Monday, July 17, 2017

Bath & Body Works | Floor Set Information for August | Fall 2017

A bit of information as we prepare ourselves for the next floor set which will be a first look at some of the new fall items Bath and Body Works has in store for us.
Information:

They are continuing to evolve the brand with the customer first mindset and we will notice some changes in the store's walls. Pretty Big changes.
We will first notice the Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps will be relaunched to feature Coconut Oil in them which will naturally moisturize our skin. We will see it available in these Core scents:
  • Beautiful Day
  • Black Cherry Merlot
  • Eucalyptus Mint
  • French Lavender
  • Japanese Cherry Blossom
  • Kitchen Lemon
  • Peach Bellini
  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
We will see these new formulations when the Fall Floor Set begins.

The second re-stage event will be Aromatherapy and we will see:
  • New Fragrances
  • New Formulas
  • New Forms of Product
We will now find the Aromatherapy in the front of the store in the cabinet area! We will have to wait to see the new Aromatherapy until the Fall Floor Set as well and any new Aromatherapy products and scents will be added there.
I believe the Essentials Line and Coco Shea will also be moving to the front of the store with new more to the middle and the back of the store.
With this new floor set we will find a more Boutique-ish feel to the stores overall appearance...In my opinion.  Black signage with white writing, " 100% Crafted" Hand Soaps above the products. The Candles will have the same signage in the walls. The other newness that is all Honey minded will have gold color signage with little bees.
New Products Coming:


Travel size $4.50.
.95 fl oz

Pumpkin Candle Pedestal $15.50

Fall Luminary $34.50

Fox Candle Holder $9.50

New Scentportables:
Energy - New
Flannel
Leaves
Pumpkin Apple
Pumpkin Cupcake
Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
Relax - New
Sweater Weather
Sweet Pea
Tiki Beach
Vanilla Bean
Watermelon Lemonade

Wallflowers:
Heirloom Apple
Marshmallow Fireside
Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow
Harvest Gathering
Leaves
Autumn
Sweater Weather
Flannel
Pumpkin Apple
Cranberry Woods
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Crisp Morning air
Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
Cinnamon Caramel Swirl
Room Sprays/Melts
Warm Apple Pie
Leaves
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Autumn
Cinnamon Caramel
Cinnamon Cedar

Up Coming Sale Info:
At the Beach promo is Saturday, July 22, 2017
Free At the Beach item with any full size body care purchase




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bath & Body Works | New Fall Signature Fragrances 2017

Here are the names of the new Fall Signature Fragrances coming to Bath and Body Works:
Fall Signature Fragrances:

Bright Autumn Blooms

Apple of my Eye ~ Champagne Apple and Honey - pink lady apple, sparkling champagne, jasmine honey, boysenberry nectar, autumn woods

Hello Autumn ~ Salted Caramel Apricot - buttery caramel, sea salt, apricot brandy, maple wood, vanilla bean.
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice ~ Spiced Pumpkin Cider - heirloom pumpkin, royal cinnamon, apple cider, roasted tonka bean, spun sugar


I will have the scent notes for these shortly, and I will find out all of the forms these will come in. I will publish them when I get them.
Forms Available:
 Fine Fragrance Mist
Body Cream

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fairy Garden Girl | At the Beach Fairy Garden

My At The Beach Fairy Garden 






Supplies Used:
Tray- Galvanized Serving Tray purchased at Target
Sand
Three different kinds of Blue Stones for Water purchased at Michael's (floral section)
Birch Wood Rounds purchased at Michael's
Beach Gnome purchased at Michael's 
Beach House purchased at Michael's ($19.99 )
Beach Van purchased at Michael's ($9.99)
Crab Sign purchased at Michael's
Beach Fence purchased at Michael's
Random small seashells purchased at the Dollar Store
Mermaid was purchased through Red Rose Tea
*When the Beach themed items came to Michael's Craft Store I would use my 50% off coupons to buy a new piece each week, or if there was an additional 25% off a sale priced item.  I didn't buy them all at once. The Beach house also lights up!




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bath & Body Works | New Direction

I know I have been saying it over and over again..."There will be changes happening at Bath and Body Works", but I really haven't gone into any great details as to what we may be seeing change.  Of course when you walk into the store now, you do notice more of the drive for body "care" with the Coco Shea and Essentials Collections front and center.  But what else could be coming?  Or going?

I expect to see Aromatherapy, Coco Shea and for the stores that still carry it, True Blue Spa being more of the focus on body care products, with new scents in the collections. The past few month's coupon mailers are what lead me to think that because they were designed (as were the floor set items)  with the thought of "What's Good for our Skin"...and our "Summer Skin" and less theme related seasonal fragrances.

