A.C. Moore Wax Melt Reviews (Nicole's Home Accents)
June 18, 2016
NOTE: A.C. Moore closed in early 2020.
This is a review of A.C. Moore wax melts (Nicole's Home Accents), which are available only on the east coast, from Maine to Florida. These melts have been fantastic for the past few years in terms of scent quality and throw. They used to cost $2.99 each, and they were manufactured by ScentSationals, which explains the fantastic quality.
However, a few months ago, A.C. Moore started putting some of their wax melts on clearance, and then they disappeared from many of the stores. Last week I found all new wax melts at A.C. Moore, but now they're $1.99 and are being made by Crossroads Candles, which I haven't had luck with as far as throw. Many of the scents are the same as Crossroads scents rather than the old Nicole's Home Accents scents. And some of the scents with the same name don't smell the same, such as Vanilla Hazelnut Macchiato (a completely different scent now).
These can be found on the A.C. Moore website, but they're $3.29 on the site (not sure if they've increased their in-store prices as well).
Original, older, better version on left, and new version on the right
Berries and Cream
Fake berry scent, maybe raspberry, with a vinyl chemical note and maybe a smidgen of wood. Often those chemical notes disappear when melted, so fingers crossed. And that's exactly what happened. It ended up being a nice berry scent, different and unique. But the scent dissipated in 1.5 to 2 hours.
A pleasant, generic watery type laundry type scent. It's more of a fabric softener scent, not a harsh laundry detergent scent. But it also has a fresh, slightly floral note. The scent dissipated in under 2 hours.
This smells like lavender scented soap. It's a nice clean, relaxing scent, perfect for a bedroom or bathroom.
A nice but typical sweet lemon scent with both a slight bakery and a slight kitchen lemon note.
Peanut Butter Cookie
This smells fantastic, like a real peanut butter cookie! Rich, sweet, peanutty and buttery! The only other retail scent I've tried lately with a peanut butter note is Goose Creek Peanut Butter Sugar. These two scents don't smell very similar. The Goose Creek scent is sweeter, has a vanilla crepe kind of note, and has much less of the nutty note. The Nicole's scent is definitely more nutty, and if you're looking for a peanutty scent, this is the one! The scent started dissipating within 2 hours.
This one is super strong on cold sniff. It's a strong black coffee scent with a little bit of sweetness, and it smells fantastic. Melted, however, it turned into a bitter burned coffee scent that's not good at all.
Sage and Citrus
I have this scent in the regular Crossroads melts and the throw is very good for that one. This combination has been done by other manufacturers, and they all smell pretty much the same. It's a hard scent to describe, kind of a spa scent or maybe some kind of cleaner. It's sweet and a little bit herbal, with maybe just a hint of lemongrass. Very nice scent!
Sandalwood and Amber
Fantastic, a sweet perfumey sandalwood with what might be a hint of nag champa (to give it a bit of a hippie vibe).
Spruce and Cedar
Very nice nutty spruce scent.
Sweet Pear Crisp
This really smells like pears, with a slight cinnamon note.
Vanilla Hazelnut Macchiato
This is a nice nutty scent with creamy vanilla and just a touch of coffee. This is not the same Vanilla Hazelnut Macchiato that they used to carry (which smelled even better).
A floral that smells like lilac and maybe jasmine, but a fresh air note keeps it from being too sweet or perfumey. It's a nice scent, although a bit generic, and would be great for a bedroom or bathroom.
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