Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuscany Candle Fall 2017 Wax Melts Reviews

Tuscany Candle Fall 2017 Wax Melts Reviews

Tuscany Candle Fall 2017 Wax Melts
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Tuscany Candle wax melts can be found at various stores, including JoAnn Fabric, Christmas Tree Shops, Wegman's, Meijer's, and some gift and card shops.

Autumn Slumber
This is a smoky scent but I can't figure out the other note. It's not a woodsy scent, and it's not sweet at all. Maybe balsam? But it's not a pine scent either. The other note is a little sour but not in a bad way. Maybe some kind of savory spice like sage or rosemary, I just don't know. It's a nice scent, not my favorite but I think a lot of people will like this one. Throw was excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Chai Latte
This does not smell like chai or tea of any kind. It's most likely an older scent re-used with a new name. But it smells great. It's caramel with a hint of pecan and a barely noticeable touch of cinnamon. It's not overly rich or overly sweet, and not a salty caramel. Unfortunately, throw was poor, 2 out of 5.

Cinnamon Cider Donut
I can't believe their quality control team didn't pick up on the misspelling of "Cinnamon" on the front label (they spelled it "Cinnmon" without the "a"). As far as the scent, it's a nice apple cider scent with a sweet bready cinnamon donut note. Throw was very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Fall Festival
This smells like straight sweet cinnamon, like cinnamon candy, with maybe a hint of pumpkin spice. Throw was excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Harvest Pumpkin
A nice sweet rich pumpkin pie scent with cinnamon and maybe a hint of caramel. Throw was very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Harvest Vineyard
I think this is the same scent as Cobblestone Candles Live, Love, Laugh from Kirkland's. It smells like grape juice made with concord grapes (a richer more succulent grape scent). It's not a wine scent at all, and thankfully it doesn't have that wine fermentation note that makes wine scented wax melts smell sour. Melted, it had kind of a fake grape note. And throw was fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5.

Honeycrisp Apple
A fresh sweet apple scent with a little bit of cinnamon. It's a nice scent, although a typical fall apple scent. Throw was only good, 3 out of 5, which is a bit disappointing because apple scents in general usually have excellent throw.

Sunday Pancakes
This is the same scent as the Food Network "Sunday Morning Pancakes" scent that came out a few years ago (Food Network melts are discontinued). Kirklands store also has a Sunday Pancakes candle (no melts) under the Cobbletone Candle brand. Why the same scent among these three brands? Because Tuscany Candle, Food Network, and Cobblestone Candle candles and melts (as well as Sonoma brand at Kohls, and Hallmark brands) are all manufactured by the same company, Empire Brands Co. (formerly Langley Empire Candle) (https://empirebrandsco.com/).

On cold sniff, this scent smells like moldy pancakes. But when it's melted, that odd moldy note dissipates, and you're left with an unbelievably authentic pancake scent! It smells like dry pancakes without any toppings, although there's just a hint of butter and maple syrup, but not enough to be a rich sweet bakery scent. It's a fantastic scent. Throw was excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Vanilla Birch
I smell balsam (a subtle woodsy pine note) with a mossy note that smells a little like garden mint, but it's not really mint. There's also a very slight smoky note. It's a fantastic, cozy scent. It's not a sweet scent at all, and I don't smell vanilla. It's similar to Better Homes & Gardens Winter's Sleigh Ride from November 2016. Throw was fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5.



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Big Lots Living Colors Fall 2017 Autumn Radiance Wax Melts Reviews

Big Lots Living Colors Fall 2017 Autumn Radiance Wax Melts Reviews

Big Lots Living Colors Fall 2017 Autumn Radiance Wax Melts
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Living Colors wax melts and candles are found at Big Lots stores.

Apple Chai Tea
This is a cinnamon apple scent with a bit of an apple cider vibe. It's not overly sweet, so the apples smell like older, over-ripe apples (but not in a bad way). I don't smell chai or tea, so this is probably just an older cinnamon apple or apple cider scent that they renamed this year. Throw was fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5.

Autumn Festival
I smell apples and maybe berries and a little bit of cinnamon. It's different from the Apple Chai Tea scent, since it's not an apple cider scent. I can't figure out the other notes in this one. Maybe vanilla and perhaps a hint of lemon. It's almost like an apple crumble cake scent (but not apple pie), although it's not really a bakery scent. It's very nice. Throw was fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5.

Buttercream Pumpkin
This just smells like pumpkin pie. I don't notice any buttercream notes, although it might be very slightly  sweeter than other pumpkin pie scents I've smelled. Probably an older pumpkin pie scent that they renamed this year. Throw was good, 3 out of 5.

