The Body Shop recently had quite a large 50% sale on and, on top of that, I had a 40% of everything voucher which I could also use on sale items. As I result I placed a large online order and visited three of their stores to make sure I got everything I wanted (and more) and now I don't think I'll have to buy another bath/shower/skin care product for the rest of the year!
In one of the stores I visited I managed to pick up a set containing a few products from the Love Etc fragrance range. The original price of my full sized body lotion, butter, EDT and this solid perfume was £41 reduced down to £18 and, with my extra 40% off I only ended paying £10.80 for all of these goodies. I hadn't smelt or used anything in this range before but I wasn't going to pass that offer by! I can't think of a perfume I have tried from The Body Shop which I've found unpleasant so I was willing to risk it.
The solid perfume comes in a small heart shaped tin, the body of the tin is pink whilst the lid is white and displays the multi-coloured swirls of hearts present of the packaging of everything within this range. The Body Shop logo is, of course, present on the lid of the tin as is the name of the product. This little tin contains 13g of solid perfume which at full price costs £5.
The tin is very sturdy and serves its purpose well. The lid takes a little bit of a forceful pull to get off which I quite like as it means the lid is in no danger of accidently coming off whilst I have this in my bag. At the same time it isn't stuck on the tin so tightly that it isn't easy enough to get off when needed.
When the lid is pulled off you're greeted by the pale pink solid perfume. Smelling the perfume directly out of the tin leads to nothing particularly special being discovered. There's a slight fruity hint to it but other than that it doesn't smell like anything much. When this is applied to the skin, however, the different notes of the perfume can be detected.
Unfortunately the design on the tin this is held in doesn't allow you to apply the solid perfume directly and instead I use my finger. The heat from my finger seems to 'melt' the perfume and rubbing my finger along the top of the solid perfume a couple of times leaves a nice amount of the creamy pink perfume which I can then rub into my wrists etc. I tend to apply this to the inside of my wrists, behind my ears and, should my legs be on show, the back of my knees lightly rubbing in the perfume in each instance. I also think solid perfume is great for gently pulling through the ends of my hair to give a long lasting fragrance there too.
The scent once this has been applied to the skin is nice although forgettable. It's immediately very fruit with notes of pear and bergamot shining through. This does, however, lead into a very sugary and almost sickly sweet scent of vanilla. It's the sort of fragrance I always associate with teenage girls who are just being introduced to perfumes. It isn't unpleasant and makes quite a cheerful day-to-day scent; something easily worn out shopping etc but it isn't anything spectacular either.
This solid perfume does stand the test of time though and I can still detect this on my wrists a good seven hours after application. It is one of those scents which only needs applying in the morning to see you through to the rest of the day. It's a nice way to add a little strength and longevity to the EDT and is an inoffensive way of scenting the skin.
I bought a quite few of these solid perfumes just before Christmas last year when they were on offer, as I thought they'd make perfect little stocking fillers. I intended to give them all away as gifts, however due to how adorable the packaging is, I decided to keep one for myself and I have since purchased another one as the scent is so nice! This is a solid perfume which basically means that instead of spraying it onto the skin, I simply rub my finger over the slightly creamy, almost lip balm like product and then apply it to my skin. I find that a few dabs of it on my neck and wrists is enough for it to noticeable, despite how gentle and subtle the scent is - I was concerned that I'd have to use loads of it for the scent to be even slightly noticeable, but this is not the case.
The solid perfume comes in a compact heart shaped tin which is small enough to easily fit in the palm of my hand - it's a little bulkier than a vaseline tin due to the shape but it is compact enough to fit in my make-up bag without taking up a lot of room and it is also ideal for sticking in my handbag for incase I want to re-apply it when I'm out & about. Although the tin is small, it is full to the brim with product and it is great value for money as my tin that I bought last Christmas only ran out around two months ago and the tin that I currently have looks almost untouched despite being used almost daily. The tin is very girly - it's in a heart shape and like all of the other products in the love etc range it has a pink and white colourscheme.
