Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wax Melts & Reviews 12/3/2016

Melts 12/3/2016
Lots of good melts again this week. I can't believe it's already December! Year has flown by. I'm looking forward to this upcoming holiday season although I really need to start buying gifts - will do that today! I did some shopping on Black Friday but I ended up treating myself. My favorite on-line store, Shopbop, was having a big sale so I went a little nuts.

As for wax, I ended up placing a custom Sniff My Tarts order when they opened for an hour on December 1st. I told myself that I wasn't going to order since the TAT is up to 6 months but I am weak. I also placed a small pre-order for wax and scrubs from Cosmic Cleanse. There were some tea & cake blends that sounded amazing like tea & cakes with churros. Most of her other stuff is super fruity fizzy scents and I don't really care for that type. On to the melts:

Candles From the Keeping Room

Praline Pound Cake, 1 tart - very rich! A sticky sweet caramel blended with nuts and a little buttery pound cake. The pralines is the stronger note. A very warm and comforting blend, also very sweet. Melting this right now, strong throw.

Front Porch

Peppermint Marshmallow Sugar Cookies, 1 grubby tart - I requested this scent so I was happy when it showed up in stock. This sucker was stroooong. A really creamy peppermint. I didn't really get any sugar cookie but that might be because the peppermint was so dominant. Had to turn it off after three hours. Melted again the next day. Strong throw.

Vintage Chic Scents

Cookie Baking at Mom's, 1/4 poinsettia - mmmm, so cozy and delicious. Smells like warm gingerbread cake baking in the oven. I think the scents are gingerbread, cinnamon buns, and sugar cookies but it just smells like a nice gingerbread blend, not too spicy or overwhelming. Not too sweet either. Medium-strong throw. 

Hitchcock Presents/Tara Will Never Go Hungry Again/Strawberry Cheesecake, 1/2 of jumbo rose - so very good. A creamy zucchini blended with wildberry and blueberries. There's a bunch of other things in this scent but that's what stands out to my nose. The zucchini bread doesn't have that Fritos note, it's nice and creamy. Lovely bakery blend. Strong throw.

Lucy & Ethel/Philadelphia Story (overpour), 1 oz. of loaf - I was so excited to try this blend. Got it through a destash. It was not what I was expecting but it's nice! The pistachio is strong and it smells more like cherry than I thought it would. I mean, it really smells like cherry. There's no perfume note that some pistachio fragrances possess. When melted, all the other scents come out like the marshmallow and the strawberry passion. It's a creamy strong pistachio and every now and then I get whiffs of the strawberry. Strong throw. 

Lucy in the Sky with Cookies, 1 sample scent shot - this is similar to Strawberry Jackie O. However, it's sweeter with a little more bakery. It smells like strawberry buttercream frosting whereas Strawberry Jackie O reminds me of strawberry kefir yogurt drinks. I really like them both. Medium-strong throw.

Milk Glass, 1 smaller coin - out of all the VCS scents, I wanted to try this one the most and it didn't disappoint! I love sugar milk scents and this is a lovely blend of wildberry mousse, cake batter, and sugar milk. All of the scents come through. Like a sweet berry cream cake mixed with warm rich condensed milk. Love it although I wish the throw was stronger. Medium throw.

Priscilla's Wedding, 1/2 a smaller coin - another good sugar milk scent. I love it! A sweet herbal lavender blended with creamy cake and condensed milk. I'm so happy that this lavender is more herbal than that sweet perfume-y laundry lavender. I dislike the laundry kind. Melted in a 20-watt lightbulb warmer in my bedroom. Medium throw. 

Rear Window, 1 smaller coin - I have mixed feelings about this scent. It is lovely but sometimes odd. Cranberry Pizzelle (Italian waffle cookie) Noel. Thankfully the cranberry doesn't smell syrup-y but it is weirdly fragrant/perfume-y next to the bakery notes. Maybe it's just my nose. Medium-strong throw. [Edit: I'm melting this again right now in my bedroom and it is really nice, I changed my mind. I definitely like it. The cranberry mixed with the bakery is delightful, the cranberry being the dominant note.]

Sniff My Tarts

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting/Cinnamon Glazed Donuts/Pastry Bake, 1 chunk - oh this was yummy. Smelled like a delicious cream cheese pastry dessert with a dash of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Really warm and creamy. I wish I ordered more of this during the recent SMT custom sale opening.  I ordered stuff but not this mix. Medium-strong throw.

