DROPPIN CANDLE KNOWLEDGE: Repackages of 2017

= direct repackage
=+ repackage with a twist/added notes
=? possible repackage


Spring/Summer
Black Tea Rose = Golden Amber Oak
Spring Leaves =+ Leaves
Spring Balsam =+ Fresh Balsam
Honey & Tangerine =? Aromatherapy Optimism
Tomato Vine = Heirloom Greens
Sugared Lemon Zest = Lemon Drops
Sunlit Garden = Green Grass
Strawberry Mimosa =+ Pink Sangria
Cotton & Eucalyptus = Frosty Air
Sweet Peach & Nectarine = Malibu Citrus Glow = Peach Bellini
Blushing Pink Rose Petals = Winter Rose
Sea Grass =+ Snap Peas
Sunsoaked Sandalwood =? Poolside Daydream
Sugarcane Pineapple = Pineapple Mango
Coastal Oak & Seasalt batch 2.0 = Orange Blossom & Driftwood
Black Pepper & Amber = Texas = Tobacco Flower = Tailgate 2.0 = Magnificent Milan = Mad about Madrid
Creme Caramel =+ Pumpkin Caramel Latte
Coastal Jasmine =? Jasmine Water
Tea & Lemon = London Calling
Vanilla Birch =+ Smoked Berry & Incense = Wine Cellar
Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel =? Hot Buttered Rum
Moonlit Lily = Cactus Lily
Succulents & Sandstone = Black Tie = Sage & Cedar
Golden Desert Sands = Desert Heat
Ocean Therapy = Waterfall Oasis


Miscellaneous - Hippity Hop = Chocolate Pistachio
#EASTER = Frosted Cupcake
You Found Me = Cotton Candy Marshmallow = Strawberry Sorbet = Strawberry Picnic =+ Saltwater Taffy
Sugared Candy Bunny = Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla = Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts
New York = Farmstand Apple
Ohio = Hot Cocoa & Cream
Texas = Tobacco Flower = Tailgate 2.0 = Mad about Madrid
California = Poolside = Suntan 1.0
XOXO = Seaside Mist = Whitewater Rush
Happily Ever After = White Driftwood = Wild Cedarwood
Dream Big = Tiki Beach
I love you = (Baja)Cactus Blossom
Thank You = Blue Ocean Waves = Brazilian Blue Waters
Hello Sunshine = Limoncello
Congrats = Peach bellini
 ❤ MOM = Candied Pecans = Pecan Praline Cobbler = Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
I ❤ MOM = Lilac Blossom
❤ DAD = Mahogany Teakwood
Aloha Beaches = Aloha Kiwi Passionfruit
Good Vibes Only = Fiji White Sands =+Tiki Beach
HAPPY BIRTH-YAY = Midnight Blue Citrus
Hooray = Pink Apple Punch/Green Apple Champagne

Fall
Cinnamon = Spiced Autumn Wreath
Eucalyptus = Eucalyptus Spearmint
Lavender = French Lavender
Lemongrass = Lemon Verbena
Cypress = Woodland Forest
Rose = Flower Shop
Bergamot = Sparkling Waves
Almond = Creamy Nutmeg
Pomegranate = Wild Huckleberry
Vetiver Sandalwood = Sandalwood & Suede
Bourbon Maple = Sunkissed Maple
Golden Citrus = Autumn Sunshine
Relax ~ Lavender & Cedarwood = French Lavender
Denver = Sweater Weather
Boston = Leaves
Brooklyn = Bowties & Bourbon
Austin = Autumn
Clove =? Cinnamon & Clove Buds or Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Cardamom & Ginger =? Lemongrass Cardamom
Currant =  Tomato Garden
Sweet Fern = Desert Rain
Happy Dust = Ocean Therapy/Ocean Mist & Citrus = Waterfall Oasis
Healing Spell = Incense
Peace Potion = Moonlight Path
Clarity Elixir = Beach Sage & Mint
Love Potion = Rosewater & Ivy

Miscellaneous - If you got it, haunt it = Autumn
Creep it real = Flannel
Treat yo self = Pumpkin Cupcake
Better have my candy = Midnight Blue Citrus
Let's stay home = Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow
But first coffee = Paris Cafe
You had me at merlot = Black Cherry Merlot
Eat, drink, be scary = Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel
HELLO FALL = Leaves
Thankful = Shit Cinnamon Poopkin


Winter
We Whisk You a Merry Christmas = Maple Cinnamon Pancakes = Pumpkin Caramel Latte
Campfire Donut = Chestnut Glazed Croissants
Snowflakes & Citrus = Midnight Blue Citrus
Peppermint = Twisted Peppermint
Spruce =?+ Snow & Slopes (batch 1) Fresh Balsam (batch 2)
Currant = Tomato Garden
Merry Mimosa =+ Aloha Kiwi Passionfruit
Spiced Graham Cracker =? Pumpkin Sugared Doughnut
Blueberry Sugar =+ Blueberry Twist
Peppered Suede =+ Autumn Woods
Golden Amber & Oak = Black Tea Rose = Golden Amber & Oak
Winter Woods = Cashmere & Oak
Love = Pomegranate = Wild Huckleberry
Luck =? Emerald Isles
Serene =? Poolside Daydream
COZY = Hot Cocoa & Cream
CHILL =+ Winter Mint & Spruce
COMFORT =? Sea Island Cotton
INDULGE =+ Vanilla Spiced Pear
Honey Cinnamon Crumbcake  = Sugar & Spice
Strawberry Sorbet = Easter/Cotton Candy Marshmallow = Strawberry Sorbet 1.0 = Strawberry Picnic =+ Saltwater Taffy
Raspberry Peach Macaron = Gelato


Miscellaneous -
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year = Fresh Balsam
Let it Snow = Twisted Peppermint
baby it's cold outside = Fireside
better not pout = Spiced Gingerbread =+Frosted Gingerbread
We Whisk You a Merry Christmas = Maple Cinnamon Pancakes = Pumpkin Caramel Latte
Merry and Bright = Limoncello
But First Champagne = Champagne Toast
New Year's Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses = Merry Mistletoe
Stay Classy = Black Tie = Sage & Cedar
Oh What Fun = Winter Candy Apple
Dear Santa, I want a Unicorn = Peppermint Marshmallow
Dear Santa, Define Naughty  = Spice
Dear Santa, I Blame The Eggnog = Butterrum Eggnog = Eggnog Cheer = Egg Nog
Mazel Tov = Pumpkin Milkshake = Vanilla Snowflakes
Rise and Grind = Paris Cafe
Looking Sharp = (Baja) Cactus Blossom
Save Water, Drink Wine = Black Cherry Merlot
Let's Get Baked/Nutmeg Cupcake = Almond = Winter Vanilla Latte = Creamy Nutmeg
Welcome = Pineapple Mango
Love You More = Black Tea Rose = Golden Amber & Oak
Let's Get Baked  = Nutmeg Cupcake = Almond = Winter Vanilla Latte = Creamy Nutmeg
Goaldigger - Midnight Blue Citrus
Happy Birthday = Cranberry Pear Bellini
Girl Gang = Pink Bubblegum




