My mum gave me this perfume as she had added it to an online order without having tested it, and it turned out she wasn''t too fond of the scent. However, I love it. I think it is a great scent.
The scent is nice and light, suitable for summer wear and daytime wear, or for those
The bottle is elegant clear glass with a gold coloured lid and the perfume is a pale pink colour. Personally I think that a large part of having perfume is about luxury and having a treat rather than the smell itself and this bottle looks nice on my dressing table and definitely fulfils this criterion.
In terms of value this product is absolutely fantastic. Body shop fragrances are much much cheaper than most of the leading brands of perfume and celebrity fragrances. In my opinion the scent of this perfume is just as good as most more expensive brands, and better than some.
The one way in which way this product is not as good as its more expensive counterparts is its lasting power. I would say it only lasts a couple of hours, which is not really very long for a perfume, and I would expect more even from a fairly cheap perfume and especially Body Shop generally produces good quality products, in my opinion.
Overall this is a really good value product with a pleasant scent. I highly recommend it, just don''t expect it to last all day.
I''m fond of Body Shop perfumes, as I generally find them to be lovely scents and very reasonably priced. One of my recent acquisitions, in a discounted set, was a bottle of Love Etc. perfume. ***Bottle*** This relatively new fragrance from The Body Shop comes in a simple tapered glass bottle, square when looked at from the top. It is clear, meaning you can see exactly how much of the clear perfume you have remaining. The lid is gold and the name on the bottle is pink. It''s a relatively simple bottle, but attractive and I am happy to display it on my dressing table. ***The Fragrance*** I couldn''t find any details about the components of the fragrance on the Body Shop website, but to me it smells like a light, delicate floral fragrance. It''s perfect for summer days in my opinion, and I think it would suit all women from pre-teens to older ladies, anyone looking for a lighter scent. I don''t think it would do so well for an evening fragrance, or for when you want to be noticed. ***My Experience*** I wasn''t wholly keen on this fragrance when I first tried it, I''m not sure why but I just didn''t take to it. Perhaps because it was more of a floral, rather than a fruity scent. However, I really like it now, it grew on me quite quickly. As with other Body Shop perfumes, I didn''t find this to have the best longevity ? just a couple of hours. However, for me the price makes up for this. Also, I don''t always want a strong long-lasting perfume, especially in the summer when it''s easy to be overpowered by scent if you''re not careful. ***Price and Availability*** The perfume costs around GBP13 for 30ml, very well priced in my opinion, like all Body Shop scents. ***Conclusion*** I definitely recommend this perfume. It might not have the best longevity, but it''s a lovely light floral scent, ideal for the summer.
I bought the Body Shop Love Etc eau de toilette because I really like The Body Shop and wanted to try a different perfume from them. I bought it online so I didn't even test it, I read the description and took a chance. I had a discount code for 30% off, The Body Shop release discount codes very often so I wait for them before buying anything. A 50ml bottle of Love Etc Eau de Toilette costs £7.50 which is very reasonable for 50mls of perfume. The website describes this as ''Our irresistible fragrance in an eau de toilette: a heart-stopping fusion of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood notes.'' That appealed to me because I love all of those scents, especially together.
The packaging is just a clear glass bottle with pink writing and a gold lid. The Body Shop usually do standard, functional bottles and that isn't a problem for me. It's very plain compared to some perfume bottles though, maybe The Body Shop could be more imaginative. For the reasonable prices though, this seems perfectly fair.
When you first spray this, I think there is a quite artificial smell but that disappears within seconds so it isn't an issue whatsoever. The scent that hits me first is vanilla, it is a warming, sweet smell but not sickly at all. There is a citrus smell to this perfume, although that wasn't described on the website, it's definitely there and I think it's one of the top notes. Rather than a fruity citrus, it smells like bergamot to me- dry, crisp and peppery. I have used bergamot oil in my oil burner many times so it is a familiar smell to me. This adds some tanginess and freshness which is really nice with the vanilla, they go together perfectly. I can also smell neroli which adds a little bit of a light floral scent along with some fresh, citrus notes. The sandalwood adds warmth and woodiness which I love in a fragrance. The vanilla and citrus together with the earthy sandalwood balance each other out and compliment each other. They go together in perfect harmony- the strong vanilla fades a bit after a few minutes on the skin to let the sandalwood scent come through. I can smell musk in this perfume, I have smelled Body Shop musk fragrances and the musk in this perfume reminds me very much of them. The musk adds more earthiness works together with the sandalwood to add woodiness and warmth to the overall fragrance. There is a light, crisp pear scent in this which I am not sure whether to call a base note or a top note. I can smell it throughout all the other scents but it's very light and doesn't jump out. It does add a lovely, very light and subtle fruitiness, freshness and sweetness. It isn't sickly in the slightest and I wouldn't describe this perfume as fruity. There is also a powdery, floral note to this, although it isn't overpowering. It adds a nice, feminine, floral fragrance which makes for a well-rounded perfume.
