Saturday, August 27, 2016

Haul - More BHG / Scentsationals Fall Wax

While shopping this morning, of course I had to stop and check the wax section again to see if anything new might have been added since last week.  I hadn't been expecting much because the shelves were already crammed full.  Imagine my surprise when I saw they now had an end cap display . . . with some of those elusive scents I'd heard of!

 

Sunflower & Chrysanthemum - [no scent description]
I am not a floral fan but this in the fall line and I'd like to eventually get them all.  Hubby likes floral, or if all else fails I can pass it along to someone else.  And yeah, except for the nice fall picture on the label, I don't care too much for this one.  I really don't know what either of these flowers actually smell like so I can't even tell you if this is anywhere near accurate, or if it's a blend of other things.  It is a sweet scent, almost fruity or juicy.

Fragrant Woodland Walk - [no scent description]
Another one not really intended for me since this is not the type of scent I like.  It's quite cologne-y, maybe a some pine, not sure what else.

Brandied Peach Cobbler - [no scent description]
I'm also not much of peach fan.  LOL  So why did you buy these, you're no doubt asking?!  That's the life of a blogger.  Sometimes we sacrifice, take one for the team.  And this was one of the elusive ones so I grabbed it while I saw it.  Definitely a peach scent, slightly warm but not really spicy.  I do get a little bit of maybe a brown sugar syrup type note, but not a bakery note.  I'll maybe pass that one on to someone else too.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin - [no scent description]
At first the strong salty note from the caramel had me a little leery.  The gooey sweetness of the caramel comes rushing up behind it though, making it tolerable for me.  The pumpkin takes a long time to show itself.  It's sort of the after-taste of the overall scent, and it's a fresh carved pumpkin type, not the warm and spicy pie filling type.

Baked Orchard Apple - [no scent description]
I mainly bought this to compare it to Warm Apple Pie.  Since I have both on hand now, I can do that comparison.  On cold sniff Baked Orchard Apple seems warmer, more like syrupy pie filling, with perhaps even a hint of caramel.  I really like it.  Warm Apple Pie is a little spicier, not quite as deep and warm.  I like them both but I think I prefer Baked Orchard Apple, at least on cold sniff.

Those are the few I picked up this week.  I still have quite a long way to go if I want to get ALL of the fall scents.  It is something I'd like to do though, as I play around with some new ideas and try to redo my focus on some bloggy things.

I still have not found the two I want the most though . . . Peppermint Vanilla Macaroon, and Cider House Donuts!!  Have you seen them in your store?  Is anyone willing to swap if they can find those?
Let me know!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Friend Mail From Amanda C.

I received a surprise friend mail package from bloggy reader Amanda C today.  She will be participating in our upcoming Fall Fun Series, and sent a nice little note of thanks for the invitation.  And of course there were fun smellies that she shared with me!

Sour Watermelon - [no scent description]
I do not know the vendor of this tiny little guy so I couldn't look up the description.  It's a very sweet scent, like a Jolly Rancher candy, but doesn't smell like only watermelon.  I don't know what the 'sour' part it is but it almost smells like a touch of lime or something in there.

(Country Lake Keepsakes) Fresh Squeezed Oranges - 'Strong orange citrus scent.'
A nice orange scent, a little more zesty than juicy.  How cute are those slices though?  They remind me of the orange slices chewy candy.

(Rosegirls) Cotton Candy Frosting - [no scent description]
Reminds me of a buttercream frosting.  I don't notice any particular cotton candy sweetness but that signature creamy RG note is there.

(Rosegirls) Sweet Kiwi - [no scent description]
I wouldn't know a kiwi scent if it bit me in the face so I'm not sure how to describe this.  It's a sweet fruit scent, reminding me a bit of maybe lemon-lime and melon . . . ?

(Pocket Full of Peonies) Sandalwood Satsuma Sugar Cookie Royale - [no scent description]
Upon seeing sandalwood first thing in this name I almost automatically disregarded it.  I am not a sandalwood fan.  Luckily the rich notes of the Sugar Cookie Royale drown out anything else.  There is a tiny hint of orange from that satsuma but really it's mainly a bakery scent.

(Wilma) Watermelon Candy - 'A super sweet watermelon candy.'
Now there's a vendor I have not heard for a while.  Wilma!  I don't really get any watermelon from this, just a very sweet, almost powdery candy scent.  This could be the cotton candy that's missing from the Rosegirls scent above.  lol

(Victoria's Designer Creations) Day Dreamin' - [no scent description]
I really wish I knew what was in this because it's kinda yummy.  There is some creaminess, possibly something bakery, with a hint of brightness.  I really can't narrow it down more than that though.  Maybe something like an orange creamsicle mixed with something?

