After trying a tester of this Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette in my local Body Shop, I found that I really liked the scent so I purchased a bottle of it online.
It comes in a tall, attractive, rectangular shaped bottle which contains 50ml of the eau de toilette. The glass bottle has been updated compared to the picture of this given above and in my opinion, it now looks much more sophisticated. There is a matt silver cap which pulls of and a spray pump underneath which is easy to operate.
The liquid itself is clear and the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is light and refreshing. It's a lovely floral scent which I really like. According to the website, the top notes are of Fuji apple, the heart notes are cherry blossom and there is a base of sandalwood, hinoki wood and fruity musk. As mentioned previously, you can test it out for free in the Body Shop before committing to a purchase.
The only issue with this product is that the staying power is pretty terrible. You can smell it nicely when you apply it but it fades very quickly indeed. The reason I chose the eau de toilette rather than the fragrance mist from the same range is that I was hoping for a decent level of longevity which unfortunately this doesn't provide. At full price this eau de toilette sets you back £16.00 and at that price I would say it is definitely not worth it. I bought mine for half price on ebay so I was happy about my purchase but there's no way I would pay full price for this. The Body Shop also frequently have online offers which could be taken advantage of to get better value.
I would only buy this again in the future if it was half price or alternatively I would buy the fragrance mist instead at £7.50 as I love the scent and this is much more reasonably priced for what you get.
The Body Shop do some wonderful perfumes and I especially like the Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette. I smelly it in store and immediately fell in love so much so that I ended up buying all the matching products to go with it as well.
It has noted of Cherry Blossom, Magnolia and Apples and is utterly divine. It is so feminine and floral but it is also really modern at the same time as being classic and romantic. It is just a really lovely fragrance and one that I have become a huge fan of.
It is quite sweet and floral but because it is so light and fresh smelling the scent isn’t overpowering or too heady. I love the fact that this just transports me somewhere exotic while I am wearing it but it also smells familiar at the same time as being exotic. I really think it is probably the best Body Shop fragrance that there is.
It doesn’t have the best longevity or the best projection so that’s why I use it with the other products in the range so that I can get some better longevity from it but saying that the perfume still lasts about 3 to 4 hours on my skin which isn’t too bad especially considering all modern perfumes seem to have absolutely no longevity these days anyway.
I also absolutely love the packaging that this comes in as the bottle is so pretty and matches the fragrance perfectly. This is part of the ‘Scents of the World’ range and they are all lovely but for me this is definitely the nicest one.
This is a very easy and breezy fragrance to wear. I cannot imagine it ever offending someone as it is just really pretty and very delicate. I probably would like it to be a bit stronger but layering it with the other products does help with that so it isn’t a big problem for me but if I was wearing it on its own then I might be a bot annoyed by the lack of strength and projection.
I think this is great value for money as it costs £16 a bottle so it is significantly cheaper than lots of designer perfumes but it smells just as good and not cheap and synthetic in any way.
A few months or so ago I ordered a huge haul of Body Shop products online as they had an online offer for 50% off. One of the products that I ordered was this Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette comes in a 50ml bottle, and it should be £15 at full price, I paid £7.50 for it as part of my 50% off order.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette comes in a clear glass bottle, and it's a spray eau de toilette rather than a 'dab on' eau de toilette (I'm fairly sure they're not called 'dab on' perfumes, but you get what I'm on about, yes?). I like that the bottle is clear so that I can see how much of the eau de toilette is left. The spray nozzle works perfectly, it actually sprays out quite a large fine mist, as opposed to a concentrated spritz that you get with most perfumes.
I typically spray the Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette all over my body, as eau de toilettes are lighter and not as intense as eau de parfums. Even though I spray the Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette all over my body I don't find that the cherry blossom fragrance lasts all that long on my skin. I normally take my bottle of eau de toilette out with me and top up a couple of times throughout the day. I actually find that the cherry blossom scent seems to linger much longer on my clothes than on my actual skin. Although this is only an eau de toilette and not an eau de parfum I do think that it's quite disappointing that the cherry blossom fragrance doesn't last longer.
The Japanese Cherry Blosssom Eau de Toilette does smell really nice though. It's a very light and refreshing floral fragrance, but it's a sweet and fruity floral fragrance rather than a flowery floral fragrance if that makes sense. It is actually more of a summery fragrance I think, and although I have been using it on and off during the winter months I do think that it's much more suited to wearing on hot summer days. It's quite a light and refreshing fragrance, without being overpowering at all. I don't normally go for floral fragrances, but this one just is more of a fruity-floral than a flowery-floral.