Consequently I think more of the Signature Body Care we have come to know and love will disappear from the stores walls.  I was shocked when early on pre-Semi Annual Sale I heard of the list of names of the Signature Body Care scents that would be leaving the store shelves.

Did anyone think they would see the core Forever Red leave?

I didn't.  Sure, they clean things out now and again and those fragrances that sell the least will end up as an online exclusive. But this Semi Sale, they took out a small chunk of the wall fragrances...and they aren't done yet.

When they have a semi annual sale and bring back their "flashbacks" it made me feel like those fragrances appeared at that time of year because of the kinds of fragrances they were.  Just like we saw Cashmere Glow come back last fall for Holiday gift giving time.  Are we to assume that fragrances that came out at certain times of the year...ex. fall...will be always returning at those times of year for a short appearance?

I must say I am liking their direction of offering some "different" forms of body care products.  I think it was the Coco Shea Collection that offered so many different forms in the various scents that got me hooked.  No cookie cutter- all of the fragrances will have the same items available in them - presentations. I found I stepped out of the box wanting to try different products, instead of walking past the table uninterested.

I loved the body oils, and Honey Body Lotion and the light fragrance mist. And that shower jelly was a great "indulgence" from my daily routine.

With the release of their newest Summer Inspired Scent Collection, those shower jellies are now offered in an array of colors and fragrances.  Something for everyone.  I must confess I love the Cabana Blue Color and Fragrance.

Who wouldn't love a gift basket of that!

Plus if the testing that went on for Holiday products early this year is any indication, we will be seeing more "fun" forms of body care to come for Holiday Time. And isn't that part of the draw to this brand?  Anyone can use a bar of soap to clean their hands...but the New Shape-able Hand Soap?  That's fun times ten.

And while it doesn't happen very often, I do like the buy three get three free EVERYTHING body care sale they just had.  Sometimes I find I need to replace one or two items of Signature and a few in  Aromatherapy.  Waiting for an Aromatherapy sale is not fun when you ran out of a favorite shower gel and you don't want to pay full price. Who does that?  Ha ha.

With the release of the new fall candles that are testing in a few select markets we get to see another direction they are going in....  Essential oils in everything.   In the candle collection named Elements - we are seeing simple essential oils as the scents that will fragrance them.  I just shared tonight some photos of the matching wallflowers in that collection.  So we should assume that not only will we see the trend of a "good for your body" type of products in body care but a more back to basics approach for home fragrance options as well.

Essential oils were added to pocketbac hand sanitizers released this month and hopefully that will eliminate the over-dryness that can sometimes happen with use.

I am curious to see what will happen to the Accessories part of shopping at Bath and Body Works.  I do love my home and finding different accent pieces for it is always a plus.  There aren't many White Barn stores in my area (yet) so I depend of finding those small touches in my local B&BW.  I hope they continue to offer Home Decor consistently as we wait for the day when we all can shop in a WB store and there is no longer a need to "test" out things in certain markets.

They must be listening to our cries of "we want new scents" when it comes to home fragrance candles.  From what I have been hearing from those who were able to shop the test candles a few scents may be new. Fingers crossed for more.

Fragrance is a personal experience perceived uniquely in each one of us, and what someone may love about a scent, another may not tolerate.  We need to have choices of not only our tried and true favorites but more out of the box unexpected versions of scent. I think in the next months ahead we will be seeing some of just that.

  






Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bath & Body Works | Fall Hand Soaps Currently Testing | July 2017

I heard it mentioned last week that Bath and Body Works was going to "test" out some Fall Hand Soaps at select stores and we have begun to see some of those now appearing. 

No matter what time of year, I am always happy to hear...and see... FALL anything.

Here is what I know so far:

Honey (Bee) Collection: With Honey Butter
Honey Lavender Woods
Golden Honey Blossom
Golden Pear
Salted Honey and Vanilla

Fall Inspired Scents: With Pumpkin Butter
Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte
Sparkling Cranberry Cider
Spiced Apple Bourbon
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
White Pumpkin Peppercorn



If I find there are more fragrances, I will update this post.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Woman's Day | 34 Painted Pumpkin Projects for the Best Ever Halloween | My Minion Pumpkin Project

It was just after one am and, as per usual, I was still awake doing the last few things that needed my attention before closing out my day.  The air conditioners hum in the bedroom was not drowning out the sounds of the fireworks still booming outside of my window and all I want is to rest my eyes and fall asleep.

