A while back, I decided to make some purchases in the light of Bath & Body Works' thanksgiving "Buy 3, Get 3 Free" offer. I figured it would be a mini birthday gift to myself and I've been thinking of trying out a few more scents, plus they are cruelty-free!
Here's what I bought:
A crapping load full of shower gels, ho ho!
I paid US$33 for 3 bottles, and the other 3 bottles came free. What a splendid offer this was. All in all, shipping and everything came to around S$58, which translates to S$9.70 per bottle. Not bad a price, considering how online blogs sell these for S$16-$18 a pop and let's not even mention the duty-free shops in the airport (I think I saw them going for $20-$30?)..
I've tried 4 of them so far, so I can kinda give a few mini reviews on the scents. Let's go through the flavours I picked out, shall we?
"Roasted coconut folded into sweet cream. At once, both fresh and sensuous."
This is one of their older scents and unfortunately, I haven't tried out this shower gel. However, I've sniffed it and it smells really rich! It's a pretty heavy scent, something you'd want on a rainy day (or during winter months for those lucky seasonal countries!). You really do get the warm, toasted coconut scent with a touch of vanilla cream. Smells heavenly, so I'm definitely looking forward to trying this out!
One thing I've discovered about B&BW scents is that they can smell different in the bottle and on the skin; so if you think a certain scents smells good in the bottle, it may not be so when you're washing yourself with it, and vice versa.
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
"A cozy blend of fresh pumpkin, crisp apple and spiced vanilla."
And yet, another bottle which I haven't tried but I've sniffed it...and i'm kinda on the fence on this one. When I chose this scent, I kinda had a vision of a warm, buttery, caramel-ly pumpkin scent interspersed with a light shot of apple now and then, well, because that's what the description says isn't it?
But when I smelled this... it's not what I expected. You can definitely smell the pumpkin - in fact, that's the predominant scent here, whatever apple and vanilla notes are mostly wiped out - but it's not the warm, fuzzy scent I envisioned. The pumpkin smells pretty artificial and flat, and the lack of vanilla and apple means there's almost no cozy-ness to the scent... if I'm making any sense. It just an unexpected weird scent, but I'll have to try this out before passing the final verdict.
Honey Autumn Apple
"A fresh blend of crisp red apple, sparkling nectarine and a touch of honey."
Now I've been using this shower gel quite a lot and th scent is pretty accurate; it's easily one of my favourites out of the bunch. If you're looking for a clear yet warm, comforting scent, this is it. The apple is the primary scent here and it imparts an almost coying, sweet apple-y smell, but the nectarine and honey lurking at the back manage to balance it and keeps the shower gel smelling light. I love using this on rainy days or when I wanna envelop myself in a sweet cozy scent the whole day, cos yeah, this is one hella' lasting scent!
Coconut Lime Breeze
"An exotic scent of coconut water, lime blossom and bergamot inspired by a tropical breeze of tropical fruits and luscious citrus for lather that bursts with fragrance. Top Notes: Sparkling Tangerine, Lemon Italy Orpur, Neroli, Bergamot Italia Orpur, Zesty Lime Juice; Mid Notes: Watery Melon notes, Sheer Muget, Pineapple Juice, Jasmine Petals, Lime Blossom."
Ha ha, another scent that proves that smelling the gel in the bottle can be deceiving! When I sniffed this initially, I thought it was gonna be my favourite scent of the whole bunch, because in the bottle, it smells of just the right balance between warm, toasted coconut and crisp, fresh lime!
However, when I slapped it onto my body, oh my gosh, the lime over powered everything! I smelled like a very good version of Mama Lemon dish washing liquid. I don't know about the other complex notes, what tangerine and bergamot and jasmine petals; it was just tart lime everywhere! There was no hint of coconut at all, until the very end when you're toweling yourself dry and the faint base scent of coconut just lingers on your fingertips. Nevertheless, it's a very refreshing scent for hot days or when you wanna feel energized and awake! The longevity of the scent is okay, not particularly long-lasting.
"Our original, classic Cucumber Melon fragrance is a crisp, fresh scent that evokes the optimism of a dewy summer morning."
This is a highly perplexing scent. It's so strange... it confuses me. I chose this because of how much PinkieCharm of Youtube raves about it (it's like her HG, favourite B&BW scent evvaarrr) and again, I had this vision of a crisp, slightly sweet but mostly fresh neutral melon and cucumber scent in my head. But I smelled this, oh. It's so strange. It doesn't smell like melon at all. It smells..like a very strange, very soapy-scented cucumber. Kinda like alkaline you know, have you ever sniffed a bar of harsh soap or some sodium hydroxide? It smells even weirder than my Mama Lemon Coconut Lime Breeze. And when I bathed with it, gosh, how I hated the strong chemically alkaline scent!
Now I'm perplexed. Why, or how does PinkieCharm even like the scent?
Japanese Cherry Blossom
"A seductive and mysterious floral scent for lather inspired by the exotic gardens of Japan. Top Notes: Asian Pear, Fuji Apple and Ume Plum; Mid Notes: Japanese Cherry Blossom, Butterfly Lily, Kyoto Rose, Mimosa Petals."
I wanted to try this scent simply because I've heard so much about it - seems like anyone and everyone who tried it, adores it. But with all that hullabaloo about, what, mimosa petals and ume plum, it's just a very soft powdery scent.
Honestly, it's such a soft, subtle scent that it doesn't even last for a hour after my shower. I towel myself dry and I'm left wondering where the scent had gone. But that being said, it's a very feminine, gentle, pleasant scent. I don't know which note or ingredient it is but this gel has got a baby powder smell to it. If you like the smell of babies (and I suppose most women do, that's why this scent is so popular), you'll like this. I don't really care for babies but I enjoy using this on days when I'm feeling a little zen, "in the zone" and lady-like, hah!
So that's my mini overview of these 6 B&BW scents, hope it was helpful and that you enjoyed reading it. If you asked me so far..
Most favourite scent: Honey Autumn Apple
Least favourite scent: Definitely that cucumber melon thing, hands down
Oh, and if that was the mini part of my birthday gift to myself, this is the major part:
Yeah, I got myself an iPad Mini with a red body kit! It makes reading articles, magazines and manga so much easier! Plus, I can balance it on my tummy and watch YouTube Videos when I'm in bed at night, ha ha ha!
Anyway, thanks for looking at this post, guys! Let me know if you have any favourite B&BW scents or if you've tried any of the 6 scents.