Previously reviewed or old wax I melted:
  • CFTKR Butternut Pumpkin -spicy bakery! I was in the mood for this after seeing (and smelling) those cinnamon brooms at Trader Joes.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wax Melts & Reviews 11/24/2016

Melts 11/24/2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight is dinner with the family and then heading to Laguna Beach, CA for the rest of the week for a mini-vacation.

Melted some good scents these past few days! I've also had some small hauls come in from Front Porch (two peppermint scents) and a $25 flash sale haul from Sniff My Tarts. I'll be melting those soon!

Rosegirls

Apple Strudel Vanilla Bean Noel, 2 chunk tarts - a nice bakery cinnamon apple blend. The cinnamon is subtle and I couldn't quite pick out the VBN but it did smell like an apple pastry. At first I tried one chunk and the throw was pretty weak so I tossed another one in. Overall, scent had medium throw.

Cider Donut Fluff Puffs, 1 chunk tart - this was yummy. The cider smells almost boozy and it's mixed with a creamy bakery note. I don't necessary get donuts or cookies but the bakery is there. Medium-strong throw. 

Fall Festival, 1 chunk tart - I have mixed feelings about this scent. The cranberry smells syrupy which I don't like but mixed with the other scents like bear claws and funnel cake, it's nice. There were moments when I caught whiffs of the bakery notes and I thought "mmm" but after a couple hours that bakery faded and all that was left was syrupy cranberry sauce that a little bit reminded me of flavored cough syrup. Strong throw.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Fluff Puffs, 2 small chunk tarts - so very very good. It doesn't necessarily smell like pumpkins. Maybe more like sweet bakery and waffles with a tiny bit of non-spicy pumpkins. The Fluff Puffs really comes through. Medium throw and scent faded out after about four hours.

Vintage Chic Scents (VCS)

Strawberry Jackie O, 1 smaller coin - fantastic! I love it, reminds me of strawberry kefir yogurt drinks. It's fruity, creamy, with a hint of tartness.  Maybe it's because the strawberries are supposed to be "fresh" rather than jam or preserves. Scent notes: Fresh Picked Strawberries Marshmallow Birthday Cake Vanilla Bean Noel. Strong throw.

Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1/2 a rose - I only cured this one for about 3 weeks.  It started out nice but the scent faded fast. Smelled really good. I've decided I like cream cheese frosting scents and you really get the pumpkins and the cream cheese frosting. Scent Notes: Pumpkin Coconut Cream Pie Cream Cheese Frosting Vanilla Waffle Cone. Melted in a 20-watt lightbulb warmer. Medium-strong throw at first but then faded after 2 hours. Sad.

Upstairs at Graceland, 1 sample scent shot - my first VCS melt! To me, the strongest note in this was the pancakes which smelled more like fresh pancake batter with a hint of bakery cinnamon. It was that mixed with something creamy and sweet. Description from website: Apple Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Cream Cheese Filling. Melted in a 20-watt light bulb warmer. Medium-strong throw.

Walt's Halloween Parade, 1 coin - the dominant note in this to me was the funnel cakes. Sweetened fried dough with a very slight almond note. Not sure if the almond was supposed to be there but it was to my nose. I didn't get a lot of the pumpkin.  This was a light scent in that it wasn't overwhelming.  It just filled the air with a pleasant sweetness. Scent notes: Funnel Cake, Powdered Sugar, Pumpkin and Whipped Cream. Medium throw.

Previously reviewed or old scents I melted:
  • CFTKR Apple Butter Pie - I've decided I don't like this scent that much. It reminds me too much of potpourri! I don't think it smells like an apple pie.
  • CFTKR Calabrian Bergamont and Violets - a very pleasant clean floral. It reminded me of a nice smelling soap. 
  • CFTKR Caramel Sticky Buns Cornbread - amazing! This is such a rich bakery blend. All the scents come through.
  • CFTKR Pumpkin Sugar Donuts
  • Rosegirls Oooey Gooey Baked Zucchini Bread - this was an old bag but throw was stroooong. Makes me want to eat a bag of cookies. Gooey caramel bakery scent. Finished the bag.
  • Sniff My Tarts Brown Sugar Zucchini Bread - this did not smell good on cold sniff but it was much better melted. A semi-spicy zucchini mixed with rich brown sugar. Both scents came through. The zucchini had a slightly Frito-like note but the brown sugar almost drowned it out.
  • Scoopable Tart Wax Hypnotic Vanilla Streuselkuchen
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Vintage Chic Scents: First Impression

VCS Haul November 2016
I was excited to place my first Vintage Chic Scents (VCS) order on November 9th. Everyone seems to love VCS in the wax world and I am late to the party. When I first read about how to order from this vendor, I was discouraged because I really dislike stalking Facebook all day just to order wax. It makes me feel like a crazy person. The owner, Kirby, does not give a specific time for when she will open, she just lists the day of the month [Edit: for the next opening, she specified a 5 hour window]. I believe she restocks monthly and items sell out pretty quickly. So when I found out the website would be restocked on November 9th, I did not get my hopes up although I really wanted to try many of her scents.

