The long-awaited sequel to my May 20th custom wax order from Sniff My Tarts. Why so long, received 6 months and 12 days after placing? I don’t know, exactly. Since I’m not a member of Facebook, I’m not a member of the Facebook group. I lost track of the custom line-up lists that SMT’s team posts, informing customers which orders they’re fulfilling next. Last summer, a friend sent a few lists so I could see where my order stood. My first order, placed within 4 minutes, landed me on the initial custom list and I received my wax within 2 months.
After that exceptional timing and experience, I thought I was golden and I’d get my second order, placed 11 minutes after opening, within the next couple months. Those months came and went with no shipping payment request. Totally unaware that SMT posted the final custom early order list months ago until a friend mentioned she’d never received hers either.
Long story short, I realized in late November, my custom wasn’t coming. I contacted SMT, via an email from my first order shipping confirmation and ultimately reached them through Instagram. They responded same day, created and shipped it within the following two weeks. I learned cure time is key with these recipes, but now I can finally share how the blends I envisioned ten months ago turned out:
8 oz. Chunky pies: $10.25 ea.Buttercream sprinkles overpour, Peppermint swizzle sticks, Cream soda.
Went out of my comfort zone with this recipe and found a new favorite. Buttercream sprinkles is a gourmand blend of ‘sweet’ that instantly boosts the mood of the room. The scent equivalent of spooning a dollop of sugared frosting onto your tongue and letting it melt away. Light and silky like a Swiss meringue, not too heavy textured, it carries the minty vanilla cream of peppermint swizzle sticks to the next level of awesome. Bakery lovers might add it to a cake blend, (apparently there are subtle cinnamon sticks present adding a hint of spice) but to me, it’s cool perfection with mint and a touch of richness brought out by the cream soda. Everyone needs to try this combo!Marshmallow Fireside overpour, Sweet lavender, Peppermint swizzle sticks.
I crave marshmallow fireside blends in Winter. This particular mixture gives me ALL the cozy vibes. Frosty peppermint-vanilla candies sparkle underneath the layer of comforting toasted mallow. A slow developer, eventually the marshmallow sweetness winds it’s way around with feathery wisps of smoke, streaked with lavender. Relaxing, but exceptionally mild. Hoping for improved performance after a longer cure time.The layered strata pies look fun and festive, but my favorite format is definitely the ease of the no-fuss chunks, no cutting or crumbling provides more immediate gratification.
10 oz. No-fuss chunks: $10.52 ea. Barbershop 1920s overpour, Dragon’s Blood
I planned to create punny names for these customs but it had been so long since I composed them, I mostly forgot what I’d requested. I did remember this simple yet satisfying blend I refer to as, How To Shave Your Dragon😉
Intense notes of patchouli and musky rose of Dragon’s Blood balanced by crisp clean shave cream is intoxicating. The juxtaposition of deep, sensual fragrance cut through with crystalline polish, warmth offset by coolness, is exactly what I hoped for. As far as performance, the barber masters the dragon. I wish the DB’s spice was bolder, despite that, it’s a winner.Pie crust overpour, Fallen leaves, Marshmallow noel.
This custom blend, however, not what I was going for. I aimed to recreate another scent and hoped the pie crust was similar to The Bathing Garden’s Sugared Pie Crust. Although it’s toasty, the oil has a nutty, bready component that morphed into a banana bread scent. Unappealing on its own, even worse with the metallic floral tinge of these leaves. Imagine a homemade banana bread/perfumey fresh soap. I failed with this combination, but actually don’t hate it. With extra added marshmallow wax from my stash, it’s not too bad. Bizarre, but not horrible.
9 oz. Muffins: $11.51Lord of Misrule overpour, Sugared violets, Pink sugar, Vanilla smoothie.
Simply beautiful. Powdery patchouli and woods of the Lush LOM dupe unite with the clean sweetness of pink sugar forming a sheer veil of musk. Humble violets surround the edges with wildflower patches while pillowy vanilla clouds roll by. Here, the vanilla smoothie, a note which often gets lost, is rich and distinct. Sweet, creamy, warm and fresh with a soft floral heart isn’t simple at all, but intricately woven creating a highly successful blend. Love it. Custom 5oz. Cookies: $5.12 ea.
Cranberry spice, Apple cinnamon, Whipped cream.
Utterly surprised by this, nothing like typical craft store spiced fruits. The effervescent tartness of the cranberry spice reminds me of Sierra Mist Cranberry soda, clean and bright. The apple spice doubles the dose of cinnamon and I could be crazy but I smell two distinct types, one light and sweet, one woody and pungent. All of this heat might overwhelm if not for the bed of creamy coolness the pink frosting is slathered upon, that airy-soft and gooey whipped cream. A potent scent, although the apple was a bit hidden.
Toasted pistachio, Vanilla sugar
My second failed combination, though I haven’t yet melted. A sticky tootsie roll type dominates with weak chocolate and molasses presumably from the pistachio. Hints of cherry add to the feel of a chocolate covered confection, royally clashing with the caramelized brown sugar, amber and musk from the Vanilla Sugar. Moderately improved after a month-long cure, but there might be no saving this custom for me.
Single scent oil piped hearts: $3.84 ea.
Eggnog Bread- I look forward to eggnog during the holidays. Something about sipping the creamy, egg-custard drink evokes stepping into a bygone era, catering to my already high holiday nostalgia. This is an SMT house blend of Eggnog and Zucchini Bread and I enjoy it.
Concentrated spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger aroma wafting from crispy baked zucchini bread. Zesty and rustic, the warmth and dry heat of the spices overwhelm the cool richness from the milky cream. I might prefer the single Eggnog oil for quenching that particular thirst, but this delivers on the sugar ‘n spice.
Serendipity- Doubtful about this classic blend of cherries and tropical coconut, especially on cold, a troubling sharpness initially appeared. However, once cured and warmed, it opened up to a juicy fruit cocktail. The vibrancy of the sweet cherry orange ambrosia uplifts while a dusting of vanilla sugar tones it down to a pleasing softness. The coconut note wasn’t my favorite, still a little sharp, but I’m happy I gave this blend a chance. Still undecided on using for future creations.Samples and ‘extras’. Two single scent tarts in Sweet Lavender and Sugared Corn Pudding. Muffins in Rose Jam Lemon Curd Sweet Cream, the strong lemonade sends me right to headacheville, I’ll be passing these on. The other blend is Ocean, Barbershop, Marshmallow and doesn’t sound offensive, but something is truly off; smells of wet mulch and (how should I put it?) stomach bile, won’t be passing those on.
After all is said and done I’m pretty pleased with my order. To be honest, I was a little cheesed off about having to track it down. I understand that mistakes happen and I’m not intending to raise the devil over it, just relating my experience. Could some of this been avoided if I joined FB and followed the group? Yes. However, I don’t think the obligation is required when ordering from a website. Also, the same thing happened to at least one other person, who IS in the group.
I’m chalking it up to a learning experience, enjoying my creations and sitting out for today’s opening. I respect Donna and Amy’s business and blending skills, their custom options are second to none. Sniff My Tarts reopens for custom wax today at 11 am and again 7 pm EST. Who’s ordering and what are you looking forward to getting? I’ll be dreaming up lists for a summer opening soon.