THIS IS THE BOMB.COM: Pomegranate Lemonade (2016 vers.)



Products: candle   
Area used in: living room
Time Period: end of May - 4th of July

Description: A fragrance inspired by an ice cold glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice, pomegranate nectar and a touch of sugar

Original Notes: Juicy pomegranate, pink grapefruit and lemon zest blend deliciously and then are infused with rose petals, sheer woods and sugared citron for a refreshing treat.

Trivia: Pomegranate Lemonade was last seen in store spring/summer 2012


As you may (or may not) remember, a bunch of late additions were added to the WB core line last summer and the sat on the shelf full price for the longest time. By the time a decent sale came along, summer was almost over so I bought a few to save for future summers. Fast forward to 2017, it feels like summer outside and I am ready to get my Pomegranate Lemonade on!

So the performance for this bad boi has been amazeballs! The flames are high and the wax pool is deep. And with the hot pink/magenta glass color, it is absolute gorgeous to burn, ambiance throw the roof! And the throw is an absolutely knock-out! Instant fragrnce all over the place! And because it's such high octane citrus scent, it's a great deodorizing scent guaranteed to get rid of household funk.

And now the scent...which in my most humble of opinions doesn't really smell like "pomegranate lemonade" per se but rather the process of making pomegranate lemonade if that makes any sense. In other words, it smells like you've just sliced a fresh lemon and are de-seeding a cut pomegranate in order to make pomegranate lemonade. You get a noseful of bright sparkling effervescence from the melange of mouth-puckering citrus notes; with lemon, the grapefruit and the citron, you really get the juice from the fruits and the peel. Then you get the dark, tannic and almost seductive pomegranate juice which adds to the already present tartness of the blend. And I do get a hint of floral lurking in the background, like dried petals/potpourri this gives this scent a distinct home fragrance vibe. As a whole, PL is just a perfect summer scent; it's relaxing but at the same energizing/revitalizing as well as refreshing. And it totally makes you wanna run into the kitchen and fix yourself a pitcher of homemade lemonade, pomegranate or otherwise.

There have been may PL clones over the years - Pink Sangria, Pomegranate Spritzer, Strawberry Mimosa, Sugared Citrus Sorbet...all are cute in their own way but can't compare to the original. Unfortunately, despite it's popularity and it's credibility as a Slatkin classic, it has not returned. If you see this candle, no matter the year, and it is reasonably priced, don't think about it just get it!       

ON THE FENCE: Driftwood Surf (2016 vers)


Products: candle and wf bulb
Area used in: bedroom
Time Period: end of May - 4th of July

Description: Hear the sound of rustling palm leaves above white sand beaches when you breath in the scent of Caribbean coconut, watery citrus and sea salted driftwood

New Notes: Salty Sea Breezes, White Pineapple, Warm Coconut Wood

As a rule, I tend to prefer manly "cologney" scents in my boudoir and well, manly cologney scents are very few and far in between in the summertime lately. I saw this in the "Beach House" collection last summer and grabbed it out of desperation. I assumed since it was a new, decent, non-basic conceptual scent that wasn't going to come back but sure enough it reappeared in the Ribbed for your pleasure/Times New Roman" collection this summer.

So I was kinda diggin it on cold sniff; definitely can't deny that it's a masculine scent - very bodycare-ish like a summery body spray for men (it also ever so slightly reminds me of the Paris bodycare for men). However it's one of those scents that confounds and I can't exactly pinpoint actual notes. I get the driftwood aspect - oak perhaps, a little teakwood with a salty ozonic sear air vibe. I get coconut but it's not coconut water or meat or milk but rather the husk, like a uncut coconut fresh from the tree. Speaking of trees, I sorta get something green in the background, like palm leaves. Then there's the citrus; the this year's notes mention pineapple...maybe? It's tricky, I guess I can smell that but it may just be the notes playing subliminal games with my nose. Whatever the "citrus" may be, it isn't your typical lemon or lime or orange; I dunno if it's pineapple per se, but it is a sugary sweet summer fruit note.

So yeah, the cold sniff was pleasant enough for me to buy it as it fulfilled what I was looking for - a summery manly scent. However, I started burning it recently and whatever slight satisfaction I had for this scent went right out the window - it's smells like straight up chemicals, almost bug spray-ish. And despite having skinny wicks, the flames were high and burned really quickly. Sometimes you would get small whiffs of what the scent was supposed to smell like but for the most part it just smelled plasticy and chemically and eventually I would have to blow it up. The wf bulb on the other hand is really pleasant; the throw is the strong and the notes are balanced. I will say, even though I'm not a huge fan of earthy brown/tan/sand tones, this candle is gorgeous to burn - amibience out the wazoo! Too bad I'm not a big fan of the scent.

If you're intrigued with this scent, buy with caution. Hopefully BBW fixed the chemical smell probably with this new version and it's totally possible that my 2016 version was a dud..you just never know. Air on the side of caution when buying this candle and keep your receipt for an exchange.

WALK N SNIFF: Coast to Coast Collection

Well gang, since the start of SAS I have been to 3 BBWs and 3 WBs and have yet to see any Coast to Coast 3wicks despite it randomly popping in some stores across the nation. No one really knows what the deal is with this collection; wf bulbs popped online and should be in most stores yet the 3wicks are only making random appearances a few BBWs and WBs here and there. Also candles with clear tumblers and colored wax have been popping up so obviously there has been a re-pour. So has it failed and stores are getting the remaining leftover rejects? If that's the case, I think it's pretty shitty that it failed and the basic ass Times New Roman candles didn't! Or because there were re-pours, will we see them after SAS is over? Who the hell knows! I know one thing, I'm tired of the games and BS with BBW and testing/failing scents really needs to stop!

Anyway, one of my stores did at least have 1wick testers to sniff so I'd least a got a taste of what the new scents in this collection smell like

Coastal Jasmine - It looks as if jasmine is replacing gardenia as BBW's premier white floral scent du jour. I don't think "coastal" jasmine is actually a thing...unless they are referring to confederate jasmine which is popular in the South and can grow in seaside/coastal areas but let's be real I don't think BBW put that much thought into the name. Anyhoo, I'm about 85% positive that this is a repackage of Jasmine Water from the post winter SAS tropical collection; unfortunately the store didn't have any to compare so I'm only going by scent memory. There's really not much to say about it - it's a heady powdery slightly nectary jasmine note wrapped in music with a cooling ozonic watery note in the background. It's a cute scent if you like jasmine.

White Driftwood - So BBW seemed to really like this scent but really didn't know how to market it. It first appeared in the animal skin/zoo collection as "Wild Cedarwood" and then it appeared in the personalized greetings collection repackaged as "Happily Ever After ~ Blue Lily Water" And now it's back as "White Driftwood". There's really not much to say about this one either - it's a masculine woodsy repackage with a twist of Beach Cabana. Some exact notes from BC mixed with a soft dry cedar note and a hint of sea salt/sea air. It's a nice scent but not really necessary.

Seaside Mist - Like its brethren White Driftwood, this was also repackaged in the greetings collection as "XOXO" and was erroneously labeled as "Jungle Woods" online only to be changed a few weeks later as "Seaside Mist" The scent seemed to befuddle everyone, myself included. The notes sounded suspiciously like my bae Black Pepper Bergamot but it wasn't. Everyone all had the same thing to say about it - "it smells so familiar." Everybody was coming up with repackage hypotheses - Oceanside, Crisp Morning Air  , Blue Sandalwood and Sage...close but no cigar! It took 2 trips to BBW and a consultation with my candle buddies but I finally unlocked the mystery - Whitewater Rush.  It was part of a trio of men's bodycare (along with Mahogany Woods and Alpine Suede) winter 2014. Around the same time,  few stores got a limited supply of 3wicks    of them as well. Obviously this a cologney scent...GASP!!! It smells like a men's cologne of the fresh/watery/aquatic variety. The notes mention mandarin which I call BS on that; what I get instead is bergamot which a) is one of the top notes of WWR and b) it was probably changed because so many BBs complain about too much bergamot and that it smells cologney. It got some Mahogany Stankwood-esque woodsy action - some oak maybe, definitely cedarwood , again one of the top notes of WWR. I'm not sure about the lavender; like it's other cologney comrades Mahogany Stankwood, Villa Bergamot and Black Pepper Bergamot, the lavender note is way pushed down. I'm not 100% sold on this scent; even though I love cologney scents and watery/oceanic scents, SSM isn't a winner for me.

