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NEWNESS UPDATE: Winter/Holiday 2018 Scents Part 2

So a crapload of holiday surprises are heading our way. Get comfortable cuz there's a lot to discuss.

So the holiday tradition bakery collection (with the knit sweater labels) are getting an added part two; these candles are getting a wraparound label (which seems to bethe new trend with BBW lately) with an entire knit sweater look; it's actually really cute. Scents include...

Oeey Marshmallow - Torched Marshmallow, Brown Sugar, Caramel Drizzle (Caramel Sandalwood?)

Toffee Brittle - Maple Cream, Brown Butter, Coconut Sugar (sounds like a new scent; said to smell like maple and coconut)

Peppermint BrownieCrushed Candy Canes, Rich Mocha, Whipped Cream(Mint Mocha Bark?)

At the moment, the only returning scent is Merry Cookie


The next collection is a Christmas inspired collection with various Christmas scents in white silhouettes. Scents include....

Yuletide - Rosemary…

WALK N SNIFF: Winter Wooodland Collection

The bf and I went to a WB for the first time in awhile, just to have a look around and see what was there. Sure enough the store had all of the Winter Woodland candles...

So everyone knows what Flannel, Evergreen and Hot Cocoa & Creamsmells like.

Spiced Apple Toddy as you (should) know is just a watered down Leaves with booze instead of nectar 

Maple Cinnamon Pancakes...sigh..I need to rant about this one

I'm seeing a lot of people on social media cream their panties over this candle and I honestly don't understand the hype.

"mmmm, this smells so good!"

"omg, I so have to buy more of this one!"

To quote from the immortal documentary film "Paris is Burning" ..... "Why are you all gagging?!"

First of all Maple Cinnamon Pancakes is far from new; this is the 3rd year it has been around!

Second of all, while it does smell nice, it most certainly does NOT smell like what the name suggests. There is absolutely no maple or pancakes and if you …

RANDOM POST OF THE DAY: BBW Candle Inspired Aesthetic Moodboards

I've recently really gotten into aesthetic moodboards lately and have seen some really cool ones for fall, which is quite the popular season to make them for

(If you're into moodbaords, I highly recommend checking out Aesthetics Chaos on Tumblr, her moodboards are GORGEOUS)

Anyhoo, I thought it would be fun to make my own inspired by fall candles. So I asked my followers on IG what were some scents they would like to be made into moodboards; the top5 most requested ones would.

After doing the finally tally, the top 5 most erquesed scents were...

1. Leaves 2. Cider Lane 3. Harvest Gathering 4. Autumn Day 5. Pumpkin Apple
So, without further ado, here they are...

Since I was having fun making them, I decided to make some more

RANT OF THE DAY: The Beguiling Bewilderment of Blackberry Tea Leaf

So this candle has caused much consternation throughout social media - the debate being whether not it's a repackage. Most (myself included) are in the no camp while there are a few who stauchly believe that it is. I want to take this time to break down and give my argument about this candle and its supposed origin.

Let's go back to the very beginning  and talk about this badboi.

So for those who don't know, Blueberry Pumpkin Patch was a failed test scent back in 2012. Thanks in part to mainly Tinadivlicious, Littleballadeer and Touchthefiretwice, it receive a cult status amonsgt the then burgeouning candle community who ordered it like crazy over the phone (back when you could call test stores for phone orders). Because of its popularity, it ended up going wide the following year.

Despite what the name suggested, it really didn't smell like blueberries and pumpkins. It smelled very bakery/gourmand, more so when you actually burned it.  Whatever blend they used to rep…

CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Blueberry Maple Pancakes

Products: candle
Area used in: living room
Time Period: anytime, in the morning

Description: Wild Blueberries, Griddle Fresh Pancakes, Warm Maple Syrup

I just realized as I sat down to type this that I haven’t written an actual review of candle in ages!

So this candle is soooooooo out of my wheelhouse – as you already know I’m not a bakery fan, I’m not into maple/caramel/butterscotch scents and berry scents in home fragrance are always so hit or mess. Moreover, any scent that gets overhyped on social media makes me immediately suspicious and leery. However, in the spirit of being open-minded, I decided to give it a try and I have to say, I’m glad I did because I’m kinda digging it.

