Thursday, October 31, 2013

Haul - Avon / Candles

I got all excited recently when I saw that Avon now had Bath & Body Works type 3-wick candles.  There used to be two Avon sellers where I work but neither do it anymore, so I went ahead a placed a small order directly from the website.  I just wanted to see what these candles are like! 

Frosted Gingerbread - 'Winter spices, gingerbread and vanilla icing create a holiday treat.'
This small candle was sort of an afterthought purchase.  There was a special going, free shipping on orders over $10, and my main candle purchase was $9.99 so I just wanted something small to bump the total over $10.  This little candle was on sale for 50%.  The one review on the site said this candle is a ripoff because it's way too small for the price.  Since I was only paying half price, I wasn't to concerned, but once I saw it when the package got here . . . yeah, it's small for the money.  It's pretty much just a votive candle in a nice holder.  I paid $4.99.  It is a nice holder though!  It's a 'frosted' finish, golden brown on the outside, silver on the inside.  I don't know if it 'glows' as the candle burns.  Hope so.
Anyway, the scent is pretty nice but on the lighter side on cold sniff.  It's a softly spiced, warm and cozy gingerbread scent, on the sweeter side, more like cookies than regular gingerbread.

Peppermint Twist - 'Peppermint sweetened with fluffy marshmallow and vanilla.' 
I'd really been hoping to get one of the fall scented candles since we still have November to go through before winter we start winter scents in this house.  Most of the scents were out of stock when I placed my order though, and I ended up picking this Peppermint Twist.  I *love* vanilla mint scents!  I really thought this would be something like B&BW's Twisted Peppermint.  Now, I admit I'm not a B&BW's expert but from when I remember of Twisted Peppermint, this Avon one isn't very much like it.  Bummer!  On cold sniff the mint is very light in this.  There is a warm and creamy scent, almost like coconut (?!) that comes through first, and the mint is very softly under that.  It's still a really nice scent, just not quite what I thought it would be.  Can't wait to see what it's like warm!
The candle itself looks pretty nice.  It is a 3-wick, as you can see in the pic.  The wax looks good and clean and even, not dried up or sunken or pulled away from the edge as some 'cheap' candles tend to look.  The scent is not as strong as I would have expected, at least on cold throw.  I'm hoping it comes out strong while burning.  Fingers crosses it burns evenly and cleanly!  I'm debating whether I want to burn it now just to see how it does, or save it till December.  How will I know if I want to order more if I wait???  Decisions!

If you're curious what other scents Avon has, check my earlier post HERE.   I've noticed that what's in-stock changes quite frequently.  When I ordered, none of the fall scents were available, but when I looked just now to do this post I saw that a couple of them are now in-stock.

I placed my order late in the evening on Oct. 22, and received the package on Oct. 29.  I had been wondering if there would be any samples of things included because that's one of the things I always remember about ordering Avon from the girls at work . . . always getting a lot of samples of things.  I forgot to put in the haul picture but there was a packet of ten little perfume sample swatch thingies included with my order.  Unfortunately they are all the same perfume (Night Iris) and I'm not fond of the scent.  Oh well.

Anyway, yeah, I'm happy that I went ahead and ordered and I'm looking forward to seeing how these do, particularly the big one.

Do you think I should go ahead and test burn it???  Do you think you'll order too??

Monday, October 28, 2013

Melted - Better Homes & Gardens / Fresh Pumpkin Rolls

Fresh Pumpkin Rolls - [no scent description]

Pretty sure this is a new one in the Better Homes & Gardens fall scent lineup this year.  I don't remember seeing or hearing about it last year.  It's a very sweet, bakery pumpkin scent.  There is soft spice, and some creaminess, a sort of sugary sweetness, a slight cake note, all blending with the pumpkin scent.  It's a brighter pumpkin scent than some of the heavy fall bakery scents tend to be.

