Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekly Wax Melts & Reviews 8/23/13

Weekly Wax Melts 8/23/13

This week I decided to melt only previously reviewed scents. I have a whole bunch of half empty scent shots, clamshells and bags of tarts. I am trying to consolidate so I want to be able to throw out empty containers.

Note: I melt my tarts in a 24-watt hot plate warmer unless otherwise specified.

This what I ended up melting:
  • The Bathing Garden Vanilla Layered Raspberry Guava - a great summer scent
  • Candles by Victoria Silent Bob Goes to the Beach - a fabulous tropical scent
  • CFTKR Coconut Strawberry Cake - I really like this for some reason. It's a great blend of fresh strawberry and coconut.
  • CFTKR Tea Cake - so good! 
  • Front Porch Bear Claw - it was a cooler night and I was in the mood for a rich bakery scent and this hit the spot. The next morning, I melted it again and it was way to strong in the heat. Made me feel kinda sick.
  • Front Porch Cotton Candy Cookies - an FP classic.
  • Front Porch Lemon Marshmallow - really good! A very popular FP scent.
  • Front Porch Nana's Banana Pudding - I usually really like this but it smelled too much like Runts candy this time. Huh.
  • Kissing Booth Lime Jello Cake - good but I wish it was stronger
  • Sugar and Spice Gourmet Pink Coconut Butter Fudge - strong and good, mostly Pink Sugar
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Weekly Wax Melts & Reviews 8/16/13

Weekly Wax Melts 8/16/13

The weather has been relatively mild in the LA. Valley. By mild I mean 85 degrees when it is usually 100. It's been nice. While I love the summer because I can spend more time at the beach, I can't wait for the fall. I am looking forward to melting some fall scents and bundling up in some sweaters and knee boots.

Note: I melt my tarts in a 24-watt hot plate warmer unless otherwise specified.

The Bathing Garden 

Bunny Burps, 1 cube of clamshell - a nice light floral with green notes. Very springtime. Reminds me of some sort of lotion. Maybe Vaseline lotion that comes in the yellow container? Strong throw for one cube. Lasted over 6+ hours.

Buttercream Frosted Fresh Squeezed Orange, 2 cubes of clamshell - this is somewhat similar to Dreamsicle type scents but the orange part is more pronounced. It really does smell like a fresh squeezed orange. The buttercream part adds a creamy sweetness. Nice and pleasant on a summer day. Medium throw. Lasted about 5 hours.

Candles by Victoria

Strawberry Danish, 1/2 a scent shot - this is a very popular scent and I can't decide how I feel about it. It's not a sweet strawberry bakery scent. There's a savory note to it and some people describe it as salty. I actually think it's a blend of strawberry and cornbread. It's good but there is something odd about it. Or maybe I should use the word "unique." Medium throw in my living room. Melted for about 4 hours but it would have lasted longer. I've also reviewed this scent in candle form.

Shayz Scentz

Pink Dreams, 1/2 a scent shot - this smelled like oranges and Pink Sugar, the Pink Sugar being the dominant note. I looked up the scent description and I was mostly right: Pink Sugar, orange and lemon peels and a touch of vanilla with coconut. It was pleasant. Medium-strong throw in my bedroom. Lasted about 4 - 5 hours.

Sniff My Tarts

Serendipity Birthday, 1/2 a tart - several wax bloggers reviewed Serendipity scents last week and it inspired me to melt this tart. So goooood. The cherry coconut goodness of Serendipity blended with vanilla birthday cake, complete with icing. The Serendipity was the stronger note and it was a little bit heavier on the cherry. Strong throw in my bedroom. Melted on and off for two days for a total of about 6 hours.

Previously reviewed scents I melted this week:
  • Can-Do Candles Aunt Pattie's Pie Crust. Was in the mood for a lighter bakery scent.
  • Orchid Lake Candles Toasty Coconut. Want to melt as much coconut as I can before the fall season.
  • Rosegirls Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs. So. Very. Good. Love it.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekly Wax Melts & Reviews 8/9/13

Weekly Wax Melts 8/9/13

I hope everyone's been having a good week!

