Sunday, May 31, 2015

Melted - Sugar & Spice / Butter Brickle

Butter Brickle - 'Incredibly buttery and sweet, this is awesome!'

This was yummy!  So smooth and creamy, yet warm dessert scent.  There was just the tiniest hint of that bitter note that I'm not going to assume comes with ALL Butter Brickle scents, regardless what vendor it is.  I think the thick, gooey sweetness overruled that little salty or nutty or whatever bitter note that is.  I would probably order this one again.

I melted this entire 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium scent.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Melted - Sugar & Spice / Strawberry Soda

Strawberry Soda - 'Delicious, bubbly, sugary strawberry accord intermingled with fruity notes of raspberry and peaches sitting on base notes of vanilla and musk.'
 
I wasn't sure how I felt about this on cold sniff (it was a freebie extra with my order) and I forgot to set it aside as part of my 'Give to someone else' pile, so I ended up melting it anyway when I did a random pull from my stash.  Nope, this scent was not for me.  It reminded me of a peachy bubble gum.  I could sometimes get a strawberry note out of it, but the peach seemed stronger, and I'm not a big peach scent fan.

I melted this entire 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Melted - Sugar & Spice / Blueberry Muffin

Blueberry Muffin - 'The aroma of a freshly baked blueberry muffin. Top notes of juicy tart blueberries with orange zests, middle notes of butter cake, and base notes of vanilla and almond.'

 This was a very nice, typical blueberry muffin scent.  The blueberry note was distinct but not overpowering.  The muffin notes were warm and delicious, like a moist white-cake almost.  There was just a hint of something different going on too.  I see mentions of orange zest and almond in the description and I'm guessing that's what that 'other' note was.  I think it helped enhance the blueberry note, but there was also just enough of a 'What is that?' distraction to it.  Still, I would probably order this again.

I melted this entire 1.6 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum - 'A comforting scent on a cold winter night. Warm vanilla, hot buttery rum, and accents of spice.'
 
 This ended up being quite a bit different than the Lifesavers Butter Rum type I'm always looking for.  There was quite a bit more spice in here than what I expected.  I almost want to say this was slightly cider-like.  It was an okay scent, just not the more creamy, butterscotch-y type I'm looking for.

And it was weak.  I melted this whole 1.7 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had light-medium scent at best.

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Southern Home

Southern Home - 'Peaches and apple slices baked in a buttery crust and drizzled with sweet caramel. A Homespun Original House Blend.'

After some concerns with previous Dessa's bakery scents, this one turned out to be quite a nice change of pace.  It was still a warm type scent, but it was gentle fruits.  The peach came through a little stronger than the apple.  Although I didn't get any distinct 'buttery crust' note, there is a cozy warmth wrapping around the fruit notes.

I cut this 1.7 oz. tart in half and had two tea light warmers going in adjacent rooms, and had medium scent.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Maple Cornbread Muffins

 Maple Cornbread Muffins - 'Old fashioned cornbread baked in a cast iron skillet, generously topped with warm maple butter. A Homespun Original House Blend.'

I have a developing concern in regards to these Dessa's tarts.  Three scents now have had a certain, sort of bitter note.  The first time, I thought it was just the saltiness of the Salted Caramel scent.  The second time, I thought it was from whatever the 'brickle' part of Butterscotch Brickle is because a similar scent from another vendor had been that way.  But now again today, I've noticed that certain little note in this Maple Cornbread Muffins scent.  On cold sniff, this one is absolutely delicious and I don't pick up that bitterness at all.  Early in the melt I hadn't noticed it either.  But a while into it, I was noticing it again.  I tried to think if there was some common 'ingredient' in each of the three scents, but no, I don't think so.  One was caramel, one was butterscotch, and this is maple.  It wasn't enough to ruin the scent or anything, but it's distracting.  I don't know what to think.

