Mangosteen? Not Quite...

I was really excited to use this product, but it was a letdown in more ways than one. It tasted nothing like mangosteen, was impossible to write legibly with, and had a strong aftertaste similar to sugar-free sweeteners. When I checked out the ingredients list, surprise surprise! It contains sucralose. Why is it not marketed as being sugar free? While this facet of the product makes it appealing to a large demographic, I definitely wouldn't have purchased this if I'd realized what was in it.
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Pros:
Easy to use, nice packaging, great volume for the price
Cons:
"sugar-free" taste, doesn't taste like mangosteen, difficult to write clearly
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

Dona Kissable Body Drizzle is meant to be drizzled, dripped, drawn or written with onto your partner's body. It is safe to use on any external skin, but I would avoid using it on the genitals as it contains sweeteners (I was unable to find information concerning how artificial sweetener affects female genitals as compared to straight sugar, so I'd advise you not take the risk!). Aesthetically, this product will look best on people who look good in yellow clothing; while it made me look very sallow, it was very pretty on my partner's skin. Keep such things in mind if you are concerned about that, although I know not everyone is.

This product works well during foreplay, although it is not suitable for use in massage as it is not at all oily. Avoid if you do not like sugar-free sweeteners, as this product contains sucralose. While it could be used in the shower/bath, you would have to keep the drizzled area out of contact with water until you licked it off, as it washes away very easily. If you have a big enough shower to make this feasible, it's a great place to use it, as you can easily rinse away excess drizzle when you want to move on to something else.
  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Foreplay
    • Mood enhancer
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bath / shower
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Skin

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

This drizzle has a smooth texture and is extremely easy to pour. While the bottle felt very sturdy in my hand, it is very easy to squeeze and the product comes out smoothly and without any lumps or air bubbles (until you get to the bottom of the bottle!). The hole in the nozzle is larger than I'd expected, so be careful and squeeze gently at first until you have a feel for how quickly it comes out. If you apply in moderation, the drizzle will stay in place, although I would not recommend walking/running with medium-to-large amounts of drizzle applied to your skin.

The drizzle is not as thick as I'd hoped, and "falls" a bit on application; any lines you make will become a bit thicker, so keep it in mind while writing - you'll need to write a bit larger/leave a bit of space for the lines to expand. The thinness does make it extremely easy to lap up, and you can easily clean up an area with a few gentle licks, leaving no sticky residue (although the taste does linger on the skin for a bit).
    • Smooth
    • Thin

Taste / Aroma

While this body drizzle has no aroma, I was quite disappointed by the scent. I love fruity flavors, but this product tastes absolutely nothing like fruit! Instead, it tastes very distinctly of butterscotch. I find this very odd as several fruits, including mangosteen, are listed in the product ingredients. Weird!

In general, I have no problem with butterscotch, although it wasn't what I expected, but there was another surprise - a very strong aftertaste that tasted like sugar-free sweetener. I checked the ingredients list, and lo and behold! The drizzle contains sucralose, which is the sweetener found in Splenda. While this may be appealing to those who like such sweeteners or wish to limit their regular sugar intake, it was quite a shock to me. It is also notable that this aftertaste lingers on the skin after you've licked the drizzle off (although not after washing with soap).
    • No smell
    • Strong aftertaste
    • Strong taste

Performance

The product performed well, although I wish it had a smaller nozzle and was a bit thicker. Other than that, it shows up well on the skin, is easy to apply, and washes away easily with just water. It is very easy to lick up, and I loved that it washed out of our pillowcases/sheets with no stains.

Packaging

The drizzle's label is the standard Dona print - a lacy, grey and black design with romantic language. I was pleased with the size and durability of the bottle, which fit in my hand perfectly, and the nozzle is easy to open/close and stays closed once secured. There is nothing particularly indiscreet about the bottle, but people may notice something is amiss with a mustard-bottle shaped container sitting on your dresser.
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Easy to use / dispense
    • Would make a nice gift

Personal comments

I was really, really disappointed with the flavor of this product. It is unfathomable to me that a product with so many fruit-derived ingredients came to taste exactly like butterscotch, and I can't stand the sugar-free aftertaste! It's a total mood killer and I had to drink several cups of water to get it out of my mouth.

I was also disappointed with how extremely difficult it was to write legibly with this drizzle. Looking at other reviewers' photos, it seems that almost all of the ones with nice lettering/clear designs take up a large amount of skin, and indeed it is possible to write very nicely if you don't mind using your partner's entire back as a canvas. However, as I did not care for the drizzle's taste I didn't want to commit to licking that much off in one sitting, so I had to stick to spirals and polka dots.

It's not a big deal, but I'd also hoped that the color would be a bit brighter. It's a bit like boxed mac-and-cheese, but slightly lighter in color, and looked absolutely awful on my skin! I'm not a fan of yellow in the first place, so I am a bit biased, but personally I did not find the color appealing at all. It was, however, muted and delicate, so it would be a great choice for someone looking for a body paint that is neither garish nor chocolate (these seem to be the two most available options).
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Comments
  • dancingduo
    dancingduo  
    I've been old there are only a few good flavors. Thanks for your review.
  • humblepie
    humblepie  
    If they're all sugar free I don't have high hopes I do love my mangosteen linen spray (also by DONA) which smells heavenly! Glad you enjoyed my review!
  • Beautiful-Disaster
    Beautiful-Disaster  
    Thanks for your review.
  • humblepie
    humblepie  
    You're welcome Beautiful-Disaster
  • Mwar
    Mwar  
    I can't stand the pomegranate one. It tastes like too sweet fake candy. Thanks for sharing!
  • humblepie
    humblepie  
    Gross! The pomegranate body scrub smelled like decomposing plastic X( Thank you for reading!
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