While checking out the last few emails that needed attention I noticed an email alerting me to a new back link on my blog.  What a nice surprise to see that Woman's Day used my 2013 Minion Pumpkin Craft Project for their Painted Pumpkin Ideas for the Best- Ever Halloween Post this past June 23rd.

How Fun is that!

Click the links below to see all 34 Painted Pumpkin Projects. Mine is Number 5.

Woman's Day 34 Painted Pumpkin Ideas for the Best Ever Halloween Article

Woman's Day My Minion Painted Pumpkin Project

My Painted Minion Pumpkin Project Post

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bath & Body Works | Fall Test Candles | Names and Scent Notes | Part Two

Here are more new Fall Test Candles found in stores today.

Wood Look Candle Collection:
Autumn Woods - dark walnut, english lavender, white amber
Bourbon Maple - barrel-aged bourbon, sugared amber, maple wood
Golden Citrus -  sparkling mandarin, warm cedar, golden amber
Leaves
Mahogany Apple - red mahogany woods, golden delicious apple, pink peppercorn, fresh lavender sprigs
Vetiver Sandalwood - vetiver grass, velvety sandalwood, warm musk




Traditional Fall Candle Collection:

Autumn - bright red gala apple, juicy fig, eucalyptus leaf, fir balsam
Bonfire S'mores - campfire woods, homemade graham cracker, honey
Cranberry Woods
Flannel
Harvest Pear - sweet roasted pear, cinnamon sugar crumble, freshly whipped buttercream
Leaves
Marshmallow Fireside
Pumpkin Apple
Sea Salt and Maple Popcorn - sea-salted butterscotch, vanilla bourbon, amber maple syrup
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Sweater Weather






Bath & Body Works | Fall Test Candles | Names and Scent Notes

Earlier today I was tagged in Instagram by a friend @theshow78 who was sharing a group of five photos of the new Fall White Barn Candles that her friend @brownye_  had just found in her store.  I posted these on my Facebook Page as I waited to see what everyone else was going to find...and sure enough the photos of more new started to be shared.


Here is what we know so far:

Elements Candle Collection:
(frosted jars with natural paper look labels)
Almond - made with almond and sandalwood essential oils
Bergamot - made with grapefruit and lemon essential oils
Chamomile - made with bergamot and orange essential oils
Cinnamon - made with clove and nutmeg essential oils
Cypress - made with lemongrass and thyme essential oils
Eucalyptus - made with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils
Incense - made with black pepper and patchouli essential oils
Lavender - made with lavender and lavandia essential oils
Lemongrass - made with lime and may chang essential oils
Juniper - made with cedarwood and eucalyptus essential oils
Pomegranate - made with eucalyptus and orange essential oils
Rose - made with lemon and orange essential oils
Vanilla - made with nutmeg and star anise essential oils
 









White Barn Candle Collection:
(Colored Glass)
Autumn Apricot - harvest apricot, mango nectar, sugared musk
Cranberry Woods
Crisp Morning Air
Marshmallow Fireside
Peppered Plum - sweet plum, fresh saffron, black peppercorn
Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
Spiced Coconut Milk - warm toasted coconut, fresh cream, ground nutmeg

Chalkboard Labels Fall Candle Collection:
Hello Sugar! Warm Apple Pie - baked granny smith apple, melted brown sugar, flaky homemade crust
Hey Honey! Honeyed Pear - warm poached pear, buttery caramel, honey nectar

Always A Fall Favorite.  Hot Cocoa & Cream - decadent milk chocolate, fresh steamed milk, mini marshmallows
The Best Fall Treat. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl - luscious caramel, ground cinnamon, rich brown sugar, creamy vanilla
The Homemade Goodness of Pumpkin Cupcake - whipped buttercream, madagascar vanilla, pumpkin spice, freshly baked cupcake

Flipping Awesome Pumpkin Pecan Waffles - maple syrup, golden waffles, pumpkin spice, brown sugar
Spice it Up! Cinnamon Pretzel Twist - fresh ground cinnamon, soft homemade pretzel, vanilla cream icing


My Thoughts:
I have not seen these candles for myself in person so I can't really make any honest conclusions as to the vibe I get from them. Yet.

You know how that is. You see a photo on social media and read or watch the review and your somewhat jaded into passing on it...until you go into the store...see it for yourself...smell it...and think about just where that candle will fit into your life. Be it "hoard-worthy" or a pass, we all need to experience it, in person to be sure.

So okay... that was every candle collection up until these.

For spring collections we have come to expect the same old thing...pretty flowers, tons of coconut, and some destination retreat minded theme that most of us will never visit in our lifetime.
Summer candles I expect more coconut, beach-like themes and more of the same scents we have every year.

