Saturday, October 24, 2015

Lake Providence Lodge (LPL) Scented Wax Melts Review

Lake Providence Lodge (LPL) Scented Wax Melts Review

Lake Providence Lodge (LPL) Scented Wax Melts Reviews
Lake Providence Lodge (LPL) Scented Wax Melts

Lake Providence Lodge scented wax melts are strong, authentic, long lasting, and dye-free. They are all paraffin, for the best throw. And the wax is soft like butter, easy to cut, but not messy or creamy. Her wax is very simple... no glitter or jewelry or teddy bear shapes. It's all about the fragrance, which is fine by me! Many vendors buy their scented oils from the same manufacturers, so a lot of the scents tend to smell the same from vendor to vendor. Not so with LPL... The owner takes a lot of time and research to find the perfect oils for the most realistic, unique versions of scents.

Prices are very reasonable ($1.75 for a 1.5 oz. scent cup), as were shipping cost and time. I've never had to wait to place an order for the Ready to Ship Melt Cups. The owner has always been professional, quick to respond, and no-nonsense (no drama in Facebook groups).

I generally prefer retail (store-bought) wax, but there are only a few vendors that I really like, and Lake Providence Lodge is my #1 favorite.

I grade throw on a scale of 0 to 5 as follows:

0 = no throw at all, even from up close
1 = barely any throw, only from a few feet away
2 = light throw (can smell it in a small room)
3 = good throw (can smell it in a large room and maybe a little outside the room)
4 = excellent throw (can smell it even outside the room and maybe the entire floor)
5 = "scent monster" (can smell it throughout the entire house, and maybe even outside the house with windows open). Very few wax scents are 5's.

Please remember that reviews are subjective. I might love a scent that someone else hates, and vice versa (which is why I don't usually grade the scent itself). And throw can be affected by different batches, warmers, and the environment in which they're being melted (see the Definitions page for more information).

These are reviews of scents that I bought over two orders. She has many more scents than these!

Apple Dumpling
"A buttery vanilla crust filled with fresh cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom dusted apples in a sweet caramel and hazelnut syrup."
I smell apple, clove and bakery. Authentic and yummy!
Haven't melted yet

Balsam Ridge
"A mountaintop covered with pine and spruce trees. A bit of eucalyptus adds crispness to this deep evergreen scent. "
Rich balsam pine
Haven't melted yet

Banana Applesauce Cake
"Cake batter, heavy with bananas, fresh apples and a touch of spice."
Applesauce with cake notes and hint of banana
Throw: 2

Banana Bread
"Bananas and brown sugar baked into the perfect loaf, still warm from the Lodge’s oven."
Very realistic banana scent, not that fake candy banana. Melting brings out the bread notes. Lasted a long time.
Throw: 4.5

Breakfast at the Lodge
"The smell of weekend breakfasts at The Lodge. Our French toast casserole, drenched in maple syrup, mingled with fluffy pancakes and sweet cinnamon rolls."
Maple syrup and pancakes, and I swear I detect a hint of sausage or bacon. Again, a very realistic pancake breakfast scent, not a fake maple.
Throw: 4.5

Cake Shop
"This scent is a sweet blend of marshmallow fluff, cake, pure sugar and even a bit of sweet cinnamon buttercream frosting."
White birthday cake with sweet white frosting.
Throw: 3.5

Caramel Pears
"Pear halves in a cast iron skillet bubbling in a rich, buttery caramel."
Fresh pears drizzled with caramel. Could be a little sweeter.
Throw: 3

Clean Sheets
"Clean flannel sheets warm from the dryer. Some say this scent reminds them of a popular dryer sheet."
Smells like Downy fabric softener
Throw: 3

Cold Ginger Ale
"An ice cold Mason jar filled with crisp and refreshing ginger ale, fresh squeezed lime and slices of lemon and orange."
Fizzy Ginger Ale scent but has a very slight industrial cleaner note.
Throw: 3.5

Cotton Candy
"Pure spun sugar sweetness! Just like freshly made pink cotton candy."
Smells just like the real thing. Not as strong as other scents on cold sniff.
Haven't melted yet