    WALK 'N' SNIFF: The Grand Return of Sweet Shop 2.0

    As you know, Sweet Shop has made its grand return this year...and everyone, newbies and ol schoolers alike, are going apeshit. My IG newsfeed has been inundated with everyone's Sweet Shop hauls, which made me both annoyed and ever so slightly jealous. Now I must admit something that I'm sure will have an angry mob after me - I wasn't the biggest fan of SS collection backintheday...not that I thought it sucked or poorly executed but I'm just not a big fan of bakery scents. In fact I only bought two candles - Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts and Lavender Marshmallow. As for its grand return all of these years later, I was more happy for everyone else, especially those poor unfortunate souls that only recently started getting into BBW. That said, I was quite elated at the prospect grabbing a few LMs (and possibly burning my old already burned 2014 version with reckless abandon). And I thought for the sake of nostalgia that I would be nice to resniff this collection; I was still living in New Orleans then and only got the basic nationwide releases but when I eventually moved to Jersey (and Garden State Plaza mall was still a test store) I got to sniff the remaining failures. Anyhoo, so none of the stores in my area had any SS candles. Lo and behold, I went to GSP on a whim and there they were; it was definitely a trip down memory lane.



    So I already wrote a review on this collection back in 2014 but I thought it would be nice to write a new review with a fresher perspective. 

    Pineapple Cream Puff (733AGA5) - there's really not much to say about this one as it smells like what the name suggests. You get soft sweet flaky bakery note, think choux pastry (which is what cream puffs are made of). Then you get a vanilla cream flavored with pineapple note that smells like the fruit and more like the juice, think Doles. To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of pineapple in BBW's home fragrance as they also smell really artificial and this one is no exception. It's a cute scent and I give it high marks for uniqueness and I can see this being a pleasant guest friendly transitional scent between spring and summer but honestly, it's nothing groundbreaking 

    Honey Cinnamon Crumb Cake (7328K3A2) - Again, there's really not much to say about this either. My opinion of it hasn't changed since I last sniffed it backintheday - it smells like graham crackers..more to the point honey graham crackers. There's a dry bakery note sweetened with cinnamon-sugar and there is drippy sweet glaziness that I suppose could be replicating "honey". People on social media claim to get a hint of floral..I personally don't. Perhaps what they pick up is the honey as real honey picks up floral notes whatever flower has been pollenated by bees. A few have mentioned this and I have to agree..there's an almost BO-like muskiness, like sweaty man ass...which in real life I don't have a problem with (depending on the ass of course) but I'm not sure I want to smell it in home fragrance, particularly in a gourmand/bakery scent. Yeah, this was a no back then and it still is now.   

    ADDENDUM: HCCC is a repackage with a twist of the failed test scent from 2012 Sugar & Spice


    Pink Bubblegum (7332G3A4) - most of you should've smelled this in it's awful quotes "Girl Gang" packaging. If you haven't, again there's really not much to say about it...it smells EXACTLY like bubblegum, particularly Bazooka Joe . Now the notes mention watermelon, vanilla, and sugarcane...I mean, I guess? Maybe those were components in the blend to replicate a gum smell and perhaps out of all of the notes used, those 3 sounded the most appealing. I personally can't pick out those 3 notes at all. Everyone went nuts for this went it was testing backintheday and everyone lost their proverbial shit when it came out as Girl Gang recently; both times I was indifferent. Now don't get me wrong, it's spot on and gets a A for accuracy and authenticity but that's the problem. I agree with those who say that it's awkward because it is so spot on and I just don't know if I want my domicile to smell like a bubblegum.  

    Lemon Drops (7333AGA8) - I know this is becoming an ongoing theme BUUUTTT there's really not much to say about this one. If you've ever had lemon drops, especially Lemonheads, that's what this smells like. It's an intensely tart lemony candy smell. Many wrote this off as just a repackage of Limoncello...it is not! This is far more intensely zesty and tart.

    ADDENDUM - I could be wrong but I think Sugared Lemon Zest from back in the spring was a repackage of this 


    Lavender Marshmallow (7326K3A3) - Well gang, it's official...Lavender Marshmallow is no longer a unicorn candle!!!


    Again, this scent is pretty straightforward. You have an astringent herbally French Lavender-esque lavender with a sweet powdery vanilla heavy marshmallow note..straightforward. Back in 2014, people seemed perplexed by this combo - a)lavender marshmallows are indeed a thing and they are delicious and also b.) these same individuals were at confused by Lavender Vanilla..same concept.

    Now I'm sure everyone reading this are all thinking the same question and there has been much debate over this on social media....is Paris ~ Lavender Macaron the same as Lavender Marshmallow and vice versa.

    YES AND NO!

    The basenotes are pretty much the same but there is small but distinct difference.

    Lavender Marshmallow has a distinct dryness and powderiness, as it should since it is supposed to smell like a marshmallow. Lavender Macaron on the other hand does not have that dryness but rather a sweet glaziness that almost reminds me of icing on a petit four. Moreover the lavender note is less crisp and intense than in Lavender Marshmallow. 

    For the sake of argument lets just say that Lavender Macaron is a repackage WITH A TWIST of Lavender Marshmallow and leave it at that. That said, just speaking for myself, I prefer LMarshmallow over LMacaron and will probably burn the ones I have to get rid of them


    Strawberry Sorbet (7331AGA5) - honestly, in my most humble of opinions, this is the worst scent in the bunch. It doesn't smell like sorbet or ice cream...it really doesn't smell like a dessert. It just smells like generic strawberry chapstick. It's so artificial and fake smelling with an off-putting waxiness.   

    ADDENDUM - if you remember Easter ~ Cotton Candy Marshmallow, well that is a direct repackage of SS. Futhermore, SS is a repackage of Strawberry Picnic from 2013 and that was a repackage with a twist of Saltwater Taffy


    Raspberry Peach Macaron (7328K3A5) - out of all of the scents in this collection, this was the most complex and the runaway hit out of all of the ones that made the nationwide release backintheday. That said, I never really understood its popularity. So right off the bat, this doesn't smell like a macaron; there's no bakery aspect that my nose can detect as well as no almond which would've made a rather nice addition to the blend. That said, I did get a glaziness similar Lavender Macaron..although I don't think that smells like a macaron either. All I really get is jam - a sweet pectinous  raspberry peach jam. or compote.I'm not a big fan of peach scents from BBW as they all smell like musty armpits to me and I get that in this but luckily the raspberry overpowers it.

