New vendor: Gypsy Monroe Wax Co.

20171109_081433In many areas of life I can be downright practical. When it comes to turning away from sparkly, glittery pretties, however, I’m worse than a magpie. On such occasions, my husband will refer to me as Jeremy, the distracted crow from The Secret of Nimh. I do gravitate to shiny bits, although he’s just as bad, gleefully looking forward to retirement when he plans to pick up a metal detector to locate buried loot. It was this sparkly-spotting tendency which caused me to pause mid-scroll through my feed as I came across the shimmery wax offered by The Gypsy Monroe Wax Co. How can you blame me? As far as I can tell, the shop opened in January 2017 and has gained plentiful popularity. My order shipped within a week for $6.25. I was unable to find oz. information for most options.20171109_075350 (1)Minty Fresh Fluff spearmint + toasted marshmallow ($6.30)

Bright, fresh and as unmistakable as an emerald creme de menthe cocktail, or mint topping drizzled over a dish of melty vanilla ice cream. It actually smells fluffy if that’s possible, airy and finespun, the mint frolics forward but doesn’t offend as some spearmint oils may. The sticky marshmallow lacks a toasted quality, similar to pillowy mallow fluff, not singed marshmallows. Using a thin layer of shards, less than an ounce, produced strong throw. What you see is what you get with this melt. Cool, minty, intense. I think it would be fantastic with an added something to ground it, possibly a Flannel type with bergamot and musk, or a vanilla waffle cone. Thanks to these perfectly portable wax shards, I can use it as a go-to scent blender.20171109_082930 (1)Black Magic WomanBlackberry Jam + Cotton Candy + Barbershop ($6.30)

Wow is this syrupy sweet! I admit to not usually going for this scent type, it was the barbershop addition (obsession) that drew me in. Bursting with tangy seeds, flowers, vines, the whole berry bush may have been thrown in there. Mouth-puckering tartness appears at first sniff, a slightly metallic note follows. Thick plummy jam is the overriding scent. Moderate throw on warm where cotton candy peeks out, adding to the sweetness. I threw in a mini-cube of Rosegirl’s Shaving Cream which toned down the sugar, but it’s still too saccharine for me. Passing this on to a fruity scent lover.
20171109_093243Winter– Pine + Warm Spices + Oak Moss + Clove + Allspice ($5.39 for 4.3 oz)

This stunning tartlette shape with the shimmer, now that’s the twinkle I’m talking about. I adore the triple layers, fluted edges and 3-dimensional snowflake embed. Labeling a scent Winter seems like a tall order to fill, I believe it to be a dupe for the Bath and Body Work’s candle by the same name but I don’t have one to compare.20171109_094340Though not exactly like walking in the woods on a crisp winter morning, it is reminiscent of those orange-clove pomanders that were popular air fresheners during the Victorian era. Martha Stewart is always making them for the holidays too and I can see why. A festive fragrance possessing a blast of beautiful citrus-spice that warms the room. Capturing the stimulating essence of pine needles with a hint of cold air, the bright orange is rolled in a smattering of subtle clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and possibly ginger spice. One fourth of the tart made a cheery melt with loads of throw which put me in high holiday spirits.20171109_092520Dream Weaver– lavender + coconut milk + marshmallow cream + white musk ($3.19)

This lavender smells familiar, clean and astringent; made new by the foamy swirled coconut milk. I’m crazy about the luminous muskiness right from the top, as the creamy smooth mallow softens the lavender’s pungency. Very keen on this blend, but wish for a higher ratio of coconut cream to lavender. 

Samples:20171110_081632Black Raspberry Vanilla- Without hidden scent surprises here. A no-muss, no-fuss basic berry vanilla combination, not as tart as Black Magic Woman.

Baby It’s Cold Outside- No description, but there’s a delicious candy cane mallow cream going on and a really good one. I’d definitely purchase if available.
20171109_092706Sweetly packaged including pour/cure dates and crystal lunar label motif, I know I’m not the only one whose head has been turned by Gypsy Monroe. I even missed one of the scents that caught me eye, Mermaid Snack, as it sold out within hours; this vendor’s star is rapidly on the rise. Gypsy Monroe is restocking this Sat, Nov 11th at 2 EST and there’s a special custom wax giveaway entry with any purchase. As usual with Etsy, import taxes may apply for my international friends. I expect lots more loveliness from GMW in the future. 