Caramel Rum Latte
This smells fantastic on cold sniff, a perfect coffee scent with a little milk, hazelnut, and a hint of chocolate, like a hazelnut mocha coffee. There may be a subtle hint of caramel, but I don't smell any rum type notes. It's not a bitter coffee scent, and although it has a hint of sweetness, it's not an overly sweet fake coffee scent. It's nice and authentic and smells incredible. Unfortunately, when melted, it turns into just a fake coffee scent without any of the yummy subtle notes I detect on cold sniff. Throw was fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5, definitely not strong enough for a coffee scent, especially one that smells so strong on cold sniff!

Ginger Pumpkin
This smells like pumpkin pie with a little bit of caramel (but not a salted caramel) and cinnamon, and maybe a hint of apple. It's a nice scent, but I don't smell ginger at all. Throw was poor, 2 out of 5.

Harvest Wreath
A nice scent, but definitely not what it should smell like based on the scent name. I was expecting a fall scent, cinnamon, pine, etc. Instead, it smells like bathroom cleaner, a fresh clean scent with maybe a hint of lemon. There's a tiny bit of a "Pine Sol" note in there, so maybe that's the pine that should be in this scent! Again, not a fall or winter scent, but it does smell nice and clean and would be perfect for a bathroom. Throw was poor, 2 out of 5.


I think I need to give up on Living Colors wax melts. The throw is just not good enough to justify melting in hopes of finding the one or two that will throw well. And to make sure it wasn't my nose playing tricks on me, after I finished melting the last Living Colors scent, I put a cube of a scent by another company in the warmer and it had excellent throw. So my sniffer is fine!


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Fall 2017 Scented Wax Melts Reviews (Yankee American Home at Walmart)

Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Fall 2017 Scented Wax Melts Reviews (Yankee American Home at Walmart)

Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Fall 2017 Scented Wax Melts
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Yankee American Home wax melts at Walmart are now called Yankee Candle Home Inspiration. They have a lot of new scents for Fall 2017, but many of those scents are very similar to each other.



A Fine Fall Day

On cold sniff, it smells like just another pumpkin scent, but with a smoky note. But melted, it's fantastic. I smell mostly cinnamon, but it's an authentic cinnamon powder scent, not a sweet candy or an annoying cinnamon scent. I also smell a little bit of salty pumpkin in the background, and no smokiness.

Throw: Very good, 3.5 out of 5



Apple Cinnamon Cider

Notes: A spicy blend of apple cider with cinnamon, cloves and wedges of orange and lemon

This smells like light apple cider, like sweet apple juice with a little spice (not a harsh mulling spices cider scent). Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell orange and lemon, although maybe a smidgeon of orange way in the background.

Throw: Very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Banana Walnut Bread

Notes: Fresh from the oven, warm banana bread flavors the room with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of vanilla. It's just like the family favorite.

My favorite scent of the bunch! I believe this one is available year-round. It's a fantastic banana scent with a walnut note and sweet vanilla cake.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5



Beautiful Fall Pumpkins

This smells a lot like the Better Home & Gardens Enchanted Pumpkin Valley scent (which is discontinued). I smell pumpkin spice but also some kind of earthy savory spice that I can't figure out. Ginger? Sage? It's not spicy like peppery or cinnamon spice, but there's a bit of a harshness to the scent. I really wish I knew the scent notes in this one. Like most of the scents in the new fall line, this was only "okay" for me.

Throw: Fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5



Bountiful Harvest

Notes: The rich scents of the fall harvest layered with cinnamon

This just smells like pumpkin pie, with a little bit of a bready note.

Throw: Fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5



Cool Autumn Nights

Notes: The autumn evening invites with brisk earthiness and dreamy interludes of lavender and woodland notes. Top: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Black Peppercorn; Mid: Lavender, Maple Leaf; Base: Vetiver, Oak

A subtle men's cologne scent with a light wood note. It's not overly sweet or "cologney", so even if you don't like cologne scents you might like this one. I think this is the same scent as Yankee's regular "Crisp Fall Night" scent.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5



Cozy Corner

Notes: Curl up with the fragrance of soft pillows and casual throws on a comforting afternoon.

This smells like a nice fabric softener scent with a perfumey gardenia note and a warm cashmere note that smells like a smidgen of suntan oil. Very nice.

Throw: Fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5 (which is better than the "poor" throw of the Yankee American Home line in February 2017, which I reviewed at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2017/02/yankee-american-home-scented-wax-melts-reviews.html).



Creamy Pumpkin Cupcake

Notes: A rich, buttery recipe of pumpkin frosting on a cupcake warm from the oven.

