Quest for the Best: Bath Stuff

That’s a sophisticated label, eh? “Bath Stuff”. My definition of bath stuff includes shower gels/body washes, bubble baths, lotions and body sprays. I have a definitive favorite place to buy these things, but first I’ll talk about some that I can buy pretty much anywhere.

Calgon – Yes! Take me away! When my husband and I bought our house, we had a ridiculous-sized tub put in. Yes, even with my 6'4" husband, the baby and a cat, I could still climb in there with them. I’m not a huge fan of taking baths, but I have to admit it’s kinda nice to have a nice long, hot soak in our ginormous tub. When I was out looking for bubble bath at one point, I stumbled on bottles of Calgon and I couldn’t believe it was still around! There were two scents available, both are quite nice. One is a flowery, orchid smell and the other is a little fruity. I like their bubble bath because it doesn’t dry my skin out, leave a soapy residue or make me itch. And it smells pretty. :)

Dove – This is another one that I came across without really looking for it. Dove has apparently been expanding their line of body washes for a while. I have used two scents that I enjoy. One is the lemongrass scent in the yellow bottle and the other is mint in the blue bottle. The mint is my favorite of the two. My only real beef with these is that (at least in the stores where I’ve bought it) there is no lotion to accompany the body wash. Bummer.

Aveeno – I just found a new line of body washes by Aveeno yesterday. I decided to try out the Lemongrass, Rosamary and Mint – and so far, I LOVE it! Good price, good product. Again, my skin didn’t get dried out from it and the scent is pleasant without being overwhelming. Like the Dove, I didn’t see any accompanying lotion, but maybe it just wasn’t stocked at that store. Or hopefully it’s in the works.

Bath and Body Works - I’m a little picky about bath stuff. You see, about 20 years ago, Bath and Body Works opened up in my hometown, Tallahassee, Florida. Like 75% of its shoppers during that time, I became addicted to Sun-Ripened Raspberry and stocked my bathroom with the shower gel, lotion and body spray. Everyday I left the house smelling like one giant Sun-Ripened Raspberry. Not that you’d know, since half the other girls in school were wearing the same thing.

When it comes to Bath & Body Works (B&BW), I’m a bit fanatical. When I was about to move to Canada nine years ago, I actually went to the store to find out if they had stores in Canada at all or whether they had a Web site and would ship to Canada. The answer to all those questions was a big, fat NO. I nearly had to go on anti-depressants until I came up with ways to get my fix. For years, I have resorted to buying B&BW products on eBay and stocking up copious amounts on my trips to Florida. For a little while, I actually tried to switch to using The Body Shop’s products, but it didn’t last long. I’m just not a TBS fan, except for their lip balm.

Alas, my perseverance has paid off. My favorite store to buy bath stuff finally came to Canada last year. They’ve been in Toronto for a while now and, if the rumors are true, they are coming to Ottawa soon, too! I’ve been patient for nine years waiting for this. If there is any justice in this world at all, my patience will soon pay off!

Just for the record, no one is giving me anything to talk about these products, though a gift bag with some nice discontinued B&BW Garden Mint products wouldn't go amiss. (Totally kidding!) These are my personal random thoughts and I’m not associated in any way with the companies mentioned in this post. I just like sharing good things with other people when I find them.

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