Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion - review and photos


I received this Ren body lotion as a GWP with a magazine, and it was indeed the whole reason I bought the magazine: I'd been wanting to try the lotion after reading some glowing reviews online.

At the time another magazine was running a similar promotion, so I bought both and wound up with this and a gorgeous body cream from MOR. The MOR cream is the far superior product, and this Ren one has me scratching my head a bit because it really ain't good and it's so expensive! My golly.

Ren claims/product details:
  • An easily absorbed body lotion 
  • Leaves skin silky soft and lightly fragranced with roses
  • Deeply hydrates
  • Replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Skin feels supple, smoother and softer
  • Super rich and luxuriously blended 
  • Nourishes, moisturises, soothes and energises dry, stressed skin
  • To use: gently massage onto clean skin until absorbed
  • RRP $63 AUD for 200ml


I really don't understand the hype around this product - honestly, so many reviewers love this one that I'm wondering whether I got a bung tube!

A quick aside: the Mecca website calls this a 'body cream', but the picture on the website shows it's a lotion (as do the bottles in-store), so let's call that an error. There's only one product (and not a separate lotion and cream) and the Ren website confirms this.

Anyhoo. It's a very light, white lotion that has a faint, delicate scent. In my experience, this is not a good product and I haven't enjoyed using it at all. 

First, it's far too light and doesn't hydrate well. Yes my skin is dry but I've used lighter (and cheaper!) lotions before that do a much better job than this one. After using this, my skin is left screaming out for more moisture and I've often had to put something else over the top on any areas that need more attention.

Second, the damn stuff won't rub in. I have to really work at it to get it to absorb, which tells me that it's not a great product - and if it doesn't want to absorb, this may well be one of the reasons why I don't find it moisturising in the slightest.

Third, it's ridiculously over-priced for what it is. If it were super amazing, I'd be saying 'yeah ok maybe', but it's not and it's certainly not worth the $63 pricetag. Indeed, the price of this product surprises me because Ren skincare generally isn't too expensive and the Ren items I own are reasonably priced for what they are and the effect they give. Not this one.

But, as mentioned above, this lotion does have some rave reviews online - so looks like I'm in the minority when it comes to this product. I suppose it's possible that I got a bung tube (maybe the tubes with the GWP magazine promotion were really old, which is why they were being given away), but I've given this a 'disappointing products' tag all the same. I was expecting to be blown away by this  lotion but it's not even passable.

Just not for me. Let me know if you've tried this and what you think if so : )

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