NEWNESS UPDATE: SAS/Spring 2018 Test Scents

I hope you all have enjoy the snow and winter an the holidays cuz according to BBW, it's a wrap! Spring/Summer scents are slow slipping into stores, some which have even already appeared online.

So first let's talk about the collection that's available now - Seaside Mist (aka XOXO), Midnight Blue Citrus, Salted Vanilla, White Driftwood (aka Happily Ever After), Mango Shores, Coastal Jasmine, Turquoise Waters and Beach Sage and Mint.

This collections' random and unannounced appearance seem to be really confusing people with some folks thinking it's an entirely new collection..

This is not a new collection...I repeat... THIS IS NOT A NEW COLLECTION.

It's the Coast to Coast collection which tested, was set for nationwide release but shockingly failed last spring... well the candles failed, the wf bulbs went wide (I even did a tester candle WALK N SNIFF    )

While I'm glad this collection is back mainly because Beach Sage & Mint is LIFE but I must admit it's strange seeing this collection online and in stores in December. My guess is this collection was slated for a SAS throwback appearance but because stores/warehouses in a low supply of holiday candles, these were put out early to fill space. So there ya go.

Also making a SAS (but probably earlier) release is the Desert 2.0 collection which tested and failed after Coast to Coast as well as...wait for it...SWEET SHOP including the grand poobah of  unicorn candles, Lavender Marshmallow

Let's move on to the new stuff..and I use the term "new stuff" extremely loosely. So at the moment, there are 3 collections testing and honestly, they're kinda blah.

The first collection is WB collection, with sort of an aromatherapy/spa/day with the girls theme. They have colored frosted glasses with a 50's/60s metallic strip design. At the moment, the only new scent is...

White Opal - Shimmering Sea Salt, Jade Blossoms, Lush Moss (I got nuthin)

Returning scents include Mineral Springs, Incense, and Rosewater & Ivy

Next, because it's BBW, there's a tropical fruity summer collection with Golden Girls/Miami Beach condo wallpaper labels. New scents include...

Coconut Colada - Creamy Coconut, Spiced Bananas, Dark Rum (word on the street this is a repackage of Banana Kiwi Colada from Poptails 2015  this may be the grand return of Bahama Fizz)

Pomelo Citron - (repackage of Capri Citron)

Returning scents include Tiki Beach, Rainforest Gardenia, Turquoise Waters, Pineapple Mango, Blue Ocean Waves

Finally, because BBW loves us and make it their life's mission/work to make us happy and give us what we all have been clamoring for...we're getting more quotes candles! YAAAAAAAY!!!

And they're just as lame as ever! And of course the scents are dry, boring and basic!

GRL PWR - Strawberry Cupcake

YOU GIVE MY ALL THE FEELS - Warm Vanilla Sugar

Inhale Exhale - Eucalyptus Mint & Rain

YOU'RE A GEM - Wild Sage & Aloe

Kindness is Magic - Peach Bellini

And if that's not bad enough, there are now quote wf bulbs too!

XO - Japanese Cherry Blossom
We're MINT to be - Eucalyptus Mint
Wine Down - Black Cherry Merlot
Yay! - A Thousand Wishes
Hello Sunshine - Limoncello
Hello Darling - Beautiful Day

Yeah, 2018 is not looking so good!

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Holiday Pomander (2009)

Products: candle
Area used in: living room
Time Period: December - New Years

Description: citrus fruits, cloves, bay rum, leafy balsam, and musk

Trivia: a "pomander" is a citrus fruit (usually some kind of orange) studded with clove; orange clove is a blend associated with Christmastime

So this is a scent that shortly before my time as a BBWer and only heard about in recent years. I don't know how it happened but I ran across while doing a Google search on another scent. It was a promotion on QVC from during the Slatkin era..and there it was...

The notes sounded so enticing and intriguing that I had to find it. After searching for years on the black market, I finally found one recently priced and immediately bought it; it smelled as amazing as I thought it would. Then about a year or so again perhaps, I was able to score another one reasonably priced. As you may remember, there was a Pomander candle out in stores now which I was hoping would be a repackage of HP but alas it was not. So I decided to throw caution to the wind, a have a pure YOLO moment and light up one of my HPs (the other is a permanent SNIFF ONLY candle) for Christmas time and I'm soooo glad I did cuz it is amazeballs.

HP is pure unadulterated Christmas in a jar - more so than Tis the Season, more so than Evergreen, Winter, Chestnut & Clove, Spice etc. Amongst true candle connoisseurs and ol school Slatkineers, Winter Garland is the ultimate rare hard to find classic Christmas in a jar scent..and for aawhile I agreed..that is until I lit up HP. I will now say something truly scandalous; in my humble opinion, HP smells BETTER than Winter Garland!

So as you can imagine just based on the name, main things you smell in HP is orange and clove. You get the rind/peel/zest of the orange and clementine and maybe a little lemon as well. That rich citrus oil smell is spiced with intense earthy clove as well bay rum... Bay rum is a distilled cologne made from rum infused with citrus rinds, cinnamon, clove and pimento/Jamaican pepper. And NO, before you say anything, this does NOT smell cologney; the bay rum just adds a sweetness, pungentness and spiciness to the blend. Lastly theres a resinous astringent pine/balsam note that hits your nose last and gives the scent a quintessential alpine/winter feel. The blend as a whole just has a very classic,  traditional, old fashioned Victorian/Dickensian Christmas with Christmas punch and figgy puddings and mincemeat pies and trees with candles and bayberry boughs and stockings by the fireplace roasting chestnuts. This is a candle that makes you wanna pour yourself a glass of mulled wine, wrap up in a blanket and watch A Christmas Carol.

