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Original English Lavender / English Lavender (1873)
by Yardley


Original English Lavender / English Lavender information

Year of Launch1873
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 71 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyLornamead
Parent Company at launchYardley

About Original English Lavender / English Lavender

Original English Lavender / English Lavender is a shared / unisex perfume by Yardley. The scent was launched in 1873

Original English Lavender / English Lavender fragrance notes

Reviews of Original English Lavender / English Lavender

Well worth the price of admission. In terms of the fragrance market, this practically costs nothing. 125ml is the smallest volume available, which is a clear indication of just how inexpensive this is.

What you get is a very pleasant, inoffensive, all-season, unisex day scent, which is precisely what I was after. Not the most natural of lavenders, but lavender none the less. A rather light, slightly sweet, warm and well-rounded interpretation. Herbal, dry and greenóbut only very slightly. It's decidedly softer and more approachable, as opposed to the harsher, herbier, more astringent style. It's almost sunny in its imagery, unequivocally evoking the English countryside. Think of it as a much lighter, less distinguished version of Trumper's Wild Fern. And considerably cheaper too!

Longevity and sillage are not tremendous (although certainly far from the weakest I've ever tried), but then that almost suits the character of this fragrance. It's aroma is very light and airy, and so it's only natural that it wears that way also. Additionally, this allows the wearer to spray it very liberally all over the body and reapply as needed without fear of it building up too heavily like many other fragrances do.

For what is essentially a high street fragrance, this is really very impressive. No wonder it's long been considered a classic.

Footnote: This review is for Yardley's 'Original English Lavender', as opposed to their 'English Lavender', which I understand is a modern reformulation of their classic. They currently sell both formulations.
25th December, 2017
I wear English Lavender by Yardley in spring/summer mornings for my first dog walk.

The fragrance has the necessary calming properties to wake you up gradually & peacefully.

I mostly detect lavender & tonka notes while wearing it; I adore the relaxing effect it has on me...I also have a solid perfume stick of the fragrance to cool down at work on hot summer days.

Short longevity but well worth the experience...thanks Yardley!

Thumbs up!
23rd May, 2016
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.
29th May, 2015
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.
23rd March, 2015
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United States
*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.
08th March, 2015
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.
28th September, 2014

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