Category Archives: Home Fragrance

Review: Bath and Body Works Snow Day candle

Every time I go to the US, I like to shop at Bath and Body Works. The last time I went to Hawaii, there were no Bath and Body Works stores open yet in the state. I was excited to learn that a new store had opened up within the last 2 years!

This is a review of one of the candles I bought, a mini candle in Snow Day.

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
A bright and joyful blend of spruce branches, peppermint and sweet vanilla that captures the fun adventures of a snow-filled day

Price:
Bath and Body Works candles are $20 for the 3-wick candles (14.5 oz, lasts 25-45 hrs), $10 for the small candles (4 oz, lasts 20-30 hrs), $4.50 for the mini candles (1.3 oz, lasts 10-15 hrs).  I often buy mini candles of scents that I am not sure if I will like, so that I can try them out before committing to a scent.

Scent:
This is a very sweet scent. I smell a lot of vanilla, and only a hint of spruce or peppermint. To me, this smells more like a cake with peppermint frosting.

Availability:
Bath and Body Works products are available at Bath and Body Works shops, which are often found in shopping malls in the US. Surprisingly, I found a shop in Poland!

Pros:

  • I really like that this candle burns clean. Recently, I bought a candle from a different brand, and the wick would drown in the wax after a few hours. 
  • I like the scent, although I am not sure I would commit to a larger candle.
  • Candles do not burn evenly unless they are left to burn until the entire top layer melts. Because I can’t leave candles burning for 2-3 hours continuously, the mini size is the perfect size for me. 

Cons:

  • This is really a sweet scent, and lingers for a long time. I burned this candle in my apartment for an hour, then extinguished it. I left my apartment for 2 hours, but the scent was still there when I came back.  If you live in a small apartment like me, this may or may not be a good thing.
  • Be careful of fire! 
Would I repurchase?  Maybe. I liked the scent as a nice change from the woody fresh scents that I typically purchase, but I think it only works in the winter.  I am glad that I bought the smallest size!

I’ve bought so many shower gels and body lotions from Bath and Body Works that recently I am more into candles. I’ve also been into trying out candles and home fragrances from other brands as well. Hopefully I can review more soon!

Any home fragrances or candles that you recommend?

xoxo, K

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Review: MUJI Blend Essential Oil in Relax – How I kept my sanity while in China

This is a review for the MUJI Blend Essential Oil in Relax. I bought this when I was in Japan.


MUJI is a Japanese brand that focuses on minimalist designs. They produce stationery, makeup and skin care, food, clothing, kitchen appliances, furniture, and many other things. MUJI, originally “Mujirushi Ryohin (無印良品)” means “No Brand Quality Goods.” MUJI brand items do not have marks or designs to distinguish them; you can see the bottle above is very minimalistic.

MUJI has been one of my favorite brands for a very long time. Their stationery was a staple for me throughout my school years.  They also have many interesting prepackaged foods which I will review soon.

MUJI also has stores outside of Japan, such as in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Turkey, US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Portugal, and the Philippines. In many of these countries, MUJI also has an online shop.

What it does: (from Muji US’s online store)
Use with aroma accessories or add a few drops to refresh potpourri. Do not apply oils directly to skin.  Sweet Orange, French Lavender, Rosewood, Geranium

Price: 1470 JPY in Japan, $12.95 in the US.  1470 JPY = $18.50.  Someone explain to me why this is more nearly 50% more expensive in Japan???

Pros:

  • Although this is labeled as a Floral-Citrus scent, the floral scent is not overpowering. I personally think it is more woodsy, and it is definitely not sweet.
  • This scent reminds me of sitting in the woods.  It has really helped me relax over these past 2 years
  • 10 ml is a very small bottle, but since I only need to use a few drops each time, this bottle has lasted me for a very long time

Cons:

  • The price may seem a little high, but essential oils in Japan are usually more expensive than this

Would I repurchase: YES.  I’m also eager to try out MUJI’s other essential oils.

Just as I reviewed lots of LUSH products previously, now I am excited to review lots of MUJI products!  When I go shopping in Kobe, I usually walk along one street, because it has LUSH, MUJI, and several drugstores.  Please take a look at the MUJI website and let me know if there is anything you would like me to review. If you can read Japanese (or you have a good translation software), please head over to the MUJI Japan website – some products, especially food, are only sold in Japan.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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