Okay y'all, can we talk about this collection? Is it just me or is this collection just all kinds of random? Why Italy?! What about these scents makes this collection Italian-y?! Tiki Beach..Fresh Bamboo...Sundrenched Mango...how is those Italian?! If BBW had just left this collection with no locale/destination attached to it and kept it as a vague summery/beachy /spa resorty collection, they would've worked but to call this collection "Ciao Italy"...really BBW?!
Tiki Beach - Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this scent...but wtf does this have to with Italy? Hello TIKI Beach!
REPLACEMENT: Suntan/Beachside - this scent just makes more sense; it has that summer at the beach vibe - it reminds me of an old sunkissed fashionista getting her tan on at her beach resort
Seaside Citrus - this is nice but it just doesn't have that interntional summer at the beach vibe that this collection is trying to convey
REPLACEMENT: Lemon Cucumber - I friggin LOVE this scent; it was a failed test scent that wasn't marketed very well and was completely overlooked. It's such a juicy, fresh and refreshing summer scent; if this was marketed right, this would be the bomb! An you can still keep the name - "seaside" would be the cucumber note as that is usually used in seawater scents and the "citrus" would the lemon note.
OR: Beach Day - this was such a sexy watery/oceany beachy scent and it's a shame that it was only released once. It's smell like a hot Italian or Greek model fresh and salty from a dip in the sea. Again you can still keep the name "Seaside Citrus" as the notes were seawater and lemon leaves
Coconut Sandalwood - ugh! I've said it once and I'll say again...I do not understand BBW's obession with coconut! Plus this scent is already in the Core line so why put it in the collection?!
REPLACEMENT: Coconut Lime Verbena - at least with this scent the citrusy notes are more prominent and the coconut is subtle. In my opinion, CLV smells more summery and beachy than CS.
White Gardenia: BBW has been a major gardenia/tiare flower kick late and I just don't get it
REPLACEMENT: Beach Cabana - it's just not summer without Beach Cabana
OR: White Citrus - this was a beautiful signature scent turned home fragrance from back in the day. It's such a gorgeous summery floral/citrus blend - lemon, grapefruit, ginger and water lily..tell me that doesn't sound lovely as hell?!
Sundrenched Mango - WTF does friggin mangoes have to do with Italy?!
REPLACEMENT: Calypso Sun - now granted this has mango in it but at least it's not the prominent note. It's just a nice juicy tropical fruit blend perfect for summertime. Plus this scent hasn't been in rotation in years so give it a chance
OR Pomegranate Spritzer - this was a delicious scent that not everybody got to enjoy because it failed. Just market this as a delicious cold and refreshing beverage to drink on the beach. Plus pomegranate is way more European than friggin mangos
Turquoise Waters - ok, this scent has been done; every single summer/tropical/beach collection in the past 3 years has this scent in it. It's ok but it's nothing exciting
REPLACEMENT: Island Waters/Sunrise Lagoon - I still stand by my opinion that this is the best oceany scent that BBW/WB/Slatkin has ever made
Fresh Bamboo - again I ask the question wtf does this have to do with Italy?!
REPLACEMENT: Beach Grass - this just makes more sense! It's a summery scent that has the same dewy grassy/floral vibe that FB
OR: Verbena Waters - OMG, this scent is the BOMB! Why oh why hasn't BBW brought this back?! It has a little someth'n someth'n for everybody - it's a little zesty and citrusy, it's watery and refreshing, there's a little hint of some woods and a little hint of musk..just perfection!
White Sand Beaches - I don't really see the appeal of this scent; it's just so basic and boring and un-summery
REPLACEMENT: Villa Bergamot/Bergamot Woods - now this is a nice cologney scent. And it made it's a debut in a spring/summer Italian themed collection..it just makes scense to bring it back for this collection
Sand and Sun - this scent just isn't very exciting
REPLACEMENT: Nantucket Sails - I can't lie..I like the mix of Black Tie with grapefruit and sea salt..the addition of those notes certainly made this feel very summery
OR: Summer Bonfire - this was such a weird ass scent...but that's why I liked it; it was unique and different and NEW
Endless Weekend, Indigo Sky and Mediterranean Melon can stay