Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hanna's Candles Scented Wax Melts Review – Spring 2017

Hanna's Candles Scented Wax Melts Review – Spring 2017

Hanna's Candles Scented Wax Melts
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Banana Nut Bread

Notes:  Freshly baked bread, bananas, apricots, walnuts, vanilla, whipped butter, ginger, nutmeg crystals, and clove

Review: Super rich and buttery and banana-ey with a salty nutty note, this one may very well put all other banana bread scents to shame. Comparing this scent with Goose Creek Sweet Banana Bread, they both smell fantastic but I like Hanna's Banana Nut Bread more. And comparing this to Mainstays Banana Nut Bread, there's no comparison at all; the Mainstays version is nice but a bit artificial. This scent and the Wild Berry scent are my favorite scents out of all of these!

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5


Black Mulberry Tree

Notes:  Sweet mulberry and juicy plum woven with sparkling citrus nuances and a splash of vineyard grape

Review: I smell sweet grape and dark blackberry and a little bit of plum, which makes this scent very rich. It's not an authentic grape scent, but more like grape candy. If you like grape scents, this is a good one.

Throw: Good, around a 3 out of 5


Black Sands

Notes:  Orange, lily, bergamot, jasmine, rosewood, heliotrope, and musk

Review: A sweet super warm scent with strong amber and musk notes, baby powder, and a slight cologne note. There's a nice floral note in there that I can't identify that almost has a foodie quality like vanilla. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell orange at all. The nice floral note that I couldn't identify is most likely the heliotrope, which according to online research, is a "delicious powdery scent that oscillates between marzipan, vanilla, cherry pie and almond (hence its alternative name "cherry pie flower")". Well that explains the baby powder note I'm smelling. But I don't detect any almond. Melted, I smell mostly a warm baby powder note, probably the heliotrope. This is a unique scent and I really like it.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 to 4 out of 5


Cashmere Musk

Notes:  Bergamot, jasmine, sandalwood, iris, vanilla, patchouli, musk and cedar

Review: Fantastic sweet very warm cozy scent, definitely a strong cashmere note (which smells like amber but a bit lighter and more powdery), and maybe a little bit of amber wood. This smells a lot like Glade Cashmere Woods.

Throw: Not good, maybe a 2 or possibly 2.5 out of 5, but would probably do well in a small room


Cedar Box

Notes:  White oak wood, birch, citrus bergamot, florals, musk and cedarwood

Review: This really does smell quite a bit like cedar. It's a sweet light wood scent.

Throw: Scent monster, took over entire house, 5 out of 5 throw


Coconut Milk Mango

Notes:  Sweet creamy coconut milk, pineapple, cilantro, kumquat, and vanilla bean

Review: I'm not a big fan of tropical scents, but I really like this one. I smell coconut and tropical fruit. The fruit is slightly sour (in a good way), and it's a rich scent, probably because of the "creamy coconut milk" note. But what makes me really like this scent is it smells like there's a hint of lemon in there. Which there's not. That combination of coconut with that slightly lemony fruity note is very nice. The "lemon" I think I smell is probably the kumquat, which smells kind of like a pungent sour orange, a bit like satsuma. I don't like pineapple scents, and thankfully I don't smell that note in here, or if it's there, it's tempered by the other notes.

Throw: This is a scent monster that took over the whole house, 5 out of 5 throw!


Crisp Apple

Notes:  Top notes of cinnamon & clove with juicy apple fused with orange zest

Review: This is not a fresh crisp apple scent, but a slightly cinnamony apple scent, like light apple cider or apple juice with a little bit of cinnamon. It's a very nice scent, and not an overly spicy fall apple scent. It's very similar to ScentSationals Cinnamon Apples scent, which smells like walking into a Michael's arts and crafts store in the fall!

Throw: Very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5, but the scent was pretty much gone in 2 hours.


Early Morning Mist

Notes:  Dewy ozone, delicate white florals, and soft cyclamen floating above a breezy background of sheer musk

Review: A fresh air, salty ocean water scent that smells like a lot of other similar scents out there. It's a nice scent, not overly sweet, and smells a bit like a fresh, maybe slightly cologney, body wash.

Throw: Fair, around a 2.5 out of 5


Fresh Cotton Blossom

Notes:  Fresh sparkling aldehydes, lemon water, and cool ozone with fresh laundry accord and muguet (lily of the valley). Driftwood and blue musk add a comforting finish.

Review: Standard laundry scent, more of a fabric softener scent rather than a harsh detergent scent, and not overly sweet.

