Thursday, July 24, 2014

Haul - Kim's Tarts

As we creep closer and closer to fall, I'd been thinking about what fall and winter scents I wanted, and who I wanted to get them from.  It was looking like I was going to have several small orders scattered around at different vendors but then I decided to just go off the beaten path and do one big order from Kim's Tarts.  This is a vendor that has probably fallen off the radar for most people in the wax community.  Some newer wax fans might not even know of Kim's.  Several years ago though, she was one of the popular vendors.

These days I think people scoff at Kim's Tarts because cheap and rather generic.  There is no colorful branding, no fancy packaging or labeling, no beautiful colored chunks or custom blends.  Heck, the bags probably aren't even considered 'proper' anymore in this latest wax community panic.
The tarts are plain, sometimes even have that sunken in middle that some feel is a ripoff.  No glitter or cutesy embellishments here.  What you do get is affordable, strongly scented wax from a site that's always open, and a quick turnaround time.  (A 3-pack of scallop tarts is $1.50.  Each tart is .8-1.0 oz, which is the same as two clamshell cubes.)

I decided to just place a large order here, knowing I'd get it fast enough to still be able to place a couple small orders elsewhere for a few other known favorites if I found these lacking.

So let's see what I got!

That first pic in this post is the whole order, minus two scents she will send later when those oils come.  This pic above is just the fall scents.  Heh, shouldn't surprise you at all that there are so many.  Fall IS the best time of the year and has the best scents!  For now, I will just list the scents with the description from the Kim's Tarts site, and maybe a quick thought here and there.  Individual pics and more in depth thoughts will come later as I melt each one.

Fall Scents
 - Country Bumpkin - 'A wonderful complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark and fresh cloves.'  First discovered this scent in soap, years ago, and it was my absolute fave for a while.

- Sugar Corn Pudding - 'This fragrance is very unique. This is one of my favorites! AWESOME scent!'  Not much of a scent description.  Took a chance on this one because I've liked the scent from other vendors but have not had it often.  Smells sort of cornbread-y at the moment.

- Trick or Treats - 'Trick or treat fragrance begins with top notes of pumpkin, persimmon, and apple; followed by middle notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon; and well rounded with base notes of sugar cane and vanilla.'  Another I took a chance on, because I've had mixed results with other vendors.

- Caramel Apple - 'The scent of a big red juicy apple dipped in warm, buttery caramel.'  Gotta have this scent in the fall!  Slightly more apple than caramel in this one.

- Pumpkin Crunch Pie - 'A super rich and strong pumpkin loaded with caramel, brown sugar, whipped creme, french vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and hints of maple sugar.'  Spicy pumpkin with some hints of sweet creaminess.

- Mulled Cider - 'A fabulous spiced scent!'  I'm not a huge cider scent fan but I think I grabbed this in an 'Oh why not' type decision since I was ordering pretty much anything and everything fall scented.  Quite spicy but not really apple-y.  Seems there are other fruits in here.

- Fall Harvest - 'Sweet orange gets crisp accents to create a bright opening for this warm nostalgic scent. Green apple is warmed with spiced cinnamon and balanced with vanilla musk and golden amber.'  Oooh, interesting.  Sort of a typical darkly spicy fall mix, if you have any idea what that means.

- Spiced Pumpkin Pie - 'A traditional pumpkin pie with hints of clove, nutmeg, and vanilla.'

- Spiced Cranberry - 'The base note is cranberry.  The different spices to give it a heavy, rich, spicy attitude!'  So good!  Not as spicy as it sounds.

- Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (B&BW Type) - 'A fabulous blend of spicy pumpkin purée with sweet butter and vanilla cream. Hints of apple, strawberry, cranberry, cinnamon, pumpkin and clove with tiny floral tones and precious musk. All the sweet and spicy fragrances of fall come together in this unique scent.'  Hmm, I don't know.  A little brighter and perfume-ier than I'd imagined.

- Grannie's Homemade Apple Butter - 'Very spicy apple with a warm buttery background!'  

- Pumpkin Cheesecake - 'A totally fabulous and spicy blend of pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, rich maple and sweet creamy butter.'  Spicy pumpkin.  Not much of a cheesecake note, at least not on cold sniff.

- Autumn Wreath - 'A cheerful fall welcome with the spicy warmth of autumn leaves, cinnamon apples, nutmeg and clove.'  Another of those typical darkly spicy fall mixes.  I find I quite like this type this year.  Well, at least as of today.  lol

- Pumpkin Bread - 'A warm and scrumptious blend of spicy pumpkin pie filling blended in a sweet bread with creamy vanilla, butter, spices and pralines.'  Spicy pumpkin at the moment.

