Monday, November 12, 2018

Bath & Body Works Fall Candle Haul - November 2018


Fall 3-Wick Candle Haul


I decided to try some new fall candle scents and I snagged an old favorite, Fresh Balsam, for free. They are offering Fresh Balsam with many different labels in their fall and winter line this year. The label above was exclusive for their one day online only free offer. I bought the following candles:
  1. The Great Outdoors - starry nights, sycamore & pine trees and aromatic cedar
  2. Fresh Balsam - woodland balsam, crisp eucalyptus, fir branches, and cedarwood
  3. Cinnamon Bark - cinnamon sticks, clove buds, vanilla bean, and white cedar
  4. Maple Cinnamon Pancakes - nutmeg essential oil with notes of maple syrup & fluffy buttermilk pancakes
  5. Toasted Vanilla Chai - ginger & nutmeg essential oils with notes of cinnamon & clove
  6. Sparkling Woods - lavender & fir needle essential oils with notes of bergamot & iced lemon
Now let me review them for you to help you decide which of these fall candles are right for you. When you hear of one you want to purchase, just click on its name above. Unfortunately, Cinnamon Bark is currently sold out. You may find one in stores or it may be restocked for their Black Friday or Candle Day sale on December 1st. 

The Great Outdoors was chosen by my husband who took it to his home office. I didn't get a chance to enjoy it and he loved it so much he burned it to its end quite quickly. It's a very masculine outdoorsy scent. If you like the smell of pine and cedar and you're a fan of Fresh Balsam odds are you will love this one too. This is a new scent which I hope they bring back next year. 

Fresh Balsam is one that comes back every year and its loved by many. It smells just like a live Christmas tree so it's perfect for those of you who have an artificial tree or if you love the fresh, clean, refreshing scent of a freshly cut pine tree. If you need to quickly get rid of an unpleasant scent in the house reach for this one. It has an excellent throw and you can smell it very quickly after lighting it. I purchase several each year so that I can enjoy them in the hot, humid, stinky summer and it's perfect for Christmas in July. 

Cinnamon Bark is a disappointment and I don't recommend it. It just doesn't have a strong enough cinnamon scent. I highly recommend Holiday instead. It's the absolute perfect candle for those that love the scent of cinnamon. If you fall in love with that one you'll need to stock up soon because last year they didn't bring it back, so those of us who are fans are stocking up now in case next year they don't bring it back again. 

Maple Cinnamon Pancakes is so incredibly yummy! If you love the scent of warm syrup and pancakes this one is for you! It has a very strong scent of syrup with a slight scent of pancakes and it fills the room with its wonderful aroma very quickly. It's a fabulous new scent that I highly recommend. I hope they bring this one back next year also. 

Toasted Vanilla Chai is a disappointment. I was hoping it would smell like a cup of chai tea, but it doesn't. It mostly smells like a smoky vanilla perfume. I can't recommend this one. 

Sparkling Woods' description has everything I love yet I'm not that fond of it. The bergamot perfume scent is mostly what I smell with a bit of lemon. Sadly, the lavender and fir needle scents are missing. My favorite lemon candle is London aka Lemon Tea & Limoncello

I really love the matte finish colored glass of Maple Cinnamon Pancakes, Toasted Vanilla Chai and Sparkling Woods. They look really pretty when the candle is burning and it reduces the glare of the flames. Great Outdoors and Cinnamon Bark are wrapped in a plastic sleeve which is masculine looking so they are perfect for the man in your life. Sometimes candles that don't have colored glass or aren't fully covered in a design aren't as pretty as they burn down to the bottom and they show rings of wax and soot left behind. For that reason, I really prefer these designs. 

The 3-Wick candles are currently on sale for $10 off and the current coupon is for $10 off $30. The next store reset will be on November 19th which will feature some new products including the anticipated Hot Cocoa & Cream Body Care Collection. I'll be trying that one out and I'm hoping it will smell like the matching candle which I love. What's your favorite new candle scent?

