Candle Comparision: Fresh Balsam vs. Evergreen from Bath & Body Works

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:

Fresh Balsam

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 ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. Andrea I am a seasonal scent type of girl. I am very picky about my tree smells. I have a YC hanging freshener in my care in the scent “Christmas Tree”. Very green and Christmas tree like. Love it! I haven’t tried B&BW tree scents to properly judge which would be my favorite. I do love love love Scentsy “Iced Pine” It is a Christmas tree scent with just a touch of sweet mint. Perfect.

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  2. I have a Fresh Balsam ready to meat. I am excited to get started after reading this review. Thanks Carolyn for the little review on Scentsy iced pine as well, I might just get me some of that one too!

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  3. I have not tried either of the candles. I think I am one of the rare people that just is not into Christmas tree scents. BBW just came out with a limited edition fragrance buttercream mint which is getting a lot of buzz.

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    • I’m sure you’re not alone, Bonnie! I do want to get my hands on Buttercream Mint.

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  4. I like both but I feel Fresh Balsm smells like a really fresh Christmas tree. It’s the scent that is released when you break a pine needle.
    Evergreen smells like a muted Christmas tree too me for people who like Christmas tree smell but not too strong. You REALLY have to love the scent of a Christmas tree to get Fresh Balsm, my aunt smelled it and she said It made her stomach turn because it was so strong but I am planning on stock piling so my room can smell amazing for all fall and winter maybe even sneak it into spring if my family allows me!

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  5. I like to melt my tree scent only in my living room on a shelf very close to where my Christmas tree is. Every year the scent of the tree it’s self seemed to fade rather quickly. To quickly for me! So, melting a tree scent in the room kinda gives you that Christmas tree scent when the tree stops scenting. On Saturday morning I’m heading out with my mother in law and sister in law to my area’s biggest Christmas Bazaar of the season. With over 1,000 vendors total! In the past few years I have found several wax vendors and chandlers that make there own hand made wax. Many of them feature Christmas tree scents, I will have to check out what is new on the market for this year.

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    • Over 1000 vendors? That’s a huge bazaar! I’d love to know about the indie vendors you’ve come across there.

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  6. There is something quite different about the Fresh Balsam this year compared to the scent I remember.
    They must have changed manufactures or ingredients. I must get to the bottom of this.
    I Will come back with answers.
    Stay positive my friends…

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    • LOL, Paz. I’m glad you’re doing the investigative work for us. I’m sure I have an old FB candle around here somewhere…trouble would be finding it. If I do, I’ll have to be sure to make a note to compare.

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  7. Hi do you know if the fresh balsam scent is a year round scent always sold in stores or just seasonal

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  8. Fresh balsam is my favorite…the last “old” one I treasure and use sparingly until it’s gone becaus they have changed the scent in the last two years. I used to smell the scent in the room the candle was in with it not even being lit! Now, it’s a toss up what the newer ones will smell like after I buy them until I light them. Very disappointed. Even checking the ingredients does not help. They are just not as fragrant as they used to be.

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    • I’m a Fresh Balsam junkie!

      The look of the wax changed, at some point, in the last few years, for sure, but I’m still hooked. I bought 3 candles before Christmas, and still have a little of one left. I whipped out the handy dandy step stool to take a peak at my stash hiding place in hopes that I had remembered incorrectly about how many I had left. I was disappointed to see I was right. … The one on my coffee table is all that’s left in the house.

      I feel like there is a healing scent in the room when I burn it.

      For those who love the crisp smells of pine forests, or conifer forests in general, they may also enjoy frankincense which is actual conifer tree resin.
      I burn frankincense in a sensor.

      Especially wonderful during prayer time.

      I’m a pine sol and bleach almost exclusively kind of girl, when it comes to my cleaning products, because to me my house isn’t clean until you can smell the pine-sol.

      You can see my obsession hanging out, can’t you?! (Lol)

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