Cheap thrills Monday: Madonna Truth or Dare body lotion

Truth or DareI don’t know how the weather is right now where you are, but here in the moderately deep South, we have had a few springlike days in a row, which is a very good sign. But as you folks in the U.S. and Canada know, we’re not out of the woods yet. There have been some heavy-duty snow/sleet/ice storms into late March here, and for some of you, well into April and beyond too. But I was wanting to break into springtime mode, but not quite full-blown, so as I was poking through the perfume drawers, I spied a little tub marked Madonna T/D. It was Madonna’s Truth or Dare body lotion and onto my hands and arms it went.

Now Carnal Flower, Fracas, etc., it’s not, of course, but its gentle white flower vibe, anchored with a warm vanilla/brown-sugar/caramel-ish base seemed just right. A perfect blend for right now: A hint of the beauty on its way but still cozy-comforting without being heavy or cloying; a light, mood-lifting white-flower party in the warm afternoon when I needed it, then warming down just in time for the chill of evening.

Wear time for me with moderate application was a couple of hours, but YMMV. And it was soft enough not to disturb my office mates. The Truth or Dare fragrance itself was a bit much for me sprayed (although it was OK lightly dabbed), but the lotion seems just perfect for me.

And this doesn’t hurt either: It can be had for a song at the discounters and on eBay. Think I’ll head over there soon and snag a bit. Love the hobnailed, gold-topped plastic bottle the Truth or Dare lotion comes in, but the tubes are fine, and even better for travel/portability.

What about you? What are your cheap thrills for our transitional days? And what about you all in the Southern Hemisphere as you’re heading into cooler weather?

P.S. As I post this, it looks like our slice of nice is leaving us, and back into the chilly temps we slide. Sigh … come soon, spring — and stay this time.

  • Chloe Dawson says:

    Love the Madonna Truth or Dare lotion – glad you featured this! Over here in the UK also still cold but starting to get sunnier and think it’s a good time to move to Spring scents. I think the lotions really nice and it’s quite cheap to buy so can make a nice gift – especially with the truth or dare perfume too.

    • Ann says:

      Yay, Chloe! So happy to see another TorD lotion fan. And glad that you’re seeing more sunshine across the Pond. Spring will be there before you know it!

  • Suzy Q says:

    Madame Rochas is my cheap thrill. I got a 50 ml bottle on line a few years ago dirt cheap. It is the budget version of Amouage Gold, created by the same nose. In some ways I like it better.

    • Ann says:

      Very cool, Suzy Q! I didn’t know this about Madame Rochas. And I’m all for anything that makes our wallets happier. Must check it out ASAP — thanks!

  • AnnieA says:

    Did anyone ever get to try Truth or Dare Nude? It seemed to come and go in a flash, and I don’t think it even arrived in Vancouver. Oh, and my cheap skincare thrill is the Watkins body oil mist…

    • Ann says:

      Hi, lady! I know Surrender to Chance has T or D Naked on its site, but not sure if that’s the same fragrance. I like the idea of a body oil mist; must see if they sell it here in the States. Thanks!

  • thinkingmagpie says:

    My cheap thrill is a simple solid perfume I bought in Zanzibar 🙂 It’s just coconut butter with Ylang Ylang essential oil, very simple. I occasionally used it instead of my regular hand cream to drift back to the tropical island where I lived for 6 months…

    • Ann says:

      How cool is that! It’s great to have such a lovely scentful reminder of somewhere that you love; and lucky you to have lived there.

  • eldarwen22 says:

    Shalimar is somewhat of a great transition scent because it isn’t too heavy or too light. Frapin 1270 and Havana Vanille are great too. It’s still pretty cold here in Cleveland and I wanna break out the no. 19 and Florence but those are way too light to be worn right now. Yesterday, I tested out Diorissimo in EDP form. Let’s just say that Diorissimo in EDP form is a different beast than the EDT. The EDP smells like Diorissimo but it’s more indolic jasmine than lily of the valley.

    • Ann says:

      I hear you on the No. 19 — just too early for it yet, but soon, we hope. Lucky you to be able to try the Diorissimo EDP; I need to one day as well.

      • rosarita says:

        Jacomo Silences smells like a husky voiced older sister of Chanel 19, holds up to cold weather better. And it’s a cheap thrill online 🙂

        • Ann says:

          Hey, lady! How are you? I remember loving Silences way back in the day and I received a sample a while back — must go refresh my memory. Thanks!

