Scent Of The Week: For The 13-Year-Old In You

Last week, I tried out Candy, Prada’s $90 version of a sweet teenybopper fragrance. My hope was that since it was by Prada and cost as much as a week’s worth of groceries, I would feel better about the fact that I was spraying on the type of scent that is usually reserved for 13-year-old girls who have just stolen it from their local CVS.

But this week, I’ve decided that my dignity can just go ahead and be damned – I’m going straight to the nauseatingly sweet fragrance source. That’s right! This week, I’m trying Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel.

The Vanilla Bean Noel fragrance is part of Bath and Body Works’ holiday line, which means that you can only get it at this time of year. That makes it much more appealing, obviously, and another great thing about this fragrance is that at $12.50, I can just buy it, and who gives a shit if I hate it and it sits on my shelf until such time as I forget that I hate it and decide I want to channel my inner middle school trollop once again? (Choices, and disposable income! Some of the many benefits of growing up.)

The fragrance is actually a body mist, which – again – no one uses beyond high school, but I’m already deep in this shit anyway.

You might be surprised to hear that the scent isn’t complicated; it literally smells like you’ve shoved a vanilla bean halfway up your nostril. But basically, Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel is what I thought I was going to get with Prada Candy: sweet, sticky, and perfectly literal. It doesn’t last very long, so if you want to keep wafting delicious holiday goodness throughout the day, you have to either carry it with you or be a little heavy-handed, and possibly spray it on your clothes, too.

Still, my mission was accomplished: after spritzing it on, I walked around smelling like a fucking cookie (finally!). And sometimes, that’s really all any woman wants.

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    • Holly

      I work at Bath and Body Works. Vanilla Bean Noel is surprisingly more popular with older women than the younger crowd. Since the holiday shopping season started a week or so ago, I’ve had at least one woman middle-aged or older come in and buy a year’s supply of the stuff in all forms. The Pink Sugar Plum, however, is really popular among the kiddos and I’m surprised you didn’t grab that on your search for crazy sweetness.

      • Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

        Holly, I’m sorry to tell you that I did actually try the Pink Sugar Plum, but I had to go with the classic in the end. Also, I had to draw the line somewhere.

    • Fabel

      I own several fragrances by designers & I love them, but I’m not ashamed to say I always run into Bath & Body Works during the holidays for their limited-time only stuff. And mostly everything else they have smells awesome as well (if yeah, one-note & literal). There’s one spray from their regular collection that I love, and it actually lasts pretty long on me! Also, I find that I get more compliments on my scent when I’m smelling like a middle-school trollop than when I wear something that actually cost some money?