ScentSationals Day of the Dead Fall 2021 Wax Melt Reviews
October 6, 2021
This is a review of the 15 ScentSationals Day of the Dead (DOTD) Wax Melt scents from Walmart for fall 2021.
Most of the Walmart ScentSationals Day of the Dead scents have returned from last year, except Altar Sagrado (Sacred Altar), Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate), Empanada de Fresa (Strawberry Empanada), Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead).
New scents for 2021 are: Calavera de Azúcar (Sugar Skull), El Alebrije (Fantasy Creature), Las Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread), and Recuerdos de Familia (Family Memories)
Like last year, the Day of the Dead wax melts will be available at only some Walmarts, and most likely individual scents will not be available on the Walmart website. However, there are two 5-scent Day of the Dead variety packs on the Walmart website. "The Celebration" collection consists of Corona de Flores, Dia de Muertos, La Luna, Mariachi, and Pastel de Tres Leches. And "The Tribute" collection consists of Calavera de Azúcar, El Alebrije, La Catrina, La Ofrenda, and Mariposa Monarca.
Calvera de Azúcar (Sugar Skull)
Celebrate the end of the year with the sparkling colors of a Confetti Party!! It's a festive blend of sparkling fruits, flowing flower petals, sweet amber, and sugared vanilla.
A fantastic sweet, fruity, pink sugar type scent. I thought it might be the same scent as ScentSationals Pretty in Pink or Better Homes & Gardens Pink Sugar Berry, but although it's kind of similar, it's not the same.
Better Homes & Gardens Pink Sugar Berry ("A flavorful burst of blackberries and spun sugar. A heart of warm whipped vanilla and crushed amber intensifies the base of sugarcane and sexy, sweet musk") was a pink sugar type scent that smelled kind of like berry scented lipstick or lip balm, a very fake (not in a bad way) strawberry and raspberry (but without the raspberry tanginess), with spun sugar and a hint of vanilla and musk (I didn't really detect blackberries).
ScentSationals Pretty in Pink ("Soft and sweet as candy", but no notes provided) was closer to a "typical" pink sugar scent, a little sweeter and more fruity, with a creamy strawberry note, more raspberry, and a bit less musk than Pink Sugar Berry.
This Sugar Skull scent is different from both (but a bit closer to Pretty in Pink). It's not truly a pink sugar scent (and like the other two, not really cotton candy either), it's more fruity and the fruit is slightly more realistic, it's slightly less sweet (but still very sweet), and although it doesn't have perfumey notes like the other two, I think it does include a subtle floral. I'm definitely getting raspberry and blackberry (no strawberry, I don't think), and possibly also pomegranate. I think I also detect an ever so subtle smidgen of pineapple, coconut, and maybe peach. My description sounds a lot like ScentSationals Girlfriend Night, but that's a totally different scent from this or the other two scents. Looking at the notes, I don't know which fruits comprise the "sparkling fruits".
Celebracion Dulce (Sweet Celebration)
The enticing scent of sun-ripened orchard peach accented with sugared nectarine and fuzzy apricot amid effervescent ginger and pure vanilla sweetness.
This is peach with 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.
Cempasuchil (Marigold Flowers)
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. Looking at the notes, chrysanthemums and marigolds are bitter flowers, but the bitterness of this scent doesn't smell natural or good to me.
Corona de Flores (Flower Crown)
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 Rose Fusion
(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!
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
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
I think this is 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.
El Alebrije (Fantasy Creature)
Fresh cedarwood and sheer musk spun with luminous notes of lemon, bergamot, and olive blossom nestled with warm guaiacwood, soft leather and tonka bean
The wax is a similar (but not same) bright blue color as ScentSationals Illusion (a fresh, bright men's cologne scent with a smidgen of citrus), and when I first smelled it on cold sniff I thought it might be the same. Sniffing them side by side, they're very similar, but El Alebrije is not quite as bright, doesn't have the citrus note, and might have barely detectable smidgens of black pepper and garden mint (I only detect the mint when comparing to Illusion, but not on its own, and there are no nasal clearing notes). It's quite nice.
Galletas de Calavera (Sugar Skull Cookies)
Candied coconut flakes atop decadent vanilla pound cake finished with sweet vanilla buttercream accented with sugar strands
This smells like sweet vanilla cookies with a hint of chocolate and coconut. I thought it was the same as ScentSationals Cake Batter Ice Cream
, but it's different. 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.
