Yardley is one of those classic, trusty brands where you can be assured of quality. It’s a refreshing change to find a range of fragrance that isn’t constantly trying to reinvent the wheel. As trends come and go, fans of classics can often find themselves left out, but we can always fall on back on Yardley to provide us with the traditional, simple scents that every fragrance wardrobe needs.
Yardley English Rose is a simple rose soliflore. It goes on at first spray smelling like delicate rose breath sweets, which at first made me think of Parma violets, but this is purely rose from start to finish. Despite being an Eau de Toilette, it is light enough to feel like a refreshing eau de cologne, but the lovely light airiness sticks around much longer than it would for a cologne.
On Fragrantica, there are several notes listed:
Rose and Geranium are in the top notes, white flowers are in the middle and the finish consists of spice, musk and woods. To me, that hint of geranium provides the spice, although the rose is dominant throughout. I regard this is a soliflore i.e. A single note, unchanging, and to me, that’s what I want.
This beautiful rose is ideal for layering with musks or even a heavy oriental- it could lighten it up for daytime wear. Yardley English Rose works best for me in summer though, wearing florals and smelling like them too.
This is unbeatable value at around £10 for 50ml, and sometimes the 125ml bottle is around that price too, if you shop around.