But anyway, this scent is still delicious.  It is a deep, rich breakfast type of scent because of that maple.  I do get a bit of a bakery note but it's not as distinctly muffin-ish as I thought it was in my haul post.  I can see how this one might be too rich and sweet for some people, and maybe that's what happened to me.  Maybe it was just a bit too much, and my nose and brain revolted.

I cut this 1.7 oz. tart in half and melted the pieces in two tea light warmers, in adjacent rooms, and had strong scent.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Read - Percy Jackson / The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Five)
by Rick Riordan
2009
381 pages 

'All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing that the odds of victory are grim.  Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded.  Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds.  And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.'

*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

This is the final book in the series.  I'm sorry now I waited so long to experience the Percy Jackson thrill, but it was kind of nice to read straight through the series without having to wait for each book to come out.  I had finally started reading these out of boredom and lack of other things to read, but I quickly came to enjoy them . . . enough that I've ordered the next two series by this author.

You might remember that I'd been somewhat disappointed with the fourth book of the series because it had gotten too 'busy.'  I was glad to see that this fifth and final book got back on track and streamlined its focus on the big battle.  The one little complaint I have about this book was the dreams and visions and glimpses into Luke's past.  It was supposed to help Percy learn the key to defeating him, or something, but it was just vagueness about his mother going crazy because her own visions.  To me, Percy pieced together the secret to defeating Luke through other things, not from these weird mother bits.

I'm not sure why but I thought the whole scene where Percy visited the River Styx and then had to fight right after was so cool.  I really don't know why, but that was like the strongest and most emotional scene from any of the books for me.  I think because it was the closest to a 'grownup' fantasy adventure, like Lord of the Rings or something, instead of the usual lighter, quicker, kid easy adventure that middle grade books are.

It was humorously frustrating to watch the continued bumbling relationships between Percy and Annabeth, and Percy and Rachel.  Who was he going to end up with?  You kinda always feel like he's going to end up with Annabeth but I don't know, for a while there he seemed to fit pretty well with Rachel.

There is a spy at Camp Half-Blood in this book.  Not much was really made of that storyline though.  I was wrong early on about who it was, but did figure it out before it was revealed.  That was a weak part of the story too, and didn't really make much sense or seem to be needed.  But oh well, at least there wasn't a lot of time sunk into that part of things.

I liked the way the big battle was drawn out over several days instead of some five minute miracle victory like in other stories.  Drawing it out allowed more emotions to be brought out.  A sense of hopelessness really did start to build.  And then even after the battle, it didn't feel like a complete victory with joyous celebrations or and obvious conclusion.  It felt like more of a relief that they'd survived this threat, like they knew they'd get a reprieve for a while but that they knew that threat was still going to regroup and return.... someday.

So yes, I did enjoy this final book, and this entire series overall.

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Butterscotch Brickle

Butterscotch Brickle - 'A thick, rich, gooey butterscotch generously poured over a buttery cookie bottom and baked in a cast iron skillet.'

There must be something in 'brickle' that I don't like because this very much reminded me of another vendor's brickle scent that I did not like.  On cold sniff, I thought this one was going to be okay.  Once it was warmed though, that sort of bitter or scorched note that I didn't like in the other vendor's version also came out in this one.  It wasn't enough to kill the scent for me but every time I walked into the room while the warmer was on, my first thought was 'Oh I let it go too long and now it's scorched.'  That's kind of a dumb thought because I don't think I've ever had a tart get scorched from melting too long . . . lol . . . but still, that's what that one note reminds me of.

I melted this 1.7 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent in that room.  This one didn't seem to throw as far as my previous Dessa's tarts have.  That's okay this time because I wasn't overly fond of this scent.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Homespun Goodness

Homespun Goodness - 'Scrumptious sweet almond, orange chiffon cake and a splash of tart mandarin. A Homespun Original House Blend.'

I wasn't overly fond of this in my haul post cold sniff thoughts.  I decided to go ahead and melt it though because I want to see how all of these Dessa's tarts perform, see if they are consistently strong or what.  I'm still not a huge fan of this scent but it did seem to settle down a bit while warmed.  There is a quite a bit of an almond cake type base note, with that sort of 'dry' note that has to be from the mandarin.  It's sort of like a dull zest.  It's just enough to distract from what would otherwise be a nice almond cake scent.

