Friday, May 30, 2014

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / White Sugar Plumeria

White Sugar Plumeria - [no scent description]

I am not a floral fan so I wasn't too sure how I'd feel about this one.  It's actually quite sweet though.  The sugar is working hard in there.  It's still a very perfume-y type floral scent though, the kind I don't really like.  I'm sure floral fans would love this though, because of that extra bit of sweetness.

I melted half of this chunk (about 1.5 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent.  I could very easily smell it but it was the type of scent that's sort of just in the air, not broadcasting itself obnoxiously.

Again, this is probably an awesome scent for floral fans, but I am just not one of those people.

(This is one of six chunks I won in a blog giveaway.)

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Orange Lace Cake

Orange Lace Cake - 'Light, citrusy, and melt-in-your-mouth vanilla cake.'
 
This was so sooooo good!  It was stronger on the cake note, a warm and cozy pound cake type instead of the sweeter birthday cake type.  The orange was muted, wrapped lovingly in the cake yumminess, but it still added just that little touch of brightness to the overall scent.  This was definitely more of a bakery scent than anything fruity.  I loved it.
 
I melted half of this chunk (about 1.5 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and was so happy to have nice strong scent.
 
This one is a definite must try/must have!

(This is one of six chunks I won in a blog giveaway.)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / White Tea & Pomegranate

White Tea & Pomegranate - [no scent description]

I've been diggin' the tea scents lately.  I've started drinking Snapple teas too.  Can't say that I've ever sniffed my Snapple though.  Maybe I'll try that with my next one.  But as for *this* tea scent, it was pretty darn nice.  The tea notes are there.  There is sweetness without being candy sweet.  It's not an overly fruity sweet either.  It's just a sweet tea.  There is one tiny note that is sort of 'dark.'  Not sure what that is coming from.  Like a wanna be spice note almost.  Maybe something in the tea?  It works though, keeps this from being too sweet.

I melted half of this chunk (about 1.5 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had nice strong scent.

(This is one of six tarts I won in a blog giveaway.)

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Serendipity Waffle Cone

Serendipity Waffle Cone - [no scent description]

This is actually quite a 'warm' scent considering it contains Serendipity, which can be pretty darn sweet.  This is a coconut heavy version of Serendipity, and that works well with the soft bakery note of the waffle cone.  The rest of the Serendipity adds sweetness and just enough perkiness to keep if from being a true bakery scent.

I melted half of this chunk (about 1.5 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had medium scent at best.  I would get the waffle cone note quite strong if someone walked by and the air was stirred up, but just in general it was a lighter scent overall.

(This was one of six tarts I won in a blog giveaway.)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Lemon Meringue & Toasted Coconut

Lemon Meringue & Toasted Coconut - [no scent description]
 
I love lemon scents.  You probably know that already.  This is another that did not disappoint.  Mainly a bright lemon scent, there is still a healthy dose of coconut, which adds just a tiny hint of warmth.  Actually, I think the longer this went, the more the coconut came out.  There was also a slight creaminess to the whole scent.  Very nice.
I melted half of this chunk (about 1.4 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.

(This is one of six tarts I won in a blog giveaway.)

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Satsuma Serendipity

Satsuma Serendipity - [no scent description]

This is the first actual chunk of Glitterati wax that I've ever tried.  I've had a few smaller sample tarts, but I was excited to finally be able to melt a real chunk.  And what a perky scent to start with!  This was very bright and happy, with a ton of zesty orange happening.  There was some some other sweetness happening in the background but I don't think I'd ever have recognized it as Serendipity if I hadn't known it was in there.  This was a great mood lifter on a rather boring, dreary day.

I melted half of this huge chunk (about 1.3 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had a steady medium-strong scent the entire length of a four hour tea light burn.  The scent was easily noticeable throughout the house but was never overpowering, which was good because something this sweet and zesty could easily become too much to take.

On a side note . . . 
One thing I've found I don't like about Glitterati wax is that it is SO soft.  It's super easy to cut these chunks, like a knife through soft butter, but in touching them at all you have oily, waxy residue on your hands.  The insides of the baggies they come in are absolutely smeared.  And I fear these will indeed during shipment in hot summer months.

(This tart was one of six that I won in a blog giveaway.)

