Monday, March 31, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Pecan Waffle Fluff Puffs

Pecan Waffle Fluff Puffs - 'Pecan Waffle, Monster Cookie, and Marshmallow Smoothie.'

This is a warm, delicious, bakery scent.  While I did notice the Monster Cookie notes very distinctly, there is also plenty of pecan happening.  I kept thinking there was a bit of maple, but that might have been a trick of the mind from the name being 'Waffle.'  The marshmallow adds a creaminess and a bit of sweetness.  All together, it's just a really casual, laid back bakery scent.

I melted this entire 1.7 oz. chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had good medium-strong scent.  It was noticeable throughout the house but on a very easy to take level.  It's still going strong as I write this, three hours into the melt.

I wouldn't mind having more of this one!

**This was given to me as part of a thank you gift from a waxy friend.

Melted - Rosegirls / Lemon Caramel Sauce

Lemon Caramel Sauce - [no scent description]

Would you ever think that lemon and caramel together smell like . . . banana?  Sounds bizarre, but this totally reminded me of Banana Caramel Cupcakes, which is one of my favorite scents from other vendors.  I would never guess there is lemon in this.  When it first started melting there was that nice warm and gooey, slightly salty, caramel scent.  Then a bit more sweetness starts to show up, but I never recognized it as *lemon.*  It just sort of perks up the caramel note.  Once it's melted a bit longer and all the notes mix, there is a bakery warmth about it, with soft sweetness, like a dessert.  If you're looking for lemon scents, this is not what you're thinking of.

I cut this monster chunk in half and melted about 1.1 oz. worth in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice medium-strong scent.  It did carry into adjacent rooms on a lighter level.  It lasted maybe 4-5 hours, but still had light scent even after that.

This was a surprise hit that I will look for if I go back to the Rosegirls store.

**I received this tart as part of a thank you gift from a waxy friend.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Peppermint Coconut Mallow

Peppermint Coconut Mallow - [no scent description]

I freakin' love this scent.  It seemed like such an odd combination when I first noticed it in the store.  One sniff and I was hooked.  If the person I was buying for that day hadn't wanted it, I was ready to keep the whole bag for myself.  She said to go ahead and keep a chunk from whatever I liked, and this was the first one I pulled out to keep.

I was afraid at first that having peppermint in it would make it too Christmas-y for me.  It doesn't.  The coconut and marshmallow soften the mint and keep it from being Christmas-y BUT there is enough peppermint still coming through to still make it a good Christmas scent if you're a seasonal melter like me.  The coconut is not distinct in that it makes this seem tropical.  It lends a sweetness to the overall scent.  The marshmallow holds the two together in a soft, creamy hug.  This is sort of along the lines of vanilla-mint scents that are popular in winter.

I melted this 1.6 oz. chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.  I would have liked it stronger just because I love it so much, but it was nice at the level I got.  It did seem to start off stronger, then fade to a more medium strength only a couple hours in, but then held itself there for a couple more good hours.

This is one I will definitely need to get more of!

Melted - Rosegirls / Strawberry Lemon Custard

Strawberry Lemon Custard - [no scent description]

I absolutely loved this scent in the Rosegirls store, and was thrilled when the person I was buying for said to go ahead and keep a chunk.  It's a bright, fun scent, full of happy lemon.  Then the strawberry rushes in to sort of tone down the lemon a bit, and the custard softens it all with it's slightly warm creaminess.  Yummy!

I melted this 1.1 oz. chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and was sad to find it only had a light-medium scent.  Every once in a while I would get a nice strong burst of scent but overall it was pretty light for me.  Bummer!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Soothing Lavender Dreams

Soothing Lavender Dreams - [no scent description]

I'm very confused about this one.  From what people have told me, Soothing Lavender Dreams is a blend of lavender and baked zucchini bread.  There is another one, name escapes me right now but it is a blend of lavender and Monster Cookie.  I *swear* this particular one is actually the one with Monster Cookie in it.  I did some shopping at the Rosegirls store as a favor for a waxy friend and this is one of the bags I bought for her.  She let me keep a chunk from whichever of the bags I liked, and this is one that I kept.  I can't stand zucchini bread scents so I don't think I ever would have kept one if I'd smelled that.  No, all along it smelled like Monster Cookie to me.  And when I finally melted it the other day, I had to message that friend and ask what she thought, since my chunk was from the same bag she now has.  She too thinks it's Monster Cookie in there.  So, maybe this bag is just mislabeled?

