Review: Bath and Body Works' Endless Weekend Daily Trio #BBWInsider

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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I'm a huge fragrance fan and have been, in some way or another, since I was a kid. Trips to Sephora as a teenager were at least an hour long, because I had to sniff the majority of the perfume selection. And on a recent trip to a Bath and Body Works, I was asked whether I worked in the fragrance industry. Don't I wish! No, I just like sniffing things.

So when I heard that Bath and Body Works had started a new program called BBW Insiders that allows you to sample and review its products for free, I knew I had to find a way to join. Samples have ranged from liquid hand soaps to candles and new fragrances, in harmony with new releases to the stores. You are either invited or join a waiting list to become part of the program, and once you're in, you receive an e-mail every time a sample becomes available. Each sample is in limited supply. If you're interested in signing up for the program, you can either apply here or ask about it on your next trip to Bath and Body Works.

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Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the sample itself: a generous full-sized daily trio (fine fragrance mist, shower gel, body lotion) in the new signature scent, Endless Weekend, which is in stores now. Bath and Body Works markets the fragrance as: "An exhilarating blend of raspberry lychee sorbet, sun-kissed magnolia and vanilla sandalwood." It lists all its top, mid and dry notes as:
  • Top Notes: Raspberry Lychee Sorbet, Sparkling Mandarin, Juicy Nectarine, Apple, Mirabelle Plum
  • Mid Notes: Sun-Kissed Magnolia, Gardenia, Plum Blossom, Fresh Picked Jasmine Sambac
  • Dry Notes: Vanilla Sandalwood, Vanilla Orchid, Blue Coconut Water, Sugared Musk
This was my first time trying a full daily trio in one fragrance, but I know that different notes become more prominent in some forms over others. I definitely found that all three Endless Weekend products smelled quite different.

The fine fragrance mist sprayed an impressive amount of product in a light veil -- this was the first time I'd used Bath and Body Works' body spray in the fine fragrance mist packaging. Ultimately, the scent did not have much lasting power -- about one hour. It went on punchy, with a juicy whiff of lychee, but within 30 seconds loses the unique lychee note and dries to coconut water-vanilla-light musk with a touch of an unidentifiable deep fruit note which I can only assume is "Mirabelle Plum," from the notes listed. There is no citrus, no raspberry, no nectarine, no apple and no noticeable floral. Endless Weekend in the fine fragrance mist form reminds me of the Hawaii Coconut fragrance offered by Bath and Body Works some years ago, and a touch of Country Chic (which does have a prominent lemon note, in addition to the shared or similar raspberry, gardenia, vanilla orchid, musk and woods notes).

The shower gel was the least impressive of the three for me. Unlike the fine fragrance mist, the shower gel had no complexity to it and came straight out of the bottle as a musky fragrance with a touch of musty fruit. There was nothing particularly unique about the scent, and like the fine fragrance mist, had no identifiable qualities to the fruit note, other than smelling a little "off." I would say that in the shower gel form, Endless Weekend could've passed as a winter scent, as it was so heavy on the musk. It foamed up nicely and offered average or just a touch above average hydration. Out of the shower, the fragrance was incredibly light on the skin and faded quite quickly.

The body lotion was the most fragranced product of the bunch, but again, smelled slightly different from the other two. The body lotion shared the same coconut water-vanilla-light musk qualities as the fine fragrance mist, but had a more distinctive citrus top note, and a note that I can only describe as "sharp, bitter and green." Since none of the notes offered match that, my best guess is that it was a combination of the magnolia and sandalwood notes that gave it that quality. Of all three products, the body lotion reminded me the most of Country Chic. Out of the bottle, it smells nearly identical, with that light lemon-citrus note combining with the vanilla and musk notes. But on the skin, it becomes more nuanced, with the green note surfacing. I haven't purchased a body lotion from Bath and Body Works since 2012, before they changed the formula and packaging, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was thicker and slightly more moisturizing than the 2011-2013 formula. Upon inspection, I found that shea butter and jojoba oil had actually been moved down the ingredients list, though both formulas shared virtually the same exact ingredients.

2011-2013 formula:
Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isododcane, Carbomer, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Dizolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool
Current formula:
Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Isododcane, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Dizolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool
Overall, Endless Weekend is a pleasant, light fragrance with a slightly sweet coconut water-light musk fragrance. I don't think it's necessarily a summer-only kind of fragrance, as the coconut isn't sweet or powdery like so many summer coconuts are -- it's a toned-down watery version, and with the addition of musk, is just as much a spring or early fall fragrance. The main reason I can see Endless Weekend being labeled a summer scent lies in its faintness. Some people have compared it to Bath and Body Works' Forever Sunshine, which shares citrus top notes, a gardenia middle and vanilla, sandalwood and musk dry notes. I've only tested Forever Sunshine once, so I don't quite remember what it smells like and can't comment. If Endless Weekend is a scent you find appealing, I would recommend looking into the "eau de parfum" form, as it's likely to be longer-lasting on the skin.

Again, I was provided all three products in the Endless Weekend daily trio free of charge by Bath and Body Works to review. Read on for ingredients and other information, and let me know if you have any questions or what you think Endless Weekend smells like!

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Bath and Body Works lotions do contain parabens, along with petroleum by-products and dimethicone. I hope someday parabens and the others will be removed from their products, but for now, it's still just wishful thinking!

Ingredients, Fine Fragrance Mist (8 fl ounces/236 mL, retailing for $14) ...
Alcohol Denaturated, Water, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Butyl Methoxydibenzomylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Blue 1, Yellow 5

Ingredients, Shower Gel (10 fl ounces/295 mL, retailing for $12.50) ...
Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Oleth-10, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramide MIPA, Lauramide MEA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Polyquaternium-7, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Castor Oil, PPG-12-Buteth-16, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Triethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, BHT, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Green 3, Yellow 5, Blue 1

Ingredients, Body Lotion (8 fl ounces/236 mL, retailing for $12.50) ...
Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Isododecane, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Dizolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool

Bath and Body Works' products are not tested on animals.

Bath and Body Works Signature Scent Endless Weekend review daily trio fine fragrance mist body lotion shower gel BBW Insiders Bath and Body Works Insiders body splash body spray #BBWInsider
Endless Weekend Shower Gel
Bath and Body Works Signature Scent Endless Weekend review daily trio fine fragrance mist body lotion shower gel BBW Insiders Bath and Body Works Insiders body splash body spray #BBWInsider
Endless Weekend Body Lotion

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1 comments

  1. I can't smell anything per the body lotion, very discouraging. Thankfully BATH AND BODY WORKS is one of the best companies in the world💆🏾 The manger at Orange Park Mall and at St. Augustine Outlet Mall are awesome.

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