Lessons learned from my most recent Super Tarts order (the first since spring of 2017):
- Be careful what you wish for
- Less is more
- My husband loves this brand
When Super Tarts’ admin began posting previews of a summer sale, after months of Instagram silence, I got major googly eyes over new blends, fresh pairings of popular scents, and even extra bam bags. It didn’t take much inner debate to break my July no-buy and order…twice. I’ve wished for Brandy to finally update on Instagram again forever, her doing so led to my order; lesson learned.
I’m referring to these as scent duos since they’re no longer on the site and I don’t remember what they were named. These new two-scent combos could be replicated with Potion Packs or clamshells if available. Ranging from $1.30-1.80 and customers chose their own shapes which was pretty cool. Can’t decide which mold I’m a bigger fan of, Nintendo game controller or garden gnome.Pink Sugar + Dr. Doom- If sugar and spice was epitomized in fragrance, this would be it. Super Tart’s pink sugar is on the spicy side and adding it to the heavenly patchouli present in Dr. Doom (Draco aka, LOM dupe-patchouli, Madagascar black pepper and vanilla bean) fine-tunes an exultant scent fit for Tibetan temple incense. All the peppery herbal richness raised infinite notches by candy caramel sweets. I thought I was over powdery scents until this reminded me how good they can be. *A his and hers pick for rare wax harmony in my home.
Twisted Peppermint + Vetiver- Love this concept. I’m picky about peppermint and often cut my mints with something else, vetiver is a brilliant choice. Lightweight sweet vetiver brings bright warmth to the chill blast of TP. The hint of lemon and soothing aromatic herbal quality uplift the heaviness of the mint just enough, but I’d amp it up even more. The twisted mint becomes fresh and sugary, and doesn’t devolve into syrupy cough medicine. Broke the slab into thirds, saving the rest for winter.
Waffle Cone + Chocolate Orchid- Another innovative pair I was keen to try. The chocolate orchid issues a flowery and milky cocoa concentrate on cold throw, that, it may sound silly to say, was unexpected. My previous experience with the oil was less chocolatey. On warm, the cocoa is slighter but veers into fruity floral territory, sneaky lil guy. Because the vanilla waffle cone is smothered by the the orchid, it’s not quite the special combination I hoped for, but the gnome is a cute grumpy fella.
Herbal Lavender + Vanilla Bean Noel- A pungent herbaceous lavender that carries a burnt sugar note making it strange, but enjoyable. Extremely aromatic, not overly powdery. Of course pairing anything with the vanilla sugar cookie marshmallows of VBN is a winner for me.
Amber + Seaside- a floral amber rather than woody. It’s soft and resinous with an oily, almost frankincense vibe. I’d seek this type of comforting amber out again. After the lightness of amber dissolves the dominant aquatic seaside takes over. Brisk, salty and ultimately too heavy-handed on the white floral bouquet.
Cider Lane + French Baguette- I hesitated to order because on it’s own Cider Lane is sweet for my taste, but I adore those warm bready baguettes. This scent pair works, not too sweet, not too sour. French baguette has a warm crusty base and airiness that stands up really well to the caramel and spice of Cider Lane. A warm comforting fall blend.
Beauty and the Beast (bam bag: wax chunks of 10-11oz, $13.44)- Sweet Blackberries and Magically Delicious. Intense blackberry juice that verges on too sweet before an amplified tartness injects the sugary marshmallow glazed cereal blend with dark fruity musk. Well-balanced, but the throw disappointed a bit. I used 3 small cubes to reach the desired strength. Clamshells, $4.25 ea. and I believe it’s the first time all arrived intact. I always choose the more affordable medium bubble mailer option.
Dawson’s Creek- Lemongrass, Lavender, Sage, Eucalyptus, Spearmint, and Fresh Ozone. The newest release of the bunch and unfortunately not one I enjoy. Separately, these notes tick all my scent boxes; however, combined, a sharp soapy aroma emerges. Sometimes sage and eucalyptus can emit a harsh tone or perhaps the crackling ozone could be the trouble. I’m unsure if I want to melt it to find out, or pass it on.
Ballgame-crackerjacks. One of my top five Super Tarts scents which my husband melts often and I never fail to pause and admire how good it smells. Previously reviewed and still as delicious as it was two years ago. Sweetly salted caramel coated kettle corn with thick molasses and creamy vanilla. It doesn’t read popcorn to my nose, just incredible salty sweet stuff. This redesigned clamshell gets me right in the baseball feels too.PNW- Rain drops, Sweater Weather, Birch Beachwood and Washington Apples. The birch beachwood looms towering as the pacific treeline, enveloping the atmosphere in thick cozy woods and I love that. Crisp apples appear sweet, tangy and true, unlike the Mac apple blends that have an off-putting note to my nose. Dewy sweater weather and misty rain add freshness, yet it’s not an aquatic scent, it’s fruity woods shrouded in fog. I think Brandy created this fragrance for love of her homeland and it shows.
Almost all worth breaking a ban, although I didn’t need a bag of Beauty and the Beast, especially at the increased price. What I appreciate most is how Super Tarts is known for complex, occasionally offbeat blends, but the simplified less-is-more approach to the duos works incredibly well. I hope to see these scent shapes offered again. Speaking of, is anyone ordering the new Willy Wonka inspired gift box? What sounds most intriguing?