“ Brand: Yardley / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / Gender: for women „
Review of Yardley Honeysuckle Eau De Toilette
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 Honeysuckle 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 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; however the subject of this review, the Honeysuckle fragrance, is my least favourite scent of the set.
The eau de toilette is a pale lemony colour and it looks quite attractive in the bottle.
The fragrance is a light floral and it has green top notes with honeysuckle, middle notes of Peony, Jasmine, Lilac and base notes of Honey and musk. At first sniff, this is a fresh, pleasant floral, however it soon fades to a rather non-descript and weak scent which quite frankly reminds me of a cheap disinfectant! The fragrance does not last very well on my skin either and an hour or so after using this, I can no longer detect any scent at all. Of course, scents do vary from person to person, so this may well last longer on someone else.
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 £10.00 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==
I no longer use this as a scent, I use it as a bathroom spray which is probably a terrible waste, but as I won't wear it as fragrance, it seems the best thing to do with it!
I quite liked the initial fragrance, but as the scent settled and matured, I'm afraid it was not to my taste. It really does have a slightly odd smell to my nose and whilst I certainly wouldn't object if it were the scent of a household cleaning product, I don't particularly want to be smelling like a cleaner, so this fragrance is one I will avoid in the future!
I have fairly wide tastes in fragrance and do like some florals, but sadly this is not one for me. I am awarding this a 2* rating, as even had I liked the fragrance, the staying power is rather short.
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©brittle1906 October 2012
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~ Tell me all about it! ~
Yardley are a good old fashioned fragrance brand that market a mixed group of floral based single themed fragrances which have undertones of other ingredients thrown into the mix. Amongst the fragrances that I have tried is the Yardley Honeysuckle EDT, which I found to be an interesting soapy sweet green smelling scent that won't be to many modern day tastes, but may still provide an alternative to the very sickly sweet fragrances that are still en vogue.
The Honeysuckle fragrance is one you will either love or hate from the moment it hits your nostrils and it may be too old fashioned for younger fragrance wearers to consider at all. The last time I had a bottle of this was some time ago and whilst I wore it to finish up the bottle, it certainly was never a favorite fragrance amongst the many that I would happily return to time and time again.
~ Bottle, box, design? ~
The box that my last bottle of the Honeysuckle fragrance came in was rather old fashioned and outdated when I compare it to more up to date fragrance box designs. The motif was of course a honeysuckle flower which sat centre front with a pale background and toning honeysuckle amber yellow border running along the edge of the box. The Yardley name was prominent and was displayed at the front amid another splash of amber yellow and I feel the whole effect was rather dated and not particularly aimed at younger fragrance buyers.
The bottle that the fragrance came in was more pleasing to my eyes and came in a clear glass look that was complemented by a gold toned lid. Again the label on the fragrance was something that dated the look of the plain bottle a little but wasn't out of context at all with the box. I feel that the whole effect of both the box and the bottle was simple yet a little out of touch with modern trends and it wouldn't appeal to anyone who favours the bold and interesting bottles and boxes that many of the more fashionable fragrance houses choose to use.
~ How much? ~
Last time I bought a bottle of the Yardley Honeyscukle EDT it was just under £5. I was able to purchase it as a 50ml spray top bottle. I found the spray applicator easy to use and it delivered a good hearty amount of fragrance direct to my skin. Prices can range from £6.49 upwards although you may be lucky enough to be able to find it for less if you shop around. I feel its always worth looking around to see what offers are available.
~ Top, middle, base notes? Oh just tell me how it smells!~
The Honeysuckle scent is as I mentioned earlier a rather soapy sweet green fragrance with musky undertones that may not appeal to everyone. There is some depth to it but it feels in no way as complex or well rounded as other honeysuckle fragrances can be. I feel the fragrance with its sweet green honeysuckle entrance and peony, lilac and jasmine middle notes does feel light and wearable only if I am in the mood to wear it.
