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White Musk by the Body Shop has been one of my favourite perfumes for years. It isn’t the sort of thing that I wear every day as I prefer something that is a bit more light and fruity for during the day but sometimes I am in the mood for something more sensual and that’s when I use White Musk.
When I decide that I want to wear it I prefer the body butter as it just feels more luxurious and pampering to me but I bought this one time instead of the butter and it is really good though to me it doesn’t have enough of the fragrance in it to be a must have.
The lotion is lightweight and absorbs into my skin really easily and quickly and it even feels lightweight when wearing it as it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy or anything. It moisturises but not in a really deep down way and is more suited to skin that doesn’t need something that is richer and creamier.
It smells absolutely gorgeous but it isn’t as highly scented as some of the other white musk products. It is good for layering with the shower gel and other things in the range but I would have liked it to have been stronger for me to personally have really loved it.
The smell stays really close to the skin and doesn’t really project so you can only smell it if you sniff your skin. Some people will like the fact that it has a light scent as White Musk can be a bit strong for some people but I love the smell and when I wear it I want to be able to smell it on myself all day.
It isn’t a cheap body lotion and costs £10. I think because of how light the fragrance is in this that it is a little bit overpriced for me personally though I would consider buying it if it was on sale.
About twenty odd years ago this was one of my favourite body lotions. I loved the smell and Body Shop was also one of my favourite shops. Now I am less excited by Body Shop since they sold out to L''Oreal. I know they state that they do not test on animals and are in favour of Fairtrrade and eco friendly products but somehow I don''t feel as confident as I used to. This small bottle of Body Shop White Musk was on sale a while back and one sniff too me right back to the 80s so I bought it. The smell is sweetly musky and subtle, really lovely and a smell of the 80s for me. The lotion is not a thick one, quite thin in fact but it does moisturise my skin nicely and leaves it with the lovely sweet musk aroma.The musk I am happy to read is not animal musk but rather a synthetic one created by mixing a blend of jasmine, rose, amber and wood. The bottle states it is Community Fair trade and it comes in a recyclable plastic bottle.The bottle is fairly plain clear but cloudy plastic in the same shape as all Body Shop lotions and gels come in. The lotion does however have parabens in it, more than one which I am less happy about.In fact it has a number of less than natural sounding ingredients so I am struggling to find which ingredients are the fair trade ones. I did like using this lotion as the smell was a real love;y blast from the past. It is a scent that you can wear day or night and is not too strong. It would blend with most perfumes I would think and not fight with this scent. This is a lovely body lotion and one I would buy again in the future but not just yet as I have had my fix for a year or so.
~White Musk Body Lotion~
Today I will be reviewing the 'Smooth Satin Body Lotion' which is part of the The Body Shop White Musk collection. This collection includes a number of matching products including a perfume and body mist.
This body lotion is described as being a 'lightweight' lotion which will leave skin soft, smooth and scented. It contains synthetic 'cruelty-free' musk which is a blend of jasmine, rose, amber and wood. - details from www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
This body lotion is presented in rather simple looking packaging which consists of a tall, slim bottle made of clear plastic. There is flip top lid concealing a small dispensing hole and the bottle has a whole host of product information present. It is worth noting that this lotion should be used within 12 months of opening and that the bottle can be recycled once empty. I would say that the packaging is functional rather than stylish.
~Where To Buy~
The Body Shop products can be bought in store or from www.thebodyshop.co.uk. This body lotion can be purchased in two sizes. Expect to pay £10.00 for the 250ml bottle and £13.00 for 400ml. Look out for special offers and discounts which are often up to 50% off.
I can't say that I am a huge fan of The Body Shop but I never turn away free beauty products. My Mum gave me this 200ml bottle of body lotion as whilst she loves the White Musk perfume, she doesn't care much for body lotions (except Sanctuary Spa). I quite like the White Musk scent myself and have a small bottle so have experience of using this body lotion alone and also with the matching perfume.
I like to apply body lotions or butters to my skin on a twice daily basis. Some parts of my skin are very dry and need to be regularly moisturised whilst other parts aren't quite so bad. Which products I use on which areas of my body depend on how moisturising said product is and I became good at knowing what works for my skin.