    ADDENDUM: RPM  is a repackage of Gelato from 2013

    WARNING: Sooooooooo many people backintheday complained of its horrible craptatic burn after midrange. Moreover, once it got to that point, the scent itself changed into a horrible burnt, waxy, chemical mess. I doubt very seriously that that issue was taken care of so take that into consideration and buy with caution


    Frosted Cupcake - I'm not gonna waste your time or mine talking about this one

    Unfortunately it doesn't like the remaining failed scent, Pink Lemonade Poundcake, is getting released, which is odd. Fingers crossed it makes a late appearance during SAS but I'm not holding my breath. Moreover Red Velvet Cupcake and Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts doesn't look they're getting released either...meh

    CANDLE RETROSPECTIVE: History of Pine Candles

    Ahh pine scents..it's not Christmastime or wintertime without them. Like eucalyptus or lavender, pine is one of the quintessential and intense notes that is not for pussies; you either love it with a passion or hate it immensely. I myself for the longest time was not a fan of pine scents, they kinda just left me cold; I preferred pine notes that were blended with other palate pleasing notes. But I decided to get out of my comfort zone and give pine and a chance..and I'm glad I did because now I'm hooked.

    So in this post I thought I'd honor my love of pine by talking about all of the pine scents (that I know off) in Slatkin/BBW history. Now you do have you pine blended scents like Merry Mistletoe or Tis the Season or Winter but I choose to leave those out and only focus on scents were either marketed as a pine scent or had pine based top notes. So lets start at the beginning...


                               
    Evergreen and Fresh Balsam (200?)

    So these two have been around FOREVER; they both came out waayyy before my time as a BBW-er. I'm pretty sure Evergreen came first with Fresh Balsam coming in second and the two have been fighting for supremacy ever since..and in recent years, it seems Fresh Balsam has become the more popular one. Personally I prefer Evergreen and think it's far more superior to Fresh Balsam. Despite being pine scents, the two have totally different vibes - Evergreen is more classy and warm and inviting while Fresh Balsam is more intense and crisp. I always describe Evergreen as a Christmas tree inside your home ready to be decorated and Fresh Balsam as a tree outisde still in the ground covered in snow ready to be cut.

    Tree (2009 or 2010)

    I honestly know next to nothing about this scent and what it smelled like. I do know the notes were fresh Douglas fir, sweet musk, warm vanilla and crisp winter air. Other than that, I got nuthin
    Frosted Tree (2010)

    Again another backintheday scent that I'm unfamiliar with. By all accounts that wasn't your typical tree scent. With it's added unorthodox notes of amber, rosemary and patchouli, FT had unique herbal/aromatherapy-ish, old-fasihioned/antique vibe. Touchthefiretwice talked about it briefly in one of his videos  . The candle and wf bulbs are still available on the black market; one of these days I wanna buy it and give it a try.

    Holly Wreath (2010)

    This scent was friggin GORGEOUS! It was like a winter holiday version of Sweater Weather; some juniper actions, a hit of eucalyptus, some citrus to brighten it up and a little bit of cinnamon stick for Christmasy effect. And what was great about Holly Wreath was that you could start burning it the end of fall, keep the HW party going thru Christmastime and take it thru the rest of winter. It was brought back the falling year and after that, it disappeared.

    Sleigh Ride (2011)

    This was one of many holiday one hit wonders from 2011..which was the height/pinnacle/zenith of holiday scents in BBW history. Like it's predecessor Frosted Tree, SR had herbal notes blended in with the pine notes that gave the scent a very antique/old-fashioned/Old World feel to it. To me, on the first initial cold sniff, it kinda smelled like wet lettuce however afterwards you really got a fresh alpine outdoorsiness..like you were out on a sleigh ride  

    Snowed In (2012)

    Since SI's top note is juniper and juniper is a coniferous tree, I'm gonna throw it in the mix. SI, while very unusual and unique, was nice change amongst all of the holiday scents that year. It definitely wasn't a very Christmasy scent but was great for the rest of the post holiday winter season. Crisp and fresh and a little sweet, SI made you feel like you were in cabin in the woods and you opened the door was greet by a blast cold alpine air


    Forest Trail (2013)

    This was a failed test scent in the Lakeside/Summer Lakeside collection. Along with with Lakeside and Boathouse Row, I had my eye on this one but sadly was never able to get my hands on one. This pine had the sole distinction of being a pine scent sold in the summer...which is probably why it didn't go wide as it would've been a hard sell. They even tried to make sound less wintery with notes of red berries and eucalyptus. If you're interested, Touchthefiretwice did a whole video about this entire collection, including this scent. 


    Pinecone/Autumn Snow (2014)

    This poor scent..this is a perfect example of piss poor marketing. So this was first marketed as a fall scent - the only pine scent, besides Fresh Balsam, to be sold in the fall. Alas, it failed and didn't go wide...mainly because of the bland and basic name that didn't quite capture the scent itself. A few months later it came back as a winter scent..yet it was called "Autumn" Snow..and it failed again. It a shame cuz it was a beautiful high end non-typical pine scent (I finally got my hands on Pinecone a few month ago via Evilbay)

    Snow Day (2014)

    Ahh, the infamous and sadly now forgotten SD. Because of it's popularity, many of us assumed it would be back as a winter/holiday staple...nope not so much. Had I known then what I know now, I would've stocked up like crazy. The funny thing about SD is that it's so simplistic and basic - Twisted Peppermint mixed with Fresh Balsam. However that combo worked sooooo well together. It made you feel like a little kid enjoying a day off from school because of the snow.


    Frosted Pine (2014)

    This was quite possbly the most boring, unexciting, basic and runofthemill pine scent ever! It was a weird outdoorsy slightly earthy pine scent a la Fresh Balsam. And the notes mentioned sugar of all things, there was nothing sweet about this scent. This ended up failing and not going wide..which was probably for the best. I happened to find a lone one in a store during SAS and bought it but I found it so boring that I just used as decorations for Christmas and eventually gave it away.



    Alpine Frost (2014)

    So for whatever reason, BBW didn't release the 3wick but did release the mason jar and wf bulb. The candle smelled pleasant like but the wf bulb smelled dirty Pine-Sol mop water



    Alpine Cheer (2015)

    One of many new scents that came out that year/season. While this was supposed to smell piney and give you a sense of the outdoors/winter air, it really didn't. It was soooo sickeningly sweet and fruity, like Merry Mistletoe on a sugar high. And for whatever unexplained reason, it smelled like pineapples! Anyhoo, I bought it but didn't really enjoy it because of the overpowering sweetness!


    Dashing thru the Snow (2015)

    This scent kinda fell thru the cracks with not many people talking about it. Even I didn't pay too much attention it. It was a decent pine scent with a blast of lemon/orange citrusy zest. 
    Noel ~ Silver Pine & Cedar (2015)

    I was reaaalllly hoping this would be a repackage of Sleigh Ride but nope not so much. There's not much to say about this one; to me this smelled like spray you'd use on a fake Christmas tree to make it smell real

    Mahogany Balsam (2015)

    ...no comment

    Snowflakes & Spruce (2015)

    Blegghhh...this isn't even worth talking about




    Spiced Autumn Wreath/Cinnamon Pinecone/Pumpkin Woods (2015/2016)

    So SAT came out in the Thanksgiving collection; it seemed to be a hit as it was a scent that was long overdue. Essentially in a nutshell, it was a toned down Fresh Balsam with Spiced Wreath-esque almost sticky/syrupy cinnamoniness. Then it came back during test phase a few months later for the holidays only to disappear by Mahogany Balsam..total BS. Then this past fall we got a scent that was similar to SAT - Pumpkin Woods. And then this winter we saw glimpses of Cinnamon Pinecone but for whatever reason, BBW decided not to ever release it.




