Kohl's Sonoma Christmas Wax Melt Reviews 2017

October 21, 2017

This is a review of Sonoma Christmas 2017 wax melts from Kohl's. This is Part One of Two. These are the harder wax melts that are manufactured by Empire Brands.

Balsam Fir
Notes: Fresh balsam, fir and cedarwood
A smoky spruce scent with a woodsy note. It's not a sharp biting pine scent. It has a little bit of an "old" note, or maybe like the sap of a spruce tree, but not in a bad way. I believe this is the same scent as their Balsam Fir scent from 2015. However, that one had excellent throw, 4 out of 5 (although a lot of variables can affect throw, including the type of warmer, temperature of room, traffic, heating or air conditioning, etc.)
Throw:
3.50

Candy Cane Lane
Notes: Peppermint, mint and vanilla sugar
This is peppermint with a little sweetness, like peppermint hard candies. It doesn't have the creamy vanilla note that a lot of candy cane scents have. It's a very strong peppermint, with a sinus clearing effect even from a few feet away.
Throw:
3.25

Caramel Eggnog Swirl
Notes: Frothy eggnog, caramel and vanilla sugar
This doesn't really smell like eggnog, but it's still fantastic. It smells like burnt sugar (in a good way) with a little bit of caramel and also a sweet liquor like bourbon. It actually smells similar to Swan Creek Candle Bourbon Maple Sugar. There may be a smidgen of nutmeg in the background to give this an eggnog note. It's a very yummy scent, and very rich, almost to the point of being nauseatingly sweet and rich.
Throw:
5.00

Cocoa & Marshmallows
Notes: Cocoa, marshmallows and creamy vanilla
This really smells like hot cocoa with marshmallows! I'm not a fan of most chocolate scents because they tend to have a weird bitter note, but this is kind of an equal combination of marshmallow and chocolate. The chocolate is a very "cocoa-ey" chocolate with a sweet vanilla note, but not bitter or fudgy. There are also hints of other notes that make this not an authentic hot cocoa scent, but not in a bad way. I also detect a tiny bit of a woodsy note with a smidgen of smokiness, a barely detectable hint of laundry, and a smidgen of perfume (although it's not a perfumey scent at all). Those other notes give it a bit of a cocoa butter skin cream vibe. This scent is absolutely amazing, and the scent lingered in my room for 2 days after I stopped melting it!
Throw:
4.00

Cozy Fireside
Notes: Cinnamon, nutmeg and sandalwood
A very sweet intense cherry pipe tobacco scent with a men's cologne note and a hint of a shaving cream note and maybe a smidgen of bourbon. I love this one! Looking at the scent notes, I think those notes are for a different scent. This has no cinnamon or nutmeg or pumpkin pie notes, and it's not a foodie scent. Sandalwood, yes probably. This is a completely different scent from Fireside Memories which came out in August. Scent lasted 6 hours or so.
Throw:
3.75

Deck the Halls
Notes: Cinnamon, clove bud and toasted nutmeg
A pure cinnamon scent with a sweet slightly candy note, and maybe a hint of cloves. It's not quite a Big Red gum or hard cinnamon candy scent, although it's quite cinnamony. This is the same as their Deck the Halls scent from 2015 and 2016.
Throw:
3.00

Evergreen & Mahogany
Notes: Evergreen, mahogany and woodland musk
A fantastic raw wood scent like a just-sharpened pencil or a piece of lumber. But there's also a little kick of pine. With the woodsy and slight pine note, this scent makes you feel like you're walking through a pine forest. It's similar to Balsam & Oak from 2015, but with slightly different notes.
Throw:
3.75

Gingerbread House
Notes: Ginger, cinnamon and vanilla
This is a wonderful gingerbread scent with a little bit of a sweet vanilla buttercream note. I believe this is the same as their Gingerbread House scent from 2015 and 2016.
Throw:
3.25

Holiday Cookies
Notes: Vanilla, cookie dough and buttercream
I smell creamy vanilla with a smidgen of nutmeg. In fact, this smells a bit like eggnog on cold sniff. But melted, it smells more like vanilla cookies. It's similar to their Holiday Cookies scent from November 2015, but that scent was more of a vanilla cookie bakery scent with a smidgen of nut. And it might be the same scent as, or very similar to, Holiday Eggnog from October 2016.
Throw:
3.00

Home for Christmas
Notes: Baked apple, cinnamon and nutmeg
This smells like an apple cinnamon tart with a bakery note. Nice scent, but it has a bit of a bready or yeasty note that I'm not crazy about.
Throw:
5.00

Roasted Chestnuts
Notes: Roasted chestnut, maple sugar and warm vanilla bean
This smells just like rich, warm salty chestnuts. It's very strong on cold sniff. Fantastic scent! Looking at the scent notes, I actually do smell a hint of maple way in the background and barely detectable, although this is not a sweet scent at all. This is a completely different scent from their Roasted Chestnuts scent from 2015.
Throw:
4.00

Sugared Pine & Cinnamon
Notes: Pine, ground cinnamon and sweet tonka
This smells like the sweet buttercream frosting on a cinnamon bun. I definitely smell cinnamon, but while the cinnamon is strong on cold sniff, it's not strong when melted. Looking at the scent notes, I think I smell a barely detectable smidgen of the pine on cold sniff, but I don't smell it at all when melted.
Throw:
3.00

Tree Farm
Notes: Evergreen, balsam and wood
This smells very similar to the Balsam Fir scent, but it's not as smoky, and I think there's a hint of eucalyptus, even though it's not in the notes. This has a little bit of that biting pine note, but not enough to be annoying. I don't know if this is the same as their Tree Farm scent from 2016.
Throw:
2.25

Winter Berry & Spruce
Notes: Frosted berries, holiday spruce and hints of vanilla
I love this scent! It's pine and berries, maybe cranberries, as there's a little tartness but not enough to be annoying. I believe this is the same scent as Winter Berry Spruce from October 2016.
Throw:
5.00

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