As 2014 draws to a close, I thought it would be nice to sit  back and reminisce on the scents that came our way throughout the year from the spring to this winter. So if y'all will indulge a bitch, I'd like list my favorites of 2014!

Fleur de Provence
This was really the only scent in the Destination collection that spring that I liked. It was the perfect union of my two all time favorite scents - verbena and lavender. While on cold throw it did smell a little like Fruity Pebbles, the warm throw was total relaxing aromatherapy goodness

Lavender Marshmallow
The rare and mysterious failed test scent that had everybody's coochies exploding. Not too too sweet and not too too herbal, just a perfect blend

French Lavender
Everybody knows that my love for lavender scents runs deep. While there have been several lavender blends there hasn't been a straightup lavender (well technically there as in '12 but it didn't go wide. Anyway, FL came along and all was right with the world. It got a lot of hate from the anti-lavenders but us lavender lovers rejoiced. French Lavender, je'taime toujours!

Pomelo Grapefruit
This was a nice sweet juicy semi-tart citrus-y fruit scent, a nice change from all of the super sweet (or tropical) fruits scents that we get assaulted with during the spring. This was nice to burn on a spring/summer weekend morning

Lemon Cucumber
While I adored this scent, many did not hence why it didn't go wide. It just didn't have the sappy fruity sugary sweet diabetes inducing goodness that has BBW'ers losing their proverbial shit. It was fresh, it was refreshing, it was zesty, it was tart - a perfect scent to burn on a hot spring/summer afternoon

Island Waters
As you all know, I love me some fresh watery/oceany scents and I gotta say this is probably the best one of the all..despite it being a repacakage (Sunrise Lagoon from '11) It was watery with being salty or *eyeroll "cologne-y", sweet without smelling like candy and a tiny dash of floral without smelling a flowershop or old lady. It was just a perfect tropical watery scent for summer.

Black Sands
This was a strange one, people either really liked or hated, no in between. I loved it and my bf really loved it. Though there's no denying that it was kinduva strange blend - think Black Tie mixed with Euclyptus Mint and Rain.

Garden Party
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not a fan of floral scents..but I LOVED this one. Usually my go to scent for spring is, well, Spring but Spring can be (and was last year) super-duper strong. I do believe Garden Party may be replacing Spring as jam for springtime. It's a nice floral scent that won't attack your sinuses with (like Spring) a dash of juicy dewy green apple/pear. It's a very elegant scent to have for the season, it totally makes you feel like you're attending a garden party.

Beach Day
Y'all know I LOOOOVE me some "cologne-y" scents and this one is no exception. It's a nice crisp refreshing aqua type cologne scent, think something along the lines of Acqua di Gio or Cool waters...actually after smelling way too many colognes at Macy's, it deduced that it actually smelled like Lacostes. Anyhoo, this was nice fresh clean scent for the bathroom in the summer and honestly (besides Coastal Sun and Turquoise Waters) the only one in the Coastal Cool collection I liked.

Nectarine Green Tea
Finally, green tea scent and no one was more overjoyed than I. Now there were some who were a little leery of the green tea note but once they smelled, they changed their tune. It was such a soothing, relaxing and tranquil scent, just made me wanna start meditating or get a massage.

Peach Cilantro Twist
My second favorite scent in the Summer Sip collection. It was just perfection - sweet, a little tart, juicy, refreshing, vibrant! I could not and can not hype this scent enough. I'm not the biggest fan of peach scents but the addition of mango and especially cilantro made me fall head over heels in love with scent

Spiced Pumpkin Cider
I took the plunge going out of my comfort zone and tried pumpkin scents this past fall. All of them greatly disappointed except this bad boy. If it were not for the addition of apple cider and mandarin, I would've not even have bothered giving this scent any attention. This was the perfect fall scent and do hope that it keeps returning.

Autumn Nights
I am sticking to my guns here despite all of the naysaying, this was Autumn Day..period. No one can/will tell me otherwise. It was an updated version, more intense, more woodsy and more smoky. It totally made me think of being in front of the campfire in the woods on a cool...autumn night. Even though the burn was craptastic, I still enjoyed AN a lot and it has official become my bedroom scent of choice for fall..watch out Black Pepper Bergamot, you have a rival!

