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This perfume from Crabtree and Evelyn is designed to be reminiscent of Nantucket Island and idyllic summers by the sea with salt air, wild briar roses and freshly laundered linens. However I have to admit I have never been there to the coast in Cape Cod so I have no idea if the scent is true to the region. However it is what I call one of my summer fragrances as it is very fresh perfume with a light floral with a hint of incense and mystery.
The packaging for this fragrance is very simple the box is a light blue and white giving it a very clean look that to me is reminiscent of sun bleached beach huts. The bottle itself is clear glass with an atomiser that works a treat and gives a great splash of fragrance in short bursts that applies the scent very well. The bottle design is a squash oval shape with some writing on and looks very classic in its design, but to me is not something special or a bottle I would love to keep unlike some of the more flamboyant fragrances such as Marc Jacobs.
The scent and in use
Crabtree and Evelyn describe the scent as an "A nostalgic blend of briar roses, bergamot, fresh greens, amber and vanilla." I am not sure what they mean by nostalgic but to me the scent does conjure up memories of days at the beach here on the north coast where you can get the smell of the salt from the sea blending with grasses and summer flowers.
The fragrance on first spray to me always seems to smell of soap and freshly washed linen on the line. Now whilst this is a pleasant smell for a house or bed linen when you climb in on a night is not one I would want to wear all day. However it is soon joined by the green grassy notes giving me the scents of summer days in the garden with the washing blowing on the line. These notes of green I find to be quite strong and seem to last most of the day. The next fragrance notes I become aware of are the rose notes this to me is not a red rose bouquet smell but rather a rambling rose or dog rose that you get on walks in the country. This is a more subtle rose scent and not to my nose too overpowering as a full on rose smell. I personally find such red rose bouquet notes to be overpowering to wear and it makes me sneeze. Whereas this rose is balanced out by the green notes of the grasses making it much more delicate and refined. The later notes that I get from this fragrance are those of woody notes I think from the amber and a slight hint of citrus from the bergamot but this is not over powering. These deeper notes of the amber and incense type of smell seem to balance out the linen smell and take it from smelling like soap to a perfume that is nicely blended. Crabtree and Evelyn talk about the perfume having vanilla notes but strangely for me I can't actually detect these in this fragrance which is unusual as it is normally one of the notes I am attracted to and notice straight away. I can only assume that it is very subtle in the perfume design and not one of its major notes. I am however not disappointed I can't find it as the rest of the perfume is so beautifully balanced between floral and oriental notes.
This scent is very summery and as such I think this is best worn in the day rather than as a sexy evening perfume. The scents are a lovely blend of rose grassy notes with hints of citrus and incense making it ideal for cheering you on a wet dismal day in the spring or autumn when you want to remember a coastal walk or a bracing dip in the sea. The summer and sea notes are not those of the Mediterranean and sun cream but something a lot more subtle and elusive that hint of the coast. Whether this is true to the beach huts and sailing of Nantucket island I don't know but to me they do remind me of going to Whitby and walking along the cliffs or the beach in Scotland where there is a mix of grassy dunes and lashing waves all of which are very happy memoires for me to evoke from a perfume. I do think this perfume is of a type to conjure up memories of the outdoors for people and as such would suit people who like to do those sorts of activities in the fresh air.
The scent has a good longevity to it and seems to me to last all day from just a couple of squirts. Indeed I tend to find if I have splashed too much on it can be a bit overpowering but a couple spritzes is all you need from this perfume meaning that a little goes a long way and a bottle last a good length of time.
I would definitely recommend this fragrance to people who like light summery floral notes. It has a wonderfully clean and crisp smell that conjures wonderful memories for me of the summer. It is a daytime fragrance in my opinion as it has no great headiness and sensuality that I like from an evening perfume. I think the age range that this would suit is wide and it is more down to do you like the outdoors and being in the country rather than it being "an old lady" or "youth" scent. At £20 for 60ml's I also think it is a good price to pay for a lovely fragrance. It is available from Crabtree and Evelyn shops websites and is even on Amazon.