Halloween Mystery Sampler- The Bathing Garden

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About a month ago, I was hanging out with my sister when she casually mentioned that The Bathing Garden was making a Halloween sampler. Not a member of the facebook group, I had no knowledge of the announcement, but when asked if I wanted to split one, I surely wasn’t turning down the offer. Incorrectly assuming it was a preorder, I left the ordering up to her. Unaware of the rush to purchase samplers, limited amounts, or rounds of restocking until I caught up on social media the next day. Whew, there seemed to be a little fallout over availability, but she managed to nab it at the later restock.

After a few delays including a mid-vacation evacuation from the Florida Keys, my sis received our sampler and passed it on to me for the following preview. 20 scents were included with a fragrance card plus one sample scent. Cost $17.00, shipped for $7.50. 

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 *new scents

Gourmand:

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*Banshee Dreams– Frosted pumpkin cupcakes, dark espresso, crystallized coconut shavings, vanilla marshmallow. Very much a coffee scent with added pumpkin spice topped with marshmallow whipped cream. Extra creaminess from the coconut but it’s fruity, not milky.

Black Magic Laboratory– Orange chiffon, black velvet cake, chocolate shavings, crème filled cookie bites. I don’t normally go for orange scents and never chocolates, yet this is delightful. Warm bakery notes with sweet chords of orange spice, not sharp or tangy. Well balanced, this hint of chocolate shouldn’t put anyone off, it’s delicious.

Colossal Pumpkin Lantern- Chocolate frosted brownies with vanilla cream pumpkin brulee. Unfortunately, for me, this chocolate is more prevalent. Not rich and cakey, more of a chewy nougat center wrapped inside marshmallow cream with caramelized sugar coating. Negligible pumpkin scent on cold.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Waffles- Sweet pumpkin waffles swirled with butterscotch chips. Bakery fresh and fluffy. Classic pumpkin spiced waffle scent substituting the caramel note for sticky butterscotch toffee bits, improving it nicely. Creamy bakery lovers should enjoy this, my niece already called it for herself.

Potions: (beverages, tea/coffee, cider)

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Eye of Newt– Fresh frozen water, clean air and crystallized peppermint candy. Strange to my nose. These scents are in my wheelhouse, but frozen water isn’t the same as sparkling snow type I enjoy, it’s well, more watery. The peppermint is subdued, like mellow ribbon candy and doesn’t merge well either, this one’s a miss.

*Phantom Queen-Black citrus tea, cinnamon coffee and a bag full of Halloween candy. I’m in lust over this scent. Pairing tea and coffee is a revelation. Uplifting and soothing as a mug of warm spiced brewed tea. Sugary lumps of hard candy flavors tucked inside, sweetening the pot. 

Poisoned Apothecary-hot mulled apple cider with a woody undertone. Ooh, PA got a little woodier than I remember when melted last year. Dry cedar and cypress crackles as the heat of the mulling spices creates a bold aroma. This scent spreads a tingly warmth throughout the room.

*White Magic-shaved cinnamon, orange tea, hints of spicy patchouli. Beautiful tea leaf essence with a decadent bouquet of spices. The citrus is sheer, but highly fresh and sweet. I enjoy this even more than Tea with the Queen of Hearts, but is does have a similar profile, substituting the floral with spice. My sis may have to arm wrestle me for this.

Earthy:

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Faerie Bonfire- complex bonfire scent with notes of leaves, vanilla, sandalwood, and brown sugar. Reviewed here in January.

Haunted Hayride- tart granny smith apples, caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin, hints of hay. Grassy hay is dominant, slightly bitter. Crisp apples accented by cinnamon bark makes a mouthwatering melt. Combinations of earthy, sweet and spice create a pleasing outdoorsy fall fragrance. My sister’s favorite.

