Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Yankee American Home Scented Wax Melts (Walmart) Review - Spring 2016

Yankee American Home Scented Wax Melts (Walmart) Review - Spring 2016

Yankee American Home Scented Wax Melts from Walmart - Spring 2016
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This is a review of the new Yankee American Home Wax Cubes Scented Wax Melts from Walmart, Spring 2016 scents. The Yankee "American Home" line is sold exclusively by Walmart. You can view their products and complete scent list at http://www.ycamericanhome.com.

I also did a review of the Fall/Winter/Holiday/Christmas Yankee American Home scents back in December (http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2015/12/yankee-american-home-wax-cubes-walmart.html). At that link you can also read about Yankee's dishonest marketing ploy to make you think paying double the price of other Walmart wax brands makes sense because the package is larger. It's not. You're just paying for more plastic.

For the most part, these are very nice scents. But still no better than ScentSationals or Better Homes & Gardens wax melts, which sell at Walmart for $2.00 each (almost half of the Yankee price, for the same amount of wax).

Below is the scent name, scent description from the website, my review, and my throw score (on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 being no throw and 5 being a "scent monster" that takes over the entire house). Keep in mind that throw (how far the scent throws when it's being melted) is mostly subjective, and can be affected by room size, room temperature, breeze, traffic, your own experience and expectations, your health (if you have a cold or allergies, for instance), and even different batches of the same scent. See more information about throw at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/p/definitions.html.

Here are my reviews:

Classic Denim
This is a nice fresh air laundry scent, more like a dryer sheet than detergent. This smells a little similar to Mainstays Fresh Cotton, and less of the harsh detergent notes of Better Homes & Gardens Line Dried Linen. It may have a smidgeon of clean lemon but barely noticeable. This may be a dupe of the regular Yankee Candle scent "Clean Cotton", but I'm not sure. Throw is very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Pink Island Sunset
This is a pleasant tropical scent without any pungent tropical notes such as sourness or fake coconut. It's kind of non-descript. I do smell a little bit of coconut and a smidgeon of tropical fruit, but there's also a slight fresh air note and maybe even a smidgeon of vanilla. It's pleasant but kind of boring, and smells like a lot of other scents out there. I believe this is a dupe of the regular Yankee Candle scent "Pink Sands". Throw is around a 3 out of 5 but the scent disappeared within 3 hours.

Perfect Margarita
This is a nice fresh sweet creamy lime scent. It's not a harsh "industrial cleaner" type lime, and it might have a hint of vanilla in it to give it that creamy note. I've been told this may be a dupe of the regular Yankee Candle "Margarita Time" scent (which I've never smelled). I really like this one, a perfect summer scent! Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.

Exotic Jasmine
On cold sniff, this smells like a real flower growing in a greenhouse. This may be the most authentic greenhouse type flower scent I've ever smelled in a wax melt! I don't know if it smells like jasmine per se, maybe more like an Easter Lily, or it might actually be jasmine but just a natural version rather than the usual fake perfumey type. I can actually smell the petals! It's not very strong on cold sniff, so the throw is better than I thought it would be. Throw is around a 2 or 2.5 out of 5 which is not great, but good enough for a small room. People will be looking around the room trying to find the vase of fresh flowers!

Lovely Lavender
This is kind of a fake lavender scent with a slightly waxy chemical note on cold sniff. But it smells better when melted, like a lavender scented cleaner, a little bit like Fabuloso cleaner but not as good since it's not sweet enough. It's not very sweet, but it's not an herbal savory spa lavender either, and it has a slight soapy note. Throw wasn't very good, around a 2 or maybe a 2.5 out of 5, but would do well in a small room.

Buttercream Frosting
On cold sniff, this just smells like a sweet vanilla rather than a rich buttercream frosting. It has a little bit of a "fake vanilla" note, but when melted it does become a bit more "buttercreamy". Throw is okay, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5.

Fresh Apple
Just like the name says, it smells like a fresh apple. It's not overly sweet, no cinnamon or bakery notes. It does have a very slight "fake apple" note. No throw when melted, or maybe barely a 1 out of 5. I don't even think it would throw well in a small bathroom!

Sunny Sands
I bought this one the following month, in March. By the name I assumed this would be a dupe of Yankee's regular scent called Sun & Sand, but it's not. It smells like a combination of that scent, with the suntan oil notes. But there's a smigeon of a sour fruit note in there as well. It's not really sour like a sour tropical fruit though, and I think there's also a floral note. It's a nice scent, but I can't figure out the actual notes. Throw was good, around a 3 out of 5, but the scent fizzled within 2 hours.


