Greetings and welcome back Beholder fans! As promised back on June 4, 2017, in the “Spring Smellabration” article, we are back with our Fall review of my favorite Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candles. To refresh your memory, my bestie, (you all know and love her) Meredith and I make a day trip of visiting Bath and Body Works at least 3 times a year purposely to smell the new candles for the season: Spring, Fall, and Holiday.
To get a full scope of nose palates (that’s a thing…whatevs), I enlisted my fellow candle lovers. You’ll remember Jen, my neighbor, and Jackie, my niece. (Incidentally, Jackie is pregnant with her first child. As you moms know, mommy-nose is a powerful tool. Yay! We love babies!) Categories for Autumn are a bit different than for spring/summer, so we did a tiny adjustment for this review. Jen, who covered Fruit scents in the spring, stayed close to her category and covered food-centric candles, or what Bath and Body Works calls “Gourmand”. (So fancy.) I personally cannot have “Gourmand” (said with a heavy French accent) candles burning in my home because I apparently lack any sort of self-control. Those scents have me eating cookies and treats alllllllllll day long. Can’t do it! (They have a candle called “Hot Cocoa & Cream”. Y’all, it smells exactly like a Tootsie Roll. How’s a girl supposed to fight that?)
A month or two ago, Bath and Body Works launched a variety of their 3-Wick Candles made with essential oils. I gave that whole category to my niece, as she tends to drift to the really authentic fragrances. If you recall, she covered the florals in spring and really preferred the ones that smelled the most like the real thing. As for Meredith and me, we drive parallel in the Fall fragrances for a bit, but then we each drift to our respective lanes. Meredith can handle the sweeter smelling candles, where I will merge toward scents that are WAY more woodsy and, as she would call them, masculine. Guilty! Love them. So let’s jump on in, shall we?
NEW – HONEYED PEAR – First of all, this comes in the CUTEST glass jar that says “Hey Honey”. Love. The scent profile consists of Warm Poached Pear, Buttery Caramel, and Honey Nectar. Wow! Sounds like a dessert at a really good restaurant. This particular fragrance is only available in the 3-Wick Candle.
ALSO NEW – HOT COCOA & CREAM – I mentioned this one earlier. Kids, this one is no joke. It smells like a Tootsie Roll! And speaking of kids, Jen’s kids were loving the smell even before it was lit. (Hope no one tries to eat it!). And talk about a dessert order, this fragrance is a mixture of Decadent Milk Chocolate, Fresh Steamed Milk, and Mini Marshmallows (Seriously? ‘Cause regular sized marshmallows would be too much? I’m just reading what they are telling me here. And can I get that with two spoons?) This scent is available in the 3-Wick Candle, as well as a Fragrance Melt.
TRIED AND TRUE – WARM APPLE PIE (You’re killin’ me Smalls!). Jen does gravitate toward apple, so this one should be no surprise. Only available in the 3-Wick Candle, this is a concoction of Baked Granny Smith Apple, Melted Brown Sugar, and Flaky Homemade Crust. You will find all of these on the menu at Chez Wirks de Bain et de Corps. (In actuality, a scary name for a restaurant.) Thank you Jen, for taking this category for me and my current jeans size.
Not always a single noted candle, this category was very well received by Jackie. She loves the idea that they are made with essential oils and found the smells to be really clean and pure. Although she felt that some of the fragrances were on the weaker side, these will be her new go-to between seasons.
NEW – EUCALYPTUS – This candle contains a combination of Eucalyptus and Peppermint. It is also available in a Wallflower Fragrance Refill. But, do not confuse this with EUCALYPTUS MINT, which is a combo of Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Lemon and Sage. Each would deliver totally different experiences.
NEW – POMEGRANATE – Now this one might surprise you, since there is no Pomegranate noted in the fragrance profile. This candle contains oils of Eucalyptus (which we’ve already established that Jackie likes) and Orange! Who da thunk it? In addition to the 3-Wick Candle, you can also find this scent in Fragrance Melts.
NEW – ROSE – And another shocker. The “Rose” Essential oil fragrance does not contain any rose! This is a combination of Lemon and Orange essential oils. Unlike the others that Jackie favored, this one is only available as a 3-Wick.
