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I love perfumes and would love to have a massive collection of designer fragrances but unfortunately I just cannot afford to spend too much money on them so I have a couple of expensive designer ones that I wear sparingly and use cheaper ones for day to day use.
It isn't exactly a hardship as there as some gorgeous perfumes available on the high street in places such as Lush and The Body Shop which cost a fraction of a designer named one.
White Musk Libertine is a lovely perfume from The Body Shop and I think it is a slightly less harsh and lighter version of the original White Musk. I like the original White Musk but I do think it is probably for a slightly older lady than myself and I think that the Libertine version is just a bit more modern and younger smelling.
A 30ml bottle can be bought in store for £10 for the Eau de Toilette or £13 for the Eau de Parfum. They also do a really nice solid version for £5 which is worth a try.
It is a blend of musk along with sweeter notes of Turkish Delight, Chantilly Cream and Baby Orchid. The overall smell is strong enough that people can smell it on me but it isn't so overpowering that people might be offended by it and I also think it is suited for both day and night wear. I wear it a lot in the daytime but I have worn it on a night out before and it more than held its own alongside the stronger and headier perfumes.
I buy the Eau de Parfum rather than the Eau de Toilette as although both are good I think it is worth paying the extra £3 as I find that I need much less of the parfum than I do with the Toilette and a couple of squirts can get me through the day before I need to reapply. If I am wanting it a little stronger I just wear the solid perfume and then put this on top which makes it last much longer and gives it an extra kick too.
I am a huge fan of the original white musk from the Body Shop which my aunt always buys me for my birthday as she knows I like it so much. Well that was until last year when she bought me some white musk libertine instead. She had purchased it by mistake and didn't realise until I mentioned it to her.
I assured her that I was pleased to get this version and not to worry about it as I was really looking forward to trying it and seeing if it could live up to the original and besides I still had some original white musk left over in my old bottle.
I'm not too sure how she managed to get the bottles confused as this one is completely different from the original one. The bottles are the same shape but instead of being a light purple colour like the original the libertine bottle is a delicate rose colour instead.
I had read a review on this perfume so although I had never tried a tester of it I knew that alongside the musk this contained notes of Turkish delight and Chantilly cream. I was really curious as to how this would smell alongside the musk.
To begin with I was a little unsure about this as the smell confused me too much as I was expecting this to be musky with just a hint of sweetness but it was the other way round and the perfume is much sweeter than I originally expected it to be with much more subtle aromas of the musk.
Once I got my head around the combination though I began to appreciate the perfume for being an individual perfume in its own right and not just a slightly modified version of the original musk.
The fragrance of the perfume isn't a powerful one but it is strong enough that other people can smell it so go easy on how much you apply especially as it is an eau de parfum instead of just a toilette so is naturally stronger and only a little is needed. The smell is light and fragrant and is perfect daytime wear for summer. For night time I prefer something less sweet and a bit heavier but during the day this is lovely.
I am unsure if I will buy this myself when my bottle runs out as I already have so many perfumes and I think that although this is lovely I still prefer the original. I do like it however so what I might do is alternate between this and the original so when I finish one I buy the other instead.
This is an interesting take on the classic white musk and one that although completely different still has hints of the beautiful musk in it and makes for a lovely day time perfume. A tiny 30ml bottle is quite expensive at £13 but because it is eau de parfum it lasts a lot longer than you might expect it to.
I don't generally wear perfume but I purchased this from the Body Shop after having their perfumes recommended to me by a colleague. Having done so, I can fully appreciate why my colleague was so enthused. There are a variety of products sold by the Body Shop in this fragrance, including a body mist, an eau de parfum and an eau de toilette. At full price, the prices range from £7 for the body mist to £25 for a gift set containing a body wash, body lotion and eau de toilette.
I have always been a fan of the Body Shop's ethical standpoint, and for me, this makes the price entirely reasonable. The musk is cruelty free and so this product fits in with the general ethos of the Body Shop. The Body Shop website, where all the White Musk Libertine products are available (as well as being available in Body Shop stores, which is where I would personally recommend buying the product from due to being able to test it before purchase) describes it as 'a bold new twist on musk, this sensual eau de parfum features a heady blend of cruelty-free musks at its top, heart and base, with sweet notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream.' The fragrance is an interesting twist on the classic White Musk, as it is more floral. The scent is bold but not overpowering and the bottle should last a relatively long time as it's quite strong so not much is required for a lasting scent. It is suitable for everyday use, or for special occasions as it's quite a versatile smell.
In conclusion I would definitely recommend this as an ethical, reasonably priced perfume.
I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop's White Musk range, particularly as it is well suited for daytime use due to the fragrance being fairly delicate. Consequently, a few months ago I was delighted to discover the introduction of their new musk range, namely White Musk Libertine and this review discusses my experience with using the 30 ml glass bottle of eau de parfum.
I must admit that I took a gamble with this fragrance as I purchased it on line without trying out a tester, but as my experience with White Musk is very favourable I was pretty certain that I would be happy. In addition to my positive experience with their musk range it was the fact that Libertine contains the aroma of Turkish delight that attracted me and I was intrigued to discover how it would compliment the musk fragrance.