This smells like pumpkin pie and vanilla buttercream. Great scent!

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5



Delicious Cranberry
(added 9/20/17 - not shown in picture)

Notes: Sweet and wonderful, natural cranberry is blended with vanilla and sugar cane

Crisp clear sweet tart cranberry with nothing added. Smells like cranberry juice. Fantastic!

Throw: Excellent, 4 or 4.5 out of 5 (same as the throw from the old rectangular clamshell (which I reviewed in December 2015 at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2015/12/yankee-american-home-wax-cubes-walmart.html).



Fresh Balsam Fir

Notes: The crisp, clean alpine scent of balsam with a hint of cedar

A nice Christmas tree scent. It's not a harsh biting pine, more like a softer slightly smoky spruce. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell cedar, which would be a sweet woodsy scent. But it does have a very slight "clean" note.

Throw: Very good, 3.5 out of 5



Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Notes: Rich pumpkin pie loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg and everything delicious

A nice, but typical, pumpkin pie scent. Actually more like pumpkin bread, since there's a bit more of a bready note than I usually get from pumpkin pie scents.

Throw: Very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Mandarin Orange
(added 9/20/17 - not shown in picture)

Notes: The fresh scent of an orange, peeled and separated and just begging to be popped into your mouth

It's a nice orange scent, not much more to say. A bit fake, but pretty much the same type of orange scent that a lot of orange scented wax melts smell like.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5



Pumpkin Apple Harvest

Notes: Cinnamon and nutmeg, fall's rich baking spices, are layered with crisp red apples and pumpkin that's been sliced and sprinkled with a pinch of brown sugar

This is almost the exact same scent as Better Homes & Gardens Farm Apple Pumpkin. Even the wax is a similar color. This scent is very slightly richer and sweeter though. It's a strong sweet apple scent, but more of an apple cider than straight apple, or even the inside of an apple pie. I smell some spice like nutmeg and perhaps a touch of cinnamon, and that's what gives this a smidgen of a pumpkin pie note. Fantastic scent! But because the Better Homes & Gardens version is a scent monster with a throw of 5 out of 5, and it costs $2.00 instead of $2.93 for the Yankee scent, if you like this scent then go for the Better Homes & Gardens Farm Apple Pumpkin.

Throw: Very good, 3.5 out of 5



Pumpkin Berry Parfait

This scent, and the Pumpkin Apple Harvest, are my two favorites of this line. They smell almost exactly the same to me. Pumpkin Berry Parfait smells like apples with the richness of a tiny bit of pumpkin spice, and there might also be a hint of some kind of berry. I can't tell what the berries are from the picture on the label, maybe cranberry? When melted, I also detect a tea note, and a hint of peach. It's a sweet, rich, fantastic scent.

Throw: Very good, 3.5 out of 5



Shades of Fall

Notes: the crisp swish of fallen leaves around your boots, the woody scent of juniper and the last amber rays of warm sunlight on a cooling afternoon

This is a slightly smoky scent with a smidgeon of warm perfume, but it's not really a sweet scent. It's really hard to describe, but it's very nice and relaxing. Looking at the scent notes, I don't detect juniper or pine at all, although that may be where the smoky note comes from.

Throw: Fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5



Sparkling Cinnamon Spice

Notes: A bundle of cinnamon, rich and spicy, with a swirl of citrus to make it sparkle

I smell cinnamon and a little bit of clove, and there's also a very slight "fizzy" note, like cinnamon soda, if such a thing existed. There may also be a smidgen of some kind of berry note. I'm not a fan of straight cinnamon, but this is kind of a "refreshing" take on cinnamon. Looking at the scent notes, I don't really smell citrus.

Throw: Very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin

This smells like a combination of gingerbread and pumpkin pie. It's a nice fall scent.

Throw: Very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Warming Pumpkin Cream

Another pumpkin pie type scent. This one doesn't have as much pumpkin pie spice as other pumpkin pie scents I've smelled, and there's a smidgen of some other note in there, maybe a different spice. It's very similar to Bountiful Harvest, but a little sweeter and without the bready note.

Throw: Very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hanna's Candle Pumpkin Palooza Fall 2017 Scented Wax Melts Reviews

Hanna's Candle Pumpkin Palooza Fall 2017 Scented Wax Melts Reviews

These Hanna's Candle wax melts are only available in their new smaller 1.25 oz. size (like Walmart's Mainstays wax melts). But unlike the Mainstays melts, which are soft and messy, the Hanna's melts use hard wax. Hanna's Candle (CandleMart) melts can be found on their website at https://candlemart.com/collections/candles-melts/no-wick.