Fall?  That is sacred to those of us who push through the coconut everything all ... year... long... knowing...knowing that for Autumn, we will be saturated in those colorful labels filled with natures shades of orange and red and yellow with pictures of falling leaves and pumpkin everything.  We wait for this July day, hoping to be overwhelmed with that connection of wax and label wonder.
And then we get, Chalkboard Sayings.

The White Barn Collection of Colored Glass is always the same and we may have a few new scents tossed in there (geesh coconut again?) so there isn't too much of a disappointment in seeing those.  Colored glass is rather pretty and that Peppered Plum sounds interesting.
The Elements Collection; well those names were shared earlier this week on a list by @candleaficionado  so now, as I suspected,  we see they are more of the NEW drive for a more natural approach - look and feel the store is trying to take on.  Boutique-y.

I have been saying expect the changes the company has said were coming and if your not noticing it for yourself...your not looking. Even the new pocketbac hand sanitizer's are including Essential Oils in them now.  These candles have that Aromatherapy feel to them, so okay...I get those.
But Really? Chalkboard feel labels on a Fall Candle Collection?  I see tons of that everywhere - The Sheetz Gas Station sign marketing a hoagie... the Italian Restaurant with the specials of the day...I get it... they are on trend.  Every Pinterest everything shows the clever signs we can make for our homes...using chalkboard.

And now, our beloved first look of fall is reduced to white scribbles on a black background? I sure hope some one didn't throw away all of the awe-inspired fall footage photos from stock because there are already some unhappy customers moments after these showed up on social media.
Like I said, I don't yet know how I feel about this.  I need to see it in person and take on the feel they are trying to share.  A fall bakeshop theme (kitchen/diner theme)  could be SO MUCH BETTER if that was what these were meant to be. Leave the black and white chalkboard for the marketing on the tables.

Give us color! A black pumpkin just isn't doing it.




PhotoCredit Reference:
top five were shared by @theshow78 for @brownye_
three collage photos were shared by @bathandbodywrks_lover23 from @_scentsgalore photos
Earlier today I was tagged in Instagram by a friend  @theshow78 who was sharing a few of the new White Barn Candles that her friend @brownye_  had just found in her store.  I posted those on my Facebook Page and awaited seeing what everyone else was going to find..

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bath & Body Works | Summer VIP Tote Bags | Online Currently at Regular Pricing

The first of the two Bath and Body Works Summer VIP Tote Bags has arrived online today so we should be seeing the Purchase with Purchase offer coming soon.  Here are the bags details:

Treat yourself to oh-so-soft, beach-ready skin with 5 super summer essentials all ready to go where you go in a playful & pretty tote! Our cream-colored canvas tote with a shiny copper palm tree makes a fab, hello-summer statement. Plus, it's zippered closure makes it a convenient carryall, day or night. The tote comes packed with beautiful fragrances to cleanse, moisturize and refresh your skin.

Includes CocoShea Honey Body Lotion (7.8 fl oz), Sparkling Limoncello Hand Cream (1 fl oz), CocoShea Cucumber All-Over Mist (5.3 fl oz), CocoShea Coconut Body Wash (10 fl oz) and Round Sea Shower Sponge.

Tote measures 19" L x 5.5" W x 11" H. Zip closure. Handle drop length 10" 
 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bath & Body Works | Fall Test Candles | July 2017

With the turn of the calendar page, the month of July begins and so does my anticipation of what it will bring. 

For most, it is the official beginning of summer -  with thoughts of vacations on warm sandy beaches with tall fruity drinks, or stay-cations at home catching up on all of those things neglected all year long ... like sleep.

And let's not forget the Fourth of July fireworks that light up the hot summer nights sky. My city is really enforcing the NO FIREWORKS LAW by banning any consumer based fireworks  because they are illegal in my state...with the exception of sparklers.  We can see the huge white tents all over town selling every big and small firework known to man, but we are in violation if we purchase them.  The news reported that those vendors look for the out of state sales....and we here in Pennsylvania can...buy the sparklers. 

Ha ha. I am sure they sell more than just the sparklers if my neighbors are any indication of enforcement.

But my anticipation isn't about any of that.  For me it's the First Looks of the new Bath and Body Works Fall Test Candles hitting select stores this week!

Last year at this time I already had the list of names and a few photos of the new.

With the change of product direction coming slowly but surely now I am looking forward to what the company has in store for us die-hard lovers of this brand.

As I see, and hear about the new candles, I will start a post to keep track of them. Fingers crossed they are something awe---some!