Yardley London is famous as a purveyor of luxury fragrances and soaps. But
did you know that the much-storied House of Yardley was born in England in the
mid-seventeenth century, during the reign of King Charles 1?
An entrepreneurial young man named Jonathan Yardley obtained a royal warrant
for the provision of all the soap to City of London. The means by which this
warrant was obtained are lost to history, however we might suppose it involved
payment to the monarch of a sizeable, and no doubt welcome, sum.
This first incarnation of Yardley was lost, as was so much of the old city,
in the Great Fire of London of 1666; save for one detail – that lavender should
be used to perfume the soaps.
A century later, in 1770, the Cleaver family established Yardley London,
creating the soap and perfumery business we know today. Through astute business
and a convenient marriage the Yardley family once again became involved in this
operation, and by the early 1800s Yardley London was back in family hands.
In the following years the business thrived and prospered, its famous
advertising becoming a hallmark of the times. So to 1880, and with the Victorian
era at its height Yardley exported its first products to the USA, a range of
English lavender soaps, naturally.
Nearly a century of gradual expansion followed, first to Australia and then
across the world. A succession of Royal Warrants, innovations and new products
were testament to the popularity of the quintessential English fragrance.
Cut to the 1960s: London is the beating heart of the swinging post-war west,
and Yardley London introduces our first ever line for grooming-conscious men.
Style icon Twiggy becomes the face of the brand, and Yardley enters the
glamorous world of Formula 1, sponsoring the BRM team.
In the decades that follow, Yardley would enjoy a succession of famous
corporate parents, including Beechams and Wella, until in 2005 the now-legendary
brand is acquired by The Lornamead Group, manufacturer and marketer of personal
Today’s Yardley London embodies this rich and wonderful heritage with pride.
We continue to create exquisite luxury items for discerning customers the world
over, carrying on a tradition and lineage that other perfumery houses can only
The fragrance that has defined Yardley London for nearly 400 years
With its heady and seductive scent, lavender has been favoured since the
earliest human civilisations.
Since the House of Yardley was established in 1770, lavender has remained our
signature scent and we’ve dedicated ourselves to understanding and appreciating
every nuance of the plant. In the 1930s we commissioned scientists to scour the
globe for the most sought after varieties, which lead to the discovery of
Lavandula Augustifolia. This unique species is still grown in England today and
forms the basis of our signature range.