Friday, September 21, 2018

Melted - Tuscany Candle / Caramel Apple

Caramel Apple - [no scent description]

I was so happy to find this scent as my Walmart was just starting to put out their Halloween decorations.  I'm always ready for another caramel apple scent in early fall!  This one does not disappoint.  There is a wonderfully sweet, creamy, gooey caramel scent wrapped around brighter, juicier apple notes.  I think the caramel note might be a bit stronger than that apple in this one, but that's totally okay because there is still plenty of apple shining through.  This is just a traditional fall staple, wonderful to have scented wax form.

I melted two cubes (about 0.8 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had strong scent right off the bat.  It did taper down to a lighter medium strength after a couple hours though.  Still, for the incredibly affordable price, it was a great melt.

(I used to avoid the Tuscany Candle brand because of the strong skunky plastic note you get if you do a cold sniff right from the open top of the pack.  I have found though, that if you pop the wax out and sniff the bottom you get a clearer true scent.  I've also found that once melted that skunky plastic note is nowhere to be found in the warmed scent.  So go ahead and give this brand a try!)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Bobbing For Apples

Bobbing for Apples - 'Crunchy toffee chips and apples dripping with buttery caramel.'
This is another of my favorite scents for early fall and the name of it cracks me up every year because it's a caramel apple scent but you don't bob for caramel apples, do you?  Anyway, yes, this is a wonderful scent with the caramel being sweet and creamy, not salty, and the apple being bright and juicy.  The blend is about 50-50, with a healthy dose of both the caramel and the apple notes.  It's cozy and delicious and makes you excited for all the fun things fall has to offer.
I melted half of this tart (about 0.7 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had strong scent that traveled well into adjacent rooms.
This is a fall must-have for me.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Apple Harvest

Apple Harvest - 'Apple mixed with fruity notes and touches of spice.'
I like to start melting apple scents in September, which to me is early fall, regardless when the calendar claims fall actually begins.  This is one of my favorites for this time.  It's a bright and juicy apple scent but with just a wee hint of spice to warm it up.  It's like a middle ground between regular apple and the more spicy cinnamon-apple.  The description mentions "fruity notes."  I think there might be a hint of peach or possibly orange peeking through but not enough to recognize it specifically.  No, to the casual observer this is just a really nice early fall apple scent.
I cut this tart in half and melted about 0.8 oz. worth in my tea light warmer.  I had a healthy medium scent, and it lingered well after the wax had cooled.
This is a fall must-have for me.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Haul - Tuscany Candle / Fall & Halloween Scents

I've been aware of Tuscany Candle's wax melts for several years but used to always skip right over them because they were cheap and had that skunky plastic smell when I'd sniff them in the store.  Usually they'd show up on the shelves at Menards during the fall and holiday seasons, and then a couple years ago I noticed they were popping up at Walmart during those times too.  I'd been gifted a pack or two along the way and was surprised at how nice they actually smelled once warmed.  And then last year I finally gave in and bought some of the fall scents and was completely wowed by them.  So you can probably imagine how excited I was to see these just being stocked at Walmart this morning as the Halloween shelves were being filled!  I grabbed one of each scent!

Okay let me just tell you something right here before we dive in.  Every one of these has that harsh skunky plastic-y note when you cold sniff with just the top of the clam shell open.  I could barely get any scent when I did quick sniffs in the store.  I went ahead and bought each one though, because I remember how surprisingly well they worked last year under similar circumstances.  If you find these in your store, try to pop the wax out of the clam shell and smell the bottom of the cubes.  The true, wonderful scents will show themselves there.

Also, these tend to be located in the seasonal decor section of the store, not over in the regular wax aisle.  And at just $1.74 each, they're worth a try!

Caramel Apple - [no scent description]
This is an awesome caramel apple scent.  The caramel is sweet and creamy, not at all salty.  The apple notes are sweet and juicy.  It's about an equal blend of the caramel and apple.  Neither really dominates the other.

Pumpkin Apple - [no scent description]
Last year I sort of fell out of love with heavier pumpkin scents and started really loving the lighter pumpkin blends.  This one is really nice.  It's not as sweet as some other pumpkin apple blends.  This one has a bit of a cinnamon bite to it.  The apple notes are stronger than the pumpkin, juicy and sweet again, but the pumpkin gives it a depth.

