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I really enjoy perfumes and vanilla is one of my favourite scents, but I find a lot of fragrances far too heady and chemical and they often give me a headache, and vanilla is one of those scents can be very sweet and overpowering in perfume. This is not so with The Body Shop's Vanilla Perfume Oil though, it is just perfect. Sadly it seems The Body Shop don't actually sell these any more as I was unable to find them on their website, but they can still be found on ebay from around £5 including delivery. The oil comes in a small round glass bottle which is flat at the front and back, and it is transparent so you can see the yellowish oil inside. It has a twist off plastic lid with a stick attached to the inside which allows you to apply the oil to your skin. The oil obviously does feel oily but it is not unpleasantly greasy when applied to the skin. I usually put a dab on each wrist and one on my neck, but I always make sure to rub it in on my neck because I have previously found that it still felt oily hours later when I touched my neck, but the same could not be said for my wrists. Only a small amount is used at a time so the bottle lasts absolutely ages, I've had mine for a couple of years at least and you can barely even tell I've used it even though I have used it at least twice a week and often more. I find the scent of this is absolutely how vanilla should be. It's warm and inviting, not at all sickly like most vanilla scents tend to be. It's also very natural smelling, not at all chemical and it doesn't give me a headache or make me sneeze like a lot of fragrances can. Just a couple of dabs is enough to give off a lovely waft of scent to anyone who stands close to you, but it's not at all overpowering and doesn't envelop you in a horrible cloud of scent that people can smell from a mile off. The scent lasts extremely well and I don't need to top it up during the day, though the bottle is small enough to easily carry around with you if you wanted to. I've honestly had more compliments when wearing this than any other perfume I've ever owned, I've even had blokes following me around sniffing me so it's not one that will put men off, and believe me men can't stand a lot of the fragrances that girls like to wear! It's a fragrance that nearly everyone seems to love and I get compliments from all sorts of people when I'm wearing it. This is the single most beautiful fragrance I've ever used and I would definitely recommend it if you can get hold of it.
I bought this perfume oil off a friend as she didn't like the scent to it. I gave her £3 for it but the full price of the perfume oil is £6. The perfume oil is to be "dabbed" onto the skin via the dabber that is inside the lid. You only need a couple of dabs to achieve a strong scent. I would describe the scent of the perfume as sweet vanilla. I wouldn't describe it as warm vanilla (unlike Lush's vanilla fragrance) it's more of a sweet smelling fragrance. I would describe it as a daytime scent. I think it would be far too sweet to use it as an evening fragrance. It is a lovely fragrance though, lots of people have asked me where i've bought it from! The perfume lasts a good while before fading. I would say that it lasts for a few hours before needing to be topped up. As the perfume is in a small bottle with a dabber you can carry it around with you without the fear of the perfume leaking in your bag. The bottle is quite strong and durable, mine has never cracked or broken. I would say that this scent is more suited to the younger generation, as it is so sweet. I think it'd be too sweet for the more "mature" woman to wear. However, that's just my opinion, some mature women might like this! A lovely vanilla fragrance that's great value as it lasts ages.
I have been using this product on and off for the last 9years but I always find myself going back to it because it's simple, smells lovely and doesn't cost much! What's not to like? A man once told me that vanilla is the most attractive smell a woman can wear and over the years I've come to realise that he was right (and I've now been told this numerous times by very lovely, intelligent men). This product has been available for years and for the last two years I've worn it everyday without fail and a nice vanilla smells wafts around my place of work! This perfume has a sweet but not sickly aroma that is fairly strong, so you only need one spray for it to be noticable (although I tend to spray far too much)! It is a light fragrance that makes me think of summer and makes me want to be outside. Priced at around £8 it is an absolute bargain and perfect if you're on a budget. One bottle does me for months. I think any woman would appreciate this as a gift.
Although the body shop may have a reputation of being a little old fashioned (at least according to my friends) when it comes to their fragrances I personally think that for the money they can't be beat when it comes to everyday scents. I especially like their perfume oils and think that they are a bargain price and a great size for popping in handbags or gloveboxes. I love the smell of Vanilla and have been buying the vanilla perfume oil for years. It lasts for ages and smells great. The thing I like about the vanilla products from the body shop is that they aren't too sweet and cloying like a lot of vanilla products I have smelt and they have struck the balance between making a sweet almost edible scent and one that is completely wearable for an everyday scent. The bottle that the oil comes in is a miniscule 15ml and it costs in the region of £7. The bottle may be small but a little goes a long way and you only need a tiny amount and a bottle should last for ages. A couple of drops should be more than enough and as its an oil it actually spreads if you rub it so covers quite a large area. The smell that you get with the oil isn' quite the same as with the eau de toilette and it smells much cleaner and less sweet. Although the sweetness is still there it is a more sophisticated way to wear it. It is especially good in the summer and when you put sme oil at your pulse points you will notice that the scent will become more intense as you heat up during the day. As I said the great thing about the oil is that because of its small size it is so easy to just put in your bag or even in yo drawer at work so that you can always have it to hand to freshen up throughout the day. £7 might seem like a lot for such a tiny little bottle but it is well worth it and in fact the 15ml perfume oil has lasted me much longer than the larger spray vanilla bottle that I had.
