…Bath & Body Works Candles!
Did you see that coming? I never thought I would succumb to the lure of heavenly (and heavily) scented candles. Alas, I’m here and it’s a bit too late to look back and stop myself. Twitter, it has to be said, is such an evil enabler. One tweet is all it takes to do me in real good. Romz
innocuously (I think!) sent me a “Hey, Bath & Body Works is having their annual buy one take one sale, if you’re interested
“. So despite my best efforts to avoid the crazy $10 Sephora makeup deals and all other Black Friday promos, I dropped by the Bath & Body Works
website and here we are — three 3-wick candles
This took a long time to reach me because I used the GCASH-AMEX Virtual Pay shipping option VIA SEA as it weighs quite a lot and VIA AIR shipping would cost almost Php2,000 ($46 no thanks!). Via sea took around 60 days so I almost forgot about this purchase when it was delivered to my doorstep, to be honest. However, with the difference in price, I wouldn’t have shipped it any other way. VIA SEA shipping cost me around Php700 for all three.
They altogether came in a huge box with individual cardboard packaging to secure each candle. Bath & Body Works had a huge assortment of candles so it was quite tough to select which scents to try out first. These three candles only cost me $23 with shipping at $5.99 and some sales tax which all in all came out at $31.60. Not bad for three candles, a Diptyque mini costs $28 alone!
Moving on, a little disclaimer, I am the worst at describing scents which explains my aversion to perfume reviews despite my absolute love for them. So there, let’s move along with the candles, shall we?
I picked the top three recommendations by Romz namely Sweater Weather, Leaves and Mahogany Teakwood. I am ultimately averse to sweet, sugary, pepperminty, anything candy-smelling scents so she suggested I might like these three as they tend to be more woody and forest-y (?)
First, Sweater Weather – hmmmm, how do I describe thee? The candle is made up of juniper berries, fresh eucalyptus, some sage and a tiny bit of wood, sweet spearmint and dew. I feel like the room is transformed to the Amazon rainforest 15 minutes after lighting this candle up. It is strrroooong. Very earthy and mountain-y (I’m so good at describing scents, no?).
This candle I thought I wouldn’t like because of the hint of cinnamon emanating even as it was still unlit. However, as soon as I fired it up, it oozed of red, luscious apples, sweet nectar and fruity berries with the cinnamon spice lingering in the background to keep it from being too synthetically fruity or sugary (which I don’t like). It feels cozy and familiar, not at all unique but particularly calming. I’m warming
up to it, but I don’t see the craze behind this scent (Youtubers are mad about this one!).
“The smell of Abercrombie & Fitch stores.” SOLD! I’ve only visited an Abercrombie store once or twice when we were in the US a long time ago and so this candle is more of a nostalgic buy than anything. When I opened the box, this scent was the most overpowering among the three! I think there are a lot of different woody notes such as mahogany (duh), cedar, some oak as well as hints of floral notes that I can’t pinpoint. It smells alluring, have to give them that. But it smells too much of a man’s body spray (think AXE!) that I find it headache-inducing when lit. Unlit, it’s tolerable and smells even enticingly sexy but once lit, ack! Not for me 🙁
I see the beauty of Bath & Body Works Candles – they have an array of scents which mostly have amazing throws and for such reasonable prices. Thing is, you have to sorta smell them in store to make sure you end up getting what suits your nose buds. My nose is quite the scent-picker so it’s hard for me to blind-buy fragrances like perfumes or candles online, but I’m glad I was able to try these candles out. Last Christmas though, I was gifted my very firstDiptyque candle!!!! God knows I won’t ever buy one for myself so I’m super thankful I was gifted one (with a mini GWP candle!). Thoughts on that soon!