I melted two cubes in my tea light warmer and was shocked to find this is on the lighter side of scent and throw.  The Better Homes & Garden tarts RARELY disappoint me by coming off as light.  This isn't a total weakling, it did give a nice medium scent throughout most of the downstairs of the house, but I was just so surprised that a bakery scent like this wasn't stronger.  It's still a super yummy scent worth trying if you can find it!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Souffle

Pumpkin Souffle- Butter, sugar, spices, vanilla cream and pumpkin.
I had this scent last year and loved it so much I knew it would be a Must Have for this year.  It's such a warm and cozy, comforting fall bakery scent.  Strong on pumpkin, there is also a lot of rich creaminess.  This is *not* a fresh, outdoorsy pumpkin patch type scent at all.  There is a slightly salty note, probably from the butter.  I can possibly see some pickier noses cringing at that because it could almost be considered the dreaded corn chip/zucchini scent, but it's not enough that I noticed it in general, only when doing Detailed Sniff Analysis for this post.  *chuckles*
I melted half of this tart (about .7 oz worth) in my tea light warmer and had a beautifully strong scent and throw.  The whole darn house had this Thanksgiving baking type scent but it was never overpowering.  And there was plenty of scent left after one four hour tea light burn.  

There are tons of pumpkin scents out there at this time of year but I think this is one I will always come back to, as long as Sweet Fixations keeps it in stock.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Random Waxy News

I've come across some retail brand wax gems over the past couple weeks but just have not had a chance to get them posted until now.  I think I did mention somewhere that I saw the first couple Glade winter scents.  Was that in a daily Natters post?  I don't remember.  But there is a pine scent and the Pure Vanilla Joy scent has been given a new festive winter packaging design.

Since then I have come across Merry Maple Morning, which is in a festive yellowish tan package. I've only seen this in the oil refills so far, kinda randomly placed on the shelf at Walmart.  And then today I saw Apple Cinnamon Cheer room spray in holiday design red packaging.

Someone left a comment on an old Febreze tarts post here on the blog, saying she'd seen three Christmas scents in the Febreze wax melts: Frosted Sugar Cookie, a pine one, and a cinnamon one.  She is in Canada.  I looked at my Walmart's selection and did not see anything seasonal, either fall or winter.  Bummer!  I'm going to keep an eye on them though.

And finally, when we were on our way to Minnesota we stopped at a Walmart just before the Wisconsin border and of course I had to check their tarts section.  I was thrilled (and disappointed) to see they had a much larger selection of fall scents AND they had a lot of Scentsationals in addition to the Better Homes & Gardens tarts.  The ones I saw there that I don't think have been mentioned yet are . . .
  • Farm Apple Pumpkin
  • Clear Autumn Sky
  • Sugared Pecan Pumpkin (Was tempted to buy this but had so many pumpkin scents already.)
  • Pinecones & Birch
  • No Place Like Home
  • Fireside
  • Apple Bobbin'

The only one I did buy at that nearly-Minnesota Walmart was this Spiced Cranberries.  Yay, Spiced Cranberries!!!  This is the tart, slightly sweet but spicy kind of cranberry scent that I love.  Oh, this is good.

Have YOU come across any new fall scents?  Have you seen any winter scents showing up yet near you?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Read - Endless

by Jessica Shirvington
466 pages


Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose—literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she's about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she's not nearly ready.

The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head—not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face...


This is the fourth book in Jessica Shirvington's Embrace angels series.  When I read Embrace I thought I'd found my new favorite series but each book since has left me a bit more disappointed.  And this one does it again.  I think the problem is the increasingly complicated storylines.  You know me, liking things simple.  But this one got so busy and complex that I'll need to read it again to fully understand what just happened.

I did still like the book.  It started out with great potential.  I was glad to be seeing the old hot guy Lincoln instead of the whiny drama queen he'd been becoming.  I was glad to see Phoenix back and super glad to be delving into the emotions he and Violet still share.  I was happy to see that Violet and Lincoln were no longer employing the 'We need to stay away from each and pretend we're not soul mates' strategy any longer because I just hate when authors choose that path.