I have only burned 3x so have and each time was a flawless burn with a gorgeous pool with the highest flames I've seen in awhile. And because this is from the good ol days when candles had a 40-45 burn time, I can light this up with reckless abandon during the holiday season. If I can find another one of these badbois, I am definitely buying it no questions asked.   

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Winter 2017 Candles Pt. 5 ~ On the Rocks/Quartz, "Scandinavian/Hygge" and Miscellaneous Candles *UPDATED*

I was having a really rough and stressful day today, just one of those days when things are deadset not to go your way. And late night insomnia and a pressure headache was not making my day better. I decided before heading home that I was gonna treat myself. I got myself a Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks (that the barista totally effed up somehow) and since I was in the area, I stopped in BBW just to see what there was to see. Lo and behold there was all kinds of unexpected newness.

THIS IS FOR YOU (BUT I WISH IT WAS MINE) ~ Candy Cane Calla Lilies - first of all, I can't with that name; how friggin passive aggressive! Anyway, this scent is pretty bizarre - take Twisted Peppermint and mix in Fresh Cut Lilacs/Lilac Blossom and that's essentially CCCL. I would never think in 1000 years to mix sweet mentholy mint with a powdery white floral note. Very strange combo!

ADDENDUM: Candy Cane Calla Lilies are actually real but I'm pretty sure they don't smell like candy canes like the candle suggests 

Smoked Absinthe - just like the rest of the candles in this cocktails collection, it doesn't smell like the actual cocktail at all. As the name implies, there's a heavy but sweet star anise/black licorice note; it smells less like a glass of absinthe and more bakery, like an anisette cookie. It also reminds me of a sweeter and less woosdy Star Anise.

Mint Julep - I'm convinced that BBW's marketing department has never seen or sipped an actual Mint Julep cuz they never get this smell right. So this is basically the soap/pocketbac of the same name - an intense citrus blend with mint; more mojito than mint julep

Girl Gang ~ Pink Bubblegum - this is indeed the return of Pink Bubblegum from 2014's Sweet Shop collection. Smells like Bazooka Joe Gum, there's really not much to say about it.

Dear Santa, I blame the eggnog ~ Butterrum Eggnog (7292M8A1) - I am pleased as punch to report that this is the grand return of Slatkin's Eggnog/Eggnog Cheer, albeit tweaked. I would say the difference is that this version is bit more creamier and richer with more emphasis on the vanilla (and no, this is NOT a repackage with a twist of Vanilla Bean/Pumpkin Marshmallow btw) and heavier on the nutmeg. Anyhoo, for those who never smelled the old really does smell like legit eggnog. You get a creamy custardy vanilla note with  dark sweetness from the rum accord. Then you get a bakery (non red hot) cinnamon and nutmeg. Think of this as Creamy Nutmeg's twin; if you liked that scent and other vanilla heavy gourmand scents, that you'll like this.

Now let's move on the On The Rocks/Quartz candles....

Love ~ Rose Quartz - straightup Wild Huckleberry/Pomegranate

Joy ~ Sunstone (7290AGA9) - I thought this could be Coral Seashell from the Nantucket's not but it has a similar generic summery fruity vibe. The main note is an oddly sweet almost bubblegummy grapefruit note similar to Golden Grapefruit. I pick up the ginger that adds a slight nose tingly spice. Plum blossom...can't say that I get that. I pick up something sweet and dark in the background but I can't really say it's plum blossom; maybe the actual fruit or maybe a dark berry blend. As a whole, Sunstone doesn't smell nearly as bright and sunny as the name suggests, just super artificial and candy-ish.

Wisdom ~ Quartz Crystal (7310M8A1) - So right off the bat, this is not Black Tie or Tobacco Flower or my beloved Boathouse Row. As far as I can tell, this is new as it doesn't smell like any other cologney scent that BBW has released in the past. So yeah, it's a cologney scent and not a particular good one. It smells a little dry and powdery and sweet, like men's deodorant. That's really all I can say about it.

Luck ~ Jade (7313AGA3) - I thought this might have been Green Grass from backintheday but it's not. It's more closer to Drenched Apple Flower and Provence Garden. It's a very fresh green scent with dewy floral notes and hint of apple/pear blossom in the background. It's very pleasant calm smell that would be perfect for spring.

ADDENDUM - I think this may be a repackage of the failed test scent Emerald Isle from 2014's Destinations collection

Serene ~ Aquamarine (7304AGA3) -  I'm pretty sure this is Poolside Daydream. It smells like a men's sunscreen - a little coconut action, some salty "sear air" ozone vibe and some woody "driftwood" accords

Power ~ Onyx (7310K3A2) - straightup Fireside! If I'm wrong and this isn't Fireside, it's ridonkulously close. It's a fiery smoky woodsy blend with earthy dank vetiver and lusty leather

Real talk, this collection is soooooo lame and unnecessary; they're not worth sniffing at all. Don't gret too pressed if you don't see them at your store, you're not missing a thing!

And now for the part I'm sure most if not all of you have been waiting for...the "Scandinavian" Hygge candles....

SOFT ~ Pink Petal Teacake (7297AGA3) - so for the most part this is the same PPTC from backintheday... buuut, like all returning scents from backintheday, it definitely has been tweaked. It's much watered and less robust, slightly drier. For those of you unfortunates who never smelled the original, you get rosewater, a creamy vanilla note and strawberries..yes strawberries..strawberries were in the original notes. So basically think a strawberry shortcake with rosewater in the sweet red glaze and that is PPTC.

