ScentSationals Day of the Dead Fall 2020 Wax Melt Reviews

September 21, 2020

This is a review of the 15 ScentSationals Day of the Dead Fall Wax Melt scents from Walmart. Great scents, and the artwork on the labels is fantastic.

Although many of the names of these scents are the same as last year's Day of the Dead wax melts from H.E.B. stores in Texas, many of the scents themselves are different.

These ScentSationals Day of the Dead wax melts are, unfortunately, a limited program through Walmart, so not all stores will carry them. Rimports (the company that owns ScentSationals) has no control over (and no list of) which stores carry them, as that decision is made by Walmart. And these melts are not available online through the Walmart website. You'll need to check your local Walmart stores; if they have them, they would be located in the Halloween area, but might also be mixed in with the regular wax melts, or even in a wax bin somewhere else in the store.

Altar Sagrado (Sacred Altar)
Notes: A burst of lively greens and shimmering citrus nestles with white pine and green cypress wrapped with forest herbs and mosses, soft woods and musk
The Sacred Altar scent from H.E.B. was a dupe of ScentSationals Black Tux (a dark men's cologne scent), but this scent is totally different. It's a fresh body wash type scent with a smidgen of lemon, and I've definitely smelled it before. Oh, it's the same as ScentSationals Cloudburst for H.E.B. (same notes too). It's fresh and watery, very sweet, with a soapy note, a hint of men's cologne (although it's not a cologne scent, but possibly a men's body wash), and maybe a barely detectable smidgen of lemon. Melted, I smell a tad more of the lemon (although it's not a lemony scent). Looking at the notes, there's the citrus, but I don't detect pine at all.
Throw:
3.00

Celebracion Dulce (Sweet Celebration)
Notes: The enticing scent of sun-ripened orchard peach accented with sugared nectarine and fuzzy apricot amid effervescent ginger and pure vanilla sweetness.
This is a peach scent, and I'm not sure if I've smelled it before. It has a little bit of a milky quality rather than the "cat pee" note that some peach scents tend to have, and it's not overly sweet/fruity. It smells more like the fuzzy outside of the peach rather than the juicy insides. I'm not a fan of most peach scents, but this one is quite nice. Looking at the notes, I don't detect ginger or any effervescence or fizziness.
Throw:
5.00

Cempasuchil (Marigold Flowers)
Notes: The vibrancy of festive fall chrysanthemum is complimented by scarlet marigold and brilliant sunflower floating on the breezy crispness of autumn air
This is the same scent as ScentSationals Marigold Petals from H.E.B. stores, and Better Homes & Gardens Sunflower & Chrysanthemum from 2016. It's extremely bitter and smells like nail polish remover and fermented wine, and just a smidgen of floral. I don't like it at all. But my nose is more sensitive to bitterness than most people's, so I'm curious... What do you guys think of this scent?
Throw:
4.00

Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate)
Notes: Warm, thick Mexican hot chocolate spiked with vanilla and cinnamon
I thought this was the same as Better Homes & Gardens Creamy Marshmallow Cocoa, but it's not. That scent is a super rich sweet milk chocolate bar scent with marshmallow. I also thought it might be the same as AmbiEscents Kitchen Spice which, despite the name, is not a spice scent at all but smells like warm, buttery vanilla cookies with cocoa swirls. This scent is somewhere in-between. It's a deep, rich cocoa scent and, although it's quite sweet, it's not toothachingly sweet. But it's also not a super chocolatety fudge scent either, and it has a little bit of a bakery note that makes it smell like dark chocolate pound cake (rather than cookies), or actually more like dark chocolate pound cake batter. It may also have a hint of a nutty note. It smells amazing, one of the absolutely best chocolate scents I've ever smelled in a wax melt! Actually, it smells quite a bit like Better Homes & Gardens Brownie Pecan Pie, although it's definitely not the same scent. That scent is sweeter, with a caramel note that this scent does not have, a smidgen of coconut, and a little bit less of the chocolate note. Looking at the notes, there is zero cinnamon in this scent.
Throw:
3.50