But then it all fell apart for me when they decided their best plan was to sacrifice Violet in order to save the lives of a bunch of children.  NONE of that plan worked for me or made much sense.  So if Lilith is back and is the ultimate in power and evil, and if Violet is the seemingly Chosen One, the only one strong enough to finish her off and send her back to the pits of hell, why why WHY would it make any sense to give her up in exchange for the lives of some children?  Ok, it's horrible to say 'Let the kids die!' but in the bigger picture, even if they save 50 of 100 kids and Violet dies, their one and only weapon to bring Lilith down is now gone.  What's to stop her from killing 50 more kids?  Or a thousand kids?  It just didn't make any sense to me.

And then all the other little twists and shockers just seemed to complicate things even more.  I think most of what happened after the kids could have still been done without any of those 'sacrifice for the kids' scenes.  There had to be a better way to go about the big battle in this book.  Having said that, there were still some parts that I liked in that complicated mess . . . Violet realizing "I died!" and what else that meant, Violet crawling in bed with Lincoln and laying silently with him all day, the interactions with Phoenix during the scenes in question.

The ending had me so mad.  As mentioned earlier, the staying away from the one you love tactic just doesn't work.  Does anyone actually like when authors use that?  Still, I'm looking forward to the next book because I always hold onto some hope that it will get better in the end.  I wonder if the next book is the last book?  I'd thought all along that this fourth one was the finale.  I hope she hasn't decided to drag out the story with increasingly complicated plot twists because I don't know how much longer I could keep going if that were the case. 

Someday when this series is complete I will read these books again, back to back, and see if everything falls into place more easily.  Until then, still hoping the next one is better.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Melted - Better Homes & Gardens / Warm Autumn Memories

I had wondered earlier if Warm Autumn Memories was the same as last year's Crisp Fall Leaves.  I still don't know if they are the same, and I still think they are similar (going on what I remember from last year), but I seem to like this better than last year if it is indeed the same.  There is something like a mix of apple and pine in this one.  It's an outdoorsy scent that has a sort of 'wet' feeling about it, like if it were a crisp fall morning after a light rain or after the morning frost has melted, and leaves are wet on the ground.  There is still a slight cologne-y note but it's not overwhelming.  This an interesting scent, a change from my usually bakery scents.

I melted 2 cubes in my tea light warmer and had a wonderfully strong scent and throw.  Better Homes & Garden tarts almost never fail me in strength, and that's one of the reasons I love them.  I could smell this easily throughout the whole downstairs of my house, and even upstairs on a slightly lighter level.  The scent remained strong through the entire four hour tea light burn.  I've gotten three or four burns out of some scents and this is probably another that can go that long.

A very nice fall scent.

Haul - Candles From the Keeping Room / Tarts

It's been a long time since I've ordered from Candles From the Keeping Room, probably at least a year.  I think the biggest reason I don't order much from this vendor is that you can't get single tarts.  You can get 4 oz. or 8 oz. bags, and various other large tarts, but there is no option for single 1-ish oz. tarts like I prefer.  Then someone mentioned the samplers and I was like 'Hmm, I'd get singles in a sampler.'  And it's always so much fun to see what scents you get in the freebies.  CFTKR is by far the most generous when it comes to including extras!

I was in such a rush to get this order placed because I was living in fear the shop would close within minutes again since this vendor has been going through some of the open/close chaos way of doing business.  Turns out I didn't have to rush because the site is still open.  Doh!  I could have taken my time and tried to score the one sampler that someone was hanging onto in their cart.

But anyway, what did I end up getting?

