I only use this body lotion when I want to feel luxurious, since it is so expensive. The bottle, and the lotion itself are cream-colored. The lotion is more runny than creamy in texture. It does a fine job when it comes to moisturizing, but I wouldn't recommend it for extremely dry skin. It's so perfumed that I can imagine it would burn and sting. I definitely use as a perfume. (Am I the only one that uses lotion as perfume?) I can't do it with most lotions, but definitely can with this one and it's cheaper than the perfume, so hey! It has a nice fresh, musky scent. It doesn't smell light and girly but it is very feminine and...*womanly* you could say. I get compliments on how I smell when I wear it. It's the only Chanel item I've ever owned, but I like having it. So ultimately, I wouldn't use this for dry skin unless I didn't have another option. It will moisturize and isn't like other perfumey lotions that have no substance as a moisturizer. But I prefer to use it for its scent.