Saturday, December 31, 2016

Discontinued Boulevard, Tuscany, Patio Sensations Scented Wax Melts Review from Ollie's and Gabe's

Discontinued Boulevard, Tuscany, Patio Sensations Scented Wax Melts Review from Ollie's and Gabe's

Boulevard, Tuscany, Patio Sensations Scented Wax Melts from Ollie's and Gabe's
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This is just a fun review of discontinued Boulevard, Tuscany, Patio Sensations, Hallmark, and Vesta Scented Wax Melts from Ollie's and Gabe's. You can only find them at stores like Ollie's and Gabe's that sell old, discontinued wax melts, or online at sites like eBay and Amazon. These were $1 to $1.49 each, and while many of them lost their throw, the Boulevard (Blvd) scents in particular were still very good!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Mainstays Spring 2017 Candle Scents at Walmart

Walmart has 6 new Mainstays scents for spring! Candles only right now but most, if not all, of these new scents should be available in Mainstays wax melts within a few weeks or so.

I did a cold sniff review video, which can only be viewed by our "Scented Wax Melts Retail Store Bought" Facebook group members, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/scentedwaxretail/permalink/1123910864393408/. Please come and join our group to see the video and add to the discussion. We are a fun active group of over 1,600 members! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Pine and Christmas Tree Scented Wax Melts Review

Pine and Christmas Tree Scented Wax Melts Review

Pine and Christmas Tree Scented Wax Melts

I did a video review of over 30 Pine (Christmas Tree) scented wax melts from ScentSationals, AmbiEscents, Sonoma, Tuscany, Goose Creek, Colonial, Better Homes & Gardens, Yankee, Scentsy, and more. Perfect for the holidays! Many of these are still available, but some have been discontinued.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hanna's Candles Scented Wax Melts Review

Hanna's Candles Scented Wax Melts Review

Hanna's Candles Scented Wax Melts
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This is a review of Hanna's Candles scented wax melts. Hanna's Candles also makes Ashland wax for Michael's, Huntington Home wax for Aldi, Jolly Rancher, Hershey's, and TimberWick scents, and used to make Mainstays Triple Melts for Walmart (before they were discontinued about two years ago). If you miss the Mainstays Triple Melts and the Aldi wax melts (which only come out three times a year), you can find many of these scents in Hanna's Candles' other wax melts which can be ordered from their website at https://candlemart.com/collections/all/no-wick. They have more scents than the ones I reviewed, and I wish I had bought more. I'll be placing another order!

In general, Hanna's Candles melts are excellent in terms of scents and throw. Their new Trios and their Aromabeads Singles (which I reviewed at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/search?q=aromabeads) are fantastic. I would put Hanna's Candles scented wax melts on par with ScentSationals (and Better Homes & Gardens, which ScentSationals manufactures for Walmart) wax melts, my #1 brand, especially now that Hanna's Candles has updated their website (http://www.candlemart.com)  to include new items and make ordering easier.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Dew Drops / Gentle Breeze / Garden Rain
Dew Drops – This is actually the same scent as Mainstays Garden Rain (I think scent name on label is incorrect). It's a fresh sweet watery airy scent with a little bit of an ocean-y quality and a smidgeon of floral perhaps that makes it very slightly perfumey. It has a generic bathroom air freshener scent, but I like it better than Dew Drops. Throw is excellent, around a 4 out of 5.
Gentle Breeze – Fresh watery herbal scent with a hint of lemon and a soapy note, this one smells like a fresh men's body wash. It's a nice scent, but throw is not good, maybe a 2 or 2.5 out of 5.
Garden Rain – This is a different scent than Mainstays Garden Rain (I think scent name on label is incorrect). This is a fresh watery scent with a chemical note and maybe a smidgeon of sweet lemon. It smells like a cheap generic bathroom air freshener. Not a bad scent, but not my favorite. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5. I probably should have started these reviews with one of the many scents that I really love!



