Caldey Island Lavender

Caldey Island Lavender by Caldey Abbey Perfumes
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Caldey Island Lavender is a popular perfume by Caldey Abbey Perfumes for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is fresh-floral. It is still in production.

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7.6 (81 Ratings)

Longevity

5.4 (63 Ratings)

Sillage

4.5 (65 Ratings)

Bottle

5.6 (63 Ratings)
Submitted by Amateur, last update on 24.07.2019
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Konsalik

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Konsalik
Greatly helpful Review    18
The well-structured house
My first three fragrances to grow my modest collection were Caron Pour un Homme, Knize Ten and Caldey Island Lavender. And only Island Lavender hasn't had a meeting yet. What's the matter with you? Because I always thought you couldn't write that much about a Soliflor. Because I was convinced that singular fragrances - like colours - were primary impressions that eluded description. Imagine having to explain to a colour blind what "red" looks like; you quickly notice that you are reaching your final limits (you can investigate this so-called "Qualia problem" in a more structured way in the Wikipedia article on the thought experiment "Mary's Room").

So write what? That lavender scent is so calming? A go, please... Others have stressed this several times (and rightly so!). Then we'd better take a closer look at the old Heimito from Doderer. An author who could sensitize me to perfumes and smells in general in the first place. As he wrote in the "Strudlhofstiege": "A somehow bitter, roundish, so to speak comfortable smell". Chubby and comfortable, that goes well together - but bitter? The most uncomfortable of all sensory impressions? Here there seems to be a dissonance that creates unity only on a higher level, as it were "synthesized". So maybe it seems to be worthwhile to tap the seemingly primary more precisely and decipher it.

At first the scent is rather light blue than violet (as you might expect), and with a peculiar cleanliness that reminds me of soap without being directly soapy. Next to it directly the actual contradiction, a friendly association of fresh (not stinking!) sweat, in addition light green grassiness. It is this bitterness of herbaceous soapiness that creates a certain severity, which in turn is not harsh but gives form: The cosiness of a carefully maintained apartment, without any neurotic tyranny, because the meadow comes uncut and close to the Varanda. And people can be people here, too. Cleanliness without sensual enmity. The ideal of a well-designed house, bright and quiet (almost Mediterranean-antique), rises. The dosed, bitter severity is necessary not to be overwhelmed by nature, to stay "awake" so to speak. So we perceive, for example, the company of people - in order to stay with Doderer - as comfortable, i.e. comfortable to the highest degree, when the conversations remain awake and clear despite all the peace and quiet, when one does not just dull in the armchair dawn and let every thought pass away in the chatter. All of this can be achieved by lavender, the English lavender in particular, which is much more herbaceous and sharper than its flowery counterpart from the mainland.

Forgive me for the strong, free-floating associative burden of my commentary; I have tried to remain as precise as possible. Indeed, it is not easy to describe a singular fragrance impression "positively", i.e. to provide it with attributes. Colleague FvSpee solved this intelligently in his review of the Meister Eckhart art by developing a "negative lavender theology" so to speak. At this point: Hats off! But how to evaluate? Shall I follow the previous speaker here and draw the 10? I give the 9.5. The remaining 0.5 is the pound with which the perfumers of this world grow and, in the best case, start to create fragrant works of art - in the very best case to the higher honor of the one who has given us the ability to experience this wonderful scent of lavender. That's how the monks might put it on Caldey. Me too, though.
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Insense

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Insense
Insense
Helpful Review    2
Fields of Glory
If you ever travelled through french Provence in September, the vision of the fields under a warm sun late afternoon won't ever vanish from your memory.
This perfume, although so British, evoques that memory, but that cannot be a surprise, as we all know the love British have developed for the southern France.
Not a true perfume, for me, more a cozy cologne linking to childhood.
WildGardener

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WildGardener
WildGardener
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Impeccable lavender
It's misleading to call this a soliflor because that implies a simple and linear profile. Instead, Caldey Island Lavender is more like a journey through different facets of the plant.

Hugo Collumbien composed this in the same way as a talented gardener tends their shrubs.
Anyone can lop off bits here and there, but the real skill is to work with the bush to highlight its beauty and leave no trace.
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Apicius

220 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
3
Pure and Discreet
A traditional English style lavender water is what the monks from Caldey Abbey have to offer here – and so, it belongs to the simpler pleasures of life. Instead of refined compositions the only goal here can reasonably be to ban as much lavender as possible into a perfume bottle, and also make it last as long as possible.

Lavender is fleeting, and so presumably lots of fixing agents will go into Caldey Abbey Lavender. Besides that, the discreet background of it does not have anything worth mentioning.

It is hard for me to evaluate lavender waters since I think I am a bit blind towards that note. I had to spray a lot to sense it. It then seemed to stay very close to the skin. Only occasionally, I got a whiff of it – with lavender, I am never quite sure how much of it will be noticeable to my environment. Anyway, the monks apparently succeeded in making this lavender water last a few hours.

A good lavender water is a nice addition to any perfume collection. Surely, it cannot replace any grand or complex perfume. However, if used on clothes or bedsheets, this simple, discreet fragrance will cut a fine figure!

Thanks to Seymour for the sample!

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