Monday, October 29, 2012

Melted - Scentsationals / Boo Berry

Boo Berry - 'So good it'll scare you!'

Although I do love the color, I'm not a huge fan of this scent.  There is something too candy sweet for me, almost powdery like Kool Aid mix or Pixie Stix or something like that.  My boys say it smells like Air Heads candy.  It is definitely a berry scent, like a blend of rich, juiciness . . . and there is something slightly creamy so maybe there is a hint of vanilla . . . but then that overly sweet note takes it into that realm of candy.  I don't hate this scent, but there is nothing fall or Halloween-like about it, unless you think of it as all the candy from trick-or-treating.

I melted two cubes of this, as I always do with Walmart tarts, in my tea light warmer and it was very strong through most of the downstairs of my house.  Normally I would be thrilled with scent throw that strong, but the sickly sweetness of this one was almost headache inducing.

Not a fan.  :(

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Melted - King's Country / Be Thankful

Be Thankful -'Warm and inviting, combines the festive aromas of pumpkin pie, warm spices,
apple pie and freshly baked cookies.'
Although I've never smelled the original, I'm told this is a Yankee dupe.  These little gingerbread man shaped tarts came in a bag of ten.  The first time I melted this scent, I chose the four smallest, which amounted to right around 1 oz.  The second time I melted some, I used three, which was also right around 1 oz, and now I have three left for next time.  I would say this gave a medium-to-strong throw.  In the area around the desk where my tea light warmer sits, it was quite strong but it did not really trickle into the adjacent rooms.
The scent itself is interesting, and not at all what I'd expected.  I thought this would be something creamy and cozy, more food-y and bakery.  I do get hints of soft spice, and maybe a faint trace of cookies or crust, but overall there is something that reminds me of wood, like maybe cedar.  I do not get apple or pumpkin from this at all.  Not a bad scent, but just not what I was expecting.
I am satisfied with the scent throw, and impressed with the quality and customer service from this shop.  I have several other tarts from here now, and am looking forward to trying them.  So while I would not buy the Be Thankful scent again, I would not hesitate to order from this shop.
(I'm not sure what the proper name is, whether it's King's Country Scents like on the Etsy shop, or King's Country Primitives like on the Facebook page.)
And finally, Ty found some sadistic humor in watching these poor little guys drown in themselves . . . 

King's Country Scents - Test Shipment

I recently posted about King's Country Scents, a brand new shop I'd found on Etsy.  Immediately after receiving that first order, owner/tart maker Tammy and I were chitchatting via Etsy 'convo' and she asked if she could send me a test package.  She had gotten some new molds and wanted to see how the tart shapes would hold up in a different shipping container.  My first order had come in a box.  She was concerned that shipping would be too high that way and wanted to try lowering the cost by using padded envelopes.

Would I be willing to help her?

Well, heck yeah!

So she made up several different shapes and sizes to see how they'd hold up.  She asked if there were any particular scents I wanted, but since these were going to be free to me it didn't feel right saying 'I want this and this and this,' so I told her to just surprise me with something that leaned towards Christmas.  The package arrived very quickly and everything survived nicely.  Since King's Country is a 'primitives' shop, the tarts are mainly grubby style.  I love the grubby look!

And what did I get?  I'll do a quick run through, but more detailed descriptions will come later as I melt them.

Sugar Plum Berries - 'Sweet sugary plum, vanilla sugar, with slight notes of warm holiday berries.'   This scent if very familiar to me.  Something from Bath & Body Works perhaps?  There is a fruity-berry note right off the bat, but then something else making it almost perfume-y.  Maybe even the slightest hint of spice?

Spicy Winter Scentsations - 'This is a blend of pine with all sorts of smells.  The pine is in the background.  The spice is a warm cinnamon.'  I'm not too sure about this on cold throw.  I don't think I would ever detect the pine if I didn't know it was in there.  I do seem to get a sort of wood note though.  And there is a slight spicy note that eventually reveals itself as cinnamon like the Red Hots candies.  This will be interesting to melt.

Christmas Cabin - 'Citrus top notes lead to a rich accord of cedar, spice, and fir balsam, creating a warm, country style comfort with this cozy blend.  Earthy accents of patchouli on a musky vanilla base adds the finishing touch.'  This one also reminds me of Bath & Body Works, but again, I don't know what.  Sweet citrus is the first thing that hits you but it is quickly followed up with the mix of everything else.  I like complex scents like this.  Just reading the description, I would probably never have given this one a chance, but sometimes you find yourself surprised.  And look at that cute little cupcake shape!