Hanna's at Home Trios – Orchard Fruits / Pumpkin Latte / Apple Pumpkin
This is the same as the old Mainstays Triple melts with the same scents, and also the same as Ashland Autumn Gatherings "Harvest Trio" at Michael's in Fall 2015. These are some of my favorite scents!
Orchard Fruits – Very sweet rich apple scent with a caramel note and maybe a hint of cinnamon. This is not a typical cinnamon apple scent. It's much sweeter and richer, and it smells fantastic! Throw is excellent, 5 out of 5!
Pumpkin Latte – Another very sweet rich scent, this one smells a lot like eggnog, very creamy, with a slight nutmeg note but also a barely detectable smidgeon of coffee. Another fantastic scent with excellent 5 out of 5 throw.
Apple Pumpkin – I just smell apple, although there's a bit of an apple cider note but not a mulling spices type scent. Throw is excellent, 5 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Caramel Apple / Mulled Cider / Apple Butter
This is the same as the old Mainstays Triple melts with the same scents.
Caramel Apple – This smells like mulled apple cider. It's not all that caramely, but it still smells very nice. Excellent throw, 5 out of 5.
Mulled Cider – This smells like fresh apple with a hint of mulling spices and a smidgeon of caramel. In fact, I think the label is wrong, and the Caramel Apple and Mulled Cider scents are reversed. Excellent throw, 5 out of 5.
Apple Butter – A rich sugary sweet apple scent, this smells like apple flavored buttercream frosting! This is the best scent of the three. Excellent throw, 5 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Pumpkin Maple / Pumpkin Spice / Pumpkin Bread
This is the same as the old Mainstays Triple melts with the same scents.
Pumpkin Maple – This smells like caramel and maple with a hint of pumpkin spices. So yummy! This is the best scent of the three. Excellent throw, 5 out of 5.
Pumpkin Spice – This is a typical pumpkin pie scent, and quite nice. Excellent throw, 5 out of 5.
Pumpkin Bread – This is another pumpkin pie type scent, but more bready and with more cinnamon and not as sweet as the Pumpkin Spice scent. Excellent throw, 5 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Strawberry Lemonade / Frozen Mint Leaves / Lemon Sugar
This is the same as the old Mainstays Triple melts with the same scents.
Strawberry Lemonade – This was one of my favorite Mainstays scents, and I've missed it! It's a strong lemon scent with a sweet berry note. Very nice, and throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.
Frozen Mint Leaves – I just smell something sweet, with maybe a smidgeon of lemon, but not really mint. This one always had the weakest throw in the MainStays triple melt, but I don't recall it being this weak. Throw is around a 2 out of 5.
Lemon Sugar – A very sweet almost marshmallowy lemon scent, very nice. Throw is very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Coastal Woods / Tiki Hut / Sand Dollar
This is the same as the old Mainstays Triple melts with the same scents.
Coastal Woods – Light tropical woodsy scent with a slight coconut note, but it mostly smells like really old or old-fashioned perfume, but not in a bad way. It's an unusual scent.  Throw is fair to good, 2.5 to 3 out of 5.
Tiki Hut – A fresh herbal body wash type scent with just a barely detectable smidgeon of light woods and maybe floral. There may be coconut although I don't really smell it. Throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.
Sand Dollar – I think this is pineapple with coconut and light wood. It's not a sweet or foodie pineapple, actually a little on the sour side, and it's definitely tropical. I'm not a fan of pineapple scents, but I like this one. Throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Island Petals / Tropical Beach / Island Waves
Island Petals – A very sweet watery scent with a floral note. Very nice, and throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.
Tropical Beach – Similar to Island Petals but not quite as sweet, and with a soapy note and a smidgeon of coconut. It smells like a woman's body wash.  Throw is quite good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.
Island Waves – This is the same as the old Mainstays Island Waves scent, coconut with a fresh sweet watery note, more coconut than, and not as sweet as, the other two scents.  Throw is excellent, at least a 4 out of 5, maybe 5 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Evergreen & Cedar / Holly Berry / Pine
Evergreen & Cedar – A nice pine scent with a sweet slightly vanilla note and a hint of fruit, although the sweet note might actually be cedar. Nice scent, but throw is only fair, maybe a 2.5 or 3 out of 5.
Holly Berry – A bayberry scent, similar to Evergreen & Cedar scent, but less pine and more berry. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.
Pine – A standard pine scent with a very subtle hint of sweetness. It may be the same scent as Mainstays Evergreen Spruce. Throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.



