According to the Philip B website, the Chocolate Milk Body Crème ($30) was created due to the “overwhelming response to the chocolate milk body wash and bubble bath,” which I haven’t tried. The body cream is paraben and phthalate free, containing a blend of chocolate and vanilla extracts with botanical hydrators like cocoa butter and safflower seed to moisturize. The milk protein is added in, according to Philip B, “to enhance its performance delivering extra healing benefits.” I don’t actually see the milk protein in the formula nor do I see anything that is healing.

Nevertheless, I was genuinely excited to try this body cream. My skin is prone to dryness, and the current winter climate as well as the dehydrating effects of heating in New York City apartments has left my skin parched. I followed the directions on the tube and massaged it on immediately after bathing - okay, I admit it, I generously slathered this potion on!

Philip B states the scent is “made deliberately subtle.” I agree the scent is subtle but it is in fact an odd aroma. It initially smells more like vanilla than chocolate, which was disappointing since I’m a chocoholic (notice I never mentioned anything about diet in my skincare regimen). As I applied the cream, I thought I smelled a not-so-subtle trace of alcohol. I admit to having had a glass of wine with dinner the night before but it was only wine and just one glass, not shots of Jägermeister (not that I’ve ever done that), so I can’t imagine that had any effect on my body smelling like alcohol. I brought my hands up to my nose to confirm that I wasn’t crazy. Yep, it was the “crème.” The scent of alcohol faded rather quickly - thank goodness - but the odd chocolate (but vanilla) scent did subtly remain for a couple of hours. The chocolate aroma kind of smells like cheap candy.

Moreover, this cream is not “rich,” as claimed. It’s very lightweight and I’d consider it more of lotion than a cream. My skin wasn’t particularly moisturized and a glance at the ingredients list explained why - cocoa butter is toward the end of the list, meaning there’s not a high concentration in the formulation. Nor was my skin “glowing.” For $30, I’d expect a lot more from this crème, but it didn’t deliver much more than most drugstore brand body creams.

I really, truly wanted to like this cream but it just isn’t anything special. I would have been better off with Nutra-Lift’s White Chocolate Body Butter.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycerin, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tincorius (Safflower) See Oil, Cetyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fragrance/Parfum, Polysorbate 80, Methylisothiazolinone, Cetearyl Glucoside