As I write this it’s only the end of August, but already the entire winter line (four collections, 33 scents and 34 candles) is out in test stores. Unbelievable. Back to the present, though, this is Bath & Body Works’ Autumn Day, and this 1.3 oz candle retails for $4.50.
So what can I say about this candle… it’s not bad, I’ll give it that. It’s just not a scent that connects with me, and the packaging just adds to my confusion. It’s my least favorite of the three fall scents I’ve picked up so far.
Let’s talk about the name that they gave this candle for a moment. Autumn Day – shouldn’t that mean clear blue sky, crisp cold air, and crunchy leaves? It seems that the folks at B&BW went in the total opposite direction with the packaging. It comes in a thick glass jar with a reflective chrome cap, embossed with the Bath & Body Works name. The label shows a young child running through leaves, with a tree to the left and the sun in the back. Fine, no problem. Where I get confused is the wax. It’s a bright green color, which looks like it would fit in with the cocktails collection they had earlier this year. The label reads, AUTUMN DAY / BATH & BODY WORKS / SCENTED CANDLE / CHANDELLE PARFUMEE. For some unknown reason they’ve decided to make the text so ridiculously small that I had to literally hold it up to my face and shine a light to read it. The wax turns deep green when lit, and does not discolor between burns.
Before I relay to you what the Bath & Body Works website says about this fragrance, I just need to say that I’m 99.9% sure the description has changed since it originally went up. The first time I read it it said this had notes of fig, and acorn, and whatever else, but now it reads:
Inspired by the fresh air and brilliant colors of a stroll through a secluded wood in autumn, with notes of oak, citrus and golden amber.
The scent is really nothing special, mediocre-pleasant at best. Fresh air? No. Brilliant colors? No. Oak, citrus, and golden amber? Maybe, but what does that have to do with fall? I got a very woodsy note from this, which is nice until you realize you don’t really want your room to smell of a forest (at least I don’t). It almost has a certain fruitiness that I can’t get past, and the entire thing leaves me feeling dazed and frustrated. The throw is excellent, though, which seems to be a trend for the scents I dislike.
The burn was excellent, no complains at all. The wick held on nicely, and I was just really pleased with the performance.
I think this scent might work better as part of a summer collection, and I’m glad I didn’t get a larger size of it. Not a repurchase.
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