The best of the Crabtree & Evelyn line, Sienna, with its spices and leather sits nicely alongside Z-14 and Trumper's Curzon. It--to me--is less about Sienna and all it represents (the Palio, panforte, etc.), and more about Jermyn Street and a gentlemanly English vibe. Despite its spices, this is no oriental--it is a medium-dry leathery chypre-like fragrance with great lasting power and subtle sillage. The lemon gives it some freshness while the oakmoss and patchouli in the base give it depth and warmth. Imagine Giancarlo Giannini on a trip to London, wearing a bespoke suit, strolling down St. James'on his way to some assignation (His tailor? A mistress? His priest? Just looking for an enoteca?)--that is what Sienna evokes for me.
This is/was my favourite scent out of the men's range at C&E. Sad to hear it has been discontinued. I've tried the eau de toilette and soap - both were superb. Very masculine...woody, earthy, leathery, herby and powdery. If I could set a scene to match this fragrance it would be like walking into Penhaligon's at St. James Street, London. Sort of traditional, old world vibe, gentlemen with mustaches and monocles wearing top hats; coach and horses out front...
Wonderful fragrance for men... sadly discontinued.
Sienna by Crabtree & Evelyn is a wonderful, traditional masculine combination of citrus, herbs and soft leather. The lemon is fresh, and the herbs such as rosemary, basil and clary sage give a nice feel and touch to the smooth leather note underneath, all resting on a nice base of oakmoss and patchouli. I use the shaving soap for this (in addition to the Eau de Toilette) and it smells amazing!
It's sad that this one was discontinued recently because it really smelt more expensive than it was. Like a very expensive, clean luxurious soap with herbs, leather and spices. Wonderful stuff. This was made to smell like medieval Italy (the city of Sienna), but actually it smells like really expensive soap... in fact the best! I am a little sad that Crabtree & Evelyn discontinued this one (as they did with so many of their "better" fragrances. Mais c'est la vie!
I found a bottle of eau de carven in my late grandpa's cupboard dated around 50s.
Sienna reminds me of that... Its really amazing, not necessarily to be called old man's stuff.
Though I wonder whats " hint of fire "
Sienna is another viable option for fans of classic masculine structures. To paraphrase another firm's ads, "if you love Halston Z-14 (or Tuscany or Santos), you'll love Sienna." Sienna is of the kitchen-sink school, ladling in spices, leather, patchouli, perhaps some basil. For a substantial bottle the price is quite a bargain and anyone near a mall will probably be able to access it, although there's talk of the line being discontinued.