ADDENDUM - for all y'all out there salivating over this candle and falling for the hype..I don't want hear a single one of you complain that the throw is weak cuz guess what..the original was weak.

ADDENDUM - and yes, rose flavored/petal decorated bakery confections are indeed a thing

COZY~ Warm Cup of Cocoa (7306AGA7) - yep, you guessed it - Hot Cocoa & Cream. It could be my nose playing tricks on me but this version seems more chocolatey than past versions.

COMFORT ~ Soft Cashmere Blanket (7298G3A7) - if this isn't Sea Island Cotton, it's damn close. It's a soft soothing cotton scent with a hint of ozone. Lavender..ehhh. There's something vaguely herbal and aromatherapy-sh in the blend but I'm hard-pressed to say it's lavender.

CHILL ~ Calming Lavender Spruce - We all had the same thought about this one and I am happy to report that this is indeed a repackage (with a twist) of Winter Mint & Spruce....emphasis on "with a twist". This version is extremely heavy on the spruce/pine with more mint than lavender

WARMTH ~ Fireside Comfort - you would think that this is Fireside (and to those who asked, no this is NOT Vanilla Fireside/Pumpkin Fireside or Smoked Vanilla)... not really but extremely similar. It's like Fireside x100  and without the leather; just powerful pungent intense smoky burning wood notes with a hint a vanilla/tonka bean and warmth. If you ever wanted a more extreme version of Fireside, this bud's for you!

ADDENDUM: I think I need to resniff this but after some consideration, I think this may be a repackage of Smoked Birch? If not, they're similar and in the same family

Indulge - Cinnamon Rum Raisin (7307K3A2) - so this has been intriguing a lot of people as it popped up mysteriously. Honestly, it's just ok. It has a cinnamon spiced bakery base similar to a scent you'd find in fall - think along the lines of Cinnamon Pretzel Twist or Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. A lot of people on social media has been comparing it with Vanilla  Spiced Pear and I can kinda see it; they both share a similar spiced vanilla and dark rum base. And you do get a legit authentic raisin note. And there is a dark sweetness that to me smells less like rum and more like dark brown sugar.

ADDENDUM - I'm 50% sure that this may be a repackage of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie from backintheday but to be honest my scent memory is kinda faulty and unreliable on that scent. If anyone out there were into Slatkin scents and remember this one, let me know your thoughts

ADDENDUM - I was chatting with my buddy @candleafficionado who actually owns a 3wick of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and did a comparison..they are NOT the same

ADDENDUM - A lot of peopple have ben saying this on social media and having done a comparison, I totally agree; Indulge smells like Vanilla Spiced Pear with raisins instead of pear

* NOOK ~ There's No Place Like Home may have been pulled from nationwide release due to you know why...although I've heard that a few stores have gotten shipment of them so it may be late or limited release

In case you missed them and you need an extra opinion for your Candle Day purchases, here are the most WALK N SNIFF reviews

THIS IS THE BOMB.COM: Peppermint Rosemary

Products: candle
Area used in: living room & bedroom
Time Period: anytime

Description: Fresh Peppermint, Iced Rosemary, Eucalyptus

So when this was first announced on social media, many of us ol schoolers assumed this would be the grand return of the beloved but sadly long forgotten Snow Day. That said, the pessimist in me knew the likelihood of BBW bring this scent back was slim to none. However the notes sounded so intriguing to me that I still wanted to sniff whether it was SD or not. So I finally got to sniff and it happened...NOSEGASM!

Let's get into the performance. The first initial burn was iffy as hell!

It tunneled like crazy and it took forever it for it to completely pool out. It was so bad that I had to do the aluminum foil trick and finally it pooled out. On the second burn, it was still a little slow to pool but after that the wicks were burning like champs and I haven't had any tunneling issues since. Every burn has been flawless with high dancing flames and full pools.

And now the throw...when I first burned this, I had it in my living room and even though it had been burning for hours, the throw got completely lost; I could only smell it in the near vicinity of where it was burning but couldn't smell a thing the further I walked away from it. Recently I've started burning it in the bathroom whenever I took a hot bath and my bf has been sick with a head cold lately so he's been burning it in the bedroom; in both instances, the throw completely filled the room and the scent lingered for over a day. So headsup, this is definitely a small room candle; if you burn it ina big room, the throw will not go very far and dissipate.

So as I said earlier,a lot of us assumed that this was a repackage of Snow Day as the notes sounded very similar. It's NOT a repackage but it's similar. I would describe this as a high upgrade - a more elegant and sophisticated version of SD for adults. And personally, just between us gurls, I like this more than SD!  What I love about this scent is that the blend is simplistic yet sophisticated. You get the same sweetened cool menthol note that's in Twisted Peppermint. Then you get the blend of piney/herbal rosemary with crisp invigorating eucalyptus. The three main notes all blend so perfectly together and the combination is so cooling and fresh yet cozy and comforting. It does smell more aromatherapy-ish and medicinal; like I said my bf was burning it while he was sick because it smells like a Olbas oil   - a essential oil blend (containing peppermint and eucalyptus) popular in Europe for getting rid of colds.

