I’m not much of a fragrance person. Like my lipsticks and most of my other makeup (other than nail polish, and that’s only recently), I don’t mess around too much when I finally find a fragrance that I like. I have my fall/winter fragrance, and my spring/summer fragrance and that’s usually it.
That being said, lately I’ve been feeling a little bored with that setup.
Maybe it’s because I have finally reached saturation with readily available Chanel polishes, and have little interest in the crazy indie nail polish glitterbombs that come out every other week, so I’m searching for a new obsession to learn about. Maybe it’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time around the Chanel counter, and got a nice gift of a substantial No.19 eau de toilette sample from one of my favorite local sales associates, which has caused me to start thinking about expanding my fragrance horizons.
In either case, since I’ve been initially thwarted in my effort to purchase No. 19 (not available locally), I was searching around for something new, and recently dug out from my box of half-used samples this eau de toilette from Crabtree & Evelyn I picked up a year or so ago, called India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily.
For a mid-range (i.e not designer or high-end) fragrance, it’s surprisingly interesting and subtle. There is definite citrus in it, but it’s not overwhelming. And some floral (I’m assuming the eponymous spider lily) and green undertones as well. It certainly doesn’t smell “cheap” and it doesn’t smell like 90% of the fragrance you’d pick up at your local department store either, which is why I really like it. It’s a lovely spring/summer fragrance. It doesn’t linger very long, so if you are looking for an all-day fragrance you’d expect to need to reapply 2-3 times throughout the day. The bottle is a nice size (3.4 ounces) that will even fit in your purse (assuming it’s as big as mine!). Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Eau de Toilette is available at Crabtree & Evelyn.com, US $55 for 3.4 ounces.
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