Over the years I have bought quite a few bath and body products in my favourite perfumes.
This is partly because if I love something I like to explore it in different forms, and partly because, before the internet came along, bath and body products were a viable way of buying an expensive perfume in a cheaper form.
But I notice on perfume blogs and forums that matching bath and body products are rarely discussed. Perhaps people don’t buy these products much any more? Would perfume appreciators would rather save their money for more fragrance, rather than spend it on creams and lotions in scents they already have? Or is it a sign of the decline of the signature scent? I’d be interested in hearing what people think. Here are some of my observations.
Chanel, not surprisingly, does a fabulous job. I have body cremes in Chanel No 5 and Coco, and they are beautiful. Rich, strongly scented and luxuriously packaged, both are good representations of the fragrance. I wear the No 5 creme along with the parfum, and despite their being at opposite ends of the product spectrum, they are surprisingly close in scent. It’s a gorgeous combination. Each of these cremes is strong enough to be worn alone if all you want is a gentle, whispery effect.
In Dior’s Miss Dior I gave the body moisturizer and shower gel. Both are excellent and, surprisingly, they lean towards the leathery, masculine aspect of Dior’s great classic. Highly recommended.
Not so good are a couple of Estée Lauder B&B products I own: body lotions in White Linen and Youth Dew. Both are harsh, hollowed out versions of the originals, and in opinion are not worth bothering with. It seems that EL does not invest as much money in them as Chanel and Dior. A pity, but perhaps not surprising. The Youth Dew bath oil, on the other hand is fabulous. Famously, this was the original form in which the product was released. I use mine just as a bath oil, but it can be dabbed sparingly as a perfume as well. Fantastic value for money.
Talcum powders: they seem a bit old fashioned now don’t they? Once they were huge. Years ago I bought myself a gift pack of products in Patou’s Joy, consisting of 30 mls of EDT, and some bath powder and a puff. Sadly, the powder did not hold the fragrance. I still have it, but the scent is entirely gone. My skin is now too dry for me to enjoy powders anyway.
B&B products lack some of the fragrance notes of the originals, and do not develop on the skin as the liquid fragrance does. And I do not find the lotions to be as moisturizing as a good, cheap, unscented lotion (and that even applies to the Chanels).
But if you love old fashioned shower and bath time rituals as I do, they are hugely satisfying. They cling to clothes without staining them, and provide a gorgeous cushion for the liquid fragrance. And they are wonderful at bed time.
Has anyone tried Sonoma Scent Studio’s body silks and shea butters? I’m thinking of picking one up for myself for Christmas.