Beach Sage & Mist - When this collection first started testing, this was the scent that I was the most intrigued and knew I had to get my hands on. Fast forward to SAS and everyone and their grandma are posting pics of their BS&Ms that they randomly found in their stores which made me very jealous. After smelling the tester candle (and buying a few wf bulbs despite them not being $3), I decided somehow, come hell or high water, I'm gonna get this damn candle because it is LIFE!!! It is EVERYTHING! This is the of candle that I love - a strong herbal conceptual scent. So basically if you took Cucumber Melon and mixed it with Bergamot Mint    and a hint of Wild Sage & Aloe, that's basically BS&M. Also, think of this as a summery/beachy version of Winter Mint & Spruce; the two have a similar vibe and could totally be twins. You get a basenote of a sweet and watery cucumber/melon blend with a layer of cologney bergamot and melange of earthy sage, cool refreshing mint and some other unlisted herbal notes, possibly thyme (there was a Slatkin era failed test scent called Honeydew & Thyme, I wonder how close BS&M is to that) The mix of all of those random note sound bizarre together but trust me, they blend together perfectly! And does smell beachy (beach sage actually exists but I don't know how close this smells to the real thing). This scent is just great - it's calm, it's relaxing, it's guest friendly; it totally feels like your relaxing in your rented beach house with the ocean breeze on your face and listening to the waves crash.

RANT OF THE DAY: Exchange Policy ~ Too Much of a Good Thing?

We as human beings have ingrained in our DNA the innate talent of messing up a good thing. Throughout our history on this floating dirtball, whenever there is something awesome in our lives, people will inevitably screw it up and ruin it for everyone. If there is any possible way to get over and take advantage, folks will find a way to do it and their hubris and selfishness blind them to the fact that their actions are wrong. And is always the case, the good suffers for the bad and that awesome thing is nothing more but a mere memory.

We've seen this over the years at BBW. Perfect example - phone orders. Back in the good ol days, you could call a test store, order a few test scents and have sent to you with $5.99 shipping...awesome, right?! It was great but then as usual, people had to mess it up. You had greedy bastards ordering 10-20 candles at time and not just one of everything but 10-20 of ONE SCENT! Or you had lying assholes saying that their order wasn't delivered and the store would have no alternative but to send replacements so these assholes got double the candles. Meanwhile the stores were running out of candles to sell to customers who were actually in the store. Corporate said "screw this"  and sent a mandate to stores saying no more phone orders all because of people's greediness and dishonesty. In 2014 they brought phone orders back but thru Customer Relations but people were pulling these shenanigans again and after a few months phone orders were no more and this time for good.

What else have we seen disappear over the years? Survey coupons...BBW Insiders program...free candle giveaways...3day grace periods. It's easy to scream and yell, gnash your teeth and shake your fist in the air angrily while declaring that BBW is being unfair. However, perhaps we should save our self righteous ire for the unscrupulous members of our candle community instead.

Which brings me to the point of this whole rant - exchanges. As you know, BBW has a lovely exchange policy - if you're unhappy with your candle for whatever reason, just bring it back and exchange for another candle that is more to your liking. Sometimes the SA will ask you for a receipt and your ID, but for the most part they SA will graciously do an exchange for you no questions asked. But as always, people try to get over and pull a fast one. You have folks...

  • bringing in a completely burned candle to exchange and because of the return/exchange policy, SAs have no choice but to (begrudgingly) do an exchange
  • exchanging 10-20 candles all at the same time   
  • the newest trend - buying candles (especially if there is a glitch online) that they have no intention on burning and keeping them to do an exchange when a new collection comes out and/or there is a sale
I personally don't do any of this. In all the years I've been shopping at BBW, Ive returned maybe 4 or 5 burned candles and they were only burned once not all the all way to the bottom. The most I will return is 3 candles at a time and even then, I kinda feel a little guilty about it so I'll buy something after the exchange - whether its another candle or soap or even a pocketbac just to make my conscience feel better. Plus the SA gets some commission action - win win situation. And ALL of my returns are candles that I have already bought and are chilling in my collection.For every candle I buy, I keep the receipts (in chronological order) in a manila folder just in the off chance I decide to exchange something. I say all of this not come off holier than thou and sanctimonious but rather I just like the feeling of doing the right thing.  

Also have you ever heard what happens to candles that have been exchanged?

  • Candles in a current collection in stores are put back on the shelves
  • Candles from old collections no longer in stores are boxed up and kept for SAS 
  • Burned candles are destroyed and thrown away
The point is no money being made!

Here's the problem - sure, you're getting all of the candles you want, so you're happy. That's all well and good for you but what does BBW get it out of it? What money is being made from all of your exchanges? Where's the profit, the revenue? You forget BBW is a company and business and for a company/business to maintain itself, it needs MONEY! BBW is bleeding money with all of these crazy exchanges! And do you know what the after-effect is? PRICE INCREASES!!! BBW has to make up the cost somehow! It's easy and convenient to vilify BBW  and say they're being greedy (and to a certain degree they can be) and lord knows I was one of many ranting and raving about that... but now I get it. Exchanging candles ad nauseam isn't solely to blame for price increases but there is no denying that it is one of the major causes!

My biggest issue with folks doing these exchanging tomfoolery is that they're bragging about it on social media! "I got all these candles and didn't have to pay anything" Yeah you sure did...at BBW's expense! SHUT THE F*** UP!!! STOP RUNNING YOUR MOUTH AND BLABBING! YALL TALK TOO DAMN MUCH! First of all, everybody is seeing this and thinking it's ok for them to do as well! Furthermore, do you honestly think BBW isn't paying attention to this candle chicanery? Trust me they are highly aware of what folks are doing and eventually at some point, they are gonna do something about it.

I can't tell people what to do as that is not my place. All I can do is spill some T and hope folks gather around to take a sip. Everyone exchanging 10+ candles or buying candles to exchange later, you are NOT being as crafty as you think you are and bragging about it on social media is only gonna hurt you in the end. Stores have already started implementing "if you don't have a coupon, you have to pay the difference " rule..which I was totally against at first but now I am all for it! It's a great deterrent cuz I'm almost positive most folks doing these crazy exchanges are not bringing in their coupons. Y'all keep on playing around and corporate is gonna make this rule official for all stores. Or worse..corporate will get rid of the exchange policy permanently!


WALK N SNIFF: Summer Boardwalk/Times New Romans Candles PT2

So yesterday the bf and I planned a shop til we drop day. Of course because it's SAS, I had to check out WB though I must admit I was a bit pessimistic about finding any goodies and as it turned, my pessimism was right; the store didn't have SHIT! Needless to say I was ever so slightly annoyed. And it didn't help that we were accosted by quite possibly the most obnoxious SA ever! She spoke to both of us as if we were stupid - gurl I don't need you to tell us that BBW and WB are connected and we can walk thru the middle to get to either side! Really bitch?! And of course because my bf and I are both men, she immediately starts pushing the new men's bodycare in our faces and practically shoving the Bourbon shower gel up our noses. She couldn't pick up any hints that she was truly pissing both of us off!

*deep cleansing breaths Dear SAs,

1. DON'T TALK TO CUSTOMERS LIKE THEY'RE STUPID! And never EVER assume that every customer that walks in has never ever shopped there before!