I know I've said I'm done buying fall scents but since the Christmas samplers were all gone I decided to try the one fall sampler I saw.  This is Fall Sampler #18 and contains . . .
  • Fall On The Farm - 'Falling leaves on the farm from all the old trees, dropping in to the berry patches, apple trees, with a hint of mandarin, and cinnamon sticks.'  Very nice.  A bit of a cider note, with hints of sweet orange and cinnamon.
  • Pilgrims Pie - '. . . a scrumptious, highly complex accord beginning with top notes of pumpkin and lemon; with middle notes of champagne, grapes, nutmeg, and smoked cinnamon; and rounded out with base notes of vanilla, tea leaves, and hickory.'  Sounds like a crazy weird combination of things but it's actually quite nice.  Somehow it's almost a bakery scent.  There is soft spice, and a touch of creaminess, and perhaps a hint of those tea leaves.  I might be getting a pumpkin note, but there is no weirdness from the champagne or grapes or hickory.  Don't be afraid to try this one!
  • Thankful - 'Warm and inviting, combines the festive aromas of pumpkin pie, warm spices, apple pie and freshly baked cookies.'  This one is on the lighter side for such known-to-be-heavy scents.  I think I get more of the apples and spice than anything, maybe slightly subdued by something like a sugar cookie generic yumminess.
  • Autumn Harvest - 'Crisp apples, vanilla, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin and cinnamon make this a perfect Autumn blend!'  Interesting.  Heavy on vanilla when you first sniff this cold.  Apples are slightly stronger than the pumpkin and the spice is soft.
  • Family Gathering - 'Warm, buttery baked spicy fruity scent that reminds you of all the bakery at a family gathering. This scent has top notes of mulled fruit and spice-berry blended with apple cinnamon, then topped with sweet clove and vanilla.'  Sort of like a berries and cream with a touch of spice and cider.  Not a favorite.
  • Homespun Goodness - 'Warm country homes rich and fragrant with orange satsuma, mandarin, anise, sweet almond, spicy cinnamon, hints of ginger root, with bottom notes of rich vanilla, ground nutmeg and tonka bean.'  Almost perfume-y for some reason.  Mainly an orange scent, with tiny hints of spice.  Nice in it's brightness among all the usually heavy fall bakery scents.

Samplers sell for $6.50.

I ordered a 4 oz. bag (four tarts) of Christmas Time, described as 'The scent of fresh balsam and warm vanilla cookies sprinkled with sugar sparkles.'  They look like yummy cookies, don't they??  I like the smell of pine but sometimes it can be too much for me on its own.  I thought the cookie in here would be interesting, and it is.  Definitely a pine scent, but the cookie notes lurking just behind it give it a softer, easier to take feel.

Ordered a 4 oz. bag (four tarts) of Christmas Cabin, described as 'A wonderful blend of bayberries and cranberries with a top note of freshly crushed cinnamon bark with hints of orange zests.'  This reminds me of walking into a craft store like JoAnn's or into any store during Christmas shopping season, when you have that mix of holiday scents.  It's a bit harsh, reminds me of something cider-y but I don't see that in the description.  Spice haters should probably stay away from this one.

And a 4 oz. bag (five tarts) of Glistening Snow, which is a Glade dupe, described as '. . . bursting with fresh Bayberry with undertones of cinnamon, clove and peppermint!'  I have soap made in this scent, hehe.  It is minty but not as sweet and crisp and bright as you might expect.  I'm not sure what bayberry smells like but I'm guess that is what the stronger note in here is.  I was hoping for more mint.

The snowflake 4 oz. bags sell for $3.50, and the regular shaped tarts in 4 oz. bags sell for $3.25.

And the very generous bag of freebies!  (Thank you, Carol!!!)  I think I was most excited to see what was in here.  You have the option to choose what type of scents you'd like to receive.  I requested coffee scents and Christmas scents.
  • Kringleberry - [no scent description]  I have no idea what is in this.  There is vanilla and some sweetness, probably berries of some sort going by the name.  Cranberry?  That will be interesting to melt.
  • Caramel Latte - 'A blend of coffee, caramel..and sweet cream.'  Strong on the coffee but the caramel is there.
  • Vanilla Snowflake Type - [no scent description]  Obviously very vanilla-y.  Something else in there too, almost like sugar cookie or something bakery like that.  If this is a 'type' (dupe), who has the original?  Yankee?
  • Dance of Sugar Plum Fairy - [no scent description]  Smells familiar, like maybe spiced gumdrops and candy sweetness.
  • Christmas Snow - [no scent description]  I really like this one!  It's slightly minty or pine-y (both?) with a touch of sweetness.
  • Cinnamon Dolce Latte - 'Fresh black coffee steamed with sweet cream and cinnamon dolce flavored syrup.'  Strong on the coffee again.  Just hints of whatever else is in there but not a specific cinnamon note.
Although this order is probably tiny by wax junkie standards, I'm feeling a big overwhelmed by it all now when I look at this added to the stash I was already feeling uncomfortable about.  This is why I like single tart options!

