Pros: This body lotion is a sweet and special holiday treat for the skin.
Cons: Limited seasonal availability; expensive at full price.
Over the holidays recently, I was given a small bottle of this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion as a gift from one of my co-workers. It's no secret that I love their products and have used them faithfully for years, so this was the perfect choice just for me! Vanilla has always been one of my favorite scents (as well as flavors....give me plain ole vanilla ice cream every time!), so surprisingly I'd never purchased this special holiday version for myself. My college-aged daughter has used the Warm Vanilla Sugar line in the past, but I wasn't particularly fond of it for me although it smelled great on her. This Holiday Traditions version is much sweeter smelling without being too strong or overpowering. Read on to find out more about a fun to use seasonal body lotion that's usually available for a limited time only!
~~~The Body Lotion~~~
During the colder winter months especially, I typically prefer using their body creams over the body lotions since the creams are thicker and tend to provide more protective moisture than the regular body lotions do. My hands get super dry from tons of hand washing at the hospital (I work 12 hours shifts in the ER), so using a good skin care product is a must! I love the smaller 2 ounce bottle of this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion (retail price $3.50 each) as it fits perfectly into my purse or even scrub top pocket while at work. According to product details found at their website: "Smooth all over to luxuriously hydrate and fragrance your skin. Our Vanilla Bean Noel scent blends fresh vanilla bean, warm caramel and rich, comforting cream to create a deliciously sweet holiday indulgence. Fragrance Top Notes: Caramel, Burnt Sugar. Fragrance Mid Note: Vanilla. Fragrance Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Musk." The lotion itself is off-white in color and of medium consistency. Just squeeze out a small dime sized amount onto the back of your hands and it will quickly absorb into the skin while rubbing it inwithout leaving any greasy residue behind. And for hours after applying, you can still smell the sweet vanilla bean scent that's left behind. Every now and then I'll get a nice whiff of fragrance long after it has dried, so this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion is very pleasing to the senses.
~~~Price & Availability~~~
Supplies are no doubt very limited currently in stores, but right now you can still purchase this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion at their online store for a discounted price of just $5.50 each! A full sized bottle has a retail price of $11.00 each, so that's a deal at 50% off the original selling price. Shoppers can also choose from the Body Cream, Body Splash, Soap & Lotion Caddy as well as the Glittering Shower Gel, Gentle Foaming Soap and Dual Phase Bath Parfait all sold separately within the same Holiday Traditions line. The packaging features a handy flip top lid and is covered in evergreen Christmas trees to give it that extra seasonal appeal. So stock up now before it's gone for another year if this scent is one of your favorites. I'm very tempted to do this very thing myself as my bottle of this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion is already almost gone!
As stated above, I am required to do tons of hand washing in my job as an Emergency Services RN, so I usually go through a bottle of lotion rather quickly while at work. So not only do I want to keep my skin moisturized and prevent dryness and cracking, especially in the cold winter months, but I also enjoy wearing a nice, pleasing scent at the same time. I get compliments from my patients all the time after applying this particular lotion and no one has yet to complain that the fragrance is too strong. To me, it almost smells like vanilla cake batter, which is quite yummy in my opinion. It's light and sweet without being too strong or overbearing. So when I want to make sure my skin stays adequately hydrated in addition to smelling great at the same time, this Holiday Traditions version of this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion is a nice seasonal change from the day-to-day scents I usually wear.
~~~Ingredients~~~ (from bottle)
Water (Aqua Eau), Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcholol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Macadeamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Diazolidynil Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Blue 1, and Yellow 6.
While it's far from being a super moisturizing product, this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion is still a good seasonal choice for those seeking something different from the norm to wear during the holidays. As part of their Holiday Traditions line, this lotion is no doubt preferred by most because of the special scent first and the actual moisturizing properties second. So while it's still very early in the year, Christmas will be here again soon enough! Keep this one in the back of your mind as it makes a great gift idea for almost any female on your shopping list. Fans of vanilla scented bath and body products will no doubt fall in love with this one! But just like most things we tend to fall in love with, it's available for a limited time only so stock up when you can. In conclusion, I highly recommend this sweetly fragranced product line and give this Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion four stars. Good luck and happy online Beauty product shopping :-)
THIS FINISHED PRODUCT IS NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
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