I generally try not to review products that I dislike, but I think I’ve given Bath & Body Works so much praise in the past months that I can afford to dish out some tough love. This is Bath & Body Works’ Lakeside, and this 1.3 oz candle retails for $4.50. Side note: this is the last Lakeside candle I’ll be reviewing before I finally get to the fall scents (right after a final Italian candle)!

Bath & Body Works Lakeside

Bath & Body Works Lakeside

     I should have known something was up with this candle by the price – they had this and Boathouse Row minis at 3 for $5. I picked up just this one at the full price because I obviously already have enough Boathouse Rows, but right from the start there was something funky about the scent. I couldn’t place my finger on it, but since I wasn’t about to leave the store empty-handed, I took a gamble on this.

     The packaging for this candle is a thick glass jar with a reflective chrome cap, embossed with the Bath & Body Works name. The label shows three young girls on a dock, one of them in midair as she jumps into the water. Interestingly enough, they chose to change the water’s color to brown – why they did is certainly beyond me. It reads, LAKESIDE / BATH & BODY WORKS / SCENTED CANDLE / CHANDELLE PARFUMEE. The wax of this candle is an off-white color, which turns clear when lit. There was no discoloration of the wax between burns.

     The Bath & Body Works website reads:

Like the water after a cannonball, jump into an invigorating blend of fresh water, sheer musk and the perfect pop of lemon zest.

     What can I say, I just don’t like this scent. I imagine ‘the water after a cannonball’ smelling fresh, with salty hints, perhaps a bit earthy. I don’t know how it is in the US, but here in Canada lakes don’t smell like musk! The name and description just don’t work with this fragrance. It smells like a library, dusty and old with a hint of lemon furniture polish. The musk is almost bakery-smelling, and the lemon zest just gets completely lost in the burn.

     I’ll give them this: the burn was incredible, perhaps the best I’ve ever had. The wick produced a super high flame that lasted for hours, and the wax pooled out in a matter of minutes, resulting in a deep pool. It burned like a charm, with a throw that would chock out an elephant – and certainly a high-schooler with asthma! Unfortunately the smell just doesn’t sit well with me, and I’ll be throwing this one out without finishing it.

What do you think of Lakeside?

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6 responses to “Candle Review: LAKESIDE by BATH & BODY WORKS

  1. “…since I wasn’t about to leave the store empty handed…” Someone after my own heart! I believe I have Lakeside somewhere in the recesses of my home. I haven’t burned it yet, so I can’t give my thoughts on it. I don’t think I would like that musky kind of smell with lemon-cleaner thrown in. Bleh! I’m not anxious to go find this candle at all.
    Thanks for another great review!

    • Andrea,

      If I leave Bath & Body Works without buying anything, I feel like I’m letting down the entire wax community 😉 I’m telling you, this one is just not worth it! But definitely let me know what you think when you do burn it. Also, I’d like to thank you for your kind comment – I was having a confidence low yesterday, and this put a smile on my face. Thanks for always being so kind! 🙂

  2. Gil,
    You make it easy to be kind to you! Truly keep up the good work – I love coming here to read your reviews and what you’ve been up to.

  3. I didn’t like this one either. I like to see you do both positive and not so positive reviews, it means you’re being fair. For some reason, this one did smell pretty dirty, maybe it was just the earthy notes? Great review again, Gil!

    • Lauren,

      Thanks! I think it’s fair too – not every product is flawless! You’re right, I think it might have been exactly that. Whatever it was, I didn’t like it!

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