In early February, Bath & Body Works introduced a collection celebrating Black History Month. The collection is said to be inspired by "joy and empowerment" and includes candles, lotions and sprays.
While many people criticize the company, they also claim that the scents are the same as before. The only difference is the packaging.
On the company's website, "Champagne Toast" and "Coconut Sandalwood" are among the scents listed, which many commentators say aren't new to the company.
One commenter said, "Bath & Body Works really put on a dashiki and said 'Heyyy yallll'." Another person added, "Bath and Body Works hit the candles with kente cloth and everyone wanted to eat that." The Commenter continued, "So gullible, there are no new scents, just dashiki-style candles and vibrations to seal the performance. Support black businesses and hang out all day."
Alongside the $500,000 donation, Ronak Fields, AVP, Community Relations and Bath & Body Works Foundation, stated, "This Black History Month, Bath & Body Works is proud to honor its longstanding commitment to Columbus and the National Urban Leagues with a donation of $500,000 to continue. "Fields continued, "These funds will support underserved communities with human resource development and economic empowerment programs across the United States. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at Bath & Body Works and alongside passionate employees who are committed to helping our neighbors.”
Referring to the packaging, which was created by black designer Tyrell Waiters, William Bernard, Vice President of Design said: “To me, it beautifully combines our rich history with a bright future through vibrant colors and inspirational messages. I also think it's significant that a group of Black employees, leaders and partners from Bath & Body Works were part of the creation, bringing our collective expression to life."