok, faint longevity and poor sillage but the scent itself is heaven, so talky, dreamy, "ancestral", soapy, musky. If you are on a budget and an obdurate fougere nostalgic well, give this fragrance a try.
A simple, clean, unpretentious lavender. This juice is for me, alone. It lacks the longevity or sillage to be worn for notice. The low cost allows me to use it in bath water, sprayed on a pillow before bed, and always worn on the wrists after a shower, before bed, or whenever I want a relaxing lavender to sniff. Wife loves it. One can find better lavenders, but not better for liberally splashing or spraying.
*This is a review of the vintage English Lavender.
English Lavender opens with an aromatic airy and slightly camphorous lavender and citric bergamot tandem with a sharp supporting cedarwood undertone. As the composition reaches its early heart the bergamot vacates, leaving the staring aromatic camphorous lavender and supporting sharp natural smelling cedar initially by themselves, before gradually adding in herbaceous, leathery clary sage as the composition moves though its heart. During the late dry-down the lavender eschews its aromatic facet and cedarwood support as it turns mildly powdery, joined by moderately animalic musk through the finish. Projection is below average, as is longevity at 5-6 hours on skin.
English Lavender (vintage) is a composition I was exposed to as a child nearly forty years ago. The composition was quite common back then in stores everywhere, also finding its way into soaps and other toiletries. While memory can be quite tricky when looking back on a period of nearly 40 years, I distinctly remember it leaving an indelible positive impression with its very recognizable signature. Fast forward to present time, after many years of passing over buying a bottle of the vintage juice it was time to go down memory lane and make the purchase to see if those positive memories still held so many years later. Wearing English Lavender on skin as I write this, I can definitely confirm that while different smelling than I remember, the composition still is quite distinctive and impressive, only adding unexpected sharp natural cedarwood to the mix. In truth, there really isn't much to English Lavender's composition structure. It is a relatively simplistic concoction, but what sets it apart from the competition is its near-perfect execution and very solid raw material quality. Who would have thought this was a drug store fragrance? On the negative side of the equation are the relatively poor performance metrics. I don't know officially if the composition was an EdT or an EdC, but I would wager an EdC, as it has a light airy structure with relatively poor longevity. Whatever it is, it smells darn good and is still dirt cheap in relative terms on the aftermarket making even a blind buy a real low-risk possibility. The bottom line is vintage Yardley English Lavender smells different than I remember it with more of a cedar component, but the end result doesn't disappoint, earning it a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation.
My grandmother wore this scent frequently, and my mother some, so I have fond memories of this perfume from when I was a little boy and I wanted to give it a try for old times sake. What a disappointment, this is not what I have in my memory banks, it is weak, simple and without appeal whatsoever. My reaction was: Where are you Agua Lavanda when I need you.
If you like lavender, don't go for this mess, get THE lavender scent of all times: Antonio Puig Agua Lavanda.
I have four different decades' versions of this scent. This began out of curiosity, wondering how much variation could exist within such a straightforward creation. I've become, on paper, a bit of a pessimist where reformulations come in but this is just such an easy win-over for me. My first English Lavender was the current version as of 2010 and I absolutely love it; bergamot, light white musk, and Lavender, easy as it comes. Makes for a great body scent, room/pillow spray, natural bug repellant, and layering agent. I have since acquired several vintages and I am happy to say the current holds up. The 70's and 80's versions are only slightly stronger, like an EDP of what exists now. The only real standout from the crowd is the 40's/50's era (oldest I have) version, which is richer and sweeter but, because of the age, has a bit of dull sourness in the top notes - this one lasts an almost unreasonable time for a lavender and hot damn is it a beauty. Why, then, do I not find the newer one wanting? Because one can reapply as needed. Sure the old juice is richer and more delicious but you can't reapply it like the new without piling up musk like an Abercrombie store. In short - This is a great fragrance in every incarnation, and one of the best unisex/utility florals around.