Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Himalayan Blue EDT

The perfume is my favourite mood accessory – I choose which to wear according to how I feel that day.

This day, I put on a romper with dull blue stripes, tied my hair in a bun and stepped out in a pair of oxford boots to channel that sassy, independent and confident woman in me.

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The new Crabtree & Evelyn’s Himalayan Blue EDT was my partner-in-crime. This fragrance was inspired by the spirit of adventure of early British explorers, tracing their search for an exquisite mythical blue poppy in the heart of the Himalayans.

Capturing the essence of the Himalayans by opening with a snappy and fresh top note of crisp mandarin, orange leaf, and a hint of lemon, this is a great perk-me-up perfume for mornings.

The note later develops into a spicy and alluring fragrance made up of ginger delicate rose absolute, pink pepper, Himalayan golden champaca blossoms, and wildflowers. Its heart note is probably my favourite part of the perfume’s development, because it smells exotic yet pretty.

A smoky base note that is composed of lapsong souchong and sandalwood closes the experience.

The bottle is minimalistic, and features a silver flower charm around its neck, an allusion to the legendary Himalayan blue poppy.

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Besides the perfume, the collection also includes a shower gel ($35), body lotion ($40) and hand cream ($33) exuding the same scent.

The Himalayan Blue EDT retails at $28 for 30ml and $65 for 100ml from October 2012 onwards at all Crabtree & Evelyn stores.

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