Apple Pumpkin - Mainstay Candle ReviewBy Christina Rylan

Brand: Mainstay

Type: 11.5oz 3 wick candle

Fragrance: Apple Pumpkin

Cost: $5.00

Scent Strength: Light


Introduction to my review:

Full disclosure here… I usually bypass these candles every time I walk by them. The ones I’ve smelled in the past… not so great. This brand lines several shelves at Walmart consistently so they must be selling. They’re super inexpensive so that’s probably a huge factor… I wanted to find out for myself and was finally brave enough to buy a couple.

Walmart carries a few different sizes in this brand but I decided to stick with a medium size 3 wick candle. I figured 3 wicks would give better odds of a nice full melt pool plus (hopefully) give a stronger scent as well…  and for 5 bucks…. great deal!!

Apple Pumpkin won me over and the one I decided to review first. It smelled really good and surprisingly authentic.


Apple Pumpkin - Mainstay Candle Review
What did my Apple Pumpkin candle look like?

This candle was 11.5 ounces with a plastic clear lid. The label shows a picture of pumpkin and apples with the Mainstay logo at the top. A nice feature, it peels right off if you prefer your candles to be free of labeling. The wax color was a rich rust with 3 perfectly centered wicks.



What did my Mainstay candle smell like?

I was surprised how good this candle smelled on first sniff. It smelled just like its name… apples and pumpkin. Very nice. Wanted to note… when researching this candle online, I kept seeing references to Better Homes and Gardens but nowhere on this candle is there mention of it being a Better Homes and Gardens brand. Weird. Photo credit -

Scent description from Walmart’s website:

“Apple whipped with warm apple butter and sweet cinnamon sugar are wrapped with maple syrup and brown sugar vanilla for a rich autumn sensation.”

Um, YUM!!!! That’s sounds mouthwatering! I was really hoping all that yummy-ness came out once burning. Nothing like an apple buttered, maple syrup, cinnamon vanilla sugar scent!! I wasn’t really making all that out from smelling it cold but you never know… the true test is after it’s lit.

I opted to burn this candle in a small powder room to see how it faired… and as predicted, it ended up being a good call. This candle was really lightly scented and would have been totally lost in a bigger room. What did I smell with my nose literally right up to the candle? An apple pumpkin scent… heavier on the apple. I didn’t really make out any of the other bakery oriented ingredients named in the description which I must admit was a little disappointing. I would have loved even hints of maple syrup or even some sweet cinnamon… but – it is what it is.



candle flameHow did my Mainstay candle burn?

Unfortunately, this candle didn’t burn very well. The beginning started out okay with even flames but then they turned into little nubbies and from then on out… super slow and uneven burn. I was really disappointed.



Closing to my review:
Closing to my review
All in all, this was just an *ok* candle for me. I think part of the reason I didn’t get that much scent was due to the wicks not burning correctly. The wax never really got hot enough to release the scent. That’s my guess anyway. I have one more candle I bought to burn – maybe that one will fair better. I’ll report back.

Based off this experience… I don’t think I’ll buy this brand again but we’ll see… I’ve been known to change my mind if the scent is appealing enough.

Happy candle hunting!

~ Christina

**Note – these candles are found at Walmart stores or various outlets online.**
Have you tried Apple Pumpkin from Mainstay? Review it with us. In the comment section below, review and star rate your experience… it’s easy!

Shop Madison Valley Candles
Shop Madison Valley Candles
Shop Madison Valley Candles
Shop Madison Valley Candles


  1. ALICE MCCLAIN January 5, 2019
    • christina January 7, 2019
  2. Gretchen November 17, 2018
    • christina November 18, 2018
  3. Donna Northey January 17, 2016

Leave a Reply