In summary, the only one that really stands out for me is Perfect Margarita, which I will be stocking up on!

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Aldi Scented Wax Melts by Huntington Home - Spring 2016 Scents Review

Aldi Scented Wax Melts by Huntington Home - Spring 2016 Scents Review

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Huntington Home scented wax melts and candles are made by Hanna's Candles, the same company that makes the newer style Ashland melts at Michael's Arts & Crafts, and also the Mainstays triple melts at Walmart (which were discontinued last year). Aldi brought these new scents out in the second week of February, and they'll be available until they sell out (generally only a few weeks).

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

ScentSationals, Better Homes & Gardens, AmbiEscents Scented Wax Melts - Duplicate Scents

ScentSationals, Better Homes & Gardens, AmbiEscents Scented Wax Melts
DUPLICATE SCENTS

This is a list of duplicate ScentSationals, Better Homes & Gardens, AmbiEscents, CommonScents, and Metro 201 scented wax melt scents (all made by Rimports). Candle and scented wax companies often create the same scents under different names. These are duplicate scents that I have tested in the past year, and those that have also been submitted to me by other scented wax users. Most of these scents are exact dupes of each other. Some may not be exact duplicates, but very similar.

This is a long list, and it's available exclusively to our Facebook group members. I and other group members will be updating this list on an ongoing basis.

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Here's just a taste...

Scent Name Smells Like
AmbiEscents Sugar Cookies=AmbiEscents Frosted Sugar Cookies
AmbiEscents Santa's Sugar Cookies
AmbiEscents Sugar Pine=AmbiEscents Pine Wreath (2015)
Better Homes & Gardens Butterscotch Maple Cream=Better Homes & Gardens Golden Maple Waffles
Better Homes & Gardens Candied Mulberry Spice=AmbiEscents Mulberry
Better Homes & Gardens Comfy & Cozy Duo=Flannel (white) side is ScentSationals Southern Spanish Moss
Better Homes & Gardens Enchanted Pumpkin Valley=AmbiEscents Haunted Hayride
Better Homes & Gardens French Lilac Flowers=ScentSationals Fusion French Lilac
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mainstays Scented Wax Melts Reviews - Early Spring 2016

Mainstays Scented Wax Melts Reviews - Early Spring 2016

Mainstays Scented Wax Melts (Walmart Wax Cubes)
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This is a review of Mainstays Scented Wax Melts (Walmart wax cubes) from early spring 2016. These came out in January and February 2016, depending on your Walmart store. These are the 1.25 oz. packages that sell for $.93 (rather than the ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens wax melts which are $2 for 2.5 oz.). The smaller packages allow you to test a scent to see if you like it before buying more. But keep in mind that if you use one cube of ScentSationals or Better Homes & Gardens wax in your warmer, you'll need to use 2 cubes of the Mainstays wax because each cube is half the size. I've been very happy with the Mainstays scented wax melts, and I'd say they're very close to ScentSationals and Better Home & Gardens in terms of scent quality, throw, and duration. The Mainstays scented wax melts are made by MVP Group International (http://www.mvpgroupint.com) which manufactures candles and scented wax for several companies, including Colonial Candle, Everyday Escapes, Harry & David, Febreze Home Collection, no-name brands from stores like Sears and K-Mart, and more.

Aruba Sands
I believe this is a new scent. It's a subtle tropical scent with a creamy coconut base and sweet tropical fruit. It's not overwhelming like some tropical scents can be, and the coconut is not that "fake" coconut scent. And although one of the fruits may be pineapple, it's just a hint. Throw is fairly good, around a 3 out of 5.

