Page 3 of our BIG Christmas Review!
A joint review by Andrea,
Julia and Avery
on page 2:
Pink Flower Scents
Cozy Cottage Scents
Spotted Hog Candles
For Every Body Candles
Chery’s Candles & Gifts
Orchid Candle Co
Cookies, Cakes and Baked Treats
Now that our mouths were watering, it was time for some good old fashioned holiday desserts. And our reviewers had NO problem rounding these up for us.
Julia started with…
…from Pink Flower Scents (Comforting aromas of warm cinnamon and gingerbread swirled with caramelized sugar on a warm vanilla custard. An exclusive blend).
Julia told us:
I am a huge fan of gingerbread scents, so trying this interesting blend from Pink Flower Scents was a sure bet. This scent is more than a straight up gingerbread. It’s like a dessert with gingerbread on top. I could smell the brulee custard, the burnt sugar and of course the gingerbread too. One little ounce melt filled my kitchen with scent. It smelled cozy and inviting…awesome scent.
For a spin on the gingerbread scent, Avery tried…
… from Friendly Fumes (Sweet orange essential oil and gingerbread fragrance.)
Avery was sure to say:
Friendly Fumes has added Spa tumblers to their candle line. These are sleek and simple – they fit better into my dÃ©cor than the apothecary style. I like the new option! This soy candle is orange – and it burned nicely – no soot or problems with the wick. The scent is heavier on orange than gingerbread to my nose – it is more pomander than bakery. It is one of those Thanksgiving into Christmas types of scents – it makes you feel cozy as the weather starts turning nasty outside, and as you scoot closer to Christmas, it is a soothing “present wrapping scent.”
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… from Cozy Cottage Scents (A freshly baked cookie with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.Sweet, Soothing and the scent flows. One of my personal favorites!)
“Run,run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Well, let me tell you. If the Gingerbread Man tastes anything like this melt from Cozy Cottage, he’d better start running faster! This is a super delicious gingerbread scent that is not too heavy on the spices. The sweet, creamy vanilla is blended in well to keep this from being too spicy or harsh. The scent throw was on the lighter side but still very, very good. Now – where’s my glass of milk?
Going a bit sweeter Julia found…
… from Yankee Candle (An irresistible treat … rich, moist vanilla cupcake covered with sweet buttery holiday icing.).
What could be better than a cupcake? A Christmas cupcake, of course. This melt from Yankee Candle was packed with vanilla. It was yummy sweet smelling cake with a heavy dose of vanilla extract. This is the way foody scent lovers ring in the holiday…with vanilla cupcakes and icing. Wonderful. I got a good, medium throw from my tealight melter with this scent. Since it was a Yankee Candle melt, I thought it was only fitting to melt it in a Yankee Candle melter. It was a match made in heaven.
Cranberries, Bayberries and Mulberries
If berries are your thing, then you are surely in luck during this holiday. Berries abound and our reviewers were determined to try a good representative mix.
Avery spiced things up with…
…from Cleanse your Soul (Fresh, tart cranberry with a hint of spice.)
I usually have good luck with the throw on my CYS tarts, and this one was no exception. I used a tealight melter for this dark red melt, and in no time the medium sized room was bursting with zesty cranberries! This is one of the scents you look forward to on the Holidays, whether it is Uncle Larry’s cranberry nog, or the fresh batch of cranberry sauce making its way to the dining table, that spicy cranberry combo screams festive!
Don’t like your cranberries spiced? Then follow Julia’s lead with…
…from The Spotted Hog (Tangy, tart cranberries rolled in sweetsugar crystals.)
Julia told us:
Oh my goodess. This scent was a bright and cheerful, year round happy explosion of sweet cranberries. Similar to Bath and Body Works’ Frosted Cranberry scent, this little gem from The Spotted Hog delivered sweet goodness all through the house. Everyone in my family liked Sugared Cranberries, so I know this will be a definite reorder. Sugared Cranberries had the right amount of sweetness, mixed with just enough pucker power…it got high marks around here.
