Monday, June 22, 2015

Haul - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Fall Scents!

Yes, this is my THIRD order from Dessa's already.  I was satisfied enough with my first two small orders to go ahead and place a larger order, all fall scents.  With her quick TAT, I could have waited till later in the summer to order these but I figured I'd go ahead and do it now.  I'm not going to melt them now.  Oh heck no!  But I wanted them earlier enough to be able to sniff and decide if I wanted to go back for more of anything in particular.  AND I wanted them so I could get this post up early enough to maybe help some of you choose some yummy fall scents.

This is going to be a long, pic heavy post, so let's dive in.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles – 'Delicious freshly made pumpkin waffles topped with pecans, drizzled with warm maple syrup, and a hint of brown sugar. A B&BW type duplication.'
 I think we all know this scent by now.  It's quickly becoming a fall favorite of mine.
 Pumpkin Pie – 'A traditional mix of creamy pumpkin puree generously spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves baked in a buttery, flaky crust. A down-home treat.'
So good!  A healthy bit of spice in this.  I mainly get the pumpkin and spice right now, not really any crust or bakery note on cold sniff.
 Autumn Campfire – 'The essence of fall - cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin pie, warmed apples, gingerbread, hot cider and a touch of marshmallow toasted over a campfire. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
I usually stay away from 'campfire' or 'fireside' scents because I don't like that smoky note.  This one just sounded so interesting though, with all those other notes.  And because it's an original blend, I decided to try it.  I'm getting the apple cider note most, but a bit of that smoke note is lurking.  It's actually quite light on cold sniff.
 Caramel Cider Lane – 'Mulled apple cider meets warm gooey caramel and sweet cinnamon. A B&BW “Cider Lane” type duplication.'
I'm not a big cider fan either but decided to try this anyway.  I'm not familiar with the B&BW version so I can't say how true this is, but it smells weird to me right now on cold sniff.  There is a tiny hint of caramel, and I think I smell a bit of the apple, but in now way does it speak "Caramel apple cider!" to me.  This one is weird and I'm curious what it will be like when melted.
 Cranberry Orange Cake – 'Orange chiffon cake infused with tart cranberries. A mouth-watering dessert. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
A nice spiced cranberry scent, hint of juicy orange, and hint of cake behind it.
 Fall in the Country - 'Crisp apple cider, woodsy notes of oak, cinnamon bark, cloves & hints of wild berries. A B&BW “Leaves” type duplication.'
I'm not familiar with the Leaves scent either.  It's sort of one of those generic fall blends where you can't quite pinpoint anything specific in it.  I do like this though.  There is spice and cider but it's not really just an obvious cider scent.  The notes in here work together to give it a true feeling of fall . . . of wet leaves, and Halloween candy.
 Apples & Cinnamon - 'Fresh out of the oven baked apples slices generously topped with spicy ground cinnamon.'
 I almost didn't get this because it's such a boring and typical fall scent.  Then decided to go ahead and get it *because* of that.  What better way to kick off the fall melting season?  This one is heavy on the spice.  I don't get much apple on cold sniff.

Caramel Apple Latte – 'Rich brewed coffee is combined with gooey caramel apple. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
 I'm only getting a coffee scent on cold sniff.  It's a nice coffee though.

Cranberry Spice – 'Fresh tart cranberries are accented with cinnamon and spice. The perfect traditional holiday scent.'
Ohhh yes, one of my favorite late fall scents.  It is spicy, but not harsh.  The spice warms up the tart and juicy cranberry notes, making it a perfect Thanksgiving scent.  This one rivals the Scentsationals version, which is my absolute favorite.

Apple Pumpkin Streusel – 'Hot piping homemade apple pie blended with Pumpkin Ginger Streusel. Sweet and delicious! A Homespun Original House Blend.'
 Wow.  I *REALLY* like this one.  I think the pumpkin is a little stronger than the apple but then it's like "Wait, no," and when you sniff again you think you get the apple more.  Either way, you get the nice spice note and the gentle hints of bakery.  Ohhh, this might be one I need to go back for more of.

