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CANDLE RETROSPECTIVE: I say Cider Lane, you say Warm Caramel Cider

If I had a dollar for everytime so BBW newbie said something along the lines of...

"Cider Lane smells so's smells like Warm Caramel Cider..."


First of all my dears, Cider Lane came out FIRST! It made it's debut in 2012 and came back again in 2013. Warm Caramel Cider came out in 2014. If you're gonna make that comparison..flip it and reverse quote Missy Elliot!

So when CL first came out, I actually didn't like it. I was militantly anti-caramel scents at the time (although I did like Caramel Apple but it was more brown sugar glaze than caramel) so the fact that CL had a caramel note instantly turned me off. And there was something about the cold throw that just did not appeal to me at all. Now everyone and their grandma claimed that the warm throw was better than the cold throw but I had my doubts.

Then it came back the following year... and again, I just could not get past that cold throw. And I remember at one point during Winte…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Late Arrivals

So Sunday afternoon I was in the City running errands and since I was a few streets away BBW, I wondered whether I should go and see if they finally had Cider Lane. However I was tired and it hot and muggy and about to rain and I really didn't feel like schlepping there for nothing. I called the store and asked if  they had any and sure enough they did. As soon as I hung up, I ran like Usain Blot to the store. And there they were....

Chocolate Pistachio - there must be something wrong with me and my sense of smell, cuz despite everybody and their grandma going absolutely batshit crazy over it, I am not feeling it at all! It's so generic and basic. Everyone has been describing it the same way and, to a certain degree, I agree - peanut M&Ms. You get a powdery malty cocoa note with a nuttiness I guess you could call pistachio. And it could be my nose playing tricks on me but I smelled a tiny hint of mint lurking in the background. Overall, it's just not as exciting as ever…

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Seaside Escape (2012)

Products: candle   
Area used in:  living room
Time Period: mid July - September

Description: Go seaside with a tropical island blend of luscious guava and passionfruit, infused with juicy watermelon and rich tonka bean

Missing notes: strawberry, pineapple

Trivia: first released in 2010

So I know a lot of folks are in full on fall mode or are gearing to be...not me. With the blistering heatwave sizzling the Northeast like eggs on a griddle, I'm not even thinking of fall. As much as I would enjoy a little reprieve from the heat, I'm not quite ready to give in to fall mania and have been holding on greedily to these last couple of weeks of summer. That said, I've been thoroughly enjoying this now long forgotten summer classic.

So I've talked about this before - back in th early days of my burgeoning candle obsession, I completely ignored tropical beachy summery fruity scents. I remember the last time I ever saw it stores - summer SAS 2012. BBW brought back a crapload of Slatkin…

RANT OF THE DAY: Go Home BBW, You're Drunk Part Deux

Ohhhh BBW, why can't you get your proverbial shit together?! I had such high hopes for this fall but you've disappointed me. Once again, as usual, it's a shitshow!

First of all, yet again we have another season of batch variances! 6 candles have batches that smell one way in one store and something totally different different in another store...6!!!

And then you have candles that for whatever reason has been tweaked and doesn't quite smell the same or don't have the throw strength that it used

The Cider & Vine collection is just weird and random at best. Thank gawd for Spiced Pomegranate Cider and updated redone versions of Black Cherry Merlot and Sparkling Pear Riesling cuz the rest of the collection is lame!

And the Pumpkin Collection... Now I have begrudgingly tolerated the all pumpkin nothin but the pumpkin collections THE PAST THREE YEARS cuz it was a nice mix of fan favorites and new hits. This year, not so much - just the same generic basic crap we see y…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Halloween Candles

So it seems BBW is not done with us for fall. We'll be treated to a trio of scary blood-curdling spine-chilling fragrances. BEHOLD!!!!

Courtesy of Lifeinsidethepage
Vampire Blood - Blood Red Strawberry, Midnight Blooming Jasmine, Dark Transylvanian Plum (as you know, this based off the popular Halloween soap)
Purrfect Pumpkin - Purrrfect Pumpkin, Black Cat's Clove, Ghostly Vanilla, Batty Brown Sugar(repackage of Heirloom Pumpkin with, according to my gurl Jenn S/@theshow78, a lot of clove) (based on the Halloween soap and pocketbac Purrfect Potion maybe?)

Boo - Moonlit Marshmallow, Eerie Vanilla, Terrifying Tonka (total repackage of Vanilla Bean Marshmallow...because well, of course! Possibly inspired by the Boo pocketbac)  
A little kitschy, a little campy but kinda cute
As you know, BBW does not have a good track record with soap based candles, they just never smell like the soap...I'm lookin at you Crisp Morning Air. However the few people I know who have sniffed/bought/burn…

SHOP 'N' GO: BOGO Fall Haul

So as I said in my last post,I went to WB at GSP to take advantage of the BOGO sale. After sniffing around, I knew exactly what candles I wanted.

First I did 3 exchanges...

Indigo Sky for AutumnCashmere & Oak for Sweater WeatherPumpkin Banana Muffin for Sparkling Pear Riesling
After that I bought... Leaves 2x (of course)Autumn Day 2x And of course, I used a 10off30 coupon so it came out to $35
I was really hoping to buy 2 Cider Lanes and 2 Cranberry Woods but alas WB didn't have neither. Apparently they didn't want spending more money...I'm okay with that!  those two come out, I'm good on candles until the holiday candle time or if there is anything good Halloween or Thanksgiving collection

Enjoy my Youtube vid of my BOGO adventure...