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When I was 15, EVERYONE had white musk toiletries. Whether it was Boots Natural Collection or Body Shop, you simply had to have it. I even had special scented things for my drawers that were white-musk scented.
I was given a bottle of this in an office Secret Santa, and to be honest, put it to the back of my cupboard, thinking I wouldn't use it as I wasn't sure I *really* liked the smell again. Anyway, due to a lack of organisation, I ended up with no other shower gel so decided to give this a go and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!
The gel itself is good-quality. It's a transparent gel, rather than a cream, and seems to lather up very nicely on my body. I found that a splodge the size of about a 50p piece on my pouffe lathered up enough for a decent wash. It certainly didn't feel cheap, and left my skin feeling nice and fresh, without any kind of 'residue'. I would rate highly in comparison to other gels I buy, like Original Source ones.
In all fairness, it's all about the smell with this gel. The smell for me is very evocative of my teen years in the 1990s and that's what I smelled in this bottle, it reminded me of endless days singing B*witched and 5ive songs! I would say that, probably due to the strong memories I attach to this smell, that it lingered a little too long through the day for my liking, certainly longer than other gels I use (I could still smell it at lunchtime!) If you like your shower gel to fade into the background, then this isn't for you.
Would I buy it again.
In spite of the quality of the product and the happy memories it evoked, I would not buy this product again. It is quite expensive for a shower gel, and I found the smell a little overpowering. You can get decent quality products at better prices, and I would go with those.
As far as I am concerned when it comes to white musk the Body Shop can do absolutely no wrong as all the products in the range are absolutely gorgeous in their own way.
The sumptuous silk white musk shower gel is priced at £6.40 which I know is expensive for a shower gel but when you consider how much some of the lush ones are and of course the ones that are sold alongside the designer perfumes then I think this is priced competitively.
For the £6.50 you get a bottle with 250ml of shower gel in it and a little of this on a shower puff is enough to do my whole body. It lathers up really well on the puff and I am always shocked with how little I actually need to get a lovely all over foam.
This smells really strongly of white musk and it is definitely not one of the more subtle smelling ones and my whole bathroom is completely scented with the gorgeous smell. It fragrances my skin but obviously when it has been rinsed off it isn't as strong as when the lather is on. It still smells of white musk though when I am dried and I can still smell it lingering for hours.
I think this goes perfectly with the other products in the white musk range and I also think it would be a good way of wearing white musk in a more subtle way such as during the daytime if you want a nice subtle smell. Add the moisturising lotion and you will smell great for the whole day long.
I personally prefer using a few of the products with the perfume as I think this gives the best effect although all together they can be a little bit overpowering if you spray too much of the perfume whilst also using the shower gel and the other products.
I love this and think it is a great shower gel that goes really well with the rest of the white musk range. It also feels lovely on my skin and doesn't dry it out or leave my skin itchy and when it is washed off my skin feels clean and comfortable and of course gorgeously scented with white musk fragrance.
I have adored the unmistakeable scent of The Body Shop's White Musk for as long as I can remember, and have been wearing the fragrance regularly since my early 20's. It is therefore a fragrance that I am very familiar with, and many of my friends and family members are aware of my passion for this glorious scent, generously supplying me with assorted items from the White Musk range for birthday and Christmas treats.
It was whilst I was sorting through my massive stock-pile of toiletries and cosmetics recently that I came across a small bottle of The Body Shop's "White Musk Sumptuous Silk Shower Gel" which is a product I have tried out before, but not for some time. I was keen to revisit the product's beautiful fragrance, and this review outlines my experiences of using the product.
The packaging is in keeping with most other shower gel products from The Body Shop and consists of a robust plastic bottle with a 'flip up' cap on the top. The bottle I have been using recently is smaller than average, sized at just 60ml but I have had the full-sized version many times in the past, as I am usually gifted items from the White Musk range at Christmas time from my in-laws. The full sized version of the product is available to purchase in two assorted sizes, namely a 250ml bottle that is priced at £8.00 and a larger 400ml bottle that is priced at £10.00. Both sizes are available to purchase online at the company's website, to be found at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage costs apply.