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Macy's Beauty Box Review - November 2018


Glam Goals


This is a review of the November Macy's Beauty Box which costs $15 per month including shipping. This month's box has a retail value of $52.24 not including the Smashbox Primer Stick, the makeup bag nor the $5 coupon. The primer doesn't indicate it's size so I don't know it's worth. My guess is around $6-$8, so that brings the total up to around $58.24. Included in the November box were the following products:
  1. Smashbox - Photo Finish Mattifying Primer Stick
  2. Rituals - The Ritual of Ayurveda Balancing Body Creammade in Germany, 2.3 fl. oz., $10.25 retail value
  3. Dior - Miss Dior Eau de Parfum Spray, made in France, .03 fl. oz., $1.14 retail value
  4. Dior - Men's Savage Eau de Parfum Spray, made in France, .03 fl. oz., $1.01 retail value
  5. IT Cosmetics - Superhero 24 Hour Waterproof Easy Glide Liquid Gel Super Liner, made in Korea, .005 fl. oz, $6.66 retail value
  6. Shiseido - Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in Exotic Red 516, made in Japan, .08 fl. oz., $14.85 retail value
  7. Clinique - Dramatically Different Hydrating Jellymade in the USA, .5 fl. oz., $3.33 retail value
  8. Wacoal - b.fitting Lightweight Bikini in Sand, $15.00 retail value
  9. $5 Macy's Beauty Coupon 
I've tried Miss Dior perfume before and I like it. It's a warm floral with notes of bergamot, Grasse rose and rosewood. While it's nice, it's not great enough for me to purchase the full size. I gave the Dior Savage perfume to my husband who liked it but not enough to reach for it again. Its notes are Reggio bergamot, Sichuan pepper, and ambroxan. I must say I was quite surprised to receive underwear in a cosmetics subscription box! It would have been a lovely bonus item if it wasn't one size fits all. I'm not a fan of clothing in the one size fits all size. This one says it fits small to extra large though they are so small they look like teenager's underwear! I had just finished my laundry when it arrived so I have to wait till the next laundry day to try them after I have a chance to wash them. While the reviews state that they are comfortable, I have my doubts all women of all sizes would agree. I received a sample of the Clinique Hydrating Jelly recently in my September Play Sephora Box. It's really thin so it sinks in really quickly, but it's not very moisturizing. It would be good for perhaps oily skin. It doesn't help my dry skin. I'm not a fan of a primer in stick form. That seems like a really odd choice for a primer. Perhaps on the go as a touch-up, but at home I prefer liquid. This Smashbox primer is supposed to be matte and control oil and shine for 12 hours. I think this would be better suited for someone with oily skin and since I have dry skin, I'll stick with Julep's primer or Laura Geller's. Liquid primer is so much easier to apply. I would be afraid that I didn't apply the stick primer evenly. I wish subscription boxes would stop sending red lipsticks since they only look good on a small percentage of women. It seems like that's the only color they have been sending lately. But since it's the expensive Shiseido brand I decided to give it a try. Plus it's a dark red, not a bright red which I know doesn't look good on me. It has a matte finish, but it's not dry. Sadly, it looks brighter on the lips than it appears in the tube. I really wish they had sent just about any color than red. It's just too bright next to my fair skin, while it looks good on some it's not a look I enjoy on myself. I'm happy to receive an IT Cosmetics product since I like that brand. I received a note that says "oops we had to substitute one of the samples in your box, sorry about that. But don't worry, we're pretty sure you'll love what we sent instead!" They were supposed to send an IT Cosmetics Mascara instead. This liner has a very fine point which is very similar to Kat Von D's which is my favorite. The Ritual Body Cream is very thin and I don't care for its strange scent. It smells like plastic to me while it's supposed to smell like rose and have soothing honey. It's priced at $33 for 7.3 ounces which is ridiculous. It does make my skin feel really soft and moisturized instantly while not feeling sticky or oily. The cosmetic bag is an odd shape, I prefer to lay long items down at the bottom and this square shape would require trying to balance them straight up. The front is a nice washable faux leather, but the back is a black fabric which would be hard to keep clean.

