Royal Scottish Lavender 
Creed (1856)

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Made more than 100 years ago for British lords and ladies, Royal Scottish Lavender captures a favorite imperial getaway: Balmoral Castle in Scotland.  Gentle lavender grows in the highlands - the countryside - around Balmoral.

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There are 37 reviews of Royal Scottish Lavender by Creed.


Surprise! It's lavender! No really, what were you expecting with a name like this? Creed Royal Scottish Lavender (1856) is one of the few scents from the retired gray cap eau de toilette line that I can actually believe existed when they say it did, back in 1856. That's mainly because the mid 19th century is a time when lavender waters were extremely popular with fashionable maccaronis-turned-dandies of high society transitioning from powdered wigs, puffy shirts, and hose to frocks, mutton chops, and stovepipe hats. Women of the time loved lavender too, and when some of the earliest massed-produced lavender waters like Yardley's English Lavender (1873) reached the counters of high street stores all over Europe, the aristocrats and nobles of the era had already been in on the stuff for quite some time via expensive bespoke perfumery like Creed claims to have made then. Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare (1890) is also one of the few gray caps that I believe could have existed when it was claimed to have by Creed, for similar reasons, but I digress. There really isn't much more here besides lavender supported with some heart and base notes to keep it anchored on skin, and that's precisely how it would have been presented then anyway.

The opening has a quick puff of dry bergamot to push out what is otherwise a wonderfully round French lavender note, and quickly that lavender takes center stage with a bit of an Earl Grey feel from the bergamot. The directness of this lavender reminds me of the much later Creed Aberdeen Lavender (2014), which I had mentioned in my review for it of having a "supernatural sense of naturalness" to the lavender. I would say that is pretty much the case here too, except less is done to boost the lavender over the base notes because this is not a modern-style perfume, so eventually the lavender does merge with the sandalwood, oakmoss, ambergris, and bits of remaining bergamot to re-assert that Earl Grey feeling I mentioned. I think this is what really separates Royal Scottish Lavender from other straightforward displays of the flower, but also the woody/mossy base reminds me a bit of Monsieur Lanvin Lavande/Lavande Lanvin (1964). Perhaps the biggest difference between this and antique lavender waters too is the strength, as Royal Scottish Lavender is not a cologne, and stays around at least 6 hours if not a little more, with readily detectable sillage for most of that, meaning you could squeeze an office wear from it. I wouldn't wear it anywhere else besides bed.

Of course, this stuff is crazy expensive in the second-hand market after having been vaulted for a good number of years, so you'll pay over $100 an ounce for what is effectively a super-powered lavender soliflore, although people already seemed willing to do that at retail with Tom Ford Lavender Extrême (2019), so I can really judge value here. All I know is I certainly wouldn't pay this kind of price knowing the glut of straight-up lavender options that exist, but wealthy collectors of surviving gray caps won't see my side of this argument. You'll find most of what is offered here in Aberdeen Lavender, which isn't exactly the same but has a very similar lavender note that is about as pure and fine a lavender as one could ever hope to get at any price, so just pick up that instead unless you're a vaulted Creed guy. Do I really believe this stuff is from 1856? Well, no I don't, but I can see Olivier Creed definitely did his homework here and maybe one of his forefathers did scent the gloves, hats, and riding crops they were making then with a crude lavender oil type of essence from which this fragrance is ultimately derived. That's about all I can say really. This is just a simple well-done Victorian lavender with a really prohibitively high price due to scarcity, case closed. Thumbs up
May 3, 2021


Soon after the crisp bergamot opening blast - enhanced by background of citrus - the lavender arrives. And a beautiful lavender it is, inititially weaker but growing stronger as the initial bergamot is receding gradually.

The base adds vanilla and a subtle but sublime touch of sandalwood, with a whiff of light spiciness present towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and five hours of longevity on my skin.

This delightful spring day scent is beautifully blended of such high quality that in its simplicity their quality is enhanced. Not complex, not ultra-innovative, but a classic mix superbly executed. 3.5/5.
Feb 23, 2018


Creed Royal Scottish Lavender, like many of the discontinued Creed freshies, has an allure, a classic charm about it that distinguishes from some of the house's more recent, more ready-to-please entries.

The note breakdown is rather straight forward: bergamot on top, lavender in the heart, and sandalwood, vanilla, and "spicy notes" in the base. It has a sharper opening, no doubt due to an unadulterated dose of bergamot, with the lavender itself, after which it dries down into a woody base, the vanilla serving not so much to truly sweeten the mix but just to keep it from remaining as harsh (only slightly) as at its onset.

RSL is a superior performer to most of the Creed freshies, newer or discontinued, and it fits both into the freshie realm and the woody realm, as, particularly after the initial acerbic buzz wears off, it's a mellower, more year-round woody mix.

I initially didn't think I'd like it but it won me over in a few hours.

8 out of 10
May 18, 2017


Royal Scottish Lavender is probably one of the better lavender based fragrances that I've smelled. I'm not a fan of lavender based fragrances and this one is no exception, but I'll admit this one was a well-made scent. From the opening, I got notes of citrus and bergamot paired up against lavender giving a bright and clean opening. The citrusy (citrus and bergamot) notes quickly fade away leaving the lavender which Dullah had previously mentioned was ‘very natural' smelling. The spicy notes or ‘cloves' joins the lavender at the heart giving a much more masculine vibe. At the base, light subtle notes of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, and ambergris are introduced creating a slightly subdued version of the classic Creed drydown all the while maintaining some of the existing lavender and spice notes. Longevity and silage were good with 4-6 hours of longevity with moderate silage for the first 2-3 hours before staying close to the skin. In terms of versatility, the best times to wear it would be in the spring and summer months in cooler weather conditions. I consider RSL as a casual and outdoor scent best worn during the daytime. RSL does carry an ‘old school' vibe and something that an older gentleman could possibly wear. This one I didn't care much for quite simply because I just don't enjoy lavender. Overall, Royal Scottish Lavender was a well-made fragrance and one to try out if you happen to appreciate classic Creed scents.
Apr 20, 2015


The sillage is good and the interplay of the notes makes this one satisfying. This time bergamot shows up more strongly than other Creeds and mixes well with the citrus and lavender. What is surprising is when the beautiful sandalwood arrives and stays to the drydown. There is a little hint of the spiciness found in Acier Aluminum but less upfront.
Nov 23, 2014


I wanted to love this one, but liking it will suffice... Straight-up lavender has always been far too strong for me, so I was thrilled at the prospect of a scent that promised to blend it with vanilla, bergamot, and other tempering notes. This is just lovely for about the first thirty seconds to a minute, where I can really pick out the lavender, bergamot, and vanilla blending beautifully, but after that it dries down to a dull, dusty generic floral. I wish you better luck than mine!Pros: an extremely unique blendCons: doesn't last long on me at all"
Jul 26, 2013

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