Bath & Body Works Semi-annual Sale Summer 2017

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This is most of the damage that I did during the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale for summer 2017, and its not a lot of stuff considering it has lasted all month. I am not much of a spring/summer person, so I haven’t been all that interested in the current collections. Fall and winter collections are another story… Still, I can usually find a few items that I like once the sale begins, and some things did stick out after shopping this year.

Truthfully, it was the candles that forced my hand when I submitted my orders online. I bought Paris Café for $10, along with four Tutti Dolci items and the Bourbon Strawberry Vanilla lotion that were 75% off. About a week later, the Paris/French collection went 75% off, so I picked four of those and bought the Berry Waffle Cone candle for $11. I also used a 20% off coupon code for both orders. I’ve had a difficult time trying to order the Berry Waffle Cone candle online, as it went out of stock almost daily. It is clearly a popular 3-wick.

My first impressions on some of these products: Paris Café is a very strong coffee fragrance, and to me, smells like a french vanilla cappuccino. I agree with the people that said Berry Waffle Cone smells like apple pie, and that White Mocha Kiss smells an awful lot like Beach Nights: Summer Marshmallow from last summer. The rest of the scents are originals to me. This is how the Bath & Body Works website describes each of these products:

 

Paris Café – Rich roasted coffee, sugared brioche, vanilla crème

Berry Waffle Cone – Sweet summer berries, golden waffle cone, creamy vanilla

Pink Peony Cremé – Blushing peony blossom, pink currant, & white amber dipped in nectar

White Mocha Kiss – Rich vanilla mocha & coconut orchid wrapped in marshmallow crème

French Riviera – Seaside citrus, jasmine water, amber musk, summer fig, driftwood

Bonjour Paris – Pink sugarcane, whipped marshmallow, candied orange blossom, white honeysuckle, fluffy amber

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Bourbon Strawberry Vanilla – Bourbon vanilla, garden strawberry, & apricot nectar

 

Most of these scents are true to their titles and descriptions, except that I don’t really get as much sweetness out of Bonjour Paris as I expected. Another thing that I didn’t expect was enjoying Pink Peony Cremé as much as I do, because judging by its description, I figured I already had enough body care scents just like it.

 

Who has been shopping the B&BW semi-annual sale this month, and which candle & body care scents have you collected?

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Bath & Body Works: Happy Easter + 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.

Blogmas 2016 Day 3: Candle Sale & Birthday Time

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I was up bright and early this morning to run some errands, hit the Bath & Body Works candle sale, recharge at Starbucks, and pick up another little birthday gift before the party tonight.

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I had much better luck with this year’s candle sale than last year’s. I was in right when they opened and managed to grab each candle from my wishlist. I was also able to use a $10 off of $30 coupon along with a 20% off coupon that came attached in the mail. Each candle came to $4.80 each; it’s just too bad there weren’t any others that I really wanted or needed. It would have been an ideal time to stock up. I then walked over to Starbucks for a peppermint mocha frappuccino and was enticed by their bags of holiday coffees.

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I made a final trip to get someone some birthday treats: their favorite party drink and candies. I just woke up from a nap with enough time to throw some cookies in the oven and paint my nails a shimmery silver shade.

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Be Joyful
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Better Homes & Gardens Twinkling Holiday Lights

Bath & Body Works: Caramel Woods

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Caramel Woods is a 14.5 ounce 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works that retails for $22.50. It was a new release for the fall 2016 season, and as far as I know, it is not a repackage of any previous release. I am late in burning it this fall, but it is a unique candle that I am happy to have in my collection. This 3-wick may still be available in B&BW stores during the upcoming holiday sales, so keep an eye out if you are interested in purchasing it this year.

