Friday, June 17, 2016

Goose Creek Candle Scented Wax Melts Review - June 2016

Goose Creek Candle Scented Wax Melts Review - June 2016

Goose Creek Candle Scented Wax Melts
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Goose Creek has a lot of sales. The regular price for their wax is $4, but you'll often see sales for $3.20 or so. However, they often have a "20 for 10" sale, where you can buy 20 melts for the price of 10. But with that sale, you're stuck buying wax in multiples of 20 (20, 40, or 60). They also tend to have a lot of "50% off everything" holiday sales, which is how I got the scents below. They had a 50% off Memorial Day sale, so each wax melt was $2. With Goose Creek, it's best to wait until the sales. Maybe they'll have one for Independence Day?

Watermelon Patch
"Enjoy notes of green grass, fresh melon and water flower" 

I'm not a fan of watermelon scents unless it's sweet candy watermelon, but I heard so many good things about this scent that I decided to give it a try. It's not at all what I expected. It's definitely not a sweet candy scent, nor is it even all that fruity or melony. But it's very nice! What sets it apart from other watermelon scents is the dirt note. Yes, dirt, like potting soil. It sounds like a bad thing, but it works in making this scent smell exactly like the name, a watermelon patch, rather than actual watermelon. It's like being in a big field of watermelons on a hot summer day, and the watermelon plants are still wet from the sprinklers. I can smell the moist grassy dirt and a little bit of the sweetness from the outside of the watermelon rinds. This is a fresh, summery fragrance.
Looking at the scent notes now, yes I do smell grass, but I don't smell a floral and I'm not sure what a "water flower" is; maybe that's the very slight watery note I'm detecting.

Melted, it doesn't smell nearly as complex as it does on cold sniff. It's not very strong when melted, and I just smell a fresh grassy watermelony scent. I wish this one were stronger.

Throw: Not great, around a 2.5 out of 5

Sweet Honeysuckle
"Take a walk down the country path just to pick some honeysuckle. The sweet aroma blows in the wind."

Like the name says, it's honeysuckle. It's very realistic too, not overly sweet, and there's a smidgeon of soapiness, like it could be a really high quality honeysuckle scented body cream. Nothing is mentioned in the scent description about any notes other than honeysuckle. Melted, it smells like a real honeysuckle flower and I don't detect the soapiness.

Throw: Very Good, around a 3.5 out of 5

Tuscan Vineyard 

"Sun-ripened grapes and fruity peach blended with a hint of green vine leaves and rich red wine." 

On cold sniff I smell grape mixed with a warm ambery perfume. It's a nice scent, but there's a smidgeon of a weird eucalyptus note in the background, unless that's just a chemical note. Looking at the scent notes, maybe the rich warmth is the wine, and maybe the eucalyptus is the green vine leaves. Melted, it smells more like a grape/wine scent, like fake grapes but with a slight richness.

Throw: Very Good, around a 3.5 out of 5

Campfire Marshmallow 

"This fragrance opens with white spices and toasted marshmallows that blend seamlessly into sugar crystals, and creamy peach. Sandalwood and cedarwood are wrapped in fluffy vanilla. Yum!" 

On cold sniff I smell marshmallow with a very slightly smoky background, but I also smell a very slight laundry or perfumey note in the background. It's a really nice scent, but not really all that "marshmallowy". Looking at the scent notes, I do smell cedar, but not peach at all. When melting, I smell mostly the marshmallow, but throw is so weak it's hard to tell.

Throw: Not good, around a 2 out of 5

Clean Linen 

"The fresh aroma of clean linens flowing in a warm summer breeze. Bright and elegant, this fragrance evokes a sense of pure bliss. With notes of lemon, apple, lavender and lily." 

This smells just like I figured it would, like laundry. But it's a nice clean sweet fabric softener scent, not a harsh laundry detergent scent, and it's very strong on cold sniff. Looking at the notes, I don't smell lemon or apple, but they may be in there in such a slight amount just to add to the fresh clean notes.

Throw: Excellent, at least a 4 out of 5

Southern Gardens 

"White lotus, blooming roses, and more." 

I smell mostly rose in this one, but it's not overly sweet. I think there are some other flowers mixed in. After an hour of not getting any throw, I almost gave up on it. It finally took an hour and a half to get any throw!