I placed my order very early on Oct. 17 and received my package on Oct. 23.  Excellent turn around time!

Have YOU ordered from CFTKR lately?  Do you know anything about those new scents in my freebies section?  I think I heard somewhere that if the sticker says 'A gift for you,' it is a new/tester scent.  Is that true?

Haul - The Bathing Garden / Tarts & Scrubs

 I wasn't really sure if I'd order anything from The Bathing Garden's latest restock because I have plenty of fall scented tarts.  People rave about the sugar scrubs though, so I thought I'd go ahead and *finally* give one a try.  It was so fun to open this package and see everything wrapped in fall colors, with a cute black cat 'Thank You' note included.  I just love those small touches!

Even unwrapped, one item (my freebie) was wrapped in a Halloween-festive black bag with a silver 'BOO' stamped on the other side.  (You'll see that in the pic later.)

There actually weren't too many scents in this restock that really grabbed my attention, but this one certainly did.  This is a sugar scrub in Bubbling Butter Brew scent.  Described as 'Sweet clotted cream, salted caramel, rich butterscotch, and a touch of bubbling cream soda,' this is SO yummy smelling!  I'm a Harry Potter fan, so of course I would want to try this.  It's such an awesome creamy butterscotch scent.  Mmm!!  And I'm very much looking forward to trying the scrub.

This 4 oz. scrub sells for $5.25.

 I received this free 2 oz. sample scrub in Guava Berry Gelato.  Described as 'Guava, Raspberry, and strawberry iced up into creamy gelato,' I've seen others mention how wonderful this scent is.  Oh, I just noticed this one has shea butter, while the other scrub has aloe butter.  Interesting.  I'll have to pay attention and see if there is any noticeable difference.  The scent is rather light in the jar, a berries and cream type, and rather nice.

Decided to get the tart version of Bubbling Butter Brew too.  Smells soooo good!  I think a bit more of the caramel note comes through in this version.

Clamshell tarts sell for $3.50.

Since I'm pretty much set with fall scents, I've started picking up some winter scents.  This one is called Lady of Winter and is described as 'Candy cane over sugar plum fairy.'  (And Sugar Plum Fairy is 'Walking through a candy forest in winter.')  It's minty and candy-sweet but there is a sort of crispness to it that I can't quite figure out.  I like this!

How cute is that?!  This was a freebie, a 3.6 oz. block of decorated wax in Blueberry Pumpkin Patch scent. This was not one of the scents in the restock and I don't see it in the scent descriptions list, so I wonder if it's new?  I know Bath & Body Works has a blueberry-pumpkin scent but I've never smelled it and have no idea if this is meant to be similar.  This is NICE!  I get a definite blueberry muffin type scent in here, and the pumpkin just lends more yumminess to it.  This is a bakery scent.  Grab this one if you see it! 

And thank you, Shannon, for the free extras!

I placed my order on Oct. 9, fairly early into her restock opening, and received my package on Oct. 23.  Shipping was $6.50 and everything came nicely wrapped inside a padded flat rate envelope.  I have no complaints about this transaction.  =)

What did YOU get from the Oct. 9 restock?  Have you tried Blueberry Pumpkin Patch yet?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Melted - Daphne's Divine Scents / Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar

Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar - [no description available]

I had a sweet potato scent from another vendor last year and really liked it, so when I managed to catch the tail end of a rare opening of Daphne's Divine, and this was one of the few remaining scents available I went ahead and grabbed it.  On cold sniff, back when I got it, I noted there was a sort of harsh, bitter note to it that I'd hoped would go away when warmed.  Well, it didn't.  It was the same sort of plastic-y, sort of burned note that I had recently with a pumpkin scent from another vendor.  It's just a really annoying note that distracts from anything sweet or good that might be in the rest of the scent.  I've seen others describe this scent (from different vendors) as 'savory.'  One of the definitions of savory is 'spicy or salty without sweetness.'  I don't know if I'd call this savory.  I'd just call nasty because of that strong bitter, weird note.