Although I like the fragrance of this Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette I probably wouldn't repurchase it as I was quite disappointed with its longevity. If however I could get it for half price again, just £7.50, then I may actually repurchase it as you can't really complain about getting a 50ml bottle of perfume for £7.50, even if you do have to top it up a couple of times during the day.
During any spell of weather that is warm, sunny or hot, I really like using a perfume product that has a lighter, 'refreshing' edge to it, as I find such fragrances really suit my mood during these times; I can't say I am particularly fond of feeling 'swamped' in heavy scents when the weather is warm and clammy, often feeling smothered within the confines of heavier aromas. For these reasons, I have a small collection of light, airy fragrances that I opt to wear during the times that the sun is shining. This review will focus on my experiences of using The Body Shop's "Japanese Cherry Blossom" Eau De Toilette.
I purchased my 50ml bottle of perfume during a sale at The Body Shop a while ago, and I believe I only paid around £8 as a result of my using a promotional offer. The usual purchase price is £15 which I think is still a reasonable enough price for a bottle of perfume. There is a small selection of items available in the Japanese Cherry Blossom range, and you can purchase in store or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs will usually apply. (Info correct as @ July 2013).
The packaging is fairly attractive, comprising of a tall bottle made of glass that is a sort of oblong, rectangular shape. My bottle resembles that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, but I do believe that the product has recently undergone a little 'facelift' and now has a more slender look to it. There is a silver-coloured cap on top of the bottle which can be removed and replaced quite easily, and there is nothing overly 'fussy' or difficult about using the product, OR its attractive appearance which offers a modern, contemporary design.
Using the spray is without fuss too, I have found, mainly thanks to the fact the 'pump' dispenser in the bottle seems to helpfully 'spritz' just the right amount of perfume onto the skin each time it is pressed. I really like it when perfumes do this as not only does it prevent any waste during the product's use, but I find I can offer a little more 'control' over the perfume's dosage; as I said earlier in this review, I find that a 'less is more' approach is often favourable during the hot summer months.
The perfume's lovely aroma is evident as soon as the liquid is spritzed from the bottle. Being completely true to the scent of Cherry Blossom, I find the fragrance is completely inviting and quite delicious. I am very familiar with the scent of Cherry Blossom, and will regularly seek out products that carry this beautiful fragrance such as scented candles to burn around my home, so I was pleased to discover that The Body Shop's fragrance was extremely authentic and realistic.
Whilst the fragrance has a strong floral 'core', I find that this is not at all 'heavy' or demanding, nor does it feel like the sort of fragrance that 'swamps' the person wearing it. Instead, the delicious scent is lighter than perhaps first anticipated, and I do find that the Cherry Blossom scent is significantly more contemporary than most other floral-based scents that I have came across in recent times; most of these have felt rather old-fashioned and rather 'too old' for my own tastes, but I can't confess to finding this is the case with the Blossom's aroma; this just feels fresh, and light when worn.
Once the Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette has 'settled' on the skin, I find its fragrance develops slightly, and a beautiful, powdery 'undertone' that was a mere 'whisper' within the scent previously really comes through the perfume's aroma at this stage, with this little note in the overall scent allowing it to feel entirely feminine, without being overly 'girly' or immature at all. True, the scent is contemporary and modern, but with a sophisticated edge to it that allows it to feel more grown-up than some other feminine scents I own that feel rather childish in comparison to this one.
Additionally, I feel that the fragrant aroma of Cherry Blossom is absolutely delicious, with its strong, flowery notes being sweetly refreshing, without being so sweet as to become sickly, even when the perfume is worn for a long time, or reapplied throughout the course of the day. In actual fact, I find the perfume never feels sickly or over-bearing, with it sitting quietly on the skin instead, whispering its presence through its sweet floral tones throughout the course of the day.... Just gorgeous.
I find that the fragrance performs only so-so in terms of its longevity, and certainly when compared to other, more expensive perfumes, the difference is notable. Whilst I can detect the aroma quite easily for a couple of hours following application, I do find that after this time the scent is nothing more than a lingering 'trace' on the skin, requiring me to 'top-up' the original application with another spritz from the bottle. This is quite common with perfume products that fall into the price range of The Body Shop's offerings, I have found, and certainly for the price of the product I do feel the result here is reasonable enough. Additionally, I do find that the 'lightness' of the perfume, and it's slightly weaker-than-average scent do suit this particular offering, especially as I will usually only wear it when the weather is warm and/or sunny. For my own needs then, there is nothing really obvious to grumble about when considering this aspect of the scent; it does what I need it to, and it does it well.
