Pros: The smell reminds me of childhood.
Cons: Expensive, hard to find, and fairly ordinary as lotions go.
Did you ever notice how certain scents can cause you to conjure up long lost memories? Well, every time I smell the fresh, light, rose scent of Rose Milk Skin Care Lotion, it takes me back to the tender days of my youth. Avon's Sweet Honesty perfume has the same effect. Rose Milk reminds me of my maternal grandmother, who died when I was too young to remember her. And Sweet Honesty makes me think of my dear Granny, who was my dad's mom. She died last summer at almost 101 years old.
I never knew my Grandma Elliott. She died when we were living in England and I was still a little kid. However, my whole life, I've heard that I look a lot like her. I've got her eyes, cheeks, nose, and lips. When we moved back to the United States during the summer of 1978, my family briefly moved in with my grandfather, who was suffering from severe dementia. Though she had died the year before, some of Grandma Elliott's personal effects were still in the house. I was six years old when I found her Rose Milk lotion. I remember slathering it all over my hands, using what I thought was the cool pump dispenser on the bottle. After we moved into our own house, I pretty much forgot about Rose Milk.
Last summer, Rose Milk suddenly popped into my mind again. My husband, Bill, was serving in Iraq. I was dealing with dry skin and a heart that was always growing fonder for Bill. Granny was dying and I knew it wouldn't be long before all of my grandparents were gone. Thanks to a sudden burst of nostalgia, I started searching online for Rose Milk and found it for sale on Drugstore.com. The price shocked me a bit. An eight ounce bottle cost about $10. I ordered it anyway, very surprised that it was still on the market. I hadn't seen it for sale in a regular store for many years.
Today's Rose Milk lotion comes in an eight ounce bright pink bottle that reminds me of the type used for suntan lotion. I remember, back in the day, it came in a bigger, tall, round bottle with a pump, but I guess the demand for Rose Milk has decreased a lot since its heyday. Today's Rose Milk bottle is strictly no frills. It doesn't even have one of those little squirt holes to help control the flow of the stuff. The top screws off and you're free to pour the lotion out unfettered. Be careful. Rose Milk lotion is not like Heinz Ketchup. If you're not careful, the stuff will come out all at once.
Rose Milk lotion is light pink in color and of a medium consistency. It's not thick like hand creme, but it's not watery, either. Rose Milk still has that light floral rose scent I remember from my youth. I wouldn't call the scent sexy or provocative-- remember, my grandmother used it. Instead, the scent conjures up images of the elderly. When I massage Rose Milk into my skin, it absorbs quickly and easily. My skin is left feeling softer and more hydrated. The rose scent comes on a bit strong at first, but it usually fades after a little while.
Rose Milk is recommended as a hand lotion and the manufacturers suggest using it frequently every day to keep your hands soft and moisturized. It can also be used after showering or bathing. Towel dry first, then apply the lotion liberally to help seal in moisture.
To be honest, I bought Rose Milk only because I was feeling nostalgic. If I were looking for a lotion strictly for moisturizing purposes, I would certainly choose one that I could simply buy in a store somewhere for much less money than $10. On the other hand, I can't say that this product doesn't work. When I use it, I do notice that my skin is softer, at least temporarily. The scent does make me think of elderly women, but to me, that's comforting, at least at first. Hmmm... it occurs to me that Rose Milk's smell, which reminds me of old ladies, and its effect, which is softening and moisturizing, are actually kind of contradictory. Go figure.
$10 is a lot of money to spend on eight ounces of what is really, in my mind, a fairly ordinary lotion. I bought this lotion because I knew I was going to get more than just lotion. I also got precious memories. But I'm guessing that most people won't react to it the way I do. I do like the fact that Rose Milk comes in a small bottle. That makes it easy to pack, store, and ultimately use up. Also, though I haven't used it for this purpose, I have read that Rose Milk is good for people who suffer from psoriasis.
I will recommend Rose Milk to those who, for whatever reason, don't mind special ordering it and paying at least $10 for a small bottle.