August 14, 2015

The Bath & Body Works Cork & Vine Candle Conundrum

So I got my Bath & Body Works Fall Haul this week! I ordered a bunch of candles and other goodies online using their 20% off promo code because I couldn’t wait to get to a store and also because I wanted to avoid too aggressive sales peeps!

One of my top picks from the Fall 2015 Collection was the Cork & Vine Candle Collection which was a selection of wine inspired fragrances. Now these sounded positively gorgeous plus add in the fact they had a Black Cherry Merlot Candle and I was in heaven! So I got out my credit card, placed my ordered, and waited patiently for it to arrive.

And man was I disappointed!

Ok, so we all know Black Cherry Merlot smells amazing. It’s sweet, it’s juicy, it’s fruity, it reminds me of the fruit juice they used to give me in kindergarten! I guess based on that I assumed many of the Cork & Vine Candles would be as great! I expected them to smell fruity and juicy with a bit of boozy twist. And of course, I expected Black Cherry Merlot Candle to smell as amazing as the hand soap and hand cream!

Yeah, so be prepared to because Black Cherry Merlot is not the juicy, fruit cherry scent you know and love! This one and many of the others from the collection smell like a dark men’s cologne. There’s nothing really fruity about the fragrances nor sweet nor even boozy for that matter.

If you’re looking for fruity wine-ish smells than Sparkling Pear Riesling and Sundrenched Vineyard would be the best options from this collection but the rest, they do not evoke wine to me! Not that I’m expert mind you as I don’t drink

Hopefully this posts helps anyone else who’s blindly ordering online and not heading in store to make a candle purchase!

These are a sad skip for me.

What did you think of the Bath & Body Works Cork & Vine Collection?

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  • Kelsey C.

    Uh so disappointed in B&BW. I had ordered on-line two of the London (tea and lemon) candles since my local store did not have them. So my package arrived with two busted candles because the packer didn’t close the tops of the cardboard cradles them come in, and on top it they didn’t smell like I had hoped.

    • Isabella Muse

      that sucks! I’ve gotten busted up candles too because they don’t pack them well BUT bbw is always willing to replace them at no charge so do call them for replacements!

  • Dee

    Unless I’m familiar with a scent I don’t like ordering online, and I’m glad I waited. I visited my BBW Wed and I was disappointed with all the wine scents. I was positive Sparkling Pear Riesling would be coming home with me. Boy, none of these seemed worth buying.

    • Isabella Muse

      Glad I’m not the only one! I just couldn’t get on board with any of them!

  • Angela

    When I smelled them in store, they were just awful and completely disappointing. I had been looking forward to the Black Cherry Merlot for months!!! I almost shed a tear when I smelled the candle…

    • Isabella Muse

      haha ditto! I’m so so so upset it doesn’t smell as good as the hand soap!

  • Carrie

    Funny enough, I love the Black Cherry Merlot candle. My sister only really liked the Riesling one but BCM was godsend for me. I can see how people would be disappointed though, it really doesn’t have that fruit wine-ish smell!

    • Isabella Muse

      On cold smell it’s kinda a warm men’s cologne to me! Not bad just not what I expected at all ;-D I hear the burn is nicer than the cold smell so we shall see!

  • andrea

    not bbw related, but I can’t see instagram pics on your website muse…anyone know how to fix this?
    maybe a setting that’s blocking instagram pics? I can see all your other pics on my comp :/

    • Isabella Muse

      hm weird you’re like the 3rd person that told me that. Which browser are you using? Do you use an adblock plugin? Have you tried clearing cache? I’m see them ok my side across safari, firefox, and chrome!

      • yelena

        its Internet Explorer 11 muse, as for your other questions…
        Do you use an adblock plugin? Have you tried clearing cache?

        I have no idea if I have that plug in but I did clear the cache.

        • Isabella Muse

          I see my images fine 🙂 but a few reader’s mentioned having issues so was curious who else was having a problem!

  • Dania

    I honestly don’t plan on buying anymore candles from BBW anytime soon. My past few purchases were mediocre at best and this was even smelling them in stores. The throw isn’t good, they burn remarkably fast, and I just feel like that money can be spent on a Yankee one or WorthWick. I prefer the White Barn candles better (I have no idea if they’re affiliated with each other, but I always though White Barn was just better than BBW)?

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw sorry Dania. Aside from being a little repetitive lately I really like BBW candles and have good experienced with them. I haven’t tried worthwick but Yankee candle are just so weak to me 🙁 no throw at all! I wonder if the two wick yankee candles are better!? 🙂 BBW actually is white Barn or I should say White Barn is BBW repackaged 🙂

  • K

    The only BBW candle I’ve found to be different and worthwhile in the last few collections is Summer Bonfire

  • Candy

    I order online on a regular basis. Have never had any issues at all. Cork and Vine’s “Sundrenched Vineyard” is my favorite of all bbw candles.