Italy Espresso Café Bath & Body Works Candle ReviewItaly Espresso Cafe

By Christina Rylan

Brand: Bath & Body Works

Type: 14.5oz large 3 wick candle

Fragrance: Italy Espresso Café

Scent Strength: Light


First impression of Italy Espresso Café: 

Woah! The moment I popped off the lid to this candle, a huge puff of espresso coffee wafted all around me and it was strong. It truly smelled like freshly ground coffee… I was impressed.

Here is the scent description from the bottom of the candle:

Immerse yourself in Italy’s coffee culture with the impressive blend of rich Italian roasted coffee beans and the perfect dash of vanilla cream.

Yep! Ground coffee beans all the way. That’s exactly what the wax smelled like. The vanilla cream was there too but light so it will be interesting to see if that component gets drowned out once the candle was burning. I had a feeling it would.

Time to find out!

I went big and lit this candle in my large master bedroom. Once the wicks were lit, it took a good 15 minutes to reach a full melt pool and from then on out…. A really creamy and subtle coffee aroma filled the general area around the candle. I was kind of surprised how light this candle was. Because of that, I decided to move it to a medium size room where the strength was much better. The aroma… a creamy coffee and vanilla. Very nice.

Strength – on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this candle a 4 in a large room. 7/8 in a medium sized room. This candle is definitely better suited to a smaller room if you want to maximize scent throw.



How did my candle burn?

This candle burned great. Zero wick issues. Clean burning from beginning to end.



Closing to my review: 

I enjoyed Italy Espresso Café but if I’m being honest… it wasn’t the best coffee scent I’ve smelled. It was nice (don’t get me wrong) but not anything I freaked out over or would urge you to hurry up and purchase. It happens, what can I say? I think the strength surprised and disappointed me the most. Normally coffee scents are super strong. This candle was really subtle which is unusual for this brand. 🙁

Have you tried Italy Espresso Café? Did you have the same experience I did? I would love to know.

Happy candle hunting!

~ Christina

Visit Bath & Body Works 

Presentation: 4/5
Authenticity: 4/5
Burn Performance: 5/5
Strength: 2.5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5

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