Monday, September 1, 2014

Melted - Butterfly Lane Scents / Country Bumpkin

Country Bumpkin - [no scent description]

Although the Butterfly Lane website no longer includes this one, I do know the actual description of this fragrance is '...wonderful complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves.'  I first fell in love with this scent several years ago in soap form.  I'd thought it was a fabulous custom blend by that particular soap maker and was amazed that I ordered more bars.  Shortly after that, I recognized the scent description on another site and was bummed to realize it wasn't that soap maker's own blend, but was thrilled to know this scent was commonly available.  I've seen this on many wax vendor sites, usually under a different name.  But if you see that 'candied yams' in the description, you can almost be sure it's Country Bumpkin.

I still LOVE this scent.  It's so wonderful for fall, slightly spicy, a bit of cider-y tang, while still be managing to be warm with a slightest hint of creamy.  There is something about this that makes me think of being outdoors on a damp Halloween night.  I don't know if the hints of sweetness remind me of trick-or-treat candy mixed in a plastic pumpkin?  And that slight juicy, cider note are the damp and the chill?  The warmth of the marshmallow and butter are the warmth of the lights of neighborhood houses as kids trek door to door?  I don't know.  I just love it.

I cut this tart in half and melted part in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer, and part in my tea light warmer, and had pleasant enough medium-strong scent from each.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Natters - Fall Decorating Crisis

As The Fall Slut, it seems crazy that I should have this problem but yes, I am having a decorating crisis.  I had this same problem last year, and possibly the year before that too.  Ya see, I'm gungho to haul out my fall stuff as soon as possible and September 1 seems to be the unofficial opening of the fall season.  My problem is that September seems to be 'lite fall,' more of the apples and sunflowers.  'Full fall' doesn't come until October/November.

October is the month for Halloween decorations.  Things are purple and orange and black.  Things are creepy, spooky, witches, spiders, jack-o-lanterns.  That's easy.  I have tons of Halloween decorations.

November is the month for Thanksgiving decorations.  Things are brown and orange and maroon.  Things are pumpkins, pilgrims, turkeys, 'Thankful' everything.  That's easy too.  I have a tote of Thanksgiving decorations.

September, in my mind, is not yet ready for the 'full fall' things like pumpkins.  I don't have decorations for 'lite fall.'  I could go buy some, I suppose, get a September decorations tote started and eventually not have this problem.  I did buy the fake flowers bundle you see in the pic above.  I thought the sunflowers in it allowed it to be 'lite fall.'  I could pick through my November tote and pull out a few of the non-pumpkin things and use them now.  But do they stay in a September tote or do I reuse them in November with all the other 'full fall' things?  Doing that, it becomes a hassle deciding where to store them in the non-fall months, and to put them away during October.

Or should I not decorate in September?

LOL - Do you see the problems I have???

Any ideas or suggestions you have on this would be greatly appreciated.  If you just want to laugh at me and talk me down from the ledge, that's fine too.  Help The Fall Slut out here, would ya?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Melted - Kim's Tarts / Apple Jack Peel

Apple Jack Peel - 'Delicious fresh apple aroma with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. A Claire Burke duplication.'

I first came to know and love this scent back when I was first diving into the world of soap making.  I'm not a huge fan of cider scents but I do love this.  The description of the original Claire Burke version is ' . . .  the welcoming aroma of baked apples warmed with cinnamon, spice and a twist of citrus.'  And it's that citrus that makes this just a little more special than just a spiced apple scent.  This is definitely a fall scent!  It's deep and spicy, still having some of that sort of 'fermented' feel of a cider, but juiced up a bit with that hint of orange.  One of my absolute favorites for fall!

I melted these tarts (three in a pack) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and my tea light warmers and had what I thought was a nice medium-strong scent.  Hubby, on the other hand, thought it was too strong.  Go figure!  lol

Friday, August 29, 2014

Melted - Kim's Tarts / Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider - 'A fabulous spiced scent!'

Although I'm not a big fan of cider scents, when I was placing by large fall scents order I decided to go ahead and get this because, well, it is a fall scent.  I was surprised to find this wasn't as cider-y as I'm used to cider scents being.  It didn't really have that certain note I always associate with cider.  This was almost more along the lines of that sort of craft-store-in-the-fall spicy potpourri scent.  It wasn't an overwhelming spiciness either.  I liked this one, even though I was weirdly disappointed it wasn't more like the cider scents I don't really like anyway.  LOL!

I melted these tarts (three in a pack) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and my tea light warmers and had medium scent throughout the house.  It did seem to travel *up* though, because the scent seemed much stronger upstairs.

An interesting tart all around!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Melted - Kim's Tarts / Grannie's Homemade Apple Butter

Grannie's Homemade Apple Butter - 'Very spicy apple with a warm buttery background.'

 I don't think I've eaten actual apple butter.  I've often wanted to try it but I only ever see large jars of it in stores and I end up not wanting to spend the money on something I don't know if I'll like.  One thing I'm wondering now is, is apple butter really this spicy??  Wow, I was surprised just how spicy this scent was!  Spice haters beware!  This was still a great scent, but I just thought it was going to be something more mellow and warm.  It started off like a typical cinnamon apple type scent.  As it continued to warm though, the spice continued to bloom while the actual apple note settled more into the background.  There was still some warmth and depth from the buttery background, making it quite a bit a different from that typical cinnamon apple scent in the end.  A great fall scent, probably even good for around Christmas with all that cinnamon in there.

I melted these tarts (three in a pack) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and my tea light warmers and had quite strong scent throughout the house.  It might be overpowering to those who are spice sensitive though.

Melted - Kim's Tarts / Caramel Apple

Caramel Apple'The scent of a big red juicy apple dipped in warm, buttery caramel.'

As fall creeps up, I have to have apple scents and caramel apple is one of my must-haves.  This one is really nice.  It's a little stronger on the caramel than the apple but both notes are still distinct.  This is more of a salty caramel type, not like some of the sweeter, creamier caramel types other vendors have.  Still, it was a very good scent.
I melted these tarts (three in a pack) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and my tea light warmers and had very nice medium-strong scent throughout the house.

Melted - Kim's Tarts / Cinnamon Apple

Cinnamon Apple - 'The aroma of a red juicy machintosh apple, sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon sticks.'

This was a typical cinnamon apple scent, nothing new or amazing but still wonderful in that comfortable familiar way.  It was not overly spicy.  (Kim's Apple Butter tart is much spicier.)  It was a sweet, juicy apple scent with a touch of cinnamon to warm it up and whisper that fall is near.  Just a really nice, traditional scent.
I melted these tarts (three in a pack) in both my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and my tea light warmers and had a very pleasant medium-strong scent.