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I'm not the type of woman who would ever yearn to buy any product from the Dolce and Gabbana range. I'm just not easily impressed by the big designer names. I like to rate individual products on their merits rather than just mindlessly buy things because they carry a brand name that supposedly lets other people know you are cool or affluent. That's why I wasn't too overly enthusiastic when a family member gave me a bottle of this Dolce and Gabbana 'The One' perfumed body lotion as a gift. They'd picked it up somewhere for somewhat cheaper than it's recommended retail price and were keen to impress on me what a great bargain it was. I accepted the gift gratefully but had no expectations about the product's performance or benefits based on it's brand name or price.
So the product I'm reviewing is the 100ml or 3.3 FL. OZ sized bottle of the Dolce and Gabbana perfumed body lotion. It's called 'The One' but there are several different varieties which are quite similar to this one. There is a 'rose' version and also a 'golden satin' version. This one comes in a small white plastic bottle which has a fancy gold top. My bottle doesn't have the rectangular top as featured in the Dooyoo picture but has a round plastic one which is shiny gold with a white band around the bottle. The top is easy to screw off and can be replaced tightly.
The bottle has very little text printed onto it but there are a list of ingredients as well as recycling information for the plastics, product shelf life information (it stays fresh for twelve months after opening) and contact information for the manufacturers who are P&G Prestige Beaute.
When you first open the bottle you can really smell the perfume as it's quite strong. You are able to squeeze the bottle to get the cream out or just tip it up and tap the bottom of the bottle. The lotion is not too runny so you can tip it out onto your hand without it moving around or dripping. The lotion is white and looks quite thin in consistency rather than being like a body butter. It's easy to rub into the skin and it sinks into the skin very quickly without it leaving the skin damp afterwards. The moisturising qualities of the lotion are about average. If you are looking for something to enrich dry skin then this isn't the product you need. The lotion is softening but not massively so. It's greatest quality is it's fragrance and ability to perfume the skin.
The lotion has an incredible, unique and powerful fragrance. It's notes include plum, vetiver bergamot, Madonna lily, muguet, lychee, jasmine and vanilla. My experience of the scent is that it smells like burning pine wood mingled with berry fruit and warm spices. As the lotion warms into the skin it takes on a more cool and milky fragrance though but it is still very intoxicating and remains so for many hours after application. The scent is feminine, sophisticated and sensual and it makes me feel confident and well presented when I use it. It is more suitable for night time and for special occasions than it is for casual wear.
My ultimate opinion of the lotion is that it is a really marvellous lotion for perfuming the body. In fact it has to be the best perfumed body lotion I've ever used in regards to the beauty and quality of the perfume, how long it lasts and it's pervading presence. It makes me much more interested in trying the Dolce and Gabbana eau de toilette/parfum range. However, this lotion isn't hugely moisturising and potential consumers should probably be aware that this product is more like a perfume in a cream form rather than a moisturiser infused with perfume! However, I'm enjoying using this lotion so much that I really am loathe to criticise it at all. It really feels like an indulgence to me. It's the perfect touch to a night out and it makes me feel so good. I would therefore recommend it to ladies who love to pamper themselves with scent and to those who are looking for a cheaper alternative to buying a high quality expensive perfume. These lotions are still a bit pricey. I've seen this one on sale for as little as a few pounds on Ebay and from £7 in established retail stores but also as much as £35 in some online retailers - so shop around for the best deal!
I am a very big fan of perfumes and because perfume often doesn't come cheap I often put them on my Christmas list. Last Christmas I wanted Dolce and Gabanna's perfume The One which I have also reviewed on here. You may remember the adverts with Gisele Buchunan in them. Anyway for Christmas I did get the perfume but I was bought it as part of a gift set which I wasn't expecting. What was also inside the box was this The One Body Lotion.
This lotion comes in a plain white bottle with a rather nice looking golden lid. On the front of the bottle it states that this is perfumed body lotion which is not surprising seeing as it comes as part of a perfume set but some people with sensitive skin may want to steer clear.
The smell of this stuff is fantastic I think. It smells identical to the perfume with a cool, clean and crisp air to it. I always think it smells very slightly masculine to me which is something I quite like in some perfumes as I like to have a selection of overtly feminine floral stuff and some more neutral everyday fragrances that err more on the fresh side. However it could just be that I think it smells less feminine than normal because the large majority of perfume houses go for the floral family when creating scents so my nose is taken aback by something unexpected but anyhow it's nice to have something a bit different. I also think this perfume smells quite grown-up and refined; it's not of the Britney Spears school of fragrance, all sugar and lollipops.
