For Spring 2019 Bath and Body Works released a bunch of new candles. The candles are broadly divided into a foody, sweet, gourmand part with some other staple scents added and the more transitional, almost summer part.
The best selling or rather so far most popular candles are Banana Bundt Cake and Key Lime Pie.
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This is a very sweet meringue pie scent. I get the fluffy meringue, which has a lot of sweet vanilla added. There’s the coveted pie crust note here as well but on the light side. The lime is nice and juicy, not too candy-like. Then there’s the tequila note that I find very sharp. It does go well with the lime but it’s a bit too strong for my taste. Keep in mind I’m not a fan of booze notes though.
Angel food cake is not a thing in Europe and honestly, I’ve never even heard of it until this Spring 2019 season when both BBW and Goose Creek Candles came out with this scent.
It smells like white cake, sweet vanilla and a bit of an odd cherry undertone. Apart from the cherry, it’s a pretty basic vanilla cake scent. I can’t tell you if it’s authentic or not. The cake is a lighter version than I’m used to from BBW cake notes.
Burning Banana Bundt Cake I get a candy-ish banana that is very strong but the candy-like artificial sweetness bothers me in this mixture. Its base is a standard but light vanilla cake. The banana definitely dominates here though. There is supposed to be a nut note but I can’t smell it.
Hot Fudge Sundae smells like a hot fudge syrup that you buy at the store. There is a vanilla note here as well. Not really an ice-cream that I was expecting but pretty much just like a vanilla icing fragrance.
I dislike chocolate notes from BBW so this is not for me. It’s a classic BBW chocolate, very sweet but sort of watery chocolate. If you’ve enjoyed other chocolate scents from them though I’m sure you’ll like this.
This would also be a lovely layering fragrance, especially with some good coffee or basic cake or cookie candles.
This is a cult favorite fragrance that is finally out in a regular collection. It’s a lovely scent. I do understand that it is unique but still has the mass appeal that usually makes a best seller.
It smells like a mix of sugared rose petals with a vanilla cupcake and has a hint of strawberry that gives the overall fragrance a freshness.
Pineapple Crumb Cake smells like juicy pineapple with a lot of brown sugar and a pie crust note. I wouldn’t call it a cake fragrance, it’s more of a pineapple pie scent to me.
The notes in this are mostly caramel and I do get a light coffee note with maybe a bit of cream added. I do like this even though I’m not normally a fan of BBW coffee notes. This is just light enough that it works for me.
This is just a pomelo and sea salt mixture. I normally like pomelo and grapefruit notes but this one smells a bit off to me. I’d definitely need to layer this with either a beach wood fragrance or maybe even a sage and citrus candle to really get the “coastal morning” fragrance I expected.
This is an expected cotton scent with an apple blossom fabric softener overlay. I like candles like this, I burn them as a day candle and they are extremely guest friendly.
This is an apple blossom note with a body lotion vibe to it.
Smells like white summer floral and sandalwood mix. The sandalwood is light enough and the floral is a mix of tiare and plumeria.
Burning Sea salt and Sandalwood it mixes very well with Sun washed petals. Alone, it’s a bit meh. I get a generic, white musk spa fragrance. But when you mix the two, the effect is very clean, relaxing but complex at the same time.
Another “spa” type of scent. It has a tea note that I enjoyed. The sage bit is vague. I can smell that something is added to the tea but honestly it just smells like a herbal tea to me. But it also has a strong bergamot note that I find takes the fragrance into a cologne territory. I’d much prefer it without the bergamot and with a lemon note instead but it is what it is.
ThePerfect Spring again has the apple blossom note but this one is paired with a vague green grass note and some white musk. The musk sort of gives it a body lotion feeling but I’d say it would work as a relaxing, spa candle.