I was drawn to this candle because its packaging is gorgeous and festive (and I intend to save the jar for fall decor once it’s finished burning) and because its name stood out to me as it is an original combination. I can’t say that I’ve ever smelled caramel and wood together in a home fragrance before. At first, all I could smell on cold sniff was caramel and toffee with a very faint background note of wood. An hour or two into its first burn, I started picking up on a strong oak scent. Its more of a real wood or tree type of scent note, and it wasn’t artificial smelling to me at all. It was very pleasant. The caramel note was the same caramel scent from the Pumpkin Caramel Swirl fragrance I purchased from Bath & Body Works this fall, and I really liked the caramel and wood duo as I got used to it. It definitely needs to heat up for the full effect.

My instincts were about right about this candle. It was perfect for a late fall burn after a slew of pumpkins and spices. I found that the candle was true to its description, which is not always the case when reading a candle’s scent notes and trying to detect them as its burning. Caramel, toffee, oak, and tonka bean were all detectable to me in this candle in different amounts. Caramel is the most dominant scent to me in this 3-wick, but the wood is strong  too as the wax melts; about a 60/40 split. The toffee and the tonka bean complement each dominant note respectively. It isn’t too sweet like some other foodie scents are, so one likely wouldn’t be compelled to rush out and eat caramels after burning this candle.

The scent strength and throw for Caramel Woods is about a 7 to 7.5 out of 10 while burning in the bedroom. I would burn this outside of the fall season as well, during winter and perhaps during cool spring nights. The only time I probably wouldn’t reach for this candle would be hot summer days, as this scent and its strength would not be pleasant to me in humidity. I would repurchase this candle if it returned next fall and save it for later in the year again.

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Fall Fun Series: Fall Candles

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Today is the perfect day to do a fall candle post, because unfortunately, I’ll be stashing them away in my closet tonight. Yes, it’s a sad day in my fall-loving world. I’m only going to be home on Monday and Tuesday this week since I will be out of town for a few days celebrating Thanksgiving with family. I’m one of those people that likes to decorate the Christmas tree ASAP after Thanksgiving dinner, so by the time I return home, I will officially be in Christmas mode. It’s only appropriate, then, that my main candle/wax shelf be ready for me with all of my favorite winter fragrances.

Five large jar candles and fifteen 3-wick tumblers were evicted from my shelf and are preparing to hibernate in a cool, dark place for the time being. I think the only ones that I didn’t talk about on my blog were:

Bath & Body WorksFlannel: I can’t not have this candle on hand, even though this year I didn’t burn it. It is what I consider the fall version of B&BW’s Black Tie which I also love. It’s a masculine, cologne-y type of scent (I’ve never been too great at describing those), but since I purchased a Better Homes & Gardens wax melt dupe, I didn’t really miss it in candle form. I’ll save it for next year.

Goose CreekCherry Cobbler: I purchased the candle this spring along with four other fruity/dessert combos. When I lit the candle, I picked up on a spicy bakery note and noticed cinnamon, brown sugar, and buttery cake among the cherry, orange, and lemon notes listed on the website. I had to blow it out and put it away for fall, as it just didn’t feel right for spring. I lit this one a few times in September, but it couldn’t survive Pumpkin Mania and was eventually trapped in the back of the shelf. Perhaps it’s a good late winter candle?

Goose CreekFrench Autumn, and Autumn Romance: These are the backups of two jars that I bought last fall, and despite having Autumn in their names, neither one strikes me as an exclusively fall scent. I decided to save them for another time, but it was still nice to see their colors instead of a sea of orange wax this season. Autumn Romance is a strong one with amber, sandalwood, and musk, while French Autumn is a bit sweet, combining notes of plum, fig, orchid, and again, more sandalwood. It makes me think of a strong, musky perfume mixed with red wine.

 

 

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At the moment, I’m burning Goose Creek Creamy Pumpkin Pie, and Mainstays Pumpkin Spice. I’m also starting to decorate what I refer to as my Autumn/Thanksgiving tree. It’s a two foot tall red Christmas tree which I cover with gold and brown ornaments and clear/white lights. It’s just one out of the six mini trees I have to sprinkle some holiday cheer all over my living areas. I can’t believe I’m already getting ready for Christmas!

