Friday, January 30, 2015

Melted - BH&G / Vanilla Caramel Spice

Vanilla Caramel Spice - [no scent description]

I've had this scent at least twice before, and was disappointed in it both times.  I happened to get this again as a Christmas gift, so here we go again.  And third time's a charm indeed, sort of.  The problem I've had in the past is that the scent seems much creamier on cold sniff, then all of the sudden tons of spice come out once it's warmed.  I was somewhat prepared for that this time and I'm much more accepting of it this time . . . but as a fall scent.  On cold sniff I do get a bit of the sweet caramel scent, and there is some creaminess.  Warmed though, this is almost total spice, with those remaining traces of vanilla just barely keeping it from being a dry, too harsh type spice scent.  Spice haters will probably want to stay away from this one.

I melted two cubes in my tea light warmer and had good strong scent and throw.  I will tuck the rest of this pack away until fall, and see how I feel about it then.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Melted - Scentsationals / Pretty In Pink

Pretty In Pink - [no scent description]

I'd heard talk in the wax community recently about this scent and another being similar to the ever popular Pink Sugar.  I'm not a huge Pink Sugar fan in home fragrance (love it in body care though) but my closest waxy friends were all curious about it so I joined the hunt to find it, for them.  My Walmart had that big center aisle bin of wax shortly after Christmas, and it was filled with a mix of leftover fall and winter scents, as well as some sneak peek spring scents.  You had to dig to find things though, and that's what I did to find this.  I found two packs, divided them up to send those waxy friends some cubes to try, and had a couple left for myself.

(The other scent in question is Sugared Lavender Twist, from Better Homes & Gardens.  I only found one pack of that, and did not keep any for myself.)

This is a very pretty scent.  It's sweet, perfume-like, but there is a hint of creaminess and vanilla.  I can see how Pink Sugar might come to mind.  I'm no Pink Sugar expert by any means and I don't even have any here to compare.  I don't think this is close enough to call it a dupe though.  This seems brighter, lighter.  Waxy friend Julie mentioned she thought there might be peonies happening in here.  I do like this though.  There is just enough of that sweet, creamy vanilla to keep it from being too floral or too perfume-y.

I melted two cubes of this in my tea light warmer and had surprisingly good results.  The scent was a light-medium, which totally worked in this case.  Any stronger and it could have easily been too much.  Throw was excellent, and I had very lovely light background scent in all areas of the downstairs of my house.

This is a surprise hit for me, and I will be keeping my eye out for more.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Melted - BH&G / Buttered Rum Brulee

Buttered Rum Brulee - [no scent description]

When the 2014 Better Homes & Gardens Christmas/winter scents came out late last fall, I was very disappointed in the lineup.  I don't think I bought any of them.  I did receive this one for Christmas though, and since my blog is totally lacking lately and I've been saying I'm going to spend some time with retail brands over indie vendors for a while, I went ahead and melted it.

I always get excited when I see a butter rum type scent.  I always expect it to be rich and creamy, like the Butter Rum flavored Lifesavers.  This Buttered Rum Brulee is sooo not that.  There is a lot more spice than I ever would have expected.  There is also an almost perfume-y note to it.  Lurking deep in there is that lovely butter rum scent I always hope for but it's losing it's battle.  This is just a spicy perfume.  *sigh*

This was also a rare fail in the performance department.  One of the things I've always loved about the Better Homes & Gardens tarts is that they are strong and reliable.  I have had a few lighter scents along the way but I think this is the biggest dud I've come across from this brand.  I had two cubes melting in my tea light warmer and early on had about a lighter medium scent and throw.  I added two cubes to a second tea light warmer in another room, hoping to boost the scent, but nope.  Even when I added the last two cubes, using my Glade warmer, I could barely notice the scent.  Once in a while I would get a brief strong whiff of warm spice, like if someone walked by and stirred up the air.  Otherwise though, complete dud.

