As you may know, I mourn the loss of the late great Body Shop Perfume Bar in the 80s and 90s and the Body Shop has confirmed that it has no plans to bring it back in any form. I feel I therefore have to accept this and embrace the Body Shop of the Twenteens.
In fact the Body Shop of the Twenteens is not doing a bad job on the old fragrance front. There is the we-wouldn’t-dare-discontinue White Musk range, with several flankers, the delightful florals of the Scents of The World Collection, and more recently, a collection of soliflores that match the flavours of the Body Shop Body Butters.
Today I am going to review The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry. Yesterday I tried this on and didn’t expect very much from it. However the raspeberry is thirst quenching and juicy, like a lolly on a hot day. In fact the only thing that spoiled this was the fact that either me or my children often smell of raspberry lollies or Haribo. Expect to be inexplicably popular with children when you wear this.
The top note is juicy and bursting with fruit, and the middle phase is stickier, but not overly sweet, thank goodness: this is a common mistake in fruity perfumes. The base is not quite as tartly raspberry-ish, but I think this because of the difficulty in keeping a sharp note sharp, rather than a sign of poor quality. If you think about how hard it is to keep lemons or oranges sharp and tart in the basenote phase, then you can see why I’m not being hard on the Body Shop here.
What I like about this is that it contains genuine raspberry extract and therefore avoids smelling as synthetic as other juicy fruity scents can often be. It makes no claims about making you beautiful, nor promises you a sensuality that’s unforgettable blah-di-blah, but it does smell of raspberries and if you like that idea, then this is a reasonably priced raspberry scent.
Longevity was a real surprise at over eight hours close to skin. At £8.50 for 30ml I call that a bargain.
So here we are back to basics: it does what it says on the tin, it’s playful and pretty, you might smell of lollies, it lasts long time and it’s cheap. Nice Work.