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09 December 2003 @ 10:19 pm
Bath & Body Works Product Review: Benefit Line  
The Bath and Body Works Benefits Line was introduced in the summer of 2003, and since I've now had adequate time to try all the products, I thought I'd let you know how my personal experience with them ran. They don't have a website that you can purchase products from, but they try to have a store in nearly every mall, so they're fairly accessible to everyone. If you absolutely can't get to one, eBay is an excellent source to pick up their products, including older, discontinued scents.

All products in this line come in the following scents: Coconut Lime Verbena, Cotton Blossom, Cucumber Melon, Green Tea & Cucumber Essence, Mango Mandarin, Moonlight Path, Sweet Pea, Warm Vanilla Sugar

scent tried: green tea & cucumber essence
This body wash utilizes walnut shell powder for its natural exfoliator, and is currently the only "liquid scrub" B&BW carries. I find the walnut shell to be too weak as a scrub, but it can't be used as a normal body wash with a mesh sponge because of the shell powder, so I definitely won't be getting it again. I found this to be a real disappointment, but if you have real sensitive skin that can't handle harsher scrubs perhaps it'll work for you. Contains macadamia, sunflower, and jojoba oils for moisturizing, and those do help – this doesn't leave your skin feeling dried out, at least.
$12 for 7 oz.

scent tried: sweet pea
I love this lotion! Unlike many hand lotions/creams I've tried, it is never, ever greasy! I never had to wait for it to absorb, which was really nice. It's supposed to be anti-aging, and contains a "multi-vitamin complex" and SPF 15 sunscreen to support this. Whatever is in this lotion sparkles faintly, so your hands have a shimmery effect after use that I really enjoyed. I found that after using it for a few weeks, the age lines on my hands did diminish, as advertised. Not too shabby, but at $12 for 1.7 oz this stuff's the most expensive product available!
$12 for 1.7 oz

scented tried: cucumber melon
Cucumber Melon is one of my favorite scents, and the body butter is the first product from this line that I tried. Liek several other products in this line, the major moisturizing agent is shea butter. It's nice...I use it on elbows, knees, and dry patches caused by psoriasis. It feels a bit greasy for a few minutes after applying, but that feeling eventually goes away. I didn't notice a marked improvement anywhere, but I've had it since July and barely used a third of my 7 oz jar, so perhaps I'm not applying it thickly enough.
$14 for 7 oz

scent tried: warm vanilla sugar
Rich in shea butter, this hand cream is thick and smoothes on easily. A lot of people put too much on, leaving their hands greasy, because you only need a dollop the size of a pea to cover both hands. If you use it properly, it works very well. After a week, my hands felt softer, but there was no visible improved appearance as with the anti-aging hand lotion.
$12 for 4 oz, if I remember correctly.

scent tried: mango mandarin
"...with seaweed extract and caffeine," the bottle says. I was extremely skeptical about this body treatment, which comes in a pump bottle and boasts to firm your skin after four weeks. After a week's use I noticed that it did seem to firm the skin of my stomach, but I wasn't dedicated enough to use it daily for four weeks. My co-worker Kitty was, however, and she said she noticed definitely improvement of her stomach and 'arm flaps.' Kero, my room-mate, said she had similar success with her cotton-blossom bottle, so I will assume it is a success.
$14 for 8 oz

There is also a body scrub that contains shea butter and sea salts, but I've yet to use it. ($18.50 I believe is the cost; I'm unsure of how much product you get. 8 oz?) My friend Kitty insists it works better than any other scrub she tries, because the shea butter makes it extra-moisturizing; but I have no personal experience to speak from.

EDIT: The seventh product, which I initially forgot about, is an anti-aging body lotion that I assume is the equivilent of the anti-aging hand lotion. I've tried it in the store, but thought it was too greasy to justify bringing it home. It had shimmery sparklies like the anti-aging hand lotion, tho'.
a shyness that is criminally vulgar: yee!lynstraine on December 10th, 2003 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, nice :D That anti-aging lotion sounds great... but you're right, way expensive. n_n
Have you ever tried any of the Victoria's Secret bath/body products? (like their Love Spell etc. lines)
Suzik00kaburra on December 10th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC)
If I didn't have an employee discount, there's no way in heck I could buy this stuff, that's for sure! n_n ;;
I actually haven't tried any of the VS products yet, but I like their fragrances so much better than ours that I really want to. The lotions/splashes/etc seem to run cheaper than Bath & Body Works does, as the current deal is 6 for $30 for the Garden collections. Hmmm...after my next paycheck, perhaps I will skip down to Vicky's and try 'em out. ^_^ Outside of Black Phoenix I'm not big on perfumes, and that's what most of Vicky's stuff seems to be. Bleah.