Country Cottage
"Sweet cinnamon blended with vanilla, caramel, a touch of cider and maple syrup."
Authentic apple with something else, maybe vanilla or maple and a smidgeon of clove. The apple is pretty strong, which is odd since it's not listed in the fragrance description.
Haven't melted yet

Cranberry Lime
"Sweet and tart cranberries blended with a squeeze of lime juice."
Smells like a refreshing soda, very similar to the Cold Ginger Ale scent, but I like this one much better. Cranberry Lime is a little sweeter, and with more "flavor". I can definitely smell lime, but also a hint of berry.
Throw: 4

Fancy Salon
"You know the one. The moment you walk up to the door, the botanical smells entice you in. This oil is the scent of their famous, most PURE shampoo. Comprised of multiple flower and plant essences. Clean and relaxing just like a day at a high-end spa."
Very unique, realistic scent, like a massage oil made of a blend of expensive essential oils. Can't even describe the notes, but it's really good.
Throw: 4

"This is a warm scent of figs, caramelized brown sugar and a touch of toasted coconut. It is a deep scent rather than fruity. It is ideal for those who like masculine and clean scents."
A deep classy scent with an amber note and a hint of coconut. Not fruity.
Haven't melted yet

Fresh Laundry
"Smells like laundry day at the Lodge. Fresh and clean! This oil is a match for a popular liquid fabric softener that comes in a blue and pink bottle."
Real laundry detergent scent. This is one of those "harsh" laundry scents that some people don't like (I like it). It's harsher than the High Tide scent.
Throw: 4

Fresh Pear
"Just like freshly sliced, tart and juicy ripe pears. This is a strong and true scent."
Authentic pear scent with nothing added.
Throw: 4

Heirloom Rose
"This is a rich, deep and slightly earthy rose. Certainly not your grandmother’s rose perfume! This is a fresh, clean and lovely scent."
An old-fashioned rich earthy rose scent, not perfumy or overly floral or sweet. Has a slight soapy note, in a good way.
Throw: 4

High Tide
"We love the scent of freshly laundered linens at the Lodge! This is a clean scent that is a match for a liquid laundry detergent with a similar name. As fresh as the tide."
Subtle & classy, a nice bedroom scent, not harsh like a lot of laundry scents. Smells like Tide laundry detergent.
Throw: 3.5

Hot Bath
"This is a clean and very feminine scent. We blended our Lovely Grace with a sweet, fresh powdery scent to create a scent that smells as inviting as a nice, hot bath."
I smell baby powder and a slight soapy note. Perfect for a bathroom or bedroom.
Throw: 2.5

"We have just one hydrangea here at The Lodge-but we love it! This scent is a clean, mixed floral. Very fresh with green, almost herbal notes-not perfume-y in any way."
Authentic hydrangea flower scent, fresh and not perfumey.
Throw: 2

Jelly Beans
"Sweet, sugary and a little bit tart. We added a splash of strawberry to make this even fruitier! Smells just like a bag of freshly opened jelly beans."
Smells like berry Kool-Aid. Not my favorite.
Throw: 3

Lemon Fluff Cake
"A rich, sweet lemon cake iced with a sugary marshmallow frosting."
Sweet marshmallowy lemon, my favorite LPL lemon scent.
Throw: 3.5

Lemon Icebox Pie
"Fresh squeezed lemon juice, lots of sugar and buttery pie crust."
Similar to Lemon Pound Cake but slightly sweeter and less lemony, with more of a bakery note.
Throw: 4

Lemon Pound Cake
"The Lodge’s buttery pound cake infused with lemon and sugar."
Very lemony scent with a hint of bakery. Almost a slightly "fruity cereal" type of lemon.
Throw: 3.5

"The truest Lilac oil I could find. As a gardener, offering actual garden scents is important to me. Lilac, for me, is the first scent of spring. This is not a too heavy scent but is as authentic as the lilac bush just up from the creek here at the Lodge!"
The most authentic lilac scent I've ever smelled. If I close my eyes I swear I'm smelling the real thing.
Throw: 3.5

Lovely Grace
"This is a duplication of a famous actress’ fragrance although I think it smells also like another fancy line’s shower gel and lotion. So, I combined the name! This scent is for those who love clean, fresh and slightly floral scents."
A classy feminine scent, like an old-fashioned dusting powder.
Haven't melted yet