Gingerbread Cookies - 'Hints of sweet orange leads to a spiced accord of ginger and cinnamon to characterize the fragrance.  Delicious bakery tones are enhanced with buttery accents and a hint of maple for the gourmand effect.'  In other words - YUM.  Although there is the classic gingerbread scent lurking in there, it is a sweet version, and there really is just a pinch of orange note to it.  If you stay away from gingerbread because you don't like spice, this might be the version for you.

Spicy Gumdrops - 'Incredible strong and yummy scent, smells just like real spiced gumdrop candies!'  This is a fun one, another I don't think I would ever order on my own.  There is that licorice scent that you get from the candy but it is not overpowering and it is not the only note.  There is a sweetness from the sugar, and maybe even a slight fruity note to it.

Weathered Crow - No description available but I was thrilled to receive this because I remember loving it back when I made soap in this scent.  I can't remember the description from back then either but it always reminds me of spice cake.  She dusted this in cinnamon for an extra 'grubby' look.  I like it!

This is Gingerbread Cookies scent again, but in a full sized cookie shape, with a star in the middle.  Looks like this one is also dusted in cinnamon.  So freakin' cute!  This one weighs 1.4 oz, where the others all weigh just under 1 oz.  I'm not sure what the prices are on these, or if they differ since this one is bigger.

This one might have been unintentional.  It is Macintosh Apple and it smells yummy, but on the info paper she sent there is a Mulberry Spice listed that was not in the package.  Ah well, they were free and I'm just so tickled to have been part of this testing phase of the King's Country shop.

Thank you so much, Tammy!  Everything arrived in great condition, and I love all the shapes.  I don't think I mentioned in our Etsy convo, but I really like the cinnamon dusted look.  It definitely adds to the grubby feel. 

I will be ordering from this shop again for sure.  If you haven't checked it out yet, I highly encourage you to do so!  And look for my first Melted post for King's Country tarts coming soon.

Glade Holiday Scents Preview

Yesterday at Walmart I noticed they had moved the fall/Halloween scented tarts and warmers to a much smaller section closer to the regular candle aisle.  This bummed me out a bit even though I have all of them that I want anyway.  It also got me a bit excited because it means the winter scents will be coming out soon enough . . . maybe even next week since Halloween will be over.  Yay!

So while I still have to wait a bit for those, I did notice over in the grocery section of the store, a large display of Glade's winter scents.  Yay again!!  I did not take the time to sniff all of them because I knew if I hung around too long I'd be wanting to buy them all.  I also remembered I have a coupon for Buy 2 Get 1 Free but that was at home.  Anyway, my favorite of what I did allow myself to sniff was . . .

Nutcracker Crunch - Dreams of chestnuts, walnuts and more fill the home with joy as if the whole family was there thanks to the wonderful winter crafted fragrance of Nutcracker Crunch. 

This smelled SO good!  So warm and sweet and cozy.  I don't really need to buy any Christmas candles because we have several left from last year (and we don't burn candles nearly as much as I melt tarts), so I'm kinda wondering if buying these (pic below) . . . 
. . . and melting them as tarts would work.  Well, I mean, I'm sure it would work fine but how would it be cost-wise.  I'll have to look at that next time because I didn't look at prices this time.  

Anyway, other scents in the line include the following . . . 
Apple Cinnamon - Come home to a house full of scents of spicy cinnamon and warm apple pie. Apple Cinnamon is an intoxicating blend of ground cinnamon and juicy water apples. It’s the simple way to warm up winter. 

Frosted Cookies - Relive the aroma of Grandma finishing up a batch of fresh, sugary cookies with the inviting fragrance of Frosted Cookies.

 Peppermint Mocha - Start every day with the warm scents of coffee blended with spices and chocolate. There’s no better way to wake up on a winter morning. 
(This one says 'limited retailers' on the website.  I did see it at my Walmart, so I'm grabbing it.)

 Shimmering Spruce - One of the best places to enjoy winter is among the evergreens atop a snow-kissed mountain. Capture the scents of the spruce with the freshness of the open air at home with Shimmering Spruce™.

 Sparkling Clementine - Lounge at home and enjoy a spicy blend of citrus with the sparkle of a snowy morning. There's no better way to relax and get cozy at home than with Sparkling Clementine.
(This one also says limited retailers, and I don't think it was at my Walmart.)

I could have sworn I saw a gingerbread one at the store but I don't see one on the Glade website.  Maybe I'm just thinking of the mocha one because it's brown.  Hmm, I'll have to double check that too next time I'm shopping.