(Wax Junkie Melts) Abby Cakes - [no scent description]
No clue about this one either.  It smells pretty, like maybe there is floral in there, but there is a touch of warmth too.  This might be a dupe of something.  Ooh!  Lush's Comforter or something like that?

(Jamianne's Wax Creations) Razzle Dazzle - 'Rose Jam + Fizzy.'
Super candy sweet and slightly effervescent.  I must be on a lemon-lime kick today because I think, once again, that the 'Fizzy' part of this might be lemon-lime, like 7Up.  This is a fun scent but a little too sweet and pretty for me.

(Candle Warmers) Pumpkin Cider Donut - 'Indulgent pumpkin cider donut, cinnamon and sugar, and sweet vanilla cream.'
I was super excited to see this in the package!  I'm not familiar with the Candle Warmers brand though.  Is this ordered online, or what store carries them?  I don't think I've ever seen any around here.  I was excited though, because it's a yummy fall scent and next week (!!) we are officially allowed to start melting all our fall scented yummies!  This is a deep, heavy scent, not a lot of spice.  There is a doughy bakery note from the donuts, with light traces of warm pumpkin.  Very nice.  (I noticed the packaging says 2 oz. but when I weighed this is it only 1.5oz.  Shame on you, Candle Warmers.)

I would like to thank Amanda for taking the time to send me this fun little package.  It really did surprise me and brighten my day.  She also had some lovely words of encouragement regarding my recent meltdown in my Natters post, so that helped my day too.

Thanks again, Amanda, and I look forward to reading your posts in the upcoming fall series!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Haul - Sweet Clementine Soaps (Lotions)

I realized recently that I don't have any lotions or soaps in fall scents.  Well that needed to be fixed!  Checking some old favorite indie bath and body vendors got me frustrated.  It seems most of them have also gone to the annoying business model of having big openings every now and then, with very little to choose from in between.  When my favorite vendor said she wouldn't be releasing fall scents until October I kinda freaked.  I think it's safe to say that most scent lovers want their fall smellies in hand by September 1.  So, all of this frustration had me browsing Etsy again.

The main thing I was after was a decent cream to use on my hands and feet.  Enter Sweet Clementine Soaps.  I immediately loved the colorful labels.  I browsed the fun bar soaps and scrubs and lotions and lip balms, and couldn't decide where to start!  It all looks so inviting!  When my common sense and willpower returned, I narrowed my search to fall scented lotions.  I found a couple pumpkin options, which are great for later fall, but could not find any apple scents for early fall.  I sent the owner a message asking about it, and she replied that what I see is what there is.  Bummed by this, I think I put off ordering for a few days while trying to decide what to do.

Obviously I ordered.

Oh yeah, the fact that these are goat milk lotions kinda sealed the deal.

Perfect Pumpkin - 'Sweet Autumn pumpkin topped with the perfect touch of cinnamon, clove and maple sugar. The quintessential fall fragrance, seasonal perfection!'
This smells so frikken good.  I know a lot of people don't want to smell like food when it comes to bath and body products.  I don't mind most of the time.  This is not overly spicy, just warm.  The pumpkin has that sort of tang, like pie filling fresh out of the can.  This will be fun in the coming months.

Sweet Vanilla Chai - 'Shaved coconut, sticky maple syrup, golden butter, and white chocolate tea blended with warm spices and vanilla rum.'
Just in case I didn't like that pumpkin scent, or possibly to have something spicy for early fall, I decided to also order this one.  Oh my, this is also lovely.  This works (for me anyway) for early fall and even possibly leading up to Christmas.  It's not quite as rich as the pumpkin scent, so the warm spice shows itself a bit more clearly, but it's still not too spicy.  I get that vanilla rum, a cozy creaminess, and just the right amount of sweetness.
 
Cream Cheese Frosting - 'A creamy and smooth blend of whipped buttercream, vanilla extract and confectionary sugar.'
 I also received this tiny sugar sample.  I'm glad to have this because I really was eyeballing the scrubs in this shop.  I go in phases with scrubs though, so I didn't want to commit.  Now I can at least try the product and see if it's a type of scrub that I like.  Thank you, Lucy!

The lotions are labeled as "approximately 5 oz." and sell for $7.50 in the Sweet Clementine Soaps shop on Etsy.  Both of them that I received are filled to the absolute brim.  I placed my order on Sunday, August 14, and received it on Monday, August 22.  Shipping was $3.70, coming First Class in a small brown box.  Everything arrived in pristine condition.

I'm really hoping these work with my skin.  If they do, I'll definitely be back to this shop.  I'm already curious what scents will be in the winter collection.  If there is a vanilla-mint, it's mine!

Have you tried Sweet Clementine Soaps?