Monday, April 28, 2014

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Malibu Rum Cupcake

Malibu Rum Cupcake (NEW) - 'Notes of coconut, sweet buttercream, rum liquor, and rich maple syrup are all mixed into a creamy vanilla cupcake. YUM!'

I like coconut scents and I like cake scents but for some reason I didn't care much for this one.  It was mainly just coconut and cake, but there was a sort of dryness that kinda killed this one for me.

I melted this .7 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong scent and throw.  If this had been a scent I liked more, I would have been thrilled with how strong this was.  But no, I ended up turning the warmer off after only a couple hours.

Melted - The Melting Fairy / Pink Serendipity Peeps

Pink Serendipity Peeps - 'A blend of Pink Sugar, Serendipity, and marshmallow Peeps.'

This was the chunk blend in the April Melting Fairy box.  It was so cute that I hated to cut it up, but since it was a whopping four ounce chunk, I did indeed divide it and share with my waxy-bloggy friends.  And I finally got around to melting my part of it.

It's so hard to say what is the stronger note in here, the Serendipity or the Pink Sugar.  I'd smell it throughout the house and think it was Serendipity.  I'd catch a whiff of it again and think no, it's Pink Sugar.  So I'd say it's a pretty equal mix.  It did seem that the Pink Sugar started to come through more several hours into the melt.  I don't know that the marshmallow did anything distinct, maybe just helped seamlessly blend the two together.

Melting a 1 oz. piece of this chunk in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer, I had strong scent and throw.  I could smell this easily, but not overpoweringly, throughout the downstairs of my house.  

I liked this scent but since Serendipity can be overly sweet and I prefer the Pink Sugar scent in soaps or lotions, it did become a bit much for me after a while.  I know there at tons of people though, who love this type of blend and if it is ever offered on the regular Melting Fairy scent list, this would be one for them to try.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Americana Marshmallow Smoothie



Americana Marshmallow Smoothie - [no scent description]

While I don't have an actual scent description, from what I've found online people say this is a mix of Monster Cookie, blackberry jam butter cookie, and marshmallow.  The cookie notes are the strongest, along with the sweet creaminess of the marshmallow.  The blackberry is nestled in the middle, offering a soft, fruity note.  Because of that Monster Cookie, this reminds me of Golden Grahams cereal with a hint of dark berry.  Very yummy!

I worked my way through a bag of this scent, with chunks varying in size from about 1.4 - 2.1 oz.  Melting this in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer, I had medium-strong scent.  The cookie notes traveled well into adjacent rooms, but the berry note was strongest in the area of the warmer.

This is a really nice scent, sort of cozy, and probably safe to melt if you have company coming and you aren't sure what types of scents they might like.  My mom, for instance, is super picky and sensitive to scents, but she never mentioned anything about this while she was here on Easter and I had this going.

I would buy this one again.

Melted - Rosegirls / Wonders of the World

Wonders of the World - Rosegirls Custom Blend - 'Our Butterscotch Supreme is a unique blend of Monster Cookie, Butterscotch and Ooey Gooey Sticky Caramel.'

I've come across a Rosegirls scent that I don't like.  But I'm also still a bit confused about this particular bag.  If you remember my Christmas post, I'd said that when hubby went shopping and had asked for the Wonder of the World scent, they'd told him they didn't have any in chunk form but they had the components of it in brittle form.  I don't know if some of the pieces were one part of the scent, other pieces were other parts of the scent?  Did pieces of these need to be mixed?  Some of the bars did look slightly different than others, and some even looked like they might have been layered.  Since I wasn't sure what was going on, I just melted one bar at a time.  Maybe this was the problem?

Then again, I don't think the bars smelled very different from one to the next when I melted them, so who knows.

My problem with this scent was that there was a a bitterness.  Maybe it was supposed to be a salty note from the caramel?  It overpowered the otherwise yummy, gooey, goodness of the other notes in this blend.  