Corona de Flores (Flower Crown)
Notes: Sparkling greens, ethereal rose, and sweet jasmine petals swirl with sweet peach nectar and pure lily-of-the-valley wrapped in tranquil musk and warm, precious woods
This is the same as ScentSationals Fusion Rose (same notes too). A nice authentic tea rose scent. It's sweet but not overly sweet, and not perfumey or soapy at all. It has a hint of a very slightly bitter peppery note that authentic rose petals have, and maybe even a barely detectable smidgen of fruit (strawberry?), but I'm not sure about the fruit. The bitterness is barely noticeable and not nearly enough to ruin the scent. Actually, I think I do detect an actual note of tea, green tea specifically. It's fantastic!
Throw:
5.00

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Notes: A bright fusion of masculine lavender and brilliant bergamot over black peppered basil and earthy sage embraced by white cedar accents, green cardamom, grated nutmeg and warm undertones of sensual musk and ambered sandalwood
Dia de los Muertos from H.E.B. was the same as ScentSationals Northern Lights from 2018 and ScentSationals Midnight Summer, but this is a totally different scent, and I think it's the same as ScentSationals Dapper, a men's cologne scent with a smidgen of smoky cedar as well as a smidgen of lemon perhaps for freshness. Sniffing them side by side, yes I think they are the same, but if they're not, they're extremely close. When melted, however, this scent has a smidgen of something foodie, like vanilla, that I'm not sure I detected in Dapper. Looking at the notes, they are almost the same but not exactly. The notes for Dapper are, "Aquatic sea kelp and brilliant marine mosses that reveal black peppered basil and earthy sage embraced by white cedar, cardamom, grated nutmeg, and salted musk with amber." And the throw for Dapper was bold, 5 out of 5.
Throw:
3.00

Empanada de Fresa (Strawberry Empanada)
Notes: Plump blackberries and juicy apple mulled with cane sugar topped with a delicious all-butter lattice crust
This is the same as ScentSationals Berry Cobbler for H.E.B., which is the same as the very old (at least 2014, probably older) ScentSationals Berry Crumble (not Apple Berry Crumble, which is a different scent), ScentSationals Blueberry Flapjacks, and AmbiEscents Blueberry Muffin. It's a super rich, super buttery blueberry bakery scent, like blueberry muffins with a ton of blueberries. It's not totally authentic, but it's much better than most blueberry bakery scents I've smelled. I'm not a fan of a lot of bakery scents, but this one is incredible! I've always thought there was some other kind of fruit in this scent besides blueberry, and looking at the notes, it's not blueberry at all, but a combination of blackberries and apple! I guess I do detect a hint of apple? But this really smells like blueberry to me.
Throw:
5.00

Galletas de Calavera (Sugar Skull Cookies)
Notes: Candied coconut flakes atop decadent vanilla pound cake finished with sweet vanilla buttercream accented with sugar strands
This smells like sweet vanilla cookies and it might have a hint of chocolate. I thought it was the same as ScentSationals Cake Batter Ice Cream, but this smells more like a vanilla cookie and that has a stronger chocolate note. But it's also not the same as Pan de Muerto, which is a warm vanilla cookie scent that's not overly sweet. So it's somewhere between those two scents. It might be the same as Oak & Rye Birthday Cake from the Home Made collection. I've definitely smelled it before though. It's quite nice! Interestingly, the notes are the same as ScentSationals Coconut Vacay, although I had mentioned when I did that review that those notes were wrong because Coconut Vacay is a coconut lime scent. I suppose this scent could have a smidgen of coconut in it, but if so, it's very subtle and barely noticeable.
Throw:
4.00

La Catrina (Lady of the Dead)
Notes: Lustrous hints of dewy cotton flower drift through citrus-infused aldehydes, blooming lavender, sweet lilac, warm vanilla woods, and tender musk
ScentSationals Lady of the Dead from H.E.B. is the same as ScentSationals Magic Spell, which is a dupe of Victoria's Secret Love Spell perfume. But this is a totally different scent, not sure if I've smelled it before. It's a little bit like the Cempasuchil scent in that it's quite bitter, but it's like that scent blended with a sweet floral. I do smell a very sweet floral (gardenia, perhaps?), and perhaps a hint of some kind of fruit. It's quite bitter (even more so when melted), so I'm not a fan, but it's not as bitter as Cempasuchil. Looking at the notes, I don't know what could be creating the bitterness. I don't detect cotton or any laundry notes or lavender. And although this is primarily a floral scent, I don't really smell lilac per se.
Throw:
4.00

