Okay, so maybe body lotion reviews aren’t cutting-edge journalism, but somebody’s got to write them, no?
Well, consider me your honorary lotion writer… or something like that.
I make the mistake of writing first-impression reviews all too often, but this is a noticeable exception. I took Dark Kiss with me on my trip to Israel last summer to put it to the test for three weeks in some of the most dry climate you can imagine. And seeing as it was the only body moisturizer I packed, failure wasn’t an option.
This is my review for Dark Kiss body lotion from Bath & Body Works, which retails for $12.50.
The lotion comes in a clear plastic bottle with a metallic silver cap. The floral label reads (minus French): dark kiss / shea & vitamin e / body lotion / Bath & Body Works / e 236 mL/8 FL OZ. The product itself is pale pastel lilac and pretty thick in consistency.
Even though this is the ‘new’ body lotion formula, Bath & Body Works is still dealing with the issue of products smelling different in the bottle than on the skin. When I first picked this up I thought it smelled like a pleasant version of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. This was an obvious selling point to me, but when I got home and began using it, I was disappointed. It wasn’t Coco Mademoiselle at all. The only thing I could put my finger on was a distinct children’s medicine aroma. I looked to the B&BW website but it didn’t help either, describing a “seductive blend of dark berries with a kiss of vanilla to unleash your most primal passions.”
But maybe the dark berries is what’s bothering my nose. It’s unpleasant, entirely overrated, and I’m glad it was discontinued earlier this year.
Performance wise, this new formula is a big improvement over the old one, which wasn’t bad to begin with. The main difference is that you need less product to hydrate more skin, and that the scent lasts far longer. Is this worth the extra $1.50 over older bottles? I can’t answer that question, but I’m not complaining either way.
Verdict: The lotion worked when I needed it, and I know now the difference between the two varieties available. Would I repurchase this scent in specific? Absolutely not.
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