WALK N SNIFF: Elements Candles

So I was right down the street from BBW and was going to stop by to buy some handsoaps; I was expecting to see any newness so I had every intention on making a short in and out trip. But lo and behold the had the first phase of Elements collection ie the candles with the light colored labels and white frosted glass.


So right off the bat, every single one of these is a repackage with a twist of something or another. They all smell like a particular scent but with a little tweak to give the illusion of being a new scent. Ok so lets begin...

Cinnamon =  Welcome ~ Spiced Autumn Wreath
If you're expecting this to be a sweet Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut scent or a red hot Cinnamon & Clove Buds type of scent, you will be very mistaken. It's definitely closer to SAW as it shares the same wood and pine/balsam basenotes. The only difference is that the cinnamon is slightly sweeter. There's also a weird sharpness from the wood/pine notes that immediately burned my nose and set off my sinuses and it's very similar to relatively unknown and forgotten WB exclusive Cashmere & Oak.

Lemongrass = Lemon Verbena
Straightup Lemon Verbena. It's not as soapy smelling and the lemony aspect is bit more bright and alert but it's otherwise the same

Cypress = Woodland Forest
This one was seriously throwin me for a loop cuz it smelled so familiar but I couldn't pinpoint what it could be. I kept picking up a note that reminded me of green bellpeppers...and that's when it hit me - Woodland Forest, which smelled like green bellpeppers to me. Honestly I can't detect any tweaks just green grass/leaves, moss and well, bell peppers

Rose = Flower Shop
So Tinadivalicious was talking about this candle in a recent review  and I refused to believe him when he said he thought it was Flower Shop but sure enough he was right - it's totally FS! Kinduva bizarre choice as a) there's Winter Rose/Blushing Pink Rose Petals as well as Rosewater & Ivy and b)Flower Shop has NO rose notes and doesn't smell remotely rosy. It seems that they toned down the cut green stem notes and maybe added a little musk but otherwise it's FS. Also, and it could just be nose falling prey to the power of suggestion, I smelled an added note that almost gives the illusion of rosiness but I don't think an actual rose note was added

Bergamot = Sparkling Waves
This one is so bizarre! First of all, it smells like practically nothing; it's so light to the point of being nonexistent and you have to shove the candle up your nostril to get even the most smallest whiff of fragrance. Once you did smell something, you're flabbergasted as it doesn't smell like what you'd expect. To me what little fragrance I got smelled like Sparkling Waves, which did have bergamot in the notes. Also occasionally I'd get hints of Oceanside as well. Very strange candle!

Eucalyptus = Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint
This isn't even worth talking about so I won't waste your time or mine

Almond = Creamy Nutmeg
To me, Creamy Nutmeg has always smelled like eggnog with amaretto and that's what I get with Almond. The creaminess has been toned down a bit, there's a bit more sweetness and this version smells slightly more bakery than beverage but those are the only difference. I have to laugh about this candle cuz everybody and their grandma are going nuts about this candle on social media and buying buttloadds of it yet the majority of these individuals all slept on, ignored and turned their noses up at Creamy Nutmeg when it made its grand return during last winter's SAS. And that ladies and gents is the power of marketing.

I think it's safe to assume that these should be in your local stores - if not now, then soon. And it seems that the rumours of these candles replacing  the time old Aromatherapy candles are true as I didn't see any of them in the store. So far it's seems like only the light candles are making appearances; no word if the dark ones have failed or if there will be a second phase/late arrivals. Not that theyre anything exciting; from what I've heard, they're all pretty much repackages/repackages with a twist. BTW the remaining dark scents include...

  • Pomegranate = Wild Huckleberry
  • Chamomile = Black Chamomile
  • Lavender = French Lavender
  • Juniper = Silver Pine & Cedar
  • Vanilla = Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow
  • Incense = ?








(FAILED) TEST SCENT REALNESS: Coconut Palm & Lime *COLD SNIFF REVIEW


Products: candle
Area used in: living room
Time Period: planned for next summer

Description: Island Coconut, Tropical Greens, Fresh Lime Zest

When this collection came out, I was really intrigued with this scent in particular. Of course, the whole collection failed and although these have popped up in random stores across the country, none of the stores in my area that I visited had them. Just when I had abandoned any hope of getting my hands on this candle, an angel of mercy appeared (my candlebuddy @spektorologist, on IG) and gifted me with this rare find. So sweet, right? Now (at the risk of sounding ungrateful, which I'm not BTW) that I finally have this in my possession, I can say with no amount of uncertainty it's not all that great.