I melted this .7 oz. pumpkin shaped tart in my tea light warmer and had a nice strong throw.  Unfortunately, I couldn't stand the scent at all and for once did not enjoy having a strong scent and throw.  Doh!

This is my only experience with Daphne's Divine Scents.  I don't fault the vendor for this scent, but since this is one of those vendors that is closed more than it's open, I doubt I'll be any rush to try ordering something else.  And the remaining tarts in the multi-pack that I got will probably be going into the garbage because I have not seen anyone yet who likes it.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Avon Candles?

I've bought my share of things from Avon over the years but it's been a while now, and I don't even really look at the books anymore.  But I stumbled across something online today that had me racing to the Avon website.  How long have they had 3-wick candles???

[The following photos and scent descriptions are from the Avon website.]

Pumpkin Patch - 'A favorite fall scent resonates in the fragrance of pumpkin, maple leaf, pecan, spices & brown sugar.' 

 Hot Apple Cider - 'Fragrant like your favorite fall beverage: apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, blackberry & quince.'

Autumn Harvest - 'Relive those wonderful fall days filled with scents like apple, walnut, caramel & nutmeg.'

 Peppermint Twist - 'Yum! Peppermint sweetened with fluffy marshmallow and vanilla scented candle will freshen up your room.'

Joyful Holly Berry - 'Fill your home with the festive holiday scent of berries and orange peel spiced with cinnamon and clove.' 

Christmas Pine - 'Fill your home with the festive holiday scent of fresh-cut pine mixed with peppermint and licorice.'
Enchanted Sugar Plum - 'Long-burning candle with the scent of sweet, spicy blend of cinnamon, clove, apple and plum.'

Vanilla Buttercream - 'Fill your home with the delicious scent of creamy vanilla and sugar with a dash of spice.'

These are 11 oz. 3-wick candles that sell for $9.99.  It looks like some are not available yet though.  I'm really curious about these now!  Especially that Christmas Pine one.  Pine, peppermint, and licorice??  

There are a couple girls at work who sell Avon.  I will definitely be talking to them Monday, see if they have any of these that I can actually look at and sniff before deciding to buy.  I really want all of them!

Have YOU ever seen or tried these?  Let me know!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Melted - Sea Breeze Scents & Things / Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee - Pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, whipped cream, and more.
Yummy yummy delicious scent!  I get more of the creme brulee than the pumpkin, but the pumpkin IS there.  There is a warm, sweet, creaminess, hints of the maple, and barely there spice.  This doesn't really strike me as a fall scent in particular, but rather just a really nice warm and cozy scent.
I melted this .7 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had a nice heavy-medium scent.  This was a pleasant surprise because I've found most Sea Breeze tarts to be too light for my taste.  This one was nice though.  Could smell it quite easily in the room my warmer is in, and a much lighter version of it in adjacent rooms.

A great scent worth trying!

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat- Great Halloween scent of pumpkin, apples, berries, orange and cinnamon. With notes of sugar cane and vanilla.

This is a fun, interesting one.  I mainly got a creamy-ish pumpkin with some nice cinnamon, but there was also just a bit of juiciness, a sort of sweet brightness that must come from the fruits mentioned in the description.  It is not a fruity scent though.  I did notice any specific apple or orange or berry note.  This is warm and cozy for fall, but not quite as 'heavy' as a lot of the fall foodie scents tend to be.

I melted half (.7 oz. worth) of this tart in my tea light warmer and had a strong scent and throw.  I could smell it easily in the room my warmer is in, and on a slightly lighter scale in adjacent rooms.  As mentioned recently, I used to dislike tarts in scent shot form because I just don't like having to cut wax.  But since some of us wax geeks have been dabbling in melting smaller amounts of wax at a time, I've been finding I have really good luck with just half a scent shot.  Might be coincidence, I don't know.