Anyway, about the actual scent . . . I'm not a huge lavender fan and this seemed like such an odd combo of scents that it was intriguing enough for me to try it.  I'd say it was about equal on the lavender and the MonsterCookie (zucchini?) notes.  At times I was smelling slightly more lavender, and other times it was the bakery notes.  I think I'd put this into a bakery category more than a herbal/floral/fresh scent.  It was interesting but I don't think it's something I'd go out of my way to buy.

I melted this entire 1.7 oz. chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.  It was nice for me at this level because I'm not a huge fan of lavender.  It was quite long lasting too but I didn't pay attention to just how long I'd let it go that day.  I know it was over three hours for sure.

And I'll be forever curious whether this particular bag did indeed have Monster Cookie.  lol

Melted - Rosegirls / Sweet Lemon Confection

Sweet Lemon Confection -'Decadent sweet lemon custard whipped to a creamy and smooth finish.'
This is a simple but awesome lemon scent.  It's bright and happy and sweet, more like Lemonheads candies than straight zingy lemon or the cleaning product type lemon.  There is a touch of creaminess to it, which brings down the sharpness that can sometimes come in lemon scents.  This would be great to blend with things, and I see now why Rosegirls uses it in so many of their blends.

I melted this 1.5 oz. scent shot in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had wonderfully strong scent and through.  It perked up the whole house.  This wax was *super* soft, almost like it was scoopable, and quite messy.  That's ok though, I just dumped the whole thing into the warmer and enjoyed it.  There was still plenty of scent when I turned the warmer off after about six hours.

While I did enjoy this, I think I like lemon blends a little more than just lemon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Read - Too Young To Kill

Too Young To Kill
by M. William Phelps
444 pages

'Killing her wasn't enough...
Sixteen-year-old Adrianne Reynolds couldn't unravel the twisted tangles of jealousy and domination complicating her new life in East Moline, Illinois. What began as a fresh start after a troubled home life in Texas ended with Adrianne's body charred, stuffed into garbage bags, and scattered. It seemed the work of hardened criminals, but the truth was far more astonishing: her own 'best friends' choked Adrianne to death and cut her up. Now, master crime writer M. William Phelps recounts this horrific saga of teen lust and violence in every gripping detail.'

I seem to remember reading news articles about this online back when it happened.  The whole killing in the Taco Bell parking lot in broad daylight seemed very familiar to me.  Last year, I'd seen an episode of Snapped featuring this story, and then I saw that episode again even more recently.  Seeing it that second time, something just sucked me into it.  One of the commentators in the episode was M. William Phelps, who I knew was a true-crime writer, so I figured if he was in this episode he'd probably written about this case.  Sure enough, he did.  I ordered the book from Amazon a couple weeks ago, couldn't wait to get it, and finished reading it today.

This is a horrifying story for sure, but it's also such a sad story.  Adrianne had a rough upbringing, being bounced back and forth between parents in different states.  She'd recently come back to live with her father in Illinois after having another round of problems with her mother in Texas.  She'd started at an alternative high school, was trying to make friends and fit in, and started hanging around with a rough crowd.  Sarah Kolb and Cory Gregory were also sixteen, also attending that school, and also part of that crowd.  Sarah saw herself as sort of ring leader of their group, and although she showed some interest in Adrianne at first, she soon saw Adrianne as a threat to her so-called popularity and leader roll.  When Sarah found that Adrianne was quite promiscuous and rumor had it she was interested in Sarah's boyfriend AND Cory, Sarah launched a campaign of bullying Adrianne.  Eventually, Sarah tricked Adrianne into thinking they were going to talk it out and settle their differences, and because of this she agreed to with Sarah and Cory to Taco Bell for lunch one day.  The two girls started arguing in the car, a fight broke out, and Sarah (probably with Cory's help) strangled Adrianne to death.  Over the next day or so, they tried to get rid of her body by burning it, and when that didn't work, the enlisted the help of another friend (Nate Gaudet) to cut her body into pieces so they could spread the parts around and reduces the chances of Adrianne being found or identified.