Hanna's at Home Trios – Island Luau / Cabo Sunshine / Tahitian Sunset
This is the same as the old Mainstays Triple melts with the same scents.
Island Luau – Tropical fruit scent with coconut and a very light woodsy note. Throw is excellent and this one is a scent monster, 5 out of 5.
Cabo Sunshine – Sweet and slightly sour tropical fruit scent with a hint of coconut. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.
Tahitian Sunset – I can't figure this one out. It's a little perfumey and a little tropical, but there's also a sour waxy almost savory note in the background. I don't like this one. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.


Hanna's Harvest Heirloom Uncle Johnny's Fall Hayride
Notes: Cedar, juniper, fir, oakmoss, musk, tobacco
This is the same scent as Huntington Home Falling Leaves scent that Aldi's carried in September 2015. It smells like really old apples (but in a good way) mixed with woodsy leaves and an apple cider note. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell fir, musk, or tobacco, and I can't believe that apples are not in the scent notes since that's what I smell the most. Throw is excellent, at least a 4 or even 5 out of 5; it's a scent monster that takes over the entire house!


Hanna's at Home PureFresh Kitchen Neutralizing Sparkling Herbs
Notes: Green herbs, citrus, lemongrass, and eucalyptus
This is the same scent as the old ScentSationals Sparkling Herbs. This is very strange, because ScentSationals and Hanna's Candles are two different companies.  It's a fantastic lemony herbal scent with a soapy note, like a spa type fragrance. Throw is excellent,  4 out of 5.


Hanna's at Home PureFresh Smoke Neutralizing Spring Rain
Notes: Apple, ozone, citrus, lily, jasmine, wood and musk
This one is very light on cold sniff. I can barely smell it. Same thing when melted. I think I detect a baby powder scent with a chemical note, but I can't tell. Throw is maybe 1 out of 5.


TimberWick Cedar Oakwood
Notes: White oak wood, birch, citrus bergamot, florals, musk, and cedarwood
This is the same scent as Better Homes & Gardens Pure White Woods, which is strange because Better Homes & Gardens melts are made by ScentSationals, a completely different company. This is a nice sweet woodsy scent, similar to Vanilla Woods. I don't smell citrus. Throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.


TimberWick Carmine Rose
Notes: Rose, cyclamen, white musk, and tender woods
A plain tea rose scent. This is not the same as the old Mainstays Rose scent, which was a more artificial scent. Throw is quite good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.


TimberWick Night Musk
Notes: Sandalwood, eucalyptus, cedarwood, orange peel, patchouli, and musk
A woodsy men's cologne scent with a smidgeon of smokiness. I don't smell eucalyptus, although that might be the smokiness. And I don't smell orange. Very nice scent. Unfortunately throw is not very good, around a 2.5 out of 5, but would probably do well in a very small room.


TimberWick Ember Glow
Notes: Spiced wood, juniper, cinnamon, patchouli and vanilla
This smells like sweet raw wood scent like pencil shavings, with leather, and maybe a hint of sweet vanilla. It's a manly scent, but it doesn't smell like cologne. It's very familiar, so I think this scent has been used in other wax melts. I'm surprised that leather is not one of the notes, since I detect a strong leather note in this scent. I don't smell cinnamon at all. Throw is fair, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5. 