Netherworld Zombie- freshly shoveled graveyard dirt, espresso, lime essential oils, scotch whiskey, chocolate shavings. Can’t get much earthier than this, an indelicate scent but not unrefined, once your nose gets used to sniffing dirt and lime at once that is. Similar notes to TBG’s Toxic Earth, but not heavy on coffee. I understand the graveyard/Halloween connection, but this is one of the perkiest fragrances I’ve come across, more of a Spring garden, fresh-tilled soil vibe. I surprisingly love it, even the rustic, less decorated look to the pumpkin fits.

Lush-inspired:

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Cemetery Keys– vanilla tonka bean, lime citrus, and sugary sweet white floral. Received as a sample and reviewed here. I like nearly everything about this except for TBG’s white floral, it causes a headache. Very tart lime softened with powdery-sweet tonka bean.

Charm & Ruin– Lush vanilla citrus swirled with fruity pomegranate base. I constantly mistake this for a floral scent because it opens with a creamy rose note. Reminiscent of fruity floral bubble bath. A creamy, luxurious bubble bath but still not a fruit scent to me.

Hades & Persephone– citrus, cognac, musk, hints of patchouli. Not a specific Lush dupe, but similar to soapy, floral lush notes. Heady spice from the potent patchouli, with a slight boozy character. Pretty and powdery finish, I enjoyed this sensual fragrance more than I thought I would.

Hoarfrost Tonic- a refreshing scent with lime, cypress, mellow pine and cool air notes. Unique and astringent. Strongly soap-like, with an icy crisp laundered finish. Due to the drink reference on the label, I expected fizziness, however I didn’t notice any. Another headache inducer unfortunately.

Fruit:

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Pagan Moon– an apple and pear grove under blood red strawberry moon, kissed by fall leaves. Subtle complexity from the leaves, a juicy fruit blend with light strawberries. No single fruit dominates, making a muddled compote. Classically fall, I have to melt a crisp tart fruit at least once this season and I adore this scarlet and gray combination

*Season of the Witch– spicy pumpkin, cinnamon apples, ripe berries, sugar dipped oranges. There is an off note right from the top but I can’t identify it. Strawberry leaf is a wild guess, something green and twiggy that has a bitterness, could just as likely be a harsh spice. It doesn’t work for me, but others may like it.

Tombstone Dust– green apple cinnamon cupcakes, with marshmallow brown sugar caramel glaze. Caramel apple lovers might rejoice, but it’s not sticky as some can be. Cinnamon sprinkled lightly on top of delicate meringue. Sweet, though lacking heavy cloying bakery notes. Enjoyable, even with my aversion to bakery scents. 

Candy/Sweet:

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Death Becomes Her- spun sugar, white vanilla buttercream, peppermint cookies, and a sprinkle of rock candy chipsCotton candy creates an airiness out of what could be a heavy buttercream frosting. Cooling peppermint cuts through the sweetness creating a refreshing top note with an extra creamy base. Divine.

Mummy Mademoiselle– candied rose jam, sweet sticky saltwater taffy, creamy white vanilla. The first note to surface is the saltiness. Lush rose jam is present but holds more depth than others I’ve tried, a sour note appears giving the blend a sweet/sour candy-like cream fragrance. Since I can’t stop sniffing it, yummy Mummy may be my favorite.

Monster Candy- the 2-D pumpkin cutout sample. A very sweet pink berry blend. Sticky strawberries, candy corn possibly, but no chocolate. Updated notes: watermelon candy, sugar dipped orange slices, and kiwi cherry mimosas.

These melts are all gorgeous to the eyes with a muted pastel color palette. Most of them make the nose happy too. My sister pointed out the lack of a true pumpkin scent, without coffee or chocolate, and I would have preferred that to the numerous Lush scents. However, the range is impressive and thankfully without too many floral tones. I’m excited to see what else Shannon has in store if this is a preview of what’s to come.  A Christmas sampler would be a joyful thing too!