A final point worth mentioning, I think, is that I find the beautiful Cherry Blossom aroma has a wonderful uplifting quality within it, with the delicate floral aroma feeling quite 'cheering' and subtly calming, with all of these traits feeling very welcome during the warm weather we have been experiencing lately, when it has been so easy to feel rather hot and bothered. The perfume is absolutely perfect for use during the warmer weather, I think, with it being the perfect accessory to take on a hot summer holiday too.
As with all products from The Body Shop that I have tried out before, I have experienced nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity from the use of this product, finding that it has something of a gentle formulation that is apparently completely sensitive for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
I have absolutely nothing negative to report about this beautiful Eau De Toilette from The Body Shop and it is something of a favourite of mine, particularly during the warm summer months. It is perhaps unsurprising that the product comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score.
For Christmas I received a lovely gift set from the Japanese Cherry Blossom range at The Body Shop, containing the EDT and the body lotion. I had wanted to try these products for ages so clearly I was delighted to receive them both in such a cute girlie box set. Today I am reviewing my experiences of using the Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT.
"Inspired by a spring day in Maruyama Park"
The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT comes in a clear 50ml glass bottle, the brand logo and product name are displayed in white lettering on the front, there is also a Japanese style picture and of course some cherry blossoms all in a beautiful pink design. I find the bottle to be visually appealing, it is extremely cute and girlie, it looks really glam sitting on my dresser. The lid is silver and once removed reveals the spray nozzle.
As mentioned earlier I got this particular EDT for Christmas, I used it along with the matching body lotion a throughout January but found it to be a rather summery scent, so I ended up putting it away. As the sun has been out and the birds have been singing I decided it would be the perfect time to revisit the product.
The perfume itself smells absolutely gorgeous, it is floral with a little fruitiness too, although I find it quite sweet it is also very light and fresh. Unfortunately the longevity of this EDT is not so good, infact I'd say it only lasts around half an hour. The scent of the body lotion lasts a lot longer on the skin, so I would certainly recommend layering the EDT with other products from the Cherry Blossom range.
Whilst I love the design of the bottle and the fragrance it just lacks a decent longevity and for this reason i give The Body Shops Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT thee stars.
Cherry Blossom EDT can be purchased in most Body Shop store and on their website (delivery charges may apply). It currently cost £15.00 for a 50ml bottle.
I only own a couple of expensive bottles of designer perfume which I use sparingly to make them last and then rely on cheaper perfumes for my daily use.
One of my favourite places to pick-up perfumes is from The Body Shop as they are much less expensive than designer perfumes and I like that I can also match them to my shower gels and body moisturisers.
Japanese Cherry Blossom is one of my favourite fragrances from the Body Shop although it is a little bit different from what I would normally wear from there. I usually buy the fruity scents to go with the body products and this just smells a little bit more sophisticated and a little bit more unusual and expensive than those do.
I think it smells more like a designer perfume than something from the Body Shop and it is something which always garners a lot of compliments when I am wearing it.
Obviously given the name this is a floral based fragrance with notes of Japanese cherry blossom, star jasmine and Japanese Persimon. It also has sandalwood and fruity musk. It is supposed to evoke a spring day in Kyoto.
Normally I am not a huge fan of floral fragrances but this is just so beautiful and feminine that I can't help but to love it. Although it is floral it isn't powdery and is very fresh smelling. I can also smell the sandalwood but this is quite subtle in the background.
Although when I first spray this I can smell it strongly on me as can others around me I find it to be disappointing that it is very quick to fade on my skin to the point that only 2 to 3 hours after applying this I can barely smell it and there is no chance of it carrying to other people as it has gone too weak by this point.
It is a shame that this isn't stronger as it is so delicate and pretty that I would love to wear it and smell it on myself for longer. I bought this on the sale and I would be very wary to buy this full price which is £15 as although it is one of my all time favourite smells it just isn't strong enough so I don't think it warrants its full price.
If it was priced more around the £10 mark then I might be encouraged to buy it more often but because it is just that little bit too much for this particular perfume then I only buy it when it is on sale. I do think the fragrance is gorgeous but I just wish it was stronger than it is.
I have always been a big fan of BodyShop products. One of my favourite thing about their products is that, despite the hefty price tag, the quality delivers (most of the time). I have been a long time user of BodyShop cherry blossom range. Its Japanese Cherry Blossom body butter has been a staple at my vanity table. Therefore, I decided to give its japanese cherry blossom eau de toilette a go. I love the scent of the body butter and I want the scent to last throughout the day, so my idea was to use this EDT to enhance and boost the smell throughout the day.