Throw: Fair, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5

Cool Spring Breeze
"This calming aromatic fragrance blends crushed green leaves, bergamot and green apple with morning rain water, wisteria and spiced woods. White cedar and amberwood adds further serenity." 

This one smells like what "Cucumber Rain" should smell like… cucumbers! It's actually cucumber with a slightly fresh air type note. Looking at the scent notes, I can't believe cucumber isn't in there, because that's exactly what I smell.

Throw: Not good, around a 2 out of 5, if that

Cabin in the Woods 

"This warm, woody blend of autumn citrus, sheer spice, aged oak and white cedar delights and intrigues the senses. Nuances of amber, sandalwood and crème are added to the base creating a fragrance that is truly intoxicating." 

I really like this one. It's a strong patchouli scent with a warm sweet perfumey note and maybe a smidgeon of a pumpkin spice type note. Looking at the scent notes, I'm surprised that I don't see patchouli. Melted, I'm smelling more of the spice and kind of a warm vanilla note and a very slight "leathery" background. This is a very nice complex scent.

Throw: Good, around a 3 out of 5

Juicy Pear 

"Farmland apple and poached pears are infused with all-spice, tart cranberries, vanilla extract, and sweet musk in this enticing sweet, fruity indulgence."

This smells just like the name, a juicy pear! It's very sweet, so more like pear nectar. And there's a smidgeon of a perfumey note. Looking at the scent notes, okay there's the sweet musk. I don't smell cranberries, but I guess I might smell a smidgeon of cinnamon type spice although it's barely noticeable.

Throw: Good, around a 3 out of 5

Kentucky Harvest 

"The colors of fall are highlighted by the blending of crisp fall apples with touches of caramel and clove. The warmth of vanilla and cedarwood create a fall feel" 

This smells like rich yellow vanilla cake with pumpkin perhaps, and something slightly salty which gives it a rich yummy quality, and maybe just a smidgeon of smoke or wood and a very slight perfumey note. Based on the picture of fall leaves on the label, I expected it would be a fall spice type of scent, but it's not. Now looking at the scent notes, the cedar might be the sweet perfumey note I detect. There's the vanilla, and the caramel is the rich salty note. I don't smell cloves, and definitely not apple. Melted, it just smells like rich yellow cake with a hint of something else, but there's barely any throw at all.

Throw: Poor, around a 1.5 out of 5

Sweet Petals 

"Cool notes of coconut, currant, and orange bloom." 

On cold sniff, this smells like vanilla with coconut and a strong fruity floral note and perfume. I like it; the combination of coconut and floral is quite nice, and a unique take on coconut. Melted, it smells like a rich buttery bakery coconut with a hint of vanilla, and only a smidgeon of floral.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5

Holiday Rum Cake
"A true gourmet delight pairing rich cream, butter and spun sugar with a hint of intoxicating rum and vanilla bean." 

This smells like yellow vanilla cake with a hint of coconut and caramel. I don't actually smell rum. Looking at the scent notes, the rum might actually be what I think is coconut. I was surprised that the throw as actually very good, considering that this is mostly a vanillary type scent.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5

Citrus Lavender
"Refreshing lavender with a splash of citrus water. Enjoy notes of lemon, mandarin, lavender, jasmine & sandalwood." 

I smell orange first, then a soapy lavender in the background. There may also be a hint of lemon, but it's not strong. The lavender is more of a laundry type lavender rather than a medicinal lavender, which is good. Looking at the scent notes, the mandarin is the orange, and the jasmine is the laundry floral I'm detecting, although this is not a floral scent. Melted, I smell mostly fake orange, with a hint of lemon and the soapiness of the lavender. But I don't actually smell lavender. It's very orangey. It smells like dish detergent, but if that lemon scented dish detergent were actually orange scented dish detergent.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5

Journey at Sea 

"Sparkling bergamot, mandarin, nashi pear and golden pineapple entice your senses. The heart is salt grass, watery floral, lily of the valley and white woods."

This one is very light on cold sniff. It smells fresh and watery, but also sweet and a little bit floral, but also a little fruity like there's a hint of peach or strawberry in there. OK looking at the scent notes, I guess the fruits I'm detecting are pear and pineapple. Mandarin is basically orange, and I don't think I smell that. Melted, it smells like a sweet fresh watery scent with some other note in the background that I can't figure out, but none of the actual notes that are mentioned. I don't know if I love this scent or not.