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Small Flame Candle Co. vendor review

These items were sent to me in exchange for an honest review.20171008_125939 (1)Back from a short hiatus and rather excited to share a new vendor discovery. Occasionally, I receive blog requests to review a product, which is how I came in contact with the owner of Small Flame Candle Co. Selective over which products to review, when I looked up the brand I was pleased to find the candle creator, Michael, is a U.S. veteran who donates portions of his profits to veteran charities. There was no doubt this brand deserves a shoutout. 

Also an opportunity to continue this year’s blog goal to feature more “little guy” vendors and the chance to review actual candles, which I’ve been lax on and uninspired with lately. These cute 4 oz. tins hold an approximate burn time of 20 hours, are 2.5″ diameter, 1.75″ in height.

Michael sent some of his top selling scents and personal faves:
20171008_131325Pumpkin Crunch Cake-The aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling surrounded by freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans, and hints of spice. One of Small Flame’s best selling scents and I can smell why, so cozy and inviting. Cinnamon blooms in the creamy cake batter as it rises concocting a warm and toasty atmosphere. Pumpkin spice mingles with golden pats of butter melted into liquid pools, creating a gourmand twist to the heart of the scent. Pleasantly surprised by the medium strength throw in my living room. 20171008_131229Peanut Butter Cookierich, buttery, freshly baked aroma, make everyone in the house mad when they find out there are no real peanut butter cookies. PBC is the vendor’s favorite and I love the unique scent profile. A savory balanced blend of salty and sweet. Yummy aromas of freshly roasted nuts, vended piping hot in their crinkly paper bag. Crunchy peanut shells, lightly salted to perfection combine with velvety smooth peanut butter and dollops of rich buttery dough. The best part is true to life notes of sugary browned and toasted cookie bottoms. Strong throw in my living room, I also burned this in my sister’s large open floor plan and it performed well. This cookie delivers a classic crowd pleasing fragrance, definite repurchase. And now I’m craving a nutter butter.20171008_131009Black Raspberry Vanilla- a scent favorite of the vendor’s wife, Katie, and as it turns out, my husband’s too. Bright berry top notes bursting into a tartly sweet and sour combination. Luscious raspberries intertwined with sweet honeyed vanilla, more so rich honey than cream. Nuances of musk and wood provide surprising depth, almost a blackberry wine rather than a dessert. The lightest strength of the tins, however.

Formula Onehits you with the scent of exhaust from high performance engines, delivering a wonderful smoked petroleum scent. Some readers might be surprised to learn I used to be a zealous racing fan; traveling hours to catch qualifying races, standing in long autograph queues, touring garages and cheering on pit crews, final laps, and racers shutting the door. I know, doesn’t seem like me, but it was a fun period of time around ’05-’10 when I followed the sport. My interest has since waned and nowadays, I can’t watch a race without taking a nice long nap, but I still love the sounds and smells of being at the track. I requested this fragrance and I’m happy I did.
20171018_124301Formula One is inspired by open-wheel racing and I was into stock cars but this candle captures all motor sports. The penumbra of flame dancing above the black wax looks like a glistening oil slick. Deep and dark with smoke, leather, petrol, oily metallic notes and hints of burned rubber and woods. Surprisingly sophisticated, better warmed than on cold, medium throw. 20171008_130043Butterfly Gardens-summer dandelion, refreshing verbena, and soft heliotrope; followed by middle notes of spring meadows, lily of the valley, and weeping willow; all sitting on base notes of sweet pea blossoms and Kentucky blue grass. Unfortunately, fresh cut grass scents are not for me. Clusters of robust white flowers provide a base without soapy notes, soft tones of verbena and spring breezes come forth when warmed, strong throw.

Fresh Brewed CoffeeThe aroma of strong black fresh brewed Arabica coffee beans. Can’t imagine starting my day without a steaming mug of joe, but I prefer mine Cuban strength and this is more diluted in scent. Aromatic coffee beans appear, weakly reminiscent of a flat-bodied decaf. Nothing offensive here, just neutral, not the full-bodied bite I crave in coffee aromas. I plan to use the rest as a blender.20171008_130246

Downsides:

Started in 2017, there’s limited wax melt fragrance availability and no house blend offerings as of yet.

