Yankee Candle Semi-annual Sale Summer 2017

After a few years of uncertainty, I decided to give Yankee Candle another shot. I wasn’t getting much throw out of the large jar candles, wax tarts, or votives that I was buying, so I pulled back and resisted their products. The company addressed these concerns in a Facebook Live video last year, and had unsatisfied customers contact a designated “We Listen” e-mail about hard-to-smell products. Yankee Candle has since released new scents, as well as entirely changing the look of their brand. I was due to see how the company responded to customer feedback, and thus, my semi-annual sale order was placed.

I ordered six large jars for $60 along with free shipping. I picked three fragrances in the classic large jar, and three in large two-wick tumblers. At least three of the scents are new. It will take some time to compare and contrast these fragrances, but for now, my initial thoughts are overwhelmingly positive. They seem like strong scented candles, and my expectations are not as low as they were a year ago.

 

First Impressions (all cold sniff!)

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Ocean Star – Better than I expected! I could see this being a very refreshing, unisex body care scent. Out of all the aquatic-type scents available, I’m glad I chose this one.

Pumpkin Buttercream – True to its title, but deepened with a lovely clove note. I think I may have to do a “pumpkin cake showdown” with other candles that are similarly themed.

French Countryside – Not as floral as I expected, but more like a soft spring and summer perfume. I’m really loving this candle, but I’m a seasonal burner… I may wait all the way until next spring to light it.

 

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Peeps – This smells like a delicious vanilla and marshmallow cupcake to me. I was expecting it to be a little more… candy-ish? I’ve never sniffed the Marshmallow Chicks Yankee candle with yellow wax, so I can’t compare the two.

Stars & Stripes – Really, this candle makes me think of a craft store, but during spring and summer months. To be honest, I bought it for the label – I really wanted a festive 4th of July candle.

Island Waterfall – The scent reminds me of a cleaning product, but in a good way. I think this would be a great neutral fragrance to burn around a lot of company.

 

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…and I only bought a single wax tart. I kept putting a Vanilla Lime large jar candle in my cart, but decided I wanted to test it with a tart first. I know this one isn’t new, but it’s new to me! Oddly enough, on cold sniff, I feel like I’m getting mint from this fragrance.

 

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Bath & Body Works Semi-annual Sale Summer 2017

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This is most of the damage that I did during the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale for summer 2017, and its not a lot of stuff considering it has lasted all month. I am not much of a spring/summer person, so I haven’t been all that interested in the current collections. Fall and winter collections are another story… Still, I can usually find a few items that I like once the sale begins, and some things did stick out after shopping this year.

Truthfully, it was the candles that forced my hand when I submitted my orders online. I bought Paris Café for $10, along with four Tutti Dolci items and the Bourbon Strawberry Vanilla lotion that were 75% off. About a week later, the Paris/French collection went 75% off, so I picked four of those and bought the Berry Waffle Cone candle for $11. I also used a 20% off coupon code for both orders. I’ve had a difficult time trying to order the Berry Waffle Cone candle online, as it went out of stock almost daily. It is clearly a popular 3-wick.

My first impressions on some of these products: Paris Café is a very strong coffee fragrance, and to me, smells like a french vanilla cappuccino. I agree with the people that said Berry Waffle Cone smells like apple pie, and that White Mocha Kiss smells an awful lot like Beach Nights: Summer Marshmallow from last summer. The rest of the scents are originals to me. This is how the Bath & Body Works website describes each of these products:

 

Paris Café – Rich roasted coffee, sugared brioche, vanilla crème

Berry Waffle Cone – Sweet summer berries, golden waffle cone, creamy vanilla

Pink Peony Cremé – Blushing peony blossom, pink currant, & white amber dipped in nectar

White Mocha Kiss – Rich vanilla mocha & coconut orchid wrapped in marshmallow crème

French Riviera – Seaside citrus, jasmine water, amber musk, summer fig, driftwood

Bonjour Paris – Pink sugarcane, whipped marshmallow, candied orange blossom, white honeysuckle, fluffy amber

(Not pictured, it went straight into my purse!)
Bourbon Strawberry Vanilla – Bourbon vanilla, garden strawberry, & apricot nectar

 

Most of these scents are true to their titles and descriptions, except that I don’t really get as much sweetness out of Bonjour Paris as I expected. Another thing that I didn’t expect was enjoying Pink Peony Cremé as much as I do, because judging by its description, I figured I already had enough body care scents just like it.

