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RANT OF THE DAY: Farewell to Spring: Wishlist for next Spring

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! A…

CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Pink Petal Tea Cake

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Product: candle
Area used in:  living room
Time Period: mid February -

Description: Tea for two becomes even sweeter with the fragrance of a perfect pink petal tea cake made from garden rose petals, freshly baked cake and vanilla glaze.

I bought this candle back when it was still testing; it was one of the many test scents that I bought thru Customer Relations months ago. This was definitely a case of curiosity killing the cake - I'm not a fan of floral scents, especially rose and I can't stand bakery scents...so why the hell did I buy it?! Curiousity and intrigue, plain simple. A combo of rose and cake... how would that smell?! Frosted Cupcake and Flower Shop or Garden Freesia?! I had no clue! The prospect of this one going wide was uncertain for the longest time and there were lots of rumors about it...it failed and wasn't going wide, it was indeed going to wide, it was going to go wide around Mother's Day, it was going to be the actual Mother's Day candle instead of…

THAT'S SO TEST SCENT: Lavender Marshmallow

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Product: candle
Area used in:  living room
Time Period: April -

Description: The merging of two unexpected flavors - lavender and marshmallow - make this mouthwatering blend a special treat


As y'all already, I LOOOOOOOVE lavender. Anything with lavender in it makes me a happy homo! So when BBW was testing a candle that smelled like lavender marshmallows, I was allllll over it! And I was not the only the one, folks were losin their proverbial shit over this candle. Unfortunately much to everybody's dismay and frustration, Lavender Marshmallow didn't go wide...nobody knows why! After awhile, LM was getting more and more elusive. I tried getting it thru Customer Relations but they didn't have any left in their warehouse. In utter desperation, I searched throughout Evil-bay and several sellers had them but they were just too expensive. I finally found one by sheer chance that was reasonably priced and no one was bidding on it. Taking that as a sign, I bidded on it and for a …

THAT'S SO TEST SCENT: Lemon Cucumber

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Product: candle
Area used in:  living room
Time Period: March -

Description: Clean, crisp cucumber and zesty lemon create a refreshing fragrance perfect for spring

This was one of many failed test scents that I ordered from Customer Relations awhile back. I love lemony scents as well as cucumber scents so when I heard BBW was releasing a lemon cucumber combo, I had to get my hands on it. I knew almost immediately that it would not go wide cuz it wasn't mainstream..in other words, super sweet. And I was right, it didn't go wide...although I still say that it could've and should've replaced that Snap Peas mess.

Performance-wise, LC was at first a lil bit iffy. It tunneled and canyoned and took for forever to completely pool out, even after quite a few burns.

Exhibit A...



But then magically, it managed to correct itself and it's been burnin and poolin out just fine ever since. Throw-wise, it's very pleasant; I'd say it's medium strong. The scent filled the entire…

THAT'S SO TEST SCENT: Mad About Madrid ~ Under the Spanish Moon

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Product: candle
Area used in:  bedroom
Time Period: May - June

Description: A lively blend of dark cedarwood and soft musk gives way to the perfect hint of Spanish pepper. Olé!

Mad about Madrid was the failed and forgotten test scents in the Destination line back in the early part of spring. It was one of many test tests scents that I purchased thru Customer Relations in my big and juicy spring test scent haul. I was particularly intrigued with this one as it sounded very much like it would be a "mandle"...which it is. So months passed and it finally came time to burn it (with Island Margarita and Tiki Beach, which smells like a piña colada, I had a lil Latin theme goin for May/Cinco de Mayo). I found myself kinda unimpressed and disappointed; I'm at the point now that I'm really bored with it and can't wait for it to burn completely down.

Performance-wise, it's aiight. The flames were high and there was a deep and even wax pool. With the flames dancing behind t…

THIS IS THE BOMB.COM : Island Margarita (part deux)

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Product: candle and wf bulbs
Area used in:  living room
Time Period: May - June

Description: The scent of a classic poolside cocktail - notes of mandarin, sweet mango and plum with a freshly salted rim

I'm not gonna say much about this one as I already did a review about it last year...

http://realtalkaboutbbwcandles.blogspot.com/2013/05/this-is-bombcom-award-island-margarita.html

It's the same IM that we know and love...it's one of my all time favs and well as a staple late spring/early summer scent. It doesn't so much smell like a margarita as it does a premade margarita mix/syrup. It also smells like tropical green Starburts.

There's not much to report. The flames were high, it gave a good throw and the wax pool was always deep and even, so there ya go!

The wf bulbs this year were a little strange. As y'all probably know wf bulbs after various lengths in time go stale, this either lessens the strength of the throw or changes the scent entirely. The latter happen…

WALK N' SNIFF: Coastal Cool

So I got tempted by the recent Mother's Day inspired 2for22 sale and made a trip with my bf to GSP. I wanted to stock up on some Peach Cilantro Twist candles but alas there were non to be bought. So I decided to take the opportunity to resniff and reassess the Coastal Cool candles. I'll go from most liked to least liked.

Coastal Sun
This was honestly without a doubt the ONLY CC candle that my bf and I actually liked. It's very citrusy, like a very sweet candy like orange-lemony blend..think Starburst. It also kinda reminds me of Sunny Delight. It's a very bright and happy scent for the summer.

* Touchthefiretwice said that this is a repackage of an old summer scent called Citrus Flower.

Beach Day
This one was a little interesting. Everybody that has reviewed this candle all have the same thing to say about it (and I have to agree)...it smells like a specific and familiar men's cologne but I don't know exactly which one. It's one of the more watery aqua type s…

NEWNESS UPDATE: June Semi Annual Sale "Blasts from the Past"

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First off, let me apologize for being MIA. With the move, and getting my apartment together and job searching...I've been super busy. Plus besides my Summer Sips and a few other, I haven't burned any other candles nor have I bought any; I decided to abstain and not buy anything til SAS...


With that said, as y'all know SAS is right around the corner, in about 3-4 weeks to be exact. Also as y'all know, BBW releases special sets of old school blas from the past candles, ie last summer BBW released old fall bakery candles, ie Caramel Apple, Apple Crumble, Homemade Cookie etc. And this summer's SAS is no different.

So this coming SAS, BBW will be releasing....


I'm kinda excited! This was really fun line of scents. However I highly doubt that people begged for this particular line to reappear for SAS but rather BBW simply wanted to get rid of them from their warehouse but whatevs. A few scents from this line has made the rounds, ie Beach Cabana, Oceanside and Summer …