So anyway, yeah, this is a really fun fall scent that I would order again.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Burned - Glade / Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel - 'Share in a delicious celebration of the season with this pop of salty and sweet caramel fragrance.'

Another winner in Glade's fall scent lineup this year.  I think there are five scents, and we've now gone through three.  This one was cozy, warm, and yummy but I think it was the salty note that kept if from being super delicious.  There was just a hint of something conflicting with the sweet creaminess of the caramel scent.

As we've come to expect with these Glade 4 oz. candles, there was some tunneling in the early burns.  Hubby played with the edges a bit and it eventually worked itself out and burned nicely after that.  These candles are strong, and I love that.  I wonder if the 'cleaning aisle candle brands' are stepping up their game since the wax world has exploded over the last couple years?  Whatever is going on, I have more faith in these Glade candles than in the regular candles over in the regular candle aisle.  I'm very much looking forward to the winter/Christmas scents!

Reminder, I have only found this Salted Caramel scent at Target so it might be an exclusive deal with them.

And now we're already done with our fall scent candles!  Lucky me, I get to go buy more.  Woot!!

Melted - Sea Breeze Scents & Things / Pumpkin & Vanilla

Pumpkin & Vanilla - An amazing pumpkin scent without all the spice. LOVE this one!
This is a fabulous scent.  It's a warm, yummy pumpkin scent with only the lightest hints of spice, but then it's made sort of soft and creamy from the vanilla.  Soooo good!  Unfortunately, it's also light.
I melted one of these 1 oz. daisy tarts in my tea light warmer and had only a light scent but a strong throw.  I could actually smell this a bit more upstairs than in the actual room the warmer is in.  I've come to accept that Sea Breeze tarts are just too light for me.  I like strong scents, and I have fairly large rooms.  These are still really nice tarts, but I think they would do much better in smaller rooms or small apartments.  Maybe in a bathroom?  Bummer, because I was really liking this vendor.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Marshmallow

Pumpkin Marshmallow - (SF Blend)- Pumpkin and spices combine with toasted marshmallow.

I don't know what happened with this one.  On cold sniff it seemed pretty nice.  In my haul post I said that this was creamy and heavier on the marshmallow.  Warmed though, this was just gross.  There was a weird, almost bitter, sort of plastic-y note that just overpowered anything good that might have been fighting to come through.  Lauren (LoloLovesScents) thought it might have been the nutmeg in the 'spices' part of the mix.  I just went and sniffed the little bottle of ground nutmeg I have in my cupboard and nope, the odd note did not smell like that.  I think it's coming from the 'toasted marshmallow' part.  Bleah.

I melted half of this tart (.7 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had a nice strong scent.  Too bad I pretty much hated that scent though.  

This really makes me long for Front Porch's super delicious marshmallow scents now!

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Candy Corn

Candy Corn- Smells just like the candy tastes with notes of sweet buttery vanilla and hints of orange.
You just have to have Candy Corn scent in the fall, don't you?  This one from Sweet Fixations is quite nice.  It's a very deep, rich vanilla with just hints of something else.  Although it mentions orange in the description, don't be thinking this is some weird sort of citrus thing.  It's not at all.  The orange is not even detectable.  It probably just adds that bit of 'something' to the otherwise warm, buttery scent.
I melted half of this tart (.7 oz worth) in my tea light warmer and had a medium strength scent.  I'm not too upset about that because I always expect Candy Corn scents to be lighter anyway.  That's just something I've noticed over the years.  Still, this is pretty strong as far as Candy Corn scents go.  I could smell it at a pleasant level throughout the downstairs of my house.

This was nice.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch- Sweet and creamy pumpkin pie with butter, pecans, and a hint of spice.
I'm starting to melt some pumpkin scents now that we're well into October, and my apple scents are gone.  This one was awesome.  The name is misleading though because you would think something called 'Pumpkin Patch' would be more of a plain pumpkin scent, but the description for this says it's a pie scent.  Well whatever, it was freakin' yummy!  There is a really nice pumpkin note that is warmed and almost creamy, probably from the butter note.  There is a slight nutty note mixed in there too.  The spice is not bad at all in this, so spice haters have no need to run from this.
I melted half of this scent shot (.7 oz worth) in my tea light warmer and once again had great results in using a lesser amount.  I had a nice strong scent from this, warm and cozy throughout the downstairs of the house.  There was still plenty of scent left after one tea light burn (four hours).