I would not bother with this scent again but it does not change my thoughts on the brand over all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Melted - Glade / Creamy Custard

Creamy Custard - 'Decadent. Delicious. Delightful. When the scent of whipped vanilla and white chocolate meet notes of buttercream and sugar, there’s simply no reason not to treat yourself.'

 This is a rich, somewhat creamy scent that I'm undecided about.  On one hand, I do like that deep, rich vanilla scent.  But on the other, I think just enough of the chocolate note is coming through from the white chocolate that it's throwing the whole thing off for me.  If you've followed this blog for a while you probably know that I'm not a big fan of chocolate scents in home fragrance.  It is still a nice, quite sweet yet still warm and comforting scent though.

I melted one cube in my tea light warmer and was only getting a medium scent at first.  I popped one cube into my Glade warmer while the tea light warmer was still going and it boosted the scent to a lighter side of strong, with good throw, sending the scent creeping all over the downstairs of my house.

I'm not sure I'd buy this particular scent again.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yankee Gift Certificate Haul, Part 2

I recently posted a small Yankee haul from when hubby and I stopped at the outlet store near us to use a gift certificate I'd received over the holidays.  We'd come out of there with a small balance left to use and I thought that would be perfect to try a new scent I'd noticed online.  So the next day, I placed a tiny order.  It kinda sucked because I had to pay shipping.  I should have just placed a larger order and made it more worth it.  This order was also a pain in the butt as far as using that gift certificate online.  I ended up in the Yankee customer support live chat three times during that transaction and have nothing good to say about that part of it.  (Yankee, take note!  Train your support people!  Thank you.)

Drama aside, let's see what I decided to get.

Early Sunrise - 'A new day dawns crisp and fresh in this clean lemony citrus scent with hints of ginger and tea.'
I *think* this is a new scent.  I do know it's an online exclusive.  The description sounded so intriguing.  I'm all about lemon, and last year I was really into tea scents.  On cold sniff, however, I'm not sure if I like this or not.  Hubby said it reminds him of Off bug spray.  Doh!  I do get a bit of that, but now that the initial shock to my nose has warn off, I think I'm able to pick out the notes now.  I do get the tea, in a big way.  The lemon is soft, sort of in the background.  I'm really curious how this will be when warmed.  There is potential to go either way.

Pink Sands - 'It's an exotic island escape in the beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla.'
I received a Scenterpiece melting system late last year and had mixed thoughts about it all.  I knew I wanted to try more scents, and since the outlet store doesn't yet have them, I went ahead and grabbed a couple in my tiny little order.  I remember liking Pink Sands, and I seem to remember it being a fairly strong scent from when we had it in votive form, so I decided it would be a good one to try in meltcup form.

Vanilla Cupcake - 'Just like those baked treats that fill your home with their delicious aroma, the notes of vanilla, lemon and buttery icing combine beautifully for a long lasting fragrance you will savor.'
Since I seem to be slowing down on wax, I think I can see myself using the Scenterpiece system more because I can just turn it on and leave it going all day.  If I want to switch scents I can just take one cup out and put another in.  With the 'let it go all day' thing in mind, I wanted a safe and mellow scent to try.  A nice, simple cupcake scent always works.

So yes, I will be giving that Scenterpiece another try very soon.  And if I can get into it, I will gladly be placing a larger order for more scent cups.

That's part two of my gift certificate haul.  I want to thank that gift giver once again!

Have you discovered any new favorite Yankee treasures?

Treatsie - January 2015 Box

It's Treatsie box time again.  You might remember from last month's initial Treatsie post, that I had excitedly signed up for a full year subscription.  After some consideration, I decided to cancel for financial reasons.  So when I received a shipping notification for the next box, I was confused.  I contacted Treatsie's customer support again and they said that yes, they'd cancelled the subscription . . . for after my one year.  What the heck?  The girl was like, 'Oh, did you want it cancelled effective immediately and get a refund?'  Um, yeah.  It has now been straightened out and this should be my last box.

Since I got the box, let's go ahead and see what came in it.

