This is a review of Sonoma wax melts from Kohl's for Spring 2021.
Of the 13 new scents, 6 are brand new and 7 have returned from previous years. I think they may have also changed their wax formula a bit, because although these still use hard wax, they're a little softer than previously, and a bit messy and flaky, so it's difficult to break off a cube evenly. Not a deal breaker though.
Notes: coconut, cardamom, vanilla
This smells more like gingerbread than a beachy scent. It smells like really sweet gingerbread with a bit of a coconut and a hint of a buttery, nutty note that might be cardamom. It's a fantastic, unusual scent.
Notes: Pear, magnolia, sandalwood
This scent has returned from spring 2020. It's a fruity floral with a candy note. I smell pear first, and maybe a smidgen of pineapple and a light woodsy note way in the background. Looking at the scent notes, they're spot on. I really like this scent, but I think I've smelled it before. Yep, sure enough, it's quite similar to ScentSationals Celebration Time, but it's not the same scent. They're both pear with a smidgen of light wood in the background, but Blooming Orchard has a stronger floral note that Celebration Time doesn't have, and Celebration Time doesn't have that hint of a candy note. Oh wait, it also smells like the Pear Blossom side of the old ScentSationals Take Me to Paris duo, although that scent has a stronger floral note and is not as sweet, with no candy note.
Notes: Pineapple juice, maraschino cherry and coconut cream
This scent first came out in spring 2018 and returns every year. It's a harsh tropical scent. I smell pineapple and coconut, and I think the harshness is black cherry. Looking at the scent notes, they're spot on. I would like this scent more if the cherry were not so intense; I don't mind harsh cherry scents, but mixed with the pineapple it's just too much.
Coconut Sea Salt
Notes: Coconut, sea salt and mahogany
This scent has returned from spring 2020, but first came out under the name Coconut Mahogany (same notes) in spring 2019. On cold sniff it's a rich, sweet, warm cologne scent with a mahogany note (which has a tobacco, slightly incensey, slightly patchouli note with a smidgen of a woodsy note). But I also smell a hint of sweet coconut with a subtle salty note. But melted, it smells like a super sweet coconut candy, without any woodsy notes, and maybe just a smidgen of the cologne note. I LOVE this scent!
Fresh Morning Donuts
Notes: old fashioned donut, cinnamon sugar, vanilla
This smells like a plain donut with a hint of cinnamon and a little bit of sweet glaze (although it's not overly sweet). What makes this different from other similar bakery type scents is that I can smell the breadiness or yeastiness of the donut, which makes it smell like a real donut. Very nice! I would mix this with a coffee scent for a true morning experience!
Guava Fruit Smoothie
Notes: papaya, mandarin, coconut
This is a harsh pineapple scent with a hint of tartness. I'm not a fan of pineapple scents, although I can tolerate them if they're very sweet and candy-like. This one is sweet but it's also a bit tart, so I'm not a fan. This scent smells a lot like Blue Hawaiian, but not as sweet. Looking at the notes, interestingly there's no guava in this Guava scent. Mandarin is orange, but I don't smell orange. And maybe just a hint of the coconut.
Notes: Lilac, jasmine and orange blossom
This scent has returned from summer 2018. It smells like rich lilac scented soap, and I love it. I can also smell the extra sweetness of the jasmine and a tiny bit of the rich honeysuckle type note of the orange blossom.
Notes: Mango nectar, blood orange and fresh lime juice
This scent first came out in spring 2018 and returns every year. It smells like orange, grapefruit, a tropical fruit (the mango), and a little bit of zesty lemon. It's a nice fresh thirst-quenching summer scent. It's a nice fresh thirst-quenching summer scent.
Notes: apricot, jasmine, wild berry
On cold sniff this is a very nice scent of strawberry, peach, rich yummy vanilla, and little bit of a nutty note, and maybe a hint of a sweet floral. But when melted, it's mostly peach, with a little bit of the sweet floral, no vanilla or nutty notes, and barely a smidgen of strawberry. I liked it better on cold sniff. It's just okay for me.
Rose All Day
Notes: sparkling rose, lemon zest, sugar cubes
Despite the rose note, this doesn't smell like rose at all. I do smell the sour lemon, but this is a sour scent that I think is supposed to smell like champagne, as in "Rosé" (pronounced ro-ZAY, which rhymes with day, not "rose" the flower). It's not sweet at all, and no floral notes, no rose whatsoever. It's sour and a little bitter, with a tiny bit of a dirt note, and none of those in a good way. I don't like it.
Smells Like Sunshine
Notes: eucalyptus, jasmine, orange blossom
A fantastic scent of lilac but with a little bit of a grassy note that makes the lilac smell authentic rather than perfumey, soapy, or overly flowery. Looking at the notes, I'm surprised there's no lilac, because this is a lilac scent. I don't smell jasmine or orange blossom, and definitely not eucalyptus (doesn't even have the nasal clearing effect that eucalyptus scents have). I really like this one and it's very "spring-y"!
Summer Berry Lemonade
Notes: A vibrant blend of lemonade and mixed berries
This scent first came out in summer 2018 and returns every year. It's a fantastic blend of raspberries and tangy lemon. It might be the same scent as Raspberry Lemonade from 2017, but the notes were different and I no longer have it to compare because the throw was weak.
Notes: Pineapple, mango and sugarcane
This scent first came out in spring 2018 and returns every year. It's pineapple. There might also be a hint of a tropical fruit in there with a very slight sour/bitter note, but not enough to be annoying.