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rainycityjen

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Has anyone soaped with BB Rustic Woods and Rum yet? It's a newer FO. I dislike it so much OOB I'm hesitating to actually use it. (OOB smells like a fruity cheap rum.) Reviews claim it mellows, but unless it turns completely autumnal I'm not sure I'll ever like it.
 

DeeAnna

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To be honest, some FOs that smell weird OOB will smell fine in soap.

And some don't. I've had a few like that.

Here's a better way to evaluate an FO rather than whiff it directly out of the bottle:

Put one drop of FO on a strip of coffee filter or paper towel. Don't overdo -- just a drop. Leave the strip out on a countertop or other surface that is FO safe. Smell the FO every 15 minutes during the first hour, and then every 30-60 minutes for several hours after that. Record your impressions as the scent matures and fades. This will give you a better idea how it will smell in product.
 

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I made testers for all 4 (poured 10/20). This one is my second favorite after Honey&Leather. The H&L will probably be the only one I'll order again if it survives to 6 months.

This is the review I wrote of my tester: The RW&R lost most of the heavy top notes it had OOB. It mellowed out a lot. The base scent is spicy sandalwood with additional notes that aren't easily identifiable including some green notes. It is a nice complex woodsy scent. The more I smelled it, the more notes I picked up. It discolored a medium beige. Medium light scent and holding at 6 weeks. I haven't decided yet if I'll actually use it. I don't think it is done morphing. Will revisit in 4 weeks. I used it at 5% of batter weight and I wouldn't go any lighter for me.

To me, both H&L and RW&R are missing some notes but I'm not quite sure what. Both had so much potential, but to me, they fall just a little short. I'm sure they are going to smell great to some people. They are a bit unusual. they are worth a tester.

Please take my review FWIW. I tend to like the description of the BB scents more than the actual tester. I only have few fragrances that I would use from them again. They do a lot more testing on their FOs than most suppliers. I just think my sense of smell is very different than that of the person doing the blending for BB. Most of the scents I tested from them didn't survive well at 3 months. The 4 FOs in this collection survived much better.
 

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Awesome notes, I love your test notes and am following the FB thread religiously! I've been consistently surprised with what I receive from BB versus the description, so I try to scrutinize the reviews as best I can, although they're often sparse.
 

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I put the tester for RW&R in the shower. My husband tried it once and really liked it. I replaced it with another tester and he just about had a meltdown. The replacement soap was banished to the basement. This is coming from a guy who can't be bothered with FOs. It was pretty funny.

He rarely notices FOs or remembers their name. When he does, it is usually not an FO I like. I'll probably make 4 to 5 bars of RW&R for him every year. This one replaced H&L on the to-buy list.

I'm glad you found the FB reviews helpful. I'm hoping to update that thread soon. I have few more reviews to add and a list of the next batch of FOs. I have a number of BB testers also.
 
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