Friday, November 30, 2012

Scent Appeal Candles - Tarts / Small Haul

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend I found myself on the hunt for what seem to be two of the most popular scents in tarts at the moment . . . Pink Peppermint, and Peppermint Marshmallow.  All of the vendors I checked either didn't carry them or were currently out of stock.  I went back to Etsy and started searching.  When I saw that Scent Appeal Candles had one of the scents but it was sold out at the moment, I messaged shop owner Lisa to ask if she would be listing more, and also asked about the other scent.  She responded promptly and through the conversation and my many questions, she agreed to not only make both scents for me, but to also try a new blend I'd asked about.  How awesome is that??

Thank you, Lisa!

Baby, It's Cold Outside - 'Pink sugar blended with crisp clean peppermint and vanilla bean.'

Scent Appeal's version of Pink Peppermint is called Baby, It's Cold Outside.  Since I've never actually smelled Pink Peppermint from anyone else, I don't know how this compares.  On cold sniff, I'm mainly getting the Pink Sugar scent.  I'm only getting the tiniest hint of peppermint at the moment.  I hope more of the mint comes out when I melt this.  (If you're not familiar with Pink Sugar, it is a perfume dupe, a fun blend of things like cotton candy, vanilla, caramel, musk, and other things.)

Peppermint Marshmallow - 'Marshmallow blended with peppermint and a touch of creamy vanilla.'

I haven't smelled this popular scent from anyone else either, but just had to have it to see what all the fuss is about.  I do love vanilla-mint scents, so I figured this couldn't be bad.  I was also wondering if the marshmallow would really lend anything to the overall mix because marshmallow is notorious for being a light scent.  This is quite yummy though, and the marshmallow does indeed make itself known!  Again, the mint is rather soft in this one.  This is sort of a warm, sweet blend . . . not crisp and fresh as some vanilla-mint blends can be.

Lemon Noel - [no description]

The new scent she agreed to make for me is something I had seen on a blog, in a picture of someone's haul from another vendor.  It was Lemon Noel.  Any Noel blend typically means it is Vanilla Bean Noel (Bath & Body Works dupe) mixed with whatever.  So I was immediately intrigued.  And I was thrilled that she agreed to try this blend for me.

Again, I have not smelled Lemon Noel from any other vendor so I have no clue how Lisa's attempt would compare but I will say this . . . wow.  This is friggen YUMMY!  She must have thought so too because I saw on her Facebook page that she's going to be adding it to her regular line.  Woot!  There is a definite lemon note right off the bat.  It's a sweet lemon, not tart.  The vanilla notes warm it up, turning it into something almost dessert-like.  I wonder if this is anything like the Lemon Vanilla that Bath & Body Works discontinued?

 I ordered the six tart bundle for $3.25, and got two each of the three scents mentioned above.  Each is a 1 oz. tart.

Winter Breeze - 'A cool, watery scent with a hint of peppermint.'

I also received a freebie tart with my order.  I'm not sure just what makes up the 'cool, watery' part of this but it is sort of a spa type scent.  There might be some light musk in here.  It does make you think 'wet,' like greenery after light rain.  The mint is very light.  You probably wouldn't detect it if you didn't know it was there.  I guess, yeah, if I close my eyes and sniff this it does sort of make me think of wintery breeze, maybe like on those really sunny winter days when some of the snow is melting but it's still cold and beautiful.  I'm weird, I know.

This is my second order from Scent Appeal Candles, which can be found on Etsy.  There are a variety of wax options in this shop . . . clamshell tarts, scallop tarts, scent shots, jar candles . . . as well as room sprays and smelly jelly jars.  There are different bundle options which can save you money.  And there are tons of scents to choose from.

Customer service and shipping are great.  I must have driven Lisa nuts with all my questions but she promptly responded to each one, and still agreed to do a custom order which she usually doesn't do and which was not my intention at the start of it all.  I ordered on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 25) and even being a custom order with something she'd never even made before, I still received my order on Friday (Nov. 30).  And that on top of whatever Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales she had!  That is awesome.

If you have not tried Scent Appeal Candles yet, I suggest you check them out.  And if you have tried Scent Appeal Candles, what did you think?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Melted - Front Porch Candle Co. / Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum - [no description]

Not only have I had to eat my earlier words about Front Porch Candle Co. recently, but I seem to have swung to the extreme other side and have now become one of the addicts who stalk the site.  LOL!!  I'd gotten several in gift/swap packages and more recently placed a small order myself, along with another larger order just the other day.  Ooohhhh dear . . .

I melted this whole .9 oz. tart in my tea light warmer without expecting too much from it.  I think I just go into all tarts now expecting lackluster results.  My luck seems to be turning though, because once again, I was pleasantly surprised with the scent throw on this little guy.  I could smell it throughout the downstairs of my house, even when I first come through the door from being outside, but it is a medium type scent.  You know it's there but it's not like -Wham!- heavily perfumed air alert!  It's a very nice level of scent.

In my cold sniff notes I said this was almost caramel-like, with an almost salty note.  I think buttered rum is supposed to be like butterscotch, isn't it?  Now that I've plenty of time to smell this one warm, yeah, it's more of a butterscotch sweetness.  This is a super yummy, creamy,  warm and cozy scent.  There is a very faint hint of spice but it's nothing that any spice haters need to fear.  A delicious scent that I would absolutely buy again.

Melted - Tiffany Candles / Winter Fall

Winter Fall - 'Vanilla with hints of peppermint (A Tiffany Candles Blend).'

I haven't had much luck with Tiffany Candles tarts in the scent or throw department.  It's been a bummer that most of the Tiffany's that I have is Christmas scents, and knowing how the few non-holiday scents I've tried have been duds has not made me excited to get to these.  So imagine my surprise with this one!!
I melted one whole tart (about 1 oz. I think) in my tea light warmer, not expecting much, but wow!  I was treated to almost immediate scent, and once it warmed a bit more I had excellent throw throughout the downstairs of my house and even creeping up into the upstairs hallway.  The scent lasted the four hours of a tea light burn but did seem to be taking on slight hint of something unpleasant at the end, like something over-cooked or scorched.  It was very slight though.  I didn't really care . . . I was just so surprised to have had a successful tart!  lol

Ok, now as for the scent itself, I think there may have been a mix up in labeling.  The description for this says vanilla and peppermint.  There seems to be something more.  The reason I think there is a mix up is because I also ordered Christmas Cookies back when I ordered this Winter Fall, and I think the extra notes I seem to smell in this are actually cookie notes.  I think my Winter Fall and my Christmas Cookies are switched.  That's fine, because I still have both, but it's a bit chucklesome.  Even a coworker that I shared these with thought this was the cookie scent.

