MORINGA GLORY

Ta-da, here it is!

Don’t know if I have said this on the blog before, but I love The Body Shop – it is one of the few bath and beauty brands I buy from, constantly. Perhaps not as often as I used to; stuff’s expensive, and it’s harder still, when your sources of income aren’t guaranteed or stable – no more. – Every once in a while, when I do visit the store – it is because I want to restock on a product or two, etc. Anyway, I chanced upon this particular fragrance, last year at the outlet which is at the domestic airport and haven’t looked back, since.

Light, lovely and summery as this fragrance is – I knew nothing about it when I picked it up. – At the time I bought it, I was on my way to a friend’s wedding in Goa, and hadn’t carried any perfume. (Chunky bottles are difficult to cart around and/or pack, and I prefer not to because what if the bottle breaks?) So I stopped by The Body Shop to get an inexpensive bottle of ‘body mist’ or perfume. As it were, I decided against getting the Shea fragrance (I had tried it before, it isn’t the greatest) – Vanilla would’ve been too sweet (though I usually like the smell of vanilla) and then, my eyes fell on the little Moringa bottle and I was, like, “Hey, let’s get this.”

The funny thing is I didn’t quite bother taking a great, big sniff or even spritz it on and let the fragrance envelope me – well, enough to linger, etc. as I usually would’ve done. Yeah, okay, it’s just a small bottle of EDT but still! That was a first for me. (It wasn’t totally cheap, anyway.) And well, as soon as my holiday began and I sprayed it almost everyday, I was slowly realising that I bought something good. It turned out to be really mellow. All the things I said before, and then some (faintly floral, also; I was worried Moringa would smell like jasmine but as it turns out, I know zilch about flowers!). Mildly-fresh and pleasant, it is unlike any other fragrance I have ever had or liked (so I think). The bottle is travel-friendly; if you’re the type that flutters from fragrance to fragrance, the quantity is just about right, too.

What I don’t dig is the price for the quantity being sold (Rs. 895 for 30 ml is not cheap); I think it is Rs. 925, now? (On a sultry day, you might have to give yourself a spritz every couple of hours.) From then to now, I have only used two bottles of the stuff (toldja, been watching my finances). If my income was stable, I’d be buying this pretty often, it’s handy to have on you.

{ Rating – 7.8 / 10 }

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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The Beach

227 The Beach

As one might be able to tell (Do you mean the one reader who reads your posts?), I have been in a very beachie, carefree mood lately… More so, when it comes to make-up! (Ref.: Cheek to Cheek.) And ooh, well, it has been getting incredibly sultry, too. The sweet summer air, delightfully toasty as it might be, is causing me to avoid going outside and reside blissfully in the comfort of my air-conditioned room. Apart from that rather lovely picture, I wouldn’t mind actually retreating to the beaches of Goa, and taking temporary residence there. Better to make use of the sunshine to build up that overall body tone, and the salty water of the beaches to condition my tresses to a mermaid-like texture. Ah, enough with the weird poetics? Thought so.

Of course, being the scatterbrained non-beauty expert I am – I do not remember exactly when I heard of beach Body Oil by Bobbi Brown – maybe about four years ago? Because I tend to romanticise most objects and people – generally, I have conjured a vividly dreamy scent of beach that is potent with whiffs of beach breeze, sea spray, etc. but I don’t have the faintest clue of what this smells like. Do you know what I am going to do? Look out for it at the Bombay store! (Desire a sniff, please.)

Also, seems like a decent base to employ before applying a soft sheen of bronzie make-up to your skin (on the limbs, D-UH). And if it’s an oil, the fragrance should last longer. Well, a girl can hope! This isn’t really a review, more like a dream-like review of what I think this product might actually be like. TCH!

P.S. Okay, two seconds! This is how the body oil is described on the Bobbi Brown website, give or take some words (er, OCD problems), “A unique, moisturising body oil that gives the skin a sultry sheen as it scents it with a beach-like fragrance – a lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.” Mm-mmm…

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes