This week I’m reviewing another candle by Bath & Body Works, and this time it’s the medium-size Pink Sangria. I got it back at the start of the semi-annual sale, but I held off reviewing it until now because I couldn’t make up my mind about it! Read on to find out why.
If you haven’t read my About page, I’m 16 years old – AKA, not old enough to legally know what sangria tastes like. According to Wikipedia, it’s a combination of wine, brandy, and fruit from Spain – alright then. Originally when I picked up this candle I thought it was a complete duplicate of Limoncello from their Italian collection, and then I thought it was more like their Gelato scent. On comparison, Pink Sangria is really right in the middle of the two, so I gave my nose half points for effort. It’s got the strong, sweet citrus notes from Limoncello, and the sweet berry notes from Gelato (notice how sweet is a key reoccurring adjective here).
The packaging for Pink Sangria is a thick, sturdy glass jar with a shiny, mirror-like lid. The front label of this one features a yellow flower on a pink background, with the words PINK SANGRIA / SANGRIA ROSE / BATH & BODY WORKS / SCENTED CANDLE / CHANDELLE PARFUMEE in white font. I’m not entirely sure why they chose the flower for this label, because it looks more Hawaii themed that Spanish. The wax of this one is a pale pink, which turns a translucent blood-red when lit. I was very happy that the wax didn’t become discolored or dirty between burns.
The B&BW website description reads:
A refreshing combination of zesty mandarin, raspberry and fresh blueberry, layered with the sweetness of sugar crystals.
I’ve got to say I’m impressed with the complexity of the scent, even though none of these notes have anything to do with the earlier definition. The mandarin notes (which are really more of an orange creamsicle kinda smell) are super, super potent – like, overwhelmingly strong, and the berry notes almost hide behind the citrus. Problem is, the entire thing is doused in a heavy coating of sugar. As I write this I have to put the lid on it because it’s so strong it’s giving me a headache. My mom’s also been having headaches from this, and according to the World Wide Web others are too – B&BW, are you listening? Although I like the scent, I find it too strong to burn on a daily basis, and I would absolutely recommend against burning this when you’re expecting guests – you don’t want to chase them away!
The burn of this candle, like most of my previous mediums, has been great (after an initial stage of tunneling). Super high flames, fabulous throw, deep wax pool… perfection in a jar!
If you’ve got this candle, I’m curious to know if you too think it’s too overpowering. Leave me a comment and let me know!