Appearance-wise, the EDT comes in a nice bottle of 50ml and it costs £15. The bottle is made of synthetic glass and the decorative stickers follows the usual pink palette. The cap is made of steel and is easy to remove and put it back on. The EDT liquid is dispensed from a normal squeeze-from-the-top nozzle. For the price, the 50ml quantity is quite a lot compared to most high street/celebrity perfumes.
The predominant scent is japanese cherry blossom and japanese persimmon with a strong dose of star jasmine. There is an underlying whift of sandalwood and fruity musk as well. Based on my experience of using the cherry blossom body butter, they stay true to the sweet and feminine scent with a refreshing burst. It is not very strong, which is one of the advantage of this EDT for me. I can wear this around my friend who is semi-allergic to perfumes, so I'd say the intensity of the scent is spot on.
However, the drawback of this product is that the scent does not linger for long. If I am wearing this in the morning before going to university, I would certainly need to top it up around lunch time. I like to keep a bottle of perfume in my bag, just in case I need to smell nice when doing something social. Therefore, it is quite a problem to carry this 50ml around in my bag. However, one saving grace is that the steel cap doesn't uncap easily, so there's no risk of breaking the nozzle (which have happened to me before) or accidentally spraying precious EDT liquid on my books.
Overall, BodyShop Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT has a refreshing scent with flowery undertones, but it needs frequent top-ups throughout the day. For the price I've paid, I am relatively pleased with what I've got. However, I would have to think twice about spending another £15 on the next bottle of BodyShop Cherry Blossom EDT, mainly due to it's short-lasting duration that resembles more of a body spray rather than a EDT. Besides, I like to switch my perfumes every now and then because it is easy to get used to a scent.
Thank you for reading my review. :) x
When it comes to perfume I know what I like and I tend to play it safe and stick with the same two or three scents. Receiving perfume as a gift is one of my nightmares as I normally end up having to wear a scent I don't like when in the company of the buyer. When I received The Body Shop's 'Japanese Cherry Blossom' perfume for Christmas, however, I was pleasantly surprised.
This perfume is only available as 50ml and can purchased from The Body Shop website or high streets store for £15. I was quite surprised at the price personally. The Body Shop does tend to be a little on the pricey side but £15 for a 50ml bottle of perfume isn't a bad a price at all! This scent is also available as a body mist, shower gel and body butter so there's plenty of opportunity to layer the scent if you wish to do so.
The bottle isn't anything too fancy. A clear rectangle with rounded edges at the top, silver lid and pink sticker on the front and back containing all the usual product information and Body Shop logo. It's very feminine and pretty and I particularly like the fact the bottle isn't too big or supporting an over the top styled lid as it makes it easy to carry the bottle around with me if I ever need to top up my scent during the day/night. I have, however, found a problem with the packaging design. The first time I took the lid off of my bottle I found the pump for the perfume was stuck inside it! I had to cut the lid off (which was very difficult and time consuming) in order to place the pump back onto the bottle and actually be able to use this perfume. I've only ever had the one bottle so I'm not sure if this is a regular occurrence or if I just had a dodgy bottle. Either way, I would have preferred to still have a lid for my bottle.
The scent of this perfume is very nice though. It's a light, sweet, floral scent and it's perfect for everyday wear as it's not too overpowering. The Body Shop website describes this perfume as having 'top notes of Fuji apple, a heart of cherry blossom and a base of sandalwood, hinoki wood and fruity musk. The down side is that it's not very long lasting and virtually impossible to smell after two or three hours of applying it. Fortunately the scent is easy to top up with a couple of sprays which, again, makes the simple bottle being easy to carry around a nice advantage.
All in all I am a fan of this scent and will more than likely replace my current bottle when it's ran out (hopefully keeping the lid in tact this time)!
I quite often buy cheaper perfumes from places such as lush and body shop as they are priced much cheaper than designer ones which means I can use them every day and leave my more expensive ones for special occasions. I normally buy solid perfumes as these offer the best value but if I like the fragrance enough I will buy the eau de toilette.
Japanese cherry blossom contains cherry blossom from Japan, star jasmine, persimmon, fruity musk and sandlewood.
The overwhelming feeling from this perfume is one of femininity but it doesn't smell too young and girly. It has such a pretty delicate fragrance that really envelopes me and it is by far one of my favourite body shop perfumes next to white musk.
I personally think it is the sandlewood and musk that stop this from being too flowery and give it more of a sophistication that is lacking in some floral fragrances.
When I am wearing this people often compliment me and are usuall shocked when I tell them it is from the body shop as it smells so expensive and classy.
