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    Default Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    I'm wondering if any of you have sampled any of the Caldey Island Abbey fragrances. Of course, Luca Turin made them famous with his review of their Lavender (I have to try it!), but looking at their website, they apparently have several fragrances. None except Lavender are listed on BN. This is their site:

    http://www.caldey-island.co.uk/shop/...nformation.htm

    I'm interested in any input about their perfumes. Their "Island Fern" sounds particularly appealing!

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    The Island Gorse also is intriguing, and the Caldey for Men. I'm going to write them and ask if they are sold anywhere in shops in the UK, particularly Wales. I'm going to Wales and London in a few weeks, might as well check into the possibilities. Thanks for posting this.
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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    I asked the same question before (see: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/231...-Island-Scents).

    No responses then!

    FYI, here is the list for the curious:


    NUMBER ONE: Elegant and light - delicately balanced with undertones of jasmine and rose

    ISLAND BOUQUET: Smooth and luxurious - a deliciously rounded perfume with a classic floral bouquet

    ISLAND GORSE: The aroma of gorse - capturing the rich wild sweetness of spring

    ISLAND FERN: Crisp and fresh - a leaf green fragrance with a breath of woodland magic

    ISLAND MADRIGAL: Subtle and sophisticated - with an enticing hint of spice

    BROCADE: Alluringly feminine - with a woody tang and a touch of tropical mystery

    ISLAND ROSE: The classic fragrance of roses in summer

    CALDEY FOR MEN: Wholly masculine - blending subtle strength with restained notes of incence and spice

    I would love to try most of these.

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    I visited Caldey Island back in the late 1970s. You could get to it from Tenby on the South Coast of Wales by an old WWII amphibian - see below:



    I was only around 6 or 7 at the time and the fragrance obsession was still way off so no purchases!! I might order one of the fragrances just out of interest, although, from what their website says the perfumes are no longer made on the island - just bottled there.

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    Only the lavender, reviewed here. It's a straightforward, high quality lavender.

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    Hi there, I've tried a few of the Caldey Island perfumes (all in the pure perfume strength) - their scents are very famous here in Wales: Island Fern is very green and fresh - it's a lovely perfume for the summer, but unfortunately it only lasts a very short time on my skin; in under an hour it's completely vanished. Island Gorse is an unusual bitter-sweet floral scent, and quite heavy. My favourite, however, is Brocade: it smells identical to Caron's Infini, and one I'll be buying again in the future, as Infini has recently been discontinued. I hope this of help.

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    That's good to know!

    I wish they still mailed to the USA.


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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    Here are some more of my thoughts on Island Gorse: I have recently started wearing Caron's Fleurs de Rocaille again, after not having tried it for a number of years, and I'm amazed at the similarity with Island Gorse (which I had never realised in the past) . Apart from Fleurs de Rocaille's aldehydic notes (which last no more than 10-15 minutes on my skin), the bittersweet florals (which I'd say are mainly heather and gorse) are very similar to those in Island Gorse. Both perfumes also have similar animalic (I hate to say it, but almost urine-musk) notes after 5-6 hours wearing, which really are not at all unpleasant.

    Island Madrigal and Island Bouquet are next on my list to try from Caldey Island - I'll post more when I've tried them

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    My bottle of Island Bouquet (pure perfume) arrived today, so, as promised, here are my thoughts on it: I've been wearing it for about four hours, and it has taken a very long time to settle on my skin. I have to say that this is the least distinct of the four Caldey perfumes I have tried so far (and probably the least sophisticated): over the last few hours it has gone through several different stages, at times it has been somewhat powdery, with various floral notes being obvious at times (including similar ones to Island Gorse (though far more subtle), and only just detectable smoky notes, similar to Brocade). I think it has eventually settled, and I can't really equate it with any other fragrances; the nearest in type must be YSL's Paris, though Island Bouquet is far less sweet, more herbal, and a lot more subtle.Rose is the only note I can definitely pick out at the moment; there might be a touch of lavender there too, and the background remains subtly herbal.

    I really hate the term "old lady perfume", which I have seen in numerous reviews of various fragrances, but I'm afraid Island Bouquet strikes me as a good example of one. Not in any way an unpleasant fragrance, but had I tried it first, I very much doubt I would have bought it.

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    I got a mini of Madrigal when I ordered my Lavender. Another OLP I'm afraid!

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    Default Re: Caldey Island Abbey fragrances: Anyone try these, other than Lavender?

    Old review:
    Island Fern:

    This scent is a simple citrus floral. It is a good comparison with Acqua di Parma Colonia. Just dial down the excess powder and remove the roses and you’re getting closer. It has a charming old-world quality coming from the realistic florals. It’s smells like orange blossom but it isn’t overpowering and very refreshing. The longevity is similar to Caldey Island Lavender and it could be worn by both men and women (though it comes with a ribbon). I personally would prefer this to Acqua di Parma Colonia but I could see some people who want a huge bombastic scent being disappointed. To me it’s the right balance and a fragrance like this could easily be mixed with other favorites to come up with a unique scent. The drydown is similar to Acqua di Parma but again more subdued. I don’t detect any wood so the “woodland magic” in the description is just purple prose. It could be worn successfully in the spring and summer. The atomizer works fine and the packaging is spare but this is coming from an Abbey so that is to be expected.

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