CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Coastal Sun
Area used in: living room
Time Period: July-August
Description: Catch some beautiful rays with this blend of vibrant orange, zesty grapefruit and bright California days
I just realized that it's been awhile since I've done this kind of review. And I know that this particular candle has been around for awhile but like they say, "better late than never"
Honestly I don't remember when exactly I bought this bad boy. After saying that I wouldn't buy anything from this particular line because it didn't have proper metal lids, I did wind up getting this one as it was the least light smelling one in the bunch. It sat around until I was ready to burn it; perfect timing as the weather at the time was becoming more summery.
Now I'm finally at the butt end of it and I couldn't be happier cuz eventually I did get a wee bit bored with it. It wasn't bad or stinky by any means, just not very exciting.
Alright so let's get down to brass tacks. Coastal Sun is a repackage (no surprise) of an ancient Slatkin era scent called Citrus Flower. The notes were...
"The perfect blend of meyer lemon, sparkling mandarin, and orange flower layered with sweet jasmine and green verbena."
As you can see, back on those days Slatkin was very straightforward with the notes instead of the basic pretty sounding three note BS we see on candles nowadays. With that said, pay little to no attention to the notes given on the bottom of the CS candle but rather the Citrus Flower notes cuz that's essentially what you smell. You get bright zesty lemony kick from the Meyer lemon and verbena notes combined with juicy orange/mandarin and grapefruit. The jasmine and orange flowers softens and sweetens the otherwise tart and mouthpuckering citrus blend, almost making it a little powdery. Combined, the notes make this candle smell exactly like Sunny Delight...I mean it smells EXACTLY like Sunny D!
Performance-wise, it was A-OK! The wax at first kinda took awhile to fully melt out but eventually it fixed itself and there was always a deep even pool from that point on. The flames were reasonably high despite not having mushroom tops. It was very pretty to burn at night; the flames would dance and flicker behind the frosted yellow glass. The throw was medium-ish, it barely filled up my living room. I was kinda ok with that, I don't think this would be a scent that you would want to be "put you in chokehold" strong. Although once it got down to the very end and all of the wax was completely melted, it somehow maximized in strength and filled the whole place. Better late than never!
Unfortunately, this was one of the few Coastal Cool scents without matching wf bulbs so I matched the candle with the closest and most similar scent I could think of - Pomelo Grapefruit. The two blended quite well.
In conclusion, CS is a cute scent for summer - it's sweet and bright and sunny and fun. It's not the best summer scent ever but it's certainly not the worst. If you haven't yet succumbed to fall scent mania and are lookin for a scent for the remainder of summer, I'd recommend this one. I don't regret buying and burning this candle and I don't think you will either.