The product itself has proven to be very versatile. I tend to have more baths than showers, so it is pretty much guaranteed that any shower gel products that I purchase will be used under a running tap in the bathtub too. Unfortunately, this practice doesn't always suit some shower gel products, as their fragrances usually feel less robust when diluted in the bathwater, and most usually create very little enticing foamy lather when used in this way.
The opposite is true of the White Musk gel however, and it has proven to contain a robust enough fragrance that is of course very welcoming, given my passion for this glorious scent. I find that the fragrance is powerful enough to actually fill my bathroom with its wonderful aroma when the bath is filling, even if only a small amount of the liquid has been added under the running tap. Similarly, an abundance of soft, foam-like bubbles will generously adorn the bathwater's top layer, enticing me to relax and unwind as the fragrance takes hold.
The fragrance is certainly noticeable as I continue to soak in the tub, and it can also be detected on my skin after drying, with the subtle, powder-like perfume being present for a surprisingly long time too. This is of course a very welcome trait and the product's fragrance has performed excellently in terms of its longevity - making its slightly high price tag feel more justified as a result.
The liquid shower gel performs just as well when used in the shower, with a gentle foam-like lather being produced on my flannel or sponge with very little effort from me. After use, my skin feels thoroughly cleansed and squeaky clean, with the product's beautiful aroma lingering on my skin for an impressive amount of time.
I find that using matching products from elsewhere in The Body Shop's White Musk range really allows the fragrance to develop even further, with stronger elements from some of these other products working in harmony with those contained in the shower gel. This allows the fragrance to last even longer on my skin as a result, so I will regularly 'match' the shower gel with other White Musk products from my collection to achieve maximum effect. This method works beautifully and the end result is exceptional, with the fragrance being easily detected throughout the rest of the day.
For those consumers who are unfamiliar with TBS's White Musk fragrance, it is a wonderfully rich, fragrant aroma that contains a highly floral core. This is very contemporary, however, as it has a powder-like 'edge' to it that offers a pleasant balance to the floral notes that may otherwise prove to be 'heady' or over-powering. In addition, the fragrance has a soap-like thread running through its core that gives a wonderfully 'fresh' and 'clean' crispness to the overall fragrance. This makes it feel light to wear - surprisingly so, given the strong 'musk' backdrop that can be detected easily throughout.
The liquid shower gel itself is actually clear in colour which suits me down to the ground as I find bath and shower products that contain robust colourings can often leave behind an unwanted residue on the bathtub, but this has never been the case of course, after using the White Musk gel.
After use, irrespective of the method of choice, my skin always feels thoroughly cleansed and quietly refreshed. It is true to say that the product's fragrance is not the most invigorating, nor does it have any sort of 'awakening' feel to it. That is not to say that I do not find it refreshing to use, but this aspect of the gel feels much more subtle, and quieter than other products I use regularly that have a rather more 'intense' awakening feel to them. This is not a criticism, however, and I find that the White Musk Silk Shower Gel feels rather more relaxing as a result of this omission, creating the impression of a 'pampering' product rather than a basic, everyday shower gel product that is suitable for a quick wash down in the shower.
As with all products from The Body Shop that I have ever used, there has been no notable irritation or aggravation to my troublesome skin, or my eczema, which will 'flare' easily if aggressive or harsh products are used. This has led me to believe that the White Musk Sumptuous Silk Shower Gel carries a rather mild and gentle formulation, and I do believe it is completely suitable for use by those consumers with sensitive or dry skin.
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I would whole-heartedly recommend The Body Shop White Musk Sumptuous Shower Gel as it is a product I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming re-acquainted with. I think it is truly deserving of a five star rating and it comes with my full recommendation, as a result.