Melted - Haley's Heavenly Scents / Whipped Caramel Cinnamon Latte

Whipped Caramel Cinnamon Latte - [no scent description]

I've gone through a handful of coffee scents recently and have enjoyed every one.  This one had quite a distinct cinnamon note, sweet Red Hots candy type.  The coffee part was fairly smooth, not having much of that bitter note that coffee scents often have.  And there was a soft note of creamy caramel deep down in there too.  While primarily a coffee scent, every once in a while I'd get a strong whiff of just the cinnamon.  This would be a nice coffee choice for fall.

I melted half of this tart (about .8 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had medium scent.  I would almost rate this as a light scent but if the air was stirred up, like from someone walking by, this was quite strong in those moments.  Maybe melting the whole thing would have had stronger results.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Melted - Streetman Candle Co. / The Ultimate Cookie

The Ultimate Cookie - [no scent description]

I freakin' loved this scent! Wow!  When I first got it and read the name I was a bit like 'Meh, cookie blahness.'  But holy moly is this good!  It's like a regular blah sugar cookie scent, but ramped up somehow.  There is a deep, full, rich note in here.  Vanilla?  Butter?  Maybe even marshmallow???  I don't know but it's one of the most awesome warm and sweet bakery scents I've come across.

I melted most of this snap-stick (1+ oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and was so glad to have strong scent for the entire four hours of a tea light burn.

For as much as I enjoyed this and the previous scent, I just might have to place a Streetman order to get more!

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Streetman Candle Co. / Vanilla Chai

Vanilla Chai - [no scent description]

Loved this one!  It had the tea notes and it had the spice notes.  Sometimes chai scents lack the actual tea note and might as well just be called Spice.  But not this one.  It was pretty spicy, so spice haters will probably want to stay away.  There was also a wee little bit of creaminess from the vanilla.  This would be a good fall/winter scent.  Oh, I just loved it.

I melted this .8 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent for the entire four hours of one tea light burn.

If I ever order from Streetman Candle, I will be looking for more of this.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Haley's Heavenly Scents / Cappuccino Brulee

Cappuccino Brulee - 'Vanilla beans, coffee beans and cocoa beans blended together.'
 
This was a nice coffee scent, sweeter and a bit creamier, with a slight chocolate note.  Still very much a coffee scent though, and a lovely one.

Since I don't like cutting wax unless I absolutely have to, I plunked this whole 1.5 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had light-medium scent but only in the area around the warmer.  I could not smell this at all in other parts of the house.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Streetman Candle Co. / Hazelnut Coffee Cake


Hazelnut Coffee Cake - [no scent description]

The very first tart I ever melted was a cheap Hazelnut Cream one I'd found at Walmart many years ago, before tarts were cool.  I seem to have a sentimental attachment to the hazelnut scent now.  And this one is another nice one.  I didn't really get a cake note but there was a sweet, almost bakery note wrapping itself around the coffee scent.  It took away the sort of bitter note that coffee often has.  The hazelnut added a soft nuttiness to the blend.  Enjoyed this one!

I melted this .8 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent in the area of the warmer but it didn't travel out much.  I could not smell this at all in the kitchen, which is adjacent to where my warmer is, but as soon as I stepped through the doorway back into this room, -BAM- you could smell the rich coffee scent.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Melted - Butterfly Lane Scents / Sparkling Berries

Sparkling Berries - [no scent description]

This was one of those scents that is just plain fun.  It was zippy and happy and summery.  It reminded me of Kool Aid.  I don't know just what berries are supposed to be in this but I think I detected strawberry in there.  There was also a sugary note, candy-sweet, almost effervescent.  I dare you to be in a crabby mood when this scent is melting.

I melted this 1.5 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had nice strong scent the entire duration of one tea light burn (about four hours).

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Streetman Candles / Vanilla Coffee Cone

Vanilla Coffee Cone - [no scent description]

On cold sniff this was pretty much just a coffee scent.  Warmed, however, a rich vanilla note came through and made this a much smoother, sweeter coffee scent.  I didn't really detect anything that would be the 'cone' part of it (waffle cone, I'm assuming) but that's ok.  It was fine with just that strong vanilla and coffee.

I melted this small (.8 oz) tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent, but mainly in the room adjacent to where the warmer was.  LOL!  I don't know why my kitchen seems to suck all the scent into it.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - K's Kreationss / Snickers Coffee Blend

Snickers Coffee Blend - 'A wonderful blend of rich aromatic coffee blended with caramel, peanuts and rich milk chocolate!'
I wasn't too thrilled with this on cold sniff because it seemed so harsh, but it did soften up a bit when melted.  Mainly a coffee scent, there was some extra richness and sweetness from the caramel and chocolate, although I never noticed a specific chocolate note.  This wasn't too bad but it didn't wow me like I know it does for a lot of people.
I melted this 1 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent for the duration of one tea light burn (about four hours).