So the burn was less than stellar. The flames started off a little on the stubby side and it would take a few subsequent burns for the flames to act right and start dancing high. For the first 2 burns, it took FOREVER for the pool to finally pool out and there would still be a slight precipice of wax.


RANT OF THE DAY: The Everlasting Enigma of Evening Hearth

Remember awhile back, there was the blue dress/gold dress fiasco? Well Evening Hearth is the candle equivalent - everbody is smelling totally different things with little to NO agreement.

I've heard everything from Cinnamon to Chestnut & Clove to Pumpkin Fireside to Ski Lodge to a spicy version of Evergreen

And while those all sound random AF, I can kinda see where folks are coming from (Evening Hearth ISN'T any of those BTW)

So what can it be?!

Well there are 3 past candles that it's the closest to...

So Autumn Night was a one hit wonder from 2014. Essentially it was Acorn & Fig/Autumn Day with the birch removed and added cinnamon bark and heavy cardamom with a touch of smokiness.

I can tell you with no amount of uncertainty that EH is NOT Autumn Night. And I'm not going by scent memory; I actually have an AN wf bulb plugged in my bathroom so I get reacquainted with the scent everyime I showever or answer the call of nature. Now they are both wood based scent…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Winter/Holiday 2018 Test Scents

Well it's not even officially fall yet and already winter/holiday candles are previewing in stores. Kinda early though; they usually don't start appearing until sometime in September...which makes me think whatever we see in regular stores now is it for fall and that holiday stuff will be appearing sooner than usual.

So scent-wise, the choice are..well...interesting. So far nothing has intrigued me as it did for fall but it's still early and I haven't sniffed so anything so I'm gonna keep a (relatively) open-mind.

At the moment, there are 5 separate collections in the works.

So remember Camp Winter from last winter? Well we're getting an updated version with vintage looking illustrated brown paper labels. New scents include...

Toasted Vanilla Chai - Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove(Vanilla Chai? Iced Almond Chai? Winter Vanilla Latte/Creamy Nutmeg? White Pumpkin?)

Blue Winter Sky - Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Oak, Cedarwood(So you would think Winter Mint & Spruce

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Fall 2018 Candles ~ Second Phase

I finally got to sniff the second (possible final) phase of fall candles today. I went to s WB store since I was relatively nearby and the store had everything.

So let's the start with the Gilded Forest (tree bark labels) - skipping Fresh Ballsack..Balsam , Cranberry Woods and Leaves 

Vanilla Birch - basically Wine Cellar without the wine and Smoked Berries & Incense without the smoked berries

Cinnamon Bark (8206M8A1) - Ok, so I think I need help with this one. I'm not sure but I think this is a possible repackage of a one hit wonder from 2014 called Spiced Wreath. It's a very non descript (boring) red hot scent. You get a more woody aromatic cinnamon bark note as well some clove, almost like a very toned down Cinnamon & Clove Buds

The Great Outdoors (8204AGA6) - So when I first heard about this one, I had a repackage hypothesis and having smelled it, I'm about 85% certain I'm right. I believe that this is a repackage of the 2013 failed test scent Pinecone/Aut…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Fall 2018 (Late Addition) Candles

Thought BBW was done for fall? Think again! There's a lot more stuff heading our way

As you may (or may not know) there are Halloween candles

Hot Cocoa & Scream (obviously Hot Cocoa & Cream)Purrfect Pumpkin (aka Shit Cinnamon Poopkin)Vampire Blood These 3 candles are currently online and should already be in your stores if you're interested

The "Fall Wishlist" collection is getting 1 late addition - Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte (I dunno why BBW keeps sleeping on Pumpkin Caramel Latte but whatevs). It's also getting an additional wallflower refill/bulb called "Spiced Cranberry & Clove" which is just The Perfect Autumn (I'm guessin was its original name)

This collection is also getting a second version with wraparound labels with rustic autumnal scenes ...which doesn't really make any sense; why have 2 of the same candle?! Why not just release this collection with all wraparound labels from the get-go?! Anyway, all of the Fall Wishlist can…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Slatkin's Homeworx Fall 2018 Candles

