Why this autumn product was being sold during B&BW’s spring sale is beyond me, but hey – I’m not complaining!

     It has recently come to my attention that I’m technically not supposed to call shower gels, also known as body washes, soap.

     Soap, but definition, is a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali. Bar soap is traditionally more drying, where the newer body washes actually deposit moisturizing ingredients that ‘stick’ to the skin.

     This is obviously too much science for my little brain, so we’ll just stick to calling it soap. Besides, isn’t it pretty??

     This review is for Bath & Body Works’ Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin shower gel, which retails for $11.50.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shower Gel

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shower Gel

     It might not be of the new signature collection type, but I think the packaging for Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin is superb. The liquid is almost a neon orange, the cap is a metallic gold, and the label is all sorts of purple and orange hues. The gel itself is quite thick in comparison to other shower gels I’ve used from the same company, and as usual, it smells different in the bottle than in the shower. It also doesn’t lather terribly well.

     The scent description on the back of the bottle reads:

Fresh pumpkin, crisp apple and spiced vanilla.

     In the bottle it’s mostly the crisp green apple that I’m getting, with a hint of something that I describe as potpourri. It smells unremarkable, like you could exchange the label with ‘Any Soap Ever’ and it’d still work. When mixed with water the soap takes on a warm vanilla scent, missing out entirely on the pumpkin note. I’ll give it this: the scent is particularly long-lasting.

     Verdict: For a semi-annual sale find, I’m not terribly underwhelmed. However, had I paid the full $11.50, I would have expected more. Seriously, the executives at B&BW need to figure out the issue of their soaps smelling different on the skin than in the bottle.

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