Mango Dragon Fruit

I bought this Wallflower refill of Mango Dragon Fruit during Bath & Body Works’ Summer Semi Annual Sale.

This may be one of my strangest reviews ever! I do really like Mango Dragon Fruit, but boy does it smell like something else to me!

Mango Dragon FruitThe Scent: Okay, so the description of Mango Dragon Fruit promises the exotic and rare scent of dragon fruit mixed with mango for a tropical scent……..but after I plugged this wallflower in.….I smell North Pole by Yankee Candle. Am I going crazy? At first I kept thinking, maybe the French Vanilla candle I’m melting got some mint oil mixed in? Or maybe I have a tart of North Pole melting and I forgot? But nope, I smell a vanilla and cool peppermint mash-up, not a tropical getaway! Weird, I know, but I still like it! B+

The Throw: Wow the throw on this Wallflower is amazing! I have it plugged into my bathroom, but it drifts into the hallway, kitchen, and even into my bedroom! And it’s been having this type of throw for over a week now! A

Overall, I really liked Mango Dragon Fruit…even if I smell it as a winter treat rather than a summertime mash-up!

-Kari Ann-

Homegoods Trip

I’m feeling a bit out of my routine. I used to pop into Homegoods on my way home from work every Friday… new area in Maryland has Homegoods, but it’s not as convenient or easy to get to.

Anyways, I made a Homegoods trip yesterday, my first in a few weeks, and realized that I’ve missed nothing! Everyone is currently in a Halloween and Pumpkin frenzy, so the candle selection was fairly similar to what it was last time.

Halloween1Yup! I wasn’t kidding! Halloween candle overload. Now, I LOVE Halloween and love all the scents of fall…..but a little variety would be nice. I did find one Danish Butter Cookie World Journey, but there were no Everyday Luxe.

Halloween2One thing I have noticed is that Homegoods offers at least 2 versions of many of their staple Halloween scents. For example, here are 2 versions of Candy Corn….one is the older Boney Bunch inspired holographic-like and the other is the new obscured glass with silhouettes. (There is also a 3rd version available in a few scents).

Candy Corn: has always been a tad too sweet for me! It is a sugar overload, but is popular with young children in my experience!

Trick or Treat, a swirl, is Candy Corn and Buttercream. It’s still very sweet, but the creamy notes from the buttercream soften it.

Cider Web: I’ve reviewed this one before. While I love the scent, the throw was only okay. It is a spiced apple cider! Yum!

Halloween3Pumpkin Patch: This pumpkin scented candle shocked many since it’s not available for sale in Yankee Candle this year.

Witches Brew: Here is the perfect example of the same scent in 3 different designs! This scent is patchouli, which is actually wonderfully pleasant.

Way in the bottom is a handful of Pumpkin Brulee, Harvest, and Autumn Leaves candles in newer packaging.

What I have not seen: Ghostly Treats, Happy Halloween, and Poison Apple.

Cinnamon & Sugar

My one notable mention not related to Halloween was this Yankee Candle jar of Cinnamon & Sugar. This is not a new scent…but Cinnamon & Sugar retired from Yankee Candle a few years ago, so it’s nice to have it still available! I miss this scent!

-Kari Ann-

Autumn Wreath

Many of my fellow candle lovers have their “go-to” house-scent candle. For example, my mother loves Dune Grass and my sister-in-law loves Vanilla Cupcake.

Yankee Candle’s Home Sweet Home is a scent many burn/melt to create that house scent. But for me, in the late summer and autumn, I pick Autumn Wreath by Yankee Candle.

Autumn WreathThe Scent: Autumn Wreath reminds of Michael’s Craft Store. It smells like a crafty mix of cinnamon, dried leaves, apple, and twigs. Seriously, it smells like a craft store during the fall season when they are selling freshly made wooden wreaths! A

The Throw: A wonderful, medium throw that lingers in a room even after the candle/tealight has been blown out. This scent creates a warm and inviting “feeling” that just needs a bowl of soup on a chilly fall night! B+

Overall, Autumn Wreath is a autumn and late summer staple for me! It is an instant classic and perfectly blends a fresh scent of autumn leaves, cinnamon, and apples!

