Bath & Body Works $3 Spring Hand Soap Sale

I received an e-mail about a $3 hand soap sale from Bath & Body Works, and while mentally taking inventory on the seasonal soaps I had left, I realized I should probably take advantage. I ordered 7 soaps for around $24 with tax & shipping, plus a 20% off coupon. I bought all 5 of the new Paris/French themed hand soaps (not sure what this collection is called – sorry!) plus two more: Sweet Mint Mimosa and A Thousand Wishes.

I got a few hand soaps in the 8.75 fl. oz. foaming hand soap style, and the rest in an 8 fl. oz. creamy luxe style that is new to me. So far, it is doing well!

Onto the goodies!

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A Thousand Wishes – I picked this up because I own it in all of its forms: mist, cream, shower gel, lotion, candles, pocketbacs, perfume… so naturally, I should have it as a hand soap as well. Needless to say, its a favorite of mine. Its scent description lists the notes sparkling champagne, peonies, and almond crème.

Sweet Mint Mimosa – This scent is great. I’d been craving a fresh citrus scent for summer since last year, and Island Margarita didn’t quite satisfy that craving. This one does! The kick of mint and sugar in it is a nice twist on a citrus scent. I can’t wait to use it.

Paris/French Collection:

Waterlily & Lilac – The scent notes include green apple, lilac blossom, and jasmine. This smells like something I’ve smelled before, but can’t quite put a finger on it; it’s in the realm of Herbal Essences shampoo, or other floral scented hygiene products. It is a very pleasant scent for a spring hand soap.

Mediterranean Blue Waters – I’m in love with this scent. It’s clean, fresh, and perfume-y, with an ocean/beach vibe to it. It is what I was hoping for out of the hand soap Indigo Sky from last spring’s Italian line. Although lemon and peony are listed in the scent description, I don’t pick up on either scent note too strongly. It just smells like an aquatic unisex cologne/perfume to me.

Raspberry Rosé – I wondered if this scent might be similar to Black Cherry Merlot, which I am a big fan of. It is not. They are quite different. Its scent notes are raspberries, pink rosé, and fresh picked apple. I get the apple and the raspberries, but only a tiny bit of the rosé. It smells a little like some grapefruit face wash I used in high school… which is odd, but not necessarily bad. I’ll be happy to have it this summer.

Springtime in Paris – I get peach overwhelmingly when I smell this soap. It’s the same peachy scent that Bath & Body Works tends to produce, but mixed in with citrus and a hint of a floral note. It’s more of a summer scent than a spring scent to me.

French Tulips – This scent surprised me, because I was bracing myself for a strong, musky floral scent that my guests would probably complain about if I put it in the guest bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised. White jasmine, lily of the valley, and sparkling nectarine are included in its scent description, and it all blends together into a soft fragrance. What it actually smells like, to me, is Endless Weekend. I love that B&BW scent, so I love this soap as well.

Bath & Body Works “Happy Easter” Candle + Easter Goodies

Happy Easter is a 14.5 ounce 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works that retails for $24.50 in stores with a glitter lid, and $22.50 online without the decorative lid. I purchased this candle at my local store during a 2 for $24 candle sale, with the addition of a 20% off coupon I received in my e-mail.

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Two of my nieces and my mother were with me during this candle’s first burn and before we lit it, we passed it around and shared our thoughts on it through cold sniff. My younger niece thought it smelled like sugary candy. My other niece said that it smelled like sugar and cinnamon dessert, and my mother said that it smelled like oatmeal cookies baking in the oven.

Those were all pretty solid guesses. The scent notes for Happy Easter are White Sugar Crystals, Warm Vanilla Bean, and Crushed Cinnamon. To me, this candle smells like cinnamon rolls. It is similar to other sweet cinnamon candles that Bath & Body Works sells, such as Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and Cinnamon Sugared Donut. I cannot actually say whether they are the same scents or not, as I don’t currently have either candle on hand to compare, but they are quite similar. I was able to test this in the store with the Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla 3-wick on cold sniff.

