Sunday, September 18, 2016

ScentSationals and Better Homes and Gardens: A Few Fall Scents

I picked up a handful of tarts from Walmart. I had kept reading about all these fabulous fall scents and knew I needed to sniff them out. Forgive my lack of clamshell photos, I just wanted to shoot them naked. 

Balsam & Birch (ScentSationals)- Good old evergreen, snow capped with faint sweetness and menthol and pine when melted. Medium-light throw. 

Perfectly Pine (ScentSationals)- A much sweeter and mellower evergreen than the above. Christmas trees decked in cotton candy garland and vanilla sugar crystal diamonds, but it turns a little off and plasticky as it melts. Next time I melt it I will temper it with mint or spice. Strong. 

Fragrant Woodland Walk (Better Homes & Gardens)- Balsam and spruce, slightly sweet with citrus and golden amber. 

Pumpkin Marshmallow Cream (ScentSationals)- Vague pumpkin with a soft back note of vanilla spice and musky tonka beans when melted. A firm medium-strong to strong throw in the kitchen.

Pumpkin S'mores (ScentSationals) duo of Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Marshmallow Cream- Same as above but extra spice and richness added with the Pumpkin Spice blended into the Pumpkin Marshmallow Cream.

Crimson (ScentSationals)- A description of cranberry and oak but the cranberries only fleetingly dust the musky woods with tart sugar drops. This veers much closer to mahogany and teakwood. Medium- strong to strong throw. 

Incense & Wine (ScentStationals) duo of Nag Champa Incense and Vineyard Sunset- The Nag Champa portion feels a bit more floral than earthy. The Vineyard Sunset side reminds me of mulled wine aged in oak barrels. Nicely done. One cube of each scent threw medium to medium-light in the bedroom but gave me a headache. It could have been how close I was sitting. I will melt these in the larger living area. 

Each tart is $2.00 at Walmart. Of this bunch, I would buy Crimson, Incense & Wine, Balsam & Birch, and Fragrant Woodland Walk. Do you enjoy any of these? 


  1. I think I have Perfectly Pine and Pumpkin Marshmallow Cream, but haven't melted them yet. They came out with SO many fall scents this year! Nothing really jumps out at me (yet) as a favorite, but you know I love "the Walmart wax!"


    1. I look forward to your thought on those two. I liked Pumpkin Marshmallow Cream much more once it warmed up. Walmart really outdid themselves for fall scents. I hope they do that for Christmas too. not that I need too much more holiday wax. I pretty much stocked up at CFTKR for Christmas. I enjoy Walmart wax too here and there. They have a nice selection and good throw most of the time. And I love the woody scents and amber scents.