-Kari Ann-

Milk & Cookies

Milk & Cookies is a retired scent from Yankee Candle. Despite this, I have learned that Milk & Cookies has an extremely loyal fan base! This scent has been available as a rare treasure the last few holiday seasons…and I’ve even managed to grab some tarts in stores and at an outlet! (I miss treasure tarts!)

Milk & CookiesThe Scent: In my opinion, Milk & Cookies is a sugar cookie scent….and probably the best sugar cookie scent by any candle company I’ve smelled to date! It is similar to Christmas Cookie (a family favorite in my house)….except the “fresh baked” warm sugar cookie scent is even better! There is a hint of a creamy, milkiness….but just a hint. I do wish the milk note was a little stronger, but overall this is an amazing cookie-scented candle! B+

The Throw: I am always torn on the throw of this tart….and I’ve been told by a few that the original version (before retirement) was stronger. It varies between a medium to light-medium throw. Overall, I am always pleased and happy with the throw, but still wishing it was stronger. The yummy cookie scent begs for that type of throw tha makes all your neighbors think you are baking cookies! B-

Overall, I do like Milk & Cookies, but it’s just not the unique or amazing-throw type of candle that will make me hunt it out. Hopefully it comes back this year so everyone can sniff it and make their own opinions! :)

-Kari Ann-

French Vanilla

French Vanilla is one of Yankee Candle’s classic scents. In fact, most candles companies have a “classic” vanilla scent in their mix!

I had thought, via hype and rumor, that French Vanilla was retiring from Yankee Candle, but it is currently on sale, in all sizes at full price, on the Yankee Candle Website! I’m happy about this since Yankee Candle’s French Vanilla is one of the few vanilla candle scents that I actually like. While other versions of French Vanilla come off as waxy or fake, Yankee Candle nails it!

French VanillaThe Scent: A delicious creamy French vanilla! It smells just like the off white, custard-like, ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. It’s wonderful. Although I’ve heard some describe it as bland, I love French Vanilla alone, or mixed with almost any other scent! Seriously….almost any fruit, floral, or food scent can be melted/burned alongside this scent with wonderful results! B

The Throw:  In my opinion, the throw for French Vanilla is just average. It has a light-medium throw that fill only a small room. It does create a warm environment, but it’s just not strong enough to make a statement or be used in a large room. It’s too bad! C-

Overall, I do really like French Vanilla….and I’ve had better luck on the throw with tarts!


As a side note, this jar has special meaning to me. My husband won it at Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield, MA last year during their big birthday celebration! The picture below is him winning the candle!

Mike YC

-Kari Ann-

Golden Apricot

Wow this weekend crazy busy! Mike and I drove to RI for a Sweet 16, family brunch, and wedding, then back to MD.

Anyways, I thought this was a great time to give a shout out to my new bathroom hand soap!

Golden Apricot

This Golden Apricot hand soap is an unsuspected superstar! It’s one of Bath & Body Works new fall soap scents and it’s wonderful! The golden apricot has that wonderful stone fruit scent…sweet, juicy, ripe. It does read as fall, but is not a typical apple or pear-like scent! I love it!

Kari in RI

Anyways, I was able to get the rest of my candles from RI…so now I’m ready to try some new scents!

-Kari Ann-

Cotton Candy (Everyday Luxe)

Tucked away, in the very back of the Homegoods candle section, I found one lone jar of Cotton Candy by Everyday Luxe.

Warning: this one is incredible!

Cotton Candy is the 4th Everyday Luxe candle I’ve bought in their carnival-themed collection!

Cotton CandyThe Scent: A sweet, pink sugared, cotton candy treat. This one take me back to those sticky childhood memories of eating pink cotton candy at a summer fair. Ask any child, there is a huge difference between pink and blue cotton candy! There is a hint of a raspberry fruit note, but this sugary confection hits the mark! If you love sweet scents, this one is a dream come true! A-

The Throw: I was blown away by this medium to medium-strong throw! It filled up my entire living room and adjacent bedroom! It also has a lingering throw, meaning I could smell the sweet cotton candy even after I blew out the candle! Wow, I’m impressed! A-

Overall, I really loved Cotton Candy…it was such a find! The Everyday Luxe brand is now on my “hot” list for future candles.

When I told Jenna about this scent, she asked me “what does it smell like?” In other words, cotton candy scents can be done really well, or really wrong (there’s no in between). This one is the real deal! Sticky, sweet, slightly fruity, pink fluffy cotton candy!

-Kari Ann-