The lotion has a lovely consistency which is easy to work with. It isn't too thin or drippy but at the same time, it isn't a thick and indulgent body lotion that leaves my feeling pampered. The lotion spreads effortlessly across my skin and offers a soothing sensation as it feels really cool. I find it perfect for applying after a hot shower as it calms my skin down quickly and leaves it feeling very comfortable and refreshed. This body lotion doesn't absorb quite as quickly as I would like. Despite being lightweight, I do find that even if I give it a good rub into my skin that there is a slight sticky residue on my skin for a good 10 minutes or so after application.
Once fully absorbed though, my skin does feel silky smooth. I find that my skin feels hydrated after applying this body lotion. It is very gentle and hasn't irritated my sensitive skin. I would say that it isn't the most moisturising of body lotions but tummy area, chest and my legs do feel soft for quite a few hours. This lotion does leave the rough areas (my arms mainly) feeling soft for a few hours but doesn't intensely moisturise these areas enough for long lasting softness. I have applied it to dry patches (knees, elbows etc) and it isn't intensive enough to combat the dryness for long periods of time but to be fair, The Body Shop don't market this as being specifically for extra dry skin.
Scent-wise, this body lotion is lovely and is a light version of the White Musk perfume. It isn't a stand out scent but is quite soft, feminine and not too strong on my skin. I notice a subtle floral scent with the rose and jasmine blending together nicely and complimenting a soft, pretty and slightly powdery musk. The body lotion scent lasts on my skin for a few hours on its own. I do find that the perfume and the lotion together is a little too heavy for my personal tastes but the scent does last most of the day when both products are worn together. If you want a mild but pleasant scent on your skin then this is the ideal lotion to use.
You don't need to apply much of this body lotion for skin to be left soft and beautifully scented. It is expensive but can often be bought at a reduced price by taking advantage of the promotions run by The Body Shop. I like this body lotion as it is nice to wear as a change from my highly perfumed body lotions. It isn't one that I would choose to wear on a daily basis personally but if White Musk is one of your favourite scents, I would say this will appeal as a daily use product. I am happy to use my bottle up and recommend it but don't think I would buy a bottle once it is finished as it isn't my favourite body lotion and doesn't provide long lasting nourishment for my skin. It is of a high quality and a 200ml bottle will last well.
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I recently received a small Body Shop set from a friend as a thank you gift which contained two 60ml bottles of White Musk Satin Smooth shower gel and body lotion along with a shower puff. Of course I was really grateful for the kind thought and love anything Body Shop related although White Musk isn't something I would have particularly chosen myself. I have nearly finished both bottles so thought I would review the White Musk Smooth Satin body lotion today.
The Body lotion comes in a clear plastic bottle and the creamy white lotion can clearly be seen inside. On top of the bottle is a flip top lid. The Body Shop logo is displayed on the front along with the product name and the claim that this is "sensual" and "skin softening". The back of the bottle gives general advice, warnings and ingredients list. Once opened the product has a twelve month shelf life.
As with all Body Shop products, the White Musk body lotion has not been tested on animals. It also contains community fair trade Brazilian babassu oil.
The lotion itself is pearlescent white in colour and of a nice creamy consistency, it is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn't leave any sticky residues behind. This is a really light lotion which leaves my skin feeling nice, soft and smooth. It is okay at moisturising but not brilliant. I think it is perfect for those with a "normal" skin type like myself but I would not really recommend it to those with dry skin as I feel it would not be intense enough to hydrate dry skin.
I have to admit that I am not a big fan of white musk as a fragrance, however I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the fragrance was not as over powering as I was expecting, in fact I found it to be rather subtle and refreshing. The fragrance has an excellent longevity and lingers on the skin for sometime.
Whilst I enjoyed trying the Body Shops White Musk Satin Smooth body lotion its not one I will buy myself. Partially because I am not overly keen on the white musk fragrance, but also because I simply love the Body Shops Body Butters and find them far more moisturising. However, I still found this to be a nice little offering from the Body Shop and recommend giving it a try.
The White Musk Satin Smooth body lotion is available in most Body Shop stores and their website (delivery charges may apply)
250ml - £10.00
400ml - £13.00
White Musk from the Body Shop is one of my all-time favourite smells. I love my designer perfumes but this is probably my signature scent as I have worn it for years. I love all the accompanying products with the fragrance too.