This perfume is absolutely fantastic for the price. I think it's great value because of all the different notes. Sometimes cheaper fragrances can be quite simple but this has a lot of depth and I can pick out quite a lot of smells from it. It isn't artificial smelling, it doesn't have an alcohol smell which is great because I have noticed that in other perfumes for this kind of price.
I would definitely recommend this! It is great value for money at £7.50 for 50mls or less with a discount code. I love the fragrance but of course it is down to taste so I do recommend testing it in one of their shops before buying. I think the bottle looks like something marketed to teenagers but that isn't the case when it comes to how it smells. I really do think this is suitable for all ages.
Whilst I love the Body Shop I don't tend to buy their perfumes, chiefly because as a teenager I regularly doused myself so liberally in their Dewberry scent that it's a wonder I didn't permanently scar my nasal passages. I also found out the hard way that it's a pretty effective deterrent when sprayed into the eyes of the big mean 6th year who's intent on shoving you into your locker and padlocking it. Don't get me wrong, I was grateful at the time but knowing that a range of fragrances can also double up as mace doesn't exactly make me want to rush out and buy them when I want to smell nice. However, just before Christmas I was buying a lot of stuff online from the Body Shop as they had really good deals on where you got 50 quid's worth of stuff for £25. I needed to make up the amount so I added a bottle of this onto the order, figuring that if I really didn't like it I could use it just for work or as a present.
===What's in a name?===
To be fair, perfume and aftershave nomenclature really is a load of dreadful old arse (with special mention going to SJP for the utterly bland and mimsy 'Lovely') but by anyone's standards 'Love, etc.' is an awful name for a fragrance.
===Pretty enough to have on the dressing table?===
No, and mine lives in my in-tray in work. It's a very plain and functional bottle; cuboid tapering towards the base and with a very plain, gold-coloured lid.
Strangely enough (as I'm not sure it's one of the ingredients) the very first thing that it hits me upon applying this is a waft of liquorice. Thankfully, it fades quickly as I'm not a fan of the stuff and then a very powdery, jasmine note develops. For me, it's too synthetic and far too sweet and is overwhelming. Underneath it all I get a white floral scent which I find difficult to pinpoint and a note which I think is supposed to be pears but which, to me, has that acetone-y smell you get with pear drops and overripe fruit. At this point, the perfume is really very potent; I know immediately upon walking into my classroom if my assistant has stolen a cheeky squirt. Not a bad start, but not a particularly promising one, either.
===The middle notes===
The top notes disappear in this perfume really quickly - we're talking minutes - but the powdery jasmine remains and is bolstered by wallop of vanilla. Unfortunately, this note has the same problem as the jasmine: it smells very plasticky and chemical and with little resemblance to the comforting fragrance of real vanilla pods, which I love. The white floral note is still present but only just, which is a shame as that's the part of the fragrance I liked best and which stopped it from being too cloying. During this phase the perfume smells very youthful and girlish with little in the way of sophistication. On me, the perfume stays very close to my skin and someone standing right beside me would be able to smell it but any further than that and it would disappear entirely. This is fine for work purposes but for a night out I prefer a fragrance to have a bit more presence.
===The base notes===
This isn't a perfume with great longevity and the base notes start to develop after an hour or two. Thankfully, the overly strong jasmine has receded a bit and what's left behind smells strongly of that other popular Body Shop fragrance of my teenage years, White Musk. The sandalwood that is purported to be in the ingredients isn't terribly evident to me. There is virtually nothing left of the perfume after 4 to 5 hours, which is disappointing in an eau de parfum, although I can still detect it on my clothes.
This isn't the worst perfume in the world, but nor is it anything special. It's synthetically sweet and fairly one-dimensional; fine for work or everyday use but I wouldn't opt to buy it again.
I was introduced to this perfume a long time ago, by a friend of mine who's now moved to Australia - she was a big fan of The Body Shop from a very young age, funded by parents I suspect but for I think a birthday a very long time ago she bought me a bottle of this perfume and I've been hooked ever since. Hooked on Body Shop perfumes as well as the rest of the Body Shop products but I always had my eye on more expensive perfumes - it took me a long time to persuade my other half to get me the perfume I really love, but in the meantime I had a lot of birthday and christmas gifts containing this perfume and to be honest it kept me going brilliantly and even to this day I still love this perfume!
