1st US Bath and Body Works Candle Haul

These are the 3-Wick Candles (forgot to take a group pic, whoops) that I purchased in my 1st US Bath & Body Works Online Order (dis)!

Normally, 3-Wick Candles retail for $24.50 each (around KD8) but they were reduced to $12.50 each (around KD4) during one of the promos.

Not quite sure what’s going on with all the different cardboard packaging, but I don’t really care. As long these suckas reached me intact (unlike our local Bath & Body Works *ahem*), I’m gucci.

Even cooler and unlike the 3-Wick Candles in Kuwait, these babies actually had the fragrance notes listed on the bottom of each Candle!

In the interest of full disclosure, the 3-Wick Candles seriously bumped up my Aramex shipping charges, but whatevs, I earns mah monies so I can does withs it what I wants and I wants Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles from the newest Holiday Collection shipped from the United States of America, straight to my doorstep.

Lastly, most of these were new-new so don’t expect to see them in Kuwait anytime soon. They’ll probably be available for purchase in Kuwait towards the end of 2020 (being passed off as “new”). So, once the Holiday 2020 Collection drops in the States, only then will the Holiday 2019 Collection be available for purchase in Kuwait.

Now, on to the pretty!

One of the Holiday 2019 Collections was called Land of Sweets (so cute!) and had a correlating theme (yummy scents, sweet names, cute packaging, etc…).

Crushed Candy Cane (Elf Village) – skipped ‘cuz seemed similar to Twisted Peppermint
Blueberry Sugar (Land of Sweets) – skipped after the Blueberry Sugar fiasco earlier (here)
Sugared Snickerdoodle (Santa’s Workshop) – skipped ‘cuz the scent didn’t interest me
Cherry Cheesecake (New York) – skipped ‘cuz bad reviews even though I was dying to try it
Café Au Lait (Paris) – Must-have!
Tea & Biscuits (London) – Must-have!
Hot Cocoa & Cream (Ski Lodge) – Must-have!

From the Land of Sweets Collection, I picked up just the three cuties shown. I’ve actually purchased and repurchased Paris (here and here) and London (here and here) and even Hot Cocoa & Cream (here and here). I like what I like, ok?

Aside from the yummy scents, I adored the “destination packaging” on these Land of Sweets Candles (which was similar to the Going Places Candles I’d hauled earlier)!

I get such a kick out of seeing all the little famous landmarks and just find the entire thing so cute!

To top it all off (literally, heehee) there was a pretty big fuss made over the snowy lids (as shown).

Apparently, some of the 3-wick Candles in the Land of Sweets Collection came with regular white lids while others came with these scalloped snowy lids.

Personally, I don’t see what the fuss was all about (they ‘aint that cute), but I’m glad I at least got the one (fomo).

For the record, I didn’t choose. They just came with the lids that they came with, aight?

Café Au Lait (Paris)

This is what Christmas smells like: Rich Roasted Coffee, Sugared Brioche, Vanilla Crème with Essential Oils

Christmas morning just doesn’t start without this sweet & creamy brew. Candle comes topped with a decorative lid.

I could tell straight away that this was not the same Paris Café that I had grown to love (here and here).

I could smell the previous ones a mile away (1.6km), to the extent that I actually had to isolate them from the rest of my 3-Wick Candles. That was unnecessary with this version.

The scent was identical, yes, but also, slightly milder. To be fair, it was still a pretty strong coffee scent, but in comparison to the previous versions, which were straight up beast-mode, this version was less potent. I can already tell it’s gonna’ have a weak throw.

I’m glad I picked up Café Au Lait (Paris) though, because I like the limited edition packaging and I love the gorgeous coffee scent!

Tea & Biscuits (London)

This is what Christmas smells like: Iced Lemon, Sugar Crystals, Buttery Shortbread with Essential Oils

Sweet. Bright. Basically the best Christmas tea party ever. Candle comes topped with a decorative lid.

Now this baby smelled nothing like the London Tea & Lemon (here and here).

Sure, they were both named London and had the correlating packaging (well known landmarks in the UK), but that one was Tea & Lemon whereas this one was Tea & Biscuits (note the difference in fragrance notes). It felt oddly familiar to me and I couldn’t quite place it at first…

London Tea & Biscuits smelled like Lovely Lemon Meringue from a few years back (haulage here) or even Lemon Meringue Cheer a few years before then (haulage here). I mean, it wasn’t quite as mouthwateringly delicious, but it was close enough.

Unfortunately, the throw was pitiful! No matter where I burned this baby, the scent was very faint. Shame, because the sweet, musky, powdery, lemon candy scent really was great!