My favorite item in this month's box is the IT Cosmetics Liner and my least favorite is the Smashbox Stick Primer. This has to be one of my least favorite beauty boxes from Macy's. Hopefully, next month will be more rewarding.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

IT Cosmetics Stocking Stuffers Review



Travel Size Confetti Poppers & Cleanser


I recently came across these Confetti Poppers from IT Cosmetics while searching for an item to use my $5 coupon from my Macy's Beauty Box on. As always, I search to see if another store has a lower price. Macy's had them on sale, but I found them for less directly from the manufacturer since they had a 25% sale. Each one retails for $12.00. The coupon it brought them down to $9 each. I paid $36.00 for all four and comparing them to their full-sized versions, they have a retail value of $65.00. I also used Mr. Rebates for 3% cash back. These are the perfect size to try their products at the lowest price. They also came with a free tote and three foil packet samples. Here's what I purchased:
  1. Secret Sauce Moisturizer Travel Size Confetti Popper, made in Korea, 0.5 fl. oz., $17.00 retail value
  2. Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment Confetti Popper in Your Perfect Pink, made in the USA, 0.11 oz, full size, $24.00 retail value 
  3. Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer Travel Size Confetti Popper, made in Korea, 0.5 fl. oz. $12.00 retail value
  4. Confidence in a Cleanser Cleansing Serum Travel Size, made in Korea, 1.7 fl. oz., $12.00 retail value

The poppers are fun, but the confetti comes in various sizes from tiny to large. Unfortunately, the tiny pieces get under the lid of the creams. I managed to get it off with a tissue. You'll want to do this right away before the pieces get into the cream. The confetti makes a bit of a mess on the floor, so be prepared for that. Also, be prepared for the product to also pop out of the poppers. The moisturizers have foil seals, so you'll want to only open the seal when you are ready to apply them so that you don't waste the product that is on the seal. Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not smooth. It's a bit sticky. Due to this, I think a primer would be necessary prior to applying your foundation. I like how it immediately feels moisturized. I have dry skin and it's hard to find a moisturizer that doesn't take multiple uses to moisturize. I wouldn't recommend it to those with oily skin. The Secret Sauce Moisturizer it a bit lighter yet still moisturizing. I'm not crazy about their scents though it doesn't last long. The Confidence in a Cleanser is quite concentrated so use a little bit otherwise you'll spend a long time rinsing. It leaves my dry skin with some parts that are still dry and some feel a bit moisturized. It doesn't make my skin feel squeaky clean, but I have to avoid using a cleanser like that due to my dry skin. It has a smells lemony to me. The extracts they use are lavender, grapefruit, turmeric and licorice root. If you have tried it, how does it smell to you? The Lip Treatment is supposed to turn your lips a natural pink. It just barely changes my lips to a slight pink taking out the redness with a slight shine. It has a waxy moisturized feeling. This one is a bargain at $12.00, it's a full sized product that normally retails for $24.00! I love the magnetic top. Allo of these cosmetics would make great stocking stuffers! This is the first time that I have tried out all of these products, so it going to take some time before I can review my long-term results. Which products in their skin care line have you tried and what were your results? Today QVC is offering a TSV featuring a six piece IT Cosmetics set for $59.94. Here's a video showing the confetti poppers:


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Bath & Body Works Christmas House Luminary Review - November 2018


