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.
I like Rituals. I especially like the last two collections, the Laughing Buddha and Indian Summer, but I think this time Rituals has outdone itself with a makeover of their Hammam collection*. I’m not familiar with the original but the new collection is nothing short of divine and it’s right up my street as I bloody love hammams.
To me a hammam is the ultimate cleansing and beautifying treatment. It’s a tradition that has stood the test of time, centuries old yet undisputed and thankfully still part of local culture in countries like Turkey and Morocco (which I am envious of).
Fortunately Rituals’ new look Hammam collection brings a taste of a hammam to your private bathroom. The Hot Scrub is now available in a bigger, transparent jar to keep skin smoother and softer for longer, while the Hammam Body Mud has been reformulated with mineral-rich Rhassoul Clay, to nourish and revitalise.
There are nine products in the range of which I’ve been indulging in four. Hammam Olive Secret (£8.50/150ml) is a shower paste that is the same colour and consistency of Vicks Vapour Rub but that it cleanses and prepares the skin for exfoliation. It contains eucalyptus so be weary if you’re not keen on the smell. I love it and it’s just what is needed as the days are getting colder.
The Hammam Hot Scrub (£19.50/250ml) is a favourite of mine as I love a good scrub and this certainly lives up to my expectations. It contains natural purifying sea salt, warming ginger and eucalyptus. The scrub is quite potent, allowing the scent to boost your mood and unblock your sinuses if you have a cold but it’s also of a gritty texture which makes for an effective treatment.
There is also a foaming shower gel courtesy of Hammam Delight (£8.50/200ml), which is enriched with eucalyptus (yep, that again) and rosemary, and Spark of Hammam, a nourishing body lotion (£12.50/250ml).
I am keen to try some other bits from the vast range such as the scented candle, fragrance sticks, bath oil and the body mud, so I will be hot-footing it down to my nearest Rituals shop and filling my basket.
The renewed Hammam collection is out now at Rituals stores and online as well as selected House of Fraser and John Lewis stores.