Favorites and surprises from each category:

  • Black Magic Laboratory
  • White Magic
  • Netherworld Zombie
  • Hades & Persephone
  • Pagan Moon
  • Mummy Mademoiselle/Death Becomes Her *tied

Good luck to those ordering this week and let me know what you like!

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Pour Girl’s Wax-must have restock

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When a favorite vendor only restocks about four times per year, as Pour Girl’s does, and you’ve missed the spring opening, like I did, but you love the product, and I do, you set alarms and drop everything to order. As the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones was starting August 20th, I was frantically adding items in my cart to the driving beat of the opening theme. Thought I moved like greased lightning, but still wasn’t fast enough to grab PG’s popular Pink Zen (pink sugar eucalyptus), maybe someday. Here’s what I did get my hands on:

5-pack scent shots $6.75

Fun Bread-Strawberry+Pineapple+Zucchini Bread. Strong performance.

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I love the declarative title of this scent. SNL’s Super Happy Fun Ball comes to mind. (Never taunt Super Happy Fun Ball) What provides the fun in this bread? An addition of juicy strawberry and tangy pineapple, though I prefer my real-life version to contain chocolate chips, the fruit in this wax version is a perfect addition. I’m positive that baking a fresh loaf of zucchini bread wouldn’t scent my house this yummy. Salty and sweet with a hefty amount of spice. This is no strawberry scent if that’s what you’re looking for, but if baked, spiced bread is your cup of joe, Fun Bread is a must. I found a new PG wax to love.

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Vanilla Sands-Sandalwood+Lavender+Vanilla. Light-medium strength.

My first sniff of this scent was in a mixed vendor giveaway prize last year. Impressed by it, especially the throw, which can be difficult to achieve in a  sandalwood vanilla. Ancient sandalwood fragrance soothes as heady balsamic wood tones linger. A distinct soapiness emerges from the lavender that I didn’t experience in the previous melt. Not unpleasant but not as calming as remembered. 

Boy Bye- Blue Sugar + Vanilla Lace. Medium strength, but inconsistent.

The cold throw was nil and I worried this scent might not deliver, but I’ve been fooled by PG’s throw before only to be pleasantly surprised. Though not as strong as other blue sugars I’ve smelled, the sweet cotton candy spice comes through. Hints of cedar and lavender provide a woodsy breath while the burnt sugar exhales in puffs of sweet. Then the vanilla lace perfume, too musky for some, but I find it exquisite. The earthy musk is warm and sensual while light powdery vanilla dominates.

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Barbershop Trio: $14  

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Bad RomanceBarber shop+Vanilla Lace (white)

One of my top five scents of this year, first received as a sample with my winter order and requested from Laura this go round. No way I was passing it up in a shaving cream trio. Feminine vanilla lace, musk laden and sweet is cut through with crisp talcum, green bay leaf and spicy rum of shaving cream. A perfect mix of masculine and feminine in a balanced house blend. And behold the aesthetic beauty of these melts.

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His & Hers-Barber shop+Pink Chiffon (blue) Light strength. 

The barber shop above paired with a powdery pink chiffon perfume dupe. My first time trying Pink Chiffon (a B&BW’s perfume) and I don’t like it. Too sweet berries and pears come across as artificial with a plastic note that was the only fragrance to emerge. I was excited for this blend because I thought it was similar to Pink Sugar. Now I know it’s a juvenile type perfume that couldn’t be saved by the shaving cream addition. I used a quarter piece of the wax chunk without much throw produced on warm. Not a repurchase.

Looking Dapper-Barber shop+Reconcile (Lush Olive Branch type) (gray)

Two of my favorite fresh scents blended together. Originally reviewed here. I only wish it were a tad stronger.

These are weighty wax pucks, estimated at 4 oz. each.

