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Yardley have a reputation for making perfumes for older ladies but it is a reputation that is undeserved because I think that the majority of their fragrances are suitable for all age ranges as they aren’t old fashioned but are instead classic smelling perfumes that are timeless.
I am always buying perfumes and I feel naked without any on but I save my more expensive ones for special occasions and use cheaper ones for everyday. Buying a cheaper one just means that I needn't be worried about using too much or feel guilty about wasting money.
Yardley are ridiculously cheap and in my opinion they are too cheap for the perfumes that they produce. I think that the perfumes are just as good and sometimes better than more expensive ones which cost much more.
The English Rose perfume is lovely though it is so hard to come by. The two shops in my town that stock Yardley have nearly every other perfume that they produce but very rarely have the English Rose one in which is a shame as I usually only buy Yardley perfume when I am in the shop browsing and something takes my eye and I would probably buy this more often if they stocked it better.
I love Rose fragrances though they are really hard to get right as a lot of the time they can smell artificial which makes them cloying and too sickly sweet smelling. This smells much lighter and fresher than a lot of rose fragrances and is really feminine and pretty without being overpowering or too girly. Although rose is the main smell it is combined with other floral notes which compliment it beautifully and stop it being one dimensional. It is just really lovely and floral and very feminine. I don’t think it smells old fashioned in the slightest and in fact there are lots of designer perfumes now which are very similar to this which are aimed at younger women.
It is so cheap too for a bottle too. My local independent stockist of Yardley often has it discounted when it is actually in stock and I can sometimes get a big 125ml bottle for only £8 though if you end up buying it somewhere like Boot’s you will pay £14.95 for it. . Even at the full price it is a lovely perfume and you are getting a big bottle so I would say it is worth it. The only problem with this perfume is that it just doesn’t last very long on my skin. I can get about 3 hours of wear from it before it just disappears which is a shame as it is gorgeous and I would like it to last longer.
Review of Yardley English Rose Eau De Toilette
Brief History of Yardley
I think most people have heard of Yardley, which is hardly surprising as Yardley are one of the oldest English perfumers around. The House of Yardley was born in England in the mid-seventeenth century, during the reign of King Charles 1.
A young man named Jonathan Yardley obtained a royal warrant for the provision of all the soap to City of London. The main ingredient was English lavender. The first recipes from the Yardley Company were lost in 1666 during the great fire of London; however the company kept going and survives to this day.
Yardley English Rose Eau de Toilette
I received a gift set containing six Yardley floral eau de toilette fragrances last Christmas. The fairly plain glass bottles are all spray types with a gold coloured pull off lid over the spray mechanism. The bottles bear an image of the flowers they represent on their label.
To be honest I had always associated Yardley fragrances with old ladies and considered it a scent for Grannies, therefore I was not really expecting a great deal from my scents.
I was pleased and surprised to find most of the fragrances were very good. I discovered some truly lovely fragrances thanks to this present; the subject of this review, the English Rose fragrance, is a good example of this range.
The fragrance is a delicate pink colour, it is quite clear and as mentioned the bottle is simple. The fragrance is a lovely light floral scent; it has a really modern, uplifting element to it. The top notes are rose, neroli & camomile, heart notes of rosebud & jasmine and the base notes are particular favourites of mine, sandalwood and amber.
I find fragrances with these base notes tend to last longest on my skin and Yardley's English Rose is no exception. The initial spritz is a heady floral which lingers far longer than I would have hoped, the perfume then deepens into the gorgeous base notes.
For an eau de toilette to still be detectable 5 or 6 hours after use is pretty amazing in my opinion, but that is truly how long I have found this lasts on me! Of course it has to be borne in mind that a fragrance that smells great on your friend may not smell as good on you as everyone's skin type reacts differently to scents.
I think this fragrance is perfect for daytime or casual use and the fresh, floral would suit all age groups.
Yardley offer a wide range of matching products for all their floral scents, soaps, talc, body lotion and body sprays are all available, making the range ideal for layering your scent.
Obviously I have no idea of the price paid for my gift set as it was a present, but a quick web search brought up prices from £3.99 to £20.00 + on various web sites, for a 125ml bottle of Eau de Toilette, so it is worth shopping around if you want to try this.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
My gift set contained smaller than average bottles, not exactly miniatures; they contain around 50ml of fragrance. Sadly my English Rose is almost gone now.
After initial doubts about the whole Yardley floral range, I am pleased to say that I love this one! It is true that Yardley is a rather old fashioned brand, but floral scents are very popular and do not really date.
I consider this fragrance to be remarkably long lasting for an Eau de Toilette; the rose fragrance is rich, yet light and fresh enough to be worn in the daytime.
I would recommend this fragrance to others and am awarding it a 5* rating.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 October 2012
N.B. My reviews can be found on other sites under the same user name.
First off I must point out that Dooyoo have told me to write my review about Yardley English Rose Refreshing Body Spray here although the link is for the Eau De Toilette. The fragrance is the same so Dooyoo reckon they are similar products for some reason so here I am!
The other day me and my mate Liz were mooching around our local Asda store and had a quick look at these body sprays and the new fragrances that are now available. Not being a brand I normally go for as I think of it as a Nan's scent as its been around so many years now I did say to her I liked the packaging, then when we got back to the car she presented me with a couple of cans of different scents from the range to try out and a pound each thats quite a saving as I have seen them retailing for about £2.99 a can in other places such as Boots since.
The can as I have said is actually really nice, feminine but very grown up looking. The English Rose fragrance comes in a light pink and white can with neat writing on the front telling us that it is Yardley English Rose Refreshing Body Spray and that its 75ml in size. On the back of the can we are told how to use it, warnings are given, ingredients are listed and contact details for Yardley London are given. Its an informative enough, cylinder in shape can this one with a light pink matching pull on/off lid to the top of it covering a push button and white aerosol sprayer.
The Product Itself:
To use this, you simply use it at arms length and it sprays out evenly and rather wet but dries instantly and leaves no feeling behind itself at all which is great and means we can dress straight after applying this to our skin.
The scent is absolutely lovely but very mature and really like you'd imagine an English rose to smell like. It just smells floral and natural with no added other scents or any sweetness to it and it isn't one bit harsh, just be sure to like the fragrance of what I think of as a light pink rose.
This doesn't agitate my sensitive skin at all and lingers beautifully on my skin for a good few hours. It, to me is just a really good quality body spray but designed for us slightly older women and not teens! I'm impressed with this and it looks great on my dressing table to boot!
Widely available in all good chemists and the likes!