August 3, 2020

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Mocha Cafe Not Exactly A Coffee Fragrance

I purchased this item.
2 stars out of 5

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Mocha Cafe is one of the new Signature Fall Farmhouse scents available for Fall 2020 in Fragrance Mist, bubble bath, body lotion, and more. My store had it out this weekend but some stores are launching this week and all the Fall 2020 Collection is available online!

I was pretty hyped to see Vanilla Mocha Cafe as one of the new scents this year. Don’t get me wrong I love me some Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte but I’m been waiting for a coffee fragrance from Bath and Body Works for ages! This sounded like something I’d love.

Ok, so, Bath and Body Works Vanilla Mocha Cafe falls into the realms of Britney Spears Private Show Perfume and Tone Blissful Body Caffeine and Vanilla Blossom Body Wash. I’m not saying they smell like these items but both of those items are not really true coffee fragrances and the same holds true for Vanilla Mocha Cafe.

The notes of cozy cappuccino, vanilla orchid and white tonka bean sound brilliant but I think the cappuccino never fully presents itself. I think I expected a creamy chocolate mixed with coffee as that’s what mocha smells like right? Instead this smells more like a fancy coffee drinks sans the coffee. At first mist there’s a hint of vanilla but it quickly disappears to make room for the orchid followed close behind by the tonka bean. Tonka adds warmth to the fragrance and a faint coziness but still coffee nor mocha never makes an appearance. As it dries down I smell a tiny bit of chocolate but it’s very faint. It reminds me a lot of that old Tone Body Wash! It’s oddly reminds me of coffee but doesn’t smell like coffee which I realize makes no sense but I do get that fancy Starbucks coffee but not coffee scent from this.

Would I buy it again? Yes, I like it and I’d buy it again IF….!

Big if here.

If they made it stronger.

This is a very, very light fragrance and you really have to pour it on to get any throw or linger from it. One or two mists results in very little fragrance. I find I have to go to town misting myself like 12-15 times to get the fragrance to actually show up and even at that point it’s still very light. It wears for a short time as well! Maybe one or two hours before disappearing.

I was disappointed it didn’t smell coffee but still liked it a lot none the less however, the weaker juice was the biggest disappointment of all.

Oh well!

Guess it’s back to Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte for me.

Have you tried Bath and Body Works Vanilla Mocha Cafe?

Did you like it?

I purchased this item.

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  • Dee

    You saved me from purchasing a set of this and I thank you. Marshmellow Pumpkin Latte is what I’ll get.

  • Robin

    Hi, could you actually use a tester and sniff this in the store? My favorite fall fragrance by them is Toasted Praline and Pear. I stocked u0 in it last year.

  • kellly

    Sigh… it’s all food again. I’m not a foody-fragrance girl and on the occasion that I find something at B&BW that’s not food, I’m so happy. Then it lasts one season and it’s gone forever. πŸ™ I wish they would have some “standard” fragrances for those of us who aren’t into smelling like a cupcake.
    I loved Snowy Morning, which disappeared, and On the Waves, which also disappeared. I know I’m unusual in what I like, but I know I’m not the only one who likes non-foody fragrances.
    This season if only they would make a fragrance line (more than just a candle) for “Lakeside Morning”. I would be in heaven.

  • Harjeet

    I bought this scent today without actually smelling it because I had a mask on. Big mistake. I got home and I really don’t like it. I wish I had seen this earlier

    • Isabella Muse

      if you have your receipt take it back! they are good with taking returns!