SO . . . what I get from the tart *I* have is sweet, light vanilla-mint blend with a sort of buttery bakery note.  Maybe it just is whatever vanilla was used to make the blend, but it's a full, rich note.  The mint is sweet and light.  A really yummy scent, whichever it is.

Melted - Can-Do-Candles / Gingerbread Men

I've never ordered from Can-Do-Candles, and am not even very familiar with them, but I received this tart as part of a gift recently.  I've heard this vendor name a lot on YouTube, just haven't really paid attention to what's being said.

I melted this entire 1.1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.  Having no clue what to expect for strength of scent, I was very happy to find a nice strong throw.  I could easily smell it throughout the downstairs of my house.  It was still quite fragrant after one tea light burn (about four hours).

This is not a sweet type of gingerbread like the iced cookies type.  This is a rich, delicious, somewhat spicy gingerbread.  It's deep and dark and heavy, like the molasses used to make the real thing.  I went to the Can-Do site to get a description but they are closed at the moment.  I'm really curious about this scent because I'd almost swear there is something else in here.  The name is Gingerbread Men, and at times it seemed like there were hints of musk or cologne lurking in this.  I might just be crazy, but it sure seemed like it!!  I will definitely be checking when the Can-Do shop reopens!  (Unless someone else already knows??)

This was a great scent, and I was very happy with the performance.  Can-Do just might a shop I need to try out myself.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Melted - King's Country / Spicy Gumdrops

Spicy Gumdrops - 'Incredible strong and yummy scent, smells just like real spiced gumdrop candies!'

This was a yummy, fun scent.  It had that candy-spiciness like black jelly beans, but it was sweet too.  It did not strike me as a straight up black licorice scent.  At times it almost seemed like a fruity note was trying to come through, like from the yellow or orange gumdrops.  Just a fun scent.

As I've found with other King's Country tarts, these probably work better in smaller rooms or closed rooms (bathroom, bedroom, etc.) because they have an initial burst of scent but then fade rather quickly.  I melted this entire .7 oz. grubby star in my tea light warmer and had immediate, strong scent that traveled easily into the next room.  My rooms are large and open though, so by the time the tea light burned out (about four hours later) I was only picking faint remaining traces of scent.

Not bad tarts, and definitely  not bad scents, just better for smaller rooms.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Melted - King's Country / Christmas Cabin

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.'

Back when I first got this, my cold sniff thoughts were that I really liked it and that the citrus was what hit you first.  Now that I've finally gotten around to melting it, I found I didn't like it.  I don't know where the sweet citrus notes went but the warmed scent is very cologne-y to me.  There is a stronger wood note now, probably that cedar.  The musk is strong, and there is a warmth from the spice but it's not a harsh spice.  This is still a rather complex, and still nice in a way, but not something I want my home smelling like.  I very much prefer more foodie/bakery scents for my home fragrance.

I melted this entire .9 oz mini muffin tart in my tea light warmer.  As I'm finding over and over again, tarts from this vendor seem to have a strong scent throw right from the start but fade before the tea light burns itself out (about four hours).  I've mentioned before that these might still be great tarts for smaller rooms or enclosed rooms, because that early burst of scent would linger more . . . but I have large, open rooms.

This one was a bummer for me.

Melted - King's Country / Sugar Plum Berries

Sugar Plum Berries - 'Sweet sugary plum, vanilla sugar, with slight notes of warm holiday berries.'

Yummynummy scent!  On cold sniff I thought there was something like a perfume note, thought it was very familiar to me, like possibly a Bath & Body Works scent or something.  Melted, that sort of goes away.  It becomes a much deeper, warmer scent.  There is a bit of spice, just a smidge to warm things up, but mostly I get a creamy, dark berry blend that smells so good.  This doesn't necessarily strike me as a Christmas scent, but I can see how the hint of spice turns a fruity scent into something more fitting for fall or winter.

I melted this entire .8 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had good scent throw.  As with other tarts from this vendor, it seems to start out strong but fade quickly.  I'm thinking that these tarts might be more suited for smaller rooms, or at least more enclosed rooms where the strong beginning scent will have a chance to linger.  My rooms are large and open, so scents tend to drift and fade.

A great scent though!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Melted - King's Country / Spicy Winter Scentsations

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.'
According to my cold sniff notes, I wasn't too sure what to make of this.  I'd said I didn't recognize there was pine in there and that it took a while to even find the cinnamon.  Well, I melted this entire .9 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and found that when warm I quite like it.  I think a bit more cinnamon comes through when melted but it's still not overly spicy because you also a sort of bright, almost fruity scent from whatever that pine is mixed with.  This is a very Christmas-y scent to me, probably because of the pine-cinnamon combination . . . even though I still probably would be able to identify it as *pine* if I didn't know it was there.
Just like with the previous tart from this vendor, the scent throw started off nice and strong just moments after it started melting.  I could smell it on a medium level throughout most of the downstairs of my house.  But then it faded again, just like with that other tart.  I would say the first hour of the tea light is the strongest, and it's awesome during that time . . . but then it fades down to a very light scent, and by the end of a tea light (about four hours) there is barely any scent left.

Melted - King's Country / Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies - 'Hints of sweet orange leads to a spiced accord of ginger and cinnamon to characterize the fragrance.

This little guy is soooo friggen yummy!  I melted the entire .7 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and was thrilled to find an almost immediate good, strong scent throw.  (The previous tart from this vendor was a dud.)  This was a deep, rich, and sweet gingerbread scent.  There was something almost like a caramel note in it.  While it is a bit spicy, it is one of the sweetest gingerbread scents I've ever had.  Loved it!!

The only downfall . . . and it's slight . . . is that the scent seemed to fade by the end of one tea light candle (about four hours).  It started out strong, and I had great throw almost immediately, but after the first hour or so it seemed to lighten up, and while I could still smell it at the end, it was light.  So if you don't mind switching out scents often, this would be great.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Cranberry Marmalade

Cranberry Marmalade - 'Spiced apples, orange zests, and tart cranberries.'

