Yardley London and Woods of Windsor

Established in 1770, Yardley of London is apparently the world’s oldest cosmetics company. They make a lovely range of soaps, perfumes, bath products, talcum powder and the like.

Yardley holds 2 Royal Warrants.

On the Yardley website it says:-

“True to our heritage, we feel that it is important that as many of our products as possible are sourced in the UK and as of 2012 a large proportion (90%) continue to be manufactured in the UK with the majority of remaining products being made in the EU.”

Also, established in 1770 (as a chemist), Woods of Windsor now sells soaps, fragrances, bath products, hand cream and the like. I think there products are (at least mostly) made in England. They have a shop near Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England. They also sell Yardley products in their shop.



As far as I can work out (and it is by no means clear!) Yardley London and Woods of Windsor are owned by the Indian company Wipro. Yardley London is run as a disctinct entity, based at the Woods of Windsor shop in Windsor. However, another Indian company Lornamead owns Yardley in the Americas, Germany and Austria (they have a separate website – http://www.yardleylondon.com). There is no indication on their website of where Yardley Americas, Germany and Austria make their products.


2 thoughts on “Yardley London and Woods of Windsor

  1. Doreen Pope

    What has happened to the quality of Yardleys Lavendar luxury soap? The last quarter of the bar it seems to lose it’s lather. Have been in contact with the company but it appears they don’t want to deal with the issue. I wont be buying anymore after all these year of a lovely product.


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