The body lotion is gorgeous. It isn't as moisturising as the body butters that the Body Shop do but the fragrance is one of the best and it lingers so well on my skin and goes with the perfume so perfectly that it doesn't matter.
Whereas the body butters are more a luxurious treat this feels a lot lighter and is more of a daily body lotion. It does moisturise well though but it just lacks the luxurious feeling of the butters. It is ideal to put on after a shower as it soaks in almost instantly so I don't have to spend ages waiting for it to dry. There is no greasy residue with it either and it leaves a satiny sheen to my skin that doesn't feel greasy but is actually more like a soft coating of talc.
The smell is absolutely amazing and really true to the perfume. It isn't like some body lotions that go with perfumes as it smells exactly like the perfume just lighter. When you use this as well as the deodorant and shower gel you can actually get away with not wearing the perfume as it smells quite strongly and I can smell it for hours afterwards on my skin. The fragrance lingers on my skin for hours and if I put some on in the morning I can still smell it later on at night when I am getting ready for bed.
The satin smooth body lotion costs £10 for a 250ml bottle and I think it is well worth the money as it is such a lovely lotion and has such a nice concentration of the musk fragrance. It might not be as luxurious feeling on the skin as some other lotions from the Body Shop but this also has it's upsides as it is lovely and light feeling on my skin and it is perfect for going out as it doesn't feel greasy in the slightest and doesn't feel heavy on my skin.
White Musk is a classic fragrance for a reason and this body lotion is a fantastic part of the range and one for all fans of the fragrance.
White musk is one of my favourite smells from childhood. I remember White Musk from years and years ago. It was the fragrance all the girls at school wore and was the epitome of style and grownupness. I remember trips into town where we would all go into the Body Shop and try out all the perfumes and all end up with White Musk. I loved the fragrance from then and I love it now. Although I think my tastes have grown up a bit and sophisticated I still was brought back to my school years by smelling this and really like it to this day.
This smooth satin body lotion is described as a lightweight body lotion which hydrates skin and leaves it feeling softer and smoother. It is softly scented with the beautiful White Musk fragrance. This smell is still as beautiful as the first day I smelt it all those years ago. The lotion is lovely and one of my favourites at the moment. Musk is a really difficult fragrance to describe but its definitely a classic and easy to spot fragrance. Some musks are not as nice as others though. I find some musk smells really too strong and that they get into the back of your throat but I find this one is nice and soft and more encompassing than other musks smells.
It is a sensual scent that unites a mix of notes including musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla. A musky smell this definitely is although it is quite hard to describe musk. So, I decided to look it up on the internet and here is a quote I found, "Musk is a class of aromatic substances commonly used as base notes in perfumery. They include glandular secretions from animals such as the musk deer, numerous plants emitting similar fragrances, and artificial substances with similar doors. Musk was a name originally given to a substance with a penetrating odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer. The substance has been used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times and is one of the most expensive animal products in the world. The name, originated from Sanskrit muá¹£ká meaning "testicle," has come to encompass a wide variety of substances with somewhat similar odors although many of them are quite different in their chemical structures.
Thank god that nowadays musk from animals is thought of as cruel and so the musk used in this Body Shop White Musk is a synthetic, cruelty free musk otherwise I might of had to take my bottle back. However, that is the whole Body Shop principle anyway, cruelty free, non tested on animal products so I am safe with this musk.
This lotion is definitely lightweight and I find it perfect for an all over body lotion. Its pure white in colour and quite thin. I find is absorbs really easily on my skin and it melts into really well and quickly and you cannot tell that you have put on a lotion after a few minutes. The smell does stay on my skin though and just leaves me feeling really light and fragrant. I find the smell lasts for a very long time, I think that is the beauty of musk and the sweet fragrance works well for day or night.
The cream comes in different sizes which I like. I have the medium sized bottle which is 250ml and this costs £9 from The Body Shop.
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
With all Body Shop products I find the packaging understated and minimalist, but this reflects the idea of the product. The moisturiser itself is thick enough to use without spilling it everywhere, but not too thick that it leaves a residue on your skin after drying in. The lotion has a lovely smell when you are applying it, with a mix of "musks, lily, rose, iris and vanilla" combining to create a relaxing smell resembling the smell of an expensive beauty salon.