Cranberry Woodlands- 'Tart cranberry, black currant, cinnamon bark and musky woods create a warm and cozy scent. A B&BW “Cranberry Woods” type duplication.'
 This is nice but it's the prettier type of cranberry scent, the type that is almost perfume-y.  I do get a bit of the woods note, a sort of resin hint, but it's mainly a pretty cranberry scent.  I don't know how true it is to the B&BW version.
 Pumpkin Cookie Crunch – 'A super rich pumpkin cookie loaded with caramelized sugar, whipped cream, French vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, and Vermont maple sugar.'
A yummy cookie scent with hints of maple.  The pumpkin is not a spiced type so you almost lose it in cookie notes, but it is there.  This is a 'gentle' pumpkin scent, probably safe for those who aren't into all the spice of fall scents.
 Pumpkin Caramel Drizzle – 'Fresh baked pumpkin pie drizzled with a layer of sticky gooey salted caramel. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
Actually quite similar to the previous scent.  This one has a little more spice but is again, a sort of 'gentle' fall bakery scent.
 Pumpkin Ginger Streusel – 'Fresh pumpkin spiced with Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, sugar and fresh ginger and topped with a crumbly streusel topping. Super sweet!'
This one is a bit light on cold sniff.  All I'm really able to pick up at the moment is a softly spiced pumkin scent.
 Pumpkin Spiced Latte – 'Sit and enjoy a comforting blend of rich dark coffee and pumpkin spices. A delicious aromatic treat for fall.'
Strong coffee note just like the other latte one.  This one has a bit more of the other stuff coming through though.  I get a bit of the spice and some creamy pumpkin, but just a bit.
 Sweet Pumpkin Spice – 'Pumpkin baked in simmering spices and sweetened with brown sugar.'
This used to be one of my absolute favorite scents back when I was making soap.  It's a spiced pumpkin scent, but it's a bit sweeter and has a tiny hint of a sort of tang, if that makes any sense.  It's no longer one of my absolute fall scents but I do still enjoy it in a sentimental way.
 Pumpkin Cinnamon Donuts – 'Freshly baked pumpkin donuts topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
On the lighter side right now, mainly just a sweet cinnamon scent.
 Pumpkin Gingerbread – 'Fresh homemade gingerbread blended with warm pumpkin pie and baked to perfection. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
A nice gingerbread scent, but not getting much of a pumpkin note on cold sniff.  This might go into my winter stash instead of fall stash.
 Pumpkin Harvest Chai – 'Creamy vanilla, fresh pumpkin, spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg blended with creamy milk.'
One of the creamy pumpkin types, softly spiced to warm it up.  I don't really get a chai vibe from anything in this but it's an awesome pumpkin scent anyway.
 Farmhouse – 'Hot apple cider delicately layered with zesty mandarin orange slices, sprinkled with warm clove and spices, simmered to perfection. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
Another that I wanted to try as a way to get beyond just pumpkin and apples in fall, and because it is another original blend.  The orange hits you first, followed by soft spice.  There is a hint of that zest note that seems to be a part of all the Dessa's orange scents.  This almost leans more towards Christmas to me.
 Caramel Apples – 'Freshly picked crisp apples dipped in a thick, buttery gooey caramel. Rich and delicious.'
BH&G has my absolute favorite caramel apple scent, and this does not even come close.  This uses a salty caramel, and that's coming through stronger than the apples.  I might pass this on to someone else.
 Caramel Apple Pie - 'Hot baked apple pie slathered with rich and buttery caramel sauce.'
This one is quite nice though.  I get the apple notes easily in this one, and the caramel is sweeter and creamier.  There is a nice hint of warm bakery behind it all.
 Harvest Festival – 'The essence of the autumn harvest season, juicy red apples, tart cranberries and warm cinnamon leaf. A B&BW “Harvest Gathering” type duplication.'
A nice warm, softly spiced scent where I can't tell if the apples or cranberries are stronger.  It's a lovely, even mix.
 Grandma’s Kitchen – 'Fresh baked apple slices generously topped with cinnamon sugar, and drizzled with caramel. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
Mmm, I like!  This is better than the Apples & Cinnamon, and better than the Caramel Apples.  The caramel is subtle enough to allow this to still be a spiced apple scent.
This was the 24-pk sampler option that I ordered.  It costs $40, plus $8.50 shipping.  You pick your own scents from anything on her scent list.  I weighed each tart and they are a consistent 1.4 oz. each.
I was so happy to see four freebies included with my order, in their own little 'Thank You' bag.

