Bath & Body Works Fall 2017 Candle Haul

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First, I was stalking Facebook and Instagram for fall Bath & Body Works teaser pics. Then, I was stalking the Bath & Body Works website for any fall items to appear. As luck would have it, there was a buy one, get one free candle sale the first morning I discovered them on the website last month. About a week later, a few more fall classics appeared and I ordered them just as quickly.

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I doubled up on my favorites: Leaves and Marshmallow Fireside. I have already been burning a 2015 B&BW Marshmallow Fireside candle as of late July, and using up a Leaves room perfume from fall 2016. I guess I just lack self control when it comes to fall; I have been dying to bring out these scents. I did not order any Flannel or Sweater Weather as I already have back-ups of those fall classics, but who knows what’ll happen once fall actually begins.

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Although I’ve had Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin body care and hand soap, I realized that I have never purchased the candle, not even in any adorable Halloween packaging. Now that I have it, I can confirm that it does not smell identical to the body care. It is heavy on the cinnamon; sort of like sweet cinnamon candy. Pumpkin Pecan Waffles smells identical to the 719 Walnut Avenue candle Pumpkin Waffles available at Walmart. I hope this year’s PPW performs just as well, too! I love a strong fall candle.

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I enjoyed the Pumpkin Cupcake body care so much last year, and the hand soaps & pocketbacs the year before, that I obviously needed the scent in home fragrance this year. Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow sounded like a nice scent to pair with it in candle form. Pumpkin Cupcake is heavier on the pumpkin spice and bakery, while Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow is more of a vanilla bean frosting scent with a hint of pumpkin spice. I could be wrong, but I think these two would blend wonderfully together, especially if one or both of them are weaker fragrances this year.

I skipped Hot Cocoa & Cream last winter, even though it seemed to be a big hit. When I saw it available as a fall scent this year, I figured it would be a useful scent to break up too many days of strong, spicy fragrance. It could also serve as a fall-to-winter transitional scent.

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Something else I thought was noteworthy about these orders were the lids I received for each collection. The first order came with the same pumpkin lids I received on fall candles last year. On the left is Pumpkin French Toast from fall 2016, and on the right is Marshmallow Fireside from this year. The candles with cafe style writing on them all came with B&BW’s plain silver lids. In my experience, I usually don’t receive decorative lids when I order the candles online, and I usually don’t see style repeats (except for maybe the winter Christmas tree lids?) It isn’t a big deal to me, but it is something to consider if a collector is concerned about candle packaging and/or appearance.

Super Tarts Wax Haul

Super Tarts had a weekend-long Father’s Day sale in June 2017, and every male-themed wax tart was offered for $3 each instead of $4. How lucky for me, then, that I was planning on purchasing a few of the Game of Thrones inspired products that weekend anyway. All in all there were seven wax tarts available that interested me the most, plus one that wasn’t on sale that I needed to try. This order was my first experience with Super Tarts and I will be a repeat customer.

I let the clamshells sit for a few weeks after I received them, and then tried my first cube – it smelled great, but I want to get the most out of these products, so I’m going to let them sit a while longer. My thoughts on them so far are mostly based on cold sniff.

 

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Annabeth (Olympian Melts)
Salt Water Taffy & Pink Sugar
I don’t know who Annabeth is, but this wax looked gorgeous and I imagined that it smelled wonderful. This is the only one I’ve melted so far and it was perfect for a long summer morning. I love its appearance, and I’m a fan of the Pink Sugar perfume, so I’m glad I added it to my order along with all of the manly melts.

 

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Tyrion (Game of Tarts)
Kumquats, Whipped Cream, & Rice Krispy Treats
I definitely get orange creamsicle from this wax. I’ll enjoy it during the spring and summer months, but I can imagine blending a bit of it with cinnamon for fall, and pine for winter. Hopefully it is a strong thrower.

 

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King Crow (Game of Tarts)
Snowy Peppermint & Fierce Cologne
I obviously had to show these GoT-inspired melts to my loved ones that appreciate the series, and this one seemed to be the biggest hit. I love it, too, and I can’t wait to melt it later this year. I get an even mix of peppermint and cologne, but it isn’t a sweet peppermint to me.

 

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King Joffrey (Game of Tarts)
Sweet Wedding Cake & Ceremonial Pie
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this scent when I ordered it, but it may actually be my favorite from this order. I get cake with berries and a soft spice note from it, which makes me think: late summer to early fall transitional fragrance.

 

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President Snow (Sniffing Games)
Peppermint Cream, White Rose, & Vanilla Ice Cream
There is a lot more rose/floral in this scent on cold. I don’t think I can really form an opinion on it until I smell it warm, because it’s possible I’ll get more of the peppermint or vanilla. The description sounded perfect to me for a late winter scent.

