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A Definitive Rating of Bath and Body Works Holiday Candles

As the holidays begin to come around we all know what that means: Bath and Body Works holiday scents are back! So me being the quirky weirdo that has a problem with sniffing candles and I work across the mall hall from Bath and Body Works, I went over there and began sniffing candles. Before anyone comes at me for not getting them all: I DID MY BEST! HAVE YOU EVER SNIFFED 50 CANDLES?

That being ranted, here’s what my ratings mean:

Strength of candles 

Strong: I could open the lid and got hit with one of the scents

Medium: I could smell it if it was near my face or I swirled the candle 

Light: I had to put my nose in the candle and breathe deep


1/5: I would not burn or purchase

2/5: I would not burn myself, but won’t stop someone else from burning it around me

3/5: I would burn if in the mood, but would not buy full price

4/5: would burn and buy

5/5: would burn, buy, and rebuy



Vanilla bean Noelle: subtle, but warm vanilla 

Rating: 2.5/5

Fragrance notes: Vanilla Bean, Marshmallow Fluff, Vanilla Cake with Essential Oils

Twisted Peppermint: medium to strong sweet peppermint scent that could cure a headache

Rating: 3.5/5

Fragrance notes: Cool Peppermint, Sugared Snow, Vanilla Buttercream, Fresh Balsam, Hint of Musk with Essential Oils


Tis the Season: medium to strong cinnamon berry scent 

Rating: 3/5 

Fragrance notes: Rich Red Apple, Sweet Cinnamon, Cedarwood with Essential Oils

Winter Candy Apple: strong clean apple scent 

Rating: 3/5 

Fragrance notes: Candied Apples, Crisp Pears, Oranges with Essential Oils

Spiced Gingerbread: strong warm buttery fresh baked cookie scent 

Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance Notes: Vanilla Icing, Cinnamon Sugar, Fresh Ground Nutmeg with Essential Oils

Sugared Snickerdoodle: light warm vanilla that will make you think of cookies on Christmas morning 

Rating: 3.5/5

Fragrance notes: Warm Spices, Creamy Vanilla, Sugared Musk with Essential Oils

Frosted Coconut Snowball: light to medium coconut scent that honestly smells a little fake 

Rating: 1.5/5

Fragrance notes: Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Musk, Whipped Cream with Essential Oils

Merry Cherry Cheer (cherry frost): strong cherry and grape juice scent that smells like chapstick

Rating: 1/5

Fragrance notes: Juicy Cherry, Frosted Black Plum, Creamy Tonka, Juniper Berry with Essential Oils

Chocolate Peppermint Cream: that perfect peppermint hot chocolate scent for the holidays 

Rating: 4/5 

Fragrance notes: Crushed Peppermint Candies, Creamy Chocolate, White Sugar Crystals with Essential Oils

Fresh Balsam: strong evergreen tree smell that’s perfect if you have a fake Christmas tree, but long for a real one

Rating: 4/5

Fragrances: Woodland Balsam, Crisp Eucalyptus, Fir Branches, Cedarwood with Essential Oils

Frosted Cranberry: strong honestly better than Winter Candy Apple and perfect for a warm berry scent this holiday season 

Rating: 5/5

Fragrance notes: Iced Cranberries, Blonde Woods, Red Apple, Tonka Bean with Essential Oils

Champagne Toast: strong scent to burn after Christmas for that bubbly scent

Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance notes: Bubbly Champagne, Sparkling Berries, Juicy Tangerine with Essential Oils

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl: medium strong scent that makes you think of cinnamon rolls in the oven

Rating: 4/5 

Fragrance notes: Gooey Caramel, Grated Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean, Maple Brown Sugar with Essential Oils

Merry cookie: medium strong basic vanilla cookie scent

Rating: 3/5 

Fragrance notes: Fresh Baked Cookies, Sparkling Sugar Crystals, Rich Vanilla with Essential Oils

Pink fairy gumdrop: light medium sweet sugary candle with a hint of nostalgic waxiness to the scent

Rating: 2/5

Fragrance notes: Sparkling Sugared Berries, Pink Cotton Candy, Sprinkle of Fairy Dust with Essential Oils

Peppermint Marshmallow: strong sugary peppermint scent that will remind you of a fresh candy cane

Rating: 3/5

Fragrance notes:Crushed Peppermint, Fluffy Marshmallows, Powdered Sugar with Essential Oils

Marshmallow fireside: meduim scent smells exactly like a marshmallow

Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance Notes: Toasted Marshmallow, Smoldering Woods, Fire Roasted Vanilla, Crystalized Amber with Essential Oils

Sparkling icicles: medium citrus musky scent 

Rating: 3.5/5 

Fragrance notes: Glittering Ice, Fresh Bergamot Sprigs, Bright Holiday Greenery with Essential Oils

Vanilla snowflake: light medium scent second best vanilla holiday candle

Rating: 3/5

Fragrance Notes: Frozen Vanilla, Iced Fir Needles, Mint Leaf, Coconut Flakes with Essential Oils

Winter: strong spicy earth scent (this is one of my moms favorites)

Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance notes: White Woods, Pine Needles, Sparkling Clementine, Spiced Clove with Essential Oils

Black Tie: light cologne scent for when you’re missing your man on winter break 

Rating: 2.5/5

Fragrance Notes:  Green Sage, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean with Essential Oils

Merry mimosa: strong almost mimosa, but not quite 

Rating: 3.5/5

Fragrance Notes: Sparkling Champagne, Red Apple Slices, Iced Sugar Crystals with Essential Oils


Spiced apple toddy: smells exactly like apple cider

Rating: 4/5

Fragrance notes: Warm Apple Brandy, Spiced Plum, Tart Cranberry, Cinnamon Stick with Essential Oils

Peach Bellini: strong sweet peach scent 

Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance Notes: Succulent White Peach, Sparkling Prosecco, Sweet Orange with Essential Oils

First Frost: another cologne like scent that had lavender in it so I loved it

Rating: 5/5

Fragrance Notes: Sparkling Bergamot, Creamy Sandalwood, Iced Lavender with Essential Oils


Party dress: light

Rating: 1/5

Fragrance Notes: Sparkling Bergamot, Velvet Lilies, Tonka Bean with Essential Oils 

Cherry Mocha: smells exactly like a Queen Anne chocolate-covered cherry 

Rating: 1/5

Fragrance notes: Sweet Cherry, Decadent Chocolate, Whipped Cream Topping with Essential Oils

Cinnamon and Clove Buds: strong hot tamale candy scent that is missing something

Rating: 1.5/5

Fragrance notes: Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Ground Nutmeg with Essential Oils

Mahogany Balsam: strong evergreen woods scent 


Fragrance Notes: Juniper Berry, Fresh Balsam, Mahogany Wood with Essential Oils

Vanilla birch: light perfect blend of vanilla and faint sandalwood 

Ratings: 2/5

Fragrance notes: White Birch, Madagascar Vanilla, Warm Sandalwood with Essential Oils

Praline Pecan and Cream: perfect vanilla candle with a hint of nuttiness

Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance notes: Roasted Apples, Sugared Chestnuts, Whipped Buttercream with Essential Oils

Citrus and Spice: smells like old soap 

Ratings: 2/5

Fragrance Notes: Bitter Orange, Fresh Clove, Soft Musk with Essential Oils


Hot Cocoa and Cream: smells exactly like a cup of hot cocoa but can get a little sweet when burnt (my roommate used to burn this candle)

Rating: 3.5/5

Fragrance notes: Decadent Milk Chocolate, Fresh Steamed Milk, Mini Marshmallows with Essential Oils

Flannel: strong 

Rating: 4/5

Fragrance notes: Fresh Bergamot, Heirloom Mahogany, Soft Musk with Essential Oils

Frozen Lake: perfect essential oil blend of lavender and eucalyptus with a pinch of musk 

Rating: 5/5

Fragrance notes: Lavender Leaves, Cool Eucalyptus, Juniper Berries with Essential Oils

White Winter Woods: medium strength straight smells like a dying bonfire 

Rating: 1/5

Fragrance Notes: Glistening Icicles, Dried Cedarwood Bark, Spiced Sandalwood with Essential Oils

Snowflakes and Citrus: this was like a nostalgic gum scent to me 

Rating: 2/5

Fragrance notes: Frozen Lemon Peel, Fresh Squeezed Mandarin, Winter White Mango with Essential Oils

Grateful: smells like Cheerios with a hint of apples 

Rating: 3/5

Fragrance Notes: Red Apple, Spicy Cardamom, Sugared Clove Buds, Graham Cracker Crumble with Essential Oils

Iced Cranapple: medium apple cranberry scent that is actually refreshing 

Rating: 3.5/5

Fragrance Notes: Fresh Apple, Frosted Cranberries, Sugared Raspberry, Creamy Musk with Essential Oils

Black Cherry Merlot: cherry cough syrup

Rating: 1/5

Fragrance Notes: Dark Cherry, Black Raspberry, Sumptuous Merlot with Essential Oils

Evergreen: strong Christmas tree

Rating:  3/5

 Fragrance Notes: White Fir Needles, Fresh Cedar Wood, Sweet Sap


Spiced Clementine: you get more of the spice than clementine

Rating 2/5

Fragrance Notes: Fresh Clove Bud, Cinnamon Stick, Clementine Zest, Ground Ginger with Essential Oils

The Perfect Christmas: it’s not, but still good 

Rating: 3/5

Fragrance Notes: Fresh Cut Pine, Cinnamon Sugar, Toasted Marshmallow with Essential Oils

Ski Lodge: it’s hot cocoa and cream under a different name and kind of cuter packaging 

Rating: 4/5

Elf Village: crushed candy canes 

Rathing: 3.5/5

Fragrance Notes: Crunchy Peppermint, White Sugar Crystals, Frosted Mint Leaf with Essential Oils


Authors note: Yes, I am aware I did not get every candle of the holiday collection sniffed, but I did the best a one woman volunteer writer could do. The day after I submitted this article Bath and Body released a new wave of holiday candle scents that are not included in this article.


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