As of yet, I claim no authorship to this list. I've edited and reorganized it a little. I plan on updating this list and adding to it in the future. If you can think of any more candle terms that should be included, please leave me a comment.
The following list was compiled by TheBronzeblogger, and can be found HERE on his original website:
Candle Burning Terms
Canyoning - when the heat of the flames only melts so much wax and there are hard chunks of un-melted wax along the glass
Curly wicks - when the wicks shrivel and literally curl downwards, sometimes into the wax
Dancing - the movement and flicker of tall flames
Dirty - the color of the wax that darkens due to soot seeping down from the lit wicks into the pool and settles in the wax, mainly happens to white/creme colors or light pastels
Fresh Burn - the very first burn after buying
Mushroom tops/ Mushrooming - when the wicks have been lit for awhile, the tops of the wicks split apart, creating a small ball of burnt soot. This leads to more intense flames that melt the wax faster. There's some contention amongst candle burners whether mushroom tops are a good or bad thing; some leave them while others cut them off.
-editiors note: i cut mushroom tops OFF before i burn, otherwise the flames burn too hot and too high, creating MORE soot wasted wax.
Pool - completely melted wax
"pooled out" - when the top layer of wax has melted from the wicks to the glass
"deep pool" - when the candle has been burning for awhile and the wax in melting completely down
PWS - "puny wick syndrome" - when the wicks shrivel from the heat and become skinny often causing stubby flames which lead to tunneling and/or canyoning
Stubby - very small and weak flames
Throw - the distance the smell of a candle travels
"warm" throw - the scent of a candle once it's lit
"cold" throw - the scent of an unlit candle. what you smell when you take off the lid. In the Candleverse, it's become slang to say "on cold"...personally I'm not a big fan of that phrase and will always say "cold throw"
Tunneling - when only the wax directly below the wicks melts down eventually leaving the center hollow
Mandle- AKA Man-Candle: a woodsy/herbal/leathery scent with decisively manly/masculine vibe to it ie "cologney"
Repackage - an old scent that has been renamed and marketed as something totally different
Example: Black Tie is a REPACKAGE of Sage & Cedar
More often than not, people (mostly newbies) confuse a repackage with a rerelease, which are two totally different things.
Example: BBW brought back Leaves for the fall...the wax and/or label is different, but it's still the same candle - same name, same notes. That is a RERELEASE
BBW has a scent called "Spring Leaves" which is Leaves marketed as a spring scent..that is a REPACKAGE
If BBW took Winter and gave it a new label and released it with the same name - RERELEASE
If BBW took Winter and called it "Old Fashioned Christmas" - REPACKAGE
Repackage with a twist - a scent that is renamed and remarketed and either new notes are added or old notes are taken added to order to confuse customers into thinking it's new
Example: Berry Pumpkin Strudel is a repackage with a twist of Spiced Pumpkin Cider ie Spiced Pumpkin Cider with added berry notes
Slatkin/Slatkin era scent - any scent that was formulated and released by Harry Slatkin via BBW, any candle made before winter 2012
Example: Leaves, Winter, Fireside, Evergreen, Fresh Balsam, Pumpkin Caramel Latte, Cranberry Woods, Merry Mistletoe etc are Slatkin scents
Test Scent - a candle that is released only to certain stores to see how popular it is or could be before the initial nationwide release. If it "passes" or "goes wide", it will eventually appear online and in stores. If it "fails", it will be sent away to the warehouse only to be possibly be seen during the Semi Annual Sale (SAS) or on the black market ie Ebay or Mercari
White Barn/WB exclusive - a scent only sold at WB stores as an incentive to shop there more frequently
Bakery - a scent that smells like a baked confection/baked treat. Sometimes sweet dessert scents or candy scents are placed under the blanket term of "bakery"
Cleaner - a citrusy lemon/lemon balm/lemon verbena based scent blended with other odd notes that smells like a cleaning product
BBW's lemon scents rarely ever smell like actual lemons and either fall into 2 categories - candy (Limoncello) or cleaner (Lemon Verbena)
Cologney - a term used by, for the most part, amateurs to describe a conceptual scent that contains herbal and/or (most likely) wood notes; a scent that "smells like a men's cologne" but with negative connotations - "cologney" referring to cheap or basic men's fragrance
I LOATHE this word! First of all, not all colognes are cheap and cheap smelling. Secondly there are different types of colognes, they all don't smell alike or contain the same notes. Third, it's lazy; it's often used by people who are used to scents smelling like a specific thing, usually in the bakery/gourmand category and can not pick apart notes properly with conceptual scents, so they use "cologney" instead. However there are scents that actually smell like a specific cologne ie Mahogany Stankwood smells EXACTLY like Abercrombie & Fitch's Fierce..in that case, cologney is acceptable.
