Dahlias are totally my kind of flowers.
They’re the birth flowers for August (guess who was born that month?).
They’re named Georgina, after me (ok, maybe not after me, but let’s pretend they are, ok?) in some countries.
And they symbolise the inner strength you need to succeed and forge your own path in life.
It’s like we’re made for each other.
So, of course, I had to bring some more dahlias into my life. Easy peasy with Yardley London’s new English Dahlia collection. It’s a small one that features a perfume, a deodorant and a hand cream.
So, have I finally found my signature scent?
English Dahlia Eau De Toilette
Lovely. That’s how I’d sum up this scent in one word.
The elegant bottle houses a feminine floral chypre that opens with a sparkling fruity cocktail made with neroli and apple flower. Within 10 minutes, the scent already starts to morph, as a floral bouquet of peony, rose and, of course, dahlia, comes to the fore. The sensuality of this accord is carried over to the drydown, a warm blend of patchouli, cedar and musk.
English Dahlia is an EDT so very lightweight and fleeting. It doesn’t last all day on me but neither gives me a banging headache. It’s just one of those easy-to-wear scents you can reach out for anytime, anywhere.
My only gripe? There’s really nothing unique about it. I get it, Yardley London is a traditional brand, so they like to play it safe. But dahlias are all about standing out from the crowd and having the guts to follow your path. I can’t smell any of that here.
English Dahlia Deodorising Body Fragrance
The deodorant has the same scent as the EDT, but I like it a lot more here. Why? Because I have lower standards when it comes to deodorants.
Perfumes must be unique. Deodorants must only makes me smell good. And this one does. Even if I sweat a bit, I still smell as lovely as a flower. I like that.
And, it lasts longer too. I get around 9 hours of wear, a few more than the EDT. So, yeah, this one is a winner.
English Dahlia Nourishing Hand Cream
The hand cream has a lot in common with the EDT, too.
For starters, it’s just as lightweight. Although there are a few oils in the formula, it’s mostly glycerin that does the bulk of the work. It attracts water from the environment into the skin to keep it soft and hydrated.
In summer, it’d do a great job at that. But, in winter, my hands turns REALLY dry and scaly. I resemble more of a lizard than a human. This hand cream just won’t do.
So, I’ll just put it aside and take it out again when the temperatures start rising again (it can never be too soon – winter hasn’t even officially started and already I’m freezing). But I guess that, if your hands aren’t super dry like mine, you can use it now as well.
After all, it has a lot going for it. It absorbs really quickly into the skin and leaves it softer and smoother. And smelling like a bouquet of flowers. Isn’t that lovely?
So, Should You Try Yardley London English Dahlia Collection?
If you’re a sucker for lightweight, simple and feminine floral scents, the entire range is totally up your alley.
The deodorant is my fave piece here, but the hand cream is great if your hands are already in great condition and just need that little bit of help to stay that way.
I can see the fragrance being very popular too. Simple floral fragrances always are.