The wax melt texture is extremely sticky making removal of the cubes difficult.

Couldn’t find any international shipping, but Canada is an available option. 

Upsides:

The scent list is expanding, including a fall candle bundle of 4 for $20 with adorable festive fall photo labels found here.

Affordable. Candle tins are $6 a piece and there’s a large selection of 12oz. jar candles for only $13. Wholesale discounts offered too.

Soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance which is becoming rarer in the vendor world.

Unique scent offerings like Craft Brew, Fireplace, Motor Oil and Drag Strip. I’m thinking stocking stuffers for dudes, done.

*Feel-good company* 10% of all sales go to Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post 9/11 Veterans.

Thank you, Michael, for giving me the opportunity to try your products, I love that Small Flame Candles has a big heart.

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Vendor Review-Dapper Dachshunds

I love wax. That’s probably a given. Turning on my main warmer is one of the first things I do when I get up in the morning, it feels like a little indulgence to start the day. With a strong sense of which fragrances I like and a willingness to stretch my comfort zone with orders, I usually end up successful.

Another aspect of melting wax I love is discovering new vendors. My goal for this year was to experiment with newer, smaller vendors and test their products. Occasionally I’m unsure where to turn in trying a new-to-me brand. Beautiful social media hauls pique my interest, but I require a little more substance when making that leap from window shopping to purchasing from a new wax maker. No better call to make for recommendations than my people. My fellow waxxies had an overwhelming response to my to-try vendor poll and the brand that received the most love was Dapper Dachshunds Wax.

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Amanda from DD made it extra enticing by sending a 20% off coupon code when she found out her shop won the poll. And several scents of the earthy, manly variety I adore were in this restock, took that as a serendipitous sign this brand was right for me.

Scent Shots: $1.35 1 oz.

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Golden Light-Wild honey, garden herbs, nectarine and apple blossom. This one had me at garden herbs. Bright fruit picked from the tree at the peak of plumpness, infused with sun-dappled sweetness. Blooms of relaxing verdure spread a spa-like air with no flowery character whatsoever. Such a unique creation, a happy golden melt indeed. Would repurchase.

Lemongrass Tea-Soothing green tea, fresh lemongrass and verbena leaf with notes of white ginger, vanilla bean and golden amber. Huzzah for a lemongrass tea scent in which one can actually smell the tea. Often lemongrass dominates a blend, however, here it provides a squeeze of citrus while letting the vegetal leaves shine through. A distinct mix of ginger spice, softened by vanilla and steeped with bright green tea flavors. I’d drink this blend, it produces a nice medium melt too. Would repurchase, I know a friend who would love this combination also.

Witchy Woman-Forest greens, pine needles, woodland rose, baby violet and patchouli. Oooo witch-ay woman…this witch possesses a powdery perfume more than a woodsy essence I’d prefer. I’m hoping the woody redolence is released when melted and it becomes less heady aged witch, more natural wood sprite.

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Loving the muted, custardy colored wax.

Deep in a Dream– Lavender, vanilla bean noel and peppermint. This combo. It’s done so often by vendors and would be difficult to botch. Still I learned DD’s is very popular as the clamshell jumped out of my cart during ordering and I quickly changed plan and grabbed a scent shot instead. I’d rank DD’s version in the top that I’ve tried, right up there with Rosegirl’s. Ultra sugary and buttery mint, a noticeable cookie crumble of vbn imbued with fragrant traces of lavender. Essentially, a peppermint cookie scattered with sugared lavender buds, why haven’t I tried this before? I’ll need more.

Classic Man-Bourbon and tobacco blend with blushed rose petals, cedarwood and tonka bean. At first sniff similar to Uncle AC, I prefer this for a soothing tobacco scent. Cedar and tobacco leaves are green, not dry, with a cushiony moss-like feel. In fact, I recognize an oakmoss note too. Mild bourbon and tonka bean meld to a gourmand finish. This classic man is dapper, gentle, and restrained but also swanky and mysterious. Would repurchase. 

