Wax Melt Empties #10 | Wax Empties

Monday, October 17, 2016

These are my reviews of wax melts that I've completely melted over the last couple of months.  This bunch has a lot of vendor wax in it as I finally kicked myself in the rear and made myself start using it.  After all, what good is it just sitting on my shelf collecting dust and losing scent?


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Living Color - Strawberry Daiquiri
  • strong on cold, no throw warm

Mainstays - Hazelnut Cream
  • okay throw, true to cold, nothing special

Front Porch - Beachwood
  • no throw

Rose Girls - Windmill Cookies
  • scent like vanilla short bread cookie, little throw

Rose Girls - Chai Toffee
  • great throw when I first bought it, after 6 months weak throw, scent is heaven on cold

Rose Girls - Bananas Foster, Ooey Gooey, Caramel, and Waffle Cone
  • warm caramel and marshmallows, medium throw

Thirty Street Crafts - Kokomo Keys
  • no throw, but I have had it for a year and a half to be fair

Front Porch - Root Beer Float
  • little throw

Sassy Girl Aroma - Caramel Cinnamon Marshmallow Latte
  • average performance, okay throw, great blend

Rose Girls - Blubeberry Wild Berry Cheesecake 
  • decent throw, smelled like curdled cheese warm, not my type of scent

Rose Girl - Toffee Apple Crunch, Vanilla Ice Cream
  • toffee apple crunch reminds me of BBW Summer boardwalk, yes

Better Homes and Gardens - Sparkling Berry Garland
  • one of my go to, average performance

Rose Girls - Mandarin Cuppa Cake
  • okay throw, short duration, didn't mix well with the other scents in my house

Sassy Girl Aroma - Strawberry Shortcake
  • medium throw, average duration, enjoyed it

Scensationals - Tea Time
  • surprisingly good and strong, surprise favorite, one cube is all you need, lasted forever, yes, yes ma'am

Yankee Melt Cup - Catching Rays
  • melt cups are life, fresh laundry scent, I would purchase this again in a heartbeat, outstanding throw and duration

Ava's Country Cupboard - Sunshine and Fresh Air
  • look this fresh scent, great throw, favorite, yes all day

Front Porch - Fizzy Pop Pucker Up Birthday Cake
  • strong throw, great blend, performed wonderfully, would order again

Goose Creek - Lemon Herb
 little throw, smelled like an italian herb jar, no

Deer Ridge Candles - Kinky Cowboy #1
  • performed beautifully, fabulous, yes!

Front Porch - Cactus and Sea Salt
  • fresh and beachy scent, medium throw

Goose Creek - Minted Eucalyptus
  • great throw, mint fragrance oil instead of essential oil scent, heavier on the eucalyptus than mint, yes

Front Porch - 1970s
  • my love of hippie scents, yes, amazing throw and performance, yes all day

Front Porch - Winter Garden
  • average performance, great throw, would order again


Something that I've learned from melting a whole lot of wax is that you can ever predict how a melt is going to do before you melt it. Price point, shape, packaging, exclusivity, and hype mean, as we say in the South, a hill of beans.

That being said, there are a lot of factors on the consumer end that add even more unpredictability to the wax melt equation.  The include: size of home, shape of room, the actual warmer, the air flow, and the consumer's own preferences and sense of smell.

That is why, at the end of the day, each person can only talk of their own experiences.

I've written this as a preamble to my actual notes to drive home the point that I understand people's experiences may be different.  They may not agree with my opinions on a product or are so deeply down the rabbit hole of brand personification that it actually becomes personal to them.

TL DR:  I gave a lot of unfavorable reviews to some extremely hyped vendor wax melts.  I'm expecting at least a few people to get their panties in a knot over it.

My favorite wax lines of the moment are: Yankee Scenterpiece melt cups, better homes and gardens, scentsationals, and Ava's Country Cupboard.  I have found these perform consistently well with little to no duds even after the large number that I've tried in each.

My brands I wouldn't even take for free are: Yankee regular wax melts, Elegant Expressions, True Living, Living Colors, Family Dollar, and Glade.  I've had zero luck with these and am done wasting my time.

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