First off, I want to talk a bit about the label. Now I'm not one of these individuals who are taken in by labels and only buy candles for the packaging. Moreover, I've always found animal print on anything to be gaudy and tacky. That said, I was initially turned off by the animal print labels in this collection particularly because they had nothing to do with the scents; as usual there's no theme or cohesion and it seems like BBW just slapped on these labels just for the sake of using them and to give off the illusion of upscale-ness. But I must say after seeing this candle in person, I'm kinda impressed with the label. It's not just matte wraparound photo, the label actually has texture; it feels like (fake) snakeskin and there's a smooth shiny polish to it. While impressive, it is unfortunate that so much time and effort was wasted on a somewhat mediocre scent that ended up not going wide.

So when I first smelled it, it immediately made me think of Palm Leaves & Mango; the two could be twins as they both similar and share base notes - just replace the mango note and lime. It's also extremely similar to the now forgotten Coconut Lime Breeze and Coconut Lime Verbena. The first note that you get is creamy sweetened coconut milk followed by a subtle soft creamy wood note, sandalwood and/or cedar. Behind that is wet, lush greeniness ("palm leaves") that gives the blend a tropical and summery outdoorsiness. Finally there's the lime note or rather lime-esque note as it doesn't smell like actually lime zest or peel or juice. It's reminds me of the "lime" note that's in Tequila Lime Cupcake (which harkens back to the Coconut Lime Verbena, which the two are so close to point of being borderline dupes). It's not actually lime but rather a blend that smells vaguely lime-esque - my guess is citron  with maybe some verbena (which can smell lime-y depending on variety). Lime can be a potent fragrance note so perhaps BBW went the citron route as it's less intrusive and more guest friendly. Who knows!

In conclusion, CP&L is a cute scent but it's nothing special. It's a little disappointing that it's both familiar smelling and slightly underwhelming but that's par for the course with BBW lately. If like me you're intrigued with this scent, don't be. Don't bother looking for this on the black market or asking a candlebuddy to mail you one, it's not worth it.

ON THE FENCE: Ocean Therapy ~ Ocean Mist & Citrus *COLD SNIFF REVIEW


Products: candle
Area used in: n/a
Time Period: n/a

Description: White-Capped Waves, Bright Pomelo Zest, Sun-Bleached Woods

Trivia: repackage of Waterfall Oasis from Zoo Collection


So this and Salted Oak Bonfire were the only candles from this collection that I was remotely interested in. This scent in particular had my name written all over it - a oceanic watery manly "cologney" scent; you know I love my fresh watery scents and I love my cologney scents. For awhile none of my stores had them and a few people on social media were asking me what I thought about this scent but I couldn't give an answer. Finally on a recent visit to BBW, I spotted some and was able to sniff. I went back and forth on it but ended up buying one. Having smelled it at home with clear head and nose away from the all the distractions, I have a case of buyer's remorse as I'm leaning towards not liking it.

So there's two things that this scent reminds me of ...

1.) Ocean bodycare for men (which, besides Paris) is only men's bodycare that I like. The bodycare and this candle both share similar notes - ozone, white woods and citrus

2) Nantucket Sails from summer 2015's "there once was a a man from Nantucket" collection, which was basically Black Tie mixed with grapefruit and sea salt. This and OM&C are sooooo similar, they can be twins. BBW does this all the time - why create a "new" scent that smells similar to an already existing scent? BBW should've just re-released NS and called it a day!

Ok so first of all, despite what the name suggests, I didn't find this scent to be very oceanic. There's no ozone, no cucumber/melon action, nothing that suggests wetness..just salt. Secondly, they were not kidding about the citrus - it is intense. You get an instant noseful of tart pomelo grapefruit... in fact it smells like the old Pomelo Grapefruit from 2014's Fresh Picked; it's like they took that candle and added sea salt and herb notes..which brings me to my next point. There's definitely a herbal note in this, my guess is lavender (common in watery scents) that adds fresh, almost minty astringency. And lastly there's faint hint of woods, a driftwood accord. Oak perhaps and maybe a hint of cypress and or vetiver.