Cory couldn't live with what they'd done and with investigators closing in, he caved and told the story of what happened.  As the investigation progressed, there was lying and finger pointing, of course.  Sarah said Cory did it all.  Cory said Sarah did it all.  Nate said they both did it.  Cory said ok, maybe he did some of it.  You just get so mad as you follow the case.  You feel so helpless, like you want to scream and slap some sense into people.  But really, Adrianne's story is just so sooo sad.  True, she was no saint.  She'd battled drink and drug demons in her young life.  She was sleeping around, trying to fit in and find love with whoever she could get it from.  She'd been known to be a tough girl herself, getting into fights of her own.  What really gets me, in a weird sort of sad way, is that by all accounts Adrianne was much stronger and tougher than psycho bitch Sarah, and was holding her own in the fight in the car that day . . . until Cory held her arms and let Sarah choke her.  The high and mighty 'don't mess with me' Sarah couldn't even do this on her own.

I've become obsessed with this story for now.  The episode of Snapped, and the book, and most things I see online all show the same general handful of pictures of Adrianne.  She was such a cute girl!

But then today, while looking online for an interview Cory Gregory had done, I came across a news story that showed an actual video clip of Adrianne singing and it caught me so off guard that I cried.  (Video . . . HERE )

I also came across a news video reporting the death of Nate Gaudet.  He was the one who had actually cut up her body.  He was charged as a juvenile and only served a couple years in a juvenile detention center.  However, only a couple years after his release, he died in a fiery car crash.  In the news clip, Adrianne's father says something along the lines of 'what goes around comes around,' and 'the devil must have got tired of waiting for him.'  Well said, Mr. Reynolds.  Well said.

I know that other crime shows have featured this story and I'd like to see them, but I know at least one of them is a cheesy reenactment type version and I'm not too anxious to see that one.

I'm not even sure what it is about this story that has me so sucked into it.  For me, there is just such a mix of strong emotions.  I don't know . . . I just don't know . . .

As for the book itself, I loved getting more information than I'd gotten before.  It was good to delve into it from several different sides, since there was a lot with Adrianne's parents, a lot of looking into Sarah and Cory, a lot of history about Adrianne leading up to the murder, and then it followed everyone through the trials.  The actual writing style wasn't anything amazing though.  I'd seen mention in one review that the writer likes to repeat himself.  I noticed that right away.  There was a lot of repeating of events, and while it was sometimes needed like when he mentioned an event while in an Adrianne part of the story, then mentioned it again in the Sarah part of the story, sometimes it was just redundant and confusing.  Sometimes it seemed like 'How many times did they pick this guy up?' or 'How many times did they go back there?'  The other weak part of the writing was that some of the supposed conversations were rather Hollywood-cheesy.  But these things were easily overlooked because the story itself was so sadly interesting.  Because it was *real* it was easy to forgive iffy writing.

This is the first book I've read by M. William Phelps.  Of his many other books, I know there are a few more that are stories I've seen on Snapped, and I would like to get those.

Are you a fan of true-crime?

Melted - Rosegirls / Frosted Streuselkuchen

Frosted Streuselkuchen- 'Streuselkuchen with a Vanilla Bean Noel'

This very much reminded me of the Frosted Graham Cracker scents I've come to love.  I don't know exactly what the Streuselkuchen scent from Rosegirls is, but actual streuselkuchen is a type of crumb cake.  I don't get a cake note from this at all, but more of a strong graham cracker note, with creamy vanilla.  This also reminds me of RG's signature Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs, so I wonder if Monster Cookie is part of the Streuselkuchen.  Whatever is going on in here, I like it!

