Yardley Royal Diamond: So Nearly a Gem


Yardley makes excellent soliflores. That is a single note, unchanging fragrance that  doesn’t have a top note, a middle note and a basenote. It is usually a simple one trick pony such as Lily of The Valley or Rose, both of which Yardley make exceedingly well and at a very agreeable price.

Yardley Royal Diamond is a recent foray into hybrids. I am still not sure they shouldn’t stick to what they do best. Royal Diamond smells like vodka when you first put it on, followed closely by strong Pear and a little Bergamot. You would think, that as a hesperide lover, I would love this. Sadly I do not.. It is a clean smell, with Lily of the Valley and Roses in the heart. However I think the note that jars for me, and which stops me loving this, is a Honey note. It kind of stops it being the lovely crystalline clean scent that it promises to be. There is also foodie Vanilla in it. It spoils it the way that cake crumbs would spoil an ice cold sparkling gin and tonic.

After a while, I went off this when it turned into a vaguely ozonic scent, of which I’m not a fan. In fact, in the latter stages it smelled so similar to  Parfums Gres Cabotine Bleu that I wore one on each arm and kept getting them mixed up.

Yardley Royal Diamond  was launched in 2012. I love their simple floral scents such as April Violets, English Lavender and Orange Blossom. However, apart from a sneaking fondness for the nostalgic Panache (which Yardley last owned in 1999), I do prefer Yardley when they keep their ingredients separate.  I just think if you’re going to use clean and pure notes such as Lily of The Valley, Bergamot and Peony, then you don’t add Honey and Vanilla.

It’s not unpleasant, worth a try if you come across it, but it’s not on my Wishlist either. If you will forgive me the clumsy paraphrase, I would like to say to Yardley “You do it best, when you mix nothing at all”

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