(Not) Surprisingly I had a Bath & Body Works Limoncello candle left over from last year’s candle binge. Lucky me! When I saw a “new” version of Limoncello available this year (packaged as Cheers To Capri), I couldn’t help but notice the price hike. What was $20 last year was $22.50 this year. According to Bath & Body Works, the price increase is justified as follows:
We have made several changes to our candles. First, each wick is handpicked to ensure it’s the right wick for that candle to ensure it burns all the way down. Next, our 3-Wick Candle produces a full melt pool which releases the highest concentration of fragrant oils. Additionally, we have new fragrance offerings and we are elevating the look of our collections. We certainly hope this explains the increase in the price of our Candles.
Well now it was time to put these notions to the test. Let me start with looks. There is an obvious packaging difference. I prefer the new look, as it appears more fresh and modern. This, of course, is purely personal preference and not something I would pay more for.
The scent descriptions are the same. Cheers had one added line: Drink to the beauty of Italy!
Raise your glass to this fragrance inspired by Italy’s beloved drink, Limoncello, with its notes of Sorrento lemons, cane sugar and a hint of lemon zest!
I prefer the wax color of last year’s Limoncello…a soft, buttery yellow. The color wax for Cheers is off white, maybe a very, very pale yellow.
I studied the wicks carefully and they look very similar. At least to my naked eye. As far as the scent, both were the same. A tart, zesty lemon with hints of sweetness. Very clean and refreshing.
The burn is where I noticed the biggest difference. I got a better wick performance with the Cheers candle. My wicks on Limoncello were simply inconsistent – at times, nice big flames…other times, very small flames dangerously close to drowning.
That’s where scent throw comes into play. Because I had more consistency with my Cheers candle, the scent throw was stronger. It filled a room and beyond, whereas Limoncello did good to fill the room.
Burn time? Both were in the 40 hour range. My Limoncello candle actually lasted a little longer because of the inconsistency with the wicks. But I’m not sure I would add that to the “pro” column.
In summary, I think the Cheers To Capri candle had the edge because of wick performance and scent throw. But the burn time was just a bit shorter than Limoncello. Based on this one test comparison, I would have to say that Cheers was a new and improved version of Limoncello. Worth a price hike? Begrudgingly, maybe so.
I’ll compare a couple of other repackaged scents to get a better idea. I seem to have a *few* of the older candles available for comparison. 😉
What are your thoughts for the new candles and prices?
Happy candle burning ~