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THIS IS THE BOMB.COM: Fireside

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Products: candle and bulbs
Area used in:  main bedroom
Time Period: end of October - December

Description: An inviting reminder of warm embers in the fireplace - sweetened with notes of leather, sandalwood and rich amber

Missing note: cedarwood


Oh Fireside...it's not winter time without ya! You're smply the best....better than allll the rest! I've always been in love with the scent and it will remain a staple for me for many winters to come!

So around Halloween time, I started burning the ever so unscented Applewood Bonfire. I got tired of it and decided to take it back for an exchange. I wanted something woodsy and masculine. Obviously one candle fit that description..muthaf***in Fireside! Granted, it was a little early to be burning this and I intended to get this candle for Christmastime but there was nothing in the fall selection(besides my baby Black Pepper Bergamot)  that had the kind of scent that I was lookin for. Plus I just love Fireside!

Fireside has been around for-fr…

HOT MESS AWARD: Cranberry Woods (LAST CANDLE FOR THE FALL)

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Products: candle and bulbs 
Area used in: living room
Time Period: mid-October - December

Description: Fresh, tart cranberries, blackcurrant and warm cinnamon bark combine in a delightful fragrance inspired by the magic of the woods during harvest time

Missing notes: raspberry, cedarwood and amber


Along with Leaves, Cranberry Woods is one of my top all time favorite quintessential fall scents. It's usually my go to scent for the second half of the autumn season; usually during the week of Halloween and on thru Thanksgiving. I think CW is the perfect scent for that time frame; it captures the dark mysteriousness of Halloween night as well as the warmth and togetherness of Thanksgiving time. And it's a perfect segue scent into the neighboring holiday season.

Once my Leaves candles and bulbs were dead and gone, I could not wait to move on to CW. I plugged in the bulbs and lit up the candle and everything was all to the good...at first. Then things took a turn for the WTH?! With a heav…

WALK N' SNIFF (part deux): Toast the Night/Celebration/It Happened One Night candles

Honestly this was the only line released for this winter that I was remotely interested  and excited about. I thought it was an awesome idea to have a line inspired by and dedicated to New Year's. And ya gotta love the Art Deco/1920's/Great Gatsby-esque labeling!

Anyhoo, let's get into it...

Peach Bellini
It always bewildered me why PB continues to be marketed as a winter scent...cuz it's not! Now don't get me wrong, I like PB and I don't think it's a bad scent so much as I think that it's not appropriate for winter. I also think it's strange that there are two bellini scents released side by side. I think CPB is more wintery that PB and even callin a CPB a winter scent is pushin it a bit. I think now that BBW has created an actual "champagne" scent, PB should be retired and only released in the spring/summer.

Cranberry Pear Bellini
CPB has been a popular winter time staple for years now with no sign of disappearing anytime soon. And come to fi…

WALK N' SNIFF (part one): Holiday Traditions

So last weekend I had the opportunity to visit BBW twice - once with my best friend on Friday and again with my boyfriend on Saturday. I didn't buy anything as I'm waiting for Black Friday but it did however give me the chance to sniff and re-sniff the newer candles that weren't available the last time I was there.

*sigh

I'm probably gonna get some flack for what I'm about to say..but ya know what? Eff it, I'm gonna say it anyway. I am very very underwhelmed with this line! There was nothing remotely exciting and new; not one candle wowed me! Everything is repackages/repackages with a twists or bastard children of other scents. Everything just screams "mass appeal"! Before I rant about the lack of newness post Slatkin and upset my nerves, let me just get to the real....

Here's what I think of the candles that I saw...

Vanilla Firewood
I know, not a Holiday Tradition candle but I still saw it and have something to say about it. It's friggin gross! I…

RANT OF THE DAY: Failed Winter Test Scents/WTF is up with BBW?

BBW has a habit of doing some very random out of the box stuff. I've learned not to question BBW's randomness and with a sigh just assume that there is indeed a method to their madness. This past fall BBW seemed to have their proverbial shit together...kinda (i.e.like the whole releasing Cider Donut instead of Cinnamon Sugar Donut) and many assumed we'd have the same good fortune in the winter.

Not so much!

It just seems like BBW is making some really weird and random choices for this upcoming winter, more so than usual. The pinnacle of this randomness being that in certain (test) stores, scents that you would think would go wide are being cast aside and sold for 50% offleading many to believe that those scents won't see the light of day.

For example, it seems Snowed In and Frosted Gingerbread aren't going wide, which has everybody (myself included) scratching their heads in confusion. Why aren't they going wide? Snowed In was released last year. Frosted Gingerb…

CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Pumpkin Caramel Latte

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Products: candle
Area used in: living Room
Time Period: end of October - December

Description: Gather with friends and celebrate the season with this warm, rich blend of creamy pumpkin, spiced caramel and sweet cream

Missing note: "rich pralines"

So my bf and I started a bit of tradition awhile back that we'd have a candle that we'd burn specifically during the weekends in the morning/early afternoon. It started back when Espresso Bar made its debut and we've continued this trend ever since. This fall we decided to give EB a break and try some other savory gourmand scents for our weekend morns together; we had Apple Crumble in September and Cider Donuts in October. I wondered what could be our post-Halloween pre-Thanksgiving weekend morning scent.  I thought about Spiced Cider or Apple Ale but I wanted to branch away from the apple scents. There was Harvest Coffee but what was the point of getting that when I had quite a few EBs left. There was one other option; Id h…