Hanna's Candle Pumpkin Palooza Fall 2017 Scented Wax Melts
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Cinnamon Pumpkin Tart

Notes: Fresh pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon bark, vanilla whipped cream, golden graham

Review: This is mostly a cinnamon scent, but it's a nice "cinnamon powder" cinnamon roll type scent. Sweet and a little rich, with a little clove and nutmeg. It's a very nice scent, not a harsh "Big Red" or "Red Hot" cinnamon scent at all. I'm not a fan of straight cinnamon scents, and I like this one!

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5



Creamy Pumpkin Butter

Notes: Fresh pumpkin, cardamom, nutmeg and pure vanilla extract

Review: A sweet rich buttery pumpkin scent with nutmeg, but not overly spicy, and not nauseatingly rich, and not really salty either like a lot of pumpkin scents can be. Very nice!

Throw: Good, 3 out of 5



Pumpkin Caramel Parfait

Notes: Pumpkin spice blended with buttery caramel, honeyed cream and vanilla.

Review: A sweet caramely vanilla scent with a hint of pumpkin spice. It's not overly rich and doesn't have the salty notes that a lot of pumpkiny scents have.

Throw: Very Good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Sweet Pumpkin Roll

Notes: Brown Sugar combines with buttercream and sweet lemon to create a complex fragrance laced with pumpkin accord, ginger, and nutmeg with hints of vanilla, pecan, and sugarcane

Review: This is the same as the Mainstays Pecan Pumpkin Cake scent from Walmart (which is also a dupe for Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Pecan Waffle). Fun Fact: Mainstays melts are made by both MVP Group Intl. and Hanna's Candle. MVP Group Intl. also makes wax melts for Colonial Candles, Living Colors (Big Lots), True Living (Dollar General), K-Mart and Sears brands, and some dollar store brands. I don't know which scents are provided by which manufacturer, but clearly the Mainstays Pecan Pumpkin Cake is made by Hanna's Candle. It's a super rich milky caramel scent with a nutty note. Looking at the scent notes, yep, there's the nuttiness of the pecan. I don't smell lemon at all. Fantastic scent!

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5



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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Big Lots Living Colors Dual Scented Wax Melts Reviews

Big Lots Living Colors Dual Scented Wax Melts Reviews

Big Lots Living Colors Dual Scented Wax Melts
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Big Lots came out with their 4 Dual Scented Wax Melts in July 2017, and then came out with 4 new scents in August. I reviewed the July scents at http://www.scentedwaxreviews.com/2017/07/big-lots-24-dual-scented-wax-melts-reviews.html. The wax is soft and greasy and messy, same as the ones that came out in July. It's very difficult to get the cubes out of the package.



Toasted Marshmallow + Campfire

Toasted Marshmallow
This is a very nice scent, but it's not marshmallow. It smells like a warm, rich vanilla cookie with pumpkin spice (nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon). It's not pumpkiny enough to smell like pumpkin pie, but more like vanilla pumpkin cookies. Throw was very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Campfire
Another nice scent, but it doesn't smell like a campfire. It's smoky, but not a smoky wood type scent, more like a smoky foodie scent with a slightly chemical note. There might be a smidgen of pine? It's an okay scent, and throw was fair, 2.5 out of 5.



Pumpkin Custard + Fall Cottage

Pumpkin Custard
This is very similar to the Toasted Marshmallow scent, although a little sweeter and more pumpkiny. Throw was fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5.

Fall Cottage
An apple cinnamon scent with perhaps a smidgen of wood. It's not overly sweet, a nice fall scent. Throw was not good, 2 or 2.5 out of 5.



Crisp Air + Warm Birchwood

Crisp Air
A soapy salty scent. It smells like soap, but more of an industrial soap since it's not sweet at all. It's kind of bland. Throw was not good, 2 or 2.5 out of 5.

Warm Birchwood
This is very light on cold sniff so I can't figure out what I'm smelling. Maybe a cologney type scent with a hint of wood? Throw was poor, 1 out of 5, and I could barely smell it even from a foot away.



Amaretto Cheesecake + Cozy Blanket

Amaretto Cheesecake
This one is very strong on cold sniff, a yummy sweet amaretto/almond scent, my favorite scent of the bunch. I don't smell cheesecake though, but that's okay. And throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.

Cozy Blanket
This one is very light on cold sniff, so I can't figure out what I'm smelling. It's a perfumey or body wash scent with a slight bitterness, and a hint of a chemical note. Because of the bitter chemical note, I don't care for this one. Throw is fair, 2.5 or 3 out of 5.



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