But anyway, I know it's a bit early for this type of post but I like finding out about things so I thought someone else might like to find out too.  I will be grabbing Nutcracker Crunch and Peppermint Mocha for sure, and then I'm undecided on the Frosted Cookies or the Shimmering Spruce.  I'll have to sniff them both and decide.  I'll skip the Apple Cinnamon because to me that is a fall scent.  And since I don't remember seeing Sparkling Clementine, I guess I don't have to worry about that one.

Do you think you'll be buying any of these?  Which are your favorites?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie - 'The delicious aroma of candied yams, melted marshmallows,
sugar and spice on a buttery crunchy crust.' 

Looking back at my original cold throw notes, I see I had wondered if pumpkins and yams smelled similar.  Funny to see that because as I was melting this I was thinking what an awesome pumpkin scent this was, only to remember that is was sweet potato. 

I *LOVED* this scent.  Oh.My.Gosh.  I melted the entire 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer, and I had moved that warmer into the kitchen because I had some work to do in there.  I don't know if it was because I moved the warmer, or because I was moving around the kitchen and stirring up the air, but wow this one was nice and strong compared to others I've had lately.  I would say my kitchen is fairly large, and this filled the room with scent and eventually even drifted into the next room (where my warmer usually is).

And the scent itself was amazingly yummy!   There was quite a bit of spice but it wasn't too harsh or sharp, and it was blended into everything else so nicely.  This one had the buttery bakery notes of that crust that I was missing in my last post (the Pumpkin Pie review), and the creamy sweetness of the marshmallow.  It was a really warm scent, like comfy-cozy warm, like goodies baking in Mom's kitchen warm.  I'm wishing now that I would have saved this for closer to Thanksgiving.  It's THAT good.

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie - 'A warm and scrumptious blend of pumpkin pie filling,
spices, and sweet creamy vanilla.' 

I bought this one along with a ton of other pumpkin variety scents, but I'd assumed the whole time this would be the best . . . like the traditional, old fashioned favorite.  It is a very nice scent, but it wasn't as grand as I'd hoped.  Pumpkin is definitely the main note in this.  There is not a lot of spice, so don't assume it's the same as all the Pumpkin Spice types out there.  If you don't like spice, but still want something pumpkin-y for the fall season, this would probably be fine.  The thing I was bummed about was that I didn't get the bakery notes from the crust.  I guess, now that I look back at the description, there doesn't claim to be any crust in it.  Hmm, well with a name like Pumpkin Pie, I guess you just sort of assume there will be crust.  Oh well, my bad.

I melted this entire 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had a light/medium throw.  There were tiny hints of spice, just enough to warm it up a bit, and there was a slight creaminess from the vanilla to sweeten it, but it was primarily pumpkin that I was smelling . . . when I could smell it.  I prefer my scents stronger than what this was, but this would probably be fine in smaller rooms or if you like lighter scents.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Celtic Moonspice

Celtic Moonspice - 'Warm spices, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
Gives you that warm home and hearth feeling.'

This was a 2 oz tart cup that was a freebie in my order way back when.  It's been sitting here, patiently waiting for fall, and today was the day I finally melted it . . . the whole dang thing.  Those who don't like spicy scents probably do want to stay away from this one.  It is indeed quite spicy, with a very noticeable cinnamon note similar to Red Hot candy.  *I* really liked this one though.  While it IS spicy, it was only a medium scent throw at best, and there was something almost sweet about it too.  Every once in a while I even thought I detected a slight buttery bakery note, but I don't see anything like that in the description.

I remember people saying this was a dupe of something but I can't remember what, or if it was something from Yankee or Bath & Body Works.  If anyone knows, please leave a comment below.  This is one I would probably buy again, whether in tart form or original candle form.

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice - 'Freshly baked pie with lots of spice.' 

I thought this would be the typical pumpkin pie scent but I didn't really get any crust type bakery notes in it. This is more of the pumpkin tang and the spice.  It's kind of a bright scent too, not so heavy like some of the pumpkin pie types can be.  This one lacks that 'warmth.'  It was also on the lighter end of the scent throw spectrum.  There were times when I could notice it very lightly in different rooms but overall it was easily  missed, and that was even with melting the entire 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.

I probably would not order this one again, not only because it was too light, but also because I'd want a more warm and cozy type pumpkin scent.

