Saturday, May 28, 2016

Scentsy Wax Bars Review from a User, NOT a Seller

Scentsy Wax Bars Review from a User, NOT a Seller
 
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I never thought I would try Scentsy wax because they're so darned expensive. I discovered Walmart wax (ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens) a few years ago, and I've been extremely happy with the scent quality, throw, and of course, the price... $2 for a 2.5 oz. wax melt is hard to beat. Scentsy, on the other hand, is $4.99 for 3.2 oz., which is almost double the price of Walmart wax.

Plus you can only buy Scentsy from commissioned salespeople (although I've heard that some stores sell Scentsy, although I've never found any in my area). This means that unless you're attending a Scentsy party, you can't sniff the wax before you buy it, the way you can at a store like Walmart. And because Scentsy salespeople are commissioned and they have quotas to fill, some of them tend to be a bit aggressive with their marketing, and I personally have experienced less than honest tactics by quite a few Scentsy reps. I'm sure the majority are honest individuals who love the product, want to spread the joy, and maybe make a little money in the process. But the underhanded tactics I've experienced from some reps in general kind of left a bad taste in my mouth about the product.

So I was at a big neighborhood yard sale 2 weeks ago and there was a Scentsy booth there. I was able to smell the wax and I was impressed at the quality and strength of the scents on cold sniff. The new scents were $4.99, but they had discontinued scents on sale for $2.50, so I bought a bunch of each, which gave me some additional discounts, and when all was said and done I got 15 scents that averaged around $3 a piece.

I got these home and started melting them one by one. A part of me was hoping they'd be awful with weak throw, so I could justify my anti-Scentsy judgment. But… I have to admit… I loved them. The scent quality was fantastic, and they're complex scents. And the throw on most of them ranged from very good to excellent.

So before I get to reviewing each scent, I guess the question is, would I buy these again? Well, if I could get them for an average of $3 to $3.50 a piece after discounts or including half price scents, absolutely. I would still not buy these for $4.99 each if I couldn't also get some at half price, and I would never buy them online and pay shipping, as shipping is $8 for orders up to $79.99. Plus I'd prefer to sniff them before buying them, although I'm fairly certain I'd be happy with most of the scents I would get. If I didn't already have as much wax as I do now, like almost 1,000 wax melts, I would be more likely to splurge on Scentsy.

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Luna
Introduced: March 2011
Discontinued: Still available

"White florals—jasmine, sweet pea and freesia—juicy berries, and sandalwood"

This is a rich warm classy ambery scent with a hint of some kind of dark berry. It smells a lot like ScentSationals Blackberry Cider. This one is supposedly everyone's favorite, and I can see why. Looking at the scent notes, there are the berries, and I think I also smell sweet pea, but no sandalwood.

Throw: Fair to Good, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5
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My Only Sunshine
Introduced: Summer 2015
Discontinued: Still available

"Golden tuberose and jasmine balanced by sandalwood, vanilla and glowing amber."

This is a fruity floral, and very strong on cold sniff. I can't determine the scent notes though, maybe pear? There's also a warmth in the background like a sweet amber. It smells like an expensive feminine perfume. This is another complex scent, and I really like it. Looking at the scent notes, okay I do smell tuberose, not so much jasmine, and there's the amber. And yes, there's a smidgeon of milky woodsiness way in the background that's probably the sandalwood. When melted, I don't smell all the complex notes, just a pleasant floral with a perfume vibe but also a smidgeon of baby powder, which definitely makes this a bedroom or bathroom scent.

Throw: Good (3 out of 5)
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Summer Sunset
Introduced: June 2015
Discontinued: Yes

"Delight in the sun's last rays as brilliant pomegranate, black currant and rhubarb dissolve into a horizon of sugared lemon and vanilla frost"

Ooh I really like this one. I think I smell plum but there's also a rich succulent strawberry note and a savory note and something warm like amber, but also a very slight perfumey note, and maybe a salty lemon note. Looking at the scent notes, okay pomegranate and black currant, I get that. Rhubarb, that's probably the rich strawberry note I'm getting. And there's the lemon. I don't smell vanilla at all. This is a very complex scent. This scent smells almost exactly like Citrus Pop although a little sweeter.

Throw: Very Good (3.5 out of 5)
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Amazon Rain
Introduced: February 2016
Discontinued: Still available

"Sweet notes of melon, orange zest, coconut milk and sultry night blooming jasmine"

I smell coconut and a really sweet fruit, but it's not a tropical scent. There's also a floral in there, and maybe a smidgeon of sweet lemon? Looking at the scent notes, it's probably the orange zest that I think is the lemon (although I don't smell orange at all). I guess the sweet fruit is the melon, but it doesn't smell like watermelon at all, maybe honeydew. Melted, I do smell tropical fruit but it's really more of a nice sweet fruit candy scent, and I don't smell floral when melted.

Throw: Good (around a 3 out of 5)
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Lemon Verbena
Introduced: March 2014
Discontinued: Still available

"Fresh lemon zest with a bright kiffir lime and verbena leaf"

This is lemon with the soapy herbal lemongrass scent of verbena. Melted, it smells like salty lemon with a lemongrass type herbal note. It's not sweet at all. It's a nice scent, but lemongrass verbena type scents are not my favorites in general.

