NEWNESS UPDATE: Spring 2014 Candle-y Goodness

Well ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to this upcoming spring season...

First of all we have everyone's favorite collection, the Tropical Collection, with the following already online and I believe slowly creeping into a few stores....Oceanside (bleggggh), Beach Cabana, Tiki Beach, Peach Bellini, Caribbean Escape, Island Margarita, Coconut Leaves, and Pineapple Mango..yawn!


We also have the long awaited Sweet Shop Collection which I believe should be hitting stores sometime next week. Some of the candles have appeared online so, unless BBW changes their mind and we get some late releases, it's like we know which candles are going wide...
  • Raspberry Peach Macaron - The ultimate French cookie is celebrated in a unique blend of ripe raspberries, juicy peach and almond cream (repackage of Gelato/Sweet Macaron?)
  • Strawberry Sorbet - A cool, new treat to delight your senses, sorbet made from the sweetest, sun-ripened strawberries, spun sugar and a touch of vanilla (repackage of Strawberry Picnic)
  • Lemon DropsThat magnificent mouth-puckering mixture of sweet and tart is captured in this blend of fresh lemon zest, sugar crystals and a hint of vanilla (repackage of Limoncello?)
  • Pink Bubblegum - A fragrance you can really sink your teeth into with notes of pink sugar cane, juicy watermelon and a hint of vanilla
  • Pink Lemonade Poundcake - A delicious combination of two classic bakery treats includes notes of freshly squeezed lemon, rich cake and ripe raspberries (uumm, yummy!!!)
Returning favs include Watermelon Lemonade, fan favorite Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts, Red Velvet Cupcake (ugh, why?!) and Frosted Cupcake (this scent just refuses to friggin die!)


There's also round 3 of the Destinations collection. The line this year looked very promising with new locales and seemingly new notes/blends. Sadly, as is always the case, BBW went very mainstream and safe with its releases. Once again, unless BBW makes some last minute releases, the candles currently available online are very ho-hum...
  • Electric Tokyo aka Tokyo Petals  An exotic combination of Japanese iced sake, delicate cherry blossoms and a hint of berries. Arigato Japan! (according to reports, this is NOT a repackage of Japanese Cherry Blossom! Also, according to the BBW grapevine, this candle will be repackaged as "Pink Petals" for Mother's Day..uummm, ok?)
  • Mahalo Maui - Go an instant vacation with a blend inspired by our favorite Hawaiian island featuring notes of passion fruit, white flowers and a hint of soft musk. Let's luau!
  • Sydney Harbor - Experience Australia's most beautiful harbor city with a blend of salt waters, exhilarating eucalyptus and bamboo wood. Visit the land down under! (repackage of Renew & Refresh)
  • Cheers to Capri -  Raise your glass to this fragrance inspired by Italy’s beloved drink, Limoncello, with its notes of Sorrento lemons, cane sugar and a hint of lemon zest! Drink in the beauty of Italy! (obviously a repackage of Limoncello)
Returning scents include Aloha Waikiki, Paris Daydream, London Calling, Rio Glow, and American Boardwalk aka Summer Boardwalk

Not much talk about the Fresh Picked Collection. Currently online are past favs; Honeysuckle Bouquet (Honeysuckle), Lemon Mint Leaf, Market Peach, Garden Strawberry (last year's Strawberry), and Lilac Blossom

No word on the Hawaii Collection...

Now onto the truly new and exciting part!!!!

With all these random collections coming one after the after the other, people (myself included) were worried that BBW wasn't going to release a spring line of scents, for example last year there was Spring, Green Grass, Garden Freesia, Lilac Blossom etc. Moreover, unlike this past fall and winter, there was no mention of a "White Barn" line....until now. A revamped version of Spring and Renew & Refresh with this year's custom White Barn label. No word yet on what else will appear in this line

Lastly, it seems there are two new collection currently in test stores. Whether or not these will see the light of day nationwide remains to be seen.

