Dona body mist lotion - body moisturizer by System JO - review by Ayumi

For Lack of Nourishment (Mangosteen)

Despite wanting to love this product, it is clear that I will most likely cease using it altogether. Even though the smell is absolutely amazing and you can escape the plague of heavier creams, the cons are too many. Between occasional skin irritation, problematic ingredients, and the lack of moisturizing factor, Step #3 in Dona's self-care line may leave you needing more nourishment than when you started.
Smell is amazing
Light when applied
Reasonably Priced
Large quantity
Taste is horrible
Some allergy concerns
Not moisturizing
Constant reapplication
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Body mist lotions are best used right after you shower to put the moisture back in your skin after the shower washes it away. There are one of two ways to do this: 1) Right after you turn off the water you spray it on you in the shower and then pat your skin dry, and 2) Pat dry and then spray.

I tend to use method 2 most often as I have more of difficult time rubbing this product into my skin using method 1. Either way, anyone can use this product after any kind of bathing (beach, pool, shower) or for any occasion as you see fit.

There are no product interactions and the Mangosteen scent, which I purchased ,did not affect my nasal allergies. On the other hand, if you tend to have very dry skin (especially in the winter) don't make this your go-to product for nourishment. Also, I have noticed that on the days my skin is extremely dry and I use this, my skin gets red splotches in some areas. This does NOT happen all the time, but something to be aware of. Do not spray this on your face or apply to your face. You may be tempted, but it isn't meant for that and it also is not edible.

Finally, there are some ingredients in this product which are irritants. If you are concerned, please consult the section of this review that lists them.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bridal gift
    • Mood enhancer
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • After bath/shower
    • Bath / shower
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • All over body

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Whenever I spray this on my skin it is cool and refreshing. It sprays just like water, but a slightly less runny and it runs slowly down your skin. Definitely slower than water, but not as slow as oil. It feels like a thin liquid until I start to rub it in. At that point it starts to feel filmy and you can see a white film forming on your skin until you keep rubbing it in (I tried to take a photo of this, but it was very difficult). By this time it starts to feel sticky and then it feels like it is stiff and sitting on your skin until that feeling goes away, either by absorption or evaporation. I am more likely to believe neither as it feels it just sits into the outer most layers of your skin until it is time to wash again.

When first Sprayed
    • Slick
    • Sticky

Taste / Aroma

So as advertised, I indulged in getting the Mangosteen scented version of the Dona Body Mist Lotion. I have one other Mangosteen pheromone-enhanced product from another manufacturer and I can say that both products smell exactly alike. I can liken the smell of Mangosteen to a sweet, exotic, tropical fruit. If you have ever eaten Lychee, it smells similarly and is in no way overpowering. I am sensitive to scents and have had no sneezing or nose-running reactions to this product. I feel like I could eat myself if given the chance. If I can get this on my skin close enough to some fun play time, my partner behaves like he could eat me up too. However...

...horrifically, I noticed today (as I write this review) how horrible this thing tastes. I know it is not an edible product, but it was purely by accident that I noticed the flavour. Up until now, I've mostly been using it for me since I prefer mists and oils in my daily routine over lotion. Well, I hurried into a quick shower and proceeded to apply some of this mist in anticipation of some sexy time.

When I got into some hot and heavy play time with my partner, after massaging his cock for a little while and then going down to lick him, he tasted chemically. I was confused, and thought maybe he had used some new soap, since he had just gotten out of the shower. So, we went about business as usual. I quickly realized that it had to be the body mist on my hands, because it does not absorb. Sure enough after I headed home and massaged some into my skin to test this theory, I licked my hands and they tasted like chemical poison. I suppose I should have tasted it sooner, but that's not what I use this for.
Suffice to say, I'm not particularly happy about this, regardless of what I use it for.

Ingredients with Highlights for Problematic Ingredients (Truth in Aging)
Purified Water, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyglycerol-6 Dioleate, Passion Fruit (Passiflora Edulis) Seed Oil, Rice Bran (Oriza Sativa) Oil, Açaí (Euterpe Oleracea) pulp Oil, Babassu (Orbignya Oleifera) Seed Oil, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Fragrance

Caprylic Capric Glycerides - esters and have a very light, silky oil, feel that is not at all greasy; it does not feel like oil and cannot act as a replacement for coconut oil, yet many manufacturers make the mistake because it comes from coconut oil. It feels dry, and silky, almost powdery because it is always present on the skin.

Glyceryl Caprylate Caprate - irritant on the skin, eyes, or lungs; used commonly in cosmetic products
Propanediol - Organic Polymer; can be formulated into a variety of industrial products including composites, adhesives, laminates, coatings, moldings, aliphatic polyesters, copolyesters. It is also a solvent and used as an antifreeze and in wood paint.