When using the lotion I found that it was of a very balanced consistency allowing it to be applied with great ease. It sinks into the skin well, and relatively quickly, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft. The smell of the lotion is left lingering on the skin, in an understated way, which I really like as some lotions you find are so overpowering it is all you can smell for the whole day. This is a lotion I use at night just before going to bed as it has a very calming property to it, and it leaves you skin feeling soft the next morning.
I would continue to use this as it is an amazing body lotion, although the price of £9 for a 250 ml bottle is rather expensive, not in terms of the Body Shop ranges, but compared to other moisturisers on the market.
I adore using products from the beautiful range of skincare products at The Body Shop, and in particular I am a big fan of the White Musk range of body care products, all of which carry the same beautiful musky scent that I adore.
Several of my friends know that I am a big fan of The Body Shop in general, and I was lucky enough to receive some gorgeous toiletries from the brand for my birthday recently. One item presented to me was the White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion, and this review outlines my experience of using the product.
Packaged in a tall, cylindrical bottle made of clear plastic, it is not difficult to see the liquid body lotion contained within. Being an off-white colour it admittedly looks to be rather average in its appearance. The purple font and print on the clear bottle offer something in the way of attractive product branding, but it is fair to say that the image and first impressions of the product are rather bland.
This impression fades as soon as the 'flip up' lid of the bottle is opened, and I am allowed to experience the aroma of the product..
Being rather 'powdery' in its initial aroma, the lotion's scent is reminiscent of the gorgeous White Musk perfume that I wear so often. Whilst extremely musky in its essence, the aroma of the lotion is not at all over-powering or heavy. Instead, it carries a light, floral tone within it that feels beautifully uplifting and extremely feminine.
Applying the lotion is relatively fuss-free and easy, thanks to the slightly thin consistency of the liquid. Whilst it is not so thin as to drip everywhere and cause a mess, it is certainly without the thick or 'whipped' consistency that I am used to with other products. This is an observation rather than a criticism however, and I think the thin lotion feels refreshing and quite 'light' when applied to the skin. Similarly, I find that the lotion is easy to 'spread' around the skin quickly and easily. I also find that a small amount goes a long way with this particular product, so it is a surprisingly economical purchase, with the bottle lasting better than first anticipated as I don't need to slather my skin in huge amounts of the lotion to achieve full moisturisation .
There is no sort of unpleasant greasy feeling from using the product, and no greasy residue is left behind after application either; instead, a rapid absorption of the product has taken place and there is little or no visual evidence of the product remaining on my skin a short time afterwards. There is no real effort required to get the product absorbed into the skin either, it does so of its own accord, quickly and easily, without the need for me to rub the lotion into my skin continually.
After using the Body Lotion, the end result is extremely noticeable to me. Not only has skin been softened completely, but it has been softened to the point of being 'baby soft' in my opinion. This is something that is rather difficult for me to achieve given I have what I would describe as 'problem skin', thanks to outbreaks of dry skin and eczema. I have even noticed a slight improvement to a small patch of eczema that has been the result of a recent 'flare', and although it has not diminished altogether, I am pleased to notice a marked improvement to the area. I think it is important to point out too that I have noticed nothing in the way of sensitivity or aggravation to my problem skin, nor has the Body Lotion caused any sort of stinging sensation to the sore, broken skin. This is not something that can be said of every other body lotion product that I use regularly, so I think this is down to the White Musk product having a rather mild and gentle formulation.
The gorgeous aroma of The Body Shop White Musk is evident on my skin for several hours after the application of the Satin Body Lotion, which is a very welcome reminder for me during the day whilst the product is being worn. Without being intrusive or over-bearing in anyway, I find the gentle aroma is rather uplifting, particularly when worn with other 'relatives' from the same range, such as the matching body spray, or when used after showering with the shower gel for example. 'Co-ordinating' the White Musk products in this way really seems to give the underlying fragrances a little more intensity and I find that they become stronger as a result.
As @ the time of writing (July 2012), you can purchase The Body Shop White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion in branches of The Body Shop for £9.00. Whilst this is admittedly more than I would usually spend on a body lotion product, I feel that in this instance the price tag is justified, given the excellent results achieved from using the product, and the luxurious feeling experienced during use.
