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Day 217/365: Stripper juice [20180805|21:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Me holding an empty bottle of Warm Vanilla Sugar body lotion by Bath & Body Works.

(susandennis, how’s that for a clickbait title?)

One day over a decade ago, I had a conversation with the bloke. We were in the early stages of our relationship. He asked me about my preference in scents, and I thought perhaps he was angling for gifting tips. Probably he was.

Anyway, I started telling him how much I liked the smell of cocoa butter, and was just about to grab the bottle pictured above (they’ve changed the label in the interim, but it’s the same stuff) to show him. Before I could, he blurted, “Cocoa butter always makes me think of strippers.”

I’d been just about to tell him how cocoa butter took me back to my childhood in Honolulu: the smell of the buses and the changing rooms at the beach. So it rather threw me suddenly to be told it reminded him of something, er, quite so adult in nature. I was grumpy for about a week. Then I decided, what the hell, let’s roll with it. And thus the term “stripper juice” was born, to describe the scent I like best.

My favourite incarnation of this scent is Bath & Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar body lotion. The problem with this: There are no Bath & Body Works in the UK. Sure, you can buy other cocoa butter-style lotions here. The Body Shop sells an acceptable body butter. But it pales in comparison to Warm Vanilla Sugar, which makes me smell like a cookie all day long.

For the past fourteen years, I have managed always to plan my trips back to the USA sufficiently close together to replenish my supply of Warm Vanilla Sugar. There is always a place in my suitcase for three to six bottles of it, depending on how far into the future I estimate my next trip will be.

I bought three bottles on my most recent trip to the States, late last year, in the belief that I would be returning this summer. That trip got cancelled, and I now have no trip to the USA planned for the rest of 2018, and indeed, am unsure about 2019 as my parents have said they’re coming here.

So it was with great sadness that I extracted the last drops from my ultimate bottle of Warm Vanilla Sugar this morning. There are not very many things I’ve clung to from the land of my birth, and deliberately bring to the UK even though I know it’s pure sentiment driving me to it. (Double Stuf Oreos. Industrial-sized bottles of painkillers. Victoria’s Secret bras - although I can get those here now.) This is one of the last to go. No longer will I be able to say, "Honey, did you pack my stripper juice?" when heading off on a trip (not to the USA).

Stripper juice, I bid you adieu. You will be missed.

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[User Picture]From: christina_maria
2018-08-05 23:20 (UTC)
Love the smell of cocoa butter too. For me that scent, and coconut scented products, make me think of warm summer days. <3 Stripper juice XD that is awesome. *lol*
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[User Picture]From: christina_maria
2018-08-05 23:22 (UTC)
Does their online shop not ship to the UK? That sucks if not. I hope you are able to stock up again soon.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-05 23:43 (UTC)
I check periodically and I did again after reading your comment. Nope, still no UK shipping. :/
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[User Picture]From: susandennis
2018-08-05 23:23 (UTC)
That is TOP DRAWER click bait!! Amazon has a two-fer deal on this stuff and now I want to smell hooker juice. So I just ordered it. Am sending you email for your address.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 00:06 (UTC)
You rock! Thank you. Pardon me whilst I try to unselfishly hope that you like stripper juice. ;) Message sent.
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[User Picture]From: susandennis
2018-08-06 00:18 (UTC)
My friend from New Zealand got me hooked on a lotion that I loved. Not only is it only available in New Zealand and Australia, a year later, they quit making it! I still have my last tube. Some day, I'm going to cut the bottom off and savor what I can scrape from the sides.

So... I can relate :)
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[User Picture]From: spiffikins
2018-08-05 23:53 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 12:46 (UTC)
I have not! I don't check FB very often.

That link does seem potentially good. Thank you for Googling the thing I was too busy wringing my hands over to remember that Googling the thing usually results in finding the thing...!
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[User Picture]From: livejournal
2018-08-06 00:31 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 12:40 (UTC)
The pencil likes me! Aww.
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2018-08-06 04:06 (UTC)
Would you like us to bring stripper juice to you when we come over at the end of the month?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 12:40 (UTC)
Yes please but only if you have space in your luggage. I know what it's like traveling with babies!

Edited at 2018-08-06 09:40 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2018-08-06 15:54 (UTC)
Ordered!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 22:53 (UTC)
You're amazing. <3 Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-08-06 07:31 (UTC)
Um, there's a B&BW walking distance from my house! You should have stocked up when you were here, I wish I'd known. It's quite a popular chain in Turkey. I'll check for your lotion next time I'm in.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 12:44 (UTC)
I noticed when I checked their web site last time that Turkey is one of the places they'll ship to! /o\ Aw, thanks. Another reason to go back, hey. ;D
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-08-22 15:01 (UTC)
Update: I was there today and they had it! ₺209, which today is £26.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-22 23:55 (UTC)
Phwoar, that's expensive! It's $12.50 a bottle in the USA and usually on 3 for 2 offer. Occasionally you get lucky with a flash sale and can get 3 for 1.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-08-06 08:23 (UTC)
Now I'm really curious what it smells like ...

Edit: I just checked ... I can even get it online ... :-)

Edited at 2018-08-06 05:28 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-08-06 12:48 (UTC)
It's quite sweet. I find that while it is a bit cloying when it comes out of the bottle, but then it settles down and provides more coconut than vanilla once it's on my skin.
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