“ Brand: Body Shop / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Type: Oil Fragrance „
I paid £6 for this coconut perfume oil from The Body Shop.
The perfume itself is presented in a small jar that is transparent and features a "dabber" inside the lid. You dab the perfume onto your skin and it is said to be good for the skin as the oil doubles up as a moisturiser.
The scent is VERY sweet, so if you dislike scents that are sweet I would suggest staying away from this one. Some people have asked me what "horrible" scent I am wearing, although some have also complimented me on it. The perfume is long lasting. It lasts pretty much ALL day without needing to be topped up. It's a great daytime scent but I think it'd be too sweet to use as an evening scent. When I sniff it I am taken to far away beaches and paradise, if such a thing even exists! It's very summery and it reminds me of summer holidays and palm trees!
It's a very tropical scent, it DOES actually smell like coconut. It doesn't smell fake or synthetic and I like that about the scent. It smells very natural and like I said, it is very long lasting, so for the £6 that I paid for it I would say it is very good in terms of value.
I would recommend this scent to people who like sweet scents and coconut fragrances. You can also use it with an oil burner if you wish.
Paradise in a bottle.
~Body Shop coconut fragranced perfume oil~
In days gone by when buying a 'mix your own' fragrance from the Body Shop suddenly became really quite popular, with anyone and everyone who fancied themselves as being hip, trendy and partial to so called ethically traded products, wanting to create their own masterpiece in fragrance form, this little coconut scented fragrance was amongst those you could rely on as a cheap and cheerful 'nip in and dab on a cheeky sample' quick fix pulse point fragrance. Whilst I certainly wouldn't say that this coconut fragrance oil is a classic fragrance which oozes style and substance, I would say that it does give off a relatively pleasing summery coconut feel when lightly applied making it a fair choice as a holiday fragrance suitable for day wear that smells only a little nicer than cheap suntan oil.
Sadly the Body Shop stores that I have visited in more recent times often don't stock the wonderful array of fragrance oils that they used to, which has put a stop to the 'create your own fragrance' option that was such fun to do in store. This has meant that many of the perfumed oils that were once on sale are no longer kept as part of the range of in store Body Shop buying options and many can no longer be bought on line either. For those wanting to try out this product the coconut flavoured fragrance oil is still on sale online for use at some sites, although it seems unavailable direct from the Body Shop at this time.
~Coconut with a dash of vanilla!~
The Body shop described this fragrance oil as being a 'delicious, exotic fragrance, suitable for women who enjoy wearing comforting, tropical scents' which seems to want to convey the coconut scented yumminess of the oil, with its coconut and vanilla scented warmth. I feel that whilst this fragrance oil does work on some levels it won't please everyone and although it can inject a hint of summer and thoughts of warm tropical beaches into your thoughts at times, it won't inspire that much every time you wear it. The Body Shop wanted us to think that this little bottle of coconut themed fragranced oil was like a warm hot summer day held in a small and easy to use glass bottle and for those who are partial to a pina colada and a dab of this instead of some coconut based suntan oil, it very well may be just that...if you can still get your hands on it!
~Ease of use~
As a fragranced oil this coconut scented Body Shop fragrance is meant to be the strongest form of the fragrance you can buy. With it also being alcohol free it should be kinder on the skin too, causing less stress/ reaction, making it perhaps more suited to anyone with a sensitive skin condition or those who are unable to wear fragrances which contain alcohol for other reasons. In use I have not found the oil too heavy when dabbed onto the wrists and neck when used sparingly and there have been no adverse reactions that I have noticed. As the fragrance is produced as an oil based product I have found that it does take a a little longer to soak into the skin and become fully absorbed and can at times leave a slightly oily feeling on the skin for a short time after use.
Having used the fragrance over the course of time I have found that it works well enough as a pulse point oil that can be placed at the wrists and neck area, as it can be lightly rubbed into the skin and allowed to dry off. I wouldn't recommend the oil as an all over the body fragrance product that you use directly on the skin, as it could cause slight marking or staining of clothing due to its oil content, although to be fair the oil is clear in colour. Having used this product my feeling is that it is best used on areas that are not in close contact with clothing if using it as a fragrance, although I have used a few drops of this in a warm bath as a mood enhancer and found it gives off a hint of fragrance without leaving the skin feeling oily afterwards.
~Top, middle and base notes~
The top notes of the fragrance oil surprisingly include coriander as well as coconut milk and of course coconut itself and once the oil is placed onto your skin you do get a light coconut scent that springs forth. I haven't found the fragrance to be capable of giving off a really heady and intense blast of fresh coconut, as the effect you get is slightly watered down yet still summery and deeply coconut related. It is interlaced with a light hint of spicy coriander which seems an odd combination that will not suit all fragrance buyers and has a sandalwood base that may not be to everyones taste. The vanilla in the fragranced oil does give a warmer lingering feel to this, although it can be too much at times, as the combination of the coconut and vanilla can feel a little too synthetic. On balance at the price you paid in the past the fragrance wasn't too bad, making this fine for use during those moments when a quick fix pulse point fragrance was needed. I certainly found that using some of this coconut scented glory did the trick from time to time.
When I last purchased some of this fragranced oil the small 15ml bottle was fair value for money and a little of the perfume went a long way. Having looked online at more recent prices it seems that the cost of a super tiny bottle has rocketed in price towards £20 at a non Body Shop source, making this poor value for money when comparing it with other more wearable coconut scented fragrances. The fragrance does still seem to be listed on the Body Shop website, although I cannot see any valid pricing for it, meaning it may be that it is only available from time to time, so if you are a fan it may be worth checking the site just in case. Over all I feel that this can only really be worthy of a mid point 3 star product rating, as whilst I wore it in the past it isn't something that appeals as much now that there are a number of better coconut based fragranced, hair, body and fragrance products you can buy as an alternative.