I *wish* I had Mariah Carey on speed dial because I’d ask her if she had something to do with the name Bath & Body Works gave to their new limited edition spring fragrance line.
Doesn’t Butterfly Flower sound like something she would have come up with?
You know, she has that obsession with butterflies, rainbows, Hello Kitty, glitter and all things fourth grade that makes me wonder (still lovin’ ya, Mimi!). Hmm…
I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to new BBW fragrance releases because I never know what to expect.
New for spring, products in the Butterfly Flower fragrance collection of gels, lotions, baths and creams ($5-$30 each) pack notes of freesia, mimosa flower and honeysuckle. Those are what I detect, but here’s the company’s official breakdown of the fragrance:
Top notes: Black tea, tangerine, cyclamen (a flower), banana leaf
Middle notes: Orchid, Asian syringa flower, French mimosa
Base notes: Creamy coconut milk, musk
BBW’s floral blends can sometimes overwhelm my sensitive nose, some even smelling overly synthetic on my skin. I usually prefer their crisp, clean scents like Rainkissed Leaves, but Butterfly Flower is lighter than most of their floral fare.
I’ve been testing three of the items from the 16-piece collection…
- Shower Gel ($10.50): BBW recently revamped their shower gel formula, and I think it’s much more moisturizing now. They also changed their packaging, which I like because the new curvy bottles are easier to squeeze with wet, slippery hands in the shower. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
- Body Lotion ($10.50): Like the shower gel, BBW upped the moisture in their body lotions, too. The new formula feels less greasy, and of the three new products I’ve tried, this one’s my favorite. The mimosa flower, freesia and honeysuckle notes really pop here. This version of the fragrance works well for me. It’s strong but stops short of tickling my nose. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
- Fragrance Mist ($12): I like the changes to the shapes of the other bottles, but I wish BBW hadn’t changed the bottle for the Fragrance Mist. The new one looks kinda cheesy to me, and the mist’s interpretation of the Butterfly Flower scent was my least favorite of the three (it delivers a strong burst of alcohol). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
I like the texture and performance of the new BBW body lotions and gels (and some of the changes to the bottles), but with the exception of the Body Lotion, the Butterfly Flower fragrance doesn’t knock me off my feet.
For a limited time, Bath & Body Works has the Butterfly Flower products for sale online. Buy any two and get the third for free.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,