Monday, February 7, 2011

Feb. 7 - Bodycology

I know, I much more bath and body stuff do I need?!  But I just have to give Bodycology a shot.  I'm getting frustrated with the B&BW stuff, and I'm actually about ready to switch back to good ol' goat milk soap, so I thought I'd give this stuff a try.  One thing about B&BW is that it's expensive.  Also, the store is in the mall and I rarely go to the mall.  If the products were awesomely fabulous I might be ok with spending the extra money and going out of my way to get it, but so far they are failing me.  I'm dry and itchy, and I can be dry and itchy for a whole lot cheaper than that!  Ok, true, my guru has said that the shower creams and the thicker body creams work wonders for dry winter skin but in the millions of dollars I've already spent there, I don't have those particular products, and again....I can probably find something cheaper that will moisturize better. (*ahem* goat milk soap)

Sooo anyway!  Bodycology can be found in stores like Walmart, Target, Walgreens, etc.  They don't have nearly as many scents as B&BW but what they do have is similar to things B&BW also has.

Apple Orchard - 'Passion fruit and red apple blend together to create a fragrance tha is both sensual and sweet.'
Coconut Lime - 'The sweet scent of coconut mingles with refreshing lime to help relieve stress and tension – like a tropical island getaway.'
Cucumber Melon - 'Fresh cucumber and melon mingle with sheer freesia to create a crisp, cool fragrance – like a dewy summer morning.'
Clean Lemon - 'Juicy lemon zest and pink grapefruit create a citrus bouquet with a sparkling clean scent.'
Sweet Petals - 'The heavenly scent of sweet pea mingles with berries to give you a brighter spirit and positive outlook.'
Midnight Garden - 'Violets, lavender and rose mingle to produce a fragrance that is reminiscent of a moonlit garden.'
Vanilla Cupcake - 'The delicious scents of buttercream and sugary vanilla provide all the decadence of dessert – without the guilt'
White Gardenia - 'The rich, floral scent of fresh gardenias promotes love, peace and good spirits.'
Berrypear - 'Juicy pears and ripe berries create this classic, delightful fragrance.'
Brown Sugar Vanilla - 'The warm scent of vanilla, brown sugar and sensual amber create a cozy, comforting scent.'
Cherry Blossom - 'Blushing cherry blossom blooms with fragrance to produce a blissful and radiant scent.'
Fresh Waters - 'Clean, sparkling water flows with spring flowers to create the scent of freshness and purity' 

Their products include shower gel and foaming bath, hand and body lotion, body cream, body mist, rich & creamy body wash, hand sanitizer, hand soap, and bath beads.  Again, similar to B&BW.  The lotions have aloe, shea and coco butters, vitamins E and C.  The shower gel has aloe and honey extract.  The body mist has aloe.

My Walmart had several scents but not all of them.  They also had several of the products but not the bath beads or creamy body wash.  There are gift sets and travel sizes.  And it's all affordable!  A tube of body cream at B&BW is $12, but the same size of this is only $4.  I think most of the full size products are $4, and I think the travel size was only a dollar something.

As you can see from the picture, I got the Vanilla Cupcake scent and OMG does it ever smell good!  It is exactly like cupcakes!  Ty sniffed it and was shocked.  I would have gotten the Brown Sugar Vanilla but I already have so much Warm Vanilla Sugar from B&BW that I decided to go with something else.  I almost chose the is sooo yummy!....but I'll save that for next time.

I got the shower gel/foaming bath, body cream, hand/body lotion, and small body mist.  I have used small body mists from Bodycology for quite a while already.  I'm not a perfumey person and several years ago I had noticed these small, cheap sprays in normal scents and have used them ever since.  Actually I still have a partial bottle of a berries-n-cream scent that I don't see listed on their site.  Wonder why they discontinued it....hmmm.

I haven't used these yet because I'm already lathered and slathered in B&BW's Secret Wonderland.  But ooooh I can't wait for tomorrow morning's shower!  I really hope the lotions work because then I'll just switch back to handcrafted goat milk soap and use these lotions as needed.  And of course, I'll keep getting the body mists.

So I'll post later, after I've had a chance to use this stuff for several days, and let you know what I think.  In the meantime, have you tried Bodycology products?  What do you think of them?  I joined their Facebook group and signed up for email news.  Do they have coupons and deals?

Hehe, I'm excited!  About bath, I need to get out more.... 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb. 1 - More Bath & Body Works

I had gotten a coupon from Bath & Body Works' Facebook page for a free preview size candle of one of the new Island Escape scents but it was only good for the weekend (I think) and I had to work.  Hubby grabbed the coupon from its very obvious 'Don't forget about me!' hanging spot on the fridge and hopped over to B&BW after getting some work done on his truck.  Yay for thoughtful hubbies!  He not only got me the freebie candle but picked out three other little ones in the 3 for $5 deal.....
Pink Sangria - 'A refreshing combination of zesty mandarin, raspberry and fresh blueberry, layered with the sweetness of sugar crystals.'   It reminds me of Sweetarts, a sweet, fun scent.
Pineapple Mango -  'The most delicious fragrance under the sun, a tropical scent of sweet pineapple, luscious mango, crisp lotus and a hint of warm vanilla.'   I just smell pineapple but I really like it.  Unfortunately, I can't smell it at all when it's burning.  This is the only one we've actually burned so far.
Island Coloda - 'A delicious blend of pineapple, creamy coconut and orange, with a touch of ginger.'  I really like this one!  I get the coconut scent most of all but there is something almost floral that plays with it.
Sparkling Mojito - 'A refreshing combination of lemon slices, sparkling pomelo and crushed mint leaves, layered with orange zest and iced sugar cane.'   This one is very interesting.  It smells like lime to me, along with other scents...maybe I'm picking up the sugar, seems almost creamy-ish...and just the teeny tiniest hint of mint to bring it back to zesty.