I hadn't used The Body Shop Perfumes for ages. I do like them, but there is so many other Perfumes that I buy and try to work my way through. Also my branch of The Body Shop is about 30 miles away in Edinburgh, so it's not easy to get to. We do go over a few times a year to Edinburgh, and I know I can buy online, but there's postage charges and not that worth it unless I am buying a few things. I have tried a few of the Perfume Oils, and at first I thought the Vanilla one would be too sweet and strong. It is in a way, but it is nice. This comes in a tiny little 15ml bottle and costs £6.50. This may seem expensive, and it is, but a little of this goes a long way. The bottle is a clear glass bottle with the lettering of the product in small simple white writing. It doesn't look that special, but yuo can see it is the body shop, and it looks sort of expensive in classic simple kind of way. At least the size of it means that you can easily carry this around in your pocket if you wanted to. To use this all I do is take the lid off this, press the bottle against the area you want to scent and tip it up so that the Oil comes out. It is pretty oily, and I tried to rub this in a bit but got it all over my fingers. Now when I do this on my wrists then I sort of rub them together and this rubs the Oil over. You can smell the Sweet Vanilla scent as soon as you put this on and after it settles and warms on your skin then the initial harshness goes away and it is nice, clean fresh smell. This lasts for a good while and although I do tend to reapply it again through the day this is just to freshen up the scent again. This is a nice way to wear a scent. Perhaps some people would find the Oil a more fiddly way to wear Perfume, but I like it and would recommend you.
The Body Shop have drastically changed their fragrance ranges over time and yet they are still as good as they ever were. I sampled the Vanilla Perfume Oil in store and liked it so much that when there were some £5 off vouchers floating about I used one to purchase a small bottle of the fragrance. I was very pleased with my purchase which cost me £1.50 instead of the usual £6.50. For my pennies I got a small 15ml bottle of vanilla scented loveliness. The bottle is very simple and has a plain curved look that is modern and understated. The lid is rather boring but it works well to keep the fragrance safely within the bottle with no spills or drips. ********************************************************* As the scent is a perfume oil it is very concentrated. When I use this I tend to find that less is more and I only need to use the built in applicator stick to apply a very light dab of the fragrance onto my wrists and across my neck to provide me with an instant lift. As soon as you dab on a small amount of this scent you find yourself enjoying its gorgeous effects. The vanilla scent stays on my skin for hours and although it does get softer the warm glow it leaves is lovely. As this is a vanilla based fragrance you might think thats all there is to it, but you would be wrong. There are lovely top notes of lemon, peach, plum and apricot, they add a fruity lightness to the vanilla and stop it being too heavy and flat when I wear this. ********************************************************* As the scent wears down and softens the mid notes of jasmine, ylang, lilly of the valley, tuberose and rose add another floral layer to it. Giving the vanilla a helping hand are amber, sandalwood and musk. I find that the muskiness and vanilla suit the more floral notes in this fragrance and combine to give this an amazing amount of staying power. I feel this is a lovely vanilla based scent that you only need a small amount of on the skin to enjoy. I wouldn't want to over use this as I like the scent in its lighter form, which is why I really feel that less is more when applying the perfume oil. The vanilla effect can be further enhanced by layering with co-ordinating body products if wanted, although I find that I tend not to do so very often. ******************************************************** For the price I paid I am very happy with what I got and I would certainly buy this again next time the £5 off vouchers come around. As this is much nicer than its plain and understated bottle might make you think, its really worth checking out. I feel its worthy of a 4 star product rating.
What;s great about The Body Shop are it's little perfumes - vanilla, for instance. I used to think these were all different ingredients (long ago, when I first started getting in to perfumes) and would buy loads of little ones and experiment. I found out very soon after that they are actually perfumes in their own right. Vanilla is not a pure perfume; it's top notes are lemon, peach, apricot and plum; it's middle notes are rose, jasmine, lily, ylang-ylang, tuberose and orange blossom; it's base notes are sandalwood, vanilla, amber and vanilla and musk. What's great about these are that all of the Body Shop's perfume oils are alcohol free, meaning they're fabulous for sensitive skin. Also, they are completely non-greasy, and so don't rest on your skin, but completely absorb, and the scent lasts a very long time! Best of all, they're totally miniature, meaning you can carry them around in your bag (as small a bag as possible) and reapply as you wish (not that you would need to...) infact, a friend of mine stored one in her bra on a night out! These are a must-have, for any woman - young, old, everyone can wear this! Buy a few and leave them in your bag(s) for emergency application. or experimentation!
Mmmm. I love vanilla. So when I noticed a friend smelling delicious, I asked her what it was. It was this, and she bought me a bottle after hearing me rave about it. This round , transparent 15ml bottle looks small at first glance, but don't be deceived- it packs quite a punch of vanilla scented loveliness into each dip of the plastic wand attached to the screw lid. I find that a frugal dab or two is enough to produce just enough sweet smelling wafts around me when I use it. The scent is, well, vanilla-ish, what more can I say?! Sweet and summery, very simple. And not overpowering either. Just enough to linger pleasantly around you when you move. I would say this little bottle of perfume oil is very reasonably priced at around £6.50 for 15ml, as it lasts a remarkably long time. All in all, if you love vanilla, chances are you'll love this as a simple, day to day scent.