Unhappy with my Big Sale haulage (Part 1) (Part 2), I went back to the Avenues branch of Bath & Body Works on the hunt for something other than Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. It took some searching, but I managed to find every single one of the Shower Gels from the Tutti Dolci Collection! I was kinda’ sad that I’d missed out on the Tutti Dolci Collection when it was first released towards the beginning of 2017 (main reason for the post-sale haulage, here) so this was a very pleasant surprise! I kinda’ wanted to get the rest of the products in the Tutti Dolci Collection but I knew that the Creamy Body Wash was going to leave some sort of annoying “hydrating” residue, and that the Fine Fragrance Mist would last about all 5 minutes on my skin before completely disappearing, and that due to its packaging the Body Cream would turn (start smelling funky) in a little under a month. Plus, it was enough of a challenge to find undamaged Shower Gels from the collection, let alone any of the other stuff. I did manage to grab 2 more random PocketBacs (not from the the Tutti Dolci Collection) while I was there so I’m pleased about that too.
This was my final haul from the Bath & Body Works “Big Sale“.
Since the Big Sale was still on-going, and I was at Marina Mall anyway, I decided to check out their Bath & Body Works, hoping to find the place in a much better state than the Avenues branch (which as I said earlier, here, was a complete mess). No such luck. The place was just as messy and chaotic, if not more so, than the other branch. I couldn’t find anything I was interested in, other than 2 cutesy PocketBacs and 4 lemon-y Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. I haven’t used any of the stuff yet, because I’m currently working my through the other stuff from my previous haul (here). Still, I’m pretty excited to try them out, when I finally do get around to it!
Like I said earlier, shortly after my previous visit (haulage here), I went back to the Avenues (for completely unrelated reasons) only to find the “Big Sale” taking place at Bath & Body Works. I was a bit miffed that the last time I was there (haulage here) none of the staff felt the need to share the fact that the Big Sale was coming up, but then it occurred to me that they themselves might not have known, until the very last minute (it’s a jungle out there). I was especially annoyed that the Henri Bendel Signature Candles (purchased here) had all gone on sale, but then I did the math and it turns out that even with the “discount” the total for all 6 Candles would’ve been exactly the same (sneaky little hobbitses!) as when I bought them during the Buy 3 Get 3 Free Deal that they had going on at the time. Thankfully, none of the CocoaShea Collection (hauled here) was on sale (typical, since it was relatively “new”) otherwise, I would’ve straight up lost it.
As per usual, none of the good stuff was part of the “Big Sale“. In fact, I strongly suspect that they brought out all the unwanted products out of storage, to foist on us during the Big Sale. Heck, had they offered them for free, I still wouldn’t have taken them. I was only thinking it, but this one girl actually said it (out loud, in Arabic), “Only the nasty smelling scents are on sale”. Even if by some miracle, you did manage to find a pleasant scent, the state of the products themselves was just… so sad. Most of the products were so badly damaged, they could have easily passed as factory blems! A lot of the Fine Fragrance Mists were a quarter empty and missing their caps. Most of the large 3-wick Candles not only had little nicks, but legit had burrows scraped across the top layer of wax, not to say anything of the missing lids. PocketBacs were left half opened. Shower Gels had gunk collected on their flip-top caps. Nothing was where it was supposed to be. The place was… a mess.
The Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps regularly cost KD 3/500, but during the Big Sale they only cost KD 1/000 each. Just like everything else on sale, most of the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps scents were horrible. So, due to lack of options, I found the 3 most palatable scents; Island Margarita – Cactus Flower & Coconut – Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and stocked up on those.
CocoaShea Honey Ultra Conditioning Bath & Shower Jelly retails for KD 5/750
CocoaShea Cucumber Really Refreshing All-Over Mist retails for KD 5/750
CocoaShea Cucumber Seriously Soft Body Lotion retails for KD 5/750
CocoaShea Cucumber Really Refreshing Foaming Scrub retails for KD 6/500
Jasmine & Green Apple Clay Body Scrub retails for KD 6/750
White Barn Tea & Lemon Scented Candle retails for KD 7/500
Same day, different receipt. I picked up a bunch other stuff at Bath & Body Works, besides those Henri Bendel Signature Candles (hauled here). Like I said, I’ve pretty much been avoiding the place (Bath & Body Works), meaning I hadn’t been keeping up with all the new releases. Meanwhile, they (Bath & Body Works) had come out with a whole slew of new products! Ultra Conditioning Bath & Shower Jelly and Really Refreshing All-Over Mist and Seriously Soft Body Lotion and Really Refreshing Foaming Scrub and Clay Body Scrub, to name a few. Most of those were from the CocoaShea Collection (featuring Coco Butter and Shea Butter, obviously). Other products from the CocoaShea Collection included Richly Nourishing Lightweight Body Oil and Really Refreshing Aloe Gel Lotion and Richly Nourishing Whipped Body Butter and Incredibly Creamy Body Wash. The CocoaShea Collection was available in 3 delicious scents; Cucumber, and Honey, and Coconut. Each scent had it’s own packaging, depicting either Cucumber Slices for the Cucumber range, a Honeycomb for the Honey range, and Coconuts for the Coconut range. Naturally, I had to pick up a few things to try out from the CocoaShea Collection, especially with those names (over-saturated with adverbs). I mean, it’s pretty much how I describe most products (really refreshing, seriously soft, etc…). I also picked up a Clay Body Scrub (different collection) and yet another Scented Candle (because the previous 6 Scented Candles clearly weren’t enough). Luckily, there was a Buy 3 Get 3 Free Deal, going on at the time.