I also really like the bottle with this one. It doesn't have the clean, fuss free bottles of some of the other perfumes and is decorated with a pink sticker and braches from the cherry blossom tree. It gives it an oriental look and I think it is a good indication of what the perfume is like.
The perfume is also really good value in comparison with designer ones and is only £15 a bottle. When you compare this to the £30 to £50 that I normally pay for an eau de toilette then this makes it even better value especially as it doesn't smell cheap or artificial.
If I could change one thing about it then I would wish for it to be a little longer lasting than it is. I can usually get around 4 hours with this but I would love for the scent to linger even longer as it is so pretty.
The Body Shop are a beauty brand which believe in supporting Fair Trade and are against animal testing. They offer a wide collection of body treats, skincare, makeup, perfume and gifts. They focus collections of products based on their scent and you can layer up on Mango, Moroccan Rose and even Shea scented goodies!
*~*Japanese Cherry Blossom*~*
The Japanese Cherry Blossom range includes an Eau de toilette, body butter, shower gel, body spray and body puree. The EDT is part of a range of various fragrances from Body Shop. Not every scent collection has a matching fragrance but this one does. The Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is considered a scent which captures the romance and elegance of the Cherry Blossom tree.
The bottles containing the Body Shop fragrances aren't the nicest but they do their intended job. This one is slightly different from the normal BS bottles. It is a rectangular but curvy, clear glass bottle. A silver spray top is discreetly concealed under a pull off silver lid. A pretty pink, paper label adorns the front with a beautiful cherry blossom design and the scent name. Another pink label on the rear has the warnings, contact details etc. The bottle can recycled and as with many fragrances, should be used up within 36months.
All the products in the range carry the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent in different concentrations. The EDT centres around a few key fragrance notes giving an overall floral scent. JCB focuses around a blend of star jasmine, Japanese Cherry Blossom and Japanese Persimon. It is finished off with a base of hinoki wood, fruity musk and sandalwood.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
The Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT is available from the website www.bodyshop.co.uk or from the shop. A 50ml is priced at £15.00.
My previous review advised that I picked up a 4 item Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom from a local charity shop for £3.50. I find Body Shop to be a hit and a miss much preferring Soap and Glory or Lush. I find them to be very overpriced but I wasn't going to knock back a gift set with a 50ml perfume for such a cheap price. My experience with the matching shower gel was awful but this seems to be a running theme with me and Body Shop shower gels! I didn't hold this against the body butter or EDT though.
I love my perfumes and I own several bottles. i have some impressive bottles in my collection but this one isn't one them. It is quite cheap looking and if it wasn't for the the beautiful design on the front, it would be completely boring! I suppose inside is what counts though so lets not judge by first impressions. At first glance it may look like the bottle doesn't have a lid but its slid right onto the sprayer and needs to be removed. The sprayer needs a good push down otherwise a watery spritz is dispensed, pressing right down reveals a strong but fine mist of scent onto my skin. Applied to the wrist and neck I am good to go!
*~*I'm Surrounded By Pink!*~*
I am familiar with the Cherry Blossom tree..they are the ones that look so pretty for some of the year and little pinkness all over the ground when they have had enough! I've used a L'Occitan Cherry Blossom hand cream before and the smell is very similiar. One spritz is plenty to create enough scent to envelope me into a fresh and enchanting dream. It is pretty and inviting with enough strength for those around me to be aware of its prescence..not for long though.
The initial freshness offers a smooth, floral composition. It quickly settles to reveal a soft and pretty floral arrangement which flows gently on a bed floaty, air like freshness. It is quite a unusual bouquet. The Cherry Blossom is quite subtle and is gradually met by a gorgeous, sweet undertone and a slightly spicy fruit kick which is quite warming and a pleasure to wear. Unfortunately the scent settles down way to quickly on my skin after around 1-2hours.
The final scent that greets me is quite confused but the combination works really well to create an unusual but comforting aroma. It offers a smooth and creamy sandalwood with little interuptions from a sweet musk. It is quite close to the skin and developes into an overall earthy, sweet woody composition which is new to me but not unwanted. After a further 2-3 hours, the scent requires a top up as it can no longer be detected.
This is a very light scent that would suit any age group. Day time wear, perhaps during the Summer months would be ideal with something heavier being positioned for evening use.
*~*Conclusion and Recommendation*~*
Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT is a pleasant enough scent. It offers a bit of everything including floral, sweet, fruity and musky making it very multi dimensial. It is a very wearable scent and it suits my skin perfectly. It lets itself down with its lasting strength as other than the initial blast, it lacks any strength and doesn't last long.