Pink Cadillac-A juicy blend of watermelon, mango, and papaya. Tropical fruits and melons aren’t my typical choice, but I missed out on Ring of Fire while placing my order so I substituted with this. Sweet with a hint of bubblegum. A creamy note comes through from the mango making a pleasant, if somewhat artificial fragrance. It reminds me of the swirled watermelon lipgloss I used to wear as a teen. In fact, my teenage niece will appreciate the sugary fruits more than I will, think I’ll pass it on to her.

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Clamshells: $3.89 3oz.

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Those swirls are swoon-worthy.

Uncle AC- Smoky tobacco leaves and cherry wood followed by sweet honey and vanilla. I don’t care for cherry notes, but wanted to try this DD staple as it’s highly praised. Thankfully, the cherry tone is subtle and the tobacco isn’t the caramelized kind present in many tobacco scents. Mellow wood-smoke wafts from smoldering logs dripping with honey revealing a clean smoky blend. Uncle AC is growing on me.

Blinding Lights– Smoky sandalwood, amber, cedar, toasted marshmallows, caramelized sugar, patchouli, lavender, heliotrope, coriander and soft vanilla. A slew of notes, yet very much a shaving cream scent on cold, which happens to feature heavily in my melt rotation so I’m not mad about that. On warm, the marshmallow sweetness announces itself prominently, again, a favorite of mine. Personally, I’ve always thought mallow and shave cream might complement each other and Dapper Dachshunds proves it. A light throw in my living room from 2 cubes, better for a smaller space.

Nights Like These– Herbal Lavender and Pink Sugar. Why hello there herbal lavender, my my, you are dreamy. One of the most realistic lavender oils I’ve tried. Warm and cozy with a touch of spiciness, not soapy or astringent or even overly floral like some English lavenders. Pink sugar brings a hint of fluffy candy vanilla but lavender is the star. A fave.

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Pumpkin Coconut Cream-Rich coconut cream and pumpkin pie spices provide a modern interpretation of an all time classic. That’s no summer coconut, it’s flesh is toasted to perfection with crisped cracked hulls and ribbons of lightly spiced pumpkin baked in a buttery rich pie crust. A perfect summer to fall transition, combining fresh, fruit, spice and bakery in one. Probably my favorite from this order, 2 cubes threw medium in the kitchen. Would repurchase. 

Pumpkin Peppercorn- Notes of amber, black peppercorn and spice. I was most excited to sniff this one. Reminiscent of Yankee Candle’s Pumpkin Wreath with extra nutmeg means I’m in love. Fruity amber and fresh juniper-like pepper berries elevate this scent out of the kitchen and into a wild, overgrown orchard where warm breezes bring the smells of forgotten fruit and gourds left on the vine. Grounded by dried herbs and spices. Definite repurchase (and I think still available!)

Spiked Cider– Bartlett pear and golden apricot aged to perfection in wooden oak barrels with a hint of oak brandied currant. Expecting classic apples, I’d forgotten the twist on this cider-pears and apricots! Divine, I can’t stop sniffing this blend. Bold apricot aroma rises from the oak barrel where stewed pears reside. More fresh than spiced with thirst-quenching tartness. Threw light-medium in the living room.

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Not all my wax purchases come with this much fanfare. But since Dapper Dachshunds won the poll, it deserves the gold star treatment. There were a few cons to my DD experience, the biggest being two of the scents I wanted were sold out within ten minutes. Next time, I’ll use more urgency. When previewing the site, I noted a scent shot in Stay Awhile that was only available in a clamshell when the store opened. No samples given. The positives far outweighed those minor matters, however.

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Love the sleek packaging including pour dates + scent notes, the cute mascot, affordability and especially the inventive take on classic blends. Shipping was $7.50, received within 4 days. Best for me personally are Sunday restocks, I simply can’t do those Friday at noon openings. Speaking of restocks, DD is currently asking for requests via Instagram, gonna head there now, gotta secure more of these stunners. Which appeals to you? 

Wax Lovers’ survey

July has ended and with it my No-Buy July as well. My intended wax ban was for three months, however, I broke it with a pre-order from Handmade in Florida. I was aching to try their stuff and they were offering an earthy wax sampler that I was too weak to resist, besides it won’t be coming for 8-10 weeks! Now that the end of my unofficial wax ban is nearing in mid-August, I wanted to choose my next purchases intentionally, rather than going hog wild ordering from a bunch of vendors as if I’ve been in a wax desert and only they can slake my thirst. Basically, I don’t want to overdo it and I need a little help. 