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Samples: 

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Blue Lagoon– couldn’t find scent notes. This is a marine blend that starts fresh and clean with ozone, then descends to a deeper sea note. Aquatic florals are light, not too rosy. I’d rate this slightly better than typical ocean breeze scents, but I would prefer driftwood or seaweed essence blended in. 

Summer’s Not Over Sugary lemons + strawberry white cake + rice krispies + pink grapefruit. Powerful scent strength.

Summer’s Not Over, Oh how I wish that were true. Laura, this scent is scrumptious. I almost ordered a 5-pack of it, but lemons and strawberries scared me off. Big mistake! My hubby and I love it. Piquant lemon zest, no strong candied lemon rinds, with juiciness from the berry and grapefruit. Not too tart thanks to the creamy mallow of rice krispie treats topping it all with a sweet gooey glaze. I see much more of this scent in my future, I hope.

Always a satisfied customer when it comes to Pour Girl’s Wax, the only downsides are limited product amounts and the shipping is higher for me as it’s calculated on distance from the Alabama-based vendor. Charged $12.50, but refunded $3.30 at time of shipping. I love nearly everything I’ve received and I can’t promise I won’t try for fall/winter blends if they’re offered. 

Which vendor is can’t miss for you?

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? 

Rosegirls Wax: Of pies and plans

With my next small business vendor purchases coming into focus, it’s time to consider the biggin’s, the order I’m planning from a master maker I already love: Rosegirls Wax. Thrilled to be able to grab single scent versions of Jenny’s stuff in order to create my own blends with the extended release of RG’s mini-melters, the only question is which ones to get?20170805_132816If my lack of Rosegirls Wax reviews lead anyone to assume I don’t order or enjoy them, I don’t mean to send the wrong idea. Rosegirls are legends of the wax world for a reason. All the chunky blends vendors create today are owed to RG. I simply haven’t reviewed them because, thus far, I’ve only received one preorder which I split with a friend. The rest I’ve tried were generous gifts sent by others. Rosegirls has been in the wax game a long time and many great bloggers before me have done them justice. What follows is less of a fully fleshed review than a list of likes/dislikes when considering my mini-melter options.

Raspberry Sauce/Mango/Marshmallow Smoothie pie: at first I identified an orange cream note to this blend which I didn’t fall for on cold. Once melted, the ripe mango hiding as orange swells with juice so fresh it may as well be dribbling down my arm, that’s the mango I’m looking for. The mallow smoothie is creamy but subtle, though it’s the overpour. RG’s famous raspberry sauce may be too sweet for me on it’s own, but what an incredible blender scent, thick tangy berry puree that provides a fragrant backbone. From this blend, I plan to order Mango Sorbet and Marshmallow Smoothie, probably times two.

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Peppermint/Coconut/Mallow pie: Peppermint is the star of the show with this strongest of the blends. But like a diva, the mint pushes the other notes to the background and steals the stage. Lot’s of strong, cool peppermint to love, but I’m finding with the pies, one note tends to dominate all others. That’s the reason I’m excited to try mini-melters and have more control over my blends. I’ll be going for the Gilligan’s Brew minis.

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Alice in Slumberland pie: (Honeydew/Cotton Candy/Lavender) whereas, the two pie slices above were gifts from Sandra at Finger Candy, this slab was part of my spring preorder. Since it’s the freshest, it is my favorite. I wish the lavender was more prominent though, the perfumed bud gets lost behind the honeydew note. Don’t get me wrong, I love that dew. Crisp yet with an aqueous quality, more like cubed honeydew in a tall glass with ice, refreshing and not artificial like some melon scents. From Alice, I’ll be grabbing the Herbal Lavender minis and hoping for more, at least I will have the option of adding more to the mix. 

Rockstar/Olive Branch chunk: Olive Branch is my favorite Lush dupe and this version is the most potent I’ve tried with extra musky goodness. Reviewed in this best/worst, I’ll be plucking one or two of these precious-es, though Rockstar on it’s own isn’t an option.

