BBW Spring 2016 SAS Haul & Rant

BBW Spring 2016 SAS Haul & Rant

I have been psyching myself up for Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale for the past month. I created a list of candles and wallflowers I was looking to haul and almost took the day off of work. You would think since BBW has this loyal of a fan-base that they’d offer the same products everywhere. Wrong. I have not found a single 75% off candle at the closest 7 stores in a 2-hour radius.

After speaking with some other girls in the New England area, it seems that RI & MA did not get any of the 75% off treasures the rest of the US received. This is SO disappointing. Can you imagine if I actually took the day off of work only to find that nothing special was being offered around me? I may not be the biggest fan of Yankee Candle’s products, but at least the store is fair and offers the same scents everywhere. It’s not like my stores even sold-out before I got there. They never received ANYTHING from the previous Fall or Winter lines. To everyone who’s been able to find last year’s awesome scents that most likely won’t be available ever again, I am so jealous!

BBW Spring 2016 SAS Haul & Rant

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, here are the only purchases I’ve made during this Spring SAS. Day 1 which was online only, I ordered 11 wallflowers and 1 candle. I was most excited about the Lavender Macaron scent coming out in wallflower form – so naturally I went a little crazy.

I did manage to find 75% off wallflowers in the scent Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake and stocked up. At the same time I luckily found one of the amazing fall body care fragrances from 2015 and picked up a couple shower gels. (Shown at top.) At another store, I wanted to reach $40 to use my coupon and the only notable items included in that purchase were 2 more candles and 2 more wallflowers.

BBW Spring 2016 SAS Haul & Rant

Even though I’m disappointed with this SAS, I have gotten a few good deals. I’m officially putting myself on a wax ban until Fall fragrances come out – I’ve got a lot to burn through in the next couple months! In the meantime, let’s hope BBW will step up their game for Winter SAS and stop re-packaging the same boring scents nobody cares for! 😉 Have you been one of the lucky ones to find some treasures during this SAS? Share your haul in the comments!

Massive Yankee Candle 2016 SAS Haul

Massive Yankee Candle 2016 Haul

What a nice surprise it was for us all to learn that YC was starting their semi-annual sale two weeks early! I had not mentally prepared for this. As a result, I ended up making not 1, but 3 SAS purchases in the matter of one day. While I clearly have a serious problem, I just couldn’t pass up the incredible prices and hard-to-find fragrances!

Yankee Candle SAS Haul

Haul 1 – Online Order – 75% off (Saved $125)

The first haul was all about accessories. I loved the Easter line and ordered the chick plate, candle shade, and matching tea light holder. For the holder, I got the pretty Pink Peony tea lights. Pictured above in the first image, I also bought the hanging pumpkin candle holder, two Christmas illuma-lids, and two falling leaf candle shades. Can you believe ALL of this came to $28?!

Yankee Candle SAS Haul

Haul 2 – Local YC Store – 50% off

After making my first SAS purchase online, I ended up heading to my local store to see if they had any of the rare fragrances in stock. I was SO happy to find Carrot Cake which is a beautiful bakery spice blend with a cream cheese note. I additionally found the holiday hurricane which matches the votive holders I picked up back in December. And because I couldn’t resist, I treated myself to a new car fragrance in Vanilla Lime.

Massive Yankee Candle 2016 SAS Haul

Haul 3 – Outlet YC Store – 5 for $50 (Saved $90)

White Chocolate Apple – I’ve seen this around for a while but never indulged. My fiancé begged me to give it a sniff in the store and I fell in love. This smells EXACTLY like a candy apple from either a Fall festival or Halloween. So lovely.

Merry Mint – This past holiday season I had my heart set on this fragrance, but never found it during a sale. I jumped for joy when I saw this in the store! It’s a milk chocolatey mint combination which is heavenly.

Key Lime Pie – I’ve been on the hunt for this retired fragrance the past couple of months and was ecstatic to find it. It’s a very tart lime scent perfect for late-Spring and Summer!

Tailgating – This is such a unique scent and was really hard to pass up. On cold, it smells exactly like an outdoor BBQ. Whenever I take a whiff I immediately think of hotdogs on the grill. This will be wonderful during the Summer months!

Candy Cane Lane – I’d heard some great reviews of this candle and it really is the perfect holiday mint! When I saw the abundance of oils gathered throughout the jar it went straight into my basket.

I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially on a wax ban! At least until BBW SAS of course. 😉 After this massive haul there’s definitely going to be a re-organization soon and maybe even a de-stash. What have you found during this SAS so far? Share in the comments!