2. NEVER ASSUME THAT ALL MEN LOVE COLOGNE SCENTS. I've ranted about that shit before, it is sexist AF!

Anyway, since we there we decided to make the most of it and buy some; the bf bought some candles and a few wf refills for work and I bought some soaps

The schlep to WB wasn't a complete waste as they did have the second phase of Times New Roman candles and I have to say that the new scents pleasantly surprised me (I didn't see Ocean Therapy ~ Ocean Mist & Citrus.)

Sweet Sunset ~ Orange Creamsicle - Now you would think this would be a repackage of last summer's Sunny Coconut which actually did smell like an orange creamsicle. Nope! As for as I can tell, it's a new scent and it's actually nice! There's really not too much to say it's a pretty straightforward scent - you get a blend of juicy orange notes with a hint of lemon zest to brighten and perk things up. And there is a slight sweet vanilla creaminess following after the orange-ness. And I don't know how but there is a cooling effect that does gives the impression of a citrusy frozen treat. I can easily see this scent being very popular for summer.

Surf's Up ~ Coconut Bay - As you know, me and coconut are not the tightest of friends and most coconut scents at BBW just smell super generic to me and this is most certainly not the exception. I'm almost certain that this is repackage of one of BBW's myriad of coconutty summer scents but don't ask me to say which one. You get coconut, a little hint of citrus and some saltiness. If that sounds appealing to you, go for it!

Beach Glow ~ Salted Oak Bonfire - While I was quite disappointed that this wasn't a repackage of Summer Bonfire, I'm glad BBW played around with a new conceptual outdoorsy and woodsy scent with no traces of sea salted coconut, mango, driftwood or mahogany. I would say the best way to describe this scent is think of it as a summer beachy version of Marshmallow Fireside; it also reminds me of last fall's Pumpkin Fireside. So right of the bat, you get instant wood notes; the notes mention oak but I pick a lot of cedar. There is some warmth which I can only assume if from amber which is usually added to fireside/bonfire scents to give the illusion of fiery embers. And there is a smooth and rich marshmallow like sweetness, some vanilla and maybe a bit of sandalwood; that said, I can totally get the Beach Night body care reference that everybody on social media has used to describe it. And it could be my nose playing tricks on me but I get faint hint of some citrusy, like a orange peel; unless your nose is super sensitive, you may not pick it up. Overall, it's really pleasant; you do get the sense of being out at the shore at your beachhouse timeshare roasting marshmallows with your friends in front of fire watching the waves crash. It's warm, calming and comforting; a good relax and read book scent. If you're intrigued with this scent, I would suggest you stock up cuz weird but nice conceptual scents like this always tend to disappear.  



WALK 'N' SNIFF: New Ribbed "Times New Roman" Candles

So I went to BBW today to take advantage of the now rare 2/24 sale; buy some stuff, exchamge some stuff, yada yada yada. I was feeling a little pessimistic about the new ribbed for your pleasure/Time News Roman 2.0 candles as they have been sporadically released all over the country; some stores said that they wouldn't have them til the start of SAS. So I was just looking around and lo and behold hidden away with the rest of the old ribbed for your pleasure candles were the news so I was finally able to get my sniff.


So I won't waste your time and mine to talk about Vanilla Beach Flower, Pineapple Palm Grass, Caribbean Escape and Tiki Beach as everyone should know what all of those smell like

Driftwood Surf - for those who don't remember, this one appeared in the Beach House Collection last summer. Just click the link and read my review from last year.

Sugared Citrus Sorbet - I was really and truly hoping that BBW finally brought back that old Slatkin classic Lemon Gelato but of course it's not. I also thought it might Raspberry Citrus Swirl aka Pink Lemonade Punch as that would the only logical scent to repackage but nope. It's new-ish but extremely familiar smelling...and doesn't smell at all like a sorbet. There's no iciness or creaminesss; all you get is a bright sparkling effervescent citrus blend with a hint of a vague berry blend. It's in the same family as Pomegranate Lemonade and Pink Sangria and extremely close Strawberry Mimosa. If you have any of those scents, there's is absolutely no need to pick SCS.

Berry Vanilla Cone..... sigh...I need to rant for a second

I am extremely leery and skeptical of scents that are over-hyped on social media. Every other picture on my IG newsfeed is of Berry Vanilla Cone with everyone and their grandma exclaiming how it is sooooo wonderful and amazing. Having sniffed it finally, I can say with no amount of uncertainty that is neither wonderful or amazing! I often find that these candles that seem to break the Internet ends up not living up to the hype which makes me wonder.... are all these people on the 'Gram buying this candle because they truly love it or are they buying because everyone else is buying it and they want to show off and fit in? I'm leaning towards the latter as too many individuals in the candle community are too quick to jump on the candlewagon. If you love a certain candle, that's great however if you're just following the next candle trend, I'm not here for that and I can not in good conscious take you or the candle in the question seriously. Ok, rant over, onto the review...

So I, like everyone else thought for sure that it would be a repackage of last Christmas's Berry Vanilla Bean... it makes sense and Lord knows it would make a better summer candle that Christmas/New Year's candle. Surprisingly it is not! Like its brethren SCS, it is  "new-ish" but extremely familiar smelling. It has notes that smell like other various scents. a veritable Frankenstein's Monster of candles. It has surprisingly accurate waffle cone note that smells extremely similar to Pecan Pumpkin Waffle; it also kinda smells like the crust note in Pumpkin Pie and Warm Apple Pie. The vanilla is faint and slightly Vanilla Bean-ish. It has dark berry blend similar to Berry Pumpkin Strudel....and like Berry Pumpkin Strudel, I pick up an apple note...which harkens back to the Warm Apple Pie reference. So basically...

Pecan Pecan Waffle + Warm Apple Pie + Vanilla Bean + Berry Pumpkin Strudel = Berry Vanilla Cone

I can see why this would popular; it's a scent that would certain make all of the bakery lovers cream their panties. But just because a scent is popular doesn't mean that it's actually good. In my most  humble opinion, BVC does NOT live up to or deserve the hype. That said, if you are interested in it, go into your store with no expectations. You may end up liking it but if your tastes are anything like mine, you'll leave it right on the shelf as I did.      

NEWNESS UPDATE: Summertime Madness *UPDATED*

Thought BBW was done? Think again. There's quite a few things headin our way for summer

So a very mysterious collection popped up on social media recently; thanks to Lifeinsidethepage, we got a sneak peek of them. People have dubbed them the "cactus candles" as they seem to have a cactus/succulents theme going on. At first glance, it seems to be a watered down version of the ill-fated Desert collection; my guess is this is a feeble attempt to appease the conceptual lovers who were pissed that the collection didn't go wide yet are basic enough to lure in customers with less discerning tastes. The labels look cheap as hell, like CVS/Rite-Aid/Dollar General cheap but at least the names sound intriguing. Now I'm guessing that these have only hit a few locations as almost everyone I've talked to did not see them in their nearest test stores; I haven't even seen these on Ebay or Mercari. And for whatever reason, the few who have seen them are being very tight-lipped about the notes and such. a discreteness you very rarely find in the candle community when it comes to newness/test scents. Anyhoo, enough prattling on; here they are...


  • Blue Agave - Dewy Aloe, Fresh Agave Nectar, Cactus Fruit (I was hoping this is Desert Rain but it sounds like Palm Leaves)
  • Moonlit Lily - Mariposa Lily, Night Blooming Gardenia, Warm Desert Musk (Cactus Lily?)
  • Peach Poppy - Soft Peach, Southwestern Poppies, Fresh Mandarin (sounds like Malibu Citrus Glow/Peach Bellini but nope! Word on the street is this may be Wild Poppies aka Poppy Sunshine)
  • Succulents and Sandstone - Sagebrush Leaves, Dark Tonka Bean, Desert Ironwood (sounds suspiciously like Black Tie/Sage & Cedar.  The Desert collection had a scent called Sedona Sandstone, it could be that.)
  • Golden Desert Sands - Golden Palo Santo Wood, Palm Husk, Warm Sands (note for note for Desert Heat)

Returning scents include Cactus Blossom and Wild Sage and Aloe


Also, a very random last minute addition was recently thrown into the Mixed Materials collection...

