My finger is still healing—it’s at the scabby phase, now—so I’ve got another swatch-less review today!
I deeply love a piña colada (most anything with coconut+pineapple…and rum), so I was really excited to try out The Body Shop’s new Piñita Colada line of bath and body products. The Fresh Body Sorbet sounded great—and a body moisturizer would let the scent linger more than, say, a body wash would—so that’s what I chose.
Smooth on sunshine with our new limited edition Piñita Colada collection. This irresistible tropical summer scent featuring coconut and pineapple is deliciously refreshing and moisturising and offers a smile-inducing experience. Escape to the tropics with our light summer textures that are crisp and exotic, making it the perfect post-beach body care treat.
Good copy, right? But I’m dismayed to report that I didn’t like this product very much at all!
Firstly, the scent is not especially strong and not particularly interesting. The notes sound great, but the actual fragrance is weak and decidedly artificial smelling, not juicy at all.
Fresh and crisp with Passion Fruit and Pineapple Juice
Aquatic and transparent with Coconut Water and Maraschino Cherry
Bright and smooth with Coconut Liquor, and Light Rum
I’d never heard of a piñita colada before, and only figured that the word was a diminutive of piña, Spanish for pineapple—though I learned it as ananá in high school. [I just looked it up and colada must be from the same root as the English colander, as it means “strained” in Spanish.] It turns out that piñita colada refers to a virgin piña colada, even though The Body Shop’s scent pyramid does include boozy notes in the base.
Have you ever paid attention to the lyrics of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)“?!
[Incidentally, my funny story of the day is about the first time I tried this lotion. I guess I was sleep-deprived and brain-befuddled, because I brought this product into the shower with me. I squirted it onto my bath pouf and got really angry after attempting to cleanse my skin with it: “This isn’t like a shower gel at all!” Yes, it took me a minute.]