The Body Shop - Japanese Cherry Blossom ETD

Almost every woman wears perfume and most of you haven’t stopped looking for the perfect match. For MyStyle I review products. MyStyle is a project from the Dutch Foundation EEN which uses creative and critical youngsters to test new and cool sustainable/fair trade/green/organic products, well anything ‘good’ to make people conscious of what they buy and use. Therefore I tested the Eau de Toilette from The Body Shop in Japanese Cherry Blossom. 

It’s quite a mouthful, this feminine ETD of TBS. The sakura – as the Japanese call it – has always been a symbol of temporary beauty, just like the cherry blossom, which only blossoms for a short time. I personally associate cherry blossom with love, spring and elegance and it gives me a very happy and good feeling when I see or smell this blossom. The happier I was when I saw this scent as a perfume at TBS. This EDT has already been in the core line of TBS so you can still buy it and I hope for a long time but you never know!

Green? Good? Fair trade?
The good thing about this perfume is that TBS gets its ingredients in a responsible and honest way. By fair trading and supporting the community trade system in Ecuador, the farmers get an honest price for their products. This perfume does have alcohol in it, but it’s made from sugar cane from an organic source in Ecuador.

The bottle is quite simple and feminine and contains 50 ml/1,7 O.Z. If you look at the top picture you can see that I already used the more than half of the bottle. Your perfume taste is very personal so all I can do smell, smell and smell again and try to get it on paper as good as possible.

Perfume notes
Top notes: Fuji apple, Chinese magnolia, and osmanthus flower
Heart notes: star jasmine, Japanese cherry blossom, and Japanese persimmon
Base notes: sandalwood, hinoki wood, and fruity musk

IngredientsAlcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Fragrance Ingredient), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Helianthus annuus (Emollient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus serrulata (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant).

This EDT smells very feminine and dainty and can be described as perfume kind very floral and a little fruity. It’s a light, subtle scent that will probably scare no one away, not even my sister that gets headaches from almost all perfumes. When you spray it on you can smell the sweetness of the fuji apple but the floral scent of the other two top notes definitely too. After a while the fruityness fades and the flowers in the heart show themselves. Later, the basenotes show and the smell becomes a little warmer because of the sandal and hinoki wood. But it’s still floral at the end.

The only downside for me is that the perfume fades a little faster than other EDT’s that I have. But since it costs less than most ETD’s I don’t really mind to spray it on more times a day. It’s a compact bottle that’s easy to fit in your bag so it’s a go-to perfume for on the way.

For anyone that – just like myself – can’t get enough of the scent. There’s also a shower gel, a body ‘puree’ (hydratating mousse), a body butter and a body mist. By combining these products together you can build the scent in layers and that makes it stay longer.

This lovely ETD is something for you is you’re looking for a quite cheap, ‘green’ perfume for during the day in spring or summer. You can buy it in any TBS store in the Netherlands, but as far as I know it’s also still sold in all other stores. You can also buy it on their webshop. For the Dutchies it’s on sale for €18,36 instead of €22,95.

Have you ever tried a TBS perfume? And what did you think of it?

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