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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