I received a sample of this product as part of the gift box they made including the shower gel, moisturiser and a body puff. I have always liked Body Shop products but they are only something I receive as gifts as I do find their products on the expensive side.
Appearance and Smell
This product is very simply packaged and very minimal with very little writing on the bottle but I think this is the best way to package this product as it does promote calmness and tranquillity. The gel itself is relatively thick and creamy white. It has a very unique smell which is lovely to use and leaves your skin and your bathroom smelling divine. The mix of musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla quoted in the information creates a heavenly smell which leaves you feeling like you have stepped into a beauty salon.
When using the product I only required a small amount of gel as it foamed up very well using a body puff. After using the product it left my skin feeling smooth and very well moisturised, the creamy quality of the gel left the same creamy feeling on your skin. I have never had a shower gel leave my skin feeling so moisturised without leaving a residue.
I was very impressed with this product and would use it again, but I am a little reserved as to buying it myself due to the price being £8 for a 250 ml bottle.
I've been a fan of The Body Shop for a good few years and can speak favourably of the majority of their body products although my experience with their lotions and potions for the face has been somewhat hit and miss. I own a huge stash of their products, which I tend to alternate depending on the mood I'm in at any given time and the occasion. For example, I love their zesty uplifting fragrances during and after my morning shower and opt for something a little more sensual and/or relaxing for the evenings. The product I am discussing today is their White Musk Shower gel, which was contained within a gift cube and its' appearance is identical to that of the larger bottles; the prices of which will be provided at the end of this review.
WHAT IS MUSK?
Whilst I have considerable experience with using White Musk products from The Body Shop I have to admit that my knowledge of musk was very limited, so I carried out a little online research. I discovered that musk was originally obtained from a gland of the male musk deer, but due to ethical reasons this practise was ceased during the late nineteenth century. Consequently, the musk used in both the shower gel is cruelty free and is musk mallow extract, which was something I had never heard of before. Further researched revealed that it is actually a small plant that delivers the identical aroma to that of the male musk deer.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The soap free shower gel that I am currently using is 60 ml in size and is presented to us in a transparent plastic bottle where I am easily able to flip open the lid with just one hand to enable me to receive the product in the other. The appearance of the packaging can be described as luxurious due to its' minimal text other than the name of the product together with the logo of The Body Shop, which clearly enables us to witness the pale purple contents. I always associate the aroma of musk as being very sensuous and romantic and this shower gel does not disappoint, as whilst the musk is clearly evident it delivers a subtle yet very favourable fragrance.
USING THE SHOWER GEL
Whilst the product is marketed as a shower gel it works perfectly well in the bath and only a small amount of the good consistency gel needs to be dispensed to create a mountain of fluffy white and beautifully fragranced bubbles. I find it a little odd that the gel is suitable for this purpose, particularly as I have attempted to use many other brands of shower gel as a bubble bath where they generally sink straight to the bottom of the tub. In addition to using it as a bubble bath I also use it in the shower where I dispense a small amount onto my net body polisher to create a plentiful lather.
One application is sufficient to wash my entire body, as the gel is both luxurious and very gentle as it cleanses my skin. It effectively removes any dirt and impurities and after easily rinsing away it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth together with a delicate aroma, which tends to linger for a good while following use. The gel does not leave any sticky residue and whilst I am unable to state that it is moisturising I have never suffered any adverse reactions when using, such as dryness or itching. I was surprised to learn from reading the information provided on the website of The Body Shop that this product contains a combination of Community Fair Trade honey, lily, ylang ylang, vanilla and amber notes. I have never been a fan of the aroma of vanilla due to the fact that I find it rather sickly, but fortunately, I am unable to detect its' aroma. I'm a great lover of ylang ylang, as it offers a relaxing and calming fragrance, but again, I am unable to detect it, as all I am able to witness is the delicate fragrance of musk. In my experience of using the 60 ml container in both the bath and shower, it tends to last me for approximately 20 uses. The gel should be used within 12 months of opening and is recyclable one empty. The Body Shop does not test any of their products on animals.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
White Musk Sumptuous Shower Gel is available in two larger sized bottles, namely 250 ml for £8.00 and 400 ml for £10. You can also purchase a 60 ml bottle like mine, which is available in a gift cube accompanied by a 60 ml bottle of Smooth Satin Body Lotion and a body polisher for £5. I would advise that I very rarely purchase products from any of The Body Shop's high street stores, particularly as I am frequently able to receive huge discounts when shopping online, such as £20 discount if I spend £40.