I melted this whole 1.4 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had a good medium-strong scent, once again with great throw.  Although I didn't care for the scent much, I was glad to have good strong results again because this is my first Dessa's order and I'm sooooo wanting to place another order as long as these first ones perform well.  We're three for three in the acceptable range so far!

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Berry Coconut Zinger

Berry Coconut Zinger - 'Remember the afternoon snack of days gone by. Reminiscent of a cream filled berry zinger cake topped with shredded coconut. Those were the good ole days! A Homespun Original House Blend.'

 After the exciting results from my very first melted tart from Dessa's, I couldn't wait to dive into the next and see if it continued on the super strong trend.  I loved this scent.  It absolutely does smell like Raspberry Zingers!  The cake note, the sweet fruity note, the coconut note . . . all are about equal in this yummy scent.  There is almost a slight toasted hint to the coconut, which isn't really accurate for the Zingers but it just works in here.  Sweet, deep, creamy, and oh so yummy.

I cut this tart in half and melted .7 oz. worth in my tea light warmer.  While it was nowhere near as strong as the previous caramel tart, it was still a healthy medium strength with excellent throw.

I'm still pleased with Dessa's so far.

Haul - Shayz Scentz / Tarts

Shayz Scentz is another vendor I have not ordered from in a long time.  Now that I'm back to ordering wax, and because people seem to swear by Shayz, I decided it was time to revisit this shop.  There was a 10% off special during Mother's Day weekend, so that helped.  You get free shipping with orders over $25 and since hubby said this order order could be my Mother's Day gift from him (*snort*) I went ahead and made sure I was over $25.  A free heart tart was also included that weekend.

So let's sniff the goodies!

Okay, wait.  Let me say something first.   You know how, many times vendors have a certain underlying note that is distinctly theirs, whether intentional or not?  I'm getting a weird from all of these tarts, like a chemical after-taste.  Maybe it's just a plastic-y note from the cups?  Maybe it'll go away when melting?  Maybe I should repackage these to let them breathe fresh air?

Pure Caramel - 'Rich blend of toffee caramel mixed with creamy vanilla.'
Some vendors have a creamy, sweet caramel, and some have a more bitter, salty caramel.  I prefer the sweet.  This seems to be the bitter.  I'm thinking I don't like this.

 OMG - 'A special scent designed by Candice D.  Tropical bananas and apple spices.'
I think that's supposed to say 'slices' in the description, because I don't smell any spices.  It's an interesting scent.  Banana hits your nose first but the sweet apple races in so quickly behind it that it sort of turns the whole thing into a candy-like scent.

 Vanilla Berry Cobbler - 'Shayz blend of vanilla and blueberry cobbler.'
This is kinda yummy.  It reminds me of wildberry mousse types, which I'm usually not wild about.

 Doodle Cookies - 'Shayz blend of Snickerdoodle and our famous blend of cookies.'
Strangely, there is almost a root beer type note to this.

Dreamsickle Pops - 'This scent is full of orange and lemon peels with a touch of sweet vanilla and coconut.'
You know what this reminds me of?!  Those yummy sugared orange slices candy!

Gingersnap - 'A nice cookie with a freshly baked smell, with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.'
This one is just weirdly evil to me.  There is nothing warm and cookie-like about it.  It's very dry, and strong on either the nutmeg or ginger.  I'm not familiar enough with either of those to know which one is the offender here.

Strawberry Cookies - 'Shayz blend of fresh strawberry and sugar cookies.'
This one is okay.  There is a creamy strawberry scent with a soft bakery note, but that chemical smell I mentioned at the start comes in and taints it all.

Lemon Pound Cake - [no scent description]
Nice.  Strong on the lemon.