TimberWick Woodland Terrace
Notes: Lemon, coriander, peppercorn, cardamom, Koa wood, and vetiver
This is not very strong on cold sniff, but it smells like freshly cut herbs and maybe a minty note.  When melted, I don't detect any mint, but it also takes on more of a raw wood note mixed with the herbs. It's a bit too "natural", not a scent that I would want to melt in the house. Throw is fair, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5.



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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Colonial Candle Simmersnaps Wax Melts Review

Colonial Candle Simmersnaps Wax Melts Review

Colonial Candle Simmersnaps Wax Melts
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This is a review of Colonial Candle Simmer Snap Scented Wax Melts. Colonial Candle scents are rich and complex, and when they throw well, they're fantastic. Unfortunately, too many of their wax melts have poor throw, so this will be my last order. I've also done other Colonial Candle Simmer Snaps Wax Melt Reviews at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2015/12/colonial-candle-simmer-snaps-scented-wax.html and http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2016/04/colonial-candle-simmer-snaps-scented-wax.html.

Colonial Candle no longer lists the scent notes on their website, but for most of these scents I was able to find archived versions of the older web pages that did list them.

Update: I called Colonial Candle to return the melts that had no or poor throw. I found that many of them were from older batches, and I was given a credit card refund with no trouble. I didn't even have to return them, so no hassle! I must say, their Customer Service was fantastic, and Stefanie was friendly and helpful!



Morning Dew
Description: A refreshing blend of sparkling white peach, dew-kissed petals, and blonde woods accented by clean ivory musk.
Notes: Top: Sliced Strawberry, White Peach, Citrus Cocktail, Honeycrisp Apple; Middle: Morning Dew, Blooming Jasmine, Sheer Muguet; Bottom: Madagascar Vanilla, Patchouli, Blonde Woods, Ivory Musk

This smells like Angel perfume to me, one of my favorite scents! This scent is hard to describe, but it's fantastic. I smell the musk and the light woods notes. I also detect a foodie note, like a vanilla. Colonial Candle used to list the top, middle, and bottom notes of their scents on their website, but they no longer do that. I had to find archived versions of their old web pages to find these notes. And after seeing them, there's the vanilla, and I think I smell a hint of jasmine. I don't detect any fruits like peach, strawberry or apple. Unfortunately throw was not good, around a 2.5 out of 5. I'm almost tempted to keep it because it smells so good, but it's just too weak and would probably only do well in a very small room.


Simple Breeze
Description: Take in the fresh outdoor feeling of dewy greens and a hint of lavender and geranium.
Notes: Top: Dewy Greens, Ozone, Citrus; Middle: Lavender, Geranium; Bottom: Sandalwood

A lovely sweet laundry scent with a jasmine note. Throw is excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


Rain Showers
Description: Capturing that moment when the rain first falls, carrying hints of ozone, clary sage and oakmoss, saturating the ground and cleansing everything it touches.
Notes: Top: Ozone Mint, Grapefruit, Glacier Water Accord; Middle: Clary Sage, Lavender; Bottom: Oakmoss, Coumarin, Tonka Bean

A fresh watery floral scent, quite generic, smells like air freshener. Nice scent, but only "meh" for me. I don't smell mint or grapefruit or lavender. Throw is good, around a 3 out of 5.


Savannah Moss
Description: Surround yourself in the beauty of Savannah moss with hints of warm amber, fresh balsam, and sweet jasmine.

I just smell wax on cold sniff. Because the Simmersnaps have a hole in the top of the package, this can allow the scent to dissipate quickly. If an older scent or it wasn't stored properly, the scent leaves the wax and all that's left is… wax. Unfortunately that's the case with this scent and several others in this order (and other orders I've placed in the past). Colonial Candle scents are fantastic, and very complex, which is why I love them. However, there are more duds than there should be, so I'm not sure I'll be ordering from Colonial Candle anymore. As expected, this one had no throw. I did smell a smidgeon of something maybe a little woodsy and floral, but with that waxy note. Throw was maybe a 1 out of 5 and probably would not do well even in a small room.