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Souffle

Pumpkin Souffle- 'Butter, sugar, spices, vanilla cream and pumpkin.'
This one is STRONG.  I melted the whole 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and this baby scented the whole dang house.  It was almost overpowering, but it was ohhhh so good.  This is very much a bakery scent.  If you're looking for something more along the lines of fresh pumpkin, this is not it.  Very buttery, and sweet, with the warmth of the pumpkin and soft spices . . . so yummy for this time of year.  I should have waited till closer to Thanksgiving with this one.  And there was plenty of scent left after one tea light burn (about four hours).
I would absolutely buy this one again, but will only melt half of it at a time.  Heck, I've got time before Thanksgiving . . . maybe I'll sneak an order in!

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Harvest

Harvest- 'Cinnamon bark and clove bud on a dry down of musk. Yankee Type.'
My cold throw thoughts from back in my haul post noted that this was surprisingly not sharp and spicy.  When it's warmed, it's a bit spicier but still not too harsh.  I melted the whole 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and was greeted with a lighter-side-of-medium scent throw.  It was in the air subtly, the spicy notes being the first thing you noticed when you did notice it, but there is also something almost pretty about it, probably coming from the musk.
I wish it would have been a bit stronger though.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Walmart Fall Tarts . . . Again


Like I need more tarts, yeah, I know . . . LOL!  But these were like the stubborn last ones that I just 'needed' to have, and now I have them.  I was at Walmart this morning, doing my weekly shopping, and noticed the fall tarts section had been restocked.  Of course I had to go have a closer look, and was surprised to find a *full* restock of all the Better Homes & Gardens fall scents.  I spotted the Warm Autumn Welcome and snatched one up like they might disappear if I waited.  And then I noticed Pumpkin Potion!  Grabbed one of those too in an overjoyed victory snatch.  Woohoo!!  I did a quick look to see if there was anything new, then got the heck out of that section before I ended up grabbing more.

Warm Autumn Welcome is so nice.  It's very pumpkin-y and is a lot like A Thankful Harvest, but I think this one is a bit warmer.  There is a hint of soft spice, and a subtle bakery note like maybe pie crust or something.

Pumpkin Potion is a much creamier pumpkin scent, more bakery type.  There is pumpkin, but there is a generous helping of vanilla or something, almost buttery, or caramel-y.  There is a very soft hint of spice.  This is more of a rich, heavy scent.

Both will be fabulous to melt between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I'm so happy I found them!

If you haven't had any luck finding these tarts at your Walmart, go check again.  Since mine has done a FULL restock of all the scents and the warmers, maybe yours has finally gotten some in now.  Go look!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Melted - Rincon Scents / Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice - 'Blend of cinnamon & clove with vanilla & coconut.'

So, I noticed there is no pumpkin listed in the description.  I think there *is* pumpkin in here but now I'm really wondering.  LOL  I do get the spice, and there is quite a bit of sweetness but I wouldn't recognize it specifically as coconut or vanilla.  This is a really  nice scent!  Unfortunately, it was only light to medium throw again, and it faded fast.

I melted this entire 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.
I do have several more tarts from Rincon Scents but I think I'm going to just pass them on to friends.  I'm tired of the 'Will I smell this one?' gamble every time I melt one.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Melted - Rincon Scents / Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake - 'Sweet and delicious pumpkin treat.'

My original cold throw thoughts on this noted there was something "almost chocolatey."  I didn't get that when I melted it though.  This was a strong, creamy cheesecake scent, with just enough pumpkin and spice to make it warm and cozy and fall-like.  You know how there is that sort of 'sour' note to cheesecake?  I got that in this, but it wasn't bad . . . it was just rich and authentic.

I melted this whole 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and got an immediate strong throw.  It was delicious early on but seemed to fade only a couple hours in.  By the time the tea light burned itself out (about 4 hrs.) I was only picking up a subtle spiced note.

Wonderfully yummy while it lasted, but just didn't last very long.

King's Country Scents - Tarts / First Order

I discovered a brand new tart shop on Etsy last week.  I've been trying to hold off buying any more tarts because I'm trying to plow through the tons of fall scents I already have, and because I've been having such bad luck with private vendors lately.  But I was bored one evening, and crabby, and found myself browsing Etsy again.  This shop had just opened the same day and in my crabbiness I was like 'Screw it, I'm buying something!'

The shop is King's Country Scents, located in Pennsylvania.  It looks pretty empty there but if you look at the listing you'll see that you are ordering a bag of tarts and you pick the scent.  Owner/tartmaker Tammy says in her shop announcement that she has over 150 scents to choose from.  I do not know yet if she does custom blends, or if she'll eventually have other tart options available.  Like I said, this was a spur of the moment purchase, and I never did explore much.  Now that I've received my order though, I'm quite smitten!