I’ve already tried everything out (back home), and can honestly say that I’m obsessed with every single item in this haul! They all performed pretty well (did what they claimed to do) and most of them smelled ridiculously good while doing it!
This is what happens when you try to resist the temptation.
I love things that smell nice! Anything that has a pleasant scent just brings me such joy! Perfume, Shower Gel, Wallflowers, Soaps, Body Lotion, Lip Balm, you name it! Scented Candles, obviously fall into that category. Unfortunately, as Cardi B so eloquently put it, “these expensive” (granted she meant Louboutins, not Candles, but same thing). I mean, even with their usual Buy Two Get One Free “deal”, at KD 7/500 (exactly $25 U.S. Dollars) a piece, it kinda’ adds up. It’s fine if you buy a (as in one, as in single) Scented Candle, every once in a blue moon (for special occasions, birthday gift, whatever) but when you buy several at a time (practically stockpiling them), during every single visit, as I tend to do, it becomes a problem. Especially when you consider the fact that not every scent I buy is a “win” (pitiful throw, burns all weird, smelled nicer in-store, etc…). Factor in my tendency to break them (they literally keep slipping out of my hands), the latest victim being a virtually untouched (as unburnt as Daenarys) Tiki Beach Candle (hauled here) and I’m practically hemorrhaging money (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating… slightly). As such, I decided to boycott Bath & Body Works (as mentioned here).
I stayed away from Bath & Body Works for about 7 or 8 months (since the start of March up until the end of September 2017), before finally caving and going back for some Handsoaps (hauled here). Like someone who’d quit smoking for years, but got sucked right back in, from a single drag on a cigarette, I was back with a vengeance! After forgoing Scented Candles for so long, I kinda’ went cray and overdid it, especially considering these Henri Bendel Signature Candles (why are Henri Bendel Signature Candles being sold at Bath & Body Works again?) were actually KD 10/500 (exactly $35 U.S. Dollars) each, which is pretty steep, but there was a Buy 3 Get 3 Free “deal”, so there’s that. Plus, these are Henri Bendel Candles after all, so there’s that too. Truthfully, if Scented Candles make me happy, in this cold and cruel yet beautiful world, then by God, Scented Candles I will buy!
After about a year of avoiding Bath & Body Works (my last visit was in April but it sure felt like a year since then) I finally caved and gave them another visit, around August. I’d tried (and failed) at finding a substitute for their Liquid Hand Soaps, but quickly realized that nothing else can come close to the real thing. As I mentioned earlier, I’m fully stocked up on B&BW Candles. Also, I tend to use Shower Gel and Body Lotion from other brands (not just B&BW) so that’s non-issue for me. The Liquid Hand Soaps however, is the one area where I felt the loss, most keenly. I guess I’m just addicted to Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. The issues I mentioned earlier still remain (non-exciting releases, never up to date, questionable scents, faulty packaging, products that may or may not have gone bad while sitting out on the shelf, ratchet displays and just being over-priced in general despite the fact that the quality seems to have gone down over time) but I’m willing to overlook all that, when it comes to the Bath & Body Works Liquid Hand Soaps.
SoftSoap Whipped Cocoa Butter Foaming Hand Soap (hauled here) had a really nice scent… but that was pretty much it. The mechanics were definitely not the same. Unlike the B&BW Liquid Soaps that I was used to, I had to exert extra force with the SoftSoap Liquid Soap just to pump a little bit out. It wasn’t really a deal-breaker but it was annoying, especially when I was half-awake and planning to go back to bed right after (because the extra effort would sorta’ wake me up and consequentially stave off any sleep). What was a deal-breaker though, was the fact that SoftSoap left some sort of hydrating residue on my hands (pet peeve). I cannot stand any sort of residue on my skin. Bath & Body Works Soaps don’t do that. Once you rinse them off, they feel like they’re completely gone, and that’s just what I like.
As such, I went to Bath & Body Works to pick up a few Liquid Soaps and managed to grab a Body Scrub while I was there.