The Melt Stash Wax Melts Reviews - September 2021

September 15, 2021

The Melt Stash Wax Melts Reviews - September 2021

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Aqua Spa
lily, rose, green, orange, tart lime, ozone
A watery, almost oceany scent (but without any saltiness) with a strong note of ozone that makes it smell a little waxy, but it's not really waxy, more like petrichor (the earthy smell of fresh rain on warm concrete). It's also little sweet with a slight floral note. Nice and unusual! Looking at the notes, I think I do detect a smidgen of lime way in the background, but most people wouldn't notice it.

Viva La Juicy (warm musk, golden amber, light citrus, spring flowers, woody background) + Vanilla Lace (vanilla, musk) + Marshmallow Fluff
A lovely scent of marshmallowy vanilla with a warm amber/cashmere note, and a smidgen of fruit (raspberry, I think). It's like 70% vanilla, 10% marshmallow, 10% amber, and 10% fruit.

Bedtime Bath
lavender, chamomile, musk, eucalyptus
A lovely, sweet, powdery, perfumey scent that reminds me of Moonlight Path (which smells like gardenia, orange blossom, musk and baby powder), but with slightly less gardenia (if any). I think I detect a smidgen of lavender (which I don't detect with Moonlight Path). Looking at the notes, I don't detect eucalyptus, nor do I get any sinus-clearing effects, although on cold sniff I think I get a barely noticeable smidgen. I love this scent as much as Moonlight Path, and they really do smell very much alike.

Black Amber & Lavender
Floral, French lavender, Egyptian amber, black myrrh, tonka bean, Egyptian musk, sage
This might be one of the best lavender scents I've ever smelled! It's sweet lavender with a strong vanilla note, musk, and a hint of warm amber. The vanilla gives it almost a yummy, foodie quality. Looking at the notes, they're spot on, although I don't detect sage but that's probably added to keep the lavender smelling "lavendery" rather than being tempered too much by all the sweet notes. I'd say 60% lavender, 20% vanilla (tonka), 15% musk, and 5% amber. I adore this scent!

Dragon's Blood
citrus, fruity, musky
Dragon's Blood is similar to Nag Champa (a sweet incensey scent with a baby powder note, a hint of orange blossom/neroli, and a smidgen of exotic spices and sweet cedar). Nag Champa is more soapy, while Dragon's Blood is sweeter and has a hint of a foodie, vanilla or chocolate note that's probably patchouli, a very sweet floral note like gardenia, and for some reason I get a barely detectable smidgen of cinnamon even though that's not in this scent. It's an incredible scent.

petitgrain, cardamom, citrus, jasmine, rosemary, musk, oak moss, Brazilian rosewood
Light, soapy wood (sandalwood) with a hint of cedar, a little bit of a clean watery note, and possibly a hint of lavender (as well as another floral). I believe it's supposed to be the same as Fierce perfume, but it's not a perfumey scent, and it's only a little bit sweet. Doesn't smell "Fierce", as it's a relaxing, subtle scent. It's quite nice. Looking at the notes, there's the woodsy notes (rosewood and oak moss). I don't detect petitgrain (which is like neroli) or rosemary, and I'm surprised I don't see lavender.

Forgotten Melody
citrus, greens, oriental, rose, jasmine, lily, woods, musk, amber, sugar, vanilla
This smells a lot like Thierry Mugler's Angel perfume, which I love. Angel perfume is a warm, slightly foodie perfume with notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, patchouli, and orange. This scent has a very slight sour note, but not nearly enough to ruin the scent. I think it also has a tiny bit more citrus, and it's a little less sweet and perfumey. Fantastic scent!

Icy Roads
musk, lemon zest, sandalwood
Light, milky wood (sandalwood?) with a smidgen of garden mint and/or eucalyptus (I get a slight nasal clearing effect). It also has a dusty, musty note that I can't figure out, and I'm not a fan of that note. It's not a sweet scent at all, and kind of nondescript. Looking at the scent notes, I don't get lemon or musk at all. And I'm surprised I don't see mint or eucalyptus, because it's definitely in there (which would make sense with a scent called "Icy Roads").

