Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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?


  1. These look awesome! Christmas Time sounds like my cuppa tea. Hope you can get melting and use up that stash! I keep plowing through mine so it is getting less and less overwhelming. :-) interested to hear how you feel about these warm!

    1. The Minnesota trip and then working overtime last week, and some other things that came up have found me barely melting anything. That does not help reduce a stash! But hopefully things have settled back down to normal and I've already been a determined melter today.


  2. Lovely haul! Can't wait to see some melted review!

    I may or may not have ordered the day she reopened. A small one! I know she changed the "TESTER" labels to "A GIFT FOR YOU" so people didn't feel like they needed to give her their feedback.

    1. Aha! And you said you wouldn't be ordering!



  3. I know this is dated in 2013 but I have a question. I'm trying to make an order on the candles from the keeping room site since today is the 1st day it's open at this moment and I can't add anything to the cart. There is nothing that says add to cart even though the products say in stock. Is she only open at a certain time during the day? Need help fast, don't want to miss an order. Thanksf

    1. I haven't ordered for a while now but I do know that she's gone to an open/close way of doing business like so many other tart vendors have. I think she was just open briefly on Saturday or Sunday, but closed again pretty fast. I think the best way to keep track of openings is to join the CFTKR Facebook group.

      It sucks, I know. I hate this style of running a business, and there are many vendors I won't even order from because of it.

      If I find out more, I'll let you know.


  4. Awesome Deb! Thanks for the information. I sent her an email the day after the opening and she returned my email early this morning. She has given me lots of info on how the site works so I will join her Facebook page as you suggested and keep looking at the site every morning around 10 am. I know that's when she opened the site for ordering on Sunday due to eastern time so that everyone would have a chance to order. Lol! I'm pretty sure you know what the laugh is for.

    1. Great! Glad I could help. Hope you get some good stuff!