 

Who has been shopping the B&BW semi-annual sale this month, and which candle & body care scents have you collected?

Goose Creek: Blueberry Cheesecake

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I received this 24 ounce Blueberry Cheesecake large jar candle from Goose Creek. These large jar candles retail for $27.99, and this fragrance comes in other forms, such as wax melts, plug-ins, room sprays, tea lights, votives, centerpiece candles, folk art jars, and medium jars. This blueberry candle is currently on sale at the time of this post!

My first impression of Blueberry Cheesecake, on cold sniff, was that I picked up on a strong, sweet blueberry note that made me very happy. I love blueberry fragrances and the scent appeal of this candle is 5 out of 5 stars for me. As I continued to smell the candle cold, I did pick up on a cheesecake or cream cheese note. It isn’t overpowering at all, but it is a nice, subtle companion to the blueberry. When the candle is lit, I get about the same ratio of blueberry to cheesecake as I did on cold. I don’t get any bakery or vanilla notes in this fragrance, like many other foodie or dessert candles contain. The scent and throw of the candle is medium-strong, but not so strong that it would kick anyone out of the room. I could smell Blueberry Cheesecake in the other rooms and halls of my home as it was burning, and the scent lingered well after extinguishing the flames.

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What I love most about the Blueberry Cheesecake candle is that it performs really well each time I burn it. The two wicks help the melted wax pool out evenly, so I don’t have to deal with issues like tunneling, and I get a clean burn each time I light it with no sooting as well. It is a win-win: the wax pools out quickly enough that I can start smelling the scent soon after the candle is lit, but it does not burn too quickly, so I can keep the candle lit for a while without worrying about burning through too much of the product.

I’m very happy about adding another well done blueberry scent to my collection. I would recommend this candle to anyone that enjoys sweet, fruity scents, especially berry desserts. Although I would mainly burn Blueberry Cheesecake during the spring and summer months, this is also a candle that I would reach for any time of the year.

Bath & Body Works: Cactus Blossom

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Cactus Blossom is a 14.5 ounce 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works and White Barn that retails for $24.50 in stores and online. This scent is also available in other forms, such as wallflowers, room perfumes, and smaller sized candles. The scent notes included in its description include cactus flower, coconut, vanilla, and lemon.

When I smelled Cactus Blossom in the store for the first time, I immediately noticed similarities to the Bath & Body Works scent Endless Weekend, which I love. I’m not sure if this is a repackage of Endless Weekend, but it can probably pass as a “dupe” for the scent. I don’t really detect the coconut note strongly in Cactus Blossom. I do get floral, but not the typical musky, classic floral notes I’ve come to expect in scented products. It is a light scent with hints of fruit; it is almost candy-like due to the vanilla and lemon, but more on the fresh, perfume-y side overall.

The scent strength and throw for Cactus Blossom is about an 8. The best thing about this candle is that I can smell it around the house shortly after I light it. I love having this candle for its unique and seasonally-appropriate scent, but I’m mostly pleased with its performance. I have relied on it all spring long to quickly freshen up a room any time, for any occasion. It has never received any complaints. Would I recommend purchasing this candle? Absolutely!