Monster Cookies - [no scent description]
This is a delicious sugar cookie scent, rich in buttery vanilla goodness.  It's a rather common, basic scent but is very strong.  I remember when sugar cookie scents were too light and too boring.  They've evolved over the years!  Those who like to blend scents would probably really like this one.

Happy Haunting - [no scent description]
When I found this one among all the scents mixed in the display I was really wondering what it would be like.  My first thoughts were that it would be a cologne-y outdoors type.  Nope.  This is pretty much straight up spice.  I get a strong cinnamon note but I don't think that's all it is, so it's probably the usual blend with clove and whatnot.  I'm not good with straight spice scents, especially if they're really 'dry.'  This one has just enough of a sweetness to it that it might be okay for me.

Candy Corn - [no scent description]
Another very simple buttery vanilla scent, but this one is more raw cookie dough-ish where the Monster Cookies is more like the baked cookies still warm from the oven.  Or maybe more like a thick vanilla frosting.  This one seems a little more 'raw.'  Again, probably a good one for those how like blending scents.

Pumpkin Pie - [no scent description]
This one is interesting.  I don't get the bakery notes of crust or anything like that.  I don't get the sort of puree note that pumpkin can sometimes have.  There is spice, but there is a sweetness, and a bit of creaminess, like it's almost more of a pumpkin pudding.  This will be interesting to melt.

Pumpkin Spice - [no scent description]
This one, on the other hand, is indeed much darker and spicier.  There is a bit more depth to it than the simple spice of Happy Haunting, like it's a bit more rich.  I will melt it to see what's it's like but I'm not really a fan of it on cold sniff.

Pumpkin Spice Latte - [no scent description]
Ah yes.  This is the one I had last year that kicked off my 'Wow, these are actually good!' discovery.  It was just called Pumpkin Latte last year but the label picture was the same so I'm guessing it's the same scent.  And that's one thing I like about these, that they tend to keep bringing back the same reliable scents.  If you're boring and predictable like me, that's a huge perk.  Anyway, if you don't like coffee scents you should probably stay away because that's the first note that smacks you in the face.  There is a creaminess from the latte part of it all that rushes up behind it though, smoothing it out with it's pumpkin yumminess.  There is a bit of spice but the coffee note is way stronger that any damage the spice might do to sensitive noses.  lol

These are the eight scents I found at my Walmart.  I'm curious to know if there are others out there, and if someone finds any, would you be willing to send them this way in trade or for reimbursement?

While looking online for scent descriptions (obviously never found any) I came to realize this is the same as the wax melts that Kmart carries, but not with the Tuscany name.  It makes sense, because the ones I've tried from Kmart have had that same skunky cold sniff scent but have surprised me with their performance once melted.  The labeling has been similar.  There has just been a familiar vibe all along with the Kmart wax.  So this is interesting to know!

Anyway, if you are looking for some affordable wax and you come across these (they're in many different stores), remember to ignore the skunky smell inside the clam shell and pop the wax out for a much more true scent.  And then go ahead and buy a pack!  You might just be surprised!

Are you a fan of Tuscany Candle's wax melts?

Sep. 14 - BHG Fall Scents At Walmart

My Walmart FINALLY has there main display of fall scented wax!  They were actually still working on getting all the fall and Halloween stuff out but when I saw the wax section right there up front, well, I bulldozed my way through to have a look.

  • Caramel Bread Pudding
  • Sweet Blackberry Bourbon
  • Sunlit Meadow Trail
  • Aloha Pineapple Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Honey Butter
  • Golden Sunlit Woods
  • Spiced Vanilla Embers
  • Mahogany & Sandalwood

  • Apple Cookie Crunch
  • Pumpkin S'mores Latte
  • Pumpkin Marshmallow Topping
  • Lemon Pumpkin Shortbread

  • Chilled Pomegranate Wine
  • First Woodland Frost
A couple of these I'd already been seeing since they'd been over in the regular wax aisle for a while now, but I was super excited to finally see all the other ones I'd been seeing people talk about online.  Of course I quickly sniffed them all, wondering which ones would be coming home with me.  Imagine the disappointment when none of them wowed me enough to jump into my cart.  Some of them were interesting, some were even pretty nice, but none of them really had a fall vibe.

I was glad to see Pumpkin S'mores Latte in wax form because I'd only been seeing it in those little rolled paper nuggets in my store before this.  The quick sniff I did of the wax though gave almost no scent, and certainly nothing to get me excited for fall about it.

