One positive blogging perk is occasionally being gifted wax to photo and review. Selected by my similarly wax loving sis, Wicks Flicks n’ Gifts, in business since 2013, is an etsy company I had never come across before. A shop specializing in down home scents with country-chic style. Homespun primitives aren’t part of my usual wax habit, but it’s fun to break out of the usual and try something different now and then.
It doesn’t hurt that these wax tarts resemble darling little treats one would find under a glass-domed pie stand at an authentic southern diner, laden with fruits, spices and homemade toppings.
Each jumbo para-soy tart weighs between 2-2.3 oz. I sliced one in fourths, but found halves worked best, which is around 1-1.15 oz. each melt. They are $2.25 ea., shipped for $7.25.Caramelized Crimson Pear: “Juicy, ripe crimson pears sprinkled in caramelized brown sugar with fresh churned maple butter, drizzled with honey and vanilla creates the recipe for this decadent blend.”
Pear and caramel are a decadent combo and I thought this would be my favorite, but it warms up dizzingly sweet and dripping with honey, caramel and sugary maple. Crimson pears are pretty, juicy and mild treats if one can find them, but this scent leans to a brandied pear and I prefer a crisp anjou. With an authentic pear note absent, the fragrance becomes a sticky pool of caramel sauce-too rich for my palate. Light-medium throw.Earl Grey & Apple: “A majestic blending of Earl Grey tea leaves, black teas, chamomile, shaved ginger root, dried pears, crisp apples, cinnamon sticks, nutmegs, cloves, anise and vanilla.”
Oh how I love this embedded leaf shape, it looks just-picked from the garden. I’m infatuated with Earl Grey scents and this is pretty good; the apple slices cut into the bitter black tea; meanwhile there’s a lot going on with the spice mix. Anise is discernible, however, the tea leaf could be stronger. I haven’t had the heart to cut it up yet, but initial impressions yield a well-balanced blend of sweet, savory, bitter, and sour apple.
Warm and Cozy: “Sweet and spicy. A fantastically strong, warm and super spicy scent.” Those may look like cinnamon rolls, but there is surprisingly no bakery in this scent. Deeply spiced cinnamon, nutmeg and coumarin make a lovely combination, nothing harsh abounds-just sweet simmering spices which warm the room. A little on the mild side, but I prefer that in my spicy fragrance.
Vanilla Custard: “A sweet, treat with notes of orange, anise and vanilla entwined with a milky, creamy custard note. Vanilla has been my most requested fragrance at shows. I looked for a long time for something more than just a plain vanilla. This hit it out of the ballpark!”
I don’t know if it’s a home run, but it does smell yummy. Sweetened milk creamed into submission and folded with swirls of vanilla and anise baking extract, providing a hint of earthiness. Light and pleasing, but I must be melting too much Vanilla Bean Noel lately, because whenever I smell any other vanilla, I think, where’s the cookies? Macintosh Apple: “Just like the real thing! Tart and Sweet Red Apple! This is a Yankee dupe”-fortunately for me, not a dead-on dupe because I dislike Yankee’s MacIntosh scent. Pleasantly tangy and sugary apples create an uplifting room-freshening fragrance, Macintosh Apple delivers exactly what it promises; a simple satisfying melt.
Spicy Apples and Peaches: No description. Fleshy peaches dripping with juice meld into mulled cider flush with cinnamon, clove, orange peel, nutmeg and allspice. It may sound more appropriate for Fall, but the sweet peaches usher it into a summertime melt. And the tart decorated with mini cinnis, apple and peach slices makes me want to bake a pie (which would be a first). Second strongest thrower of the bunch and my favorite. Fruit Loops: “This smells like you just opened a box of the cereal! Fruity blend with a bit of bakery in the background.” Yep, this sure is fruit loops. If you like the citrusy sugared cereal you will adore this scent. I’m not a fan, the lemon-orange-cherry powdered sugar is far removed from my scented happy place, however, I admit that I can’t help but smile when viewing this playful rainbow-hued confection. I’m suddenly swept back into carefree childhood when jumping into a pit of plastic multi-colored balls at the amusement park equaled bliss. In fact, I’d jump into one right now if given the opportunity. A highly-scented, adorable wax melt.Sometimes, paraffin wax can crumble into shapelessness when cut up, but this held up well considering all of the wax embed baubles adorning it.
Samples:Lemon Verbena: “Tangy yet smooth lemon scent, with no fuel or furniture polish notes.” Very clean & fresh. Not lemon cleaner, but too acidic for my nose. This belongs with a pure lemon lover.
Orange Bliss: “Fresh Squeezed Oranges and sweet blueberries dance! Bliss-fully satisfying.” I was delighted to smell that this is NOT an Orange Dreamsicle scent because I cannot stomach those. The tart orange and berry tang go well together, and would make a good blender; surprising news from someone who usually doesn’t go for blueberry or orange.
Wicks ‘n Flicks offers a good variety of shapes, sizes and scents, including Bath and Body Works’ dupes. The website is full of listings for these jumbo tarts, more convenient bakery bag melt cubes and overstuffed loaves (which ship free!)
Although not exceedingly natural scents, I enjoyed a few of these and would purchase. How about you my friends, any goodies fall into your laps lately? Here in the states it looks to be a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, hope it’s fun-filled if you are celebrating and a sunny one wherever you are:)