The male incarnation, Black Absinthe, is inspired by the pick-me-up drink of Paris' heyday and contains fresh, green, rejuvenating notes that celebrate absinthe’s apothecary roots. Crabtree & Evelyn say: "Underneath the aroma of these lively wild herbs, a vintage heart note of French lavender blended with smooth black liquorice and peppery vetiver calls to mind an intimate Parisian bar, while a creamy tonka base note adds a deep, sensual tone." It's musty, sexy, invigorating and totally different to any mainstream fragrance I've smelt in recent times; although it's not everyone's cup of tea, it's definitely a scent for a 'man's man' that likes to wear his fragrance - rather than allowing it to wear him.
The female imagining is titled Parisian Millefleurs (loosely translated as Flower Water) and is inspired by the opulent floral style of scent prevalent in 18th century France, remaining true to the original idea of creating a perfumed blend from a diverse collection of wild and exquisite blooms. The aroma of freshly-cut leaves, notes of narcissus, rose, tuberose and violet flourish in vibrant harmony to provide a heady bouquet that sparkles with greenery. I didn't think I'd like this (it's very floral and definitely for the more sophisticated nose,) but it's surprisingly wearable and worth a purchase for the extravagant bottle alone. I adore the classic pump spray mechanism, it having taken pride of place on my perfume shelf even though I know I'll rarely reach for it.
Considering the beautifully designed packaging, the sophisticated aroma and the vintage appeal of each of the bottles, you'll be surprised to know these are only £45.00 each for 100ml of fragrance. They're a great by and the bottles can even be reused or displayed as vintage accessories once the scent has been applied, making them great little buys for Valentines - or any other day of the year.
Are you a fan of Crabtree & Evelyn? Do you love the look of the vintage bottles?
The Crabtree & Evelyn fragrances are priced £45.00 each.
(They're currently on offer for £31.50 for 100ml.)