Here are some helpful ordering tricks I discovered through Facebook posts and other blogs:
  • Create a wishlist on the website a couple days before the opening. When the store opens, you just have to move the items from your wishlist to the cart.
  • Use the "control" button in order to open new tabs when you move items from your wishlist to your cart. This way you don't have to keep navigating back to the wishlist page. You can just switch from tab to tab. Be careful though, if you have a lot of stuff to move, you'll have lots of tabs open. You want to make sure you refer to the correct cart. 
  • The cart does not "save" items so if someone checks out before you and an item sells out, it will be removed from your cart. I've discovered that some people order the things they must have first and then they come back for other items later. Some people place like 3 or 4 orders per opening.
On November 9th, I woke up at around 6:30 am Pacific Time for work and the site was open! Some of the stuff I wanted was already sold out (like Cinderella's Gown and the Lucy & Ethel blend) but I was able to purchase most of the items on my wishlist. In fact, I think many of the items I ordered were available for most of the morning. I was under the impression she sold out immediately or closed quickly like Candles from the Keeping Room but that is not the case.

I received my order on November 14th. Fast TAT! Very pleased!

VCS wax is so pretty...and I am sucker for well packaged pretty things. I really liked everything from my order so I am happy about that. The roses were waaay bigger than I thought they would be but the loaves much smaller. I have no sense of scale when I look at photos of these items. Everything, and I mean everything, smells delightful.

Here's what I ordered:

  • Blossom Bag in Milk Glass
  • Deluxe Blossom Bag in Jackie O
  • Deluxe Blossom Bag in Strawberry Jackie O (waiting for this to arrive in the mail)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Rose Quartet: The Witching Hour; Upstairs at Graceland; Thanksgiving Day Parade and It’s a Wonderful Cream Cheese Life
  • Be Grateful Rose Quartet: Thanksgiving Day Parade; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; The Great Pumpkin and Cranberry Great Pumpkin
  • Zucchini Sampler: Tara Will Never Go Hungry Again; Purple Haze; Beehive; Saturday Evening Post; Strawberry Fields Forever; Phantom of the Opera; Aunt Nellie’s Holiday Treat; Aunt Nellie’s Autumn Supreme; Aunt Bee; Before Midnight; Going Hollywood; Fred and Wilma Zucchini
  • Loaf in Grandma's Pearl leaves with Priscilla's Wedding overpour
  • Loaf in The Warren's Zucchini
  • Loaf in White Zombie Leaves and Holiday Affair overpour
For the VCS scent list, click hereI haven't melted anything yet and I hope the scents are strong because the blends are fantastic.
VCS is reopening on December 13th!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wax Melts & Reviews 11/12/2016

Wax Melts & Reviews 11/12/2016

There were lots of wax re-openings this week!
  • November 9 - Vintage Chic Scents. I logged on when I woke up for work and there were still scents left! Even today there are some items available. Haul post to come.
  • November 10 - Scoopable Tart Wax restock. Ordered 3 items.
  • November 10 - Rosegirls. Skipped this one although I believe they are open for the whole weekend.
  • November 12 - Candles from the Keeping Room. I missed the opening because I overslept. The site was only open for something like 20 minutes. Oh well. I decided to donate the money I would have spent to this charity.
Not a lot of new scents this week but I did buy a new "modern design" Glade warmer from Target. I think one of my warmers is broken. It gets so hot that sometimes the wax starts steaming. I had to throw it out because it was scaring me.

Jo Malone

Sweet Almond & Macaroon mini candle - so good! For a small candle, throw was good. A sweet and creamy almond (kinda like cherry) scent with a bakery kick. Love.

Rosegirls

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and Pie Crust, 1 chunk tart - this doesn't smell like oatmeal cookies. It is nice, but it mostly reminds me of something baking in the oven. I think I mostly get the pie crust - a very pleasant and sweet bakery scent, mild and comforting. Medium throw. Melted in a 20-watt light bulb warmer.