I melted this 1.4 oz. chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent with good throw.  It's one of those 'Is something baking?' type scents, the ones that are not an obvious 'Oh, you have a candle burning?' perfuming the air type scents.  This started fading after about four hours but still had noticeable scent when I turned the warmer off at the five hour mark. 

This definitely goes on my Rosegirls Favorites list!

Melted - Super Tarts / Lemon Cupcake Marshmallow

Lemon Cupcake Marshmallow - [no scent description]

Not too fond of those Green Bay Packers colors but I do like the Harry Potter lightning bolts on top.  This was another tart gifted to me by a generous waxy friend, and since I'm unfamiliar with Super Tarts and the website is closed at the moment, I can't get a proper scent description.  On cold sniff it was quite lemony, not much of a cupcake note at all.  Warmed though, the gooey marshmallow note showed up to make it more of a warm-ish, creamy lemon scent.  I never did get much of a cupcake note, didn't even remember it was supposed to be there until noticing the name while writing this post.  That's ok though, because it was still a nice lemon scent.  I will say, the long it melted the more the marshmallow took over.

I melted one of these chunks (1 oz.) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had a healthy medium scent early on.  It didn't travel much out of the room the warmer was in.  It only seemed to last a couple hours, but then I realized it was just the lemon scent that seemed to burn itself out early.  After about two hours, there was still a light marshmallow scent with just the faintest trace of lemon lingering.  I shut the warmer off after about three hours total.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Melted - Sniff My Tarts / Snow Taffy Sugar Berry Sugar Cookie Dough Bread

Snow Taffy/Sugar Berry/ Sugar Cookie Dough Bread - [no scent description]

I think this was a custom blend created by the waxy friend who gifted this chunk to me.  I found two of the three scent descriptions on the website but have no idea what the third (Snow Taffy) consists of.  The Sugar Berry part is blackberries, sugar, and vanilla.  The SCDB is sugar cookie and 'our famous bread.'  I'm always leery of bread scents because it seems most vendors use the dreaded zucchini bread as all forms of bread scents.  I really really wish I knew what was in the Snow Taffy though!

This was an interesting scent.  I did get the bakery notes, the cookie type scent, and the part that my brain was telling me was zucchini bread.  There was also a lot of 'pretty' happening in there and I don't think it was just the berries and vanilla.  I kept thinking I was getting hints of Pink Sugar.  Is there Pink Sugar in the Snow Taffy part??  I would say this was about an equal mix of 'pretty' fruit and warm bakery.  I would also say that I did indeed like this, even if there was zucchini involved.

I melted half of this chunk (1.2 oz. worth) in my 20 watt Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent and throw.  It was noticeable, but never overpowering.  It lasted quite a long time too, still had scent when I turned the warmer off after 6+ hours.

Melted - Candles From The Keeping Room / Tropical Cookie

Tropical Cookie - 'A bake shop pastry infused with toasted coconut, a hint of cherry, a hint of almond, light tropical fruits, and then all mixed together with creamed sugar and warm vanilla bean.'

This was a deliciously yummy scent.  The cherry/almond is strong but not overpowering, mixing beautifully with the coconut.  And then you do get a sort of sugar cookie note, swirling in and around the more tropical notes.  Not too sweet, but just a really good foodie scent.

I melted this entire 1+ oz. bunny tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice, strong scent and throw.  It was easily noticeable throughout the house but was like a warm, baking scent instead of a perfumed air scent.

[This tart was gifted to me by a waxy friend.]

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Melted - L3 Waxy Wonders / Serendipity Fruit Loops

Serendipity Fruit Loops - [no scent description]

I know nothing about L3 Waxy Wonders and am not a member of their Facebook group so I can't get a proper scent description but it seems pretty straightforward.  Serendipity is a sweet cherry/coconut type scent, and Fruit Loops is a sweet candy-fruit type scent just like the cereal.  This tart was given to me by a generous waxy-bloggy friend, and I was a bit worried this might be *too* sweet.  It's not though, which was very surprising to me.  This seemed to be about an equal mix of the Serendipity and the Fruit Loops.  I could pick out the notes of each.  Quite a nice, bright, happy scent here.