Best Friends (boysenberries, elderberries, pomegranate, strawberries, guava, vanilla) + Cotton Candy (raspberry, strawberry, citrus, sugar, vanilla) + Vanilla Lavender (lavender, vanilla beans, orange zest, patchouli)
A wonderful, fruity blend that smells like banana and strawberry bubblegum, with some other fruits I can't identify, and vanilla. Looking at the notes, I'm surprised I don't see banana, or what I think is banana might just be a combination of the various fruits. I don't smell lavender, although it looks like lavender is a small percentage of the notes. It smells a little bit like ScentSationals Rock Candy. I'm not a fan of bubblegum scents as they tend to have a chemical note, but this one is quite nice.

Lucid Dreamer
Pink Sugar (cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam, musk) + Fireside + Eucalyptus Spearmint (mint, eucalyptus, musk)
A sweet, warm, ambery perfumey scent with a soft spearmint and laundry note very similar to ScentSationals Zen (with a bit of nasal clearing effect up close) and a hint of sweet lemon. I don't get any smokiness from the Fireside. I adore this absolutely amazing blend!! If I had to classify it, I'd call it a spa scent because of the mint and the lemon (although it's not lemongrass, which would definitely make it a spa scent), even though it's not truly a spa scent. It could be classified under perfume, spa, garden mint, or lemon!

Mango Bliss
Mango Sorbet (ripe mango, juicy lemons, and red raspberries) + Marshmallow Fluff + Buttercream
Milky vanilla buttercream with a hint of fruit. Mango tends to smell like peach, but this has no peach notes. The fruit smells more like orange, mixed with something else (not a citrusy orange). It kind of smells like an orange creamsicle, but although it's sweet, it's not quite as sweet as a creamsicle, and it's not as orangey. It's a great combination and I really like it, although I think a touch more fruit would be perfect. Looking at the notes, yes I think I do detect the smidgen of lemon, which is why I thought the fruit was orange.

Palo Santo
Palo Santo wood, warm amber and soft musk
I can't figure out this scent. I'm getting a light, dusty wood with a smidgen of mesquite smokiness, and maybe a hint of cedar, and a smidgen of a green note (I'm picturing a cactus), and maybe a barely detectable smidgen of lemon (which I don't smell when melting), although it's not a zesty "salad" type scent at all. OK I see that Palo Santo is a type of wood that has a citrusy, green, piney, woodsy smoke scent, which does describe this scent although it's only very slightly smoky. Looking at the notes, I don't detect amber or musk (the only sweetness is a smidgen close up when melting). I really like this scent. It smells clean and fresh even though it's not actually a clean or fresh scent. It's very pleasant, the type of scent that you'd melt when you have company.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
butter, cinnamon, coconut, tonka, black coffee
Quite often pumpkin coffee type scents don't have enough of the coffee note. But this scent is true to its name. It's a pretty much equal blend of pumpkin spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) and coffee. It's quite sweet, sweeter than a regular pumpkin scent, and with a vanilla note. A fantastic scent! Looking at the notes, I don't see nutmeg although I'm sure I smell it, I don't detect coconut at all, and there's the vanilla note (tonka).

Frosted Juniper (ozone, camphor, citrus, pine, red currant berry, pear, cherry blossom, juniper, sage) + Cotton Candy (raspberry, strawberry, citrus, sugar, vanilla) + Downy April Fresh (rose, jasmine, cedarwood, sandalwood)
Pine, fake fruity bubblegum (in a good way), and sweet jasmine, in that order (like 50% / 35% / 15%). It sounds like an odd combination, but it smells fantastic! On cold sniff I also do get a hint of the laundry note, which I don't smell when melting. I love this scent!

