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~An overly sweet smelling body lotion from the 'Darling' range~
Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling body lotion is a product that I have used in the past when I bought a fragrance gift set that contained the fragrance and matching body products. The body lotion is of an even consistency, being neither too thick or too thin to squeeze out of the product tube in my opinion and having a silky/ velvety texture once applied to the skin that dries down quickly after its initial application. The body lotion lasts well in the product container remaining fresh and ready for use for some time after being first used as the simple black plastic product lid provides a good seal in my experience. The product tube is easy to handle and can be stood upside down on the product lid when not in use if wanted.
The body lotion tube that I had in my gift set contained a generous 150mls of body lotion that lasted for longer than the actual fragrance did, as I had to top up the actual fragrance very often due to poor longevity on the skin. The body lotion has a very sweet and rather musky, lightly oriental fragrance to it that matches the fragrance itself quite well in my experience, although I did find it very sweet for my tastes. I have been able to wear the body lotion on its own at times, without the need for the matching fragrance, as the body lotion carries just enough fragrance to lightly perfume the skin for a number of hours after application.
In use the body lotion is easy to apply, although I found that I needed to work a little harder to get a nice even coverage to my skin when using the product, due to its silky texture that seems to cling to the skin rather too well. I feel that this issue is mostly due to the texture of the lotion which does have a velvety and silky feel to it that makes smoothing it over a large area of skin more of a challenge. Once the body lotion has dried down it leaves a sweet and musky scent on the skin that smells feminine and perhaps just a little too sweet for my tastes. I feel that the fragrance the body lotion gives off has a young feel to it that lacks any real finesse, although it isn't unpleasant to wear, it simply feels a little too sugary sweet for me.
Within the body lotion there is a sweet cotton candy scent that blends with vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli to give a sweet musky oriental feel that is lightened by the addition of passion fruit and freesia. In my opinion the fragrance given off by the body lotion does have hints of the original Darling fragrance it is based around, but in an even sweeter and muskier version that I find less appealing than the original body lotion and matching fragrance. When I have used this body lotion I have found that it doesn't leave any oily or greasy residue on the skin, yet also doesn't soften or hydrate the skin very much which is rather a shame.
I bought my tube of body lotion as part of a fragrance gift set that was reduced to £9.99 which I feel was very good value for money, although the body lotion on its own can often be bought for around £6.99. I would recommend buying a fragrance gift set in the sales rather than buying the body lotion on its own, as value for money is far better in that case.
I would say that this is an average body lotion product rather than being anything special, as it doesn't really offer anything exciting in terms of its fragrance and has rather lack lustre moisturising and skin softening abilities in my experience. The body lotion is pleasant to use but wouldn't be something I would go out of my way to buy again as I feel it falls slightly short in terms of its hydrating and moisturising qualities. My product rating for this body lotion is 3 stars as I feel it is of an average quality in terms of its fragrance and performance.
Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling is a fragrance which was launched by Kylie Minogue in August 2007 following the success of her earlier perfume which was named Darling. As well as the perfume you can also purchase the Sweet darling scented bath and body products which help to layer and compliment the scent of the perfume. Sweet Darling as the name suggests is a very sweet smelling and slightly musky perfume which has really good staying power; however some people may find that the scent of the perfume doesn't really last on their skin very well, especially if they have dry or oily skin types. People who have these skin types or simply find that the perfume smells too light on them would benefit from using the matching bat and body products of the same fragrance as this would help to layer the scent of the perfume and make it smell slightly stronger as well as increasing the longevity of the scent because you are applying a base for the scent to adhere to. Everyone's skin is different and may experience that the perfume and or matching body products smell slightly differently on them and the scent may last a longer or shorter amount of time on your skin.
As you can see from the picture at the top of this review, the Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Body Lotion is supplied in a gorgeous pearlescent shaded plastic tube which has a black flip top lid which you just flip upwards to dispense the body lotion and flip back down again so as the body lotion doesn't leak everywhere. The packaging for the body lotion is quite plain and simplistic looking, but at the same time it still looks classy all the same. Basically it doesn't have many details on it apart from the name of the fragrance as well as some swirls and black highlighting.
