There is a new scent in the air… a crisp new sensation of Spring gently warming into Summer. Close your eyes, can you hear the waves washing to shore in the distance? The call of seagulls as they chatter carelessly about mermen sightings or fish – one never knows. Feel the gentle breeze lifting your hair and skirt… lift your head and take a whiff of your surroundings…. Be transported by Crabtree & Evelyn’s latest Caribbean Island Water Lily Reed Diffuser.
Crabtree & Evelyn’s latest addition to their Caribbean Island collection is a beautiful home fragrance that is a pure delight to behold. It comes in a solid red wood box complete with an antique brass swing-hook clasp that has now doubled into a storage box on my coffee table. The fragrance is held in a shapely glass bottle with a sturdy wide square base and tapers at the top. What makes this truly special, is the inclusion of genuine whole sea shells inside the glass bottle. These are sourced from The Philippines and India, to complete the exotic island getaway imagery. They also work to hold the reed diffusers in place so they do not clump or tumble around in the bottle but stand nicely separated for optimal diffusion.
Caribbean Island Water Lily starts off with a crisp note that is reminiscent of fresh clean linen that has been out in the sun. There is a hint of tangy lemon and uplifting peppermint, seemingly left over from the wash. This gives way to a fragrant floral heart of jasmine, casuarina and orange blossom. The entire bouquet is grounded and given more depth with notes of cedarwood and sandalwood. It is exactly the sort of fragrance you would expect dwelling in a tudor colonial bungalow on your own private island. And to tie it all together is the marine accord that wafts in and out constantly.
I was quite impressed with the throw of this diffuser, stretching for a good 2-3 meter radius, filling an average-sized room. It is supposed to last for 3 months, which makes for a nice-long retreat.
Crabtree & Evelyn Caribbean Island Water Lily Reed Diffuser is now available in stores, and retails for SGD115.