Perfume Reviews

Neutral Reviews of Arber by Body Shop

Total Reviews: 10
The name suggests woody (arbor?) but The Body Shop's Arber is far more an odd connection of fruit, flowers, and woods than simply a woody scent. It still has a useful place in the current men's selection since none of the other options are particularly woody, fruity, or flowery.

First off, it's fair to regard this as more of an eau de cologne or body spray rather than a standard EDT--very light. Unsurprisingly, then, a lot of the magic happens in the initial spray and a lot of it disappears pretty quickly into the rapid dry down. Longevity is limited.

I'm not sure the note breakdown does this justice, as I have a bit of difficulty sorting out the notes amidst the generally synthetic, semi-deodorant smell.

On the whole, this smells like woods mixed with dried fruit and fresh fruit, including citrus and watermelon.

As a light semi-woody option, it has its usefulness in casual situations, likely year-round, but I wouldn't dress it up, as it simply lacks a certain minimum sophistication that I'd want in a true night/date/formal scent. Still a great option for the price ($28 for 100ml though often on sale).

6 out of 10
22nd December, 2015
A somewhat unique smelling citrus fragrance with some musky wood notes in the base. Smells good, but lacks any bite in either projection or longevity.
10th March, 2015
Tony T Show all reviews
United States
not bad just no character. your basic one and done citrus/lavender accord. very 90's and extremely light. a great addition for the onder 18 crowd i guess.
18th February, 2013
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it's ok when you want something a little less feminine. smells clean and definately male without being overly pungent. doesn't linger in my clothes which is great. guys tend to notice when i wear this... not sure why...
30th October, 2011
Not all that great...but not terrible. I was lured in by the price. It was something insane like 1.50 euros. The part of me that likes Mitchum men's deoderants likes this... it makes me feel like a very young drag king -- on the one hand a very fake constructed Male perfume without any there there, but... it makes me feel happy and nostalgic. I don't really like any body shop perfumes, but somehow they can make me feel that way...

Anyway -- my conclusion is that this is for the very young folks only (I'm 24 and I feel a bit too old for this), and only for daywear -- not for dates under any circumstances. Just no.
02nd April, 2010
A decent version of the fruity amber fragrances that proliferate the market at the present time. It's a one note wonder, but it holds its quality for long enough to maintain your interest for several hours. This is very much in keeping with its simplistic packaging and mininimalistic bottle design. There is scant competition, but this is one of the better Body Shop offerings, and it may be particularly well suited to layering with the variety of other Arber products.
10th October, 2009
A young, attractive Body Shop employee sprayed Arber all over herself and invited me to sniff. Perhaps an unfair sales tactic, but I bought it. I enjoy it, especially after the pungent top notes burn off, but for me it remains a secondary fragrance for casual times after Tommy Hilfiger's Athletics (now sadly discontinued).

I'm intrigued by Carlos' statement that this is a "carbon copy" of Floris Santal (minus the pepper), which I am about to buy for the first time. I hope it's not. Let's compare ingredients:

Top notes: Lime, orange, geranium
Mid notes: Coriander, mint, watermelon
Base notes: Sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean

Floris Santal
Top notes: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamon, green grass, lemon
Mid notes: Clove bud, lavender, nutmug
Base notes: Amber, cedar wood, frankinsense, musk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver

Overall, Arber is OK, but I wouldn't buy it again.
17th August, 2009
In my opinion, extremely spicy, leaving a quite sharp overall impression. The olfactory sensation might seem assaulted, at first, by a variety of peppery notes, as other reviewers correctly remarked, followed by a warm and quite sweet dry- down. Pleasant and quite good value for money, but not something I would wear every day and, also, not enough to become my signature scent.
15th February, 2009
I find this to be an almost carbon copy of Santal by Floris. Perhaps without the Black Pepper notes making an appearance but it's almost identical. Mileage on this was always bad for me never lasting more than an hour! On the basis of the mileage, I have to mark this with a Neutral rating.
12th July, 2008
mjclark Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Linear replica of Ungaro 3.Nowhere near as subtle,but good for the money.
08th June, 2007