After Christmas I like to hit up sales to get myself a few of the things I saw while shopping for others. My biggest splurge this year was candles. Lots and lots of candles.
At Kohl’s the Sonoma Life + Style line was on sale. The digital price signage did not reflect this, but I decided to carry a few across the store to the scanner and try my luck. Surprise, surprise (or not really) they were indeed on sale, and the price varied by scent and size (some of the 4.8 oz sizes were $3.48, some were $3.99, some 14oz sizes were $7.99, some $9.99). Since I also had a $10 off of $30 (right there, they’ll scan it off of your phone) coupon I decided to load up and give them a try.
Which candles I bought in which sizes kind of decided itself. Vanilla Cupcake, for example, was only available in a 2-wick 14 oz candle while Falling Snow was $7.99 for a 14oz three wick candle. The 4.8oz version was $3.49 and since I wanted to buy at least one scent in both sizes that was an easy pick.
Frosted herbs and brisk fir needles dazzle with icy peppermint while sweet vanilla cocoa and snow-covered woods add depth and sophistication. *
Now I don’t know about all that, but I definitely smell the peppermint and vanilla. The peppermint is like those softer after dinner mint candies, very sweet. There’s another scent in there I can’t quite put my finger on (cloves?), but it has a nice unique smell to me. I don’t really review scents since it’s a personal preference matter, but for what it’s worth I like this one (obviously on cold sniff or I wouldn’t have bought it!).
The scent throw for the larger candle is about medium. Because the scent itself is kind of light and airy it can be a harder candle to measure. I could certainly smell it plainly from several feet away and others mentioned it as well. The burn was true to the cold sniff. Very important.
The 14oz 3-wick candle took about two hours to get a full wax pool on the first burn. This is a fairly average amount of time. Some candles seem to vary burn to burn which I assume can be affected by room temperature. It was pretty cold in the room I was burning these in.
The 4.8 oz candle had a light throw as I expected. It burned true to scent but did not ever create a full wax pool on its own, though it did come very close. I ended up wrapping foil around the small jar and creating a little foil tent to finish off the wax pool before extinguishing the candle.
The packaging on these is lovely, and while overall opinion of their appearance is going to come down to taste, I love that they look different than most of the candle jars I have. For reference, the top on the 14oz jar is the same size as Bath and Body Works candles. The lids are interchangeable though the Sonoma jars are made of thicker glass, are taller, have pretty, thick bottoms and angled sides, getting wider as they go up.
The larger jars are labeled as being $19.99 and the smaller jars at $9.99, however I don’t think I’ve ever seen them ring up at this price. Stack a coupon with the usual ‘sale’ (Kohl’s offers coupons regularly) and you’re sitting pretty. My entire haul came to just over $30 with my coupon.
When I burn the Vanilla Cupcake candle you can expect another review as that is a 14 oz two wick (why some are 3 and some are 2 I do not know). Spoiler alert: it smells like Vanilla SlimFast. And I like it.