Wildflowers
Description: An exuberant, vivacious scent that blends iced mandarin and ginger lily blossoms with elegant bergamot and coveted Vetiver.
Notes: Top: Mandarin, Bergamot, Orange Zest, Dragonfruit, Grapefruit; Middle: Ginger Lily Blossoms, Lavender, Iris; Bottom: Vetiver, Tonka, White Sandalwood

Another waxy scent. I smell maybe a smidgeon of floral with possibly coconut, but it's mostly just wax. Throw was 0 out of 5 and I could barely smell anything even up close.


Harbor Mist
Description: Treasure the clean scent of gentle florals, musk, and a touch of sweet pear.
Notes: Top: Ozone Accord, Water Lily; Middle: Floral; Bottom: Musk

Very weak on cold sniff, but I detect a fresh soapy watery scent, with that old waxy note. Throw was maybe a 1 or 1.5 out of 5 and might do okay in a tiny bathroom.


Cozy Cashmere
Description: Wrap yourself in the warm scent of fresh florals, sensual musk, and soothing vanilla.
Notes: Top: Fresh Air, Apricot; Middle: Tea, Peony; Bottom: Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla

Weak on cold sniff. I smell a creamy old-fashioned perfume scent, like an old-fashioned face cream. It has a little of that waxy note but not bad. I don't smell apricot. Throw was barely a 1 out of 5, and would probably not even do well in a small bathroom.


Pink Cherry Blossom
Description: Fresh raspberry and crisp apple mix with soft florals on a rich cherry wood background.
Notes: Top: Raspberry, Apple, Pear; Middle: Apricot, Lily, Orange Blossom; Bottom: Cherry Wood, Musk

This is a little light on cold sniff. A light cottony floral with just a smidgeon of fruit, perfect for a bedroom. Cherry blossom scents often have very weak throw, no matter which company manufactures the wax. I would be happily surprised if this were the exception. Throw is surprisingly quite good, around a 3 out of 5, which is excellent for a cherry blossom scent.


Sea Spray
Description: Splash around in a crisp marine blend of sea grass, salty sea foam, and amber sand.

Typical salty water scent, not bad but not my favorite. Colonial Candle melts are very soft, messy wax, but this one is hard wax. Maybe this is a newer scent with a newer formula? Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5, which may be because of the harder wax.


Picnic in the Park
Description: Sweetly scented jasmine and gardenia blend with poppy and candied rose petals in a pretty, lighthearted fragrance.
Notes: Top: Green Apple, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Freesia; Middle: Rose, Geranium, Poppies, Jasmine; Bottom: Amber, Light Musk, Sandalwood, Primrose

This is not the same scent as Yankee Candle's Picnic in the Park (which is more of an apple scent). This is a sweet floral with a very slight woodsiness and maybe a hint of fruit (the apple I think). I can smell the jasmine and gardenia. Nice spring scent, good as a bathroom scent. Throw is around a 2.5 out of 5.


Cucumber Fresca
Description: Relax with this garden-inspired medley of cool, crisp cucumber and fresh cilantro leaves.
Notes: Top: Fresh Wasabi, Basil Leaf, White Grapefruit; Middle: Cucumber Peel, Trailing Ivy, Cilantro; Bottom: Cactus Blossom, Oak Moss, Violet Leaf

A nice fresh herbal scent with a cucumber note, but also a slight tartness like lemon. It's really not a foodie scent though, more like a fresh or spa type scent. And I don't smell wasabi! When melted, there's a weird note in there that smells "old". Throw is around a 2.5 or maybe 3 out of 5.