Midnight Blue Citrus Candle Review

Midnight Blue Citrus BBW Candle Review

When I discovered that several White Barn exclusives were released at Bath and Body Works nation wide, I rushed to my local store. I smelled all the most-talked about scents and really wasn’t impressed. As I was walking out of the store a gorgeous teal jar caught my eye – Midnight Blue Citrus. It was love upon first sniff.

Before I begin telling you what this actually smells like, I need to make sure you are aware of something. I am not a fan of cologne, fresh, or maritime candles. That is essentially what this candle is. The first note you get from Midnight Blue Citrus is a fresh orange citrus. That combined with the tropical maritime note creates a beautiful fragrance. There is a hint of musk in the mix too which makes it slightly cologne-esque.

Midnight Blue Citrus Candle Review

I am amazed that a candle with these notes has impressed me so much. It’s just so well balanced and absolutely perfect to burn at the beginning of June. Not only that, but it threw amazingly! I’d give it a solid 8 – during the third burn I could smell it throughout my entire apartment. The only downfall was that about 2/3 of the way through, the performance plummeted. Puny wick syndrome has struck again.

Nevertheless, I adored Midnight Blue Citrus and felt that I burned it at the perfect time. I would HIGHLY recommend this scent and if you see it on sale during SAS, make sure to pick it up! Have you smelled this candle before? Share in the comments what you think!

 

May 2016 Candle Empties

Each year, May signifies the start of allergy season for me. This also means I usually go on a melting hiatus since I can hardly smell anything. With this in mind, I chose to burn through any half-used candles or scents I wasn’t too fond of this past month.

May 2016 Candle Empties

Winter (3-wick candle) – I burned through most of this back in December and it had puny wick syndrome. Rather than keeping this locked away for another 6 months, I finished it off on the melter. Despite it’s burn issues, this scent will always be a must-have for the colder months.

Marshmallow Fireside (3-wick candle) – Ahh, the amazing MF. The perfect balance of sweet and woodsy that I can’t get enough of during the winter months. This was another I used back in December and finished on the melter during May.

Red Velvet Cheer (3-wick candle) –  Another candle from Decemeber that had puny wick syndrome. A delicious scent that was finished off on the melter.

Banana Cream Cake (1-wick candle) – I’ve had this candle for years and was determined to finish it off at last. This only threw in my small kitchen and smelled exactly like a ripe banana. It was enjoyable while it lasted but I’m not upset that it’s a retired scent.

Mango Sorbet (1-wick candle) – This was a delicious fruity scent that I picked up from Target years ago. It only threw a couple days on the melter and I wouldn’t recommend if it ever popped up on shelves again.

Leaves (1-wick candle) – Another loved candle that was half-burned last Fall. I finished this off on the melter in my bedroom and it was great! It definitely has made me start counting down the days until September. 😉

May 2015 Wax Melt Empties

Blackberry Parfait (wax melt) – I was quite disappointed by this scent since it smelled more like cologne than fruit. I melted this in the bedroom and am happy to be done with it.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake (wax melt) – Another GC scent that I was happy to quickly burn through. It lacked the bakery and lemon notes so I was only left with a fake strawberry fragrance.

Archives (wax melt) – When I purchased this from Kringle, I was hoping it would remind me of old library books. It unfortunately was yet another cologne scent. I was impressed by the throw of it though.

Strawberry Cake (wax melt) – This was a birthday gift and not something I would’ve picked up on my own. Another fake strawberry scent that barely threw. Mixing this with Vanilla Cookie Crunch made it quite enjoyable though.

Blueberry Pancakes (wax melt) – I’ve realized that all of Crossroads wax melts pretty much only smell like wax on cold sniff. I’m always impressed once they’re melting though. This was a basic blueberry scent and when warm I could pick up on a maple syrup note. Not something I’d repurchase though.

Wild Berry Cheesecake (wax melt) – WOW. This scent is beyond amazing. I must always have at least 2 backups.

Vanilla Cookie Crunch (wax melt) – While this scent smells lovely on it’s own, it’s a GREAT blending option. Upon melting anything, I try it out with this to see if it’s elevated or not. I finally got through an entire value pack and will quickly be purchasing another!

Sleepy Sloth (wax crumbles) – When I placed an order with Wax Crumbles, this was the free sample it arrived with. I think this was meant to be a relaxing scent but I used it more when my allergies were bothering me. Not the biggest fan but I was happy to try it out.

