Friday, January 30, 2015

Melted - BH&G / Vanilla Caramel Spice

Vanilla Caramel Spice - [no scent description]

I've had this scent at least twice before, and was disappointed in it both times.  I happened to get this again as a Christmas gift, so here we go again.  And third time's a charm indeed, sort of.  The problem I've had in the past is that the scent seems much creamier on cold sniff, then all of the sudden tons of spice come out once it's warmed.  I was somewhat prepared for that this time and I'm much more accepting of it this time . . . but as a fall scent.  On cold sniff I do get a bit of the sweet caramel scent, and there is some creaminess.  Warmed though, this is almost total spice, with those remaining traces of vanilla just barely keeping it from being a dry, too harsh type spice scent.  Spice haters will probably want to stay away from this one.

I melted two cubes in my tea light warmer and had good strong scent and throw.  I will tuck the rest of this pack away until fall, and see how I feel about it then.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melted - Scentsationals / Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink - [no scent description]

I'd heard talk in the wax community recently about this scent and another being similar to the ever popular Pink Sugar.  I'm not a huge Pink Sugar fan in home fragrance (love it in body care though) but my closest waxy friends were all curious about it so I joined the hunt to find it, for them.  My Walmart had that big center aisle bin of wax shortly after Christmas, and it was filled with a mix of leftover fall and winter scents, as well as some sneak peek spring scents.  You had to dig to find things though, and that's what I did to find this.  I found two packs, divided them up to send those waxy friends some cubes to try, and had a couple left for myself.

(The other scent in question is Sugared Lavender Twist, from Better Homes & Gardens.  I only found one pack of that, and did not keep any for myself.)

This is a very pretty scent.  It's sweet, perfume-like, but there is a hint of creaminess and vanilla.  I can see how Pink Sugar might come to mind.  I'm no Pink Sugar expert by any means and I don't even have any here to compare.  I don't think this close enough to call it a dupe though.  This seems brighter, lighter.  Waxy friend Julie mentioned she thought there might be peonies happening in here.  I do like this though.  There is just enough of that sweet, creamy vanilla to keep it from being too floral or too perfume-y.

I melted two cubes of this in my tea light warmer and had surprisingly good results.  The scent was a light-medium, which totally worked in this case.  Any stronger and it could have easily been too much.  Throw was excellent, and I had very lovely light background scent in all areas of the downstairs of my house.

This is a surprise hit for me, and I will be keeping my eye out for more.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Melted - BH&G / Buttered Rum Brulee

Buttered Rum Brulee - [no scent description]

When the 2014 Better Homes & Gardens Christmas/winter scents came out late last fall, I was very disappointed in the lineup.  I don't think I bought any of them.  I did receive this one for Christmas though, and since my blog is totally lacking lately and I've been saying I'm going to spend some time with retail brands over indie vendors for a while, I went ahead and melted it.

I always get excited when I see a butter rum type scent.  I always expect it to be rich and creamy, like the Butter Rum flavored Lifesavers.  This Buttered Rum Brulee is sooo not that.  There is a lot more spice than I ever would have expected.  There is also an almost perfume-y note to it.  Lurking deep in there is that lovely butter rum scent I always hope for but it's losing it's battle.  This is just a spicy perfume.  *sigh*

This was also a rare fail in the performance department.  One of the things I've always loved about the Better Homes & Gardens tarts is that they are strong and reliable.  I have had a few lighter scents along the way but I think this is the biggest dud I've come across from this brand.  I had two cubes melting in my tea light warmer and early on had about a lighter medium scent and throw.  I added two cubes to a second tea light warmer in another room, hoping to boost the scent, but nope.  Even when I added the last two cubes, using my Glade warmer, I could barely notice the scent.  Once in a while I would get a brief strong whiff of warm spice, like if someone walked by and stirred up the air.  Otherwise though, complete dud.

I would not bother with this scent again but it does not change my thoughts on the brand over all.