Bath and Body Works (Review and Giveaway)

Date Tue, July 5 2011

I recently made the acquaintance for an amazing PR representative who gave me the major hook up. First, it was an entire box of product from Bath and Body Works (two more packages were soon to follow!). For quite some time, I enjoyed using their foaming hand soaps; although, I haven’t use a lot of other products from Bath and Body Works. I may after this, however.

I received several products in each of twos scents–Into the Wild and Japanese Cherry Blossom–and decided to review some and give the rest away to a lucky reader.

I tried out a couple products featuring the Into the Wild scent, which packaging and the Bath and Body Works website describes as:

a seductive blend of exotic mandarin, lush petals, and white woods inspired by a sensuous escape into the jungle

Into the Wild Shower Gel

Into the Wild Shower Gel

The scent, especially of the shower gel, comes off almost exclusively as floral. It’s hard for me to detect any sort of fruity, mandarin influence in the body wash at all. Still, the floral scent isn’t necessarily bad. I wouldn’t choose it, given the option, because I like fruity more than floral, but I don’t hate it. One thing I like about the body wash is that the scent really stays with you. I’ve used many body washes that smell great in the shower but completely disappear as soon as you step out. The scent definitely stays on your skin, providing a subtle backdrop to other scents and definitely working with either the Into the Wild body mist or eau de toilette.

The eau de toilette, or EDT as it seems those in the know call it, is the other product that I received. I normally opt for body sprays as the alcohol content in perfumes and EDTs is unpleasant to me. I am happy to report, however, that the scent is more varied in the EDT that it it in the body wash. Specifically, the fruitiness is easier for me to detect. However, it’s not quite as varied as the product description would have you believe. All the notes don’t truly seem to make an appearance like they would in a luxury product:

  • Fragrance Top Notes : Juicy Mandarin, Red Apple, Pear Blossom, Pimento Berry, Pink Currant Buds, Fresh Aldehydes
  • Fragrance Mid Notes : Magnolia Petals, Night Blooming Jasmine , Wild Honeysuckle
  • Fragrance Bottom Notes: Gold Patchouli Leaves, Okoume Wood, Tonka Crystals, White Moss, Warm Musk
Into the Wild Eau de Toilette

Into the Wild Eau de Toilette

It works wonderfully when layered with the body wash and lasts noticeably longer, with a stronger scent, than any of the other body sprays or perfumes that I usually use. This is because EDT has a more concentrated amount of scent extracts. Nevertheless, the presence of alcohol is still a bit too overwhelming for me and is enough to give me a slight headache. I bet I’d like the body mist better but that’s just personal preferences.

I love the design of the Into the Wild EDT, however! It’s a beautiful gradation between yellow and pink, featuring feminine hues and purple leopard-esque spots. The bottle–and even the box–is quite stunning to look at and would attract almost anyone’s eye. In my opinion, it is one of the most attractive, if not the most attractive, package design that BBW has to offer.

You, my dear reader, can also see what Bath and Body Works has to offer. One lucky winner will walk away with shower gel, body lotion and fragrance mist in Japanese Cherry Blossom scent. This is one of Bath and Body Works’ classic floral scents and includes hints of Asian pear, Kyoto rose, and Himalayan Cedarwood and I have three-3 ounce travel-sized bottles to give to one lucky reader. The round bottles are great for trying the scent and they also stack awesomely for easy storage. They’re perfect for using together to prolong the scent.

Japanese Cherry Blossom

Japanese Cherry Blossom

This giveaway will remain open for two weeks. To gain entries in that time period, post one comment for each of the following:

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  • A link to a Twitter post about this giveaway (once per day) such as: Win three Japanese Cherry Blossom products by Bath and Body Works from @anaesthetic. Visit Reviews by Cole to enter the #giveaway: Ends 7/19

Winners must supply me with their mailing address to receive the prizes. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA, Canada, UK and Australia.

Thanks to Bath and Body Works for sending me samples to review and giveaway. As always and per FTC guidelines, all opinions are 100% mine and true, despite any compensation.

34 Responses

  1. Lisa Grillo July 19 2011 @ 9:18 am

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  2. Debbie Kennedy July 19 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I frequently buy their products and haven’t been disappointed yet. I haven’t tried these scents yet, but I would really like to.

  3. momznite July 19 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I want to win so I can surprise my eldest daughter.

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  5. tomato July 19 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I would love to win because I love this scent!

  6. Nick Hilleshiem July 19 2011 @ 10:48 am

    This could really help me outta the doghouse with my girlfriend!!!

  7. Debra F July 19 2011 @ 11:57 am

    I really want to win because I’m always using my sisters Japanese Cherry Blossom stuff and I’d love to have some of my own.

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  10. Deborah Wellenstein July 19 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I would like to win because Japanese Cherry Blossom is my favorite scent, and I just ran out of the EDT! Thanks!

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  13. Rosey July 19 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    I want to win because I like the scent of cherries.

  14. Heather R July 19 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    I would love to win this for my mother, she loves the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent!

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  18. Pam July 19 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    I love Bath and Body and being at the age I am, my skin needs all the help it can get looking hydrated.

  19. Vicki D. July 19 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    I go to Bath and Body Works quite often for myself and for gift giving. The cashier told me Japanese Cherry Blossom products are their most popular. I can see why. The fragrance smells great.

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  23. DarcyO July 19 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Japanese Cherry Blossom is one of my favorite fragrances from Bath and Body Works. I’d love to win this.

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  25. JamericanSpice July 19 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I’d love to try this fragrance in body products.

  26. Sand July 19 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    I would love to win this because Cherry Blossom is my favorite scent from there.

  27. Myles Richardson July 19 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    It would be great to win this for my Mom as she wears this scent and I know she would love to receive this as a gift!

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  29. Emily Roth July 19 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    Cause’ I love Cherry Blossoms & I think it would smell great! :)

  30. jaime mchugh July 19 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    i want to wint becuz this is my favorite bath and body works fragrance and i havent had the money to buy any in years…

  31. jaime mchugh July 19 2011 @ 10:32 pm

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  32. brian e. July 19 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway…would love this for my teen daughters !

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  33. Gianna July 19 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    I love trying new scents.

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