So yesterday I was running around Manhattan like Usain Bolt looking for costume stuff for Halloween. Since I was in the area to step a nearby and see what newness it had in store, it had these 3 candles
Cozy Cabin - This one kinda snuck in outta nowhere. Based on the notes, I thought for sure that this would be Black Tie but I was told on IG that its actually Ski Lodge. I didn't wanna believe but alas after finally sniffing it, it is indeed Ski Lodge but way toned down. And note-wise, it makes sense
Smoky vanilla is now "iced" vanilla... Whatever that means
Deep green cypress is sage
Rich agarwood has been dummified as "warm woods"
You guys simplifying and dummifying your notes for the basics dontcha?!
This repackage kinda makes sense...although its also been repackaged as Swiss Alps in the Holiday edition Destination collection. Two Ski Lodges at the same time back to back! Ski Lodge is good but not that damn good!
Anyhoo, CC is LIGHT, so light it's borderline nonexistant. You gotta really huff it with all of your might to get any fragrance and according to Tinadivalicious, it's even worse once lit.
Winter Sun - there has been much outrage and indignation against this candle; it stinks, it's disgusting, it's weird, it doesn't fit in this collection, it's not a winter scent and so on and soforth. After sniffing it for myself, in my most humble opinion, it's not nearly as bad as people on social media are making it out to be. That said, it's a pretty strange one and when I sniffed it in the store, it reminded me of an old scent but I couldn't think of what it was. Then one of IG buddies totally called it - Pacific Coast Highway , failed test test from the Coastal Cool collection. It makes sense cuz both scent are very heavy on the vetiver; I remember not really liking PCH thinking it smelled like freshly applied deodorant on a musty armpit. WS is definitely a repackage with a twist; the only difference is WS has an intense Coastal Sun-esque citrusiness which a)doesn't blend well with the hearty earthy vetiver notes and b)makes this smell more summery than wintery. I get where BBW was going with this scent but it totally missed the mark. To me, WS smells like a dentist with too much cologne in freshly Cloroxed/Lysoled/Pinesoled office.
Alpine Cheer - This is by far the best scent in this collection and has been the cause of much debate amongst BBW enthusiasts. Some people, myself included, was hoping and wishing and praying this was a repackage of the best Christmasy scent from the Slatkin era, Winter Garland. Unfortunately, it isn't but it's a close second. I also thought it could be Apple Spruce/WB Christmas 2012/Apple Garland; fortunately it isn't, I did not like that scent at all - AC is so much better. A few people surmised that it could be Alpine Frost from last year..close but no cigar; AC is too intensely fruity to be that one. The closest scent that it's similar to is actually Merry Mistletoe. Think a sweeter and fruitier MM. It has a sharp yet surprising balsam in the background yet it's not nearly as intense as Fresh Balsam. There also may be a bit of spruce a la MM or Snow Day. I don't really get too much cranberry but what I do get is orange/clementine. I also get..wait for it...pineapple! Tinadivalicious said it in his review and I thought he was nuts! But sure enough, I totally smelled it! Now don't get scared of by any of this - it doesn't smell nearly as sickeningly cloyingly sweet as it sounds and unlike, Jingle all the Way or Winter Sun, it doesn't feel out of place and summery; it's definitely a wintery "alpiney" scent. I like this scent a lot and is one of the few holiday candles I plan on buying.
While AC appears to be new, it definitely smells like an old scent; its very familiar smelling and for the life of me, it can not think of what it could be!