If there was one US shop I could magically have open up in the UK tomorrow, I think I'd pick Bath & Body Works. It's such a lovely brand with gorgeous scents and the products always look so pretty either stored or in use. This is my current collection...
Bath & Body Works candles are awesome, and that's what first drew me in to their stores. They burn cleanly, the scents are strong and they're always in pretty colours with cute designs on the labels. The fragrances are constantly changing throughout the year - these are Autumn (or Fall) fragrances which I picked up when I was in the US in September. Farmstand Apple is one of my all time favourite B&BW candles and I've bought it a few times - it smells exactly like biting into a fresh, shiny, red apple! I also used to have an apple crumble candle which smelt so yummy when it was burning.
Americans love pumpkin, and there were about six variations of pumpkin candle to choose from last Autumn. I'm not sure I'm completely sold on pumpkin, so while I usually opt for the large three wick jars, I bought a small pumpkin cupcake candle just to try it. Although I bought the full size of pumpkin pecan waffle - the smells reminds me so much of American sweet treats and I have a little whiff of this when I'm missing the US.
The Christmas offerings are pretty special too. When my Mum went to New York near Christmas there was a special offer on the large three wick candles so she got me six! Mint chocolate literally smells so good I want to eat it - just like a mint aero! Red velvet was a bit disappointing as it doesn't have that much of a distinctive scent, but the others are all lovely.
I like to hoard my B&BW candles for a little while before I burn them as they look lovely out on display, and because I can't replace them easily I like to make them last. These two are summer candles which I have left over from when I went to Canada early last year. I don't burn candles in summer half as much as in winter, so I opt for the more wintery scents usually, but I'm glad I got these as they're a bit different - Tiki beach smells a lot like a pina colada!
B&BW is not just about candles. I've tried lots of their product ranges and haven't come across anything I don't like yet.
I've been through several of their body sprays and anti-bac hand gels before. The body sprays are just like regular ones we'd get here really, I'm just a sucker for the pretty designs, cute names and pretty scents! The anti-bac gels are very exciting for what's essentially an everyday essential product. The choices we get in the UK are usually quite plain and boring and can have quite a strong alcohol type smell. The B&BW ones are really cute and fun and come in a huge range of scents. I get through loads of these and keep them in handbags, my desk, everywhere, so I always stock up on new fragrances when I can. I have a lovely one on my desk right now called Island margarita.
The little pods at the front are like air-freshener refills. B&BW sell little plastic holders for the pods which you can clip on in your car or wherever you want to freshen things up. The holders are always pretty little shapes like hearts or bows or cute animal characters - we have a squirrel one in our car - and they come in the same scents as the candles and body products.
Because there were lots of Christmas offers going on, my Mum got me some new products to try when she was last at a B&BW - hand creams, lip balms and hand washes in a mixture of the Christmas scents. I'd been wanting to try the hand washes last time I went, but they can be a bit heavy for your suitcase, and I'd already filled my allowance with candles!
I'm off to New York in March (for the first time - very excited!!) so I might be able to check out some Spring / Summer B&BW candles and products to add to my collection. Until then if I need a fix I'll resort to browsing ebay where it's quite easy to find the Bath & Body Works anti-bac hand gels and mini candles.
Have you tried anything from Bath & Bodyworks?