In my cold sniff notes I thought this was similar to the Cranberry Orange Spice one, and that I liked that other one better.  Cold, I had thought this had more of a cider note to it and I'm not fond of ciders.  It's very weird then that while warm this seemed to have an almost bakery note lurking in there somewhere.
I melted this entire 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer.  It had a nice strong throw that carried through most of the downstairs of my house, noticeable but not overpowering.  Hubby had a candle burning in the living room and neither interfered with the other.

This scent is a delicious spiced cranberry.  While the description says there are spiced apples and oranges in there, without knowing that you'd swear it's just spicy cranberry.  It was tart and sweet, with just enough warm spice to put some zing in it.  And then after a while I started noticing that sort of bakery note I mentioned.  It was just something subtle, lurking deep in the overall scent.  It made me think of this spicy cranberry marmalade being spread on hot bread rolls.  Weird, I know!  But I swear it was there!  

So anyway, a nice scent but yeah, I think I do prefer the Cranberry Orange Spice one more.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Won - Missouri River Soap Basket

 I recently won a giveaway from Holly over at the Missouri River Soap blog.  I received my prize yesterday and was pretty much floored.  This is a gorgeous and very generous prize package!  And there were three winners!

I should have turned the basket around when I took the picture.  I hadn't even noticed there was this 'Cheer' embellishment on the other side.  Doh!  But I took this pic to show you.  The basket has green, red, and gold ribbons on one handle, and a bed of green, red, and gold crinkle paper inside.  Sooo so cute and festive.  I think I'm going to put all of my Christmas scented tarts in here so they are handy and I don't have to dig through my stash to find them.


I also can't get over how these are packaged.  Each bar of soap is like a little wrapped present.  They are wrapped in a double layer of freezer paper, wax side in so the soaps don't stick or anything, and the ends open so the soap can continue to breathe and cure.  There are ribbons around each one, and gorgeous coordinating tags attached.  The outer tag has the company name and website, and the name of the soap, while a second tag underneath lists the ingredients.  I don't know if Holly makes all of these herself or what, but they are amazingly well done.

Let me back up in this story a bit.  A few years ago, when I was still totally into soap making myself, I came across Holly's soap making videos on YouTube and was instantly hooked.  Her colors and swirls always looked so flawless.  Her casual manner was just fun to watch.  I started following her blog too.  I was also amazed she wasn't selling her soaps.  I remember asking her one time if she'd be interested in doing a small swap . . . and she said no, but whatever.  I lost track of her for a while after that because I'd quit my own soap making and wasn't watching soapers on YouTube anymore.

I stumbled across her again recently and you just can't help but love the look of her soaps.  I was also surprised to hear she would finally be selling her soaps!  She had the giveaway on her blog as sort of a kickoff to opening her business.  I couldn't believe I had won!  Even if I hadn't, I'd planned on buying a bar or two just to finally be able to try them.  So funny how things work out sometimes!

As you look at the soaps I'm about to show, this is why I gave up making soap.  These are freakin' gorgeous.  These bars are solid and hard and . . . gorgeous.  Her attention to detail is amazing.  She has the patience and the talent.  These are the soaps I *wanted* to be able to make but never had the time or drive to learn how, and didn't have the confidence or ambition when I saw others such as this already doing it.  This is why it was easy to throw in the towel myself and just indulge in the pretties that the soap artists have to offer.

The Missouri River Soap shop will be a part-time shop.  She says her family comes first and she wants to see how having a business goes first.  She had her first test opening last week and has now closed for a while to get those orders out, and for the holiday.  I'm not sure when she'll reopen for the next round.  She only has soap in her shop.  I know she has dabbled in making candles but I don't know if she will ever offer those for sale.  I don't think she does any lotions or anything.  But anyway, the bars of soap are listed as $6.00 and 5-6 oz.  I don't know if they will be wrapped and tagged like mine are, or if that was just something special for the prize basket.

I have not used any of these soaps yet.  I have no idea how they'll perform but I'm pretty confident they'll be great!  I will do a followup review if anyone wants one.

So, what did I get???

Holly Jolly'Notes of clean, fresh winter air, earthy, leafy greens, ylang, and black tea with a solid base of musk, sandalwood and fir.'

Pretty and festive!  There are even holly leaves and berries sprinkles, and glitter on top.  I think the tea is the strongest note in this one.  This is one of those complex scents that bring to mind shops like FuturePrimitive and Haus of Gloi.  Doesn't really strike me as Christmas-y, but it is a great scent, and this is a BIG heavy bar.  So excited!

Merry & Bright'A festive blend of fir notes balanced by nuances of orange peel, garlands of cranberry, dried lemon slices, golden spun sugar, and a touch of vanilla.'

Oh yes, THIS one is a holiday scent.  I need to figure out if this is something popular in tart scents because if it is, I want it.  I might already have it, it's sort of familiar.  You get the fir notes first but it is so quickly followed up with a warm sweetness.  There is a bit of tartness from the cranberries and citrus zest, and there is the sweetness from the sugar and vanilla.  Very nice!  And this also reminds me of FuturePrim type scents.

Montana Memories - 'A scent blend of fir, orange, and pine and colored with green and white swirls. This scent always reminds me of my childhood in Montana and waking up to the beauty of the sparkling snow resting on the pine trees.'

Christmas tree scent!  The orange is not really recognizable AS orange, but I think lends a sort of 'moist' outdoorsy note, a bit of sweet in the pine notes.  Mmmm.  I wonder if scents from these soaps linger on the skin?  Because, even though this is a great scent, I'm not sure how I feel about walking around smelling like this, hehe.

Snow - [no description available]

I can't find anything about this one on her blog and I don't see it in the shop so I wonder if it's sold out.  This smells like vanilla-mint to me, and I love that.  It's a simple white bar, but there is fine glitter on top, making the textured top look like snow drifts glistening in the sun.  Love it.

 Sprinkles & Twinkles - [unscented]

An unscented bar but still prettied up for the holiday season.  This is a great option for those who are sensitive to fragrances, or for a simple face soap . . . and you still get a bit of festiveness from the smattering of sprinkles on top.

So yeah, I am so happy to be able to finally try these soaps, and I'm amazed by the impressiveness of the prize package.  She even included a discount code that I can use in her shop.