I wasn’t sure about this candle in the beginning and I wasn’t planning on buying it. I saw that the scent notes were different from the previous two years, and that this year’s Happy Easter candle included cinnamon. I didn’t like that – my fall and winter holiday candles already have a lot of strong cinnamon, so did I really need more cinnamon during a spring holiday? I didn’t get a chance to purchase B&BW’s Happy Easter candle in 2015 or 2016, which I believe had a raspberry note in place of the cinnamon and was marketed as a marshmallow and cotton candy scent. It just seemed like an odd change.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s actually perfect… for me, at least. It isn’t a heavy, spicy cinnamon note like in fall candles. It brought me back to early Easter Sundays when my mother would put cinnamon rolls in the oven and their sweet aroma would fill the house as they baked. For a holiday loaded with chocolate bunnies and fruity jelly beans, a nice bakery cinnamon scent in the background is nice. I’m looking forward to lighting this candle during brunch this year (My Yankee Candle Bunny Cake large jar is for the evening).

The scent strength and throw is about a 5 or 6 out of 10, so it’s not going to throw anyone out of the room. I would recommend the fragrance to foodie scent lovers. If you can’t get past “cinnamon is for fall” association, I don’t blame you. I almost couldn’t either, but I’m glad I did.

 

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Since I was in the mood to test Easter products, I picked up some Peeps Oreos and Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs. I really enjoyed the Oreos – I definitely do get the Peeps essence from the frosting. It’s got a marshmallow-y flavor and a slight crunch with sugar crystals, plus a bright pink color like the traditional treat. It’s almost a rice krispie treat flavor, but what I really get from it, overwhelmingly, are those pink and white frosted circus animal cookies with multi-colored sprinkles. The taste is almost exactly like those, only… it’s a deconstructed or rearranged version. It’s a hit for me.

The chocolate Cadbury Eggs were nice as well. Do I prefer them to the original? No. Are they a nice addition to one’s Easter basket? Absolutely! The filling is a bit like a brownie batter flavor, only with a chocolate frosting consistency. They are yummy, indeed. Chocolate lovers would definitely enjoy these, but I think fans of the original egg would like them too.

Spring Break & Product Chat

Phew! I just finished a midterm, turned in two essays, and presented a group project. Spring semester really hit the ground running in 2017, and this feels like the first time I’ve stopped to catch my breath. It’s nice to be productive, but it was getting to be a little stressful. I’m embracing spring break this year and happily starting it off with dinner, drinks, and a party for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow!

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For St. Paddy’s Day, I picked up a Kandee Johnson x Sinful Colors nail polish in the shade Mermaid Tail. It’s such a gorgeous, deep green, and I couldn’t resist it when I finally saw it in person. It will match well with the green Game of Thrones t-shirt I ordered back in February, and my Lucky Shamrock votives from Yankee Candle. I dug a couple of them up from my stash from last spring, and I think I’m going to dice one up to put into my wax melters today.

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Something I’ve been working through lately is a box of assorted teas I received on Valentine’s Day. There is never a bad time for tea, in my opinion! There are some great stand-out flavors in this box. It came from Taylors of Harrogate and I must recommend it to anyone that enjoys tea or is curious about it.

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The green & jasmine tea is so unique and every gulp makes me feel great about what I’m putting into my body. I don’t always feel that way about my calorie-and-sugar-packed lattes. Of course I’m a sucker for peppermint during winter, so that tea has been a favorite as well. I’m going to love having this box around during spring this year.

 

Lush

I’ve also been using Lush products for most of my showers and baths lately. Now this one is strange for me, because I’m clearly a Bath & Body Works junkie! I wanted to switch things up, though, and I’ve had some Lush products in my collection that I’d been neglecting for a few months. The bar soaps are great because they aren’t terribly drying like some other more common brands tend to be on my skin. The scents are nice, and overall I’m happy that I finally gave Lush a solid shot.

 

What are some products you have been loving so far this year? Any favorite teas, polishes, or body care items? Lush recommendations, perhaps? 🙂

Glade “Blooming Peony & Cherry” Fragrance

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I’m the type of person that needs a scent for each holiday. I fell in love with Glade’s Blooming Peony & Cherry on the very first sniff, so it’s a fitting choice for Valentine’s Day. My mother sprayed it after purchasing it at the store and I just happened to be there to experience it. “What is this scent?!” I needed to know right away. I was thrilled to see it in wax melt form at Walmart a few months later, although she’d already gifted a bottle of the room spray to me. I went through the wax and was quick to repurchase another pack.

The smell, to me, is a perfect Valentine’s Day scent. It isn’t particularly romantic, but it’s the sweetest mix of fresh flowers and cherry candy to my nose. It is a pretty strong scent, about a 7.5 out of 10. It is a little on the feminine side, but not to the point where it cannot be enjoyed by everyone. Even my boyfriend likes it, and he usually prefers cologne-y or foodie scents.

