One thing I was just tickled pink about was that owner Ayano wrote her thank you note on an actual Seattle postcard. Little known fact about me . . . I love collecting postcards. And since I doubt I'll ever get to Seattle, this was a very cool little treat for me.
Ok, what did I order?
Serendipity Noel - [no description available]
I have Serendipity from another vendor and while I haven't melted it yet, I have fallen in love with the scent just from cold sniff. And I already know I like Vanilla Bean Noel, so I thought this would be a good mix, (Serendipity is a mix of vanilla, cherry, orange, powdered sugar, and coconut. Vanilla Bean Noel is vanilla, caramel, hint of musk, and I can't remember what else.) And yeah, this is a super sweet and yummy scent. The Serendipity is stronger, all that candy-like sweetness, bright and happy . . . but then the Noel adds a bit of a creamy undertone, with that caramel giving it a bit of a warm sweetness. Be warned! This is SUPER sweet, but not in a choking 'I just inhaled Pixie Stix powder!' way. And how dang cute is that little donut shape?
Vanilla Frosted Grahams - [no description available]
More cute little donut shaped donuts, and how can you go wrong with the scent of Vanilla Frosted Grahams? This is a sweet but cozy bakery scent. There is something that could be like graham crackers, but kinda reminds me of a sugar cookie scent. Then there is a sweet note lurking, not really like buttercream, but sweet vanilla. Cookie or graham, this is still a really nice scent. Actually, since I'm all about peppermint lately, I wonder how this would be with a bit of that mixed in. Hmmm! I might have to try some mixology!
That is all I ordered, but Ayano was generous enough to include several freebies. (Thank you!!)
Fruity Fruit Loops - [no description available]
Sweet Milk - [no description available]
Another very popular scent these days, this one is quite interesting. Hubby and I had fun trying to pinpoint just what is was we were smelling. Hubby said, "It's like you smell something one time, and something else the next time." He's right. Sometimes when I sniff this it's just a creamy, sweet scent. Sometimes it seems like a creamed corn scent. Sometimes there is almost a sour milk note. Right now, I'm getting that sort of corn scent . . . almost like a very light cornbread or corn pudding note . . . with a sort of warm sugar sweetness mixed in. This will be very interesting when melted.
Pink Candy Corn - [no description available]
And that is my small haul from Ollie's Soaps. There are several styles of tarts in this Etsy shop. The 4-pk donut shaped ones are $2.50 a pack. There are also clamshell style, scalloped, and even chunk style. You can also find soaps, body butter, and bath bombs at Ollie's Soaps.
Shipping was FAST. I ordered on Monday morning (Dec. 10) and received my package on Wednesday (Dec. 12)!!! Everything was nicely packaged and arrived in perfect condition in a regular padded yellow envelope. Shipping charge was $5.00, although actual was only $2.30. A lot of smaller shops will refund overages. This one did not. Even so, $5.00 is quite cheap compared to some of the standard rates other shops charge. (**UPDATE** I was indeed given a partial refund for shipping overcharges. I posted too soon. Oops!) While I have not actually melted any of these, I can assure you that the cold scents are very strong and full. I'm feeling confident these will perform fine when melted.
So overall, I'm extremely pleased with my first Ollie's Soaps experience. I can easily see myself ordering from this shop again.
Have YOU tried Ollie's Soaps yet?