The lid is white with the body shop logo and product name and there's a rainbow of different coloured hearts on the top left corner. It is also stated how much product the tin contains - 13 grams. The back of the tin is pink. There is no information on the tin about what the product smells like so I'd reccommend either asking a store assistant what it smells like or having a sniff of it in store if possible to ensure that you like it. The lid is easy to get off and unlike similar packaging eg vaseline, I don't need to prise the lid off with my nails. The lid stays on securely so again, this is ideal for sticking in my bag if I'm going somewhere and know that I'll need to re-apply it.
The smell is described by The Body Shop as a heart-stopping fusion of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood notes. The smell is quite a unique one in my opinion - it's full of fragrance while still being very subtle and delicate, which I really like. The smell that is most noticeable to me is citrus, kind of a cross between orange and lemon - which I find odd as citrus isn't mentioned in the odor analysis on The Body Shop's website. There's then a slight hint of vanila and the jasmine becomes more noticeable once the product is actually on the skin. The smell is very feminine and will suit pretty much all age groups, in my opinion. I'm twenty and find that it's mature with a fresh edge to it, which I think is perfect.
This is easy to apply and the soft texture makes it easy to spread over the skin. It is off-white in colour but as long as it is rubbed on to the skin it does not leave any white marks or residue and it is not greasy or sticky at all. The smell lasts for around three hours and if I don't reapply it, it just fades away completely. Obviously this is not a very long lasting perfume, but I don't rate it down for this, because it is easy to take out with me due to the size and design, so I can re-apply it whenever I need to. This retails at £5.00 per 12g which is a reasonable price and it is often on offer, too. It is only available from The Body Shop and can be purchased in store or via their website. Overall, 5/5 - reccommended.
I like the original Love etc. perfume from the body shop and I noticed the other week when I was in browsing that you can now also get the fragrance in a solid perfume. Now anyone who ever reads my reviews will know that I love solid perfumes as they are a great way of getting a perfume without having to break the bank.
The body shop love etc. solid perfume is fantastic value at only £5.
The packaging that the perfume comes in is lovely and really unusual. It comes in a little metal tin like a lip balm does but it is heart shaped instead of round and looks really sweet. It makes a nice change from the usual Lush solid perfumes that I buy which come in a plain black push up stick. Although the push up sticks are much more practical when it comes to applying the perfume.
The solid perfume is like a less intense version of the original and it certainly wouldn't be suitable for wearing as your main perfume unless you like a more subtle scent. I do find that it is great for keeping in the car and just dabbing some on when I am running to the shops but it also works really well in combination with the actual perfume spray.
The smell is just the same as the main perfume spray but just a little watered down. It contains Jasmine, vanilla, patchulli, sandlewood, neroli and pear. It is a really light and feminine scent and one that I would describe as quite girly.
I am not normally attracted to such girly scents but here it is lovely and works really well with my skin.
The solid perfume isn't too hard and I find it quite easy to be able to put some on my finger and add it to my pressure points. The downside to this is that it does mean I have to wipe my finger every time I use it whereas with the lush pop up sticks I don't have that problem. It is also quite greasy so keep it away from anywhere your clothes might touch it.
As I mentioned it is more subtle than I might have liked but it does last quite a long time on my skin before fading away and because it is so easy to carry around with me I can re-apply it as often as I want.
I love solid perfume as I find that they are a great way of experimenting with fragrances without having to spend full price to buy them and this is a good way of trying out love etc. without having to buy the bottle to see if you like it. It isn't quite up to the standards of the solid gorilla perfumes from Lush but it is a good little one especially for its low price.
I bought this instore for £5. My solid perfume compact is in the shape of a heart, although I have also seen it as a rollerball.
The solid perfume inside the compact is white in colour and quite creamy. However, it has a soft consistency that makes it simple and easy to apply. I just rub my finger around the compact and apply the perfume to my neck and/ or wrists. You can also apply it behind the ears if you wish. The perfume smells lovely. I would describe the scent as feminine and sexy. It's not a mature scent, it's more of a youthful scent. It is a lovely perfume though and it's great value too as the compact lasts ages. I've had mine for over a year now and there's still around a quarter of the perfume left!
