This very British classic was originally formulated in 1913. Thankfully it was relaunched in the 2000s. I wish I had a vintage bottle, I don’t currently so I will be reviewing the current version.
Yardley has been in the cosmetics and perfume industry since 1770, and carry the royal seal ‘By appointment to her Majesty the Queen’. If it is good enough for royalty then I am certain there will be no issue with quality.
The box is a rich violet colour with a cream centre panel. The bottle is octagonal, and clear, with a golden lid that has an embossed floral trim.
There is some confusion over the notes. The box listing varies from the official Yardley website information. This may be because more notes were added during reformulation.
Opening notes: Violet leaves, geranium and citrus fruits.
Middle notes: Parma violets, iris, jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose, orris, mimosa, rose, and white peach.
Base notes: Sandalwood, vanilla and powdery notes.
This is certainly more complex than a generic violet scent. It is green, very fresh, with only the slightest touch of sweetness. It gradually drifts into a powdery, gentle floral that I find reassuring and comforting. I imagine the Queen herself fragrant and regal in this.
Suited to: This is the embodiment of spring. April showers, budding flowers and dew drops. Wear with abandon.
Rating: I give this a silver medal for well recommended.