“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Powder / Type: Dusting Powder / Subcategory: Powder „
I've mentioned in a previous review recently that I have a lovely best friend who gave me a box of various toiletries after a huge clear out. There were several items that I have heard of and seen in the shops but haven't tried, so I've lots of fun in the past week or so 'testing' these out.
One of the items was a full bottle of talcum powder in the florentyna range by Marks & Spencer..though being M & S it has the slightly more posher title of 'Dusting Powder'..
The appearance of the bottle is identical to the other Florentyna products and is in the form of a tall, rounded plastic bottle that veneers in at the bottom and the top. It also features the pretty plastic flower lid that seems to be the signature look of this range. (It is a completely different design from the picture above).
Though I did receive this from my lovely friend Dee, it is available to buy instore or online (www.marksandspencer.co.uk) for the quite reasonable price of £4 for a 150g bottle. Expensive for your average talcum powder but then this isn't just any talc..it's an M & S talc..
I must just start by saying that I don't use talcum powders as a rule myself. I have somewhat dry skin so after every bath or shower I slather copious amounts of body lotions/potions and creams into my skin (hence the amount of reviews I do on such products).
So as you can imagine for a talc virgin I was a little apprehensive of using this on my delicate skin.
What swayed me was the fact that I use Florentyna perfume and have previously used the bath cream - both products have impressed me greatly and I adore the fragrance.
After a shower last week I decided to test this out..
I dried my skin as best as I could which I don't normally do as I prefer creams/lotions to penetrate the skin more intensely this way.
After toweling my skin dry as best as I could, I opened the bottle (tub sounds far too common for an M & S product!) and proceeded to *tap* a small amount onto the palm of my hand.
I have to say I was instantly impressed before even applying to my skin - this really was no ordinary talc (..erm sorry 'dusting powder'). What I was greeted with was soft and silky powder. The texture was very fine, whilst the consistency was amazingly thin and didn't look *cloggy* like some talcum powders often can.
The fragrance was also very strong - but not overpowering - and was obviously recognisable as the unmistakable Florentyna scent with the top notes of Gardenia mixed with heart notes of Jasmine, Lily of the valley and Orange blossom with a musky base which lingers.
I decided to throw caution to the wind and I used this all over my body ( except my face..obviously) just gently rubbing over the skin and not into it.
Well I have to say how soft my skin felt after using this! I was surprised that it didn't feel dry and powdery but more velvety soft.
My skin didn't feel dry at all which boded well, and almost seem to disappear on contact with my skin luckily, which is a relief as I was imagining looking like some kind of white ghost after using.
The fragrance seemed to last for several hours and was like wearing a more subtle, toned down version of the perfume.
A small amount seemed to go a long way, so for the size of the bottle it would actually work out as an economical buy..if indeed I had bought it.
My friend had received this in a gift set containing this, the perfume and the body lotion. She kept the perfume but gave me the dusting powder and the lotion..and boy am I glad!
It's converted me in the sense that not all talcum powders have the same effect on the skin, but I still can't see me rushing out to buy this singular.
If I were to receive this via a gift set then I would definitely use it again, so it does get a full 5 out of 5 from me.