RANT OF THE DAY: Pumpkin Preview....sort of

So my best friend and I made a trip together to BBW yesterday. I myself was excited what the store...had in in store...so to speak. So there was a sign out front promoting the preview and several of the adorable ceramic pumpkin candles and a Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin burnin bright on a stand. So I made my way through the Summer Chill products, new Summer soaps and Tropical candles, there in the center in the inner sanctum of store it stood like the Ark of the Covenent...The Pumpkin Shrine!!!

cue angelic choir

Then after the initial excitement wore off, I took a good glance at the stand and I noticed something....there wasn't a whole lot of pumpkin stuff. I stood there asking myself "This is it?" Utter disappointment!!

It only had 4 of the pumpkin candles...Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cupcake and Caramel Pumpkin Latte; the only new scent there was Pumpkin Apple. I was at least expecting Pumpkin Carving to be there and I really wanted to have a sniff of Blueberry Pumpkin Patch and Pecan Pumpkin Waffle but alas, it wasn't meant to be. I was never a big fan of SCP; it just smells like a burnt pumpkin pie. Pumpkin Cupcake to me just smells like Frosted Cupcake with ginger and cinnamon. Caramel Pumpkin Latte...ya know, it smells slightly different. Don't get it twisted, it still smells ooey gooey sweet but not nearly as much as last year's version which was like diabetes in a jar. There is actually a coffee/chai tea-esque quality about it so I may give it a chance this year. Pumpkin Apple...sigh...this really disappointed me. PA is very generic, total craft store fall potpourri scent. It's like an apple cinnamon scented crayon. I still might try the wallflower bulb. Oh speaking of which, they had some of the wallflowers bulbs and one lone 6 wallflower bulb egg carton thingy. And they had  some of the pumpkin soaps.

So at this point I was over it. However, much to my surprise, I noticed that the store had some falls scents....

Fresh Picked candles (3wicks and Mason jars)
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin...Is it just me or does this version smell slightly different than the pumpkin line version, less sweet?
Spiced Cider smells delish as always
Farmstand Apple smells like a fresh apple from the tree
Heirloom Pear smells like an actual juicy ripe pear, soooo much better than the Spring version
Apple Ale to me smells very very similar to Cider Lane
Blackberry Spice smells EXACTLY like Leaves mixed with artificial berries...very underwhelming
Harvest Coffee IS Espresso Bar...period
No Lemon Mint Leaf....just as well

Sweater Weather (3wicks and mini 1wicks)
Autumn..very fresh and woodsy and apple-y. I ignored it last year but after sniffing I think I like it
Autumn Day - not a fan. to me it does smell a little cologne and usually I like that but not this one
Cider Lane - ya know, this still smells strange to me but because sooo many people have said that it smelled better after it's lit, I might give it a try
Leaves - fabulous as always. It's fall in a friggin jar and no one can persuade me otherwise
Marshmallow Fireside AKA Summertime S'mores

The only new candle there in this line was Cider Doughnut, which smells EXACTLY like Apple Crumble. I dunno if this is a repackage but the two smell very VERY similar!

White Barn (3wicks and a few mini 1wicks)
My baby, my number one...BLACK PEPPER BERGAMOT!!!!
cue angelic choir again
I had an orgasm right there in the store!!!

They also had...
Cranberry Woods...a classic
Cinnamon and Clove Buds...it hate this with a passion and refused to sniff it
Bergamot Woods...Villa Bergamot 2.0
Sandalwood Citrus....very cologne-y; think "Cool Waters"...which I actually like but not enough to buy this candle
White Barn No1 Nutmeg and Spice ...I do like this one...very calm and creamy; total something to burn while wrapped in a blanket drinkin tea and reading a book

They also a had Sweater Weather, Cider Lane, Autumn and Marshmallow Fireside room sprays but neither of the two Pumpkin Preview only room sprays

I wound up not buying anything. I just didn't feel the need to; there were no sales goin on and frankly I'm just not ready to buy fall scents yet. My best friend noticed this and because he felt bad, he surprised me with a ceramic pumpkin candle which I thought was unnecessary but sweet nonetheless.

In conclusion, the preview was kinda  sorta lackluster though I'm still glad that I went. And kudos to BBW going ahead with the preview despite us fans a) already knowing what was in store and b) already ordered/ordering these candles from test stores. More and more products are gonna come trickling in over the next couple of weeks and by time September rolls around, the stores nationwide should have everything. So,with that's said,  if you haven't been to the preview already, don't waste your time; you're really not missing much!




4 comments:

  1. Great blog! I went into B&BW today thinking I'd totally hate the entire pumpkin preview, but I was totally surprised to find I actually love it! I think the latte one is my next must-have, just as soon as they come out in the other sizes. I was super disappointed to find that Tailgate wasn't going to go wide - they need more cologne-esk candles!

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    1. Thank you very much!!!

      The pumpkin line isnt that bad at all; I just wish my store had all of the candles instead of just four of them.

      Im very disappointed that tailgate is going wide which is surprising since bergamot woods and sandalwood citrus both made the cut and they're cologny scents. I may just bite the bullet and order it from a test store.

      And i totally agree that bbw needs more manly scents since not everyone loves the cutesy sugar sweet bakery or floral scents and when there are some they get bashed. Im glad there are folks out there like myself who enjoy cologney scents

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  2. Agreed, but tomorrow the stores get the entire fall collection (at least in Canada!) so I'm not too worried. I emailed B&BW about Tailgate and they're now passing me around departments - ugh!

    I totally get what you mean about the cologne-esk scents, but I hope they don't take a cue from Yankee and introduce man candles - bacon and fresh mowed grass aren't what I mean by manly scents!

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  3. Yeah they should be releasing around tve same time here too, which is way I wasn't too disappointed. Ah well, I get to smell 'em all eventually!

    Trying to get answers from BBW customer service as far as possible releases of scents is a HUGE waste of time! Soooo much needless rigmarole and by the time you speak with the right department, you still won't get answer. It's beyond frustrating!

    How sad and pathetic were those man candles?! I will disown BBW if they go that route. However I do hope that they continue to make unique scents like Black Pepper Bergamot and Villa Bergamot, etc which is why I'm really hoping that a miracle happens and Tailgate and Flannel are released wide, fingers crossed.

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