I'm Stocking Up on the Lotion Versions of My Favorite Fragrances for Fall

It's important to smell good and feel soft because it's snuggling season.
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October 9, 2015
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tom ford, Donna Karan, body lotion, dolce & gabbana

I am the worst at remembering to put lotion on even semi-regularly. It just feels like a chore even though I know my elbows and knees could use some hydration, especially now that it's fall.

The only thing that gets me excited to use lotion is if it smells really, really good. Fragrance-free lotion makes me sad and bored (although if you're someone who needs their lotion to be fragrance-free, you can't go wrong with this one).

That's why I decided to ensure that I would want to grease myself up this fall by surrounding myself with lotions that smell as luxurious as they feel. And what better scents to choose than the fragrances that I already love?

Here are the lotion versions of three of my favorite fragrances that are giving me the softest, nicest-smelling skin of my life this autumn.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Body Lotion

I actually don't own this perfume but I do have the Cashmere Mist Deodorant and I love it. It makes me want to sniff my own armpits all the time (and not in the "Oh crap, I forgot to put on deodorant" kind of way). So it made sense to try the lotion version.

I'm really glad I did because the lotion smells exactly like the deodorant, but now I don't have to stick my nose into my armpit to smell it.

It does have kind of a grandmotherly air to it, but in a warm, comforting way. I like to wear this on cold, rainy days so now all of my cold, rainy day sweaters smell a bit like Cashmere Mist. It's all very adult, and it will be even more so when I actually own a cashmere sweater.

As for the actual lotion, it's rich and creamy but somehow never greasy. I also like the bottle, which is attractively minimalist and also HUGE. I'm not going to run out of this stuff anytime soon. (I can only find the smaller 6.7-oz tube for purchase online, though.)

Tom Ford Black Orchid Emulsion

This lotion (sorry, I mean emulsion) is my favorite, which will be no surprise to those of you who know how much I love Tom Ford Black Orchid. You either hate it or love it. Personally, I find the complex notes of jasmine, patchouli and sandalwood, fruit and spices to be sexy in a dirty sort of way.

This isn't the kind of lotion that you buy in a giant tub and then slather all over your body after every shower. I try to use it sparingly so that it lasts, and luckily it's easy to do that because the lotion is very rich and emollient so a little goes a long way. Plus the Black Orchid fragrance is powerful enough to last all day even if you only use a few dabs.

If I want to feel sexy in an intimate setting (yes, I'm talking about snuggling) then I dab this on my neck, wrists, and décolletage. Then I dab it behind my knees and in the crooks of my elbows and behind my ears and then add more to my wrists cause I just can't help myself. So I really use it as a solid perfume more than a lotion, although it certainly makes skin soft and hydrated.

You can pair the lotion with a spritz of the Black Orchid perfume as well, but use caution since it's such a heady scent with enormous sillage. If you get headaches from fragrances, stay away. Sometimes I give myself a headache sniffing this lotion too much, but I love it so much, I don't care.

Dolce & Gabbana The One Lotion

The One is also a very sexy fragrance to me, but in a different way than Black Orchid. Whereas Black Orchid is wild, dark, and a bit feral, The One is feminine, sophisticated, and classy. This is the sort of fragrance you wear on a first date or to a daytime wedding.

The scent is fairly strong (though not nearly as showy as Black Orchid) so I don't use this lotion every day. When I do, I once again use it more as a solid perfume than an all-over body lotion.

The One Body Lotion is sort of a nice compromise between Cashmere Mist and Black Orchid; it's not an everyday lotion, but it's not reserved for special occasions only. I put this on when I want to smell nice and feel like a put-together, elegant woman.

The only thing I don't love about this lotion is the packaging. While pretty, it's a bit annoying to have to try to squeeze out the right amount of lotion from the bottle. That said, the lotion is a light pink-peach color which makes me so irrationally happy I usually forget my annoyance at ending up with too much lotion on my hands.

  • Have you ever tried the lotion version of your favorite fragrance?
  • What are your favorite scented lotions?