Thank you so much, Holly!!!

And if you haven't done it already, I suggest you check out her shop and keep an eye on her blog to see what goodies she's working on.

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Cranberry Orange Spice

(Forgot to take a pic before melting.)
Cranberry Orange Spice - 'Tart cranberries, orange zests, and spiced apples.'

This was my early morning choice on this fine Thanksgiving Day.  I melted this entire 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent throughout most of the downstairs of my house.  It's an awesome holiday mood-setter, making the chores of getting the turkey ready and into the oven just a little bit nicer.

Apples are mentioned in the description but I don't really get that.  I mainly get the tart and sort of sweet cranberries, and then there is a slighty citrus zestiness from the orange.  A bit of spice brings them together, warms them up.  It is not at all a harsh spicy scent, so spice haters should not automatically shun this one.

Melted - Country Home Scents / Frosted Cranberries

Frosted Cranberries - 'A fragrant blend of rich cranberries and warm sweet spices!
Not too tart and not too sweet ...just right!'

This sugared gem is STRONG.  I melted this whole 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and quickly and easily filled the entire house with scent.  I love tarts like that!  So be warned, if you have a small area or you like lighter scents, cut this one in half or even quarters.
The description mentions spice but I really didn't get that at all.  This is a really sweet scent.  Cold sniff, it's almost like Kool Aid powder or Smarties candy or something sugary sweet like that.  Warmed, the deeper cranberry notes come through.  It's still a very sweet scent but the tartness from the cranberries helps it.  If there is any spice detected it is easily blended with that tart sort of zip or zing.  I purposely saved my cranberry scents for Thanksgiving day and now I'm glad I did.  I melted this last night (Thanksgiving Eve) and it very much set a holiday mood.

This might be too sweet for some, and I do wish there was a *bit* more spice, but still an awesome holiday scent.

Melted - Front Porch Candle Co. / Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie - 'Wonderful spicy, buttery, brown sugar infused sweet potato pie aroma
with flaky crust undertones.'

I had a Sweet Potato Pie tart from another vendor earlier this fall and loved it so much that when I happened upon this one at Front Porch I snatched it up.  On cold sniff, this one was spicier than that other one, and I didn't like it nearly as much.  Warmed though, the familiar yumminess came through a bit more.

I melted this whole 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.  I'm still new to Front Porch tarts so I'm not sure just how strong they generally are.  This one was a medium throw.  It scented the area my warmer is in, and carried out slightly to the next room, but it was light.  The sweet, buttery notes definitely came out more once this was good and warm.  The spice notes were not harsh.  A very nice, rich bakery scent . . . just wish it would have been a bit stronger.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Candles From The Keeping Room - Tarts Haul

I finally went ahead and placed my own Candles From The Keeping Room order.  I'd been wanting to do it for some time now.  First I was putting it off because I already have so many tarts.  Then I couldn't do it because the shop was closed during/after Hurricane Sandy's visit.  By the time it reopened I had convinced myself I was content with the several CFTKR tarts I'd gotten from some online friends.  But then last week she mentioned on Facebook that she would be closing the shop again for the week of Thanksgiving, and I decided 'Screw it!  I'm doing it!' and placed a quick order.

The website can be a bit confusing and frustrating.  You can buy 4 oz. or 8 oz bags, and there are some other options depending on what scent you're trying to order.  You also have to sort of figure out what category the scent you want is in and click that section to be able to order it.  There are no single tarts as far as I could tell.  The 4 oz. bags I ordered cost $3.25.  Since the shop is closed at the moment, I'm not sure how much the 8 oz. bags or other styles cost.

Shipping was crazy fast.  I placed my order on Thursday morning (Nov. 15), had a shipping notice within the hour, and my package arrived on Monday (Nov. 19).  Each bag was wrapped in paper and everything was nicely packed in a priority box.  Shipping for my order was $8.05.

So what did I get???  I'll just do a quick list with descriptions from the website.  More detailed thoughts and scent descriptions will come in my Melted series as I melt each one.
  • Cinnamon Stick - [no scent description]  I'm assuming it's just plain cinnamon.
  • Serendipity - 'This is a super sweet concoction....sweet thick creamy vanilla with powdered sugar..sweet cherry, sweet orange and citrus...and a hint of fresh coconut.'  I've been wanting to try this for a while because I keep hearing people talk about it.  I *love* it!  Sweet cherry scent.
  • Christmas Time - 'The scent of fresh balsam and warm vanilla cookies sprinkled with sugar sparkles.'  Much more cookie, very little balsam.
  • Christmas Past - 'Blue spruce and fir scents with top-notes of northern pine, a spicy cinnamon middle note and a warm woody base note. Super strong.'  Hubby loves this one.  He says it's very 'fir-y.'  I like it but to me it smells like Vicks.  LOL!  And it is very strong.  I might melt one in our bedroom at night and see if clears my head enough to sleep peacefully.
  • Coconut Milk and Lavender - 'A sweet blend of coconut milk and lavender..changes the lavender to almost a tropical flower.'  I'm not a huge lavender fan but I have found lately that I do like it in blends.  This one sounded interesting.  It's a very pretty scent, soft and sweet, would be an excellent bath/body product scent.
Carol, owner/tartmaker, is well known for being very generous with the freebies she includes with orders.  You can ask for certain scents, and I've heard she seems to include scents that seem to go along with things you've ordered.  I didn't ask for anything specific.  I was excited to see she'd included SIX free single tarts!
  • Christmas Pudding - 'A delightful blend from the keeping room, a sweet christmas plum pudding, with a sweet brown sugar burnt cream topping, covered in a rum soaked cloth.'  Cake type scent.
  • Cinnamon Corn Pudding - 'A delicious blend of our gooey bakery cinnamon and a sweet corn pudding.'  Only get a buttery corn type scent at the moment.
  • Orange Cream Cupcake - 'Top notes of Orange Peel, Tangy Lemon, and Citron Zests; combined with rich notes of Creamsicle Frosting, Brown Sugar, Sweet Buttercream, Drizzled Rum, Bittersweet Chocolate, and Vanilla Extract.'  Strong, first blast of bright and zippy citrus with cake undertones.  YUM!
  • Plum Pudding - 'Not just for the holiday, sweet fruits, sugars, a little spice and a splash of brandy. One of our signature scents.'  Interesting, like dark, sweet fruits.
  • Sugar Cookie and Flapjack - 'A CFTKR blend, our sweet flapjack, mixed with our yummy frosted sugar cookie, a touch of maple syrup and a ton of love makes this a yummy new scent.'  Yum yum yum!  Very cookie/pancake, only a trace of maple sweetness.
  • Ultimate Bakery Shop - 'The aroma of stepping into a bakery, you will have the aromas of sweet sugar cookies..sweet bakery breads..donuts..cakes and the faint aroma of a vanilla icing.'  Nice but just a plain cookie/bread scent.
I'm really happy to have finally ordered for myself, but I'm a bit surprised by how light the scents seem.  Well, at least on cold throw.  I haven't melted any from this order yet.  I did melt one that I got from someone else and was disappointed to find it was such a minimal scent and throw.  Once again, you can't trust the reviews and opinions of others because you're own tastes could be different.  It seems everyone raves about how strong and long lasting these tarts are, but so far I'm just not seeing it.  I guess we'll have to wait until I melt them and see how they are.

