Wow, is my warmer stained, oops. So be it, a symbol of my chaotic wax melting existence this past month. With little rhyme or reason to my choices and habits, as, thanks to my current wax buying hiatus, I’m not reviewing anything new. I’ve gone through all the wax no-buy stages: rummaging through my stash for hidden gems, melting a scent theme, using up older stuff, blindly reaching for a melt, re-rummaging through my stash, and proclaiming, “I’ve got nothing,” while sitting amidst the equivalent of Mount Waxmore. I struggled, and ultimately (written with utmost shame) caved, *more on that in a bit.
Feeling a lil’ less than inspired to review, but enjoying a few goodies here and there, and consciously melting through some gifted wax. Which leads me to the heart-shaped trio of scents by Candles from the Keeping Room pictured above.
Tokyo Nights–A subtly exotic and beautiful fragrance, filled with amber and sweetened with hints of plum…also in this fabulous scent are pineapple, hint of blueberry, amber wood, a hint of strawberry and raspberry and a splash of vanilla oak and coconut. What complex chemistry is this? Ultra-rich coconut and prominent plums provide uplifting fruitiness with a sprinkle of relaxing powder. Then the surprising mix morphs into a concentrated marshmallow ambrosia with pineapple bits, tart berries and pillowy cream. An ever-changing juicy melt that’s heady, sensual and airy, that’s what CFTKR’s Carol does so well.
Maple Cashmere-a unique Maple scent…a whispering maple top note nestles on a bed of light musk, woody, hint of green, with a splash of creamy vanilla. This melted to a strong but harsh soapiness that wasn’t recognizable as maple, or soft cashmere, or even a fresh clean soap which I like on occasion. A rare miss by Carol.
Beachwood Vetiver–Close your eyes and breathe in the exotic salty sea air with its notes of dried coconut, eucalyptus, night blooming jasmine, carnation, and vetiver followed by sun dried driftwood and the tanginess of seaweed. Ooh, so nice. I’ve melted this exact driftwood note in a Super Tarts scent that soured horribly, but with Beachwood Vetiver it’s uplifted to that sweet spot that’s soft, yet, possesses a chewy wood note one can sink their teeth into. Fresh ozonic breezes with fruit and woods? I’m sold. February’s wax melt haphazadry(?) even led me to grant carte blanche to my husband, permitting him to grab anything he chose to melt. Inevitably something’s always off-limits because I haven’t photo’d it or I’m saving a certain piece, etc. A fun experiment that proved beyond doubt, we are scent opposites. First he chose a strawberry sugar milk sample from Vintage Chic Scents, more VCS’, Milk Glass, Election Day from The Scented Squirrel (apple pie + American cream) and Ravenclaw by Super Tarts (blue raspberry + lavender, loved♥). The two middle pieces were a bundt shape of Winter Palace by The Bathing Garden that overwhelmed me with berry, I modified it with a Rosegirls’ Nag Champa mini-melter, which amped it up even more, but made my husband exclaim “That’s amazing!”
*So, I’m struggling with my wax no-buy. I’ve done them for a limited time before but haven’t wrestled with myself to this extreme to abstain. Last weekend (Saturday nights are especially vulnerable for some reason) after passing up many tempting vendor restocks, I impulsively ordered from a new-to-me brand. Empire Alchemy Wax listed numerous blends that were right up my scent street, I couldn’t resist and didn’t try too hard. I’ll receive the pre-order in a month and hope they work out, but I’m disappointed in myself. Maybe, as Sandra, from Finger Candy extols, low-buys are the safer way to go? Project candle update: managed to finish off four candles in February, wooo! That’s a lot for me and it was easy since three were halfway burned and the Root candle was accidentally left going overnight in the bathroom. Not a recommended method for using up one’s candles, major oops!
I have a back-up of Christmas in Paris from Yankee’s World Journey collection and plan to re-purpose the jars from my beloved Snow Mountain Lodge and the friendly looking Jack Frost. Japanese Cedarwoood was a fundraiser jar but unfortunately smelled of cheap floral perfume. I’ve heard great things about Root, but unsure if I’ll try again. I know that I haven’t been around as much lately; writing, reviewing or visiting others. There was a dip in February last year too, it’s such a busy time of year. I also devoted many prime time hours to watching the Winter Olympic Games every chance I could, (total Olympic addict). Otherwise, I’ve felt off-kilter for awhile now in blogging and social media use and I’m not sure how it will resolve. With plans for books and candle updates sometime in March, I hope to catch up with everyone then. How are you faring with wax or candle low/no/rebuys? What else is up in your worlds, friends? Any fellow Olympic-viewing fiends? What to do with post-games withdrawal?