2 August 2014

Dear John Cologne Body Spray

As far as the Dear John fragrance goes, I'm a little behind with the appreciation. My first experience with it was only a matter of weeks ago when Lush re-released a soap with the same scent. Since then I have come to regret not investing in the perfume a lot sooner and have since bought myself a vial of the stuff to enjoy.

Recently Lush have brought this fragrance out in the form of a body spray, and I'm so glad that they've done so. As far as I'm aware, the company have only released a handful of sprays in total; Dear John being one of three new ones to make an appearance in the Gorilla perfume shop earlier last month. 

Described as a unisex fragrance, this one features vetivert, cedar, clove, coriander, lime, coffee and pine. It's a unique and highly pleasing smell - something I initially thought I wouldn't like but have grown to love more than I thought was possible.

In the bottle you can immediately detect three layers of scent. The first is a layer of citrus - which is not as sour or as dominating as the likes of Avobath or Calacas. It's a subtle scent that reminds me a little of lime cheesecake - a gentle but equally fruity smell. Alongside this is an element of coffee. Again, I dislike most coffee-scented products and I have no interest in drinking the stuff either. Yet in Dear John, this layer of scent adds a warm and slightly spicy aroma. Finally, I can also detect hints of the vetivert which give this perfume an earthy and smoky note.
When sprayed on the skin, I love how much the body spray expands and offers up each and every layer of this smell to the wearer. Once on the skin, the perfume almost fragments and allows you to experience each and every beautiful note. The citrus elements tend to rest on the skin whilst the pine, vetivert, coffee, tobacco, cedar and clove linger slightly above this and offer the wearer an all-rounded experience. 

Despite being comprised of some quite dominating smells, this fragrance manages to be light, uplifting and very sensual. It's a comforting and very soothing smell - something that fits in well with what the creators at Lush wanted to make. They wanted a fragrance that reminded you of your dad, your grandfather or your oldest brother - something that represents the security you feel around male acquaintances. While I cannot express how it does such a thing, I can vouch that it does create this beautiful feeling.      

What is great about Dear John Body Spray is that it's only £17 for a 200ml bottle. When compared to cheaper, shop-bought sprays, it does seem rather overpriced. However, when you consider the fact that a 10ml bottle of Dear John Perfume will set you back £14, it's easy to see why this works out a lot better value than it's fragrance counterpart. 

I will warn you that the spray comes in a glass bottle so it's not something you want to carry around with you - for fear of smashing it as well as the weight it adds to your bag. As far as the design goes, it does have quite a generous squirt to it so you'll need to be careful not to spray too much with each use.

Despite all of this, it is a well-lasting spray - I could still detect it on my skin some 3-4 hours after initial application. It also lasts a really long time - I've easily sprayed it 10-12 times so far and it's not even below the neck of the bottle yet.

If you love Dear John, you will love this new addition to the family. While it's not as condensed as the perfume, it does offer a strong fragrance and it might even appeal to those who love the scent but find the perfume too compact on the skin. I will definitely buy this again and I only hope that Lush choose to release other body sprays that match their favourite scents - they're a great addition to Lush's scent collection.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil (Juniperus virginiana), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Benzyl, Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £17 for 200ml. 

Scent Family:
Copperhead Solid Shampoo
Dear John Bubble Bar
Dear John Body Spray
Dear John Liquid Perfume
Dear John Shower Gel
Dear John Solid Perfume
Dear John Soap

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