The body lotion is easily dispensed from the tube by gently squeezing it until you have the desired amount. When I dispensed the body lotion from the tube I was immediately impressed by the consistency of it because it was really nice thick and creamy. Normally when I purchase body lotions which compliment a perfume I am sometimes disappointed by the consistency of them because they are either too thin and runny and difficult to apply or they have really horrible fragrances which smell nothing like the matching perfume. But with Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling I was really surprised with everything about it; mainly because it smelt really fresh and airy. To be honest I could really find any faults with neither the body lotion nor the packaging, the only thing which I think could cause a problem is the flip top lid because on most other body lotions or shower gels the flip top lids have a habit of breaking off.
The thick consistency of the body lotion meant that I didn't have to use a lot of it on my body because of the thickness a little of it spread a long way. When I am applying a body lotion I like to start at my feet and gradually work my way up my body applying the body lotion in small circular motions so as I am evenly distributing the body lotion onto my skin. The Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Body Lotion is easily absorbed into my skin and it is dry almost instantly, so there is no need to wait around for it to soak in. Another think which I thought was really good about the body lotion was the fact that it didn't leave a sticky or greasy residue on my skin, nor did it leave my skin looking shiny and oily. The best thing about the body lotion is the fact that it left a slight shimmered effect on my skin, there were tiny flecks of purple and sliver shimmer particles throughout the body lotion and when the light catches on them your skin looks all lovely and shimmery.
After the first application of the Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Body Lotion I noticed that my skin felt very soft and smooth which is unusual for some fragranced body lotions which compliment perfumes as these normally only fragrance your skin. The fragrance from the body lotion lingered on my skin for a good few hours after I applied it; I would say that the fragrance lasted on my skin for approximately three hours or so before it gradually faded away. However If I used the Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Shower Gel before applying the Body Lotion then the scent smells slightly stronger and lasts on my skin for approximately four and a half hours.
The scent which the body lotion leaves on my skin is gorgeous; it has a really light, sweet, musky aroma. The body lotion smells almost identical to the Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Perfume the only difference being is the fact that the body lotion has a lighter subtler aroma. The body lotion smells mainly of Passion Fruit, Lychee, Cotton candy and Vanilla with a very subtle hint of freesia. I think that it is the Vanilla and Cotton candy which gives the scent of the body lotion its very sweet nature where as the Passion fruit gives the fruity cocktail twist and the Freesia adds a little floral depth giving the whole scent more depth and warmth. I think that it is a very nice fragrance which is really feminine and light, and combined with the shower gel and perfume I think that Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling is a fantastic scent to wear in the warmer spring and summer months. However I wouldn't recommend this fragrance to be used in the colder winter months because it doesn't have a lot of depth, warmth and richness.
Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling is described as having the following
fragrance notes -
_Top Notes of Passion Fruit, Freesia and Lychee_
_Heart Notes of Boronia, and Cotton Candy_
_Base Notes of Australian Sandalwood, Patchouli and Vanilla_
Kylie Minogue Sweet Darling Perfume and matching bath and body products can be purchased from larger department stores such as Debenhams or Boots although the price may differ depending on where you purchase it from. You can also purchase it online from some online perfume and cosmetics websites; you will most probably get a cheaper deal if you purchase it online as most online retailers offer cheaper deals compared to larger department stores so it is a good idea to check for the cheapest offer.
A 150ml tube of Sweet Darling Body Lotion should last approximately 8 weeks or so if you are using it on a daily basis. However if you are only going to be using it every now and again for some extra skin hydration and moisturising then you will find that the tube will last you a lot longer. Once you have opened your tube of Sweet Darling Body Lotion you have 12 months to use it all up before it needs throwing out, I think that it has a particularly good shelf life considering you can keep it for a year if it is opened.
The prices for Kylie Minogue Eau De Toilette as well as the complimentary bath and body products are as follows -
30ml EDT - £19.09
50ml EDT - £25.45
150ml Body Lotion - £12.23
200ml Shower Gel - £15.86
I think that Sweet Darling Body Lotion is a great product to use because it not only fragrances your skin but also softens and hydrates and leaves it looking and feeling great as well. Even although it is a bit more expensive compared to other high street branded body lotions I will still continue to purchase it as I love the fragrance of it and it also layers the scent of the perfume giving it more staying power on my skin. I also found that the body lotion was particularly good for rubbing on the dry skin on my elbow as it stopped it from itching and it also helped it clear up quicker.
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