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    Question Yardley English Lavender

    There doesn't appear to be a whole lot of interest on this one. Has anyone tried it? How does it relate to other lavenders like Caldey Island? Plus it is around $8 at online shopping retailers.

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    Default Re: Yardley English Lavender

    I used to love it back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, but the formula changed. It used to be very true to life and vibrant; they softened it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    I used to love it back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, but the formula changed. It used to be very true to life and vibrant; they softened it.
    I echo what Roses says here. Twenty years ago, I was wonderful. Now it is too light for my tastes.
    "The sunset is deeper and longer. The scent of the jasmine is stronger." Miracles. Pet Shop Boys

    "Thick dome of jasmine
    (Under the dense canopy where the white jasmine),
    Blends with the rose,
    (That blends with the rose),"
    "The Flower Duet," Lakme by Leo Delibes, 1881

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    Default Re: Yardley English Lavender

    Serendipitous. I just bought it in a weekend shopping spree at Londons Bathecary, so I'm just spraying it as I speak.
    It smells nice and realistic, if a touch uninspiring - I can see 30 roses point about softening. Still, good, and a great deal for the price, though I still prefer, say, Caron pour homme. (I have not tried Caldeys Island).

    I also bought Yardley's Iris and lavender. It starts interesting, but I need to see how it proceeds.

    (I also bought Bronnley's Lavender, which I tried yesterday. It's quite soapy and turns more and more soapy as it goes - I don't like it at all).


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    Recently I try

    i Profumi di Firenze Spigo Fiorentino Lavanda Azzurra EDP

    Nice Lavender and long lasting . Only problem ... the price .

    Caldey Island 9 /10
    Lavanda Azzurra 8/10
    Yardley English Lavender 7/10
    Jo Malone Amber Lavander 5/10
    Santa Maria Novella Lavanders 5/10
    My Top Favorites: Mitsouko,Houbigant Fougere Royale Jean Patou Homme & Privé. Kilian-A Taste of Heaven.Caron-3rd Man.Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur. YSL River Gauche.Satori Parfum - Satori . Satori-Mother Road 66. Diptique-Eau de Lavande. Creed Bois du Portugal.Nicolai New York. Chanel Pour Monsieur.Aramis Havana.Aramis Tuscany.Azzaro Pour Homme. Hermes Poivre Samarcande.Amouage Homage Attar. Amouage Memoir Man..LArtisan Dzing! Musc Ravageur.
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    Default Re: Yardley English Lavender

    I silently acquired a vintage bottle of this recently, and I have been wearing it here and there for the past few weeks. It was clear, from the first spray, that the top notes had turned a bit because it had that signature sour/acidic smell...not too bad but definitely noticeable and I have to struggle for a few minutes when I first apply it before it burns away and the middle/base notes arrive. The lavender accord is dry, scratchy, slightly medicinal, sharp and very crisp. It has a starchy texture to it, that reminds me a tiny bit of the Parfum de Nicolai lavenders (with their odd can-of-spray-starch accord that I remember Kevin Guyer mentioning and it rung so true to me).

    There is a whiff of something pungent, like ground white pepper, but it's very fleeting is most likely just an element of the lavender asserting itself with my skin chemistry. It is not 'aromatherapeutic' in the least, it is not trying to make itself 'relaxing' or 'pleasant' and it harkens back to a time in perfumery and masculine fragrances where a scent was admired for its strength and bracing qualities. For this reason, as a lavender fan and also someone who admires fragrances from time past, I am completely enjoying it - it's like watching an old movie on cable TV at two in the morning: nostalgic, full of haunting soundtracks and grainy, shaded camera angles. It is also NOTHING like the Yardley Lavender on the shelves at my local Walmart.

    I'd love to hear from more Basenoters (besides those above) who wore this vintage stuff back-in-the-day. Did Yardley sell ancillary products like soap, talc, brilliantine scented with the fragrance also? I'd LOVE to just pour this stuff on and douse myself with the fragrance, just to see what the effect would be (I assume it would be fantastic) but I don't want to waste it, because once this stuff is gone it might be hard to find it again.

    If I had to compare it to any lavender on the market now, I would say it hints at the bone-dry stiffness of the disco'd Lavanda Tonica by Acqua di Parma that is surprisingly easy to find online.
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