- Apple Jack Peel - 'Delicious fresh apple aroma with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. A Claire Burke duplication.'  Another scent I first discovered back in my soap days, and it quickly became a fall favorite, although this one seems more like a basic apple cider scent than the Apple Jack & Peel types I remember.

- Leaves (B&BW 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.'  Took a chance on this one too because I seem to remember being iffy on Leaves types from other vendors.  Another one of those typical fall mixes.

- Cranberry/Orange - 'This is a great blend of cranberry spice and orange.'   Had to get this after we all went crazy about it during our RG muffin club prep.  LOL

- Pumpkin Cornbread - 'Sweet pumpkin is blended with cornmeal and ground clove and cinnamon in this warm fall bread, straight from the oven.'  On cold sniff at least, this might be my favorite of the pumpkins I got.  Seems to have the deepest, fullest pumpkin-bakery type scent.

- Pumpkin Marshmallow - 'A fabulous Fall treat! Cardamom, cinnamon, marshmallow, cooked pumpkin, madagascar vanilla, buttermilk, caramel-glaze, and a hint of graham cracker.'  Took a chance on this too because more than one vendor's marshmallow scent has been incredibly nasty.  The mention of graham cracker in this one has me thinking it's a different type of scent blend though.  Smells pretty good on cold sniff but I do get a teeny hint of that nasty note.  Fingers crossed for this one.

- Cinnamon Apple - 'The aroma of a red juicy machintosh apple, sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon sticks.'   This is one she will be sending later.

This is the winter scents part of my order.  A much smaller bunch, huh?  Actually there are two that were in the fall scent pic that should have been in here.  They will be included in this list.  I'm a bit more hesitant when it comes to winter scents.  I do like having hints of a Christmas tree note but I find most strong pine/evergreen scents to be too much for my liking.  I usually stick to mint, eggnog, gingerbread scents for winter, so some of these are going to be really taking chances for me.

Winter Scents
- Gingerbread Applesauce - 'Fresh baked gingerbread and warm apple sauce. Apple cider, sweet cinnamon, hints of nutmeg, clove and ginger.'  Very weird on cold sniff.  Not spicy at all.  Sort of a watery weird scent.

- Buttery Gingerbread - 'A yummy spiced gingerbread with rich butter notes; tiny hints of maple and nut with vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg!'  A bit light right now, seems like a typical gingerbread.

- Perfect Holiday Spice - 'The perfect blend of red cinnamon, spiced orange peel, sweet vanilla cream and the special warmth of the Christmas spirit.'  I like!  A spiced orange scent.

- Aspen Winter - 'A festive combination of bay leaf, fresh pine, red cinnamon and warm winter woodsy notes combined with hints of holiday fruits.'  This is one of those I'm not sure about.  Definitely one of those outdoorsy type scents, very piney and woodsy, with a hint of sweet.

- Glistening Snow - 'A wonderful holiday oil bursting with fresh Bayberry with undertones of cinnamon, clove and peppermint!'  This is apparently a Glade dupe and I've had it from another vendor.  I like it.  Not overly minty.

- Snickerdoodle - 'The fresh baked aroma of French vanilla with a touch of cinnamon sticks, gingerbread, and maple syrup.'  I suppose this isn't really a holiday scent but what the heck, spicy bakery?  Why not.  Just get a simple spiced cookie scent at the moment.

- Vanilla Snowflake - 'A delectable blend of creamy vanilla and winter mint with a light coconut kiss that brings back memories of making angels in winter's first snowfall.'  I know this is a dupe for something but I don't know if it's Yankee or B&BW or what.  I had it from another vendor last year.  A super yummy sugar cookie type scent.  I don't get any mint note in this.

- White Christmas - 'A brisk fresh-air scent of evergreen garland and berries.'  Another one I took a chance on.  You know how some fall blends are all that 'darkly spice mix'?  Well then you might also know what I mean when I say that some winter scents are that 'typical fresh outdoorsy blend.'  This is very much like Aspen Winter.

- Christmas Splendor - 'Wonderful Christmas combination of apples, oak, balsam, fir, and pine, with a background of cinnamon and clove.'  This is more like one of those craft-stores-at-holiday-time mixes, like scented pine cones.

- Peppermint Cake Bites - 'Rich, moist white cake blended with hints of peppermint candy canes.'  Strong on the peppermint right now.  Almost seems like a slight chocolate note somewhere in there.

- Christmas Tree - 'Begins with top notes of pine and fresh lime; with middle notes of cardamom and pepper with a base note of Scotch pine.'  Even though I can only tolerate pine scents in small doses, I have to have it during Christmastime.  The lime adds a slight juicy hint to this scent but it is still a typical 'Christmas tree' loveliness.

