It's interesting that anyone might find C&S's "O&C" to even rank in British perfumery. To me it is the worst lavender soliflore I've ever smelled: It borders on obnoxious. I've smelled it on others, tried to like it--going through TWO bottles and a bottle of bath oil, and finally just gave up on it. When you get a whiff of it on someone, (there's no mistaking it*) it is so loud and so unsubtle and has such explosive sillage that it seems to be a forced effort to embody the anti-thesis of British Perfumery, which has for its trademark a kind of natural simplicity and abstraction vis a vis the French--a bit like comparing an "English Garden" with a "French Garden." At any rate--the British really only shine in the manufacture of bathing products--soaps--bubble baths--bath oils: Here they are peerless. In the realm of fragrance, the English have never really touched "legendary" in their attempts at actual perfumery--only "Yardley English Lavender" has had the importance, historically, of, say, a "Shalimar." I have always liked English perfumes, though, and have worn them off and on my whole life. My favourite is the very innocent "English Fern" by Penhaligon's, and then of course "Arlington" which is a kind of masterpiece of balance. Floris has quite a following in France among the higher born and the pseudo/ersatz/aspirational "Nobility" as well as the actual "Nobility." I would also mention "Hammam Bouquet," and "Blenheim Bouquet" as beautifully woven scents--both by Penhaligons.
*Interesting tidbit: As everything Tom Ford does, in both fashion and fragrance and marketing, is merely derivative, with virtually no originality, the now much touted "Lavender Palm" is a literal carbon copy of C&S's O&C.