Conceptual - a blend of notes that are blended together to create a scent that captures/conjures a mood/feeling, atmosphere or setting/location; a scent that is NOT supposed to smell like an actual object
Floral - any scent that notes of flowers; a scent that is supposed to smell like an actual flower or blend of different flowers
Funeral home - used to describe floral blends whose notes remind people of funeral wreaths
Gourmand - any scent that is supposed to smell like an actual edible and drinkable object
Old Lady/Perfumey -another amateur word used to describe (most often) a floral scent that smells like a fragrance a matronly women would wear
Toothpaste/dentist office - a mint (peppermint) heavy scent that's blended with other odd notes like citrus or cinnamon
Fragrance note Terms
Notes - the fragrant components blended together create a single scent
BBW often quotes 3-4 notes (both real and imagined) in the description. However there are way more than 3-4 notes in a scent, many are invisible to the nose and some blended together to give the effect of one specific note (one "note" might be the combination of several other notes)
Animalic - lusty musky notes meant to replicate animal musk which is no longer used for ethical reasons -think hairy sweaty animal ass and balls. Usually added to give a scent a sensual sexy vibe
Balsamic - again the technical definition is notes based from drippings/secretions of pods or bushes; vanilla/vanilla pods/vanilla orchids would be considered balsamic. Balsamic is usually used to described scent with almost vanilla-ish amber-y sweetness with a touch of woodiness
Camphorous - cool, sharp, nose tingling coolness; think mothballs or Vick's Vapor Rub ie camphor (from which the name comes from), eucalyptus, certain kinds of lavender and pathcouli are camphorous
Citrus Musk - usually a combination of lemongrass, lemon, lime and bergamot with musk base note
Coniferous - essential oils from pines, firs, cedars and cypress
Effervescence - bubbly, fizzy, sparkly nose tickling aspect of soda or champagne inspired scents. Usually made by "aldehyde", most synthetic but can naturally be found in rose, orange rind and cinnamon bark.
Fantasy note: a synthetic scent not found in nature, ie marshmallow
Green - notes that give off a "cut green grass or leafy vibe - sometimes actual green grass or leaves from fruits or flowers (fig leaf, violet leaf, tea leaf, ivy etc). Even certain herbs are considered "green" like basil, sage, rosemary, rhubarb, mint etc. Sometimes it also refers to more fresh smelling fruits and vegetables like celery, cucumber and avocado
Indolic - a chemical term used to describe rich, lush, heady white floral notes - tuberose, gardenia, orange blossom, honeysuckle, lilac and jasmine. On its own unblended, its smells similar to cat pee
Menthol - organic compound made from mentha or mint; peppermint, spearmint, orange mint, garden mint, pennyroyal etc
Musk - a fragrance component commonly used as base note in perfume and colognes as well as candles and oils. No longer made from animal glands, musk now are either plant based or synthetic, usually know as "white musk" because of it's clean/freshness and doesn't have the (animal butt) funk of natural musk
Ozone/Ozonic - a synthetic chemical compound used to mimic the scent of lightning oxidizing the air ie that before/after the rain scent. Ozone is often used in watery scents, ie rain, snowy, fresh air, seawater. The main well known note in this compound is "calone", often used in cologne to give it a marine/seawater/ocean air feel
Petrichor - that "after the rain" earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil, the combination of chemicals in rainwater with oils from earth/soil and plant matter
Phenolic - an organic compound (phenol) that often smells like a little dry, acrid, smoky and tar-ish; usually teas, coffees and chocolate scents and certain dark fruits like blackcurrant and pomegranate have a phenolic feel to them
Resinous - the technical definition is notes from oozing dripping teary tree sap; frankincense/olibanum and myrrh. Sometimes pine notes are described as resinous with it's turpentiney sap
Solar Musk/Notes - a blend of notes that are supposed to give the feeling of being out in the sun; usually a blend of gardenia, tiare, ylang-ylang and frangipani which all share a molecule called "salyciates" which give scents a sunny feel
White Floral - a blanket term for powdery and nectary flowers - orange blossom, jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, frangipani.
