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If the adjective ‘bold’ was defined by a colour, my guess is it would be red. Its meaning is a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous which is precisely how I would describe The Body Shop’s latest fragrance, Red Musk*.

It’s nothing like anything the Body Shop has done, in fact it’s a rarity in itself as it’s a scent that is floral-free. Yes, totally. So if you can’t stand all that whimsical nonsense with floating petals  and blooming buds then this might very well tickle your fancy. Quite ruthlessly it’s a sizzling blend of musk and spice.

Red Musk is the fourth addition to the Body Shop musk family and it’s unconventionally the naughtiest. Housed in a beautiful red gradient looking bottle it’s intensely satisfying from its smouldering blend of spiced musk flirting with notes of pepper, cinnamon and tobacco. Naturally the musk used is man-made cruelty-free, the pioneering ingredient that’s steered the Body Shop to establish its fine collection of musk based fragrances. Quite frankly I would go as far as to say it’s an audacious and erogenous concoction to suit both sexes.

I’ve been devoted to wearing it every day since I prised it out of its box. It’s such a profoundly alluring and clever arrangement and yet it does not have a heavy price tag dangling off it. A 60ml eau de parfum bottle is £20 and the whopper 100ml is £30. There is also an alcohol-free Perfume Oil 30ml bottle for £16.

I just know Red Musk will turn a lot of heads. There aren’t many fragrances which get me hot under the collar but I can’t help but be submissive to this one.

Red Musk will be available in-store nationwide and online from 4th November.

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Argan oil is a very big deal. It’s also an extremely precious oil. Not only because it’s been used for centuries in protecting and nourishing skin and hair, but because the argan tree only thrives naturally in the foothills of the Atlas mountains of Morocco and it takes a colossal amount of argan nuts to make a small bottle of oil.  I forget how many but it is A LOT. You will never find 100% pure argan oil in shops (it will cost too much for a start) and organic, natural argan oil is a bit whiffy too.

I know everyone and their mother has been jumping on the argan oil bandwagon but the Body Shop is an exception with their new Wild Argan Oil* Bath and Bodycare range. I would go as far as to say it’s my favourite from them. And I know I said this about Honeymania and the Gingerbread one but honestly, this one is the bomb.

There are a eight products in the collection and I’m sure you’ll want them all:

♥ Body Butter (200ml/£13)
♥ The Radiant Oil (150ml/£14)
♥ Bubbling Bath (250ml/£8)
♥ Rough Scrub (200ml/£13)
♥ Body Lotion  (250ml/£8)
♥ Shower Gel (250ml/£4)
♥ Miracle Solid Oil (50g/£8)
♥ Solid Oil Lips (20g/£4)

I got my hands on the Radiant Oil, the Body Butter, the Rough Scrub and the Miracle Solid Oil. The Radiant Oil is one I’ve been reaching for frequently, spraying it on my legs to give them a nice sheen but not in a shiny way. This is a dry oil that leaves skin looking silky and not a greasy residue so you can rest assured it won’t stain or absorb your clothes, or that you will have to wait an hour for it to dry.

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The Rough Scrub defines a proper body scrub. It’s wonderfully gritty to polish the skin from head to toe and the Body Butter’s reputation needs no further explanation. The Miracle Solid Oil is a clever pot of goodness, perfect for smoothing onto extra dry areas like the elbows or heels. And everything smells beautiful. I’m not sure how to describe the scent of cosmetic argan oil – it’s not strong but it’s distinctive and won’t disappoint.

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Once again the Body Shop’s commitment to the  Community Fair Trade programme is at the heart of the Wild Argan Oil collection, this time with Targanine,  a local cooperative created by women, for women to help find buyers for their oil and to help the industry develop in a positive way. Targanine is the Body Shop’s 26th Community Fair Trade partner as well.

Every sale of a Wild Argan Oil product directly empowers local Berber women, allowing them the ability and independence to provide for their families with a stable income while Targanine invests in social projects such as schools for children and adult learning, crèches and doctors’ visits to name but a few.

On holiday last year in Morocco I visited a Berber community and saw how the ladies make argan oil. Each stage of the long and arduous process they commit themselves to is traditionally done by hand and with absolute perfection from picking the fruits that have fallen from the argan tree, drying them, smashing the pulps open to extract the nuts before they are ground and pressed from which the oil is expelled from. This doesn’t include the time it takes for the fruit to be harvested. Also not a single bad nut will make it to the end – they can’t afford to contaminate the oil with a dud one.Tedious, manual, painstakingly slow. I will never take argan oil for granted when it’s made with such dedication, love and care.

The Body Shop’s range has had me reminiscing about my trip so I found my photos of how argan oil is made and thought I’d share them with you:

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Wild Argan Oil is love. It’s a wonderfully enticing range and is a little bit of hammam heaven in your bathroom. Now I want to go back to Morocco.

The Wild Argan Oil collection from the Body Shop is out now nationwide and online.