A luxurious, decadent collection of scents inspired by the heady aromas and rich culture of the Middle East? Available to buy in selected boutiques and in London luxe department store par excellence, Harrods? And this is an exclusive line of perfumes from Crabtree & Evelyn. Are you sure? Let us introduce you to the Perfumes of the Night Garden collection.
Oh yes, the rather charming beauty brand purveying the finest soaps and apothecary-style toiletries based on countryside botanicals, herbs and flowers has upped the ante with a foray into luxury scent based on Middle Eastern fragrances. It might seem an unlikely direction for Crabtree & Evelyn to take, but the Perfumes of the Night Garden collection is one truly seductive voyage. Comprised of Assam Oudh, Kashmir Musk, Ottoman Rose and Persian Thé, the collection represents a sensual journey into rich spices and sultry blooms.
Our favourite fragrance from the collection has to be Kashmir Musk, which is one seriously, seriously sexy scent. Leave any preconceptions you might have of musk scents aside, this is the perfume to convert you to them. As Crabtree & Evelyn would have it: “Drawing on the ancient Arabic belief that musk is bathed in the aroma of its surroundings, we found inspiration for our Kashmir Musk Eau de Parfum in the sweeping valleys, rugged mountains and aromatic souks of a region dubbed “Heaven on Earth” for its natural beauty.”
And for an everyday person who’s not a fragrance expert au fait with all the notes and technical perfume knowledge? It’s a soft, subtly sensual scent with sophistication and elegance. The sultry warmth of peppery, exotic spices combines with languorous blooms for a perfume that’s confident and self-assured, but unmistakably sexy. Distinctive floral notes – sweet jasmine and powdery iris are the first you’ll remark upon, followed by velvety sandalwood and creamy vanilla, and then a powerful hit of grey musk. Kashmir Musk is a long-lasting scent to linger on skin, one you’ll keep catching a hint of – and one you’ll find yourself falling for each time you wear it.