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Melted - I Heart Wax / Tea & Cake

Tea & Cake - 'Black Tea with orange and almond cake.'
I had another tea scent recently that I thought had a light cake note in the background.  This one is the opposite.  The cake note is stronger and the tea note is quietly in the background.  I think I preferred this one.  The cake is not overly sweet like a birthday cake scent.  There is a soft almond note, and a faint hint of perky orange in a less sweet pound cake type scentThe tea is sort of an aftertaste, you don't really notice it until you're done sniffing.

I melted this 1+ oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had nice strong scent in the beginning, but then it faded down to a lighter medium about two hours into the melt and by the end of the four hour tea light burn there wasn't much scent left.  

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Two Timing Tart / Lemon Juniper

Lemon Juniper - [no scent description]

When I first saw what this scent was, I was like "Juniper?  What the heck does juniper smell like?"  I'm not familiar with any other juniper tarts.  But I quite liked this!  Granted, I do love most lemon scents anyway, but I think it was that mysterious juniper that sucked me into this.  I ended up Googling 'What does juniper smell like?' and found out it is supposedly 'reminiscent of pine.'  Smelling this again with that newfound information, yeah, I can see how it might be pine-y.  The lemon in here wasn't distinct, I don't think I'd have ever guessed it was there if I hadn't know.  And the 'reminiscent of pine' is in no way like a Christmas scent.  Together, this made a sort of sweet, sort of herbal scent . . . sort of a sweet pine, without being pine.  lol

I melted this small tart (probably less than 1 oz.) in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent.  I might even consider this a strong scent, but it's sort of mellow and lurking quietly in the air, not boldly announcing that you have a tart melting.  And it kept its strength the entire duration of the tea light burn (4 hrs).

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Melted - Butterfly Lane Scents / Tea Party

Tea Party - [no scent description]

Wish I knew the scent description for this.  At times it just seemed like straight up tea.  Other times it seemed like there was sweetness, something almost like a faint cake note in the background.  Without a scent description, you never really know just what you might be smelling vs. what you might be imagining.  This was nice enough, a scent I wouldn't mind if I had again but one that I might not grab on my own.

I melted this small tart (probably less than 1 oz.) in my tea light warmer and had strong scent.  I'm not sure how long it lasted though because we left to go fishing about two hours into the melt and it was long cooled by the time we got back.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Island Tea

Island Tea - [no scent description]

In my two other Glitterati melting experiences, one was a big dud and one was quite impressive.  What would this third one be like?  I'm happy to report it was also impressive, even though this particular scent wasn't a favorite.  I'd like to know what the scent description of this one is because I just couldn't place what I was smelling.  There was a tea-like note to it but it had a stronger note of something that almost reminded me of bug spray.  Sounds gross but it wasn't *that* bad.  That's just what it reminded me of.

I melted this sample tart (less than 1 oz.) in my tea light warmer and was pleased to find nice strong scent and throw that lasted the full length of a tea light burn (4 hrs.).

I would not pick this scent again, but things continue to look up as I test these Glitterati waters.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Orange Vanilla Ice Cream

Orange Vanilla Ice Cream - [no scent description]

This was my second Glitterati melt, and after the bummer of a first experience I wasn't expecting much.  I was pleasantly surprised though!  This was a yummy, fun scent.  It was slightly warm and creamy, lots of vanilla coming through from the ice cream, with just enough orange mixed in to perk it back up a bit.  At times it reminded me more of an orange pound cake type scent, or like those Jello cakes, but other times it did seem creamier like ice cream.  Regardless, I like this one.

I melted this little sample tart (less than 1 oz.) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and was relieved to have a nice medium-strong scent.  It also lasted quite a long time.  Where my first Glitterati experience faded in the first half hour, this little guy kept going for probably five or six hours.

I have one more small Glitterati sample to try before I dive into the actual chunks.  Things are looking up!

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Glitterati Candle Co. / Raspberry Sugar Cookies

Raspberry Sugar Cookies - [no scent description]

This was my very first time melting anything from Glitterati, and sadly, it was a disappointment.  The scent itself was really nice, a strong raspberry note with a soft cookie note in the background.  There was a sort of sugar note, almost a hint of tartness in the fruity part, but it worked nicely together.

