Final Thoughts on Celebrate!

Last night marked the end of my Celebrate! large jar. It’s unfortunate because I really like the scent, but as many have told me, the throw leaves more to be desired!

So, now that the entire jar has been burned, how does my original grades of A for Scent and C- for Throw hold up?

celebrate2The Scent Revisited: I still love this scent! It is a delicious lemon-vanilla-buttercream mix that is truly a home run for me! It’s almost like a lemon pound cake mixed with a lemon creamsicle (if that exists!). I’ve read a few (in my opinion funny but true) reviews of online buyers who get surprised by that strong lemon presence! If you like citrus and bakery focused scents, this one will be a sure hit! A

The Throw Revisited: My C- grade was pretty accurate, maybe even a little generous. I’d say 9 times out of 10, I couldn’t smell a thing! Every once in a while, I’d get a gentle pulse of scent….or if I happened to walk by the candle really close, I could smell it. Otherwise, this one could have been unlit and my nose never would tell the difference! D+

Overall, here was a great scent with a terrible throw. I found myself burning this one just to get rid of it (but I liked the scent too much to return it!).

Anyways, has anyone else had better luck with Celebrate!?

-Kari Ann-

Wine Down (Pomegranate Sangria)

I wish I bought more Wallflowers during this past winter Semi-Annual Sale at Bath & Body Works! Pomegranate Sangria is my last bulb from my haul. I really enjoyed the scents from the New Year’s Eve collection…and Wine Down (aka Pomegranate Sangria) might be my favorite so far!

pom sangriaThe Scent: A fruity and delicious effervescent scent! It smells a delicious bubbly white wine packed with pomegranate seeds and juice! It’s a perfect fruity scent that is not too fruity! And there is some apple notes in there! A-

The (Bulb) Throw: It’s been really nice! A pleasant “background” medium throw, meaning that you can smell it when you first walk into the room, but it quickly fades into the background. So it’s not too overwhelming, but covers up my cat’s litter box! B

Overall, I am really pleased with Wine Down! But I am looking forward to the next SAS in June to restock!

-Kari Ann-

Orange Bourbon Cupcakes

I am very torn on the duel-scented wax cubes from the ScentSationals line at Walmart. I haven’t had too much luck! I love the idea of getting two scents in one and already having the recipe for a great mixology. However, of the few I’ve tried, I find that one scent usually overpowers or outshines the other (You can read my previous reviews here, here, here, and here). Orange Bourbon Cupcakes was no exception to this fate!

For this mixology, I melted each scent separately first, then tried the combination!

ocMolten Orange

The Scent: Yuck! This one smelled like orange-scented disinfectant (to me at least!) The orange was so artificial, all I could think of was cleaning my bathroom! D-

The Throw: The throw was actually not bad on this one! Filled up my living room in a medium-strong throw. Definitely a “smellable” throw. A-

Honey Bourbon Frosting

The Scent: Yum! I loved this creamy vanilla buttercream frosting with just a touch of bourbon! It was well balanced and actually smelled good enough to eat! B+

The Throw: It was okay. I wish it was a tad stronger. I’d say it was a light-medium. It did fill up my living room, but my nose quickly got used to the scent and it become lost/forgotten. C

Orange Bourbon Cupcakes (The mix!)

The Scent: Yup, as expected, the Molten Orange greatly overpowered the Honey Bourbon Frosting. It smelled just that the “cleaner” orange scent. I couldn’t detect any of the frosting. On the (small) plus side, it did mute the orange scent a bit. D

The Throw: Again, all I could smell was that orange scent, so the throw was good….just I didn’t care for it! B+

Okay, so I obviously did not enjoy this duel-scented wax cube. But…Walmart does sell the Honey Bourbon Frosting scent separately. That’d be my advice…..get that scent and mix it with your own fruit-scented wax! I just wish the throw was a bit stronger! But smell for yourself….who knows if you might disagree with me! My husband actually liked the Molten Orange scent (but did agree it smelled like a cleaner)!

-Kari Ann-

Sunshine & Lemons (Soap)

S3S4As I very recently posted, I love the gentle foaming soap from Bath & Body Works. I usually stock up at Semi-Annual Sales, or at least buy is bulk (5 for $18 is a current sale example). The soap that preceded Island White Pineapple was Sunshine & Lemons.

I love just any about any lemon scent, and this one was no exception! It was a great “clean” lemon soap scent that even my husband liked! And it was just perfect for spring!

-Kari Ann-

Island White Pineapple (Soap)

S1S2I always have a Bath & Body Works gentle foaming soap in my bathroom. My April scent is Island White Pineapple, and it deserves a shout out!

This is a wonderful tropical fruit scent with pineapple (obviously) as the star, but the pineapple is muted and not overwhelming, I also enjoy the undertones of honeydew melon! It’s a great summertime scent that is wonderful & unique! I’d actually love to see a candle in this scent!

-Kari Ann

Fresh Pulled Taffy (BH&G)

I am totally into this summer carnival theme for candle scents! Walmart’s Better Homes & Gardens scented wax cubes are getting into the fun as well with a Fresh Pulled Taffy scent!

Fresh Pulled TaffyThe Scent: It is a fruit scent that does remind me of salt water taffy! As a child, I remember watching candy-makers pull taffy through a window on a boardwalk in Cape Cod. This reminds me of that taffy, BUt with less of that “ocean salt” or cream note and more fruit. As for the fruit notes, it was a plethora of grape, strawberry, orange, watermelon….a big mash of fruits scents! It was good, not great, but far from average! B

The Throw: Very nice! It was a medium-strong (and not headache-inducing!!!). It filled up my living room within 15 minutes! Very good quality. But….it started to get to be “a little too much” after a few hours. A-

Overall, I liked Fresh Pulled Taffy very much! It is one of my favorite of the new BH&G scents.

Coming soon: a comparison to Yankee Candle’s Taffy scent ;)

-Kari Ann-

Pumpkin Wreath

I burned out of season a few days ago by melting a tart of Pumpkin Wreath. It was part of my “burn soon” pile and I know my husband loves autumn scents. I want to like this one…but unfortunately I just don’t love it.

At first, I was confused. Why don’t I like this scent? It has all the notes I love in fall candles: pumpkin, cinnamon, earthy-notes. Then it hit me… I was comparing Pumpkin Wreath to Red Apple Wreath….and in my humble opinion, Red Apple Wreath blows this one out of the water!

pumpkin wreathThe Scent: It’s an autumnal craft store scent of pumpkins, spices (like cinnamon and clove), and a woodsy note (maybe oak branches). It’s not bad, but not great. Yankee has better pumpkin scents, in my opinion, and even a better wreath scent. For me, I much prefer Red Apple Wreath. C

The Throw: This one is on the lighter side, but is not a total dud. It’s a light to maybe light-medium. It got a little “lost” in my living room and probably would have been better in a smaller room. C-

So, for as much as I love Fall scents, Pumpkin Wreath just doesn’t do it for me! I know others who LOVE this scent….so give it a sniff for yourself! I actually was a big fan of this scent when it first came out in Fall 2013 (my old review), so it’s funny how our noses change!

-Kari Ann-