Best BBW Thanksgiving scented candles

Bath and Body Works release a Thanksgiving holiday-themed collection every year. There are years where they distribute Thanksgiving-themed candles over a couple of different Fall collections but I’ve pulled together the fragrances I felt will be out in 2019 as well.

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8 Best BBW Thanksgiving scented candles

  1. Bath and Body Works Feast
  2. Bath and Body Works Cheers
  3. Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather
  4. Bath and Body Works Celebrate
  5. Bath and Body Works Welcome
  6. Bath and Body Works Peace
  7. Bath and Body Works Gather
  8. Bath and Body Works Thankful

Bath and Body Works Thankful scented candle Review

I’m melting my piece of wax from the BBW Thankful candle right now. It’s a very woodsy, masculine scent, without being cologne-y. It looks very seasonal, but I just don’t think anything about the fragrance itself gives you the seasonal or rather thanksgiving vibe.

Bath and Body Works Thankful official scent notes are: chestnut, cedar, cloves

Melting this, I can smell mostly cedar, warmed by the clove spice. The chestnut…I don’t know. It’s not a roasted chestnut note, but it might be just the basic earthy smell that got mixed into the clove note since that seems pretty mellow.

It’s a very basic scent, there’s no musk and no undertones. Just the clove spiced cedar. I’ve mixed it with Yankee’s Vanilla Satin, that is a dark vanilla and sandalwood fragrance, and it makes it much better for me, much more complex, soft but still woodsy and warm.

I’d burn this on the deck in October but if I had a whole candle, I’d definitely want to mix it with other stuff, because this just isn’t for me.

Bath and Body Works Gather scented candle Review

Bath and Body Works Gather is a part of this year’s Thanksgiving collection. This is a repackage of a well know and much raved about BBW Marshmallow Fireside candle. I’ve heard so much about this on various forums, It’s been repacked, duped and rereleased numerous times.

Bath and Body Works Gather official scent notes are: crackling fire, marshmallows, smoldering woods, warm vanilla.

Melting this, I can smell loads of sweet vanilla mixed with the distinct marshmallow note. Underneath all the sugary stuff, there’s a hint of smoke and a bit of cedar.

I’ve tried BBW Marshmallow Fireside years ago and this version has a bit more vanilla and a lot less smoke and wood that the old version had.

I don’t really like either version. I guess you need memories of wood fires and toasting marshmallows and having a great time. I don’t have them. In fact, I’ve only tried a toasted marshmallow once and absolutely hated it. So without the good memories for this scent to evoke, I only get an overly sweet, gooey vanilla and smoky wood. I like neither of those individually and I definitely don’t care for them together.

Bath and Body Works Peace scented candle Review

Bath and Body Works Peace (Iced Vanilla Woods) is a part of this year’s Holiday collection. This is very intense and potent, I was melting a piece of wax in my medium sized office and had to open a window after an hour to avoid a headache.

I recently got a whole bunch of BBW wax, while before, I’ve not really had a lot of experience with their candles. I understand why people who regularly burn BBW candles find Yankee Candles to lack potency and scent throw. Comparatively (generally speaking), Bath and Body Works candles are a whole different league when it comes to fragrance intensity and throw. For me, who is sensitive to fragrance and am quite happy with the average Yankee Candle’s intensity and throw, BBW are far too strong and I couldn’t use them in my home. Keep in mind that I do live in an almost 100 year old house and while it was quite grandly designed for that time, the size of the rooms isn’t really on par with today’s modern open plan designs.

So the size of the rooms, the way the smells travel and my own nose combined are more suitable for brands like Yankee, Village and Goose Creek. If you find these too weak, I’d say BBW would be the company to try.

Bath and Body Works Peace (Iced Vanilla Woods) official scent notes are sweet vanilla, smoldering woods, and iced lavender.

Melting this, I can smell the lavender most. It’s a very intense, dark, herbal version of lavender, not the sweet perfumey kind. Following the lavender, I can smell the fresh eucalyptus. It works well to sort of lift the lavender note into an overall fresher fragrance. Both notes are underlined by cedar and vanilla. The vanilla isn’t super strong, this is mostly a lavender and eucalyptus fragrance.

It’s a very cold scent, and a nice representation of a winter feeling but really not for me at all.

Bath and Body Works Welcome scented candle Review

Bath and Body Works Welcome is a part of this year’s Thanksgiving collection. To me, this is a very winter and winter Holidays fragrance. It has a very strong balsam fir note, so automatically, my mind follows my nose to the winter holiday season.

