Thank You Jurlique Jasmine Body Care Lotion For Taking Me Back To Egypt

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There’s a popular Egyptian adage along the lines of ‘once you drink from the Nile, you’ll always come back’ which is definitely the case for me as I’m constantly returning, but twist the saying to ‘once you smell the jasmine, you’ll always come back’ and you’ve got something that applies a little more as I don’t drink the tap water in Egypt – if you want to avoid hours in the bathroom, don’t. But moving on from how bad the tap water is, did you know that Muslimah Beauty was born in Egypt? Boredom and occasional restrictions on leaving the house due to protests as well as a great mentor led me to the idea of creating this blog.

The streets of Cairo smell like a multitude of things: sewage, fresh bread, sweat, popcorn, shisha, pollution, exhaust fumes and jasmine. Jasmine and bread being my scents of choice obviously, give me a fragrance with notes of jasmine and I’m instantly transported to the summers I’ve spent in Cairo where some of the streets are lined with jasmine bushes. Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit Egypt this summer, but Jurlique’s Jasmine Body Care Lotion had me incredibly nostalgic. The lotion is apparently ‘rich in the living energy of jasmine, honey and marshmallow extracts’ and is supposed to ‘moisturise, firm and protect the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and supple’; it does all of this as well as leaving your skin scented with jasmine. Expanding on what it means to smell of jasmine exactly, interestingly enough to some it can be rather fecal which is explained by the fact that both feces and jasmine share a molecule called skatole. I actually remember walking around Al Rehab City with my nine year old cousin, and she was complaining about a foul smell while I was taken aback at the scent emanating from the jasmine bushes!

With jasmine being a rather dominant and sensual-seeming scent, in some cultures it’s far too intoxicating and taboo for unmarried girls to wear however there’s nothing overtly so with the Body Care Lotion. Referring back to the different perceptions of jasmine, the lotion is definitely daytime friendly as the fragrance is subtle so I prefer to team it up with the LUSH Vanillary Solid Perfume to complement its tonka bean and jasmine notes for an overall sweetness.