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What first attracted me to the Nina Ricci range was her beautiful and unique looking perfume bottles. The Nina scent and bottle is one of my absolute favourites and I love how the theme and look of the bottle which is shaped like an apple Carries over into the scent of this body lotion too. It's amazingly crisp and fragrant and extremely delicious.
According to an article I read, "Maria Nielli was born in Italy in 1883, but moved to France aged 12. She began an apprenticeship at a dressmaker's shop when she was 13, and regularly pursued her love of fashion throughout her teenage years. Maria married Italian jeweller Luigi Ricci, then joined Raffin as a designer, where she stayed for 20 years before launching her own fashion house with her son Robert in 1932. The fashion house was christened Nina Ricci, using her married name and a nickname she had as a child. The House of Nina Ricci expanded rapidly throughout the 20th century, and today the Nina Ricci fashion brand also produces a range of fragrances and toiletries."
The tube of body lotion is lovely and simple looking with the Nina Ricci apple icon on the front of a white tube with simple black writing telling you it is Nina Ricci on the front.
The scent is described as having notes of calabrese lemon and lime, caipirinha, red toffee apple, vanilla infusion, moonflower, peony petals, apple tree wood, cotton musk and white cedar. To me it's a big explosion of fragrance but still manages to be light and delicate at the same time. The lotion is really soft and nourishing on my skin and it always feels really smooth after use.
A 200ml tube costs £14.99 which yes, is expensive but used in conjunction with the perfume and body wash you get a lovely deep fragrance layering and a lovely smell all day.
I recieved this as part of a christmas present, either 2008 or 2009 but have only just got round to using it. It came in a giftset containing a Nina Ricci perfume, shower gel and the body lotion, the body lotion is the last one in the set to use and I really like the others, especially the perfume.
The lotion comes in a simple, plain white tube, which has a pinky red apple on the front with a silver leaf, this is the same design as the perfume and is a theme running throughout the set. It has a a screw top lid, which makes application slightly easier.
The lotion has a very rich and luxiourious texture to it, it is a thick white cream. The description of this is a "soft body lotion" and that is exactly how I would describe it. It literally soaks into your skin and feels considerably richer than a cheap body butter. I reall y like the fact that the lotion is so thick, you only need a tiny bit but you have to massage it in and then it is absorbed quite quickly.
I usually use it after a shower as it leaves no residue and is absorbed so quickly. I hate having to stand there waiting to dry and then putting my clothes on. It leaves your skin feeling soft, well moisturised and smelling delicious.
The fragrance of the lotion is the same as the perfume, it's quite sweet but not sickly with a light and tangy note to it. I really like to use both on a night out as they work together and you don't end up smelling like a mixture of things. I find the fragrance lingers on your body and isn't overpowering, it's quite a feminine, gentle scent.
I would say it's a lovely lotion but as it is a perfumed "designer" lotion, this is shown with the cost. I think if you buy this separately, it costs around £16 for a 200ml tube and can be found in most department stores. It is definitely better value buying a giftset and bring s the cost per item down considerably.
I really like this body lotion, and I think it's partly down to the Nina scent. If you use the perfume, I would definitely recommed trying this lotion.. It makes my skin smell lovely and leaves it feeling soft, silky and moisturised.
I always seem to receive presents on my parents' birthdays, for whatever reason and his year was no different. My lovely mum recently celebrated her birthday in style with family and friends, and while she was showered with the gifts and love she deserves, I was getting presents too! I've never understood why I get gifts on my parents' birthdays, but I'm really not going to complain about it!
One of the gifts I received was the Nina by Nina Ricci gift box. Anyone who knows me will know that this is my absolute favourite perfume in the world and I'm always being given bottles of Nina as gifts for birthdays and Christmas (or just random days when my boyfriend is feeling cute!), but this is the first that I've received the gift box. It came with a 50ml bottle of Nina, a 50ml tube of shower gel and a 50ml tube of body lotion. I'll be reviewing the body lotion today.
The lotion comes in a small plastic tube (think travel sized). It is opaque white in colour and looks very simple & classy. The tube has a small Nina by Nina Ricci logo on the front, and also has 'Nina Ricci Soft Body Lotion' printed in silver. I was very happy to see that the tube of lotion opens from the base with a twist of cap. This makes it easier to squeeze out every last drop of product without having to shake and squeeze it for half an hour without any success!
After unscrewing the cap, I could instantly recognise the subtle, Nina scent. I feel that it's very difficult to get an exact perfume scent in any product, but this lotion does it pretty well. There seems to be an added orange scent in the lotion that I've never noticed in the perfume before, but I actually really like this addition to the scent. I've previously reviewed Nina - although it wasn't one of my best reviews, haha - so I won't bore you with the exact same scent description, but the lotion boasts notes of vanilla, caramelised apples, lemon and moonflower which all infuse together to create the most beautiful, feminine scent I've ever smelled.