*I'm only listing less obvious notes that most people probably haven't smelled before
Agarwood - more commonly known as "oud", it's the resin created by fungus attacking the Aquilaria tree and is popular in the Middle East and East Asia in incense and perfume. Nowadays synthetic versions are used. It's often described as balsamic with a musky vanilla/amber vibe to it
Amber - real amber is not used in fragrances; its an accord (scent made of different notes to form one distinct note). It's a combination of various Oriental resinous notes often added to a blend give it warmth
Bergamot - the oil from the non edible bergamot which is in the bitter orange family; it's best known as the main flavor component of Earl Grey Tea. It's a sweet heady and slight spicy citrusy scent; BBW often uses it in their "cologney" candles
Black Currant - a dark berry often made as jam, is used in a liqueur called "cassis" and is a popular flavor in the UK (the leaves are used to make teas). Its a rich dark fruity note with a hint of cat pee (to which it is described as animalic) BBW often uses it as a base note for alcoholic wine/champagne scents
Cardamom - oil made from the seeds - there are two kinds - black tends to be more earthy and smoky and green kinda has a light eucalyptus-mint type vibe
Cashmere - also known as "blonde woods" , it's a synthetic blend made to capture the sweet, powdery aroma of soft, warm snuggly cashmere material
Cedar - usually its the oil from the leaves of cedar trees, but sometimes the roots and bark are used. Usually a dry slightly powdery "wood chips" type scent but can also slightly evergreen/piney/"Christmas tree" smelling
Cherry Blossom - as cherry blossoms themselves are for the most part unscented, "cherry blossoms" are usually a blend of plum, apple and pear blossoms with basenotes of oakmoss and sandalwood with a hint of vanilla
Citron - a citrus fruit tree sometimes referred to as a cedrat lemon; similar to both lemons and limes.
Driftwood - blend of woody notes meant to capture flotsam/jetsam ie rotten sea salt crusted bits of trees or wood from ships blanched by the sun and cast adrift from the sea
Elderflower - essential oil made from flowers, main flvor of st Germaine liqueur; it has a sweet honeyed moscato wine/grape flavor and aroma, slightly similar to chamomile
Frangipani - also known as plumeria and is the flower that is made into leis in Hawaii and the South Pacific/South Seas. It's a very sweet, lush, heady "indolic" scent similar to magnolia, gardenia and tuberose with a hint of coconut.
Lemon Verbena - a member of the verbena family whose lemony smelling leaves are used in fragrances as well as marinades, dressings and teas
Monoi - oil made from tiare macerated with coconut oil
Muguet - fancy French word for "lily of the valley"
Neroli - another member of the bitter orange family like bergamot; usually the blossoms are used in fragrances. It's bright, citrusy/orange-y with a slight metallic feel to it
Oakmoss - made from the lichen of oak trees, it has a wet, dampy earthy with a slight leathery undertone; often used in cologney scents
Patchouli - a bushy shrub grown in Malyasia and India. It's a very musty earthy scent usually usually associated with hippies
Pear Blossom/Apple Blossom - blossoms from the pear and apple tree; added to floral scents to give an extra freshness and dewiness
Peony - known as the king of the flowers; peonies has a soft dewy scent similar to roses but not as powdery and more fresh
Pomelo -a citrus fruit similar to a grapefruit often used a top note
Sandalwood - the oil from the Sandal tree found in Asia. It's usually used as a base note with a creamy, but acrid almost vanilla-ish vibe
Sea Salt - an accord meant to replicate the saltiness from the sea ocean air, often added to citrus notes, wood notes and caramel notes
Sage - the sacred herb; oil distilled from the velvety leaves of the salvia plant; very savory, earthy with a touch of pepperiness, very differnt from burnt smudges/sage ticks
Suede - suede is typically the underside of lamb, goat, pig or deer but that's not actually used in fragrance. Like leather, it's a synthetic blend used to ad an sensual, musky, velvety borderline woodsy aspect to a scent
Sugarberry - also known as hackberry; the wood is used for furniture and the berries are edible. The scent is light, crisp and berry-ish
Tiare - a type of gardenia
Tobacco - everyone assumes a tobacco scent smells like a burnt cigar...no. The tobacco leaves are used fresh or sometimes dried - it's slightly smoky, a little medicinal with a woody sweetness often compared to whiskey or maple. Because it's so heady, it's usually a binding basenote like musk, patchouli or vetiver
Tonka Bean - a thumb sized pod found mainly in Brazil with a scent similar to vanilla with a hint of spice and almond. Sold as a vanilla substitute outside of the US
Verbena/Vervaine - a white/purple flowering plant whose blossoms have a distinctly fresh, green/grassy lemon/cintronella aroma
Vetiver - the root of a grass commonly grown in India but can also be found in Indonesia and Haiti; sometimes vetiver is aged which enhances the scent. Its described as damp, musty and earthy
with a hint of smokiness. It's often used in colognes and in BBW's cologney candles
Ylang-ylang - the bright yellow flower of the canaga tree in the Phillipines and Java; often called the poor man's jasmine. Very similar to jasmine, tiare and frangipani but slightly more richer, fruitier/citrus-ier and spicier
Yuzu - a citrus fruit grown in Japan with a heavy grapefruit flavor/aroma with a hint of mandarin
I definitely took advantage of the spectacular prices of BBW Semi Annual Sale 2021. Especially since BBW has been stingy with their deals AND their prices have gone WAY up since the pandemic struck. In fact, it seems there is no end in sight with their increase in price points. Everything was a dollar more expensive LAST year, and are now $1.50 up from THAT in 2021. Considering the lack of staying power and the over abundance of alcohol in many of their fine fragrance mists, this feels unacceptable. Prices have gone up so much, some FFM and travel size perfumes no longer qualify for my $16.50 free item, and that greatly annoys me. Why are some fragrances more expensive than others?
