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.
Since I was at the Avenues Phase III anyway (H&M x The Weeknd), I figured I’d check out the Bath & Body Works on that side too. According to the Privileges App, B&BW were having this offer where you could purchase three items (Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Fine Fragrance Mist) for the price of two. Once again, in typical Bath & Body Works fashion, the offer was only applicable on select items (none of the newer collections), and would only last for the weekend. I didn’t want nor need anything, but since I rarely visit the Phase III branch, I figured I’d take a quick peek since I was there.
They were stocking the shelves at Bath & Body Works (Marina Mall) with two new(er) collections so I decided to pop in for a quick look and ended up with two bags worth… as per usual. I was actually on the lookout for the Tutti Dolce Collection but apparently that’s too much to ask for. The two new(er) collections that we did have were released world-wide sometime in 2016, while we were only just getting them (in Kuwait) in the middle of February 2017. As always, they had a “Buy Two Get One Free” deal. Sadly, they don’t let you combine products from other collections, which I think is silly because not everyone is crazy as I am and willing to experiment with full-sized, all-new products, at a time. Even I would like to combine my tried and true favorites with some of the newer stuff and qualify for that deal, rather than having to purchase three newer products and three older products from their signature collection. Granted, I’m actually purchasing four products and getting the two for free but still, that’s a total of six too many, as opposed to a more reasonable total of three products. I could just purchase one product be done with it but truth be told, Bath & Body Works products are over-priced (which is painfully obvious during their Big Sale) so even though I’m technically spending more money, if I get a deal on them, it tricks my brain into thinking I’m saving more money in the long run… Does that make sense?
Since the Bath and Body Works offerings at Marina Mall were pitiful, I decided to check out what they had in stock at The Avenues, and brought my adorable sister-in-law with me. We also stopped by a Sephora but that’s another haul for another day.
I was at Marina Mall when I stopped by Bath & Body Works because I noticed they were having their Big Sale. Nothing really stood out to me (I wasn’t blown away or instantly smitten with anything). In fact, it feels like they just brought out some of their products that didn’t do well (sales-wise) throughout the year and put them up on display. I was really disappointed with this year’s Big Sale offerings. With that being said, I decided to pick up a few “necessities” (read: Deep Cleansing Hand Soap) seeing as how they were on sale.
Even though I’m down to my last Deep Cleansing Hand Soap (in the scent Dark Kiss) I was kinda’ avoiding Bath and Body Works because I wanted to wait until their semi-annual sale to replenish my stock. That said, I was at the Avenues when I spotted my beloved Vanilla Bean Noel and pretty much ran to Bath and Body Works to pick it up and to see what else they had in stock. You know you’re a B&BW-addict and go there waaay too often, when the sales assistant (whom by chance, had transferred from the Marina Mall branch to the Avenues Mall branch) not only recognizes you, and not only remember your preferences (“Cotton Candy Candles and everything Vanilla Bean Noel, right?”) but also keeps track of your visits (“We haven’t seen you at Marina for months now. We were starting to get worried,” said with a completely straight face)!
Since the semi-annual sale was coming up soon, I tried to hold back.
Only purchasing a few must-haves.
These are from the Winter/Holiday 2016 Collection.
These are from the Fall 2016 Collection.
Done. Blog post, over. Juuust kidding!