So yeah, PR is winner in my book - Bronzeblogger approved! It's definitely not a Christmas/holiday scent but great for the rest of winter. Honestly because the notes are so aromatherapy-ish, you can really burn this all year around. As much as I much like this scent, this isn't a scent that I would burn all the time just because the notes are so intense. It's a great scent to light up when you're taking a bath. It's a nice deodorizing scent to have when you're cleaning or after you've finished cooking cuz it will definitely knock out any household funk. And if you have a headache or you're congested or feeling cough-y, PP will have you feeling so you much better. And if it's raining or snowing out, this is a pleasant enough candle to burn as you bundle up in blanket to read a book or watch a movie. I would say this has stock up appeal; this and Peppered Plum were the ONLY candles this entire year that I've bought multiples of, so there ya go!   

WALK 'N' SNIFF: The Greatest Glow Collection

Before I begin, I just wanna say that I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving as well as happy shopping today (I personally won't be partaking in Black Friday shenanigans).

So Wednesday I was out and about getting last minute things for Thanksgiving and decided since I was nearby that I would stop in BBW and see if there was any newness. Only some of the holiday quote candles were out (which I totally ignored) and none of the "Scandinavian inspired" candles were out either..which from what I've heard won't be out until AFTER Candle Day (Dec. 2nd). The store did however the "Greatest Glow" candles  - the candles with the black and gold Art Deco/70s wallpaper tumblers.

Everyone knows what Black Tie and Golden Peach Sparkle aka Market/Georgia Peach smells like so let's focus on the newness...

Whiskey Butterscotch (7282AGA3) - there's really not much to say about this candle; it is sooooooo close to Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel . Maybe less salty/savory and more of that dark sweet booziness but that's it. In the same savory caramel family as Bourbon Butterscotch, Hot Buttered Rum, Salty/Salted Caramel etc.; when you've smelled one, you've smelled them all. 

Pomelo & Pine (7283AGA3) - this was the only scent that  I was remotely interested in sniffing and now that I have, I'm quite disappointed as it doesn't smell like what you'd expect. It's one of those candles that's new but not quite because it smells like of hodge-podge of other candles. So you would think this would be a very citrus heavy scent but nope, it's very faint and way in the background; the citrusiness is very similar to the grapefruit note in Grapefruit Gin Fizz. There's a very dirty outside pine/balsam blend that reminds me a lot of the failed test scent Frosted Pine from 2014.  That same balsam/pine blend and cinnamon bark note combined kinda gives a Spiced Autumn Wreath/Pumpkin Woods/Cinnamon Pinecone kind of vibe. I don't really see the point of this scent at all; it just seems like BBW threw some notes together, gave it a vague name and hoped for the best. And honestly, with Grapefruit Gin Fizz, Merry Mistletoe and especially Winter in stores now, P&P is extremely unnecessary.

Starry Sky (7284AGA1) - again, yet another weird and unnecessary scent with notes that smell like other candles. If I had to describe this simply, I would say think Sea to Santorini aka Freshwater & Seasalt mixed with Renew & Refresh. It's an ozonic salty seawater/ocean air melon/cucumber scent with hint of cologney bergamot and dewy floral blend - jasmine maybe or freesia. I don't get the point of SS at all cuz nothing about this scent says wintery or night air 

Champagne & Glitter (7286M8A1) -. So right off the bat this is NOT Sparkling Woods nor is Sparkling Pear Riesling...but there are aspects of both of these that I kinda get in C&G. The notes from the description that I really smell is an intensely artificially smelling pear which is quite similar to Sparkling Pear Riesling. not really. I do on the other hand get some kind of floral note - peony maybe or pear/apple blossom. I get the cedarwood as well as an animalic muskiness; that musk along with the cedar and that weird unacknowledged floral blend reminds me of Black Tea Rose ; that's how I would describe this scent - Sparkling Pear Riesling mixed with Black Tea Rose. I would also describe C&G as transitional masculine version of First Bloom as that has a pear and floral combo as well.  Just like the rest of this scents in this collection, I don't really get the point of this candle or what it's trying to portray/convey.

This whole collection is beyond pointless and an utter waste; zero cohesion, no rhyme or reason, just random scents with random notes thrown together haphazardly. Real talk, if any of y'all out there are thinking about getting something from this collection today or whenever, DON'T! 

RANT OF THE DAY: The Year without an Autumn

Well y'all, Thanksgiving is just a few days away thus fall is pretty much over. I'm still trying to hold on to that fall feeling; as I type this, I'm taking sips of pumpkin spiced coffee, I have a Pumpkin Fireside burning bright nearby and all of my fall decorations are still up in my apartment... yeah I REFUSE to put up any Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. That said, I kept feeling a little over it and secretly wanting these last few days of fall to pass by; I'd much rather Peppermint Mocha in my coffee right now, I'm fighting the urge to play Christmas music and I'm wishing this Pumpkin Fireside was Chestnuts & Clove instead. Why is it that, an ardent autumnophile, have been over fall lately?

Is it just me or has this fall gone by really quickly? Or better, has it felt like there wasn't much of a fall at all? In the earlier part of the season, I was feeling it for sure; I had my fall bae Leaves burning and was blasting my autumn playlist on Spotify as I decorated the apartment. But as fall progressed, I felt myself feeling more and more blasé. First of all, the weather was really bizarre with unseasonably warm temps...though I have to laugh at myself for becoming aclimated to Yankee weather despite coming from a place with sub-tropic temperature 90% of the year where fall itself didn't/doesn't exist. Only recently has there been true "sweater weather". And there were other things that just made this fall not feel like fall. Every single PSL I got tasted like pumpkin spice vomit. There was little to no foliage in my neck of the woods; the leaves stayed verdant for the longest with only a few pops of red and yellow here and there. My bf and I didn't do anything remotely fall related - not apple picking, no pumpkin carving, no trips to farmer's markets. We got tickets to go to Great Jack'O'Lantern Blaze up in Sleepy Hollow only for it to be cancelled due to all day torrential typhoon. We were planning on going to the Halloween Parade but due to all the scary crap that was going on the city that day, we thought it best to stay in. And all top of all of that, saving grace, absolutely SUCKED!