The problem was in the performance.

I melted this small (less than 1 oz.) tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had an immediate burst of wonderfully strong scent.  My excitement was short lived though, because within the first half hour or so the scent faded quickly down to barely there.  That's the bummer part.

I have several more tarts from Glitterati to try though, so I'm trying not to let this first experience affect my opinion yet.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Read - One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women
by Jim Fergus
1998
434 pages

'Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of a remarkable woman who travels west in 1875 and marries the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd's journey west into the unknown.  Yet the unknown is a far better fate than the life she left behind.  Committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blooded family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope of freedom is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from the "civilized" world become the brides of Cheyenne warriors.  What follows is the story of May's breathtaking adventures: her brief, passionate romance with the gallant young army captain John Bourke; her marriage to the great chief Little Wolf, and her conflict of being caught between two worlds, loving two men, living two lives.

So vividly has Jim Fergus depicted the American West that May Dodd's journals are like a capsule in time.'

I had such high hopes for this book.  I first learned of it last year from watching a YouTuber talk about it, and I was hooked.  I got the book for Christmas last year and have pushing it aside to get through some other books but a recent reading slump finally had me turning to this one.

To be blunt, I pretty much hated this book.  I was so disappointed!  Well, it started out promising and interesting.  I was quite into it early on, couldn't wait to get through all the early stuff, wanted it to get to where the women are delivered to the 'savages.'  Then at some point about a third of the way through I decided to do some Google research because the old west and days of the 'Indians' are areas I know so little about.  It all started to fall apart for me then.

It says right up there in the first line of the book's description, 'Based on an actual historical event . . . '  From what I found in my brief research, there is no evidence that Little Wolf or the Cheyenne Nation ever asked the US government for white brides.  This kept nagging at me as I tried to read the rest of the book.  I see how it's written to show how this *could* have happened and was all hush hush.  It all went downhill from there for me.

One of the most annoying problems was there was too much convenience.  When May was a child, she learned French, and ohhh how lucky that some of the Cheyenne people spoke a limited amount of French?  When May was a child, her father did a lot of hunting, so she was used to being around dead animals, and butchering and skinning.  Ohhh, how convenient that this is her way of life now in the west.  How convenient that there always seemed to be character that was good at whatever particular thing that needed to be done?  How convenient that they'd just happened to bring along some odd piece from home that would miraculously come into play now in their new lives?

May Dodd was annoying as heck.  At first she seemed ok, like a strong woman who could make it on her own.  As the story went on though, she just became overly perfect and unrealistic.  She always did and said exactly the right things.  She was the one everyone looked up to and came to and followed.  When a rival tribe abducted a bunch of these women, ohhhh it was May Dodd who let herself be raped repeatedly to save a younger girl from having to go through that.  When she decided she wanted to go swimming in the mornings with all the men from the village, instead of some drama about a woman learning her place the men just raised an eyebrow and let her do it.  I don't know, just everything like that . . . every thing that May did differently was just accepted as change and a step forward.  Really?  The Cheyenne Nation was so spineless and aimless that one overly perfect white woman (and a bunch of misfits thrown in with her) was able to change the ways of all the people?

How convenient that all the white woman found love with their new Cheyenne husbands.  And more so, how convenient that these seemingly hard, unemotional people were now expressing love and openly caring for their new white wives?

May Dodd always speaking up at council meetings and whatnot was freakin' annoying too.  Good lord, how did these people manage to survive before she came along?  It made Chief Little Wolf (who WAS real) look like a mere visual prop.  Oh, he attends the big meetings as a visual representative but this annoying white woman is the one talking and arguing and scolding the white men that are trying to screw the natives?  Gah.

All of this fairy tale perfectness seemed to increase as the story went on.  By about half way through, I was just skimming pages most of the time, just trying to pick out highlights.  The dialogue seemed to grow increasingly annoying too.  One of my biggest pet peeves about dialogue in books is when names are attached too often, like of the person one is speaking to.

"That box is red, May."
"No it's not, John."
"If it's not red, May, what is it?"
"John, it's blue."
"That's not blue, May."
"Obviously it is, John."

That is just a silly example off the top of my head, but do you get my point?  This book started doing it All. The. Time.  GAHHHH!!!!!!

Oh!  And how unrealistically convenient that all the white women became pregnant on their shared wedding night?

