Crabtree & Evelyn Product Review

Crabtree & Evelyn Product ReviewCrabtree & Evelyn was founded in 1972 and specialises in luxurious personal care products, gourmet foods, gifts, and fragrances.

My first experience with products from Crabtree & Evelyn was way back in the year 2002. I was given a $40 voucher during a work Christmas party to spend on whatever I liked.

So I bought myself a Crabtree & Evelyn summer hill scented bathsoap and the body powder.

When I started to use these products, I noticed that both had a strong and pleasant fragrance. I liked the smell of these products.

It was only the last few years that I started getting more concerned about the products that I use on my body that made me switch to a certified organic brand of products called Miessence. Ever since, I became more aware of harmful ingredients that are commonly used by personal care manufacturers to make their products, I know which brands I should avoid.

One of these brands do include the Crabtree & Evelyn products. They are definitely NOT Natural & Organic. In fact, many of the products have ingredients that I would not like to apply on my body. I will explain why soon. 

Occasionally, I still receive Crabtree & Evelyn products as gifts from friends during birthdays and christmas. The most recent products that I received was the Pomegranate Body Lotion (Left side) and the Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed ultra-moisturising hand therapy (middle picture). The summerhill scented body lotion (Right side) was given to me a few years ago. This body lotion has a very strong floral fragrance, which I will review in this post.

Crabtree & Evelyn Products

All three of these products have a long list of ingredients. I couldn’t even pronounce most of these ingredient names and had to look them up to see what they actually are. Plenty of synthetic ingredients and most of them are quite nasty too.

So let’s have a look at the Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Scented Body Lotion. 

Product Reveiw

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Ingredients List

summerhill_ingredientsI used the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Cosmetic Database to analyse each ingredient and check their safety profile. You can find this database in the Resources page. CLICK HERE!

According to EWG, the safety scores range from 0 – 10. Zero means very safe, while 10 means highly toxic substance.

After I have reviewed each ingredient, I will only point out which ingredients are the most hazardous in this ingredients list.

Ingredient with a score of 5 and above:

Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl cinnamate, Benzyl benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, cinnamyl alcohol, Fragrance, Retinyl Palmitate, and Benzyl Salicylate.


There are 5 paraben ingredients towards the end of the list. This includes methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butyparaben, and isobutylparaben.

Parabens mimic the female hormone, estrogen, and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Parabens should really be avoided due to it’s link with breast cancer.


Many of the ingredients that scored 5 or more are actually fragrance or masking ingredients. They are also known as a human immune system toxicant or allergen. Read more about the dangers of fragrance HERE!

According to EWG, one of the most toxic ingredients on this list with a score of 9 is actually Retinyl Palmitate! This ingredient is composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). It is suggested that application of this ingredient to skin in the presence of sunlight may speed the development of skin tumours and lesions. 

Pretty scary stuff! My analysis of one of Crabtree & Evelyn’s bodycare products shows you how unhealthy and harmful this product can be for our body. So this is the reason why I prefer not to use products from this brand and stick with my favorite brand, Miessence

Read my review on some Miessence products. You will see a big difference with their ingredients list. CLICK HERE!

Even though Crabtree & Evelyn do have some very nice smelling products and beautiful packaging, I care too much about my health to use these products. 

What are your thoughts? Would you rather smell nice than care about what ingredients you are applying on yourself? Would love to hear your opinions by leaving a comment below.


  1. cutepackagingbeautyproducts says:

    Hi there! I have heard of Crabtree & Evelyn and there are a few retail stores located in the shopping centres near where I live. However, I have never brought anything from them and just like you, I have received Crabtree & Evelyn products such as butter cookies, rosewater hand cream as a christmas presents. After reading your review, I’m kinda afraid to use their products now and will probably be mindful not to get their products as christmas gifts as well!

    • Teresa says:

      It’s so easy for people to just fall in love with the nice packaging and the floral fragrances of these products. When we go to the shops, we are being exposed to so many different brands of personal care products. But for the health conscious person, it would not be difficult for them to select products that align with their values. Need to also be aware of products that are promoted as natural & organic too because not all of them are genuine. Just need to learn how to read the ingredients list and decide for yourself whether you want to buy the product or not.

  2. Kevin says:

    I was doing some shopping for my wife and I came across your site. I am really glad I did too!
    It amazes me how companies will continue to use ingredients that they know are harmful and can cause long term side effects, as long as they can continue to make a buck. Someone unsuspecting would just assume that items in the health and beauty sector would be safe to use without having to risk tumors and other health problems.

    Thanks for helping to keep everyone informed.


    • Teresa says:

      The personal care and cosmetic industry is not highly regulated, which means that companies are allowed to use what ever ingredients they wish in their products, even though those ingredients are known to be harmful. That is why there are companies like Miessence, who go against this practice and actually make products that are pure and chemical-free for people to enjoy. Personal hygiene can still be taken care of without compromising on health!

  3. Angela Zechinatp says:

    Hi, I can almost smell the Crabtree Evelyn Products as you review them.I remember wandering through the beautiful Crabtree-Evelyn stores. I used to love the sweet smelling lotions and powders.

    That was before I started becoming more aware of the ingredients in most of our over the counter so called personal hygiene and beauty products. I had been experiencing fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms mimicking arthritis.

    It amazes me how many online health and wellness companies are promoting so called natural products that contain parabens and a list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients. I lost faith with some of my favorite and have not purchased anything where I can’t read the ingredients first.

    I will take a closer look at Miessence as I am not familiar with this product line.

    This review was well written and congratulations by the way on your beautifully presented site.
    All the best,

    • Teresa says:

      Thanks for your comment Angela. I’m glad to hear that you like my site.

      It is sad that many health and wellness companies are looking to cash in on the natural and organic trend by promoting fake natural products. There are many genuine people who are looking for a real alternative to those chemical-laden products and don’t want to be sold something that is fake. It’s called greenwashing! It’s also unfair on the consumer I think.

      I do highly recommend people to try Miessence if they are really searching hard for genuine organic products. These products are one of the best brands I have used and have not given up on them. I’ve been using them for 4 years now and have never regretted my decision to buy these products.

  4. Pat Tucker says:

    Hi there:
    I too find it scary to look at the labels of these items that we are putting on our skin. We all need to get better at reading our product labels and using the EWG guide is an excellent tip.

    We put these things on our skin and we wonder why our skin is dry or we are getting wrinkles early. No wonder. Thanks for the excellent information.

  5. renee says:

    I just received a set of summer hill products as a gift including the body lotion you analyzed. It seems the formula is different. No parabens or Retinal palmitate. Though other ingredients you mentioned still there. Seems they may be trying to detoxify their products. Also, some reviews of Summer Hill from customers who have used the products for a long time seem to say the products have been reformulated (but not as gratifying to use because of it). I use the EWG site regularly to evaluate my products. I think new legislation will be coming soon and these companies are seeing the writing on the wall. This is not an endorsement of Crabtree & Evelyn. Just a comment to keep monitoring the products you use and hopefully soon all our products will be safer.

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