Biscuit Gourmet Biscotti, in The Muse flavor.  'Chocolate biscotti with chunks of dark Belgian chocolate.'  I don't know if I've ever eaten biscotti.  I've seen and heard of some yummy sounding flavors but it seems like such a dry, hard thing to me.  How does one eat it?  Just grab and go, like a cookie or something?  Dunked in coffee or milk?

Buddha Chocolate's Almond Butter Cup.  'Stone ground dark chocolate paired with slow roasted almond butter.  Each cup is hand poured and hand wrapped.'  I'm really curious about this little guy.  Have not tried it yet.

Dallas Caramel Company, Armadillos.  'Texas pecans sandwiched between a thick layer of caramel and a sweet piece of dark chocolate.'  Hubby was immediately eyeballing these.  I had to steal them away so I could take some bloggy pics before he inhaled them.

Dallas Caramel Company again, this time with an assortment of caramels that includes Apple Pie, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Orange, Sea Salt, Texas Drunken Nut, and Original.  We're also looking forward to diving into these.  Not quite sure what Drunken Nut flavor with be though.  *eyebrow cocked*

I'm almost sad I cancelled my subscription.  There are other places we can use that money though, and I can continue to see what goodies Treatsie sends out by following some bloggy friends who continue to receive the boxes.

Are you a fan of the Treatsie subscription box?  Do you like to indulge in gourmet treats, or are you more of a common treat type person?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Watched - Annabelle

Rated R, 99 minutes

'A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.'

The is a sort of prequel to the movie The Conjuring.  (My post about it HERE.) I remember wanting to see this when it came out but not enough to go to the theater, which I rarely do anyway.  Then I kinda forgot about it until last night when hubby was flipping through channels and noticed it was about to start on pay-per-view.  I rarely sit down and watch movies at home these days either but I had nothing else to do last night so we went ahead and watched this.

We were both disappointed with this movie.  We both made the same comment, that we'd thought (and hoped) there would have been more creepiness from the doll.  That's what it seemed to be hyped as, right?  But no.  The doll just sat and looked creepy and it was other things going on that put the doll in creepy situations.

I don't know what hubby thought about the actual story but I found it to be very weak and full of holes.  There might be spoilers in what I'm about to say but I don't think the movie is good enough to be worried about that.  Doh!  Okay, there is all this talk about the doll being a temporary home, or a vessel, for the demon that the cult had been trying to conjure up.  It's explained that the demon needs a more permanent home, it needs a soul, and some mention of 'an innocent,' which is why everyone assumes it's after the baby.  Somewhere along the way it becomes that the soul must be given willingly, and someone figures out that a baby can't willingly give up its soul, so 'omggasp!' it's the mom's soul!  So, shenanigans ensue, and someone does willingly give their soul 'to stop this.'

But wait!  Didn't the crazy lady in the beginning kill herself?  Thereby willingly giving up her soul for her crazy cult's cause?  Why didn't the demon use her?  Was it already in her and went into the doll when she died?  Then why would the suicide at the end of the movie be of any help to this homeless demon?  I would think the demon needs a living body and soul to inhabit.  Even if we dismiss that confusion, how did the suicidal lady at the end think that would make things right?  Didn't she now just allow a demon into the world?  Yes, it was rather confusing and weak.

The story itself was rather slow too.  It took a long time to build up to anything.  I think they were trying to build tension, but went overboard.  There were a few made-you-jump moments, and few really creepy shots of the devil-y demon thing, but overall it was pretty tame.  What was that devil-y demon thing anyway???  I thought it was a soulless demon living in limbo in that creepy ass doll?  What was that very physical looking thing doing crawling about the apartment building then??

And let's talk about that doll.  It was creepy looking from the start!  Even in it's 'new' condition, it was a freakin' nightmare inducing doll that I don't know why anyone would want to have.  And then later, after everything that happened, it was all discolored and banged up, yet for sale for a high price in a pawn shop because it was a hard to find part of a collectible set.  Really?  It was hideous and torn and damaged.  Pawn Stars would probably have turned it away in that condition.  So it seems very unlikely to me that anyone would buy it.  The story would have been better if it would have stayed in good condition and looked a bit more harmless all along, OR if the next owner sort of inherited it or something, or had been oddly drawn to it in an unexplainable way.