BBW in the fall was, until recently, the most amazing time of the year; a hallmark for candle enthusiasts and autumnophiles alike. Much like getting your first PSL or picking your first apple in the orchard or seeing the foliage at their peak, your first step into BBW/WB in the fall surrounded by fall favorites and autumnal newness is truly magical. When you left with your fall haul, you knew the rest of the season was gonna be all good. 2011-2014 were the golden years of fall scents at BBW; soooooo many returning classics and truly intriguing and unique scents were around these years with superb marketing and packaging to match; I feel sorry for anyone recently getting in the BBW cuz it's so not the same. After 2014, there was a slow decline in quality and creativity..and now here we are, an utter shitshow.

It's like BBW put little no thought in this fall's lineup. Scent-wise we just got the bare minimum, the scents that we see all the time - Leaves, Autumn, Sweater Weather, Flannel, Shit Cinnamon Pumpkin etc. Some of the packaging was ok but most were weird and off. Then they brought the same candles only this time with a wraparound label but with the same off looking stock photography. Cranberry Woods (which was more cranberry than wood and smelled way to similar to Frosted Cranberry) and Cider Lane were brought back only to be unceremoniously thrown into the WB Core collection. The fall add-ons to the WB Core line were boring as I dunno what; Peppered Plum was the clear star of the show and the only interesting and new scent the entire season.  The wood grain candles had potential but besides Bourbon Maple and Autumn Woods, the other scents were kinda blah. Then there was the fall edition of Elements candles which were just weird. Oh and then BBW had the sheer audacity to tease people with a bakery themed collection called "Sweet Shop" only to fill it with the most basic, blandest, uninteresting and unobtrusive scents that can think of

And here's the weirdest decision of them all... NO PUMPKIN SCENTS!

Due to the popularity of Slatkin era pumpkin scents like Pumpkin Cupcake and Pumpkin Caramel Latte, from 2013 til last fall there have always been  an "all pumpkin, nothin but the pumpkin" collection. This year..not so much; we got Caramel Cinnamon Swirl (aka Caramel Pumpkin Swirl   ) and Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow in the "Sweet Shop"  collection and Pumpkin Apple and Shit Cinnamon Poopkin in the regular collection, that's it. No Pumpkin Caramel Latte or even Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte and surprisingly, despite its popularity and long overdue-ness, no Pumpkin Pie! No don't get me wrong, I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin scents and these all pumpkin collections never really appealed to me..and lord knows, 90% of these scents weren't so much"pumpkin" per se as they were cinnamon heavy or spiced but still even I knew how popular "pumpkin" scents are. Even if BBW didn't do a whole collection dedicated to pumpkin, they couldve spread some around in various collections but nope, nothin. 

And as if this fall couldn't get anymore bizarre, BBW kept throwing all of these random ass spring/summer scents into the mix..Rosewater & Ivy? Fresh Bamboo? Tokyo Petals? Really BBW? And those weird hippie-dippie white witchy Practical Magic mason jar why? What was the point of those? And they all smelled so spring/summery. And speaking of mason jar, they were on a major mason jar kick this fall; there were 3 mason jar collections, only one of which was remotely fall-ish and even then they were just fall scents that were already out in 3wick form. No marketing, no promotion, no fanfare, no rhyme or reason - they were just there to be there.

Soooooooo many people have been complaining about all of the hot mess-ery going on this fall which turned them off to buying anything or even setting foot in their local store. From July til now, I myself have only bought 7 candles and burned 2 - not even close to fall hauls of yore. The few times I've ever been inside was strictly to WALK N SNIFF for review purposes...and even those I can't say that I was remotely excited to do so.

I've said this once and I'll say it again cuz it bears repeating..Fall is not the time to experiment. I repeat - FALL IS NOT THE TIME TO EXPERIMENT. 

Fall is your money-making time, more so than any other time of the year even more than Christmas time (which is also NOT a time to experiment). You wanna re-invent yourself? Fine. You wanna play around with scents and looks and sizes? Fine. You wanna experiment with aromatherapy and "essential oils"? Fine! Save that for after Christmas, do that experimenting BS during SAS or in the spring and summer when you need gimmicks to get people back in the store. DO NOT THAT SHIT IN FALL! People look forward to coming to your store and sniffing around in the fall; for some people (myself included) a trip to BBW/WB is one the highlights of fall. People do NOT want aromatherapy and flowers and summery fruity scents this time of year; people want cider, people want bakery, people want caramel, people want cinnamon and clove and nutmeg..PEOPLE WANT PUMPKIN. If you're gonna experiment, experiment with some newness. Do some research and dig some forgotten classics out of the vault. Work on your packaging and get some stock photos of leaves and pumpkins and apples and cranberry and sweaters..NO FRIGGIN QUOTES!  

Get your proverbial shit together and give the people what they want for fall! Fall has always been your time to shine and you have the capacity to go back to your former glory sooo...

RANT OF THE DAY/NEWNESS UPDATE: Yes, Virginia..There are more Winter 2017 Candles *UPDATED*

Unless you were trapped on a deserted island, you've probably heard and/or seen the grand return of Pink Petal Teacake...and the hype is palpable! Everyone is absolutely losing their proverbial shit...and by everyone, I mean newbies who weren't into BBW back when it first came out and heard Tinadivalicious' constant mention of it.

