When I was a kid, my parents had a strawberry patch in their backyard. Each year, we’d try our best to get to the fruits before the ants did. (They beat us sometimes. Those little buggers!)
As much as I love eating strawberries, I find that sometimes the scent gets lost in translation when incorporated into beauty products.
Most times, I don’t like the artificial strawberry scent. There have only been a handful of occasions when I did. (Talk to Mr. Nose. He’s a total snob. Sometimes he wears dark sunglasses and does the whole diva bit.) 😉
Although I wanted it to wow Mr. Nose, unfortunately, the Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap was a huge miss. I won’t be repurchasing this.
Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap Pictures
As I was photographing the bottle, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo with me wearing China Glaze Gaga For Green because it complemented it well…hehe! 😉
Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED
√ Smells of strawberries, mango nectar & peach blossom
√ Anti-bacterial, lightweight foam washes away dirt & germs
- Name: Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
- Amount: 259 mL (875 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: 7 for $20 USD (Bought during online sale promotion.)
- Where to Buy: Bath & Body Works stores & Bath & Body Works website
Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap Review
Seems like everyone is in love with this, but…the Fresh Picked Strawberries soap by Bath & Body Works doesn’t smell pleasant to me at all.
I can smell artificial strawberries, but it’s the integration with mango and the peach blossom, I think, that warps the resulting fragrance.
When I used it the first time, I was disgusted. (I’m not exaggerating. Mr. Nose crinkled up.) Perhaps it’s just me (I hope so), but it reminded me exactly like a nasty cough syrup that I used to take when I was a child. The scent is tied so deeply with memories of being sick that when I smell this, I feel like I’m about to get ill.
For those who didn’t take that cough syrup and who actually like an artificial strawberry scent with that twang of mango and peach blossom, perhaps you’ll enjoy this.
Hmm…and for those of you who have tried this scent, does it smell differently in another soap form, like the deep-cleansing one?
Despite the smell turning me off, I still used it because I don’t like to waste things.
In terms of efficacy, I can say that the Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries foaming hand soap worked very well and left my hands feeling clean.
The Fresh Picked Strawberries scent is available now and will probably be around through summer. It’s a recurring scent since last year..although maybe it’s been around longer. I’m not sure because I’m relatively new to getting bit by the Bath & Body Works bug. 😉 Vampires have nothing on Bath & Body Works…hehe!
One of the great things about Bath & Body Works soaps is that they often go on sale, so you can try a bunch of scents for a reasonable price. (I’ve never paid full price for anything from Bath & Body Works. They have sales all the time! Smart marketing!)
Final Verdict: 4/10
Even though the soap itself gets the job done and leaves my hands feeling clean, I can’t get over the putrid scent. Remembering being sick as a child is not a memory that I love to replay every single time I wash my hands.
Have you ever grown your own strawberries? Can you taste the difference between organic and regular strawberries? What other “Fresh Picked” scents from Bath & Body Works have you tried?