Caramel Bread Pudding was a nice, sweet, creamy caramel scent.  Apple Cookie Crunch was a nice bakery scent.  But again, neither really had enough fall oomph about them.  The pineapple and lemon pumpkin ones were definitely interesting, just not enough pumpkin to make them fall-like.

My favorites of the bunch were actually Sweet Blackberry Bourbon and Chilled Pomegranate Wine.  the wine especially had a bit of the dark berried spiced punch type vibe that I've been loving the past year or two.  I might actually get that one down the road a bit if there are any left.

  • Apple Crisp Tea 
I found this one over by the regular wax aisle. They have an endcap display of mostly fall scents now. It's mostly the returning scents from previous years like Fall Into Autumn, A Thankful Harvest, Pumpkin Spice, etc., so I was surprised to find this one over there. I don't think I've even seen this one mentioned online?! Once again, a nice enough scent but nothing amazing enough for me to grab it. I think if it would have had a stronger tea note, maybe a little more spice and warmth, it would have been more unique.

Ya know, I do this every year.  I get impatient waiting for the Better Homes & Gardens and Scentsationals fall scents to show up at my Walmart and I buy a bunch of fall scents elsewhere, or I impatiently just stock up on last year's favorites.  Every year I kick myself because by the time these scents finally do show up I'm always of the mindset that I have enough wax and don't need to spend a ton of money on the new ones.  Just once I'd like to be patient enough to resist and to then buy the whole dang new release to properly review here on the blog.  I think in that case I'd quite possibly find these new ones much more interesting.

But anyway, what do you think?  See any in there that call to you?  Or have you already had access to these at your local Walmart?  Which are you favorites??

Monday, September 10, 2018

Haul - Simon Says Stamp / Crafts

Simon Says Stamp is one of the biggest paper craft supplies sites to order from, and I've done a lot of business there.  September is a month long party referred to as Stamptember on the site, and Stamptember is happening now.  They have different sales and coupon codes and special collaboration sets with different vendors.  Their exclusive collaboration set with Lawn Fawn was revealed right at the beginning of the month and I grabbed it right away.  These special sets are limited edition.  When they're gone, they're gone.

And this is it!  This is the Nutty or Nice stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn, exclusively for Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember event.  At first I wasn't overly wowed by it and bought it more just to have it.  You know, 'When they're gone, they're gone.'  Once I had it in my hands though, ideas started forming.  Yes, I think this one could be fun with those mischievous squirrels stealing the snowman's nose.

I ordered this Skull 'n Crossbones Halloween shaker mix because of that silly idea that I'm going to try making shaker cards.

At the time that I ordered you could also pick a free gift from a short list of options.  I chose this Coffee Hour set.  It's tiny, only a 2 x 3 inch set, but that's okay.  I'm sure it can be used for some neat little note cards, or used along with some of the other coffee themed stamps I've gotten recently.

That is my wee little order.  I've been seeing some darn cute previews of the Newton's Nook Thanksgiving release, which is happening this Friday.  You can bet your boopy I'll be ordering!  Now I just need to find time (and discipline) to actually sit down and get something made with all these fun things.

So what do you think?  Are the squirrels stealing the snowman's nose, or bringing a nose to him?  Hehe.

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts - 'Grab a blanket and curl up with this cozy scent of yummy apple cider and fried donuts.'

I received this scent as a free sample in each of my last two Sweet Fixations orders.  I think it was a new scent last fall.  Anyway, I finally melted it!  This is a nice fall or winter bakery scent.  To me, it's mainly a cinnamon-sugar donut scent.  There is a tiny hint of spiced warmth.  That sort of doughy note is there making it more of a, yes, fried donut instead of a cake type donut.  But if you really pay attention you can pick up on the slight apple note.  It's more like apple-cinnamon than apple cider but that's okay.  There is not enough apple or spice to make this a true fall scent for me but it's warmth and coziness make it perfect for the cooler months.

I melted half of this scent cup (about 0.8 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had light-medium throw.  This bothered me at first because Sweet Fixations is usually reliably strong for me, but then I had to consider that this is the time of year that we don't have the furnace on yet, don't have the fans going anymore, and might not have windows open to catch a breeze.  Without anything to stir up the air, scents sometimes just linger close to the warmer.  When I was at my desk, yes, I could smell it in all it's loveliness.  Since I have more of this I'll melt it again in a couple weeks and see how it goes.

While I did enjoy this, it's not one I would consider a must-have for fall.