You know someone’s your BFF when they name a flower after you.
When botanist Christian P. Ecklon was wondering what the heck to call those pretty, bell-shaped flowers, he suddenly exclaimed: “I’ve got it! I’ll name them freesia after my best buddy Frederich Freese!”
Ok, I can’t swear it went exactly like that. I wasn’t in the room with him. But wasn’t he super sweet to name the flower after his pal? I mean, he could’ve named it after himself. Ecklonia.
Mmmm, that doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Still, he could have made up any kind of name. Instead, he paid a beautiful homage to his friend.
No wonder freesias symbolize friendship and trust. Awww.
I don’t know about you but this whole story makes me want to buy a fragrant bouquet of freesia for my BFF. Just to let her know how awesome she is.
But, flowers die quickly. So, I’m thinking of giving her a bottle of Yardley English Freesia Eau De Toilette. Or maybe the matching hand cream.
There’s a matching deodorant as well, but somehow that doesn’t convey “I love you” just as well. I mean, I don’t want her to think I think she stinks, ya know what I mean?
But I’ll tell you all about it anyway. Just cos. But, first things first.
English Freesia Eau De Toilette
I love freesia because it has a natural citrusy scent. And I’m OBSESSED with anything citrusy. It’s such a zesty and bright scent that always reminds me of summer and puts a big smile on my face.
Here, the citrusy aroma of freesia is boosted by whiffs of bergamot, lemon and mandarin. Citrus galore, ladies!
It doesn’t last long. In the heart, freesia is joined by an aquatic bouquet of lily of the valley sprinkled with ginger and pepper. I wouldn’t call it spicy, though. It’s just a nicely balanced out accord.
The drydown is your usual sweet blend of sandalwood, musk and amber. Warm and sensual.
English Freesia isn’t particularly original or outlandish. It’s a wearable, inoffensive fragrance you can wear anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, that’s just what you need.
As long as you’re willing to reapply it. It’s an EDT, so it disappears within a few short hours.
Deodorising Body Spray
It smells pretty much like the fragrance, but it’s a bit more longlasting.
I put the EDT on in the morning and, around 6 hours later, I have to spray it on again. But when I spray the deodorant on in the morning, I still smell good well into the evening.
Even if I’ve had a sweaty day carrying heavy bags all over London (don’t ask).
Nourishing Hand Cream
I love the texture of this cream. It’s lightweight and luxurious and sinks into my skin quickly.
The problem? My hands are as dry as the Sahara in winter. I need to slather a thick body butter all over them to get them soft and smooth. This ain’t up to the job.
But if your hands don’t take trips to the desert in winter, it’ll do the job fine. I’ve confined it to a drawer for now, but I look forward to using it in summer.
Are you gonna say “I love you, BFF” with the fragrance or hand cream? Or are you gonna get cheeky and give her the deodorant instead?
Price & Availability: Eau De Toilette £9.99/50ml and £14.99/125 ml; Deodorant, £2.49; Hand Cream, £4.49 at Boots
Ingredients: Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Phenoxy Ethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Freesia Refracta Extract, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
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