I am a huge fan of the Ghost fragrance range. I own a few of the perfumes in this range and also quite a few of the matching body lotions. Last year I added a few more to my collection including 'Enchanted Bloom' and 'Captivating'. My review will discuss my use of the Captivating Moisturising Body Lotion. I have previously reviewed the eau de toilette in this range.
The EDT and matching body lotion were released back in 2010. The scent of Captivating is described as being a 'fruity, floral fragrance which captures femininty, modern elegance and charm'.
The body lotion is the perfect base to the EDT and will encourage a longer lasting scent on the skin whilst leaving it feeling moisturised and soft. The promised fragrance notes are identical to that of the EDT and are as follows :
*Top notes - freesia, guava, mandarin and bergamot
*Heart notes - peony, rose, jasmine and magnolia
*Base notes - sandalwood, musky notes and orris
Captivating Body Lotion is presented in a rather basic, tall and curvy shaped bottle which is made from squeezy plastic. The bottle is a gorgeous shade of green and complete with a bronze coloured lid. This body lotion has a 12 month shelf life.
~Price and Availability~
Compared to the EDT, the body lotion isn't as widely available. It can be bought online from a few stores in a 200ml sized bottle :
*Amazon - £10.79
*www.forget-flowers.co.uk - £17.50
*www.fragrancedirect.co.uk - £19.95 (gift set including 30ml EDT and 50ml body lotion)
It is always worth having a look on eBay too as many receive gift sets and do not use the body lotion so you may snap up a bargain!
I have been meaning to review this body lotion for a while as it is one of my favourites. I love nearly ever Ghost body lotion that has been released. Captivating is very much like the EDT but in a much subtler, lighter way. I have worn both together but also like to wear the body lotion on its own when I don't fancy wearing a perfume. I like to apply this right after a shower and find that it is practical to use when I am short on time and in a hurry to get dressed.
This body lotion is a treat to use. The white lotion is thin enough to be dispensed through the tiny hole with ease but not overly runny. It certainly doesn't look rich or indulgent but looks can be deceiving. A small blob of lotion spreads over a decent sized area of skin and feels incredibly lightweight, cool and soothing. The lotion takes very little time absorbing into my skin but once it has soaked in, no sticky residue is left on my skin.
Whilst not as moisturising as a body butter or rich cream, this body lotion leaves my skin feeling nicely moisturised but not intensively so. The surface of dry skin is leave feeling soft and silky smooth for most of the day though the dry patches around my elbows and knees do not feel as moisturised when using this body lotion. That being said, Ghost do not promote it as being a dry skin product. This body lotion is kind and gentle to my sensitive skin despite being perfumed.
The scent of this body lotion is lovely. It isn't overpowering but quite mild yet noticeable on my skin. It is a light scent which in my opinion, is suitable for wearing as a stand alone scent during warmer days. I can't imagine many ladies NOT liking the scent as it is beautifully feminine and fresh. Shortly after applying this body lotion, the scent radiating from my skin is sweet and slightly zesty thanks to the combination of guava and mandarin.
A short while later I start to notice a pleasant, light floral aroma which has a creamy undertone. I'm not a floral kind of girl but the blend of rose and jasmine has me gripped. The scent on my skin gradually deepens to offer a warm, woody blend. I love the way the scent of this body lotion changes on my skin over the course of a few hours. It is appealing from the moment I apply it. When wearing it with the matching EDT, the scent is more noticeable and the body lotion compliments the beautifully arranged notes of the EDT.
I find Captivating perfect for wearing throughout the day and then topping up with the EDT in the evening to allow the scent to last all day. On its own, this body lotion is noticeable on my skin for around 6 hours which I appreciate. It is a gorgeous body lotion to use on a daily basis but I use it occasionally as I have so many to get through. It is an expensive purchase but a 200ml bottle lasts for ages so I consider it a worthwhile purchase.
Thanks for reading :)