Coconut Rain
Description: A creamy coconut blended with sweet pineapple, citrus, and vanilla.
Notes: Top: Creamy Coconut, Pineapple; Middle: Dewy Greens, Citrus; Bottom: Musk, Sweet Vanilla

A nice creamy pineapple and coconut scent that smells like a frozen drink. Throw is very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.


Sea Salt & Yuzu
Description: An energizing scent of misty sea salt air with touches of grapefruit zest, tart yuzu and lime blossom.
Notes: Top: Pink Grapefruit, Sea Salt, Misty Air; Middle: Lime Blossom, Tart Yuzu, Bergamot Rind; Bottom: Musk, Peony, White Amber

Very strong on cold sniff, this is a super fresh watery scent which smells kind of like pool water with that fresh almost chlorine note. In fact, it smells a lot like DD Sun-Drenched Denim (from Hobby Lobby), which also smells like pool water, although it's not exactly the same but close. Yuzu is an asian citrus fruit, and although I don't detect any citrus notes in this scent, I think there is a barely noticeable fruit note in the background. Throw was excellent early on, around a 4 out of 5, but started dissipating within a half hour and was maybe a 3 out of 5 an hour later, still not bad, but it started taking on a strange chemical note that smelled a little like nailpolish.


Vanilla Rum
Description: Indulge your senses with intoxications aroma of exotic pomegranate blended with spiced rum, soft whipped musk, and Tahitian vanilla.

This smells more like a warm ambery perfume or skin cream, than vanilla or rum. It's not overly sweet though, and when melted it has a bit of a musty note that makes it smell a little old. I don't smell pomegranate at all. Throw is good, around a 3 out of 5.


Falling Leaves
Description: Jump in to the fun-filled harvest gatherings of freshly fallen leaves, ambered spices, and warm harvest grains.
Notes: Top: Aromatic Anise, Spice; Middle: Amber, Wood; Bottom: Vanilla

A very nice woodsy scent with a sweet fruity note I think, and a foodie quality. But looking at the scent notes, I don’t see fruit. I do smell the warm amber. I don't smell anise, but there is some kind of peppery spice in there. Melted, it's also taking on a little bit of a milky note that makes it smell even better. Throw is very good, 3.5 out of 5.


Crisp Fall Breeze
Description: A crisp and aromatic combination of bergamot and nutmeg, with notes of green moss, and warm patchouli.

Very weak on cold sniff, but I detect a men's cologne or sweet rubbing alcohol scent, with that old waxy note. Throw was maybe a 1.5 out of 5 and might do okay in a tiny bathroom.


Pumpkin Torte
Description: Rich and delicious, this pumpkin dessert contains nutmeg, fresh ground cinnamon, a hint of almond, and a touch of black pepper.

A nice generic bakery pumpkin scent, breadier and sweeter than pumpkin pie and with less spice. I don't smell almond or black pepper, but I think I detect a little of that waxy note. Throw is excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


Bayberry
Description: Fresh bayberry with rich clove and cool winter pine.
Notes: Top: Spice, Pine; Middle: Bayberry; Bottom: Moss, Woods

Peppery savory scent with pine, and a salty, smoky, soapy note. Bayberry scents are usually a little sweet, with a hint of berry, but this one is not. I'm not sure I like it. When melted, it took on kind of a rancid, moldy note and smelled terrible. I didn't even wait to see how it threw (I don't think throw was going to be good), since it wasn't even fully melted and I put my nose up to it and nearly gagged.


Juniper Berry
Description: Experience the holidays with juniper berry, with a light musk, rich fir needle, floral notes of geranium and jasmine and sparkling top notes of lemon zest and grapefruit.

This is a nice warm sweet amber scent with a slight pine note and a hint of berry. Melted, it smells like pine scented men's cologne. It's a fantastic scent! I was concerned that it might not throw well because the light green wax has beige discoloration around the edge, but throw is excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


White Oak & Berry
Description: The comforting scent of fall is uniquely captured with a beautiful blend of white oak, bergamot, and spiced berries.

