Bath & Body Works: Can't Break the Habit - Beauty Addict

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bath & Body Works: Can't Break the Habit

For years I've been telling myself that I've outgrown Bath & Body Works. My shower is filled with Jo Malone, L'Occitane, and niche brands like elizabeth W. My body creams are from Tocca and Bond No. 9. Why do I need Bath & Body Works? I used that stuff in high school!

But then I find myself sneaking in there, time after time, falling prey to way-too-knowledgeable saleswomen and pretty packaging. And you know what? I am not going to feel guilty about it anymore!

Bath & Body Works has come a long way since the days when everyone had a bottle of Sun-Ripened Raspberry Body Splash in their school locker.

The new Blackberry Amber was far more sophisticated than I had been expecting, and I found myself suddenly pondering the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" deal. I'm still a sucker for Japanese Cherry Blossom, Coconut Lime Verbena and Sensual Amber, so I had to pick up some of those, too.

Their new three-in-ones (not that I ever use them as shampoo though) give Philosophy a run for their money. The Iced Tea Twist smells exactly like Lemon Nestea, summer in a bottle.

The new candles and home fragrances are created by expert Harry Slatkin, with great results. Pumpkin is so delicious, warm and spicy, and Winter smells like a softer version of Gap Holiday.

And let's not forget that you can buy Fekkai, St. Tropez, Molton Brown and many other luxe brands at Bath & Body Works, too. Really, there are no more excuses not to shop there, even if your tastes run more to the Frederic Malles of the world than the Cool Cucumbers.

So the next time you're in there and you see a crazed girl lugging around two huge bags of goodies, it may very well be me.