I haven't been keeping up with the wax world via Facebook lately. Every time I log on there is some sort of drama in this or that wax group. While I find it amusing in some ways, it causes me to lose faith in humanity. The anonymity on the internet allows a great deal of cyber bullying and I find myself wondering if these women would be so bold in real life. I also wonder if they were the ones bullied or unpopular in high school so now they have found a venue in which they can turn it around and be the a-hole. Because why so angry? Why so dramatic? Over scented wax?  Come on now. Regular well-adjusted human beings do not act like this. All I know is I want no part in it. What about you? Do you participate in the Facebook wax groups?

Note: I melt my tarts using a 24-watt hot plate warmer unless otherwise specified.

Candles by Victoria

Barbados, 1/2 a scent shot - I've always loved tropical scents. I maybe even love them more than bakery scents because sometimes I just don't want my apartment smelling like baked goods. The scent description for this is papaya with hints of mulberry and coconut. I don't know if I would have guessed that this was papaya. I don't think I know what a papaya smells like. This does remind me of a juicy, fresh tropical fruit mixed with creamy coconut. Very good. Medium-strong throw in my bedroom. Lasted 8+ hours.

Candles from the Keeping Room

Coconut Marshmallow tart - I liked this one. It's really sweet though. Gooey marshmallow blended with what smells like toasted coconut candy. Medium-strong throw, lasted about 6 hours.

Front Porch 

Blackberry Marshmallow tart - I thought I would really like this since I like Blackberry Bread and Blackberry Butter Jam Cookies. But this one was almost too sweet. I was reminded of the Strawberry Shortcake Dolls. This is what I imagine the blackberry doll would smell like if one existed, a sweet and creamy candied blackberry. I guess I prefer blackberry mixed with a bakery note. I don't know if my nose was playing tricks on me but I also detected a hint of a floral note that some blackberry scents have been known to possess. Strong throw. Melted for 4 hours but it would have lasted longer.

Lasting Scent Candles

Vanilla Bean Mousse scent shot - mmmmm. A very nice creamy vanilla bakery scent. Fresh vanilla beans mixed with a rich mousse. Something about it almost smells caramelized. Melting this right now. Medium throw.

Nene's Kitchen Melts

Strawberry Butter Cookie scent shot - not a fan. The scent itself was strong but I didn't like the way it smelled. The strawberry part was off, artificial like chemicals. I melted this for about 2 hours and then switched it out.

Orchid Lake Candles

Iced Lemon Biscotti, 1/2 a scent shot - this reminds me of Pics, Petals and Scents famous Iced Lemon Cookies. The lemon smells the same, makes me think of 7-Up although I may be the only one who thinks this. So a bright citrusy lemon blended with a sweet bakery note. Strong throw. Lasted 8+ hours.

Previously reviewed scents I melted this week:
  • Front Porch Orange Marmalade Bread
  • Lasting Scent Candles Lemon Custard Cookies. So amazing. I looooove this scent so much.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekly Wax Melts & Reviews 8/2/13

Weekly Wax Melts 8/2/13

I can't believe it's already August! This summer has flown by.

Lots of wax vendor reopenings lately! Although truth be told, I am over the whole stalking thing when it comes to buying tarts. I think that's why I chose The Bathing Garden when I made a recent purchase. I missed the reopening but I was able to message Shannon the next day with my list (all customers have this option). The staying up all night or being glued to my computer at odd times just doesn't do it for me anymore. Neither does adding my name to a lottery list for the chance to win the opportunity to buy a tart lot. I haven't won one yet and I am totally being a sore loser but it's frustrating and well, now I just don't feel like playing. Ha! The thrill of the chase is gone, my fellow wax lovers.

Don't get me wrong, if I happen to be around when a vendor is having a sale, I might place an order. I logged on to Facebook about the time Lasting Scent Candles was restocking yesterday and thought, "Oh, I should order!" I went to the site and filled my cart with about 30 tarts but ended up not getting anything. I just bought a leather moto jacket for the fall/winter and remembered I don't have the extra cash to spend on tarts!

Note: I melt my tarts in a 24-watt hot plate warmer unless otherwise specified.

Candles by Victoria

Indonesian Delight, 1/2 a scent shot - this was lovely. A fruity floral blend, very fresh and summery. I detect the pineapple, tangerines, mimosa blossoms and lily. There's a creaminess to it too. Scent description from the website: the top note sparkles with crisp dewfruit, mandarin oranges, tangerines and sweet berries. The heart combines a medley of pineapple, mimosa blossoms, peaches, plums, fruity jasmine and soft lavender. The base is a beautiful lily and vanilla. Medium-strong throw in my bedroom. Lasted 7+ hours.

