Saturday, January 30, 2016

Scentsationals Scented Wax Melts - Early Spring 2016 Scents Review

Scentsationals Scented Wax Melts - Early Spring 2016 Scents Review

ScentSationals Scented Wax Melts - Early Spring 2016
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This is a review of the new ScentSationals scented wax melts scents that came out in January-February 2016. This is an update of the review I posted on January 30, 2016, since I found other new ScentSationals scents since then. I bought Pink Velvet, Himalayan Pink Salt, Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies, Day Dream, Egyptian Cotton, Rainy Day, and Love Letters from http://www.scentsationals.com, and I found the other scents shown here the following week at Walmart. These scents may also be available at other stores such as Meijer's and Kroger stores.

Violet Sugar

Notes: A blend of rich crystalized violets, laid upon light white jasmine floral notes and succulent grapefruit, all mingled in with sweet creamy vanilla
 This smells a lot like ScentSationals Blackberry Cider, but with some different notes, like maybe a barely noticeable smidgeon of floral and citrus. If you're not familiar with Blackberry Cider, it doesn't smell like cider at all. It's a very warm almost ambery sweet scent with maybe a hint of blackberry, if at all. Violet Sugar is not quite as sweet and ambery. It's a fantastic fragrance! But sadly, throw isn't very good, maybe a 2 or 2.5, and the scent fizzled within 2 hours. UPDATE: I tried another one several months later, and the throw was fantastic, 3.5 or 4 out of 5, and scent lasted all day! Maybe I got one from a bad batch the first time?

Isla Bonita
Notes: A blend of amber sweet mandarin, juicy orange, wild flower honey, macadamia rose and freesia. A sensual base of cedar, sandalwood and musk adds a rich depth.
This one is different. It's definitely a tropical fruit scent, but not sweet, more savory and sour, and no coconut notes that are often found in tropical scents. Mandarin smells like orange, but I don't smell any orange or citrus. And if there's a wildflower note, I don't really smell it although it may be way in the background. This one is hard to describe, I guess it's basically a sour fruit, which sounds bad, but it actually doesn't smell bad. I'm not sure if I really like it or not. I think this is one that people will either like or hate. I've heard from other people that the throw on this one is light, but for me throw was excellent, around a 4 out of 5.

Passion Fruit Coconut
Notes: A lush passionfruit coconut, fused with cassis and sun-kissed oranges.
I smell coconut and a slight fruity note, but also a clean, fresh air note as well as a hint of amber that warms it up and gives it a bit of a foody quality. It's not a harsh coconut, and it's not a typical tropical scent either. I really like this scent, but the throw is not very good, maybe a 2 out of 5.

Petal Showers
Notes: A splendid mixture of apple blossom, jasmine and gardenia, infused with light notes of citrus and plum.
This is a fruity floral but I can't pick out the individual notes. It smells a little like scented toilet paper, but that's not a bad thing. It's a nice scent, a little generic, and I don't smell citrus or plum. Throw was terrible, maybe a 1 out of 5 if that.

Tropical Fuse
Notes: A blend of amber sweet mandarin, juicy orange, cassis, wild flower honey and macadamia rose. A sensual base of cedar, sandalwood and musk adds a rich depth.
This isn't nearly as tropical as the name and picture suggests. It's a sour tropical fruit scent, but the sourness is tempered by a floral background, although it's not really sweet and the floral is not really noticeable as it's more of a "green", natural type floral rather than perfumey. Melted, it's very similar to the new SS Isla Bonita, with that slightly sour fruit note. But although the throw is good, at around 2.5 or 3 out of 5, it's not as good as Isla Bonita.


Pink Velvet
Notes: Sugared lemon, apple and pineapple mingled into a sweet heart of tropical punch and red currant. Sugar cane and vanilla bean in the base deliver a captivating finish.
This smells to me like ScentSationals Pretty in Pink (a light "pink sugar" type scent, like cotton candy with a hint of sweet perfume) mixed with vanilla to tone down the sweetness, plus a hint of lemon and almond, and a smidgeon of raspberry. Kind of a like a grown up, bakery version of Pretty in Pink, or a raspberry macaroon with that hint of raspberry and lemon. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Himalayan Pink Salt
Notes: A fresh, invigorating blend as eucalyptus, lemon, lime and ginger mingle together with lavender, muguet and bergamot. Jasmine, balsam, ozone and vanilla provide the perfect finish.
This is kind of sweet masculine scent, not a floral. Any floral sweetness is tempered by the eucalyptus, which adds a clean, soapy, masculine, almost peppery note that makes it smell a little like a sweet shaving cream. But it's not a menthol scent, and there's no Vicks Vaporub or minty note at all. There is a slight "salt scrub" note, so I might classify it as a spa scent, although it's also a fresh, clean scent. I just don't know how I'd classify the scent though. It's not a floral. It's "almost" a cologne scent but not really. And it's also a clean scent, but not completely. Maybe even a spa scent, but a little too sweet. I'll put it under "spa" because it does have a very slight "salt scrub" note. Throw is excellent, close to a 4 out of 5.

Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies
Notes: A blend of deliciously baked lemon and lime, blended with pure sweet coconut milk and sugar, with light notes of vanilla extract.
This is a different lemon scent than other ScentSationals lemon scents. It's like a cross between bakery lemon and kitchen lemon. Compared to Living Colors Lemon Bars, Lemon Bars is a little stronger on the lemon, saltier, and slightly more bakery. 
Compared to ScentSationals Lemon Meringue, the Lemon Meringue is more bakery, and even though it's a fantastic scent, it smells more fake and waxy. Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies is a more authentic lemon "confection", like the filling of a lemon meringue pie, with a tinge of vanilla, and not a lot of crust. It smells like the lemon note in ScentSationals Lemongrass Mint. It's also sweet and has a slight "kitchen lemon" (like Lemon Pledge) note, so it should satisfy lemon scent lovers no matter what type of lemon you prefer. Excellent throw, 4 out of 5.

Day Dream
Notes: Hints of vibrant greens lay upon an enticing array of amber, jasmine and rose, meshed with citrus lemon notes and soft musk.
This is a green plant type floral, not overly sweet like a flowery floral, but more like sweet green grass with a little bit of jasmine wafting in the air. It also has a hint of spicy perfume, just enough to make it "not quite" a floral, but somewhere between a floral and a perfume. Ah, I think that other note I detect is a sweet cedar wood scent, which makes this scent smell a little bit like ScentSationals White Sandalwood scent from a few years ago. Throw is excellent, 4 out of 5.

Egyptian Cotton
Notes: A medley of light plump grape, laid upon fresh floral notes of jasmine and white floral. Sandalwood, light musk and warm vanilla give it that warm cozy yet fresh feel.
This is basically a toned down version of ScentSationals Vintage Lace (one of my favorite scents). It's a lovely warm cashmere (a lighter sweeter fabric-y amber scent) mixed with old-fashioned white musk. It's not a laundry scent, as there's no harshness and no clean detergent notes, but perhaps a slight fabric softener note. It smells like ScentSationals Vintage Lace mixed with a little bit of ScentSationals Crisp Linens to temper the sweetness. Throw is fairly good, maybe a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.

Rainy Day
Notes: Delicate greens and wild springtime bluebells join notes of sugared rose, pure water lily and blushing hyacinth touched by sparkling April rains, fruit nectars and the warmth of white musk.
This smells almost exactly like ScentSationals Bali Shores (from 2014 but still available on the ScentSationals website) and ScentSationals Paradise (also from 2014 but has been discontinued), and may in fact be that exact scent. It's sweet and watery with a hint of musky perfume, but it's more of a fresh scent than a perfume scent. It may possibly have another note in it, maybe a smidgeon of salty soapy clean air. When melted though, I'm 95% sure it's a dupe of the Bali Shores and Paradise scents. Throw is very good, 3.5 out of 5.

Love Letters
Notes: A delicious blend of floral notes floating upon a light and airy amber, fragrant jasmine, and fresh succulent greens
A nice cashmere/amber type scent with a perfumey note and something else kind of milky, can't put my finger on it but it's not a dupe for any other SS scents that I know of. Now that I see the scent notes, OK I guess the milkiness is the almond and I guess I can detect a smidgeon of cedar. Throw is not good, maybe a 1.5 or 2 out of 5, but would probably do okay in a small room like a bathroom.

Dazzling Sky Duo - Sky Lantern + Amethyst Sky
Notes: A mixture of opulent sandalwood, oriental amber and pure incense, embracing a sweet dark plum and blackcurrant complex lifted by floral orange blossom, white cedar and milky vanilla bean. The spicy warmth of green cinnamon bark combines with black oud and pure sandalwood, enhanced by sultry amber, oriental vanilla bean, earthy patchouli and opulent musk.
Amethyst Sky (the pink side) is a nice warm ambery scent with zero throw. Sky Lantern (orange side) is a beautiful ambery cedar scent.

Secret Garden Duo - Rainy Day and Petal Showers
Rainy Day and Petal Showers, side by side (see reviews of each scent here).

Tropical Beauty - Passion Fruit Coconut and Isla Bonita
Passion Fruit Coconut and Isla Bonita, side by side (see reviews of each scent here).


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