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…