Halloween Accessories

I love Halloween….and I just love the cute decorations that pop up! I am a huge fan of the “The Witch is In” type decor….I think it’s so cute! I also loves cats….that is probably why I am always drawn to the witchy Halloween decorations.

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I got this cute votive holder from Yankee Candle about 5 years ago (2009). I simply fell in love. Pictures cannot show it, but the etched glass gives the illusion that the witch is moving as the flame flickers.

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It is one of those “larger” votive holders, so my one complaint is that the votive burns twice as fast since the votive collapses inside. Love the cat though!

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Hope everyone is excited for Halloween!

-Kari Ann-

Sparkling Cinnamon

I’ve been getting into the holiday spirit early this year! The last few weeks, I have been working part-time at the Banana Republic and we are preparing for the pre-holiday festivities (Christmas music, black Friday, and a neat holiday collection are all coming in the next few weeks!)

I very recently got a new job, so I am in my last few days at BR…I am also moving to the Maryland Eastern Shore! Enough about me…now onto the candles!

Sparkling CinnamonThe Scent: A wonderful, warm and spicy cinnamon scent…with a large pulse of sugar! This is a wonderful cinnamon scent that is more “spicy” than sweet, but still has a sweetness to it! It reminds me of winter and the holidays! Sparkling Cinnamon blends perfectly with a fresh Christmas tree! A-

The Throw: Sparkling Cinnamon is one of Yankee Candle’s most classic throws! It is a medium-strong that will consistently fill up a large room! It is a perfect “ambiance” candle that you can lit and have your holiday party have the pleasant (but not overwhelming) scent of cinnamon linger through you home. A

I am a huge fan of Sparkling Cinnamon. It is one of my go-to, non-pine, holiday scents that everyone except for Jenna always seems to enjoy!

-Kari Ann-

Marshall’s Trip

I’ve noticed this a lot with Homegoods and Marshalls/TJMaxx…many place have two separate buildings….one is Homegoods and and the other is the clothing-based Marshalls/TJMaxx. If this is the same for you…don’t forget to “treasure hunt” in Marshalls/TJMaxx as well, because they carry candles too!

Friday, I walked over next store to Marshall’s and found some goodies!

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1) Alpine Spruce: This is a World Journey that came out last year…it is an icy cool pine scent that fits right in with the holidays, winter, or any fresh scent lovers.

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2) Pumpkin Hazelnut: This unique Everyday Luxe scent hit the spot for me! It’s a wonderful mix of autumn pumpkin and subtle hazelnut that smells like a wonderful recipe for a latte or mixed drink!

g3) Heritage Pine: May the Peace & Joy of the Holidays Be Yours. A traditional pine scent that would make a cute gift or holiday decoration.

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4) Smoky Mountains: I love the Smoky Mountains and this fresh, unique, and impossible to describe scent by Everyday Luxe was refreshingly different! I love their “world journey” collection!

Arctic Glacier

5) Arctic Glacier: Okay, this new World Journey was not my favorite…but I was so excited to find it! I had expected it to smell like Sparkling Snow or even mint…..but it, like the dull gray color, fell flat to me! It was very light, with maybe just a hint of a soap-like scent. Maybe it burns better? It didn’t smell like a repeated Yankee Candle scent, so at least it is original!

Well, there they are…my finds! I managed to find 3/4 of the new World Journeys (all except German Apple Strudel…which figures since it’s the one Jenna and I want to get our grandfather!).

Happy hunting!

-Kari Ann-

Homegoods Trip!

I finally got a chance to go to a Homegoods yesterday, and found a whole bunch of goodies! I also bought a few items (as gifts….gonna start Christmas shopping early!). Only about half of my pictures have imported, so there will also be a Part 2 from my Marshalls trip!

A1) Bavarian Pretzel and Belgium Waffles: I finally found them! Firstly, I loved Belgium Waffles…when I first heard of the scent, I was worried it would be a re-hash of Maple Pancakes….but it has little to no maple notes (yay!). It smells like warmed waffles covered in butter. It is wonderful! I actually love Bavarian Pretzel too, but I think this scent will either be a “you love it or hate it.” To me, it smelled like a warm pretzel with extra firm crust!

b2) Joy to the World (Everyday Luxe): If you are a fan of Jack Frost or Frosty Air by Yankee Candle, you will love this one! A cool, icy peppermint.

c3) Snowberry, Balsam & Spruce, and Holiday Cinnamon: I love these cute pillar-like Yankee Candles. (Yes, the holiday scents are out!). Snowberry is an icy cool, but sweet berry scent. Balsam & Spruce is similar to Balsam & Cedar (a fresh pin scent), and Holiday Cinnamon is Sparkling Cinnamon! Lovely!