  • Wild Huckleberry - Juicy Huckleberry, Ripe Blackcurrant, Green Leaves (oooookay, no clue what this has to do with "mixed materials" but whatever. The theory is that it may be Blackberry Bramble Tea )



Thanks to a reliable source, I heard that another collection is hitting stores. Much like the hot mess that is the infamous "Time New Roman" candles, it's all over the place - no theme, no cohesion. And speakin of Times New Roman, it's back with a vengeance with these candles

  • Sugared Citrus Sorbet - Zesty Mandarin, Icy Lemon Sugar, Juicy Red Raspberry (I'm hoping Lemon Gelato from backintheday but it's probably just Pink Lemonade Punch/Raspberry Citrus Swirl or Strawberry Mimosa)
  • Vanilla Berry Cone - Sweet Summer Berries, Golden Waffle Cone, Creamy Vanilla (I thought this might be Berry Vanilla Bean from last Christmas, but apparently it's new)
Returning scents include Vanilla Beach Flower, Pineapple Palm Grass, Caribbean Escape, Driftwood Surf and Tiki Beach.

    Lastly, SAS is just around the corner and we are getting a lot of throwback. And as this seems to be an ongoing theme with BBW lately, the returning scents are random as hell. As far as I know, the following scents are just wf bulbs, no word on if there will be candles as well...

    • Pearberry
    • Plumeria
    • Juniper Breeze (yay!)
    • Fresh Cotton
    • Pink Lemonade Punch
    • Spring (yay!)
    • Lemon Mint Leaf
    • Kitchen Spice
    • Strawberry Vanilla
    • Caribbean Escape
    • Brazilian Blue Waters
    • Fiji White Sands
    • Black Teakwood
    • Coconut Sandalwood
    • Sunset Beach

    There will also be summer additions to the WB Core line - Mango Coconut Cooler, Peach Bellini and Island Margarita...yawn! Hopefully we'll see more than that. 

    WALK 'N' SNIFF: House of Blues and Mixed Materials

    So last Friday I went to BBW hoping snag some newness while there was still a BOGO sale..alas, no. The SA very graciously brought me some candles out from the back but the computer wouldn't let her sell them to me for the sale price. I thanked her anyway and I left. Apparently this has happened to many others...which I'd like to time out to adress something...

    Dear SAs...NOBODY is mad at you for not selling new candles. We get it, it's an edict from corporate that you must follow. When and if you hear anyone complain about this on social media, we are not mad at yall but rather the stupid things corporate makes y'all do!

    Anyway, I was running errands today (Monday) and I decided to make a stop at BBW since I was in the area so that I could at least write a review. And so here we are.



    Let's start with the House of Blues candles. as per usual, I will only talk about the new candles

    Honey & Vanilla - so right off the bat, this is NOT a repackage of Honey & Tangerine or Sweet Honey Bee; as far as I can tell, this is a completely new scent...and it's not what you expect. I LOATHE vanilla scents and I'm not a huge fan of honey scents either so I was expecting to utterly and completely hate this one but I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised. So despite what the name suggests, there is absolutely no honey and the tinge of vanilla that's there is not the vanilla you're used to from BBW. As a whole, this scents smells like straightup melted white chocolate, like something you'd dip strawberries into; it almost has a Nestle's Crunch Cookies and Cream vibe to it. The vanilla is not vanilla/tonka bean or vanilla powdered sugar or marshmallow but almost milky; think French Vanilla coffee creamer. All in all, it's a very rich, indulgent and decadent scent; it's a good curl up in your blanket and read a book type scent. I'm a little annoyed at the name and marketing as it's a total misnomer; it should've been something like "Milk and Sugar" or "White Chocolate & Creme" or "French Vanilla White Mocha". Honey and Vanilla does it no justice.

    Fresh Mint & Coconut - Again this was another scent that I was not expecting to like but it totally surprised me. And again, the name totally threw/turned me off - mint and coconut are not notes that I would think go together...then again I did like Lavender Coconut. Anyway, the scent is a little more complex than the basic name suggests - you do get mint, think freshly picked and slightly muddled garden mint/peppermint which gives the blend a freshness and yet it's surprisingly not very menthol-y. And you did get the coconut but it's more like coconut water as opposed to meat or milk. And there are some green grassy notes behind the mint that almost gives the scent a Green Grass/Snap Peas type vibe. Lastly, there is a faint ozonic seawater/sea air/sea spray vibe chillin in the background. I would say think of this as a summer version of Renew & Refresh, same type vibe but with coconut water. Again, BAD MARKETING. This should've been called something vague and conceptual like "Summer Fun" or "Sea Breeze" "Beach Vibes" or "Beach Shore"and put in the Spa Day collection or one of the beachy ones.


    And now Mixed Materials, omitting Tea & Lemon (aka London Calling), Bergamot Waters and Rosewater & Ivy (which smells exactly like the wf bulbs albeit slightly less intense)

    Vanilla Birch - this one seems to have confused a lot of people, myself included.I thought for sure it would be Peace ~ Iced Vanilla Woods as it was repackaged as "White Birch" last fall. There was also a Vanilla Birchwood back in the Slatkin days but after sniffing this, this can not possibly be that. Right of the bat, this is most certainly is NOT Wild Madagascar Vanilla as people have been saying on social media. After finally sniffing this, I gotta say I kinda surprised if not disappointed that no one figured this out except for Tinadivalicious who talked about it in his recent video   and I am cosigning. Vanilla Birch is a straightup repackage with a twist of Wine Cellar aka Smoked Berries & Incense..without a doubt, there's no denying it, I'm goin down swingin to defend myself on this one. I even sniffed other ones to make sure I wasnt just sniffing a mismatched lid but nope, they all smelled like Wine Cellar. VB is a little lighter, a little less robust and it's more woods than fruit but that's about it. I don't really understand how a spicy fruity wine scent all of a sudden becomes a woody vanilla scent..there's NO vanilla aspect at all. . Once a-friggin-gain, BAD MARKETING! They could've called this "Wine & Spice" "Pomegranate & Saffron/Patchouli" "Red Fruit & Oak" ..hello friggin rename it SMOKED BERRIES & INCENSE!!!

    Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel - I initially wrote this off as yet another generic savory ooey gooey sticky sweet diabetic coma inducing caramel scent...it is kinda. It kinda gives me a Hot Buttered Rum vibe as it a rich caramel scent with a hint of salty savoriness and a splash of sweet dark liquor...although I'm hesitant to see it's a repackage/repackage with a twist. For the sake of argument, I'll just say it's new but familiar. And you do get a boozy kick that separates it from all of the other caramel scents over the years. And I dunno if my nose is trippin, but I swear I got a faint hint of almond but not like roasted almonds or amaretto; it's smells like the generic almond scented hand soap you get from dollar stores..which makes me think this may be a repackage of Toffee Glazed Popcorn/Toffee Crunch from 2012. I didn't like that scent nor do I really remember some another candle connoisseur out there will have to prove me right or wrong.

    Sweet Spearmint - so there was a failed test scent of the same name in the Fresh Picked collection back in spring 2014. I'm pleased as punch to report that this is the same scent albeit lighter..which is par for the course with BBW. I stupidly passed on this one when I first moved up here and saw it in GSP back when it was still a test store so I'm glad it's back. The scent is straightforward, it's literally sweet spearmint. Think of this as a spring/summer version of Twisted Peppermint, Twisted Peppermint's twin. You get a Doublemint Gum-esque spearmint note, the same spearmint note you get in Winter Mint & Spruce. It's cooling and refreshing and ever so slightly sharp. And it's sweetened and toned by a sugared vanilla bean note, not as creamy as it portrays itself to be. And that's it. This would make a nice cool you down on a hot spring/summer down kinda scent. Again, BAD MARKETING..that seems to be a friggin theme! Why exactly makes this scent "mixed materials"? Shouldn't the name suggest that? "Mint & Sugar" or "Vanilla Spearmint" Personally this scent doesn't belong and should've been in either the Lattice or Hit Refresh or Summer Fresh collection.