Melted Marshmallow
"Lightly warmed, sugar-y marshmallows. A delicious and rich vanilla scent."
Rich super sweet marshmallow frosting scent. I detect a lemon note up close, but not so much in the room. After a few hours the scent took on a nice warm slightly bourbon note.
Throw: 4

Mulberry Spice
"Warmed mulberries, steeped in syrupy brown sugar and cinnamon just waiting to become a cobbler."
Fresh bright red berries with a very slight spicy note and a hint of orange
Throw: 2.5

Peach Pie
"Ripe peaches baked in a cinnamon and maple sugar syrup filled pie crust."
I do smell bakery and a hint of peach I think, but doesn't smell a lot like peach to me. Not my favorite scent.
Throw: 3

Pistachio Punch
"A fruity and sweet blend of pistachios, ripe red cherries, juicy oranges and fresh pineapple."
Pistachio with fizziness, like pistachio soda. Slight almond note and a hint of cherry.
Throw: 4.5

"Very sweet and fruity and just the right amount of tartness."
Generic fruit scent. Didn't last long.
Throw: 2

"Crisp and tart. This is a slightly sweet, but earthy scent. Rhubarb, freshly picked from the garden."
Amazing on cold sniff, a succulent mouth-watering rich berry scent.
Haven't melted yet

Rose Preserves
"Syrup-y sweet rose jam. This scent is strong and fresh."
Smells like a combination of Toasted Vanilla Bean and Rose, with a baby powder note and possibly a hint of berry. I also detect a very slight almond note although I don't think that's one of the fragrance notes. Smells a little like a burnt rose. I think I like this one, but it's odd. Mixing floral with delectable doesn't always work out well. This scent is often called "Rose Jam", and this version is a little "warmer" and not as "harsh" as some other versions I've tried. After several hours, the scent morphed into baby powder with a slight rose note.
Throw: 4

Ruby Red Grapefruit
"A realistic and authentic ruby red grapefruit scent. The tartness is balanced with just a touch of sweet orange."
Smells exactly like grapefruit. Scent didn't last long.
Throw: 3

Sparkling Lemonade
"Ice cold lemonade with a touch of fizzy citrus soda added."
Just like the description, fizzy lemonade.
Haven't melted yet

Strawberry Fluff
"Our Strawberry mixed with our Melted Marshmallow. This smells sticky, sugary and sweet."
Super sweet rich buttercream marshmallow with a hint of strawberry. As time went on though, the strawberry moved to the forefront, and a few hours later it's more of a super sweet syrupy strawberry scent with some rich buttercream marshmallow mixed in.
Throw: 4

The Grove
"This scent is refreshing. It combines crisp, sugary and juicy mandarin (Satsuma) oranges and clementines."
Authentic orange with maybe a slight grapefruit note
Haven't melted yet

The Lodge's Kitchen
"A mixture of all the spices and ingredients used to prepare the cookies and pies baking in the Lodge’s oven."
Apple and cinnamon, but a bit too cinnamony for my tastes.
Throw: 1.5

Toasted Vanilla Bean
"Fresh vanilla beans warmed with toasted marshmallow and caramel."
Smells like Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel, that rich caramely toasted vanilla marshmallow scent.
Throw: 2.5

Tree-Lined Trail
"The scent of sweet fir, cypress and fresh mountain air."
Similar to Balsam Ridge but more sprucey and less piney, with perhaps a hint of smoky wood.
Haven't melted yet

"An explosion of fruit! This is my own blend of a popular scent by the same name. It is a sweet mix of tropical fruit, sugared oranges, lemons and limes."
I smell orange and maybe lime, with maybe a slight fizziness.
Haven't melted yet

White Chocolate Raspberry
"You know the beautiful, tall cakes with the thin layers of white chiffon cake and raspberry jam? The ones iced in white frosting and garnished with shaved or curled white chocolate? This is that scent."
Perfect mix of chocolate and raspberry, a nice subtle chocolate, not burnt fake chocolate.
Throw: 3.5

White Tea
"This is clean, fresh and floral. White tea leaves mingled with light florals. A very feminine and lovely scent."
Realistic tea scent without that sometimes overpowering chai note. Slightly perfumey. Lasted all day. Even if you don't like tea scents, you'll probably like this one.
Throw: 4.5