Showing posts from 2018

WALK 'N' SNIFF: First day of SAS ~ Drink Collection and Destinations Collection

So as you may or may not know, WB stores started SAS a day early. Since neither of us had stepped inside of a WB in ages, we thought we'd have a day of shopping and give the mall a visit. I guess word hadn't gotten out that there would be an early start to SAS cuz the store wasn't busy at all. Since it was the first day, I wasn't expecting any surprises or hidden treasures - a lot of leftover spring stuff, a few scents scattered around from this past winter and random overabundance of Wisdom candles . They've brought back the Camp Winter collection and the Test Lab candles were all at 75% (BTW they're 75% off at ALL WB stores) but none of that really interested; what did interest me was finally getting to sniff the Drink and Destination candles.

So without further ado, lets get into it starting with the Drink candles

Banana Split Milkshake (8127M8A1) - so this is the one "new" scents in this collection..and I say "new" with parentheses becaus…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Even More Summer 2018 Test Candles; SAS Surprises

I have to admit, BBW is pleasantly surprising me with how on the ball they are lately; dare I say they're actually listening to us and getting their proverbial shit together? It certainly seems that way and I am here for it.

Following the popularity of their recent Boardwalk collection, there are even more awesome things heading our way

First we're getting a collection summertime drink inspired scents. So far the only returning scent in this collection is Watermelon Lemonade (eyeroll). New scents include...

Root Beer Float - Root Beer, Vanilla Ice Cream, Dollop of Whipped Cream (hopefully this is the same Root Beer Float from backintheday)

Coconut Water - Coconut Milk, Creamy Vanilla, Pineapple (this is appears to be the grand return of a little known one hit wonder from the Slatkin era 

Banana Split Milkshake - Sweet Banana, Chocolate Sauce, Cherry on top (this could be a re-working of Slatkin's Ice Cream Shop with an added banana note but hopefully it's a new scent alto…

WALK 'N' SNIFF/RANT OF THE DAY: Mermaid Candle Collection

So this review is gonna super short as there are only two scents in this collection worth talking about.

But first, I have to rant...

Over the past couple of years, BBW has been focusing on the looks of their candles and not so much the scents/fragrance themselves. These has caused a new phenomenon in the candle community I call "packaging whores" Packaging whores are folks who are bamboozled and flimflammed by cutesy cutesy labels and sparkling lids and go on social media saying asinine shit like..

 "I don't care about the scent, I'm gonna buy this just for the packaging..."

....Excuse me, what did you say?! You don't care about the scent? You're buying a candle just because of the packaging?! Really?!

Packaging whores annoy me to no end and they are the part of the reason BBW is in the state that it's in. Why bother wasting manpower and creativity formulating new blends or bring back much beloved classics when these Basic Bettys are only buyin…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Summer 2018 Test Candles Part 2 *UPDATED*

Well it seems BBW has some surprises up their sleeves; they are not done with summer as there a gang of (non-tropical) summer scents heading our way.

So the first set will additions to the WB Core line. They have smooth stone tumblers with the same sparkly marble lids like we saw last winter. Scents include...

Marshmallow Musk - Creamy Vanilla Musk, Fluffy Marshmallow, Golden Amber ( my guess is Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte

White Caramel Cold Brew - Cold Brew Coffee, Sweet Cream, Buttery Caramel (Pumpkin Caramel Latte maybe? Or perhaps Twisted Caramel Gelato?) 

So far the only returning scents are Vanilla Birch aka Wine Cellar without the wine) and everyone's favorite, Ma-blah-gony Stankwood

The next collection has sort of a camping in the woods vibe, similar to the infamous Summer Lake/Lakeside collection. It has very vivid crisp pictures corresponding to the candle names/scents. Scents include...

Citrus & Sandalwood - Sparkling Lemon, Creamy Sandalwood, Mandarin Zest (I assume t…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Summer 2017 Candles (Rattan/Basket Weave & Letterbox Candles)

Finally, after weeks of waiting, I got to sniff these summer candles

My general first impression? Eh, not bad
I like the look of both collections and they both certainly get you in the summer mood. That said, I'm not one of those Basic Bs who only buy candles for the packaging; I am 100% all about the scents. Speaking of the scents, there are some hits and definitely some misses and mostly repackages (surprise surprise). That being said, let's get on with the review. And as usual, I'm only gonna talk about the "new" stuff.
Sun-washed Citrus (8086M8A1) - So everyone, myself included, assumed that this was a straightup repackage of the overly repeated Capri Citron/Pomelo Citron. However it surprisingly isn't but it's similar. There's a lemon peel note as well as a sweet drippy syrup vibe but that's where the similarities end. The notes mention pineapples...I guess? I do get a melange of other unmentioned tropical fruit notes like papaya or guava; tho…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Mother's Day Candle Collection

For 2 weeks I've seen folks post on social media that their stores had these (and other candles) and like a fool, I'd pop in for a sniff only to see nothing new but rather the same ol crap. I felt like I was the only person in the U.S. that hadn't sniffed them. And asking folks on social media about what new scents smell like is like pulling teeth; why is it that the folks who "bad at describing scents" and have zero scent memory are the ones who always seem to have early access to newness?! I had to sniff these bad bois for myself. Plus quite a few folks have asked me what my opinions were of these candles and all I could say is "dunno" So I called one store to inquire about them..they had them but were putting them out (last) Sunday. Called another store..they had them but weren't allowed to sell them until today..after the sale of course..cuz folks are gonna bombard to the store to buy …

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Harry Slatkin's Homeworx Spring Candles Pt3

So awhile back, myself and a couple of other reviewers were sent the latest round of Homeworx candles to review and get the buzz and so here they are!

