Friday, June 23, 2017

The Body Shop Red Musk: fragrance review

When I first discovered The Body Shop I was a teenager. This also happened to be a time when the company was run by its founder, Anita Roddick, and not by the conglomerate that is L'Oreal. It gave a wholesomeness to the concept which I sorely miss.

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I also miss (sorely!) some of those fabulous, early perfume oils with imaginative and totally incongruent names: Japanese Musk, Azmaria, Ananya and Woody Sandalwood (the latter was a huge hit on my crush!). These are no more... Thankfully, in an array of mainstream and much more forgettable scents that get discontinued at seemingly lighting speed, there are still a couple The Body Shop fragrances that manage to capture my interest. The latest has been Red Musk.

I discovered Red Musk on the recommendation of a friend from a fragrance board and I thank her for it. I bought the perfume oil on the spot and didn't regret it. The advertising copy insists this is a spicy and unconventional fragrance for fiery situations, but what I get is the cozy core of the original White Musk powdery scent drydown, ornamented with the lushest tobacco and dried fruits overlay. In a way it's like a lighter, subtler Burberry London for Men, a very fetching scent in its own right. Red Musk is like a fluffy terry robe that a handsome man who smokes pipe tobacco with apricot flavor has worn for a few days; it has that soft, enveloping lived-in feeling that is both a consolation and a longing, and I happen to be a total sucker for this kind of scents. Maybe you are, too?

6 comments:

  1. Red Musk is a winner, for sure. I also really like the Body Shop's Black Musk.

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    1. Thanks Kathie, yes, they did well with the Musk line. Almost all variations have something to recommend them. The Red Musk Oud is also rather nice; bit more masculine still.

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  2. Anonymous08:39

    unforgettable woody sandalwood no more :(

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    1. I lament the passing as well...You're not alone if that's any consolation. :)

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  3. Oh, yes I am! :) Red Musk is still my favorite scent from The Body Shop.

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  4. I remember one Body Shop oil called Samarkand. Many years ago discontinued. Then came Woody Sandalwood. Then it was discontinued, but came back again. Only to be discontinued once more. I must give Red Musk a go. Thanks for your thoughts

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