Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nov. 26 - Bath & Body Works Haul

I really didn't need to go to Bath & Body Works.  I rarely go there, and I certainly don't NEED any more body products OR home fragrances, but now that we've shifted into full holiday mode there is just something FUN about it all.  Ok, well, to be honest I went there with a purpose but it backfired.

I had been watching Ellie's video last night, her B&BW Black Friday haul, and she had mentioned not being able to get Twisted Peppermint in any body products.  At the time I took that as her store just didn't have any, so I was all 'Ooooooh, I'm going to check MY store and I'll surprise her!'  I knew that scent was only going to be out for one week, and I thought this was the week.  But noooo, it's next week.  DOH!  So then I thought back and figured duh, that's probably what she meant anyway.

Ok fine, so I'm already in the store and the always pushy and perky B&BW storegirl was hovering, trying to make up for that lack of Twisted Peppermint.  I glanced around and asked where the mini candles were, the little preview sized ones for the holidays.  She said "Oohhh, we don't have those anymore.  They're not going to make them anymore because they say they're unsafe."  We looked at each other with looks of 'Unsafe?  Really?'  Well that sucks regardless, and now I'm 0 for 2 in my shopping. 

"Well this is just not my day, is it?"  I sigh, and am met with a perky laugh and apology.

So she took me to the regular holiday candles and starts shoving various ones in my face.  I asked if there was any sale on the 4oz size.  She said no, and we laughed again at my rotten luck.  She explained that the little candles are $9.95 (I think?) but since there is a special on the large candles, 2 for $20, it would be silly to pay the price of the small one when you can get the bigger for five cents more.  I showed her my coupons and she pointed out that after the first two candles, any after that would be $10 each, and since one coupon was $10 off a $30 purchase it would be like getting one candle free.  HMMMM!!

My other coupon was a free item with any $10 purchase.  She thought I would need to make and additional $10 purchase.  I had thought it would still work with my original $30 purchase but I didn't push the issue, and just grabbed a fourth candle.

So what did I get?
Twisted Peppermint large candle - 'A refreshing mix of spearmint and mandarin, layered with iced peppermint, vanilla extract and sugar musk.'  Love this scent!  Perfect for Christmas, with the cool mint softened by the vanilla.  I don't really pick up the mandarin or the musk.  It's just a really, really nice scent.

'Tis The Season large candle - 'Golden apples, pine needles and holiday cider are combined with a touch of ground cinnamon.'  When I smelled this in the store I was immediately in love.  The perfect Christmas scent!  Once I got home I found it wasn't *quite* as good as in the store but it's still awesome.  It seemed more piney in the store, but now I smell more of the spice.  I get a slight hint of the apples and cider but it's mainly the cinnamon and pine that comes out when you sniff it.  Can't wait to get our tree up, house decorated, and start burning this one.

Sticky Toffee Pudding large candle - 'A rich, tempting treat that combines melted toffee, pure maple syrup and toasted pecans, topped with brown sugar and whipped cream.'  This one is a direct result of Ellie's video because I don't think I would have looked in this section of candles otherwise.  This one is also right up my ooey gooey foodie scented alley.  YUMMM!  The toffee and maple are right there, and it's creamy, and warm, and comforting.  It reminds me of the Butterscotch Maple Cream tarts from Better Homes & Gardens that I love so much.

This candle was a winner in the My Candle Recipe Contest that I knew nothing about.  Apparently people were invited to send in their favorite recipes and the top three that they were able to turn into candle scents were the winners.  They have a special label on the cover of the candle, and if you peel that label back you get the actual recipe for that candle's scent.  Kinda cool!


Hot Buttered Rum large candle - 'Rich and delicious, a comforting blend of spiced rum and warm caramel, with a touch of vanilla bourbon.'  I tried to get this one last year, sort of my first taste of the Bath & Body Works world, but it was apparently one of the hot ones because it was sold out every time I checked.  It must be old news this year . . . there were plenty of them on the shelf!  So I grabbed one.  It's another of my warm ooey gooey scents, a bit heavier on the caramel and vanilla than on the rum.  Other buttered rum scents I've come across have a bit more, I don't know, rum-i-ness to them.  This is still very nice though!

And for my free item I chose a bottle of Winter Candy Apple shower gel to go with the lotion I already had.  'Our exclusive Winter Candy Apple is a mouth watering blend of crisp apple, candied orange and rich cinnamon spice.'  This is a bright, sweet, fun scent.  Yeah, it does smell like candy but there is just enough of the cinnamon to keep it from total tooth decay.  Even hubby and Ty liked this one when I shoved it in their faces.  And it will be fun to switch to this for the holiday season, and let hubby work through the stockpile of handcrafted soaps we have.  Hehe!

There a some good deals going on now but you have to hurry, most are only through this weekend.  It's a bummer I don't have more people to Christmas shop for because I would love to go shopping again!  LOL

I also got three more of the $10 off a $30 purchase coupons, AND a survey coupon on my receipt.  Woohoo!  Bummer again that I probably won't get to use them.  *sigh*

Have you treated yourself to Bath & Body Works lately?  What did you get?  What are your favorites?

10 comments:

  1. Haha, I loved your "tooth decay" description! So true with some scents! You did great! I'm so glad you got the Sticky Toffee Pudding. And your haul taught me something, I didn't know the recipes were on the labels, so cool! Enjoy your goodies!

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  2. Perky B&BW Girl didn't know either. One of the other girls pointed it out, and then it was funny when I was leaving, Perky B&BW Girl was now pointing out that tidbit of info to a newly arrived customer. And doing it in a highly knowledgeable way. LOL

    ~Deb

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  3. omg, sticky toffee pudding candle! I really wish the UK had bath and body works, finding nice scented candles here is a nightmare! x

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  4. I went to BBW last week to grab my free socks/mini lotion, I have to upload the video when the kids go back to school.

    I haven't really done alot of shopping other than that treat because of our tight budget but boy I love those socks and Hubby said to go ahead :)

    I'm going to start entering all the give-aways I can in the hopes of trying new things in the New Year.

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  5. Heather ~ I have two giveaways going now, with one or two more to come in the next few days. Also, there is a giveaway going at a new blog, two bars of handcrafted soap up for grabs . . . http://soapobsessions.blogspot.com/2011/11/handmade-soap-giveaway.html

    Good luck!
    ~Deb

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  6. ooooh!!!!! Sticky Toffee Pudding!!! that sounds so yummy :)

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  7. Nicole ~ I missed your comment in there! Sorry!

    I can't imagine not being able to find nice candles. Are candles just not popular, or are the scents just lacking?

    ~Deb

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  8. Sticky Toffee Pudding does indeed smell yummy. We've burned 'Tis the Season a couple times now and I find I'm not liking it as much. That could be because I've been sick though.

    ~Deb

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  9. I always like your pics of your stuff from B&BW rampages ... :) Their packaging designers are geniuses because I want everything I see from there.

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  10. I know, me too! Whenever I watch Ellie's videos I'm all 'Oooooh, I have to try that!' even though I know I'll probably never go get it.

    ~Deb

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