Throw: Very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5


Fresh Lavender Garden

Notes:  The sweet, sparkling aroma of Lavender de Provence, jasmine flowers, and rose petals

Review: On cold sniff, I smell a slightly sweet lavender with a hint of herbs in the background. The herbs make it slightly medicinal, but the sweetness tempers that herbal note. Melted, it smells like lavender scented cleaner, but in a good way. It's a fresh clean lavender rather than a sweet powdery lavender. Looking at the scent notes, there are no herbs. The jasmine and rose add the sweetness, although I don't smell jasmine and rose per se.

Throw: Excellent, around a 4 out of 5


Grandma's Apple Basket

Notes:  The crisp and clean scent of freshly sliced Granny Smith apples...this deliciously tart, yet slightly sweet aroma is simply irresistible.

Review: A crisp juicy apple scent with a little sweet caramel, and on cold sniff I detect a smidgeon of wood I think, which I don't smell when melted. Looking at the scent notes, it's not wood I smell, it's the tartness in the scent notes. On cold sniff I don't detect any tartness, but I think I do slightly when melted.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 to 4 out of 5


Honeysuckle Blossom

Notes:  Sweet honeysuckle and a touch of lemon blending effortlessly with a bouquet of orange blossom, yellow freesia, muguet (lily of the valley) and gardenia, sweet musk.

Review: This is not an authentic honeysuckle scent, but more like a sweet honeysuckle perfume, in a good way. It's a fantastic scent. I also detect an orange blossom/neroli note, which is one of my favorite scents, and maybe a smidgeon of honey, although honey is not in the scent notes.

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5, and the scent lasted all day


Honeysuckle Vine

Notes:  A sweet floral note that resembles jasmine with a hint of citrus and honey

Review: This is the same as their Honeysuckle Blossom scent, even though they have different notes. I think the Honeysuckle Blossom notes are the correct ones, since I do detect a little bit of orange blossom and gardenia, and just a barely detectable smidgeon of lemon. Although I do detect a smidgeon of honey in both scents, and honey is not listed as a note in the Honeysuckle Blossom scent.

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5, and the scent lasted all day


Juicy Apple Pomegranate

Notes:  Granny Smith apples, pear, jasmine, rich woods, and a touch of green herbs

Review: Fresh apple with a sweet rich berry note. No spices. Very nice scent. Looking at the notes, I guess the berry I think I smell is actually the pear. Interestingly, there's no pomegranate note! I don't smell wood at all.

Throw: Throw was very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.


Juicy Apricot Jam

Notes:  A true-fruit rendition of juicy apricot embellished with sweet mango nectar and just a hint of creamy coconut

Review: This is a sour but authentic peach scent, more like the fuzzy outside of the peach than the inside. It's a little sweet, but not as sweet as I would have expected based on the name. I didn't think I would like this based on cold sniff, but I really like it. Although it doesn't smell like jam as it's not sweet enough. I don't smell coconut at all.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


Juicy Pear

Notes:  Juicy ripe Anjou pear, tart green apple, white blossom and musk.

Review: This is not what I was expecting. Sometimes pear scents are too bland, or smell too much like apple, or have a bakery or cinnamon note. This smells fantastic, a super sweet pear scent. It actually smells a bit like sweet banana. There are no bakery or spicy notes, which is good. It smells like there might be a smidgeon of floral in the background. Ah, the notes include white blossom and musk, so combined with the pear that's probably why I'm smelling a really sweet almost candy-like banana.

Throw: Excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5


Key Lime Pie

Notes:  Lime, bergamot, and melon balanced by green notes, geranium, violet leaf and tagette (marigold)

Review: This is a fake lemony lime scent, but not in a bad way. I don't smell any bakery notes, so it doesn't smell like pie, and it's not as sweet as I'd expect from a pie scent. It's almost a salty lime scent, maybe more like a margarita, but still not sweet enough. I like this scent. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell melon.

Throw: Very good, around a 3.5 out of 5


Lilac Breeze Trio

Lilac Breeze (lavender color)
This is the same scent as Lilac Petals and Soft Lilac Petals that I reviewed above. The package has the Lilac Breeze wax first, behind the scent name Periwinkle Pansy, which is incorrect.

Periwinkle Pansy
A very nice soft warm soapy floral scent, like an expensive floral scented soap.  It has a bit of a honeysuckle note. Throw was not great, 2.5 or possibly 3 out of 5, but would do well in a small room.

Violet Petals (middle wax)
This is one of the best floral scents I've ever smelled. If it were available in a single pack, I would hoard it! It smells a little like green grass with a smidgeon of gardenia, not really violet. It's bright and not overly sweet and doesn't smell like perfume. It's also a scent monster that took over the whole house, 5 out of 5 throw, and the scent lasted all day!


Lilac Petals

Notes:  Fresh picked lilac with pear-splashed medley of boxwood, violet, precious woods, and berry-infused musk.