The writing style irked me too.  These were supposed to be journal entries.  Early on they did seem more like that, but then like everything else, it all seemed to change.  Even though a date was attached and something like 'I haven't written in days . . .' might have been there, the entries became plain old storytelling.  Nothing journal-like about them.  Either keep it as journals, or tell it all as a story.

So yeah, this was a huge disappoint me for me, as my scattered and crabby attempt at writing a review probably shows.

Have YOU read this book?  What did you think?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Haul - Rosegirls / Muffins!

My little group of waxy friends invited me to be part of a Rosegirls 'Muffin Club.'  The idea was that since you get four muffins per bag, if you get four people together and each come up with a custom blend you can then divide the four bags of blends among the four people.  Follow that?  So instead of me getting a bag of four muffins all the same scent, I'm now getting four muffins of four different scents.  One person takes care of all the ordering and receives the original package, then divides the goods and sends the other three people their part of the order.

I've never participated in something like this.  I've never created my own blends.  I wasn't sure I wanted to do it.  Even after agreeing to do it, I struggled with trying to come up with blends that weren't already available.  I might be creative in some areas, but apparently blending scents is just not one of them!  lol

Anyway, the whole universe was anxiously awaiting the Rosegirls website opening on January 1, and it was chaos as usual.  I stayed far away from it, but Lauren did manage to get our muffins order in before the site closed again.  And then we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  We had each come up with two different blends, so in the end we'd each be getting eight muffins/eight blends.  Lauren finally received the package last week and got the muffins all divided and repackaged and sent out to other three of us, and I received my share on May 19.  I hated that long wait time but once Lauren got notification that they were ready, I was excited.  I couldn't even remember what the blends were that we'd all come up with, so that was even more exciting.

I'll just run through the eight blends quickly for now, and give some cold sniff first impressions.

Vanilla Oak/Vanilla Musk/Wild Honey Bee
When I read the package I was thinking 'Oooh, sounds yummy,' so I plunged my nose in and took a big sniff.  Whoa!  *coughcough*  This one is STRONG.  I used to make soap with the fragrance Wild Mountain Honey, and I think the Honey Bee part of this might be that same scent.  It is a strong floral honey scent that sort of overpowers everything else in this.  Sadly, this is not my type of scent.

Sweet Lavender/Sweet Lemon Confection
 I could have sworn I'd had this scent combination before from Rosegirls but when I looked back through my pics I think I'm confusing it with a couple similar looking ones I've had.  Mainly getting the lemon right now, which is fine because I love lemon and this is a sweet candy-like lemon.

Royal Sugar Cookie/Butterscotch/Orange Revival
I have to laugh every time I sniff this one.  The orange note is strong, and it's a sort of zesty, almost catch-in-your-throat type zippy citrus.  There is an 'aftertaste' to it that I just can't even say here what it makes me think of.  LOL!  I hope the cookie and butterscotch notes come through when warmed!

Satsuma/Gilligan's Brew/Coconut Lime Verbena
Hubby and I both think this smells like 7Up.  That citrus zesty zingy note is in this one too.

Ooey Gooey Caramel/Marshmallow Smoothie/Celtic Moonspice
This was one of my blends and it wasn't even really *my* blend because I just copied the idea from something I'd already seen mentioned online.  Yeah, that's how creative I am.  Doh!  The caramel and marshmallow are starting to come through more now.  When I first received the package, the spice of the Celtic Moonspice was the strongest note.  I might tuck this one away until closer to fall.

Orange Danish/Wildberry/Vanilla Ice Cream
This one is nice.  Quite creamy, with quiet fruity notes.

Gilligan's Brew/Vanilla Ice Cream/Florida Key Lime Pie
The scent is kinda light in this one right now.  I get some creaminess and maybe something like the crust from the pie.

Peppermint/Watermelon Slush/Marshmallow Smoothie
The other of my two blends and again, this was a 'borrowed' blend idea because I have no blending creativity on my own.  This one might possibly be my favorite of the whole bunch.  The mint is sweet and soft, there is a touch of creaminess, and sitting quietly way deep in the middle is an actual watermelon note.  You almost don't notice it at first, it's just sitting so deep in there.

And that is our first 'Muffin Club.'  It might be my last too.  I had already warned the other three ladies even before we got these that I probably wouldn't participate again.  There were no problems, it's not that.  It's just that I hate long waits like the almost six months it took to get these.  I also suck at coming up with blends, and am not as adventurous as they are.  I'm curious to see if they'll try a second round of 'Muffin Club.'

