There are (very) few things as exciting as a new The Body Shop scent launch, although in general that means something delicious and limited edition that I desperately hope they will bring back–see: Glazed Apple. This new option is a lot less fruity, but I was still curious to see what The Body Shop Smoky Poppy was like, and I had the chance to try it out in four different varieties. I tested out The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Massage Oil*, Shower Gel*, Poppy Seed Scrub* and Body Butter*, which vary in intensity but all have the same floral, slightly musky, warm scent.
This new scent range was released with Valentine’s Day intentions, but unfortunately mine arrived the day before so I wasn’t able to properly test in time to share. However, with that in mind, it’s pretty perfect that it includes The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Massage Oil. It definitely has a seductive scent, and it is moisturizing without being greasy which makes it ideal for massages but also just works on dry legs or feet if you want to give yourself a bit of a massage instead!
In terms of products for the bath, you can start off with The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel. There’s something a little fresher and less musky about the scent with the shower gel, although it’s hard to place. The shower gel itself has a dark blackish grey tint to it, which is appropriate given all the packaging of the collection, although still unusual. It has a nice lather to it, isn’t drying, and leaves my skin lightly scented.
I have a love-hate relationship with the scrubs from The Body Shop but mainly they don’t work for me, and that includes The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Scrub. It’s a “it’s not you, it’s me” scenario, in that I really want a scrub to be, well, scrubby, and this is just not gritty enough for me. If you are looking for an every-day scrub that is still a little moisturizing, this would definitely work because of the creamy consistency of the base that the ‘seeds’ are suspended in. But I find those same seeds don’t easily wash away in my shower, and I just wanted way more of them for a more intense scrub.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a new collection without a matching body butter, and The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter does not disappoint. This has a medium level of thickness to it, it’s definitely richer than the Satsuma tub I just finished, but not quite as thick as the brand offers. It is heavier on the white musk undertones of the scent, and does a fantastic job absorbing into my dry winter skin. I swear, if there’s one brand that knows how to make a brilliant body butter, it’s The Body Shop.
The Body Shop Smoky Poppy isn’t my favourite scent launch from the brand ever (please come back Brazil Nut…) but it is musky and seductive while still being quite unisex, with the black and red packaging making it seasonally appropriate as well. The range includes the first The Body Shop Bath Bombs, which I haven’t tried (yet) but I am really excited about the concept and I hope that they continue to release them. Preferably in Brazil Nut–that dream will never die.
My personal picks are The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Massage Oil, especially if you have somebody to share it with, and The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter, because I can never say no to another body butter.
Have you given the The Body Shop Smoky Poppy a sniff yet? If you are interested, remember, it’s limited edition!