Watermelon Lemonade (wax crumbles) – I was interested to see how Wax Crumbles version compared to BBW. This wasn’t as tart and did not throw well. I’d rather just stick with BBW.

May 2015 Wallflower Empties

Sugared Lemons (wallflower) – This was the same scent I had going in my living room wallflower plug last month. However, unlike in April, this didn’t perform well. I only got whiffs of it if I stood right above it.

Island Margarita (wallflower) – This might be the worst performing wallflower I’ve ever owned. I smelled it during the first week and then absolutely nothing. It lost it’s gorgeous green color and barely evaporated.

For a melting hiatus month, I sure did burn through quite a bit. I’m glad to have de-stashed some half melted favorites and other not so favorites. Now I’ll have room for the long awaited semi-annual sales this June! 😉 What did you melt this month and which was your favorite? Share in the comments!

First Ever YC Glitch Haul

First Ever Yankee Candle Glitch Haul

For the past 7 months, I’ve heard of these infamous glitches that Yankee Candle and Bath & Body Works occasionally have. Essentially, the store starts a new sale but the back end of their website hasn’t caught up. When these glitches occur, you can haul a ton of candles for an insanely cheap price. If you’re quick enough that is. Anytime I’ve heard about a glitch, I’m an hour late to the party and it’s already been fixed. But, this past Monday I was FINALLY able to take part in my first glitch purchase from YC and saved a total of $39! Here are the three scents I bought and my reaction to them on cold sniff.

Bakery Air – Just as the name of this candle states, this truly is a bakery scent. The actual scent description includes notes of creamy butter, maple extract, pecans, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. To tell you the truth, I mainly pick up on the cinnamon. Hopefully once this is burning the scent will round itself out.

Caramel Pecan Pie – Let’s be honest, I love anything and everything fall related, so I had no doubt I would love this scent. But it is SO light on cold that I can barely detect it. I’ll still give this a chance, but I’m not setting my hopes too high for a stronger candle when burning.

Storm Watch – I normally am not a fan of fresh scents, but this one smells wonderful! It reminds me of both a misty Summer morning and how the air smells after a rain storm. I’m excited to light this up within the next month; hopefully YC will still have large jars in stock if I really like it!

Be on the look out for more detailed post-burn reviews of these in the coming months. I don’t have too many Yankee Candles in my collection so I’m happy this glitch brought some newness into my life! Have you ever burned any of these? If you have, tell me what you think of them in the comments!

BBW $11 Spring Candle Haul

Bath & Body Works $11 Candle Haul

Bath & Body Works has been functioning a bit out of whack this year, to put it lightly. Their collections have been both off-season and boring. Mix that with their oddly higher priced sales and it’s just pushing me away. They did randomly have an $11 candle sale online last weekend, most likely to get rid of inventory, so I decided to take part since I had a coupon. Each candle came to $8.80 in the end which resulted in a total savings of $78! Here’s what I hauled:

Watermelon Lemonade – This is definitely an overplayed scent, but a good one for Summer none the less. I surprisingly didn’t have any in my collection so this was an obvious pick.

Lavender Macaron – A new favorite scent of mine this year which will most likely never come back. Making sure I have many back-ups for years to come!

Island Margarita – I’ve always liked this fragrance but never enough to buy one. At $8.80 it finally felt like the right time to give it a try.

Tea & Lemon – After falling in love with the wallflower it was only right to pick up the 3-wick.

Mocha Latte Swirl – The best coffee scent BBW has created to date that’ll most likely never be seen again. Another favorite I’m stocking up on when they’re at the right price!

I know there’s not much excitement over these fragrances anymore, but you have to admit it was a great deal! Hopefully this purge from the BBW warehouse will make room for some better collections later this Summer and especially Fall! What’s the cheapest you’ve ever bought a BBW candle for? Share in the comments!

April 2016 Candle Empties

Hey, melters! April was the month of constant burning for me as you can tell by the empties photo. I really wanted to start making my way through some older candles in my stash, especially if they had been previously burned. I’m proud in a way to see how much I actually got through; I’ve never melted so much within one month in my life!

April 2016 Candle EmptiesParis Lavender Macaron (3-wick candle) – So far in 2016, this is my favorite candle that BBW has released. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I adore it. If you’ve ever smelled the companies Black Currant Vanilla scent, this is a lighter version with a bakery note. In my opinion it’s lovely but due to some sooting I had to finish it on the warmer.