    Vanilla Balsam (2016)

    I don't really know what was the point of this scent and what it was trying to capture or convey. Let's take Fresh Balsam and mix it with Lavender Vanilla without the lavender. Despite sounding straightup bizarre, it was quite popular..mainly with people with a case of wimpy nose who can't handle straightup pine scents like Fresh Balsam or Evergreen.




    Winter Mint & Spruce (2016) and Calming Lavender Spruce (2017)

    In my opinion this is the most beautiful, gorgeous and high end pine scent that I've ever smelled, besides Pinecone and Evergreen, Folks, myself included, were a little worried that this scent wouldn't go wide but lo and behold it did...and I could not be happier. I mean spruce, spearmint and lavender...what more can you ask for?! It kinda back this year as "CHILL"; same base notes but with a very heavy intense spruce note. 


    Iced Balsam (2016)

    This collection failed but for some reason this candle randomly appeared during SAS but it was a totally different batch from the one that was testing. Not many people talked about the test version and to be honest I don't remember what little was said about it but the SAS version was HORRIFIC - it smelled like the inside of a barn; straightup horse piss and moldy hay.

    Spring Balsam (2017)


    ...moving right along

    Spruce (2017)

    What could've been an interesting scent ended up being unextraordinary and completely eclipsed but all of the other new scents on the scene. There were 2 batches - the first batch smelled soooo similar to a failed test scent called Snow & Slopes which was this lovely herbal blend of rosemary, eucalyptus, mint and citrus. However sooooo many people on social media said that it smelled like Fresh Balsam. I ended up smelling at another store and yep, it smelled like a watered down Fresh Balsam.
    Frozen Lake (2017)

    Take Sweater Weather, mix in Sparkling Icicles and add a dash of Iced Vanilla Woods and you've got Frozen Lake. Intense, manly, a little sweet, a little alpiney - this was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. That said, while this kind of scent is totally up my alley, I passed on it...a least the candle as I just couldn't see myself committing to a whole 3wick but I did indeed up getting some wf bulbs. I thought up just getting the candle just to try but by this point, they had all disappeared. 

    RANT OF THE DAY: Candle Scandal 2017 ~ Nook/No Place like...Court?!


    Nook ~ No Place Like Home (7298AGA3) - Vanilla Bean and Cedarwood Essential Oil


    Ok, so I have already spilled the T about this candle but for those who missed it, I'll recap.

    As you know, this candle is the only candle in the Hygge collection that failed. Why? It was a blatant ripoff of another candle company's design - Scandinavisk  . BBW's NOOK looked exactly like Scandinavisk's signature scent KOTO (Finnish for "home) ~THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. While the look of BBW's Hygge collection are eerily similar to Scandinavisk's design, NOOK  was the most obvious offender. In fact..and this is just a theory...but the decision for BBW to make this collection in the first place (and bring back Pink Petal Teacake after all of these years) was probably "inspired" by another of Scandinavisk's scents - HYGGE.. whose notes contain...wait for it.... strawberry cake and rose petals.

    BBW did not have permission to use Scandinavisk's graphic designs. I repeat...BBW DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE SCANDINAVISK'S DESIGNS. How do I know? The founder of the company contacted me himself saying that he was unaware of this, the graphic design is legally his and that he will be taking action.

    At any rate, BBW has been suspiciously quiet about this debacle. Furthermore, this was the ONLY candle in this collection that didn't appear online and the few stores that did indeed have shipments of them were sold for 999.99 in the computer system as a preventive...although SA/managers would still override the price and sell it to those Thirsty Thelmas suffering from a severe case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out").

    ADDENDUM: NOOK has indeed appeared both in stores and online but had to be sold with the labels removed for "legal reasons"...suspicious much?


    So I stopped in a local BBW a few days ago (hoping to catch a sight of Lavender Marshmallow) and what to my wondering eyes should I see but a gaggle of NOOKs. Since it was there, I had to satisfy my curiousity and give it a sniff.

    It's sooooooo NOT what I was expecting...

    Based on the notes, I assumed that it would be a repackage of an old one hit wonder called Vanilla Cedarwood..which totally make sense and fits what this candle is trying to convey. It's ever so slightly close but definitely not a repackage. If it wasn't VC, I assumed this would be a sweet woodsy manly "cologney" scent like Bowties & Bourbon or Ski Lodge...nope, not so much. To quote someone on IG, NOOK smells like "opening to the door to a LUSH store"...that's pretty accurate. Imagine opening the doors to LUSH which sets off a trip wire making every bath bomb explode in your face and that my friends is NOOK. There's a strange unexplained soapiness to it; it reminds of the sea shell shaped non-usable decorative soaps your grandma would put out whenever there's company. Vanilla and cedarwood? I'm gonna have to say no to the vanilla; if it's there, it's faint. And there is a dryness which could be from the cedarwood. But there are definitely notes they aren't mentioning.

    Final verdict?! IT AIN'T ALL THAT!

    I have to laugh at BBW; they went to all the trouble to steal a look from another company only for the candles to sit and collect dust. The only candles from this collection that people are buying is PPTC (and that's only out of pure hype, not because the scent is amazing cuz it isn't) and Cinnamon Rum Raisin. And the stores that actually do have NOOK, the only people buying any of them are again buying them out of social media hype and letting FOMO control their purchasing decisions; everyone else with sense and taste has sniffed them and left them on the shelf.

    Look I can't tell you what to do with your money but what I can say is stop buying candles out of FOMO. NOOK is not worth the intrigue and infamy; it's not a bad scent by any means but it is extremely underwhelming and undeserving of any efforts to search for it and buy it regardless of the price. With Lavender Marshmallow and the other Sweet Shoppe scents making their way to stores as well as Beach Sage and Mint, you shouldn't be wasting your time and attention and money on NOOK. Save your coins and move on!

    As for BBW's design larceny....

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    NEWNESS UPDATE: SAS/Spring 2018 Test Scents *UPDATED*

    I hope you all have enjoy the snow and winter an the holidays cuz according to BBW, it's a wrap! Spring/Summer scents are slow slipping into stores, some which have even already appeared online.

    So first let's talk about the collection that's available now - Seaside Mist (aka XOXO), Midnight Blue Citrus, Salted Vanilla, White Driftwood (aka Happily Ever After), Mango Shores, Coastal Jasmine, Turquoise Waters and Beach Sage and Mint.

    This collections' random and unannounced appearance seem to be really confusing people with some folks thinking it's an entirely new collection..

    This is not a new collection...I repeat... THIS IS NOT A NEW COLLECTION.

