Whilst having a quick browse around Boots today between errands, I came across a perfume I hadn’t seen before : Yardley Jade. Naturally I couldn’t resist testing it and by the time I reached the exit, I was thinking “Hmm. Chanel Cristalle. I bet that phase won’t last.” Yet here I am, three hours later, and it still smells as if I am wearing Chanel Cristalle.
As you may know from my previous reviews, I was in an exclusive relationship with Chanel Cristalle for nearly twenty years, with occasional forays into temporary favourites. Green, light and floral, Cristalle is paradoxically no lightweight, with its Oakmossy finish and long lasting Galbanum touches.
It’s looking as if Jade by Yardley is singing the same song, but, as you might imagine, for a fraction of the price. I’m never without a bottle of Cristalle and on a wrist to wrist experiment, there was very little in it. Jade claims to have Peaches, but thankfully, I can smell none. Both open with Bergamot. Both perfumes have that translucent green feel to them, with a hint of fresh, clean hyacinth, and both have a mossy finish.
Time for the maths bit: The current price for Yardley Jade is £7.99 for a 50ml EDT in Boots. The current price for Chanel Cristalle EDT is £49 for a 60ml EDT. (I felt it was only fair to compare like with like, although I tested Jade alongside the Cristalle EDP not EDT).
So there you have it. I wish Yardley had invented this during the period of my life when I couldn’t afford Cristalle, but better late than never. Oh and a huge Hallelujah that this totally lacks Vanilla, red fruit or anything candy floss. Common Sense prevailed at Yardley.