Please vote which new-to-me vendor you would like me to feature soon. Maybe it’s a brand you love and recommend or one you are curious about as well. I will go with the top result assuming they have a store restocking within the next few weeks after the poll closes-1 week from today on Sun. August 13th.Screenshot 2017-08-13 at 9.18.56 AM

Wax vendors are welcome to vote for their brand, but only one vote per username is allowed. Note, I’ll definitely be ordering from Rose Girls and likely from Dessa’s Homespun Scents too. The above list is specifically for brands I haven’t tried and that are a little smaller, newer businesses. All suggestions are welcome though and thanks for voting! Update: The poll is closed and I’m excited to announce the winner is Dapper Dachshunds. Yay for a smaller, newer vendor! I’ll be purchasing at the upcoming restock next Sun Aug. 20th at 2pm CST. Thanks for the wonderful response and suggestions from everyone who participated, so many vendors to check out in the future.😊

 

 

Soak + Unwind bath and body sale

Soak + Unwind has to be a favorite body care vendor name, merely letting it roll off the tongue is a relaxing experience. As I was scrolling through product posts a few weeks back, a Soak + Unwind sale caught my eye: A 25% off code for Father’s Day ON TOP of sale items. That was all I needed to know, providing a perfect opportunity to venture a little further into the body care product world.

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Whipped Soaps– 4 oz size, on sale for $5.00 ea., regular price $7.

I haven’t tried whipped soaps before and have only become aware of them this year. They’re what appears to be cake frosting but are more of a bath frosting, unlike any type of soap I’ve used before. The texture is superbly light and fluffy due to the addition of the whipped air. Some settling occurred with the Pirate Ship soap, while the Tea Time remained perfectly at the top.

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Pirate Ship-Crisp ozone, salty sea spray, seaweed, driftwood and a hint of water lily

Light and airy as expected without any lather. Tiny jojoba beads suspended throughout provided the gentlest burst of exfoliation, though it was a strange sensation to feel the beads pop in my fingers. Although I enjoyed this scent in the jar, it didn’t impart any fragrance onto my skin. 

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Tea Time- Herbal white tea, raspberries, blackberries and elderberries infused with natural essential oils of cedar, ginger, mandarin, nutmeg, and ylang ylang. (Tea Time did sort of resemble my morning yogurt!)

Another cool and creamy shower experience, this soap was heightened by the scent, which was robust with berry juice. (If I do any berry products, I prefer razz and blackberries to blue or strawberries). I was worried this might be too sweet, but the tone was punched up by the tartness of the mandarin, becoming an invigorating clean. A well-balanced blend that I enjoy reaching for in the morning.

Whipped Soap shower scrub: 4 oz. on sale for $4.50, regular price varies.

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Sexy Cuban-Masculine scent of cuban tobacco, fruity wine, spicy cinnamon, warm cloves, incense and earthy patchouli.

Here we have the whipped soap turned into a scrub. The texture is much denser than the soap and lathers up well, providing good coverage. Listed on the website as “previous formula”,  Soak + Unwind reformulated some products, but both previous and new soap scrubs contain moisturizing coconut oil and shea butter. I really liked the thickness of this one, but require more ‘scrubby’ exfoliation at times. I will definitely reorder as there are so many scrub types offered that I wish to try.

Sexy Cuban is amazing. Extracting cloves from the typical pumpkin spice bouquet is a revelation; they become a sultry, exotic spice. Cloves are dominant, but this is not a one-note scent. Patchouli provides a peppery lift while the tobacco leaf takes on a flowery depth. I love this intense fragrance.

*Each scrub purchase comes with a teensy rose gold plastic dipping spoon. Adorable, but too fiddly in the shower, where I grab scoopfuls of the product to slather onto my skin.

Sample Aloe lotion  4 oz. versions are $6, though tons of scents are on sale for less.

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Lavender, Apple & Oak-Unisex scent of apples, woodsy touch of oak and soft lavender. A gorgeous unexpected blend. Apple scents don’t always appeal to me but this is just right.

Sometimes sample products aren’t worth much of a mention. However, this aloe lotion felt incredible and was my favorite item. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lotion photo and have since used most of it up. Know that the texture is bouncy and substantial but lightweight enough to not leave greasy residue after applying.

