Yardley Lily of the Valley Refreshing Body Spray. With over 200 years' expertise Yardley selects only the finest ingredients to create its unforgettable feminine fragrance.
A light, feminine white floral with fruit pear accords in the top note and a beautiful floral bouquet heart of lily accord blended with freesia and enhanced with a pretty, musky base.
The company was established by the Cleaver family in 1770, the official date displayed on its product labels. According to the company's website an earlier incarnation existed prior to this but most records of the earlier company were lost in the Great Fire of London of 1666.
The company is named after William Yardley, who purchased the firm in 1823 from the sons of the founder Samuel Cleaver, who had gone into bankruptcy. The company became Yardley & Statham in 1841 when Charles Yardley, the son of William, took on William Statham as a partner in the business. At the time, the business sold perfumes, soaps, powders, hair pomades and other toiletries.
In 1851, the company, still known as Yardley & Statham, exhibited at The Great Exhibition in The Crystal Palace. That same year, the company changed its name to Yardley & Co. Yardley & Statham exhibited soap and perfume including a soap called Old Brown Windsor, which was embossed with a picture of Windsor Castle and was one of their first production soaps.
In 1913, Yardley adopted Francis Wheatley's "Flowersellers" painting from his "Cries of London" series as their new corporate logo. The yellow primroses being sold in baskets in the painting are replaced by the company with sheaths of lavender.
Due to the growing popularity of Yardley soaps and cosmetics at the turn of the 20th century, the company opened a shop in 1910 on Bond Street in London. The original Yardley shop on Bond Street was at 8 New Bond Street, but it later moved to 33 Old Bond Street.
In 1967, British model Twiggy becomes the face of Yardley. The company sold "Twiggy Eyelashes," "Twiggy Paint" and other cosmetics with her as the spokesmodel. Yardley became a symbol of "Swinging London" and was associated with the 1960s British youth culture of miniskirts, Carnaby Street and mod fashions.
In 1991 Yardley introduced English Blazer, a range of men's grooming products.
In 1998 Yardley was placed into receivership after a year of marketing attempts to update its old-fashioned image.
Britain's fifth richest Indian family, the Jatanias, bought out Yardley in October 2005 for £60 million and integrated it into its Lornamead company.
Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting acquired Yardley in certain markets including Asia, Middle East, Australasia as well as North and West Africa for $45.5 million. In August 2012, Wipro purchased the UK/European division from Lornamead, with the exception of Germany and Austria, where Lornamead still holds the rights to the brand.
Bollywood superstar Katrina Kaif is the brand ambassador for Yardelys in India since 2010.
Yardley has had a long association with the British Royal Family and has been awarded the Royal Warrant of Appointment six times. The company has supplied several British monarchs with toiletries.
1921 – Edward, Prince of Wales, "Perfumers and fine soap makers"
1932 – Queen Mary, "Perfumer"
1949 – George VI, "Purveyors of soap"
1955 – Elizabeth II, "Manufacturers of soap"
1960 – Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, "Perfumers and manufacturers"
1995 – Charles, Prince of Wales, "Manufacturers of toilet preparations"
The fragrance that has defined Yardley London for nearly 400 years.