Spearmint/Swizzle Sticks chunk: simple, but perfect. Sent by Julie at The Redolent Mermaid who has a nose for mint blends, she’s never gifted one I haven’t liked. Some spearmint oils smell like full-proof creme de menthe liquor, but this is subtle, with added creamy vanilla. And, I can’t believe I’m saying it, a bubblegum essence that I’m really loving. Peppermint’s on the list but I may get Spearmint instead.

The rest of my wishlist needs narrowed down (this is my second smaller version, help!) I know so many RG lovers have already gotten their mini-melters in between the 48 hour preorders, anything I shouldn’t bother with or must-have I’m missing? Let me know. Update: I’ve placed my order and crossed out the ones I didn’t get, but added Nilla Wafers and Pink Sugar. I’m pumped for these little beauties to arrive!

Limited editions:                 Bodacious Bowser

Lavender Coconut Milk & Chamomile              Singing in the Rain (custom spa blend)

Regular line-up:

American Cream                    Pistachio

Blue Raspberry Slushie        Sandalwood

Cedar & Vanilla                      Shaving Cream

Green Apple                           Sweet Tea

Green Tea                               Swizzle Sticks

Nag Champa                          Vanilla Bean Noel

Peppermint                            Zen

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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.😊

 

 

Band of Bloggers-August

Pop quiz, hotshot: How well do you know your favourite Band of Bloggerette? Sure, we’re all reasonably up to date on each other’s interests, hobbies and the pretty, glittery things that make our hearts go pitter pat, but when it comes to the vitally important markers of a person’s character – favourite band, desert island scent, fight stance in the zombie apocalypse – how well do we truly know our virtual neighbours? 🙂 Let’s delve into 10 deeply random questions and find out, shall we? *Excellent timing, I finally updated my Bio page to reflect a little bit more what I’m about*

1. No really, zombie apocalypse survival strategy: Fight or flight? So happy this question made the cut. In the event of the zombie apocalypse, a rallying point has already been established–Walmart. Think about it, any supply item one could need is available (even wax) and the best part is: many customers already act so much like zombies, that actual zombies would be confused! Cramming up the aisles, ambling in corpse-like fashion with disregard to surroundings, parking a bulky scooter ‘just so’ to block anyone attempting to grab a frozen pizza. To outlast the initial zombie fallout for any length of time, all you’d have to do is adopt the zombiesque nature of typical Walmart shoppers and you’re golden. There you have it, essentially, my survival tactic is to blend in. (If that doesn’t work, there’s always the Winchester Pub.)

2. You’ve been a bad, bad kitty and you have just one final meal coming your way. What’s on your plate? I defer to the Elaine Benes (from Seinfeld) answer to this question: “So you would choose your last meal based on the method of execution?”
Elaine: “Right, right. I mean, if I was getting the chair, I’d go for
something hot and spicy. You know, Thai, maybe Mexican. Lethal injection,
feels like pasta. You know, painless, don’t want anything too heavy.”- excerpt from episode 170 “The Strongbox”   I’d finish it off with a massive hot fudge sundae piled with all the toppings, overindulging to the point of such fullness that the end might bring relief. 

3. Aside from wax (or nail polish, or crafting supplies, or beauty products) what item do you have major multiples of? Luckily (and lazily) for me, I recently posted on this very topic. Anyone curious about my non-wax collections, check here. Aside from books, bookish items and globes, I pick up a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars sneaks often enough to have a mini-show of multiples.20170802_113024My love for the iconic skate shoe that anyone can wear emerged back in high school with my first pair of Chucks, the classic parchment color low-tops. Unsure why I identify strongly with this footwear; I’ve never been a skater and the canvas really doesn’t keep one’s feet warm, but they are familiar, casual and will always be a classic.

4. You’ve just won the lottery. Before best friends you didn’t even know you had begin to show up on your doorstep, what’s the first thing you buy without even thinking twice? Ugh, I never not think twice. A vacation home large enough for the whole family?? 