I know I don't have to ask if YOU are familiar with Candles From The Keeping Room, because I know I'm one of the last people on earth to order.  So instead I'll ask, how has YOUR experience been with CFTKR tarts?

Sugar Sugar Scrub - Body Butter

With Thanksgiving just days away and with my Frosted Pumpkin scented body frosting (lotion) about to run out, I realized I needed to order something Christmas-y.  My usual go-to shop is temporarily closed while the owner is in the middle of moving, so I had to go on a hunt for a suitable stand in.  I've been so out of my handcrafted soap/body product phase for so long now that I couldn't even think of some old favorite shops to try?!  Oh well, Etsy saves the day again...

After looking at several body 'frosting' type lotions from several vendors, I settled on the Sugar Sugar Scrub shop. 

Mrs. Claus Candy - 'Smells like Peppermint Candy mixed with sweet vanilla buttercream!

This smells so good!  It's minty first, but it's soft and sweet with those buttercream notes. There is also something faintly like bubblegum that I wish wasn't there, but it's not horrible.  I'd been hoping for more of a plain ol' vanilla mint.  The scent is not at all overpowering, which I like.  I can smell it when I apply the lotion, and it lingers lightly for a while afterwards, but it is not at all something that people around you are going to be frowning up as you walk by.

The lotion itself is thick and creamy, but also light and fluffy in a whipped frosting type way.  I love this type of body lotion!  It spreads easily, absorbs quickly.  And it's interesting because just when you're at the point where it seems it's massaged in, it seems to melt and become even more spreadable.You're left with super soft skin.  There is a very minimal greasy after-feel but I haven't found it to actually *be* greasy.  I haven't used it consistently enough to see how long it lasts, whether it's heavy duty or not.  (I'm waiting till after Thanksgiving to switch over to this one, hehe!)  From the couple of test applications though, I quite like it so far!

This 4 oz. jar cost $7.50.

There are several items in this shop that catch my eye.  Besides the fluffy lotions, there are sugar scrubs, foaming sugar scrubs, whipped soaps, and fragrance mists.  And the really fun thing is that the shop owner seems to have similar interests to mine because I see Twilight inspired scents, Harry Potter, and even Hunger Games scents.  One personal quibble downfall for me is that I see icky urea in the ingredients of some products.  Bleah.  I'm trying to get over that, trying to remind myself I unknowingly used it years before ever becoming aware of handcrafted products, but still . . . it's like once you know something, it's hard to shake it.

Shipping was quite fast.  I ordered on Monday afternoon (Nov. 12) and received my package on Saturday (Nov. 17).  It was well packaged in a regular yellow padded envelope.  Shipping was $2.95, very fair.  There were no samples, but there was a handwritten thank you note on my invoice, and a coupon code good until the end of the month.  I also see she is having a Black Friday special on her 4-pack samplers, and a Cyber Monday special of 15% off.  I'm seriously considering hitting that Monday sale!  She also says in her note that there are always specials and deals on her Facebook page.

I'm quite happy so far with my first purchase from Sugar Sugar Scrubs.  Are YOU familiar with this Etsy shop?

Melted - Candles From The Keeping Room / Country Bumpkin

Country Bumpkin - 'A wonderful complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves.
Bring the country home to you.'

A year ago, I was obsessed with this scent in soap form.  When I got this tart as part of a gift, I was thrilled to see what scent it was!  I know soap can slightly change scents even if it's the same scent used in lotion or tarts or whatever, and that must be it because in tart form I just haven't been nearly as satisfied with this scent.  On cold throw, I wasn't getting much but even so it was nothing like I remember Country Bumpkin being.  It seemed much 'brighter' and fruitier.
I melted this entire 1.2 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.  Candles From The Keeping Room is the shop I've been most excited about lately, chomping at the bit to place an order for myself, and thrilled to have gotten a few from other people.  So I was *VERY* excited to melt this tart!  And I was *VERY* disappointed to find only a very light scent throw.  Noooooooooo!  Not only was it barely noticeable but it smelled nothing like I remember my beloved Country Bumpkin smelling.  This one seemed almost like straight up apple cider, which is a scent I just do no like.  I was so bummed!

I had to leave the house for an hour or so for Casey's shoulder therapy appointment, and when we got back I was slightly relieved that I could at least smell something as soon as I came through the door.  It was light in about half of the downstairs rooms but at least it was there.  And the deeper, warmer notes of the blend seemed to have come out more after a good long warming time.  I really don't know how to explain this scent, especially when this one was so light, but it's sort of a deep and complex sweet-warm-spice scent.  The marshmallow, yams, and butter usually give it a gooey sweetness, while the spice adds a bit of zip.

Unfortunately, this one was just too light to get all of that.  I think I still have a bar of soap in this scent, so I'll just go sniff that.  LOL  

Melted - Tara's Candle Cottage / Frosted Carrot Cake

Frosted Carrot Cake-- 'A buttery spice blend with hints of peach, coconut, carrots, cinnamon and warm vanilla with a healthy dose of sweet frosting.'
 