Ski Lodge
One of the few truly new scents this winter and I am in love. It's so complex which I love - woodsy without smelling like cologne (eyeroll), sweet without smelling candy/bakery-ish, smoky without smelling like a dirty chimney/fireplace. It's so elegant and sophisticated, especially compared to the other winter scents this year. It makes you feel like your sitting a classy hoity-toity winter ski resort.

Fresh Sparkling Snow
I've been paraying to the BBW goods to finally make a candle version of my favorite winter soap and pocketbac and they answered my prayers. I'll admit on my initial first sniff, I was a little disappointed - it was so fruity and melon-y, it came across too much as a summer scent. But it has grown on me and I'm grateful that it exists.

Pumpkin Gingerbread
Despite my intense hatred of pumpkin and bakery scents, I decided to give this SOB a try and I found myself really liking it. It was the perfect blend of Pumpkin (I still wanna know what pumpkin has to do with Christmas) and gingerbread. So much better than the original Frosted Gingerbread of the past. Sweet, warm, inviting and spicy without being intensely red-hot a la Cinnamon and Clove Buds/Cinnamon Frosting. It was a welcoming addition to the collection and made me appreciate bakery scents.

Be Daring
This was the ONLY scent in the entire Perfect Wish collection that I liked. Its very *eyeroll..."cologney". Its heavy, rich and sensual - woodsy yet vibrant with a hint of fruit and spice. Think Villa Bergamot mixed with Flannel (without that sap note) with a hint of Autumn Night. In my opinion, its a standout - not cutesy girly fruity candy bakery cupcakey bs, but rather a nice, thoughout sophisticated high end blend which is rare at BBW nowadays

So yeah those are my favorite new scents of 2014. I'm looking forward (and is a little leery) of what 2015 brings up scent-wise.

That said, y'all have a very happy and safe New Years!!!!!

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Perfect Wish

I wrote this post on the same night of the $8 candle sale but just forgot to post it

So I stepped in my fav store in NYC so not expecting to this collection but lo and behold there they were in all of their glittery glory. And when I tell y'all, folks (mainly girls) were goin on absolutely apeshit over these SOBs. I on the other hand was nonplussed; I've been by and large indifferent about them cuz none of them intrigued me scent-wise and it takes more than glitter to grab my attention...sometimes. Anyhoo, despite my indifference, I decided to give them all a sniff...

Live in Sunshine ~ Fresh Blossom - As I soon as I first saw the notes and the wax color, I knew exactly what it was going to be a repackage of. As soon as I sniffed it, I totally called it .... it's First Bloom. It's a very heady sweet almost body spray-like floral scent.

Sparkle Everyday ~ Confetti Cupcake - Yep, you guessed it...it's Frosted Cupcake! Actually it's more like Frosted Cupcake x10; it's soooo sickening diabetes inducingly sweet. The buttercream notes is killer; you get a noseful of straightup frosting. I'm sure this one is gonna have all y'all bakery sweetie lovers' coochies exploding.

Go with the Flow ~ Bergamot Waters -  It's similar to Turquoise Waters from the Coastal Cool collection - aka Sea Spray with a twist from '11. It's a watery/aqua ( cucumber/melon) scent with slight dewy floral kick  and citrus in the background.

Light up the Room ~ Green Apple Champagne - this seems to be the star of this collection; people have raving about this candle on Facebook. I liked it (cuz I do love apple scents) but honestly I wasn't impressed. It's basically Wasabi Apple from the fall without the wasabi. Its a green Jolly Rancher/ Sour Apple Pucker with an fizzy effervescence similar to Cranberry Pear Bellini.

Dance Til Dawn ~ Tropical Tango - this is another one that everyone has been losing their proverbial shit over. I wasn't a fan. If you liked Coconut Mango Cooler from the Summer Sips, then this will be right be right up your alley. It's essentially the bastard lovechild of Coconut Mango Cooler and Champagne Toast.

