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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Bath & Body Works: Lush Beauty Products in Sun City Mall, Heliopolis
Despite this time of economic uncertainty, the pursuit of shopping in Cairo continues to thrive. With international chains opening up in Cairo's most trendy shopping hubs, Sun City Mall has welcomed Bath & Body Works into a third floor shop. Brightly lit and immaculately organised, the shop oozes with colour and delicious scents.
Immediately after entering, our eye was drawn towards a large showcase displaying Bath & Body Works "favourite fragrance", Dark Kiss, which is perfectly rich for crisp autumn nights. All the sections are cleverly labelled and based on the products' signature scents; Cuddly and Warm, Sexy and Confident, Romantic and Delicate, and Fresh and Playful. This made shopping easier by quickly nudging us towards our preferred fragrances.
Our personal favourites came from the sweeter lines of both the Sexy and Confident (Japanese Cherry Blossom) and Romantic and Delicate (Sweet Pea and Paris Amour). Every range of scents is available as a shower gel (135LE), bubble bath (100LE), fragrant body mist (175LE), body lotion (135LE), and perfume (265LE). Some, such as the Cashmere Glow line, included shimmer mist (175LE) and intense body butter (130LE).
During the time of our visit, an attractive promotional campaign of "buy two, get one free" was in place, and is said to remain active for quite some time.
Bath & Body Works has made shopping for gifts easier, with their gorgeously assembled packages and make-up bags, filled with samples from a specific line. Small gift sets retail between 160LE-365LE whilst the larger gift sets start at 465LE and include a shower poof, body mist, shower gel and triple moisture cream.
The shop also contains a section dedicated to home fragrances and accessories such as concentrated room scents (90LE), various hand soaps (50LE), and bulbs for air freshener instillations (60LE). Alongside this, the lines have been expanded to encompass all-natural Aroma Therapy, a True Blue Spa section and even a section for men.
Amongst other things, said men's section introduces a Mentha Vitamin Body Wash (125LE) and Lotion (145LE) as well as the Barber Hair and Body Wash in two scents - Confident Exotic Rich and Modern Bright Refined. Lotions (90LE), cologne (250LE) and deodorant sprays (140LE) are also available.
Bath & Body Works is a veritable, fragrant haven for those searching for long-lasting, delicious scents to indulge in; either for yourself or as a gift for that special someone.
Although shopping has the magical ability to elevate the spirit, there’s something special about shopping for cosmetics and beauty products; the thrill of a simple lipstick or foundation transforming your look outweighs that of a new outfit which, unlike cosmetics, won’t be worn every day.
As glorious as it is to shop for cosmetics, spending a fortune is inevitable; when quality is indispensable, it’s better to endanger a bank account than putting health at stake. However, some brands manage to balance the equation by offering good quality products with decent prices, and Yves Rocher happens to be one of them.
Located next to US Polo in Mall of Arabia, the small shop boasts a collection of nature-inspired beauty products; from scented creams and anti-aging products, to makeup and fragrances. Starting with the makeup stand, Yves Rocher has all the items needed to make a decent makeup kit. Available in different tones, we tried the Zero Defaut creamy foundation (271LE), whose smooth texture gives full coverage without the dreaded cakey effect.
Of the same smooth texture, Yves Rocher has two lines of lipsticks, which share almost the same nude tones but differ in finishes. The first is reasonably priced (130LE), however, it has a slightly outdated shimmer that makes it almost impossible to wear these days, while the considerably more wearable second line, which boasts an almost-matte finish, costs a dear 190LE.
Since winter time demands well-moisturised skin, we shuffled through the stand where scented creams are on display along other complementary products like shower gels (400ml – 113LE). Yves Rocher has the usual fruity scents, like berries and coconut (50ml – 44LE), but those who are not into sugary scents will find Hydra Vegetal (119LE); a good option with an equally fresh scent – especially as it can be used as a facial cream.
But not everything at Yves Rocher follows the same good value-for-money; we noticed that the brand’s perfumes are a little overpriced. A 50ml-bottle of perfume, for example, starts from 375LE, and goes up to a hefty 575LE.
Apart from the expensive perfumes, though, Yves Rocher’s prices across their makeup, hand creams and moisturisers are actually quite reasonable if compared to other brands of the same calibre – making it one of those places where you enter looking for a certain item, but walk out of with a handful of products.