Real Living (Big Lots) Wax Melts Reviews - October 2021

October 28, 2021

Real Living (Big Lots) Wax Melts Reviews - October 2021

This is a review of the new Real Living wax melts at Big Lots, but don't get too excited; they're just a rebranding of the Living Colors wax melts.

I found 22 scents, but there may be more. It's more likely that 24 or 25 new scents were released.

Apple Pie
This is not an apple pie scent. It's a salted caramel apple scent with a tiny bit of a donut note and maybe a smidgen of cinnamon. It's rich, sweet, and very salty, and it smells fantastic. It's similar and the same "type" of scent as ScentSationals Caramel Apple Spice, ScentSationals Apple Pumpkin Spice, and ScentSationals Harvest Moon, and it's very similar to ScentSationals Salted Caramel Apple. The scent started dissipating within 2 hours.

Bermuda Sands
I smell melon (but not watermelon), mango, and maybe a fresh note, a hint of light wood, and a smidgen of coconut and floral. It's a little bit sweet, but also has a tiny bit of a sour or even vinegary note, but not enough to ruin the scent. However, after a few hours, the vinegary note got stronger and I had to remove it from the warmer. I've definitely smelled this before, and it's a dupe of something else that I can't figure out. I think this scent might do well mixed with something sweet to temper that biting note.

Capri Citrus
A fantastic, rich orange scent with a super sweet hard candy note, possibly a hint of another fruit (strawberry? gooseberry?) and maybe a smidgen of a tropical note way in the background. I think it's supposed to be a dupe of the Capri Blue Volcano scent. It's very similar to (if not almost exactly the same as) Better Homes & Gardens Over the Rainbow and Sonoma Blue Citron, both of which use blue wax. The scent started dissipating within 2 hours.

Caribbean Sands
This smells a bit like Coppertone Suntan Oil, with that slight neroli note, and maybe a smidgen of a sweet floral like gardenia. It has a little bit of a chemical note, but it's still a very nice scent.

Cinnamon Donut
This does indeed smell like a cinnamon sugar donut. It's quite sweet (but not like vanilla glaze), the cinnamon is not an intense red hot candy type cinnamon, and I can smell the donut dough. Nice!

Cinnamon Spice
A very cinnamony scent with a bit of ginger, and possibly a smidgen of citrus and/or apple, although it's not at all an apple cinnamon scent. It would be a ginger cookie or gingerbread scent if it had bakery notes, but it doesn't, and it's more of a cinnamon candy scent, but not a red hot or Big Red gum type of cinnamon. It's a totally different type of scent from Cinnamon Spice from the Living Colors Holiday collection. It's also not the same as Warm Cinnamon from that collection. Warm Cinnamon is straight red hot cinnamon (more like red hot candies) with no other notes (although maybe a smidgen of cloves?).

Crisp Morning Air
A sweet, pleasant cologne type scent with mahogany and a bit of a fresh note.

This is very weak on cold sniff. I smell light wood, but not milky sandalwood. I think it also has a smidgen of bergamot that gives it a masculine note, although it's not a cologne scent.

Eucalyptus Mint
A soft, relaxing scent of spearmint and eucalyptus, but those notes are very, very subtle. It also has a hint of a laundry type note and possibly musk, which makes the scent slightly sweet (although it's not really a sweet scent per se). It smells a lot like ScentSationals Zen, and is probably a dupe of the Living Colors Eucalyptus Mint scents from December 2020, December 2019, and January 2019.

Evening Glow
I'm getting a little bit of fruit with slightly milky wood (sandalwood), a little saltiness, and bergamot that gives scents a cologne note (although this is not a cologne scent at all). It's similar to Bermuda Sands in that it also has a slightly sour or vinegary note, but that note is much more subtle (and tolerable!) with this scent.

Mahogany Woods
A nice dark, rich men's cologne scent with a strong note of sweet mahogany, a little bit of a soapy note, and possibly a smidgen of barely detectable leather. It's the same scent as the Living Colors Holiday scent, Winter Woods. It's a little similar to Crisp Morning Air, but this scent has more mahogany and that possible smidgen of leather that Crisp Morning Air doesn't have, and it's not as sweet and doesn't have a fresh note.