The key ingredients listed on the website are: “aloe vera, oat extract, buckthorn extract and panthenol”. The aloe vera is the stand-out and must be the reason this lotion feels so wonderfully different from a basic Bath and Body Works formula. I’m primed for a new hydrating lotion; therefore, I’m returning to the shop to pick out a few full-sized versions. I’ve never actually turned around and ordered after receiving a sample, that’s how much I love this aloe lotion.

With shipping of $10, but receiving a $5 Paypal promotion, my total order came to $15.88. Making this new-to-me brand a fun little experimental haul, and creating a return customer out of me. Have you tried Soak + Unwind, or taken a chance on a new vendor lately, what goodies do you recommend?

 

Wax haul- Pour Girl’s Wax

The hallmark of a great wax haul is when you love every scent and wish you ordered two of each. My exact feelings for this order, which demand a Valentine’s Day post to express my love. Pouring wax since 2015, I introduced Pour Girl’s Wax in my year-end recap post as one of my new favorite vendor discoveries. 

Laura, PG’s creator, hadn’t had a restock since October but when asking for scent requests for a January opening on Instagram, you better believe I was ready. The greatest number of requests were for her Creamy Cotton scent, so smart lady that she is, she created a sampler around it.

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Creamy Cotton Sampler: I always make an effort to try a brand’s signature scent when they have one. This was a 7 scent sampler of 1.5 oz. cups for 10.00 based on PG’s  much loved creamy cotton.

20170201_144435Creamy Cotton– An uncommon blend of fluffy cotton with vanilla orchid and warm musk undertones.

I have an aversion to those powerful detergent strength cotton scents. This is the opposite of those. It has a pure, soft and dreamy quality to it. Shimmering to the eye and the nose as it tickles the senses with powder, blooms with airy floral, and finishes with a puff of gauzy cotton.

Halved this one to use for a blend with another Pour Girl’s scent I had from October*, so not the full amount of throw. From half, Creamy Cotton provided moderate scent, just enough for an ambient mood in my living room.

* What did I blend it with? Fig, a “floral lemon-lime blend enhanced by coconut and bergamot w/a dry musky background.” Not sure if this is a candle dupe but I saw this combo recommended online and know a loaf of this mix was available last fall.

What a beautiful blend. Fig’s description is slightly misleading because no citrus notes come out, but what does is a dusty, spicy floral and stunning musk tone. A potent scent on it’s own, but when accompanied by the Creamy Cotton, a lovely coolness takes the edge off the floral. I’ll be getting this blend in larger amounts if re-offered.

20170201_144310Creamy Paix– Creamy cotton mixed with paix (baja cactus blossom). A blend of fresh flowers, coconut and rich vanilla; which is my kind of pie. It took a little while to notice the throw; however, I’ve learned not to doubt Pour Girl’s Wax. Even when on the subtler side, they still deliver.

After 30 minutes, the bright aroma of cactus blossom skimmed across the room creating refreshing ripples. My favorite on cold ended up too fleeting once warmed, however. It is a beautiful scent that I might buy again to melt in smaller spaces,

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Cotton Oasis– Creamy cotton blended with guava and fig.

Likely my favorite of the bunch, I wouldn’t have put these 3 notes together, and now I’m obsessed. I’ve tried other guavas that were too sweet for my palate, this reads more like a yummy sherbet punch because of the creamy note, heightened by that gorgeous fig. Very vibrant throw from half, I didn’t want to use it all just yet, but the 3/4 oz. was the perfect amount.

 

Sleepy Cotton– creamy cotton + marshmallow + a touch of lavender

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Another winning combination with the versatile Creamy Cotton. The marshmallow is not phony smelling or overpowering, but elevates the sweetness while the whisper of lavender perfumes the mix. I only wish the lavender was punched up a few notches to subdue the sugar.

A light to moderate throw in my bedroom, I can see this scent being popular if released on it’s own.

 

 

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Candy Cotton – Creamy cotton + cotton candy. The ultimate sugar-coated confection spun together with fresh cream, lightened by a caress of cotton. I shouldn’t adore a scent that’s this sweet, but oh, how I do…

Cotton Dreams – Creamy cotton + bergamot + bedtime bath. Three harmonious notes that create an ultra-fresh fragrance. Snappier than the others due to the citrusy bergamot, it’s such a cheerful scent. Just waiting to celebrate the first sunny spring day with this melt.