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

Minted Eucalyptus 

"Fresh eucalyptus, mint leaves and sparkling bergamot blend with a floral bouquet of sheer freesia, muguet petals and geranium for a touch of sophistication. Tonka bean, white cedar and musk in the base further evoke an uplifting experience." 

This is a nice relaxing spa scent that smells like a combination of mint and laundry. It's not spearmint (so no toothpaste notes), nor is it a sweet mint, although it does have a slight sweetness from a slight floral note. The eucalyptus tempers any sweetness, but it's also not a strong eucalyptus and it doesn't smell like Vicks Vaporub or pine. It smells a lot like ScentSationals Zen scent. Comparing the two, Zen is slightly sweeter, while Minted Eucalyptus is slightly more minty, with a little bit of that nasal clearing effect from the eucalyptus.

Throw: Excellent, 3.5 or 4 out of 5

Cucumber Rain 

"A refreshing blend of watery cucumber and airy mimosa highlighted by notes of fresh sea-spray and dewy petals. Island musk, ocean air, and driftwood provide a clean, effortless background."

Despite the name and scent notes, I don't smell any cucumber in this one. It's a nice fresh watery scent, like a unisex body wash or shampoo.

Throw: Not good, around a 2 or 2.5 out of 5

Blackberry Parfait 

"Dark Autumn Blackberry is wrapped in a layered parfait of creamy vanilla and sweet amber, decorated with edible petals of jasmine and rose creating a decadent and lavish experience!"

This is a fantastic scent! Although there's a hint of dark berry, I don't smell blackberries. It's a warm, sweet, dark berryish scent that has been duplicated often. This is almost exactly the same as Scentsy Luna and ScentSationals Blackberry Cider. Out of all three, I like this one the best because it's the sweetest. According to the scent notes it looks like this was called "Dark Autumn Blackberry" at one time, or Goose Creek puts out a dupe of this scent with this name in the fall. The amber is what gives this scent its rich warmth. I don't smell any rose.

Throw: Very good, around 3.5 out of 5

Butter Cookie 

"The aroma of sugar cookies with bits of buttery toffee and vanilla cream baked to a delicious golden brown"

On cold sniff this smells like fake butter with a moldy note. It's not really sweet and it doesn't smell like cookies. Melted, I don't smell that moldy note, but it still smells like fake butter. It's not a bad scent, just a generic buttery scent.

Throw: Fair, around a 2.5 or 3 out of 5

Spice Cake
"The home baked goodness of a delicious spice cake with warm kitchen spices, baked apples, pecans, and brown sugar." 

This one smells a little like the Holiday Rum Cake scent, or like, well, brown spice cake. Although it's not overly spicy and not too sweet. I smell a yellow vanilla cake scent with cinnamon. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell apples, but pecans, maybe.

Throw: Barely a 1 out of 5

Blueberry Cheesecake 

"The rich aroma of juicy blueberries and cream cheese blend beautifully with a dreamy homemade crust." 

On cold sniff, this is a really fake blueberry scent with what I guess is supposed to smell like cheese but instead has a fake sour vinyl chemical note. Melted, it does smell better, but still fake.

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5

Island Sands 

"This fresh and clean fragrance combines sea salt air, fresh melon, rosewater & light musk." 

The only way I can describe this scent is coconut vanilla soap. I definitely smell coconut first, but there's also a slightly fresh soapy note in the background, and a smidgeon of vanilla I think. Looking at the scent notes, I can't believe I don't see coconut, because this is primarily a coconut scent. I really like this scent and I hope it throws well. Melted, it's much more coconutty and has a tropical feel to it.

Throw: Excellent, at least a 4 out of 5

Harvest Hayride 

"Sweet autumn air, smoky embered woods and warm spices of ginger, cinnamon and clove." 

This is a typical fall scent, with the pumpkin and cinnamon and maybe a smidgeon of wood. There may be a hint of clove. This is not a smoky wood type scent, but closer to pumpkin pie.

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

Carrot Cake 

"The aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla will create a cozy atmosphere. With notes of citrus, fresh cream, and nutmeg." 

I don't know what carrot cake actually smells like, but this smells incredible on cold sniff. It's vanilla with lots of rich caramel and butterscotch, and a little bit of fall spices. Looking at the scent notes, I guess the combination of brown sugar and fresh cream is what makes this so rich. I don't smell any citrus at all.