The "deals" they now offer aren't very good, compared to what they used to be. They hardly ever offer free shipping, though they did this weekend, and they offer both wallflowers and hand soaps for $3.75 now instead of under $3. That might not seem like a lot to some people, but I've got a tight budget to buy products to test and review, it makes it hard to justify buying in bulk, unless I know I really like the scent. I haven't seen the quality go up, only down, and it makes the price hikes seem like an indifferent middle finger to all long time customers. I've been using BBW since the 90's! Back when it was affordable. I miss those days.
Two of the products I bought at the SAS were Champagne Sprinkles Body Cream, and Boardwalk Taffy Fine Fragrance Mist. I thought I would like Boardwalk Taffy more than I actually do, which is a shame because I bought TWO bottles of it! I thought it would smell like their AMAZING (and my favorite) Salt Water Taffy candle, but it smells nothing like it. It's faint, riddled with alcohol, and instead of gourmand, it has a distinct "perfume" like quality, at least on me it does. I wanted sweet gourmand, and that's what the reviews prepared me for. I bought Champagne Sprinkles was on a whim. For this fragrance too, I saw glowing reviews. I wish I had gotten 2 bottles of Champagne Sprinkles, because that fragrance is closer to my beloved candle, though definitely not a dupe. I would buy this fragrance in a candle, for the 15.95 sale price. I would probably buy two, one to burn and review, and one to save for my collection.
So, I'm disappointed in Boardwalk Taffy, and delighted with Champagne Sprinkles. I wondered what the two would smell like together, since Boardwalk Taffy is lacking the sweet gourmand notes that Champagne Sprinkles has an abundance of. Champagne Sprinkles is supposed to have both champagne and raspberry icing notes, but that's not what it smells like on me. It smells amazing coming out of the tube, like fruity sweet buttercream frosting, but on my skin, and to my nose, I smell like I slathered myself in bubblegum. It was driving me crazy, trying to figure out that familiar pink bubble gum scent, but once I did, that's all I could smell. I'm sad I don't smell like frosting, but smelling like gum isn't a bad thing. It reminds me of my childhood, and the delicious pink gum I used to chew, with the squishy red jelly in the middle. That's what this is, packaged in a perfume and ready to spread onto my skin. Much as I'm loving Champagne Sprinkles on it's own, I thought, why not mix it with my disappointing Boardwalk Taffy? Maybe it will make it more creamy and less perfume-y. Also. layering BBW fragrances are the key to creating more staying power. That why they generally make a 3 piece set for each scent they roll out. Each product features one of the key notes, and together they bring out the true nature of the fragrance. That's also why, when I find a scent I love, I splurge and get more products to layer together. So far, there has only been a handful of fragrances I've done this with, Gingerbread Latte being the latest set I've purchased. I started with the body cream, which smelled amazing, then I followed it up with the lotion and shower gel. Amaze-balls. I would do the same thing with Champagne Sprinkles. I think all 3 products will help me smell more like the Salt Water Taffy candle, and less like bubblegum.
I liberally applied the body cream and sprayed an ungodly amount of Boardwalk Taffy Fragrance Mist, because the FFM is so weak. The end result is just about what I had hoped for. Less bubblegum, more sweet candy. My dad said it best, I smell like bubblegum flavored cotton candy. Sileage is about an arms length, and people will smell you when you walk by them, but in this day of 6 feet apart social distancing, you might be the only one who truly gets to enjoy this delightfully sweet combination.
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