Throw:  Excellent (4 out of 5)
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Summer Sunrise
Introduced: June 2015
Discontinued: Yes

"Savor the stillness of dawn with freshly ground juniper berry, cardamom and a crackle of black pepper, enlightened by aromatic bergamot and cedar"

I can't figure out what I'm smelling. I think it's cedar but there are other notes in there I can't pin down.  Maybe pepper and possibly a smidgeon of spruce or balsam. But it's not a Christmasy scent. OK, the scent notes are spot on. This is a nice, unique scent. Melted, it smells like a savory cedar, if that makes sense. It's a nice, intense woodsy cedar, and I think the savory note is the cardamom.

Throw: Very Good (3.5 out of 5)
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Newborn Nursery
Introduced: Spring/Summer 2007 and brought back Spring/Summer 2011 ("Bring Back My Bar")
Discontinued: February 2008 but still available after 2011

"Fresh, clean, and powdery, this dreamy scent evokes memories of cradling your little ones"

This is 100% baby powder, and it's very strong on cold sniff. When melted, it smells just like it does on cold sniff, like baby powder. I've never found a store bought wax melt with a baby powder scent, and baby powder scented vendor wax I've tried has always had poor throw. So this one is a definite winner for me!

Throw: Excellent (4 out of 5)
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Braeburn
Introduced: March 2016
Discontinued: Still available

"Fresh apple and a luscious assortment of tropical fruit enjoy a sprightly pop of whipped sugar and creamy vanilla."

This is a sweet fruity scent with a creamy note, maybe a tropical fruit mixed with melon. It smells like a summer slushie! Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell apple individually, as there are a lot of fruit scents mixed in. Melted though, I smell a slightly bitter note, like grapefruit rind, that gives it a bit of a cat pee vibe. This is the only scent out of all the Scentsy scents I've tried here that I don't like when melted.

Throw: Good (around a 3 out of 5)
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Citrus Pop
Introduced: February 2016
Discontinued: Still available

"Bergamot, sparkling mandarin and orange blossom"

This smells almost exactly like Summer Sunset, but in this one I can definitely smell the lemon and it's a sweet, salty bakery lemon. But there's another note I can't figure out. Looking at the scent notes, maybe the other note is bergamot (I don’t know what that smells like), but I don't smell orange blossom at all (which is neroli, a beautiful scent that you'll never forget even if you smell it once). I love this scent, but I swear I smell lemon, and it's not really citrusy. Melted, it's a really rich scent, not very sweet, kind of like lemon pound cake without frosting, and not all that lemony. Hard to describe, but a fantastic scent.

Throw: Excellent (4.5 or 5 out of 5)
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Caramel Pear Crisp
Introduced: September 2012
Discontinued: Yes

"Enjoy the indulgence of sugared pears and juicy nectarines melded together and blanketed by a crumble of golden brown sugar. Above the rich layer of buttery batter sits a generous helping of warm caramel cream"

Just like the scent name, this smells like pear drizzled in caramel. Yummy! Melted, it has a slight chemical note. It's a nice scent, but there's something slightly offputting in there.

Throw: Excellent, around a 4 or 4.5 out of 5
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Beach
Introduced: Spring/Summer 2013
Discontinued: Still available

"Papaya and honeydew sweetened with a hint of coconut"

I smell sweet coconut, a sweet guava type tropical fruit, and suntan oil. Looking at the scent notes, okay it's papaya and honeydew, not guava. Really nice summery scent. Melted, it's VERY sweet, almost sickeningly sweet. And it's a scent monster! This one needs a large room for sure; that kind of sweetness can't be contained in one room.

Throw: Excellent (5 out of 5)
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French Lavender
Introduced: 2013
Discontinued: Still available

"Pure, herbal fragrance of wild lavender from the hills of France"

This is straight lavender, not overly sweet. It's slightly medicinal, but not enough to detract from the scent. It's a nice lavender scent. Scent started dissipating within 1.5 hours though.

Throw: Fair to Good, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5
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Key Lime Tortilla
Introduced: 2008, but brought back in July 2014 only ("Bring Back My Bar")
Discontinued: Yes

" Lime and kiwi combine for a south of the border sweet treat"

Fantastic sweet creamy milky sugary scent with a lime notes, but also some other fruit that I can't figure out. OK looking at the scent notes, the other fruit is kiwi. When melted though, I just smell slightly salty lime with a bready background. It's a great scent.

Throw: Excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5
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Coconut Pumpkin Pie
Introduced: September 2015
Discontinued: Still available

"Pumpkin puree, grated nutmeg and maple sugar are heightened by a hint of coconut shavings"

This smells heavenly. It's a rich sweet caramely pumpkin scent with coconut and a hint of nutmeg. The caramel I smell is actually maple. Melted, I smell mostly a rich buttery coconut, like buttery pie crust with coconut mixed in, but it's not salty like some rich wax scents can be. This one is a scent monster and took over the entire house.

Throw: Excellent (4.5 or 5 out of 5)
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Amaretto
Introduced: Original date unknown, brought back in January 2012 only ("Bring Back My Bar")
Discontinued: Yes

"An almond scented fragrance sweetened with honey and spice"

Very sweet creamy milky almond. This smells good! Looking at the scent notes, I think I do smell a bit of honey.

Throw: Very good (3.5 out of 5)