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For my birthday last year, being a very blessed person to have good family and friends I got a surprising amount of birthday gifts - more than usually! One of the gifts I received was the Marc Jacobs Dot Eau de Parfum box set containing a a 150ml tube of Dot Marc Jacobs Radiant Body lotion. To be honest I did not really use it for ages but the other day on a night out for some drinks with a friend from College I decided to give it a go. It comes in a top down tube with a similar design to the bottle in that it is a red bottle with, black "dots" (so to speak). It has a flip top lid which shows a small hole through which the lotion can squeeze through. It does look quite nice and elegant and not some cheap, tacky body lotion you would buy in your 99p store! The scent of the dot lotion (in my opinion) is really similar to the eau de parfum, very strong of fragrant red berries with pitaya fruit, which comes across as a strong and exuberating scent which lingers and is rather sharp. On the skin it is overbearingly so and I can't bear to apply a lot of it as it just hits you like a ton of bricks and doesn't really diffuse down to a more pleasant scent - trust me you don't need perfume this lotion is more than enough! In terms of working as a body lotion, this really is a disappointment again. It comes out in a white liquid, which is far runnier than I expected. It is easy to rub in, but it doesn't feel like it is doing my skin any good, as it doesn't leave me feeling soft and well nourished, just when it rubs in it pretty much disappears completely but leaves behind its pungent smell! It isn't sticky or greasy, and as for "radiant" not too sure where the packaging got this idea as it doesn't leave my skin with any kind of glow or shine whatsoever! Get a better appearance with a bottle of baby oil I tell you! For dry skin, or those with any issues, I definitely don't think this is an ideal buy as it doesn't prevent my skin looking dry for very long and as the smell is so distinct it can feel quite irritable after a while. Overall, I am not a big fan of this and as much as I adore the perfume the lotion just is not my cup of tea. Way too strong scent wise, and a terrible lotion it doesn't have any benefits and it's a good job I got this as a gift! To purchase separately this costs a ridiculous price of £25 and I honestly don't think it is worth even a fraction of this price. My advise it stick with the perfume, forget the lotion!
For Christmas Mark bought me a Marc Jacobs gift set which comprised a bottle of perfume and two matching tubes of body lotion and shower gel. I've never been particularly impressed with the body lotion which comes in this type of gift set, but as I adore the Dot perfume I thought I'd give it a try in a bid to layer my fragrance and also due to the fact that after rubbing a little on my hand it felt reasonably moisturising leading me to believe that it was going to be a good lotion. The tube is absolutely fabulous; I'm a huge fan of polka dots so have to love the red and black dotty tube which looking nothing less than stunning on my dressing table. It stands upside on it's lid like most tubes these days and when you come to use the body lotion you'll find it'll squeeze out smoothly and easily, the tube is extremely malleable so it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference how much or how little is left - you'll be able to get the last few drops out as easily as when your tube of body lotion was brand new. The consistency of the Dot body lotion is nice, nothing particularly luxurious and I certainly wouldn't class it as a pampering lotion but it's 'nice'. I'd liken it to Johnson's Baby Lotion in both colour and consistency, only Dot seems to stay 'wetter' for longer on my skin regardless of how briskly I massage it in. I don't find it creamy really, other than the general creaminess of any body lotion, but do love the lightness on my skin as I apply it - it takes an age to dry so I tend to use it in the evening when I have more time to wait for it to absorb, morning application is out as I simply don't have a spare five minutes before getting dressed! It's silky smooth but just isn't rich enough for me; I don't really have any body skin concerns so I don't want richness from a skincare point of view, but I feel a richer lotion would feel nicer to apply and also add an element of luxury to this otherwise pretty standard body lotion. After I've (finally) got it to absorb fully I'm reasonably impressed with the feel of my skin, the wetness disappears and I'm left with softer skin which is beautifully scented. I don't think this really does any more than a body lotion which costs half the amount (or less to be honest!) and although my skin does feel good afterwards I can't say that it's a particularly hard working lotion. It's not amazingly hydrating and I wouldn't say my skin feels well moisturised either, as I don't suffer with dry skin anyway this isn't really a problem for me but I would prefer to use something that actually makes me feel as though I'm doing some good for my skin considering the effort it takes to rub the bloomin' thing in! The smell is probably the best thing about it, although initially I wasn't overly impressed even with this aspect! To begin with the fragrance is just of a light lotion which I found incredibly disappointing considering I'd been hoping to layer it with my perfume! Luckily, just like a perfume, the fragrance develops after a few minutes and then I find it really does have the gorgeous scent of Dot - floral and mildly fruity with a stunning citrus opening which makes me want to slap more of the lotion on immediately. It changes through various notes over time and I've discovered that if I apply my perfume reasonably quickly after the body lotion I can make the fragrances match up to create a much deeper level of scent than if I were wearing perfume alone. My complaint is that the fragrance of the body lotion doesn't last well at all, and within an hour it has all but disappeared - surely it should be longer lasting than this, admittedly Dot doesn't have amazing longevity but it seems as though very little thought has gone into this body lotion and its saving grace (the scent) is spoiled by such a short life span. I feel awful being so uncomplimentary about this body lotion, especially considering how much I adore the design of the tube (shallow much?!). It just doesn't do enough for me to even consider a repeat purchase - I may have thought about replacing this tube if the smell had lingered for longer as I'm into layering my fragrances at the moment, but after a few minutes I don't think it really makes very much difference whether I use this body lotion or not underneath my Dot perfume. The fact that it doesn't do very much (if anything) for my skin just seals the deal and makes me even less inclined to spend my hard earned cash on something that just does... well, nothing really. A 150ml tube costs around the £25 mark and I actually think that's scandalous considering the poor quality (relatively speaking) of the body lotion - yes, it might be chic to use the same toiletries as your perfume, but they still should be fit for purpose. And sadly Dot isn't.