This was not a horrible movie to the point that I'd never watch it again, but I don't think it's one I'll be in any hurry to buy.  Maybe eventually when it's a $5.00 DVD at Halloween I'll grab it.  Overall though, it was a weak and disappointing story.  (Did they have 911 in the early '70s?  And how about that totally current Doritos bag?  Not much budget for the props or accuracy departments, huh?)

Have you seen Annabelle?  What did you think?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Yankee Gift Card Haul

I received a Yankee gift card for Christmas and since hubby and I were in the neighborhood of the Yankee outlet store, we stopped in to see if anything needed to come home with us.  The outlet can suck in that you don't always get the new items or the popular items, but it can be excellent for finding regular things at awesome prices (usually at least 50% off).

We didn't have a lot of time to browse and sniff and hunt for treasures because he had to get going to a work dinner.  Hubby wasn't being too cooperative this time either.  Usually it's him picking scents.  Usually we stop at that store in the spring.  Usually we end up getting the bright and floral spring scents that he prefers.  This time he kept saying shrugging it off as the gift card was mine so I should choose.  I think we're just in an awkward place right now scent-wise.  I mean, the holiday scents are over and the new spring scents are coming out, but where does your brain want your nose to be?  Somewhere in between.  I kept seeing all these wonderful fall and winter scents that I'd love to have but as I've mentioned in other posts, I don't want to stockpile last year's scents and end up limiting what new ones I buy when that time of rolls around again.

One thing I knew I wanted was Candy Cane Lane in something larger than the votives we had at Christmas.  I loved this scent so much, I knew I wanted it again for next Christmas.  One of the store ladies found this and I pretty much snatched it from her hand.  LOL!  The scent is described on the site as 'A favorite holiday place where delicious dreams are made, with tingly peppermint, sweet cookies and creamy vanilla icing.'  It's a wonderful, warm bakery scent with hints of sweet peppermint.  Sooo good!

Tarts and votives were on sale, 10 for $12, so this is where I thought we'd end up spending the rest of the gift card.  Hubby wasn't doing much to pick scents he liked though, and I just kept finding myself back at the fall and winter leftovers, so we didn't get nearly as many as I'd thought we would.  Did get North Pole though, because it was another one I really enjoyed during Christmas.  Described as ' . . . a sweet blend of icy cool mint and sugary rich vanilla cream,' this one is more minty than Candy Cane Lane, and doesn't have the bakery notes.

I think I passed on Snowflake Cookie when I placed my order for Christmas votives last fall.  It just kept jumping out at me in the store though.  Everywhere I turned, there it was in some form.  So I grabbed two votives.  It is described on the site as '. . . perfectly pretty holiday cookies, deliciously decorated with sugary pink icing.'  It smells a little perfume-y for a cookie scent, but it is still a nice scent.  Not sure if I'll set these aside till next Christmas or burn them now since they aren't really Christmas-y beyond the cute label and name.

I kept hearing good things about Pumpkin Ginger Bark last fall, so I ended up grabbing these.  Described as ' . . . an indulgent recipe of snappy ginger, warm pumpkin and rich vanilla sugar,' it smells quite spicy on cold sniff.  I'm also getting that sot of plastic, harsh note that I often get when trying to sniff Yankee products in the store.  That should go away once this is warmed though.

I can't even find Morning Roast on the Yankee website?  Is this one discontinued?  It's just a basic coffee scent, which I know a lot of people shy away from in wax.  This one seems okay though, at least on cold sniff.  It's not too harsh or bitter.  Hubby found this one.

Turquoise Sky is described as 'Calm, salty air with hints of sea grass and musk, float gently on ocean waves . . . off on an adventure beneath a bright blue sky.' Hubby picked this one.  I usually don't give these types of scent much notice because, I don't know, the names are usually no indication of what's in that scent and the blends are often indescribable.  That's dumb, I know.  Especially since a lot of these types surprise me in how much I like them.  Like this one.  I really quite like it!  Of course I have no idea how to describe it beyond stupid things like 'It has a moist note about it.'  Moist note?  What exactly is that?  See what I mean?  LOL!  But yes, there is a feeling of water, some sweetness, a hint of something like cologne.  I don't know, I just really need to give these types more of a chance.

