This is an excellent and distinctive dry aromatic lavender-herbal scent. When I say dry, I mean bone-dry. It is cool, crisp, bracing, at times medicinal. I love this sort of scent, and find it to be bracing and enjoyable. At times, lavender can have an evergreen aspect, and that combines here with the rosemary to create some fantastic pine-like notes. The drydown is mossy, almost salty. This is a cool British scent, very similar to Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet with lavender replacing the lemon note. Superb! I recommend this highly. Update -- the mint combines well with the lavender, it makes for a very refreshing scent. Good longevity on the lavender. Dry sandalwood and moss in the final stages, the scent wears very well. Simple but effective.
Oxford & Cambridge by Czech & Speake, 1994
Rated #744 in Fragrances
Absolutely great. My favourite C&S EdT, and one of my favourite lavender's fragrances, if not the best. A charming mix of lavender with rosemary, mint and something like liquorice, with an almost medicinal drydown, but I like it so much. Very dry, very austere, very masculine. And very appreciated by my friends.
I'm giving this a thumbs up for being good smelling, but I have to point you towards MdM's review - this one is BIG! I don't particularily care for lavender frags, so I dabbed far from nose, throat, chest even. Wrist was close enough - this will clear a room sprayed with abandon, I would imagine. But, it does smell good. The hint of mint offers a dry lavender opening. The mossy, almost creamy finale blends very well with the fading lavender. This is all about lavender. So if lavender is your thing, give it a try. But be careful!
Smells awful. Another fragrance from this house that has no redeeming characteristics and something that only a mother could love.
Created by a small independent perfumer, John Stephen, who runs the Cotswold Perfumery in England. The following comments apply to the (shaving) soap which is by far the richest and best version of the fragrance. The soap fragrance is in fact not a typical lavender at all, it owes a lot to oakmoss, so if you like the dry, rather smoky and medicinal smell of Yugoslavian oakmoss, you will like this product. Also perhaps, there is some clary sage and ambergris but the sweet vanilla base of so many lavender perfumes is thankfully absent. Generally I'm not overkeen on Czech and Speake but this is a notable exception, worthy of the great institutions and their venerable traditions. The fragrance level is very generous and it will scent your bathroom nicely. No doubt due to a goodly amount of concretes and resinoids. I haven't come across a fragrance this characterful since Roger and Gallet's Savon lavande disappeared some forty years ago, replaced by an insipid modernised version. See the rather amusing boat race video Cz and Sp have commissioned in support of the product: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbABpnGRSBw Somebody should have told the animators that oxbidge oarsmen weild only one oar, not two as in a small pleasure boat, but perhaps I'm being pedantic. The music is delightful.
One of the best lavender fragrances on the market. The added peppermint and oakmoss base is what makes this one special.
The ultimate lavender opening of a mix of French and English lavender. Subtle hints of bergamot and mint can be detected as well. After a couple hours the lavender begins to subside and a musky, oakmoss and sandalwood base resonate. Longevity is decent at 4-5 hours and hints of lavender can be detected throughout. A benchmark lavender fragrance to which all should be compared.
OK: I'm finally going to do this. Yes, basenoteurs, I'm a renegade. You all knew that, didn't you? My finger has been itching for months now and I am finally breaking down and spilling on OC: I don't like it. Now, this is huge coming from me, the quintessential and ultimate lavender maniac. Anybody interested in starting a lavender boxing match? I'm your man: I know them all by heart--at least the ones that matter. Here's how it pans out: Effectively, OC screams holy grail for about three seconds when first applied: It's dry, tart and minty with a hint of the very english geranium floating about in it--but then...oh, but then.... it falls flat on it's aristocratic sunburnt nose. Knocks the tea tray clean off the table. Any lavender lover will tell you that lavender does not translate well to incense, and this is precisely what OC harkens--to wit--lavender incense. What truly does set it apart is its longevity and the sincerity with which it is presented. Clearly, this is very fine. Obviously, this is expensive. This is nothing like any other lavender soliflore out there. Serge Lutens "Gris Clair" comes to mind, but that's about as far as it goes. Here's my reasoning. A lavender fancier does not want a gong show of epic proportion in sillage and effect. A lavender fancier does not wish to deodorize a room upon entering it. This would lead one to infer that OC is a kind of nuclear age lavender created for the younger set with damaged noses. It's purple! It's loud! It's glamorous! It's remarkable! It turns heads! This gets sickening after awhile, and it simply won't stop being spectacular. It tries so very painfully hard to be The Best Lavender In The World, and ends up simply being the most potent. If you want indelible lavender that won't go away and explodes in every direction, in everyone's face, screaming relentlessly away at the top of it's lungs that it's rich, privileged and better than you, you got it. If you are a true lavender fancier, you will toss this in the bin: It doesn't even do for scenting linens. The absolute antithesis of what a lavender soliflore should be. A more fitting and clever name for it would be "Eau de Rah," but I'm afraid that would be too subtle: True to itself, it must spell out its status in ultra-violet and screeching white....OXFORD....and....and CAMVRIDGE!!!!!...."By appointment to lovers of the obvious."
I am a self professed lavender-phile and Oxford and Cambridge hits on multiple levels for me. It is clean and refreshing on the top, but peel back a layer and it has a creamy musk that steers this fragrance to an almost incense like depth. This fragrance (along with Encens et Lavande) earns top marks from me and is a definite favorite.
Peppermint, lavender [Oxford comma] and woods. The mint topnote is a superb choice for ventilating the lavender and fending off any scented drawer liner connotations. The generous oakmoss and sandalwood base is more than a mere prop here and takes Oxford & Cambridge in a rewarding, faintly fruity, almost coconutty direction that lingers far beyond expectations.
Oxford & Cambridge by Czech & Speake, 1994
By: Czech & Speake
|Top Notes||Bergamot, Peppermint, Rosemary|
|Middle Notes||English lavender, French lavender|
|Base Notes||Oakmoss, Sandalwood|
|By||Czech & Speake|
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