Now that Memorial Day has come and gone and SAS is just around the corner, for me spring is pretty much over and "summertime" has officially begun. With that said, I'd like to take the opportunity to talk about this past spring scent-wise at BBW.
This spring season at BBW was kinduva hot mess, very helter-skelter. We had all of these various lines of scents thrown at us randomly since February and most of us are just now started to catch our breath. Soooo many collections - Destination, Sweet Shoppe, Fresh Picked, Aloha Hawaii, Provence Garden, Garden Party, Coastal Cool. Then on top of that you had the standard Spring edition White Barn candles (Spring, Lilac Blossom, Honeysuckle, Renew&Refresh, etc) as well as the tropical/beach scents (Beach Cabana, Oceanside, Island Margarita, etc) which were totally overshadowed and fell thru the cracks. Over all that's a lot of crap! I don't think BBW has ever released so many collections in such a short span of time! And what makes it so frustrating as that there were more than a bunch of scents that were either not very exciting or new.
With all that said, I'm hoping that next spring we'll see more consistency and cohesion. Bring back some old classics that we haven't seen and smelled in awhile. And of course give us some newness for piss'sakes! So here are some things I would like to see next spring
So every season, BBW has a set of familiar seasonal favorites with a mix of new stuff; in fall we had the Sweater Weather/Silver Leaf collection (Leaves, Cider Lane, Autumn, Sweater Weather, etc) and in winter we had Snow Day (Snow Day, Winter, Fresh Balsam, etc) Well next spring, I'd like to see a cohesive collection of floral favorites. Call it the Flower Bouquet or Flower Shop collection
Keep the classics like Spring, Honeysuckle, Lilac Blossom, Renew&Refresh (though I think this one can definitely be retired) as well as this spring's surprise hits Garden Party, French Lavender (or Fleur de Provence) or Lemon Verbena
Bring back some ol school favorites...
Now BBW, real talk...can y'all please retire the tropical/beach scents?! You've had these same scents for over 3 years..it's been done to friggin death! Instead of those tired scents, bring back the old tropical drinks collection. It could be like a cocktail version of Sweet Shoppe. And release it sometime in May when the weather is getting more summery and people are more inclined to burn more tropical inspired candles.
Let's call it Summertime Cocktails
Of course keep the fan favs, Island Margarita and Peach Bellini. Maybe even Limoncello.
Again bring back some classics
Sparkling Mojito (please please PLEASE bring this back por favor!)
Of course we gotta have Fresh Picked. But it can be revamped a bit. First of all, can we get back to basics and not have any floral scents like back in the day?! No more Honeysuckle, no more Lilac Blossom, no Garden Bouquet, no Majestic Rose, or Freesia or Sunflower. Just fresh juicy fruit blends, I don't think that's too much to ask!
Of course, keep the fan favs - Strawberry and Market Peach. Also keep Pink Passionfruit and Pomelo Grapefruit..NO SNAP PEAS! Even bring back the failed test scent Lemon Cucumber, we need a good lemon scent for spring
And yes, bring back some oldies-but-goodies...
Mango Cilantro (aka Peach Cilantro Twist)
Wild Berries or Fresh Picked Cherries
Blackberry Grapefruit (but fix the burn!)
Summer Watermelon (a melon scent always tests but never goes wide, we need a good watermelon scent!)
And give us some new blends - lime (with mint or basil), a fresh juicy straight (pear-less) green apple, maybe grapes (not Cranberry Woods aka Sundrenched Vineyard), or pomegranate (not Pomegranate Spritzer/Pomegranate Lemonade)
Finally, as you know every spring there's a international locale inspired collection of scents - we've been to France, then Italy, then Hawaii and then back to France. Next spring, let's go somewhere different, let's do ASIA! China, Japan, India, Mongolia! Years ago, there was a line of Asian inspired scents (Passport collection?) but it didn't go wide. Bring it back and revamp it!
Of course bring back the standard Asian-esque scents like Fresh Bamboo and Japanese Cherry Blossoms or Tokyo Petals
Add some other Asian inspired scents...
Plum Wine Amber
White Tea and Pear
Green Tea Nectarine
And there are so many notes that y'all can play with - lotus, jasmine, lime, basil, lemongrass, cilantro, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, tea, plum, mango, cinnamon, etc
That's all I can think of. So yeah, next spring..GET IT TOGETHER!