To be fair, most of the reviews were complaints about the weak throw on Tea & Biscuits and Cherry Cheesecake (which is why I decided to skip that one), but I figured this baby was worth the gamble. As it turns out, even when I burned this thing in a small bathroom, with the door tightly shut, for hours and hours, I still got nothing!

I wish I didn’t have to lift it up to my nose, to be able to smell the thing, but I’m glad I picked up Tea & Biscuits (London) regardless, because at least I got to experience the delightful albeit extremely weak lemon candy scent and in the adorable limited edition packaging too! Otherwise, I would’ve kept wondering if I’d missed out and if the reviews were all wrong. This way, I know for sure.

It’s definitely not worth the money lol

Hot Cocoa & Cream (Ski Lodge)

This is what Christmas smells like: Decadent Milk Chocolate, Fresh Steamed Milk, Mini Marshmallows with Essential Oils

Indulge in your favorite cold weather treat with this oh-so chocolatey candle! Topped with a decorative lid.

Even though I’d just purchased one recently (here and before that here), I couldn’t resist getting yet another Hot Cocoa & Cream!

I haven’t gotten around to burning this one just yet, because I still haven’t burned through the previous version (which I’m rationing… because of the insanely cute packaging). On cold throw, they both smell the identical! They both literally smell like a steaming mug of hot cocoa! Here’s hoping this one outperforms the other one though lol

I’m glad I picked up Hot Cocoa & Cream, because I love the scent on this baby and I’m glad I managed to snag it in the very cute limited edition holiday packaging! As a bonus, Hot Cocoa & Cream came with the highly coveted drippy-snowy lid!

Chocolate Lava Cake

This is what Christmas smells like: Scrumptious Chocolate Cake, Gooey Cocoa Center, Powdered Sugar Dusting with Essential Oils

This rich, chocolatey candle makes your home the ultimate holiday sweet spot. Topped with a decorative lid.

Peppermint Marshmallow (green wax) – skipped ‘cuz similar to Twisted Peppermint
Cinnamon Caramel Swirl (yellow wax) – skipped ‘cuz sounded too sugary sweet
Pink Fair Gumdrop (pink wax) – skipped ‘cuz sounded too sugary sweet
Merry Cookie (beige wax) – skipped ‘cuz sounded basic
Chocolate Lava Cake (violet wax) – Must-have!

From a different Holiday Collection (they come out with a million different collection each season, like I said), I picked up Chocolate Lava Cake. All of the 3-Wick Candles in this particular collection had confetti depicted on the face of the packaging, as you can see and absolutely beautiful lids!

If anything, these Gingerbread House inspired lids were the ones worth coveting, as opposed to the goofy-looking drippy-snow lids from the other collection lol I didn’t even know about the beautiful lids. All I saw was the name Chocolate Lava Cake (while I may not be a lover of chocolate, I am a lover of chocolate scents) and I was sold on this baby!

No clue why it arrived with wax shavings but whatevs. The wax itself was pure gorgeousness! Just look at that color! Just watching it pool in the jar made my heart so happy! I mean, clearly… issues lol, but also, it’s really, really that pretty (to me)!

Even the exploding confetti on the front (kinda’ looks like pills/drugs to me but whatever) looked all sparkly and pretty! I kinda’ wish the confetti/drugs went all the way around the jar though, as opposed to just the front, but we coo’. Also, the lid was absolutely beautiful! Heck, the entire thing just looked stunning (to me)! The only thing ruining it, was the little gold ribbon with a depiction of the name on the front lol

I remembered to include a shot of the fragrance notes on the bottom. I’ve commented about this before and will continue to do so, until we get the fragrance notes listed on the bottom of the 3-Wick Candles sold in Kuwait. It might seem trivial to the average person, but when we get sold 3-Wick Candles that are 12 months old and they happen to go out of stock on the local website, hunting down the fragrance notes online can be a bit challenging.

Anywho, as the name denotes, Chocolate Lava Cake smelled like a delicious chocolatey treat! It smelled like brownies baking in the oven! Unlike Hot Cocoa & Cream which smelled like milk mixed with chocolate syrup, Chocolate Lava Cake smelled distinctly of dark chocolate (whoa semantic satiation lol).

It had a pretty decent throw as well! Once it really got going, it created a nice little scent bubble in my bedroom!

Obviously, I’m happy I managed to snag Chocolate Lava Cake because it looked aesthetically appealing to me and it smelled delicious! In fact, it’s been performing so well, that I’m actually flirting with the idea of getting a back-up!

Spiced Apple Toddy

This is what Christmas smells like: Warm Apple Brandy, Spiced Plum, Tart Cranberry, Cinnamon Stick with Essential Oils

You’ll want to savor this warm, nightcap-inspired fragrance all season long. Candle comes topped with a decorative lid.