I'd actually like to try an actual chunk of this scent, give it another chance, so I know for sure.  Anyone out there have any?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Melting Fairy - April '14 Box

After skipping a month (March) due to indecisiveness, I re-subscribed to The Melting Fairy and managed to get right back into the swing of things with the April box.  And what a box it is!  Not only is the chunk huge and super cute this month, but there is an extra tart that is another blend.  Usually if there is an extra, it's just one of the regular scents.  I'm rather excited this month!

The five scents I picked . . .
Lemon Pound Cake (NEW) - 'Moist rich pound cake blended with fresh lemon, topped with a sweet powdered sugar glaze.'
 This smells really good on cold sniff, strong on the cake.
 
Malibu Rum Cupcake (NEW) - 'Notes of coconut, sweet buttercream, rum liquor, and rich maple syrup are all mixed into a creamy vanilla cupcake. YUM!'
 Not even sure why I picked this other than I think I had this scent from a different vendor recently and seem to remember liking it.  On cold sniff right now, this is strong on the coconut, with a pretty strong cupcake note behind it.
 
Pistachio Pudding Cake (NEW) - 'Creamy vanilla custard is blended with nutty pistachios, almonds, and honey to create this decadent scent.'
Once again hoping this will be like the pistachio scent I love from another vendor, I was excited to see this as one of the new scents for the month.  While this is closer to the beloved scent than the other recent attempt, this one is still not it.  This one is very heavy on the almond note.
 
Pearamel (NEW) - 'Thick and decadent caramel is mixed with vanilla and buttercream and drizzled over fragrant baked pears.'
This just sounded interesting.  I do like pear scents, and do like most caramel scents so this seemed like a safe choice.  And oooh, this is good!  Almost smells like caramel apple instead of pear, that same bright and juicy and sweet creamy scent.  Mmmm!
 
Mango Sage Tea (NEW) - 'Sage leaves are blended with mango, strawberry, papaya, and white tea leaves to create this refreshing scent.'
 I've loved The Melting Fairy's tea scents so far, so when I saw a new one for the month I decided to grab it, even though I'm iffy on mango scents.  This is interesting.  The tea notes are there, like a sweet tea.  The mango is on a tolerable level for me.  I think the sage is really doing something, but I'm not sure what sage smells like on its own so I can't say for sure how much impact it's having in here.  

The first of the two blends this month is this Vanilla Bean Noel/Wildberry Scone/Ice Cream Scoop Bread extra tart.  There is no scent description available but I think most tart junkies are familiar with the three scents.  Whenever I come across a bread scent, I always fear that means zucchini bread, and my immediate horrified thought when I sniffed this was . . . "Fritos!  There it is!  Gaaaaaah!"  I get a bit of the Vanilla Bean Noel, and a smidge of berry but that immediate corn chip note is enough to have me shuddering.  Not sure if I'll try melting this one anyway, or pass it on to someone else.

This is the chunk blend in this month's box and it's so cute and appropriate for Easter.  This is Pink Serendipity Peeps, which is a blend of Pink Sugar, Serendipity, and marshmallow Peeps.  It's a huge chunk (4 oz.) with a thin layer of pink on the bottom and a cute bunny embed.  On cold sniff, it seems pretty equal on the Pink Sugar and the Serendipity.  This is pretty nice.

If you're not familiar with The Melting Fairy, it is a monthly subscription box of wax tarts.  Cost is $14.50 a month, and that includes shipping.  You get to pick five scents from the scent list, and you will receive two 1 oz. tarts in each of those scents.  You will also receive a surprise chunk blend each month, and sometimes one of two freebies.  Sign up by the 20th of the month to receive the next month's box.  New scents are added each month.  There is also a Facebook page . . . HERE.

So far, I'm glad to be back in the program.

