Fragrance Friday: Yardley Flowerful Collection (Luxe Gardenia, Elegant Iris, Decadent Mimosa)
It’s been absolutely ages since I’ve done a Fragrance Friday feature, mainly because I haven’t really been calling-in/trying many new fragrances as I’m pretty happy with the few I have that I’m slowly working my way through. Having said that, I did attend a launch a few months ago for the Yardley Flowerful Collection, which I’ve been keen to feature for a while as I really think Yardley have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years, going from a range of products that you would only really pick-up for your Nan, to a surprisingly modern, fun and accessible collection, thanks to their launch of The Collection last year (check out my review here) and the arrival of their more recent launch, the Flowerful Collection.
The Flowerful Collection contains three fragrances, each of which provides a perfume that is both attractive and young without being too sickly or sweet. As with all Yardley fragrances, these are accessibly priced and I really feel you get a good quality scent for your buck. Knowing what I like and don’t like in a fragrance, I anticipated the Yardley Luxe Gardenia to be my favourite of the bunch, but surprisingly, I’d say this is my least favourite, although that isn’t to say it isn’t a pretty fragrance. Luxe Gardenia, as you’d probably guess, is a white floral fragrance with openers of coconut water and base notes of amber and vanilla. The heart notes are full and rich, with gardenia, magnolia, orange blossom and frangipani. Unfortunately, once dried down, this gets a little soapy, which may or may not appeal, depending on what you like.
The Yardley Elegant Iris was the biggest surprise for me as I really like it: it’s bright and spring-fresh with a fruity opener, before settling down to heart notes of freesia and jasmine alongside wild rose and of course iris. The base notes are wood and amber, although I don’t think these are especially dominant, in fact I would say that the whole scent is pretty balanced.
My favourite of the three is the Yardley Decadent Mimosa, and I would say that this scent is probably the one that has the best chance at rivalling more expensive fragrances as it definitely reminds me of one of the Daisy scents. This is the brightest of the three, offering a burst of zingy fruits and pink pepper on first spritz, that settles down to a lovely warm and bright heart of mimosa flowers and lily of the valley. At the base there is vanilla, musk and sandalwood, with all combine to provide a perfect, budget-friendly summer fragrance.
All three Yardley Flowerful fragrances are £20 each.