Spring Beauty & Scents 2017

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The spring semester is over! I have kept it pretty simple with what I’ve used this spring in terms of my beauty and scent favorites. I only placed one Bath & Body Works order, and only picked up a handful of products from the drugstore here and there. If I could assign any theme to the items I’ve been loving, it must be light and fresh. These are some of the things that I have been into:

 

Kringle Candle – Rainy Day Wax Melt
This wax is strong and long lasting. It’s a beautiful fragrance for spring, with fresh, green-y, water-y, floral notes, and cute packaging to match. I need to get Rainy Day in candle form for next spring. The first few days, it blew me out of the room.

Bath & Body Works – Blue Ocean Waters Room Spray
I almost got this scent in candle form, but I thought I should probably wait until summer. Since I was placing an order for Mother’s Day anyway, I decided to try out the room spray. I’m so glad I did, because despite its name, it is perfect for spring too!

Bath & Body Works – Honey & Tangerine Room Spray
This is another scent I was interested in trying in candle form back in March. Again, it’s perfect for spring! It isn’t a sharp tangerine nor a sugary honey fragrance. It is a subtle blend that’s quite refreshing for regular daytime use.

Burt’s Bees – Coconut Pear Lip Balm
My lips appreciated the moisture, but my nose appreciated the fresh coconut aroma. This one is a winner in my book, and a nice transition into the hot summer months. I really just haven’t been into lipstick this spring…

Lush – Whip Stick Lip Balm, Chocolate Orange
I had no idea Lush lip products were so good. I love a thick, creamy balm for my lips. Dry lips are a no-no for me, and this product gets a big fat yes-yes. The scent is a yummy bonus.

Maybelline – Baby Skin Face Primer
I put off trying this product for the longest time, but finally picked it up around Easter this year. It has been perfect for my light makeup days, under a powder foundation.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish – Street Fair
The color of this polish is a new favorite of mine, and it lasted ages on my nails without chipping. I can’t ask for anything more from a nail polish!

Bath & Body Works $3 Spring Hand Soap Sale

I received an e-mail about a $3 hand soap sale from Bath & Body Works, and while mentally taking inventory on the seasonal soaps I had left, I realized I should probably take advantage. I ordered 7 soaps for around $24 with tax & shipping, plus a 20% off coupon. I bought all 5 of the new Paris/French themed hand soaps (not sure what this collection is called – sorry!) plus two more: Sweet Mint Mimosa and A Thousand Wishes.

I got a few hand soaps in the 8.75 fl. oz. foaming hand soap style, and the rest in an 8 fl. oz. creamy luxe style that is new to me. So far, it is doing well!

Onto the goodies!

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A Thousand Wishes – I picked this up because I own it in all of its forms: mist, cream, shower gel, lotion, candles, pocketbacs, perfume… so naturally, I should have it as a hand soap as well. Needless to say, its a favorite of mine. Its scent description lists the notes sparkling champagne, peonies, and almond crème.

Sweet Mint Mimosa – This scent is great. I’d been craving a fresh citrus scent for summer since last year, and Island Margarita didn’t quite satisfy that craving. This one does! The kick of mint and sugar in it is a nice twist on a citrus scent. I can’t wait to use it.

Paris/French Collection:

Waterlily & Lilac – The scent notes include green apple, lilac blossom, and jasmine. This smells like something I’ve smelled before, but can’t quite put a finger on it; it’s in the realm of Herbal Essences shampoo, or other floral scented hygiene products. It is a very pleasant scent for a spring hand soap.

Mediterranean Blue Waters – I’m in love with this scent. It’s clean, fresh, and perfume-y, with an ocean/beach vibe to it. It is what I was hoping for out of the hand soap Indigo Sky from last spring’s Italian line. Although lemon and peony are listed in the scent description, I don’t pick up on either scent note too strongly. It just smells like an aquatic unisex cologne/perfume to me.

Raspberry Rosé – I wondered if this scent might be similar to Black Cherry Merlot, which I am a big fan of. It is not. They are quite different. Its scent notes are raspberries, pink rosé, and fresh picked apple. I get the apple and the raspberries, but only a tiny bit of the rosé. It smells a little like some grapefruit face wash I used in high school… which is odd, but not necessarily bad. I’ll be happy to have it this summer.