Also from yet another Holiday Collection (told you, they release a million) I snagged Spiced Apple Toddy. The collection was called All That Glitters and as the name denotes, had sparkly and festive graphics, but seriously ugly lids (sorrynotsorry).

Inspired by the success of Cider Lane (haulage here), I couldn’t decide between Spiced Apple Toddy and Apple Cardamom Crisp… so I bought both. The fragrance notes on both sounded so good!

Frankly, I didn’t care much about the packaging. I just wanted this baby for the scent (based on the name and intriguing fragrance notes). However, once it arrived, hideous lid aside, I was pleasantly surprised by how sleek it looked! Despite my aversion to all things gold, I thought Spiced Apple Toddy looked lovely, particularly while lit! Heck, it even burned clean!

I burned this baby in the kitchen as soon as it got here, but unfortunately, the scent just wasn’t my cup of tea (heehee). It was basically a ton of overpowering cinnamon with a side of apple, topped off with a strong woodsy note. I’m not sure if it was the cranberry or plum (I’m leaning towards cranberry), but something didn’t quite smell right, to me. In fact, it actually gave me a headache!

I liked the apple note in this thing and heck even the cinnamon, but the accompanying almost woodsy note, was a bit… jarring. It kinda’ reminded me of Frosted Cranberry (haulage here) in the sense that they both shared that same note that I found unpleasant and headache-y. I wanna’ say that would be the balsam, but it’s not listed anywhere in the notes so… I dunno’.

Now that I think about it, that unpleasant note could also be found in Autumn (haulage here). Like I said earlier, the apple and cinnamon were nice, if a bit too “spicy”. It was only that irritating woodsy note (balsam?) that I found so jarring and slightly headache-y. I just don’t do balsam. As such, I could only burn Spiced Apple Toddy in short intervals, otherwise it got to be too headache-y.

Anyhow, the throw was surprisingly good on this thing! Once it got going, it filled up the entire kitchen! It wasn’t a particularly strong scent, as much as it just had a really good throw! I couldn’t handle it at full strength, but after I’d blown out the candle and re-entered the room (after some time), the irritating note would be completely gone, leaving behind only the spicy apple scent!

Unlike our local Bath & Body Works stores in Kuwait, they actually accept returns and exchanges in the US. They even include the paperwork with your order. However, seeing as how it it would cost an arm and a leg to ship anything (gory details here), returns/exchanges are not an option for me.

Honestly, Spiced Apple Toddy really does look lovely, particularly while lit, and it burns clean, and has a pretty good throw and performs great all around! It’s just that one jarring note, that’s ruining the whole thing for me.

Out of all the candles in this post, Spiced Apple Toddy is the only one I regret purchasing.

Apple Cardamom Crisp

Red Apple, Spicy Cardamom, Sugared Clove Buds, Graham Cracker Crumble with Essential Oils

This sweet & spicy treat’s a must for every fall gathering. Candle comes with a cute “grateful” message & decorative lid.

Winter – skip
Ice Cranapple – skip.
Black Cherry Merlot – Never!
Mahogany Teakwood – skipped ‘cuz already owned.
Marshmallow Fireside – skipped ‘cuz already owned.
White Eucalyptus & Sage – skipped ‘cuz sage, eww.
Apple Cardamom Crisp – Must-have!

This was from yet another Holiday Collection (Where we at so far? x4 different Holiday Collections, not including the Holiday Traditions Collection and not including the ones I didn’t purchase anything from lol)

Anyways, the ones in this particular collection each had their own… not quite holiday-esque packaging (denim packaging doesn’t exactly scream Christmas to me), with a different message on the front (Grateful), but they all shared the same black lid.

Again, I couldn’t care less about the packaging. I only wanted this baby because of the scent. I mean, apples and cardamom and graham crackers? How yummy did this thing sound?

Although I said I didn’t care about the packaging, not gonna’ lie, once it arrived I was a bit taken aback. Aside from the message that read “Grateful” (kumbaya yadda yadda) and the really cool black lid, this thing looked… boring. If not for the foiled holly (which I mistook for a butterfly, at first), there was nothing to denote that this thing was part of a Holiday Collection.

That said, my main concern was the scent. Apple Cardamom Crisp pretty much smelled like Cider Lane (haulage here) mixed with cardamom and that’s exactly what I was hoping for! I simply love the cardamom in this thing!

All together, it wasn’t a particularly sweet apple scent nor sweet bakery scent. If anything it smelled more savory… kinda’ like oatmeal. Personally, I thought it was unique and I quite liked it!

