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30 Days of Scent – Day Twenty-Three – Wild Madagascar Vanilla by Bath & Body Works   Leave a comment

Today, I am wearing Wild Madagascar Vanilla “fine fragrance mist” by Bath & Body Works.  It, along with a matching sugar scrub (which doesn’t seem to exist anymore?), and a semi-matching bubble bath (Warm Vanilla Sugar), was a Christmas gift from my son.

Fragrantica.com lists the main accords of Wild Madagascar Vanilla as vanilla, fruity, white floral, sweet, and powdery.  Their description notes “…Top notes of Wild Madagascar Vanilla blend with zests of African pear, sparkling fruit zest of clementine and juicy ruby red apple. The heart introduces a blend of wild jasmine, wild gardenia, heliotrope petals and golden plumeria (frangipani), while the base is composed of Madagascar vanilla, white sandalwood and creamy musk. Wild Madagascar Vanilla was launched in 2014.

I’m leery of vanilla scents because they tend to take a turn for the weird on me, so I was worried that I’d end up not wearing Wild Madagascar Vanilla more than once.  Since I was a gift, I dutifully went upstairs on Christmas Day and used the scrub in the shower, and then sprayed myself down with the fragrance mist, figuring that if I only wore it once, I would wear it when my son was home to notice.  I was prepared to blow out my sinuses, and I was prepared to smell like an overdose of sugar-free vanilla syrup…and neither of these things happened.  What happened was something I couldn’t have foreseen: I enjoyed it.

That’s right, world: I wore a vanilla fragrance and it worked for me.  I couldn’t have been more surprised if swine everywhere had taken to the air and started buzzing my house.

There is, unsurprisingly, a lot of vanilla in Wild Madagascar Vanilla, but there’s something about how it was blended with other elements that keeps it from going badly on my skin.  The vanilla in the top notes is noticeable at first spray, but then turns into fresh apple, and after about an hour the heart comes out – plumeria and heliotrope on me (I don’t get any jasmine or gardenia).  The base notes, white sandalwood, musk, and more vanilla, don’t show up until a good six hours have gone by, and by then Wild Madagascar Vanilla is a skin-scent only and still gorgeous.  In fact, most of the compliments I’ve gotten about this scent have been toward the end of the day when I’ve been in (very) close proximity to another human being.

Then again, the people in my life seem to really enjoy vanilla and me, so I have no idea if there’s anything there or not. *wink*

I typically don’t recommend vanilla-based scents to others because I typically find them to be awful…but Wild Madagascar Vanilla isn’t awful.  So, you can find it at Bath & Body Works (either online or in one of their stores) in an 8oz spray for around $14…unless it is during one of their many many sales.  As always, though, I’d recommend trying before buying.

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30 Days of Scent Returns! Day Seven – Japanese Cherry Blossom by Bath and Body Works   5 comments

Today, I am wearing Japanese Cherry Blossom by Bath and Body Works.  Specifically, I have layered the scented Ultra Shea Body Cream and the Fine Fragrance Mist.  I was actually gifted these products for Christmas by one of my swimming clients.

Fragrantica.com lists the main accords of this scent as floral, woody, fruity, musky, and fresh.  Their description of Japanese Cherry Blossom says:

“…Japanese Cherry Blossom by Bath and Body Works is a Floral fragrance for women. Top notes are plum, pear and apple; middle notes are mimosa, tuberose, lily, kyoto rose petals and japanese cherry blossom; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, cinnamon, himalayan cedar, musk, vanilla and oakmoss…”

Before I get into describing this scent, I’d like to say a word or two about scented lotions.   Now, I am a lotion user, mostly in the winter, but also after swimming, and I believe the purpose of body lotion is to moisturize the skin rather than to deliver fragrance.  In fact, if you’d asked me last year, I’d have sworn by all that is holy that I’d lose my mind if I received another scented body lotion as a gift, and cried out for some ordinary Lubriderm.  For Christmas 2013, I was given Modern Muse body lotion and was bitterly disappointed despite loving that scent.

And then, this year I discovered layering a scented lotion with perfume of the same scent, and became hooked.  Specifically, I asked Santa to bring me Sensuous Nude, and he brought the eau de parfum spray and the body veil…and one cold day I decided to try them together.  It was amazing – my skin was moisturized and I received compliments on my fragrance.  Then I tried it with Modern Muse with the same results.

I’m still not completely sold on scented lotion as anything other than a fragrance delivery system though – I think I’ve smelt one too many women drowning in sweet pea or vanilla sugar something-or-other.  So, I’ll use it layered with a perfume, but give me my unscented Lubriderm or Eucerin for après-swim moisturizing.

So – Japanese Cherry Blossom.  It’s actually more complicated than I thought it would be – the florals are most prominent, then the cedar and sandalwood, and there’s a fruity thing going on in the background.  Fragrantica is more on target with the accords than the description – I don’t get fruit in the top notes at all, but I’d definitely describe this scent as floral and woody.  There’s a hint of musk, but it doesn’t try to leap out and eat my face.

On my skin, Japanese Cherry Blossom is, of course, cherry blossom, then tuberose and something jasmine-like, with cedar and sandalwood.  It’s not your typical flower-fruit B&BW fragrance; everything blends together in harmony without any significant outliers.  I’d definitely recommend it (but try before you buy!), and at $27.00 the duo I use is a steal.

Japanese Cherry Blossom by Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist

Japanese Cherry Blossom by Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream