Showing posts from May, 2016

THAT'S SO TEST SCENT: Havana & Prickly Pear Sugarcane (Cold Sniff Review)

So I have been looking for this candles for the longest with little to no success. Then finally I had my chance. On Instagram, @halifkinarlene was doing a major candle destash and she just so happened to have these two candles for a relatively cheap price. Total impulse buy! 

Havana ~ Sweet Tobacco & Spice

Description: Visit the intoxicatingly atmospheric city of Havana with this rare blend of sweet tobacco, amber and spice

Missing notes: leather, agarwood, caramel

So I have been after this scent in its many incarnations - Havana Heat, Ski Den, and Den

Needless to say, I was very excited at the prospect of finally buying courtesy of halifkinarlene. That excitement waned once I sniffed it; actually after a few sniffs, it was starting to make me feel nauseated. Now you would think this since this is a mandle, that it would be right up my alley and I initially thought that as well however it pains me to say that I really dislike this scent. I didn't really know what to expect and I…


As y'all already know, Suntan is back in the Beach Glow collection (frosted glass ribbed for your pleasure tumbler candles). What most of y'all may not is that is not the same "Suntan" from last summer's "there once was a man from Nantucket" that there are two distinct versions of the same named scent. 

Confused? Let me explain... 
So the Suntan that most folks are more familiar with with is the Nantucket Suntan ie the one on the right. It actually first appeared in the Coastal Collection but failed. This version is actually a repackage of a Slatkin era summer scent called "Beachside" I believe it first came on the scent circa 2010 and came back the following year then it disappeared. The notes were..
"A lush delicate blend of orange blossoms, exotic ylang-ylang and white musk"
Now fellow ol school Slatkineers like myself remember the Suntan on the left. This Suntan first appeared in the American Boardwalk collection back in 2012. Then i…

RANT OF THE DAY: Spring '16 WTF-ery; Complaints and Advice

Is it just me or has this "spring" been the most random season in all of BBW history?

It's bad BBW, it's really bad! It's so bad, I have not bought a single candle since February...FRIGGIN' FEBRUARY! And I know for a fact I am not the only one on a BBW ban. Is that what y'all want BBW, for folks to go on candle bans or based candles from third parties..cuz it's a-happenin!

Let's look at all the random ish you guys did this spring and what y'all could've done differently and/or better and hopefully prevent it from happening again. Let's start at the beginning...

White Barn Market
COMPLAINT: last year's White Barn Market was cute but nothing special. And it certainly wasn't good enough to repeat this year. There was no theme, no consistency, just random ass scents tossed together.
ADVICE: Bring back the Sweet Shoppe collection! It was INSANELY popular, why not capitalize on that?! You can call it "Springtime Cafe". Soooo …

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Beach House/Beach Glow Collection *UPDATED*

Finally, finally, at long last...NEWNESS!!!

So I've been having a really rough couple of days (I had to go back to NOLA due to a death in the family) and have been feeling emotionally drained. Today in order to lift my spirits, I decided to have a treat yo'self day and one of my treats was to a visit to BBW in the City to sniff some newness. Without further ado, let's rap a taste about this collection.

Let's start with the sparkly ones; I won't waste my time or yours talking about Endless Weekend, Black Sands and Pineapple Mango

Seaside Gardenia - this is straightup Rainforest Gardenia...yawn

Sunny Coconut - as y'all know, I loathe coconut scents and I initially had no intention on taking this particular coconut scent seriously. But after sniffing it, I found myself genuinely surprised - it's not half bad. Pretty much everyone has described it the same way and I agree - it smells like a orange creamsicle. You get a sweet borderline artificial generic Sicilian…

THIS IS THE BOMB.COM: Mahogany Coconut

Products: candle and wf bulb  
Area used in:  bedroom
Time Period: end of April - beginning of June

Description: A sophisticated blend of rare mahogany and creamy coconut milk layered over soft sandalwood

So me and couple of my candle buddies were chatting around on IG; we joked that given BBW 's obsession of Mahogany Teakwood  as well as their habit putting coconut in everything, the creation of Coconut Teakwood/Mahogany Coconut was just a matter of time. A couple of months later it happened, BBW released Mahogany Coconut in the WB core line and eventually the Hawaiian collection and tested the same scent as Coconut Teakwood aka Brazil in the Destination collection. I couldn't believe it! I thought for sure BBW was effing with me and I had no intention on taking this scent seriously...that is until I smelled it. I still cant believe I'm saying this but I actually saying this by I REALLY like this scent. 

Unfortunately despite it be an awesome scent, the performance is less tha…


Products: candle  
Area used in:  living room
Time Period: end of April - beginning of June

Description: Drink in a tropical blend of mango nectar, jasmine flower and sunkissed who wants to hula?

Missing notes: pineapple, passionfruit, honeysuckle, kukui wood, sugarcane, musk, rum absolute

Trivia: Maitai is Tahitian for "good"; ingredients for the cocktail includes rum, curacao, orgeat syrup and lime juice

So as you all may or may not know, I always have a group of scents for set amount of time. Usually this group has a theme of sorts; this go-round I have fruity cocktail theme - Island Margarita, Island Colada, Pink Sangria and Sparkling Mojito. I was looking for another fruity cocktail type scent and I thought I'd give this a try. Normally I tend to avoid scents based off bodycare but desperate times call for desperate measures.

The performance for this bad boi was decent. At the very beginning, it was acting a little sluggish and the wax pooled out way too s…

CANDLE RETROSPECTIVE: La Margarita de la Isla

Ever had a scent that first you absolutely loved but after awhile you somehow lost your enthusiasm for it and found yourself kinda over it? That's kinda how I currently feel about ol Island Marg.

IM is one of those rare Slatkin era that have stood the test of time - a true Slatkin diva; a Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston or J-lo of candles amongst all the Ariana Grandes and Rihannas and Taylor Swifts that is BBW scents nowadays. Like Leaves or Autumn or Winter, IM is one of staple scents that heralds the upcoming new season; when you see IM, you know summer is right around the corner - it's summertime fun in a jar!

For the past couple of years, IM was my summertime jam! I would always start burning the beginning of May around Cinco de Mayo (obvi); for me May unofficially starts the summer season for me and back when I lived in New Orleans it was already Satan's balls hot anyway. I couldn't wait for May to come around so I could plug in my wf bulbs and light up the cand…