    It's the Coast to Coast collection which tested, was set for nationwide release but shockingly failed last spring... well the candles failed, the wf bulbs went wide (I even did a tester candle WALK N SNIFF    )

    While I'm glad this collection is back mainly because Beach Sage & Mint is LIFE but I must admit it's strange seeing this collection online and in stores in December. My guess is this collection was slated for a SAS throwback appearance but because stores/warehouses in a low supply of holiday candles, these were put out early to fill space. So there ya go.

    Also making a SAS (but probably earlier) release is the Desert 2.0 collection which tested and failed after Coast to Coast as well as...wait for it...SWEET SHOP including the grand poobah of  unicorn candles, Lavender Marshmallow


    Let's move on to the new stuff..and I use the term "new stuff" extremely loosely. So at the moment, there are 4 collections testing and honestly, they're kinda blah.

    The first collection is WB collection, with sort of an aromatherapy/spa/day with the girls theme. They have colored frosted glasses with a 50's/60s metallic strip design. At the moment, the new scents are...

    White Opal - Shimmering Sea Salt, Jade Blossoms, Lush Moss (I got nuthin)

    Palo Santo - Palo Santo Wood, Warm Amber, Soft Musk (repackage of Golden Desert Sands from Desert 2.0/Succulents collection which was a repackage of Desert Heat from the original Desert collection) 

    ADDENDUM: Palo Santo (also known as "lignum vitae") is wood found in South America and the Caribbean; burned like incense/sage smudge, it's often used in Santeria 

    Returning scents include Midnight Blue CitrusMineral Springs, Incense, and Rosewater & Ivy


    There are also additions to WB core line in with frosted marbley tumblers. New scents include...

    Pink Prosecco - Pink Lady Apple, Sparkling Prosecco, Juicy Pear (Pink Apple Punch-ish)

    Pink Pineapple - Pineapple, Sugared Berries, Lemon Zest (new scent but very generic) 

    Returning scents include Mahogany Coconut, Fresh Cut Lilacs, Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and Pure White Cotton 


    Next, because it's BBW, there's a tropical fruity summer collection with Golden Girls/Miami Beach condo wallpaper labels. New scents include...

    Coconut Colada - Creamy Coconut, Spiced Bananas, Dark Rum (word on the street this is a repackage of Banana Kiwi Colada from Poptails 2015  this may be the grand return of Bahama Fizz)

    Pomelo Citron - (repackage of Capri Citron)

    Returning scents include Tiki Beach, Rainforest Gardenia, Turquoise Waters, Pineapple Mango, Blue Ocean Waves


    Finally, because BBW loves us and make it their life's mission/work to make us happy and give us what we all have been clamoring for...we're getting more quotes candles! YAAAAAAAY!!!

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    And they're just as lame as ever! And of course the scents are dry, boring and basic!

    GRL PWR - Strawberry Cupcake

    YOU GIVE MY ALL THE FEELS - Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Inhale Exhale - Eucalyptus Mint & Rain

    YOU'RE A GEM - Wild Sage & Aloe

    Kindness is Magic - Peach Bellini

    You LIGHT UP MY sky - Lavender Vanilla

    AMAZING THINGS WILL HAPPEN - Water-mess-on Lame-ade...I mean Watermelon Lemonade

    Will you accept this Rosé - Strawberry Mimosa


    And if that's not bad enough, there are now quote wf bulbs too!

    XO - Japanese Cherry Blossom
    We're MINT to be - Eucalyptus Mint
    Wine Down - Black Cherry Merlot
    Yay! - A Thousand Wishes
    Hello Sunshine - Limoncello
    Hello Darling - Beautiful Day


    Yeah, 2018 is not looking so good!

    BLAST FROM THE PAST: Holiday Pomander (2009)

    Products: candle
    Area used in: living room
    Time Period: December - New Years

    Description: citrus fruits, cloves, bay rum, leafy balsam, and musk

    Trivia: a "pomander" is a citrus fruit (usually some kind of orange) studded with clove; orange clove is a blend associated with Christmastime


    So this is a scent that shortly before my time as a BBWer and only heard about in recent years. I don't know how it happened but I ran across while doing a Google search on another scent. It was a promotion on QVC from during the Slatkin era..and there it was...


    The notes sounded so enticing and intriguing that I had to find it. After searching for years on the black market, I finally found one recently priced and immediately bought it; it smelled as amazing as I thought it would. Then about a year or so again perhaps, I was able to score another one reasonably priced. As you may remember, there was a Pomander candle out in stores now which I was hoping would be a repackage of HP but alas it was not. So I decided to throw caution to the wind, a have a pure YOLO moment and light up one of my HPs (the other is a permanent SNIFF ONLY candle) for Christmas time and I'm soooo glad I did cuz it is amazeballs.

    HP is pure unadulterated Christmas in a jar - more so than Tis the Season, more so than Evergreen, Winter, Chestnut & Clove, Spice etc. Amongst true candle connoisseurs and ol school Slatkineers, Winter Garland is the ultimate rare hard to find classic Christmas in a jar scent..and for aawhile I agreed..that is until I lit up HP. I will now say something truly scandalous; in my humble opinion, HP smells BETTER than Winter Garland!
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    So as you can imagine just based on the name, main things you smell in HP is orange and clove. You get the rind/peel/zest of the orange and clementine and maybe a little lemon as well. That rich citrus oil smell is spiced with intense earthy clove as well bay rum... Bay rum is a distilled cologne made from rum infused with citrus rinds, cinnamon, clove and pimento/Jamaican pepper. And NO, before you say anything, this does NOT smell cologney; the bay rum just adds a sweetness, pungentness and spiciness to the blend. Lastly theres a resinous astringent pine/balsam note that hits your nose last and gives the scent a quintessential alpine/winter feel. The blend as a whole just has a very classic,  traditional, old fashioned Victorian/Dickensian Christmas with Christmas punch and figgy puddings and mincemeat pies and trees with candles and bayberry boughs and stockings by the fireplace roasting chestnuts. This is a candle that makes you wanna pour yourself a glass of mulled wine, wrap up in a blanket and watch A Christmas Carol.

    I have only burned 3x so have and each time was a flawless burn with a gorgeous pool with the highest flames I've seen in awhile. And because this is from the good ol days when candles had a 40-45 burn time, I can light this up with reckless abandon during the holiday season. If I can find another one of these badbois, I am definitely buying it no questions asked.   




    WALK 'N' SNIFF: Winter 2017 Candles Pt. 5 ~ On the Rocks/Quartz, "Scandinavian/Hygge" and Miscellaneous Candles *UPDATED*

    I was having a really rough and stressful day today, just one of those days when things are deadset not to go your way. And late night insomnia and a pressure headache was not making my day better. I decided before heading home that I was gonna treat myself. I got myself a Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks (that the barista totally effed up somehow) and since I was in the area, I stopped in BBW just to see what there was to see. Lo and behold there was all kinds of unexpected newness.