Bath and Body Works Welcome official scent notes are: fresh balsam sprigs, cinnamon bark and ground clove.

Melting this, I can smell the very intense balsam note, spiced with cinnamon and grounded by clove. It’s pretty basic, a spicy Christmas tree scents. It’s also very potent, I only had a piece of wax that I melted and it gave me a headache after an hour. This is not unusual for me and BBW wax, they do get headachy fast, but this one is extra intense.

I’d appreciate this more in a Winter collection, but for lovers of pine and spice, this is a decent one.

Bath and Body Works Celebrate scented candle Review

Bath and Body Works Celebrate (Merry Cookie) is a part of this year’s Holiday collection. This scent has been around for a while and apparently popular enough to merit another re-release. I’ve never owned it in its previous incarnations, but I’ve smelled it plenty a few years ago at my friend’s house who is a massive fan of it. I’m not sure if this was just available for a short period of time in test stores this year or what the deal is since I can’t find it online now, but I definitely have a piece of this year’s batch.

Bath and Body Works Celebrate (Merry Cookie) official scent notes are: vanilla, sugar, cookies.

Melting this, it smells like the previous version. I smell loads of brown sugar, vanilla, and a bakery note. It’s a basic sugar cookie scent. The brown sugar paired with the cookie note reads a bit burned to me. Lots of cookie scented wax has that whiff of burned sugar to me and sadly, so does this. I’m especially fussy about it though, my friend claims there is not a hint of anything burning, she just smells warm vanilla cookies. You know how it is, different people, different noses.

It’s a very sweet scent, pretty basic, no lemon zest or spices here, just a sugar cookie loaded with vanilla extract. It’s a year round candle, I wouldn’t call it seasonal at all.

Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather scented candle Review

Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather is a part of this year’s Holiday collection. This is a scent that has been released and re-released many times, it’s been in this year’s fall collection and it’s back for the holiday one.

Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather official scent notes are eucalyptus, juniper berry, and fresh sage.

I guess BBW really like doing eucalyptus and herbs for winter. I do appreciate their eucalyptus note and the fact that it offers an alternative to mint when it comes to achieving a “cool and cold” feeling. I feel eucalyptus gets medicinal fast though. Obviously that depends on how much of eucalyptus scented balms you had to endure as a child (many!) but for me, it don’t think “holiday” when I smell it. My mind goes to winter but sadly to “winter colds and endless runny noses” rather than snowy landscapes. I get the herbalness and fresh earthiness of sage as well. The juniper smells like cranberry here and gives a little sweetness to the fragrance.

If you want a unisex winter scent that doesn’t have mint, this will work.

Bath and Body Works Cheers scented candle Review

Bath and Body Works Cheers is a part of this year’s Thanksgiving collection. This is said to be a repackage of previous BBW Smoked Berries and Incense fragrance from the Intrigue and Opulence Collection and BBW Wine Cellar fragrance from the Cork and Wine Collection.

Bath and Body Works Cheers official scent notes are: red fruit, mulled apples and saffron spice.

Melting this, I can smell black currant, amber, dark vanilla and church type incense. A very strange combination, I don’t quite know what the berries are doing in here. I don’t get the apples or the typical mulling spices either.

I don’t think the fragrance fits the name. I think that when it was called Smoked Berries and Incense, the scent was really well represented. This though…with the name like Cheers, it really should be an apple cider or a hot toddy drink type of fragrance.

Bath and Body Works Feast scented candle Review

I got the BBW Thanksgiving collection from the USA and I have to say, I’m underwhelmed by the scents. Granted, I only got wax bits, not the whole candles, so maybe I’m missing out on a crucial bit of experience here, but I believe I’m able to judge a fragrance regardless if I melt a chunk of wax or if I burn the actual candle.

Bath and Body Works Feast official scent notes are: maple sugar, almond bark, and vanilla.

Melting this, I can smell caramel that is very sweet and creamy and maple syrup. I don’t get any vanilla and no hint of anything almond or anything earthy, like bark. Just a super sweet mix of caramel and maple.

Another scent from this collection, that strikes me as super basic. Plus, I find this overly sweet and heavy. I find caramel heavy on its own, but paired with maple, it’s too much for me.

I don’t know how to make this lighter so I ended up melting it outside on the deck and paired it with BBW Fresh Balsam, for a full blast of super sweet pine. Fresh Balsam is too much for me on its own but paired with Feast, I kind of liked the mix.