£15.00 isn't too bad a price to pay for such a gorgeous, unusual scent but I wouldn't purchase this as a stand alone product as it just doesn't last. I find the days where I apply the body butter as a base before spritzing the perfume on, the scent stays put for perhaps an extra 2hours but nothing all that impressive. I would however recommend this based on the scent and if you happen to see it on offer, pick it up. The scent is quite sophisticated and confident but nothing overally special.
Thanks for reading x
I have recently started trying out more of the Body Shop's ranges thanks to their discount card which offers 10% off all purchases. I treated myself to a Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set in the sales and this perfume was part of it, along with a shower gel and body butter. This perfume is only available from The Body Shop, and can be purchased from their high street stores or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk. It costs £15.00 for a 50ml bottle.
The perfume comes is unboxed which saves on wasteful unnecessary packaging, and is a good thing in my opinion. The bottle has a simple clean cut look to it, with plain clear glass in a sort of cough medicine bottle type shape. The perfume itself is colourless, although it is easy to see how much is left in the bottle as the line of the liquid level can be seen through the glass. The label has a pretty image of Japanese cherry blossoms to give you an instant understanding of what the fragrance represents. This gives a nice touch of colour and has a girly pink shade to it. The lid is quite clever, as it has just a tiny metal cap over the spray nozzle. At first I was a bit puzzled, but you simply lift the little lid off and then spray as usual. When you put the lid back on it tucks down inside the neck of the bottle opening and stays securely in place. This is very neat and tidy, and is reassuring to know that you can avoid spills if you want to carry the perfume around in your handbag.
Product description... "This beautiful light floral fragrance captures the romance and elegance of the Japanese Cherry Blossom with fresh and delicate floral notes on a fruity musk and sandalwood base.
Inspired by the intense natural beauty of the Cherry Blossom tree which blooms for only a very short time each spring."
Top notes of - (not listed!)
Heart notes of - Star jasmine, Japanese cherry blossom and Japanese persimmon.
Base notes of - Sandalwood, hinoki wood, and fruity musk.
When first applying the perfume I get an overall impression of a light floral fragrance that smells very clean and fresh. It has soft and delicate tones that are pretty but lacking in "oomph". Maybe it's because I am not used to using Eau de Toilette perfumes, but I like something a bit stronger and tend to apply about twice as much of this perfume as I would with my normal fragrances. After checking the details online, I can see that there are no top notes listed for this fragrance. Well, I suppose that either means this is an oversight in the product information, or there just aren't any top notes! (Which would be quite unusual). The floral scent is very nice but not particularly mature or developed. It's a very clean-cut girl-next-door sort of fragrance. I can't really detect anything other than the blossom tones and maybe a tiny hint of musk when it's had time to develop. I certainly haven't picked out any of the woody undertones and there does not seem to be much depth to the fragrance.
As nice as the scent it, it is incredibly weak. I like my perfumes to make a statement and this one tends to go un-noticed. It fades very quickly, within only a couple of hours, and I am forever having to spritz on some more to keep the scent at the level that I like. I always carry this around with me when I'm wearing it, so it's on hand for re-application. Because of this, I have already used quite a lot from the bottle and I can see that I will work my way through this perfume a lot quicker than normal so even though the bottle is a generous 50ml amount I don't think it will last long.
This is a rather ordinary everyday perfume. I don't think there is anything special about it to give it a unique style that helps it to stand out from other fragrances. It's easily wearable and is a good enough scent for everyday wear during the daytime. I would never wear this in the evening or to an event as it seems too plain to me. It's a fine, subtle floral scent that would work best for casual occasions, although I tend to just wear it to work as I like to use scent every day but don't want anything too overpowering for in the office. It gives me that little boost that perfume provides, without standing out or being too full on for my office environment. I also like to spritz a little on just before I go to bed so I get that nice clean fresh scent around me as I'm drifting off to sleep. Of course, it's not as glamorous as Marilyn Monroe wearing Chanel No. 5 in bed, but Japanese Cherry Blossom does a good enough job for me in this respect!
The Body Shop also produces several other items in the Japanese Cherry Blossom range, including a Body Mist, Body Puree, Body Butter, and Shower Gel. I think that to get the best possible fragrance effect it would be worthwhile using several of these items together to create a layered effect which would give the scent more strength staying power.
I think this is a good perfume that has a pleasant scent, but not one that I would bother buying again. It is nice and fresh and floral but it doesn't give me that bold impression that I like to have when wearing a perfume. If you like light floral scents then this is a good choice, and it sells at a reasonable price. However, the worst thing for me is how weak the overall fragrance appears once you've sprayed it on, and I am fed up of having to constantly refresh and top it up throughout the day. Japanese Cherry Blossom has a pretty scent that works well for the other products in the range, but does not stand strong enough to hold its ground as a perfume.