Springtime in Paris – I get peach overwhelmingly when I smell this soap. It’s the same peachy scent that Bath & Body Works tends to produce, but mixed in with citrus and a hint of a floral note. It’s more of a summer scent than a spring scent to me.

French Tulips – This scent surprised me, because I was bracing myself for a strong, musky floral scent that my guests would probably complain about if I put it in the guest bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised. White jasmine, lily of the valley, and sparkling nectarine are included in its scent description, and it all blends together into a soft fragrance. What it actually smells like, to me, is Endless Weekend. I love that B&BW scent, so I love this soap as well.

Bath & Body Works: Happy Easter + Easter Goodies

Happy Easter is a 14.5 ounce 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works that retails for $24.50 in stores with a glitter lid, and $22.50 online without the decorative lid. I purchased this candle at my local store during a 2 for $24 candle sale, with the addition of a 20% off coupon I received in my e-mail.

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Two of my nieces and my mother were with me during this candle’s first burn and before we lit it, we passed it around and shared our thoughts on it through cold sniff. My younger niece thought it smelled like sugary candy. My other niece said that it smelled like sugar and cinnamon dessert, and my mother said that it smelled like oatmeal cookies baking in the oven.

Those were all pretty solid guesses. The scent notes for Happy Easter are White Sugar Crystals, Warm Vanilla Bean, and Crushed Cinnamon. To me, this candle smells like cinnamon rolls. It is similar to other sweet cinnamon candles that Bath & Body Works sells, such as Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and Cinnamon Sugared Donut. I cannot actually say whether they are the same scents or not, as I don’t currently have either candle on hand to compare, but they are quite similar. I was able to test this in the store with the Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla 3-wick on cold sniff.

I wasn’t sure about this candle in the beginning and I wasn’t planning on buying it. I saw that the scent notes were different from the previous two years, and that this year’s Happy Easter candle included cinnamon. I didn’t like that – my fall and winter holiday candles already have a lot of strong cinnamon, so did I really need more cinnamon during a spring holiday? I didn’t get a chance to purchase B&BW’s Happy Easter candle in 2015 or 2016, which I believe had a raspberry note in place of the cinnamon and was marketed as a marshmallow and cotton candy scent. It just seemed like an odd change.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s actually perfect… for me, at least. It isn’t a heavy, spicy cinnamon note like in fall candles. It brought me back to early Easter Sundays when my mother would put cinnamon rolls in the oven and their sweet aroma would fill the house as they baked. For a holiday loaded with chocolate bunnies and fruity jelly beans, a nice bakery cinnamon scent in the background is nice. I’m looking forward to lighting this candle during brunch this year (My Yankee Candle Bunny Cake large jar is for the evening).

The scent strength and throw is about a 5 or 6 out of 10, so it’s not going to throw anyone out of the room. I would recommend the fragrance to foodie scent lovers. If you can’t get past “cinnamon is for fall” association, I don’t blame you. I almost couldn’t either, but I’m glad I did.

 

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Since I was in the mood to test Easter products, I picked up some Peeps Oreos and Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs. I really enjoyed the Oreos – I definitely do get the Peeps essence from the frosting. It’s got a marshmallow-y flavor and a slight crunch with sugar crystals, plus a bright pink color like the traditional treat. It’s almost a rice krispie treat flavor, but what I really get from it, overwhelmingly, are those pink and white frosted circus animal cookies with multi-colored sprinkles. The taste is almost exactly like those, only… it’s a deconstructed or rearranged version. It’s a hit for me.

The chocolate Cadbury Eggs were nice as well. Do I prefer them to the original? No. Are they a nice addition to one’s Easter basket? Absolutely! The filling is a bit like a brownie batter flavor, only with a chocolate frosting consistency. They are yummy, indeed. Chocolate lovers would definitely enjoy these, but I think fans of the original egg would like them too.