by Andrea Haskins
Brand: Patriot Candles purchased at Walgreen’s
Scent: Mandarin Currant
Type: 2.4oz Clamshell Melts
Ever found yourself looking for good, cheap wax melts for scenting your home on the fly? Most candle lovers don’t mind plunking down a pretty penny for a decent candle, but we also like that quick, cheap fix sometimes. I’m such a candle fanatic, I want to try a little bit of everything, which makes the candle aisle at Walgreen’s so tempting. I stop by there every. single. time. No matter how many times I tell myself no. But hey, wax melts 2 for $5? Who can resist? I picked up Mandarin Currant from Patriot Candles during one of my recent trips.
First Impression Of Mandarin Currant:
The wax melts from Patriot candles are clamshell style with a little “window” in the front letting you pre-spy the goods. The wax itself is a little soft and oily. On my initial whiff, I was so pleased – citrus! Sweet and a little tangy.
Then came something else. Ew! I thought the ‘currant’ part of the scent was a little too sour and bitter. It smelled fake and I didn’t even really want to melt it. But I was all in at this point, so nothing to do but to forge forward.
Melting Mandarin Currant:
I used 2 of the cubes in my 24W hotplate melter. It was not long before the scent started wafting around my bedroom. The scent was fruity and zesty – just like I would expect a juicy mandarin to be. A little bit sweet but mellowed out with the tangy currant. I”ll tell you – once I warmed the wax, the two scents played together very well. I didn’t get a whole lot of sour after notes. Every time I walked into my room, I got a little more energized. This was a good one!
I wasn’t expecting too much from this melt, but I was pleasantly surprised. The scent strength was moderately strong and the throw was pretty good. I could smell it all throughout my large bedroom – not overpowering, but enough to let me know it was going strong. I didn’t smell it much past my bedroom door, though.
I’m glad I tried this scent even after I didn’t care too much for the cold sniff. Warming the wax made all the difference for me. I will pick some more up when I’m back at Walgreen’s. I think it was pretty good for what I paid. If you’re looking for some cheap wax melts & like fruity scents, I think this is a good one to try.
Scent Throw: 3/5
Scent Strength: 3.5/5
Overall rating: 3.6/5
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