CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Flannel



Products: candle
Area used in:  bedroom
Time Period: mid August - mid September

Description: Wrap yourself in a warm blend of bergamot, mahogany and a veil of musk


*DISCLAIMER*
I recently broke two of my BBW rules!
  1. I bought a 3wick at full price and not during 2 for 22! (granted, I used a 20% off coupon but still...)
  2. I bought a 3wick online without sniffing it first at the store (I don't like surprises; last time I did that was when I bought Oceanside...need I say more?!)
So with our Mahogany Teakwood candle now burned and gone, the bf and I needed a manly-smellin candle for the boudoir. There were no brown wax MTs to be found and I refused to get the white wax version. I thought about getting good ol Black Pepper Bergamot but I dunno, I just wasn't ready for that scent yet. My only other options in the fall lineup were Sandalwood Citrus, Bergamot Woods and Flannel. I opted to go with Flannel. I still had the MT wallflower bulb plugged in and I figured since Flannel has mahogany in its notes that the two would match and blend.

Now when I first heard about Flannel, I immediately thought to myself, "Hmm, it's the masculine version of Cashmere." Though I must say I was puzzled; what did the notes have to do with the name? I thought something like Country Gate, Farmside Gate, Autumn Woods, Wooden Path, Park Trail would be more fitting with its woody outdoorsy notes. Then I thought about it and made a connection...

Wood/Outdoors + Flannel = Lumberjack

I imagine Paul Bunyan splashin a cologne like this before headin out to chop logs with Babe

Anyhoo, this candle burns FABULOUSLY! It has nice sturdy wicks and gave nice sized mushroom tops which led to both high dancing flames and a very deep and even wax pool. And the throw is what I would describe as  medium-strong-ish; I was able to get a whiff of this out in the living room with the bedroom door closed. My only complaint is an aesthetic one... I don't like the wax color! It's just cruddy and boring! And the wax melts into weird reddish brown color. I think this would've looked better with a rich Frosted Cupcake creamy color or blue-grey or periwinkle. Or the flannel (I'm assuming) scarf on the label should've been cream and red with accents of a light yellow and the wax color could've been a pretty burgundy or wine.

Now the scent...Let's get it out the way...*sigh, yes it's....COLOGNE-Y. However, there are accents in this scent that come off as perfume-y as well. Flannel is just strange PERIOD! Not that it smells bad mind you, it's just...odd. Now I've heard people describe this as being very similar to Mahogany Teakwood and one would rightly assume so for obvious reason. However, after sniffing it, I can't say that I agree. To me, Flannel smells like a much MUCH sweeter version of Villa Bergamot. The key word for this scent SWEET and I honestly don't know why! The sweetness in Flannel is very reminiscent of the sugar sap note in Snowed in. And it's that sweet note that this makes this lean more towards this coming off as a unisex perfume. The citrusy bergamot note is very noticeable and hits your nose immediately once you get past the sugary sap note. And as with most BBW scents, the bergamot, while citrusy and potent, always comes out making scents smell cologne-y. The mahogany note is sooooo faint, totally overpowered. And there's something creamy yet earthy about this scent. With that said,  I'm almost positive there is sandalwood in this blend.  

I dunno what to think of this candle. It's cologney yet perfumey. The scent wraps you up but doesn't give you that warm cozy feeling; in fact, if this makes any sense, the scent makes me feel kinda cold. It's in the cold weather family of scents like Winter, Snowed in, Sweater Weather that makes you wanna wrap into something to get warmer. Then there's that weird unexplained sweetness; it's not offputting by any means just strange. And this is the first candle that messed with my sinuses; nothin major, just a lil tingle in my nose. However  I don't think I want to take it to the store for an exchange. Yes, this candle is little weird but it's still a nice and pleasant scent and worth tryin..... once. 


4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the honest review on Flannel! I normally don't care much for cologney scents like this one. I read the notes, went "Villa Bergamot?" and put it down right then, but then the manager I am quite close with brought it by me and I smelled it and ... I honestly wish I could find a cologne similar to this for my man! Sheesh! So I got one and I look forward to burning it, hopefully it doesn't mess with my sinuses. I went way off track here, so I'll just say thank you once more.

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    1. I always appreciate when you post comments!

      I can't think of any cologne that smells like this. Ill have to do some research and see what cologne has the same or similar notes as flannel.

      As far as sinuses, i advise burning this as far as you can. For me, this only bothers me when im right up close it.

      Anyhoo, i do hope you like it. Give me your post burn opinion.

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  2. I adore this scent. But I must confess I am a cologne-y/perfume-y candle girl! I have an entire to drawers in my Ikea Malm long dresser filled with MT, Flannel, VB, VS and LV. And those are just the BBW candles. I am a fan of pier one candles and Votivo, who makes my all time favorite candle in Red Current.

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  3. be still my heart! a fellow cologne-y fan!

    sounds like an awesome collection ya got there! what's your top favorite perfume-y/cologne-y scent?

    I've never tried Pier One candles or Votivo, are they any good?

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