For those of you into Homeworx candles, Slatkin has some surprises in store for fall.
First off, h has released  6 new fall themed scents. The cool thing is, unlike in the past where you had a duo of 2 different scents, these new ones have duos of the same scent. 
Out of the 6, I was 3 to review...
Toasted Vanilla Cupcake - This is a returning scent that first came out last year for Christmas (paired with Banana Maple Pancake). At first glance, you may write this off as a Frosted Cupcake dupe... it isn't. As is always the case with Slatkin, his blends are a little more complex. You get a rich vanilla buttercream base. And I can see the "smoked vanilla" aspect; it also gives the blend a slight Marshmallow Fireside/Salted Oak Bonfire vibe that enhances the sweetness of the buttercream. And the caramel is more like burnt sugar in the cooking process of becoming caramel. Am I a fan of this one? Honestly no. Bakery scents are a hard sell for me and I'm just not a fan of v…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Fall Preview ~ Low Profile Candles and Gilded Garden Collection

So I hadnt been in BBW in awhile and since I was in the general vicinity of one recently, I thought I'd step these candles for the sake of writing a review.

...why? Why do these candles exist? What is their purpose?

Like, I get it - not all people are into a fall and fall scents (a sentiment that I do not at all understand or agree with)..and these sick and twisted   individuals need fragrance options....though I would argue that isn't that the whole reason that the WB core collection (aside from easonal add-ons) exists? Moreover what were these SOBs doing in previous falls, stocking up and burning non-fall scents! But I digress. Can we all agree these the choices for these two collections are all kinds of random? Anyway, I can rant about this crap til the cows come home but sure you don't want to hear that, just a nitty-gritty cold sniff review. So here we go...

So there's one new scent worth talking about in the Low Profile/Squat collection and that is...

Pumpkin Vani…

RANT OF THE DAY: The Case of the Apple Cinnamon Cider Mystery

This candle has caused quite of bit of intrigue in the candle community.

It mysteriously popped up online with absolutely no fanfare well after all the fall candles tested and were released. Then it disappeared!

Then there was a promotion where "exclusive members" ie people living in certain cities (Chicago?) where you could get points by using the BBW app got a ACC candle free with purchase. Utter BS!

Then it kinda floated around the online ether like a ghost and you could only get a glimpse of it if you searched for it on Google which lead you to it on BBW's website but you couldn't find it if you looked directly on the website. Many people (myself included) did this and bought it during the B2G2 sale.

There is a candle conspiracy theory that suggests BBW bigwigs did all of this on purpose to cause hype for a newly concocted candle that didn't test with the others. If that's true, it worked cuz everyone and their grandma ended up buying it.

Now it seems to…

RANT OF THE DAY: Cider Lane vs Caramel Apple

So back during testing, this candle had everyone a little shook..for different reasons.

Newbies either assumed it was a repackage of Cider Lane or something smiliar.

However we ol schoolers knew exactly what it might be - the grand return of Slatkin's Caramel Apple, which came BEFORE Cider Lane

So Caramel Apple came out either 2009 or 2010 and was a pretty popular fall staple for awhile. It made its last appearance back in 2013; during June SAS, CA was part of a fall-ish themed throwback collection along with Apple Crumble, Kitchen Spice, Salty Caramel, Creamy Nutmeg, Homemade Cookies, Ice Cream Shop and Mint Chocolate. After that, it disappeared..although it did come back in 2015 as a repackage with a twist as Home ~ Sweet Caramel Comfort 

Then in 2012, Cider Lane makes its debut. At the time, people really didn't know what to make of it. First of all, everyone was used to Caramel Apple being the
go-to caramel appley scent. Also the cold throw left a lot to be desired and pu…

RANT OF THE DAY: The Perplexing Puzzlement of Pumpkin Patch

So this candle came along...

Folks were posting it social media and, as is always the case, you couldn't get a straight/direct answer on what it was.

Now we ol schoolers immediately had a hunch on what it could be just based on the name alone but newbies less in the know weren't so sure. So once more lucky souls got to sniff it in advance and we finally got a clear answer - Pumpkin Carving 

Here's my issue - folks (newbies) were incorrectly stating this candle was a repackage of Pumpkin Carving or Heirloom Pumpkin. That's not entirely true semantically speaking; I pointed out that it's the other around. How, you may ask? Pumpkin Patch was Pumpkin Carving's original name back in the Slatkin era. This statement seemed to confuse and befuddle people even more.

Allow me to break it down in depth...

So back in the mid to late 2000s, Slatkin had an ongoing collection called "The Perfect Autumn"; one of the more popular/memorable scents being "Pumpkin&q…