Lasting Scent Candles

*I store my LSC cups in a plastic bin and let me tell ya, that bin is a mess right now. I think the heat caused the tarts to melt and the oils got all over the place. What a bummer!

Island Kiss tart - this was good. A creamy fruity floral, more fruity than floral. This was a lighter scent with good throw. By lighter I mean it wasn't heavy or cloying, which is perfect for a hot summer day. Scent notes from website: Sweet Juicy Oranges, Bananas,Peaches and Sun Ripened Raspberry with a touch of Gardenia,White Jasmine, Musk and Sandalwood. Medium-strong throw. Lasted about 5 hours.

Snow Globe tart - when I purchased this I forgot what the scent notes were and I was expecting something minty. Yeah, not so much. It's actually a sweet and sugary vanilla, marshmallow and cotton candy type scent. I can smell the cotton candy and the gooey marshmallow. It's pretty good but I have to be in the mood for it. Strong throw for a cotton candy scent. Lasted 8+ hours.

Rosegirls

Razzleberry Cream chunk - this was a smaller sized chunk. Really good! A creamy blueberry cobbler and raspberry blend. To me, the blueberry cobbler was the strongest note but it was mixed with a tart raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream. Medium throw. Lasted about 5 hours.

Sniff My Tarts

Mystery scent shot - this smelled like a lemony Fruit Loops type. I don't normally like Fruit Loop scents but this was nice. There might be some cake or something else mixed in too. Marshmallow maybe? It's Fruit Loops but less tangy and more creamy. Melting this right now. Strong throw.

Previously reviewed scents I melted/burned this week:
  • CFTKR Sugar Milk & Cookies. Gah, so freakin' good.
  • Front Porch Momma's Blueberry Cobbler. I was in the mood for a blueberry bakery scent and this hit the spot.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Weekly Wax Melts & Review 7/26/13

Weekly Wax Melts 7/26/13

During the beginning of the week, I noticed a foul smelling odor coming from one of the corners of my apartment. Turns out a rat got stuck and died in the small space between the roof and my ceiling. A handyman had to come in and make a hole in the ceiling to get it out because there was no other way to reach it. I was just glad the thing did not get into my apartment!

Unfortunately I had to live with the stench for a few days until my landlord could figure out what to do. When I was home, I melted a lot. During those couple days, I didn't really want to melt any new scents since it would be mixed with the smell of dead rat and that really wouldn't be a fair assessment. Ha! I melted mostly Front Porch during that time because I knew the tarts would be strong. Hooray for strong tarts!

Note: I melt my tarts in a 24-watt hot plate warmer.

The Bathing Garden

Guava Berry Gelato, 2 cubes of clamshell - I loved this scent in sugar scrub form so I was excited to try it in wax. It's great in both forms! A creamy berry with a hint of guava. Summery and fresh. Medium-strong throw in my bedroom. I thought two cubes might be overwhelming in my room but it was fine. Melted for about 7 hours total.

Candles by Victoria

Singapore Sling (Black Label), 1/2 a scent shot - there are a whole lot of scents mixed into this blend but to me, it smells like a delicious buttery lemon pound cake. Melting this right now, strong throw.

Tiffany D, 1/2 a scent shot - a great scent for the summer! Very popular and I can see why. Reminds me of a sugary melon drink, kind of creamy. Scent description: a mix of Watermelon, Honeydew Melon, Cotton Candy with a splash of Vanilla. Medium-strong throw in my bedroom. Lasted about 6 hours.

Candles from the Keeping Room 

Sweet Berry Flapjacks tart - this is similar to a Lasting Scent Candles Berry Tart Crepe scent I melted. It also has a slight almond note that I don't associate with crepes or flapjacks. Like vanilla almond cake mixed with berries. Odd...but the scent itself is good. Strong throw.  Lasted 6+ hours.

Orchid Lake Candles

Caramel Coconut Cookie, 1/2 a scent shot - holy crap, this was really good. I like coconut scents though. This reminded me of a macaroon, not to be confused with a macaron. Mostly I get a toasted coconut cookie mixed with a little bit of gooey caramel. After about 4 hours, the cookie part faded and it just smelled like a sweet toasted coconut. Strong throw. Not sure how long this lasted. I left my warmer on all night and when I woke up, the scent was gone. It lasted at least 5 hours.

