If you’ve been around the Swatch And Learn blog for a while, you should know that I’m completely taken with the Holiday Traditions scent, Vanilla Bean Noel by Bath & Body Works.
My tired wallet lost more weight when I purchased back-ups of the scary collection I originally posted back in early November.
Although it looks like I won’t be able to write about each and every product before Christmas, I’m determined to eventually finish reviewing them all.
Today, I’ll be reviewing the Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion!
Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion Pictures
- √ Leaves skin soft, smooth & nourished
√ Lightly fragrances the skin
√ Warm blend of fresh vanilla bean, warm caramel & rich, comforting cream
- Name: Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion
- Amount: 236 mL
- What I Paid: 3 for $25 CAD (Bought this back in October. Since then they have awesome buy 3, get 3 free deals. And my Canadian Bath & Body Works store has this for 50% off now! What a steal! Bet the few bottles will sell out fast.)
- Items Available in Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Collection: Body Lotion, Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel, PocketBac, HandiBac, Large Scented Candle, Small Scented Candle, Moisturizing Hand Soap, Deep Cleansing Hand Soap, Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, Triple Moisture Body Cream, Soap & Lotion Caddy, Lip Gloss, Home Fragrance Oil, Fragrance Refills, Decorative Tree Deep Cleansing Hand Soap & Holiday Traditions Gift Box
- Where to Buy: Bath & Body Works website & stores
Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion Review
I can’t talk about the Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion without saying how delicious and yummy it smells. One whiff is pure heaven with its combination of vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, sugar cookies, cake batter, and marshmallows. It lays heavier on the creamy caramel and vanilla notes, so if you love sweet scents, this will knock your fuzzy socks off!
This lotion absorbs fast and leaves a nice, light scent on your skin. It’s not obnoxious…very subtle. If you’re into bold fragrances that announce your presence, this may be a pass for you.
The Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion has a thin-medium consistency and comes in this really fun very mint-green cream.
When you first rub it into your hands, it feels light and gives your skin a little moisture. But don’t rely on this to quench parched skin – this is more of an everyday light moisturizer. It won’t help desert-dry patches.
If I put too much on, I notice that the cream takes forever to absorb fully, so make sure you only use a small dollop for best results. And although Bath & Body Works claims this formula is non-greasy, I disagree. While it does absorb, I can still feel a slight residue (that eventually goes away after a while). It’s this ‘residue’ that makes the back of my hands feel silky but slightly greasy.
Although I wanted to really love the Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion because so many others have nothing but positive things to say about it, I just like it. It does a mediocre job at moisturizing and maintaining skin that’s already in good condition, and it leaves behind a nice fragrance. It’s not a bad product, but it’s also not one that completely blows me away, either. It walks the line like Johnny Cash.
Now onto the bottle design – the slightly curved shape is aesthetically pleasing, and I appreciate the ridges on the sides that help me get a better grip. The scalloped-edged label is cute and features snowflakes, a Christmas tree, and a little house.
I’m not a fan of the flip-up cap that you have to press one side down to open. Sometimes you have to apply a lot of force, and at the opening, it can get clogged with dried lotion unless you wipe it after each use (which I do).
Final Verdict: 7/10
Although the scent makes me giddy, I’m not overly impressed with the Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion because it does a mediocre job at moisturizing. This product is best used for layering purposes in conjunction with the Shower Gel (hands down the star of the collection) and the Fragrance Mist to enhance the scent and improve its scent longevity.
Have you smelled this and/or the other Bath & Body Works Holiday Traditions scents (Snowkissed Berry, Winter Candy Apple and Twisted Peppermint)? Which reminds you of the holidays the most?
Other Things I Reviewed in the Vanilla Bean Noel Line: