CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Black Tie




Products: candle and bulb
Area used in:  bedroom
Time Period: mid January - mid February

Description: Your perfect escort to any holiday party - Green sage, sandalwood and Tonka bean


Missing note: cedarwood

Trivia: also known as Sage and Cedar

This candle proves as a testament that it's all about the marketing and that something simple as a name change can work wonders. This scent first appeared randomly sometime last year with other woodsy..."cologne-y" scents - Oakmoss Vetiver, Whitewater Birch and Sandalwood Citrus..all of which failed; people could give less than a **** about any of em!  Then Sage and Cedar and Sandalwood Citrus fought for supremacy this past fall and Sandalwood Citrus won the fight. S&C was like the skinny kid bein constantly bullied and put down by the popular kids. S&C got its revenge by getting itself total makeover..new sexy black wax, new sexy Art Deco label and lastly a new sexy name....

BLAAAAACK...TIIIIIIIIE (said in my breathiest sexiest voice)

People ate it up! Once again, it's all about the marketing! Even I fell for it! And like a drunken one night stand, I took this one home for an evening of pleasure only to regret it big time the next day!

Now when I first heard that BT was a repackage of S&C,  I was honestly a little bewildered. Because the scent never went wide , I never got to sniff it. However, just judging from the notes, it just didn't sound very sexy. Then when the Toast the Night candles came out and I was able to sniff, I didn't smell as random as I thought it would and found myself wanting to buy it. With the name and the label, I started imagining Leonardo di Caprio wearing a scent like this on the set of The Great Gatsby. I was intrigued; I swear it was like bein hit on in a bar...

"OMG, that guy was hot and he was totes hitting on me...I'm gonna give him my number!"

Back to the review...

So, BT performed like a champ. High dancing flames all the way to the bottom as well as a deep wax pool...not that you could see it cuz everything is the same inky black color. And the throw...hmmm, I'd say it was medium-ish. It kinda filled my bedroom but didn't overwhelm me at all...which is a good thing cuz this isn't a scent that I would want to be super strong and knock me out.

Now the scent...*sigh even back when this was S&C, people immediately described this as "cologne-y".  I kinda have to agree! Much like Black Pepper Bergamot, Mahogany Teakwood and Boathouse Row, there's an undeniably masculine vibe to BT. I can see a scent like this being sold at Macy's or Sephora. The dominant note is definitely the cedarwood, which BBW changed to sandalwood..probably to entice y'all ladies. Next you smell the slight almost musky pungent sage note that BBW loves to blend with woody notes. And last but not least, there is the Tonka bean note chillin in the background. I guess BBW added this almost vanilla bean like note to sweeten the blend and keep it from smell too woody and nature-y. It's an interesting blend to say the least but certainly nothing to throw a parade over.

I bought the decorated bulb with the black casing and golden wrought iron-y design. As pretty as it is, I wasn't feelin the smell. It smells a little different than the candle; I can't really explain the difference but I didn't and still don't like it. Moreover, the throw was enough to fill my bedroom, too bad I'm not too crazy about the scent. Honestly, I'm just waiting for it to dry up so I can move on to the next scent.

So, in conclusion I can say without a doubt that Black Tie/S&C is perhaps the only cologne-y scent that I've smelled so far that I really don't care for. I don't really regret getting it but I certainly won't ever get it again and I'm glad I'm almost done with it. 

Ladies (and gentlemen) much like that sketchy guy giving you lustful glances and buying you shots, politely nod and walk way knowing you can do so much better!  


7 comments:

  1. Man, I do love your writing style. So happy to have found you & your page & reviews on YouTube. Thanks to you, I know what test-scents & test-stores are! Never knew they existed. Never dawned on me. ��

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  2. Thank you for the kind words, I love getting comments like this. I really do appreciate it! Be on the lookout, there's definitely more to come!

    That was me at the beginning when I first started getting into candles, I had no clue about anything. I quickly learned and it was the start of an obsession lol

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  3. Interest for me is natural obsession. Coming off of a fine fragrance fancy. You' d be proud, returned sparking confetti for Baltic Black Pearl. Spark Con had very poor throw. :( silage for calogne!

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  4. Hello! I know this is a pretty old review but hey it's what google gave me. First off I would like to agree with Laura above and compliment you on your writing style. As much as I enjoyed reading your review, I disagreed a little. I kind of liked this scent. But I bought it when I was about seventeen two years ago. I was wondering if you could give me an idea on another similar, "cologney" smell that is a little better in your opinion? Thank you! could you possibly respond to the email; bsimonsfunny@aol.com thank you!

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  5. I love this scent but cannot find it anywhere in Canada, is there something out there that smells like it: Email me at p.sawler@ns.sympatico.ca

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  6. My husband LOVES this scent and I am sad that it is no longer offered. Can you recommend a similar scent that I can buy? If you could, please email me at mriopel13@gmail.com. Thank you.

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