Review of Bath and Body Works whole store by Olfactoria
I vacillated between giving the B&BW store 2 lippies or 3 lippies. Maybe I'm just feeling uncharitable today. It's not a terrible place, but it's also not a house of fine fragrance-- not by a long shot. B&BW is fun, colorful, and enticing when you're in the mood to browse loads of "product,", but when you get your tubes and bottles home, the quality and consistency just isn't there. It's like a dollar store in that way-- you think you're getting a great deal until you bring the toy or household item home and discover it's a mass-produced piece of junk that falls apart on contact.
Most of the fragrances at B&BW seem like air freshener for people-- crudely interpreted florals, vague musks, and plasticky fake fruits. I often can't tell the fragrances apart; they all seem to my nose like someone took a huge vat of alcohol and dissolved a few Life-Savers and Glade Plug-Ins into it. It also bugs me that the products lack a sense of luxury, intimacy, and individual expression. With the hundreds of tacky-looking bottles and jars stacked up at every store, I can visualize the assembly lines in which hastily concocted scents like Holiday Rhubarb Crisp or whatever get cranked out by the truckload.
All that said, the store gets 2 lippies rather than one because I do like Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cherry Blossom enough to wear them when I'm feeling low-budget and low-maintenance. They are competent fragrances and I get compliments on them. However, I'd say two home runs are likely just due to chance rather than care and artistry.