I melted this entire 1.2 oz. chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent with good throw.  I could smell this in adjacent rooms.  It was long lasting too.  There was still a healthy medium strength scent when I turned the warmer off after about six hours.
I don't know that I'd buy this scent myself but it was fun to be able to try it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Melted - Super Tarts / Pink Lavender Mint

Pink Lavender Mint - [no scent description]

I know absolutely nothing about the vendor called Super Tarts, but did receive one of their tarts as part of a gift from a waxy-bloggy friend.  The Super Tarts shop is empty so I couldn't get a scent description but I'm assuming the Pink in this is Pink Sugar, and that the Mint is peppermint.  I was leery when I saw this because I'm not really a lavender fan and I'm not much of a Pink Sugar fan in wax (love it in soap).  This was surprisingly nice though!  It was a refreshing change from all the cake and bakery and foodie scents I've been plowing through.  I would say this was about equal on the Pink and the lavender.  If I absolutely had to decide, I'd say there is just a tad more Pink.  I didn't really notice a distinct mint scent.  It might have doing some quiet work in the background to give this just a hint of 'crisp,' but I don't think I ever noticed any real mint note.  And I don't know what I'd categorize this scent as since it's sort of perfume-y with that Pink and it's hints of musk, sort of herbal-y fresh with that lavender, but there is also sweetness.  How about if we just put this in the 'Good!' category?

I melted this super cute 1+ oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice strong scent and throw.  This was very easily noticeable throughout the house but never in an overpowering way.  This was still going strong after five hours, with more of the Pink notes coming out the longer I had it going.

If all of the Super Tarts tarts are this good, I might need to place an order some day.

Melted - Sniff My Tarts / Vanilla Waffle Cones

Vanilla Waffle Cones - 'A classic cookie wafer is enriched with sweet creamy buttercream and vanilla for this simply divine treat.'

Another tart that was gifted to me, it sure sounded yummy.  On cold sniff there was a rich, creamy vanilla scent but it was light.  Once melted, there was nothing.  I even checked in the adjacent room to where my warmer is because for whatever reason scent tends to drift into that room.  But nope, not a hint of this anywhere.

I melted this whole tart (approx. 1 oz.) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had no scent.  None.  Not even one of those really light, background type scents.  Nothing.

What a bummer.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Melted - Sniff My Tarts / Lemon Glazed Doughnuts

Lemon Glazed Doughnuts - [no scent description]
(Notice the error on the label?)

I've never ordered from Sniff My Tarts but have had the chance to try a couple tarts through the generosity of various waxy-bloggy friends.  This was another gifted one.  You know I love my lemon scents, so I was quite excited to melt this one.  It was darn good!  Lemon is the obvious main note, but more of a bakery lemon as opposed to a cleaner-type lemon.  It was bright and happy, not too tart or zesty though, because the bakery notes from the 'glazed doughnuts' part softened it up.  You really do get that pastry note in there with the lemon.

I melted this whole tart (approx. 1 oz.) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had good medium-strong scent that threw well and lasted over four hours before starting to fade.

This. Was. Good.

Melted - Rosegirls / Blackberry Cotton Candy Waffle Cone

Blackberry Cotton Candy Waffle Cone - [no scent description]

Although there is no official scent description, I guess it's probably pretty self explanatory.  This was a nice, sweet scent with hints of bakery.  There seemed to be an almost creaminess to it, but I don't know what that would be coming from.  The fruity note from the blackberry was typical dark-fruit-sweet without being overly bright and summery.  More like a jam type of sweet.  The cotton candy was not distinct, but upped the sweetness a bit.  The waffle cone added the hint of warm and cozy bakery, like a cookie type more than cake type.  A rather yummy scent, indeed.

Much too light and weak though.  I started melting half of this chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and was barely getting any scent so I went ahead and threw the rest of the chunk in (1.7 oz. total) to see if it would help.  Very early on there was a burst of delicious scent but then it seemed to be gone.  While going about my business throughout the house, I was surprised to find that delicious scent had traveled into the adjacent room.  It remained at about a medium level in *that* room for an hour or so before fading away to pretty much nothing again.

