Joann Fabric Wax Melt Reviews (Hudson 43)

2019 and 2015

These are reviews of the Hudson 43 wax melts made for JOANN Fabric by Tuscany Candle. I reviewed the Fall 2019 scents on August 21, 2019, and other "general" scents in September 2015 (which are at the bottom of this page).

Fall 2019

These Fall 2019 Hudson 43 wax melts from Joann Fabric are made by Tuscany Candle. They cost $4.99, which is WAY too expensive for store-bought melts, especially considering that they're 1. made by Tuscany (which usually don't throw well for me), 2. made with a "soy blend" (soy tends to not throw as well as paraffin), and 3. made with "essential oils" (wax melts containing essential oils often don't throw well). So I didn't have high hopes for these, but I was pleasantly surprised that, for the most part, they threw really well! Even though the wax is the same consistency as Tuscany Candle wax melts have always been, they may have tweaked the formula, or added more fragrance oil. Some of the scents are really good too, although too many standard pumpkiny cinnamony apple scents that smell a lot a like; I would have liked to have seen more creative scents, like woodsy and tobacco type blends.

Apple Spice
Notes: Fresh Baked Apple
Fake cinnamon apple air freshener. It's not bad, but not sweet enough, and there are other similar scents out there that smell better. It might be the same as Tuscany Harvest Cider from 2018.
Throw:
2.50

Candy Apple
Notes: Hot Caramel Apple
An incredibly yummy scent that smells like apple with a rich, salty, buttered caramel popcorn note.
Throw:
4.00

Cinnamon Chai Latte
Notes: Robust & Rich Latte
I smell sweet cinnamon and a smidgen of mocha I think? I don't smell tea or chai. But I like it; it's a nice sweet rich cinnamon scent (not a harsh or Big Red type of cinnamon) that smells like a cinnamon roll without the bready note.
Throw:
4.00

Copper Leaves
Notes: Crisp Autumn Air
A biting, sour pine scent with a woodsy, slightly balsamic note and a hint of old brown apples (but not in a bad way). It smells a bit like Better Homes & Gardens Crisp Fall Leaves, which I don't like, but this scent is not as sour. I ADORE this scent, truly hoardworthy!
Throw:
5.00

Fall Festival
Notes: Tangy Autumn Spices
This smells like sweet pumpkin pie filling with extra cinnamon. It's quite nice, and smells better than a lot of other pumpkiny scents out there. It might be the same as Tuscany Fall Festival from 2018.
Throw:
3.50

Farmstand Cider
Notes: Autumn Apple Cider
This smells like homemade fermented apple cider, the opaque kind, made with old brown apples and a little bit of a bitter, sour note. It doesn't have the brown leaves or slight pine note that a lot of these types of scents have, which usually make the scent more interesting. I don't care for this one. It might be the same as Tuscany Cranberry Apple Cider from 2017.
Throw:
3.50

Harvest Home
Notes: Warm Autumn Spices
This smells just like the Fall Festival scent. Even the color of the wax is the same. Maybe it's just a smidgen sweeter?
Throw:
3.00

Patchouli Honey
Notes: Honey Sweet Honey
Tuscany Candle does have a Patchouli scent, but that one is pure, rich, authentic patchouli. This is a perfume scent with incensey, floral and slightly woodsy notes. I do smell the honey as well, but if I didn't know it was in there I might not know what it is. It smells a little bit like old perfume, but not in a bad way. It's a very nice scent, and I really like it!
Throw:
3.00

Pumpkin & Acorns
Notes: Pumpkin & Oak
This smells like a combination of pumpkin and rich, salted chestnuts, with a bit of a buttered popcorn note. Great scent!
Throw:
4.00

Pumpkin Apple
Notes: Pumpkin & Sugared Apple
Sweet pumpkin pie filling with a hint of apple. When melted though, I barely smell the apple. It's a nice, rich scent. I think this is the same as Tuscany Pumpkin Apple from 2018 (but not the same scent from 2017).
Throw:
5.00

Pumpkin Spice
Notes: Pumpkin, Clove & Cinnamon
A rich, yummy, sweet scent of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg (pumpkin spices), and maybe a hint of molasses. It smells more like the pumpkin pie filling than the pie itself. It's similar to the Fall Festival scent, but Fall Festival is mostly cinnamon, while I think this scent has more nutmeg.
Throw:
3.50

Spiced Pear
Notes: Fall Spices & Pear
This smells almost exactly like the Candy Apple scent. Even the wax is the same color. Spiced Pear is more salty though, like salty buttered popcorn with just a hint of caramel apple. Another fantastic scent! It smells almost exactly like ScentSationals Pumpkin Apple Muffins, and it's definitely the same as Tuscany Spiced Pear.
Throw:
3.50

General Scents (2015)

There are 45 scents available, many of which are existing Tuscany scents, as well as some new scents. These were priced at $3.99 on the shelves (in 2015), but they're always 40% off, so the final price is $2.39. They can be purchased at JOANN Fabric stores (and as of August 2019 they can also be purchased on the Joann website for shipping or store pickup, but for $4.99). In general, I've found that many of the Hudson 43 scents suffer from the same poor throw as Tuscany Candle melts.

Cashmere
Nice warm ambery perfumey scent with a very slight coconut note I think.
Throw:
1.00

Driftwood and Sand
Fantastic scent, smells like Coppertone Suntan Oil!
Throw:
4.50

Fireside
This smells like hickory (mesquite?) smoke, an intense salty aromatic woodsy smoke scent. Very nice!
Throw:
5.00

Pink Champagne
This doesn't smell at all like champagne. There's not even any fizziness. It does smell like a combination of grapefruit and satsuma (a tangy tart slightly sour lemony orange). It's a bit "too" tart, and might smell better if mixed with something sweet like vanilla, strawberry, or sweet lemon.
Throw:
3.75

Pink Poppy
This smells like jasmine, but with a slight salty note that keeps it from being too sweet.
Throw:
3.00

Rain
Very sweet candy-like fruity scent with a slight tropical note, but also fresh with a very slight floral note.
Throw:
4.00

Red Currant & Fig
Classy fig mixed with a bright sweet strawberry jam type scent. Fantastic scent.
Throw:
1.00

Sandalwood
Nice milky wood scent.
Throw:
2.75

Spa Day
This just smells like salt, with very slight smoky and spruce notes.
Throw:
1.00

True Romance
I smell rich vanilla, warm amber, baby powder, and a hint of floral. A very nice combination of rich fragrances!
Throw:
3.75

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