With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to break out some great holiday scents. Although I’m not really a seasonal melter/burner, I do enjoy seeing all the holiday scents pop up this time of year. Two candles that have always piqued my interest were Fresh Balsam and Evergreen, both from Bath & Body Works. I couldn’t decide on which one to purchase, so my solution? Buy them both! Now it was time to put them both to the test to see which one I would stockpile for future use.
Both candles seem to be very popular, but Fresh Balsam has a serious following. You can find recommendations for this candle scent just about everywhere! But what about Evergreen? The two scents sound similar but different. Let’s look at the scent descriptions first:
With the first big snowfall of the season comes the delightful scent of balsam and fir trees, layered with notes of fresh eucalyptus
Inspired by the fragrance of a freshly cut evergreen tree – a blend of green fir balsam, cool pine and dark woods
Both scents have notes of balsam included. Pine notes are specifically mentioned for Evergreen, but I smelled pine notes in both on cold sniff. I like that there is eucalyptus in Fresh Balsam. There are some that prefer White Barn over Slatkin or vice versa. So if that matters to you, keep in mind that Evergreen is a White Barn candle. Evergreen had a gold lid vs. the silver lid for Fresh Balsam. There was also a difference in the coloring of the wax – light, minty green for Fresh Balsam vs. a deep, forest green for Evergreen.
Burning these candles is what brought out the true differences. Each of these candles has that Christmas tree smell. Woodsy balsam is present in both and smells fabulous! It was like having a real Christmas tree in the house. The main difference to me was the presence of eucalyptus in Fresh Balsam…it made this candle so crisp and refreshing. I would say Evergreen was Christmas tree and Fresh Balsam was Christmas tree plus.
Both of these candles are room fillers, but Fresh Balsam was the clear winner here. The scent filled the powder room I had it in and I could smell it from behind closed doors into other parts of the house. Evergreen certainly filled the powder room, but it didn’t travel as far. The burns on both were great, with deep melt pools on both candles.
So which did I prefer? I loved both of them really! I couldn’t see myself going wrong with either or. If I were going to stockpile a candle, it would probably be the Fresh Balsam one. The scent throw on it was stronger than Evergreen and I did like that additional eucalyptus punch. It made this scent more “wintery” to me.
Have you tried either of these candles? What are your thoughts?
Happy candle burning ~