Nice when I could smell it though!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Americana Wafers

Americana Wafers - 'Hot apple pie, blueberry cobbler chunks, vanilla wafers.'
I was smitten with this one when I sniffed it in the store, but had no idea at that time what was all in it.  On cold sniff there seemed to be a bit more of the apple pie scent coming through but when warmed it's all about the blueberry cobbler.  The whole time this was melting, my mind kept thinking 'Blueberry muffins, blueberry muffins . . . '  There did seem to be a teeny bit of spice, from the apple pie part I suppose.  There is also a slight bakery note that could have either been from the pie crust or the vanilla wafers but it was sort of a vague back-note.  Yep, this was very much a blueberry cobbler type scent.
I melted half of this chunk (about .8 oz. worth) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice strong scent, and good throw.  This was very noticeable but not overwhelming.  Long lasting too.  This was still going strong after about five hours, when I shut the warmer off for the night.

I did enjoy this scent but I won't be melting the other half of the chunk.  I'll be setting it aside for my sister who A) has not tried Rosegirls yet, and B) loves blueberry muffin scent so she should love this too.

Melted - Rosegirls / Under The Big Top

Under The Big Top is a collaboration between Rosegirls and Sniff My Tarts.  It consists of Circus Concession ('Cotton candy, caramelized apples, and hints of funnel cakes.'), from SMT, and Marshmallow Smoothie ('...melted marshmallows trailing down a mountain of pure vanilla bean ice cream.'), from RG.  I don't know the history, why these two vendors worked together on this scent.  If anyone knows, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Anyway, I cut this chunk in half and the first part that I melted seemed like all I was getting was something bakery-like, and figured it was the funnel cake.  Others told me that was weird, felt that it should have been more of a sweet scent, so I soaked and scrubbed my warmer dishes, thinking maybe residual scent was mixing with this.  The next day I melted the other half of this chunk and got a much more caramel apple-y scent.  There was a bit of extra sweetness lurking in there with it, but not enough to make this a candy-sweet type of scent.  Every once in a while I'd get a whiff of something more bakery, something that was probably the funnel cake note I was getting the first time.

Melting half of the chunk at a time (about .7 oz. worth) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer, I had medium-strong scent each time.  There was a nice subtle scent in the air, nothing too inyerface but still easy to detect.  It lasted quite a while too.  There was still light scent when I turned the warmer off after about six hours.

This was a nice scent but because it was mainly caramel apple my mind automatically categorizes it as a fall scent.  If I happen to come across this again closer to fall, I would happily buy/melt it.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Care Products

Got a package in the mail today.  Always fun, right?!  About a month or so ago, I responded to an offer in an email to try Dove's new haircare line, the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil system.  Usually I'm too slow in responding to such offers, since all spots seem to fill up immediately.  I must have been on the ball this time because I was told I'd be receiving a package to try.

Minion had to check things over first, make sure it was ok for me to continue.

I was surprised to find full sized bottles in the package.  I'd been expecting smaller, sample/travel sizes.  I received a 12 oz. bottle of the Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo, 12 oz. bottle of the Pure Care Dry Oil conditioner, and a 3.38 oz. bottle of the Pure Care Dry Oil nourishing treatment.  These products feature African Macadamia Oil.

You might already know that I'm not fancy when it comes to hair care.  I'm usually using cheap 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, and am totally a wash and go girl.  There is not fancy styling, no fancy treatments happening here.  For the past four or five months though, I have been using Dove's Daily Moisture leave-in conditioner spray and have really noticed a difference.  This was a bottle I'd bought quite some time ago, tried it only once or twice at that time, then shoved into the cupboard and ignored it for whatever reason.  While trying to go through some products and clear out some clutter last year, I pulled it out again and gave it another try.  I've been using it ever since.

So I am looking forward to trying these products, and will definitely post reviews of them later.

Have you tried Dove hair care products?  How about this particular Dry Oil line?

