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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Apple Eclipse

Apple Eclipse - 'Rosegirls custom blend - Succulent, crisp green apples dipped in coconut milk and coated in a bourbon vanilla glaze!'

Apologies for the crappy post-melt picture.  I'd been so anxious to start melting apple scents as we creep towards fall, that I melted this before I got a pic of the chunk in all its glory.  My bad!

Anyway, this was an interesting scent.  It was not apple-y in a fall scent way.  It was much more of a fun and pretty apple scent, almost to where you might not even realize there is apple in there.  The coconut really wraps around the apple note.  But again, the coconut is not like a tropical summery scent.  The vanilla works to sort of soften and balance things, and there is an almost sugary note, kinda reminding me of the sweet shredded coconut you get in the bag for baking.

I melted half a chunk at a time (about 1 oz. worth) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had a really nice medium-strong scent.

(This chunk was a gift.)

Melted - Rosegirls / Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie

Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie - 'Rosegirls custom blend of Ooey Gooey Caramel, Green Apple and Macintosh Apple with an overpour of Pie Crust.'

This was a nice caramel apple scent.  I didn't get any pie notes, no crust or spice.  There is about an equal balance of rich caramel and sweet apple in this.  An excellent scent for the transition from summer into fall.

I melted half of this chunk (around 1 oz. worth) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice medium-strong scent.

(This was a gift.)

Haul - Glade & BH&G Fall Scents

(Please excuse the less than stellar photo.  Doh!)

Just a small fall haul this time.  The fall scents are popping up more and more at my local Walmart, and that excites me greatly.  Still, I'm trying to show some restraint this year and not buy every scent in every item I see, and then feel overwhelmed and pressured to get through them all as fast as possible.  I had a Glade coupon that was expiring soon so I decided to get two candles.  Also had a Febreze spray coupon but since Glade was cheaper, this tightwad went with that.  And had to grab a couple returning favorites from BH&G.

Pumpkin Pie Diner - 'The appetizing aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg blend beautifully with creamy notes and a touch of pumpkin pie, inviting you to linger a little longer at the friendly eatery around the corner.'
I did not get any of Glade's pumpkin scent last year because it was so spicy and harsh and 'dry.'  What a nice surprise to find that this year's pumpkin scent is a much creamier, bakery type scent.  There is still a bit of spice, but overall it's a nice warm creamy pumpkin scent.  I also got the room spray in this scent.

 Maple Tree Inn - 'The blended scents of berries, fruits and melted butter greet you at the door, while your favorite breakfast aromas wait patiently for their say. Creamy vanilla and caramel provide the sweet conclusion to a delicious experience.'  

Another warm, sweet bakery type scent, I thought this would go over better with my menfolk in the coming colder weather than some of the other Glade scents.  It mentions berries and fruits in the description but this I don't really get any on cold sniff.  It's much more a buttery, creamy caramel or maple foodie scent.

 A Thankful Harvest - [no scent description]
I was sooooo happy to see this one returning this year!  It's become one of my absolute favorites from the Walmart fall scents.  It is, again, a warm and slightly creamy pumpkin type scent.  Since there is no scent description, I guess I don't *know* that it's pumpkin at all.  It could be sweet potato or squash or something, but it's that *type* of fall foodie scent.  A touch of spice but not at all overpowering.

Candied Caramel Apple - [no scent description]
I was super excited to find this one returning too.  This is THE best caramel apple scent I have come across so far and has become a must-have for me every fall.  The apple note is definitely there but the sweet creamy caramel is distinct in its own right.  Sooooo good, and perfect for fall.

That's all I bought this time.  Like I said, I have that big order of Kim's Tarts fall scents waiting to be plowed through so I really don't need any more.  But, as mentioned in the previous post, I'm still tempted to just go grab one of each of the fall scents that I've seen at my store just to be able to have them, take notes, compile lists for bloggatory research.  We'll see which side wins . . . the penny pinching common sense side, or the 'Just do it!' side.  Hehe!

Have you bought any little fall goodies yet?

Fall Scents At Walmart!

