Sunday, December 13, 2015

DD Hobby Lobby Wax Melts Wickless Fragrance Cubes Review

DD Hobby Lobby Wax Melts Wickless Fragrance Cubes Review

DD Wickless Fragrance Cubes Hobby Lobby Scented Wax Melts
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This is a review of Hobby Lobby DD Wickless Fragrance Cubes scented wax melts. The DD brand is only available at Hobby Lobby (both stores and online, although I think the stores carry a larger and more current selection).
Watch review video above, and also read review text below (there are 7 additional scents at the bottom that are not included in the video).

Both the scent and the throw scores on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 being the best. The scent score is how much I liked the scent, so it's totally subjective. You may love a scent I dislike, and vice versa.

The throw score is how far the scent throws when melted. 0 means no throw, 1 is poor, 2 is fair, 3 is good, 3.5 is very good, 4 is excellent, and 4.5 is fantastic. 5 means it's a "scent monster" and I could smell the scent even outside the house (very few wax melts are a 5).

Gingerbread
Notes fresh baked gingerbread cookies
Review Very buttery bakery scent with a hint of ginger. Doesn't smell exactly like gingerbread. When melted it smells like very creamy coffee with just a hint of sugar and a smidgeon of ginger, but not an intense coffee scent.
Scent 4
Throw 3.5
Papaya & Pineapple
Notes juicy papaya & island pineapple
Review Papaya with a hint of pineapple. This is a tropical scent, but not an intense tropical scent, and no coconut. I'm not a fan of tropical scents, but this one is nice.
Scent 3
Throw 3
Sweet Memories
Notes spun vanilla sugar, rock candy & gummy treats
Review Super sweet sugary vanilla with a cashmere note, but not like buttercream frosting (it's not a foody scent), more like cotton candy or Pink Sugar without the fruity notes.
Scent 4
Throw 2
Persimmon & Ginger
Notes persimmon & raw ginger
Review It does smell like persimmons, that sweet almost peachy fruit scent, but it's extremely sweet, and I don't smell ginger.
Scent 1.5
Throw 2.5
Cape Cod
Notes bleached woods, oakmoss & cedarwood
Review This has a spa quality to it, a salty soapy scent with a very slight herbal note (like rosemary or oregano) and a smidgeon of mint, even though mint is not one of the notes. It doesn't have the sinus clearing effect that mint has, but it just has that note. It is quite soapy, like a bar of natural herbal soap. But it's not a body wash scent, as it's not really sweet. I don't really smell wood, although maybe a barely noticeable hint of cedar that I wouldn't know was there if I didn't know it was one of the notes. It smells better on cold sniff than when melted; melted, it's a little too "herbal soapy" to me, and would smell better with some sweetness added.
Scent 2.5
Throw 3.5
Berry Cheesecake
Notes blueberries, raspberries & vanilla cheesecake
Review Very strong on cold sniff. I smell the blueberries first, with a raspberry note, and the creaminess of the cheesecake. The berries don't smell authentic, and have a very sweet slightly candy note, but that does not detract from the overall scent. But when melted, something strange happened. The scent took on a very slight sweet baby poop note. My roommate walked in and asked me if the cat had an accident, and I wondered myself.
Scent 3.5 on cold sniff, 1 when melted
Throw 3
Honeysuckle Bouquet
Notes honeysuckle, jasmine & rose
Review A beautiful honeysuckle perfume scent. I definitely smell the honeysuckle, and a little bit of jasmine, and just a smidgeon of rose. It's definitely a perfume scent rather than an authentic flower scent, and has a bit of an old-fashioned quality to it.
Scent 4
Throw 3
Fireside
Notes warming scent of a cozy fireplace
Review Smoky scent with a cologne note and a smidgeon of spiciness (clove I think).
Scent 4
Throw 2
Misty Morning
Notes dew drops, oakwood & green leaves
Review This smells fresh and grassy but also has a slight chocolate note. I'm not sure where the chocolate comes from, but it's definitely there, like a dry spicy woodsy cocoa powder note.
Scent 3.5
Throw 2
Pomegranate & Berries
Notes pomegranate, blackberry & strawberries
Review I smell strawberry first, with a slight tartness (which is probably the blackberry), and another berry note which has a very slight tropical scent (maybe the pomegranate). When melted, there's also a very slight satsuma or lemon scent, which might just be the tartness of the blackberry.
Scent 3.5
Throw 2.5
Coconut Milk & Patchouli
Notes sweet coconut, sandalwood and exotic patchouli