Cozy warm men's body wash, but has that slight waxy note on cold sniff. When melted, it smells like waxy soap. Throw is poor, around a 1.5 or 2 out of 5.


Winter Woods
Description: Stroll through the woods, boots crunching in the snow, and the air filled with the scent of pine trees.
Notes: Top: Fir, Tree, Spruce; Middle: Berry; Bottom: Patchouli, Musk

A nice strong peppery pine scent with a raw wood note, this smells like an authentic fir tree. I don't see pepper in the scent notes; maybe it's the "tree" note? I don't smell berry, musk, or patchouli at all, and there's no sweetness in this scent. Throw is excellent, 4.5 or 5 out of 5, and takes over the entire house.


Thistle & Pine
Description: Clear your mind with the invigorating scent of thistle layered with frosted pine and cedarwood, creating an aromatic blend that is sure to energize.

A peppery pine scent with a slightly musty note. I guess the peppery note is the thistle. I don't care for the musty note. Throw is good, around a 3 out of 5, but started dissipating within an hour.


Currant & Holly
Description: Crisp holly leaves are complimented with a kiss of tart ruby redcurrant berried on a frosty winter day.

Pine with a smidgeon of berry. The currant gives this a "classy" vibe. When melted, there's also a hint of a smoky soapy scent that I don't care for. This scent is similar to Holiday Sparkle. Throw is fairly good, around a 3 out of 5.


Holiday Sparkle
Description: The holiday favorite is a memorable scent of soft pine and warming patchouli.
Notes: Top: Fir Balsam; Middle: Floral; Bottom: Woody, Patchouli

Pine with a very slight sweet note, which is probably the floral (although I don't detect the sweetness when melted). There's a slight woodsy note in the background which is probably the patchouli. This scent is similar to Currant & Holly, but without the soapy note. I like this scent better, and throw is very good, 3.5 out of 5.


Crimson Festival
Description: Crushed cinnamon stick and ground nutmeg dazzle with a hint of crisp apple and roasted chestnut.
Notes: Top: Fruity, Apple, Spice; Middle: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove Chestnut; Bottom: Spice, Nut, Eggnog, Sweet

This smells like vanilla with a little bit of nutmeg which gives it an eggnoggy note, but there's also something a little bit bitter in the background which I thought might be pine but it's not. And looking at the scent notes, I don't see pine. I see apple, but I don't think I smell that. I don't smell cinnamon either. It's a nice scent, but when melted I detect more of that bitterness that gives it a bit of a chemical note. Throw is good, around a 3 out of 5.


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Walmart Scented Wax Melts Fall 2016 - ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens - Part 2

Walmart Scented Wax Melts Fall 2016 - ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens - Part 2

ScentSationals and Better Home & Gardens Wax Melts - Fall 2016
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This is a review of more Walmart Scented Wax Melts for Fall 2016 (ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens) that I did not review the first time.

Please also see Part 1 of this review at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2016/08/walmart-scented-wax-melts-fall-2016-scentsationals-better-homes-gardens.html

If you want to view a close-up image of each particular wax melt, check out my Pinterest boards for ScentSationals (https://www.pinterest.com/scentedwax/scentsationals-scented-wax-melts/), Better Homes & Gardens (https://www.pinterest.com/scentedwax/better-homes-gardens-walmart-scented-wax-melts/), and MainStays (https://www.pinterest.com/scentedwax/mainstays-walmart-scented-wax-melts/).



Better Home & Gardens Apple Brandy Cider
I smell sweet warm apple with cinnamon, but not an apple pie type scent, more like maybe cinnamon flavored apple juice or warm apple cider. There's a little bit of an earthy note in the background that makes this smell like cider, but not that intense mulling spices scent. It almost has a bit of a pear note as well. It smells really good. Unfortunately, throw was not great, maybe a 2.5 or possibly 3 out of 5.