Sailors Delight
Black Currant Absinthe (saffron, apple, black currant, blackberry, vanilla, anise, patchouli, amber) + Frosted Juniper (ozone, camphor, citrus, pine, red currant berry, pear, cherry blossom, juniper, sage) + Ares (plum, clove, leaf, ozone, cardamom seed, floral bouquet, vanilla, amber)
I reviewed Black Currant Absinthe, Frosted Juniper, and Ares in 2020:

Black Currant Absinthe: A fantastic scent of rich blackberries with a slightly bitter, pungent, maybe Eastern spice note, which is probably the absinthe. Absinthe has an anise/licorice note, but I don't smell that at all in this scent. Looking at the notes, saffron supposedly has a subtly earthy and grassy aroma, but with a sweet floral and honey note. I don't smell apple or anise, but I do detect subtle currant. And a bit of vanilla, which gives it kind of a foodie note. Strangely, I don't see an actual absinthe note. It's different from other scents I've smelled, and I like it.

Frosted Juniper: Nice combination of pine, cranberry, and maybe a hint of black cherry in the background. The pine is a little bit of that sour variety, but the sourness is tempered by the fruit notes, so I don't mind. Maybe also a hint of apple. Looking at the notes, the apple is actually pear. And camphor is a super intense, "rich" menthol type note that I don't detect in this scent. I like this one!

Ares: I smell bergamot, mahogany, lavender, jasmine, plum or blackberry, a hint of an herbal note, even a smidgen of vanilla with a tiny bit of nuttiness. It's sweet, fresh, floral, herbal, cologney, and even a tiny bit fruity and foodie, all in one! Great scent!

The Black Currant Absinthe is the predominant scent in this blend, and then Ares, and then just a hint of Frosted Juniper. Like maybe 65%/25%/10%. Each of these scents has a tiny bit of a sour/bitter note by themselves, not enough to be annoying, but when combined, that note comes out quite a bit more. So I'm not really a fan of this blend. However, I tend to notice even the smallest amount of sour or bitter notes in a scent, so I think most people will like this scent and won't notice that note.

citrus zest, violet leaves, nectarine skin, jasmine petals, wild sunflower, rose, pear blossom, white lily, vanilla orchid
Real sunflowers don't actually have a floral scent. This is a bright, slightly soapy, bitter rose scent. A bitter note is often added to rose and some other floral scents to make them smell more authentic, but sometimes the bitter note is too pronounced, which I think is the case with this scent. It reminds me a little of ScentSationals Enchanted, but that scent has way less bitterness.

Grape, fruity, rose, geranium, musk, earth
A lovely, soapy nag champa scent. It's very slightly less sweet than most nag champa scents, and it might have a hint of rose and a smidgen of grape. Very nice! Looking at the notes, I'm surprised I don't see nag champa, because that's primarily what this scent is, unless it's just the combination of notes that makes it smell that way. There's the rose and the grape, and I do detect the geranium which gives scents a slightly bitter note, but not really in a bad way. I don't detect any other fruity notes, and this is not a fruity scent at all.

Sweater Weather
fresh air, spearmint, pine needles, winter berry, wood, moss, vanilla, musk
A fantastic, very popular scent of spearmint (the predominant note), pine, a slight perfumey note, and a smidgen of something else I can't figure out, maybe eastern or oriental spices like patchouli, but I'm not sure. On cold sniff I also detect a smidgen of berries, but I don't smell that when melting. It's sweeter than most scents that contain these types of notes, but not overly sweet. Looking at the notes, they're spot on. It's a dupe of the Bath & Body Works scent, which I've smelled; that scent has a little more pine, which I like more, and the notes are slightly different (sage, juniper berries, eucalyptus, and woods), but when melting I really can't tell the difference.

Tea & Cakes
lemon, lime, orange, rosewood, vanilla, tonka, maple
A fantastic scent that smells like lime and orange soda mixed with marzipan (a sweet combination of almond, sugar, and honey). The soda note has a bit of fizziness, but not too much. I'm not getting any tea notes. Looking at the notes, I don't smell rose, wood, or maple. It's wonderful and so different!