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Fall Fun Series: Beverage & Colors

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October ended with another lake trip, three more birthday parties, and multiple days of Halloween fun. After two fall months packed with activity, November is my calm before the holiday storm. I’m not skipping over Thanksgiving, but that has never been a very complicated holiday for me. Each year it never fails that I have more than one Thanksgiving dinner to attend, and traveling anywhere from one to four hours is usually part of that. I don’t mind it at all, though. I could argue that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It makes me so happy to get together, cook with my family and friends, and spend the day vegging out together either watching football or playing card games. Everyone has “their element” and apparently, this is mine. Up until that week, though, the only thing on my agenda is paying attention to the election and hoping that there is peace in the U.S. once it is all over. Life must go on…

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It’s interesting observing my own patterns and the way I act according to the season or how I categorize things according to the time of year. For example, since it’s November and I know Christmas will be taking over my life soon, I feel pressured to “finish up” with my pumpkin spice body care, home fragrance, and snacks. I’ve had my fill of pumpkin spice lattes, there is no doubt about that, so lately I’ve been making caramel mocha lattes instead. An ex-boyfriend gifted me a latte machine for Christmas several years back, so I get to have the whole cafe experience: frothed milk, coffee infused with syrups and creams, and single or double serving sizes to prevent me from going too crazy and drinking a whole pot. My current boyfriend, on the other hand, does not share in my “everything according to the season” philosophy and will eat, drink, use, and smell like anything at any time of the year as desired. I’m fairly certain he cannot relate to my need to rotate scents, flavors, and colors simply because it is November now. I don’t blame him.

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I’ve removed my Halloween decor, of course, but also switched some other things around. I’ve pulled out sweaters, scarves, and mittens to keep warm, and the contents of my beauty bag have darkened in their shade range. Nothing screams “I love fall!” quite like coordinated lip, nail, and accessory colors. Obviously, scents are included in this November transition of mine. I am a Bath & Body Works junkie first and foremost, so I set aside two 3-wick candles just for the beginning of November: fall 2015 Sweater Weather, and a new release from this fall, Caramel Woods. I have not mentally prepared myself enough to go through my collection and decide which fall scents I want to use before it becomes winter’s turn, but I do know there is a Pumpkin Pie large jar saved for Thanksgiving week.

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Fall Fun Series: Halloween Decoration

My sister-in-law and I were ambitious this year (for both recovering from foot/ankle injuries) and got Halloween decorations up right on October 1st. Ever since having my little nieces and nephews around for the past few years, I have to be mindful of putting up things that are festive, but not terrifying. Thus, the bulk of my Halloween decor is tame. Pumpkins, witches, skulls, and other spooky creatures are placed all around the house in moderation. My least subtle display is probably the shelf in the corner of the kitchen that changes with each season.

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Like I mentioned in my pumpkin post, this year I am making an effort to focus on what is new to my collection. When I went to Walmart to check out the Halloween decorations, though, I was a little disappointed.

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I ordered some Ghoul Friend soaps from Bath & Body Works, one of which is already being used in my bathroom. The two adorable little pails are what I picked up from Walmart, and are now on the kitchen table filled with miniature Halloween candies for guests to snack on. The cat ears are part of my costume this year. As I mentioned in my Fall Favorites Tag post, I only do simple and obvious costumes now, and there’s really nothing more simple than being a cat!

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Lights are a big part of my remaining decor. There are a couple of orange pumpkin light strands, fake candles, light-up skulls, pumpkin lamps, and more. They have been around for so long now that at this point I’ve gotten used to seeing them. I’m tempted to keep it all up through Thanksgiving…

 

 

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My scent of the week has been Goose Creek’s medium jar Auburn Lake. I guess I’ve had pretty good luck with most of my fall scents this year, because Auburn Lake is strong, unique, smells lovely, and all of the other positive things I say about products I like. I really haven’t had a dud candle or wax melt yet this fall – knock on wood. This one strays from heavy autumn spices and has hints bergamot with a very light patchouli note. I would burn this any time of year.