November 14, 2014

The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

The Body Shop Red Musk edp

They told me The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum smelled like cinnamon and intense tobacco. So I ran away screaming, arms flaying above my head. Rewind….I remember in a land not so far away the first time I was told Lush Ginger smelled like an old ashtray. Not appealing at all. I tried it skeptically and fell head over and heels in love with it.

Don’t write off The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum notes because although they sound like an odd pairing this fragrance is perfect for the grown up in us all.

The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum

Although I like rainbows, unicorns, sweet, and fruity notes in my perfumes sometimes, on occasion, I like to play grown up and I’ll purchase some ridiculously I can’t afford this perfume that’s very sophisticated.

Fun fact about The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum is very grown up, very sophisticated, and very cheap.

I need a backup. As for you, well you just NEED it.

This is incredible. It’s actually in three different formats that range in price from $24 to $45. But let’s face it you never pay full price for anything at the Body Shop. I was recently given a sample of the The Body Shop Red Musk Perfume Oil and after smelling it I instantly headed online and grabbed the large Red Musk Eau De Parfum for $47 (after sale pricing I probably paid $35 or so for it).

It was worth every dime I paid for.

The fragrance has a high end $100 plus formula. It’s spicy, it’s warm, it’s gorgeous. I don’t know how else to describe. It’s a very unique scent that’s perfect for those that like warm, spicy, sultry fragrances. There are notes of cinnamon but personally I think the musk they used overpowers the cinnamon and intensifies the smokiness of the fragrance giving it a very sexy finish. It reminds me of a warm hug from a man. It feminine, yet slightly masculine too. Warm, comforting, slightly spicy…I feel like Stefon but rather than, “This place has everything…” I’m saying, “This perfume has everything…”

The Body Shop Red Musk

The perfume oil wears well for me with excellent throw and linger. The actually perfume seems stronger and had an even longer linger and excellent throw with a single spritz! Needless to say I was quite happy with the formula as it works well for my body chemistry!

No flowers here, no sugar, no fruit, just warm, spicy sexiness.


You absolutely NEED The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum if you like unique, unconventional fragrances. This can work for either women or men in my humblest.

It’s available now at the Body Shop or online at

Disclaimer: I was given a bottle of the perfume oil by The Body Shop’s PR Department but I purchased the bottle of perfume myself.


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Cj

    I know what you mean about running flailing lol I hate men’s cologne because literally 99.9% of them say “notes of musk and tobacco” Seriously? Who wants to smell like a sweaty ash tray *shudder*

  • Arzu

    How wonderful! This sounds like a perfect scent for fall/winter. Thank you so much for posting. Have a great weekend!

  • Dusty

    O M G

    This blog has everything! ALL the hot and spicy smells, a warm hug from a man, Hello Kitty dressed like Marge Simpson, BOTH Snow White’s from the short lived 80’s sitcom “The Charmings,” Cary Elwes selling bootlegged Pepsi Clear from the trunk of a Cabriolet, a Cabriolet…

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I sniffed this one earlier this week and I must say, I really liked it.

  • Michele Z

    Thanks to your review about this perfume, I decided to run by my local Body Shop & try it out. You were right on the money with the description of this fragrance. It is warm & sexy, but doesn’t hit you over the head. I also love that it doesn’t have patchouli in it – no headache for me, yay!! I bought both the oil & perfume, and hope they will have a body wash & body lotion in the future.

  • Bonnie S.

    OK, consider me sold. I’m getting this next time I pass the Body Shop. I usually like flowery fragrances but I’m mystified by how this might work on me. And like you say, there’s always a deal at the Body Shop!

  • Cheshire Kitten

    For those of you that hear “tobacco” and immediately think cigarette smoke, you’ve clearly never smelled quality pipe tobacco or even good cigars. Tobacco notes, done right, are DIVINE. They have an incredible sweet, earthy depth that just purrrr sexiness. It’s like comparing cheap Folgers coffee to an indie roast, or cheap wine, or…well, you get the picture. I’m running to get this perfume – one of my favorite indie perfumers made a tobacco-cinnamon-woodsy blend that was incredible and so I absolutely neeeeed this!

  • Bonnie S

    Well I finally got around to trying this, immediately ran back to the Body Shop to buy two more bottles. Amazing stuff, totally compares to high end fragrances and yet less than half the price. I have the big size, the travel size and the perfumed oil. Insanely gorgeous scent! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Isabella Muse

      YAY glad to hear it. did you try the poppy one? I haven’t smelled it yet but curious if it is nice as red musk!

  • Pat

    Love this scent so much! But I couldn’t afford a bottle so I purchased the ‘forbidden flower’ just cause it has the same sophistication. Good review, by the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Pat ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you enjoyed the review! Look out for sales, they always have them and you can score a great deal!

  • Lostboy

    Hi. Greetings from germany first ๐Ÿ™‚

    I found your website cause of an lucky strike, as i was searching about the Red Musk fragrance.
    So short story, im a man ๐Ÿ™‚
    And i went to the BodyShop in town to get a New Bottle of my favourite White Musk for Man.
    But i get contact to a girl which is working there an had a little chidchat about smells there. … ๐Ÿ™‚

    She told me about Red Musk and in her oponion it can truly and easy be an unisex Parfum.

    I like the smell of it very much, an after reading your fantastic test of it, i want to ask you, Do you mean i can use it and might woman like it on a man? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks anyway and again, warm Greetings. Bye

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Lostboy. Nice to meet you. I completely agree! it’s definitely a unisex fragrance! I’m glad you like it! I’d totally love it on a man ๐Ÿ™‚ I think a man’s body chemistry will work well with as men run a lot warmer than women so it’s likely going to be a richer fragrance on a guy than a girl. So yes, yes, yes absolutely ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very sexy scent! Enjoy it!

      • Lostboy

        Hey. What an fast answer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you very very much for your kind words and the courage you give me with it ๐Ÿ™‚

        Im an extraordinary man and always like to find so special things like parfum, that not is to smell on every second Person ๐Ÿ™‚

        I hope you get along with my english so far and thank you again.

        Bye and take care…;)

        • Isabella Muse

          Hi Lostboy! Oh you’re very welcome!!!!!! I’m the same way, I love unique fragrances and I love finding ones that aren’t like anything else. Red Musk is definitely very unique. You’re English is fine!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Do stop back and let me know how you do with the fragrance! Take care!

          • Lostboy

            I will. Right now i have the heart note of it on my wrist and its awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

            I go and get it the next few days.

            Read you soon….

            Lostboy ๐Ÿ˜‰