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, t-Butyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Helianthus annuus, Geraniol, Prunus serrulata, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Denatonium Benzoate.
~How to be a Cherry Blossom girl~
The range of Body Shop fragrances have been changed over the years and now include a number of fragrances that are bottled in such a way as to make them look modern, minimal and inviting. The Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance is part of the range that is on sale at the moment and is one of the fragrances from the Body Shop range that I have worn and have experience of. I rather liked the look of the bottle when I saw it and when in store, on the recommendation of the sales assistant I sampled the fragrance. At the time I decided it was quite pretty and light enough for a day time fragrance and purchased a 50ml bottle.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance is reasonably priced and can sometimes be bought for a little less as the Body Shop have regular online discounts which can be as high as 30%. There are also regular newspaper offers where by you can pick up a paper with a £5 off voucher in and then use that to purchase anything in store. I have found these types of offers very helpful as they have allowed me to sample the range of fragrances and other products from the Body Shop at 'treat me' prices. The usual retail price for the fragrance is £15 for a 50ml bottle which is reasonable enough for that amount of fragrance, although in this case as the fragrance fades rather swiftly I would prefer it to be a little less.
~Presentation and functionality~
The presentation of the fragrance is simple and minimal with a clear glass straight edged bottle that has a pretty yet modern label showing influences of the cherry blossom from which the fragrance takes its name. I feel that the bottle works well and has a simple feel to it that will not look out of place on many dressing tables. The bottle I had was easy to use as it had a spray applicator that worked well and delivered a reasonable amount of the fragrance to my pulse points when I wanted to wear it. The bottle lid is in a plain silver toned metal and is light and easy to take off or put back on and the bottle works as it should for a fragrance bottle.
The scent that comes from the fragrance is one that is quite pretty and light yet did not last all that well when I wore it. I found that I had to re apply it throughout the day when I wore it and that did effect how long my bottle of the fragrance lasted. The inclusion of cherry blossom was something I hoped would give the fragrance a lovely springtime feel and although I did get a very pretty floral scent from this when I wore it I cannot say that the cherry blossom fragrance was all that strong. Star jasmine and persimmon, hinoki wood and musk are also used yet most of what I can smell from the fragrance is a light floral fruity scent that is rather fleeting when spritzed on. I cannot say that the fragrance has a great deal of depth to it and in this case I feel that this is not a fault of the fragrance at all. I rather suspect the simple lightness of it was what the Body Shop wanted the fragrance to give off, it is a shame that the fragrance fades all too quickly, as I would have been more inclined to buy it again has it lasted better.
~Summary and rating~
To sum up the fragrance I feel that it is quite pretty, is easy to wear and has a very light feel. I would have liked it more had it lasted better and I found that having to spray a little more on throughout the day meant my bottle of the fragrance was used up far to quickly. I feel that although the price is a little high at £15 it isn't too far off what it should be. I would have been more inclined to purchase it again had it stayed put for a few more hours. If you are able to purchase the fragrance at a discounted price it will offer better value. The Body Shop do have a small range of matching body care products that could be used alongside the fragrance in order to extend its life span on the skin and these seem to be priced at £9 for the body puree and £8 for the shower gel. As far as rating the fragrance I feel it ought to get a 3 star rating as it is pretty yet has a questionable longevity when in use that does let it down.
I first fell in love with this particular fragrance when the Body Shop first released the new Japanese Cherry Blossom range. After giving it a sniff in the shop a couple of years ago, I bought the reed diffuser set. The fragrance filled my bedroom for ages and I really liked it, and I ended up buying the Eau De Toilette on eBay. It's lived in my handbag ever since, becoming the perfume that I take everywhere with me when I want a quick spray.
The Body Shop EDT's aren't as highly priced as other designer fragrances, and the bottles aren't the best looking perfume bottles out there. It is quite simply a rectangular glass bottle with a label stuck on either side. One good thing I can say though is despite the fact this bottle had been carried around in my bag nearly every day for the past year and a bit, the labels are still hanging in there, and have only slightly peeled in corners and have not discoloured. The Japanese Cherry Blossom range has a pink theme to it, and it has a simple picture on the front of branches of a tree with cherry blossoms on it. It's simple, and very feminine.
Still, it's not what's on the bottle but what's in the bottle that counts. I wasn't keeping this on my dressing table attempting to look good next to my fancy bottles of perfume, this one is more like a trusted companion. During the day, often at work, I may have a quick spritz of this fragrance to lighten my mood. The reason for this is because the fragrance itself is very fresh, floral and very feminine. It's not a deep, sensual perfume art all though it does have base notes of sandalwood and fruity musk. The heart notes are star jasmine, Japanese cherry blossom and Japanese persimmon. I can smell some slight fruity notes there, and I think it's set nicely against the floral notes.