3-Wick Candle Holder - Holiday House Luminary


When I saw that Bath & Body Works was offering this wonderful 3-Wick Candle Holder I decided it would be the perfect gift to myself for Christmas. I have purchased several of their ceramic candle holders over the years, but lately the prices have gone so high I haven't been buying them and they are hard to find in stores and online. Now that the prices are higher they are a bit easier to find. You might want to sit down first before hearing the price tag on this one. Are you sitting down? Ok, then, it is priced at $89.50. Yeah, that's a hefty price tag! I received a rare 25% off coupon in the mail so I used that which took $22.37 off taking it down to $67.13. Plus, I used Mr. Rebates for cash back and I'm signed up for rewards via their app, so it helped pay for my next free item up to $16.50 in value. It's definitely a splurge. Thankfully, it was shipped in its original box with molded styrofoam so it didn't have any chips or breaks. The tree on the left was squished though. I managed to bend back the little green wires that make up the tree. This one loses a bit of glitter when you touch or move it. It's really pretty with a lit candle inside. It's also pretty if you place a candle in front of it, that way the outside glitter shines and twinkles with the movement of the candlelight. The above photo shows that effect. The photo below shows how pretty it is with the candle lit:



Inside it has a ceramic stand for the candle so that it isn't sitting directly on the ceramic bottom. It's in need of some felt on the bottom to keep it from scratching your table when you move it, so you'll need to lift it to move it. The top piece fits only one way, so make sure you have it turned in the correct direction. You can lift and place the candle inside without removing the top piece, but you have to be very careful. The top piece is heavy and you have to be careful taking it off. There is a very cute dachshund in the front with a blue sweater on. On the right side, there is a cute snowman and on the left is a lovely bow window. The front door has the year "2018" on it which I appreciate. I'm always wondering how old my candle holders are in my collection, so I like it when they are dated. Check out my video on Instagram showing what it looks like with a candle lit inside. If you want one of these, be quick since they sell out fast. Unfortunately, they don't go on sale until the end of the season if they have any left. I didn't see any in the two stores I visited recently so you may need to order it online. I recommend calling your local stores and having them hold one for you if they have any. They are also selling a Barn House Luminary that is really nice. It's a barn with an old red truck in the front and it's the same price. In addition, they have a Ceramic Holiday House Hand Soap Holder that is similar to the Christmas House Luminary. I passed on it since I'm not crazy about the yellow windows. It costs $14.50. They are also selling a Polar Bear Candle Holder that is precious. He costs $24.50. Stay tuned for my review on that one, I couldn't resist so I bought one. He could be displayed past Christmas since he's a snow theme instead of Christmas. They really came up with some really lovely candle holders this year, check them out and check out their wonderful candle toppers. What's your favorite Bath & Body Works purchase this season?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Review - November 2018



The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Starring:

Mackenzie Foy - Clara
Jayden Fowora-Knight - The Nutcracker
Keira Knightley - The Sugar Plum Fairy
Helen Mirren - Mother Ginger
Morgan Freeman - Clara's Godfather 

This is a review of a new Disney movie that hit theatres November 2nd, 2018 called The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. When I saw the trailer I decided it was one I must see, but I'd skip dragging poor Hubby along. I went to see the bargain matinee show at Stone Theatres which offers movies on Tuesdays for only $5. Check out this trailer to see if this is one you may want to see too:



The beginning was a bit slow as most movies seem to be lately, but hang on cause it's worth the wait. The entire movie is visually entertaining and it takes you on a magical adventure in which you feel like you are dreaming. It's a combination of Walt Disney World's magic with Las Vegas' grandness and wealth. It's a fun ride that I guess young girls from the age of 5 to 15 would really enjoy along with women of all ages who are Disney, The Nutcracker, and ballet fans. While I saw a few men in the audience, I'm sure they were just tagging along for the enjoyment of their beloved female companion. I expected a lot of songs while there were only a couple, singing was absent and the ballet scenes were disappointingly short and few. I think more songs and some singing would have brought it to the level of Mary Poppins so it really lacks in this area of entertainment. Speaking of which, I can't wait to see the new Mary Poppins movie in December! Sadly, I wasn't feeling much Christmas spirit, it mostly takes you along for the adventure ride the main character named Clara takes and at one point there is an out of place circus scene. This movie is only one hour and forty minutes, so it goes by really quickly after the first part which is about ten minutes. If I had rented it or bought it, I would have watched it again to see any parts of the fantastic set that I missed since they are so visually entertaining. Don't leave the theatre during the credits since there is a lovely dance scene that all of the audience stayed for. It seems everyone in the theatre also felt as I did that it ended too soon and they wanted perhaps another adventure scene or ballet scene added to the movie. While watching that dance scene Keira Knightly's name appeared as one of the actors and I was shocked, I didn't recognize her as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Wow, I couldn't figure out who was playing that beautiful character during the movie and I didn't give it much thought since I was so distracted by all the visuals of the set. Wow, they really transformed her into the Sugar Plum Fairy! The costumes were superb and they were another part of the movie that was so entertaining. If I was watching it at home, I would have paused it just to get a better look at several of the wonderful complex costumes and their matching makeup. Not one costume was lacking in its creativity along with the makeup which added to the magic of the movie. As for the actors, I've never seen the one playing Clara nor the Nutcracker before and they did a wonderful job. Keira Knightley had quite a large part which I enjoyed, but I wish Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren had larger parts. If they had shorted the beginning and a few other scenes and added some more scenes with those two actors it would have brought so much more fun to the movie. 

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this movie and I recommend it even though I think it missed a few opportunities to been even more magical with the use of it's more experienced actors and with the addition of some singing, more music, and more ballet. I wouldn't hesitate to spend a bit more and see it in the theatre since it's so visually entertaining which is made even more spectacular with the big screen. When available to rent it's also worth renting and watching more than once or buying it for that special little girl in your life who loves watching movies over and over again. Take a tissue with you, there is at least one heartwarming scene you may need it for. One tissue per person should be sufficient. So hop into the car with a young or old friend and head to the theatre to see this movie that will take you on a magical Disney ride without having to drive or fly to Disney World. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Josie Maran Four Piece Hand Cream Kit Review - November Sale



Four Piece Hand Cream Kit by Josie Maran


Fall is here so it's time to stock up on hand cream to get through the fall and winter months that are so tough on our hands. Fight those dry hands and have beautifully moisturized hands as I do by using Josie's Hand Cream. This set is currently on sale for $48.00 available in 3 payments of $16.00 and it has a retail value of $88.00. That makes each tube only $12, each having 2.37 fl. oz. The item number is A344376Included in this kit are the following:
  1. Sweet Cranberry, made in the USA, 2.37 fl. oz., retail value $22.00
  2. Honey Lavender Chamomile, made in the USA, 2.37 fl. oz., retail value $22.00
  3. Winter Gardenia, made in the USA, 2.37 fl. oz., retail value $22.00
  4. Unscented, made in the USA, 2.37 fl. oz., retail value $22.00
The extract ingredients in all of the hand lotions include aloe vera, green tea, marigold, chamomile, violet, rose, marsh mallow, honeysuckle, grapefruit, and echinacea. To me, Sweet Cranberry smells like a sweet grapefruit, rose, honeysuckle, chamomile scent. It's a sweet, clean, fruity scent. Honey Lavender Chamomile smells a bit sour to me with mostly scents of chamomile, rose, violet, marigold, and grapefruit. It smells like a floral sour citrus scent to me. Winter Gardenia is my favorite. I find that it's a lovely powdery, calming floral scent. The scent of these hand creams is strongest while applying and it fades quickly. After that, you can only smell it if you put your nose right up to it. It leaves mostly a matte finish with a slight shine, unlike her body butter which leaves a bit of an oily, shiny appearance. It makes my hands feel thoroughly moisturized with one light application yet I don't feel like if I lifted something slippery that I would drop it. Note that a little of the cream goes a long way, so use it sparingly and it will last a long time. Each tube has a tiny foil seal. I highly recommend her hand cream! The only hand cream better is L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream which costs $29.00 for 5.2 oz. It offers 20% shea butter.