The bag I received contains these cute little Gingerbread men shaped tarts.  The total weight is right around 3 oz. and there are ten little tarts.  (I had noticed in her description, it's listed as a 2 oz. bag, but mine is 2.9 oz.)  The bag is tied with homespun, giving it the cutest 'homey' feel.  A bag sells for $2.00 in the Etsy shop.  I only ordered on bag, just to see how strong these tarts might be.

From the extensive scent list, I chose Be Thankful, which is described as 'Warm and inviting, combines the festive aromas of pumpkin pie, warm spices, apple pie and freshly baked cookies.'  The name sounds familiar.  Is it a Yankee scent?  This is soooooo yummy!  It's a warm, bakery scent, a little bit spicy.  I don't get apple specifically but there is indeed something adding just a touch of bright sweetness.  I think there is more pumpkin than apple.  Very nice!  I can't wait to melt some of these little guys.  Might even bump them ahead of all others just to see how the scent throw is.  Cold throw is quite strong.  I'm excitedly hopeful!

I also received two free extras in my order.  (Thank you!!)  This little grubby version gingerbread man is .7 oz. which is about what two cubes of Walmart tarts equals, so he's perfect for melting whole.  This one is Pumpkin Crunch Cake.  I don't see this in the scent list but there is a Pumpkin Crunch Pie described as 'A super rich and strong pumpkin loaded with caramel, brown sugar, whipped creme, french vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and hints of maple sugar.'  The cold throw scent right now is kind of light.  I'm mainly getting pumpkin and spice.  I hope it strengthens and blooms when warmed.

My other freebie is in Apple Dumpling scent, which I don't see in her scent list so I can't give you the actual description.  I get spiced apples and maybe a bit of bakery note.  Cold throw on this guy is quite strong.

I don't know, there is just something about this shop that I'm liking.  The country primitive charm reminds me of Moeggenborg Sugar Bush.  Shipping was quick.  I ordered on a Tuesday night and received it the following Monday.  Everything is clean and neat, nicely presented.  There was no business card, but I did notice the design on the tissue paper matches the labels on the tarts.  That's cute.  I'm really hoping these are strong enough, because I'm already wanting to place another order.

Are YOU familiar with King's Country Scents?  Since I was the first customer at the Etsy shop, I'm guessing not . . . but maybe they have a website or shop elsewhere too?  I really don't know.  But I do know I'm happy so far, and hope you'll give this shop a chance too!  We don't ALL have to follow the YouTube Trendy Train.

Through Etsy convo, I have learned that King's Country Scents has a Facebook page (HERE) and that not only has Tammy been making tarts for five years, but she is also in the process of having an actual store built.  That is awesome!

Melted - Tiffany Candles / Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice - 'Pumpkin, spices & a touch of vanilla whipped cream.' 

This is a very spicy scent.  In fact that's pretty much all I got . . . spice.  I did not pick up on any vanilla or cream or anything, and don't even think there was enough pumpkin to mention.  It was, however, plenty strong and that has renewed a bit of my faith in this vendor.  I have not been impressed with the other few tarts I've melted from Tiffany Candles, and I still have several Christmas/winter scents waiting.

I melted the whole tart (probably a bit over 1 oz?) in my tea light warmer.  It took a while for the scent to emerge but once it did, it was plenty strong . . . just too spicy.  I was out of the house for an hour or so while this was melting and when I returned I could easily smell it as soon as I came in the back door.  That's the kind of throw I like.

I would say this scent is NOT for those who shy away from spicy scents.  I was hoping it would be more of a pumpkin/bakery scent with a bit of spice but no, it is very strong and sharp spice.  You have been warned.  hehe

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cookie Cutter Christmas Wreath

I know it's still early for such a Christmas-y post but I thought this was too cute and didn't want to forget about it later.  And, I think it could be done with Halloween cookie cutters too (or any cutters).  This was actually in a junk mail thing from Better Homes & Gardens magazine, trying to tempt me back with great subscription deals.  You know all those extra little flier things they stuff in the envelope?  I just thought this was so darn cute!

So what do you think?  Will you be making one??

Melted - Country Home Scents / Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat - 'The aroma begins with a blend of pumpkin and apple; ending with a touch of orange, cinnamon and vanilla!'

