Time for Brand Wars! In this series, we’ll be comparing and contrasting similar scents across various brands. We will not only look at the scents themselves, but also upfront costs, value, and performance.
This week’s contestants:
- Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Scentsy ~ Decadent buttercream frosting made with the freshest butter whipped with cane sugar and vanilla extract. So creamy and sweet you will have to lick the spoon!
- Vanilla Bean from ScentSationals ~ Good, old-fashioned vanilla
Reason for Comparison: A comparison of two basic vanilla bean scents. I also wanted to compare the pricier Scentsy melt to the bargain ScentSationals brand.
Round 1: Upfront Cost
The Scentsy wax bar is 2.6 ounces net weight, selling for $5 per package. That makes the cost here $1.92 per ounce.
The ScentSationals wax melt cost me $2 at Wal-Mart. Since it weighs in at 2.5 ounces, that makes it cost 80¢ per ounce.
Round 2: Value
For this round, I compared how many ounces of each scent that I needed to get comparable scent throws. For the Scentsy bar, I used 3 pieces, or just under 1 ounce of wax. I found I needed to use a little more from my ScentSationals pack – still 3 cubes, but that weighed in at 1.25 ounces.
Bottom line? I needed to use more of the ScentSationals wax to get a similar scent strength to the Scentsy wax. Even though I paid more for the Scentsy wax melt up front, the overall value ended up being better from Scentsy. I would have to use less wax per melting session. Even though the longevity for the ScentSationals wax melt was a bit longer (see below), it wasn’t significant enough to change my opinion of the overall value.
Round 3: Scent
This round is based more on personal preference. Both scents had this artificial vanilla smell to them on cold sniff. I didn’t think I would care for either one on cold sniff alone. However, they both turned out to be pretty good once melted. Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Scentsy was creamy and buttery with a good amount of sweetness to it. I found it delicious!
Vanilla Bean from ScentSationals was more of a straight up vanilla scent. It had a little bit of a play-dough smell to it that I didn’t care for – more at the end whiffs. More sweet and less creamy than Vanilla Bean Buttercream.
Round 4: Strength
Both vanillas were on the lighter side, which I’m used to for most vanilla scents. Vanilla Bean Buttercream (Scentsy), though, was stronger than Vanilla Bean (ScentSationals). I also found the throw much better for Vanilla Bean Buttercream.
Round 5: Longevity
Here’s where the ScentSationals wax melt edged out Scentsy. Neither lasted a super long time (about 7 hours for Scentsy and 8 hours for ScentSationals), but I expected the Scentsy wax melt to last longer given the investment.
Overall Winner: Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Scentsy
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