Awesome scent I would not hesitate to order again.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Cranberry Cobbler

Cranberry Cobbler- Sweet and sour red cranberries baked in sugar and lightly browned pie crust.
I received this as a freebie in one of my orders either late last year or early this year.  Whenever it was, I've been hanging on to it and now that fall has rolled around, I've finally melted it.  I should have waited till closer to Thanksgiving though, because I'm finding that cranberry scents seem to trigger holiday feelings more than pumpkin scents do.  Or maybe it's just because I haven't really dived into my pumpkin scents yet.
Anyhoo, this is a gorgeous, yummy scent.  It's more of a cranberry scent than any sort of cobbler scent.  I did get hints of a buttery, bakery note every now and then but the main scent was cranberry, both tart and sweet.  There isn't any spice in this, so it's more of a 'bright' cranberry scent, instead of something warmer.

I melted this entire 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had a wonderful medium-strong scent.  If it would have been any stronger I think it would have been a bit overpowering because of the tartness, but at a lighter side of heavy strength it was near perfect.

I will have to remember this for next fall because it really was surprisingly awesome.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Melted - Sea Breeze Scents & Things / Candy Corn

Candy Corn - [no description available]

I've seen several different descriptions of Candy Corn scents.  Some have hints of maple, some have hints of almond, some even have hints of orange, but they're mainly a rich vanilla-type scent.  I can't decide if this one has the hint of maple or the hint of almond, or maybe both.  It's a buttery vanilla scent, with that little bit of extra sweetness.  This smells just like candy corn tastes!

I melted this .7 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had medium scent.  Once again, the scent seemed to travel into the adjacent room (my kitchen) and present itself much stronger there.  Candy Corn scents usually are lighter anyway, but this is such a warm and yummy scent that you just have to have it at least once in the fall.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Melted - Sweet Fixations / Cozy Home

Cozy Home- Housewarming spices with slices of juicy apples. Perfect for fall!

I'm not a cider fan, so I was a bit leery about this one, but it's really quite fabulous.  If I didn't know it was apple in here I'd probably say it was something like plum or even cranberry.  There is a slight cider note, but the bulk of the scent is just so, I don't know . . . full?  Deep?  Words are escaping me.  It is fruity, but it's 'dark,' not like a bright juicy summer fruit scent.  And while it is spicy, it's more of a warm zing type of spice and not a sharp, harsh type.  Every once in a while there is slight, almost bakery note floating by.  This is surprisingly awesome.

I cut this tart and melted half (.7 oz.) in my tea light warmer.  I was so pleased to find this is nice and strong!  Beautiful, strong scent in the room where the warmer is, and slightly lighter throughout the rest of the downstairs.  This even traveled upstairs.  Love it!

This is going on my list of Must Haves for next fall for sure!

Melted - Long Cane Primitives / Pumpkin Praline Blue Ribbon Cookie

Pumpkin Praline Blue Ribbon Cookie - [no description available]

I received this as a gift from someone and was excited to be able to try Long Cane Primitives, a vendor I know very little about.  The shop is closed now so I couldn't get a scent description.  This is a delicious scent, creamy and sort of nutty.  I thought I was smelling a strong butter cookie note but it might just be the praline part of it.  I don't get a lot of pumpkin though, if any.  That's ok, because the scent is just so warm and yummy!

I melted this whole 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had one of those weird scent throw situations.  I could smell this strong and wonderful in the kitchen, which is the room adjacent to where my warmer is, but around the warmer it was only a light scent.  When I came back into the house after running some errands, I could smell this right away, but again it was lighter the closer I got to the actual warmer location.  Weird, but that's ok because it smelled so good everywhere else.

If I ever order from this vendor, I wouldn't hesitate to get this scent again.