Thousand Wishes
sparkling, floral, vanilla, amber, sandalwood
An incredible, super sweet, powdery scent that smells a little bit like Pink Sugar. I get a super sweet plum or blackberry note, with a candy note, a sweet floral like gardenia, lots of warm amber, and yummy, rich vanilla. Looking at the notes, no fruit at all, but I'm sure I smell fruit, although it's tempered by all the other notes. The actual Bath & Body Works scent has notes of pink prosecco, sparkling quince, crystal peonies, gilded amber and amaretto crème. Scented oil dupes may also include champagne, jasmine, sandalwood, musk, and almond. So there may in fact be fruit in this scent, since quince is a fruit that smells like sweet guava and/or apple, and prosecco is made with grapes (thankfully I don't get any champagne or prosecco notes, as alcoholic beverage notes in wax melts tend to have a sour or bitter note, which this scent doesn't have). And it's possible that there's also a smidgen of almond/amaretto. This may be one of the best scents I've ever smelled!!

Tobacco & Oud
crushed clove, fresh timber, black salt, patchouli root, black rose, tobacco leaf, grey amber, vanilla, sparkling musk, agarwood oud. With essential oils of patchouli, cedar wood, clove leaf
I get sweet warm amber, tobacco, patchouli, a hint of sweet floral like gardenia, and a smidgen of vanilla. Oud is a deep, rich, resinous, almost tree sappy scent, which I don't smell in this scent. Looking at the notes, I don't smell rose or clove. It's a very nice scent.

Tuscan Nights
fresh green vine, citrus, rosemary, ripened melon, ozonic, wood, patchouli, lavender
A super sweet, musky, perfumey, soapy patchouli scent with oriental spices and a hint of a baby powder note. It's incredible! It smells almost exactly like Pink Zebra Soft Patchouli and Mainstays Patchouli. Looking at the notes, I just smell the patchouli, and a bit of wood, and a hint of lavender, but none of the other notes.

Twenty Nine High Street
ylang ylang, sandalwood, lime, tonka
A nice, sweet scent of laundry, lavender, a sweet floral like gardenia or jasmine, and a smidgen of fruit that I can't identify (orange? lime? peach?). It's very sweet, with some similarities to Bedtime Bath and Moonlight Path. Looking at the notes, I was off. But there's the lime (which again, is barely noticeable). I don't really get sandalwood or tonka (vanilla). And I definitely don't smell ylang ylang, which is a very difficult scent to copy without using a high quality true essential oil, but maybe this version does indeed smell like laundry, lavender and a sweet floral; in fact, it could possibly be a very, very fake version, but I'd never know that if it weren't in the notes.

Vanilla Bean Warm Noel
sweet vanilla sugar cookies blended with roasted marshmallow and a hint of caramel
This smells like Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel, with vanilla, sweet marshmallow, warm amber, a hint of patchouli or sandalwood, and maybe a smidgen of caramel. I love this scent!

Wildberry Mousse
wild berries, brandied cherries and figs, floral carnation, spice, vanilla, cotton candy
This may be one of the best fruity scents I've ever smelled. I want to eat the wax! It's cotton candyish fruit mixed into a super rich, milky, whipped buttercream base, actually more like crème fraiche. I can't identify the fruits, probably some combination of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, but more like a super sugary sweet cotton candy version of those fruits. The whipped crème fraiche note is so rich it almost has a tiny bit of sourness or lemoniness, but in the best way. I can't stop sniffing this incredible, unique scent! Looking at the notes, the brandy is probably contributing to the richness, although I don't think I smell brandy per se. Maybe a little bit of the cherry, but it's not a harsh, black cherry at all. No fig, carnation, or spices of any kind. And there's the cotton candy, which does include a note of lemon drops. If you like sweet, fruity, candy scents, you will adore this one! I do!!

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