What stands out most about this body lotion to me is the lasting power. The lasting power of the perfume is pretty average so I was surprised when I could still smell this on my wrist a few hours later. I only had to move my arm and I would get a whiff of the scent. I was quite impressed.
Interestingly, this bottle is 100ml and only added a few pounds to the cost of the perfume when bought as a gift set but the price quoted on the Debenhams website for the 200ml is around the £23 mark. I don't think I would pay that much for it on its own but as an extra in a gift set it is a bargain. If you only wanted the body lotion my suggestion would be to look on Ebay where people quite often sell bits out of gift sets that they don't want or need.
Also bear in mind that whichever size you buy it in, either the 100ml or the 200ml bottle, there isn't that much in it. Just for comparison's sake a bottle of Palmers Cocoa Butter has 250ml in it and costs about £3 so to buy the lotion on its own would be quite a luxury. So to sum up I think this is a great lotion and a lovely extra if in a set but not worth it as a stand-alone purchase.
When it comes to owning designer fragrances I own loads of them. I adore them and love to splash on some expensive elegance on myself, it really does make me feel good about myself even when I'm just dossing about my house in my trackies! I mainly however wear them when going out somewhere special or for a big night out or something like that in the main to try to make them last me.... not that they flipping ever do!
One thing I really do like to be able to do is to top to tail fragrance myself and when I have a few spare pennies I will indulge myself in designer shower gels and body lotions and the likes to match the fragrance I own and indulge myself in preparations for fun lol.
It comes in a gold box which simply tells me what it is and who it's by and the size is stated (200ml). That's it really in the information stakes, it's a very simple recyclable box. The bottle is round and made of white plastic with a gold t-bar twist on/off lid at the top covering a large hole. On the front again I'm told what it is and who it's by and the size is stated. On the back, still in black writing the ingredients are listed, contact details for P&G Prestige Beaute are given (the manufacturer of the product), the recycle symbol is shown and finally the bar-code is on there. Really this is rather cheap and boring looking to be honest. The plastic bottle is so simple and not what I was expecting at all knowing the sexy fragrance it's meant to be so it was a bit of a let down in the looks department.
The first noticeable thing about this as soon as you unscrew the lid is the fragrance. It's beautiful and elegant and sophisticated in a girly way...well you get the message from me as I'm a fan lol
Fragrance wise the blend is a mix of Amber, Musk, Mandarin, Peach, Lychee, Bergamot and Jasmine. It's described as a floral scent by the brand and it is slightly but it's much more than that and very multi layered in it's approach. For me I can very much smell the fruity ingredients in this product so that's very much the peach, mandarin and Lychee smells covered with a hint of musk. It's very rich and creamy with a girly tone to it rather than a heavily scented sultry smell and it still remains light and unique. I love it smell wise and although it's a light and breezy smell it still manages to hold it fragrance for hours once it's been applied. Of course you don't have to use this just with the matching fragrance etc largely down to it being quite fruity and you can use this alone of course or with a whole host of other of your chosen fragrances if you want to as it isn't unblendable with other products. Use it as you want to.
The lotion is white and quite thin in consistency. It needs a really good shake up before you tip some into your hands as it goes thin if left sat in the bottle for long without being used and when you splodge some into your hands it is really watery. After a good shake though it's fine and it is a lotion and not a thick cream. It isn't heavy but it is very light and quite runny.
A small amount goes a very long way indeed. On touch with the skin the first time I used it I very much believed it was greasy but it really isn't at all. It's got a high water content and absorbs very quickly into the skin indeed although it does let you rub it in gently to spread it. Basically after a couple of minutes of using it your ready to get dressed and go about your day (or night lol) as it doesn't transfer grease and/or residue so this really is very simple to use as it's so fuss free and your left smelling beautiful (in my view)...however....
For me this is a purely cosmetic body lotion as it doesn't moisturise my skin at all. It's great for getting fragrance on to the skin and holding it as I mentioned previously but that's it and not only does it not moisturise (or get you greasy) it does make my skin feel very dry and in fact if I scrape my fingers against where I have used this my skin squeaks badly which means it is dry in my mind. There is a tiny bit of a sticky/clammy feeling as well although it isn't awful, is bearable but it doesn't fade over time and only removes when you wash it off (which it does easily).
Lovely for fragrance but I couldn't make a habit of using this as I don't like to dry my skin out obviously but will use it for special occasions and only apply it to where I want to such as shoulders etc and not for all over body use. This isn't really recommended from me and at £24.97 it isn't cheap however it does last a long time because a little goes a long way.
Do shop about for this online to get a good deal on it but mine was purchased in Boots.