We both agreed on Lilac Blossoms.  It's described as 'An alluring grove of lavender, white, and deep purple lilacs.'  We have a big lilac bush in our front yard, and it's one of the few floral scents I do like.  It reminds me of home and of childhood because we also had a big lilac bush at my childhood home.  While this is not the best lilac scent I've had in wax, it is still really nice.

We had to get going to that work dinner so this was all we got this time.  I still have a bit left on that gift card so I tried to place an order online this morning to use it up.  Heh, yeah, nothing but drama there because apparently you can't use gift cards to pay if you check out through PayPal.  And Yankee's live chat support was pretty much rude and useless today so I have no idea if my request to cancel the order will go through out not.  Oh well, if not, hubby says we'll just run back to the outlet store when we have more time and look around more thoroughly.  Either way, I'll post the second part of the gift card haul whenever and wherever I end up getting it from.

Oh!  I also asked at the store if they had any of the Scenterpiece meltcups.  The girl said they do not carry them yet because they are still too new and too popular.  She said it would probably be six months before they start showing up in the outlet store.  I also noticed those jar shaped tarts, the 'easy clean' ones, but didn't really pay much attention to the scents because I've never had much luck with Yankee tarts.

So anyway, what are your go to products from Yankee?

Tiny Collective Wax Haul

I'll be stepping back from the indie vendor world of wax for a while, and going back to retail brands as we start this new year.  There are a variety of reasons for this, but a huge part is that I just don't like how most of the indie vendors do business now.  I don't want to join Facebook groups to know when I can order.  I don't want to stalk websites in hopes of getting an order in.  And I certainly do not like the long TATs that are becoming more and more 'accepted.'  With the retail brands, I can sniff and know if I like them or not right on the spot.  I can easily go pick up a pack or two if I'm needing some.  It's fun to see the new scents and products come out.  So yeah, this is my plan for now.

At my Walmart, for a while now there has been a clearance section on the end of the cleaning products aisle.  All of the fall and winter Glade, Febreze, etc. scents have been moved over to there.  I resisted buying anything from here because I don't want to overload myself with a stockpile of last year's fall and winter scents, thereby limiting what new scents there might be later on.  I had a bunch of Glade coupons though, so I went ahead and got a few things.  Turns out two of these didn't ring up as clearance priced, and one of my coupons never got scanned.  I didn't notice until I was already home though.  Oh well.

Red Apple Bakery is just a nice, generic apple cinnamon scent.  A staple for fall.

Pumpkin Pie Diner is such an awesome pumpkin scent.  It's way better than Glade's much too harsh and spicy pumpkin selection from 2013.  I had a candle of this for fall 2014 and decided to grab another to save for fall 2015 just in case they're pumpkin choice this year sucks.

Creamy Custard is one I don't think I've ever had.  I remember wanting it at one point and my store never had it.  When I saw that it was there now, I grabbed one.  This isn't fall packaging, and I'm sure it's not a fall scent, so I don't know why it was in the clearance section.  There was a whole row of them, not just this misplaced package.  It's just a yummy 'safe' sort of rich creamy vanilla scent.  Comforting and mellow.

 I had grabbed this Vanilla Latte candle on a previous shopping trip.  I'd had my eye on it for a while and finally just decided to grab it.  It's another rich and creamy vanilla scent, with just the slightest hints of coffee.

The design on the glass makes this a quietly pretty candle, easily reusable for something else after the candle is gone.  Not sure just what I'll use it for, but I'm going to try and find something.

That's my tiny little haul.  I've been seeing the spring scents coming out in Glade and Febreze already.  I haven't paid too much attention to them because I'm just not in that kind of mood quite yet.  I do love the look of the Febreze mason jar candles though!  Have you seen them in your store?