    THIS IS FOR YOU (BUT I WISH IT WAS MINE) ~ Candy Cane Calla Lilies - first of all, I can't with that name; how friggin passive aggressive! Anyway, this scent is pretty bizarre - take Twisted Peppermint and mix in Fresh Cut Lilacs/Lilac Blossom and that's essentially CCCL. I would never think in 1000 years to mix sweet mentholy mint with a powdery white floral note. Very strange combo!

    ADDENDUM: Candy Cane Calla Lilies are actually real but I'm pretty sure they don't smell like candy canes like the candle suggests 


    Smoked Absinthe - just like the rest of the candles in this cocktails collection, it doesn't smell like the actual cocktail at all. As the name implies, there's a heavy but sweet star anise/black licorice note; it smells less like a glass of absinthe and more bakery, like an anisette cookie. It also reminds me of a sweeter and less woosdy Star Anise.

    Mint Julep - I'm convinced that BBW's marketing department has never seen or sipped an actual Mint Julep cuz they never get this smell right. So this is basically the soap/pocketbac of the same name - an intense citrus blend with mint; more mojito than mint julep

    Girl Gang ~ Pink Bubblegum - this is indeed the return of Pink Bubblegum from 2014's Sweet Shop collection. Smells like Bazooka Joe Gum, there's really not much to say about it.

    Dear Santa, I blame the eggnog ~ Butterrum Eggnog (7292M8A1) - I am pleased as punch to report that this is the grand return of Slatkin's Eggnog/Eggnog Cheer, albeit tweaked. I would say the difference is that this version is bit more creamier and richer with more emphasis on the vanilla (and no, this is NOT a repackage with a twist of Vanilla Bean/Pumpkin Marshmallow btw) and heavier on the nutmeg. Anyhoo, for those who never smelled the old version...it really does smell like legit eggnog. You get a creamy custardy vanilla note with  dark sweetness from the rum accord. Then you get a bakery (non red hot) cinnamon and nutmeg. Think of this as Creamy Nutmeg's twin; if you liked that scent and other vanilla heavy gourmand scents, that you'll like this.



    Now let's move on the On The Rocks/Quartz candles....

    Love ~ Rose Quartz - straightup Wild Huckleberry/Pomegranate

    Joy ~ Sunstone (7290AGA9) - I thought this could be Coral Seashell from the Nantucket collection...it's not but it has a similar generic summery fruity vibe. The main note is an oddly sweet almost bubblegummy grapefruit note similar to Golden Grapefruit. I pick up the ginger that adds a slight nose tingly spice. Plum blossom...can't say that I get that. I pick up something sweet and dark in the background but I can't really say it's plum blossom; maybe the actual fruit or maybe a dark berry blend. As a whole, Sunstone doesn't smell nearly as bright and sunny as the name suggests, just super artificial and candy-ish.

    Wisdom ~ Quartz Crystal (7310M8A1) - So right off the bat, this is not Black Tie or Tobacco Flower or my beloved Boathouse Row. As far as I can tell, this is new as it doesn't smell like any other cologney scent that BBW has released in the past. So yeah, it's a cologney scent and not a particular good one. It smells a little dry and powdery and sweet, like men's deodorant. That's really all I can say about it.

    Luck ~ Jade (7313AGA3) - I thought this might have been Green Grass from backintheday but it's not. It's more closer to Drenched Apple Flower and Provence Garden. It's a very fresh green scent with dewy floral notes and hint of apple/pear blossom in the background. It's very pleasant calm smell that would be perfect for spring.

    ADDENDUM - I think this may be a repackage of the failed test scent Emerald Isle from 2014's Destinations collection


    Serene ~ Aquamarine (7304AGA3) -  I'm pretty sure this is Poolside Daydream. It smells like a men's sunscreen - a little coconut action, some salty "sear air" ozone vibe and some woody "driftwood" accords

    Power ~ Onyx (7310K3A2) - straightup Fireside! If I'm wrong and this isn't Fireside, it's ridonkulously close. It's a fiery smoky woodsy blend with earthy dank vetiver and lusty leather

    Real talk, this collection is soooooo lame and unnecessary; they're not worth sniffing at all. Don't gret too pressed if you don't see them at your store, you're not missing a thing!


    And now for the part I'm sure most if not all of you have been waiting for...the "Scandinavian" Hygge candles....

    SOFT ~ Pink Petal Teacake (7297AGA3) - so for the most part this is the same PPTC from backintheday... buuut, like all returning scents from backintheday, it definitely has been tweaked. It's much watered and less robust, slightly drier. For those of you unfortunates who never smelled the original, you get rosewater, a creamy vanilla note and strawberries..yes strawberries..strawberries were in the original notes. So basically think a strawberry shortcake with rosewater in the sweet red glaze and that is PPTC.

    ADDENDUM - for all y'all out there salivating over this candle and falling for the hype..I don't want hear a single one of you complain that the throw is weak cuz guess what..the original was weak.

    ADDENDUM - and yes, rose flavored/petal decorated bakery confections are indeed a thing


    COZY~ Warm Cup of Cocoa (7306AGA7) - yep, you guessed it - Hot Cocoa & Cream. It could be my nose playing tricks on me but this version seems more chocolatey than past versions.

    COMFORT ~ Soft Cashmere Blanket (7298G3A7) - if this isn't Sea Island Cotton, it's damn close. It's a soft soothing cotton scent with a hint of ozone. Lavender..ehhh. There's something vaguely herbal and aromatherapy-sh in the blend but I'm hard-pressed to say it's lavender.

    CHILL ~ Calming Lavender Spruce - We all had the same thought about this one and I am happy to report that this is indeed a repackage (with a twist) of Winter Mint & Spruce....emphasis on "with a twist". This version is extremely heavy on the spruce/pine with more mint than lavender

    WARMTH ~ Fireside Comfort - you would think that this is Fireside (and to those who asked, no this is NOT Vanilla Fireside/Pumpkin Fireside or Smoked Vanilla)... not really but extremely similar. It's like Fireside x100  and without the leather; just powerful pungent intense smoky burning wood notes with a hint a vanilla/tonka bean and warmth. If you ever wanted a more extreme version of Fireside, this bud's for you!

    ADDENDUM: I think I need to resniff this but after some consideration, I think this may be a repackage of Smoked Birch? If not, they're similar and in the same family


    Indulge - Cinnamon Rum Raisin (7307K3A2) - so this has been intriguing a lot of people as it popped up mysteriously. Honestly, it's just ok. It has a cinnamon spiced bakery base similar to a scent you'd find in fall - think along the lines of Cinnamon Pretzel Twist or Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. A lot of people on social media has been comparing it with Vanilla  Spiced Pear and I can kinda see it; they both share a similar spiced vanilla and dark rum base. And you do get a legit authentic raisin note. And there is a dark sweetness that to me smells less like rum and more like dark brown sugar.