Previously reviewed scents I melted/burned this week:
  • The Bathing Garden's Pirate Punch in the living room. So good! I left the door open to air out my apartment and my neighbors said it smelled nice.
  • Front Porch Buttercream Drizzled Bread. An FP classic.
  • Front Porch 12 oz. candle in Raspberry Coconut Cake. This was stronger than I remembered but I let it burn for over 5 hours and the pool of wax was huge. Candle still burned cleaned even though I burned it for a long time.
  • Front Porch chunks in Snickerdoodle Cookies & Sugar Cookie Dough Bread. So amazing and strong. Melted this scent two nights in a row. Makes me wish it was fall again so I can really get into those rich bakery scents.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekly Wax Melts & Reviews 7/19/13

Weekly Wax Melts 7/19/13

I went to Vegas this past weekend so I didn't get a chance to do a lot of melting on Saturday and Sunday, which is when I can squeeze in some scents. But Vegas was fun - a lot of sun, food and booze!

Note: I melt my tarts in a 24-watt hot plate warmer unless otherwise specified.

The Bathing Garden

Tea w/ Mango and Mint, 1 cube of clamshell - at first I really liked this. I remember thinking, "I would love it if this were a real drink!" It's a sweet and fruity tea, with just a hint of freshness from the mint. Reallly nice on a hot day. However, after about 2.5 hours, the scent started to morph and it became thick and syrup-y. Medium throw but I melted only one cube in a large area. Lasted about 4.5 hours.

Rosegirls 

Lemon Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cake chunk - this was good! Initially the lemon reminded me of Fruit Loops but after a few minutes it became a creamy and smooth lemon scent with a bakery kick. I thought I would like this more than the lemon/Vanilla Bean Noel blends I've been melting but I think I really like the vanilla caramel richness of VBN mixed with lemon. Medium-strong throw. Melted for about 8 hours total over a span of 2 days.

Sniff My Tarts

Serendipity Butter Cookies fluted tart - mmmm, loves! I still love Serendipity bakery blends and this is a good one. Very strong. The cherry tropical goodness of Serendipity blended with what smells like those danish butter cookies that come in a blue tin. My grandma always had a tin on her coffee table for guests. The Serendipity is the stronger note although the butter cookie is definitely there. Melting this right now, strong throw in my bedroom. Almost need to turn it off for a little while.

Previously reviewed scents I melted this week:
  • Sniff My Tarts Lemon Meringue Noel in the kitchen [not shown]. So very good. This time I really noticed the Vanilla Bean Noel.
  • Tiffany Candles Lemon Cheesecake + Cheesecake in the kitchen. A great custom blend in the old wax formula.
  • Burned Yankee Candles Island Sunset in the bathroom [not shown]. It's taking me a while to get through this candle! 
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Bathing Garden Haul - July 2013

The Bathing Garden Haul - July 2013

It's been a few months since I've purchased any wax. Instead I've been spending my money on things like this, this and this. A wax habit is a little easier on the wallet although I guess it depends on who's buying the wax. I've seen some Rosegirls and Candle from the Keeping Room hauls total over $300 USD. Some might think this is excessive but since I am totally willing to spend $200 on one pair of ripped jeans, who am I to judge?

A few weeks ago, Shannon restocked The Bathing Garden's Etsy site and I could not resist. I think it's the pretty packaging. Of course the scent blends are amazing too. She restocked a few times after this haul but I was able to control myself!

Here's what came in my order:
  • Cake Batter Ice Cream - a very sweet and creamy vanilla scent. I also detect just a hint of almond. 
  • Clowing Around - this is the one I really wanted. Scent description: salty and sweet popcorn, butter cream and candy corn, with blue cotton candy and toffee dipped apples. On cold sniff, the toffee apple is the strongest note but I also get hints of the popcorn and creamy candy. Really good! I seem to like these circus concession themed scents.
  • Zucchini Cake Noel with Wildberry - I am a big fan of TBG's straight Zucchini Noel which smells like a creamier and sweeter zucchini bread blend. This is topped with a mixed berry scent. The Zucchini Noel is the stronger note.
  • Bubbling Butter Brew (sample) - previously reviewed.
I also ordered two scrubs in Blackberry Jam & Lemon Curd and Sugared Pie Crust. I'll review these later on my bath & body products blog.

Overall I am happy with my order! What about you? Have you ordered from TBG recently?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company.