The lotion itself is white in colour and has the thin consistency expected of a lotion. I know a lot of people confuse lotions with creams or butters, but a lotion is the thinnest of the three without being too runny or watery.
I'm not sure if anyone else is like this, but I always find that lotions based on perfumes don't focus enough on providing moisture, they just focus on getting the scent just right. This usually means that after rubbing the lotion into your skin, you can almost feel the perfume on your skin, which is a little strange. Sadly, this lotion is exactly the same.
Although it is very easy to rub in and takes no time at all to sink into my skin, it doesn't really do anything magical for my skin. Thankfully it doesn't drag on the skin either, but a little bit of product doesn't really go very far and I'd probably only get two or three full body applications of this lotion out of the tube. With saying that, I wouldn't want to use this all over my body as I feel that would be far too over powering, especially if you've used the shower gel (review to come) and the perfume (previously reviewed). I've been using this as a basic hand and foot lotion and it's been working quite nicely, but if you're looking for something that will actually moisturise your skin then I'd give this a miss!
The scent does linger on your skin for a long time, and I suppose if you're looking to boost the longevity of your perfume then applying this to the areas you'll be applying your perfume would help but due to the high fragrance content, you aren't really doing anything good for your skin. I certainly don't recommend applying this to the face as it will probably be slightly irritating, again due to the high fragrance content.
Another thing I'd like to add is that this is definitely not something you want to get onto broken skin. I've recently suffered a bad burn and I'm now taking antibiotics for septicemia (hence the lack of reviews recently), but I accidentally got a little of this product on the edge of my burn which hurt like none other. It stung for a good hour or so!
This is not available to buy out with the gift set. The gift set costs £34.00 from Boots at the minute which is the same price as a single 50ml bottle of the perfume and comes in an absolutely beautiful box. If you've read my Nina by Nina Ricci perfume review then you'll notice that the perfume has gone up in price recently.
Overall, this is a lovely addition to the gift set but doesn't really do anything special for the skin. I don't want to say it's a bad product because it isn't, but I find that strongly perfumed lotions will never be beneficial for the skin due to all of the ingredients used to make the perfect scent dupe. Like I said, this isn't a bad product, it just isn't a great one either so for this, I'll give it 3 Dooyoo stars.
For Christmas last year my sister got me a gift set containing a bottle of Nina perfume and a matching shower gel and body lotion. I absolutely love the scent of the perfume, but because I have so many body lotions and creams it has taken me this long to get round to using the Nina body lotion.
The lotion comes in a white tube with a screw top lid. It has a red apple design on the front with a silver leaf, echoing the design of the perfume bottle. The packaging is very simple, but has a slight air of luxury about it.
The lotion itself is white and has a lovely texture. The tube describes it as 'soft body lotion' and I would say that the word soft is very appropriate for this product. It feels very soft, and slightly creamy as you massage it into the skin, as well as being fairly cooling. In short, it feels very silky and luxurious on the skin, and feels a lot more special than your average body lotion.
The lotion does take a fair bit of massaging in to the skin in order for all the white colour to disappear, but once you have massaged it in, it seems to absorb incredibly quickly.
One of my favourite things about this lotion in fact, is that it leaves no greasy residue. Actually, it leaves virtually no residue at all, which is great because I hate heavy lotions that leave the skin feeling sticky. This is one that you can apply and in 30 seconds it will have sunk in completely, so you can get dressed without the fear of your clothes sticking to you!
The scent of this lotion is great and matches the perfume exactly. I've used quite a few products that were supposed to have the same scent as my favourite perfumes, yet have been completely different, so I was very pleased this one has the same great Nina scent.
If you're unfamiliar with the scent of Nina perfume, then I suppose I would describe it as being a very sweet toffee apple fragrance. I actually wrote a review of the perfume a while back, which may give you a clearer idea. It's a very subtle scent, and again, I would say that word 'soft' would be appropriate.
As it's quite a gentle scent it layers well with the perfume without being too overpowering.
The results I get when applying this to my skin is great. As mentioned, there is no residue, yet it leaves my skin feeling moisturised, soft and supple without any heavy or greasy feeling.
So far, so good, but I bet you're wondering what the catch is, aren't you? Well I suppose for some people the price might be the catch, as this costs £15.66 for a 200ml tube from House of Fraser. I know at Christmas you can usually get a gift set containing the Nina perfume, body lotion and shower gel like the one I was given, for about the same price as the perfume would cost alone.
Overall, I found this to be an excellent body lotion. It has the amazing smell of the Nina perfume which I love so much, it sinks in quickly, leaves no residue and makes skin feel amazing. If you like the Nina scent, this is a lotion well worth trying.
Nina Ricci / Body Lotion / 200mL / Type: Body Lotion