    ADDENDUM - I'm 50% sure that this may be a repackage of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie from backintheday but to be honest my scent memory is kinda faulty and unreliable on that scent. If anyone out there were into Slatkin scents and remember this one, let me know your thoughts

    ADDENDUM - I was chatting with my buddy @candleafficionado who actually owns a 3wick of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and did a comparison..they are NOT the same

    ADDENDUM - A lot of peopple have ben saying this on social media and having done a comparison, I totally agree; Indulge smells like Vanilla Spiced Pear with raisins instead of pear


    * NOOK ~ There's No Place Like Home may have been pulled from nationwide release due to you know why...although I've heard that a few stores have gotten shipment of them so it may be late or limited release



    In case you missed them and you need an extra opinion for your Candle Day purchases, here are the most WALK N SNIFF reviews

    THIS IS THE BOMB.COM: Peppermint Rosemary


    Products: candle
    Area used in: living room & bedroom
    Time Period: anytime

    Description: Fresh Peppermint, Iced Rosemary, Eucalyptus

    So when this was first announced on social media, many of us ol schoolers assumed this would be the grand return of the beloved but sadly long forgotten Snow Day. That said, the pessimist in me knew the likelihood of BBW bring this scent back was slim to none. However the notes sounded so intriguing to me that I still wanted to sniff whether it was SD or not. So I finally got to sniff and it happened...NOSEGASM!

    Let's get into the performance. The first initial burn was iffy as hell!


    It tunneled like crazy and it took forever it for it to completely pool out. It was so bad that I had to do the aluminum foil trick and finally it pooled out. On the second burn, it was still a little slow to pool but after that the wicks were burning like champs and I haven't had any tunneling issues since. Every burn has been flawless with high dancing flames and full pools.

    And now the throw...when I first burned this, I had it in my living room and even though it had been burning for hours, the throw got completely lost; I could only smell it in the near vicinity of where it was burning but couldn't smell a thing the further I walked away from it. Recently I've started burning it in the bathroom whenever I took a hot bath and my bf has been sick with a head cold lately so he's been burning it in the bedroom; in both instances, the throw completely filled the room and the scent lingered for over a day. So headsup, this is definitely a small room candle; if you burn it ina big room, the throw will not go very far and dissipate.

    So as I said earlier,a lot of us assumed that this was a repackage of Snow Day as the notes sounded very similar. It's NOT a repackage but it's similar. I would describe this as a high upgrade - a more elegant and sophisticated version of SD for adults. And personally, just between us gurls, I like this more than SD!  What I love about this scent is that the blend is simplistic yet sophisticated. You get the same sweetened cool menthol note that's in Twisted Peppermint. Then you get the blend of piney/herbal rosemary with crisp invigorating eucalyptus. The three main notes all blend so perfectly together and the combination is so cooling and fresh yet cozy and comforting. It does smell more aromatherapy-ish and medicinal; like I said my bf was burning it while he was sick because it smells like a Olbas oil   - a essential oil blend (containing peppermint and eucalyptus) popular in Europe for getting rid of colds.

    So yeah, PR is winner in my book - Bronzeblogger approved! It's definitely not a Christmas/holiday scent but great for the rest of winter. Honestly because the notes are so aromatherapy-ish, you can really burn this all year around. As much as I much like this scent, this isn't a scent that I would burn all the time just because the notes are so intense. It's a great scent to light up when you're taking a bath. It's a nice deodorizing scent to have when you're cleaning or after you've finished cooking cuz it will definitely knock out any household funk. And if you have a headache or you're congested or feeling cough-y, PP will have you feeling so you much better. And if it's raining or snowing out, this is a pleasant enough candle to burn as you bundle up in blanket to read a book or watch a movie. I would say this has stock up appeal; this and Peppered Plum were the ONLY candles this entire year that I've bought multiples of, so there ya go!   

    WALK 'N' SNIFF: The Greatest Glow Collection

    Before I begin, I just wanna say that I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving as well as happy shopping today (I personally won't be partaking in Black Friday shenanigans).

    So Wednesday I was out and about getting last minute things for Thanksgiving and decided since I was nearby that I would stop in BBW and see if there was any newness. Only some of the holiday quote candles were out (which I totally ignored) and none of the "Scandinavian inspired" candles were out either..which from what I've heard won't be out until AFTER Candle Day (Dec. 2nd). The store did however the "Greatest Glow" candles  - the candles with the black and gold Art Deco/70s wallpaper tumblers.

    Everyone knows what Black Tie and Golden Peach Sparkle aka Market/Georgia Peach smells like so let's focus on the newness...


    Whiskey Butterscotch (7282AGA3) - there's really not much to say about this candle; it is sooooooo close to Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel . Maybe less salty/savory and more of that dark sweet booziness but that's it. In the same savory caramel family as Bourbon Butterscotch, Hot Buttered Rum, Salty/Salted Caramel etc.; when you've smelled one, you've smelled them all. 

    Pomelo & Pine (7283AGA3) - this was the only scent that  I was remotely interested in sniffing and now that I have, I'm quite disappointed as it doesn't smell like what you'd expect. It's one of those candles that's new but not quite because it smells like of hodge-podge of other candles. So you would think this would be a very citrus heavy scent but nope, it's very faint and way in the background; the citrusiness is very similar to the grapefruit note in Grapefruit Gin Fizz. There's a very dirty outside pine/balsam blend that reminds me a lot of the failed test scent Frosted Pine from 2014.  That same balsam/pine blend and cinnamon bark note combined kinda gives a Spiced Autumn Wreath/Pumpkin Woods/Cinnamon Pinecone kind of vibe. I don't really see the point of this scent at all; it just seems like BBW threw some notes together, gave it a vague name and hoped for the best. And honestly, with Grapefruit Gin Fizz, Merry Mistletoe and especially Winter in stores now, P&P is extremely unnecessary.

    Starry Sky (7284AGA1) - again, yet another weird and unnecessary scent with notes that smell like other candles. If I had to describe this simply, I would say think Sea to Santorini aka Freshwater & Seasalt mixed with Renew & Refresh. It's an ozonic salty seawater/ocean air melon/cucumber scent with hint of cologney bergamot and dewy floral blend - jasmine maybe or freesia. I don't get the point of SS at all cuz nothing about this scent says wintery or night air 

    Champagne & Glitter (7286M8A1) -. So right off the bat this is NOT Sparkling Woods nor is Sparkling Pear Riesling...but there are aspects of both of these that I kinda get in C&G. The notes from the description that I really smell is an intensely artificially smelling pear which is quite similar to Sparkling Pear Riesling. Vetiver...no not really. I do on the other hand get some kind of floral note - peony maybe or pear/apple blossom. I get the cedarwood as well as an animalic muskiness; that musk along with the cedar and that weird unacknowledged floral blend reminds me of Black Tea Rose ; that's how I would describe this scent - Sparkling Pear Riesling mixed with Black Tea Rose. I would also describe C&G as transitional masculine version of First Bloom as that has a pear and floral combo as well.  Just like the rest of this scents in this collection, I don't really get the point of this candle or what it's trying to portray/convey.