Previously reviewed or old scents I melted:
  • Candles by Victoria Granny's Apron - pie crust + zucchini bread, I think. This zucchini had a little bit of that Fritos corn chip note that I don't like. Although when my husband came home from work he said, "I thought you were baking something, it smells nice. But then I remembered I've never seen you bake anything. Is it a candle?" Ha! Sad but true.
  • CFTKR Brown Sugar Pecan -  I didn't like this one. Maybe the tart was too old but there was something in the background of the scent that remind me of rancid milk.
  • CFTKR Pink Sugared Peppermint - still such a good scent for nighttime. My husband likes this one too. The Pink Sugar cuts the bite of the peppermint.
  • CFTKR Sugar Milk - still love this although I know some people think it smells like sour milk. I get sweet condensed milk or maybe a frothy warmed sweet milk.
  • CFTKR Sugar Milk and Cookies - I don't know if Carol even makes this scent anymore but it was a favorite. Rich sugar cookies mixed with creamy condensed milk. 
  • CFTKR Tea and Cake - so good! Something about the scent reminds me of 7-Up soda but it is pleasant and not overwhelming.
  • Rosegirls Streuselkuchen - finally finished the bag 
  • Scoopable Tart Wax Fall Fluff Puffs - yums
  • Sniff My Tarts Sweet Lavender Marshmallow Cake - so very good. Melted my last one. May have to reorder when customs are available some time this month. Although with a 4-month TAT, I probably won't order.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies or organizations mentioned.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Rosegirls Haul: September 2016

Rosegirls September 2016 Haul

The last time I ordered from Rosegirls was back in 2013. It's so much easier now! I placed this order and then a flash sale sampler order back in September/October. Overall I'm pleased with the scents I chose for my September order. They don't smell quite right on cold sniff but I've found that I've generally had very good luck with Rosegirls scents once they are melted.

Here's a brief cold sniff review:
  • Fall Festival - Cranberry Kettle Corn, Funnel Cake, Bear Claws. The cranberry note is stronger than I thought it would be. I don't get any of the cinnamon from the Bear Claws but hopefully it will come out when melted.
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pie Crust - I kinda get a little of the oatmeal cookie note, like oatmeal batter but it smells artificial right now.
  • Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Fluff Puffs - Pumpkin Pecan Waffle, Marshmallow Smoothie, Monster Cookie. Very weird. I smell cherries but maybe it's just my nose. This scent sounds like everything I love so I hope it smells true to its description once melted.
  • Whole Lotta Love - Vanilla Crunch Donuts and Raspberry Sauce. Stronger on the Raspberry sauce.
Rosegirls is open right now for pre-orders in Mario and holiday scents. I'm sitting this one out even though I haven't tried any of the Mario blends. I have mini-melts coming soon so I'd like to melt through at least half of my current Rosegirls stash before I order more.

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with the company mentioned.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Wax Melts & Reviews 11/6/2016

Wax Melts 11/6/2016


I've been able to melt more than usual lately. I hope to place a small CFTKR order on November 12th. I'd also like to place an order with Vintage Chic Scents because there are some blends I really want to try but when I read the directions on how to order, I was discouraged. I am no longer willing to computer stalk all day just to order wax so I hope that when I log on November 9th, there's something left! There are some lovely blends. 

Candles from the Keeping Room (CFTKR)

Apple Cinnamon Donuts, 1 tart - very nice! It doesn't smell like donuts to me but it is a delicious fall scent. I get baked cinnamon apples with a creamy bakery note. Strong throw.

Butternut Pumpkin, 1 tart - this is a spicy bakery pumpkin. There were moments when the spices reminded me of Red Hot cinnamon candies. I also smell other spices, maybe nutmeg? Medium-strong throw.

Harvest Sweet Potato Pie, 1 tart - loved this one! I've decided I really like bakery sweet potato scents. To me, this smelled like a delicious sweet potato Thanksgiving dessert with a hint of mild bakery spice. Medium-strong throw.

Rosegirls

Banana Fluff Puffs*, 1 chunk tart - this was way better than I thought it would be! The Fluff Puffs was the stronger note and the banana just added a hint of fruitiness to it. On cold sniff the banana smelled artificial like candies, but it did not smell fake when melted. Strong throw.

Raspberry Cheesecake Stuffed Cannoli, 1 chunk tart - I didn't like this one. The scent smelled like artificial raspberries and almost had a plastic tinge to it. Maybe it's the cheesecake. Sometimes I don't like cheesecake scents. I switched it out after 2 hours but it had a very strong throw.

Strawberry Buttercream Fluff Puffs, 1 chunk tart - I am loving all the Fluff Puff blends. This one reminded me of strawberry wafer cookies, those ones stuffed with cream. Medium-strong throw.

