By now I think we’ve established I’m not all that great at following what I preach – I say I hate bakery scents, and yet here we are again. This week it’s none other than the fabulously fussy Frosted Cupcake by Bath & Body Works! This 1.3 oz candle retails for $4.50.

Bath & Body Works Frosted Cupcake

Bath & Body Works Frosted Cupcake

     You know those candles Bath & Body Works always carries, month after month, year after year? Not the returning favorites like Leaves, but rather Lavender Vanilla, and other mass appeal scents? Frosted Cupcake is one of those, and I think we can all figure out why. I was super desperate for a candle when I picked this up after my rather disappointing semi-annual sale visits, so this week I thought I’d haze it out a bit to ceremonially welcome it the Nosegasm family.

     If you don’t know by now what the White Barn candles look like, you really need to dig deeper into the archives; thick glass jars with dull gold caps – standard stuff. The label on this one shows a white bowl and a whisk doing what whisks do best – whisking away at some white frosting. It reads, WHITE BARN / FROSTED CUPCAKE / PETIT GATEAU GLACE / SCENTED CANDLE / CHANDELLE PARFUMEE. The wax of this candle is a light beige color, which turns into a light yellow when lit. It becomes discolored after it re-hardens, into a weird shade of yellow.

     In my humble opinion, the name should really be changed from Frosted Cupcake to vanilla icing, because that’s all I get out of this bad boy. It it definitely not a traditional bakery scent in that I don’t get a sort of heavy baked-goods vibe from it, and instead I get an almost fresh vanilla with some lemon zest. The throw was weak at best.

     You know, I really can’t figure out why I keep buying these mini candles when I know for a fact their burns are going to be awful. This one did not break the chain, adding another near-dud to my collection. You know the drill; tiny flames, stubby wicks, tunneling, burn outs – the whole deal. I think I might return this one because I haven’t burned it very far – how could I when the performance is so bad? Then again, I’m on a wax-ban – does exchanging count? 😉

Have you had a sniff at Frosted Cupcake? Do you think it deserves its place in the ‘classics’?

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3 responses to “Candle Review: FROSTED CUPCAKE by BATH & BODY WORKS

  1. I was very disappointed with the scent throw of Frosted Cupcake (White Barn). It held such promise in the jar! It definitely won’t be a rebuy for me.
    No, exchanging doesn’t break a wax ban. Then again, I can find all sorts of reasons why purchases don’t break wax bans either, so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me. 😉

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