ScentSationals Baked Orchard Apple
This smells like sweet caramel apple with a buttery bakery note, a very nice scent. It's different from ScentSationals Warm Apple Pie scent, which is more apple-y with more spices and slightly less sweet. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

ScentSationals Caramel Pumpkin Seeds
ScentSationals description: "Roasted pumpkin seeds envelope sweet nuances of brown sugar, caramel corn and sweet nutmeg in this delightful fragrance while warming accords of cinnamon, vanilla, musk and sandalwood emphasize the incredible flavor."
Super rich caramel scent. It's almost nauseatingly rich and sweet, so it's better suited for a large room. I think this is the same as AmbiEscents Thankful Harvest scent, or very similar. Throw is excellent, at least 4 out of 5, or more.

ScentSationals Cider House Donuts
This one is very popular! I can smell the donut dough with a bit of a sweet apple cider note, a pinch of cinnamon, and powdered sugar. It's a very nice scent. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.

ScentSationals Pumpkin Marshmallow Cream
Walmart description: "Cinnamon and clove, and spiced pumpkin stirred with the creamy, vanilla sweetness of puffy, toasted marshmallow fluff"
This one is a little similar to Warm Pumpkin Cookies but without that "perfumey" note. This smells like a vanilla cookie with pumpkin spices in the background and a slight bready note. It's a nice scent, but it smells like so many other fall bakery scents. Throw is good, around a 3 out of 5.

Better Homes & Gardens Salted Caramel Pumpkin
This one smells a lot like ScentSationals Caramel Pumpkin Seeds although I think it's a bit more salty and not so nauseatingly sweet. Throw is excellent, around a 4 out of 5.

Better Homes & Gardens Simmering Apple Cider
Walmart description: "The scent of juicy wedges of Golden Delicious apple and zesty orange swirl with spicy cinnamon highlights, crushed clove and appealing hints of gingered nutmeg."
This scent has been around for years, so I don't know why it's labeled "Limited Edition". I never bought it before because it smells like fake apple with a chemical note. But sometimes scents smell better when melted, so I decided to give it a try. I'm not a fan. It still smells like fake apple with a waxy note. Throw is good, around a 3 out of 5.

Better Homes & Gardens Sweet Candied Apples
Walmart description: "This has sweet fuji apple, red delicious and autumn Braeburns that shine with a hint of sweet Bosc pear and a dusting of crystalline white sugar."
Sweet fake apple scent with a candy note, like an apple flavored hard candy. When melted, I think there's a smidgeon of a bakery note and possibly cinnamon although barely noticeable. It's actually a nice scent when melted, and throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Better Homes & Gardens Warm Pumpkin Cookies
Walmart description: "This has homemade cinnamon and pumpkin butter cookies stirred with vanilla bean praline and sprinkled with brown sugar granules."
This smells like warm sweet vanilla cookies, but there's another note in there that I can't figure out which may be the pumpkin, although it doesn't smell like pumpkin. It's a smidgeon of some kind of spice that almost gives this a perfumey note. It's a nice scent, but kind of "meh" for me. I've smelled it before, so it's a dupe of an older ScentSationals or Better Homes & Gardens scent. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5. But scent started dissipating within 2 hours or so.



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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Peppermint Scented Wax Melts Review

Peppermint Scented Wax Melts Review

Peppermint Scented Wax Melts

I did a video review of 11 peppermint scented wax melts from ScentSationals, AmbiEscents, Sonoma, Tuscany, Goose Creek, Ashland, Better Homes & Gardens, and Scentsy. Perfect for the holidays! Most of these are still available, although a couple were discontinued. This video is only on our "Scented Wax Melts Retail Store Bought" Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/scentedwaxretail/permalink/1095331917251303/. You have to join the group to see the video and add to the discussion. Come and join us; we are a fun active group of over 1,600 members!