This fragrance comes in a few forms including wax melts, room spray, scented oil, and 3.4 ounce candles. If Blooming Peony & Cherry sounds like your thing, check it out!

*This is not a sponsored post. I’m just happy to shout-out my favorites in the scent world, and I’m enjoying this wax for Valentine’s Day with my Valentine! I hope you all have a wonderful love holiday if you choose to celebrate. What will you be burning or melting on the 14th? xoxo

Welcoming 2017

Happy New Year!

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It was an excellent beginning of 2017 for me… until I got sick. Yes, two colds only a week apart. I suppose that’s what happens when you open your home to guests and decide to have a three day sleepover that includes children.

It’s hard to believe that NYE was already one week ago today. My New Year’s Eve started early with a friend to have coffee and then see Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence (it was good!). It was during this late morning outing that I decided to get mildly dolled up in a NYE outfit, jewelry, and makeup. I only went to a coffee shop, the movie theater, and the grocery store, but hey, it was a holiday! I had to be festive.

Night time was all about getting cozy in pajamas & slippers and ordering dinner with everyone, while playing games and eventually watching the ball drop on TV. The following two days involved a lot of take out, football, and New Year’s Eve party playlists spontaneously starting and stopping on the Echo.

Earlier this week I was finally winding down after all of the excitement (and cleaning) when I became super drained and fell asleep early, only to wake up at 4 AM with a nasty sore throat and stuffed nose. Ugh. So I guess I ended 2016 with a cold and started 2017 with a new one!

Did anyone catch the Game of Thrones marathon that aired on HBO from the day after Christmas until New Year’s Eve? I DID! Oh, how I love that show, and how I loved to end 2016 binging on it for several days. I also got to end the year with a brand new album released on Christmas day by favorite artists of mine in Run The Jewels. Now that was ending on a high.

 

Some of my beauty and scent choices for New Year’s Eve included:

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-Bath & Body Works Cocktail Dress fine fragrance mist
-Bath & Body Works Black Tie 3-wick candle and room spray
-Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette
-NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Angel Food Cake
-CoverGirl silver nail polish (no name on the bottle…?) with Hollister white glitter polish (Sparks Fly)
-A few Christmas gifts, including a necklace, a gray and black chevron scarf, and comfy silver slippers!

 

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So I’m late with this post because I’ve been sick all week, but here’s a toast to good health and happiness for all. Cheers to 2017 and to you.

(My New Year resolution was to have my healthiest year in terms of diet and fitness goals. So far I’ve only been ill, have barely eaten, and have laid around in bed or on the couch. Errr… can I have a do-over?! 😛 )

Blogmas 2016 Day 25: Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas! To those of you that celebrate other holidays, Happy Holidays to you, and to anyone that doesn’t celebrate at all this time of year, I hope you have a great day and that the season has been kind to you.

I was going to post about some of the beauty & scent-related gifts I received, but I will save that for another post. Today I just wanted to focus my final Blogmas post on wishing everyone a happy holiday.

As a beauty and scent junkie, it’s been wonderful to receive all of my gifts this year, but of course the products themselves aren’t the real gifts. It’s the kindness that I’ve been shown, for this holiday and really the entire year. I’m truly blessed to finish this year and begin another one knowing that I’ve stuck to my goals of being happy and healthy, and that I don’t have bad blood with anyone. Instead I have a lot of kindness to repay.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. I’m off to eat a big plate of chocolate chip pancakes.

One last time for the final Blogmas post…

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Gingerbread Latte
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Goose Creek Christmas Cakes

Blogmas 2016 Day 24: Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m still sick today so I’m taking it easy. I’m not going to cook dinner or bake cupcakes like I planned to do today. Instead, my mom is going to cook a turkey with a few sides and has a chocolate silk pie for me. I’m going to paint my nails and then eventually curl up on the couch to watch movies. Being sick doesn’t sound too bad right now, does it?

Before it all comes down, I wanted to share photos of some of my favorite holiday decor. I’m slowly turning into an ornament collector, or baubles as they’re called by some. A lot of the things I’ve collected are mismatched and there really isn’t a cohesive theme to my winter holiday decor. It’s just a mashup of whatever I thought was cute! Here are a few of those things:

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I picked out a few of my favorite ornaments. I’ve got some decor that was passed down from my mother, a couple of 3-wick candle holders from Bath & Body Works, some fake and real plants, a Wisconsin Badger snowman, and more. There are some special things that I’m missing here, but hey, there is always next year.

I hope everyone is having, or will have, a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.