Read - Maleficent

Maleficent
adapted by Elizabeth Rudnick
2014
259 pages

'Maleficent was a different sort of faerie.  FOr one thing, she was raised by all the Fair Folk after her parents were killed.  For another, she believed there had to be some good in everyone, even humans.  Happy and spirited, Maleficent was beloved by all who knew her.  That is, until she experienced the ultimate betrayal by a trusted friend.

Enraged and embarking on a quest for vengeance, Maleficent must forge her own path in the world to make sense of it all.  And while she learns to harness her great powers, the forces against her only grow stronger.  The question is, who really is the evil one in this fairy tale?'

Ok, I am admitting right off that bat that I am not familiar with details of most Disney stories or fairy tales.  I didn't even know who Maleficent was when I bought this book.  When I looked it up and saw she was from the Sleeping Beauty story I was like 'Oh yeah, sleeping girl, kiss from a prince, yadda yadda,' but really didn't know details.  So I read this book with quite an open mind.  The ending caught me by surprise though.  While it was quite touching, I was thinking 'Is that really how it goes?'  So in preparing to write this post I did a bit of Google research and found that no, that is definitely not how the story traditionally goes!  I read a Wiki summary of the Disney movie version and found that pretty much everything in this new version is different.  Without having seen either one, I'm not sure how I feel about this.

But this post is about the book only.

This was almost a total 'cover buy' for me when I saw the book on the shelf.  It is a hard cover book but is slightly smaller in size, measuring only about 6x7 inches.  It's all black, even the edges of the pages, the chapter divider pages.  It seems like an evil little spellbook, which is probably what sucked me in.

Even though it is 259 pages, it is a very quick read.  I would say it's like a middle grade level.  It's quick paced, keeping to the point at all times.  Sometimes it moved too fast, like you would want more time spent on something or more detail, but for kids it is probably the perfect pace.  I did like Maleficent in this.  Her struggle with good and evil was quite touching.  I wish more time could have been spent on that, but again, to keep it a quick and easy read for younger crowds, I can see why it wasn't delved into more.  I am curious to see if it comes across in the movie.

I don't know what else to say about this book without getting into spoilers.  Even if you feel there couldn't be spoilers because you know the classic Disney story, you're wrong because like I said, this version appears to be verrrrrry different.  So I will just say that I quite enjoyed this quick little read, and was probably able to enjoy it because I'm *not* familiar with the classic version of this story.

Are you familiar with Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty?  Are you familiar with this new version?  What do you think of either one?  I'm curious.

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / Grandma's Pearls

Grandma's Pearls - 'A true touch of class, this scent brings together marshmallow and lavender vanilla.'

Once again proving that I don't hate lavender as much as I used to, this blend was actually quite nice.  This is still very much a lavender scent.  The marshmallow and vanilla soften and sweeten, but the lavender is still the predominant note.

I melted this 1.5 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong scent and throw.  This was one that I could smell as soon as I came through the door from outside, yet it was still not overpowering to the senses.

I must say, I've been quite impressed with the Vintage Chic Scents tarts I've been able to try so far.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Long Cane Primitives / Frosty Blue Ribbon Cookie

Frosty Blue Ribbon Cookie - [no scent description]

I really do wish I had the scent description for this.  The 'Frosty' in the name implies to me that there is mint in here, and it did seem like there was a very light minty note, but since the other day when I thought there was mint in another tart that had no mint at all . . . well, I'm mint-leery now.  LOL

But anyway, this was a very nice, safe and mellow cookie scent.  It was like a sugar cookie type, not overly sweet.  And then there was that light note of what seems like mint to me.  Whatever was in this, I really liked it.

I melted one of these tarts (approx. 1 oz.) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Melted - Beezy Tarts / Pink Toasty Marshmallow

Pink Toasty Marshmallow - [no scent description]

Well I feel all kinds of dumb at the moment.  I could have sworn when I popped this into the warmer that I'd read Pink Peppermint.  And I could have sworn the whole time it was melting that I was smelling mint in it.  Um, duh . . . ?  Now that I'm writing this post and have the empty wrapper in front of me, I see that it's Pink *Toasty Mashmallow*!!  And sure enough, when I sniff that empty wrapper, it's just a slightly creamier version of Pink Sugar that I'm smelling.  Where on earth did my brain get mint from?!  

Wow.

I melted this approximately 1 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / Spoonful of Sugar

Spoonful of Sugar - 'Mary Poppins taught us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. With this scent, bringing together tres leche cake and sugar cookie dough, you'll agree that a spoonful of sugar helps everything go down.'
 