As this is such a gorgeous and very effective product it receives 5 stars from me together with a huge recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I have recently being trying out some of the Body Shop products as my favourite range of Bath products have not made any new products recently. When I was last in the shop I was surprised to find they still made the White musk range as I used to buy this when I was little. I had no problems in buying the shower gel from this range as it was a childhood memory for me.
The shower gel comes in the plastic bottle which is clear. This means you get to see the light purple liquid inside and know just how much of the product you have left. On the front of the bottle we have the Body Shop logo and the product name, the back of the bottle contains all of the ingredients. The top of the bottle is also plastic and is a flip lid design, this makes it very simple to use.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
It is simple to use the shower gel, the flip lid is easy to open and then a small amount of the gel needs to be squeezed out onto a hand of flannel and massaged into the body whilst under the shower. When this is massaged into the skin it makes and good lather and is also very easy to wash off. The results from using this as a shower gel are good and I was left with clean and soft skin which stayed moisturised for a good few hours. The smell was also very pleasant and remained on my skin for a long time after use.
As I am not really a fan of showers I have been using the remainder of my shower gel as a bath foam. To do this the gel just needs to be poured under a running tap. When this is done the gel starts to immediately make a lather. The lather is nice and light and there is a large amount from just using a small amount of the gel. The lather lasts for a good amount of time, for the duration of my 15 minute bath. When I wash my hair in the bath water the shampoo and conditioner usually makes the lather dissolve on other brands of bath products but this is not the case with this gel. I had just as good results from this shower gel when using as a bath foam and my skin was soft, clean and moisturised for a good few hours.
The scent from the shower gel is very nice. It is hard to describe and pin point it to something specific. The musk is easy to pick out from the scent and I would definitely say this is more of a feminine scent than one for the men. The scent when using this as a shower gel is noticeable and remains on the skin for a good time after using but when this is used as a bath foam it fills the bathroom and remains for a good amount of time. I loved the way I was able to smell this on my skin after bathing in it as it meant did not have to use perfume.
I did talk hubby into trying this out, just the once though as he has sensitive skin and he has had no reaction or bad effects from it. He was not keen on the scent it left on his skin thought.
The shower gel which have comes in a bottle size of 60ml. You can by larger sizes of the gel but I did not want to just in case I was not as keen on it as I used to be or in case they had changed the scent. I have had two showers out of this bottle and 4 baths up to now and I am only just under half way down the bottle as only a small amount s needed for each use.
The packaging is 100% recyclable and as with all the Body shop products this has not been tested on animals.
The product ingredients are those wishing to know are:-
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Mel (Honey (Mel)) (Natural Additive), Maltodextrin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Methylparaben (Preservative), Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone) (Sunscreen), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Polyquaternium-7 (Hair Conditioner), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Hibiscus abelmoschus (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Isoeugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Cinnamate (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 60730 (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour).
The shelf life of the shower gel once opened is 12 months.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABLITY~~
This is a Body Shop product so can only be bought in their high street or online shop. The 60ml bottle is priced around £3 which I feel to be slightly high. The larger bottle is around the £6 mark. I would have liked this small bottle to be around £2 for better value for money.
I am happy to recommend this white musk shower gel as it smells wonderful and works well. I have the added bonus that it works excellently as a bath foam too. It is definitely not one for the male market but all lovers of musk scented products will find this has the right balance of fragrance. Definitely deserving of the full 5 stars.