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RANT OF THE DAY: Describing Scents ~ To Suck or Not To Suck

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You see it all the time on social media

Somebody will post a pic of candle, either new/testing or old. ...and that's it. The person won't say anything about it except a perfunctory "Look what I saw today" or "this smells really good" "or "this label/lid is cute"... that is if you're lucky. Essentially they avoid answering the question that is on everybody's mind - what does the candle smell like?" and will say everything but..if they say anything at all. And you do flat out ask what does the candle smell like, they completely freak out; their nerves get frazzled as if they're back in school and the teacher just asked them answer a math problem on the chalkboard. And this is their response...

"I'm not good/I'm terrible/I suck at describing scents"

 My face when people say that
I'm sorry, but that's bullshit!
If you have a working nose, a functioning brain and a basic grasp of your native tongue, YOU C…

CANDLE RETROSPECTIVE: The Applelicious History of Apple Scents

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I feel as though I'm in minority of fall-enthusiasts who haven't quite completely jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. I've already talked my my long disdain of pumpkin scents due to my first encounter with Shit Cinnamon Poopkin and have only until recent years starting burning anything remotely pumpkin-y. I'm all about apple for fall; I will gladly take apple-cinnamon and apple-caramel over pumpkin spice anytime. That said, for a guy like me, BBW is terribly lacking in apple scents with an obviously biased preference for pumpkin scents and it's really disappointing as there have been soooo many good apple scents over the years that have been neglected and forgotten.That said, this post is gonna briefly talk about them all.


So let's start with these 4 way back in the Slatkin early day. They are all from way before my time so know next to nothing about them nor do I know if they have been repackaged as anything in recent years.

Autumn Apple (200?)
There's n…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Harry Slatkin's Homeworx Candles ~ Storybook Votives

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So my bf totally surprised with all 3 Homeworx Storybook tins as a late birthday gift!



Ok so it's time to spill some very necessary TEA hunties! So as you can see, altogether there are 15 votives. The majority of these are suspiciously similar to be BBW/Slatkin classics we know and love; 3 of which are straightup unadulterated dupes. Only 3 out of the bunch smelled new and un-BBW related. Ok, let's begin...

Autumn Pumpkin - if Pumpkin Carving and Porchside Pumpkin had a baby, it would AP. It has the same spiced pumpkin base of PC with the earthy cardamom and woodsiness of PP. I will say that the pumpkin is a lot more authentic and the spice blend isn't obnoxiously spicy. This is probably one of the best pumpkin scents I've ever sniffed..and for me to say that speaks volumes

Deliciously Apple - this is giving me major Autumn Apple vibes. For those of you out who love Farmstand Apple...first of all, give yourself a good swift slap in the face for the wrong choices you'…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Winter 2017 Test Candles

As you may or may not know, yesterday was my birthday. And of the highlights of the day (which could be seen as fun or sad/pathetic depending on your attitude) was seeing the deluge of crew test candle pics inundating social media. My birthday would've been even better had gotten to actually sniff said test scents but a gurl can dream.

Anyhoo, according to sources, BBW is paying attention to customer opinions and critiques and are trying hard to come up with collections this winter to satisfy every taste/palate/preference...dunno, why they are just now starting to do this but whatever.

So at the moment, there 4 groups of scents testing. The first group are the WB core winter additions...


Blue Cypress & Vetiver - Blue Cypress, Fresh Vetiver, Patchouli Leaves(sounds right up my alley. Oakmoss & Vetiver maybe?)Peppermint Rosemary - Fresh Peppermint, Iced Rosemary, Eucalyptus (I'm super intrigued about this one. It sounds like failed test scent Snow & Slopes? )Golden Am…

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Lavender Macaroon (2011)

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Products: candle
Area used in: n/a
Time Period: never, sniff-only

Description: An unexpected blend of lavender, warm caramel and brown sugar with just a touch of salt.

So ladies and gents...TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!! And I decided to treat myself!


I finally found a Slatkin era candle that has eluded my grasp for years - Lavender Macaroon!

Some here's some history...

It first came out in 2011 in 1wick form only in a French patisserie themed trio - there was French Caramel Cake (which we now know as Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake), Spiced Madeleine (aka Pumpkin Coconut) and Lavender Macaroon....Macaron (Shame on you Slatkin and L Brand for making that mistake). The three were later brought back in the fall as autumn themed bakery treats - French Caramel Cake became Brown Butter Praline, Spiced Madeleine became Toasted Coconut and Lavender Macaron became Lavender Caramel (and as a 3wick) Most people were perplexed by this scent (I'll explain later) which obviously means it didn't do…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: 2nd Phase of Fall 2017 Candles *UPDATED*

So my bf and I went to WB for the first time since the beginning of SAS; I was really hoping that my store would have the hookup with some late addition and new scents to sniff and sure enough it did. And of course we took advantage of Labor Day sales and the 25% coupon an got ourselves some goodies. I won't waste your time and mine going into what we bought (if you're interested, I posted our fall haul on IG) but rather will get straight to the point and the reason you're here - sniff reviews

Just a headsup, I wasn't in top sniffing form because I've come down with a summer cold and everything was burning my really sensitive nostrils. I tried to sniff everything new but could only sniff quickly once or twice. That said, sickness aside, I think I've sniffed enough to write a decent review. Ok so here we go!

Honeyed Pear - BBW has been on a major honey kick lately and they were definitely banking on it's popularity with this scent...which would be fine if you…