This is a nice, safe and gentle scent.  You know, like if company is coming over and you're not sure what type of scent they'll like.  Or for people like my mom, who are very sensitive to scents.  At first I thought this was just a straight up sugar cookie scent.  Upon paying closer attention though, I realized the cake note is indeed lurking in there.  To me it's more like a pound cake, less sweet and bold than its birthday cake cousin.  But yeah, a nice, mellow bakery scent.
 
I melted this 1.5 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had long lasting, strong (but subtle, if that's possible) scent.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Vintace Chic Scents / The Golden Age

The Golden Age - 'This scent, blending butterscotch and snow taffy, will make you feel like you're sharing the silver screen with the stars and starlets of Hollywood's Golden Age.'
This is one of the tarts I picked from Sunnee's recent destash sale.  Not sure what the 'snow taffy' scent includes.  I know I've had it in something else but can't remember what I was told it included.  Well anyway, I'm surprised to have found a butterscotch scent that I'm not fond of.  I did not hate this scent but there was an underlying oddness that must be coming from that mysterious 'snow taffy.'  It is mainly a butterscotch scent, and that part is still yummy, but it's like drinking something that leaves an odd aftertaste, and it's THAT part of it that just sort of made this go bleah for me.
I melted this 1.5 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

Won It - Glitterati Candle Co.

Sunnee, over at the Fragrance Obsessed blog, has been having a lot of giveaways lately.  If you are not already following her blog, I suggest you get over there and join in on the fun!  She's been sharing portions of her recent orders from a variety of vendors.  I was lucky enough to win the giveaway featuring Glitterati Candle Company.  This was exciting to me because Glitterati is a newer vendor, as far as I know, and I'd just missed out on placing an order only a couple weeks ago.  (I had an order submitted, but she ran out of stock before getting to mine.)

Let's look at what Sunnee shared with me!
(I don't remember if these are custom blends by Sunnee, or regular Glitterati scents.  Also, these are my cold sniff thoughts since I just received the package and have not melted anything yet.)

Serendipity Waffle Cone - [no scent description]
This is nice!  It's the ever-popular Serendipity scent but the subtle waffle cone tones down the over-sweetness a bit, making it more tolerable.

White Sugar Plumeria - [no scent description]
I'm not a floral fan but hubby is, so I wasn't worried about this being part of the prize package.  I think I might like this one anyway.  Apparently that white sugar adds enough sweetness to make this almost like a candy scent instead of a true floral.  It's still floral, for sure, but sweet.

Orange Lace Cake - 'Light, citrusy, and melt-in-your-mouth vanilla cake.'
Yummy!  The cake note is strong, more like a pound cake than a sweet birthday cake.  The orange is light but making its presence known in a bright, almost tingly way.

White Tea & Pomegranate - [no scent description]
The White Tea part of this is described on the site as 'Jasmine, bergamot, lavender, mandarin, thyme, and ylang ylang.'  Not really sure how to describe this one.  It's sweet, but not like candy.  It's like a sweet tea, I guess.  lol

Satsuma Serendipity - [no scent description]
Wow, the satsuma whacks your senses immediately in this one.  It's a zesty citrus note, and right now on cold sniff I can't even smell the Serendipity behind it.  This one will be interesting to melt, to see if the other notes come out when warmed.

Lemon Meringue & Toasted Coconut - [no scent description]
This is the one I was most looking forward to because I'm a lemon fan, and a coconut fan.  I mainly get the lemon right now, a toned down, sweet bakery lemon.  I don't really detect coconut specifically at this point.  This one is delish though, even cold!

Raspberry Sugar Cookies - [no scent description]
Because one of the chunks in the original prize package was a zucchini blend and I *hate* zucchini scents, Sunnee replaced it with some other little goodies.  This one is interestingly yummy.  The raspberry hits you first, sort of a tart-tang-zing note, quickly followed by the softer warm cookie note.

(Beezy Tarts) Wildberry Mousse - [no scent description]
Wildberry Mousse scents are hit or miss for me.  If they're too strong on the mousse and have that sort of sour note, I usually pass on it.  This one smells nicely fruity on cold sniff.  I'm surprised Sunnee let some of her boyfriend Beezy go?!