As mentioned in a previous post, I am unfamiliar with Tara's Candle Cottage but got this tart as part of a gift.  On cold sniff this is strong, a warm and cozy bakery type, but there is something odd about it.  Looking at the description, I'm not sure if it's the peach or the coconut or the combination of the two, but something just kills it for me.
I melted this entire 1.4 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.  I could have cut it in half but I don't like having to cut tarts, and I have so many at the moment that I'm just trying to use up as many as I can.  Anyway, melted the whole thing was pleased with the strength of the scent throw.  It was not overpowering but I could smell it lightly throughout most of the downstairs of the houseThe scent itself was just 'ok.'  Warmed, it seemed to take on a deeper, richer, and saltier tone.  It was more like carrot cake scents I'm familiar with, but a bit too buttery/salty.  I did let it go through the entire burn time of a tea light (about four hours) and it was nice enough for the time, but it's not something I would order again.

Melted - Tara's Candle Cottage / Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Crunch Cake - 'The aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling with rich eagle brand milk; surrounded with freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans, and hints of spice.'

I'm not at all familiar with Tara's Candle Cottage but I got this tart as part of a gift recently and was excited to try it.  I've had so many pumpkin scents this fall that they all sort of blend together, and I know I've even had Pumpkin Crunch Cake from a couple different vendors.  On cold sniff, this is once again a super yummy fall bakery scent.  You get the pumpkin, the cake, the buttery sweetness.
I went ahead and melted this whole 1.4 oz. tart in my tea light warmer.  I certainly could have cut it in half and saved some yumminess for later, but with Thanksgiving only days away I'm anxious to use up my fall scents.  I was pleased to find a decent scent throw with this tart.  It was not as strong as others I've had but it was easy to pick up the scent throughout most of the downstairs of my house.  The scent stayed quite true to it's cold form goodness, nice and warm and cozy and pumpkin-cakey.  I was quite happy with this one!

Melted - Scent Appeal Candles / Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Pumpkin Spiced Latte - [no description available]

This is the first tart I have ever melted from Scent Appeal Candles.  Looking at my cold sniff notes, I had high hopes for this one, said it was a sort of creamy pumpkin scent with strong latte notes.  I melted the entire 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and was super thrilled by the strength of the scent throw.  I have large rooms and love strong scents that carry throughout the rooms.  This one definitely had it.

Sadly though, I pretty much hated this particular scent.  What I thought was creamy and yummy in cold sniff turned bitter and harsh when warmed.  Sometimes coffee scents have that bitterness.  It overpowered everything else in this one.  Any trace of pumpkin became a sort of sour tang mixed with the super strong burnt coffee notes.  I'm pretty sure I blew out the tea light candle after an hour or so.

I'm not giving up this vendor though.  Like I said, the strength and throw were there, it was just this particular scent that I didn't like.

Melted - King's Country Scents / Weathered Crow

Weathered Crow - [no description available]

This was one I received for free in that test shipment from King's Country Scents.  I was so excited to see this particular one because I'd made soap in this scent back in my soap making days and had fallen in love with it.  This was 1 oz. grubby style tart, dusted with real cinnamon, and just oh so cute.  I love the grubby style!

I can't find a description for this scent anywhere but I'm pretty sure it was originally a Yankee Candle scent, and I remember always thinking of it as smelling like spice cake.  On cold sniff, this was rather lightly scented.  There was some spice to it, but it was warm and cozy, not harsh.  There was something slightly bakery, probably the notes that make me think of cake.  It's a yummy, cozy scent, good for fall or winter.

I was sooooo disappointed that I got absolutely no scent or throw from this when warmed.  I melted the whole tart in my tea light warmer and got nothing.  Even when I put my face right up the the warmer and sort of fanned the scent towards me, I was only able to pick up the smallest traces of it.  I let it warm for about two hours, then blew out the tea light and considered this one a loss.  It's weird too, because this type of scent would normally be quite potent.  Bummer!

Melted - Tiffany Candles / Leaves

Leaves - 'Bath & Body Works* type; Rich Autumn notes of fresh ground cinnamon generously sprinkled over tasty dried apple peel. Allspice, fresh clove bud, and drips of Vermont maple complete this festive aroma.'

I received this as part of a gift recently and was anxious to try it because I'm still so undecided about Tiffany Candles.  This was just a sample sized cube (.6 oz) so I went ahead an melted the whole thing in my tea light warmer.  On cold sniff it was quite nice . . . a bit more 'foodie' than I ever would have expected.  There is a warm spiciness, not too harsh, and touches of sweetness.  Very fall-like.  Melted though, I go not scent throw at all.  Every once in a while, if someone walked past the warmer and stirred up the air, I thought I could smell the faintest hints of something but it seemed too perfume-y to be this.

So this one was a dud.  I've heard a lot of talk that Tiffany's is changing their wax blend and working on stronger scents.  I hope so, because it seems all I've had from there so far have been too weak for my liking.  Bummer.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Finale - Becca Fitzpatrick

Finale
by Becca Fitzpatrick
(2012)

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?

*** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

Ok, I'll just say it.  I hated this book.  This is the fourth and final book in the Hush, Hush fallen angel series.  While I liked things about the first and second book, I was never a huge fan and then the third book just sort of fizzled out for me.  Back at the time I'd read that third book, I hadn't thought I'd even bother with this fourth book when it came out.  Enough time had passed though, and I'd been disappointed by another popular angel series, so when this one came I out I went ahead and got it because I was thinking I'd liked the first three more than I apparently had.

Once again, my big complaint about this book is that there is too much going on.  There are so many story lines and twists . . . it's freakin' hard to keep straight just what's supposed to be going on.  I went back and read my reviews of the first three books and found this is my complaint with each.  At least the author is consistent.  *snort*

So in this one Nora is now the leader of the Nephilim.  Really?  As in ALL Nephilim?  I'm assuming they are scattered all over the world, yet it seems that in this story they all live in this one town and that there about six of them.  So all of the big dramatic talk about leading this army to war seems rather weak and ridiculous.  And then that whole plot point sort of fades into the background anyway, buried under all the other things going on.  I don't even know where to begin!  Nora became leader upon the death of her father.  An oath sworn to him before he died (in book three) now puts her life and her mother's life in danger if she fails to lead this army.  The Nephilim don't like her or trust her, and she's in danger of being overthrown unless she sucks up and proves to them she's 'one of them' and sincere about the cause.  She has no intention of leading the Nephilim against the fallen angels because her beloved Patch is a fallen angel.  (Or was.  He became a guardian angel for a while.  What exactly is he now?  I lost track.)  Oh yeah, and she can't be with Patch because dating the enemy would be frowned upon.

