Sunday, February 14, 2016

Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts Review - Early Spring 2016

Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts Review - Early Spring 2016

Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts - Early Spring 2016
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This is a review of the Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Melts (from Walmart) new Early Spring 2016 scents (and some older ones that Walmart has restocked).




Apricot Rose Water

Notes: Sun drenched apricot, nectarine blossom and pink grapefruit become enlivened with rosewater, gardenia petals and white peach. White musk, vanilla and creamy sandalwood gives it a smooth finish.

This is kind of like a "tropical" peach scent, like an authentic fruit, and it's sour rather than sweet. I don't smell any rose. When melted, it's very similar to the new ScentSationals Isla Bonita with the "sour fruit" scent. I'm not sure if I like it, as it's very sour, but not like a nice lemon sour. It might smell better mixed with something like vanilla to temper that sourness.

Throw: Very good, around a 3 out of 5



Caribbean Sea Breeze

Notes: Ocean sea spray, water pineapple and honeydew captivates the senses. Coconut water, sea orchid and muguet lead into aquatic moss and white woods in the base for a tranquil finish.

This is a nice coconut scent with a hint of fresh air and just a smidgeon of tropical fruit.

Throw: Excellent, 4 or 5 out of 5



Exotic Paradise Punch

Notes: The sparkling scent of juicy pineapple, sweet orange and Fuji apple becomes enriched with Rainier cherries and passion fruit.

This scent came out in 2014 and it doesn't look like it's coming back, but the old ones are being restocked on the Walmart shelves (don't worry, ScentSationals and Better Homes & Gardens scents last for several years). This scent is similar to Better Homes & Gardens Fresh Pulled Taffy. Both scents smell like hard candy with a sweet lemon drop note. But Fresh Pulled Taffy has more of a cotton candy vibe, and Exotic Paradise Punch also has a sweet tropical note, making it smell more like a Kool-Aid type drink. Melted, it really smells like Fresh Pulled Taffy!

Throw: Very good, around a 3.5 out of 5



Iced Lemon Poundcake

Notes: A medley of homemade vanilla infused pound cake drizzled in lemon essence icing and a twist of candied lemon zest

This one is different from the new ScentSationals Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies. Cookies is more lemony, while poundcake is more like vanilla cake with lemon flavored sugar frosting. But there's something "off" about the scent, like a weird sour waxy note.

Throw: Excellent, 4 or 5 out of 5



Island Pomelo Dragonfruit

Notes: Bright, sunny pomelo, sweet orange and pink grapefruit, blended with candied dragonfruit and island mango, fused with hints of green citrus leaf and warm citron woods

This is a nice bright orange scent, actually more like mandarin, which is basically orange but with a tropical note. It's very similar to Better Homes & Gardens Cranberry Mandarin Splash. But Cranberry Mandarin Splash is a little more bitter, and Island Pomelo Dragonfruit has a little more of a citrus note, and I think even a touch of lemon. I like this scent much better than Cranberry Mandarin Splash. I'd classify this more as a citrus scent rather than a tropical scent.

Throw: Excellent, 5 out of 5



Savory Blackberry Cobbler

Notes: Juicy and plump sun-ripe blackberries sweetened with white sugar crystals and topped with a buttery cobbler crust

This is not like any other SS or bakery berry scents. "Savory" is the keyword here. This is not a sweet dessert type scent. I do smell blackberries, but they're slightly sour blackberries (what is it with the sour fruit theme of a lot of the new SS and scents?). I also smell the crust, but it's not a rich buttery crust, more like unsweetened raw dough. There's an offputting note in this scent, like a slightly sour or "clay" type note. If any scent ever needed some sweet vanilla mixed in, this would be it. On its own, it's not one of my favorites.

Throw: Very good, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Serene Spa Resort

Notes: Breezy, sea salted greens and fresh ozonic florals gleam with sparkling citrus highlights over a warm background of ambered driftwood and mossy marines

This is a fresh salty water scent with maybe a smidgeon of eucalyptus and maybe a slight touch of ScentSationals Zen on cold sniff. It's not a sweet scent at all, more of a fresh "spa" scent. The closest scent to this one is maybe ScentSationals White Water, but it's not exact. When melted, I don't detect the eucalyptus or Zen notes that I did on cold sniff; it's just a nice salty slightly herbal water scent.

Throw: Excellent, around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Smoky Gray Mist

Notes: ?

This is a super fresh men's cologne scent that smells very strong on cold sniff; in fact, it's kind of "in your face" strong, like a clean aftershave with a high alcohol content. If you don't like men's cologne scents, this one might annoy you.