Wine Down ~ Pomegranate Sangria - I had high hopes for this one as I love pomegranate but, not to my surprise, it's a repackage. Now a lot of people keep saying that it's Sundrenched Vineyard which was a repackage of Cranberry Woods....I personally don't think so. Unfortunately most of you didn't get to sniff this as it didn't go wide but it's basically Pomegranate Spritzer from Summer Sips. It's a sweet dark pomegranate scent with dark fruits (ie guava), a little lemon and a nose tickling effervescence

Be Daring ~ Spiced Saffron Redwood - ironic yet far from surprising - this is the ONLY candle from this collection I actually liked (and the only one I bought) and it's the only one E'RYBODY has been hatin' on for the same reason - it's "cologney". The hate on cologne scents drives me berserk! Anyway, yes this is...cologney. Yet its surprisingly sweet for a woodsy cologney scent. I smell something a bit fruity through I can't say it's cranberries as suggested in the notes. While I dont think this is a repackage (*faints), it does smell familiar. It's kinda like Villa Bergamot mixed with Flannel.

Dream Big ~ Lavender Clouds - E'RYBODY (myself including me) was praying their asses off that it would be a repackage of the rare and elusive failed test scent Lavender Marshmallow. Unfortunately it isnt (though it should've been). It was the only scent not in the store so I can't give you a proper sniff review. And I've reading conflicting reviews - some say it smells like a generic lavender detergent/fabric softner while other say it smells like Nighttime Tea and they get a " tea" note. *shrugs I dunno, I got nuthin...

All in all, this collection really pisses me off. For the most part, they're almost all repackages, blatant repackages. With the exception of Be Daring, this whole collection is just really unispired and boring and mainstream and safe. People are getting all seduced and beguiled by all the glitz and glitter and the sweetie lovers are creamin their panties that there are so many sweet and fruit scents and most dont seem to be even slightly perturbed by the blatant repackages but I'm not easily bamboozled. I like scents that are well thought out and complex and different. BBW is losing more and more of their edge and are afraid to be inventive lest they lose their new customers who don't know any better and the sweetie lovers who are happy with anything sweet/bakery/fruity. It takes more than glitter and repackaged sweet scents to get more on board. As a long time fan from the good ol Slatkin days, this collection is straight up insulting!

Winter 2014 Candle Inspired Cocktails

Twisted Peppermint (shot)
Pinnacle Peppermint Bark
Pinnacle Whipped Cream

Pour a splash of PPB and WC over ice in cocktail shaker. Pour contents into shot glass.

(You can either place a candy cane in it or line glass rim with crushed candy canes or peppermints)

Frosted Cranberry (Cosmo)
Ocean Spray White Cranberry Strawberry juice
Absolut Cherrykran
Peach Schnapps
Triple Sec

Pour in your Cherrykran (or Raspberri) over ice in shaker. Add a splash of Peach Schnapps and an even smaller splash of Triple Sec. Top with White Cranberry Strawberry. Shake and pour

Winter (highball)
Orange juice
Lillet Blanc

Muddle rosemary with pulpless orange (or blood orange) juice in a cocktail . Add a dollop of marmalade and then ice. Shake then pour in glass. Top with Lillet Blanc

Vanilla Bean Noel (martini)
Pinnacle Chocolate Whipped
Pinnacle Vanilla

Pour in a splash of PCW and PV over ice in cocktail shaker. Top with a splash of Rumchata then one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Shake and pour in glass

(you can decorate with vanilla bean)

Winter Candy Apple (martini)
Sour Apple Pucker
Smirnoff Green Apple vodka
Triple Sec

Pour in your Smirnoff over ice in shaker. Pour in a splash of Sour Pucker and even smaller splash of Triple Esc. Top with a small splash of grenadine for color. Shake and pour

(you can add a slice of a candy apple on the rim for decoration.)

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl (martini)

Fresh Sparkling Snow (Tom Collins)
Absolut Pear
St Germaine elderflower liqueur
club soda
blue coloring

Pour your AP over ice in shaker. Then pour a splash of Midori. Top with a splash of St Germaine (then add one drop of blue food coloring but thats optional) Shake and pour in glass then top with club soda.

Tis the Season (highball or hot toddy)
apple cider
apple pie spice (cinnamon/nutmeg/clove)
brown sugar

Muddle rosemary with brown sugar (or dollop of maple syrup) and apple pie spice. Add about a tablespoon of brandy. Pour in your Applejack. Shake then pour. Top with cider and add a dash of cinnamon.

