Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / The Stanley House

The Stanley Hotel - 'Harvest (type) and Vanilla Bean Noel.'

I swear I only got cinnamon from this scent for the majority of the four house I had this melting.  Only in the last hour or so did I start noticing the tiniest hints of the Vanilla Bean Noel, and only in that last hour or so did I notice what must be the Harvest notes.  I'm not familiar enough with Harvest though, to really know how much is coming through.  It's a very nice scent, whatever is going on.  Even hubby commented, "Mmm, I like this one!" when he got home from work.  But yeah, if I wouldn't have looked at the description, I would have sworn this was plain cinnamon.

I divided this leaf tart into thirds (about .7 ounce each) and melted them in my tea light and Glade hot plate warmers.  I had medium-strong cinnamon-y scent throughout the downstairs of the house.

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / House of Wax

House of Wax - 'Sweet maple, butterscotch, marshmallow cream.'

I did not recall the scent description of this when I started melting it.  Immediately, I was oohing and aahing over it, and it was driving me nuts trying to think of what it reminded me of.  Eventually I did have to go look it up and as soon as I saw it was maple and butterscotch I was like 'Aha!'  I'm pretty sure I'm thinking of the maple butterscotch something or other scent from Better Homes & Gardens, which is one of my favorites.  I don't have any of that one on had to compare though.  

This one is a very sweet scent, but it's a deep, rich sweetness, not like a sugary candy sweet.  The butterscotch might be the stronger note.  The maple is right there but I didn't think of syrup or pancakes, so that's why I think the butterscotch might be stronger.  It's given a bit of a creaminess from the marshmallow.

I divided this leaf into three pieces, around .7 oz each, and melted them in my tea light and Glade hot plate warmers.  I had a medium-strong scent throughout the house.  It was delicious, but any stronger would have made the richness overwhelming.

(This tart was a gift.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / Autumn In Salem

Autumn In Salem - 'Pumpkin cinnamon sugared donut.'

This is a nice, cozy scent.  I wouldn't really consider it a fall scent, but more of a cold weather scent.  It is a warm bakery scent, more of a cinnamon donut with pumpkin than a pumpkin spice with donut.  It does have a bit of a spicy kick, lots of cinnmaon on those donuts.  The pumpkin reminds me of the canned puree type scent, and is quietly in the background.

I chopped this leaf into thirds and melted about .9 ounces in each of my two tea light warmers and my Glade hot plate warmer.  I had one in each of the three main rooms in the downstairs of our house.  Even with all three going together, the scent remained a very pleasant medium strength.  Usually I always think I prefer scents much stronger, but then I find some that almost seem better when they're not so inyerface.  I think this is one of those.

(This tart was a gift.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Raspberry Macaroon

Raspberry Macaroon - 'Toasted coconut, caramelized sugar, and raspberry.'

I had this scent once before in one of my earlier Sweet Fixations orders and found it to be light.  I'd wanted to try it again eventually, and see if I had better results, so I was pleased to see this finger shaped sample of it in my last order.  After the surprising success earlier today with a small amount of wax from another vendor, I decided to go ahead and get this small one out of the way too.  At only .5 ounce, I wasn't expecting much but once again, a smaller amount proved powerful.  Melting this in my tea light warmer, I had a nice medium-strong scent throughout two rooms.  The scent itself is a wonderful, deep, sweet candy-like scent.  The toasted coconut is probably the strongest note but sweet fruit comes rushing in close behind on a bed of warm, rich caramel.

I'm glad I got to try this yummy scent again.

Melted - Petals Bath Boutique / Pink Sugar

Pink Sugar - 'A fruity blend of Cotton Candy, Lemon Drops, Caramel and Raspberry Jam on a dry down of musk.

Pink Sugar blends are uber popular in the wax world.  I first discovered the scent way back in the earliest days of my handcrafted soap obsession, and have always preferred it more in bath and body products than in home fragrance.  These two little hearts came as samples in my Petals order from the fall release, and after the success of the Venom tart I melted earlier, I decided to go ahead and give these a try.

The scent, for those who aren't familiar with it, is a deep, sweet musky scent.  It's a heavier scent than the usual bright and pretty floral type perfumes.  I never really pick out any of the notes individually.  They combine to make a sort of rich caramel candy scent dipped in musk.

These two little tarts combined only weighed .6 of an ounce.  I'm one who likes to melt lesser amounts of wax, but even I was a bit leery of just .6.  I super surprised and impressed that find these teeny little buggers were amazingly strong.  They didn't throw all over the house, but in the room where the warmer was, the scent was strong.  And unlike the weird sticky cooled wax of the Venom tart, this popped right out after a few minutes in the freezer.

Can't wait to get my new Petals tarts!

Melted - Up The Creek Scents / Orange Caramel Confetti Cake

Orange Caramel Confetti Cake - [no scent description]

This was a delicious, warm and cozy bakery scent.  The cake note was strong, and the gooey caramel brought a warmth and sweetness.  The hints of orange brightened it all up a bit, keeping it from being a heavy bakery scents.  Very, very YUM.

I melted this whole tart (maybe one ounce?) in my tea light warmer and had only a light to medium scent.  It seemed fairly strong early on but then faded down to the lighter version that remained.  After the tea light went out, I could still smell light hints of this throughout the room.  So even if it was light, it did linger and that was nice.

(This tart was a gift.)

Melted - Petals Bath Boutique / Venom

Venom - 'An effervescent blend of juicy Cherry and berries highlighted with fresh citrus notes and vanilla.'

Petals Bath Boutique has long been one of my favorite handcrafted bath and body product vendors but I'm quite new to Kia's wax offerings.  I had a pumpkin one from the fall release, although I don't think I ever did a Melted post for it.  And this one, called Venom, is a cute Halloween design.  The wax is quite soft, and sort of oily feeling.  The pumpkin one had a light scent so I wasn't expecting much from this one.  Wow, was I wrong.  This guy threw like a champ!  I melted this whole thing in my Glade hot plate warmer and it scented the whole downstairs of my house, with a healthy medium-strong scent.

I already knew I liked the Venom scent.  It used to be known as Bitten, if I'm remembering correctly.  I had it in soap form a few years ago.  It's a bright, happy, cherry scent with a hint of fizzy.  I don't get a distinct vanilla note but it might be toning the cherry down just a bit.  I would not want to melt this type of scent all the time but once in a while is a fun treat for the nose.

One problem I've found with this wax is that is does not want to come out of the warmer after it's cooled back down.  I always do the freezer method, and most wax will pop right out.  This, however, does not freeze hard.  It stays a sort of thick, sticky, gummy consistency and not even my little plastic tool can get it to pop out.  I had to let it get back to room temperature and start digging it out.  That's a huge bummer for me.

(This tart was a gift.)