Christmas with Bath And Body Works
by Julia, added 12/15/09
Products: Temptations 3-1 Body Wash
Fragrances: Nutcracker Sweet, Spiced Gingersnap
Cost: $10 - $12
|Introduction to my review:
I always look forward to Bath and Body Works well known holiday fragrances like Vanilla Bean Noel, and Winter Candy Apple, and let's not forget Twisted Peppermint or Festive Vanilla Fig. This year, some cheerful 3in1 Temptations caught my eye.
|What do my 3-1 Temptations products look like?
The Nutcracker Sweet's label is as green as green can be. The label covers the entire bottle top to bottom so I couldn't see the soap inside. It's got a simple nutcracker man's face with a big red hat. The colors stand out and the design looks fun. The soap, itself, is a creamy, swirly, pearl white.
Spiced Gingersnap looks just as cool, with the same label coverage. It's label is deep blue with an orange top. There is a picture of a gingerbread house with only Santa's feet sticking out of the chimney. It's a really cute design. The Spiced Gingersnap soap is a pearl, swirly light tan.
Awe, yeah... this is good! I smelled cracked nuts, like almonds and chestnuts, but not a straight up nut scent. It's sweet... and I mean sweet!...and has a buttery smell going on too.
Nutcracker Sweet smells like a delicious almond brittle... it's yummy squared. It smelled strong right out of the bottle, but I do wish the scent would have stayed around longer. I found myself squeezing more and more out of the bottle just to get that initial zing of buttery, nutty sweetness again and again.
With that description, this scent was a must-have too, because I do so like gingerbread and gingersnaps. This scent was very heavy on the ginger. I like ginger but I was hoping for more of a cookie scent with some strong molasses and vanilla and lots of bittersweet tanginess.
As it was, Spiced Gingersnap smelled mostly tepid with the strongest part of the scent being the ginger. There was a mild spice note and after the first slap of ginger, the scent would mellow to a pleasant, somewhat bland sniff. My family did not notice any of these subtleties and just thought it smelled good.
It was an enjoyable scent for the most part, but it just wasn't as great as I thought it could have been.
|How did my 3-1 Temptations products perform...
As body washes, these products performed well. They had a slippery, slick feel, and the soaps bubbled up with soft scented bubbles. The soaps were mild on my skin and rinsed cleanly with no residue. This was my favorite use for these products because they smelled the strongest when I used them as a body wash. They were a perfect treat for a quick shower.
These 3-1 Temptations made terrific bubbles! The bubbles were thick and firm, and they lasted a good long time. Many Santa beards were made with these bubbles, along with bubble snowmen and even a bubble blizzard.
Both scents dissipated pretty quickly in the bathtub. It was as if I could either have bubbles, or scent, but not both at the same time.
I used each of these products once as a shampoo. They were effective in that they did clean my hair. They weren't spectacular as a shampoo, but weren't the worst things either. These would work in a pinch, but for daily use, I would choose a more specialized, nourishing shampoo.
The shampoo aspect of this product was very useful for my children's short hair. The less bottles in the kids bathroom, the better, and these products were ideal for them to use.
|What were the results on my skin and hair?
I found these products to be slightly drying both on my skin and hair. However, it is Winter and my skin tends to be drier anyway, so I definitely wanted to moisturize after using these.
|Closing to my review...
The 3in1 Temptations from Bath and Body Works were a great way to bring some festive fun to the shower or tub during the Christmas season. They smelled good and worked well, and overall, I was quite pleased with these products.