Candle Review: LAVENDER VANILLA by BATH & BODY WORKS

     We all know Bath & Body Works has a ton of seasonal collections – Italian, summer, lakeside, fall, Christmas, etc. But in this ever-changing tornado of scents, there’s the solid rocks you can anchor yourself to – scents that you can count on to always be on the shelves. Lavender Vanilla is one of those.

Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla

Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla

     I was in the market for a few more mini candles in July, so I took advantage of their 3-for-10 deal and got Watermelon Lemonade, Frosted Cupcake, and Lavender Vanilla. I’ve listened to YouTube’s LittleBalladeer rave about this candle, so I figured I’d give it a try. Besides, it looked innocent enough. But it’s not so, people! This problemsome rascal punches a nasty little punch.

     The packaging for Lavender Vanilla is the standard White Barn thick glass jar with a dull gold lid. This candle’s label had me confused – is this a Christmas scent? No? Then why it so darn Christmas-y?! It features what appears to be lavender branches covered in snow, although what that has to do with the scent I do not know. It reads, WHITE BARN / LAVENDER VANILLA / LAVANDE VANILLE / SCENTED CANDLE / CHANDELLE PARFUMEE. The wax of this one is a plain white color, which turns into a weird yellow when lit. Since it is a smooth wax, there was quite a bit of residue left on the glass between burns, and I was completely surprised that the wax became discolored after burning in what is a very unlike B&BW fashion.

     The B&BW website description reads:

An unforgettable fragrance! You’ll love this blend of timeless lavender and creamy vanilla, with touches of cedarwood, delicate jasmine and citrus.

     What citrus? What cedarwood? Are you sure you didn’t mean OVERPOWERING VANILLA? I totally understand how this candle became a regular – mass appeal! On cold sniff it was fifty percent a vanilla that begs to be sweeter, and fifty percent laundry detergent. On burn, the vanilla strangles out the traces of dry lavender and then forces itself upon you. I could totally see this candle in a sort of relaxing spa-like collection, but I just don’t think it deserves its place on the shelves every day of the year. Even though the candle is tiny, the throw was incredible – if only it was a scent I actually wanted to smell!

     The burn started out innocently enough with a strong flame for about an hour. But then it was as if the dud fairy came for a visit – tunneling, discolored wax, tiny flames, and multiple burn outs – brutal! I would return it, but at the moment the only in-stock collection is the remainders of Lakeside, and we all know I don’t need another Boathouse Row. All in all, Lavender Vanilla is definitely not a repurchase for me.

If you’ve got this candle, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it!

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4 responses to “Candle Review: LAVENDER VANILLA by BATH & BODY WORKS

  1. Oh I love this candle. Well, let me clarify. I love the aromatherapy version of this candle not the White Barn version. The WB version burnt way too quickly and the scent was a little off. In the 3 wick version, the throw was not nearly as great as it was when it was part of the BBW aromatherapy line.
    Have a great day Gil!

    • Sunnee,

      Totally agree, there’s just something not right about this one. I haven’t tried any of their aromatherapy line – saving it for when school starts up again, cause heaven knows I’ll need to relax πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your comment!

  2. I have the White Barn version – haven’t burned it yet. Cold sniff gives me just hints of lavender. I agree that the vanilla seems to be in the forefront. I’m not in a hurry to burn this one!

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