Monthly Archives: December 2011

Oh Bath & Bodyworks….How I do love you so….

For a very long time I have been a faithful and loyal (if sometimes absent) customer of Bath & Bodyworks.  Ever since I was in high school I have loved wandering into their fragrant space and reveling in the joy of the new fragrances.  I would go in and buy some things (usually during the semi annual sale) and take them home and love love love them for about half a bottle…then ennui would set in and sadly I would lose my interest in the scent.  Now it is true, there have been some that have had lasting power.  Freesia was one of my favorites.  Twilight Woods, Secret Wonderland, Dark Kiss and Warm Vanilla Sugar are also high ranking with me.  Country Apple was my all time favorite but alas, they discontinued it.

Over the years I have amassed a large collection of scents that I thought would be wonderful, but ended up just being kind of -eh- for me.  I have a cabinet filled with them that my wonderful husband has been graciously trying to use up to avoid waste.  Well….that is all over now.  I gathered up that cabinet worth of unwanted body washes and sprays, lotions and bubble baths and I packed them into a Bath & Bodyworks bag and took them back.  You read it right, I took them back.

On a recent trip into the store to exchange some items my well meaning and loving husband had gotten for me for our anniversary, I found out about their return policy.  A very liberal policy that I had never even thought to look up.  I was informed that, no matter how much you have used it or how old it is….if you do not love it 100%, you can take it back!  So I put this to the test.  I took in bottles that I have  been collecting for at least five years.  I told them that I understand if there were some that they could not exchange.  I ended up VERY surprised and VERY happy.

I traded in all those unwanted bottles for a bottle of perfume for me, a bottle of cologne with matching body wash, deodorant spray and lotion for my hubby, a body butter for me, a free wall flower and scent pod AND 2 three wick candles.  I had over $100 worth of returns and in such I got over $100 worth of product!  Now, it is recommended that you be honest.  If you have two squirts of spray left, please do  not take advantage of the return policy to restock.  But even if you only have two squirts of spray left, they will exchange it.

I have a new favorite store….even if it was an old favorite store.  I have a new reason to love Bath & Bodyworks.