I've always had compliments when using this perfume. When I sprayed it at work people would always ask who had just sprayed something, because it smelt really good. When I revealed what it was, people were surprised it was a Body Shop fragrance. I became so infamous in the office for spraying this that when I left that job recently, they bought me a new bottle of it (along with the shower gel gift set!).
The one downside to this EDT though is the smell doesn't last long at all. When first sprayed it's quite strong and very distinctive, but after an hour or so I can barely smell it on myself any more. This isn't too much of a bother for me, as it's basically a perfume I often spray late in the afternoon to give myself a little pick me up, and it's not something I would purposefully set out wearing on a morning, and I wouldn't consider it suitable for an evening out or a special occasion. Instead I think this fragrance is ideal for daytime wear.
A 50ml bottle of this has lasted me ages. The simple and plain bottle design makes it easy for me to carry around in my handbag all the time, and I've had no problems with the lid falling off or going missing, nor have I had any leakages. It's only available in the 50ml size, and only costs £15 from the Body Shop though you can pick this up cheaper on eBay. This favourite scent of mine will remain in my handbag for quite some time yet.
After being a slave for my branch of the Body Shop (work experience) I was told I could choose any full priced body butter. I immediately went for the japanese cherry blossom range because I had smelt it all week long and went over there everyday to re-apply the perfume (we are meant to wear the perfumes and make up we sell) and use the lotion because I loved the smell. My extremely kind manager let me have the gift set when I couldn't choose between perfume or butter.
I couldn't wait to go home and try everything and I could now layer up the scents!
The bottle came in 50ml size which I think is quite good as my vanilla EDT was only 30ml and has lasted a decent time so I expect this will last a lot longer. The bottle isn't amazing like my vera wang princess but at this price; it's square, it looks pretty and has some flowers on the front. I don't mind apart from the fact that the lid is really close fitting, so in the mornings its tricky to put back on in a rush. Minor problem though.
I usually like sweet scents (hence the fact I love the vanilla EDT) and flowery scents give me a headache. But when I smelt this it was flowery and sweet. An amazing combination.
this is what the body shop says :
This beautiful light floral fragrance captures the romance and elegance of the Japanese Cherry Blossom with fresh and delicate floral notes on a fruity musk and sandalwood base.
Inspired by the intense natural beauty of the Cherry Blossom tree which blooms for only a very short time each spring.
so the fruity notes I was getting was the musk and the gorgeous flowery cherry blossom.
I think some of my more expensive perfumes are not really suitable for everyday wear especially in the day but this perfume is so light and summery it instantly lifts my mood (and reminds me of the time I spent standing around in the shop doing nothing)
The only other problem I have is that it doesn't last long enough (or maybe I just can't smell it?) and the vanilla lasted quite a long time. I would say after about an hour I can't notice it.
This costs £15 for a 50ml bottle from the body shop or you can get this in a gift set for £20. The price is reasonable- especially if you have a Love Your Body card- for what you get. I love love this perfume and will be going back for the shower gel, body spray, body butter, lotion when the set is finished. I love the entire range!
And of course because it's the body shop, they support community trade and are of course against animal testing as well as supporting charities.
It's nice to see The Body Shop being innovative once again. Not since 1994, when their creative perfume brain, Mark Constantine, defected to start up his natural soap emporium, Lush, that such a wealth of good quality and interesting fragrances, if limitedly compared to before, have surfaced from The Body Shop.
Japanese Cherry Blossom is one of the latter. What the Body Shop usually produced was a big amount of simple, quality single scent fragrances - eg vanilla, white musk (both of which are still around today) - anmd now they are experimenting with new ideas. Good on them!
This is an interesting, light floral fragrance (in no way overpowering, always a plus), which I think captures the romantic, elegant scent of the images associated with Japanese cherry blossom (or, listen to Air's 'chherry blossom girl').
The top notes are fuji apple, chinese magnolia, osmanthus flower; the middle notes are star jasmine, japanese cherry blossom and japanese persimmon. The base notes are sandalwood, hinoki wood, and fruity musk. The overall scent is one of light floral with dusky, woody tones.
This is sensual, pretty and easy to wear. I would recommend it to anyone of any age - though probably it would suit a young woman, or a teenager discovering her scent.
As always with TBS, it's light and easy to wear, non-greasy, easy to carry and good for hypersensitive skin. And at £15 a go, why ever not?