Have YOU tried The Melting Fairy yet?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Pineapple Souffle

Pineapple Souffle - 'Mouthwatering dessert made with pineapple, toasted coconut, wild berry, buttercream, whipped vanilla, caramelized sugar, and white cocoa.'
 
Delicious scent!  I was surprised how much I liked this one.  It's definitely a pineapple scent but there is a bit of warmth along with it, a slightly rich background note in the sweet dessert type scent.  I did get a bit of the berry note, but the pineapple is predominant.  It reminded me of a pineapple cake.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice medium-strong scent.

I would definitely get this one again.

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Pistachio Coconut Fluff

Pistachio Coconut Fluff - 'A sweet concoction of vanilla, pineapple, whipped cream, pistachios, coconut, and a dash of walnuts and nutmeg.'
 
I ordered this one in hopes that it would be like a pistachio something or other scent I'd had from another vendor.  Sadly, it was nothing like that other one.  Also sad that I didn't really care for this one.  To me it was nothing like the name would seem to imply, a sweet dessert type scent.  This was not sweet.  I didn't detect even a smidge of pineapple.  It was just a very dry, nutty scent.  There was a sort of toasted coconut note along with the overall dry nuttiness, but it was not at all the sweet, tropical type of coconut scent.
 
I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium scent.  I turned the warmer off after a couple hours because I just didn't care for this one.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / White Tea Lemonade

White Tea Lemonade - 'White tea leaves nestled into a fresh batch of zesty lemonade.'
 
This was a little too perfume-y and pretty for me, not to the point that I hated it, but way more than I'd expected it to be.  I'm not sure just what white tea is supposed to smell like.  I've had other tea scents and have been able to pick out the tea note, but this one was hard.  At times I thought the sweet lemonade note was poking through, and other times I thought I was finally finding the distinct tea note, but overall it was almost a powdery perfume type scent, with hints of sweetness.
 
I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium scent.  It was not an obvious type scent, more of a 'freshening the air' background type thing.
 
I know a lot of people love this type of scent, but it's just not for me.

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Orange Peel

Orange Peel - 'Sweet oranges freshly peeled.'
 
This is a really nice, bright and happy scent.  Just simple and basic but so comforting in its normalcy.  It's like a sweet orange juice, not really the sort of zesty orange.  Sweet, yummy orange.  Not much else to say about this one.
 
I melted  this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had light-medium scent.  I would have liked this to be stronger.  Oddly enough, it threw quite well even though it was light.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Coco Mango

Coco Mango - 'Mango, strawberry, papaya, vanilla, and coconut.'

In my haul post I had mentioned that the strawberry was really coming through on cold sniff.  I don't know where it went, because while melted all I got was a strong mango note and that sort of 'toasted' coconut note.  I'm usually iffy on mango scents anyway but I thought the strawberry, vanilla, and coconut would tone it down in this one.  Nope.  I really didn't care for this one.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong scent, which would have been great if I'd liked this particular scent.  I only let it go for an hour or so before turning the warmer off.

This one just wasn't for me.

Melted - Ten Digit Creations / Coconut Caramel

Coconut Caramel - 'Creamy caramel topped with a layer of coconut shavings.'

When I saw this in the 'New Scents' section of the most recent Ten Digit Creation newsletter, I had to try it.  I wasn't sure what to expect, if it would be more coconut-y or caramel-y.  I can now tell you it's more of a caramel scent.  Sometimes I thought I was getting a bit of a 'toasted' coconut note, but in general the coconut isn't really distinct.  It added sweetness, for sure, but other than that I don't think I'd recognize it as coconut if I didn't know it was in there.  This is a sweet, creamy caramel scent.

