While I fully appreciate and enjoy the fragrance (it's an earthy, woodsy type scent with only a hint of apple after the cure, vs mostly apple oob) the hot throw performance is sadly lacking in this newer CS scent as well. It's a 4.5/10 at best, with usage rates of 10%, 12% and 14%, all with 4 and 5 weeks cure time in parasoy. I heard so many negative opinions about the fragrance itself, so I was expecting to hate it. Instead, I love it but I could never use it due to poor performance. I have 16 years of experience. This is not an opinion from someone who isn't well versed in troubleshooting.
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Apple Peppercorn is a tart, crisp fragrance with an intriguing balance between peppery, green, and fruity notes. This scent offers a unique aromatic experience as it opens with fresh top notes of green leaves and green floral, then gives way to a heart of apple, pear, and peppercorn. Base notes of spice, light musk, and nutmeg lend an earthy depth without taking away from the fresh brightness of this unexpected fragrance.
Fruit-forward fragrances can often come across as quite sweet and commercial, but Apple Peppercorn offers a different take on a fruit fragrance. Its crisp, peppery character is ideal for natural and botanical focused lines, or anyone looking for a unique offering for their spring and summer collections.
This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils including palmarosa, clary sage, lavandin, lemongrass, orange, carrot, chamomile, and mate.
Alternative branding ideas: Apple and Ivy, Apples and Herbs, Sungold and Ivy
Top: Green Leaves, Green Floral
Middle: Apple, Peppercorn, Pear
Base: Spice, Light Musk, Nutmeg
Note: Apple Peppercorn is too strong out of the bottle for the fragrance notes to be in balance. It should therefore only be evaluated in a candle or personal care base.
Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.
|Candle Safe||Yes||Usage: 3-10%|
|Soap Safe||Yes||Usage: 2-6%|
|Prop 65 Warning Required||No|
|Diffuser Base Compatible||No|
*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired fragrance strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels.
Cold Process Soap Performance
Lye Water Temperature 103ºF
Oil temperature 106ºF
We did not experience any acceleration or separation. The oils and water were slow to come to an emulsion and it took a little longer than usual for us to reach a light trace. The batter poured easily and smoothly into the mold. After 24 hours, we observed the soap had only reached a partial gel through the center of the loaf and there was no discoloration. The scent was overwhelmingly strong and could potentially be used at 3% to keep a strong scent that won’t take over your entire workspace. After 30 days, there was no discoloration and the scent was still very strong. This fragrance would be ideal for colorful designs that require a light trace for an extended amount of time.
Not my jive but I can see the appeal. Maybe is better in wax.
Wow I absolutely love this FO! I never thought of myself carrying an apple scent, as to me, they are all too commercial/holiday/Glade reminiscent and just not something I could fit into my brand. But this is the one!! It's not too sweet, more of a green, fresh scent perfectly balanced with spice to make a truly unique take on apple. I have blended multiple different ways and I love them all, so much so that I'm having trouble deciding which combo to use, or if I should blend it at all.
You really can't judge it OOB bc it does transform quite drastically. Oob it smelled to me like peppercorn and cucumber with a very subtle hint of apple.
I have tried this as a candle, perfume, and room spray all in varying blends and all have turned out lovely and unique. I cannot wait to add this to the line!!
I've blended my own peppercorn scents before so I thought this one would be fun to try, pepper mixed with apple. It's so so much pepper, and really no sweetness to cut through. If you're looking for a super heavily pepper, hot pepper scent this is it.
I made my first review after making a 464 candle with this FO and letting it sit for just a day or two before lighting it. I decided to make a second one and let it sit for about a month again before lighting it to see if there was a difference and HOLY COW! I had to bump this one up another star because the hot throw is sooo, so good. I mentioned Sweet Orange and Sriracha in my previous review and I really do like that scent (although it is a tad bit peppercorny for me) but this fragrance takes peppercorn on a whole different level!
