Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Americana Marshmallow Smoothie

Americana Marshmallow Smoothie - [no scent description]

While I don't have an actual scent description, from what I've found online people say this is a mix of Monster Cookie, blackberry jam butter cookie, and marshmallow.  The cookie notes are the strongest, along with the sweet creaminess of the marshmallow.  The blackberry is nestled in the middle, offering a soft, fruity note.  Because of that Monster Cookie, this reminds me of Golden Grahams cereal with a hint of dark berry.  Very yummy!

I worked my way through a bag of this scent, with chunks varying in size from about 1.4 - 2.1 oz.  Melting this in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer, I had medium-strong scent.  The cookie notes traveled well into adjacent rooms, but the berry note was strongest in the area of the warmer.

This is a really nice scent, sort of cozy, and probably safe to melt if you have company coming and you aren't sure what types of scents they might like.  My mom, for instance, is super picky and sensitive to scents, but she never mentioned anything about this while she was here on Easter and I had this going.

I would buy this one again.

Melted - Rosegirls / Wonders of the World

Wonders of the World - Rosegirls Custom Blend - 'Our Butterscotch Supreme is a unique blend of Monster Cookie, Butterscotch and Ooey Gooey Sticky Caramel.'

I've come across a Rosegirls scent that I don't like.  But I'm also still a bit confused about this particular bag.  If you remember my Christmas post, I'd said that when hubby went shopping and had asked for the Wonder of the World scent, they'd told him they didn't have any in chunk form but they had the components of it in brittle form.  I don't know if some of the pieces were one part of the scent, other pieces were other parts of the scent?  Did pieces of these need to be mixed?  Some of the bars did look slightly different than others, and some even looked like they might have been layered.  Since I wasn't sure what was going on, I just melted one bar at a time.  Maybe this was the problem?

Then again, I don't think the bars smelled very different from one to the next when I melted them, so who knows.

My problem with this scent was that there was a a bitterness.  Maybe it was supposed to be a salty note from the caramel?  It overpowered the otherwise yummy, gooey, goodness of the other notes in this blend.  

I'd actually like to try an actual chunk of this scent, give it another chance, so I know for sure.  Anyone out there have any?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Destash/RAOK From Sunnee!

The ever generous Sunnee, over at the Fragrance Obsessed blog, was destashing some tarts recently and I managed to snag a few.  When I received the package though, I was in awe of the 'few extras' she had included.  Among the goodies was a very nice little note of appreciation for inspiring her to get her own blog going.  It's those little things that help me on days when I feel like letting my own blog die out.  So thank YOU, Sunnee, for your friendship, support, and generosity in sharing wax goodies!  =)

I debated whether or not to post pics of the individual items, but decided to just go for it.  This post will be pic heavy now . . .

The Golden Age - 'This scent, blending butterscotch and snow taffy, will make you feel like you're sharing the silver screen with the stars and starlets of Hollywood's Golden Age.'
 I was thrilled to see quite a few tarts from Vintage Chic Scents.  I've actually been considering placing an order next time she restocks.  Looking forward to melting this one because I have loved other butterscotch scents.  Smells mostly like butterscotch at the moment.

My Favorite Things - 'These are a few of my favorite things: sweet strawberries, fresh-baked bread and vanilla butter fudge.'
'Bread' in a scent always scares me because it often means *zucchini* bread, but this one seems ok, at least on cold sniff.  The top/green has the bready scent, while the bottom/purple seems to have the strawberry.  I don't notice any fudge note on cold sniff.

Spoonful of Sugar - 'Mary Poppins taught us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. With this scent, bringing together tres leche cake and sugar cookie dough, you'll agree that a spoonful of sugar helps everything go down.'
I think the top is the sugar cookie part.  It really does smell like cookie dough.  Reminds me of the old family recipe that I use to make Christmas cookies.  I don't get much from the bottom right now, what is probably the cake.  There is a sweetness, but it's light.
Grandma's Pearls - 'Whenever it was a special occasion, my grandmother always wore a pearl necklace. A true touch of class, this scent brings together marshmallow and lavender vanilla.'
I'm apparently becoming a lavender fan in my old age.  There have been other lavender scents I've enjoyed recently.  And this is another that is quite nice.  The vanilla and marshmallow really soften and sweeten the lavender, making it quite nice and still relaxing.

War of the Worlds - 'The world will never be the same after this epic clash of the three most popular scents - Serendipity, Fruit Loops and marshmallow.'
I used to love the original version of this movie.  It's been years since I've seen it now.  I have not ever watched the more recent remake.  But anyway . . .  This is a very sweet scent.  Serendipity and Fruit Loops are both tooth achingly sweet, so I don't know if I'll be able to tolerate this one for long but I'll give it a shot.
Lucy & Ethel - 'You'll love Lucy all over again with this blend of pistachio pudding cake, coconut and marshmallow. What will these nutty broads be up to next?'
Ohhhh yessss.  This is the scent that got me interested in this vendor.  I'd originally received a tart in this scent from Julie, another waxy-bloggy friend, and I fell in love with it.  I was so happy to find this scent in this package!  There is a sweet creaminess to this one that tones down the nuttiness that I've found in what I thought would be similar scents from other vendors.