(This could be served hot as a toddy)

Vanilla Snowflake (shot)
Malibu Rum
Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka
Peppermint Schnapps

Pour PWC over ice in shaker. Then pour one splash of Malibu then one tiny splash of PS. Shake and pour.

(you can decorate the rim with sugar)

Hot Buttered Rum (hot drink)
unsalted butter
dark spiced rum (Captain Morgan or Kraken)
brown sugar
boiled water

Mix a butter stick with your sugar and spices with electric mixer. Boil two cups of water in pot. Add a few generous splashes of dark (spiced) rum. Add the butter mixture and stir slowly til butter completely melts. Serve piping hot.

Spiced Apple Toddy (hot drink)
apple cider
apple pie spice
brandy or whiskey

Pour about 2-3 cup of apple cider in pot over medium heat. Drop in cinnamon sticks and apple spice (or you can use mulling spice kit) Add a few splashes of brandy (or whiskey or dark rum) Add a tablespoon of vanilla. Sweeten with honey. Boil til pipping hot.

Ski Lodge (highball)
Pinnacle Chocolate Whipped vodka
Pinnacle Marshmallow
Bailey's Irish Creme

Pour your PCW and PM in glass. Top with Baileys. Stir and sip

Marshmallow Fireside (shot)
Pinnacle Marshmallow
Patron Café

Pour in Patron. Top with splash of PM

(You can add a mini marshmallow or dollop of marshmallow cream)

Cinnamon Frosting (shot)
Pinnacle Cake
Bailey Vanilla Cinnamon

Pour PC  and Baileys in shaker. Shake and pour. Add dash of cinnamon on top.

(You can decorate rim with actual cinnamon/vanilla cake frosting)

Cinnamon & Clove (shot)
Fireball Whiskey
DeKuyper Hot Damn
pumpkin pie spice

Pour in your FW. Add a splash of Hot Damn. Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice (or just cinnamon and clove, obvi)

Merry Cookie (shot)
Bailey's Irish Crème
Godiva White Chocolate
Pinnacle Cake
French Vanilla creamer

Pour a splash of each in shaker. Shake and pour. Top with a tiny splash of FV creamer

(you can decorate the rim with colorful rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils)

Butterscotch Toffee (shot)
Crown Royal Maple
Butterscotch Schnapps

Pour CRM, halfwsy full. Top with one tiny splash of BS. CHUG

Pumpkin Gingerbread (martini)
Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka
Don de Canton ginger liquer

Pour PPP in shaker over ice. Pour in your Rumchata then top with a splash of DDC. Shake then pour

(You can add a dash of pumpkin pie spice or crumbled gingerbread cookie/gingersnaps on top as decoration

Gourmet Espresso (martini)
Pinnacle Whipped Chocolate vodka
Godiva chocolate liqueur
Starbuck espresso liqueur

Pour in your your PWC over ice in shaker. Pour in a splash of Kahlua and one tiny dash of Starbucks. Swirl Godiva in a spiral in glass. Pour your drink

(You can drop in a few chocolate espresso beans)

Mint Mocha Bark (shot)
Pinnacle Peppermint Bark
Creme de Menthe
Godiva White Chocolate liqueur

Pour in your GWC in shot glass. Top with with PPB and a small dash of CDM. Stir and chug

Peach Bellini (champagne flute)
Peach Schnapps

Pour in a splash of PS. Top with Prosecco. Drop in a few chilled cranberries or black currants

Cranberry Pear Bellini (champagne flute)
Sparkling Martinelli Apple-Pear cider
Sparkling Martinelli Cranberry-Apple cider

Pour half splash of AP cider then half splash of CA cider. Top with Prosecco. Drop in a few frozen cranberries

Champagne Toast (Mimosa/champagne flute)
orange juice
black currant juice

Pour in splash of blackcurrant juice. Add a tiny splash of Cointreau (or Triple Sec). Pour in Prosecco and top with orange juice.

Merry Mistletoe (cosmo)
Absolut Pear
cranberry juice
Triple Sec

Muddle rosemary with Triple Sec (or Cointreau) Drop in a few ice cubes. Pour in AP. Top with cranberry juice. Shake and pour.

