The award for Worst Home Fragrance Blogger goes to… me!
It’s been nearly two months since my last candle review, and even more than that since I reviewed my last Wallflower – I’m so ashamed.
Here’s my excuse: I haven’t been using much! Remember my 3-wick London Calling candle? The one I loved? Yeah, it turns out my family doesn’t love it as much. It gave my mom and brother headaches, and my dad swore he’d rid the house of all candles if I continued burning it (uh oh!). So I felt stuck; I wanted to finish it, or at least use it to a level I don’t hate myself for throwing it out, and that took time (3-wicks have notoriously long burn times, plus I had to sneak burning this.. shh!). Finally, it was over – just a quarter of the wax left, and I felt comfortable with that. So now I had an excuse to break out the oil!
I picked this up in December’s semi-annual sale, partly because it was super cheap, and partly because I was looking for alternatives to candles. The selection was, and remains, rather small, but they’re very reasonably priced, and that’s important in home fragrance options.
This is Bath & Body Works’ 9.7 mL home fragrance oil in Peach Bellini, which retails for $5.00 ($2.50 during SAS).
Before I get to describing the product, let me tell you what I was warming it in. Fragrance oils have several methods of distribution, including potpourri, leaving drops on fabrics, and reeds. My preferred method is a tea light-powered oil warmer I had sitting around – where did it even come from? At any point, Bath & Body Works sells their warmers for as little as $9.50, so if you want to try it out you definitely won’t be breaking the bank.
Peach Bellini comes in a small clear glass bottle with a white plastic cap. The plain peach-coloured label displays information about the product, as well as the name and instructions. The cap is child proof, which can sometimes make it Gil-proof – I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.
The Bath & Body Works website description for Peach Bellini reads:
A classic Italian cocktail with a twist mixes bubbly white peach, tart blackcurrant, jasmine and a splash of juicy orange. Bottoms up!
Back in the store, I had the vague idea that Bellini is a type of pastry, and peach pastry sounded good to me. Only later did I discover Bellini is “a mixture of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée or nectar, originating in Venice, Italy” (Wikipedia). Okay, peach flavoured alcohol? Forget the pastry, count me in! In the bottle the scent reads juicy, overripe peach. In the warmer, it gets a cooked peach scent, perhaps courtesy of the tea light baking it from below. All in all, a plain, unimaginative scent that works well for many occasions, but nothing to write home about. A summertime scent by all means, with the ability to make you strongly crave fruit.
Let’s talk about performance, because that’s what it seems to come down to with home fragrances. I poured well over the 20 drops max advised by B&BW, and got a strong scent throw after only about 10 minutes. The lightly scented tea light did its job, and steam was soon rising from the mouth of the warmer (see my impressive GIF below). The rising steam ended after about half an hour, but the scent continued to disperse (if far less strongly). I kept it lit for a total of 2 hours, in which is performed well, and I have no complaints.
Ever tried Bath & Body Works’ home fragrance oils?
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