Tuesday 17 August 2010

Product Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Iris EDT

I've just been sent the new fragrance by Crabtree & Evelyn and I have to say, I'm impressed.

Described as a single note fragrance, Iris, as the name suggests is a classic floral which I've discovered is not to Mr. SkinDeep's liking ("it smells like old ladies").

Iris rhizome, better known as Orris Root, has a long history of being used in fragrance and it is this essence which forms the overall impression of the scent.

Top notes of zesty Bergamot and Cassis don't really leave much of an impression, although it's certainly the sweet Cassis which is the dominant of the two.

The base notes are detailed in the press release as being a blend of Sandalwood, Patchouli (which I normally detest), Vetiver, Musk (again, a Saturday job in The Body Shop when I was younger has put me off this long-term) and Cedarwood, yet I have to say, the combination works and I really like the scent. It's subtle and sophisticated.

The packaging features an illustration of the Iris flower which could be twee and staid but the heavy, square bottle adds a vintage impression which just screams to be displayed on a traditional dressing table. I love the story behind the illustration- it was designed by Bella Towse, a graduate from Central Saint Martin's who was inspired by her parents' Sussex garden and it's fantastic to see that C&E are supporting young, British talent in this way. The only aspect which could be improved upon is the lid- unfortunately, it's a plastic purple- something more luxurious would have added a more premium feel.

I normally opt for Eau de Parfums but for a reasonably priced option (£24 for 100ml), this EDT is a good choice, particularly if you're looking for something a little more offbeat than the standard brands. There's a number of products within the range for those who scent-layer- from lotions, creams and soaps (all of which, I'm delighted to say, are free from parabens, mineral oils and the like) to the more traditional C&E offerings of drawer liners and room spray.


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