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Friday, 18 October 2013


The Body Shop White Musk Smokey ETP review swatch photo
The Body Shop White Musk Smokey EDP- £13*

As winter is coming, it's time to switch up my perfumes summer favourite perfumes for my autumn winter picks. I absolutely adore Versace Crystal Noir, it's my seasonal perfume of choice. I was recently sent the new The Body Shop White Musk Smokey EDP, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

To get a bit heavy in a post for a moment I thought I'd talk a bit about a common ingredient in perfumes: Musk. As a perfume lover, I know very little about the ingredients in perfume but can easily identify then via my nose. While researching this post I came across quite a bit of stuff that I didn't actually know about Musk in fragrances. The first cruelty free Musk fragrance was brought in by The Body Shop in 1981 called White Musk. It was not only an instant bestseller, White Musk also represented a landmark in the fragrance industry. It was one of the first man-made, cruelty-free musk fragrances. This was to replace real musk, which is extracted from the Civet Deer via cruel, painful methods. I actually had no idea this is where musk originally came from and always presumed it was some sort of spice or flower. Although one would presume because these deer are endangered now and times have changed, most perfumeries use a synthetic version or the version that is obtained from plants. One thing that should be always be noted about The Body Shop is that they have always been ahead of their time. They have been fighting for animal rights and have always been coming up with innovative ways to make things cruelty free and friendlier to the earth. It's a very admirable quality in a brand.

Anyway, back the the perfume. White Musk Smoky Rose by The Body Shop is a Floriental (floral/oriental style) fragrance in EDP format. Launched this year it's top notes are bergamot, pink pepper and black currant; middle notes are tobacco blossom, black rose, orange blossom and immortelle; base notes are olibanum and white musk. I find it to be quite a dark, rosy, musky scent with a sort of incense feel to it. It's delicate and deep. While also being warming, mysterious and seasonal. The notes tobacco flower and pepper give the fragrance a light smokey feel to it which is a note that I don't tend to like but works incredibly well overall. As I said it reminds me a little of incense sticks or that sort of musty, old-fashioned smell, Something that wouldn't smell out of place in a monastery. Which sounds odd but you know what I mean, Hopefully!

I actually really like this perfume, mainly because I love musky scents in the cooler months. I feel this is a wonderful nod to all things wintery and warming while giving the popular White Musk fragrance a bit of a wintery twist. It's quite unique, and I've not sniffed anything similar. So its worth giving it a spritz or two if your passing. Like with the majority of Body Shop ranges, White Musk Smoky Rose comes in all the usual body products including a EDT version of this perfume. This retails for £13 which I think is the perfect price point for a unique little perfume like White Musk Smoky Rose. Definitely on my AW must have list!
Do you like the sound of this?


  1. This sounds awesome, really want to try it now
    ♥ Filthy Fashion ♥

  2. I like it so much. Unfortunately, on my skin it transformes into something that I don't quite enjoy so much.

  3. I love the original so this sounds lovely too.
    Such a reasonable price.

  4. I'm hosting a Body Shop at Home party with my Mum before Christmas, and cannot wait to try this range out then. I LOVE the Mango EDT but am definitely looking for something more autumnal now.

  5. i have always been a fan of the body shop, ever since i was younger but have only ever tried one of their eau de parfum's. before reading this post and just knowing the name of the scent, i really didn't think i would like it as i'm not a fan of musky scents. however, as i was reading through all the notes within it, i realised that it doesn't sound as bad as i was expecting and considering the fact that i do actually need a new autumn/winter scent, i think this one would be wonderful so i'm definitely going to go and try it out in store! just a quick thank you, as well, for the background on musk as a scent. i also thought it was just a spice or something extracted from a flower so it's shocking to think it was gathered in such cruel methods! i've always admired the body shop's cruelty free look on their products and i think this post has rekindled my love for them as a brand! :) X

  6. I had a sniff the other day but only because the bottle reminded me of Stella McCartney - Stella. It's a nice scent as The Body Shop goes but the incense stick smell isn't my bag so I won't be buying. Interesting fact about musk though.

    Jess xx

  7. Oh gosh this smells so good.

  8. I've never tried any of the Body Shop perfumes! Really like the sound of this and the bottle reminds me of Stella by Stella McCartney! xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

  9. sounds lovely, need to give this a try!

    abi from a little dust

  10. My mum used to wear the original White Musk from The Body Shop when I was little kid,so it has some lovely memories.This new scent sounds lovely though x

  11. I smelt this a few weeks ago, it's so nice and really reminds me of a wintery scent. That's so interesting about where musk comes from as well, I thought it was a shrub hahah x

  12. I love body shop fragrances, so will give this a sniff next time i'm in!

    It can't be another beauty blog

  13. I had a spritz of this in Euston when I had some time to kill - couldn't stop sniffing the sleeve of my cardi where I'd sprayed it. I need to get my hands on a bottle.
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn


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