Cherry Orchard - 'A clean refreshing blend of cherry and pine on a light woody background.'
This one sounded so interesting.  I'm not a woody fan, and I only like pine in lighter doses around Christmas, but the edition of cherry had me curious.  I think I like this!  It's definitely cherry, more like a candy cherry, and there is something else going on but I don't distinctly recognize it as pine or wood.

Tea & Ginger - 'A blend of fresh tea with lemon, bergamot, and ginger, with base notes of woods, musk, and light berries.'
 Not the type of tea scent I was hoping for.  The other notes seem stronger, and I'm getting a big dose of the woods and musk, so it's kinda meh for me.

Caramelized Melons - 'Shayz blend of caramel and juicy watermelon.'
This was the most anticipated of the order.  Caramel and watermelon?!?!  Whaaaat?!  It's interesting, for sure.  I get both notes about equally.  Your brain kind of struggles, like one side is picking up the salty caramel and the other is picking up the sweet watermelon.  They are each distinct, not like they are blending smoothly together.  This will be very interesting when warmed.

Buttercream - 'Creamy vanilla with a hint of hazelnut and a rich blend of frosting.'
The site lists Buttercream Frosting, but I'm going to assume this Buttercream is the same.  I love vanilla-hazelnut scents and this is nice.

Snickerdoodle - 'A creamy caramel, chocolate, and vanilla blend.'
I think this description from the website is wrong.  Caramel and chocolate for a Snickerdoodle?  Sniffing the actual tart, I do get more of the cinnamon cookie, like I'd expect it to be.

Caramelized Lemons - 'Shayz blend of caramel with fresh squeezed lemons.'
This one seems to blend together more smoothly than the caramel-watermelon one.  It's like a creamy lemon, with some warmth to it.

Almond Cake - 'A sweet, powdery almond cake with a light, fluffy, moist effect.'
Typical almond cake scent.  The almond is not too sharp or cherry-like.  The cake is less sweet, like a pound cake.

Orange Cream Danish - 'A rich blend of orange citrus mixed with creamy vanilla.'
This is like a delicious creamsicle, with a just a tiny hint of warm bakery.

Vanilla Grapes - [no scent description]
This was in the new scents section, where you can try these small single tarts for a lower price.  This one sounded interesting and I wondered if it would be like Purple Cow.  This is more candy-like, definitely grape.

Spiced Coffee Cake - [no scent description]
I got this thinking it might be similar to the streuselkuchen scent everyone knows from another vendor.  It's not.  This has the same almost root beer note that the Doodle Cookies scent has.  I don't really get much of a cake or bakery note on cold sniff.

Pumpkin Souffle - [no scent description]
This is a yummy and familiar scent that I will gladly melt this fall.  Deep pumpkin with hints of spice and bakery.  This was a freebie in my order.

Rose Petals - 'Awesome floral bouquet, reminiscent of fresh picked red rose petals, jasmine blossom, and bitter geranium.'
And the free heart tart which was part of the Mother's Day weekend sale.  I don't know if they were all Rose Petals scent in honor of Mother's Day . . . ?  But I can't stand this.  Holy moly, it's like everything I hate about floral scents all crammed together and put on steroids.  Ugh!  It's probably really nice to floral fans but to me . . . no thanks!!

I placed this order on Saturday, May 9 and received it on Saturday, May 23.  I'm not familiar enough with Shayz Scentz to know if that was quick but two weeks is okay with me in this world of 6+ month TATs.  As mentioned, shipping was free because my order was over $25.00.  Scents shots are $1.75 each and listed as 2 oz. on the site, although nearly all of mine are under 1.5 oz.

Just like with my previous post about Candles By Victoria, I think I'm over my urge to order from Shayz again.  There must have been a reason I never went back for more way back then.  Maybe these will all melt nicely but for now, on cold sniff, that weird underlying note does not have me very excited about these.  But still, a lot of wax fans swear by Shayz Scentz . . .

