I need to head to bed - so if this needs clarification - please post on my wall and ask me to come back in here tomorrow.
I've used both Venus and DONA. I have definitely used more DONA than Venus but I will share my experiences.
Venus products in the pineapple and the peach smell terrific and realistic. I'm not a bath person so I don't remember much about the pineapple/? bath salts that I used and I gave them to my daughter. I have the body butter and the spray in peach and both smell like you're standing next to a peach tree about to pull one off the branch. YUM.
Unfortunately - the smell fades away within minutes. Even when I use the body butter and then layer it with spritzing the spray...it still fades far too quickly.
It's like I ate the peach and it's gone.
With DONA - the products are not named for their scents but for the aphrodisiacs that they have in them. So don't think "pomegranate" aphrodisiac = "pomegranate" scent...it doesn't.
With DONA there are several options specifically for the bath. The chromotherapy colors the water - not sure what else it does because we haven't tried it yet.
The herbal essence or whatever it's called scents the water and softens the water a bit - it's sorta like putting a tiny bit of oil in your water and then having some incense going in the background. It's more for the mind than the body.
The bath milk is designed (from my understanding) to soften your skin and the water. I don't remember what it does for bubbles - sorry.
The bath salts are to help you relax and help your muscles I think.
(BATH OR SHOWER) The bath foam can be used for a bubble bath OR as a shower gel. I don't have this product and I'm not sure yet if I want it. I need to find out if Mike has it and if he feels it is too soapy smelling.
(BATH OR SHOWER)The body wash is also a gel and it is in a pump bottle. I do have this and find it to be soapy smelling and it's not my favorite product.
(BATH OR SHOWER) Body polish - designed to mostly clean but also somewhat exfoliate your body. It is not designed to exfoliate like a scrub does.
Body Mist Moisturizer - my favorite. This is an OIL-based moisturizer that you spray on your body. It has the cleanest and highest notes of the fragrance and lasts a fairly decent amount of time - definitely longer than Venus.
Body Butter - This is thicker tub that you use for moisturizing. I like to use this on my elbows, heels and knees and then use the body mist moisturizer everywhere else.
Body Lotion - This comes in a pump bottle. Consider this to be like your normal moisturizing lotion for consistency. This is a lighter formula (in consistency) that you can spread all over your body. For instance, you might want to go with the body butter in the winter due to dry weather but move to the body lotion in the summer if it isn't as dry where you live.
I just used a bit of this (Mike will understand this) and the mice we're trying to get rid of in the bedroom all came running to try and see where the "food" was....good thing hubby will De-con them when I'm gone cause I can't bring myself to do it.
I'm serious - I opened the body lotion for the first time about 5 minutes ago and rubbed about a pea size amount of my hands and I can see at least six mice running around looking to see where the scent came from (they weren't out at all before).
Maybe I'll have "Sarge" mix in DONA with the De-con.
Anyway...does that help you?
What you need to decide is - do I prefer baths or showers - and if I prefer baths - do I like colored water, bubbles in the water, a milk bath to soften my skin, a salt bath to help my muscles and tension or an "herbal essence" bath where the scent makes me relax.
I am leaving on Thursday evening for my mom's place but if you can get my attention between now and then and want to see pictures of some of the consistencies of the different products (ie - what's a gel, what's a lotion, etc) - let me know - preferably via. message or on my wall and I'll try to see what I can do. I'm really busy and I can't make any promises but if you list exactly what you'd like - that would help me take some shots pretty quickly.
I will state that I find the DONA products' scents to last longer than the Venus products and I find the quality to be a bit better. However, the peach scent from VENUS is to die for...well..not really. But that is probably the one or two products I will continue to get from Venus - the body butter and the spray.
As far as DONA - I know I'm repeating myself - but here goes. The cleanest/clearest scents will come from the perfume gel (which is a rub-on like old style deodorants) and has a bit of an oily shine to it until you rub it in, the body mist lotion (which is probably my favorite in the lines), the linen spray and possibly the moisturizing lotion I just opened and used.
Any of the products which are used for "washing" are going to have the soapy scent added in due to the products they had to use to make them.
Clear as mud....right?