I'm a little disappointed as a scent like this is usually right up my alley but there's something in the blend that is rubbing my nose the wrong way and I think it's the pomelo grapefruit note. It's so sharp and intense and almost comes across slightly ripe musty armpit-ish to me. It's really throwin me for a lopp marketing-wise - to me it's less ocean waves and sea air and more healthy breakfast of grapefruit sprinkled with salt. I think if this had been marketed as a spa resort scent with no mention ocean, perhaps it could've tricked my mind into liking this but then again, I dunno if I could get my nose past the pomelo note. Perhaps if there wee an accompanying wf bulb, I might have tried that instead cuz I don't think I could commit to a whole 3wick candle. So yeah, I think this may be going back to the store to be exchanged. All this said, I can see some folks liking this; this could be a nice lounging in the bathtub kind of scent. So go ahead and sniff this for yourself cuz you may enjoy it but this one is just not for me.


NEWNESS UPDATE: Fall 2017 Test Scents Pt. 2

Oh you thought we done with testing fall scents? Think again! Thanks to my candle homegurl @tinybubblesfloating, we got to see even more fall test scents!

So the third testing collection is you standard fall collection with all of the fall fan favorites. Remember the infamous Times New Roman candles? Well imagine those but with fall scents instead and autumnal images on the labels. As usual BBW has found a gimmick and is running with it though it seems the marketing dept. learned their lesson and have opted for a (FF Trixie) typewriter font instead of Times New Roman. Anyhoo, there are 2 "new" scents in this collection...
  • Harvest Pear - Sweet Roasted Pear, Cinnamon Sugar Crumble, Freshly Whipped Buttercream (I am hoping and praying to the candles gods that this is my beloved Apple Crumble or something similar)
  • Bonfire S'mores - Campfire Woods, Homemade Graham Cracker, Honey (this could be Pumpkin Fireside, maybe even Salted Oak Bonfire, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it's Toasted Graham Latte)
Returning scents include Autumn, Leaves, Sweater Weather, Sea Salt & Maple Popcorn, Marshmallow Fireside, Pumpkin Apple, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Cranberry Woods and Flannel



The fourth collection that's testing is fancy schmancy group of outdoorsy and/or woodsy smelling autumnal scents with wrap around polished wood textures to fit the woodsy/outdoorsy theme. All of you anti-cologney scents haters out there, this collection is not for you for there isn't a single bakery scent in this. Scents include... 
  • Autumn Woods - Dark Walnut, English Lavender, White Amber (Iced Vanilla Woods?)
  • Vetiver Sandalwood - Vetiver Grass, Velvety Sandalwood, Warm Musk (Wild Vetiver/Vanilla Vetiver?)
  • Bourbon Maple - Barrel-Aged Bourbon, Sugared Amber, Maple Wood (Caramel Woods? Sunkissed Maple? Sea Salt Bourbon Caramel)
  • Golden Citrus - Sparkling Mandarin, Warm Cedar, Golden Amber (I wish this was the now forgotten Mountain Leaves but I think this might be Autumn Sunshine)
Returning scents include Mahogany Apple and Leaves 

Here's part 1 if you missed it!




NEWNESS UPDATE: Summer Miscellaneous and FALL 2017 TEST SCENTS *UPDATED*

OK I have a LOT of info to throw at you guys so fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight cuz here we go!

First of (I don't know when but soon) we'll be seeing additional "greetings" candles. And of course they're all repackages. They include...
  • Aloha Beaches = Aloha Kiwi Passionfruit
  • Good Vibes Only = Fiji White Sands
  • HAPPY BIRTH-YAY (dafuq?!) = Midnight Blue Citrus (again, dafuq?!)
  • Hooray = possibly Pink Apple Punch or Green Apple Champagne 
There's a final one called "Love Live Lake" which hasn't made any appearances yet as no is talking about it. As much as I would LOVE this to be Boathouse Row or Lakeside/Verbena Waters, I have a funny feeling it's just gonna be Bergamot Waters as BBW loves rehashing seemingly popular scents; plus BW was called "LAKEside Sunrise" at one point)