    TEST SCENT REALNESS/THIS IS THE BOMB.COM: Prickly Pear Sugarcane



    Products: candle   
    Area used in: living room
    Time Period: end of April - June

    Description: Bring home a blend of luscious prickly pear fruit and sugarcane inspired by the exotic flavors of Mexico

    Trivia: this and Mayan Caramel (aka Cayenne Caramel) were the only failed test scents from what I call the "Taco Bell" collection - because the chosen scents were as authentically Mexican as Taco Bell

    Somehow, thru sheer luck, I managed to snag one lone Prickly Pear Sugarcane long after the collection came out and had every intention on keeping it in my "sniff only" collection. However, luck struck again, I was able to snag another one and I just had to burn that sucker. I figured sometime around Cinco de Mayo would be the most apropos time for it and waited patiently to get my burn on...and I'm soooo glad I waited that and that I had an extra one to burn because it is f***ing AMAZING!!!!

    So right off the bat this sucker is STRONG! Even the cold throw is intense; you pop off the lid and it's an instant KO. A few times I had it unlit and sitting on a table and I can still smell it as if it was lit. When I lit it the first time, the scent throw wasn't as strong however after a few subsequent burns, the throw started getting stronger and stronger. I was a bit concerned as it had the wax covered rope wicks with no post burn mushroom tops and that for sure that it would burn like crap but nope I was wrong; perfect burns every single time. 

    As for the scent, it's very straightfoward - it smells like legit prickly pears/cactus fruit. I own a bottle of prickly pear syrup  and the candle smells just likes it. If you don't know prickly pears smells and/or tastes like, think a mix of pear, melon and raspberry...very unique. And unlike what the color of the wax may suggest, prickly pear fruit and meat is actually a bright fuchsia/magenta. The notes mention pear as opposed to prickly pear...kinda of annoying that BBW doesn't know the difference. That said, perhaps whatever pear fragrance oil when mixed with other unmentioned hidden notes creates something that smells like prickly pear...who knows. As for the sugarcane, there is a natural smelling drippy syrupy sweetness to the blend. And I get some wet and lush green notes in the background - definitely sometime cactus and/or aloe and maybe a hint of cucumber/melon. As a whole, the scent is perfectly balanced - it's sweet without smelling like candy, fresh without smelling laundry detergent/fabric softener and lush and green without smelling grassy or outdoorsy. It's crisp and juicy and succulent, its one of those scents that makes you feel a little indulgent and decadent.

    This is one of many instances that makes you wanna scream "BBW, what the f*** is wrong with you?!" Why, oh why didn't you release it?! Like all of the other unicorn candles of the past, it was a guaranteed hit and there's no excuse why it failed. And unlike all of the bland and basic scents that did go wide this collection, PPS actually had something to do with Mexican culture; hell prickly pear is actually on the damn Mexican flag! But no, instead you release friggin Pineapple Lily, which was STANK and smelled nothing at all like actual pineapple lilies...which is a good thing because they smell like rotten ass. Furthermore, they grow in Africa not friggin Mexico..which you geniuses in the marketing department would know if y'all actually did research! Anyway, I doubt BBW will ever bring this back as good scents always disappear so if you see this on Ebay or Mercari (and it's reasonable) or you have a friend who will sell you one, don't think about it, JUST BUY IT!!!!

    CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Tobacco Flower


    Products: candle   
    Area used in: living room
    Time Period: end of April - June

    Description: Tobacco Flower, Black Peppercorn, Spicy Orchid, Warm Tonka

    So this review is gonna be super brief cuz I don't really have too much to say about this scent. I really only bought this scent because I wanted a spicy cologney mandle for the boudoir to go with my current Cinco de Mayo/tribute to Mexico theme...and beacuse my bf liked it.

    So the performance is good stuff - sturdy wicks, mushroom tops, deep even pool yada yada yada. The throw is soooooo light; you have to hover it to get any fragrances and what little scent has been thrown dissipates  almost immediately after blow the candle out. Even the wf bulb is light; you really only smell it if you're standing next to it. It's one of those scents that you have to step out of the room and then re-enter to get any semblance of fragrance.

    Most folks do know this but TF is a repackage and it's a repackage of a failed test scent that few are familiar with or even remember - Mad about Madrid ~ Under the Spanish Moon from spring 2014 and would later be repackaged for fall Tailgate (totally different from the original 2013 failed test scent version) To be honestly, I didn't really care for then and my feelings/opinions about it hasn't changed now.  As you know, I luv me some cologney scents however there's something about this one that rubs my nose the wrong way. I think it's because it's of the warm and spicy variety which is not the kind of cologne scent or even regular cologne that lean towards (my bf likes the spicy cologne/cologney scents whereas I like the fresh/watery or woodsy/herbal ones). The tobacco and black pepper obvious gives the blend the spice. There's also a drippy, polished, almost drippy cedar note and a hint of musk. As for the orchid and tonka...yeah I can't say that get either of those notes. I get the vibe they were going with this scent (even back in the day as MAM); it is a sort of exotic scent but I dunno if I get a Spanish vibe from this. To me, it just smells like a men's cologne; sometimes it confuses me sometimes and makes me think I have similar smelling cologne on.

    I think out of all of the cologney mandles that have been on the market over the years, this is probably one of least offensive and most guest friendly ones; it's sweet and warm and exotic. For those who enjoy the spicier cologney scents or if you're typically anti-cologney scents, this is good scent to experiment with.  And that's really all I have to say about it.  

    NEWNESS UPDATE: More Random Ridiculousness

    So in the past couple of years, BBW has always had a very annoying habit of releasing one collection after the next back to back at neck breaking speed, especially in the spring and summer. This year is not the exception and if anything the habit is even worse and kicked up to hear gear. That being said...

    We're getting more candles!!!

    Fairly soon, we'll be getting 2 more collections. Don't get too excited though. Like all of the collection we've seen since SAS, it's just more thrown together "fan fav/crown pleaser" candles thrown together in with no rhyme or reason collection with no theme or cohesion. BBW refuse to waste any time putting any thought into their candle collections and coming up with a singular theme with scents that go together; they just throw candles together and hope that they stick.

    Anyway, the first collection is the House of Blues collection, I'm guessing it's called that because the labels are watercolor meant mimic textiles and art styles with the main color being blue. New scents are...

    Honey Vanilla - Rich Vanilla, Warm Tonka Bean, Wildflower Honey (believe it or not, this is neither Tangerine & Honey or Sweet Honey Bee)

    Fresh Mint & Coconut - Creamy Coconut, Bright Mint Leaves, Deep Sea Water (I've heard it smells like Copper Coconut and Mineral Springs...blegghhh) 

    Returning scents include Blue Ocean Waves, White Gardenia and Bowties & Bourbon

    Do y'all out there get the theme cuz I sure as hell don't!


    The second collection seems to be an addition to the WB core collection, like the marble collection. And they also have "White Barn" on the label. And like the marble collection, these candles have a cheap looking wrap around label with mixed textures, ie marble and wood. "New" scents are...

    Tea & LemonEnglish Tea Leaves, Bright Lemon, White Cane Sugar (yep, you guessed it - London Calling. I'm glad they changed the name cuz LC has not/does not smell like hot proper English black tea with milk)

    Sweet SpearmintGarden Mint Leaves, Crystallized Sugar, Creamy Vanilla (I'm hearing this is the same as the Fresh Picked version that tested and failed in 2014)

    Vanilla Birch (I'm gonna assume this is Peace ~ Iced Vanilla Woods especially since it was repackaged as "White Birch" in a failed test collection last fall)

    Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel (I guess this is either Maple & Sea Caramel or Bourbon Butterscotch from the Artisan collection back in the day

    returning scents include Mahogany Stankwood (eyeroll), Bergamot Waters and Rosewater & Ivy (which I'm hoping we get the candle and not just the wf bulb)

    With the exception of Sweet Spearmint and Bowties & Bourbon, I'm not even a little excited about any of these. It's like BBW is hellbent on getting money out of me...well it's a -workin!