**I did receive these product free to try from Dove.  All opinions are my own.**

I Found New Tarts

While shopping at . . . yes, Walmart . . . this morning, I noticed something new in the Waxy Goodness aisle.  I was still some distance away when something caught my eye.  'Whaaaaaa . . . ?' my mind wondered but really I already knew.  Mainstays, the Walmart brand of candles, now has wax tarts! 

There is a post here on the blog about the Mainstays 3-wick bowl candles, and it's one of my most popular posts.  People seem to love Mainstays as an affordable scented candle option.  My own experience with them has been mixed.  The good ones are awesome, but the duds are really duds.  It's usually in the burning performance that I have the most problems, not so much the scent.  So seeing tarts in this brand immediately had me curious.

The tarts are the typical 6-cube clamshell style.  A 2.5 oz. package sells for $2.00, same size and price as Better Homes & Gardens/Scentsationals.  It looks like the tarts come in each of the candle scents.  There are even multi-scent packs to match the layered candles.

I only grabbed this one pack in Hazelnut Cream scent because I've loved this scent forever and have had it in Mainstays candle form too, so I figured it would be a good one to use to judge these tarts.  Cold throw is decent, a medium-strong scent.  I'm not too worried if these fail.  After all, BH&G are the same price and I already know I can rely on those.  I'm hopeful about these Mainstays tarts though because this brand comes out with some really awesome fall/winter scents that I will definitely be looking forward to now.

I will do a 'Melted' post when I get around to melting these, to let you know how they did.

Have you seen these at your Walmart?  Have you ever tried the Mainstays brand candles?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding - 'Creamy banana pudding is mixed with vanilla wafers and topped with fresh, creamy meringue topping!'
This was a nice, sort of cozy scent.  While banana is the predominant note, it's more of a bakery scent than it is a fruity scent.  It almost reminds me of banana nut bread, and that's fine with me.  There is some creaminess, a bit of warmth in this.  Very yummy indeed.
I melted this .8 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium scent.  I could smell it pleasantly in the area of the warmer, and lightly in one of the adjacent rooms.  I like strong scents but sometimes lighter is better and this seems to be one of those.

This is the last of my February box, my last Melting Fairy tart in general because I've decided not to continue my subscription.

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Valentine's Day Fluff Brulee

Valentine's Day Fluff Brulee - 'A blend of Pink in Blue Sugar with smokey Creme Brulee and sweet marshmallows.'

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one, or even what to say about it.  In my original cold sniff comments from the haul post, I noted the scent was light and I was mainly getting a trace of the Creme Brulee.  Melting this, I'm still not sure what I was smelling.  The soft Creme Brulee note was about the only distinguishable thing I got from it, and even then I kept thinking it was maybe just lingering traces from having melted that scent earlier.  As for anything else, it seemed like there was something going on but on the other hand it was just so vague that it also seemed like nothing was happening.  LOL - I really don't know how to describe it!  I'm not familiar with the Blue Sugar scent, but there was nothing strong enough for me to think 'Oh, that's the Blue Sugar.'  I *am* familiar with the Pink Sugar scent, but again there was nothing strong enough, or distinct enough, for me to recognize it as that.  If I absolutely had to try and describe this, I'd say there was a bit of the sweetness and musk from the Pink Sugar, and hints of Creme Brulee, and a nondescript mix of something sort of blending with them.  This one is just so hard to describe!

(I just looked up the description of Blue Sugar and while I did not notice any patchouli in this blend, I think there might be traces of the woody notes.)

I melted half of this chunk (around 1 oz. worth) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and, well, I can't even say if it was strong or what because of that sort of 'What's going on in here?' feel with this scent.  At times I thought the scent was very light, that the light traces of Creme Brulee were all I was getting.  But then later I'd be more aware of a sort of subtle mystery scent everywhere.  

I really, really just don't know what to say about this one!  I'm super curious to hear what others thought!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake - 'A sweet and buttery birthday cake strong on the vanilla notes.'
This was a deeee-lish scent, but it was another quick fader.  What is it about 'birthday' that makes cakes scents so much better?  This was filled with rich vanilla sweetness, giving the already yummy base cake notes just a little more oomph.  I loved this and would very easily melt this everyday for a while.
Except for the fact that it died out extremely early.
I melted this .8 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had immediate strong and wonderful scent.  I was like 'OMG yesssssssss!'   I noticed it starting to fade almost as quick, within the first half hour or so, and by about two hours there was pretty much nothing again.