~*~ The Body Shop ~*~
The Body Shop is a cosmetic and body care store that has been around since 1976, and currently has over 2000 stores across over 60 countries - so you'll not be short of places to find one if you're on holiday! A company, that is cruelty free, natural and environmentally minded - you'll be hard to miss one on the high street, because even the smell of the place just from walking past it makes you want to go in. From body butters, to perfumes, cosmetics, they have some of the best hand cream I've ever used - and you can get yourself a mini make over in there for the price of an item of make-up, what more can you ask for! The fact that everytime I walk past the store I get a whiff of whatever scent they are championing that day - it lures me in everytime, I'm such an easy draw to The Body Shop!
~*~ Love ETC ~*~
This perfume is one that I've had for a number of years, and seems to be somewhat of a classic Body Shop fragrance, now I have seen it in store recently - but I came to have a look on The Body Shop website as I have £30 off a £60 spend, and it's not on the site anymore, I'm hoping that it's not about to come to an end of production because it's a beautiful scent that I did think was actually quite popular, but as a word of warning just in case I manage to persuade anyone that this perfume is as amazing smelling as I think it is and that you want one - that you may struggle to get hold of it on The Body Shop website. Which is a shame, because I wanted to buy some today, because my bottle is empty and I want to smell nice!
As with the majority of Body Shop perfumes the bottles are really quite plain and simple, which is I guess part of the reason they are nowhere near as expensive as the perfumes that have lots of extras on the bottles. For me to be fair I don't need a fancy bottle to make a perfume attractive, admittedly they look good on a shelf but to me perfume is about the smell inside rather than what it looks like. This bottle has a plain square base, with tapered sides so it's wider at the top than at the bottom - all the way up the bottle though it has really quite thick glass, so don't worry too much if you drop it because my bottles have been dropped copious amounts of times and yet I've not smashed one! The lid is a nice rose gold colour, it's obviously just a metal lid but it's a better colour than just plain silver - it pulls off to reveal a push spray nozzle, it's only a small top, but it does spray out a more than ample amount of perfume - and out of all the bottles I've had I can safely say I've never had a problem with it spraying out or getting blocked, so that shows quality. It's written on the side what it is, so you'll not wonder which perfume it is once you've taken it out of the white box with multi coloured hearts all over it - it's a really nice box actually, pity unless you've got unlimited space it gets ruined by other things, or other people in my house actually.
This perfume contains; Vanilla, Jasmine and Sandalwood according to The Body Shop website - there are other scents mixed in there as well, but given that I'm not someone who knows every scent under the sun I won't pretend that I know everything that is contained in this perfume. I do feel that there is probably a bit of musk in there as well, but that seems to be the same with a lot of Body Shop fragrances actually, someone did tell me a little while ago when I was wearing it that it had a hint of Bergamot in it, which until I smelt that alone I didn't realise - as I said not the biggest perfume connoisseur in the world! The vanilla on me is very obvious actually, it seems on my skin that the sweeter scents seem to come out very prominently - and that everyone can smell them, even if the perfume is not overly sweet the scents that are sweet and sticky come out on my skin, and I love it - my other half loves me smelling really sweet too, but sometimes it can get a little too sickly, which is nice because you have the other notes of fruity scents to make sure it doesn't get overly sickly.
The scent I was reliably informed about which I've been told is bergamot, is a citrus scent that you may have smelt without realising, which is apparently what I've been doing for a few years - which is silly considering upon looking a lot of my perfumes contain it, it's not the biggest scent to this perfume though I have personally found that the jasmine and sandalwood combination feels like the strongest scents. The jasmine is a very strong scent - but if you've got a perfume with jasmine in you'll already know that, it's got a very strong scent that is sweet but floral at the same time; it's a scent that sticks around for a long time, so at the same time as having a lovely vanilla scent to my skin the jasmine mixes well to keep me smelling sweet but floral at the same time. The sandalwood, to me in this perfume is a very subtle scent that if you spend a long time sniffing the perfume you will smell, or just as it's wearing off skin you'll get a whiff of this woody scent, that just builds on the sweetness of the perfume over all. I'm sure there is probably more scents in the bottle, but there's nothing more that I can smell, this scent to me is a beautiful sweet smell - with nice floral undertones that has good staying power!