    WALK 'N' SNIFF: Personalized & Summer Fresh Candles

    Just for the sake of pure shits and giggles, I went to BBW (another one than usual) to see if they had the personalized and Summer Fresh candles and if they did, perhaps I'd take advantage of the 2/24 sale and 25% off coupon and pick up some Cucumber Melons. Sure enough they did and I was able to get my walk and sniff on

    So as you may or should know, all of these candles popped up online just in time for the sale. As for as the personalized candles go, BBW graciously informed up us of what was a repackage of what...
    • ❤ MOM = Praline Pecan (Cobbler)
    • I ❤ MOM ~ Happy Mother's Day = Lilac Blossom
    • Thank you = Blue Ocean Waves
    • Happy Birthday = Buttercream Frosting
    • I Love You = Cactus Blossom\
    • Congrats = Peach Bellini
    • Hello Sunshine = Limoncello  
    • Dream Big = Tiki Beach.
    Which leaves these two mysteries...

    Happily Ever After ~ Blue Water Lily - so this one has thrown me for a loop. So based on the notes (white petals, bergamot, cedarwood) I thought at first it was Orange Blossom & Driftwood/Coastal Oak & Seasalt...nope. Then I thought maybe Sundress as it has similar notes ('cept Sundress has tonka bean)..but I don't think it is. Actually the closest thing this scent smells like to me..and bear with me cuz it's random..Beach Cabana! It's not a repackage but it's extremely similar. I get an intense powdery white floral jasminey/orange blossom note with a definite summery/beachy ozonic/sea air vibe to it. I even sniffed different ones to make sure I wasn't crazy or if someone put the wrong lid on it but each one I smelled all like similar to Beach Cabana

    * I haven't sniffed Sundress in years and it wasn't a scent I was crazy about so my scent memory is fuzzy. If you do have or distinctly remember Sundress, please do a sniff comparison and tell me what you think

    ADDENDUM - word on the street is this may be a repackage of  the currently testing Wild Cedarwood/White Driftwood

    XOXO ~ Jungle Woods - ok so first of all...Jungle Woods?! There's no nothing remotely jungley or woodsy about this scent at all! Secondly dafuq does kisses and hugs have to do wit the friggin jungle?! Anyway, so I'm pretty darn sure this a repackage of the new and testing Seaside Mist  as they both have the exact same notes ( mandarin, lavender, sea spray/cool waters). So this is a straightup cologney scent; it smells like men's bodywash - think Irish Spring.I can't really get any of the notes - there's nothing remotely watery/oceanic/sea air-ish at all though there is something a little crisp and refreshing about it. The lavender is soooooo faint and the mandarin is nonexistent. This scent is driving a little crazy cuz it smells like a mandle that's been out before - I'm thinkin either White Sand Beaches or Oakmoss & Vetiver , Whitewater Rush or Alpine Suede. Then again it could be new. At any rate, I do like it as I'm a sucker for the mandles and once it comes out as Seaside Mist, I'll be picking one up as I prefer that packaging   


    And now the Summer Fresh candles. I'll just talk about the new ones

    Toasted Coconut - ok so I'm pretty sure this is a new scent; it's not the original Toasted Coconut from the Slatkin days AKA Pumpkin Coconut nor does it remind me of any caramel based scents as people are saying on social media. First of all, this scent is misnamed as there is nothing toasted about this candle at all. Also it feels very out of place as it smells very bakery/gourmand as opposed to fresh and crisp like the other scents. You get an intense creamy drippy caramel with a touch of vanilla and there is an unspoken unmentioned almond/amaretto that sneaks up and punches you in the nose (I dunno what is up with BBW and throwing in a random almond note; this is the 3rd one) As it whole, it kinda​ reminds me of the WB exclusive version of Pumpkin Pecan Waffles last fall that had a weird unmentioned random almond note. A lot of people are saying they don't get coconut, I totally do - a creamy shredded coconut meat note but it's soooooo faint and hiding out in the background...which is bizarre seeing as though it has coconut in the damn name. If this was called "Caramel Macaroons" and marketed as a bakery treat, this would be a homerun. But to call it "Toasted COCONUT" and there is little to no coconut and then throw it into a fresh fruit in the outdoors inspired collection, fail!

    ADDENDUM - many on social media are saying there is a batch variance as they smell something closer to Maple Cinnamon Pancakes/Pumpkin Caramel Latte. I call BS on this one. If its true that there is a batch variance, the batch code of the one I smelled in the store is 7090K3A1

    Sweet Honey Bee - so first and foremost, this is NOT Tangerine & Honey, not even close. As far as I can tell, it's a completely new scent...and it smells like a straightup legit honey. There's a tiny hint of lemon, the peel rather than the juice. And maybe it's my nose playin tricks on me, but in the background I get a subtle muted ginger spice with maybe a touch of clove and/or cardamom. It's not mentioned but I also get a floral note like orange blossom; make sense as honey picks up floral flavors from whatever flower has been pollenated by bees. This gets A for accuracy as it smells genuinely like honey. I can't say I'm a big fan of this though(or honey scents in general) 

    Cucumber Melon - finally, for the first time this spring, a candle that I'm actually excited about it. There hasn't been an actual Cucumber Melon candle over 8 or 9 years maybe more. Get ready for a blast of nostalgia as this smells EXACTLY like the bodycare..which normally I'm not a fan of bodycare candles however Cucumber Melon was my JAM in the 90s and early 2000s (I hated going in the store so I would get my grandma to buy it for me cuz she loved it too)It's a pretty straight forward scent - you get honeydew and cantaloupe with a hint of freshly cut cucumber with the rind. It's sweet without smelling candy, it's crisp and refreshing; perfect scent for spring and summer.



    NEWNESS UPDATE: Personalized Candles ~The WTF-ery Continues...

    I don't know what exactly is going with BBW these past couple months. I dunno if the marketing execs are doing shots of bongwater in betweens Breaking Bad meth during lunch..or clueless interns have taken over the marketing dept a la "Lord of the Flies"... or they're taking a page from "The Producers" and are purposely coming out with scents and collections so bizarre and nonsensical that folks wont buy and they can go bankrupt,,or maybe theyve heard whispers in the wind of future competition and have folded in the towel. Whatever the reason is, one thing rings true - BBW no longer cares!

    Just when you thought this spring could not possibly get anymore worse, BBW says "hold my beer"
    Case in point, coming soon to the BBW...the "personalized" collection

    So they are candles with simple "personalized" greetings on the label, some have metallic labels with Arial font (what is the obsession with basic Microsoft word fonts lately) while others have a blackboard appearance with the greeting written in cursive. The idea is hat you can give these personalized candles as gifts to friends or coworkers or relatives (ie mothers) like a card or something personalized to put in a gift bag or basket. In theory, this is a cute idea but, as is always the case with BBW, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. But the packaging is not the problem, its the bizarre choices of scents. And of course you already know they're ALL repackages..repackages of scents that are already in stores or will be in stores soon/still testing

    Happily Ever After - Watery White Petals, Refreshing Bergamot, Cedarwood (this one is throwing me for a loop...Bergamot Waters maybe? Orange Blosoom &Driftwood/Coastal Oak & Seasalt)

    XOXO - Fresh Mandarin, Cool Waters, Lavender Woods (same exact notes as the test summer scent Seaside Mist)

    Dream Big - Vanilla Musk, Orchids, Toasted Coconut (can you say Tiki Beach!)

