The PR folks over at English Laundry asked me if we might like to review some of their more popular offerings before the holiday season came around. Both Wes and I have been wearing their scents on and off for a few weeks so I’m here to give a full report on the samples they sent over!
Many people on the internet have major problem with the name of this scent because it doesn’t have rose in the notes. I think English Laundry was more referring to the term English Rose in the sense of a beautiful young girl. That’s the impression you get when you spray it. Its what you would imagine some creamy complected angelic looking 18 – 25 year old who has slightly more sophisticated tastes than the rest of her posse would smell like. It’s a little bit sweet with hints of more mature sex appeal and a dash of girlish fruitiness. If you like things like Britney Spears Fantasy, this is classier and slightly more mature interpretation of that theme. On me personally I get a lot of kiwi and litchi up front and somehow they almost smell marine in nature. It settles down quickly into a white chocolate musk with a bit of vanilla and white musky woods in about 30 minutes and stays that way for 6 hours. After that it dries out a little more for about two hours as a musky skin scent. The silage is moderate for the first 30 minutes but close to the skin for the next six hours. People will need to be within about a foot of you to smell it.
Top notes are kiwi, red litchi and quince; middle notes are white chocolate and jasmine; base notes are orris root, musk and precious woods.
This was my favorite out of the three! It reminds me of vintage Dior Poison. But instead of plums and berries as the fruit you have apricots and melon. It sounds wretched but smells really good. The silage is nuclear like Poison too for the first hour so use with a light hand. I remember my parents discussing how much they hated Poison in the 80’s and I felt guilty that I secretly loved it. This perfume is sweet and bombastic, akin to Angel or Flowerbomb. You will either love it or hate it. On me the melon and apricot are strong and sweet for about 30 minutes blended with cream, vanilla, and marzipan. The jasmine comes in on me in the dry down which is refreshing as it’s more creamy when blended with other notes than sharp. It’s still a bit sweet in this stage too. It’s a very gourmand scent. I normally prefer my gourmands drier but I guess with how cold it’s been this hasn’t turned syrupy or cloying on me. I get about 10 hours of wear on this one.
Top notes are pear, jasmine, melon and apricot; middle notes are gardenia, jasmine and almond; base notes are sandalwood, vanilla, whipped cream and musk.
One of English Laundry’s newest masculines, it’s a fresh blast of citrus, pepper, and sandalwood on my husband! It’s sort of got a Mediterranean feel to it without actually being aquatic in any way. It’s not exactly my husbands cup of tea because it’s very rugged and manly. His chemistry and overall style mesh well with more subtle fresh/spicy creations like YSL L’Homme and it’s flankers. The wear time is about 4-6 hours on his skin. There is minimal silage for the first two hours and after that is quietly manly staying under clothes. It never really develops on his skin, though the citrus burns off a bit so the base of notes of pepper and sandalwood are more apparent. If the cedar and amber were accented with his chemistry the scent would seem less one dimensional. We both like it but it won’t be replacing his current go to scents in his rotation. If you like Chanel Le Bleu or Mont Blanc Legend you might like this one (albeit simpler in composition). I think it will be appropriate as summer scent due to the extreme amount of citrus in the opening!
Bergamot, lemon and lime; middle notes are jasmine and pepper; base notes are cedar, sandalwood, amber and musk.
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Want to sample English Rose? English Laundry just sent over a code for a free sample!