The Body Shop is completely against animal testing and all of their products are cruelty free.
I highly recommend this product from The Body Shop and cannot fault it. I love its beautiful aroma and think the results achieved make it an extremely worthwhile purchase, and one that I will be buying again!
I'm a real fan of The Body Shop products and have probably tried and tested the majority of their range. A fragrance I have been using for a considerable time is their White Musk where I have enjoyed the delights of their body powder, cleansing soap, perfume, shower gel and body lotion. I recently made a purchase of a Gift Cube, which contains smaller version of both the body lotion and shower gel with this review discussing my experience with the lotion.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The lotion contained within the gift cube is presented in a 60 ml transparent plastic bottle, which enables us to witness the pearly white contents and its' appearance is identical to that of the larger version. The Body Shop has displayed minimal purple coloured text on the bottle, which gives the appearance of high quality. The lid is easily flipped open and I am able to witness the delightful musk fragrance, which contains a combination of musk, ylang ylang, lily, vanilla and amber notes. Whilst it is simply luxurious and a very relaxing aroma, on first impressions it seems to be a little less subtle than the shower gel that I also regularly use, which is a shame, as I would have preferred it to be a little more intense.
USING THE LOTION
The lotion is of a good consistency and easily dispenses from the bottle by giving a slight squeeze. Fortunately, as I begin to gently massage the lotion into my skin the aroma becomes slightly stronger and much more favourable and can be described as a very sensual fragrance without being overpowering. The lotion is very cooling on my skin and is easily absorbed whilst leaving a glistening appearance and an aroma that lingers for several hours following application. I generally tend to use lotions during the morning and for going out and more intensive products, such as body butters and creams following my evening bath so they are able to work their magic whilst I am sleeping. The lotion is very light as well as being moisturising although it is not quite effective enough if you suffer with dry skin.
Whilst some musk fragrances are more suited to evening use as they can often be described as very heavy The Body Shop range of musk products are well suited for use at any time during the day. The lotion leaves my skin feeling silky soft and smooth whilst not leaving any sticky residue or greasiness. I'm a real fan of layering my fragrances, so I will often apply this lotion following my shower where I have used the matching musk gel and I will then apply the Musk fragrance, which is also available from The Body Shop.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is a lengthy list of ingredients, which I do not intend copying into this review, but I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reactions when using. The lotion should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. The Body Shop does not test any of their products on animals.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The lotion is available in two sizes, namely 250 ml for £9 and 400 ml for £12 or you can purchase a gift cube for £5, which contains a 60 ml bottle of this lotion together with a 60 ml bottle of shower gel and a net body polisher. There is a fairly extensive range of White Musk products such as velvet body crème, cleansing bar, perfumes and body mists; all of which are reasonably priced.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I have recently been trying out some of the Body Shop products and as I bought the white musk shower gel I decided I would buy the body lotion to accompany it. I love the white musk scent as it reminds me of when I used to buy it as a child.
The body lotion comes in a clear plastic bottle which means you can see the white colour lotion inside and know exactly how much of the product you have left. The product name and the Body shop logo is on the front of the bottle and the back of the bottle has the product ingredients.
The top of the bottle has a plastic flip ld which has a good sized hole in to allow the lotion to come out. The top can be screwed off but this does not need to be done and if it is too much of the lotion will come out.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
It is very simple to use the body lotion, the bottle is easy to squeeze and as it is a good consistency only a small amount comes out of the hole at once. The lotion is to be squeezed into the hands and then massaged into the skin. The lotion is easy to apply and it absorbers very quickly into the skin. Once the lotion has been applied to the skin it gives it a little glow and makes it look silky. I noticed that my skin immediately felt moisturised and soft and this feeling lasted for a good few hors after applying.
The scent is hard to describe but there is definitely an underlying smell of musk, it is not over powering whilst in the bottle but it does become stronger when applied to the skin., I would not recommend covering all of the body with this as the smell is too strong but it makes for a good scent when used on the wrists or neck area and means you don't have to wear perfume. I think that using this and then applying perfume would not make for a good smell.
The feeling and smell it left on my hands was not nice, they were soft but they did feel slightly greasy, there were no other parts of my body that felt greasy after applying this though. I did not like the scent being left on my hands so I washed then and this was very easy to get off.