I loved this one!  I was a bit concerned and confused because according to my old notes, when I had ordered this one a long time ago I had apparently hated it.  In notes about another vendor's Trick or Treat scent, I loved it.  Now granted, maybe they were not the same scent.  But then I'd seen a post on another blog about this particular one and it sounded so yummy.  So had I been mistaken in my original notes, and was actually hating a different scent?  I decided to go ahead and try this one again.

Melting the whole 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer, I was so relieved to finally have a decent scent throw.  I could smell this easily in the room my warmer is in, and could smell it trickling into adjacent rooms too.  And the scent itself is just so yummy and interesting.  It's fruity, but not light and summery type fruity.  The apple and orange mix together to make a sweet but zippy, sort of juicy scent.  The pumpkin sort of warms it up, the very light vanilla makes it all softer and warmer, and just the barest hints of spice keep it lively.  It is not by any means a 'spicy' scent, so don't pass this by just because you see cinnamon in the description.  Although this doesn't really remind me of fall, if I were to try and fit it into something fall-like, I would say it reminds me of sticking your nose into those plastic pumpkins after trick-or-treating and smelling all the different goodies in there.  Love it!

Melted - Country Home Scents / Bewitching

Bewitching - 'A haunting scent perfect for Halloween! A blend of sweet dark spices,
patchouli and cinnamon sticks.'

I'm not a huge patchouli fan but when it's blended with things it really sort of becomes something intriguing.  I probably would not have ordered this one if not for how much blog buddy Jordan loved it.  Look how cute and festive that tart is in its pumpkin orange glory, with black and orange Halloween sprinkles and glitter and even a cute little witch embellishment.  Frightfully fun!

I melted this whole 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer, and placed it on the lower level of my desk again since it seemed to work better with the previous tart.  This has a medium throw, but it's one of those subtle type throws.  There is definitely something scenting the room but you're not overwhelmed by anything in particular.  I'm not sure what the 'dark spices' are . . . pepper?  There is something slightly peppery.  I do get the patchouli.  I don't pick out cinnamon specifically.  Even for as spicy as this sounds, it's really not one of those harsh types.  It really is quite interesting and I'm glad it's not overly strong.  I get a nice whiff whenever someone walks by and stirs up the air, and in the meantime there is just a lightly simmering something in the air.

This is not something I would choose to melt often, but it is quite nice for a seasonal treat.

Yankee Christmas Tea Light Warmer

Remember the gorgeous fall themed Yankee tea light warmers that I posted about a while ago?  (See that post HERE.)  Well I was just browsing the Christmas selection because I just received an email about it, and found this beauty . . .
I never did get either of the fall ones, partly because I always talk myself out of it, and partly because there was a chance we'd be going to Mall of America when we go to Minnesota and there is a Yankee store there.  Well, we've decided not to go to the mall, and I still keep talking myself out of getting these because my plain white workhorses do just fine.  But I don't know . . . they're all so dang PRETTY!!!!

I wonder if the outlet would have these or not?  They usually only have older things, or seasonal things *after* the season.  I could just order online and be done with it.  Ha!  I make everything so difficult.

Melted - Country Home Scents / Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread - 'A rich, warm pumpkin bread aroma with a blend of grated spices of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.'

Since other recent Country Home Scents melts have been weaker throw than I'd like, I moved my warmer to the lower level of my desk, hoping to get more air flow around it as people walk by and stir up the air.  I'm not sure if it worked or if this is just a naturally stronger scent, but I was satisfied with the throw from this one.  (Well, a smidge stronger would have been nice but I'll take it.)  I melted this whole 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer.

This is definitely a bread scent, warm and yummy with a softly spicy cinnamon swirl.  There was something else, some notes making this a much 'fuller' scent, but I wouldn't have identified it as pumpkin had I not known what it was.  This was just such an awesome cozy scent have melting on the cold and rainy day we had yesterday.  I would absolutely order this one again.

Melted - Country Home Scents / Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Crunch Cake - 'The aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling with freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans, and a hint of spice.

On cold throw in my haul post I had noted this was heavier on the pumpkin.  That's funny because when I melted it, there was much more of a cake note, followed by some spice and a bit of the pumpkin.  A very nice, warm bakery scent!!  I melted this whole 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer and was disappointed to find the scent throw was medium at best.  It was another of those that you don't seem to smell much right in the area of the warmer, but I noticed it much stronger upstairs ... LOL
I remember when I first started ordering from Country Home Scents years ago, I used to have two warmers with the same scent going, in adjacent rooms.  I'm starting to wonder now if that's why I remember CHS tarts being so strong??  Or have I just gotten so used to the super strong throw of Walmart tarts?  I'm not sure.  *sigh*

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Melted - Country Home Scents / Crazy Candy Corn

Crazy Candy Corn - 'Smells just like the sweet scent of our Halloween favorite!
A touch of honey and caramel...a must have!' 