    I Love YouCactus Flower Petal, Sun-Kissed Coconut, Fresh Sparkling Lemon (straightup Cactus Blossom)

    Thank You - Coastal breezes, Citrus Sea Spray, Island Flowers, Sundrenched Wood (Blue Ocean Waves all the way)

    Hello Sunshine -  Sorrento Lemons, Cane Sugar, Lemon Zest (Limoncello, yawn)

    Congrats! - Succulent White Peach, Sparkling Prosecco, Sweet Orange (yay, Peach Bellini...again..for the umpteenth time)

    And now, for the most bizarre, random, face-palm-iest, head-scratch-iest, wtf-est one of them all. So we have a candle for Mother's day, which BBW has not had the best track record. First we had Sparkling Icicles (cuz what mother doesn't want cologne) then Tokyo Petals (Mama-san Day in Japan) and then First Bloom (ok, that's not so bad). This year's Mother's day candle...SMH that's all I can

    ❤ MOM - Southern Pecans, Sparkling Cinnamon Sugar, Warm Caramel (yes indeed yall, this lil ol candle is a repackage of Pumpkin Pecan Waffles/Pecan Praline Cobbler/Candied Pecans because apparently everyone's mom is Paula Deen)

    This would've been a perfect occasion to bring back Pink Petal Teacakes as everyone is still begging for it's return and has been a rumored Mother's day candle candidate since it's debut. But nope, yall with Pecan Praline Cobbler. I can't with yall BBW.


    NEWNESS UPDATE: Coast to Coast and Times New Roman Candles

    Social media has been set ablaze with news of testing summer candles; the excitement, intrigue and, in some cases, head-scratching puzzlement is palpable. So we got a taste of what was to come thanks to Touchthefiretwice having one of said candles in his store which prompted him to make a grand return from his hiatus to do a video. But IG'ers @duchessofwax and @lilnitemakeup broke the internet (not really) with pics of the entire collection in their testing glory.

    So the first collection that is testing is the "Coast to Coast" collection; it basically has a..well..coastal, beachy, chillin in your beachhouse/timeshare, watching the tide and listening to the waves type of vibe. The candles has Coastal Cool/Southwest frosted glass with various blue and teal and tan colors to match the beach/coast/aquatic theme with beach inspired stock image labels; the overall look is impressive. The scents on the other hand, not so much. New scents include...


    • Seaside Mist - Fresh Mandarin, Bright Seaspray, Coastal Lavender (this sounds suspiciously like Black Pepper Bergamot, I'm hoping it isn't even though I do love that scent)
    • Coastal Jasmine - Soft Jasmine Blooms, Lush Dewdrops, Sheer Musk (My money is on this being White Jasmine currently in the French collection...which will probably replace White Gardenia as the new white floral scent we'll see in every collection 
    • Beach Sage & Mint - Vibrant Mint Sprigs, Coastal Sage, Crisp Bergamot (this could be new...but probably not. The only thing I could think of is maybe Sand & Sea, a WB exclusive in the Ciao Italy collection. It could also be Pacific Coast Highway aka Winter Sun. However, with BBW's current trend of mixing in seasonal scents where they don't belong, I wouldn't all be surprised if this is Winter Mint & Spruce)


    Returning scents include Mango Shores, Midnight Blue Citrus, Turquoise Waters and Salted Vanilla


    And the secondly collection...oh boy

    It's just all over the friggin place

    The theme is all kinds of higgledy-piggledy, summer activities all thrown into one collection - hangin out the beach, chillin on a boat, strollin down the boardwalk, camping in the woods...again, all over the place!

    And the look...this collection is by far the worst looking collection I have ever seen. Basic and cheap would be putting it mildly and would also be too kind of a description. The labels literally look like someone in marketing department told their unpaid intern to whip up something quick who took stock images off Google and made labels via the most basic version of Photoshop. And 3 words - TIMES NEW ROMAN. Unless you're writing a high school/college essay (or a blogpost lol), no one uses Times New Roman! And no self-respecting designer with education and experience would use that font on a label they're designing. All of this would be easy to overlook if the scents were knock you out rock your world blow your mind amazing and nosegasmic...yeah no, not even! The scent choices are again all over the place with the most corniest lamest taglines and names. New scents are...


    • SURF'S UP ~ Coconut Waves (Ride the waves and go with the flow) Sea-salted Citrus, Lush Coconut, Sunlit Waves (I heard thru the grapevine that this is new)
    • OCEAN THERAPY ~ Ocean Mist & Citrus (Live in the sunshine, Swim in the sea) - White-capped Waves, Bright Pomelo Zest, Sun-bleached Woods (this is note for note for Waterfall Oasis in the animal skin collection)
    • BEACH GLOW ~ Salted Oak Bonfire (I'm ready for soft summer nights and beach bonfires) - Wave-washed Oak, Glowing Embers, Sea Spray (sadly this isn't Summer Bonfire)
    • SWEET SUNSET ~ Orange Creamsicle (Treat yourself to the sweetness of summer ) - Bright Tangerine, Sunny Yellow Zest, Iced Vanilla (very similar to Sunny Coconut but not a direct repackage)


    Returning scents include  

    • COOL OFF ~ Watermelon Lemonade "The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand (of course this crap was gonna be in this collection)
    • SHADE OF SUMMER ~ Suntan "All I need is sun and a little bit of paradise"
    • SUMMER BOARDWALK ~ Salted Caramel Popcorn "Buy the ticket, take the ride"
    • SAIL AWAY ~ Oceanside  "Something beautiful is on the horizon"
    And now the final scent in this collection, it's odd and wtf-y and it won't make sense to you at all

    • GREAT OUTDOORS ~ Fresh Balsam "Adventure awaits, Let's go camping!"
    Yes you read that right...FRESH BALSAM! It's now a summer scent! 

    WALK 'N' SNIFF: French Candles

    So over the weekend, the bf and I were running errands. At some point we to had to go the mall to pick up a few things and since were there, we stopped inside WB. This worked out great cuz I finally got to sniff all of the French candles, which I feel like I was the only person on the planet that hadn't sniffed them yet (plus for whatever reason, it seems this collection is a WB exclusive so no trips to the local easier to get to BBWs for me). So yeah I was already unimpressed with both sets of French candles and sniffing them left me even mpre unimpressed; I walked out of the store empty handed. On the review...

    Merci Paris - this candle is one of the strangest candles I've ever smelled and one of the few candles that left me utterly perplexed as I couldn't really pinpoint any of the mentioned notes. Its sweet and creamy but I can't say that I smell vanilla. There is a vaguely powdery white floral note but I don't know if it's jasmine. And there is a dark fruity phenolic note lurking in the background but I don't know if it's blackcurrant. All I can say about this scent is that it smells like a very generic bodycare for women; I've heard people online mention Victoria Secret when referencing this candle so there ya go.

    Paris Cafe - this seems to be the runaway hit of this collection as everyone is going nuts over and posting pics of it on social media...and I don't know why, I sincerely don't get the hype. Honestly, I thought it's smelled gross. Everyone on IG is all like "OMG, it's smells like Starbucks"..yeah, I'll give em that; it does smells like aroma of stale burnt coffee grounds that lingers in the air at Starbucks so A for accuracy I guess. There is an authentic coffee note, probably the most authentic coffee note that I've every smelled (so yes, this is new and NOT Espresso Bar as some people on social media have been saying). But here's what ruins it for me - the "brioche" (BREE-OSH not BREE-OH-SHAY) note. There is a bready/bakery aspect but whatever fragrance oil compound they used to make said brioche note adds a salty element that almost enhances the bitterness of the coffee note. And in the background, there's a hidden unmentioned almond note that sneaks up on you and boops you on the nose. I think I would prefer if this was two separate scents as opposed to mashing the two together. As a whole, it just smells like leftover stale coffee in/from Starbucks that someone dunked an almond croissant or biscotti into so there are bready detritus in it

    White Peach - I don't really know what peach has to do with France but ok. So this was the one I was the most indifferent to but it ended up being the only one I liked..but not enough to buy it. So this is basically a repackage with a twist of Georgia Peach from the Hit Refresh collection..which does not smell like the Georgia/Market Peach of old. It's more bright and juicy with a Peach Bellini type tartness. I say repackage with a twist cuz I did notice a small difference between this and Georgia Peach. I could just be my nose playing tricks on me but in the background I smelled a very sweet white/moscato grape juice note that kinda gave the blend a tannic white wine kind of vibe. That should've been the main note with peach in the background and marketed as a white wine/champagne scent. Anyway, this scent is pleasant but not very exciting and kinda unnecessary.