Raspberry Peach Macaron (3-wick candle) – It was a sad day when I finished this scent off on the candle warmer. This was one of the best candles BBW ever came out with in Spring of 2014. Why they haven’t brought it back baffles me. If they ever do, I will be hoarding about 20 of these beauties.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffle (3-wick candle) – Any wax connoisseur knows all about PPW and how well it performs time and time again. I finished off my Fall 2014 edition on the candle warmer and it was wonderful.

Blueberry Muffin (1-wick candle) – Shawn from Hearth and Soul nominated this as a candle of the year nominee, so of course I had to try it out. The scent was way too light for me, it struggled to pool out correctly, and I could only get whiffs of it in my bathroom. Not a scent I want to smell in my bathroom. If I ever gave this fragrance a chance again it would be in melt form.

Lavender Macaron (3-wick candle) – This was a nice scent from Woodwick, but it only threw in my small bathroom. Even more disappointing was that I only burned this twice before the candle became empty. I would never purchase this again; at least I’ve got the cute dish to repurpose though!

Lavender Lemonade (1-wick candle) – I picked this little guy up from Target a couple years back. It was very refreshing but I can’t say it was anything too special.

Lemon Drops (1-wick candle) – This was another one of the fragrances from BBW’s 2014 Spring line. It was a nice background scent that I had on a warmer in my bedroom. I’m not mad it hasn’t made it back into stores since then.

April 2016 Wax Empties

Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies (wax melt) – This was one of those scents that smelled great on cold but I hated when burning. I tried mixing it with the beloved Vanilla Cookie Crunch, but that didn’t help much. With so many other great lemon scents out there, I wouldn’t bother picking this up again.

Sugared Lavender Twist (wax melt) – This was a really nice scent that threw great in my bedroom. With that being said, it wasn’t anything spectacular. I’m not sure I’ll be stocking up on this anytime soon.

Iced Lemon Poundcake (wax melt) – Now this lemon scent was AMAZING. I actually hated it on cold, but when it warmed up it was magnificent. Especially when mixed with Vanilla Cookie Crunch. Wow, just wow. You need to pick this one up at Wal-Mart ASAP; I’m definitely stocked and ready for next Spring already!

Vanilla Lime (wax melt) – For some reason, I was craving a key lime scent this month. Vanilla Lime from YC was a quick fix and threw quite well. I’m not rushing to buy it in candle form though.

Sugared Lemons (wallflower) – For a wallflower in my living room, this performed great. I got whiffs of it throughout the month and it blended well with everything else I was melting.

Fresh Water & Sea Salt (wallflower) – I had no idea how great this scent was. This was SO strong in my bedroom. I’m a bit upset that it’s no longer available in wallflower form because I’d probably have this plugged in throughout the year. Crossing my fingers it’ll be back later this year!

I think it’s safe to say that April was the month of all things lemon and lavender. I definitely started giving my wax warmers more love and really enjoyed it. My absolute favorite scent this month was Iced Lemon Poundcake mixed with Vanilla Cookie Crunch; I think I could burn this year-round! What did you burn through this month? Share in the comments!

Goose Creek Haul & First Impressions

Goose Creek Haul & First Impressions

Can you believe that I’d never heard of Goose Creek until this past month? I heard rave reviews from multiple people in the wax community about one particular scent, so naturally I had to have it. This prompted my first GC haul which consisted of 10 wax melts that were luckily on sale. Below are my initial reactions to each fragrance upon cold sniff.

Blueberry Cake Donut – YUM! I’ve actually already melted this and it’s exactly how I wished every blueberry scent would smell. It has the absolute perfect balance of blueberry and bakery.

Watermelon Patch – Very fruity and fresh. Will go great with YC Juicy Watermelon.

Blackberry Parfait – An unfortunate disappointment. On cold sniff this was 100% a cologne scent. Upon melting it you get a hint of that fruitiness but it’s not at all what I expected.

Sipping Tea – Wow, this is a great one! It’s essentially BBW Tea & Lemon, minus the heavy lemon note. I can’t wait to melt this on a relaxing morning.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake – I couldn’t really decipher this scent on cold, so I’ve melted it. I barely get a bakery scent and there is only a hint of lemon. Mainly a “fake” strawberry fragrance which I’m not a fan of.

Goose Creek Haul & First Impressions

Peanut Butter Sugar – The infamous scent that pushed me to make a purchase! (I had already planned ahead and ordered two of this one.)  It smells wonderfully sweet with a mixture of waffle cone and peanut butter. Will try melting this ASAP!

Caramel Applewood – OMG! This is hands down a BBW Cider Lane DUPE! I’ve been looking for a dupe of CL for the past two years. Beyond excited.