At any rate, PPTC is indeed part of a collection and the remaining scents have appeared on social media..and I have to say, I'm kinda intrigued. At the moment, there are 7 scents...

  • SOFT ~ Pink Petal Tea Cake - Rose Petals, Fluffy Cake and Orange Essential Oil (of course this is the grand return of the original )
  • NOOK ~ No Place Like Home - Soft Musk, Vanilla Bean and Cedarwood Essential Oil (I'm realllly hoping this is Vanilla Cedarwood from backintheday)
  • COMFORT ~ Soft Cashmere Blanket - Fluffy Cotton, Sheer Musk and Lavender Essential Oil (so this could be anything; I'm hoping that it's Peace ~ Iced Vanilla Woods though it could also be Lavender Linens. At worse it could be the horrific Cashmere from backintheday)
  • CHILL ~ Calming Lavender Spruce - Fir Needle, Lavender and Orange Essential Oil (Please please PLEASE be Winter Mint & Spruce )
  • COZY ~ Warm Cup of Cocoa - Milk Chocolate, Steamed Milk and Nutmeg Essential Oil (obviously this is Hot Cocoa & Cream)
  • INDULGE ~ Cinnamon Rum Raisin - Cinnamon, Nutmeg Essential Oils and notes of Spiced Rum  (could this be the return of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie)

So now that that is out of the way, it's time to be shady and spill some T...

For those of you who have seen these candles either on the 'gram or in person, you may have thought to yourself that the look of these candles are rather unique (not necessarily good but unique) and they didn't really seem to fit or belong.

...this was brought my attention by a fellow candle enthusiast...

So this is from a Scandinavian candle company called Scandinavisk.  Koto (Finnish for "home") is one of their signature scents. BBW's NOOK candle looks just alike, color and tagline and all. The design in BBW's collection is extremely similar to Scandnavisk's Christmas themed candles .

It's unknown whether BBW's design team ripped off Scandinavisk's graphics or if there was some kind of contractual deal, but the fact remains that BBW is blatantly copying another candle company's look.

I mean really BBW... is this what it's come down to?! You're "using" labels from outside graphic designers to copy Victoria's Secret's candles... You're testing new squat tumbler sizes to copy Slatkin's Homeworx candles...and now this...

Who the hell is running BBW that thinks this is ok?!

RANT OF THE DAY/NEWNESS UPDATE: More Goddamned Mutha-effin Quotes Candles!!! *UPDATED

There are soooooooooooooooo many quotes candles heading our way! As soon as I've seen one on social media or a candle buddy gave me headsup about one, I try to post them on my last NEWNESS UPDATE post in a vain attempt to keep it updated however so many random new ones keep popping up. So as to not drive myself crazy, I just made a new post dedicated to them...and  it gives me an excuse to rant about them.

So there's basically 3 sets of quote candles. Set one are the Christmas themed ones that are currently in stores now...
  • Most Wonderful Time of the Year = Fresh Balsam
  • Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow = Twisted Peppermint
  • baby it's Cold Outside = Fireside
  • TIS THE SEASON = Tis the Season
  • better not pout! = Spiced Gingerbread
  • WE WHISK YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS = Maple Cinnamon Pancakes aka Pumpkin Caramel Latte 

And now the new stuff. The second set is a mix of holiday themed quotes...and they are lame as f***
  • Merry and Bright = Limoncello 
  • But First Champagne = Champagne Toast
  • New Year's Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses = Merry Mistletoe
  • Oh What Fun = Winter Candy Apple 
  • Mazel Tov = Vanilla Snowflake
  • Dear Santa, I want a Unicorn = Peppermint Marshmallow
  • Dear Santa, Define Naughty  = Spice
  • Dear Santa, Enjoy the milk & cookies = Merry Cookies
A new one has been added and I must admit that I'm quite intrigued 
  • Dear Santa, I Blame The Eggnog = Butterrum Eggnog - Spiced Eggnog, Vanilla Bourbon, Rich Buttercream, Shaved Nutmeg
At first I thought this might be god-awful Hot Buttered Rum but my source assured me that it smelled like actual eggnog and that she got spice so I am hoping against all hope that it's a repackage of the forgotten Slatkin era scent Eggnog Cheer. If it is, this will be the ONLY quotes candle I'll buy and yet bet your sweet ass that label will be ripped off post haste.

The third and last set are a group of un-holiday-ish nondescript candles with quotes BBW's marketing department "thinks" are funny/clever. And the scents BBW chose just have no rhyme or reason to them 

A "new" scent has been thrown into this set...

  • Let's Get Baked = Nutmeg Cupcake - Grated Nutmeg, Cinnamon Stick, Sugared Almonds, Creamy Vanilla
Yeeeaahhh, that sounds suspiciously like Creamy Nutmeg

And now the rant...

I F***ING HATE/LOATHE/DESPISE THESE QUOTES CANDLES! My intense hatred for these damn candles burns with the heat of a thousands suns!!!

Now in the beginning when they had quote candles for different events like Mother's day and Valentines and birthdays..those were but cute. Those were actually a good idea. But as always, BBW sees something that is mildly popular and they run with it. They should've stopped while they were ahead but they are all about beating that dead horse into pulp.

First of all, these candles just look ridiculously cheap! They don't look like something that should be in a BBW store. No other candle companies is doing something cheap and gimmicky like this...actually that's not entirely true; one company is....Victoria's Secret. Is that who you want to emulate BBW? Is that who you want to rival? Oh're owned by the some parent company as VS...yeeeaahhh, never mind!

