Next, I hit up Bath & Body Works which was nestled between Victoria’s Secret and MAC, working my way from the far left of the mall (Debenhams). I did take a quick lap around Boots. I also noticed that they’d opened up a Nyx which I had to visit as well.
Bath & Body Works were having a Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) promo going on at the time, but I couldn’t find any interesting scents.
Eventually, I settled on getting Travel-Size Shower Gels in the scents Gingham (because it was their feature scent) and Perfect Peony (because it listed vanilla sandalwood in the notes). They both ended up being too floral for me.
Normally, the Travel-Size Shower Gels retail for KD 2/750 each, but I payed just that for both.
Fresh. Vibrant. Happy.
Our Gingham Shower Gel is a celebration of everything you love about Bath & Body Works.
A fresh blend of bright florals and a hint of sweet citrus. Notes of blue freesia, sweet clementine and soft violet petals.
Think of Gingham as Bath & Body Works in a bottle.
This blend of blue freesia, sweet clementine and soft violet petals is the definition of a beautiful picnic.
It’s a scent that you’ll wear for every occasion – from work to weddings and lazy summer days to romantic winter nights.
Chances are you’ve seen Bath & Body Works shopping bags that have the white and blue gingham print on them, at one point or another. Well, Gingham happens to share the same white and blue gingham print on the packaging.
Aside from the matching packaging, they straight up tell us in the description that Gingham is their feature scent (meant to embody the essence of Bath & Body Works).
I’d given it a try in-store back in August 2019 (here) and disliked it then. I figured I’d give it another try to see if anything had changed.
Aquamarine Shores (here) was my favorite Hand Soap from them and it listed freesia in the notes and I knew for a fact that I enjoyed clementines in fragrances. That left only the violet petals, which I suspected put me off the scent.
I wanted to like this, so badly, but unfortunately it was just too floral for me. It was a fresh floral, but it was a floral nonetheless.
Beautiful. Airy. Delicate.
An airy blend of peony, natural apple oil & vanilla sandalwood
Now this was neither beautiful nor airy nor delicate. Despite the delightful notes, this was a floral-y floral that hurt my nose.
The peony was supposed to make it smell sexy and masculine, while the apple oil was supposed to give it a fruity note and the vanilla sandalwood was supposed to give it some musky sweetness and warmth. None of that was detectable by my nose!
All I could smell was unpleasant flowers, ugh. It kinda’ reminded me of that unpleasant note found in Twinkling Nights (here). Do not like.
Unlike Gingham which I could still get some use out of, Perfect Peony was a bit much, for my nose at least.
While both of these turned out to be too floral for my taste, I’m glad I only got them in the travel-size, otherwise I would’ve been miffed. They weren’t necessarily bad scents, they just weren’t my cup of tea.