  • Solanace says:

    The weather is starting to get cooler here, after an unusually hot summer, so I’m wearing Back to Black. Not exactly a cheap thrill, but two small dabs are enough for the day, so it’ super decant-friendly. As for a real cheap thrill, Maja soap.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Solanace! Yay for cool weather after summer! Oh, yes, I remember the Maja soap, wrapped in pretty red and black print paper (I think). Wasn’t sure they still made it, but now will have to go look it up. Thanks!

  • poodle says:

    I have the perfume, not the lotion, and I think it’s pretty good. At least she didn’t slap her name on another one of those indistinguishable fruity things every other celeb does. I’m not in spring mode. It’s too damn cold and there’s snow in the forecast. I’m still fully entrenched in my incense, spices, ambers, and vanillas. I tried to wear a rosy floral last week and it just wasn’t working for me. My cheap thrill for chilly temps is Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson. It’s like a poor girls Shalimar.

    • Ann says:

      Exactly, Poodle! Madonna did all right with this. Sorry about the snow, etc., still coming your way, but hopefully spring will visit you soon. Poor girl’s Shalimar, you say? Now I must try Fancy Nights, as the rich girl’s Shalimar doesn’t like me much at all 🙂

  • Portia says:

    I love this lotion. Excellent under any white flowers to give them an extra kick too Ann.
    Portia xx

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Portia! So glad you like it, too. I might have to try it as you suggested, under another scent that I have that needs a little kick, ha!

  • einsof says:

    my first encounter with Truth or Dare was in amsterdam a few years ago; during a rainstorm, the bar i was sitting in had the door open… from out of the rain came a calling card of sillage i thought was beautiful… then 5 minutes later the drag queen wearing it arrived & it’s insistence on being noticed (the frag, not the drag) was much as the scent’s namesake is rumored to have. that calling card of aroma was Truth or Dare- diluted by the deluge- lovely. sitting next to me- i couldn’t breathe. (although i will say the queen herself was delightful and we had fun talking about perfume and she taught me what Jenevre is… *laugh* numnumdrunkdrunk)

    • Ann says:

      Now that was quite a first encounter, especially meeting the scent first. Did you end up trying TD yourself, and if so, did you like it?

  • Tiara says:

    My cheap thrill is still With Love Hilary Duff. One of my favorite warmer weather scents and application equals instant happiness. Love that bottle, too.

    I need to seriously check into the Truth or Dare body lotion. Wasn’t wild about the perfume but if you’re getting “gentle white flower vibe, anchored with a warm vanilla/brown-sugar/caramel-ish base” out of the lotion then I’m willing to try it. If it can be had for a song, even better. I don’t remember getting any of that out of the perfume but then my memory isn’t what it used to be!

    My mom used Bain de Soleil and I always knew we were headed to the pool when I caught a whiff of that. Wonder if it still smells the same.

    • Katherine says:

      Sadly, it’s changed a little since I was in middle school through college, but the self tanner is so moisturing and has a tropical vibe that goes really nice with the Truth or Dare. I miss the orange gelee smell! I have spring fever bad!!! Colored my hair light blond and sprayed some beachy spray in it to make myself feel better.

      • Ann says:

        Great memories, ladies, but glad to hear that the self tanner isn’t too bad. Tiara, do give the T or D lotion a whirl; it reminds me of a much softer, gentler Fracas, and you can get a tube dirt cheap.

        • Tiara says:

          Just wanted to clarify….With Love is my cheap thrill even in lotion (prefer spray). I put a drop or two in unscented lotion and created my own. With I could remember who here gave me the idea but thanks! Found some small plastic jars in the travel section at Walmart one day and made up some scented lotions the next. It doesn’t have the luxurious properties of a more expensive body butter but it works.

  • Katherine says:

    I think Maddona Truth or Dare lotion is really nice mixed with a little self tanner in it. I also like the scent of Bain de soliel self tanner by itself. It smells nice and doesn’t streak.

    • Ann says:

      What a clever idea, Katherine! I didn’t know they still made Bain de Soleil. Sheesh, guess I’ve been living under a rock 🙂 Maybe I need to go on the hunt for some of this … thanks!