La Catrina (Lady of the Dead)
Lustrous hints of dewy cotton flower drift through citrus-infused aldehydes, blooming lavender, sweet lilac, warm vanilla woods, and tender musk
This smells a 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.
La Luna (The Moon)
An elegant blend of bergamot, fresh marine notes, and spicy florals, with delicate notes of white sandalwood and ambered musk
This is totally different from last year's La Luna scent, which was an oud wood scent (deep resinous almost tree sappy woodsy scent with a sweet slightly perfumey note), a dupe of ScentSationals Oud Noir Fusion and ScentSationals Austin City Lights
from H.E.B, and similar to ScentSationals Exotic Sandalwood from Meijer. This scent, however, is the same as last year's Day of the Dead Sacred Altar scent from H.E.B, which is the same as ScentSationals Black Tux
from 2017. It's a nice cologne scent that's not overly sweet, kind of "dark", and with maybe a barely detectable smidgen of leather and/or smokiness. The scent lasted at least 12 hours! The wax is black, the same color as both of the scents that this scent is a dupe of. So unless you sniff it, you won't know which scent it is.
As of the date of this review, the La Luna scent from the 5-pack Day of the Dead variety pack on the Walmart website is the oud version from last year, although that could change as the old packs get replaced by the new ones.
La Ofrenda (Offering)
Creamy, sweet island coconut spun with candied watermelon and succulent honeydew
Las Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)
Sweet breads blending sugar and a hint of cinnamon, vanilla infused flour and creamy, rich butter crested with a delicious cookie like topping baked to crisp, crunchy perfection
This is the same as the H-E-B exclusive scent called Conchas
. It smells like warm vanilla sugar cookies with perhaps a smidgen of chocolate and maybe a very barely detectable hint of cinnamon way in the background. It's not a pure vanilla scent, nor a cupcake or yellow cake scent (which would have a hint of coconut). And although it's sweet, it's not as sweet as other cookie type scents. It's also similar to ScentSationals Cake Batter Ice Cream
, but that's much sweeter and richer, with more chocolate. I like this scent because it's not cloyingly sweet, which makes it smell more like real cookies. And the scent lasted all day, at least 10 hours.
Mariachi (Mariachi Band)
Sensuous notes of cedarwood and effervescent cola lime. Blended with fresh pine and watery marine notes
This 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 think I do detect a smidgen of pine as well!
Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly)
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, and it's 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. Looking at the notes, opoponax is another name for sweet myrrh; it's an earthy, balsam-like, lavender-like note. There are so many complicated notes in this scent, that I can't tell if I'm smelling all of the actual notes, or some, or none.
Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake)
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 sweet vanilla buttercream with a smidgen of caramel and possibly a slight hint of cinnamon. This scent, however, smells like a super milky vanilla cookie. It's not overly sweet, and it may have a barely detectable smidgen of cinnamon way in the background (barely noticeable, and not in the forefront as the notes suggest). Although it sounds similar to Galletas de Calavera and Las Conchas, all three are different scents.
Recuerdos de Familia (Family Memories)
Cuddle up and enjoy a staycation with this comforting yet sweet accord. Sweet notes of juicy white plum, clove buds and sandalwood are gently wrapped in white flowers. The aroma is finished with whipped vanilla, guaiacwood, creamy amber and cedar.
This may be one of the most unusual scents I've smelled from Rimports. It's mostly cardamom (which smells a little like a nutty, buttery version of cloves, but with a smidgen of fennel and herbal undertones). This one is not that nutty, and also has notes of honey and vanilla, as well as a bit of a musty or even mossy note (but strangely, not in a bad way), and possibly a barely detectable smidgen of floral. It smells a little bit like the Crushed Cardamom side of the old ScentSationals Grandpa's Workshop duo, which I didn't like due to the mustiness, but I think this scent has some other notes in it that I can't identify that makes it sweeter and more buttery. Someone in our Facebook group said it's a dupe for an unreleased ScentSationals scent called Milk Tea (whose notes were Cardamom and Vanilla). Looking at the notes, I'm surprised I don't see cardamom, since the primary note is indeed cardamom. I don't get plum or any fruity notes, and the scent is more foodie than the notes would suggest.