Are you a fan of any retail brand home fragrance products?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Haul - B&BW Semi-Annual Sale, Again

Just a quickie haul post here.  I placed a second order during the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale because they added 'the vanillas' after I'd placed my first order.  Lemon Vanilla was taunting me, calling to me, wondering why I didn't want it enough to place an order.  I went back to the site many MANY times and put them in my cart, only to dump them and leave.  Not sure what finally made me go ahead and order but I decided to grab the Coconut Vanilla too.

I screwed up somewhere and had two of the coconut shower gels in my cart.  That's okay, I guess.  They were cheap!  Also got a Coconut Vanilla lotion and body mist.

On the lemon side, I just got one shower gel, one lotion, and one body mist.

I used to always freak that I run out of shower gel and have a ton of lotion left, or that it takes me forever and a day to go through a big bottle of body mist.  I have an inner peace this year.  LOL!  I'm very much okay with it because I'll just switch to generic scented Dove or Ivory or something to use of the the remaining smellies.  It'll still take me forever to get through them though.  I have no idea how people can go through twenty scents a year.

I did not get any candles in this order and I forgot to use the 20% off coupon I'd gotten in my last order.  Doh!

Did you grab any goodies in this semi-annual sale?

Watched - Maleficent

PG, 97 minutes

Explore the untold story of Disney's most iconic villian in this wickedly fun twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty.  In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse on the king's newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora.  But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl.  And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land.  Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is "visually arresting, brilliantly designed."

I've said it before, that I am by no means any sort of Disney or fairy tale expert.  Most of them, I barely know anything but the most basic details.  The Sleeping Beauty story is one I knew almost nothing about.  I was immediately intrigued by this retelling of the story, and I read the book version of it last year before the movie came out.

(Read my thoughts on this book HERE.)

I did not see this movie in the theater.  I got the DVD for Christmas though, and finally watched it last night.  I loved it!  There were some things from the book version left out, like more of the beginning where it sort of set the stage for why humans were 'bad,' and how Maleficent's parents died.  One of the left out parts, I thought should have absolutely been in the movie.  Unless I'm remembering the book wrong, when Stefan did what he did to gain favor from the king, thinking he'd be the dying king's successor, I'm pretty sure the king mocked him and said something along the lines of him being a peasant or not worthy or something.  And I think Stefan's rage boiled up and he killed that king.  Right?  In the movie, it was just Stefan doing what he did, and becoming the dying king's successor.  I think that leaving in the mocking and the killing, it would have showed his greedy ambition even more.

But anyway, loved the movie.  It was beautiful to watch, and the story kept a good pace so I was always interested.  Loved Angelina Jolie in this role.  And the story itself is so sad, so bittersweet.  Stefan and Maleficent were in love until his greed grew and he betrayed her.  Maleficent's anger and need for revenge grew and she cursed his baby.  By hurting the man she had loved, she was also hurting his innocent daughter.  She then spent the next sixteen years keeping an eye on this daughter, to be sure the curse would be fulfilled . . . and found herself eventually growing fond of the child.  There was no way to stop the curse though.  Was any of it worth it?  In the end, things worked out, as they always do in fairy tales, but it was such a sad road to get there.

I loved this movie and am already wanting to watch it again.  I want to watch the original Disney version of Sleeping Beauty now too.

Have you seen Maleficent?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Order of the Odor - Vol. 5

This month we are doing a mini version of some of our waxy favorites of 2014, please let us know what some of your favorites were too!
This has been a weird year for me in wax.  Well, first of all there were some big events in my personal life this year that kept me distracted a lot of the time.  That, coupled with so many gifts of wax from very generous waxy bloggy friends, has left me in a big of fog for trying to remember scents.  I went back through my whole year of blogging just to try and jog my memory!

Most Comforting Scent:
I find simple scents like sugar cookie or pound cake to be quite comforting.  They are safe and remind me of younger days and nice aromas from the kitchen, back before the chaos of adult life took over with bills and jobs and endless stresses.  Another oddly comforting scent, for me, is Better Homes & Garden's Frosty Peppermint Snow.  It *is* Christmas for me.  It's a sweet, soft mint scent, with almost a hint of creaminess.

