Showing posts from 2019

WALK 'N' SNIFF: Mother's Day Floorset/In Bloom Candle Collection

Well I haven't been inside a BBW/WB store since my last WALK N SNIFF review and seeing as though yesterday was the floorset (and I just happened to be the vicinity of a store),I decided to take a peek inside and get my sniff..although there really wasn't anything I was  remostely excited about sniffing. I heard on rumour that some stores had released the lastest round of summer test candles early but alas I was not so fortunate. But beggars can't be choosers so I had to make do with this round of newness.This'll be a relatively short as there really isn't much to discuss.First off let's talk briefly about the Gingham candleGingham (9051A3A4) - So my longtime readers know that I am not a fan of bodycare based candles and there are very few exceptions. While this one definitely did not blow me away, I have to say that I didn't mind it so much. So it smells relatively close to the bodycare..or close as a candle can get to bodycare. Tinadivalicious said this in…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Summer 2019 Test Candles

Well gang, after the Easter and Mother's Day candles/floorset release, it looks will be BBW will officially be done with spring. I say that because BBW is currently testing the first round of summer candles.

At the moment, there are 2 candle collection testing.

The first collection is a group of conceptual summer scents of the beachy variety. The labels are wraparound (doesn't look that is going away anytime soon) with various blue and white mosaic-esque or marble-ish designs.

New scents include...

Beachscape -Fresh Sea Breeze, Warm Cotton, Sweet Lotus Blossom (this sounds like Beach Blossom; same notes-ish - Ocean Lotus, Soft Beach Air, Warm Musk)

Coastal Watermelon - Juicy Watermelon, Pinch of Pink Sea Salts, Ocean Waves (NOT Watermelon Lemonade or Watermelon Ice)

Returning scents include Beach Sage & Mint (YASSS), Pineapple Mango, Copper Coconut and
Ma-blah-gony Stankwood (*EYEROLL)

The second collection has wraparound labels (again) with various beach scenes. The overall …

RANDOM POST OF THE DAY: B&BW Spring Candle Inspired Aesthetic Moodboards

Well it is officially spring though if you're in the North like I am, it's certainly not feeling like it. If you've got a case of winter blues and need a bit of pring fever, maybe these moodboards will help. Enjoy!

RANT OF THE DAY: $14.50 F***ery ~ Ain't Bought No Candles Blues

I have not bought a single solitary candle since SAS... I repeat, I have not bought a single solitary candle since SAS. Now SAS ended January is now March 10, damn near Spring, and in between that time there has been about 8 different candle collections released - I haven't anything from any of said collections. And it's not like there wasn't anything that piqued my interest as there were a few that I had my eyes on it. So, you may be wondering why I didn't just buy what I was interested in... one reason - the sale price. I just can't justify or rationalize buying a candle for 14.50 even with a coupon!
Now most of you readers may be too new to the BBW candle fandom but I remember fondly when candles were 19.50..yes you read that correctly... NINETEEN FIDDY!!! By the time I started getting really obsessed with BBW, the price went up 20.00 and there were the infamous 2for20 sales...made even better with $10off30 survey coupons given to you by your friendly S…

WALK 'N'SNIFF: Spring 2019 Candles ~ Tropical/Back to the Beach & Modern Farmhouse


I've been really bored with BBW lately; honestly I haven't stepped inside a store since my last WALK N SNIFF and writing this one is truly the only reason I haven't continued to avoid going inside. I went to a standalone BBW store last week and a WB this week and I sniffed all but one scent, more about that later.

Let's get into the Back to the Beach collection; as always, for the sake of brevity, I'll be skipping returning scents ie Waikiki Beach Coconut, Island Margarita, Mango Maitai, Pineapple Sunrise and Ocean Driftwood and Fiji White Sands

Flamingo Beach (9022M8A1) This one was not what I was expecting..which I warn you will be an ongoing theme for all of the candles in this review.  I don't really know what this scent is trying to convey. The notes suggest a drink/cocktail of sorts but it's not a drink scents. It's also not what  would describe as tropical or beachy. Anyway, what you get something vaguely berry-ish, leaning more towards rasp…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Spring 2019 Candles Round 4 ~ Easter & Mother's Day

So more spring "newnesss" is heading our way in time for Easter and Mother's Day. I'm beginning to sound like a broken record at this point but it's nothing exciting.
So first off, we'll be getting 2 Easter themed candles in the Sweet Shop 2.0 packaging
Happy Easter ~ Chocolate Bunny - Decadent Milk Chocolate, Fresh Steamed Milk, Mini Marshmallow (now these are the EXACT notes of Hot Cocoa & Cream however there are naysayers on social media saying that it smells different so who knows)
Happy Easter White Casablanca Lily, Soft Sea Air, Sheer Hyacinth Blooms (repackage of Casabalanca Lily)