How cute is that tart??  Bright, pumpkin orange with shimmery glitter and some little candy corn decorations.  Sadly the scent was too light for me.  I melted the whole 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer and couldn't smell much of anything.  Well, I could tell I had a tart going because there was a subtle something in the air, but nothing strong enough to really know what it was.  It was a bummer but not totally surprising.  Seems most candy corn scents . . . wherever you get them . . . tend to be light.

Oh well, at least I gave it a try.

Melted - Country Home Scents / Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake - 'A CHS custom blend! We have blended our super popular Mulled Cider and our YUMMY Snickerdoodle Cookies to create a scent that smells just like freshly made applesauce cake!'

This is such a nice scent.  It's soft (not in a weak way) and warm and comforting, perfect for these crisp fall days.  It really reminds me of spice cake, and then if you really pay attention to it you'll pick up the slight apple notes.  The spice is not harsh in this one, so if you tend to shy away from spicy scents, I think you should at least give this one a try.

I melted the whole 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer and most of the downstairs of our house has at least traces of scent.  I'd hoped it would be stronger, but throw is ok.  Sometimes lighter isn't so bad after all.

Watched - Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow
105 min.

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. 

Oct. 5 of our attempt to watch a Halloween-y movie every night, and we chose to watch Johnny Depp again, this time in Sleepy Hollow.  It's funny . . . Johnny Depp is one of those people who doesn't seem to age, but after watching 2012's Dark Shadows and then 1999's Sleepy Hollow, we could see just how much he has indeed changed.  (And yes, I realize he's wearing tons of makeup in Dark Shadows.)

Ya know, this is supposedly an old children's tale or something and yet I've never been all that familiar with it.  And watching it, I'm wondering what the heck sort of stories were told to kids in days of old?!  I've heard many times that the sugary sweet stories we all grew up on were originally quite brutal and gruesome.  It's just kinda funny to think about.  With this story in particular, I wonder how much the movie pulled from it, or if huge liberties were taken, because it seems quite adult too me.

Ambitious young detective Ichabod Crane is sent to investigate recent murders in a far away little town called Sleepy Hollow.  His big city colleagues seem to be laughing at this assignment, like it's a 'Good riddance!' move.  Ichabod goes though, and finds the town is not very welcoming or helpful either.  Because this is a Tim Burton movie, you see a lot of familiar faces, and you're never quite sure if things are supposed to be funny or not.  Ichabod has that sort of bumbling, over the top quality that is so familiar from Johnny Depp.

With very little help from the townsfolk, Ichabod digs deeper into the murders and the secrets these people hold.  He also finds himself smitten with Katrina, the daughter of the town's most prominent citizen.  There is a serious scene between Ichabod and Katrina, when he's been fighting off a fever and they have a deep discussion . . . and Johnny Depp is sooooo beautiful.  Oh my, oh my.

(It's from this scene, but I couldn't find a better picture.  Boo.)

While I did like this movie, there were times I found it confusing trying to keep everything straight.  Like who was keeping what secret and why was it connected to the next.  Even afterwards (and I've seen this movie twice) I can't remember how some events fell into place.  But oh well, it's a fun movie to watch.

Petals Bath Boutique - Lotion

You all know I love Petals Bath Boutique.  I had been looking so forward to Kia's autumn release because I'd wanted to get a set of products in The Great Pumpkin Scent.  While waiting though, I'd gone ahead and placed a small order for two fall scented soaps from a local vendor I'd not tried yet.  Then when the Petals fall release happened, I did not see the products I'd been hoping for.  Bummer.  Even so, I eventually decided to try the 'body frosting' (lotion) and since it was still a pumpkin scent, that made it all the better.

Frosted Pumpkin - 'Warm and delicious Pumpkin with notes of Nutmeg and
Ginger topped creamy dollops Vanilla Frosting, Maple Sugar and Lemon Zest.'

This scent is strong!  The other day, I put this lotion on at 6am, and around 8am a coworker asked "Are you wearing pumpkin?"  Even later in the day, around noon, I could still smell traces of it.  At first I am a bit self conscious about it but it seems to tame down and then is just a pleasant lingering scent.  At least I hope so.  I mean, I haven't seen people around me gagging or anything.  LOL  

The scent itself is quite spicy.  I was shocked and slightly disappointed at first.  Now though, I also get that sort of tang of the pumpkin and the rest just blends to make it a warm, yummy fall scent.  I love it.  