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

Christmas Tree Farm 

"Rich winter fruits are paired with touches of cinnamon bark and nutmeg lead into the warmth of woods, pine and vanilla in this holiday fragrance." 

Based on the name I expected a pine or spruce or balsam scent. Although those notes are in there, they're way in the background. This is more of a patchouli type scent with pine, berry, and perfumey notes, and maybe just a smidgeon of cinnamon. It's really different and I like it on cold sniff. When melted though, it almost has a slight licorice note to it that I'm not crazy about.

Throw: Not great, around a 2.5 out of 5

Christmas Tree Cutting
"A mix of sparkling fresh fir needles, eucalyptus and brisk wintermint opens this aromatic fragrance. Cedarwood and oakmoss combine for a holiday fragrance experience. " 

This smells like dirt and spruce. Like you're actually cutting down a Christmas Tree and you can smell the moist earth underneath the tree. The Christmas Tree scent is not a fake pine scent, but more of a warm spruce. There may also be a hint of eucalyptus. And sure enough, there it is in the scent notes. I really like this one. When melted, I don't smell as much of the dirt, and a little more of the eucalyptus, which is good because scents with that dirt note can sometimes be overwhelming.

Throw: Very Good, around a 3.5 out of 5

Holiday Embers 

"Pine, orange and white spice is paired with incense and birch that unveil a base of musk, fir balsam and moss." 

I smell cloves first, and then a slight smokiness, and maybe patchouli and a little bit of pine. This is a nice, warm scent. Looking at the scent notes, I'm surprised I don't see cloves, but it's probably the musk that provides the sweetness. I don't smell orange at all.

Throw: Very Good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5

Old Time Lemonade 

"The thirst quenching, bitter sweet aroma of a freshly squeezed glass of lemonade." 

The perfect lemon scent! Really strong lemon, with a slight tartness from the rind, and just a little bit of sugar. It smells like lemonade with a ton of lemons in it. This is not a bakery scent or a kitchen lemon scent, just straight up lemon!

Throw: Not surprisingly, this one is a scent monster, a 5 out of 5!

Toasty Pumpkin Toddy
"Warm up with a blend of apple cider, pumpkin, sparkling orange, and rum spiced with nutmeg, and clove. Maple syrup, melted caramel, and vanilla bean combine for a yummy finish." 

Rich buttery salty pumpkin and apple with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg. This smells fantastic. It smells like the regular Toasty Hot Toddy scent (which is fantastic too) with the addition of rich spices. Looking at the scent notes, they're spot on except for orange which I don't smell at all.

Throw: Excellent, 4 out of 5

Orange Berry Slush
"Icy, cool and smooth...with notes of apple, clementine zest, cool cranberry, juicy mandarin, and red currant." 

This doesn't really smell like a slushie to me, but it's a very nice scent. I smell orange and then apple and maybe some kind of red berries, but also a slight bitterness which may be grapefruit. But there's another non-fruity note in the background that I can't figure out, maybe something woodsy or even pine. Looking at the scent notes, mandarin is orange, and red currant may be the slightly woodsy note I detect as it's a fruit that has a very slight woodsy note. I think I do smell cranberry too, which may be the slight bitterness. Melted, I smell more of the woodsy red currant than the orange or any of the other notes. In fact, it smells almost exactly like an old Better Homes & Gardens scent called "Red Wood Pomegranate", which also smells a lot like Sonoma "Mistletoe & Holly" (both sweet woodsy scents with a hint of fruit).

Throw: Very Good, 3 or 3.5 out of 5

Caramel Applewood 

"This charming scent opens with green apples and whipped butter leading to a sweet, velvety blend of cinnamon, white peach and maple sugar. Vanilla and cedarwood adds a comforting finish." 

This is an incredible caramel apple scent. It's rich and buttery, and not overly salty like some caramel apple scents can be. I can actually smell the apple peel under the caramel, like a fresh apple that was just picked from the apple farm. The apple has a slight pear note. The caramel has a little bit of cinnamon in it and maybe a smidgeon of maple. Looking at the scent notes, the smidgeon of pear I'm smelling is probably the peach, and the fresh almost slightly "dirt" scent of the fresh apple is probably the cedarwood.

Throw: Excellent, at least 4 out of 5

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