Carrot Cake – Another wow! This actually smells like a freshly baked carrot cake and I’m in love. When is it appropriate to burn this spicy scent? All the time? Okay.

Campfire Marshmallow – An exact dupe for BBW Marshmallow Fireside. I don’t need to say anymore.

Overall, I’m already impressed with Goose Creek’s products. Every scent seems to be equally strong cold and when I burned the first few, they did not disappoint. Out of the three fragrances I’ve tried so far, they all become even more enjoyable when warm. I’m excited to discover more of this brand and stock up on some of my already favorites soon! If you’re a GC fan, what is your favorite scent? Share in the comments!

Candle Melting 101

If you have never melted a candle, rather than burning it, you are missing out! Melting is not only hassle-free but comes with some serious benefits. I purchased my candle warmer in March and since then it has changed my life! (My super important wax-loving life that is.)

There are different types of candle warmers; some look like hot plates while others a small croc. I have a “hot plate” warmer that also came with a dish to melt wax in. You can find these fairly cheap on Amazon and sometimes on sale at Yankee Candle.

Candle Melting 101

There are MANY benefits to candle warmers. Not only will this method provide a much stronger throw, but it will also make the candle’s fragrance last longer too. I usually burn my candles until they start having problems; at the first sign of soot, I put my candle on the warmer. Once on the warmer, your candle will have an even pool and overall become less messy. The best part is that you can leave your candle melting while you’re not home!

Please do keep in mind that if you melt a candle, you can never burn it again. The wicks will release off the bottom of the jar and will not perform as they should anymore. Also, don’t light your candle while it’s on the warmer. That creates the risk of the glass jar overheating and shattering.

Candle warming is very hassle-free and ultimately more enjoyable in my opinion. Do you melt your candles? Share your thoughts to this method in the comments!

March 2016 Candle Empties

March 2016 Candle Empties

Hey there, melters! March, to me, means I can finally start burning fresh and fruity fragrances. This past month I also realized I needed to start burning through my stash quicker than I have in the past. Low and behold my first empties post! Let’s get started and first talk about 3-wick candles.

March 2016 Candle Empties

Pomegranate Prosecco Punch (3-wick candle) – This scent was released in the Holiday 2015 BBW collection, but the fresh & fruity fragrance was perfect for the beginning of Spring. About half way through, the candle had issues fully pooling out so I put it on the candle warmer to finish it off. While I liked it, I probably wouldn’t pick it up again – I’d rather stick with Champagne Toast.

Happy Easter (3-wick candle) – I’ll be honest, if there wasn’t so much hype around this candle I wouldn’t have indulged. It’s not exactly my type of scent but I did enjoy it while it lasted. This was another that had burn issues – I eventually lost my patience and finished it off on the candle warmer. Next year I probably won’t give into the hype. 😉

Blueberries & Creme (3-wick candle) – My fiancé was the fan of this scent which is the only reason I gave it a chance. The candle was way too light for me and I didn’t enjoy it. To top it off, there were some burn issues so I put it on the candle warmer as well. I would never purchase this or any repackage again.

Espresso Bar (3-wick candle) – I finally finished off Espresso Bar from the 2013 BBW Italian collection. It did have a bit of soot which resulted again in the candle warmer. Can you tell I like using my candle warmer? While I adored this scent, it did make me sneeze quite a bit. I’ll stick to Mocha Latte Swirl in the future.

March 2016 Wax Empties

Pink Velvet (wax melt) – Wow, this wax melt is amazing. I’m sure you’ve heard just about everyone in the wax community review this scent so I won’t bore you with the same old story. I have hoarded quite a few more clamshells for years to come. Hopefully this will be a returning scent each Spring!

Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla (wallflower) – I finally finished off this wallflower but wouldn’t consider it a Spring scent at all. It lasted quite some time and threw wonderfully, but I would only plug this in again during the Winter months.

Gelato (wallflower) – I have been hoarding the last of my Gelato wallflowers for years. I finally caved and was shockingly displeased. It barely threw and didn’t smell at all like the candle did.

Tea & Lemon (wallflower) – Last but certainly not least, this wallflower was absolutely amazing. I’ve never had a wallflower this strong until the very last drop of oil evaporated before. I hope to find more of these at SAS in a few weeks because I will be hoarding for sure!

I’m pretty excited to have made a dent in my stash. It’s quite clear that I favored the candle warmer this month and my definite favorite was the Pink Velvet wax melt from Scentsationals. What was your favorite scent that you burned this past month? Share in the comments!