The perfume doesn't feel greasy when applied to the skin, nor does it feel sticky. It can sometimes rub off onto your clothing but the scent somehow manages to remain on your skin. It lasts for a good few hours before needing a "top up", which I think is a reasonable request for a solid scent.
I would recommend this perfume. It can also be bought as a liquid perfume but the solid heart shaped compact is beyond cute and you don't have to worry about anything leaking inside your handbag! You can also carry it around easily.
A lovely solid scent.
The Body Shop Love Etc Solid perfume
The facts and figures:
The solid perfume currently costs £5 for a dinky 13g tin.
The packaging is my favourite thing about this product as it is quite unusual and very cute. The perfume is more like a lip balm in appearance, a pale pink creamy solid set inside a heart shaped tin. The tin itself is pink and white with a multi coloured heart motif to match the rest of the Love Etc products. The picture on the website is a little misleading I think, as it makes the tin look quite flat when in fact the lid is very rounded, almost domed. However I prefer this and think the tin looks better in the flesh.
Finally, if you shop at The Body Shop even a few times a year and don't already have one, you can purchase a 'Love Your Body' discount card. This costs £5 but is valid for 12 months and gives you 10% off all purchases including online. You also get a free £5 to spend in your birthday month and up to £15 back to spend over the year, depending on how often you use it.
What are the claims?
The Body Shop was founded on the principle of ethical retailing, so all products it sells claim to be fairly sourced, and use natural, sustainable ingredients. None of it's products are tested on animals. The Body Shop also supports a number of global causes and is currently heavily involved in a campaign against sex trafficking.
Love Etc is one of their fragrance ranges. I remember first getting a free sample of it around two years ago which I think was when it launched, but don't quote me on that!
It blends Vanilla, Sandalwood and Jasmine notes to give a light, very feminine fragrance. The Love Etc Eau De Parfum consists of Pear, Neroli and Bergamot top notes,
Jasmine, heliotrope and Lily of the Valley heart notes and
Vanilla, sandalwood and creamy musk base notes, but as this breakdown of ingredients isn't given for the solid perfume I think it may be the case that this is a simplified version of the fragrance. It certainly doesn't have the depth and range of notes that can be detected in the fragrance proper.
In keeping with the Body Shop's ethos of rewarding local suppliers, it also contains Community trade beeswax from Cameroon and Brazil Nut oil from Peru. To use, you simply rub the solid with your fingers and apply to pulse points.
Does it deliver?
I do love the smell of this perfume, it is a sweet girly scent which I don't find too sickly. If you prefer muskier perfumes then this is not the scent for you, it definitely sits at the opposite end of the perfume spectrum. However I have to say, I don't think the scent from the solid perfume lasts. It may just be because I've been wearing it all day so have grown accustomed to the smell and can no longer detect it, but in this case think you would still notice the occasional scent throughout the day if your wrists came close to your face.
The main bonus for this product is it's packaging, you can throw it in your bag and leave it there nestled amongst keys, phone, iPod, hairbrush (what, only my bag resembles Mary Poppins' after a run through Debenhams?) and you don't need to worry about it leaking or the bottle smashing. Of course, the tin will get scratched and not look as pretty but the lid is very secure.
Would I recommend this product?
One the one hand, it's a cheap way to try the fragrance, but on the other hand, it doesn't last long enough as a stand alone in my opinion. If you are already a fan of Love etc then it is a great purchase to keep handy and top up with throughout the day. And for £5 I think it's extremely good value as it will last forever (well, a long time anyway). As with most £5 and under Body Shop purchases, I bought it to top up the price, this time for a free body butter I think, and overall I'm fairly happy with it as part of that overall offer. I usually base my recommendation on whether I would buy an item again, in this case I would, but I wouldn't race to the shops to do so.