Exotic massage oil by Shunga Erotic Art - review by mistressg

This is lavender?

I got this massage oil thinking it would smell like lavender essential oil, and that the ingredients were natural. It turns out that the ingredients aren't all that natural, and it smells nothing like lavender...who knows what the "fragrance" is.
Moisturizing, nice addition to a massage
Scent not lavender, could get messy, conflicting/omitted ingredients lists, unnatural, bottle
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review



I would not use this as a lubricant of any kind, as it is not meant to really go in your body and oils can cause bacterial infections. External use only! I'm not sure how this would work in the bath/shower. Maybe it would make a nice bath oil? I haven't tried it, so I can't be sure.
    • Foreplay
    • Massage
    • Mood enhancer

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The texture is runny, but it's not super thin. When I shook the bottle, some bubbles developed and slowly rose to the top, like it might with olive oil. It is thicker than water, but still not thick or a gel by any means. The bottle doesn't seem to leak, but it seem like it would be more convenient if it had a pump top. It could get hard to push the cap back down with slippery hands.
    • Oily
    • Slick
    • Thin

Taste / Aroma

I was very excited when I saw noticed that there was a lavender massage oil listed on EF, much less one with a natural,trustworthy ingredients list. Naturally, I kind of expected this to smell like lavender essential oils, which I adore. I was expecting the smell of real, natural lavender. I found other lavender massage oils on this site but found fault with the ingredients, or with the scent upon reading all of the reviews on it. I was really hoping to find something with the all-natural lavender scent that I find so calming. And where better to have that calming scent than in a massage oil? I read the reviews on this, and it seemed promising so I got it.

However, upon getting it and eagerly taking off the seal beneath the cap, I was surprised by the familiar smell... It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I was expecting. To me, this smells a lot like a decent smelling sunscreen. I know I've had sunscreens before that smell just like this. It's not a bad smell, but it's definitely not that of essential oils or fresh lavender. Trust me, I have a number of all-natural lavender products, and I love them for there therapeutic, calming effect. Granted, they may not all smell completely identical, but they are within the same range of scents, and clearly all contain real lavender or lavender oils. This does not smell anything like that to me.

It's not really a floral smell, which is actually nice. I like the smell of lavender, but I can't stand any other floral smells. I am not a fan of flower-scented products at all, so I like that this does not have any sort of flowery scent to it because I would never use it if it did.

Once out of the bottle and on the skin it smelled more like...baby powder? It had a light, lingering scent that reminded me of baby powder. I am not a fan of the smell of baby powder, but this doesn't really bother me. Still, I would prefer to smell lavender essential oils. It is neither light or strong, it's not overpowering but the smell lingers lightly on the skin. I think it smells okay, not bad, but not at all what I expected. Had I seen this in a store and smelled it before buying, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

I haven't dared to taste it, I wouldn't really put this in my mouth as it is a massage oil.
    • Light smell
    • Smells good
    • Strong smell


It made my skin feel smoother after applying it and rubbing it in. I had only used a dime sized amount to test it on my arm, and I thought that was a small amount but when I rubbed it onto my skin it ended up covering much of my forearm and hand. A little bit of this will go a long way, so the bottle is sure to last awhile.

It absorbs into skin well, without laving skin feeling slick. I ran my arms under water after applying the oil, and noticed that the oil didn't really wash off well. The water just sort of beaded off of my skin on the arm that the oil had been applied to.
    • Allergy concerns
    • Long lasting
    • Needs to be washed off with soap and water


This product came packaged in a tied off clear plastic bag, which is a nice precaution in case of spills. There is a seal under the cap, another nice precaution to keep it from leaking. The label on the front of the bottle is not discreet at all. At first glance, I just saw a traditional-style Japanese painting. Then I looked, and noticed the two figures in the image are having sex, so that kind of takes away all elements of this being discreet. I was thinking that no one would think anything of this if I kept it out, until I gave the image a closer look. Plus, "erotic" is on the front of the bottle 3 times, and on the back as well. The back claims that with this oil "sexual desire becomes alert and ready for love." So no, this bottle is not exactly discreet. Maybe if you had a collection of lotions and potions sitting out in your bedroom or bathroom this bottle could blend in among the other, but not so much on it's own. The image on the front really draws your eye to the bottle, so once someone looks at it and sees that it contains sexual imagery, it might raise some eyebrows.

I think for a massage oil, perhaps a pump top would be more convenient.
    • Not discreet
    • Would make a nice gift

Special Features

This oil doesn't have any special features, it has no warming/cooling/tingling effects. It is just a basic massage oil.

Personal comments

I could not find an ingredients list anywhere on the product page on Shunga's website. According to the Eden Fantasys product page, the ingredients are: Cold pressed oils (almond, grape seed, sesame, avocado and sofflower), Vitamin E, Ylang-Ylang and Fragrance. This led me to believe the ingredients were very simple and natural.

However, when I received a bottle and looked at the ingredients list on the label, it was quite extensive and there were MANY more ingredients listed: Sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, safflower oil, vitamin E, ylang ylang, fragrance, amyl cinnamal, benyzl alcohol, cinnamyl alcohol, citral, eugenol, isoeugenol, benzyl salicylate, coumarin, d-limonene, geraniol, [http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703649/LYRAL/lyral], famesol, lilial, linalool,benzyl benzoate, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, alpha isomethyl ionone.

I always think "Fragrance" seems kind of sketchy on an ingredients list, it's so vague. Also, there is potential for some allergy issues with some of the ingredients. If you have known allergies to any of the ingredients listed, you should not use this product. I've included links to info on each of the ingredients, and a few of them that I am not familiar with (and do not sound natural at all) have some allergy concerns.
Follow-up commentary
The fact that this doesn't smell anything near what I expect really puts me off. I think I might give this away because it is not the best massage product I have ever used, not that it's really that bad. But the scent just doesn't do it for me. When I am looking for lavender I expect to smell real lavender, not something closer to baby powder...just artificial.
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