The next collection we should be seeing soon is called "Elements" and I've heard rumours that the Aromatherapy candles (Lavender Vanilla, Eucalyptus Spearmint, etc) are going to be phased out with these Elements candles replacing..don't quote me on that as it is a rumor. The candles all focus on one particular aromatherapy note -

  • Cinnamon - Clove & Nutmeg (Cinnamon & Clove Buds? Spice? Kitchen Spice?)
  • Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus & Peppermint (no word if this is Eucalyptus Spearmint/Eucalyptus Mint or not)
  • Lavender - Lavender & Lavadin 
  • Chamomile - Bergamot & Orange (this sounds more like Earl Grey than Chamomile)
  • Lemongrass - Lime & May Ching  (this may be interesting)
  • Pomegranate (word on the street this failed test scent/late addition Wild Huckleberry)
  • Juniper - Cedarwood & Eucalyptus (possible repackage of Silver Pine & Cedar
  • Rose - Lemon & Orange (huh?) (This is neither Winter Rose or Rosewater & Ivy)
  • Incense - Black Pepper & Bergamot (I will be highly surprised if this isn't Black Pepper Bergamot)
  • Vanilla - Nutmeg & Star Anise (ohhh,that's interesting. You don't see star anise too much in BBW scents)
  • Almond - Almond & Sandalwood (I got nuthin)
  • Cypress - Lemongrass & Thyme (ohh, this sounds intriguing)

And now the part that everyone has been waiting for...FALL SCENTS

The first testing collection is a bakery themed one..which I'm sure will make sooooo many people happen. And it's yet another "greetings" collection cuz you know BBW, once the find a gimmick, they run it into the ground til it's a fine powder. And the labels...oh boy. The labels have caused quite a stir on social; most people hate them while a few love them (with those who love them are angry at those who hate them). I'm in the hate camp - they just look cheap and unpolished with nothing autumnal about them. I'm not one to wax poetically about packaging but one of the great things about BBW's fall candles are fall themed pictures and labels. And I get it - the labels are supposed to look like blackboards at a coffeehouse and that is a cute idea but the execution i just all wrong;it literally looks construction cutouts you see on elementary/grade school classroom walls. At any rate, the labels aren't important, the scents are. For the moment, there are 2 new scents...

  • Hey Honey ~Honeyed Pear - Warm Poached Pear, Buttery Caramel, Honey Nectar (I'm really hoping this is Brandied Pear from the Slatkin days . This could also be Home~Sweet Caramel Comfort aka Caramel Apple )  
  • Spice it Up ~Cinnamon Pretzel Twist - Fresh Ground Cinnamon, Homemade Pretzel, Vanilla Cream Icing (apparently it's not Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts but actually new. Still this could be a repackage - Kitchen Spice? or Brown Sugar Allspice
Returning scents include....
  • Hello Sugar ~ Warm Apple Pie
  • The Homeamde Goodness ~ Pumpkin Cupcake
  • Always a Fall Favorite ~ Hot Cocoa & Cream
  • The Best Fall Treat ~ Cinnamon Caramel Swirl
  • Life is Sweet ~ Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow

Lastly, we'll be seeing fall additions to the WB core collection. At the moment there 3 "new" scents..
  • Spiced Coconut Milk - Warm Toasted Coconut, Fresh Cream, Ground Nutmeg (of course BBW has throw in a coconut scent in fall. No word whether this is Pumpkin Coconut or Toasted Coconut)
  • Autumn Apricot - Harvest Apricot, Mango Nectar, Sugared Musk (I was intrigued with the apricot but lost me with the mango. This could be Harvest Peach from a few falls ago but I have a funny feeling it's Christmas's Peach Meringue)
  • Peppered Plum - Sweet Plum, Fresh Saffron Spice, Black Peppercorn (I'm very intrigued with this one! I think (and hope) this might Plum Wine Amber from the Slatkin days
Return scents include
  • Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
  • Marshmallow Fireside
  • Cranberry Woods
  • Crisp Morning Air 
  • Cider Lane

Now before anyone gets indignant about not seeing your fall favs, calm your coochies and be patient! This is NOT everything we'll be seeing fall, this just the beginning!

For pics of the current testing candles, checkout Lifeinsidethepage or my gurl @_scentsgalore on IG

Here's part 2


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