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    Thumbs down The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    Can someone please stop the vile synthetic chemical factory of the Bath&Bodywork men's line. I went into the store to replenish my supply of C. O. Bigelow Elixir White body wash (the EDT is also fantastic btw) and I smelled a couple of the B&B scents like their EDT called simply "Citron" or as it should be referred to "Essence de Lemon Pledge" a sickeningly synthetic concoction that smells like a cross between citrus lysol and furniture polish.

    Then there's their newest men's scent called "Paris" ; now admittedly it's been a couple years since I've been to Paris, but I don't think there's been a sudden men's trend in France to smell like toilet cleaner. This stuff makes Draino or Liquid Plumbr smell like a Versace Eau Fraiche. Their other scents like Oak and Amber are similarly fragrance abortions. I'm hoping these things aren't selling and telling by the supply they had compared to bigelow; they aren't. The whole B&B men's line should be discontinued and Bigelow be the premier men's line as all of those scents are respectable, if not staggeringly original. As I mentioned I'm a huge Bigelow Elixir White fan, a wonderful peppery citrus that smells very natural and lovely.

    Anyways happy holidays to all and avoid the Bath & Bodyworks line like the plague... Ugh...
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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    i might have to give some c/o bigelow products a try
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

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    I truly enjoy the Bigelow Lemon and Orange Blossom EDP. It's like a stronger EDC.

    Sad to hear about the other products.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    The whole B&B men's line should be discontinued
    Agree.

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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    LOL!

    Another fan of the Bigelow line here. I've been very happy with Black, White and Gold - all great stuff. Bath products are awesome. Very impressive line! The Bay Rum is nice, too. I love the Bay Rum shower gel.

    I agree that the men's line of the BBW stuff isn't always as pleasing as the Bigelow stuff - especially in EDT format. And the men's Twilight Woods didn't grab me as much as the women's version. But I will say that the men's shower gels (Noir, Oak, Citron, Ocean) that I picked up a year or so ago are actually very pleasant. Again - the EDTs didn't make me want to buy on any of them. But I do like using those bath products.

    Now - sitting under my Christmas tree (well, its kind of an interfaith Christmas tree, but whatever ) is a BBW bag with the new Dark Amber shower gel and body spray (OK - I was too cheap to get the EDT - $30 just seemed out of line). But I really liked that scent! It's not "dark amber" as we know it here, but it's a pretty substantial frag for BBW, and I just love the smell! I really felt like it was approaching Bigelow territory. Not sure - I may be eating my words in a few days. But they sure smelled nice in the store.

    On the women's side, the new "Red" fragrance - despite the most awesome name ( ) - was just way too modern girlie for me. It's such an opaque fruity floral - very young - candy - trick or treat - just NOOOOOOOO. Keep it away! Go text your BFF and tell her there's an old guy who does NOT love this one.

    BUT - there were two scents on the women's side that I did like a lot - Paris Amour and Country Chic. Ok. THE NAMES. Yes. But the scents were actually very nice.

    The thing I love about BBW is that they REALLY make fragrance popular. It's like a madhouse in those stores. Gotta give 'em credit for that. When I'm in those stores, I just feel like any attempt to ban fragrance in public places - at least here in the stix - is doomed.
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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    I've tried every one of their fragrances. They should stick to hand lotions and body..well whatever they sell there.

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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    Walking past that store is like a visit to the chemical plant. Searingly horrific

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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    I know I am receiving the dark amber lotion for Christmas from my mom. Which wasn't too bad to me. I also smelled the new "red" line, smelled like red wine to me.

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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    I generally agree, although I think the Oak body wash is nice. The Bigelow line is obviously superior, especially the Bay Rum. The Black and Black Pepper ones are pretty good, too.

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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    I only like to use Bath & Body works nice line of soaps and lotions. I have bought the body sprays of Noir, Oak and Citron. Wearable - slightly above the quality of Axe, but some Axe sprays actually smell rather good (my favorites are Instinct, Recovery and Excite).

    That said...we are talking about a large step UP to the quality line of C.O. Bigelow. I have their body sprays and lotions. Never have purchased a fragrance, but have sniffed White Elixir (which is a great scent altogether with its nice citrus and pepper). Ginger Mentha is one to look for as well. Clementine - great, if you love oranges. Lime & Coriander - another good one. But, suffice to say that I have a love for the Elixirs...I have tried all but Gold. White, Black, Green, Blue and the discontinued Red (which is very good).

    To me, these are fragrance 'accessories'. Like matching a pair of socks to a nice suit, really. It should NOT be over-applied and should be put on after a shower and dried down before putting on fragrance. Find compatibility with the notes, and if you missed it the first time...don't over-apply! High school kids who don't understand scent will use a can of body spray within a couple of weeks or less.

    For us fragrance lovers, a light application with complimentary notes to our fragrance lightly misted-on is nice, refreshing and smells good, but it should not interfere with your precious scent.

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: The unbearable horribleness of Bath & Bodyworks' men's line - I pray Bigelow never dies

    Redneck Perfumisto, RickS: Admittedly, I didn't try the Dark Amber but the 5 or so I tried though were appalling.

    ericrico: I agree completely, but it's wonderful that Bigelow gives you the kind of quality accessories it does at the pricepoints it has. Bodywash can be had for a mere $10, the itself EDC $24, and it's natural and quality.

    Tonyprince: The Bay Rum is nice, but I'm dying to try the black pepper!

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