Sweet Pumpkin Fluff Puffs, 1 chunk tart - so good! A sweet pumpkin pie scent mixed with mild spices and the bakery goodness of Fluff Puffs. I detect both scents. I melted this once in my regular 24-watt warmer and the creamy bakery faded in about 2 hours and all that was left was spices. I melted it on another day in a 20-watt lightbulb warmer and the scent was more consistent, so much better. Medium-strong throw.

Vanilla Hazelnut Mocha Fluff Puffs, 1 chunk tart - I liked this! On cold sniff all I got was the coffee mocha but when melted, it's blended with the fluff puff scent for a hint of bakery goodness. Medium-strong throw.

*Fluff Puffs is Rosegirls Monster Cookie and Marshmallow Smoothie mixed together. 

Scoopable Tart Wax 

Hypnotic Vanilla Streuselkuchen, 1 heaping tbs - this is a nice creamier version of the popular bakery cinnamon coffee cake scent. The cinnamon is not overwhelming. I wish it had a stronger throw though. Medium throw using an 18-watt hot plate warmer.

Renaissance Festival, 1 heaping tbs - this smells very unique to me. Baked apples mixed with a caramel cream sauce and cake with a hint of pumpkins and spices. I liked it! A nice fall scent. Medium-strong throw using a 20-watt light bulb warmer.

Previously reviewed or old scents I melted:
  • Candles by Victoria Butter Brickle - yummy butterscotch scent but whoa, this was so strong. Almost too strong, gave me a slight headache. 
  • Candles by Victoria Fair Day - a caramel apple and cotton candy scent, mostly get the caramel apple. Reminds me of fall.
  • Candles by Victoria Spellbound - this is also a caramel apple and cotton candy scent but it's brighter and creamier. I think the apples are tart granny apples and there's some maple and  vanilla mixed in. Similar to Fair Day but I like this version better.
  • CFTKR English Breakfast Zucchini - I love this. Orange marmalade and bread. The orange marmalade is subtle. I need a big bag of this later. 
  • CTFKR Serendipity Marshmallow Delight - still so very good.
  • CFTKR Wildberry Mousse & Toasted Marshmallow - good! The marshmallow makes this super fruity scent creamier.
  • Rosegirls Ooey Gooey Baked Zucchini Bread - oldie but goodie
  • Rosegirls Strueselkuchen - trying to melt through my old stash because I ordered this scent in mini-melts
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Scoopable Tart Wax: First Impression

Scoopable Tart Wax

In general, I don't love scoopable wax because I find it messier than just popping in a tart (I feel the same way about loaves) but I thought I'd give Scoopable Tart Wax a try because they had my beloved Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs in stock. Right now, the site is ready-to-ship so I received these within a week of ordering. They're $10 each plus shipping fees.

When I first discovered Scoopable Tart Wax, I was confused because the scents were the same as Rosegirls. But then I learned that it's owned by the original creator of Rosegirls and the mother of the current owner. I've been so out of the wax loop.

Overall I'm pretty happy with my purchase. All the scents I picked were good. Sure, like most scoopable wax, it's a little messy in that you have a spoon with residual wax that you have to clean up. I decided to buy some cheap plastic tablespoon scoopers so I don't use my silverware. I melt this wax in a 20-watt lightbulb warmer since it's softer than a tart. Scent throw is good, perhaps not the strongest but medium-strong in my apartment. You can always add more to make it stronger but I tend to use one heaping tablespoon.

These are the scents I chose and a quick cold sniff review:
  • Fall Fluff Puffs - sticky sweet fall goodness! Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and Sweet Potato Pie mixed with Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs. It also smells like there's buttercream vanilla mixed in but it's not in the scent description.
  • Hypnotic Vanilla Streuselkuchen - a creamier version of the German cinnamon coffee cake scent
  • Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs - amazing. One of my favorites. Brown sugar cookies + marshmallow fluff.
  • Renaissance Festival - this was a popular scent in the Facebook group so I thought I'd give it a try. Not what I was expecting but it's nice! There's baked apples mixed with buttery caramel and cake, plus a little bit of pumpkin. It smells unique to me.
  • Wildberry Jelly Donut - I love jelly donut scents in general but this is strong on the wildberry and jelly. I hope the donut part comes out more when melted.

As for the texture, it's harder than I thought it would be but still easy to manipulate. I thought it would have the consistency of gelato or something like that but it's firmer. Here are some pictures:



Would I repurchase? Yes, I like the scent combinations and I found that I like blending them with other scents as well. There were scents added to the site that I'd like to try such as Raspberry Pecan Bars and Sunday Brunch. I haven't pulled the trigger yet but maybe later.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the company mentioned.