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Bakula - so exotic sounding
The Body Shop Midnight Bakula Eau de Toilette
Member Name: catsholiday
The Body Shop Midnight Bakula Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Nice sweet scent with creamy earthy background
Disadvantages: Plain bottle, tacky lid and doesn't last long
Body Shop Midnight Bakula
I spotted this on Ebay and bid a fairly low amount and left it. I was thrilled to find that I won a couple of days later. I had seen a few scents in Body Shop that I quite liked but was not prepared to pay full whack for and this was one.
I am not the greatest fan of Body shop as I feel they have lost their true ethical feel and a rather more commercial than they used to be. That doesn't mean I never look in there and when they have a half price sale I do get tempted as I do think normally their stuff is over priced
This scent is an eau de toilette which was created in 2011 so fairly recently really. Obviously Body Shop don't rate too highly in the world of perfumery as they don't get a mention in my '"A-Z Guide" by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez.
This scent is classified as a floral chypre. I learned that "chypre is a genre of perfume built on a structure made famous by Coty's Chypre in 1917 and is based on oakamoss, cistus laddanum and bergamot. They can either be floral, fruity or leather but are all chypres." Taken from Turin;s "A-Z Guide"
The Midnight Bakula is part of a new range in Body shop with glass bottles small and mine is oval at the base giving the bottle a narrower side. The label is exotic and has Arabic sort of looking design on it. The shape is like a temple window or door and is a deep purple colour and around the purple temple door shape is white moons and stars on the front. The back of the bottle has a large deep purple label with details of ingredients etc. The lid is a tiny cheap looking silver top which only just covers the spray
Top notes: nectarine which gives a nice light sweet citrus hit as you spray it on . I can smell an eau de cologne hint too as well as the sweet slightly peachy scent. Not long after the peachy start you get the heart note of sweet rose joining the peach. As the perfume develops and dries down the rose sweetness combines with the more earthy rose element which is more like a true rose smell.
When i first wore this I was very disappointed that it didn't seem to last on me but then i went to see a friend and she said 'Wow you smell nice' and I was pleased that others could smell it on me. Today in order to write this I have sprayed it on my wrists and left it un rubbed to develop.
Even four hours later I can smell it on me albeit much more subdued but the sweetness has not died away The base note is meant to patchouli which is usually pretty noticeable and gives a strong heart note nut in my view this never really comes through in any real way.
The patchouli merely adds the slightly earthier note to the rose. If I had not read that this had patchouli in it then I would never have detected it with my nose. It does give a balance to the lighter sweeter notes bit that is about it.
I find this a very light daytime sort of perfume that is citrus fresh and yet becomes deeply sweet. It is sort of creamy sweet and not sickly at all. There is a slight powdery aroma a bit like a scented talc that develops after an hour or so and I can smell a hint of vanilla but not sure why.I find it pleasant and a perfect summer scent but not one that would be my all time favourite. I am so pleased that Ii found this for under a fiver from Ebay and no way would I ever pay the full RRP of £25 as it really is not worth that. When I finish this if I see it cheap on Ebay then I would replace it but I will not be looking for it at full price.
I liked this but the fact that it doesn't really have a very longevity means that it is expensive for what it is. It is certainly a lot nicer and a more rounded than other scents sold and endorsed by celebrities that I have tried recently.
I liked this and particularly liked the fact that the aroma developed to a deeper heartier sweetness probably because of the patchouli. I found it lasted about four to five hours aand others noticed it on even when I thought it had faded. I have always been a bit wary of Body Shop scents as they tend to be a bit one noted and fade quickly so this has been a pleasant surprise. I would say that £10 to £15 is fair but the full RRP is far too high for what you get.
If you like sweet perfumes with a light fresh top note then this will suit you. I like a range of perfumes and love trying them. This is not my favourite but I have certainly grown to like it more. It is certainly more sophisticated than their old dewberry scent.
I have not tried the matching body butter as that is far to expensive for what it is but if it comes on half price I might be tempted.
So if you can spot it for around £10 - £12 or under then it is a good buy and if you hate it not too much money wasted. If you like a sweet musky fruity florals then give this a try.
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Summary: A nice scent if you can get it at a reasonable price