    This whole collection is beyond pointless and an utter waste; zero cohesion, no rhyme or reason, just random scents with random notes thrown together haphazardly. Real talk, if any of y'all out there are thinking about getting something from this collection today or whenever, DON'T! 
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    RANT OF THE DAY: The Year without an Autumn

    Well y'all, Thanksgiving is just a few days away thus fall is pretty much over. I'm still trying to hold on to that fall feeling; as I type this, I'm taking sips of pumpkin spiced coffee, I have a Pumpkin Fireside burning bright nearby and all of my fall decorations are still up in my apartment... yeah I REFUSE to put up any Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. That said, I kept feeling a little over it and secretly wanting these last few days of fall to pass by; I'd much rather Peppermint Mocha in my coffee right now, I'm fighting the urge to play Christmas music and I'm wishing this Pumpkin Fireside was Chestnuts & Clove instead. Why is it that, an ardent autumnophile, have been over fall lately?

    Is it just me or has this fall gone by really quickly? Or better, has it felt like there wasn't much of a fall at all? In the earlier part of the season, I was feeling it for sure; I had my fall bae Leaves burning and was blasting my autumn playlist on Spotify as I decorated the apartment. But as fall progressed, I felt myself feeling more and more blasé. First of all, the weather was really bizarre with unseasonably warm temps...though I have to laugh at myself for becoming aclimated to Yankee weather despite coming from a place with sub-tropic temperature 90% of the year where fall itself didn't/doesn't exist. Only recently has there been true "sweater weather". And there were other things that just made this fall not feel like fall. Every single PSL I got tasted like pumpkin spice vomit. There was little to no foliage in my neck of the woods; the leaves stayed verdant for the longest with only a few pops of red and yellow here and there. My bf and I didn't do anything remotely fall related - not apple picking, no pumpkin carving, no trips to farmer's markets. We got tickets to go to Great Jack'O'Lantern Blaze up in Sleepy Hollow only for it to be cancelled due to all day torrential typhoon. We were planning on going to the Halloween Parade but due to all the scary crap that was going on the city that day, we thought it best to stay in. And all top of all of that, BBW..my saving grace, absolutely SUCKED!

    BBW in the fall was, until recently, the most amazing time of the year; a hallmark for candle enthusiasts and autumnophiles alike. Much like getting your first PSL or picking your first apple in the orchard or seeing the foliage at their peak, your first step into BBW/WB in the fall surrounded by fall favorites and autumnal newness is truly magical. When you left with your fall haul, you knew the rest of the season was gonna be all good. 2011-2014 were the golden years of fall scents at BBW; soooooo many returning classics and truly intriguing and unique scents were around these years with superb marketing and packaging to match; I feel sorry for anyone recently getting in the BBW cuz it's so not the same. After 2014, there was a slow decline in quality and creativity..and now here we are, an utter shitshow.

    It's like BBW put little no thought in this fall's lineup. Scent-wise we just got the bare minimum, the scents that we see all the time - Leaves, Autumn, Sweater Weather, Flannel, Shit Cinnamon Pumpkin etc. Some of the packaging was ok but most were weird and off. Then they brought the same candles only this time with a wraparound label but with the same off looking stock photography. Cranberry Woods (which was more cranberry than wood and smelled way to similar to Frosted Cranberry) and Cider Lane were brought back only to be unceremoniously thrown into the WB Core collection. The fall add-ons to the WB Core line were boring as I dunno what; Peppered Plum was the clear star of the show and the only interesting and new scent the entire season.  The wood grain candles had potential but besides Bourbon Maple and Autumn Woods, the other scents were kinda blah. Then there was the fall edition of Elements candles which were just weird. Oh and then BBW had the sheer audacity to tease people with a bakery themed collection called "Sweet Shop" only to fill it with the most basic, blandest, uninteresting and unobtrusive scents that can think of

    And here's the weirdest decision of them all... NO PUMPKIN SCENTS!

    Due to the popularity of Slatkin era pumpkin scents like Pumpkin Cupcake and Pumpkin Caramel Latte, from 2013 til last fall there have always been  an "all pumpkin, nothin but the pumpkin" collection. This year..not so much; we got Caramel Cinnamon Swirl (aka Caramel Pumpkin Swirl   ) and Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow in the "Sweet Shop"  collection and Pumpkin Apple and Shit Cinnamon Poopkin in the regular collection, that's it. No Pumpkin Caramel Latte or even Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte and surprisingly, despite its popularity and long overdue-ness, no Pumpkin Pie! No don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin scents and these all pumpkin collections never really appealed to me..and lord knows, 90% of these scents weren't so much"pumpkin" per se as they were cinnamon heavy or spiced but still even I knew how popular "pumpkin" scents are. Even if BBW didn't do a whole collection dedicated to pumpkin, they couldve spread some around in various collections but nope, nothin. 

    And as if this fall couldn't get anymore bizarre, BBW kept throwing all of these random ass spring/summer scents into the mix..Rosewater & Ivy? Fresh Bamboo? Tokyo Petals? Really BBW? And those weird hippie-dippie white witchy Practical Magic mason jar candles..like why? What was the point of those? And they all smelled so spring/summery. And speaking of mason jar, they were on a major mason jar kick this fall; there were 3 mason jar collections, only one of which was remotely fall-ish and even then they were just fall scents that were already out in 3wick form. No marketing, no promotion, no fanfare, no rhyme or reason - they were just there to be there.

    Soooooooo many people have been complaining about all of the hot mess-ery going on this fall which turned them off to buying anything or even setting foot in their local store. From July til now, I myself have only bought 7 candles and burned 2 - not even close to fall hauls of yore. The few times I've ever been inside was strictly to WALK N SNIFF for review purposes...and even those I can't say that I was remotely excited to do so.

    I've said this once and I'll say it again cuz it bears repeating..Fall is not the time to experiment. I repeat - FALL IS NOT THE TIME TO EXPERIMENT. 

    Fall is your money-making time, more so than any other time of the year even more than Christmas time (which is also NOT a time to experiment). You wanna re-invent yourself? Fine. You wanna play around with scents and looks and sizes? Fine. You wanna experiment with aromatherapy and "essential oils"? Fine! Save that for after Christmas, do that experimenting BS during SAS or in the spring and summer when you need gimmicks to get people back in the store. DO NOT THAT SHIT IN FALL! People look forward to coming to your store and sniffing around in the fall; for some people (myself included) a trip to BBW/WB is one the highlights of fall. People do NOT want aromatherapy and flowers and summery fruity scents this time of year; people want cider, people want bakery, people want caramel, people want cinnamon and clove and nutmeg..PEOPLE WANT PUMPKIN. If you're gonna experiment, experiment with some newness. Do some research and dig some forgotten classics out of the vault. Work on your packaging and get some stock photos of leaves and pumpkins and apples and cranberry and sweaters..NO FRIGGIN QUOTES!  

    Get your proverbial shit together and give the people what they want for fall! Fall has always been your time to shine and you have the capacity to go back to your former glory sooo...


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