Vintage Cotton – Creamy cotton + vanilla lace + peppermint. Leaning exotic from the oriental woods of vanilla lace. A cooling breeze of mint grounded by the posies of creamy cotton make a perfectly bold blend.

Barbershop Reconcile– an extremely popular blend of shaving cream chunks and olive branch type overpour. A $6.75 5 oz. wax cake.

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I thought that I only liked a few Lush dupes: American Cream, Twilight; I guess I’ve been missing out on this Olive Branch fragrance gem. Lush’s description “warm citrus perfume of mandarin oil and orange flower absolute.”

If you caught my Band of Blogger’s post, you’ll know I wrote an ode to shaving cream scents. They are my silky smooth tonic of choice lately.

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Jam-packed with shaving cream chunks, it is the dominant scent when melted. The talcum combines with amber and rum into a dapper, masculine spirit. Softened by the feminine touch of green vines and fragrant orange blossoms, a lovely and well-balanced elixir emerges.

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Either my hands are too small, or this wax is too large, but you get the idea. Barbershop is my heartthrob. 

These samples♡

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A sweet rosette in Baby Bath, which I surmise is recognizable if you have children, I don’t, thus it’s new to me. Tangy to the nose with relaxing aquatic tones. I would definitely purchase this.

Bad Romance– shaving cream + vanilla lace. Love shaving cream, love vanilla lace, love this combo.

The only downside to this order is that it is now the supreme yardstick by which I’ll compare all future hauls. Hoping for a restock soon and most ardently for larger batches. I’m kicking myself for not grabbing 2 samplers. It’s the valentine I much prefer to hearts and flowers.

Happy Valentine’s day, friends☺

Band of Bloggers

 

Welcome to the February edition of Band of
Bloggers!  You’re probably getting tired of winter already as we
start this new month.  Maybe your thoughts are already turning
towards spring, or maybe you’re all about Valentine’s at the moment.
Hearts and roses, chocolates and cards, and special someones making you
smile . . . With all that love floating around, our question
this month is quite simple.
 
What scent are you *loving* at the
moment?
It can be anything from wax to perfume to
body care to . . . whatever!
My scent love is singular at the moment. Enticing, but elusive. Difficult to describe, yet instantly recocgnizable. One can sniff it all day without capturing it’s true essence.
It’s cool. It’s tingly, creamy, dreamy. It’s rain, it’s sun all rolled into one…
I’m ecstatic to answer this question because like a lovestruck romantic, I want to shout it from the rooftops: I’M LOVING SHAVING CREAM BLENDS!
  Currently, our relationship is in the wax melting stage, but I forsee it developing into shower scrub/body lotion territory soon. Not to mention, you know, actual shave cream.
I realize I’m probably late to the shaving 
cream party, but its still a fun place to be. What’s not to love? It’s all golden amber, hand-whipped lather, sexy sandalwood and occasionally, invigorating bergamot. Mmm, total hunk of a scent.
Melts I’ve tried include:
Super Tarts:
Mystique-Pink sugar shaving cream (fave)
Hagrid-Shaving Cream and Tinsel (berries/nilla/peppermint/pomegranate)
Star Lord-Shaving cream, cream soda, lingonberry jam
L3 Waxy Wonders:
Deep Throat-1,000 Kisses and shave cream and Snooze Button Aftershave (so so good)
Vintage Chic Scents:
Bond, James Bond-Shaving cream and Burberry Brit
Sweeney’s Barber Shop-Shaving cream, mint, strawberries
I’ve missed out on, but am ISO; On the Waterfront-Shaving cream and sea air
Pour Girl’s Wax:
Barbershop Reconcile (new fave)
There are many more barbershop blends I’ve been scoping out too, I hear Sassy Girl Aroma and Scoopable Tart Wax have yummy ones. If you’ve tried a good brand that is a must, let me know.
To use as much Valentine-speak as possible; I’ve been crushing hard on this scent and to a lesser degree, its fellow fragrance, aftershave. This February there is no doubt, for me,
Shaving Cream is BAE.
  
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