Crabtree and Eveylyn's Iris collection launched late last year taking it's scent straight from the root of the Iris flower, blended with sandlewood, patchcouli and a splash of fresh vetiver.
It didn't smell as 'old lady' as the ingredients would have you believe. It's quite pleasant and not too heavy on the nose. Put simpl, a light fragrant scent which didn't overpower the bathroom when combined with the heat of hot water.
Body Lotion - £15
Bath & Shower Gel - £14
Unfortunately it didn't work too well in the bath, failing to create many bubbles and generally falling quite flat. It lathered up slightly better in the shower, but I didn't find it particularly moisturising.
The body lotion started off promising, with a different texture to your standard body lotion. It was almost like a balmy lotion, which initially leave me feeling hopeful of its moisturising properties. However a quick glance of my arms 10 minutes later, revealed ashiness I haven't seen since my days of rolling in the sandpit at school! It had basically 'dried' and then proceeded to dry my skin out.
Not to be deterred, I used it again the following evening after a shower finishing off with Soap & Glory's body exfoliator, Flake Away. I realised that the lotion held better to my skin when it already had moisture of some sort on it. Flake Away leaves a light moisturising, oily film on the skin and the body lotion adhered to this a little better than when applied directly to bare skin.
However, I don't use Flake Away every time I have a bath/shower so this body lotion isn't going to work for me in the long run. Those with skin which requires far less moisture than my own may get along better with this body lotion. Hey, you may even like the bath & shower gel. For me personally, neither made the grade.
You can find these products in the Iris collection, along with other products in the range over www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
BTW their sale is currently on so if you're a Crabtree & Evelyn fan, check it out for some beauty bargains.