Review: The Body Shop Home Fragrance Oils

I love things that smell nice. I have a wee bit of an obsession with always having a candle burning when I’m working but my big BIG obsession is essential oils and fragrance oils. I love mixing them according to my mood and how I want to feel.

For example if I’m feeling a bit sluggish I love to have a mixture of pine, mint and ylang-ylang, and if I want to feel a bit more laid back I love mixing strawberry, bluebells and sandalwood.

The Body Shop had a sale a while back at my local store so I managed to snap most of their home fragrance oils to add to my collection which I was over the moon about.

Apparently with these oils you’re meant to put them directly into the oil burner without putting water first, and quite frankly it’s a horrible suggestion. I always put water first and then a few drops of the oils on tops as some of the oils (Vanilla and Tonka Bean I’m looking at you) have a tendency to stain the oil burner a red-y brow colour which is impossible to get rid of.


  • £3.50
  • Cruelty-free
  • 10 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • All have safety caps

Not to mention some of the oils after a few minutes just smell burnt instead of fresh. Not a nice smell. Just go ahead and put water first, it lasts longer and smells nicer.

  • Pomegranate and Raspberry: Love this one! My favorite out off all the Body Shop fragrance oils, I’ve already gone through two bottles of these. A colourful, light (well light as far as oils go) summer fruit smell.
  • Vanilla and Tonka Bean: Not too fond of this one. Quite a heavy creamy smell that makes me think of being cuddled to death by and over-sized teddy bear, quite a mature smell.
  • Sandalwood and Ginger: Bit of a weird description, but I’d describe this as the addorable less over-powering cousin of Vanilla and Tonka Bean. A soft spicy wooden smell, perfects for a relaxing late night bath (with candles!)

  • Jasmine and White Frangipani: A really soft floral smell, so exactly the kind of thing I love, it also contains Ylang-Ylang. Makes me think of a tropical late night romantic dinner.
  • Exotic Home Fragrance oil: Mmmm! This one is lovely! It could be my nose playing up but to me it smells quite strongly of watermelon. Every time I have this one burning I imagine a freshly cut watermelon in the sun.
  • White Musk: First impressions, a bit of a floral old lady smell. Not my kind of smell really.
  • Aloe & Soft Linen: This is my “I’m-super-stressed-and-I-need-to-calm-down” smell. Really, really relaxing. It’s a light and uplifting (makes me feel a bit light-headed) fresh smell with an ever so faint tint of orange-blossom.

You can buy these at a local Body Shop store, online here or from a seller on amazon here (**) that I found a few days ago that sells them for £2 instead of the original £3.50! Now it only I’d found that seller a few months ago…..

What’s your favorite kind of smell?


  1. says

    Hi Klaire,
    Firstly, YOU ARE AMAZING!! I love watching your tutorials! I’ve been getting all my friends into watching them. They think your great too! You put so much time and effort (not to mention money) into your tutorials so thank you!
    My favourite smells are fruity and tropical. They just remind me of nice happy things.

    Bye Klaire! Have a good night,

  2. says

    The body shop aren’t cruelty-free anymore, they are now owned by L’Oreal who are quite well known for their unethical practices. I’m only saying this because I know you don’t like to use products that test on animals – but I read recently there were going to no longer test on animals from 2013.

  3. admin says

    @loils The Body Shop are cruelty-free :) (link to TBS is one of those interesting (and impressive ones) as even though they are owned by Loriel they’ve stuck to their guns regarding keeping their products cruelty-free, and I think is was last year they released a statement saying they would never be selling in China while animal testing was mandatory as it would go against their beliefs which is think should be applauded and supported.

    It can’t be easy standing up to L’oriel, especially being owned to them and in my books they are more admirable than Urban Decay who don’t have the excuse of being owned by Loriel and so nearly backed out on the commitment to being cruelty free just because they wanted to make a quick buck.

    Overall all if you feel that you cannot support a company that is owned by L’Oriel that is your decision. However for myself I think companies (regardless of who the parent company is) should be applauded and supported if they are cruelty-free since it is a shining example to other companies that testing on animals is not necessary.