Sweet Sangria
I believe this one is also a new scent. I'd love to know the scent notes in this one, because it doesn't smell tropical or even like sangria. On cold sniff, it smells a little like chocolate covered cherries! Now, sangria is made with wine, brandy, orange, and sugar. Apples or lemons or limes or maraschino cherries are often added. On cold sniff, I smell the brandy, sugar and cherry. But no orange, definitely no lemon, and I don't think apples, although it's possible. It smells fantastic! Melted, I'm detecting a little bit of grape from the wine, and a slightly tropical note. It's kind of a sweet vanilla cherry grape scent, but the fruit scents are not in the forefront. Throw is fairly good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Purple Sands
Notes (from Walmart website): watermelon, pear, melon and musk
This smells like fresh bananas. Based on the name it's supposed to be a tropical scent (and it's purple), but I'm not sure if there are any tropical notes. On cold sniff, there's an offputting note in the background, like a burnt or maybe sour note. But when melted, the room just smells like fresh sweet bananas. After reading the scent notes, I can't believe banana is not listed. And I do smell the watermelon, which I think is that offputting note. Pear? OK, I do detect that. I think the combination of pear and melon makes it smell like banana. I don't detect any musk though. Throw is fairly good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Tahitian Sunset
Notes (from Walmart website) are: crushed orange peel, fruity paradise mango and sugared papaya gleam with the warm essence of ambered mango wood, salted sands, smooth cedar, earthy patchouli and twilight musk.
This is the type of scent you think of when you think of a "typical" tropical scent. I smell mango or papaya (I don't know what the difference is). But I also smell a little bit of coconut, although it's not listed in the scent notes, but that might be the "salted sands" note. Cedar? I don't know, maybe way in the background, if at all. I don't smell patchouli or musk. This has a bit of that fake "car freshener" scent. Throw was very good, around a 3 out of 5.

Wild Honeysuckle
Notes (from Walmart website): This sweet floral aroma opens with an infusion of honeysuckle, orange blossom and zesty lemon. In the heart, a captivating blend of yellow freesia, muguet and gardenia evoke the essence of spring. A touch of sweet musk is added for a sunny warming sensation, creating the perfect finish.
I smell honeysuckle and neroli (orange blossom). Very few wax melts use orange blossom/neroli as a scent note. It's hard to describe, kind of like a warm slightly ambery floral. Once you smell it, you never forget it. I don't smell lemon. Throw was okay, around a 2 or 2.5 out of 5, but after about an hour maybe a 3.

Peach & Mango
Notes (from Walmart website): Fruity notes of sweet mango and fresh papaya swirl with accents of juicy apricot and ripe guava fruit, wrapped in floral highlights of island jasmine and golden ylang ylang.
This smells just like an authentic juicy peach! I also smell the jasmine note, and a little bit of the sweet guava nectar. But I don't really smell mango and papaya, or they may be way in the background. And definitely no ylang ylang. I'm generally not a fan of peach scents, but this one is fantastic. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts Review - Early Spring 2016

Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts Review - Early Spring 2016

Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts - Early Spring 2016
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This is a review of the Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts (from Walmart) new Early Spring 2016 scents (and some older ones that Walmart has restocked).

Serene Spa Resort
This is a fresh salty water scent with maybe a smidgeon of eucalyptus and maybe a slight touch of ScentSationals Zen on cold sniff. It's not a sweet scent at all, more of a fresh "spa" scent. The closest scent to this one is maybe ScentSationals White Water, but it's not exact. When melted, I don't detect the eucalyptus or Zen notes that I did on cold sniff; it's just a nice salty slightly herbal water scent. Throw is excellent, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Apricot Rose Water
This is kind of like a "tropical" peach scent, like an authentic fruit, and it's sour rather than sweet. I don't smell any rose. When melted, it's very similar to the new ScentSationals Isla Bonita with the "sour fruit" scent. I'm not sure if I like it, as it's very sour, but not like a nice lemon sour. It might smell better mixed with something like vanilla to temper that sourness. Throw is very good, around a 3 out of 5.

Wild Honeysuckle Pear
I swear this is a dupe of another scent that I might no longer have. It's a soapy floral, but pear, I don't know about that. It's not really honeysuckle either. It's kind of a "harsh" floral, if that makes sense, not perfumey at all, maybe a slight chemical note? It's light on cold sniff, and doesn't smell nearly as good as it sounds. Throw is maybe a 1.5 or 2 out of 5, so it's better suited for a very small room.

Sunset Creek Azalea
A very nice fruity floral with a hint of baby powder. This smells a little bit like a preteen girl's perfume, but without a candy note and it's not annoying. Throw wasn't that great though, maybe a 2.5 out of 5, but it would work well in a small room. It's a nice bedroom or bathroom scent, but if you have a large room, the scent is not unique enough to justify the weak throw.

Iced Lemon Poundcake
This one is different from the new ScentSationals Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies. Cookies is more lemony, while poundcake is more like vanilla cake with lemon flavored sugar frosting. Throw is fantastic too, at least a 4 out of 5, maybe more!