What to do?  What to do??

Oh, we'll stage a public breakup and limit our contact and only meet in the most secret of ways.  Meanwhile Nora will seem to be dating Dante, a well respected Nephil guy, her second in command actually, and that will score such big brownie points . . . ooooooh, it'll be great!  *gag*  Except nothing ever comes of this story line.  Nora and Patch continue to meet and talk and hang out.  Nora and Dante are never seen hanging out or making any effort to show off this fake relationship.  Dante says Nora needs to start training so she's ready for this war, and he will be the one to train her.  They do all this ridiculous training in the wee hours of the morning, out in the woods, away from where anyone will see them together anyway.

Scott is still around, now as the highly trusted and supportive best friend.

Dabria is still around, causing Nora's jealousy to boil over and making her determined to find out just what's going on between Patch and this ex of his.

Marcie has decided she needs to move in with Nora and her mother and host parties and things.

Vee isn't around much in this one but later, when the author seems to remember her, she adds an out of nowhere twist that doesn't have much point.

There is a new guy named Blakely who is a devilcraft genius.  He's supposed to be sooooo top secret and hard to get to, a secret weapon in this coming war, yet bubble head Marcie leads them right to him.

There is also a new guy named Pepper who is also supposedly sooooo dangerous and mysterious, but then we find out he's just a whiny and spineless weasel who was only trying to get a favor from Patch.  Really?  So why all the dramatic buildup such as stalking and kidnapping and big threats?

Nora becomes addicted to a devilcraft super drink.  The brief part of the story that focused on this was probably the best part of it all.  But this too was quickly brushed aside and forgotten in the mess of everything else going on.

Ooops, that well respected Dante guy is not so great after all.  He has ulterior motives.  He wants the army for his own, and not to fight the fallen angels.  But oh no!  Nora can't let this happen because of that oath which will cause her to DIE if she doesn't lead the army!  Aha, we'll simply go old school and challenge Dante to a duel.  Ok!  But wait, Patch only has one day to train Nora in the art of sword fighting so she can win this duel.  And while we're training and making out, we're waiting on our own new-found secret weapon to return from that secret place with that secret thing that is sure to put an end to all of this.

But darn!  Someone has found out about our secret plans!  Who could it be?  There are only about 50 suspects and each has their own complicated reasons and we're running out of time!

And on and on and on . . .

I plowed through to the end because I just couldn't figure out how this would all be neatly wrapped up, but it was a chore getting there and I seriously didn't give a crap about any of it anymore.  I never felt a connection between Patch and Nora.  The feelings I had for Patch early in this series fizzled out long ago.  I don't think I've ever really liked Nora.  And just like the three books before this, if about 90% of the overstuffed plot were eliminated and we had focused on just a few key points, this could have maybe been a great series.

Maybe.

Friday, November 16, 2012

'Melted' Series Opinions Needed

The individual scent reviews in my Melted series can be a pain in the butt to do when I melt so many different tarts.  I'm wondering if anyone cares about them at all . . . ?  Do you just read them because they are there?  Do you only read the ones that interest you?  Do you skip over them?

Because those posts are short and numerous, I sometimes feel like I'm spamming you guys.  Personally, I prefer 'hauls' much more than 'reviews.'  I like to know how the shipping was, the time, the cost, the packaging.  I like to see what the products look like and know if there are samples or extras included.  I like to know what scents are available and maybe a bit about them.  But beyond that, someone telling me whether they liked a scent or not doesn't matter.  I'm even finding that someone telling me the throw was strong or weak is not always accurate because their tastes or room sizes or situations might be way different than mine.  I don't know how many people I've heard swear by the strong scent throw from some vendors, and then when I try them I can't smell anything unless my face is in the warmer.

So, I'm just curious if anyone is really finding the Melted, individual reviews worth it.  I don't want to do weekly or monthly roundups because I won't remember the finer details of the scents.  I'm considering just doing a bit more detailed scent descriptions in the haul posts like I used to do.

Just wondering what you think about it all.

Front Porch Candle Co. - Tarts Mini-Haul

I've had to eat my words about not wasting another moment of my time on Front Porch Candle Co.  I got several Front Porch tarts in the recent swap and gift boxes I received, and I've been hearing that things are getting better in regards to actually having stock available, so I decided to give them another try.

Family Christmas - 'Wonderful cozy warm blend of plums, berries, spruce, with fruity undertones and just reminds you of Christmas!!'

The spruce hits you first, and the fruits dance by as a sort of lingering afterthought.  This seems rather lightly scented.  Hoping it blooms when warmed.

Sweet Potato Pie - 'Wonderful spicy, buttery, brown sugar infused sweet potato pie aroma with flaky crust undertones.'

This little bugger is the one I could smell before I even opened the package.  Mmmmm!  I loved the Sweet Potato Pie tart I had from another vendor, so when I saw it available here, I grabbed it.  On cold throw at least, this one isn't like that other one.  This one is spicy and I get some crust notes, but the buttery sweetness is not as deep and rich . . . at least not while cold.

Hot Buttered Rum - [no description available]

Oh.Em.Gee.  This is sooooo friggen yummy.  It's almost caramel-y, almost a salty note to it.  Warm and buttery and sweet.  Can't wait to melt this one!

Christmas Cookies & Eggnog - '(In House Blend) Popular blend of Christmas Sugar Cookies and Eggnog...such a great seller it is an all year round scent.'

This is really lightly scented right now.  I just received the package about an hour ago, so I'll let these air out apart from each other and hope that the true scents show themselves.  When I was digging this out of the package and taking pictures, I could definitely smell eggnog.  As I write this, putting the actual tart to my nose for a sniff, I'm barely getting anything.  Fingers crossed this one comes alive when warmed.

Each tart is 1 oz. and costs $1.75.  That's a bit pricey for a 1 oz. tart BUT shipping is always free.  Everything came nicely packaged in a regular yellow padded envelope.  There were no samples or extras, no business card or thank you notes.  Shipping was . . . well . . . this brings me back to my initial gripes . . . 