Review: A very nice sweet lilac perfume scent. It's not really an authentic lilac scent; in fact, it's a rather standard lilac scent among wax melts and candles. I really like it though. This is the same as the "Soft Lilac Petals" scent, even though the scent notes are very slightly different; this one supposedly has pear and boxwood, where the other scent doesn't, but I don't smell pear or boxwood (boxwood would give it a green, herbal note).

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.


Luxurious Velvet Woods

Notes:  Fresh greens, blooming tobacco, patchouli, fir needle, cedar, bay leaves, and citrus splashed florals

Review: I smell sandalwood with perhaps a barely detectable hint of smokiness. It's not really sweet. There's also a richness like maybe amber, but not a sweet amber, maybe tobacco. Melted, it has a little bit of a waxy note, and also a smidgeon of a foodie quality. Looking at the scent notes, there's the tobacco. I don't smell fir, but now that I know it's there I think I detect it way in the background.

Throw: Quite good, around a 3 or maybe a 3.5 out of 5


Night Orchid

Notes:  Juicy dark berries, orange, creamy frangipani, dewy honeysuckle, orris, oud and vanilla musk

Review: A very sweet but warm cologne type scent that also has a hint of a laundry note. It's similar to Black Sands but not as much of a warm amber note, and it has that slight laundry note that Black Sands does not. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell any berries, although they could be way in the background. And I don't smell orange at all. And some of the notes, I just don't know what they are so I had to look them up. Frangipani is a flower that smells a little like rose and gardenia, orris is iris flower root, and oud is a sweet woodsy scent.

Throw: Throw was good, around a 3 out of 5.


Oriental Garden

Notes:  Imagine a Japanese garden - clean and floral with herbal notes to round it out

Review: I don't care for this. It smells like basil with a floral note. It's a combination of sour and sweet that I don't think work well together. It smells a little better melted, a very "natural" scent, but I still don't care for it. The scent notes don't say much except floral and herbal, which is accurate. Out of all the scents I'm reviewing today, this is one of the only two I really dislike.

Throw: Very good, around a 3.5 out of 5


Passion Flower

Notes:  Gardenia and mimosa blend with orange flower, tuberose, lush violet, and exotic woods

Review: A sweet yet bitter fake floral scent. There's nothing about this scent that smells like an authentic flower, as it has a chemical note. I thought when melted it might smell a little better, like a fresh floral, but it was quite bitter and smelled a little like bug spray. I didn't like this one. Looking at the scent notes, everything in there is sweet and rich, so I'm not sure where the bitterness is coming from. Out of all the scents I'm reviewing today, this is one of the only two I really dislike.

Throw: Good, around a 3 out of 5


Peony Fields

Notes:  Rose, cyclamen, white musk and tender woods

Review: A bright floral that smells a lot like rose. It's a fake floral, like a floral room spray, not authentic, but that's not a bad thing as it's a great scent. It's not overly sweet and has a smidgeon of bitterness to make it smell a little more authentic. It's not a perfumey scent at all. Looking at the scent notes, there's the rose. And cyclamen is a scent that smells a little like geranium, which is kind of a slightly bitter floral scent.

Throw: Very good, around a 3.5 out of 5


Sandalwood & Jasmine

Notes:  West Indian lime, cedarwood, jasmine, eucalyptus, orange flower, patchouli leaf oil and sandalwood

Review: On cold sniff, I smell the sandalwood first, but there's also a slight floral note in the background. It's kind of sweet and has a little bit of a men's cologne note. Melted, it's more woodsy (but not smoky), with a slight sweetness, and doesn't have as much of that cologne note. It's a different scent than Cedar Box and Luxurious Velvet Woods (which are also woodsy scents with a slight sweetness). Looking at the notes, I don't smell lime or eucalyptus at all.

Throw: Very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5


Soft Lilac Petals

Notes:  Fresh-picked lilac blended with violet, precious woods, and berry-infused musk

Review: I think this is the same as the new "Lilac Petals" scent, even though the scent notes are very slightly different. But this one and has very slightly better throw, even though this is the older scent and Lilac Petals is brand new. However, the difference is very subtle, and might simply be due to other variables such as a slightly lower temperature in my room today than yesterday.

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5.


Sparkling Pink Prosecco

Notes:  Citrus, muguet (lily of the valley), apricot and passionfruit complement the sweetness of sugared currants

Review: Prosecco is an Italian white wine, similar to champagne. This smells like orange soda but not overly citrusy, as there's something else in there, maybe a smidgeon of floral. Looking at the scent notes, the floral is the muguet (lily of the valley).

