Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Wax Testing: Epic Wax Review
Disclaimer: I received free wax samples in exchange for an honest review.
I was honored to be contacted by Jeremy Puth of 16 Candles brand to test some new wax products he had been developing. I had previously won some 16 Candles wax melts from a Facebook giveaway, and while I enjoyed the scents I ordered, the melts were all 100% soy wax and I got mostly light throw from them. The creator of 16 Candles is now working on a parasoy wax line to be released under a new label called "Epic Wax." I received 8 different Epic Wax scents to test and now that I have melted through them all, I am excited to give you the results!
Overall I found the wax visually appealing; the shapes were very cute and the colors were pretty. On cold sniff all had a strong and pleasant scent; no "off" notes detected.
Pumpkin Apple Butter: smells heavenly and strong on cold. Spiced pumpkin purée and rich, sweet apple butter. When melting it had fairly strong throw for a couple hours and became moderate thereafter. A very enjoyable scent.
Melted in Glade 25 watt warmer, whole tart (approx. .75-1 oz). Overall grade: A-. Would purchase.
Pumpkin Spice: A rich, complex pumpkin pie spice scent on cold. Individual spices like allspice and cinnamon are detectable against a yummy pumpkin bakery background. When melting it had a moderate throw for about 4-6 hours and became light thereafter. Melted on Glade 25 watt warmer, whole tart (approx. .75- 1 oz.) Overall grade: B. Might purchase.
Banana Creme Brûlée Pie: a very interesting sweet blend. A candy like "lafft taffy" banana type scent which I actually like, with noticeable toasted sugar notes. This was a different wax formula than the others. Jeremy had said in a note he included in the package that there were two formulas: a firmer wax for shapes and a softer "easier to cut" wax. I prefered the firmer wax, it stayed nicer looking and less messy in the package and was still quite easy to cut. Soft wax honestly drives me nuts. Anyway, this scent had moderate throw for about 4 hours and became light thereafter. Overall grade: B-. Might repurchase.
Sea Salt Orchid: I really enjoyed this one; very unique! It was a soft floral, slightly sweet and powdery, with a refreshing salty sea air note. Very pleasant; not artificial at all. Moderate throw for about 6-7 hours. Melted on Glade 25 watt warmer, about 1/4 tart (approx. .5-.75 oz). Overall grade: B+. Would purchase.
Pomegranate Spice: this was one scent I had tried previously in the 16 Candles 100% soy melt and I was quite excited to compare the throw in this new formula. I definitely think it was improved. I really love this dusky, juicy pomegranate and mulling spice type blend. It makes me think of what a pomegranate cider would smell like and evokes fall and holiday vibes. Fairly strong throw for about 7-8 hours. Melted on Glade 25 watt warmer, about 1/4 tart (approx. .5-.75 oz.) Overall grade: A. Would purchase.
Coriander and Tonka: another scent that I had melted previously in the soy blend. I remember loving the notes but wishing it was a little stronger. I got my wish with this new formula; it was heavenly! Probably my favorite scent of the bunch. It had exotic spice notes with rich vanilla bean extract. It actually reminded me a lot of maple brown sugar oatmeal. Fairly strong throw for about 8 hours. Melted on Glade 25 watt warmer, 1/4 tart (approx. .5-.75 oz.) Overall grade: A. Would purchase.
Jamaica Me Crazy: this was one of my less favorite scent blends. A very sweet pineapple coconut type but almost cloying. Just not my personal cup of tea. Moderate throw for about 4-6 hours. Overall grade: C+. Melted on BHG 15 watt bulb warmer, 1/4 tart (approx. .5-.75 oz.) Would not purchase.
Flowering Dogwood: another scent I had tried previously in soy. I'm neutral on this aroma; I don't love it but don't hate it. A nice fresh floral but a little powdery and leans towards laundry detergent. Moderate to light throw for about 4-5 hours. Melted on Glade 25 watt warmer, 1/3 tart (approx. .75 oz). Overall grade: C+. Would not purchase.
I really enjoyed testing these wax blends and I noticed a significant improvement in strength of throw from the previous soy wax melts I had tried. I wish Jeremy and the new Epic Wax team tons of luck and am definitely looking forward to browsing these new melts whenever they become available in the next few weeks. The new line will be available at www.epicwax.com and the current products are available at 16 Candles
Have you ever tried 16 Candles? Are you interested in the Epic Wax line? What type of wax do you generally prefer and why? (Soy, parasoy, paraffin, palm, etc.) Please leave your answers in the comments below!