CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Sparkling Icicles




Products: candles, bulbs and room spray
Area used in:  main and guest bathrooms and guest bedroom
Time Period: mid January - mid February

Description: As sparkling as the ice at the local skating pond, this fragrance features a citrus bouquet, bergamot and a touch of holiday moss



Ahhh, Sparkling Icicles...Paris Daydream 2.0

So, back in my Snowed In review, I mentioned that last year I was overseas for the holidays and that I didn't find out about many of the new winter scents until well into January after I returned. Of course, that's SAS time and by mid-January many winter scents are already long gone. I heard about Littleballadeer's review of it and it sounded right up my alley...y'know, "cologne-y". Unfortunately by this point SI and many other scents that I had all disappeared! With that said, I vowed that I'd try in next year. And here we are ladies and gentlemen, SI is finally in my grasp...and I'm kinda over it!

Let's chat about about something first.  Now e'rybody and their grandma has said that SI is a repackage of Paris Daydream. Touchthefiretwice takes it even further theorizes that both may be a repackage of an old aromatherapy candle called Flirt; the notes were mandarin, sage and emerald waters..whatever hell that is! Now the notes between SI and PD are very very similar, almost interchangeable; both have citrus, both of an orange (mandarin vs bergamot) and both have moss.

I personally don't think SI is a straight on dupe of PD but rather a repackage with a twist. I don't quite know why, but note-wise there's a difference. The citrus notes are more pronounced and prominent in SI whereas PD more musky. PD also has a warmer more feminine vibe to it while SI is more cooler and masculine; I can see why it's marketed as a winter scent. That said, SI certainly doesn't conjure images of winter time (nor more than PD makes you think of a rainy afternoon in gay Paree). However, it's cool, fresh, masculine scent and a nice departure from your typical winter/holiday type scents.

Now if y'all will indulge me, I'd like to rant for a hot minute. I hate Hate HATE the label!!! I wasn't a big fan of many of the stock photo labels used for the Snow Day line but this one aggravated as well as the description.... "as sparkling as the ice at the local skating pond" Come on BBW, REALLY?! Gimme a damn break!!! Compare that to last year's description

(*said in soft sultry perfume/cologne commercial voice)"As sparkling and luminescent as icicles on a tree under the winter's moon..."

That sounds friggin beautiful and poetic!! 

Anyhoo, on to the review. Performance-wise, SI was fabulous! Big thick mushroom tips and high dancing flames..perhaps a little too high as the they left soot along the rim of the tumbler. And maybe I'm just trippin, but I feel like this candle compared to others I had in the past was very very bright. I would have this burning with the dark and I swear it was like I had the lights on. Anyway, on first light, the wax had a little bit of trouble completely melting the wax but after that the wax melted evenly and deeply. Let me talk about the wax...I love that BBW changed the wax color to this pretty light icy blue. And when it melts, the wax pool becomes this gorgeous  ultra blue/ultra violet/periwinkle...very pretty to look at at night. The throw is kinda medium-ish, definitely not choke you out/knock you out...thank goodness, cuz I don't really enjoy this scent enough to be super strong and overwhelming.

Now the scent... *sigh....let's just get it over with...yes it smells..."cologne-y" In fact, it smells exactly like a specific cologne -Giorgio Armani's Acqua di Gio. It's a very fresh, clean, cool, watery fragrance that shares the same notes with SI/PD - lemon/lime, mandarin, bergamot, moss, cedarwood and musk. I smelled it at Macy's one afternoon and I really liked it but unfortunately it's a bit expensive. Anyway, I digress. I get the orange-y bergamot note which in BBW scents always comes across as cologne-y. And there's a very slight hint of lemon-lime (more lime) way in the background. Now I dunno what the hell holiday moss is...I just imagine magic sparkling glittery moss hangin off evergreen trees that Santa's reindeers nibble that gives them the power to fly! Anyway there is definitely a moss note in there, holiday or otherwise, that adds a earthy dampness to the blend. And I swear, I get a musk note in their, like the white musk note that's in the men's White Citrus body care. In fact, SI as a whole reminds me of the White Citrus body care.   

I also got some wf bulbs..I originally was gona use these in my living room but changed my mind and put them the two bathrooms and guest room. They're nice at first but after awhile, they start to smell off. They get kinda wet and musty smellin, like if you left wet towels or sponges around. I'm guessin it's because of the moss and musk notes in the oil. Speakin of which, the oil changes color halfway thru; it's goes from this pretty icy blue to this cruddy urine color...not cute!

I also bought the room spray, cuz the snowman label is sooo cute...




I love the smell of the room spray, more so than the candle and especially the wf bulbs. It smells so fresh and crisp, like a sexy men's body spray.


In conclusion, SI is just aiight! I'm glad I tried it this year but I don't think I'd ever get this again and I certainly would not be heartbroken if it never got released again. If you like fresh, clean...cologne-y" type scents, try it..though I'd recommend just getting the room spray. If you missed it this winter and it's not around next year, honestly you didn't miss much!

3 comments:

  1. There is one PD 4 oz candle on the 75% off table at my local BBW. I have smelled it numerous times, but there is just something about it that keeps me from buying it. It does smell very feminine, but it also makes my eyes water.

    I was going to get some SI wallflowers tonight. The store that I went to had 2 of them as well as the gift set with the mason jar candle, mini candle and snowman candle holder. After reading your review, I am glad that I passed on them.

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    1. Yeah, unless you're feelin adventurous I'd say pass on both the PD 4oz and the SI bulbs. There are better scents out there to buy

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  2. This candle is my favourite I always look forward to Christmas candles coming out as I need to stock up on this one

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