Mumcat - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
The last time I bought some of these was probably two or three years ago, and I loved them. So I bought some more this year, expecting them to be as good as they were before, but they seem different. Specifically: -I think this fragrance smells a bit like cologne. It was a little too strong initially, so I only put half of the sticks on the tree. -Fragrance seems not to last as long as it used to. After a few days, I noticed I can only smell them if I lean into the Christmas tree. -This time, the swirl-shaped hooks included in the package were sealed inside a tiny plastic baggie, full of what seemed to be fragrance oil. (It was a thin, oily liquid that smelled exceptionally strongly of the fragrance on the Scentsicle sticks.) I don’t recall the hooks being packaged this way before, and I don’t understand why they would do this. The label on the jar specifically says, “CAUTION: EYE AND SKIN IRRITANT,” and I am guessing that the fragrance oil might be the irritant in question. It seems absolutely crazy to me that anyone would package the hooks in a little baggie full of that irritant. Although I immediately washed my hands several times after opening the baggie with the hooks, it took about half a day for the smell to go away. If you have your heart set on buying these, I recommend that you only handle the baggie full of hooks while wearing gloves.