I had smelled Orange Sapphire a few months ago and thought it would be a part of Bath and Body Work’s regular collection. When I went back recently to freshen my memory of this scent, I found that it had been discontinued. That’s the thing with Bath and Body Works, they come out with some nice, wearable, easy fragrances that smell all right. Then when you go back looking for it again, it’s been discontinued. Talk about frustrating.
In Bottle: Clean, sweet citrus that reminds me immediately of summer and the tropics. Nicely done citrus-based fragrance that’s more interesting than White Citrus. Orange Sapphire is like White Citrus if the latter would loosen its shirt collar a little bit.
Applied: It’s like a sweet citrus party upon application as all the citrus notes flood up top and vie over each other for dominance. There’s definitely a distinct sweet mandarin scent amongst the various citruses. As the fragrance wears on, it gets a bit more floral and a lot more generic. Orange Sapphire’s citrus notes try to hold on in the midstage but the fragrance develops into a floral near the end of its midstage and when Orange Sapphire hits the endstage, it still smells like a sweet floral generic fragrance, the base notes don’t add much to the fragrance, as is usually the case.
Extra: Orange Sapphire was discontinued sometime in 2011. The last time I saw this on the shelves at a Bath and Body Works store was in 2010. You can still buy this on eBay and Amazon from third party vendors. But given the history of BnBW discontinuing scents then bringing them back under different names, I wouldn’t be surprised if Orange Sapphire resurfaced with a different name.
Design: All Bath and Body Works perfumes are pretty much designed the same way. I suppose the uniform design approach works for them. I mean, the design itself is easy enough to like and easy enough to rebrand for other fragrances. Orange Sapphire, appropriately enough, features an orange glass bottle with some sapphire blue elements on the design.
Fragrance Family: Fruity Floral
Notes: Blood orange, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, mandarin, cassis, raspberry, peach, jasmine, orange flower, freesia, lily of the valley, magnolia, orchid, vetiver, musk, patchouli.
It’s too bad this was discontinued because I think it did fill a niche in that it’s more playful than White Citrus but is still refreshing without being a full out gourmand. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought this back at some point.
Reviewed in This Post: Orange Sapphire, 2010, Eau de Toilette.
I really like every product of Bath and Body Works. I know that they smells good and are of high quality. I know that it would be good for me.
Bath and Body Works does tend to do well with their fragrances. The one thing B&BW do very well is target wide swaths of fragrance consumers with easy to wear scents. I think it’s very clever of them. 🙂
I am yet again frustrated with Bath and Body Works. I am very particular with the type of fragrances I wear. When I find a scent that I like, they discontinue it. Pink Grapefruit, Pearberry, Juniper Breeze, and now Orange Sapphire. If you see a trend, I like fruity notes. Bath and Body Works always discontinues the more “adult” scents to bring in all those teeny-bopper scents. What a shame!
Agreed, Tisha. I loved Pink Grapefruit and Pearberry too! When they discontinued those, I was really annoyed. Then we see them coming out with “new” fragrances. Every year it’s ten or more new scents that all kind of smell the same.
I don’t know why they do this instead of just keeping the old ones that sold pretty well (I think a lot of people were fans of the scents you mentioned) around and putting a bit more thought into their new products. Sure, they’ll release fewer new scents, but if those new scents are more unique and interesting, they don’t have to dump quite so much into repackaging the same “florally, citrusy, clean smelling new thing” ten or more times a year.
I guess I’m still sore that Pearberry is still gone. 🙁
I loooooove Orange Sapphire. In fact I found your blog by googling it. I was looking to see if anyone loves it as much as me. The thing is though I ONLY like the body spray! The lotion just doesn’t hang in long enough, same as the perfume. Either way I miss it! They had some out at semi annual sale and I didn’t even think to buy any! I think I forgot that it was discontinued. My #1 favorite BBW scent that has been discontinued for a long time is Magnolia Blossom.
Sometimes BBW gets the scent exactly right across all of the products that feature that scent and sometimes they don’t. Orange Sapphire, I think, was one of those situations where some of the products smelled different or behaved too differently despite being essentially the same scent. It was lovely while it lasted though. I have never tried Magnolia Blossom, it sounds lovely though!