Maybe other people's senses are wildly different from mine but I am not getting anything that the previous reviewer is talking about. When I burn this, I am getting mostly green apple and a hint of pear (makes sense, middle notes!) The peppercorn I'm finding is more of a subtle top and base note rather than middle but it's gentle that the peppercorn isn't overpowering like it is out of the bottle! The hot throw is soo green and clean. This smells like late September/early October to me. Strange way of putting it, but imagine when the weather begins to cool off and you want to visit an apple orchard and you're eating some as you're strolling through. IMAGINE THAT except you sprinkle on a bit of peppercorn like Salt Bae. Sure, the longer it burns, the more peppercorn I get but to me and my nose, it is well balanced with the green/fruit notes. The longer it burns, the more I also smell the base note spices coming out (like nutmeg). I have Sweet Orange and Sriracha blended with something in an upcoming collection and if it sells well, I will not hesitate to add this to my fall collection! I love this one. I can imagine this would smell incredible mixed with Mac Apple as well (CS you should definitely include that in your list)
TL;DR: if you like odd spices, test this. If you like apple or pear, test this. If you are all about fall spices/fruits, definitely test this. Some people aren't into spice and I get that, but holy cow is the fragrance misleading when it is judged OOTB.
To be clear, my review is a PERFORMANCE review. I made full sized test candles: one as a stand alone, and others in blends, including CS's recommendation to combine Apple Peppercorn with Brandied Pear and Cinnamon Stick. First, the CT and HT is about a 9/10. OOB I thought, "Wow, this is a neat, earthy fragrance I can use as a blender. I can actually smell an authentic cut Red Delicious apple." I was eager to get this oil in wax, which I did immediately. After burning the test candles, here are my results:
If you've ever left grapes in your fridge and forgot about them, you know they get dehydrated, slimy, and moldy. That is PRECISELY what Apple Peppercorn smells like when it's burning. Given that I've had success blending apple and vanilla together, I decided to try it with French Vanilla. It was putrid. It smelled like a crock of rancid butter. Then I gave it the good old college try and went with CS recommended Brandied Pear and Cinnamon Stick. What I got was the moldy fruit cellar smell again, but with the aroma of a flat 'woody' pear note and smoke; like a pear tree on fire. Apple Peppercorn didn't complement the other fragrance notes, it aggravated them! It just reeked, as if an entire (moldy) pear tree was burning--the trunk, the leaves, the pears, the partridge. Do NOT blend Apple Peppercorn with Brandied Pear. My true love can skip the first day of Christmas and move right on to the two freakin' turtle doves.
I HATE this fragrance. How much? So much that I couldn't begin to finish the test candles. After hours of burning at different times, I got out a knife and scooped the wax out of the jars and into the trash. I've NEVER wasted wax like that. I cannot believe this fragrance came from CS. If it were possible, I'd send the unused portion back. I gave it more than a fair shake.
Out of the bottle, this fragrance is very peppery. You mainly only smell the peppercorn. Using a fragrance blotter and using in product, the fragrance really is completely different. Looking at the not so great reviews, most of them are probably judging from OOB.
The fragrance is called apple peppercorn, so it is obvious to expect the peppercorn notes. This fragrance will be a great blender for anything you want to add a little spice to, or alone for a very unique fragrance.
I am not a fan of this scent the pepper scent overpowers the apples in my opinion.
I've lived by the philosophy of never placing bad judgement on a FO straight out of the bottle ever since I made a CS Blueberry Cobbler candle and this one is definitely a testament to that. OOTB, its super peppery and I can see why people would be offput by that (similar to how sweet orange and sriracha is OOTB) but you cannot throw bad judgement on this one until you've tried this in wax. In wax, it is more apple-y and fresh than peppercorn. The CT is more peppercorn than the HT in my personal opinion but it is still a nice balance between fruit and spice. I would definitely consider adding this to my fall collection!
A lot earthier than I expected....I get notes of cucumber out of this. I would definitely be naming it something else but I think it's unique and with the right branding could be a good garden scent.
I was very interested and looking forward to this scent. Has the sweet and crisp scent of an apple but an overpowering peppery tone, just expected a little more. :(
Truly smells like apples and pepper, if that’s what you’re looking for then look no further. I definitely prefer Apple Harvest and Macintosh Apple if you’re wanting an apple scent
this one turned out to be more interesting that the name suggests -- if you're into savory stuff like the tomato leaf scent this one would be for you. I enjoy it, but for me personally I feel like I could get tired of it after a few hours. Could be a fun blender in fall and winter -- I made my boyfriend smell it OOTB blindly and he immediately said "sweet pepper jam?"