This is my first review of Hobby Lobby Wax Melts from December 2015.
Because there are so many scents, I've broken the review into two parts: Part 1 (A to I) and Part 2 (L to W - this review).
Notes: Drift Off with the Scent of Lavender Blossoms
This is not a sweet floral lavender, but not an herbal lavender either (no "spa" or "green" notes). On cold sniff it has a slight industrial note, like lavender scented cleaner but not as "clean" (not a Fabuloso cleaner scent), or old lavender scented soap that lost a lot of its sweetness. But cold sniff doesn't do it justice, as it smells much better when melted, a more authentic lavender scent without anything added. This is a good mixer scent that could be used to make other scents. I would probably add amber and/or vanilla to it, or go for a spa scent by adding lemon and/or sage. Throw started to dissipate after only 1 hour.
Notes: Blooming Lotus & Water Lilies
Fresh "green" soapy floral, not overly sweet and not an "authentic" floral. Has a slight men's cologne note; in fact, it smells like a "Cool Water" type men's body wash. A pleasing, relaxing "background" scent that takes on more of the men's body wash notes when melted. I'm not sure under what category I should store this: cologne, floral, or laundry, because it has notes of all three categories, but I've decided it smells like "cologne" the most.
Notes: Dew Drops, Oakwood & Green Leaves
This smells fresh and grassy but also has a slight chocolate note. I'm not sure where the chocolate comes from, but it's definitely there, like a dry spicy woodsy cocoa powder note.
Notes: Crisp Snow, Wintergreen Tree & Wooden Cabin
This is very light on cold sniff. I definitely smell wood, kind of like an old raw wood, not a smoky wood. There may be a hint of eucalyptus (although no sinus-clearing effect) and a smidgen of pine.
Oriental Lily & Freesia
Notes: Freesia, Lily & Violet
A very "green" authentic floral. Smells just like an Easter Lily.
Papaya & Pineapple
Notes: Juicy Papaya & Island Pineapple
Papaya with a hint of pineapple. This is a tropical scent, but not an intense tropical scent, and no coconut. I'm not a fan of tropical scents, but this one is nice.
Persimmon & Ginger
Notes: Persimmon & Raw Ginger
It does smell like persimmons, that sweet almost peachy fruit scent, but it's extremely sweet, and I don't smell ginger.
Pomegranate & Berries
Notes: Pomegranate, Blackberry & Strawberries
I smell strawberry first, with a slight tartness (which is probably the blackberry), and another berry note which has a very slight tropical scent (maybe the pomegranate). When melted, there's also a very slight satsuma or lemon scent, which might just be the tartness of the blackberry.
Notes: Pumpkin Puree, Nutmeg & Baked Pie Crust
This doesn't smell like pumpkin pie on cold sniff. It smells like sweet buttery caramel or butterscotch.
Notes: Lotus Blossom, Water Mist & Dewy Moss
Fresh air scent with a lemon note and a hint of soapiness. The lemon is not strong, and it's not really a sweet scent. It smells like dish detergent, so it would be great for a kitchen. When melted, it has a watery note with a subtle sweetness that makes it smell even better than it does on cold sniff.
Notes: Green Grass, Fresh Dew & Warm Earth
This smells like grass, and it's quite authentic! Very "green" and herbal, and fresh with a very slight sweetness but not floral.
Sage & Citrus
Notes: Clary Sage, Clementine & Pink Grapefruit
Fresh clean slightly herbal sweet scent with maybe a slight fruity note, with maybe a sweet lemon note which might actually be the grapefruit. I can't figure out the scent notes.
Notes: Fresh Lemongrass, Ginger Root & Bergamot
This smells a little like ginger ale with a lime note, maybe like a drink or even a spa scent, with maybe a slight tropical note.
Notes: Crisp Cotton, Summer Breeze & Blue Skies
If water had a scent, this would be it. This is the most thirst-quenching wax melt scent I've ever smelled. I smell a slight note of chlorine (like pool water), but also a fresh air note and a slight hint of floral and maybe a barely noticeable smidgen of cologne.
Notes: Spun Vanilla Sugar, Rock Candy & Gummy Treats
Super sweet sugary vanilla with a cashmere note, but not like buttercream frosting (it's not a foodie scent), more like cotton candy or Pink Sugar without the fruity notes.
Notes: Icy Tea, Sweet Sugar & Lemon
I bought this one after I already did this review, so it wasn't included originally. It smells exactly like iced tea with a smidgen of lemon. This scent lasted over 24 hours!
Comparing this scent with Colonial Candle Sweet Iced Tea, the Hobby Lobby (HL) scent is stronger on the tea side, like sweet iced tea with lemon. Colonial Candle (CC) is stronger on the lemon side, like sweet lemonade with a hint of tea. I can smell some of the background notes coming through with the CC version (mostly the peach and the honey), while the HL version is just sweet iced black tea with lemon and nothing else. The CC version smells like powdered iced tea, and the HL version smells more like fresh authentic strong iced tea. Although I like both scents, I like the HL a bit more.
Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean & Creamy Coconut
Super sweet milky vanilla, almost like vanilla buttercream. I don't really detect coconut, although there is another very subtle chemical note on cold sniff, that actually may be coconut. When melted, it smells like vanilla buttercream (no coconut or chemical notes).
Notes: Amber & Caramel With A Smokey Undertone
I smell the smokiness with an amber note, but no caramel. Almost a slight men's cologne note with maybe a smidgen of vanilla which is probably the caramel. It's not a foodie scent though.
Notes: Golden Apples, Cashmere, Fennel, Birch & Cedar
On cold sniff I smell fresh air, herbal and slightly green, with a barely noticeable apple note and a smidgen of spearmint. I think the spearmint I'm smelling is actually the fennel. The cashmere/amber is very slight and barely noticeable. I can't figure out this scent. When melted, I smell more of the apple with some other notes, but not wood, so I don't think the name "White Birch" describes this scent at all.
Notes: Gardenia, Jasmine & Lilac
A beautiful gardenia perfume scent, and I smell all 3 notes (gardenia first, then jasmine, and a very slight lilac note).