I have used hubby as a guinea pig with this lotion as he has sensitive skin and he has had no reaction or effects from using it.
The bottle size which I have is 60ml and I think this is a good size and it means you can try the product out before paying the hefty price tag for the large bottle. I have been using this bottle for 3 weeks now and am only just getting to the half way mark.
The product ingredients for those wishing to know are:-
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Orbignya oleifera (Babassu Oil) (Emollient), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) (Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Maltodextrin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Fragrance Ingredient), Methylparaben (Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Hibiscus abelmoschus (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Isoeugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Cinnamate (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient).
The shelf life of the bottle once it has been opened is 12 months. The packaging is fully recyclable and as with all Body Shop products it has not been made using animal testing.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILTY~~
This is a Body Shop product so can only be bought in their high street or online stores. The price for the 60ml bottle is around the £3 mark and the large bottle of 250ml is £9. I think both sizes of bottle are over priced but it is good stuff so try to buy when on offer.
I am more than happy to give this body lotion a good solid 4 stars. I have dropped a star as the scent is overpowering when a large amount is used. If only used in small quantities it gives a lovely light musk scent which means no perfume is needed. It moisturises and softens skin but it is definitely only one for the female market.
White Musk is a really popular fragrance as it is subtle and doesn't overpower everyone around you. This product is part of a range with perfume, deodorants etc and i think it makes a great gift for a mum or nan. The packaging is simple and understated like the scent and it's easy to get out as you simply just squeeze it onto your hands. It's very light and quite runny which means a little goes a long way although i wouldn't say it was a particularly good moisuturiser especially if you need something richer for dry skin this wouldn't be ideal. As mentioned it's part of a range so it might be a good moisturiser for when you are heading out of an evening and want to layer your fragrance as they sell a shower gel, then you can use this lotion and then the perfume which would be great for a night out but i wouldn't recommend it as a good everyday lotion unless your skin doesn't need much hydrating.
Ever since the 1980s I've loved the smell of musk when it was probably at the height of it's popularity - don't get me wrong - I don't use it all the time but there's something quite comforting about wearing products which smell of musk.
I think it's a kind of Marmite thing - some people hate the smell whilst others, like me, love it.
I also love Body Shop products so was really pleased to receive a set of Musk products for Christmas last year.
Mine is 125ml but you can also buy it in 250ml (around £9) or 400ml (around £12) which is pretty good value because it lasts ages because you only need a little to get the full benefit of the lovely musk smell.
It's also great if you 'layer it up' with other musk products such as the Body Shop musk perfumes.
The top is a screw on/off type which is easy to open & close & the lotion stays fresh & perfumed even when opened because the bottle is made of sturdy plastic & well designed.
The lotion itself is pure white & creamy but not too thin or thick. On opening it you get the lovely smell of musk & when applied it lasts a good couple of hours.
The smell isn't overpowering by any means - it's a subtle rather than strong smell which I think is very distinctive.
It's quite gentle on the skin (but, with all body lotions etc it's always best to do a skin patch test first) & I didn't experience any stinging or redness even when I'd just shaved my armpits.
It's best to squeeze the bottle gently as the product tends to come out in blobs so it's easy to waste the product. When I get 3/4 of the way through I usually leave it standing upside down as it can be a little difficult to get to the bottom easily & I don't like to waste a drop!
I'm not sure that I'd say it was brilliant as a body lotion - yes, my skin felt smoother & softer, but this effect didn't last long & I have used better ones on my skin.
However, if , like me, it's the fragrance you're after this is recommended.
Unfortunately there are no ingredients listed but the Body Shop are renowned for not testing on animals I do trust them.
Neither were there any directions provided but anyone who uses body lotions & creams knows how to apply so I don't see this as a problem.
- reasonable price as it lasts for ages.
- lovely musk fragrance which isn't overpowering.
- easy to apply & smell lasts a couple of hours at least.
- OK as a body lotion but I've used better.
- good product for those who love the smell of musk.
There is something about the smell of musk that is just seductive, this I hope has nothing to do with its history, but rather to the strong and deep intoxicating smell, that has captivated so many of us.
In this review I will describe my experience with the Body Shop White Musk lotion, but just to get you some background will tell you a little about musk's past.
