Oxford & Cambridge (1994)Cologne

Oxford & Cambridge (Cologne) by Czech & Speake
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Oxford & Cambridge (Cologne) is a perfume by Czech & Speake for women and men and was released in 1994. The scent is fresh-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

John Stephen

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Peppermint, Rosemary
Heart Notes Heart NotesTrue lavender, French lavender
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (80 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (61 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (45 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (50 Ratings)
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8.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Byrd
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Byrd
Very helpful Review    8  
Lavender Elite
Hardly any other fragrance gives me such beautiful "Deja-Odeurs" as this one. Already with the first spray I feel transported to Croatia in the garden of my uncle. I hear my parents' car come to a standstill in the driveway of his house. My aunt is already on the terrace letting him know we have arrived. Full of anticipation I jump out of the car to jump into the arms of my favourite uncle. He just came from his beloved herb garden. Fragrant of rosemary, earth and a touch of his beloved Pino Silvestre, which he always applies after his morning shave, he takes me in his arms with a smile. The sun slowly sets and the sea breeze cools me down and all the beautiful aromas from the garden envelop me. Rosemary, citrus, mint and my favourite herb lavender. What fond memories.

The fragrance begins very fresh and minty. However, the lavender is not long in coming. Already in the prelude this smell screams. It's loud, it's purple, it's herbaceous. The combination of fresh, woody and medicinal lavender paired with sweet, soft and warming lavender provides the perfect balance. The oak moss contributes to the beautiful woody note, which reminds me of bark mulch. The projection and sillage is very concise in the first hour, but then loses its longevity relatively quickly. What remains is a skin-tight scent that accompanies you into the evening hours. Here and there, when you almost don't notice the perfume anymore, a little imaginary sea breeze comes up, reminding you what a great perfume you have applied today. For lavender fans, this could be an all-round fragrance, although it is more effective in the warmer months. He doesn't have enough guts for the winter. I prefer to wear it as an outdoor scent. There is nothing like a Indian summer walk in the forest while my only companion is Oxford and Cambridge.
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10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
10
Bottle
Apicius

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Very helpful Review    7  
Rough edges!
Ever since Caron issued Pour Homme in 1934, the perfumers follow the role model of combining lavender with vanilla. It is quite hard to find a good lavender perfume with a different concept, but here it is.

What I do not like so much about that popular combination is that lavender and vanilla are two totally different scents. Very far apart from each other it is quite difficult to find a bridge between them. Also, the rough and herbal aspect is what I like about lavender, and I don't think that it necessarily has to be tamed or moderated.

Oxford & Cambridge comes without any vanilla, and also without any other ingredient that pushes the lavender into an oriental direction. Supported by some peppermint and rosemary in the top notes, the herbaceous aspect is even emphasized. A woody and maybe mossy base allows this lavender to keep a pure fougère character.

What is not in the notes is that I smell something dry, maybe leathery and smoky as well, and I always get pictures of tobacco and tobacco smoke. This lavender is very much on the rough side. It is not exclusively a lavender of elegant gentlemen, but also a lavender of rugby players or the rowing team. It can complement a fine suit just as well as a Fred Perry sweater.

Oxford & Cambridge can stand up well against the fumes in a raunchy bar, and it may be the most “masculine” lavender around. It is clear that this name evokes images of traditional English colleges and their alumni, of men only clubs and the smell of elitism and political conservatism. Such an appeal is not to everyone's taste, and so I'd say this perfume is what you make of it. Being cool, herbaceous, dry and deep dark, it may put some distance between you and other people, but the kind of distance that makes the wearer all the more attractive. If this is sexy, then no vanilla sex!

Lavender is a fleeting note, and in many perfumes, it does not survive the top notes. With Oxford & Cambridge, the perfumer managed to keep the lavender character throughout the whole development of the fragrance. According to my understanding of lavender, this should be nearly impossible, but here it works in a regular Eau de Parfum strength. Oxford & Cambridge comes in a beautiful deep blue bottle which is in the best of taste. The colouring exactly reflects the character of it.

Oxford & Cambridge demonstrates that it is possible to create a consistent and harmonious lavender fragrance without twisting the main scent ingredient. Next to the more elegant Utopian by Social Creatures, Oxford & Cambridge is my preferred lavender. Well done and recommendable!

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