Cinnamon Garland - 'Classic Christmas - crisp fresh bayberry infused with spicy ground cinnamon. So warm and inviting. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
 Whoa.  I sniffed this expecting a spicy cinnamon scent and was almost choked by what my brain first registered as mens cologne.  LOL!  Is bayberry common in mens scents?  Because that's the only thing I can think of that it might be.  Okay so after that shock, I finally found a tiny hint of the familiar cinnmamon, but no, too little too late.  I don't like this scent and it doesn't make me think of Christmas at all.  I can see how others, who maybe are bayberry fans, would find this festive, so I will pass this on to someone like that.

Holiday Eggnog – 'A favorite holiday tradition. You will want to drink this. Rich and indulgent, creamy concoction blended with rum and dusted with nutmeg. Cheers!'
Ohhhhhhh.Em.Gee.  I love this one.  This is the type of eggnog scent I prefer!  It's rich and warm and creamy and has that sort of 'sour' note that I always associate with eggnog.  This will probably go on my Go Back For More list!
 Country Fair Jamboree – 'All of your favorite country fair treats blended together – a jamboree of sweet and salty country kettle corn, gooey buttery caramel apples and sweet cotton candy. A Homespun Original House Blend.'
Love the grubby tarts!  I was leery when I saw the description of this scent.  The salty caramel and the pop corn instantly put me on guard.  I was surprised though.  The apples and a *sweet* caramel are the first notes I notice.  That salty popcorn note is lurking in the back though, so I guess we'll see what comes out when I melt it.
 Sugared Cranberries - 'Tangy cranberries are coated with sweet sugary goodness.'
And the last of the extras, one of the super cute mason jars!  This is the sweet and pretty type of cranberry scent that I don't prefer.  This is almost like a Kool Aid or candy type scent, very sweet, and very juicy.  I might pass this on to someone else.  It's good and strong, just not my type.

And that is my fall haul from Dessa's Homespun Scents.  As always, ordering was hassle free because she is one of the rare vendors who stays open and has ready to ship stock.  Her TAT is fast too.  I ordered on June 17 (Wednesday morning) and received it June 22 (Monday).  I am very pleased with this order so far, and with this vendor in general.

Have you ordered from Dessa's yet?!
Did you seen any fall scents you're considering trying?


  1. Making my Dessa's fall list now! Autumn Campfire is most exciting for me <3 going to get that one for sure. What a great haul Deb! I want someMason jars and grubby hearts!

    1. There are about ten more fall-ish scents that I did not get. Be sure to check her full scent list. There is an Apple Pie Noel that I almost got.

      I wonder if she'll add any new ones before fall? Her TAT is quick enough that I can still nab them if she does. =)


  2. Excellent thinking ahead for fall! Dang, you got some excellent scents! I feel the same about apple & cinnamon, but it's so darn cozy! Autumn Campfire sounds amazing. And Grandma's Kitchen!! Nice to see Cranberry Spice rivals your fav!! Ugh you're making me want to order soooooo bad!! Thosegrubbiesaresocute!!!!!

    1. I'm definitely looking forward to melting these. I'll probably start with the apple scents in mid or late August.

      I'm curious about her winter scents. I don't remember there being too many in her scent list. I'm much more limited in what I like for Christmas scents anyway, so I guess that's okay. lol