Angel and I have been hunting for the perfect scented candles this year. We visit stores, find their candle selection and go through item by item, sniffing and recoiling from each one. We’ve found a few winners as far as scent goes, but price tends to hurt on the good ones. $20 plus? For a single candle? But we like candles! We want ALL THE CANDLES!
I have a personal favorite from Yankee that is a Spring exclusive. It smells just as good in the Fall but it doesn’t set that cozy, snows-about-to-come mood. That’s ok, but there are so many fall candles out there we have to be able to find something worth having, right?
Well, we’re persistent, and we’ve found it. Last year’s favorite for me was Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath and Body Works. I used it all up and loved it. But I really didn’t want to spring for it again, and I certainly wouldn’t be toting home a variety of scents at their prices.
While out killing time, Angel and I came across the candles we’ve been looking for. At Walmart of all places. Wal. Mart.
They are packaged almost identically to Bath and Body Works and, ta da, seem to be manufactured by the same company (Premiere Candle Corp., see down at the bottom, the ‘our customers’ heading? Yeah, they don’t specify which candles, but I’m suspicious!). They are branded 719 Walnut Avenue. Apparently a Walmart store brand.
We picked up three scents that night to try out. The prices ranged from $4 to $4.93. Not quite breaking the bank there. A reasonable price for a simple treat.
The scents we chose were Pumpkin Waffles (reminded me of Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin) , Campfire Treat and Autumn Walk. They were each the only one of their kind on the shelf. At home that night I lit up Campfire Treat for the first time. It took a little bit to get going, but once it did it filled the room nicely with a sweet marshmallowy scent. I thought the kids would enjoy that one. The burn was nice and even all the way across, just like the BBW 3-wickers.
The next afternoon I burned that one along with my favorite so far- Pumpkin Waffles. It smells like pumpkin bread and maple syrup. Within five minutes my living room was filled with its delicious aroma. The burn on this one is much faster than Campfire Treat and the two together were just perfect. I loved it so much I went back out and bought a back up so that I can burn this baby with reckless abandon. I also grabbed a Spice Market scent. It reminded me of apple pie. I have yet to burn test that one or Autumn Walk (another note on Autumn Walk: mine, as shown, had no picture label, though they’re supposed to, but I liked the scent so much I ignored that).
I was also tempted by their McIntosh Apples scent and their Pumpkin Spice Latte scent. I passed on the apples simply because I anticipate that one will be around a little longer than the fall scents, and the PSL scent because I’m not a huge fan of the drink, I’ve only tasted it once and it resulted in a, ‘Where do I spit this?’ reaction. I was curious about how much coffee scent would come across in it, though. I don’t visit Walmart too often, so if I cave it’ll end up being a special trip. Maybe by then the Holiday scents will be out. I’m already looking forward to them!
These get a definite 5/5 rating from me. They have a great, reasonable price point, they are decently packaged and their performance is incredible. I’d love to see more variety. Hopefully they’ll satisfy my senses as Barnes and Noble Café has the Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cupcakes back in their cases. Those are so YUMMY!
And before you find yourself certain they don’t exist in your store: check the air-freshener area. That’s where they were in our local stores. Nowhere near the candle aisles!