Lasting Scents - Lemon Pavlova - [no scent description]
I had to look up what a pavlova is, and found that it's 'meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside.'  That makes sense, because this is a creamy lemon scent.  Quite yummy.

Lasting Scents - Toffee Bark - [no scent description]
I saw this in one of Sunnee's recent posts and might have commented on it, and was then super excited to find it in this package.  This might even be my favorite out of everything!  It's a deep, rich, buttery toffee scent, like butterscotch and caramel and maple collide.  Reminds me of an old favorite BH&G scent.

Orchid Lake Candles - Hello Sugar - 'Delightful shortbread dusted with lemon sugar.'
I think this is a Bath & Body Works dupe, if I remember correctly from my soap making days.  The picture is kind of crappy but the tart is indeed a two-tone brown/yellow mix of color.  This is a light, almost fresh cookie type scent.  There is a hint of lemon, but it's almost like you really do get the sugar crystal note in this.

Up The Creek Scents - Jelly Donut Sugar Beans - [no scent description]
Very sweet on cold sniff, with a slight donut note in the background.  Not sure what 'sugar beans' is in this, but it must be what's adding all that sweetness.

Up The Creek Scents - Lemon Marshmallow Serendipity Bread - 'Top notes of sweet lemons with marshmallows and serendipity, rounded out with baked bread.'
Bread again, and the Walls of Leery instantly go up.  But I don't get any kind of bread note on cold sniff.  I do get a lot of super sweet, almost powdery sweetness though.  It's not a distinct lemon or a distinct Serendipity, just a whole lot of sweetness right now.

Long Cane Primitives - Frosty Blue Ribbon Cookie - [no scent description]
Really wish I knew the scent description for this!  It's darn yummy smelling.  I'm pretty sure I'm getting a tiny hint of mint in this, which is probably what the 'Frosty' in the name refers to.  I wonder if it's some sort of sugar cookie?  I wish the mint was tad stronger, but we'll see how it is when melted.

Beezy Tarts - Pink Toasty Marshmallow - [no scent description]
I was surprised to see a Beezy tart in this package!  How did Sunnee let that one escape?  I thought her undying love to Beezy was the truest thing on earth?!  But seriously, it was nice to find something from Beezy Tarts.  I prefer the Pink Sugar scent in bath and body products, but I'll give this one a chance.  It's a slightly creamier version because of that marshmallow.

Rosegirls - Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs - [no scent description]
My introduction to Rosegirls was with this scent and it is still a favorite of mine.  It reminds me of graham crackers, or Golden Grahams cereal.  Always nice to have more of this one!

Better Homes & Gardens - Toffee Nut Crisp - [no scent description]
I know I had commented about this one on Sunnee's blog, because it was one that I don't think I've ever seen at my Walmart.  She said she didn't care for it, but I think I might like it.  There is quite a strong nut note to it though.  Hope that tones down when melted.

Better Homes & Gardens - Raspberry Linzer Cookies - [no scent description]
I actually have a pack of this already but that's ok.  It's a nice, sweet cookie scent.  Maybe I'll just pay it forward and share this with someone else.
Better Homes & Gardens - Orange Buttercream Cupcake - [no scent description]
This scent was crazy popular a year or two ago because everyone said it smelled just like Fruit Loops, which was the hottest scent in the wax community at that time.  I don't think I've ever had this myself but I do agree it smells like Fruit Loops.  And it does seem to be one of the staples in BH&G tarts, since I always see it in stock at my Walmart.  It is a bright, fun scent so I probably will give it a try now that I have it.

Bath & Body Works - Forever Red - 'Top Notes: Fiery Pomegranate, Rare French Peach, Luminous Apple.  Mid Notes: Red Peony, Night Marigold, Red Osmanthus.  Dry Notes: Rich Vanilla Rum, Velvety Marshmallow, Oak Wood.'
I could not believe it when I pulled this set of Forever Red products out of the box.  It's been forever since I've been to B&BW so to have anything is a treat, but to have full size shower gel, lotion, and body mist in a scent I adore is awesome.  That scent info is a bit overwhelming.  To simplify, I'd say it's like a vanilla-pomegranate scent, but with some darker, sophisticated notes.

Thanks again, Sunnee.  Thank you, thank you!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Melting Fairy - April '14 Box

After skipping a month (March) due to indecisiveness, I re-subscribed to The Melting Fairy and managed to get right back into the swing of things with the April box.  And what a box it is!  Not only is the chunk huge and super cute this month, but there is an extra tart that is another blend.  Usually if there is an extra, it's just one of the regular scents.  I'm rather excited this month!