Review This smells like cashmere or amber, with a slight milky coconut note. But the cashmere may just be the combination of the coconut and the patchouli. This is a fantastic and classy scent. When melted, I smell more of the coconut, but it's not a harsh or tropical coconut at all, and it works really well with the patchouli.
Scent 5
Throw 3.5
Mountain Retreat
Notes crisp snow, wintergreen tree & wooden cabin
Review This is very light on cold sniff. I definitely smell wood, kind of like an old raw wood, not a smoky wood. There may be a hint of eucalyptus (although no sinus-clearing effect) and a smidgeon of pine.
Scent 3.5
Throw 1
Sun-Drenched Denim
Notes crisp cotton, summer breeze & blue skies
Review If water had a scent, this would be it. This is the most thirst-quenching wax melt scent I've ever smelled. I smell a slight note of chlorine (like pool water), but also a fresh air note and a slight hint of floral and maybe a barely noticeable smidgeon of cologne.
Scent 4
Throw 5
Rolling Greens
Notes green grass, fresh dew & warm earth
Review This smells like grass, and it's quite authentic! Very "green" and herbal, and fresh with a very slight sweetness but not floral.
Scent 3.5
Throw 2
Lotus Blossom
Notes blooming lotus & water lilies
Review Fresh "green" soapy floral, not overly sweet and not an "authentic" floral. Has a slight men's cologne note; in fact, it smells like a "Cool Water" type men's body wash. A pleasing, relaxing "background" scent that takes on more of the men's body wash notes when melted. I'm not sure under what category I should store this: cologne, floral, or laundry, because it has notes of all three categories, but I've decided it smells like "cologne" the most.
Scent 4
Throw 3.5
Vanilla Souffle
Notes vanilla, tonka bean & creamy coconut
Review Super sweet milky vanilla, almost like vanilla buttercream. I don't really detect coconut, although there is another very subtle chemical note on cold sniff, that actually may be coconut. When melted, it smells like vanilla buttercream (no coconut or chemical notes).
Scent 4
Throw 3
Aged Driftwood
Notes bleached cedar, cool sand & dusty sage
Review This is a spa type scent with clean fresh air, wood, and green herbal notes. I definitely smell the wood, although not cedar per se. I don't know what sand smells like, but this doesn't have any kind of beachy notes. And the green herbal note is the sage. There's no sweetness in this scent, and it has a slight waxy note on cold sniff.
Scent 3.5
Throw 3.5
Cashmere Petals
Notes pink jasmine, white flowers, sugar & creme
Review This is a very girly sweet cashmere and floral perfume scent, like all the perfumes at the store with pictures of a pop star on the front! It's not like Pink Sugar, as there's no berry notes, and there's more floral than Better Homes & Gardens Sugared Lavender Twist.
Scent 3.5
Throw 1
White Birch
Notes golden apples, cashmere, fennel, birch & cedar
Review On cold sniff I smell fresh air, herbal and slightly green, with a barely noticeable apple note and a smidgeon of spearmint. I think the spearmint I'm smelling is actually the fennel. The cashmere/amber is very slight and barely noticeable. I can't figure out this scent. When melted, I smell more of the apple with some other notes, but not wood, so I don't think the name "White Birch" describes this scent at all.
Scent 2
Throw 1.5
Lavender Dreams
Notes drift off with the scent of lavender blossoms
Review This is not a sweet floral lavender, but not an herbal lavender either (no "spa" or "green" notes). On cold sniff it has a slightly industrial note, like lavender scented cleaner but not as "clean" (definitely not a Fabuloso cleaner scent), or old lavender scented soap that lost a lot of its sweetness. But cold sniff doesn't do it justice, as it smells much better when melted, a more authentic lavender scent without anything added. This is a good "blank slate" scent that could be used to make other scents. I would probably add amber and/or vanilla to it, or go for a spa scent by adding lemon and/or sage. Throw started to fizzle after only an hour.
Scent 2.5 on cold sniff, 3.5 when melted
Throw 3
White Gardenia
Notes gardenia, jasmine & lilac
Review A beautiful gardenia perfume scent, and I smell all 3 notes (gardenia first, then jasmine, and a very slight lilac note).
Scent 5
Throw 4
Italian Linen
Notes pressed cotton, green vine & a touch of citrus
Review A nice fresh laundry scent. I don't smell any citrus at all.
Scent 3.5
Throw 2
Oriental Lily & Freesia
Notes freesia, lily & violet
Review A very "green" authentic floral. Smells just like an Easter Lily.
Scent 3.5
Throw 0
Golden Sunset
Notes warm breeze, valencia oranges & fresh water
Review Fantastic and unique scent. I can't really describe this scent, maybe clean and watery, maybe slightly orangey. One of my favorite scents
