If you have read any of my previous Body Shop reviews, you will know that I find it hard to write about today’s Body Shop without going off down Memory Lane. The Perfume Bar! Oh I miss your big glass jars of Samarkand, Mostly Musk, Dewberry, Japanese Musk and Annie! How I miss Raspberry Ripple Bathing Bubbles, Peppermint Foot lotion and Elderflower Eye Gel! *Sob*, oh it’s not like it used to be.
The Body Shop today is very different since L’Oreal took it over, but they still stand by their eco and humanitarian principals so it’s not all bad. The perfume range is affordable and good quality (some more than others), but the days of greatness are much missed.
First of all, I don’t find that Body Shop EDTs last as long as the oils, hence my choice of purchase. Amazonian Wild Lily is, on first application, wonderfully green and fresh. The notes are White Lily, Iris, Papaya and Orchid. The result of this combination is that the fruit gives a slightly melon-y, calone accord. However, whereas that would normally make me run for the hills, it’s not quite strong enough to dominate and the flowers overtake it. The strongest note is Lily, but thankfully, the vegetal/celery note that I sometimes get with Lily is absent. Longevity is very good with the oil: it’s only a 15ml bottle, but in my experience, this bottle will last a very long time. A previous 30ml bottle of Body Shop White Musk Oil lasted over a year.
Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily would make an ideal perfume for daywear and especially office wear. It doesn’t have that brash alcohol that sprays have, so it’s good for discreet application on a train or in a n office without people inevitably asking what that smell is. Sillage is subtle and close to skin, but sometimes you need that if you’re going to be in close proximity to others.
The overall effect is a floral, green scent that is both pleasant and inoffensive. The Lily is strong and pretty, making this a pretty and long-lasting scent that fits into the bargain category by costing a mere £7.50.
Oh, did I mention that this really reminds me of Marc Jacobs Daisy?