    St Tropez Shore - as mysterious and enigmatic as this scent was in the beginning, it sure didn't live up to the hype. Like White Peach, it's a pleasant scent but not at all necessary. First of all, the candle is soooo friggin light that you have put in the candle practically up your nose to get any fragrance so you already know you're gonna smell practically nothing once it's lit. And the scent itself is kinda blah. It basically smells like if you put the two versions of Suntan together; you get the floral powderiness from Suntan/Beachside and a bright pop of citrus from Suntan/Poolside. It's not a repackage but very similar; it's a summery beachy mature/matronly smelling suntan oil type scent. The notes are kinda bs; like Merci Paris, I couldn't really pinpoint the notes. The coconut is soooo faint to the point of being nearly non-existent. I get floral but I'm hardpressed to say that it's lily. And I get a citrus but I don't know if it's bergamot; if it is, it's different from the usual bergamot oil used in other scents. And there's an unexplained unmentioned wateriness, like a sea air/seawater note so perhaps a bit of ozone and/or cucumber/melon. Again, this is pleasant but not exciting. If you are interested in this scent, I would recommend getting the wf bulb and not the candle.

    White Jasmine - oh boy, this sucker is INTENSE. Like Rainforest/White Gardenia-esque punch you in the nose and Riverdance on your sinuses intense. The smell is pretty straight forward, just straight up jasmine with a hint of orange blossom and musk. If you like super heady powdery perfumey indolic white floral scents a la White Gardenia, this bud's for you

    Creme Caramel - scents like this truly pisses me off. I do not know what is going with BBW lately with throwing in seasonal scents in seasons where they don't belong - we had Bergamot Waters and Midnight Citrus and Shit Cinnamon Poopkin for winter, we had Leaves and Fresh Balsam with a twist in spring and now this crap. So yes, this ladies and gentlemen is..wait for it...PUMPKIN CARAMEL LATTE! I knew it as soon as I smelled it...WTF?! WTF is this scent doing in late spring heading towards summer?! Even if it was PCL, wtf does caramel have to do with the French Riviera?! I mean maybe it would've worked if you repackaged Twisted Caramel Gelato from Poptails...or Lavender Caramel/Macaron from the Slatkin days, maybe. But Pumpkin f***in Caramel f***in Latte. I can't, I just cant and I won't! Kindly GTFOH with this nonsense BBW!

      

    CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Lavender Coconut


    Products: candle   
    Area used in: bathroom
    Time Period: whenever, off and on

    So when I first heard about this scent when it was testing, I thought to myself "wtf?!"

    Lavender and coconut?!!

    As you know I have an intense dislike of most coconut scents and combining it with lavender of all things I thought was both lazy and bizarre. But I did some research online and found that lavender/coconut blends are a things common in aromatherapy based bodycare. so in the spirit of keeping an open mind, I gave it a sniff and found myself really genuinely enjoying; even my bf liked it! Once there was a sale, I picked one up to try and I must say, I'm glad I did.

    So the performance was A+. The wicks, despite being skinny, stayed lit with tunneling/canyoning. Tall dancing flames, deep even wax pool, gorgeous to watch burn, so much ambiance. And it has that "warm blanket" throw that I absolutely love! The throw is medium-strong, definitely a bathroom/boudoir kind scent.

    So right off the bat LC is NOT Paris ~ Lavender Macaron nor is it the legendary Lavender Marshmallow. It's similar and is like a cousin to those two. But it is an entirely new scent. That said, despite being new, it honestly isn't very exciting. Scent-wise it's very straight-forward/meat&potatoes...a little too straight-forward/meat&potatoes. It's just lavender and coconut...that's it. The lavender is astringent and herbal, think French Lavender. And the coconut isn't as obnoxious is it usually is; it smells more like the shaved coconut meat as opposed to coconut milk or cream. That said, it does come off a little bodycare-ish, like a soap or shampoo; it kinda reminds me of the coconut note in Mango Coconut Cooler/Tropical Tango. And there is a hint of vanilla, maybe even tonka bean as well. And maybe some sandalwood as the base which adds to the creaminess of the blend. Think French Lavender mixed with Lavender Vanilla mixed with Mahogany Coconut and that  is essentially LC.

    Overall, LC is just ok; it's not groundbreaking - it didnt reinvent the wheel nor is it worth throwin a parade over. It's pleasant and guest friendly but not stock-up-able; I'm probably not gonna buy another..and that says a lot as I'm a die hard lavender lover. It's just odd and hard to place- it's sweet but it's not bakery a la macaroon, it's not exactly aromatherapy nor is it tropical. And like its WB core brethren Black Tea Rose, it was marketed all kinds of wrong; just haphazardly thrown into the WB core collection with no thought or reason. And with a very blah sounding name. Perhaps if it was in the Spa Day collection and collection with a similar vibe and called "Spa Day" or "Beach Resort" or something to that extent. Or if it were a little sweeter, it could've been marketed as a confectionery - "Lavender Macaroons". I do wish more thought was put into this scent as it is new. At any rate, I do think this worth trying. It's a perfect dip your toe into the water scent for those who are anti-lavender. And if you enjoy scents like Lavender Macaron or Peace or Lavender Vanilla, LC is definitely a member of that family. I don't think it's hoardworthy though; like me, you're gonna find yourself most likely being satisfied with only one.  

    ON THE FENCE: Black Tea Rose 2.0


    Products: candle  and wf bulb  
    Area used in: bedroom
    Time Period: end of February - mid April

    I feel like I haven't​ done a proper candle review in ages. I know it's super late and most have moved on but hey better late than never.  And since I already talked in depth about this candle already, I'll spare you the details and just get down to the nitty-gritty.

    So the performance was giving me LIFE! The wicks, despite being skinny, produced mushroom tops and didn't curl. The flames stayed high and dancing their fiery little butts off. And the throw...man oh man that throw; I hadn't had  a throw this strong and intense in a really long time. Open the door and expect the get body-slammed by the throw. This is one of the few times I've ever had to blow a candle out because it was too intense. Even the wf bulb was strong; I have NEVER experienced a wf this potent before. All of this would be great If I wasn't so on the fence about the scent itself.

    So on cold throw, I was lovin it! Smooth, rich, sensual, elegant! And I got all the notes and then some and they were all balanced. After burning it however, it was a different story. As you burn it, that cedar note becomes more and prominent to the point that it's pretty much all you smelled..and truth be told I'm not a huge fan of cedar-heavy scents. the rose and tea leaves...byebye. Maybe a tinge, a hint of black pepper. And there were times where the other notes would pop up for a visit and the scent would waver between smelling manly and matronly; the wf in particular after awhile became a little too madame-ish for my taste. 

    So you may wonder what was the difference between this and the elusive and mysterious black test version....



    On cold sniff, there really isn't that much of a difference - a little dryer perhaps, the other notes pushed down. I haven't burned mine so I can't say if there's a difference post burn...though a few folks have said there is a huge difference in terms of strength and balance. Having burned the grey nationwide version, I can totally see that. I do wish they would've released the black version nationwide; the cold throw is sooooo much better and based on pics I've seen of folks burning it, it is gorgeous, ambience out the wazoo! The grey version, not so much. It was an extremely stupid decision to scrap the black tumbler just so friggin Mahogany Stankwood High Intensity could have it. 

    Anyway, in conclusion, I just don't know what to think about this. On the one hand, I'm totally here for the newness factor which is quite rare nowadays and I do appreciate it's complexity and uniqueness. However, after burning it, I'm the fence wavering between liking and disliking it.  For anyone remotely interested in this scent and is to keep an open mind and approach it without any expectations cuz it will throw you for a loop


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