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had light-medium strength.  Every once in a while I'd get a nice strong whiff, but overall it was on the light side.  That was a bummer.  It only seemed to last a couple hours too.  I think by three hours in I was struggling to find any scent.  Oh well, it was great when I could smell it.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Haul - Ten Digit Creations

I do get email newsletters from a few vendors but since I haven't been buying for some time now I usually don't even look at them.  The a few days ago, however, I happened to notice something in the Ten Digit Creations newsletter I'd just received, and instead of deleting I went ahead and looked it over this time.  There was one particular scent in their 'New Scents' section that had me so curious I went ahead and placed a small order.

Coconut Caramel - 'Creamy caramel topped with a layer of coconut shavings.'
This is the bugger that sucked me in.  I'm not sure what I was expecting, which I thought would be the predominant note, but for whatever reason this sort of surprised me when I got it.  On cold sniff it seems to be about 50/50 with the caramel and coconut.  Sometimes I think the sweet gooey caramel note is stronger.  Should be interesting to melt.
 
White Tea Lemonade - 'White tea leaves nestled into a fresh batch of zesty lemonade.'
This was another of the new scents that had me intrigued.  This one is . . . interesting.  On cold sniff, I get just a hint of the lemonade note.  Right now the scent is very 'pretty.'  It's not really floral-y, but more of a powdery perfume-y scent.  Maybe it will simmer down when warmed but if it stays like this, I'm not sure how I feel about it.
 
Pistachio Coconut Fluff - 'A sweet concoction of vanilla, pineapple, whipped cream, pistachios, coconut, and a dash of walnuts and nutmeg.'
I did a bit of browsing after throwing those first two scents into my cart.  When I came across this one, I decided to get it in hopes that it would be similar to the pistachio scent I've had from another vendor.  This doesn't really compare to that other one at all though.  This is strong on the nutty note, maybe too strong.  On cold sniff there isn't much sweetness at all, just a lot of sort of 'dry' nuttiness.

Buttery Cake Bites - 'Vanilla cake drenched with buttercream with hints of roasted pecans and maple sugar.'
This is the yummiest one out of my small order.  It is a deep, rich, cake scent with a healthy dose of sweet creaminess.  Mmmmmmm!
 
Coco Mango - 'Mango, strawberry, papaya, vanilla, and coconut.'
Thought I should get something summery since I've been so buried in warm bakery scents lately.  This is quite nice on cold sniff.  It's tropical without being overly coconut-y.  The strawberry comes through quite a bit.
 
Pineapple Souffle - 'Mouthwatering dessert made with pineapple, toasted coconut, wild berry, buttercream, whipped vanilla, caramelized sugar, and white cocoa.'
Another attempt to get some fruity or summery scents into my stash, this one is very strong on the pineapple right now on cold sniff.  I do get a bit of vanilla creaminess in there.  This one should be yummy!
 
Celtic Myst - 'A warm blend of precious woods, spices and resins then enchanced with a splash of mandarin, musk and cashmere vanilla.'
I was looking through the clearance section, hoping to snag some cheap yummies, but found they were all multi-packs.  Still, this one sounded interesting, even though I know I tend to shy away from wood/resin scents.  It's quite interesting, very complex like an exotic perfume or maybe even a cologne.  I was hoping the mandarin and vanilla would play a bigger role than what they do.
 
 Orange Peel - 'Sweet oranges freshly peeled.'
A freebie with my order, this is just your basic orange scent, bright and sweet and happy.  This will be fun to melt.

And that is my small Ten Digit Creations order.  One cool thing about this vendor is that the new scents are at a special price, I think only 85cents each, but you can only get one of each scent.  There are also clearance sections, so you can usually find something on sale at the site.  This is a ready to ship vendor, which I *LOVE.*  Their turnaround time is lightning fast.  I placed my order on Thursday morning, had my click-n-ship notice 12 minutes later (!!), and had my package two days after that, in Saturday morning's mail.  I don't remember offhand how the tarts from my previous order performed, like in strength and longevity, but if these perform well I think I will have to start ordering from TDC more often.  They are also well known for their bath and body products, which I'd like to try some day.

How about you?  Have you tried Ten Digit Creations?