 

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Haymitch (Sniffing Games)
Frangelico, Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Ice Cream Scoop Bread
This wax smells exactly how I expected it to smell. It is a strong, sweet hazelnut scent and I can even smell the chocolate chip cookies. This is not only a delicious scented wax, but it looks really neat as well. I’m impressed.

 

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Psycho (Fright Night)
Warm Pumpkin Bread, Sweet Raspberries, & Spiced Sour Cream Cake
The wax says “BATES” in reference to Norman Bates & the Bates family from the movie Psycho (+ the show Bates Motel). I absolutely love the hint of raspberry along with the aroma of fresh baked pumpkin treats. I’m saving this one for Halloween, of course!

 

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Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Tartles)
Blue Cotton Candy, Blackberry Jam Butter Cookies, & Sweet Tarts
I wish I got more of the butter cookies out of this scent, but I do enjoy it nonetheless. It is sweet, fruity, and candy-like, as one would expect given the description. Leonardo was always my favorite ninja turtle as a child, so I wanted to grab this during the sale while I had the chance.

Goose Creek, Better Homes and Gardens, & ScentSationals Small Haul

Happy Independence Day to those of you that celebrated! I had a great time with my family on the 4th. The holiday inspired me to place an order with Goose Creek a few weeks ago, so I could enjoy their festive Red, White & Blue two-wick tumbler during the day. I missed the candle last year, but was happy to see it in stock this summer.

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Along with that candle, I picked some scents for the seasons ahead: 1 Frosted Pumpkin Cake two-wick tumbler, 2 wax melts in the fall scents Carrot Cake and Kentucky Harvest, and 1 Balsam Fir for winter. I kept it as simple as possible since this was a spontaneous purchase.

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Carrot Cake is a re-purchase, because I’m in love with this fragrance. Balsam Fir is new to me, since I kept skipping over it and figured this year, I need to have it. Kentucky Harvest is delightful. It includes apple, caramel, clove, vanilla, and cedarwood notes in its description. I also received a free gift with this purchase: 1 Exhilarating Pineapple room spray. I know either my mother or my sister-in-law would love this scent, so I will most likely pass the spray along.

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To burn for the current season, I chose a few sweet bakery wax melts from Walmart: 2 Better Homes and Gardens melts in Brownie Pecan Pie and Vanilla Cookie Crunch, and 1 ScentSationals wax melt in Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies. I am stepping out of my comfort zone a bit by trying out lemon and chocolate scented wax. I need some sort of wax fairy to boop me on the head with her wand and dissolve my strange wax-related worries. The worst thing that has ever happened to me when I tried something new was that I had a fierce craving for a cappuccino.

Do any of you have any “out of my comfort zone” scented candle and wax experiences? I am always curious about other people’s scent preferences!

Root Candles: Bourbon Vanilla

I received this Bourbon Vanilla candle to review from Root Candles. It is a large 10.5 oz. Veriglass candle with a description that reads: Intoxicating blend of bourbon and cognac unfold into buttery rum vanilla, complemented by milky creamy notes of caramel and maple. The wax is made out of an all-natural beeswax blend, and the wick is all-natural cotton. The burn time expected for this candle is up to 70 hours.

 

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First Impression
I was really pleased with the look of this candle when I unboxed it. It has a sophisticated appearance and it is something that I would keep on display, as it doesn’t clash with any of my home decor. It can blend in for just about any occasion as well. Visually, this candle gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

Based on the scent description, while smelling it cold, I braced myself for the boozy essence of this candle. I did not get hit in the face with it; the bourbon and cognac notes aren’t too strong or dominant, and they are not off-putting alcohol notes by any means. It is more like a liquor-infused dessert. I got the vanilla, caramel, and maple notes right away – I was actually surprised by how creamy and sweet it is, without coming off as artificial to my nose.

 

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First Burn
The candle burns more on the slower side, so it took a while for the wax to pool out evenly. For me, this product is ideal for long evenings, perhaps while hosting guests or even just to keep lit during a day off at home. The fragrance gradually builds over time, with the scent strength and throw reaching a medium intensity within a couple of hours of burning in a large open space. I detect almost the same ratio of scent notes as the candle burns: the milky, creamy maple note falls into the background a bit, while sweet caramel comes through and the buttery vanilla rum brings it all together along with a light dose of bourbon & cognac.

It is a decadent aroma, but it isn’t too intense. In fact, despite its evening cocktail vibe, I think I’d really enjoy this candle in the morning with coffee, too. As I experience more of this scent, my mind wanders to scenarios when I would reach for this candle. I think this is a brilliant transitional fragrance from a warm late summer, into cooler fall weather. I could also see myself wanting to burn this candle during spring months. To put it simply: it is yummy, and it is versatile. I have no complaints.

Valid from now through August 31st, 2017, use the promo code REVIEWERS17 to take 40% off of future purchases at Root Candles online.

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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.