Josie was on air last Saturday with her holiday TSV and she offered a few collections on sale for holiday gifting. Her TSV is still available at the TSV price for a limited time, so if you missed out, act quickly. I skipped this TSV since I didn't fancy buying such a large bottle of argan oil and body butter. This year she didn't have as many holiday specials as last year. The other holiday gift sets she offered were: 9 Piece Argan Favorites Stocking Stuffers Kit for $56.00, Four Piece Face & Body Whipped Argan Holiday Spa Set for $62.00 and Five Piece Argan Smooth & Hydrate Holiday Body Kit for $64.00. If you want any of the holiday specials, buy them now because her sale prices only last a couple days after airing.

So there you have my review, hopefully, this post will help you decide whether or not to order this set. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bath & Body Works Winter Haul - November 2018


Winter Haul 2018


Check out my first purchase of winter candles from Bath & Body Works for 2018. Note the returning favorites of Evergreen, Holiday, Winter, Fresh Balsam and Twisted Peppermint. The new scents are Orange Chocolate Truffle and Spiced Gingerbread Swirl. I'm happy they have labels that I really like this year. Not the best ever, but far superior to last year! I'm so happy they brought back Holiday this year since last year it was missing. I'll have to stock up on this one, but I wanted to buy one first to make sure it was as good as previous batches.  I also bought another fall favorite, Leaves. My favorite scents are sold in the fall and winter, so I stock up so I can enjoy them year round. These candles were on sale for $12.95 and I used a 25% off coupon I received in the mail, so that lowered them down to only $9.71 each. They normally cost $24.50 each. Be sure to always use a coupon when shopping at this store! Featured in the photo above are the following candles & an adorable fox magnet:
  1. Leaves - crisp red apple, golden nectar, and warm clove spice
  2. Fox Candle Topper - faux fur fox with a magnet to attach to candle lids
  3. Orange Chocolate Truffle - orange zest, sea salt, and rich dark chocolate
  4. Evergreen - cedarwood & cinnamon essential oils with notes of fir needle & pine
  5. Holiday - nutmeg & clove essential oils with notes of cinnamon & cardamom
  6. Winter - fir needle & orange essential oils with notes of clove & citrus
  7. Spiced Gingerbread Swirl - gingersnap cookie, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  8. Fresh Balsam - woodland balsam, crisp eucalyptus, fir branches, and cedarwood
  9. Twisted Peppermint - cool peppermint, sugared snow, vanilla buttercream, fresh balsam and a hint of musk
Monday, October 29th they reset their store shelves with the winter collection and they were available online October 27th. I ordered online since I had a rare 25% off coupon that was about to expire and the candles were on sale. When they reset the shelves in their stores the candles weren't on sale. I prefer ordering online since I get to study all the scents, make the difficult decision of which ones to order and place them all in my cart without searching store shelves and hoping they are all in stock. Oh my, look at how adorable that fox magnet is! Here's a close up of his cuteness:



They have a couple other faux fur animal magnets in stores, but so far online he's the only one available. You may only find them in White Barn stores rather than the regular Bath & Body Works stores. I'm grateful that we finally have a White Barn store in our area again. They closed the one in the mall many years ago and I really miss it. The one we have is a combination store which is better than nothing. They have some home decor that is really wonderful that isn't sold in the regular stores. They tend to be a bit pricey though, so I make sure I save my best coupons for them. They have a small amount per store so they tend to sell out. It's not a good idea to wait until they go on sale, by the time that day rolls around odds are they will be gone. Your best bet is to use a coupon the day you see it on the shelf.  They tend to last a bit longer online, but you will still need to be quick to order. Keep in mind that these are items that sell for at least double their original price on eBay later. The ceramic luminaries also sell out quickly, so if you see one you want, buy it now or you'll have buyers regret or pay big bucks on eBay. I bought the Christmas House Luminary also in this shipment, stay tuned for a review. 

