Forever Red Vanilla Rum by Bath & Body Works 10ml EDP for $12 NZD from trademe
Notes: Rum, vanilla, mandarin, jasmine, gardenia, black lily, black currant, musk, apricot and cashmere wood.
I simply had to get this scent because it’s called Vanilla Rum and was so cheap. It opens as dark and rum-like, it’s beautiful and sultry. An instant evening and candlelit dinner scent. I get hints of mandarin and black currant before it settles into it’s, slightly powdered, heart. I get some soft and subtle florals – gardenia with a hint of lily.
It is, however, the base of rum soaked vanilla and musky cashmere that really stands out. It’s a very me base and smells of class. It is slightly sweet but in a dark and boozy way.
It’s alluring, mysterious, graceful and sophisticated. It’s slightly spicy and rather deep. It’s got soft to medium body-hugging sillage and lasts about four hours. It’s a very, very good Bath & Body Works scent that I’m angling to buy more of when I’m out. 7/10.
Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works 88ml Mist for $12 NZD on TradeMe
Notes: Top notes are floral notes and vanilla; middle notes are coconut, vanilla and rice; base notes are sandalwood, musk, vanilla and heliotrope.
I was looking for a plastic-bottle travel perfume spray that I could carry around in my purse when I found Warm Vanilla Sugar. I think everyone should have at least one top-up spray on them if they need a freshen up, are sweaty or to cover up an environmental smell. Bath & Body Works isn’t stocked in New Zealand so a TradeMe seller had imported them.
On initial spray it’s very alcoholic and sweet. I can smell some sort of subtle floral accord and, later, heliotrope but it’s mostly a warm vanillaic and sugary coconut and rice mix. It’s rather unique and complex for a B&B mist due to the rice. It can smell a little strange – the coconut rice is what does it. It’s a cozy oriental gourmand for lazy days at home. It’s light, soft and musky. I only get some sandalwood well into the dry-down.
The notes kind of all blend together as is with cheap interpretations and I don’t find the vanilla true but it’s nice nonetheless. It has medium sillage for the first half hour before turning into a skin scent and lasts a couple of hours which is good for a mist. It has a slight plasticy aspect but, for what it is and the price, it’s a very good buy. The bottle is pretty. 6.5/10.