(Rosegirls) Snowflake - [no scent description]
When I saw THIS in the box I pretty much threw everything else aside and did a little dance.  First, it's Rosegirls.  Second, it's Snowflake.  I'm alllllllll about holiday scents, and when I saw mention of this one somewhere along the way I knew I had to have it.  They didn't have any in stock last time I was at the Rosegirls store but that didn't surprise me at that time since I figured it would reappear closer to the holiday season.  Now I'm seeing that this is showing up in samplers from the last opening so I'm all anxious for it.  And now I have some to try.  Mmmmmm!  I couldn't find a description for it but one of my waxy friends thought it might be Pink Sugar/peppermint/marshmallow.  I don't smell any Pink in this though, just an amazing smooth and creamy peppermint.  I am definitely tucking this back into my fall/winter scents basket and saving it for Christmas.

As for the Glitterati wax, it is *very* soft and rather messy.  Someone else mentioned that too, either Sunnee or maybe ScentMyWay (on YouTube).  It will be easy to cut and share these chunks but wow, handling them at all smears them inside the bag and leaves oil and residue on your fingers.  The chunks are massive, the one I actually weighed being a full three ounces.  The scents on cold sniff are all nice and strong with no funky undertones.  I will wait until I've melted some of these before I decide whether to try and order more for myself or not.  But whatever happens, I want to thank Sunnee for sharing her wax goodies with so many people, and for giving me this chance to try a new vendor.

Thank you, Sunnee!

How about you?  Have you tried Glitterati yet?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds - 'The world will never be the same after this epic clash of the three most popular scents - Serendipity, Fruit Loops and marshmallow. Created by Tiffany of Tiffany Candles.
 
Reading the scent description of this before ever melting it, I was afraid this might be too sickeningly sweet for me.  Serendipity and Fruit Loops can each cause cavities on their, they're so sweet, so what on earth would they be like together?  This really wasn't bad though.  That marshmallow must really be working overtime to tone it down.  It is still very sweet and candy-like, about equal on the Serendipity and the Fruit Loops, neither being the dominant note, but the subtle creaminess of the marshmallow slows it all down just enough to keep this tolerable.

I melted this 1.5 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had good strong scent early on but it did seem to fade down to a light-medium scent only a couple hours in.  Still a very nice tart though.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Orchid Lake Candles / Hello Sugar

Hello Sugar - 'Delightful shortbread dusted with lemon sugar.'

This is a Bath & Body Works dupe that I remember from my soap making days.  On cold sniff you get a nice strong lemon note, more candy-like than cleaner-like.  But warmed, what must be the shortbread comes through.  Five of us were sitting around the kitchen table (playing Munchkin, of course!) while this was melting in the next room and all of us were undecided if we actually liked this scent or not.  It's like, when you first smell it, it's all lemony and wonderful but then on the tail end of it is something that throws an odd twist into it.  That shortbread note wasn't the sort of soft bakery note like you might think it would be.  It was sort of a sharp, cracker type oddity.  It wasn't enough to kill this scent, but it was a bit of a 'Wait, what was that?' speed bump to the senses.

I went ahead and melted this whole 2 oz. tart (I hate cutting wax) in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong, long lasting scent.
 
(Orchid Lake Candles is now known as Wilma, and can be found HERE.)

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Melted - Vintage Chic Scents / My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things - 'Sweet strawberries, fresh-baked bread and vanilla butter fudge.'

When I put this tart in the warmer I did not recall offhand what the scent description was.  Once the wax started melting and some scent was flowing, I was thought for sure there was Blackberry Jam Butter Cookies involved somehow.  Imagine my surprise when I'm getting ready to do this post and find there is nothing even close to blackberry or butter cookies in here?!  LOL  That's totally what it reminded me of though!  So, knowing the proper description now, I guess it would describe it as a sweet bread scent.

I melted this 1.4 oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had nice medium-strong scent.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Melted - Lasting Scent Candles / Toffee Bark

Toffee Bark - [no scent description]

I *loved* this scent!  I do tend to gravitate towards this type of warm, sweet, foodie scent anyway, so that's not real surprise.  I wish there was a scent description so I'd have an easier time describing this.  It was deep and rich, with caramel-y or almost maple-y notes.  There is a buttery note lurking in there and I know some people don't like the saltiness of such notes, but it's not strong.  This reminded me of that Butterscotch Maple something-or-other scent from Better Homes & Gardens, which is one of my all-time favorites.

I melted this 1+ oz. tart in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and had strong scent that lasted over four hours before starting to fade slightly.

(This tart was part of a gift from a waxy friend.)