Sadly, the throw was sorely lacking and this burned all weird (problematic wick and a good chunk of wax refused to melt in one corner and basically it was an all around mess lol), but it’s fine because none of the 3-Wick Candles in this haul was as bad as Tea & Biscuits (non-existent throw).

Apple Cardamom Crisp had a lot of negative reviews, but I’m glad I trusted my gut and went for it anyway! While it didn’t necessarily look pretty and it definitely didn’t burn clean, it did smell quite unique and dare I say comforting! Mi gusta!

Black Currant Vanilla

Black Currant, Zested Lemon, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood with Essential Oils

Spa day? Relaxing night? Whatever the occasion, this soothing candle sets the mood. Topped with a decorative lid.

Wow! Wow! WOW!

I picked this up on a whim, but man oh man, was I pleasantly surprised!

The packaging was plain and simple. I mean, I liked the purple and thought it represented black currant perfectly, but it wasn’t anything mind-blowing. The lid was whatever. The wax was pretty meh too. The description and fragrance notes didn’t give much away (it could’ve gone either way). Heck, even the cold throw on this thing was kinda’ stinky (which is why I burned it last, bracing myself for the stench).

However, once I lit this baby, the scent was… sublime! Black Currant Vanilla was an intoxicating, sweet, powdery, musky, black currant scent! In fact, it kinda’ reminded me of Dark Kiss (haulage here) in the sense that they were both exotic fruity scents from the same scent family, except Black Currant Vanilla was less sweet and fruity and more complex! I couldn’t really pinpoint the lemon or vanilla or sandalwood so maybe they were all really well-blended, I suppose.

I’m not quite sure where they got “spa day” or “relaxing night”, because this was a scent that you light when you’re trying to make babies. Just sayin’.

Best of all, the scent and throw was beast-mode!!!! Within 5 minutes of lighting this baby, the entire place smelled heavenly! Even after blowing it out, the scent still lingered behind… forever (ok, fine, maybe just longer than expected)!

Sadly, I think Black Currant Vanilla is one of those scents that they only bring out during specific times (either semi-annual sales or holidays) because it’s no longer available for purchase up on the website. I only know this because I wanted to repurchase it. Oh, well!

Next time I spot this baby, I’m definitely grabbing several! Out of all the 3-Wick Candles in this post, Black Currant Vanilla is my favorite! Such a good purchase!

Into The Night

Sugared Raspberry, Velvet Rose Petals, Shimmering Amber, Creamy Musk with Essential Oils

Timeless. Feminine. Alluring. It’s the essence of a sparkling night out in a candle you’ll love to light any time. Topped with a decorative lid.

Into The Night was the new collection released in 2019. Don’t quote me on this, but I think it’s meant to replace In The Stars, which was released in 2018.

Into The Night was released in almost every form, and then some. Rather than go crazy and buy everything, only to find out I didn’t actually like the scent (the reviews were effectively useless and kept comparing the scent to “perfume”, which wasn’t much to go on), I figured I’d get a travel size Shower Gel (haulage here) and a 3-Wick Candle… for now.

Honestly, the packaging strongly appealed to me! Despite my aversion to gold, I actually like hints of gold, particularly when coupled with black! Also, every item in the collection looked so festive and sparkly and above all, fun!

As you can see, the 3-Wick Candle was no exception! Scent aside, I was ready to spring for this baby, purely for the packaging alone! I mean, how cool does that black jar look? I love that the lid was black too!

As for the scent, honestly, at first, I thought they’d just repackaged Dark Kiss (haulage here). While burning it, I noticed the not-so-subtle differences. Basically, it’s like they took the mouthwatering fruitiness out of Dark Kiss and left behind the intoxicatingly sexy musk (or what the reviewers refer to as “perfume”).

It had a pretty decent throw and the scent lingered behind for a little bit, even after I’d already blown it out. It wasn’t beast-mode, but it certainly wasn’t mediocre either. It was just… good.

Personally, I looove this! Into The Night smells and looks ah-mah-zing! I can’t wait to snatch it up in each and every single form (well, not the Body Cream because those expire pretty quick, but every other form)!

I could’ve waited for Into The Night to reach Kuwait in March or April 2020, which I’m sure it will… but I didn’t feel like waiting lol Once again, it was worth the gamble! If you’re interested, expect Into The Night to hit local stores in about 2-3 months.

Trust me, you definitely wanna’ give this beauty a sniff!

2 thoughts on “1st US Bath and Body Works Candle Haul

  1. OMG Yes! haha smellevision would be perfect! Actually, that’s exactly what I wish for every time I find a really really good candle or perfume and want everyone to see how awesome it smells for themselves. Also, thank you for the sweet comment ♥

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