Whenever I used to think of Crabtree and Evelyn, I thought of England (it was founded by an American, but that’s not his fault). Now when I do the same, I think of roses. Lots of them; in a gorgeous English garden.
The famed rose breeder (yes, that is an actual job) David Austin created the Evelyn Rose for C&E over two decades ago. Since then the rose has been seen in many guises. But this latest one will blow your socks off (saying I’ beg your pardon’ while it does it).
The fragrance is incredibly delicate, and while it is a ‘rose’ scent, it doesn’t smell like something the Queen Mum (rest her soul) would have worn. It’s surprisingly modern and fresh. Elegant and simple. Yet has an opulence that I can’t quite put my finger on. I really can’t – I’ve been wearing it everyday since the launch two weeks ago, and I still can’t figure it out. The packaging is heavenly as well. Housed in an antique gold bottle, the scent will be the centerpiece of any dressing table. And if you don’t have such a table, I suggest you get one, even if just for this bottle!
Something that the Queen Mum would have lusted over is the solid perfume compact (it’s quite heavy so also doubles-up as an elegant weapon). It’s gold, embossed with a pearl rose and comes in a tiny velvet bag. I don’t need to say any more, do I?
The six piece strong Evelyn Rose collection comprises: 50ml EDP, R900; that incredible Solid Perfume, R550; Body Lotion, R375; Bath & Shower Gel, R350; Body Cream, R500; and Hand Therapy, R280.