If you follow this blog you know the past month or so has been crazy busy for me because of my mom's hip surgery and staying at her place to help her out.  You also probably know that fall is my absolute favorite time of year and brings my favorite scents in wax.  Although I've been preoccupied this year, I have been keeping an anxiously excited eye on the wax aisle at Walmart, waiting for the fall scents to arrive.

And they're now here!

Having said that though, I must now admit that I'm not nearly as prepared for this post as I have been in past years.  The first time I noticed the fall scents was Saturday, August 16, but that was on a quickie shopping trip with Ty and I barely had time to scribble down names.  I was shopping again yesterday and had hoped to compile a more complete list and do some sniffing and note taking but when I saw the tart section had been ransacked and could no longer easily find the fall scents among the general everyday scent mess, I decided not to bother.  I also suspect that since the store has not yet gotten out their fall decor items, that maybe this isn't all the scents yet anyway.  And finally, I haven't compared this year's selection to previous years because there are so many seemingly knew ones and I have not sniffed to compare.

But at least I have a list of scents to start with!

Better Homes & Gardens 2014 Fall Scents
- Spicy Cinnamon Stick
- Candied Mulberry Spice
- Warm Autumn Sweater
- Simmering Apple Cider
- Candied Caramel Pecan
- Spiced Pumpkin Pie
- Warm Crackling Campfire
- Fresh Apple Butter
- Crisp Fall Leaves
- Golden Maple Waffles
- Black & Blue Cobbler
- Farm Apple Pumpkin
- Cedar Forest Trail
- A Thankful Harvest
- Pumpkin Ginger Cookie
- Enchanted Pumpkin Valley
- Candied Caramel Apple

Better Homes & Gardens 2014 Fall Combo Packs
- Autumn Campfire Glow (Embers & Oak)
- Turning Autumn Forest (Acorn & Wood)
- Spiced Apple Pie (Apple Pie & Clove)

Scentsationals 2014 Fall Scents
- Cozy Cottage
- No Place Like Home
- Mandarin Pumpkin Spice
- October Rain
- Autumn Hayride
- Pumpkin Spice
- Sugared Pecan Pumpkin
- Pinecones & Birch
- Pinecones & Fir
- Winter Spruce
- Roasted Chestnuts
- Spiced Sugar Cookie
- Coal

Scentsationals 2014 Fall Combo Pack
- Pumpkin Sugar Cookies / Cinnamon Pumpkin

Mainstays (Walmart brand) 2014 Fall Scents
- Harvest Leaves
- Fall Fruit Cornucopia
- Apple Pumpkin
- Mulled Cider
- Pumpkin Spice
- Cranberry Mandarin
- Warm Apple Pie
(I have seen the Cranberry Mandarin, and Warm Apple Pie available all year.)

I did do quickie sniffs of a few of these.  Enchanted Pumpkin Valley caught my eye the most but when I sniffed it I wasn't all that impressed.  I don't remember specifically what it was, but the scent was not at all what I expected.  Mandarin Pumpkin Spice also caught my eye, and it's quite a nice scent.  I might grab that one next time.  October Rain and Autumn Hayride....one had a definite woody/resin type note that I wasn't fond of, and one was really nice, but I can't remember offhand which was which.  Most of the others I just didn't have time to sniff and study.

I was so glad to see A Thankful Harvest, and Candied Caramel Apple returning!!  I grabbed one of each.  BH&G's Candied Caramel Apple is THE best caramel apple scent I've come across so far.  It's a must have for me!  A Thankful Harvest has become one of my favorite pumpkin/fall scents too!  I didn't notice last year's infamous 'meat tart' (Country Fall Festival) and that's totally alright with me.  LOL!  Although I do wonder if it's renamed.  Remember, I didn't sniff them all.  *cringes at the thought*

Even though I have a ton of fall scents here already because of that big Kim's order I placed, I'm still tempted to just buy one of each of these just to have them and be able to compare and update lists and whatnot.  Hmmm, what to do, what to do . . .

How about you?  Any store brand fall scents catching your eye this year?  Have you seen any in your area that I haven't listed?  I'm really hoping Scentsationals' Spiced Cranberries shows up because that one if absolutely fabulous!