The lotion is so nice.  It is a thick but creamy consistency, like frosting (as it's called).  It spreads very easily and absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy feel.  I put it on my feet after my shower, and it's done wonders.  On my hands though, which are exposed to this increasingly colder and drier air, it seems to be only a medium type moisturizer.

A 4 oz. jar of body frosting sells for $5.99 on the Petals website, and is available in several scents.  Check back often, or just send Kia a request and she'll probably do a custom order for you.

When I order soaps from Petals, I always get several soap samples.  Since I did not order soap this time, I was tickled to see my sample was a solid lotion bar.  This one is called Muscle Majick and is described as 'Our muscle relaxing blend with crisp and invigorating Peppermint Essential Oil sweetened with notes of golden Honey and creamy Vanilla Bean.'  I think this might be that same Honey Mint Vanilla scent that I fell so in love with earlier this year.  Ohhh, it smells soooo good.  I might have to get my next body frosting in this scent.

I'm not familiar with solid lotions.  I think I might have had samples of them from other places along the way, but don't know that I ever really used them.  I haven't used this one yet either.  This one is supposed to be for sore muscles, I guess.  The website says to rub it between your hands a bit to sort of warm up the bar, then rub it wherever you are sore, and massage the oils in.

A full size bar is 1.5-2 oz. and can either be ordered in a storage tin for $5.50, or without the tin for $4.75.  There are other bars in other scents that are just meant as lotions.  And they are so dang pretty!


If you haven't tried Petals Bath Boutique, what are you waiting for?  I highly recommend this shop.  Customer service is amazing.  Shipping is fast.  And the products are wonderful.  Just looking at the soaps on her site while writing this post has me reconsidering getting back into soap making myself.  I just love this vendor!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Watched - Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows
113 min.

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

We skipped October 2nd and 3rd in our attempt to watch a Halloween mood movie every night this month.  On days that I work, I get home too late and we go to bed to early to try and cram a movie in.  So we picked up again on Oct. 4th with Dark Shadows.  I love Johnny Depp but this one hadn't really appealed to me when it came out.  Hubby noticed it was on pay-per-view now and he, at least, wanted to see it so this was our movie of the night.

I was surprised how much I liked this one.  Since it's a Tim Burton-Johnny Depp partnership again, you tend to see a lot of the same people.  There is always a bit of weirdness with Johnny's character, and you are not quite sure if it's supposed to be comical or serious.  So yeah, Johnny's character is once again rather over the top.  Sometimes I liked it, sometimes I didn't, but in the end I'd come to like Barnabas more than I ever thought I would.

As for the story, Barnabas was cursed 200 years by a servant girl (who was also a witch) who loved him, but he loved someone else.  He was turned into a vampire and everyone he would lose everyone he loved.  He ends up being locked in a coffin and buried for the 200 years, until a construction crew accidentally digs him and releases him.  His initial killing spree ends on a funny note when he says something like "You have no idea how thirsty I've been."

He goes back to the family home, once glorious and now falling to shambles, and has some funny moments trying to adjust to the modern world.  Modern day family members still live in the home and run the failing business, and he decides he needs to help get things turned around.  Of course, all of the other characters have quirks . . . there is the stoner teenage daughter, the son who sees dead people, the new governess who is hiding something, etc.  And then Barnabas finds the town's leading citizen, the richest, the one whose business has taken over, is none other than the witch who cursed him so long ago.  When she realizes he's free, all sorts of shenanigans begin.

The movie is funny, but has it's serious moments too.  It's so hysterical when Alice Cooper appears and Barnabas proclaims him the "Ugliest. Woman. Ever."  Barnabas is not always an innocent character either.  He kills plenty of people.  He has sex with others even though he he's still hung up on the one true love of his life (that he lost 200 years ago) and finds the pretty young governess to have stolen his heart in the present day.  He's mean sometimes, yet kind and caring in his bumbling way most other times.

I've never seen the original 1960s (?) soap opera this is based on so I don't know what things in the movie might have been taken from that.  I'm kinda curious about that show now!  Some things in the movie were predictable.  I wasn't a huge fan of the stoner daughter but even so, the little thing with her at the end seemed pointless to me.  And the very end was left wide open for a Dark Shadows 2.