- Mistletoe Magic - 'Balsam, holly and mistletoe with a blend of holiday spice to add some Christmas magic!'  Light right now.  Typical craft store-holiday scent, but not as spicy as the other one.

- Tis The Season - 'A healthy dose of holly and berries! This is a different twist - a little spice and a little balsam have been added to this wonderful holiday [scent]!'  Another craft store-holiday type, this one more spicy and more piney.

- Christmas Wish (Yankee Type) - 'A unique blend of hints of lemon, orange, cedar wood and pine all nestled in a warm, rich vanilla cookie base. It reminds me of a kitchen filled with freshly baked sugar cookies surrounded by pine and pine cones scented in a fireplace.'  Interesting!  First impression is that it's a bakery scent but then you quickly go back and find hints of the pine and wood.

- Santa's Whiskers - 'A fun blend of balsam, fir, and pine with warm vanilla sugar cookies.'  Stronger on the evergreen notes than the previous one.

- Christmas Eve (Yankee Type) - 'Traditional holiday scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits.'  Hmm, another of those scented pine cones - craft store - holiday blends.

- Hansel & Gretel's House - 'Vanilla frosting, cinnamon sticks, toasted graham crackers and juicy raisins.'  This is the other one Kim will be sending later.  This is an old favorite of mine, whoever I order it from.

                                 There were also three freebies with my order.  Thank you , Kim!
- Monkey Farts - 'Rich, perfectly ripened bananas mixed with crisp apples and rich creamy caramel with crunchy toffee added for an extra kick!

- Fruit Loops - 'Top notes of lemon rinds, lime, and grapefruit; middle notes of lemongrass, lily, and verbena; and base notes of vanilla sugar.'  Thought this one was funny because we'd just been talking about Fruit Loops scents recently here on the blog.

- Downey (Lavender Vanilla) - 'A well-rounded combination of fresh lavender, fresh vanilla beans, with orange zests and patchouli.

And that is my monster order!  I realize another reason I don't like placing large orders . . . I don't like how long it takes to blog about them!  *sigh*

Anyway, as mentioned above, 3-pk scallop tarts from Kim's cost $1.50 a pack.  I placed my order on July 5, and received the package on July 23.  While that is a bit over the TAT suggested on the website it is still a bajillion times better than the new norm of four, five, six months.  And I used a coupon code to get free shipping.

Have you started ordering your fall and winter scents?  When do you actually start melting your fall scents?  When do you stop melting your winter scents?


  1. Great haul! $1.50 for a 3 pack?! That is pretty impressive! I can't wait to hear how they melt. Vanilla snowflake sounds do yummy with the added coconut. Is it like peppermint coconut mallow at all? I have ordered some here and there but I have no idea when they will arrive, I start melting fall scent Sept 1st through Thansgiving, then winter scents the day after Thanksgiving until January ends. It is funny you mentioned a watery note. One of the tarts I recently ordered had a watery note, not aquatic but like minerally water. It was interesting and unexpected in a fallish scent.

    1. No, I don't think Vanilla Snowflake is like Peppermint Coconut Mallow. I think PCM was much more minty and creamy.

      I don't think I can wait till Sept. 1. That's what I try to do but last year I was telling myself it's ok to do the apple-y scents in August, so I might allow myself to do that this year. And I think I'll just melt my winter scents until they run out this time, instead of saving the leftovers.


  2. Nice order!
    okay, okay --You've done it. I'm all excited about fall scents now. I want them in my house immediately. Unfortunately, we don't get cooler weather in southern California until after the Santa Ana's blow through, which won't be until mid October.
    The end of October is a long time to wait for possible fall like weather :( Especially when, in early September, our cold weather friends are talking about how chilly it is and the leaves turning colors and just overall fall greatness. Envy, I tell you!
    I have heard of Kim's Tarts but I've never had an itch to look at their website until now. I like simple. I like no frills. The only thing I'm a bit snobby about is the labeling. The ties are super cute though!
    Why did my eyes get really big when I saw cranberry/orange!
    And if I had to steal one when you weren't looking, it would be Trick or Treats :)

    1. You've already been melting fall scents!!! I've seen those pumpkin scents (and others?) in your pics! We scolded you the other day on Facebook. lol

      Part of the reason I ordered so many from Kim's is because with 3-pks I can share if I'm feeling generous. =P


  3. AWESOME haul! You're making me excited for fall and winter. In fact, I think I am going to melt a fall scent right now! I love that you can get 3 tarts for $1.50. Her ribbons are super cute, always like that touch. Santa's Whiskers and Apple Jack Peel are super intriguing. Can't wait for your melted reviews!

    1. It's been very fall-like here lately. I have to keep reminding myself we're still only in July, otherwise I'd be dipping into these lovely scents already.