*DISCALIMER* the following information came from Life Inside the Page

The first line currently testing is the Destination Garden which seem to be inspired by the sunny and fragrant garden of Provence . I was quite excited when I first saw these as the packaging/wax/labels are gorgeous and rustic. Then I saw the notes and I stopped being excited
  •   Mediterranean Iris - The flower comes in a rainbow of colors, but elegant white iris is the centerpiece of our delicately fresh blend of orange blossoms and blonde woods (repackage of Sandalwood Citrus maybe?)
  • French Lavender - Never-ending fields of lavender are the essence of Provence and are recreated in a transporting blend of wild lavender heightened by a hint of vanilla (sounds like Lavender Vanilla to me....very disappointing)
  • Lemon VerbenaThe luscious lemon scent of the plant grows on the country roads in Provence inspired a sunny blend of verbena blossoms and lily of the valley (now this sounds promising...unless it's Verbena Waters or Aromatherapy Verbena Vanilla)
  • Citron Cedarwood - Elegant cedar thrives in the countryside of Southern France and is the heart of this sunny blend of fresh citrus and green moss (hmmm. this sounds like a test scent from this past fall, Cedarwood Trail...cedarwood, neroli and musk
  • Sundrenched Vineyard - A full-bodied blend of rich fruit, white wine grapes and French oak recalls an unforgettable day at the family-run vineyard in a tiny Proven├žal village (this sounds like the only real new scent in this whole line!)
  • Springtime in Provence - Experience the beauty of springtime in France's Provence region with a blend of fresh raspberries, juicy peaches and a hint of citrus (I'm gonna go with...Market Peach)
  • Wild Poppies - Some say that French farmers plant fields of poppies simply for their beauty. This lovely blend of poppy, juicy peach and sparkling lemon is attribute to breathtaking views of endless red petals (I wonder if this is a repackage of test scent from the Summer Lake/Lakeside collection called Wildflower Valley or another test scent from the 2011 Fresh Picked line called Peach Lavender 
  • Provence Garden - From garden to table, much of French cuisine includes herbs like the ones in this blend of fresh garden greens, pear blossoms and a hint of ivy (honestly this one has me perplexed..pear blossom and ivy?! At first I wondered if this was Tuscan Herbs/Market Herbs but now I'm wondering if it's  Heirloom Greens from this spring's Fresh Picked line)
Lastly another very mysterious line has popped randomly. From the looks of it, they give off a very middle of spring Easter-y garden party pastoral/floral as well as overall feminine vibe. And the notes don't sound half bad...
  • Sugar Berry Spritzer - Offer your guests a special treat - sugarberry spritzer. This spring, effervescent blend captures the fun and festivity of a garden party in sparkling water, sugarberries and elderflowers (this sounds soooo good. I love a good spritzer and I'm all about elderflowers)
  • Sundress - Easy and breezy as a sunny day in the garden, this blend of bright lilies, Tonka beans and bergamot is a beautiful new style of fragrance (I'm glad to see this isn't a repackage of Party Dress. Ladies, look forward to more clothing ensemble themed scents in the near future)
  • Pink Petal Tea Cake - Tea for two becomes even sweeter with the frangrance of pink petal tea cake made from garden rose petals, freshly baked cake and vanilla glaze (this sounds amazeballs, fingers crossed that this won't be a mix of Frosted Cupcake and some random floral like Garden Freesia or Floral Shop)
  • Garden Party - You're cordially invited to enjoy a blend of pink garden roses and pear blossoms wrapped in soft musk (hmmm, this may be either First Bloom or Flower Shop)
  • Bloom
Returning favs are Honeysuckle (why?!) and Watermelon Lemonade (again why?!)

6 comments:

  1. My store had a 4 oz Summer Boardwalk candle for 75% off, so I grabbed it. If I like it, I may purchase the American Boardwalk candle.

    I have smelled most of the candles that are available in store and I am not as excited now as I was upon hearing about them. The Pink Bubblegum, Pink Lemonade Poundcake and Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut candles I was excited about. When I smelled them, I really couldnt smell anything. I couldnt smell the PBG at all. I sniffed a few of them, but nothing. I was disappointed. PLP had more of a baked smell to it, like how your house smells when you are baking a cake. CSD smelled pretty good, it just wasnt a strong scent. I like stronger candles like Mint Chocolate.

    Spring smelled really good. I liked it. I am surprised, I dont like floral scents that much. It was so realistic in its smell, I almost sneezed!

    I am trying to get Garden Strawberry, Honeysuckle Bouquet, Spring, Cheers to Capri, Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut and Lemon Verbena. The last three are maybes. Cheers to Capri does have a lemon cleaner smell, but I am crazy for lemon scents, so I will probably get it anyway. Even if I have to return it later...

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    1. Yeah try it out! If you like creamy toffee/caramel-y type scents, then you'll love SB/AB

      I've heard a couple of people complain about the lack of scent of some of the Sweet Shop candles. Question, did you sniff a 4oz 1wick or 3wick of those? If you smelled the 3wicks, then I'm worried lol

      Yes, Spring is the bomb.com! I'm not big floral lover but I've this one. It gets a lot of hate for some reason..whatevs, I love it!

      Those sound like some exactly choices there! I'm crazy for lemon scents myself...but enough to get Limoncello/Cheers to Capri. I say get a 4oz and if you like it, get a 3wick later.

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    2. SB is an awesome candle! I love the scent! I could smell it in the room without even lighting it. Once I lit it, I was in love. I dont know how or why they came up with this combination of scents, but it works. The only problem I have with this candle is that it tunneled! I only burned it for about an hour, so hopefully if I burn it longer there will not be any more tunneling.

      I smelled the 3 wick CSD and the mini PBG and PLP. I smelled the 3 wick RPM and SS and their scents were light too. I did not like the SS at all! That solidfies my decision to get Garden Strawberry, which IMO, is close to a true strawberry scent, but it also smells like strawberry bubble gum!

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    3. SB has always been super strong. A lot of BBW reviewres rate a candle's scent by comparing it to SB. You have the 4oz of SB. 4oz-ers almost always tunnel, just not getting around it and few ever auto-correct themselves. You can just put it ona candle warmer if it still tunnels.

      I know I wouldn't like SS; I didn't like it back when it first came out last year as Strawberry Picnic; too waxy and artificial, like Chapstick. As for CSD and Rpm, you never know, sometimes candles can trick you; the hot throw maybe stronger than the cold throw. Ya never know, it's always a gamble. I'm certainly hopin that CSD is as strong as it was in the past.

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  2. Lemon Drop isn't Limoncello, I thought it would be. It's much more tart smelling (is that even an accurate way to describe such a sharp scent?), and frankly, not enjoyable to me.

    I would like to flail and say that I rather enjoy Raspberry Peach Macaron. I never got to smell Sweet Macaron so I can't make an accurate comparison, but I don't get the Gelato vibe off it. It's great and I'll have to hoard it!

    Oh, and while I am thinking about the Spring stuff, I thought I saw a White Barn Watermelon Lemonade candle also, I can't remember where. It's got the pink wax like the Lakeside one did.

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    1. Phew, that's a relief! I wasn't sure hence the question mark. Do you remember Kitchen Lemon? If so, do you think LD is close to that?

      A couple of people have been ravin about RPM and that it smells slightly different from Gelato (again, hence the question mark)

      I'm glad you mentioned WL; I forgot to mention that (along with Honeysuckle) are part of that last bunch of spring scents...although I don't really see the point of that as it's already in the Sweet Shop lineup. I don't think it's that good of a scent to be released twice.

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