Reference to musk did not appear until the 5th century, where it was recorded in use in India. Musk originally comes from the male glands of the musk deer, which is between the stomach and genitals. It is contained in a small pod, which is removed and dried. This pod is worth twice its weight in gold. It is one of the most expensive animal products in the world and can also be found in other animals with musk glands, such as the muskrat, musk duck, musk beetle, musk turtle, alligator and musk shrew. But they are considered inferior to the scent from the musk deer.
Since obtaining the musk requires killing the animal, nearly all musk fragrance used in perfumery today is synthesis, or called "white musk". So when a product says white musk, it does not come from animals.
Anything from the Body Shop, used to send me into raptures, and it was no less when I opened this product under the Christmas tree a few years back. It was part of a gift set, and included the spray as well as the lotion.
This was before they repackaged it in the slimmer more modern looking bottle, but the ingredients are the same as always, just like its delicious scent.
It has been many years since that first bottle, and now I have moved on from the Body Shop, and prefer other brands, that practice the same ethos without the added chemicals. But when visiting my sister and seeing this in her bathroom I decided to relive old times, if even just for you the readers sake.
The cream is a white color with a consistency that is neither thick nor runny, but a pleasant balance. The smell hits you right away, especially on freshly washed skin, it takes a few moments to absorb, but when it does feels dry, and leaves a very strong scent of musk, which lasts for at least 1-2 hours (if you use the white musk spray or perfume as well then it lasts even longer)
The only complaint I had was that it didn't really moisturize my skin, as well as some of my other creams. this cream is more for the smell, then the soothing feel.
Also if you have sensitive skin, then this could irritate you as the scent is synthetic, this was part of the reason my skin didn't feel moisturized as perfumes/scents in general tend to dry out my skin.
If you like the smell of musk then this is a delightful sample of it, which will leave you feeling warm and seductive, but it can dry out your skin, if it is dry or sensitive. This isn't a body butter and I haven't found it to be the best for moisturizing.
I am giving it only three stars as for the price it isn't the best musk product out there. also it didn't work so well for me as a moisturizer. But the smell is divine.
This costs around 7-9 pounds for 250 ml.
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carbomer, Maltodextrin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract, Coumarin, Isoeugenol (Fragrance Ingredient, Benzoate, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Eugenol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral
19 years (can't believe I've just gone back that long oh my word!) I was 15 years old. I attended an all girls school and one of the biggest memories I have was one of nausea. Not just because I hated school with a passion but the sights and smells I can remember from back then. To be part of the in crowd you had to wear about 5 pairs of socks all pushed down to the ankle like slouch socks to be anyone worthy of hanging round with. Caught with a blazer you were a total square. Wearing the tie properly meant you were a nerd and if your school bag wasn't a head bag well life could be made hell for you. We all looked the same with our hair in scrunchies and slicked back by a ton of oil and cheap hoop earrings. Lemmings. That very same thing happened with fragrances. Looking back at the time we didn't have an abundance of fragrances on the market. No z list celebrities tramping their wears on the tv, no massive celebrity campaigns or huge designer brands. My Mum wore Tweed and my Dad wore Brut on special occasions. I remember White Lining being about and old spice but there really wasn't a massive choice to the best of my memory.
The Body Shop was king. It ruled the high street. It had a new philosophy everyone cared about. No to animal testing and if you had a heart you then got behind the shop and it was a way to help and be more aware with a social conscience. It was trendy and new and innovative. Nothing at the time offered us the same and animal testing was still practised as a matter of due course and The Body Shop questioned all that. Yes at school we wanted the dark green carrier bag and the anything of the Body Shops to whip out in the toilets.
So back to the smells at school. We'd gone through the 13 year old stage of girls hormones flying and stinks a plenty and hitting 15 we were all trying our best to become young ladies and sexy scarlets. I remember sitting in my form room for the register and feeling totally overpowered at 9am by one minute the smell of Dewberry and the next White Musk and at one point the two fragrances were having a stand off. Out of 34 girls in my room well over half of us were wearing one or the other and it was the thing to wear!
Myself when I was younger had both at some time or another. I don't remember the prices of the products all of that time ago but still they weren't cheap by any standards back in the day. I had a gift set for an occasion not because I demanded it and it was special. I couldn't get my head around the Dewberry fragrance and at some point I really did just fall out with it as it was far too strong for me. I'm not sure if the fragrance was more popular or whether it was stronger but I got literally sick of smelling it and I became a white musk fan.
