A Fragrance Fit For Fairies?

by Gio


Did you know that fairies ring bluebells to call a meeting?

Legend has it, if you ever want to meet one, all you have to do is ring a bluebell. But, don’t do that! If you hear the bluebell ring, you’ll die. Or the fairies will cast a spell on you.

Ah, those cunning fairies!

But, I wonder, will faires be mad at me if I wear a bluebell perfume? Hope not, cos I’ve been wearing Yardley London English Bluebell Moisturizing Fragrance Body Mist a lot lately. And I’m pairing it with the matching hand cream, Yardley London English Bluebell Nourishing Hand Cream.

So, are they worthy of a fairy?


English Bluebell Moisturizing Fragrance Body Mist

Ok, let’s get the bad out of the way first. There’s nothing moisturizing about this body mist. Maybe it’s because my skin is always as dry as the Sahara but the body mist didn’t do anything for me.

Well, it makes me smell good. That’s about it. But I’m not disappointed. To me a body mist is more like a deodorant than a moisturizer, so if it makes me smell good, good. Everything else is just a bonus, you know?


So, how does this stuff smell? Fruity. Herbal. Feminine. English Bluebell opens with a fresh and bright burst of bergamot and cassis, which soon gives way to a floral bouquet of bluebell, jasmine and lily of the valley. There’s also the slightest touch of peach to sweeten the concoction a bit.

But it’s all very fleeting. An hour later all you can smell is the warm and sensual drydown. It’s made of all the usual suspects: woods, vanilla and musk. An oldie but goodie drydown, basically.

I think it’s one of those scents you either love or hate. The herbal whiffs it gives off during the first hour prevent English Bluebell to ever veer into too sweet territory. I love it for it, but if you dig your uber sweet perfumes, this probably isn’t for you.

By the way, staying power is not amazing. It’s a light scent so not super powerful.


English Bluebell Nourishing Hand Cream

I find all Yardley London hand creams to be on the light side. It definitely has its advantages. For one, it sinks immediately into my skin. No sticky residue. Good, because I don’t want to leave a greasy trail on everything I touch.

But, as I’ve already mentioned, my body is always as dry as the Sahara. That includes my hands, too. As lovely as this cream is, it simply ain’t moisturisingng enough for me.

Yes, it makes my skin soft and smooth. For, like, an hour. Then, I have to reapply it again. Kinda annoying. I’m sure it’ll last a lot longer on you if your hands are already soft and smooth. If you just need a bit of help to keep them that way in the cold winter weather, this fits the bill quite well.

Oh, and it makes my hands smell like bluebells, too.

Who knows, maybe I’ll attract a fairy even without ringing the bluebell?

Price & Availability: Body mist, £6.00 and Hand Cream, £4.49 at Yardley London

English Bluebell Moisturizing Fragrance Body Mist Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Citral, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 42090 (Blue 1)

English Bluebell Nourishing Hand Cream Ingredients: Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Linalool, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citronellol, Citral, Tocopherol.

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PerthroSupplies November 19, 2016 - 6:09 pm

Is Yardley a big company there? Yardley always has such nice but cheap products in the US… but I never get to see new scents like this! I think we have an almond one, lavender, and… one other that escapes me right now. The bars run about $.90-1.10 each here, and I don’t think they’re too well-known outside of dollar stores.

Gio November 19, 2016 - 8:47 pm

Perthrosupplies, yes they are big here. But they have an old-fashioned image so they’re not super popular with the younger generations. Such a shame you can’t get the new scents over there!


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