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 good..it'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 it..to 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 Winter SAS, I had it in my hand ready to but but ended up putting it back on the shelf..which I totally regret.
Then in 2014, we got Warm Caramel Cider and I decided to take the plunge. I found myself really enjoying which made me regret all the more turning my nose up at CL.
So you're probably wondering what is the difference between CL and WCC? Well I'll tell ya...
So I dunno how exactly they pulled it off, but CL had an outdoorsy element to it. I dunno if it's a wood note or a leaf note, but there's something about the scent that gives it an outdoors vibe, making it more conceptual rather than gourmand. That's probably why Slatkin decided to call it "Cider Lane" cuz "it's like you're drinking cider while walking down the lane" You also get the peel of the apple as the meat/pulp and juice which adds to the outdoorsiness.
WCC doesn't have that outdoors element - it's just straight up spiced cider and caramel; Cider Lane without the "lane" The blend is watered down and de-intensified with a bit more emphasis on the cider.
When it come out, I kinda preferred WCC over CL...or rather what I remembered of CL. But now, after finally having CL in my possession, my opinion has changed and I like CL more.
There's been a lot of hype concerning CL on social media...and I don't know if they hype is genuine and people truly LOVE this scent or are people hyping this candle strictly for the sake of hype and to be one of the cool kids. Whatever the case is, I hope BBW is paying attention and will continue to release CL is a fall staple like they used to.