Scent 5
Throw 3
Spiced Lemongrass
Notes fresh lemongrass, ginger root & bergamot
Review This smells a little like ginger ale with a lime note, maybe like a drink or even a spa scent, with maybe a slight tropical note.
Scent 3
Throw 3
Sage & Citrus
Notes clary sage, clementine & pink grapefruit
Review Fresh clean slightly herbal sweet scent with maybe a slight fruity note, with maybe a sweet lemon note which might actually be the grapefruit. I can't figure out the scent notes.
Scent 4
Throw 3
Amber & Vanilla
Notes warm vanilla, golden amber & smokey myrrh
Review This is slightly spicy soapy scent with a smidgeon of cologne (which may be the myrrh). I do detect a hint of amber, but not any vanilla.
Scent 3.5
Throw 3
Coconut Dream
Notes coconut milk, macadamia nut & vanilla
Review I smell coconut with maybe a smidgeon of barely noticeable nut. It's not a tropical coconut.
Scent 3
Throw 3
Cherry Lime Spritzer
Notes sparkling bing cherries
Review This smells like sweet cherry soda with a slight fizziness. It's not a tart black cherry scent.
Scent 3.5
Throw 3
Berry & Vanilla Burst
Notes tart berries, sweet coconut & caramel
Review This has a fake berry scent, like that from a Tuscany Candle wax melt. It's almost like a Christmas berry like a bayberry, but not cranberry. It has a soapy note, and I don't smell coconut or caramel.
Scent 3.5
Throw 3
Vintage Luxe
Notes amber & caramel with a smokey undertone
Review I smell the smokiness with an amber note, but no caramel. Almost a slight men's cologne note with maybe a smidgeon of vanilla which is probably the caramel. It's not a foodie scent though.
Scent 4
Throw 3
Blackberry Cardamom
Notes hand-picked blackberries & crushed cardamom
Review I'm not sure what cardamom smells like, but this smells like a Christmas scent, cinnamon with a berry note.
Scent 3
Throw 3.5
Beach Getaway
Notes ocean air with a hint of vacation
Review A typical fresh air scent with a hint of saltiness. No particular notes stand out. It also smells a little like body wash, either feminine or masculine, and it's not overly sweet. I have a lot of fresh air scents very similar to this one.
Scent 3.5
Throw 3
Raindrop
Notes lotus blossom, water mist & dewy moss
Review Fresh air scent with a lemon note and a hint of soapiness. The lemon is not strong, and it's not really a sweet scent. It smells like dish detergent, so it would be great for a kitchen. When melted, it has a watery note with a subtle sweetness that makes it smell even better than it does on cold sniff.
Scent 5
Throw 4
Christmas Morning
Notes fir balsam, clove & mandarin
Review I smell cinnamon, berries and cloves, with a hint of pine. The pine almost smells like fresh green grass.
Scent 3.5
Throw 4
Pumpkin Pie
Notes pumpkin puree, nutmeg & baked pie crust
Review This doesn't smell like pumpkin pie on cold sniff. It smells like sweet buttery caramel or butterscotch.
Scent 4
Throw 3.5
Candied Pecans
Notes crushed pecan, vanilla & brown sugar
Review I definitely smell the nut, plus the sweetness of the brown sugar, and maybe a barely noticeable trace of cinnamon. This is light on cold sniff. It smells much better melted than on cold sniff. Melted, it almost has a slight perfumey quality to it, which smells amazing when mixed with the brown sugar and nuttiness.
Scent 3.5 on cold sniff, 5 when melted
Throw 3.5
Coastal Vanilla
Notes vanilla orchid, coastal breeze & white musk
Review This is definitely a tropical scent. I smell mango I think, or maybe it's pineapple, with a slightly tart lemony, orange or satsuma note. But it's not a harsh tropical scent, due to the sweetness of the vanilla and a slight ambery perfume note. Fairly strong on cold sniff, so disappointed that throw was so weak when melted.
Scent 4
Throw 2
Sweet Tea
Notes icy tea, sweet sugar & lemon
Review I bought this one after I already did this review, so it wasn't included originally. It smells exactly like iced tea with a smidgeon of lemon. This scent lasted over 24 hours!

I also compared DD Sweet Tea with Colonial Candles Sweet Iced Tea. DD is stronger on the tea side, like sweet iced tea with lemon. CC is stronger on the lemon side, like sweet lemonade with a hint of tea. I can smell some of the background notes coming through with the CC version (mostly the peach and the honey), while the DD version is just sweet iced black tea with lemon and nothing else. The CC version smells like powdered iced tea, and the DD version smells more like fresh authentic strong iced tea. Although I like both scents, I think I like the DD a little bit more.

Scent 4
Throw 4

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