This is a review of Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Wax Melts from Walmart 2015. I really enjoy the BHG wax melts at Walmart, and these winter/holiday scents are fantastic.
A Wonderful Winter
Notes: Icy peppermint shimmers through regal evergreens adorned with glimmering icicles, bright winter citrus and leafy mistletoe
This smells like a combination of apple and eucalyptus, with a hint of cinnamon. Not overly sweet. The eucalyptus is very minty, but plain mint, not spearmint, so no toothpaste note. The eucalyptus adds that very slightly sage-y note to counteract too much sweetness from the apple. When melted, I definitely smell all 3 notes: the apple, cinnamon, and eucalyptus. Close up it has a very strong sinus-clearing menthol effect, more than most other minty scents I've smelled, and I can even detect the sinus-clearing effect in the room. I like the crisp apple note in this one!
Candied Mulberry Spice
Notes: Sweet mulberry and harvest plum glisten with fresh boysenberry and blushing plum over scrumptious hints of soft pomegranate and crisp red apple
I believe this is an old scent brought back this season. Bright sweet cranberry scent with just a smidgen of spice. This has a very slightly off-putting bitter "cat pee" note in the background. It's not enough to be bothersome, but it does seem to come out a bit more as the wax has been melting for a few hours.
Christmas Morning Latte (renamed Winter Morning Latte in 2017)
This is an old scent brought back this season (it was a Limited Edition 2013 scent). Super creamy buttery coffee flavored eggnog with nutmeg and cinnamon. This is like ScentSationals Iced Coffee scent mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon. I love this one!
Cranberry Apple Martini
Notes: Cranberries and sweet green apples shaken with citrus splashed vodka and a hint of candied lemon create the perfect holiday cocktail
This smells more like a summer scent than winter, like vanilla with the very slightly tart cranberry note and a hint of apple and even watermelon. Actually, it smells a little more like strawberry than cranberry. It also has a very slight makeup or perfume note, but in a good way. I love this one.
Frosted Honey Cake
Notes: This fragrance is reminiscent of homemade vanilla honey cake, dusted with ground cinnamon and sweet ginger drizzled with a white sugar glaze.
Sweet rich honey mixed with cake batter. This smells like ScentSationals Bee Sweet or Honey Nectar, mixed with cake. It does not smell like ScentSationals Honey Bourbon Frosting, as that scent is sweeter, has the bourbon note, and no cake notes. Fantastic yummy scent!
Frosty Winter Nights
Notes: Fresh greens, crisp ozone and cool spearmint then reveals crushed evergreen and fir needle balanced by blonde wood, amber and vanilla
On cold sniff, it smells like eucalyptus with a hint of balsam, and maybe a smidgen of anise. When melted, it's definitely balsam/pine with eucalyptus, a strong spearmint note, and maybe a hint of anise. I'm not a fan of spearmint, and this smells a little like the spearmint in ScentSationals Zen, but more of it, and with balsam. This is not one of my favorites, and other people who have tried this scent seem to concur.
Gourmet Cookie Shop
The photo on the label shows a sugared vanilla cookie, but this smells like a rich oatmeal cookie with a slightly cinnamon note, similar to ScentSationals Spiced Oatmeal Cookie but without the raisin note. In fact, I've been told it's a dupe of ScentSationals Oatmeal Cookie scent. Yummy!
Iced Winter Cranberry
Notes: Juicy red cranberries sparkle amid sweet red currant accents, fresh mulberry, sugared plum and bright winter citrus over shimmering holly leaf and a glint of icy, cool peppermint
This is an older scent that's back for the season. This smells just like wine or champagne, fermented and with that slightly vinegary note. There's no mintiness that would make it "iced". I'm not a fan of wine scents so this one isn't my favorite.
Pomander and Pinecones
Notes: Glittering orange, tangy mandarin and spicy cinnamon sticks shimmer with brisk crushed cypress, balsamic evergreen and oak wood over jeweled cranberry and sweet vanilla sugar.
Orange with a woodsy note and a hint of clove, and maybe a smidgen of sage. It's not a bright citrusy orange nor is it sweet at all. It's actually quite savory. Pomander is an orange or apple studded with cloves to perfume the air, usually around the holidays. The label shows a photo of pomander. I can smell the orange, cloves and sage, but I can't really tell what I'm smelling other than it has a slight foodie quality, like someone is cooking something. It's a unique scent, but I'm not a fan because it's too "rich" or nauseating or something.
Snowy Winter Woods
Notes: Jolly touches of sweet ozonic mint, frosted herbs and crisp winter apple blend with sheer elements of aged oak, iced evergreen, delicate wood smoke and transparent musk.
This is not a new scent, but it's back for the season. Woodsy with a note of smoky spruce and eucalyptus, and a smidgen of mint, but not a sweet mint. It might have some other note I can't put my finger on, but I really like this one, and it seems to be a favorite with a lot of people.
Sparkling Berry Garland
Notes: The rich scent of a freshly cut spruce is complemented by glimmering notes of pure citrus, sparkling aldehydes, white cranberry and sugared plums over an appealing background of smooth cinnamon spice
A light pine scent with a eucalyptus note and maybe a smidgen of vanilla.
Twinkling Holiday Lights (renamed Festive Twinkling Lights in 2017)
Notes: A bright, sparkling fusion of icy ozone, sweet citrus, and crisp fir needle entwined with rich cedar and a white birch over herbaceous greens, frosted woods and a fresh hint of crushed mistletoe.
I'm not sure if this is a new scent or not. Minty eucalyptus with a bit of pine, and a hint of vanilla and maybe even a smidgen of berry. It's not a sweet mint like peppermint. This smells like AmbiEscents Pine Wreath, with the addition of the minty eucalyptus menthol. If you inhale directly over the melting wax, you get that sinus clearing effect, but even from farther away it has a "cooling" note. This is a perfect scent to melt if you have a cold!
White Cranberry Amaryllis
Notes: Iced cranberry over sweet amaryllis petals makes for a soft and zesty fragrance.
Amaryllis is a type of lily flower with a mild, sweet and delicate scent. In fact, there's a picture of the amaryllis next to cranberries on the label. This is a beautiful sweet berry scent with a hint of floral, and it almost has a "lipstick" scent quality. I can smell the sweet cranberry, but it smells like a warm intense strawberry, like strawberry jam. I think this is more of a summer scent than a winter scent. And although it has a lot of the same notes as Cranberry Apple Martini, that one is a different scent, with more tart berry and a watermelon note, not as sweet and no floral notes. I really like this scent. Aha, I knew I recognized this scent! This is a dupe of ScentSationals Italian Gelato which I have classified as a Pink Sugar type scent. The wax is even the exact same shade of red.