And speaking of it a financial reason you're moving in this direction? Is using font graphics cheaper than stock photos? From a business/financial point of view, I guess that makes sense..if that is indeed the case. However from a visual/graphic side, these quotes labels just don't have the same draw and appeal as stock photos. People like to see pictures..especially in fall and winter. Even the cartoon animal labels, as infantile as they were, looked better than these damn quote labels.

Time to spill tea..there have already been reports that certain designs were stolen from artists posting their graphics on Etsy. I mean is that the deal? It's like you have interns searching thru Etsy and picking out inexpensive/easily ripped-off-able quotes of there.  Not a cute look BBW!

Also the quotes y'all picked aren't even all that funny or clever, they're stupid. It's like you either had millennial interns picking out quotes that seem ironic or you have 40+ marketing execs desperately trying to be "hip". Either way, it reeks of sheer desperation.

And  who are these quotes candles marketed for? Because they're so gimmicky, it seems like you're trying to get the teenyboppers back in stores but so many of the chosen scents just don't seem very teenybop-ish. Or are you trying to grab the bored housewife set who only come into the store every once in awhile? Honestly do you know how the market audience are for these scents? Cuz it kinda seems like you don't.

And just speakin for myself and I'm sure other candle connoisseurs with actual taste will agree...some of the scents sound appealing enough to buy but those labels just repel me so on the shelves they stay. Yes, it's silly and yes, I could easily just pull the labels off...but I shouldn't have to. A pretty label is part of the package and adds to the ambiance of burning BBW candles. It's marketing 101 as well as common sense. If you're in a restaurant and your food comes out wrapped in old newspaper or looks like it's been stepped on, it doesn't matter how amazing it smells or how luxurious the ingredients are, chances are you won't eat it. And that's how I feel about these candles.

BBW, hear my plea!!! Can you PLEASE go back to having high standards?! Stop cutting corners! Stop catering to the basic bitches of America! Give me scents that send me on olfactory adventures! Give me throws that hold me tightly in its arms and tell me everything is gonna be alright! Give me goddamn mutha-effin pictures on my labels!



NEWNESS UPDATE: Even More Winter 2017 Candles *UPDATED*

Yep, BBW is not done with us; there's a slew of winter scents heading our way with some stores already receiving shipments.

So first off, there will be a continuations of the hippie dippie white witch crystal Practical Magic candles. Instead of crystals, the labels have a sandstone design. Each scent invokes a certain mood/feeling similar to the old Good Life collection from backintheday. From what I've heard, these candles will be out specifically for Candle Day. Scents include

LOVE ~ Rose Quartz - Black Currant, Elderberry, Green Leaves, Vanilla Sugar (straightup repackage of Wild Huckleberry/Pomegranate))

WISDOM ~ Quartz Crystal - Vetiver, Sagebrush, Oakmoss, Smoky Amber (I was hoping this would be Oakmoss & Vetiver or maybe even my beloved Boathouse Row but according @_scentsgalore, it's extra heavy on the sage so it may be new)

LUCK ~ Jade - dewy greens, white jasmine, sweet clover, touch of apple (I'm gonna go with Green Grass aka Sunlit Garden..though if BBW was smart, they would've repackaged Emerald Isle from Destinations 2014) 

JOY ~ Sunstone - Plum Blossom, Sweet Grapefruit, Red Ginger (...I got nuthin)

POWER ~ Onyx - Dark Woods, Smoked Tonka, Black Pepper (again, I got nuthin)

SERENE ~ Aquamarine - Sea Salt, Crystalline Waters, Coconut Milk, Driftwood (sounds like Driftwood Surf or Poolside Daydream)

Next we're getting a New Year's edition of greetings/quotes candles..cuz BBW loves beating a dead horse. There's quite a bunch of them this go-round, with generic labels each more hideous and basic than the last

Merry and Bright = Limoncello (really BBW?!)
But First Champagne = Champagne Toast
New Year's Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses = Merry Mistletoe
Oh What Fun = Winter Candy Apple (they're REEAALLLY trying to make WCA  a thing this year)
Dear Santa, I want a Unicorn (dafuq?!) = Peppermint Marshmallow
Dear Santa, Define Naughty (eyeroll) = Spice
Rise & Grind = Paris Cafe
Let's Get Baked (ummm?) = Nutmeg Cupcake aka Creamy Nutmeg
Stay Classy = Black Tie
Looking Sharp (come the f*** on BBW!) = Cactus Blossom 
Save Water, Drink Wine = Black Cherry Merlot
Welcome = Pineapple Mango

There will be an adjoining mason jar only collection with incredibly corny quotes/sayings that have zero to do with the scents themselves

Time to Perfect your "I Love it" Face (wtf?!!!) = Ma-blah-gany Stankwood
I hate presents...said no one ever (*facepalm) = Spiced Apple Toddy

Also, as is tradition, we're getting a New Year's party collection. I kinda like the look of em - they have wrap-around labels with black and gold Art Deco-esque designs. And they say clear as day "White Barn" over the candles' scent names, so maybe they'll only have these at WB stores..who knows. The "new" scents in this collection are...