Are you a Shayz Scentz fan?
Have you found a huge difference between the cold and warm scents?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Haul - Candles By Victoria / Tarts

It's been quite some time since I've ordered from Candles By Victoria.  I absolutely love their 4 oz. mini jelly jar candles and their tarts have always had very strong scent, but there were some things that frustrated me and CBV just slipped off my list of places to order from.  Apparently enough time had passed because I'd been having an urge to order from there again.  Well, I think the ridiculous state of vendors these days was really made me go back to this one that I knew was always open and had a decent TAT.

Let's look at what I got before I go on with my thoughts.

I ordered a bakery sampler pack.  You get eight scent shots, but CBV picks the scents.  It's a fun way to try scents you might not pick yourself.  It's also an easy way to get started when faced with the overwhelming scent list this vendor has.  I see the sampler is $14.50 on the site.  Why was mine $15.00 on my invoice?

Zucchini Blackberry Roll - 'Anything is better with Zucchini Bread but you throw in Blackberry... OMG out of this world good!!'
 I had to laugh (and scream "Noooooo!") when I saw this.  Zucchini?  It's well known I will run screaming from zucchini scents, so it just figures one would be in my sampler.  A waxy bloggy friend has already volunteered to rescue this stinky little thing.

Chocolate Strawberries - 'Fresh strawberries covered in yummy rich chocolate!!'
Also had to laugh at this one because I'm not fond of chocolate scents either.  There is enough strawberry in this that it would probably be okay, but I'll probably send it off to a new home.

Butterscotch Pecan Pie - 'Dripping in yummy sweetness, this fragrance is one of my new favorites!!'
This one has a delicious butterscotch note right off the bat.  It's followed by a sort of dry nuttiness.  This is a very rich scent, and very sweet.  It might be a bit too much.  That Better Homes & Gardens brownie pie one comes to mind when I sniff this.

 Lemon Meringue Pie - 'Strong yummy lemon with that right out of the oven bakery smell. Wonderful fragrance for the kitchen!'
Strong lemon scent, with some subtle bakery notes to tone it down a bit.

 Honey Cinnamon Pastry - 'Honey Cinnamon mixed with our yummy sugar cookie scent, smells just like a scrumptious warm pastry dessert.'
As soon as I first sniffed this I was immediately taken back to my soap making days.  The honey part of this is so much like the Wild Mountain Honey fragrance I used to use.  Unfortunately, I don't like that scent anymore and I can't get beyond it when I sniff this.  It's a very sweet, floral type.  I don't find the sugar cookie or cinnamon notes on cold sniff.  This is another that is going up for adoption.

 Iced Orange Bundt Cake - 'Sweet vanilla icing tops this buttery vanilla cake scent with a touch of orange to round it out.'
 I seem to get an almond note from this.  It's like an almond pound cake with a hint of sweet orange.  This will be interesting to melt.

 Apple Butter Festival - 'Apple Cinnamon Butter and Kettle Corn.'
This will be awesome in the fall.  I get warmly spiced apple with just a hint of something extra, but I'd never guess it was kettle corn.  It sort of comes across as a soft pastry note.  The Fall Slut should like this one.

Macintosh Apple - 'Fresh, wonderful, juicy real Macintosh Apple scent. For those of you that love straight apple without the spice this is it!'
 Another one for The Fall Slut.  This juicy apple scent will be perfect for mid or late August, whenever I start easing into the the glorious fall scents.

Cranberry Brulee - 'Cranberry & Creme Brulee.'
 Whaa-at?!  Another one for The Fall Scent?  Maybe not, because it's the more perfume-y type cranberry scent.  I like the spiced cranberry scents.  I don't get much, if any, of the brulee notes on cold sniff.  This might go in the adoption pile just because I know there are other cranberry scents I like more.

You may have noticed there are nine tarts in that eight scent sampler.  That's because you get a free scent shot with every CBV order and whatever my freebie was is also a bakery scent, so I have no way of knowing which was technically my freebie.  hehe

Bella Swan - 'Chelsea and I put our noses together and came up with the most amazing scent... just like Edward describes Bella, sweet and floral with a warm vanilla note... so pretty!!!'
I also ordered a few single scent shots.  Bella Swan is one I've had before, knew I loved it, and wanted to have it again.  I'm not a floral fan, I know, but there is enough of the fruit and vanilla to keep it from being too floral.  I'm not sure if it's grape or berries in here.  I've seen people describe it both ways.  Maybe both ARE in there.  I do kinda get a grape note when I smell it.  It's just a nice scent.  (And I'm a Twilight geek.)