I would never consider any of The Body Shop's fragrances to be particularly eye-catching as the majority of the bottles look much the same with their simplistic design. The appearance of the opaque bottle is extremely girly with its pink coloured liquid contained within, which I do not feel is suitably marketed towards a musk fragrance. However, as the eau de parfum also contains notes of baby orchid it seems that The Body Shop have focused on the floral tones as opposed to the sensual musk. As The Body Shop has an ethical approach to all of its products where they are made from cruelty free ingredients I was pleased to learn that the musk has not been obtained from the secretion glands of the male deer and that it has been artificially created.
We are provided with an easy to use pump spray dispenser where the eau de parfum is released in a fine mist. I tend to spray my fragrances on my wrists and the back of my knees to enable the aroma to delicately rise as I walk. I found the list of notes contained on The Body Shop website a little confusing as I am familiar with the three levels, namely top, heart and base, which are commonly found in all perfumes. However, the musk tones are contained throughout, which I found a little surprising.
The musk is evident, but significantly differs from the aroma with which I'm familiar in the original fragrance as the accompanying Turkish delight delivers a sweet aroma, which is considerably cloying. We are greeted with the delicate tones of baby orchid, which assist in masking some of the sweetness, but initially I found the fragrance too heady for me as I am not a fan of sweet fragrances as they tend to give me a headache as well as making me feel nauseous. Fortunately, the sweetness gradually reduced within an hour or so of application and despite being evident it was a little more subtle. The fragrance also contains Chantilly cream, whatever that may be, but this was rather favourable as the tones were evident throughout the lifetime of me wearing the perfume.
As you may be aware eau de parfums contain 7 - 15% perfume and as a result, the fragrance lasts much longer than an eau de toilette. The strength differs from one perfume to the next, but I found that this fragrance tends to provide approximately 3 - 4 hours of aroma, which I feel is pretty poor for an eau de parfum. I cannot admit to being that impressed with this perfume, particularly as I found myself continuously comparing it to the original White Musk, which is a very sensual fragrance. However, I would not dismiss purchasing the body lotion, which would no doubt offer a more delicate aroma.
Whilst White musk offers an array of accompanying products to layer its beautiful fragrance, White Musk Libertine is somewhat limited, which is probably due to the fact that it is newly introduced. You can obtain a body lotion, body wash and the fragrance is available in an eau de toilette and body mist.
I do not believe in copying long lists of ingredients into my reviews unless I have suffered adverse effects when using. White Musk Libertine Eau De Parfum is available in a 30 ml bottle for £12 and if you shop online with The Body Shop you will frequently find offers where you can obtain a good discount. I feel I can award only 3 stars to this fragrance as I was expecting something sensational, particularly after being used to the original White Musk, which is absolutely stunning.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I really like The Body Shop and especially their range of perfumes, which are varied and affordable. One of their most recent scents is the White Musk Libertine perfume, which is a twist on their traditional White Musk fragrance. I'm not a particular fan of the original White Musk, but I do like scents with a musk aspect or undertone. I tried the tester spray of this perfume in store one day, and liked it so much that I bought it.
The sensual White Musk Libertine is described as "a bold new twist on musk". It is made up of a blend of cruelty-free musks, with sweet notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream. The perfume is made with Community Fair Trade alcohol, which comes from sugar cane organically grown in Ecuador. The organic farming methods used by the CADO co-operative here, from which the alcohol is sourced, help preserve the natural beauty and wildlife of the Cotopaxi provinces in the foothills of the Andes. To find out more you can see the Community Fair Trade section on The Body Shop's website.
There are a number of items in the fragrance range:
Eau de toilette £8
Eau de parfum £12
Body mist £7
Body wash £8
Body lotion £9
I purchased the eau de parfum, which cost £12 for 30ml, though I always use a special offer or discount code so probably paid around £7-£8. I think The Body Shop's perfumes are very reasonably priced, much cheaper than your designer brands.
The shape of the bottle mimics the traditional White Musk fragrance, a clear frosted glass bottle with a clear lid that is pretty and sophisticated. However, whereas the traditional bottle is shaded lilac, the White Musk Libertine fragrance bottle is a dusky pink. It's easy to see how much perfume you have left in the bottle.
I liked this fragrance from the moment I tried it in the store. It is a sweet, sensual musky scent with echoes of the richness of Turkish Delight. I'm not sure what baby orchid and Chantilly cream smell like but there is certainly a floral undertone to the scent and a creamy aspect to it. It's different to any musk I've smelled before because of the sweetness, but the muskiness prevents it from being sickly. My mam recognised this as a musk scent when she smelled it on me, and said it was nice despite not liking musk scents.
I feel that this is definitely a winter fragrance as I believe it's a bit too sweet for the summer months. It's not heavy exactly but it's not light and fresh like, for example, The Body Shop's Dreams Unlimited and Japanese Cherry Blossom perfumes.
The perfume lasts four or five hours on the skin and doesn't change greatly during that time, though the musk scent becomes a bit more pronounced. I think this is because the musk is worked throughout the scent rather than only being present in, for example, the base notes. I wish it lasted a bit longer, but then again this is pretty good for such a cheap perfume. It does last on clothes - I've sprayed it on a Monday and still smelled it on my coat on Friday!
I do highly recommend this perfume. It smells lovely and is excellent value for money. My bottle is now around half full and it should last me the rest of the winter, which is excellent timing. It would be good for anyone who likes musk-based sweet scents.