La Luna (The Moon)
Notes: Eastern oud wood, balsamic amber and Moroccan patchouli fuse with breezy orange blossom, golden nutmeg and pure vanilla touched by warm, black musk
The Luna scent from H.E.B. is the same as ScentSationals Cuddle Up, but this is a totally different scent. It's an incredible oud wood scent, and it's the same as ScentSationals Fusion Oud Noir (even the black wax) and ScentSationals Austin City Lights from H.E.B (same notes). It's a deep resinous almost tree sappy woodsy scent with a sweet slightly perfumey note. It's similar to ScentSationals Exotic Sandalwood from Meijer, but that scent has slightly sour patchouli and vanilla notes. This is one of my favorite scents ever!
Throw:
3.50

La Ofrenda (Offering)
Notes: Creamy, sweet island coconut spun with candied watermelon and succulent honeydew
A nice watermelon scent that's not overly sweet. I thought it also had a hint of coconut, but when melted it's actually a really milky note. I'm not a fan of watermelon scents, but this one is different, and VERY nice. I realized that I have indeed smelled this before, and it's the same as Better Homes & Gardens Island Melon Coconut.
Throw:
5.00

Mariachi (Mariachi Band)
Notes: Sensuous notes of cedarwood and effervescent cola lime. Blended with fresh pine and watery marine notes
I've never smelled this before, and it's fantastic. It smells like a combination of lime and a rich men's cologne. A lot of cologne scents have lime as a note, but you usually can't smell the lime. This scent is very limey. The cologne part smells a lot like ScentSationals Flirtatious and AmbiEscents Love Story, which is a deep, warm, almost incensey cologne scent with hints of patchouli and mahogany. But then you also get the lime note. It's such a great scent! Looking at the notes, yes, I do indeed smell a hint of pine as well!
Throw:
3.50

Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly)
Notes: Sensuous sparkling mandarin, orange blossom and bergamot infused into a feminine heart of mimosa, jasmine, rose and ylang. A dry down of tonka, opoponax, vetiver and vanilla make this scent all the more addictive.
This is an interesting scent I've definitely never smelled before, and it's really hard to describe. It's perfumey, like an older department store type of perfume. And it has a bit of a sharp, metallic, slightly bitter note, but not enough to ruin the scent. There's some kind of fruit in the background, maybe peach. And it might have a smidgen of patchouli way in the background (although I don't smell that when melted). And possibly a barely detectable smidgen of coconut? It has some slight similarities to Thierry Muegler's Angel perfume. It's a really interesting scent, and super strong on cold sniff. Looking at the notes, opoponax is another name for sweet myrrh; it's an earthy, balsam-like, lavender-like note.
Throw:
4.00

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)
Notes: Fresh ground cinnamon, golden clove, and sweet, sugared nutmeg swirl with delicate wisps of pure vanilla cream and vanilla sugar
This is the same as Pan de Muerto from H.E.B. It smells almost exactly like ScentSationals Cake Batter Ice Cream, but I'm not sure if it's the same scent. It's a super sweet vanilla buttercream scent with yellow cake and a bit of white chocolate, and possibly a barely detectable smidgen of coconut. So yummy! It doesn't smell anything like the scent notes though, no cinnamon, clove, nutmeg or pumpkiny notes at all.
Throw:
4.00

Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake)
Notes: A sweet and delicious blend of crushed cinnamon, vanilla bean, and sugar mingled to create a creamy mouthwatering blend
I thought this might be the same as ScentSationals Tres Leches from H.E.B., but I described that as a sweet vanilla buttercream scent with a smidgen of caramel and possibly a slight hint of cinnamon. This might indeed be the same scent, but it smells more like a warm milky vanilla cookie, not a sweet vanilla buttercream. It's not overly sweet, and it may have a barely detectable smidgen of cinnamon way in the background.
Throw:
4.00

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