Starry Sky - Refreshing Bergamot, Sea Salt, Crisp Fern, Chilled Night Air (this sounds suspiciously like Sea to Santorini aka Freshwater & Seasalt but I was told by 2 sources that it wasn't. I have a suspicion/theory that this may be Desert Rain aka Sweet Fern)

Champagne & Glitter - Sparkling Champagne, White Pear, Vetiver, Cedarwood (so you would think this would Sparkling Pear Riesling or even White Pear Champagne but nope.I was told this was similar to White Tea & Pear from last spring)

Pomelo & Pine - White Pomelo, Juicy Mandarin, Balsam, Cinnamon Bark (I was REEALLYY hoping this would Winter Garland but BBW is hellbent on a sleeping on that scent. It sounds suspiciously like Winter but I was told this was super heavy on the pine. This could possibly be Alpine Frost)

Whiskey Butterscotch - Creamy Butterscotch, Vanilla, Touch of Sweet Whiskey (surprisingly this is not Bourbon Butterscotch but similar and heavy on the vanilla)

Returning scents include Black Tie and Golden Peach Sparkle (aka Market/Georgia Peach)

Lastly, it seems the rumours are true and there will be another collection featuring..wait for it..
Pink Petal Teacake. Folks are already losing their shit over social media...90% of them have never smelled it before. Supposedly this collection will be Sweet Shoppe inspired and will also have
Pink Bubblegum...which again is receiving hype from folks who have never smelled it. No clue when this collection will be out.

For pictures, check out @_scentsgalore, @come_at_me_bro716 and @bbwhoarder on Instagram or check out


Products: candle
Area used in: living room
Time Period: mid-October - Black Friday

Description: Sweet Plum, Fresh Saffron Spice, Black Peppercorn

For a hot minute there was a lot of intrigue over this candle in social media land, even before this candle made its initial debut. I didn't quite know what to think of it; one the one hand, the name only kinda turned me off but on the other, the notes did sound awfully enticing. I also had to take into consideration the overwhelming response to this candle on social media; under normal circumstances, I tend to avoid overly hyped candles like the plague cuz more often than not, I find said scents disappointing. However I must say that they hype was much deserved! Despite going in with some trepidation, PP ended up giving me both a nosegasm and a fallgasm at the same time..lord knows when the last time that happened. Even my bf asked me in the store if we were gonna buy this badboi, so if we both love it, you know it's a winner!

The performance has been a little iffy. I was worried cuz the wicks looked a little on the wimpy side. The first burn was kinda slow pooling out but it eventually fixed itself..or so I thought. Consequent burns were great but sometimes the wicks would act funny and there would be some canyoning action until the wax finally pooled. However, when it does burn right,it's great! And boy...ambiance like a mofo! Look at that picture; it is sooo beautiful to burn at night. The throw is medium strong which is a little disappointing; this is a scent I would love to be knockout but alas it isn't. The throw is medium strong and on the cusp of being a warm blanket scent, which is the kind of throw I love. This is definitely better suited for a smaller room. And scent does fill out and it linger for awhile after it's been blown out.

There has been some debate as to whether or not PP is a repackage of Wine Cellar/Smoked Berries & Incense and the consensus seems to be struck right down the middle. I will say the two are very very similar but my nose detects minor differences. Personally I hated WC and after days a-hemmin and a-hawin and trying to convince myself to like it, I brought it back to the store to be exchanged. That said, I LOVE PP and ended up getting more than one. Anyhoo, I'm hesitant to say that PP is a repackage with a twist of WC as I personally get more differences; I would just say think of them as twin scents, similar but different.

So what does it smell like? While the name and notes evoke the actual fruit of a plum, I get more of a plum wine/umeshu  . There's a sweetness that borders on fruit juice or candy like sweetness but there's a dark full-bodiness more resembling a sweet dark fruit wine like Manischewitz. I also get some dark fruit accents - pomegranate perhaps, maybe some blackberry action; the blend kinda gives me a Midnight Pomegranate/Dark Kiss vibe. And there may be a little hint of vanilla to ease the tartness of the fruit notes. Blended is the very noticeable saffron that adds a pungent, earthy Oriental vibe and makes the blend a bit more warm and vibrant; it's the same saffron that's in WC which combined with the dark fruit notes make people think it's a WC repcakage. And finally, the supposed pepper note. With a name like "Peppered Plum" , you would aspect it smell..well..peppery. There's nothing even slightly spicy or piquant in this scent; if there is black peppercorn, it's very subtle and only adds a bit warmth.  Last, there something musky, patchouli maybe? It reminds me Black Tea Rose in way as there's a lush, sensual animalic quality about it. And like BTR, it's very sensual, lusty, elegant and high end scent that will definitely give you a nosegasm.

Y'know, every once in awhile BBW creates something truly unique and upscale that keeps me comin back and not wanting to give it up cold turkey.  I do wish PP was marketed better; given a less blah name and placed in an actual collection and not simply thrown haphazardly into the WB Core collection; this could've been placed in the wood grain collection with Autumn Woods and Bourbon Maple. A scent this sophisticated and unique deserves better marketing and direction. At any rate, this is a lovely have a glass of wine/wrap yourself up in a blanket/read a book/snuggle with bae night time scent. You can light this anywhere in your home but I think it makes a better living room or boudoir scent. And because the dark fruit notes and spice aspect, this would make a lovely mid to late autumn scent and you take it right into Christmastime. And if you are anti-Wine Cellar like I am, don't let this candle scare you; I promise you that it is worth a few instore sniffs. Given my reputation as a certified "hard-to-pleaser", for me to hype up a scent means that it must be damn good! And if you love this scent as much as I do, stock up! Folks are already buying 10-20 of em at a time. You've got some time before holiday scents completely take over; stock up while you can cuz you already know PP will probably not return!