Midnight Tobacco
This smells like a combination of cedar and another wood, but not rich mahogany. It's just a tiny bit sweet. It has a teensy bit of a note that I can only describe as wood varnish with a turpentine-y note, but in a good way that actually enhances the cedar note. I also get a cinnamony note in the room, but not up close or on cold sniff (there's no cinnamon in this scent).

Orange Blossom
This smells like Caribbean Sands, with the Coppertone Suntan Oil note that does indeed have a neroli/orange blossom note. I think it's just a tiny bit less sweet, as I don't think it has that smidgen of sweet floral. But like that scent, this also has a chemical note, and even more so, with a metallic and slightly bitter note. It's not enough to ruin the scent though, and it's still very nice. I really can't tell much of a difference between the two scents though.

Passionfruit Bellini
An incredible scent of small yellow guava (a sour tropical fruit), as well as maybe satsuma (sour orange), grapefruit, a hint of lemon and mango, and a smidgen of yuzu. It's sour and zesty, with only a a smidgen of sweetness. Some sour fruit scents smell awful, but this one is perfect. I adore this scent! I found this one after finding the Pink Grapefruit scent, which I described similarly. I no longer have that scent to compare, but I believe this scent is richer and has the tropical note that scent did not, and this scent is not as citrusy. I love them both, but I like this one more.

Pineapple Coconut
This is not a harsh pineapple and coconut scent, like most are. Instead, it's a soft fruity floral with a little bit of coconut, a hint of pineapple, and maybe a smidgen of vanilla (in that order), although it's not overly sweet or flowery. I adore this scent!

Pink Grapefruit
I found this one a month after I reviewed the other scents. It's a fantastic sour citrusy scent that smells like satsuma (a sour orange type fruit) mixed with a bit of grapefruit and maybe a hint of lemon. It's just sour, not sweet at all, but it's a good sour and I love it!

Rose Water
A nice floral scent that smells like peony scented soap with a rose note. It's different from similar scents in that it's not overly sweet; in fact, it's kind of rich and has a salty note. I also detect bergamot, which is used to give scents a cologne note, but in this case it makes the scent a little perfumey, but still not overly sweet. It's very nice.

Sea Salt Citron
On cold sniff this is a fresh, salty, slightly peppery scent with a little bit of a sour note and a smidgen of lemon or orange. The citrus note is maybe only 10% of the scent. It has just a tiny bit of sweetness. Melted, however, it's a little sweeter (although still not really a sweet scent) with a floral note, and the fresh, slightly salty note, with just a smidgen of lemon I think, and the sour note disappears. It's pleasant, although a bit nondescript.

Soothing Lavender
This smells like baby powder with a hint of lavender and maybe a tiny bit of musk. It's not a bad scent, but the lavender is not authentic and it has a little bit of a chemical note. It smells better on cold sniff.

Spiced Vanilla
An almost even combination of cinnamon and super sweet vanilla, maybe 60% cinnamon and 40% vanilla. It's nice, and not overly cinnamony.

Toasted Hazelnut
A yummy, sweet scent that smells like hazelnuts with lots of vanilla and a bit of caramel. It's a fake nutty scent, but not at all in a bad way!

Vanilla Latte
A fantastic scent of creamy coffee, sweet, slightly milky vanilla, and maybe a smidgen of a nutty note, like 60% coffee, 35% vanilla, and 5% nut. It's not overly coffee-ish, kind of like coffee flavored ice cream. I love it!

Vanilla Sugar
A lovely combination of sweet, slightly milky vanilla buttercream, musk, warm amber, and floral. Most similar scents either have too much vanilla or not enough vanilla, but this one is an equal balance, and it smells fantastic.

Warm Cashmere
A wonderful scent of buttery, slightly milky vanilla, with a little bit of a warm cashmere/amber note and a hint of musk. It's mostly vanilla though, like 75% vanilla. Although it sounds similar, it's totally different from Vanilla Sugar, in that this scent has much more vanilla, and it's a buttery, rich vanilla. This scent is also not quite as sweet as Vanilla Sugar, and Vanilla Sugar has a floral note that this scent does not.

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