Bath&BodyWorks Wild Berry Tulips is one of the three scents from Summer 2012's Wild Garden collection. Wild Berry Tulips is described as a "flirtatious blend of red raspberries, sheer honeysuckle, and pink tulips." In Bath&BodyWorks opinion their lotions; which contain jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin e; are the perfect daily moisturizers, and are meant to be non greasy and fast to absorb. Bath&BodyWorks is a cruelty free brand that manufactures their products in the USA. I purchased my 3fl oz bottlefor $3.33 on a 3/$10 deal, but they regularly sell for $5. A full sized 8fl oz bottle retails for $11. The Wild Garden collection is being phased out, so all products are available half price on Bath&BodyWork's website, so hurry up and pick up the products you're interested in.
Packaging is the same recyclable, curvy bottle as usual, however, instead of being colored to match the scent's label or theme, the bottle is made of clear plastic with a white pop up cap. Wild Berry Tulips' has a very pretty, appealing label. Juicy, fresh blackberries sit atop pink, orange, and yellow tulips with purple stems. It's colorful, fruity, and a little bit fanciful. The name of the lotion, as well as all writing on the bottle is a deep, metallic purple. The back label features a full ingredient list, as well as a bit of company info.
Before I give you my opinion on Wild Berry Tulips, let me elaborate on the short description B&BW offered by listing out all the official scent notes.
Top Notes: Luscious Tangerine, Wild Red Berries, Dewy Freesia, Water Lily
Mid Notes: Strawberry Blossoms, Sheer Honeysuckle, Gardenia Petals
Dry Notes: Fluid Vanilla, Liquid Amber, Creamy Woods, Sensual Musk
Why are the vanilla and amber notes liquid? How is wood creamy and honeysuckle sheer? I really feel like Bath&BodyWorks over describes their scents. I also find it strange that tulips aren't mentioned once, and that tangerine is the first note.
A quick sniff makes you think that Wild Berry Tulips is a very generic, soapy, berry scent, and essentially it is, but before you write it off as boring let's apply some and take a deeper whiff and see what it reveals. Once on the skin the tangerine and berry scents really come forth, subtly, for a fruit juice-like scent. Inhale deeply and you can also pick up the vanilla, honeysuckle, gardenia and musk, though they're mostly overpowered by the fruitier notes. Though the fruit notes themselves are relatively soft, you really have to dig deep to pick up anything else. I usually love berry anything, they're some of my favorite fruits, but the berries in Wild Berry Tulip don't thrill me. They're dull instead of tart or sweet. The overall effect of the scent is is generic soapiness. What is it? The freesia, the honeysuckle? Probably the gardenia, I hate that shit. To be honest Wild Berry Tulip is the first Bath&BodyWorks scent to ever truly bore me.
Being fairly light and mildly fruity and very generic isn't necessarily a bad thing. Wild Berry Tulips does smell good, and all the factors mentioned above that make it boring also make it wearable to a lot of people. It's fruity and playful enough to suit the younger crowd, but also light and simple enough for older B&BW fans. Maybe that was supposed to be the appeal of the Wild Garden collection? Because I found that Wild Apple Daffodil had the same problems.
The generic nature of Wild Berry Tulip makes it easy to mix and match with other scents. I find it works quite well with Avon's Sparkling Pear&Acai Body Spray. Unfortunately, due to how light Wild Berry Tulips is, it lacks staying power. The scent lingers on the skin for a mere hour or two. Obviously layering it with similar scents, or other Wild Berry Tulips products would solve this dilemma.
The lotion it's self isn't any different from any other Bath&BodyWorks lotion I've used. White, on the thin side, non-greasy, quick to sink in. Not the "perfect daily moisturizer", but it gets the job done. These lotions leave my skin feeling soft and comfortably moisturized, that's all I can ask a lotion to do.
Bath&BodyWorks Wild Berry Tulips is just ok. It's definitely the blandest scent I've ever tried from this brand. I really do think it's blandness could be a selling point though. Honestly you aren't missing out if you can't get your hands on Wild Berry Tulips before it's discontinued, because I consider it highly dupeable. I'm sure Calgon or Bodycology makes a similar scent. If this were a permanent scent, I wouldn't repurchase it, nor would I recommend it. Bath&BodyWorks is capable of much better, more intricate and exciting scents. continued >>