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1 June 2018

The Olive Branch Body Spray


While I may not be in possession of many Lush perfumes nowadays, I can still appreciate some of the rare gems that I collected and enjoyed over the years. Out of the hundred or so bottles that I managed to accumulate, The Olive Branch Liquid Perfume was easily one of my favourites. So when Lush announced they were releasing a body spray with the same scent, my heart began to race.

While The Olive Branch Body Spray varies slightly with my experience of both the Shower Gel and the liquid perfume, fans of the fragrance will be pleased to learn that the limited edition is very close to the popular scent, and it should easily become a staple.

For those who have had the opportunity to try out the rare perfume from 2005, you’ll recognise that the body spray has many more layers on offer here than the perfume, which to my nose gives it much more character. Yet at the same time, it is perhaps not as rich nor as sultry as the original fragrance was. That’s not to say it is any less appealing by any means, merely that it offers a different experience for anyone unsure whether it’s worth an investment. 

Most reading this will no doubt only have the shower Gel to compare with and this is where I shall base my review on. 

Firstly, I should point out that this body spray improves when left to age for a few weeks before being used. When the essential oils have had a chance to merge together, you get a fragrance far stronger, more rounded and definitely better developed than it initially presents itself as in the beginning.

Secondly, this body spray is definitely closer to the shower gel than the Liquid Perfume and body lotion. You can smell the different layers that are present here, which is part of the reason why I fell in love with this sent to begin with. The mandarin offers a light, sweet note that intertwines with the smell of the olive oil to give that gentle nuttiness that we all know and love. Gentle floral notes infuse with these layers to offer a delicate balance of smells, while there is also something subtly herbal about the fragrance as well.

What is great about this body spray is that each layer makes itself knowing during he experience of wearing it. An initial spray offers a fresh, uplifting collaboration of different layers that give off bursts of scent while it warms on your skin. You’ll find that you’ll detect different notes throughout the day, which is something I didn’t find the liquid perfume did. The perfume was far more compact, although this could have been due to it aging over a number of years. 

My only negative point about this body spray is that it does lack that rich, warming nuttiness that I loved so much in the perfume. However, given that it does noticeably change over the first few weeks, I wonder this element would come with time. I guess there’s only one way to find out...

Overall, this is another successful release for Lush and is the perfect companion for those wanting to extend the experience of their favourite shower gel across the day. This is definitely one that I would buy again.  

Quantitiative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Glycerine, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Oak Moss Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £20 for 200ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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