Review: Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Lotion with SPF15

Hi lovely ladies! How was your Monday? Did you punch Monday Blues on the face? Or did you let it consume you? In any case, I do hope your day went smoothly. As for me, well, it’s been drizzling the entire day. Surprisingly, the cool weather fueled me to turn my engine on and be productive. Needless to say, I had a great start. Anyway, today I’d like to share my thoughts on Godiva LicoWhiteTM Whitening Lotion with SPF15.  

I’m not exactly a lotion person, and yes, I know it’s a mortal sin to not moisturize. The thing is, I have this love-hate relationship with lotions, especially the sticky ones that does not seem to seep through. I hate it when there’s a thick gunk sitting uncomfortably on top of my skin; it makes me want to run back to the shower and scrub it away, ASAP. But my feelings toward lotions changed when I started using the Godiva LicoWhiteTM Whitening Lotion. 

It claims to help even out discolorations caused by age, scarring, and pregnancy. It also promises to give you longer-lasting, whiter skin due to its Glabridin content; a powerful skin whitening ingredient from licorice extract. Glabridin has been shown to effectively inhibit melanogenesis or the process of melanin production. Melanin is a pigment that causes skin discoloration. 

It wasn’t love-at-first-sight, or touch, for that matter. It actually turned me off the first time I used it because I didn’t like the scent. I would describe it as soapy with hints of herbs due to its licorice content. It was rather too strong for my liking, but I eventually got accustomed to the it after weeks of usage.

You can see here that the product has started to slide down while I was taking a photo.
That’s how runny the formula is. 

The reason why I disregarded the scent was because, the formula is heavenly. It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a lotion: runny and lightweight.  It’s so easy to spread and it gets easily absorbed by the skin; no sticky feeling with this one. It makes my skin supple and radiant-looking, which is a plus for me. As for its whitening effects, I have not seen any significant changes on my skin color. For the record, I have been using it for 5 months already, on and off. 


– Affordable at 120php (100ml). It also comes in sachet, which is retailed at 8php (6ml) each,
– Easily available at Watsons,
– Light-weight,
– Does not leave sticky film on the skin,
– Handy packing with flip-top cap,
– Has SPF 15,


– Not a fan of the licorice scent


Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Lotion is a pretty basic body moisturizer that’s perfect for everyday use. It’s very lightweight, so you won’t have to worry about turning into a pool of sweat under intense humidity. It also has the right amount of SPF, enough for daily commutes. I’ve been constantly reaching for it even if I’m just at home. I’m glad to have found a lotion that does not give me that dreaded “sticky feeling”.  That’s saying a lot because I am very picky with lotions. 


To anyone who wants a lightweight, easily absorbent lotion that won’t break the bank. Also, if you don’t mind “earth-y” scents, this one’s for you.


Maybe not. I have to search for another lotion with the same formula, but with a milder scent. It’s about time that I start exploring the world of lotions. Suggestions, anyone?

Julie Alontaga is the Beauty Content Creator and Editor of As Told By Julz. She works as a VA-SEO Specialist for a Web Development Company based in Australia. When she's not at work, she spends her free time binge watching movies and TV series, reading books, cooking/baking, or playing SIMS 4.


  1. Rae A.
    July 23, 2013

    The way you described, I think I will like how it feels on the skin. But the scent for me is a dealbreaker, I want something that could double up as my scent. Otherwise, I prefer something with a very faint scent, better if fragrance-free.

  2. Julie Ann Tolentino
    July 23, 2013

    I'm in love the formula, as you can see on the image above, it was sliding down while I was taking product mugshots; I had to do it really fast. Kaya lang, the scent really puts me off. It's not too strong naman, but I just don't want lotions with earth-y scent. I feel that others will like it though, because it's not that bad actually. It's just me and my sensitive nose. Haha

  3. Hollie
    July 24, 2013

    I'm not really a fan of earthy scents, so I'll skip this ^_^ awesome review

  4. Julie Ann Tolentino
    July 24, 2013

    Also not a fan of the scent. I'm hunting for alternatives for when I run out of this. πŸ™‚

  5. Rae A.
    August 4, 2013

    Baka mas ok yung nivea na serum lotion thingy. Lightweight din daw. I'll take your word na lang on the scent. When I'm put off by the scent nahihirapan ako ubusin.

  6. Julie Ann Tolentino
    August 4, 2013

    Which one is it? I'll try to look for it the next time I visit Watsons. And oh, if ever you pass by Watson, try to sniff the Godiva Lotion din. I mean it's not that bad, but definitely unusual for a lotion.


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