d4) Home for Christmas: I fell in love with this nostalgic scent. Unfortunately, I can’t quit remember all the notes in this one, I just remember really liking it! It is at base a pine scent! But be on the lookout for these cute Limited Edition Holiday Collection scents!

e5: Holiday Trio and Apple & Gingerbread: Okay, so Apple and Gingerbread is a GENIUS scent! It has a spicy apple and gingered molasses scent! If you cannot find this candle, try burning a Macintosh tart with a Gingerbread jar…it is unexpected and great! The Holiday Trio Home Classic (sold at Target) is a tri-pour of Holiday Cinnamon, Cookies for Santa, and Home for Christmas.

So yes, the holiday scents have arrived at Homegoods! I overheard two sales associates in Marshall’s mention that they were putting up their holiday displays Tuesday! What happened to Halloween…and Thanksgiving! LOL

Happy Hunting!

-Kari Ann-

Pomelo Grapefruit

Okay, it’s no secret that I love citrus based scents! Well, this past summer, Bath & Body Works’ released Pomelo Grapefruit…and I was fixated!

During their semi-annual sale, I bough a Wallflower bulb of this grapefruit scent…and it just topped my all time favorite list for Wallflowers!

Pomelo GrapefruitThe Scent: A refreshing, slightly tart, yet slightly sweet, grapefruit scent! This is a citrus scent for everyone! It’s fresh and fruit..and demands one to think about a lazy summer day! Wonderful! A

The Throw: This bulb has been stellar! I plugged it in about 2 weeks ago now, and my entire bathroom smells like fresh grapefruit! Occasionally, I even get a sniff when I enter my apartment after work! One of the best I’ve ever tried! A-

Overall, I wish I bough more of these Pomelo Grapefruit Wallflowers…and really wish I bought a candle in this scent! I hope this one comes back next year!!!!

-Kari Ann-

Caramel Pecan Pie

Caramel Pecan Pie is beloved by many. This Yankee Candle, although only a few years old, is now a fall staple!

However, I will pre-warn everyone that I did not like this scent!

Caramel Pecan PieThe Scent: While this scent does smell nice….like a buttery and nutty caramel dessert….after a few minutes of it melting, all I could smell was a sticky maple-caramel scent. Maybe it was just this tart, like it was stored with a batch of Maple Pancake candles…but I absolutely hated the maple scent. It was sticky, too sweet, and almost burnt smelling! I had to blow out my tart warmer! D

The Throw: The throw was actually really good…a solid medium. After only a few minutes, my entire living room and parts of my bedroom filled up with the scent. It’s just too bad I didn’t like it! B+

Overall, I’ll probably give this scent another try. I hate sticky, artificial maple scents…and that is all I could smell!

-Kari Ann-

Fall Festival (Sonoma)

While I am (obviously) a Yankee Candle fan, I love trying out different candle brands!

I have been wanting to try out one of Kohl’s candle brands for a while….but I was waiting for the right sale! The Sonoma Lifestyles candles and scented cubes are in full Autumn mode, and with a 50% off sale, I finally bought a scented cube to try.

At regular price, the Sonoma Lifestyles Scented Cubes are $5.99….and it’s the same size (6 square cubes) as the BH&G wax cubes sold at Walmart. Even at 50% (~$3), these Sonoma cubes are more expensive than the ScentSationals and BH&G…and even Yankee Candle tarts for that matter!

I decided to try out Fall Festival.

Fall FestivalThe Scent: Apple cider donuts! This wonderful scent is a bakery delight of freshly picked gala apples baked in butter and brown sugar with a golden flaky crust and dashes of cinnamon. It is completely different than Yankee Candle’s Fall Festival…but is similar to their new Apple Spice mixed with Bath & Body Work’s Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut! Love it! A-

The Throw: The throw is pretty great…a solid medium! It started to fill up my living area quickly. My only complaint…..the scent of 2 cubes lasts only ~4 hours at best! So, in my honest opinion, the quality (based only on Fall Festival), is equivalent to the BH&G wax cube line. So…at full price, these Sonoma wax cubes are too pricy for me…but at 50% off…I say give them a try! A-

So, I really liked this Fall Festival scent by Kohl’s Sonoma Lifestyles line….but I do admit the at full price, the throw quality is probably not worth it. Luckily, Kohl’s is notorious for always having sales…so try these out, just don’t pay more than $3!!!!!

-Kari Ann-