Showing posts from November, 2016

RANT OF THE DAY: Over-rated Holiday Candles

This post was inspired by Shawn/Hearthandsoul's "Least Favorite Holiday Candles" vid. I myself also did a fall list back in the fall and wanted to do a holiday/winter list as well.

As much as I love burning candles during Christmas time, BBW has never really been the best with holiday scents nor do they have the variety that Yankee and Kringle has. And the quality and variety of scents have gone downhill in the past 2-3 years; it's the same scents over and over and over ad infinitum. The ones I'm about to mention are scents that that have little to nothing to do with the holidays and wintertime in general yet for whatever reason they pop up every year like a cold sore.

10. Mahogany Balsam - let's take "fan favorite" Mahogany Stankwood and mix in Fresh Balsam and we can make it a holiday scent..let's call Mahogany Balsam..bitches will cream their Christmas theme panties! Yeah no! It's lazy, cheap and uninspired! A Christmas tree doused with ch…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Rumor has it...

Rumour has it...rumor has it...

Rumour has it there's a lot more candles in store!
So lifeinsidethepage/Bathandbodyworksdailyfinds released a list of upcoming surprise candles and everyone, including myself, went apeshit! 
Okay so first of all, if you thought we were done with winter, think again. We're going (fingers crossed) see another Christmasy themed collection called "Home for the Holidays"..with a slew of returning Slatkin classics...
Cranberry Pear Bellini, Chestnut & Clove, CREAMY NUTMEG, Hot Buttered Rum, Merry Mistletoe, MINT CHOCOLATE, Red Velvet Cupcake, SPICE (The capitalized ones are scents we haven't seen in years)
As excited as I am to see so many Slatkin scents returning, I do have a concern... I'm hoping BBW brings back these back in their original form and not do a switcheroo and replace them with newer scents that smell similar. For example..
Cranberry Pear Bellini = Pomegranate Prosecco Punch or Pink Champagne Merry Mistletoe = Holl…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Fancy-schmancy Christmas Candles

Thought we were done with Christmas/winter candles? Think again!

Thanks to the efforts of Jenn aka @theshow78 and _scentsgalore on IG,  we have firsthand glimpses of whats in store.

It's another lidless fancy decorative colored glass tumbler collection with a sort of old fashioned Christmas vibe and at first glance, it seems to be half and half mix of old and new...the new being...

Caramel Sandalwood - Creamy Caramel, Luxurious Sandalwood, Fresh Cinnamon Bark, Tonka Bean(so right off the bat, it isn't Caramel Woods from this fall; it's leaning towards being possible newness. By all accounts it's a"cologney" scent with slight caramel flavor)

 Fireside Christmas - Firewood Bundle, Pine Needles, Crisp Eucalyptus, Smoked Incense(it's been said this has a Fresh Balsam/Vanilla Balsam vibe with a hint of money is on this being Winter Night from backintheday)

Iced Balsam - Iced Balsam, Aromatic Cedar, Bergamot, Snow-kissed Apple (sounds like Alpine Fro…

NEW IDEA OF THE DAY: Winter '16 Scents Part 2 (and what I'd replace em with)

I kinda took a little break for awhile, the election results really took the wind out of my sails. I was feeling very sangry (sad and angry) but I had some time reflect and I feel ready move forward. I had considered shutting all of my candle reviewing platforms down as there many people in the candleverse who voted for he who shall not be named but I realized if I stopped and gave up, they and he wins... ain't gon happen Cap'n! That said, lets get this party started. This posts and a few others are post I had planned on posting last week.

So as I have said in many posts, this winter is a shitshow with all kinds of randomness and truly bizarre choices. As usual, with some thought and consideration, I've come up with some better and more appropriate choices

Pumpkin Gingerbread instead of Spiced Gingerbread
First of all, isn't calling a gingerbread scent "spiced" a little superfluous and redundant? Isn't spiced implied? Anyway, this scent smells like a watered…

RANT OF THE DAY: BBW's Top 10 WTF-iest Repackages

So this post was inspired by Tinadivalicious' most recent video  about he thought were the worst offenders and I want to co-sign and add on to what he mentioned.

I am a not entirely anti-repacakages.. I'm ok with them as long as the makes sense. If it's a scent that tested and failed so it was brought back with a new name..sure. If it's a scent that was mildly popular but could use a makeover...go for it. If it was a (good) scent from many moons that few remember..bring it on. But more often than not the the scents BBW repackages, especially in recent years are just crap and makes zero sense!

Here's my list of I think are the most cringe-worth, head-scratch causing, faceplam inducing repackages

10. Snowflakes & and Citrus and Holiday Sparkle
Original Scent: Midnight Blue Citrus and Bergamot Waters

Both of these choices are equally absurd; they have nothing to do with the holidays nor are they remotely wintery.

Better Choices:Snow & Slopes and Sparkling Icicle…

NEW IDEA OF THE DAY: Collections for next Fall

So fall is pretty much over as far as BBW is concerned and it's officially Christmastime. Whatevs I'm still in fall mode; there will be NO decaorating or Christmas carols or peppermint mochas or eggnog until Black Friday.

So this fall wasn't a complete hot mess, expecially compared to last year. There were some facepalm/head scratch inducing randomness, but that's par for the course with BBW. The point is this fall wasn't that bad but it could'e been better. That said, let's talk about next fall. I've thought of some critiques and ideas that will truly make next fall fallgasmic

Ok so first of all, enough with the pumpkin; it's a marketing ploy you have overused for too long. For 4 years you've given us all pumpkin collection with a number of remarkably un-pumpkiny scents increasing every year. Just slapping the word pumpkin on candle does not guarantee success. And I've said before and I'll say it again, cinnamon does NOT a pumpkin scent…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Winter '16 Scents Part Deux

So I heard that there was a WB store in the Bronx. I was feeling adventurous so I hopped on a subway and made my way to the Boogie Down. It turned into a very very long and confusing trip and I will never do again but I made it and it was truly an adventure.

So the store pretty much had all of the second phase of winter scents (except Cinnamon Pinecone and Chestnut & Birch) so without further ado, let's get started...

Juniperberry & Pine - so I was initially very intrigued with this scent as it sounded right up my alley. Curiousity got the best of me so I ordered the wf bulb last week during the 3.50 sale; I got it, sniffed it and hated it. Fast forward to today with me sniffing the candle opinion hadn't changed...HATED. I will say this, it gets points for accuracy cuz you do smell all of the notes - you get crisp outdoorsy juniper and the cranberry is the typical sweet Ocean Spray cranberry juice you get in BBW home fragrance. The pine is not your typical c…