Candle Scoop Reviews: Island Fresh Gain Scallop Wax Melt, Tara’s Candle Cottage

Tara's Candle Cottage, Island Fresh Gain

$7 for a 6 pack





Scent Intensity


Scent Throw





  • Strong fragrance
  • Authentic

Compare to the smell of Gain Island Fresh laundry detergent. Smells just like an ocean breeze on a tropical island. Fresh ozony top notes, followed by fresh greenery, lavender, vanilla, rose , jasmine, and melon, with bottom notes of fresh air. One of the freshest scents we have ever smelled!

Melt Size: 0.8 ounce each

Melt Type: Scallop

Type of Wax: Parasoy

Where Melted: Room size 8′ x 9′

How Melted: Bulb melter (with 40W bulb)

Initial Thoughts/Cold Sniff: Very strong, fresh, and clean. It smelled a lot like the laundry detergent.

FUN FACT: Tara’s Candle Cottage has a jar recycle/refill program. If you return the jar with the label, TCC will refill it for 25% off the price. If you do not want the refill, you will receive a 25% off coupon.

Rating Breakdown:

  • Packaging/Presentation: I had a 6 pack of scalloped wax melts that were housed in a Valentine’s decorated bag with a twist top tie. The individual wax melts were each in their own zip lock cello bags. There was a large, round label on the outside of each baggie that housed the company name and scent name. The wax melt itself was fairly hard and green in color.
  • Scent: This scent was fantastic. I did get quite a bit of perfuminess with it – it smelled like a dryer sheet to me. I’m not sure I could pick out individual notes, but to me it didn’t matter. This scent was fresh and super clean. I loved it!
  • Scent Intensity: This was a very strong fragrance.
  • Scent Throw: I could smell this scent just about everywhere. It completely filled the room it was in and I could smell it out in the hallway even with the door closed. When I opened the door, the scent traveled on out into my kitchen and main living area.
  • Longevity: This wax melt lasted for a day and a half in my wax melter, going non-stop.

Comparison of final thoughts to initial thoughts: I loved this fragrance on cold sniff and it smelled the same once melting.

Would I repurchase? Yes

Disclosures: None. I purchased this product myself.

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Happy candle burning ~
Andrea Haskins
Candle Scoop – The best smelling blog around!

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. I absolutely love Gain laundry type scents! Makes my house smell clean. Thanks for another great review Andrea!

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