Throw: Not good, 2.5 out of 5



Sun Washed Poppies

Notes: An intriguing floral/fruity blend that opens with notes of sweet apple, pink raspberry and white pepper. A playful heart of rose petals, jasmine and wild poppies leads into a sensuous comforting base of sandalwood and sun-washed musk.

A beautiful summer scent, this smells like strawberries combined with a floral. I knew I'd smelled this one before! It's a dupe of the discontinued Better Homes & Gardens Sun-Kissed Tulips.

Throw: Excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5



Sunset Creek Azalea

Notes: An alluring grove of canyon azalea, jasmine and rose petals, topped with bright lemon, sunny daffodil and early spring greens. Aromas of white oak and creek moss are infused for a soothing finish.

A very nice fruity floral with a hint of baby powder. This smells a little bit like a preteen girl's perfume, but without a candy note and it's not annoying.

Throw: Not good, 2.5 out of 5



White Peach Mango

Notes: A fruity infusion of white peach, apricot and sweet orange is blended with mandarin water and exotic mango nectar. Sugar cane and vanilla bean are added to the base and deliver a smooth finish.

This smells like mango with some peach mixed in. It has kind of a "fake" peach note, like a cheap peach scented air freshener spray. I don't care for this scent.

Throw: Very good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5



Wild Honeysuckle Pear

Notes: Luminous accords of wild honeysuckle, sweet orange blossom and sparkling pear wraps around an intoxicating floral bouquet of yellow freesia, muguet and gardenia petals. A soothing base of sweet musk further exudes a tranquil experience.

I swear this is a dupe of another scent that I might no longer have. It's a soapy floral, but pear, I don't know about that. It's not really honeysuckle either. It's kind of a "harsh" floral, if that makes sense, not perfumey at all, maybe a slight chemical note? It's light on cold sniff, and doesn't smell nearly as good as it sounds.

Throw: Poor, 1.5 or 2 out of 5




By The Pool duo - Splash + Coconut

This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015. All in all, I'm not crazy about either of the scents in this duo.

The blue side (Splash) smells like fresh clean tropical water with a bit of coconut and a hint of salt. It started out very strong and a bit harsh, but after about an hour the scent dissipated just enough to eliminate some of the harshness. Throw is around a 3.5 out of 5.

The white side (Coconut) smells like dry coconut flakes used for baking, but has that "fake" coconut note. Throw is around a 3 or 3.5 out of 5.



Hideaway in Paradise duo - Mai Tai + Saltwater Sands

Notes: A delicious blend of fresh squeezed orange, apple slices and sundrenched peaches. Sugarcane and sangria add sweetness. The scent of sweet orange blossom and mandarin combined with waterlily, island florals and golden sand makes you feel like you never want to leave.

This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015.

The orange side (Mai Tai) is a sweet, pleasant, slightly perfumey tropical scent. It doesn't have that sour note that a lot of tropical scents have, and no pineapple or coconut. Throw is very good, around a 3.5 out of 5.

The white side (Saltwater Sands) is a nice sweet, perfumey soapy scent with a hint of floral. Throw is excellent, a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.



Saltwater Sea Escape duo - Sea Orchid + Coral

Notes: Explore the depths of the ocean with this fruity marine fragrance, featuring fuzzy peach, nectarine, beach coral and driftwood. Pineapple water and fresh ozones open this fragrance into a beautiful blend of white orchid, jasmine and violet leaf.

This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015.

The blue side (Sea Orchid) is a fresh, sweet, watery scent with a soapy note, a little bit like the new ScentSationals Rainy Day, but with a slight chlorine note like a fresh swimming pool. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

The pink side (Coral) is a sweet tropical fruit scent without coconut or that sour fruit note. It's almost like strawberry with a tropical note. Throw is excellent, around a 3.5 or 4 out of 5.



Tropical Beach Getaway duo - Beach Flowers + Dragonfruit

This is a scent from last year, and the package is dated 2015. Both scents smell similar to ScentSationals Isla Bonita (in fact, they both have a picture of dragonfruit on the label), which is a savory, very sour fruit scent.

The dark pink side (Dragonfruit) has a berry note, maybe strawberry, but with that sour dragonfruit note in the background. Throw is excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

The light pink side (Beach Flowers) is sweet, with a floral note, and just a smidgeon of the sour dragonfruit note. It's kind of a boring, non-descript scent. Throw is okay, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5.



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