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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…

WALK N SNIFF: Fall Preview ~ Fall Wishlist Collection, Pumpkin Patch Collection, WB Core

Finally, at friggin last, I got to smell some fall goodness! I feel like I'm the last damn person on the continent to smell them and make my own opinions since you can't get them on social media.

So I went to a regular BBW first but it only had a few of them. Then I schlepped to a WB store a bit farther out and lo and behold, they had them all.

Sadly the candle sale was over (not that it was a particularly good one) and I refuse to buy them full priced thus I left empty-handed but at least I finally got to sniff them all for myself.  So without further ado, let's get this WALK N SNIFF review started...

Let's start with the Fall Wishlist Collection. As usual, I'm only focusing on the new stuff (my store didn't have Harvest Bloom and it's not online, so I'm assuming it failed. Nor did I see the mysterious and elusive Apple Cinnamon Cider)

Pumpkin Patch (8179AGA2) - there's really not much to say about this - it's Pumpkin Carving. Notice I DIDN'…

NEWNESS UPDATE: UPDATED Fall 2018 Candles List

More fall candles have been popping up lately so I've made a more updated and comprehensive list of the upcoming collections and what scents are in them. (As far as I know, everything is indeed going wide SO STOP BUYING THESE CANDLES OVER FULL PRICE ON EBAY AND MERCARI!)
If you wanna see description notes and my initial opinions, you can go here
For whatever reason, my stores here in the Northeast are playing games and have little to none of these candles around, so I haven't smelled anything yet; some of thoughts/opinions in paretheses are things other lucky souls with access to these candles have told me or what I've heard on social media. Ok so here we go...
Pumpkin Patch Collection Returning scents: Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow
                                Pumpkin Cupcake
                                Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
                                Caramel Pumpkin Swirl
                                Pumpkin Apple
                                Shit Cinnamon…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Fall 2018 Test Scents

Well y'all, it's about that time ago - fall scents have started popping up in test stores...and not a moment to soon cuz I was getting bored as hell. Now don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying summer  and (although I'm not a big summer scent lover) I have been enjoying some of the surprises BBW gave us ie the grand return of Summertime Soda buuuuuuut fall and fall scents have my heart and my full attention. I dunno about y'all but I could use a fallgasm!
So last fall at BBW was a huge, colossal, disastrous fail and a mess hotter than a 1000 suns but based on what I've seen for this upcoming fall, they're definitely trying to make up for it.
So it seems that they have learned their lesson and are bringing back the ever so popular all pumpkin collection; as basic as pumpkin/pumpkin spice is, it sells! So yes, we're getting a plethora of pumpkin with scents including...
Blueberry Maple Pancakes - Wild Blueberries, Griddle Fresh Pancakes, Warm Maple Syrup (pleas…

WALK N SNIFF: "Polaroid" Collection, "White Marble" Collection, Happy Camper Collection

So I haven't been in BBW since the first week of SAS; I got what I wanted to get then and afterwards, I honestly had no desire to go back. Fast forward to the last week of SAS...THANK FRIGGIN GAWD... I heard that the last of the summer collections would start appearing in most store this week. I schlepped to my nearest BBW and lo and behold, there they all were. So let's get started; let's start with the Polaroid candles

I rather like the look of this collection; very clean looking and and very summery. The polaroid on top of pictures on the label is kinda weird but that doesn't really bother me. What does bother me about this collection the lack of a stream-lined theme - is it a "boardwalk" theme or is it a "pool party" theme, what is it?! Futhermore, you have all of these summery/hangin out at the boardwalk gourmand scents and then you have random ass Pool Party and Endless Weekend (wtf is BBW's obsession with this damn scent?!) thrown in; why…