MEREDITH’S TAKE ON FALL
NEW – HARVEST GATHERING – Meredith’s new favorite, “not too sweet”, seasonal fragrance. Sadly, Bath and Body Works only sells Harvest Gathering in the form of Wallflowers Refills, but I wanted to include this in the review. This is a combination of Fresh Picked Apples, Autumn Berries, and Clove Buds. (I didn’t know cloves had such close friends? No? Not funny? Moving on….). Sorry to say that if you’re looking for the warm glow of a candle, you’ll have to rely on one of their ADORABLE Wallflower Plugs for that glow. So much cuteness…. Sigh.
TRIED AND TRUE:
LEAVES – Now for Leaves, you get the full compliment of products. LEAVES is available in the 3-Wick Candle, Wallflowers Fragrance Refill, Room Spray, Fragrance Melt and the Scentportable Fragrance Refill (which is meant for your car). The scent profile on this is: Crisp Red Apple, Golden Nectar, and Warm Clove Spice. A very slightly different combo than the above mentioned Harvest Gathering! Girl knows what she likes!
SWEET CINNAMON PUMPKIN – This is where you lose me. This one is too sweet for me, but it is one of the most popular Fall scents that Bath and Body Works offers, and it comes back year after year (so what do I know?). Talk about the gamut of product offerings! This fragrance is available in a variety of Hand Soaps, Wallflower Refills, 3-Wick Candles, Scentportable Fragrance Refill, Room Spray, and Hand Cream. This is the combination of Harvest Pumpkin, Spiced Clove, Vanilla Cream, and Brown Sugar. You’re extremely lucky if you happen to like this one. Meredith finds this scent to be a sweet (but not sickeningly sweet), fun, more potent seasonal scent that helps to rid one’s home of “funky boy smells”. (LOL! You see why we’re friends.) Like me, she doesn’t tend toward the food smells, but this one works for her.
MY TAKE ON FALL
For the first time in a VERY long time, I found a new fragrance that will trump my “tried and true” scents. (no political affiliation intended) This year, my favorite fall scent is, NEW – CHESTNUT CLOVE – Sadly this fragrance only comes in a 3-Wick Candle, but that works just fine for me. This combo of Warm Roasted Chestnut, Fresh Ground Clove, Forest Pine Needles, Cedarwood and Velvety Moss are sublime. The addition of pine gets me every time.
Another, NEW (at least for me) – AUTUMN WOODS – Available in 3-Wick Candles and Wallflowers Refill, this was my second favorite. This is a combination of Dark Walnut, English Lavender, and White Amber. AUTUMN (proper) has been a favorite of mine in the past, but this is a little bit of a different spin on that. (See TRIED AND TRUE below).
TRIED AND TRUE
I too like LEAVES. I will burn these candles throughout the month of September. (I’m a little OCD on my methodology for burning the different scents throughout the Fall and Winter; each having a dedicated month. Don’t judge.)
AUTUMN – Having a more complex scent profile than AUTUMN WOODS, AUTUMN is a mixture of Bright Red Gala Apple, Juicy Fig, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Fir Balsam. Again with the pine! I’m a total sucker. AUTUMN comes in Wallflowers Refills and 3-Wick Candles. This would normally be my October/November go to.
I have to give an honorable mention to CRANBERRY WOODS. I discovered this scent last year in the form of a Room Spray and fell hard in love with it. This year it has been introduced in a 3-Wick Candle, as well as Wallflowers Refills and Fragrance Melts. The scent profile is a combination of Tart Cranberry, Cinnamon Bark, Forest Cedar, and Golden Amber. I still love this one, however, I think I will gravitate to this scent more around holiday/winter time. I tend to like the more woodsy/harvesty smells during this time of year.
I also need to mention SWEATER WEATHER. Another TRIED AND TRUE for me but not until Winter. Give it a smell, but look for my review in our next installment of the Smellabration. Holiday!!!!
Thank you to my fellow smellers for their time, opinions and noses. Couldn’t do it without you. And thank you readers for indulging me in one of my obsessions. It is my pleasure to have these candles in my home. I hope you can land on a favorite, or three!
1 Bath and Body Works fall store display 2016.
2 Pic from imgflip.com