Tuesday, December 31, 2013

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!

Is anyone else disappointed with Bath & Body Works revision of the Vanilla Bean Noel lotion line?  I have contacted them to let them know that I wouldn’t be stocking up on it for the year this season because it doesn’t smell the same.  I asked them why they changed it and they said that their focus groups wanted it this way.  The customers said they wanted less grease.  Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I never thought that the Vanilla Bean Noel lotion was greasy.  It always absorbed quickly and felt so amazingly good and smelled so temptingly delicious. 

A long time ago, it was just Vanilla Bean lotion.  You could get it anytime.  They took it off the shelf and replaced it with Warm Vanilla Sugar.  WVS was not a good replacement for the Vanilla Bean and I just stopped hoping when VB didn’t return. 

Last year, on a whim, I returned to Bath & Body Works and was delighted to find that the Vanilla Bean was back in the Noel line.  It could have been back for a while – who knows – I just discovered it last year.  It was amazing to smell it again and I bought enough for a year (and several months, I’ve since discovered).  What rekindled my love for B&BW, has now thrown me into and icy shower of betrayal.  I received a bottle of the new Vanilla Bean Noel from a friend at the beginning of the Christmas season.  One night, while watching TV with my boyfriend I put some on my hands and massaged it in.  He said nothing.  Usually he’ll say something like, “Putting lotion on?” or “What smells like cake?”  That night he said nothing.  I asked him if he smelled anything and he replied in the negative.  The next day I wrote to B&BW and the reply was nothing short of a slap in the face.  I wish I still had the email.

My question is this – is there anyone out there as disappointed as I am?  Do we start a movement to petition for the return of the original Vanilla Bean Noel?  Does anyone care?  If you care, please share this blog post with your friends and family who might also care.  Please post to B&BW on their Facebook page.  Let them know we want our olfactory senses aroused by the warm inviting scent of vanilla!  This is a travesty that needs reversing!

And then maybe next Christmas we’ll be able to enjoy the smell of our own skin just a little bit more.