Smoky Gray Mist
This is a super fresh men's cologne scent that smells very strong on cold sniff; in fact, it's kind of "in your face" strong, like a clean aftershave with a high alcohol content. If you don't like men's cologne scents, this one might annoy you. But despite the strong scent, throw was not good, maybe a 2.5 out of 5. It would do well in a small room, and might be a nice enough scent to justify the weak throw in a larger room.

Sun Washed Poppies
A beautiful summer scent, this smells like strawberries combined with a floral. I knew I'd smelled this one before! It's a dupe of the discontinued Better Homes & Gardens Sun-Kissed Tulips. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Savory Blackberry Cobbler
This is not like any other SS or BHG bakery berry scents. "Savory" is the keyword here. This is not a sweet dessert type scent. I do smell blackberries, but they're slightly sour blackberries (what is it with the sour fruit theme of a lot of the new SS and BHG scents?). I also smell the crust, but it's not a rich buttery crust, more like unsweetened raw dough. There's an offputting note in this scent, like a slightly sour or "clay" type note. If any scent ever needed some sweet vanilla mixed in, this would be it. On its own, it's not one of my favorites. Throw is very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Exotic Paradise Punch
This scent came out in 2014 and it doesn't look like it's coming back, but the old ones are being restocked on the Walmart shelves (don't worry, ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens scents last for several years). This scent is similar to Better Homes & Gardens Fresh Pulled Taffy. Both scents smell like hard candy with a sweet lemon drop note. But Fresh Pulled Taffy has more of a cotton candy vibe, and Exotic Paradise Punch also has a sweet tropical note, making it smell more like a Kool-Aid type drink. Melted, it really smells like Fresh Pulled Taffy! Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.

Island Pomelo Dragonfruit
This is a nice bright orange scent, actually more like mandarin, which is basically orange but with a tropical note. It's very similar to Better Homes & Gardens Cranberry Mandarin Splash. But Cranberry Mandarin Splash is a little more bitter, and Island Pomelo Dragonfruit has a little more of a citrus note, and I think even a touch of lemon. I like this scent much better than Cranberry Mandarin Splash. I'd classify this more as a citrus scent rather than a tropical scent. This one is a "scent monster", with a throw of at least 4.5 or 5 out of 5. It takes over the whole house!

White Peach Mango
This smells like mango with some peach mixed in. It has kind of a "fake" peach note, like a cheap peach scented air freshener spray. I don't care for this scent. Throw is pretty good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Caribbean Sea Breeze
This is a nice coconut scent with a hint of fresh air and just a smidgeon of tropical fruit. Throw is excellent too, at least a 4 out of 5!


By The Pool duo - Splash + Coconut
This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015. All in all, I'm not crazy about either of the scents in this duo.

The blue side (Splash) smells like fresh clean tropical water with a bit of coconut and a hint of salt. It started out very strong and a bit harsh, but after about an hour the scent dissipated just enough to eliminate some of the harshness. Throw is around a 3.5 out of 5.

The white side (Coconut) smells like dry coconut flakes used for baking, but has that "fake" coconut note. Throw is around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.


Hideaway in Paradise - Mai Tai + Saltwater Sands
This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015.

The orange side (Mai Tai) is a sweet, pleasant, slightly perfumey tropical scent. It doesn't have that sour note that a lot of tropical scents have, and no pineapple or coconut. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.

The white side (Saltwater Sands) is a nice sweet, perfumey soapy scent with a hint of floral. Throw is excellent, a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


Tropical Beach Getaway - Beach Flowers + Dragonfruit
This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015. Both scents smell similar to ScentSationals Isla Bonita (in fact, they both have a picture of dragonfruit on the label), which is a savory, very sour fruit scent.

The dark pink side (Dragonfruit) has a berry note, maybe strawberry, but with that sour dragonfruit note in the background. Throw is excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

The light pink side (Beach Flowers) is sweet, with a floral note, and just a smidgeon of the sour dragonfruit note. It's kind of a boring, non-descript scent. Throw is okay, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5.


Saltwater Sea Escape - Sea Orchid + Coral
This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015.

The blue side (Sea Orchid) is a fresh, sweet, watery scent with a soapy note, a little bit like the new ScentSationals Rainy Day, but with a slight chlorine note like a fresh swimming pool. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

The pink side (Coral) is a sweet tropical fruit scent without coconut or that sour fruit note. It's almost like strawberry with a tropical note. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


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