Phenoxyethanol - being used as an alternative to parabens; in 100% concentration it is toxic with effects on the brain and the nervous system at moderate concentrations; It has been recommended that nursing mothers stay away from products containing this ingredient, but it is relatively harmless in the lower concentrations found in cosmetics

Ethylhexylglycerin -a natural preservative used as an alternative to parabens; Derived from glycerin; Irritant to the skin especially for those with allergic contact dermatitis
    • Bad taste
    • Light smell
    • Smells good


Product Life
In terms of how long the scent lasts, I would say about 2 hours. After that you have to get up close to your skin to get any hint of the Mangosteen, and it is completely worn off in about 4 hours.
In terms how how long the moisturizing factor lasts, it is not particularly long. This mist really just mists and does not moisturize. Rather it sits on top of your skin in a light film that you can even see as you try to rub it into your skin. It sort of just dries there and evaporates into your clothing or sits on top of you until you wash it off.

Product Cleaning
Now to be fair, I cannot feel it once it thoroughly dries and/or rubs off, but it does make my skin feel stiff at first. In contrast, when it is on my hands it feels sticky, and I can even tell when I go to wash my hands that I can feel the product washing off. This is not particularly great if you eat with your hands, but it does wash off thoroughly in about 10 to 15 seconds.

The Positives
If you want to smell like a sexy, edible, exotic tropical fruit, then this is your product; however, just hope the parts that are misted will not be licked, or you will become a sweet fruit turned bitter. I should add that the bottle prominently displays "aphrodisiac infused" across the front and although who could resist a sexy black mini skirt with a leather cincher and knee-high tights?---I think wanting to eat myself might count as aphrodisiac infused. Additionally, you get a rather decent sized bottle (8.5 fl oz/250 mL) which if I used every day and all over my body, I think would last me an estimated 3 months (however, I am not sure if I can ever confirm this since I am not pulled to use it every day). In contrast to some of the negatives mentioned below, it never feels heavy on my skin.
Finally, is is paraben-free, cruelty free, natural (it says, but I'm not convinced), and petro-deriv free. All positives Edenites likes to see.

The Negatives
I already described the horrid taste, but on top of that it simply does not moisturize. I find mists and body oils to be amazing for my skin especially after I shave. I have a lovely Acai Body Dew; although pricey, it has been wondrous for my skin. Since I have had a positive experiences with other steps in the Dona line and I am running out of the Acai Dew, I thought for sure this would be a good investment. I am disappointed and some of these ingredients aren't particularly natural. It seems if you want some sort of moisturizing effect, you would have to reapply often.
    • Allergy concerns
    • Dries up too fast
    • Gets sticky


This product arrived in the usual discreet Eden packaging, as is (in the bottle and not packaged in something else).

As usual, I love the simple, but elegant lace floral pattern characteristic of the Dona products. The Body Mist Lotion bottle was no different with golden browns and yellows interlaced to make a pattern that reminds me of lace stockings.

On the bottle the lotion is identified as Step #3 in this line of products, Nourish. On the back it says "Spray radiance all over your body" and it is described as a "light and transparent moisturizing mist. Superfruit & Aphrodisiac-infused. Have seductive skin instantly."

It gives some very simple instructions "spray and rub on bare skin as often as needed," says it in a few other languages (Spanish, French, and German), and then lists ingredients.

For the most part I would describe the packaging of the bottle to be discreet, except for the aphrodisiac-infused labels and suitable for travel as it does not leak or spill. Also, the dispenser would have to be pressed pretty firmly for a spray to come out. Even so, if you hold on to the clear cap that comes on top of the dispenser, all should be well.

(This is the back image of the bottle. Front images are available in plenty on the product page)
Back of Bottle
    • Can be opened with one hand
    • Does not leak
    • Easy to use / dispense
Follow-up commentary
Since I last reviewed this body mist, my opinion has not changed. All the things that are horrible about it stand.

However, I am not one to have products sitting around useless and I could not bring myself to throw it away because I really do like the smell. So, sometimes I use it as a mist over my clothes before going out. I have not noticed it leaving any residue, but for specific items it does not work since the spot where you spray leaves the spray sheen even after drying. Darker and heavy items like sweaters work best. My sheer and lighter spring/summer items do not work for this.

In short, I might just have to give up the ghost and get rid of it altogether.
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    Wonderfully written review! Thanks for all of the detailed information on this one. I have a few different products from Dona and they have been great so far. It's a shame to know this one was a letdown.
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    Thanks for the review! I'm sorry to hear that this one was such a letdown!
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