Best Spa/Fresh Scent:
I really don't have an answer for this one because it's just not a scent group that I ever melt anything from.  Even looking back through the whole year of my wax posts, I couldn't find anything of this type.

Most Energizing Scent:
Zesty orange scents immediately come to mind for this and I found that I'd had Satsuma Serendipity from Glitterati earlier in the year and mentioned that it was a really good 'pick me up' scent.

Favorite Bakery Scent:
Wow.  Bakery is my absolute favorite scent group, so how can I pick just one?!?!  I've come to really love graham cracker and frosted graham scents over the past year or two.  Frosted Steuselkucken, from Rosegirls, probably wins this category if I'm required to be more specific.

Favorite Fruity Scent:
Most of my fruity favorites are also bakery related so this will also be difficult.  In general, I *love* lemon scents.  I love banana caramel cupcake scents, but that leans heavily towards bakery.  Soooo we'll go with Strawberry Lemon Custard, again from Rosegirls.  It's just so sweet and bright, but still creamy.

Favorite Wild Card Scent:
Order Master Julie said this category can mean whatever we want it to mean.  I'm using it as the Surprise Favorite category and that goes to tea scents.  I went through a tea phase earlier this year, especially fruit teas.  My absolute favorite would have to be Fruit Tea from the failed Melting Fairy.  I also loved her cranberry one but can't find the actual name, and her Mango Sage Tea.  I tried to buy a bunch of the tea scents outside of her monthly subscription program, and that was a deal that never went anywhere.

Favorite Scent Trend:
Well, custom blending was all the rage this year, for sure.  I was never a fan of it though.  I'm just not adventurous or creative enough.  It stresses me out, and all the blends I want are already made anyway.  It's also completely changed the way vendors do business, and not for the better either.  But wait, the category is asking for *favorite* scent trend.  The only . . . lame . . . answer I can come up with is that it's been fun to see all the Streuselkuchen blends from Rosegirls, even if I haven't tried very many of them.

Husband's Favorite Scent:
Hubby, surprisingly, really likes floral scents.  I know he also loves Black Raspberry Vanilla.  So having said that, I asked him directly to see what he'd say.

He stared at me like a deer in headlights!  He said he can't possibly remember everything I've melted and half the time he doesn't know what they are anyway.  I told him it can be anything, not just a tart I've melted over the past year.  He could only come up with "I really like pine scents, and we know I like florals more than you."

Husband's Least Favorite Scent:
He was stumped on this one, and could only come up with "Mint, in general."

Stinker of 2014:
My obvious answer to this will always be zucchini scents.  LOL!  I do have another answer though, and that is the surprising disappointment of Cranberry Streuselkuchen.  Since I love the streuselchoochoo, and love spiced cranberry scents, I figured this would be an amazingly awesome fall scent.  Nope.  I don't remember just what it was that failed, but it was nothing like I'd imagined it would be and I pretty much hated it.  Boo!

Favorite Scent of 2014:
Gah!  Just one????  I might have to go with that elusive Fruit Tea.  There have been so many scents that I've loved and continue to love, but because I can't get that dang Fruit Tea anymore, I think I love that most.  Crazy logic, I know.

Have you been curious about the Yankee Candle Scenterpiece? Deb shoots straight from the hip on this review of Yankee's newest warmer. See if you need to put it on your wishlist or not.

Grab a napkin (to wipe the drool from your chin) and a cup of coffee and head on over to Sunnee's place to see what outstanding muffin blends this gal ordered and photographed for our veiwing pleasure. Oh! Bring a pen and paper too, you are going to want to write these down.

The best scent of all time?! Yes, of course it has earned a coveted 10/10. Come see what is making Lauren go gaga from a relatively new vendor.

Black Friday Deals abound! See what Julie's favorite haulage included this year in wax. It was a steal of a deal.