This scent though to me really probably should only be worn in spring and summer when there is a lot of floral scents in the air, because it's already quite a sweet smell and the floral air would compliment it well. I find that when I wear it in the winter it just feels too overpowering, unless it's a windy day, because it is a strong perfume that in the winter you need more spicy scents rather than the sweet ones that give you that lovely summery feeling. On a winters day if I do decide to wear this perfume, it will last all day on a very strong scent - but in summer if it's hot you'll find that the scent doesn't last all that long, well it does last but it blends in well with the air so you don't notice it as much. I do however find on fabrics the smell does last a long time, so when I've got a scarf on and I've sprayed this perfume it lingers for a long time, and it does make people notice you're wearing perfume actually - I've had lots of people ask me what the perfume I'm wearing is when I'm wearing this, and because of this I've turned a few of my friends into lovers of this perfume, which means we'll all be a bit disappointed if it's being taken out of production
I've only ever had 30 ml bottles of this perfume, but originally it came in 50 ml bottles too - my 30 ml bottles will last me a good couple of months of wearing it daily and applying a couple of times a day especially in the summer. Considering it was around £10 a bottle for 30 ml I wasn't really spending a lot a month on smelling great!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
This perfume is available from - The Body Shop in store only at the moment as I've said I'm not sure if it's going to come back available online or if they are thinking about discontinuing the perfume, either way it was around £10 a bottle. Though even if they stop selling it in store as well as online, you'll probably find it's available on eBay for a little while - so I might have to stock up before they all disappear! It's a gorgeous smelling perfume with great staying power!
This is the third and final fragrance I bought from The Body Shop in their recent sale. I have actually tried and finished a bottle of this in the past, but seemed to remember I quite liked it, so when it was reduced from £15 RRP to £7, I searched online for a voucher code, bought it through Top Cashback and ended up spending a mere £4.25 for a 30ml bottle.
The bottle itself is nothing to write home about, it's very simple looking but doesn't look cheap or tacky like some cheaper perfumes can. It also has a decent sized lid which makes it a bit easier to transport if you want to take it on holiday with you.
In terms of notes, the Body Shop describe this as a "seductive, hot and exciting perfume", and according to fragrantica.com, it features the following notes:
Top Notes - neroli, pear and bergamot
Heart Notes - jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley
Base Notes - Vanilla, sandalwood, creamy musk
It's quite a difficult fragrance to describe, however I would probably recommend it for the lighter summer months rather than winter. It's a very fresh and uplifting scent, which I prefer to wear during daytime as opposed to nights out. I'm not surprised to read that this included bergamot, as it's a scent I adore, and the top notes definitely give the perfume a fruity citrus burst. It's not entirely fruity, however, with the lily of the valley being noticeable in a subtle floral way, and then as the day goes on, it develops into a deeper musky scent, balanced out by the vanilla to keep it light and youthful.
Although I find this fragrance very uplifting, it's a little less subtle than some of the other Body Shop fragrances I have tried, and I tend to find it's one I have a lot of people asking about when I wear it. It's not one I could apply throughout the day if I felt the need to top up or refresh myself, as it would be too overpowering, and sometimes on hotter days, I find it can develop into a slightly cloying sickly sweet fragrance. That said, I tend to wear this on the cooler days of summer, of which there are many, and it's still a fragrance I enjoy, albeit not as much as some others.
Although this is a nice smelling perfume, I was disappointed when I tried it again after not using it for years. It seems stronger and more sickly than I remember, and out of the three perfumes I bought in the recent sale, I suspect this one will take the longest to use up.
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I first tried a product from The Body Shop Love etc range when I received a small tub of the Body Butter free in a woman's magazine. I always look for these "free" offers and am always quite pleased when it's a Body Shop product as these are usually really good and very well made. The Love etc body butter was no exception and I absolutely loved the fragrance that I ended up over the course of the last couple of years trying other products in the range.
The range is fairly new I believe as I hadn't seen it in store before this but it's now become one of my favourites. What initially attracted me to the product in the magazine was the fun, unique and colourful packaging that is the Love etc range. The packaging features lots of little hearts in a swirly type pattern that are all quite young, fresh and modern colours and I would describe this product and fragrance like that too.
One of the products I have in this range is the Love etc eau de toilette.
Described by The Body Shop as an irresistible fragrance it contains a heart stopping fusion of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood notes. I absolutely adore the smell of jasmine and this fragrance really stands out in this eau de toilette for me. It is light and fruity at the same time and really is a sexy smell in my opinion.
Like I've said I find the toilette quite light and would definitely recommend it as a day time wear perfume and perfect for nice warm summers days. The thing I really like about this fragrance is that it is unlike a lot of branded perfumes on the market today and really is something different.
It comes in quite a simple glass bottle but I think that is the beauty of the fragrance and this range, that it does not need fancy packaging and just does all it's talking in its smell.
A 50ml bottle costs only £15 from The Body Shop so I definitely think its good value. As you can probably I am in love, etc, with this eau de toilette and can't help but recommend it to you.