Bath & Body Works Haul (Buy 3 Get 3) 2019

AprilHaul_4There is a special place in my heart for B&BW coupons. They are ridiculously generous.

My Korean friend, for whom it was her first time ever in the US, had a romp at B&BW. She preferred it over Sephora!

This is a story of how we brought the price tag down from $60.10 to $34.34.

AprilHaul_3We combined three coupons/promos:

  • 20% off entire purchase
  • 1 item free (up to $13.50 value)
  • Buy 3 Get 3 free

Between the two of us, my friend and I each picked out three items and then added on one extra item to redeem the “1 item free.”

She bought:

  • Gingham Ultra Shea Body Cream
  • Sweet Almond & Honey Ultra Shea Body Cream
  • Intense Lavender Body Lotion

I bought:

  • Wild Blueberry Ultra Shea Body Cream
  • Gingham Ultra Shea Body Cream
  • Sea Island Cotton Body Lotion
  • Aromatherapy Essential Oil Body Lotion – Lavender

She generously gave me the extra item 🙂 We only paid about $17 each.

AprilHaul_1The Aromatherapy Lavender landed itself on my bedroom dresser, next to JoMalone and a bunch of perfume rollerballs. (Vicktor&Rolf, Maison Margiela, Fresh) The lotion is non-tacky and melts into the skin.

I alternate between Lavender and English Pear & Freesia at night. Lavender helps me sleep.

AprilHaul_2The Wild Blueberry currently resides in my bathroom, atop the …well, loo.

It’s accompanied by Japanese Cherry Blossom (another B&BW classic) and a bottle of “what used to be body milk but now is a mixture of water & lavender oil & crushed ylang ylang soap.” I intended it to be red – yellow – blue (ish).

It smells amazing! Takes a bit longer than the lotions to seep into my skin, but does a bang-up job in keeping me moisturized.

I love mixing Wild Blueberry with a hint of Philosophy’s Fresh Cream; the combination reminds me of grape 새콤달콤 (Saecomdalcom? It means SweetSour), a beloved fruit chew from my prepubescent days. (My hubby says it reminds him of cranberry juice. Funny how scent awakens different kinds of nostalgia in everyone.)

In all, a good haul.

[Birthday] Hermes – Eau des Merveilles Bleue

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Price: $110 (= Sephora Price)


This was part of a birthday gift my SO gave to me. I love him!

Ever since I took a whiff of this at a Sephora a year ago I was enamored, and now I get to smell like it everyday. Blue also happens to be my favorite color 🙂

hermes1This Eau de Toilette is about the only woodsy & earthy scent I love. It reminds me of the sea shore, of minerals and sea salt and the ocean.

I usually go for full-on citrus or floral (and super mainstream), something like Atelier Cologne’s Clementine California or Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb (and ..Marc Jacobs Daisy)  but this scent is so clean-cut and fresh that I tend to forget about the amber and patchouli.

hermes2Some fragrances remind me of their separate notes, of how they smell like bergamot and lavender before diving into vanilla, but Merveilles Bleue just is what it is. This may be due to my lack of capacity for discerning notes … but I argue that it also says something about how expertly it was crafted.

hermes3Such a pretty cobalt teal.

hermes4Ingredients list.

hermes5Size: 1.7 oz / 50 ml

Made in France.

hermes7Constellations and then some. The bottle reminds me of those snow globes that sparkle glitter everywhere.

hermes8Or a large drop of jewel.

hermes9Or a galaxy.

hermes10The fragrance is not overwhelming like some scents can be. Light and fresh enough to not cause nausea to the general public, but staying power is decent! Better than JoMalone (which has beautiful scents but lasts about ten to thirty minutes tops on my skin).

This is considered unisex, if you’re into that sort of classification.

B612_20181001_181418_697KakaoTalk_Photo_2018-10-20-23-29-48A practical scent, in the sense I can wear this to literally any occasion whether it be a wedding, a classroom, the workplace, or a night out at the bar. Love.

JoMalone – English Pear & Freesia Lotion

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Price: $55

(This was a gift!)


This is my first JoMalone product (that wasn’t a DS sample).

englishpear2“English Pear & Freesia” almost feels iconic. It’s the go-to scent that people usually recommend when someone asks them “what should I get for my first JoMalone scent?”… at least, that’s the case with people around me.

This smells like flower drenched in honey, or a slice of summer in an English cottage somewhere. Apparently, inspiration for this scent were verses by John Keats, Ode to Autumn. How apt.

englishpear3List of ingredients. You receive 8.5oz / 250 ml.

I know nothing of notes, but people detect: “Pear, Melon, Rose, Freesia, Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Rhubarb” in this scent.

englishpear4The lotion feels moisturizing and non-tacky. It spreads easy and sinks into the skin within a few seconds to minutes depending on how much you use.

Even a small amount packs a lot of scent so I tend to spread a tiny bit on my decolletage and wrist. Personal preference, but a full body of this may prove to be a tad overwhelming. (but that’s how I am with most lingering scents, no matter how much I love them)

englishpear5This layers well with most other floral/sweet/fresh perfumes I own, such as Viktor&Rolf FlowerBomb, Fresh Hesperides, most Anna Sui perfumes, Tocca perfumes etc.

It will take me a long while to finish, but I’ll definitely buy another bottle when I’m through.