First thing’s first – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Drink responsibly…that is, if you’re old enough to drink, of course.)
Now onto the review! No, not of booze. Cotton candy! Well, a candle.
I’m a sucker for anything that claims to have a cotton-candy scent. It’s probably because it reminds me of my incredible father (who passed away last year).
Whenever we went to the summer carnivals, he’d always buy me cotton candy…even if I wasn’t a kid anymore.
My fingers would get all sticky. My teeth would need a thorough brushing. And cotton candy was my edible happiness.
When I saw the new Slatkin & Co. Cotton Candy Candle from Bath & Body Works in its cute pink packaging, not only did I have to buy it, but I had to buy a back-up, too.
Did I regret that decision? Does it smell like sweet summer sugar?
Slatkin & Co. Cotton Candy Candle Pictures
Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED
- √ Burns approximately 40-65 hours
√ Highly fragranced candle
- Name: Slatkin & Co. Cotton Candy Scented Candle
- Amount: 3-wicks (411 g / 14.5 oz.)
- Slatkin & Co. Cotton Candy Scent Availability: 3-wick candle & lip gloss
- What I Paid: $10 USD (on sale – 2 for $20 USD)
- Where to Buy: Bath & Body Works website & Bath & Body Works stores
Slatkin & Co. Cotton Candy Candle Review
First of all, let me say that, to me, real cotton candy has a very faint smell that’s more like sugar than anything else. Artificial cotton candy scents, which I usually love, are amplified in both sweetness and strength.
Two thumbs down (waaay down) on the Slatkin & Co. Cotton Candy Scented Candle from Bath & Body Works! I lit it in my living room for over an hour to give it time for the fragrance to be released, and all I could detect was this odd crayon smell.
According to the bottom of the Bath and Body Works Cotton Candy Candle, this is supposed to smell like spun sugar and vanilla bean with a hint of sweet tangerine.
I do notice a little tangerine, but it’s very light and seems to be an accent rather than the focal point. Also, I think it’s the tangerine mixing with the sugar and vanilla that makes it smell like crayon wax. And when I really sniff carefully, I can smell a mild melon-like sweetness.
When I think of fake cotton candy scents, I think of fragrances like Britney Spears Fantasy (which I love even though I’m ashamed to admit it) – they’re sugary, girly, and comforting.
Sadly, the Bath & Body Works Cotton Candy Scented Candle doesn’t remind me of the wonderful times I spent with my parents at summer carnivals. It reminds me more of a girl who went to the same daycare as me who ate the white school glue. And no, I didn’t like her.
The wicks were thinner than some of my other Slatkin & Co. candles. Not sure if this is the reason why the flames died down after just 30 minutes of burning. At one point, the flames got so weak that one wick went out! I had to blow out the other two flames, wait for the candle to cool, and then re-light the wicks. My second attempt allowed me to burn the candle for an hour.
This problem has happened to me before with a different candle, and I found that after using it for a few more days, it ‘fixes’ itself. It was pretty annoying though. But it could just be my cotton candy candle that has this issue.
Also, since one wick went out before two hours of burning, I got some tunneling/canyoning of the wax, which I don’t like. Normally Slatkin & Co. scented candles burn evenly, but this one’s gonna be tricky if I can’t burn it for at least two hours straight at a time.
I love the packaging! It’s so adorable. Pink isn’t my favorite color, but for a candle, I think it’s lovely – muted and delicate.
The simple glass and design are sophisticated even though the scent is cotton candy (or at least is supposed to be).
I’m also a fan of the lid because it has a rubbery lining that muffles the fragrance when the candle’s not in use.
When the Bath & Body Works Cotton Candy Candle goes on sale, it’s a steal – usually two 3-wick candles go on sale for $20 USD.
This is a new candle scent that just came out, so I think it should be around for the summer or so. If you like it, get it before it’s gone because there are no guarantees as to how long they’ll carry it.
Final Verdict: 4/10
Although the Bath & Body Works Cotton Candy Candle was by far the one candle that I was most anxious to try out, it was the biggest disappointment ever. So yeah, I definitely regret buying a back-up of this. That being said, I will use it until it’s done because I don’t want it to just collect dust.
This is definitely a pass – leave it in the store.
If you’ve tried this candle, do you (dis)agree with me? Are you a fan of sugary fragrances, or do they make you want to gag?