Here's part 2 of my Kim's Tarts MAJOR meltdown! Each post contains 4 reviewed fragrances!
1) Christmas Splendor.......Christmas Splendor......dare I say one of my favorite tarts by Kim!? Christmas Splendor is supposedly a dupe for Yankee's Christmas Eve, which I've never personally smelled. The Kim's version was filled with cinnamon, apples, and even had oak and/or balsam tree notes. I had this going in the bedroom and another spicy scent going in the living room, but these Kim's Tarts were definitely stronger! I guess you shouldn't judge a book by its cover because on cold sniff, this smelled average, as always! This is the fragrance that I had going while decorating the house for Christmas, and it was the perfect accompaniment!
Kim's Tarts' Christmas Splendor
Cold Rating: 5/10; I should just always mark these with a cold rating of 5 because there's a little something, but not much. I think her tarts are in paraffin (blend?), but I'm not positive about this...if so, I've heard paraffin, on cold sniff, is deceiving as to how powerful a tart will really perform.
Lit Rating: 7/10; strong, but not overwhelmingly so. Great musky, apple/tree combination, perfect for Christmas! It's interesting to note that the apple scent got stronger once I turned off my warmer...weird!
Throw Rating: 7/10; great performance and throw!
Overall Rating: 6/10; decent smelling tart! Kim's is sure redeeming themselves in my book during this melt-a-palooza!
White Christmas was next. This one was overpowering in a sort of negative way...it was just too garland-y for me. The evergreen notes were waaaaay too much, and I usually like tree/nature scent. There was only a tiny hint of berries as an underlying note, but was almost if not all the way masked by evergreen and garland. it was like being choked by a forest; this is good, however, for the throw rating...it just didn't smell great.
Kim's Tarts' White Christmas
5.5/10; I'm tired of saying the cold sniff rating is aveeeeeraaaaaaaaaage.
Lit Rating: 6/10; extremely strong notes of evergreen/garland/trees, very little berry notes.
Throw Rating: 7.5/10; ridiculously strong, choked by a forest, trees haunted my dreams, etc.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10; the throw and lit ratings pretty much bumped this up; some people will love this scent, but it just wasn't up my alley.
Kim's Tarts' Praline Pound Cake
Cold Rating: 4/10; hardly anything, again.
Lit Rating: 4/10; it just smells like warmed pralines, no pound cake, no bakery, no sweetness to cut the intense, nutty flavor.
Throw Rating: 4/10; not particularly strong.
Overall Rating: 4/10; not my favorite, but not the worst scent I've smelled from Kim's. I don't really have anything more to say about this one.
Christmas Eve. You get a lot of hearth smell in this one, which combined nicely with a fresh array of sweet fruits. I don't know if berries were meant to be in this one, but I smelled a lot of berry! It also had a tree/piney note, which is not in the description. A pretty good scent to finish out my melt-a-palooza!
Kim's Tarts' Christmas Eve
5/10; yada yada average.
Lit Rating: 7.5/10; strong hearth/fireplace/wood/tree notes intertwined with a sugary berry mixture.
Throw Rating: 6/10; decent!
Overall Rating: 6/10; a pretty good ending to a melting spree with many highs and a few lows.
I had a lot of fun marathoning these scents over the span of a few days, and I might make this type of melting/blogging a regular occurrence here! :)