 Hawaiian Hula Muffin - 'Pineapple, Buttercream Crunch, Caramel and cookie.'
Another that I've had and loved before, and needed to finally smell again.  Over time my mind has sort of morphed the memory of this scent into something closer to the banana-caramel cupcake scents I've had along the way.  It was a funny shock to finally be able to smell this again and how far off the mark I'd gotten.  I can still see how my mind would lump the two together but there is a more obvious pineapple note in here than I remember.  This is a warm, sweet, juicy, gooey bakery scent.  I still love it.

 Graham Cracker Crust - 'Yummy, rich graham cracker crust scent... this is a keeper!!'
On cold sniff, there is disappointing to me.  It's nowhere near as yummy as the Sweet Fixations graham cracker scent that I adore.  Maybe there is something more in this.  Maybe the 'crust' part is what's throwing it off.  I start to get twitchy when I hesitantly sniff this because something in there is dangerously close to a zucchini note.  This one might go bye-bye too.

So there is my order.  I'm somewhat disappointed overall.  The fact that I don't like all the scents was a chance I took by ordering a sampler.  I knew that going into it and I accept that.  Still a bit of a bummer though, that so many of them just aren't ones I like.

Another disappointing thing was the shipping.  CBV has always had high shipping, and that's one of the main reasons I stopped ordering in the first place.  It was almost a deal breaker again for this order but then I decided to go ahead just because it had been so long since I've had any CBV.  They have a new website since the last time I ordered.  There are two shipping options, and neither were familiar to me.  I mean, it wasn't like 'Priority - Flat Rate,' or 'UPS Ground,' or things we're all used to.  It was something like 'Smart Post' and whatever the other was.  Huh?  I chose the cheapest (I think) even though I knew it would probably be slower.  Well it was indeed slow.  The area CBV is located in had some severe weather right around the time I ordered, so it's understandable that things were delayed.  But even once it finally shipped, whatever that weird shipping option was took For.Ev.Er!  Then I receive the plain brown, fairly large box and find it's about 90% packing peanuts, with my twelve little tarts stacked up on two ends.  I suppose whatever system they have in place is efficient for them but it certainly seemed wasteful and overpriced on my end.

I'm glad I have my Glade hot plate warmer now, with that big dish I can plop a whole scent shot into.  That's another reason I went ahead and ordered.  One of the things I had problems with before is that CBV wax is just too dang hard to cut, and it sometimes wouldn't melt completely in my tea light warmers.  Having the Glade warmer now, I knew I wouldn't have to mess with that.  And yes, these scent shots are still rock hard.

So while it was fun to order again after so long, I think that's an itch that didn't take much scratching to satisfy.  I don't see myself going back there again anytime soon.

Are you a Candles By Victoria fan?
What are some of your favorite CBV scents?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel - 'Buttery caramel blended with brown sugar, rich vanilla and sprinkled with a dash of sea salt. A B&BW type duplication.'

I was so excited to finally melt one of my tarts from Dessa's Homespun Scents because I was just dying to know if they'd be strong.   I decided to start with this freebie I got in my recent order.  Everyone is probably familiar with this scent by now.  It is, well, a salty caramel scent.  I'm not sure how true it is to the B&BW original, but I found this to be heavy on the salty side.  I would have liked more of a sweet, creamy caramel.  That strong salty note almost reminded me of that bitter note you get in coffee scents.  Even so, it was a nice enough scent to melt through once.

