Kohl's Sonoma Christmas Wax Melt Reviews 2016

October 19, 2016

This is a review of Sonoma Christmas 2016 wax melts from Kohl's, although there are also some Fall scents mixed in.

Apple Cider
Notes: Warm apple cider sweetened with brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon
Generic fake apple scent. I didn't buy it.

Autumn Breeze
Notes: Orange, star anise and peppermint mixed with warm cognac and sandalwood
Sonoma put out an Autumn Breeze scent last year with the same light aqua color, so I assumed it was a dupe. But it smells completely different. Last year's Autumn Breeze was a nice sweet cedar wood type scent. But this year's Autumn Breeze is more of a non-descript sweet scent, a little like syrup, and I don't really smell the woodsy notes that I did last year. I don't smell orange, anise, or peppermint either. It's not a bad scent, but I like last year's better.
Throw:
3.00

Autumn Hayride
Notes: Orange, white clove, and cinnamon bark mix with cedar wood, oak moss and vanilla bean
This is a dupe from last year, a fantastic smoky woodsy scent that smells like burning leaves. I don't smell any of the notes mentioned; maybe Kohl's put the wrong scent notes on their website.
Throw:
4.00

Brown Sugar Peaches
Notes: Sweet peaches drizzled in warm salted caramel, brown sugar, and creamy vanilla
I didn't like this one. It doesn't smell like peaches or brown sugar. I can't put my finger on it, but it has a weird savory, sagey note that makes it smell a little like sweet turkey stuffing. I didn't buy it.

Caramel Toffee
Notes: Creamy caramel, butterscotch and fudge mixed with cinnamon and clove
A fantastic sweet rich buttery caramel.
Throw:
4.00

Cinnamon Sugar Donut
Notes: Cinnamon and almond mix with vanilla bean, maple and sugar cane"
On cold sniff I smell cinnamon sugar and the almond note, a nice interesting combination. But I don't smell the almond at all when melted, just the sweet rich cinnamon sugar scent with a doughy note which really makes it smell like a cinnamon sugar donut. It smells fantastic.
Throw:
3.50

Deck the Halls
Notes: Freshly ground cinnamon sticks, a dash of crushed clove bud, sweet toasted nutmeg and warm brown sugar
This is a dupe from last year, and I didn't buy it then either because it's straight cinnamon (I'm not a fan).

Harvest Sunrise
Notes: A bouquet of spices wrapped around a rich blend of citrus, musk and vanilla
This smells like fall leaves, that slightly woodsy scent with a smidgen of old apples. It's very similar to last year's Falling Leaves scent, but more sour and woodsy and with less of the apple note. I don't smell citrus or musk, and it's not a spicy scent either. It's a nice fall scent. The scent started dissipating within an hour.
Throw:
3.50

Holiday Eggnog
Notes: Eggnog, warm milk and vanilla cream mixes with ground cinnamon, clove, orange peel and nutmeg"
This is a bit different from last year's Holiday Eggnog scent. While last year's scent was more of a salty milky vanilla with a bakery note and just a hint of nutmeg (not enough nutmeg), that turned into sweet warm buttery rolls when melted, this year's scent is more milky and less salty, still with very little nutmeg. It smells more like vanilla shortbread cookies, and although neither scent really smells like eggnog, I think this year's scent captures it a bit more due to the milkiness and less saltiness. When melted, there's also a slight smokiness, like slightly burned milk, but not in a bad way.
Throw:
3.25

In From The Cold
Notes: Warm cedar, aromatic oak, spiced herbs, rich autumn leaves and a hint of crisp harvest apple
This is a dupe for last year's Winter Hearth, a fantastic scent! This smells like sweet tobacco with caramel and a bit of clove and just a hint of smokiness, and possibly a smidgen of fig. It's a rich warm fragrance, sweet but not candy type sweet.
Throw:
3.00

Lakeside Campfire
Notes: Feel like you are back at camp with the scents of lakeside air, mulled apples, smoky cinnamon and birch wood
Smells like part men's cologne and part industrial soap, with a nice salty water or fresh air note, and a slight smoky note. I don't smell apples or cinnamon at all. It's an "okay" scent.
Throw:
2.75

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin
Notes: Pumpkin infuses with cranberry, cinnamon and clove with a hint of buttery vanilla and brown sugar
I didn't like this one. I don't smell any of the notes shown above, but maybe a touch of a sweet bready note, but it smells like a chemical. Very light on cold sniff. I didn't buy it.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Notes: Harvest pumpkin, maple, cinnamon and toasted pecan
This is a dupe from last year, a nice caramel scent. The scent lasted 2 or 3 hours.
Throw:
3.00

Pumpkin Spice
Notes: Creamy pumpkin, rich brown sugar, and gingered vanilla
Just a typical pumpkin spice scent. I didn't buy it.

Silent Night
Notes: Amber pairs with aromatic notes of pine and lavender layered on top of sweet sandalwood
This smells a lot like last year's Autumn Hayride and Harvest Moon scents. I don't think it's a dupe, but it's so similar that it didn't make sense for me to get something that smells so much like other scents I already have. I smell pine first, with a smoky background and a very slight sweetness which might be the lavender, although I don't actually smell lavender.

Snow Days
Notes: Let this joyful scent bring back memories of childhood winters through juicy apples and soft florals coupled with warm vanilla and amber.
This is definitely not a winter or holiday scent, but it's fantastic! It's pretty much a dead on dupe of ScentSationals Blackberry Cider (even though they're made by different companies), which also smells a lot like Goose Creek Blackberry Parfait and Scentsy Luna. It's a deep rich warm sweet ambery scent. I don't smell apples at all.
Throw:
3.75

Tree Farm
Notes: Bright scent of fresh-cut Aspen cedar, frosted Fraser and Italian cypress enhanced with citrus-splashed sage, birchwood, a touch of crisp winter holly and wild thyme
Plain pine scent. I didn't buy it.

Under the Mistletoe
Notes: Black currant, lemon and rosemary blend effortlessly with lavender, mint and cedar leaf
This has slight pine and berry notes, with a slight chemical note but it smells pretty nice. I think I do smell the currant, but not sure about the lemon or mint. I believe it's a dupe of another scent from last year, or maybe the previous year. I'm not sure why I didn't get this one. Maybe I thought I already had it.

Vanilla & Evergreen
Notes: A creamy winter mix of fresh evergreen, chilled spearmint, cinnamon-rum and candied vanilla
On cold sniff I smell spruce with a little bit of vanilla in the background. I don't smell mint, cinnamon, or rum. Melted, it just smells like a nice spruce scent and I don't really smell the vanilla in the background.
Throw:
3.25

Winter Berry Spruce
Notes: Frozen berries and holiday spruce mingle with sweet notes of delectable caramel
I thought this was a dupe of last year's Winterberry & Pine, but although it's very similar, this one is sweeter with more of the berry note, so I like it more. Melted, I don't smell berry, but it's a nice pine scent with a sweetness in the background.
Throw:
4.00

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