Nowadays of course there are so many fragrances to choose from I am no longer limited and as far as fragrances go I own alot of very expensive ones and I'm not just talking the fragrances but body lotions and shower gels etc as well.
I fell out of love with The Body Shop when it stopped offering me something unique. Yes it had cornered the market for a long time but it doesn't now. If I want fabulous bath and body products I much prefer Lush and the fresh approach, and the promise of no animal testing there either. If I want make up there are loads of brands around that don't test on animals and cost a snip of The Body Shop prices. I find the fragrances and matching products in The Body Shop far too common. If you wear something from here there's always someone that recognises the products and I don't like that I prefer to be mysterious! I feel the prices here are too much as well and I guess I'm just not a fan.
However... I do love White Musk. The reason I came back into contact with the fragrance was there is a shop in Euston Station and I was browsing around when I spotted gift sets of the perfume, shower gel and body lotion all in full sizes in this fragrance, Moonflower and Vanilla for £10.00 each and I splurged on the lot all for me as a treat and top top up my choices of stuff to wear! I new I was getting a bargain so I invested and the stuff has lasted me ages and ages.
Now as I said I find the fragrance to common so I don't wear mine out in public. I use it mainly in the evenings before going to bed actually as a little treat. My Mother moans I smell like a granny and it put me off slightly but I like the smell and it makes me feel all comfortable, fresh and pampered.
My bottle is simply called White Musk Body Lotion. The Packaging has changed since I purchased mine and so has the title yet it is the same product so if you wish to purchase this it is now called 'Smooth Satin Body Lotion'. Mine came in a recyclable 125ml bottle. I'm not sure if you could get this size as I did in a gift set but the sizes that are always on are always on sale are 250ml and 400ml. So my bottle is a whitish opaque plastic bottle with a matching screw on/off lid situated to the top. On the front in lilac writing The Body Shop symbol adorns the front and under that I'm told it's The Body Shop White Musk Body Lotion (Lait Coropel) and finally the weight is stated (125ml, 4.2 us fl oz). On the back I'm told it is is Body lotion and that's all the information that's on in English but there is other stuff written in languages I don't understand. No in information is given as in ingredients, directions for use or anything else.
If you want it to pour into your hand your going to wait a long time. It's a thickish pure white lotion and your best to squeeze the bottle slightly and it comes out in blobs. Smell wise it's lovely. Musk, is is and it's very light, quite creamy with a hint of sweetness to it.
Using it is really, really easy. A small amount goes a long way and no rubbing is required. Just gently smooth over where you want it. It sinks into the skin immediately providing you don't over do it on how much product you use. The smell as you apply isn't overpowering and sickly and it's none stinging even if you use it after shaving your legs or armpit's or anywhere else you've shaved!
What does impress me is skin really is left feeling smooth but in a natural way opposed to tipping on a load of oil and having to wait for it for it to dry and leaving you slimy. With this the results are instant. Touchably soft skin and you can dressed within a couple of minutes. The only thing you do get on your clothes is a hint of the fragrance which I personally don't mind at all!
As I mentioned the results are instant and I haven't personally noticed any long term difference to my skin. When I shower or bath I can feel this coming off and so it removes easily and leaves no residue at all.
A very nice body lotion though you do need to be careful what deodorants , body sprays and perfumes you use in conjunction with this as it is quite fragranced although not in an in your face way it's still very apparent. It softens and smooths skin but if you have very dry skin I think you could purchase a better lotion and probably cheaper too. The only way I would want to use this is with the matching fragranced products for top to tail pampering but I certainly wouldn't be desperate to spend my pennies on this because it's genius. It isn't. So my advice is if you want it to match up products with the White Musk Perfume then it's really nice and delivers well enough results and doesn't irritate the skin. If you think this is going to be the best ever body lotion you could buy then no in my opinion it isn't and it is very much over-priced considering it doesn't offer anything on the packaging! All it says is that it is a body lotion!
Only available in The Body shop.
250ml - £9.00
400ml - £12.00
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
A light, smooth lotion that glides on effortlessly absorbing quickly into the skin leaving it velvety soft and subtly scented /