Mixing those darling cranberries in with some greenery is a festive idea indeed. Avery tried…
… from For Every Body Candles (The aroma of fresh cranberries mixed with a hint of sweet vanilla.)
My version of a little Christmas miracle? Going to a store like TJMAXX, Ross, etc., and finding the scent I almost ordered on line! Oh happy day! Cranberry Wreath has been a great Christmas scent from For Everybody. I ended up finding a tin, no longer available on the site, but the scent is still the zesty, fruity cranberry that can be purchased in the melting blocks and glass containers. Of course, half the fun of picking out your FEB candles is looking at the artsy labels and the fun embeds on top of the candle. Like the current candle available, this tin had Folk Art drawings of sparkly cranberry wreaths on the label, and the wax was a deep red with three red “cranberries” on top – finished with a sprinkle of red glitter. Yes, the current 22oz candle is topped with the same festive detail! The small 4oz tin has a throw that scents the powder room with its wonderful zesty Holiday scent. The candle burned cleanly, a little wax remained on the side. Time for the tart warmer, not a speck of scent gets wasted in this candle-lovers home!
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other celebrations
Christmas is not the only celebration this time of year. Scent makers know this and are coming out with more and more scents to represent celebrations of all kinds.
Julia was able to find…
No matter what celebration you choose to observe, we can all agree this is simply a festive time of year. There were plenty of scents that tried to wrap up that holiday joy for our noses to behold.
Avery started with…
… from Cheryl’s Candles & Gifts (A very mint and refreshing scent.)
This scalloped tart was actually a sample that Cheryl had sent with one of her orders. It was a little smaller than her usual tarts, but it still had an impressive throw. This is a eucalyptus and pine blend to my nose – I don’t pick up any stray scents. It is truly the “essence” of Christmas in my book – how could you possibly get through the Holiday without the evergreen notes? Add to that the icy minty menthol which is a vital part of the “feel” of Christmas for me. Those Santas in hula skirts are wasted on me – make my Christmas a white one!
There’s something almost magical about the night before Christmas. Avery brought us…
… from Cozy Cottage Scents (Harkens the scent of candied fruit and frosted cookies – true visions of sugar plums – with notes of brightly-wrapped hard candy, vanilla, and an evergreen wreath on the front door)
It does not matter who makes this scent, I smell different notes each time I sniff a candle or tart called “Christmas Eve”. Each vendor’s version seems a little different and it makes it fun to have 2 or 3 different ones melting in the house at the same time, in different rooms, to compare the scents. This scent is always a great blend – and as is the case in the real Christmas Eve night – there is a lot going on! Cozy Cottage’s blend first emphasizes the sweetness in their light green melt , sort of a tangle of vanilla and fruity hard candies. The candies seem a little berryish to my first sniff and then later sniffs seemed plum-like. There are occasional wisps of evergreen, but the vanilla cookie blankets this blend so it is very soft. I used a tealight melter and although the scent only lasted about 2 hours, it was strong! I confess that once I popped the melt out of the top of my melter, I did not throw it immediately away – I kept it by the side of my computer for a little “cold-sniff Christmas lift”!
And then all that anticipation pays off – Christmas day has arrived! Avery rounded up…
… from Orchid Lake Candles (A pleasing blend of spruce, lightly sweetened bakery notes, cinnamon spice, and candied fruits.)
Orchid Lake Candles is a new company to me. This company is run by a mother and daughter, and I was excited to try a new vendor! The tart I am trying is called Christmas Morning, and it is a light green soy cup. I used a tealight melter for testing, and the tart softly scented a medium size room. The name fits well, the first note for me was an evergreen scent that had been sweetened a little, the finish was spicy like cinnamon. This is a perfect combo to me – getting up, hanging around the tree and eating cinnamony Holiday pastries…killing time until it is time for presents!
Conclusion to our Christmas Review…
It is true that all good things must come to an end. As you can see there is something for just about everyone during this holiday season. Our reviewers hope they were able to help point your nose in the right directions. Be happy, be merry and be sure to enjoy your wonderful scented excursions.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ~
Andrea, Julia and Avery