5. Biggest celebrity crush? This can be anybody – an actress, a musician, a fictional character from a favourite movie, book or television show, or maybe even an historical figure. Julie may be the only one who knows that my current celebrity crush is the Freeman, Martin Freeman. Boyish charm, comic nature, wit, thoughtfulness, and those playful facial expressions get all my 100s and heart eyes. Do I even need to mention he was the original Tim, aka Jim from the U.K. Office, Bilbo Baggins and the best Dr. John Watson in Sherlock? 

654d41c44938370126f38f80712e2bb5-martin-freeman-sexy-martin-omalley 530d915b5a16170814db716b2f13135b f6e28896e4b3cc071e98df67f37f017e-sherlock-cumberbatch-sherlock-holmes This question is what I’m most looking forward to seeing answers to, I have a couple of theories…

6. Flats or heels? Or are you running barefoot through life like some sort of hippie? I’m the queen of flats. My tailbone troubles mean heels are killer for me. Also, this recovering germophobe despises going barefoot.

7. Whether it was created through a customs order or simple pick-and-mix blending at home, what’s the greatest scent blend you’ve ever stumbled upon? I’ve been quite the mix master lately, gleefully experimenting within my stash and creating custom wax. Of the vendor blends, my mix of Briarcliff and Rosemary’s Baby both by Super Tarts got rave reviews. My favorite unintentional blend has to be L3 Waxy Wonders’ Deep Throat (1000 Kisses, shave cream) melted alongside Bath and Body Works’ Black Tea Rose 3-wick. The deep resins and delicate florals mingled harmoniously with the cedar wood creating an undiluted perfect pairing.

8. It’s snack time! Are you reaching for the sweet or the salty? Bring on the bacon, the olives, the guacamole and corn chips, salt + vinegar chips are even better, especially with a craft brew to help wash it down. I have a saline tongue rather than a sweet tooth, though I’ve also never met a cookie I didn’t like. Go figure.

9. What’s a personal style moment you’d never care to re-live? My back-to-school page boy haircut in 8th grade haunts me to this day. Even worse was the poodle-curl perm from 6th? grade, not sure, all photo evidence has been sought out and burned. Man, the 80s were hideous for hair.

10. You are going to live in a biodome beneath the sea for the next three years and have been allotted space for just ONE book (tiny dome!)  What cherished book will keep you entertained for the next 1095 days? Would a Chrome Book be cheating? Probably isn’t the spirit of the question. Okay, there are 171,476 words in the extended Oxford English Dictionary, which means I could read 150+ words a day to finish in 1095 days, and emerge from the dome with a stunning vocabulary. Learning word origins and alternate definitions is already entertaining to me as it is, I only lack the study time. If we’re talking fiction novels, I’d bring The Princess Bride.
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Summer in full swing at The Bathing Garden

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If, like me, you secured The Bathing Garden’s summer collections a little late, June instead of May, your package arrived in all it’s vibrant summery glory last week. Evidently, the 6 week turnaround-time for TBG orders will be a thing of the past as Shannon recently announced that she’s transitioning to Ready-to-Ship restocks. More thoughts on that development later, now onto the summer lovin blends. Shannon’s wax is always gorgeous, but her summertime decorations really strike my fancy.

Shannon’s Summer Picks Collection:

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Bee Smitten-sweet lavender, rose, ylang ylang, honey, and citrus. I was hoping for a re-release of Honeyed Toffee, a creamy scent that was part of last summer’s collection, but it didn’t appear, so I substituted with this. Sadly, nowhere near what I hoped. A strange and soapy floral dominates the honey. Beautiful but not for me.

This was a combined order with my sister where we split the samples, got some duplicates and shared the rest. The aqua blue clamshell below is her Pirate’s Punch which I forgot to grab a cube of, whoops, there was a lot of wax exchanging hands.

