We are here to help you with your obsession with Bath & Body Works – we know how you love those scents and how desperately you want to soak into that haven-like smell from head to toe every day. Even though they haven't officially landed in the 852 yet, we have managed to sniff out a few places that parallel import their most popular products (as well as other brands like Urban Decay, NYX, Tarte, etc.) Beauty junkies, you're in for a treat!
Instagram shops are the IT thing to browse around when you're looking for cheap thrills and parallel import goodies. The hashtags to explore are: #bbwhk, #hkbbw, and #bathandbodyworkshk or even just add "hk" to the back of a brand you like (e.g. #tartehk, #sigmahk) if you're bored and want to see what's out there. Some of them even have physical stores or a part of them so you can check out what's in stock! Ran by mostly oversea students who are able to buy them directly from the stores, these IG shops won't really overcharge and are a great way to get authentic products for a steal.
Their Instagram account name is pretty self-explanatory – they are probably CBCs and they sell beauty products they bring back from Canada. That includes our favourite Bath & Body Works, Sephora, tarte, and Urban Decay. Besides shipping, they tell you the date they will be back in town for face-trading.
They are not only an Instagram store, but an actual store in Causeway Bay, behind Times Square. You will find a large selection of Bath & Body Works there (maybe not as much as the B&BW store itself…), including candles, hand sanitizers, soaps, and room sprays. We definitely recommend you to visit their store to enjoy a treasure hunting sesh – from American snacks, makeup brands like EM cosmetics, Hourglass, Too Faced, to random stuffs like bathing suits and bottles from Victoria’s Secret... We can spend an entire day there!
2/F, 51 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
(852) 6778 3269
Just like many other Instragram stores, @MakeUp__First gathers all the orders from their customers and place them together by a deadline. If you have your eye on anything, print screen it and ask for a quotation via whatsapp. They also write reviews on beauty products every Wednesday – go on their feed and read their thoughts about Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and YSL Fusion Ink Foundation!
Another Instagram store that has a store in Mong Kok – 40% of the store is occupied by Bath & Body Works products and you can already smell the scent from the hallway outside the store. Out of all the Instagram stores, @UK2HK is probably the one that sells the most B&BW products. We also love to get our CO LAB dry shampoo there because they have all the flavours! We are currently using their extreme volume in fruity fragrance – let us know if you find any other better ones!
Shop 405, 4/F CTMA Centre, Mongkok
(852) 6385 0525
P.S. Make sure you double check whether they are shipping from overseas, dealing locally in Hong Kong or if you're pre-ordering, so you can gauge just about how long till your haul arrives in your hands! If you're feeling iffy about dealing with these people virtually, choose those with a store so you can just pop down. Alternatively, you can just head to BBW's actual store in Macau whenever you're there for the weekend!
Written by Kelsy Li