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)!
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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