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie - 'Fresh lemon custard is blended with pie crust and topped with creamy whipped vanilla meringue. The perfect combination of sweet and tart!'
Sooo good!  I love lemon scents anyway, and this one doesn't fail to deliver.  It's lemon first and foremost, but the creaminess and the bakery notes are right there behind it.  There is still a little bit of zip in that lemon, even though it's more of a creamy, sweet lemon.  This is indeed similar to a lot of other lemon scents, but it's still so sooo good.

I melted this .8 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.  I have found that The Melting Fairy tarts have a tendency to be on the lighter side, or don't last long.  This one is proving me wrong.  

This is a must have if your trying The Melting Fairy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Creme Brulee

Creme Brûlée - 'Rich and creamy burnt sugar scent with french coffee undertones.'
I can't decide it I liked this one or not.  It's a caramel-coffee type scent.  It has that sort of deep, rich sweetness of the 'burnt sugar' (the caramel-like note), and it definitely has the coffee notes, but there is a slightly bitter note . . . from the coffee, or from the 'burnt' part of the sugar, I'm not sure.  I think if there was just a bit more sweetness, this would be awesome.

At least it was strong!

Yeppers, I melted this .8 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had very strong scent and throw.  I could smell this all over the house, strong even in far corners.  It lasted quite some time too, still going strong after four hours (when I turned the warmer off for the night).

Why can't the really good scents be this strong??

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Buttercream Cupcake

Buttercream Cupcake - 'Sweet and creamy cupcake scent with notes of vanilla and maple, topped with sweet and sugary whipped cream topping.'
Very nice, typical birthday/cupcake scent.  I didn't notice anything specifically as maple, so don't fear that, but there was a bit something that added a smidge of richness and depth, and I suppose it could have been from that.  A really yummy scent . . . but too light.
I melted this .8 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and only had light scent.  It was somewhat noticeable in the area of the warmer, but more often than not I could barely tell I had anything melting.  Worse yet, it barely lasted three hours.
Nice scent, but a poor performer.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake - 'A creamy and buttery carrot cake scent with added notes of coconut, vanilla, cinnamon and spices.'
This is quite yummy as far as carrot cake scents go.  There isn't quite the 'cake' note that you easily find in things like Birthday Cake or cupcake type scents, but there is a bakery note about it.  This is warmly spicy, but not strong and sharp.  Spice haters might still be ok with this one.  I didn't get a specific coconut note.  There is just enough sweetness with the spice, and a bit of a 'moist' as opposed to a 'dry' type bakery scent like some cookies or bread.  Yep, this was good.
I melted .8 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had a medium-strong scent with a decent enough throw.  I could smell it lightly in adjacent rooms.  It did lighten up after about three hours but still had light-medium scent for at least a couple more hours after that.  (Then I shut the warmer off and went to bed.)

Melted - Rosegirls / Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland - Rosegirls Custom Blend - 'Cotton Candy chunks are over poured with our Honeydew Melon.'
Received this chunk quite some time ago as part of a swap, and have had it sitting in my Rosegirls stash box ever since.  I've finally worked my way through all the other random tarts/vendors I'd accumulated, so now I'm finally diving into my Rosegirls stuff.  Sort of 'saving the best for last,' I guess you could say.

This is a really nice, bright and happy type scent.  It's sweet, but not cavity-creating type sweet.  It was funny because I kept thinking I was picking up a sort of cereal note, and then my mind automatically went to Fruit Loops type scents.  If you look at the description though, there is nothing cereal-like in there.  LOL!  Whatever was going on, it was a really nice sweet fruity scent.

But it was light.

I cut this chunk in half and melted about .7 oz. worth in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer.  The scent was a lighter shade of medium, softly in the background, but I will say that it did carry quite well.  I could find traces of this all over the house.  While I wish it would have been stronger, I think too much stronger would have been a bit much because of the sweetness.