Happy Wax Melt Reviews
October 12, 2017
This is a review of Happy Wax wax melts. Happy Wax is a company based in Durham, NC that makes wax melts in cute shapes, like teddy bears and hearts. The wax is all 100% natural soy and made with phthalate-free essential oils in nice, pleasant scents. The wax is shipped in attractive tins with cute, professionally designed labels. I've also seen them in bags at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Their wax and warmers can be purchased through their website, at Bed Bath & Beyond, and some gift shops. They also have a Facebook page.
Their online price is $12.95 for a 3.2 oz tin. Or you can buy an 8oz. pouch for $17.95. The 2.5 oz. bags at Bed Bath & Beyond are $7.99. The mixes include 3 scents each, and it doesn't appear that there's an exact equal number of each scent in the mix; some mixes had a little more or less of a particular scent.
Each bear is between 1/4 and 1/3 of the size of a regular 0.3 cube, so although you could use 2 bears as instructed on their website (because their warmer trays are small), a standard warming tray (like a Glade 20W warmer) would require a minimum of 3 bears, although 4 is better. 2 bears will not cover the bottom of the tray on a standard sized warmer. 3 to 4 bears equals about 1 cube from a standard sized clamshell.
- Shipped in attractive tins with cute, professionally designed labels (although you can also get them in bags).
- Wax comes in cute shapes, like teddy bears, hearts, and Christmas trees.
- Wax is all natural 100% soy wax and they use phthalate-free essential oil-infused fragrances.
- Nice, pleasant (although somewhat standard) scents
- Fairly strong throw, in general.
- They are made locally in Durham, North Carolina, so you are supporting a small business.
- They are extremely expensive, $12.95 for 3.2 oz. (which works out to $4.05 per oz.) By comparison, wax melts from Walmart are $2.00 for 2.5 oz. ($.80 per oz). So their prices are equivalent to $10.12 for a Walmart-sized clamshell. They're cheaper through Bed Bath & Beyond, at $7.99 for 2.5 oz., although that's still very expensive.
- It took an hour or more for some of the scents to start throwing. With most melts, it takes 5 to 20 minutes. Although it's not a deal-breaker, you just have to be patient.
- With the mixes, since all of the scents are thrown in together, they absorb some of each other's scents.
I reviewed each scent separately, and then each mix consisting of all 3 scents melted together.
Citron Mandarin (orange bears)
Orange, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon. These melts are infused with natural essential oils, including grapefruit, orange, and lemon oil.
A nice combination of grapefruit and orange. I think it smells more like grapefruit than orange, but with the sweetness of the orange. It's not overly sweet or candy-like though. It's very nice.
Cucumber Melon (green bears)
Fruity honeydew melon, green cucumber, tart apples and fresh greens
A green cucumber scent with a bitter, slightly sweet grapefruit note (maybe picked up from the Grapefruit Mangosteen bears). I also detect a hint of cantaloupe (not watermelon or honeydew, since this is not really a sweet scent). And there's a very slightly savory note. Looking at the scent notes, I don't detect apple, but the savory note is probably from the fresh greens. This is a nice fresh pleasant scent.
Grapefruit Mangosteen (pink bears)
Tangy, ripe grapefruit and mangosteen - an exotic, citrusy fruit with a hint of rich peach flavor. Sharp and punchy at first sniff, the warmer, sweeter notes of peach and mangosteen balance out this full-bodied mixture. These melts are infused with natural essential oils, including orange.
I smell the bitter grapefruit with just a hint of sweetness, but also a hint of something sour and a little savory. This is not really a sweet grapefruit scent. Looking at the scent notes, I guess I do smell a smidgen of peach.
ALL 3 SCENTS MIXED
Mixing all 3 scents (6 bears total, 2 of each scent) resulted in a grapefruit scent that smelled mostly like the Citron Mandarin scent, but very slightly more bitter.
Baby Powder (blue bears)
White cedar, ylang ylang, cypress, and musk. These melts are infused with natural essential oils, including cedarwood, patchouli and ylang ylang.
It's the unmistakable scent of baby powder, a soft, sweet, relaxing scent. This version has a slightly clean, refreshing note.
Fresh Cotton (white bears)
Classic cotton notes with a floral and woodsy touch. These melts are infused with natural clove leaf essential oil.
This is a slightly lemony scent with a hint of soap that smells a bit like lemon scented dish detergent, but in a good way. It's not really a laundry scent, but it's pleasant, clean, and not perfumey or overly sweet. Looking at the scent notes, I don't smell clove at all.
Lemon Verbena (yellow bears)
The scent begins with tangy lime, grapefruit and lemon. The heart combines lavender, geranium rose & lemongrass. The base is a soft woody musk. These melts are infused with natural essential oils, including citronella, lemon and orange.
A lemon scent with the slightly savory verbena note. It smells like a combination of a spa scent and industrial cleaner, but not in a bad way. The scent is a little bit waxy, with a slight citronella note. Looking at the scent notes, there's the citronella. I don't smell lavender or any floral. This one should be in the Spa Day Mix.
ALL 3 SCENTS MIXED
Mixing all 3 scents (6 bears total, 2 of each scent) resulted in a very nice scent that smelled mostly of the Baby Powder scent, but with a slight clean lemony note.
Apple Harvest (pink bears)
Hot apple pie fresh out of the oven, or a cozy mug of hot apple cider. A true, full-bodied apple fragrance combined with bright fruit notes and just a touch of spice.
These melts are infused with natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils.
This smells just like apple pie, a nice sweet apple scent with a little bit of apple pie scent, and a smidgen of pie crust. Very nice!
Cinnamon Chai (brown bears)
Black tea, cinnamon and sweet vanilla, and infused with natural essential oils, including cinnamon leaf, clove bud, and orange oil.
This smells a bit like pumpkin pie, but without the crust, and I think I detect a hint of tea and berry.
Pumpkin Souffle (orange bears)
Ginger, saffron, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, clove, and all spice in these delicious-smelling treats. These melts are infused with natural essential oils, including nutmeg and cinnamon leaf.
This smells like pumpkin pie with a very slight marshmallowy note.
ALL 3 SCENTS MIXED
I don't think "Savory Mix" is a good name for these 3 scents. "Savory" denotes more of a pungent, herbal or slightly sour scent without sweetness, like basil. Something like "Fall Mix" is a better name. All 3 of these scents mixed smells like pumpkin pie with a hint of apple.
Spa Day Mix
Eucalyptus Spearmint (green bears)
fresh lemon, sage, lavender flowers, and even parsley
This is a nice relaxing spa scent that smells almost exactly like ScentSationals Zen
. I smell a spa mint note (not spearmint, which is good) with a barely noticeable smidgen of eucalyptus, but without the sinus clearing effects.
Fresh Bamboo (orange bears)
golden bamboo, night-blooming jasmine, red grapefruit, sparkling bergamot, cyclamen, lily, and wild grasses
A nice pleasant sweet green scent that smells like sweet grass with a bit of a soapy and herbal note. It actually smells like a nice clean relaxing herbal body wash or shampoo.
Lavender Chamomile (purple bears)
soothing, delicate blend of essential oils including cedarwood, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, and orange
A pleasant, soothing but fake lavender scent that smells like lavender scented laundry detergent. It's not overly sweet. A nice scent.
ALL 3 SCENTS MIXED
Mixing all 3 scents (6 bears total, 2 of each scent) resulted in a nice spa scent that was mostly similar to the Eucalyptus Spearmint, but with a hint of the clean herbal body wash note of the Fresh Bamboo. I didn't really smell the Lavender Chamomile in the mix.