I don't know if these scents are going to be available in any other form/product.  I do like these scents but I'm just not fond of candles.  They keep disappointing me with weak scents.  I don't mean just B&BW candles, I mean most candles that we've tried in our recent candle burning phase.  Maybe it's because our house is big?  Large rooms?  Not enough scent throw in the candles?  I have not tried B&BW's fragrance oils yet, but I'm really eager to get back to my beloved wax tarts at this point.

Moving on....
When hubby was in the store to get the candles he forgot to look for Cinnamon Heaven hand soap.  I'd heard about it recently on YouTube and then asked my guru about it, and decided I needed to have this fabulous new scent.  I had not noticed it on any of my other trips to the store but then again, I don't look at the hand soaps much.

Today I had to go to town for something unrelated to shopping but since my entire day leading up to it had been crap......(I ran over a duck.  A duck!  I cried.).........I decided 'F**k it!  I'm need some retail therapy!' and stopped at B&BW.  My main purpose was to check for the Cinnamon Heaven soap, but I did have coupons with me so I wasn't totally against buying more lovely scented things that I don't need right now.  

Almost as soon as I walked into the store I saw the brown hand soap that just had to be Cinnamon Heaven.  Hurrying  through, shoving people out of the way, and hurdling displays, I found myself in front of what I'd come for.  There was foaming Cinnamon Heaven, deep cleaning Cinnamon Heaven, moisturizing Cinnamon Heaven....and FriendlyButPushyStoreGirl had swooped in to hover just as fast.  She shoved several of the new spring scents in my face and, based on my reactions, decided I wasn't really into the citrus stuff and suggested I might prefer the warmer, cozier scents like what I'd already selected.  (Ya think?)  She mentioned the hand soaps were 4 for $15 then was drawn away to hover over someone else.

I wandered around the store, debating whether or not to just get that one hand soap or to go ahead and stock up on more goodies.  I went with stocking up.  I was about ready to check out when I remembered the creamy body scrub I'd seen in video reviews.  FriendlyButPushyStoreGirl to the rescue!  She shoved a coconut scented scrub in my face then led me to the Fiji Passionfruit one.  I liked them both but I'd already seen the Fiji Passionfruit reviewed a couple times, and I'm crazy for coconut so I went with that one.

StoreGirl noted that I was carrying two hand soaps and pointed out that I'd be paying $10 for those, so why not just get the 4 for $15 deal?  She also said that with the scrub and the other shower gel I had in my hand I could get one more item free as part of the Buy 2 Get 1 Free in the Signature scent line.  Well thank you, StoreGirl!  I grabbed another shower gel and called it quits, and used my $10 off survey coupon for even more savings.  Woot!  I'm learning this game!

So what did I get?

I got two Cinnamon Heaven hand soaps, one in moisturizing formula and the other in the deep cleaning formula.  I also got a Peach Bellini hand soap because I'd seen a review that made it sound yummy fun, and it was quite yummy when StoreGirl shoved it in my face.  And I got a Kitchen Lemon hand soap because I'm all about lemon.
Cinnamon Heaven - '...a spicy blend of cinnamon stick, Tahitian vanilla and star anise.'   Everyone says this smells like cinnamon rolls and I agree.  It's warm, cozy, and a perfect balance of creamy and spice.  Sooo nice.
Peach Bellini - '...a mouthwatering blend of juicy peach, white apricot and fresh mango'   This is fresh and fun.  Definite peach scent to it but I also pick up something slightly orange-y, and also something 'sparkly.'  Someone described it as fruity Sprite.  I'd probably agree with that.  lol
Kitchen Lemon - '...lightly scented with the fresh, crisp scent of lemon'   To me it does *not* smell overly lemony even though that's the only thing mentioned in the description.  It smells a bit dish soapy to me, but that's ok because it will be at the kitchen sink anyway.

I also got....
...the Hawaii Coconut creamy body scrub.  Described as 'fresh coconut water, sunkissed citrus and ocean musk,'  it is a very nice soft coconut scent.  The citrus and musk blend with it nicely so you know it's coconut but you also get a little something more.  I haven't actually used it yet but I'm looking forward to my shower tomorrow morning!

I also got two shower gels.  One is Dark Kiss, which I described in an earlier post.  And the other is Black Raspberry Vanilla.  I don't remember if I have anything in this scent yet, but when I make my soap in this scent it is one of my favorites.....and one of my best I know I'll love this in shower gel form.  For those who don't know, it's described as 'an alluring scent, inspired by vine-ripened berries drenched in vanilla cream.  Key fragrance notes: Juicy Blackberry, Bergamot, Anjou Pear, Vanilla Orchid, Taffeta Musk.'   It is just soooo yummy, berries and cream and just enough of something to make it a smidge more sophisticated.

And there is the coupon they throw in your bag when you check out.  I have three of these now.  You get a free Signature collection product of your choice with a $10 purchase.  I'll probably get more Black Raspberry Vanilla with mine.  There is also a little preview of the newest scent: Carried Away.  (Mentioned this scent in a previous post too.)

So that's today's crazy Bath & Body Works haul.  Fun, fun!