Honey and musks form part of the base notes in the fragrance and they do add pleasing musky tone which I found would soften as the fragrance dried down on my skin. The longevity of the fragrance was to my mind rather lacking and I feel it stayed put on my clothing for longer than it did on my skin. As with some of the other fragrances within this range I do feel that there is a touch of air freshener about the fragrance and I often used it to brighten and lighten rooms with a swift spritz of the spray here and there.
~How do you rate it?~
I feel that this Yardley Honeysuckle fragrance is pleasant but dated. As with a few of the other fragrances in the range it could do with a revamp to update it and give it a more modern twist. The fragrance does dry down to a more pleasing musky scent over time, although longevity is rather compromised when its on your skin.
I don't feel that the look of the product will in any way appeal to a younger fragrance buyer and I wouldn't consider it to be a young womans fragrance at all. In summary I feel that the Yardley Honeysuckle fragrance would be best worn as a day time scent that you will need to renew throughout the day to keep the initial green sweetness going and as such it gets just 3 stars.
Having previously bought a Yardley perfume in a Rose scent and really liked it, when I saw that they sold a Honeysuckle fragrance I decided to try it out. I bought it incredibly cheaply at £3.99, but that was because it was unboxed and unlidded. I just recently saw it in Boots for £15 and was surprised that it was so much as I cant imagine it is the most popular of perfumes. For my £3.99 I got 125ml of perfume, which seems an unusual amount as I think most perfumes, especially for women come in 100ml bottles at most.
I had no idea that Yardley was such an old company, as it first began in London in 1770. They began by using the herb Lavender to fragrance their scents and according to their website, Lavender became Yardley's signature scent. I have always connected the Yardley company with old women (probably due to the Lavender) and I think they accept this association as they say that they are known for their style and elegance. They also say that in the 21st century they lead the way with their knowledge of Lavender (Invaluable!!!!) and continue with making new fragrances.
I cant really comment first hand on the box as my fragrance came unboxed, however it looks very similar to the box that my Yardley Rose fragrance came in. The box is just a basic rectangular shape in a light ivory colour. It has yellow piping running around the edge and a yellow square in the middle of the box where it says Honeysuckle. Beneath that is what I assume is an illustration of a Honeysuckle flower, though it doesn't look like the Honeysuckle I remember as a child when I used to open it to get the sweet liquid out. Overall I would say the box is attractive but a little bit dull and probably wouldn't catch anyone's attention.
I would say the bottle is about as exciting as the box! It is a simple glass bottle, which when you look at it from the top or bottom looks slightly hexagonal in shape. It has a simple paper label stuck to the front of the bottle which is exactly the same design as the box, with the yellow border and Honeysuckle illustration . The perfume pump itself is metallic gold as is the lid and for me the look of the gold cheapens the appearance of the bottle, but having said that I don't really like gold so that might have something to do with my opinion.
When you first spray the perfume all you can really smell is the alcohol and this takes a good few seconds to settle. After that you begin to get quite a strong scent of cut grass and just a general scent of greenery, if that makes any sense at all. When the perfume settles a little more, the grass scent more or less fades and you are left with a sweet floral smell, that is very soft and reminds me a little of Honey Dew Melons. The scent is incredibly summery and light and I would say that when you spray it on you feel quite refreshed and clean, like you just stepped out of the bath (not to be used as substitute for bathing!!)
I think that the perfume does a good job of imitating the scent of Honeysuckle but as it has been a few years since I have smelt any I cant be 100% sure. It is quite a simple scent and I wouldn't say it is particularly exciting and although I don't think it is interesting enough to be anyone's favourite perfume, I don't think that many people would dislike it either. I would say the scent begins to fade after about 2-3 hours, but I am not really surprised at this given the light nature of the scent. This is a casual or daytime perfume as the scent is not dramatic enough for night time.
Overall I would say that this is a decent perfume for those people who like their fragrances to be light and fresh. I probably wouldn't buy it again especially at £15 as I like slightly stronger unusual scents and I also don't think it is worth £15 but I would recommend it to people, especially for the summer months.