Ok, on to the candle reviews. Leaves is one of my top favorites and I stock up in the fall every year. Note that fall candles arrive around August and around Halloween they put them on sale for 50% off. They will not be restocked so be sure to stock up during this time. My husband also favors this one, it's the perfect fall scent. It smells like a red apple pie baking in the oven. It has the perfect mix of apple with just the right amount of spice. Awesome! Highly recommend you snag this beauty if you haven't already.

Orange Chocolate Truffle is new and since I buy at least one Terry's Chocolate Oranges during the holiday season I just had to try this candle. It has a medium throw with the delightful smell of milk chocolate with a hint of orange. If you haven't tried this chocolate you must and I also recommend the matching candle. I recommend smacking the chocolate orange on the countertop to break it into slices, place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate prior to eating. It tastes better refrigerated! It can be found at World Market, Amazon and sometimes Target & Walmart. The candle is a little slow to pool, so be sure you have a couple hours to burn it before lighting it. I found my new Christmas Luminary House helped it pool quicker.

Evergreen is a fancier version of Fresh Balsam. If you love the smell of a Christmas tree, this one is a must. I stock up on this one every year, it is fabulous and Hubby is a fan also. Fresh Balsam is more of a fresh, clean scent since it has eucalyptus. It will instantly get rid of any cooking smells or any other scent that is bothering you. Fresh Balsam is another one I stock up on and enjoy year round. Nothing better than burning this candle on a stinky, rainy, humid and hot summer day! Both have a strong throw and quickly create a calming and fresh scent.

Holiday oh Holiday how I love you! This candle wasn't available last year while it's normally available year after year. It is the only cinnamon candle I love. They offer several different cinnamon candles but this one is far superior to the rest. This one instantly takes me back to the 70's and smells just like a candle my Mum would burn during Christmas time. While other candles have a plain cinnamon scent, this one is the fancy version with a more complex combination. The addition of cardamom, nutmeg, and clove make it the perfect holiday candle. I'll be stocking up on this one in case they don't offer it next year. 

Winter is a candle my Hubby snags for his office. If this one goes missing I know where to find it! I have to keep several of these on hand to keep up with demand. It's also a lovely scent to enjoy year round. This one is hard to describe, you just have to give it a sniff yourself. It's a complex combination of spices, perfume and fir needles. It's what I consider a fancy mix, it smells pricey. It also has a strong throw.

Twisted Peppermint is another fan favorite that I also love and stock up on to enjoy year round. It's another fresh clean scent that cleans the air and gets rid of unfavorable scents in your home. It's not a plain peppermint scent, it's another complex combination with a strong throw. The mix of peppermint with sweet vanilla, just a hint of balsam and an ever so slight hint of musk is fabulous. I'm not normally a fan of musk, but they have combined it perfectly with the other scents to make a lovely candle. They also offer this in their body care line. The matching shower gel has a cooling, fresh and clean scent. I'm not a fan of the ingredients in their shower gel, not very healthy, but it sure does smell wonderful.

Spiced Gingerbread Swirl is a new scent added to their line this year. This one has a light throw, I liked previous creations with gingerbread more. I think they made it less of a bakery scent since they also offer this in their body care line and that may be a bit of a strange scent to wear. They are also offering Spiced Gingerbread and Gingerbread & Caramel candles this year. I'm going to try to find them in stores and give them a sniff to see which one has the strongest gingerbread scent since that's what I prefer. I think it was Spiced Gingerbread that I liked previously, perhaps I'll exchange for that one. It's described as vanilla icing, cinnamon sugar, and fresh ground nutmeg.

What are your must-buy scents for winter and which ones do you stock up on to enjoy year round? I purchase 90% of my candles from August until January from their fall and winter collections. They are my favorite scents since I'm not really into florals or fruity scents that they offer in the spring and summer. The only ones I purchase during that time are the baked goods scents and their London candle aka Lemon & Tea. What season is your favorite at Bath & Body Works?

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