There are 3 random candles with a similar packaging as last spring's Mother's Day candles
Strawberry Poundcake - Fresh Strawberries, Golden Shortcake, Dollop of Whipped Cream (you would think this would be Strawberry Cupcake or Pink Lemonade Poundcake but nope. Apparently it's similar to Pink Petal Teacake which makes sense as it does have strawberry notes)

NEWNESS UPDATE & RANT OF THE DAY: Spring 2019 Test Candles Take 3

A "new" collection has popped up in test stores as a spring preview - the "Farmhouse Collection"Now, with the name "Farmhouse", you would probably imagine candles of rustic looking labels - gingham tableclothes, wooden crates, old wood gates, farm markets, bales of hay etc.Nope, not so much. The labels are...Aztec print! Odd choice but whatever. Maybe the scents will make up for would think.Again, with the name "Farmstand", it conjures images of wares at a farmers markets - fresh, ripe fruits like strawberries or melons, jams/preserves, some warm apple pie. Or maybe something conceptual - fresh spring air, dewy green grass, wind-beaten wood.Once again, nope not so much. It's an amalgamation of random wtf-ery that have absolutely nothing to do with farmstands or Aztecs.The only new scent is..Sunlit Cashmere - Moroccan Jasmine, Creamy Coconut, Orange Flower Blossom(sounds like White Jasmine from Le French collection. it also sounds lik…

RANT OF THE DAY: Everything Old is Literally New Again ~ Old Candle Name, New Candle

Lately BBW has started thi new trend of seemingly bring back an old scent from out of the vault, getting all of us candle enthusiasts (especially us ol schoolers) super excited....yet some of said candles don't quite smell right. In fact they smell completely different and not even close to what it used to smell like.

So far, since last fall it has happened with four candles...

 So the old Caramel Apple was a Slatkin era scent and was a popular fall staple in the late 2000s/early 2010s. After 2012, it completely disappear. Overall, it was a cute scent - very appley with a hint of pear, a brown sugar-y caramelliness and a hint of nuttiness; it legit smelled like caramel apple dipped in nuts

The new CA.. not the same. It basically smelled like a spice-less Cider Lane..which was already out so what was the point of releasing something similar?

Apple Garland was test scent from winter 2013; for whatever reason, the candle failed but the wf bulb went wide. Well there was dfinitely a Au…

NEWNESS UPDATE: Spring 2019 Test Candles 2nd Phase

So my fellow BBW'ers, there are more candles on the horizon. It's just not spring at BBW without an onslaught of tropical/beachy scents. So if the first phase of spring candles didn't quite tickle your tropical fancy, the following may do the trick.

This collection all have wraparound labels with various beachy scenes on them. New scents include...

Seaside Daze - Sparkling Bergamot, Orange Blossoms, Coconut Milk (word on the street is this smells quite powdery. If it's not new, I'm gonna go with Orange Blossom & Driftwood)

Flamingo Beach - Pink Summer Berries, Juicy Orange Dewy White Petals (hmm..Sugared Citrus Sorbet?Seaside Mimosa?)

Island Hideaway - Fresh Sea Salt, Coconut Water, Lush Rainforest Cedar (so this was a failed test scent from 2017.....)

(.....the notes are completely different so it's possible that this new version could be completely different; BBW is known to pull switcheroos with returning old scents *cough cough Caramel Apple)

Returning scen…

WALK 'N' SNIFF: First Phase Spring 2019 Candles

I've been sporadically in and out of my nearest WB just to see what was up and each time there were more spring stuff than the last time. So without firther ado, let's talk about some newness....Sundrenched Linen (8347G3A10) - To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much from this scent and after sniffing it, it's as meh as I thought it would be. I'm almost positive this is just a reworking/repackage with a twist of Fresh Linen. I have a bulb of it at home so I'll bring it with me next time I go back to the store just to compare. Basically it's a "fresh air" type scent, heavy with powdery cotton blossom note with fruit notes, particularly green apple and perhaps melon.Sea Salt and Sandalwood (8337AGA1) - I was intrigued at first but what I smelled was not what I was expecting. Honestly, there's really not much to say about it; to me, it's a very non-descript "fresh" spa type of scent. I can't say with any amount of accuracy that…