PartyLite Wax Melt Reviews
May 2017 and November 2019
This is a review of PartyLite Scent Plus Wax Melts. Would I buy these again? Read on!
I bought only 6 scents (4 in 2017 and 2 in 2019) because they were $5 each (normally $7) at a local craft fair. I've never tried PartyLite wax melts before, so I was curious. $7 each is quite expensive, although it's for 3.2 oz. rather than the normal 2.5 oz of, say, Walmart wax melts, which are $2.00 for 2.5 oz. So $7 for 3.2 oz. is equivalent to $5.47 for 2.5 oz. Still very expensive (and the price has been raised to $8 since this review!)
The wax is quite difficult to get out of the package. Because the wax is round and scored into 9 pieces, you can't just pop one piece out. You have to take the entire package of wax out and use a butter knife to cut the piece you want. Which breaks the whole piece of wax, and when you try to put it back into the package, not all the pieces fit properly. And the wax is slightly soft and greasy, which makes working with it even more difficult. The package looks pretty from the back, but it's not very functional.
UPDATE: Since I posted this review, I've received comments from PartyLite reps saying that the reason the scents didn't last for 30 hours like they're supposed to is because I didn't use an "official" PartyLite warmer (I used my standard 20W electric warmer). I don't know how many watts a PartyLite warmer is, so over the past few days I tested these again in a 12W electric warmer, a 15W electric warmer, a 24W electric warmer, and a 25W bulb warmer. Performance was the same no matter which warmer I used, although with the 24W and 25W warmers, the scent dissipated more quickly.
Would I buy these again? If they were $3 or $3.50, absolutely. But at this price point, it had better be a scent monster that takes over the entire house, lasts for an entire day, and is not fussy about the type of warmer I use. Although these scents smell fantastic, they performed no better than any other brand of wax melt that you can buy for less than half the price.
The summery scent of warm coconut, juicy pineapple and tropical flowers
Oh this smells incredible! It smells like Coppertone suntan oil, but sweeter and richer with a creaminess and maybe a smidgen of fruit. Looking at the scent notes, the pineapple is the fruit I'm detecting, but it doesn't really smell like pineapple which is good because I don't like pineapple. The scent started dissipating within 2 hours or so.
Sweet aromatic garden mint and sparkling green spearmint are muddled with basil and zesty lemongrass for a crisp, clean garden escape
This is a perfect spa scent, and it smells almost exactly like an old ScentSationals scent called "Spa". I smell lemongrass and garden mint with a hint of spearmint (an authentic herbal spearmint rather than a sweet toothpastey spearmint). Fantastic scent! Looking at the notes, I think I do detect a smidgen of basil, which provides a tiny bit of a savory note.
Hibiscus Wild Berry
A rich fruit and floral blend with a sweet chaser of musk
This smells like a raspberry cream scented skin lotion or perfume. It's nice and girly, and quite sweet, but not like a candy sweetness.
A nostalgic blend of ripe red berries with tart rhubarb is updated with a tantalizing twist of green mandarin and almond wood
An amazing sweet, juicy fruity scent of strawberry and raspberry with the richness of rhubarb. It's extremely rich and sweet, with a syrupy sugar note. But there's also a smidgen of a perfumey note in the background or maybe a barely detectable hint of a woodsy note. One of my favorite scents ever! Looking at the notes, I don't smell mandarin (orange) at all, and there's no tartness.
Santorini Sea Blossom
Sparkling ozone and palm leaves meet white nectarine, coconut and wild plumeria over a bed of vanilla wood
I can't figure out the notes in this one, but it smells quite nice. It's a sweet creamy perfumey scent, but not overly sweet. I think I detect a smidgen of orange or some other kind of fruit. It's also a warm scent, so maybe a bit of amber and a smidgen of wood? Looking at the scent notes, there's the orange (nectarine), and the sweet perfume note is plumeria, in fact yes, I do smell the plumeria. I think I detect the ozone as there is a bit of a fresh air note in there. And the palm and vanilla wood is the smidgen of wood I smell. I don't smell coconut though, or maybe it's just very faint. The scent started dissipating within 2 hours or so.
Strawberries accented with nuances of rock rose and bourbon vanilla
A fantastic sweet strawberry scent that smells like strawberry ice cream. It's not an authentic strawberry scent. And it has a bit of a creamy note, which is the vanilla. I don't smell rose at all.