And it was strong!  I was so happy about that part of it!  I melted this .9 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had awesomely wonderful strong scent throughout the house.  I could even smell it upstairs.  I prefer my tarts strong, but I was super excited about this because I've already been wanting to order from Dessa's again but waiting until I could see how my first order performs.  Now, I do realize that maybe this scent in particular is just naturally strong.  I will melt a few different scents and see how those do before I decide whether or not to order again.

I'm happy so far though!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Melted - Color Me Warmly / Blackberry Sage

Blackberry Sage - 'An outstanding fragrance with an abundance of sun-ripened blackberries and hints of sage.'

I first came across this scent in handcrafted bar soap, and loved it.  Sometimes though, there are scents I love in soaps that I find I don't really love in home fragrance.  This is one of them.  It's a nice, sweet dark berry scent with enough sage to keep it from being plain ol' fruity.  It's like an adult fruit scent.  There is a moistness, or juiciness to the scent.  Nice for a morning shower, but just not was I want in home fragrance.

I melted this .8 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had light-medium scent.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Melted - Color Me Warmly / Blueberry Muffin

Blueberry Muffin - 'Smells just like you have a fresh batch in the oven. A very potent, mouth-watering fragrance.'

This was a very disappointing blueberry muffin scent.  It was very 'dry.'  I didn't get any sort of muffin or cake-y note.  The blueberry was very odd, not really fruity or juicy at all.  There was a weird, almost smoky note to this, something subtle but harsh.  I almost want to say this scent was medicinal or chemical.  Very weird.  Obviously, I did not like it.

Luckily I couldn't smell it much because this tart was also weak.  I melted it in my tea light warmer and only had a couple random hints of scent every now and then.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Melted - Color Me Warmly / Cool Citrus Basil

Cool Citrus Basil - 'A duplicate of the Bath & Body Works fragrance. A refreshing blend of lemon, lime, and sweet basil.'

I was surprised by how much I liked this scent.  I'm such a bakery scent fan, but with the limited options from this particular vendor I got a couple things there outside my normal range.  I don't know what basil smells like on its own but it must be pretty strong in this because the lemon-lime is really toned down.  My cold sniff notes from my haul post mentioned this reminded me of Irish Spring soap.  Having melted it now, I think it's a 'darker' scent than that.  It's almost like a spa scent to me.  There is a sweet juiciness with just a hint of that citrus zing struggling to hang on while the basil warms things up.

I melted this .7 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had a full bodied medium-strong scent.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Melted - Color Me Warmly / Island Nectar

Island Nectar - 'Ripe mango, juicy pineapple and wild berries are blended with hints of sugar in this exotic creation. Shimmering green accents amplify the natural fruit sensation as hints of plumeria add texture to the fragrance. A base of coconut milk balances with hints of musk; for lasting sweetness!'

I didn't care much for this one, and I knew that was a risk when I ordered it but I'd wanted to try some summery things outside my comfort zone.  I'd said in my haul post that this was nice because it wasn't the usual coconut-heavy tropical summer scent.  I think, in the end, that's what I ended up not liking about it.  LOL!  To me, a lot of the mango came through, which is already an iffy scent for me, and it was just too much of a 'pretty' scent.  You know that's just not me.  There is a tropical feel to it, a sort of moist greenery note along with the mango and other fruits.  I did not hate this scent, but it's not something I would choose again.

I melted this .7 (?) oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent in the beginning but it quickly faded to a lighter medium strength the rest of the way.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Melted - Color Me Warmly / Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake - 'A special treat for any sweet tooth! Indulge in the aroma of freshly baked cake straight from the oven. Blended with rich vanilla, pure cane sugar, and topped with a smooth and creamy white frosting.'
 
I love bakery scents and sometimes my mood just calls for something simple and safe in the scent department.  Birthday Cake is a perfect scent for that.  It's rather basic and familiar, but still oh so good *because* of that.  This one reminds me of a big yummy confetti cake with a thick layer of frosting.  The cake note is there, along with a whole lotta vanilla and sweetness.  So good and so comforting.
I melted this .7 oz. tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent in the general vicinity of the warmer, with much lighter scent trickling into adjacent rooms.