Just as I was swearing off buying any more wax during the month of December, I noticed an L3 Waxy Wonders sale. L3 specializes in fandom and geeky related scents, making it fun to cruise the site for pop culture fragrance tie-ins. Nerdom attracts me. Literary nerdom beckons me. Intending to just peruse the offerings, scents based on C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” jumped right out. Once found, they could not be unseen and after reading scent descriptions, I knew resistance was futile.
My order ended up arriving the day after Christmas, but that was like finding a hidden present to open after gift-giving is all finished.
The wax chunks are 2.4-3.2 oz for $2.65 each. Shipping was only $6.10.
Aslan– Cashmere, Twilight Woods and Sweater Weather
A soothing combination of Bath and Body Works types. The Sweater Weather comes to the foreground and is sweeter than some other SW fragrances I’ve tried, which have a sharp edge. The perfumed musk of Twilight Woods lightly mingles with the soft cottony cashmere.
Aslan is a scent you want to wrap yourself in when you seek comfort and calm. I’ve already reordered this in a scent shot.
Lucy the Valiant– Vanilla oak, Cran apple
Wow, is this a pop of fruity, fresh-picked apples. It doesn’t smell sweet/tart like McIntosh, but has a crunchy ripe Red delicious note. Enhanced by oak breezes, it’s fresher rather than woodsy or sweet. I didn’t detect cranberry, which is fine by me because it can be too syrupy for my palate.
I’ll try adding more of the darker red chunks during my next melt to see if the scent ratio changes.
Peter the Magnificent– Peppermint White Velvet bow (Jasmine, white poppy, Yuzu zest, white poinsettias, white musk)
Deepened by the array of notes in this blend, it’s more sophisticated than the brightness one expects from candied peppermint. I plan to melt it as a tonic to the grayness of February.
Three perfectly pleasing scents from The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe collection. Now for the blend that made me a fragrance convert, and one that didn’t.
Rumblebuffin– Pink sugar, Rosemary Mint, Amber
I enjoy Aveda’s Rosemary Mint oil, but in wax I’ve tried, the spearmint overpowers to the point of nausea. I thought I was destined to forego rosemary mint blends until I smelled this. Herbal rosemary, fresh peppermint and creamy spearmint combine into a harmonious brew. Added sweetness from pink sugar and depth from the amber make this a delectable confection.
Just as the children in the wardrobe learned from Rumblebuffin, not all giants are to be feared, so I found, neither is all Rosemary Mint!
White Witch– Winterfresh, Whipped cream, Blue sugar
I was immediately torn on this scent. Being a fan of whipped cream and blue sugar notes, I hoped for a balanced blend with an icy character from the winterfresh. I must have been tricked by the White Witch herself into thinking my nose would be able to handle so much wintergreen.
Less snuff tobacco and tea-berry flavored, but more reminiscent of pungent medicated icy-hot. I left this wax bag open to let it breathe and thought some wintergreen would evaporate. I used a smidgen with a large blue sugar chunk, but the biting wintergreen still overpowered. I should have known what to expect, so the scent isn’t to blame. While not offensive, it was too much for me. I am picking out those blue sugar chunks, though!
Jennifer, the creator, deserves credit for matching characters to their scent notes. From the piercing, penetrating chill of the White Witch to the mild and trusty notes of Aslan, these tie-ins are accurate. I didn’t order Edmund, but I know that Turkish Delight was fittingly listed in the description.
I ordered this Olaf cereal blend with intentions of gifting it. Since it came after Christmas, that didn’t happen, but I think I know a wax friend that might appreciate it.
The scent is fruity pebbles, vanilla bean, nectarine and though most cereal blends aren’t my wax of choice, this has a pleasant creaminess to it. Besides, who can resist Olaf?
See that little snowman buddy there? He’s a sample scent in Snooze Button Aftershave and I’m utterly infatuated. A mix of sweet lavender, vanilla bean noel and buttermints with aftershave. Hopefully, it becomes an L3 staple.
After Shave– a difficult to describe fragrance. A subtle cologne, spicier than shaving cream, it’s an intriguing scent that keeps me coming back for a sniff. No description was available but I think it contains tingling Eucalyptus and a cooling essence, maybe aloe vera with a hint of smoky powder.
Reading other melters’ experiences, I expected one half of a cup to pack a powerful throw, but it resulted in a sheer medium in my living room. There’s something so right about this fragrance that I wish to dive into that cobalt blue wax pool.
The only downside is that these scents diminished more quickly than I’d like. Each piece of a chunk gave 3.5 (Lucy) to 5 (Rumblebuffin) hours of throw. With nearly all wax I’ve tried, I remelt a second day, but unable to here. Possibly an issue of cure time?
Finding blends that I love and can rely on means I know I’ll be returning. In fact I’ve already placed a scent shot pre-order this week. If you are interested, some of these and many others, 100 scents are included, then get to L3 Waxy Wonders before the pre-order ends, Saturday Jan. 14th at 8 pm pst.