I still don't understand how this shop is run.  The current shipping time listed on the site is 7-10 business days.  Ok, that seems to imply that these are poured fresh for each order.  Why then, isn't there a more permanent list of scents to order, and why are the ones that ARE listed showing a quantity available?  THAT would seem to indicate that if blah blah scent is listed and shows four in stock, that four tarts of blah blah scent are already made and sitting on a shelf . . . right?  Which brings us back to the question of why is shipping time 7-10 business days?  Well, I've also learned more about the popular 'combining small orders,' which most people seem to do because what tarts are available seems to change daily and people place several small orders over the course of several days as they see new things show up.  Apparently Front Porch will wait however many days (7-10?) and combine up to four orders into one shipment.  I suppose this is handy but what if I'm only ordering four tarts and I know that's all I want . . . can I message her and ask her to skip the wait-and-combine and ship now instead?  I don't know.  This is all the big swirly part that still bothers me about this vendor.  In this particular case, I placed my order on a Friday morning (Nov. 2) and received the package on Friday two weeks later (Nov. 16).

Now, having said that, I will also admit that I am finding myself drawn into the game of checking daily and wanting to grab things that are available.  I've noticed this vendor has a lot of custom blends, which is always a plus.  You can get individual tarts or you can try your luck at 4-packs ($4.75) or samplers ($10.00) or even jar candles ($16-$24).  With orders over $25 (single or combined) you can get a free 4-pack.  And remember, shipping is always free.

I do like these tarts.  I like the size and the grubby style look.  I seem to remember the ones I've melted previously have had decent enough scent throw.  Yes, I can totally see myself ordering from here again.  Just wish I could understand how this place is run . . .

So, all you Front Porch veterans, what are some scents that I absolutely must grab if I see them?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Woodcrafts & Candles Sale!!

Kathy, from Woodcrafts & Candles, has informed me that she will be having a Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend sale.

November 23-26 . . . all wax (candles AND tarts) in the Etsy shop will be on sale . . . 20% off!!

Magnets will also be included in the sale, but wooden items will not.

Even though my stash has gotten a little too big for my own comfort, I am pretty sure I will be placing another order.  Hope you all do too!

Woodcrafts & Candles - Tart Haul

Woodcrafts & Candles is a shop I've browsed at least a gazillion times, going all the way back to my earliest days of discovering Etsy, but for whatever reason I have never ordered from them . . . until now.  Disappointment in the Walmart line of Christmas tarts is what made me decide to get my winter scents from private vendors, and that had me revisiting Etsy.

This shop does not sell single tarts but Kathy, the very friendly and helpful owner, pointed me in the direction of her sampler packs and from there I decided to go ahead and place an order.

There were a couple Christmas variety packs, and I was intending to get Christmas scents, but I decided to go with the Coffee Time sampler first.  It includes . . .
  • Hazelnut Coffee - A fresh brewed cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer added.
  • Mocha Cream - Coffee with a hint of chocolate and vanilla cream.
  • Coffee Vanilla - Smooth, creamy vanilla is blended with robust, rich coffee. This is comforting, warm and tasty.
  • Cinnamon Coffee - Rich, warm, robust coffee stirred with a cinnamon stick to give it an extra kick!
  • Cafe Caramel - Aroma of fresh-brewed cappuccino, filled with heavy cream, and sweetened with sugary caramel.
  • Cappuccino - Very strong Coffee with cream and sugar.
All of these smell soooo good and strong!  I will do individual scent reviews in my Melted series as I melt each one.

This 6-pack of 1 oz. tarts cost $5.95.


  Jack Frost - 'A crisp clean peppermint aroma with hints of vanilla bean.'

I love the Jack Frost scent.  I was surprised that hubby loves it too, because he is usually so anti-mint.  So heck yeah, I went ahead and ordered a bag of this scent.  And how freakin' cute are they??  There are four 1 oz. snowflake shaped tarts, gorgeous icy blue-white color, sent in an equally festive blue and white snowy designed treat bag.  Each tart is in its own little baggie.  Ohmygosh, they smell divine.  And they're so strong!  I'm in heaven with this one.

This 4 oz. bag cost $3.95.


 Sleigh Ride - 'A wonderful blend of pine, apples and cinnamon, bayberry, 
holly, and a hint of vanilla.'

This is a wonderful scent too.  It's like a spiced fruit first, with the pine swirling around it, and just enough sweetness to keep it from being too harsh.  It's not a warm, cozy scent like a winter bakery type would be.  There is something crisp and 'moist' about it, almost bright.  And once again, these are just too darn cute.  There are five little baggies in the larger Christmas tree printed treat bag, each baggie containing a 1/2 oz. green dotted tree and a 1/2 oz. red dotted tree.  (Each baggie contains 1 oz. of wax.)

This 5 oz. bag sells for $4.25.

Birthday Cake - ' Lots of buttery, creamy, and vanilla notes make this scent irresistible. It is a very light scent so if you like a nice soft background of vanilla this is perfect for you.'

The cuteness continues!  I received this freebie cupcake shaped tart in super yummy Birthday Cake scent.  It is a 1 oz. tart, and I will save it to melt on my birthday which is coming in December.

I also received these two adorable leaf shaped freebies in Vanilla Bean, and Red Hot Cinnamon scents.  Each is about 1/2 oz.  I might melt them together and see how they smell.

AND . . . I received this free fridge magnet as a thank you gift.

Thank you so much for all the extras, Kathy!!!!

Woodcrafts & Candles is a fun shop to browse.  Not only are there tons of tarts to choose from, but there are candles of various shapes and sizes, magnets, and (as the Woodcraft part of the name indicates) a variety of interesting wood crafted objects like candle holders, pens, and even Christmas ornaments.

Shipping was fast.  I ordered on Sunday morning (Nov. 4) and had my package on Thursday (Nov. 8).  Everything came nicely packaged and labeled, in a priority box.  I was given a partial shipping refund, which was awesome.  Owner/wax wizard Kathy was so friendly and helpful in Etsy convos when I contacted her to ask about single tarts.  And these tarts are so strongly scented!  They have a slightly moist feel to them, which tells you how packed with fragrance oil they are.  I'm feeling pretty confident that the scent throw will be awesome.

I've been greatly pleased with this transaction so far.  In fact, I'm kicking myself for having waited so dang long to order!  I'm already thinking about my next order because there are so many scents I want to try, and I want to get at least one of those wooden ornaments.  I am just all-around thrilled with this vendor at the moment!  :)

Have YOU ever ordered from Woodcrafts & Candles?