Throw: Not good, maybe a 2 out of 5


Sugared Pineapple

Notes:  Sugared pineapple, banana, coconut milk, clove, and tonka bean (vanilla)

Review: On cold sniff, it smells like very sweet pineapple scent with maybe a hint of vanilla. This is not a bakery scent. There may be a hint of coconut, which makes this smell like a really sweet Pina Colada. When melted though, it's not really a tropical drink scent, but more of a fake sweet pineapple scent that still smells pretty good if you like pineapple scents (I don't care for pineapple scents). Looking at the scent notes, they're spot on! This is the same scent as their Timberwick Hawaiian Delight scent.

Throw: Good, around a 3 out of 5


Sweet Strawberry Preserves

Notes:  Strawberries, sweet red raspberries, and white sugar

Review: Super sweet rich strawberry scent that really does smell like strawberry jam. Fantastic scent! There may be another fruit in there, maybe blackberry, that makes this scent so rich. Looking at the scent notes, the other fruit is raspberry.

Throw: Good, around a 3 out of 5, but I really wish it were stronger as a scent like this is meant to be very strong!


Watermelon Sorbet

Notes:  The refreshing mouth-watering scent of a juicy summer watermelon

Review: I'm not a big fan of watermelon scents, but I like this one because it's a very sweet candy-like watermelon that almost has a slight strawberry note. Very summery! The scent notes say just watermelon, but there's definitely sugar in there too. This is a different scent from their Jolly Rancher Watermelon, which is a very fake watermelon candy scent (although still a nice scent if you like candy scents).

Throw: Very good to excellent, around a 3.5 or maybe 4 out of 5


White Gardenia Blossom

Notes:  Gardenia, rose bud and white jasmine with traces of wood, powdered musk and a hint of sweet vanilla

Review: This is a heavenly, old-fashioned floral perfume scent, kind of like White Shoulders perfume.

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5.


White Peach Nectar

Notes:  Cinnamon, nutmeg, apricot puree, molasses, pumpkin, peach, nectarine, vanilla, sugar, clove

Review: Based on the name, I expected this to be a very sweet scent, but it's not. It's actually quite sour, with just a little bit of sweetness. On cold sniff I do smell peach, along with a very slight bready note in the background, even though this is not a bakery scent. The picture of peach blossoms on the front tells me that there should be a floral note, but I don't smell that. It's very similar to Juicy Apricot Jam. Smelling them side by side, now I can actually detect a slight floral note in this one which for some reason I thought was a bready note but it's not. Melted, I just smell a nice sour peach, no floral or bready notes. Looking at the notes, I don't smell cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove at all, or any type of fall spice type notes.

Throw: Scent monster, took over entire house, 5 out of 5 throw


Wild Berry

Notes:  Juicy blackberries and sweet cranberries dusted with confectioners sugar

Review: A fantastic rich sweet buttery blueberry scent with sweet buttercream and marshmallow and cotton candy notes. Looking at the notes, there are no blueberries. I don't smell cranberries at all (which would be slightly bitter), I really smell blueberries, and the wax is light blue! This scent and the Banana Nut Bread are my favorite scents out of all of these! UPDATE: I just realized after posting this review, that this is the same scent as their Wild Berry Cobbler scent.

Throw: Very good, around a 3.5 out of 5


Wild Cherry Blossom

Notes:  Cherry blossom notes drift through Asian lotus and delicate rose, dew covered lily, and lustrous greens

Review: All I smell on cold sniff is old waxy soap. Melted, it smells a bit better, still like old waxy soap, but it's actually kind of a nice old-fashioned scent, like Grandma's bathroom! It's not very sweet, and it doesn't smell like cherry blossom at all.

Throw: I expected throw to be poor based on cold sniff, but surprisingly it was very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.


Wild Honeysuckle Trio

Wild Honeysuckle (light yellow color)
This is the same scent as the Honeysuckle Blossom and the Honeysuckle Vine scents.

Hydrangea Blooms (white color)
This wax is where the Sparkling Orange Blossom wax should be in the package by mistake. This is a combination of a creamy tropical fruit scent and a floral scent, with maybe a smidgeon of vanilla and maybe also a barely detectable trace of coconut. It's a lovely scent, even though it doesn't smell like a hydrangea flower. Throw is very good, 3 to 3.5 out of 5.

Sparkling Orange Blossom (orange wax)
This wax is where the Hydrangea Blooms wax should be in the package by mistake. Although I definitely smell orange blossom in this one, I think the Wild Honeysuckle scent has a stronger orange blossom note. This is a very nice sweet floral and orange blossom (neroli) scent with a light wood note (like an agar or oud wood) and maybe some Oriental spices. It also smells a little like Coppertone suntan lotion. It's a fantastic, unusual scent. Throw is very good to excellent, around a 3.5 or maybe 4 out of 5, and the scent lasted all day.



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