RANT OF THE DAY: Farewell to Winter; Wishlist for next Winter

So as far as BBW is concerned, the winter season is officially over as SAS is officially over with more and more winter scents being phased out and more and more spring scents popping up in stores and online.

This year's winter line up was kinda lackluster. I'll spare y'all from yet another rant of how disappointed I was this winter. However, I will rant a bit about what I'd like to see next winter and how it could be improved.

Scents that I wanna try next winter
Evergreen or Fresh Balsam - truth be told, I'm not usually a fan of pine scents on their own; I'd much rather a pine note blended in with other notes, like Tis the Season or Snow Day or Winter Garland. But who knows, maybe next year I might wanna get out of my comfort zone. Methinks I'm leaning more towards Evergreen as opposed to Fresh Balsam. I had a Fresh Balsam bulb plugged in behind my Christmas tree this year or rather last year. I'd like it but I dunno if I could handle several FB bulbs plugged in as well as a candle. At least Evergreen isn't as powerful and in your face as FB. I dunno, we'll see...

New Scents that should stay 
Snow Day - SD really is a fantastic scent but as I said in my review, the throw was disappointingly weak. If BBW could pump up the throw action, Snow Day would truly be the bomb.com!

Champagne Toast - as I said in my review, a champagne scent was long overdue and perfect for post New Years' Eve. I would advise them to replace Peach Bellini with CT as it's more appropriate and let Cranberry Pear Bellini be the only "bellini" scent for winter. However, I also recommend bringing CT for the spring/summer as a "mimosa" scent.

Scents that should return
Eggnog Cheer - cuz duh, eggnog is a traditional winter beverage! Personally, BBW should replace that hot mess Hot Buttered Rum with EC cuz HBR is just gross! Besides, I think more people drink eggnog during the holidays than hot buttered rum. BBW, let that scent go!

Frosted Gingerbread - another duh! It was beyond random and bewildering that FG didn't go wide this year as it has been a staple scent for years. The only problem with FG is that on cold throw there's a weird corn chip/Tostitos/Doritos smell. If BBW could fix that, people would go nuts for it!

Hot Chocolate - once again, yet another duh! What's wintertime without hot cocoa?! This scent just needs to be upgraded. Take the dark chocolate from Mint Chocolate, add a vanilla been note, a bit of marshmallow fluff and a splash of brandy...tell me that ish doesn't good!!!

Candied Sugar Plum - this one of the many fabulous scents from the winter of 2011. The notes are fabulous - apple, orange, sugared plum, boysenberries and cinnamon. I dunno about yall, I think that all sounds beyond fabulous! This could totally replace Winter Candle Apple. Keep that mess as bodycare, not a candle.

Holiday Gumdrop - another winter staple as well as another fabulous scent from 2011. Once again, fabulous notes - cinnamon, peppermint, vanilla and anise. Like Candied Sugar Plum are different enough to grab people's attention but sweet enough to get all over the sweety/bakery lovers on board. Either this or CSP could definitely replace that gummy worm smellin Winter Candle Apple.

Sleigh Ride - another scent from 2011. Now this one was a strange one - juniper, fir and rosemary. This could easily replace Snowed in and be winter's version of Sweater Weather.; Sleigh Ride's notes are more wintery than Snowed In. This may be a bit of hard sell, especially with the sweety/bakery/gourmand lovers but with the right promotion, this honestly could be a hit. It happened with Sweater Weather, it could happen with Sleigh Ride.

Winter Garland - this scent is the S***!!! It's so fresh and vibrant and holiday-ish. Like Tis the Season, it just smells like the Christmastime. Look at the notes - cranberry, blood orange, red berries, cedar, pine and clove - just fabulous! I found a wf bulb 2pack of this Amazon and I can't wait to use it next winter.

Merry Mistletoe - very bizarre that this didn't return after bein around 2-3 years and it was scent that people liked. Also bizarre that it was renamed Winter Wreath and it didn't go wide. This was a nice wintery scent that could used for post Christmas throughout the winter season.

Pinecone/Autumn Snow - this poor scent just could not get a break. Twice it tested with different names and still didn't go wide. It's not a bad scent by any means - peppermint, evergreen, balsam, spruce and cypress. It's a nice outdoorsy scent for winter, a nice departure from all the typical spiced or sugary sweet bakery scents. All this scent needs is a good name. Pinecone didn't fit cuz it's too plain and boring and it just didn't seem very fall-ish. Autumn Snow didn't work cuz although it was released in October/November in test stores, most folks  don't burn their winter candles til after Thanksgiving..which doesn't really feel like fall anymore. It needs a nice WINTER themed name, something alluring like... Winter Woods or Forest, Winter Trail, Winter Snowflake, Fresh Fallen Snow, Jack Frost (even though Yankee already has one), Holiday Frost, Yuletide, Snowy Night/Evening, Sparkling Pine. A good name is all it needs. It worked for Black Tie!

Scents that we need
a mulled wine scent - mulled wine scent is long overdue. Now BBW realized a wine scent for the failed and expensive Prestige line - Wine Den (the notes were red fruit, patchouli and saffron) Just add some clove and it would be perfect!

Christmas punch - I love a good Christmas punch. In fact I made some this past Christmas and it was the bomb! As far as a scent goes, think something along the lines of Cinnamon Tea - some pomegranate and cranberry notes, some orange zest with a dash of cinnamon and clove with a hint of English (Darjeeling) tea in the background.

holiday pomander - this a traditional old timey scent for Christmastime. It's basically a type of orange studded with clove buds. I think this would be an easy home fragranceto make; take a fresh clementine or blood orange note, blend with some clove, nutmeg, ginger, made some anise or some muddle rosemary. The fresh fruit and spice/herbal lovers would go crazy. Now a looooong time ago, there was an actual Holiday Pomander candle with same notes as what we know now as Frosted Cranberry...which doesn't make since as traditional holiday pomanders are orange and clove...but whatevs

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