Everything is not as it smells!

My sister has loved strawberries for as long as I can remember. She loves eating them (and fairly, who wouldn’t? They’re packed with anti-oxidants and they really make your skin glow), loves strawberry ice cream, and also likes fruity products that smell like strawberries (EX-shampoo)

Let's not forget one of the most important thing you can do with strawberries. Image credit: CleanCuisineAndMore.com

Let’s not forget one of the most important thing you can do with strawberries.
Image credit: CleanCuisineAndMore.com

So then, why did she hate Sephora’s Strawberry Body Wash?

Anyone who has ever eaten a strawberry, will tell you that they don’t taste sweet, they’re tangy. They have strong, sassy flavours that make eating other fruit look like a walk in the park. The Sephora Strawberry Body Wash actually smelled like that. It had a sharp fragrance that was tangy, with a few underlying sweet base notes- not unlike the actual flavour of a strawberry, whose sweetness is dominated by its sassiness. So that really got me thinking? How many products actually don’t smell like the foods that they claim they’re made of?

1. First on my list was Clean and Clear’s Neem and Lemon Face Wash.

Neem and Lemon... Or is it?

Neem and Lemon… Or is it?

If you’ve tasted Neem and Lemon, you’ll know that what you smell is not very different from what you taste. So like the tastes, the smells of the foods are also strong, with no sense of sweetness. Anywhere at all. I understand that the actual smells of the two are too strong and too dominating of each other to be used to full effect, but where the heck is that sweet smell coming from?

2. Second up is Body Shop’s Creme Burlee body spray.

Because smelling like vanilla cake is important Image credit: thebodyshop.co.uk

Because smelling like vanilla cake is important
Image credit: thebodyshop.co.uk

If you’ve smelt vanilla essence in its true form, you’ll know that it has a distinct smell, which can be quite alluring. But the smell of it alone is not strong enough to constitute a fragrance that will last you the whole day. At least Body Shop’s Creme Burlee body spray is honest in the fact that vanilla is only one of its components, and that the patisserie fragrance is what they were going for.

3. Original Source vanilla and Raspberry body wash honestly reminded me of Alpenlibe’s strawberry flavoured candy.

82 sunrises is no joke people.  Image credit: thoushaltnotcovet.net

82 sunrises is no joke people.
Image credit: thoushaltnotcovet.net

I have no idea how a raspberry smells,  but hey, at least if you use this product, you end up smelling good enough to eat.

4. Biotique Papaya scrub is a really nice product that leaves your skin glowing and exfoliated.

Pa Pa Pa, Papapaya... Image credit: beautyandmakeupmatters.com

Pa Pa Pa, Papapaya…
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I will give Biotique credit for this as my nosy experiments revealed that it is actually quite difficult to match the scent of an element of nature in its true form. The scent ofelt slightly watered down but that might be because the scrub also claims to have mud or something in it.

5. Vim drop lemon dishwash liquid: because… lemon.

The closest and most accurate use of a lemon scent. Image credit: hul.co.in

The closest and most accurate use of a lemon scent.
Image credit: hul.co.in

The dishwashing liquid has a strong lemony scent with one or two sweet notes added in just so that the lemon doesn’t become unbearable. Their logic behind putting lemon in a dishwashing liquid is beyond just something that smells nice. Lemon apparently, has anti-bacterial properties.

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Excuse me while I go dunk my head in a bowl of coffee beans. All this smelling is getting to me. Do comment if you have any products that don’t smell as good as the food they claim to be flavoured as. Until next time, much love!