The five scents I picked . . .
Lemon Pound Cake (NEW) - 'Moist rich pound cake blended with fresh lemon, topped with a sweet powdered sugar glaze.'
 This smells really good on cold sniff, strong on the cake.
Malibu Rum Cupcake (NEW) - 'Notes of coconut, sweet buttercream, rum liquor, and rich maple syrup are all mixed into a creamy vanilla cupcake. YUM!'
 Not even sure why I picked this other than I think I had this scent from a different vendor recently and seem to remember liking it.  On cold sniff right now, this is strong on the coconut, with a pretty strong cupcake note behind it.
Pistachio Pudding Cake (NEW) - 'Creamy vanilla custard is blended with nutty pistachios, almonds, and honey to create this decadent scent.'
Once again hoping this will be like the pistachio scent I love from another vendor, I was excited to see this as one of the new scents for the month.  While this is closer to the beloved scent than the other recent attempt, this one is still not it.  This one is very heavy on the almond note.
Pearamel (NEW) - 'Thick and decadent caramel is mixed with vanilla and buttercream and drizzled over fragrant baked pears.'
This just sounded interesting.  I do like pear scents, and do like most caramel scents so this seemed like a safe choice.  And oooh, this is good!  Almost smells like caramel apple instead of pear, that same bright and juicy and sweet creamy scent.  Mmmm!
Mango Sage Tea (NEW) - 'Sage leaves are blended with mango, strawberry, papaya, and white tea leaves to create this refreshing scent.'
 I've loved The Melting Fairy's tea scents so far, so when I saw a new one for the month I decided to grab it, even though I'm iffy on mango scents.  This is interesting.  The tea notes are there, like a sweet tea.  The mango is on a tolerable level for me.  I think the sage is really doing something, but I'm not sure what sage smells like on its own so I can't say for sure how much impact it's having in here.  

The first of the two blends this month is this Vanilla Bean Noel/Wildberry Scone/Ice Cream Scoop Bread extra tart.  There is no scent description available but I think most tart junkies are familiar with the three scents.  Whenever I come across a bread scent, I always fear that means zucchini bread, and my immediate horrified thought when I sniffed this was . . . "Fritos!  There it is!  Gaaaaaah!"  I get a bit of the Vanilla Bean Noel, and a smidge of berry but that immediate corn chip note is enough to have me shuddering.  Not sure if I'll try melting this one anyway, or pass it on to someone else.

This is the chunk blend in this month's box and it's so cute and appropriate for Easter.  This is Pink Serendipity Peeps, which is a blend of Pink Sugar, Serendipity, and marshmallow Peeps.  It's a huge chunk (4 oz.) with a thin layer of pink on the bottom and a cute bunny embed.  On cold sniff, it seems pretty equal on the Pink Sugar and the Serendipity.  This is pretty nice.

If you're not familiar with The Melting Fairy, it is a monthly subscription box of wax tarts.  Cost is $14.50 a month, and that includes shipping.  You get to pick five scents from the scent list, and you will receive two 1 oz. tarts in each of those scents.  You will also receive a surprise chunk blend each month, and sometimes one of two freebies.  Sign up by the 20th of the month to receive the next month's box.  New scents are added each month.  There is also a Facebook page . . . HERE.

So far, I'm glad to be back in the program.

Have YOU tried The Melting Fairy yet?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Pineapple Souffle

Pineapple Souffle - 'Mouthwatering dessert made with pineapple, toasted coconut, wild berry, buttercream, whipped vanilla, caramelized sugar, and white cocoa.'
Delicious scent!  I was surprised how much I liked this one.  It's definitely a pineapple scent but there is a bit of warmth along with it, a slightly rich background note in the sweet dessert type scent.  I did get a bit of the berry note, but the pineapple is predominant.  It reminded me of a pineapple cake.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice medium-strong scent.

I would definitely get this one again.

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Pistachio Coconut Fluff

Pistachio Coconut Fluff - 'A sweet concoction of vanilla, pineapple, whipped cream, pistachios, coconut, and a dash of walnuts and nutmeg.'
I ordered this one in hopes that it would be like a pistachio something or other scent I'd had from another vendor.  Sadly, it was nothing like that other one.  Also sad that I didn't really care for this one.  To me it was nothing like the name would seem to imply, a sweet dessert type scent.  This was not sweet.  I didn't detect even a smidge of pineapple.  It was just a very dry, nutty scent.  There was a sort of toasted coconut note along with the overall dry nuttiness, but it was not at all the sweet, tropical type of coconut scent.
I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium scent.  I turned the warmer off after a couple hours because I just didn't care for this one.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / White Tea Lemonade

White Tea Lemonade - 'White tea leaves nestled into a fresh batch of zesty lemonade.'
This was a little too perfume-y and pretty for me, not to the point that I hated it, but way more than I'd expected it to be.  I'm not sure just what white tea is supposed to smell like.  I've had other tea scents and have been able to pick out the tea note, but this one was hard.  At times I thought the sweet lemonade note was poking through, and other times I thought I was finally finding the distinct tea note, but overall it was almost a powdery perfume type scent, with hints of sweetness.
I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium scent.  It was not an obvious type scent, more of a 'freshening the air' background type thing.
I know a lot of people love this type of scent, but it's just not for me.