Sparkling Confetti (martini)
Pinnacle Whipped Cream
Absolut Peach
Peach Schnapps
St Germaine elderflower liqueur

Pour in PWC over ice. Add a splash of Absolut Peach and a smaller splash of Peach Schnapps (or if you're worries this might be too strong, you can just use the Schnapps). Add a tiny splash of St Germaine. Shake and pour.

(you can add a dash of edible glitter to make it make sparkly)

SHOP 'N' GO: $8 Candle Day Haul

So there I am at work, counting down the hours til it was time to go so I could get my shop on finally. And of course, the day went by so agonizingly slow. Finally it was that time and I ran like The Flash out the door, hopped on the subway and ran some more to the store. I got there and the joint was mob deep, packed like crazy! I didn't let this deter; I knew exactly what candles I wanted and found them all with ease. But oy vey, the lines were excruciatingly long. Luckily there were roaming SAs with awesome handy handheld portable debit/credit card machines. I did two transactions with two $10 off $30 coupons and as soon as the super sweet and patient (and pretty) SA girl finished my transactions, I ran out the door before it got anymore crowded.

So ladies and gents, this is what I bought....

  • 2 Ski Lodges
  • 1 Champagne Toast
  • 1 Winter
  • 2 Merry Mistletoes
  • 1 Gourmet Espresso
  • 1 Be Daring

Then later that same evening, my boyfriend came home with a nice candle haul. He bought...

  • 1 Fresh Balsam
  • 1 Tis the Season
  • 1 Sparkling Icicles
  • 1 Spiced Apple Toddy
  • 1 Fresh Sparkling Snow
  • 1 Wine Down
  • 1 Tropical Tango
  • 1 Be Daring
16 candles total. All in all, I think we both did pretty damn good. We both got all of the candles we wanted (well my bf wanted a Evergreen and a Gourmet Espresso but the store he went to didn't have them) and all in all we're both equally satisfied with our purchases!

Now enjoy my Winter Haul/$8 sale Youtube vid

CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Pumpkin Gingerbread

Products: candle
Area used in:  living room (weekends)
Time Period: Thanksgiving - New Year's Eve

Description: A Christmas classic gets a touch of fresh creamy pumpkin added to a  scrumptious mixture of just baked gingerbread and golden vanilla 

So long story short, I wanted a nice "weekend morning" scent that would take me from Thanksgiving and straight through Christmas and this was the only scent that I could think of from this collection (truth be told, the other scents in this collection didn't appeal to me at all). I decided to get over me intense vehement dislike of both pumpkin scents and bakery scents, get out of my proverbial comfort zone and try this sucker. I gotta say, I'm kinda glad that I did cuz I found myself liking it.

So far it's been performing like a boss - high dancing flames, plump mushroom tops, deep wax pool. So far so good! Now a lot of people have complained that the throw is super light to the point of being nonexistent... not mine! My PGB filled up my entire living room and the scent lingered for hours. There were a couple of times that I had to blow it out cuz it was little too strong...I RARELY ever have to do that!

Now  let's talk about the scent. Most of you longtime Slatkin fans know that there was a scent called Gingerbread back in '11 and it came back as Frosted Gingerbread in '12 and again as a failed test scent in '13. That one was kinda weird. The bakery note on cold throw kinda smelled like corn chips and there was as sharpness in the "spice" notes that reminded me of curry powder. PGB is sooo much better!!! It's like an updated remedied version of FG. And you do get the "pumpkin" aspect, more like spiced pumpkin puree; it's very nutmeg-y and gingery. And speaking of nutmeg, a lot of people said that this reminded them of this fall's Heirloom Pumpkin which was very nutmeg heavy; some have even gone so far as to say that it's a straight up repackage of HP. I  can see why people would say that but I kinda have to disagree. To me, it's too bakery and gingery to be a repackage of HP. Personally, I think this smells more like a mix of the bakery note of FG and the "pumpkin spice" of Pumpkin Cupcake.

So yeah, that's really all I have to say about this scent. I think it's a nice "new" addition to the holiday roundup (though I don't really know what pumpkin has to do with holidays, but whatevs). As I said before, I wound up really like this despite normally hating both pumpkin and bakery scents so that says a lot. I definitely think that it's worth checking out.