Above: The Body Shop Love ETC. eau de Parfume
Though I am disappointed that The Body Shop discontinued the majority of their perfume oils, with only White Musk and Vanilla remaining, I am pleasantly surprised to stumbled upon a sweet fruity floral: Love ETC. On my skin, it is a tangy citrus burst of sweet jasmine. It is a very warm fragrance. Love ETC. has three layers. Top notes are Pear, Neroli, Bergamot; Middle notes are Jasmine; Heliotrope; Lily of the Valley; and Base notes are Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk Cream.
Despite all these notes, I can only detect about 4 scents with my novice perfume nose. At first the scent is very tangy, strongly smelling of neroli blossoms with a splash of jasmine. I can just barely detect the bitterness of the bergamot. As the citrus scents wear off the jasmine takes over, although it is heady, I don’t find it over the top intoxicating. I just love the scent of jasmine, as it reminds me of a warm summer night out, when the jasmine smells sweet and strong. As the scent starts to die down, the vanilla softens the jasmine, becoming more subtle and less sweet and floral. When the vanilla comes through, I think it makes the fragrance “creamier.”
The fragrance is light and romantic for the summer but it is not too light that I can’t smell it and fades quickly. On me, Love ETC. lasts about 4-5 hours, which is decent for a summer fragrance. I really love the strength of the jasmine in this fragrance, because I when I wear this I feel very sexy and pretty. It is incredibly easy to wear for both day and night for me. My only wish is that The Body Shop could have designed a better and more creative bottle and have the hearts from the box printed on the bottle too. I think it would make the design more cohesive.