Pink Geranium - Pink Geraniums, Poppy Flowers, Orange Flowers, Wild Clover, Leafy Greens, Climbing Roses 

I have to be honest, I truly did not like this one. It's not a bad scent by any means but it's just not for me. Right off the bat, to me PG smells like bar soap geared to women, like Dove; it's very soft, powdery and feminine. Geranium has sort of a rose-like vibe and that's what I get the most in this in addition to actual rose notes. Poppies don't really have much of a smell but in home/body fragrance, it usually adds a citrus like brightness. There is some green action, like cut wet stems and leaves that's ever so slightly Flower Shop-ish. I think the aspect that turns me off to this the most is the "orange flower"; it accentuates the already intense powderiness of this scent. It also perks up the…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Late Spring 2018 Test Scents *UPDATED*

So apparently BBW got the memo; for the first time since maybe 2014, we're actually getting some spring scents. Pictures of the latest round of spring scents have popped on social media; on the one hand, it's a godsend for those of who are seasonal burners and just arent ready for the onslaught of pineapple-mango-coconut summeriness...buut, on the on the other, this latest selection of spring scents aren't very exciting with only a few seeming somewhat interesting.

So the first collection has wrap around labels with painted flowers, birds and bugs

Honeysuckle & Freesia - Garden Honeysuckle, Sugared Citrus Zest, Freesia Petals (no word if this same Honeysuckle/Honeysuckle Bouquet we always see)

Golden Jasmine - Jasmine Blossoms, Sweet Amber, Pomelo Grapefruit (last spring's White Jasmine candle?)

Returning scents including Watermelon Lemonade and French Lavender

The second part of this collection has a mix of floral wallpaper-esque and pastel paint swiped wraparound l…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Summer 2018 Test Candles

So this past weekend, the latest round of summer scents appeared in test stores (cuz apparently "testing" is happening again). While I'm not a summer scent kinda guy, I must admit some of these look and sound kinda interesting.

So the first group of summer scents have a trip to the pier/walking along the boardwalk vibe. They have a wrap around label with a picture of summer beach scents and the names are typewriter font (yay, BBW must've learned their lesson due to last summer's Time New Roman debacle). At the moment, there are 2 new scents...

Sweet Summer Days ~ Watermelon Ice - Pink Watermelon, Crushed Ice, Watery Cucumber, Sugar Crystals (contrary to what the name and notes may suggest, this actually is NOT Watermelon Lemonade)

Sunkissed ~ Bronze Goddess - Shimmering Sands, Coastal Amber, Rose Gold Wood, Acacia Flower(Black Tea Rose/Golden Amber Oak?! Black Sands?)

Returning scents include Tiki Beach (Eat.Beach.Sleep.Repeat), Suntan (Bikini Weather) White Garden…

NEWNESS UPDATE: The Hawaiian Collection ~ New Latecomers

So normally, I wouldn't really waste any more of your time or mine talking about saying anything more about BBW's ubiquitous Hawaiian collection but I that this was interesting enough to write a post about.
So recently, 2 "new" candles that look like they belong in the Hawaiian collection have been spotted on social media
IG user @t_osu
However very few have seen these two in person and those few could neither describe the scents in detail or confirm if they are repackages
The 2 latecomers are...
Coastal Citrus - Sparkling Bergamot, Sea Salt Crystals, Pink Grapefruit (this could be Coastal Sun aka Citrus Flower which would be fine with me cuz that's my summer jam. It could also be the now forgotten one hit wonder Pomelo Paradise. But knowing BBW's track record of repackaging mildly popular but still underwhelming scents, chances are this is probably a repackage of Capri Citron/Pomelo Citron
Island Chai - Sunwashed Cinnamon, Coconut Milk, Clove Buds & Cardamo…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Test Lab Candles and Hawaiian Candles

So I have recently felt a sensation that I haven't experienced in a very long time - curiousity.

In the past maybe 2-3 years, I sorta went thru the motions with BBW; my visits to the store went down dramatically with the only motivation for said visits was to sniff things for the sake of a review; usually leaving underwhelmed and, more often than not, empty-handed.

But today, for the first time in years, I genuinely and sincerely wanted to step inside a store because there were new creative and unique scents that were worth sniffing.

I decided that I would travel to new WB store that I never knew even existed until recently and even on the long arduous subway ride there, I could feel myself getting more and more giddy with anticipation. I made it safely to my destination and as I stood outside the store, I could feel it almost beckoning to come inside and sniff its scented treasures thus sending me on an olfactoral journey. I was ready to sniff...THE TEST LAB CANDLES!!!

This parti…