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Lavender Serenity-Herbal lavender blended with fruity grapes. If I’m going to melt grape wax, it might as well be from The Bathing Garden, at least it’s paired with an authentic herbal lavender. I loathe grape scents. Strike that. I enjoy wine inspired scents, even sparkling white grapes, but the purple ‘grape pop flavor’ is too artificial and never seems to resemble any actual fruit. This is no different, but looks stunning and is pretty inoffensive. Strong thrower, though I desire more fragrant lavender to even out the punchy grape.

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Storybook Mint-Peppermint candies, milk cake, cotton candy, and fluffy spearmint meringue with subtle hints of apple. I love mint chip ice cream and this gives me that same creamy coolness without any of the chocolate or ice. Which I guess would make it more of a custard. Perfect balance of peppermint and spearmint, greatly appreciated as oftentimes, one strong mint overpowers the other. Cotton candy sweetens the pot of syrupy mint and rich milky base. Ladle me up a dish of this and I’d eat it with a spoon. I’ve yet to actually reorder twice from a current TBG collection, but I’m tempted…decisions, decisions.

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Faeire Tears flower tart-Smells of red currant, sandalwood, and vanilla. An unintentional buy, as I realized I still have some from last year. Reminiscent of a less fruity Yankee Candle’s Lake Sunset mashed up with the cherry blossom of Market Blossoms. I liked it before, but my tastes may be changing as I’m finding it a cloying powder. My sis ordered while I was in New York and unfortunately mine got slightly lost in translation-I meant to order another Calypso but she had my original list with this one instead. Wouldn’t you know we received a second one as our free full priced item, a little disappointed to get two of the same product.

Wonderland Collection: (currently unavailable) 

Tea with the Queen of Hearts wax bunnythe Queen of Hearts likes her roses AND her tea red, Roobios Red Tea. Those spangled heart embeds represent my feels for this scent fully. Originally gifted a bunny back in Spring from my friend Finger Candy (who was originally gifted the tart from The Redolent Mermaid-it’s a big, generous wax family) Fresh and mildly fruity with the mouthwatering tang I so enjoy. A tender rosebud appears, but adds to the herbal infusion rather than becoming floral. Not the strongest, I melted the one with months of cure and will likely save my new bunny for next Spring.

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Alice in Lavenderland-French lavender with vanilla extract and marshmallow cream. Bold, stunning and perfect blend of herbal woody lavender and fluffy mallow. I can’t pass up Shannon’s lavender blends and though my sis grabbed Lavender Vanilla Custard, I prefer Alice’s version, less metallic in tone.

It’s Always Tea Time-Sweet black tea, honey crystals, tart lemon, a drop of cardamom. I should love this scent but though I find it a perfectly pleasant and fragrant tea aroma, there are one too many squeezes of lemon (which I rarely add to tea) and as with many TBG scents, a floral aftertone sneaks in.

Take Me to The Sea collection:

20170723_100819Turquoise Loves Coconut-Tart lime, water, and fresh breeze notes blended with tropical coconut. Luscious coconut pulp sends me to creamy nirvana, and just when it appears one-note, zesty lime adds a splash of tangy citrus. The fresh breeze comes through as green leaf, gentle palm fronds waving in the wind, yet adding serious depth. A fresh scent lover’s dream island scent.

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Widow’s Walk-Violet, clove, and cedar wood. I remember Julie at The Redolent Mermaid rhapsodizing over this scent last summer, so I was sure to grab one. Clove is the most unmistakable full-flavored spice, perfumed with delicate ethereal violets and the sturdiness of earthy cedar wood. A haunting aroma, perfect perfume for a widow to wear while pining for her love lost at sea. Dreamy.

Samples:

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Coconut Sugar Ice LolliesFresh shredded coconut is dusted with sugar and topped with candied frozen lollies. Very candy-like, reminiscent of Pixy Sticks, the sugary powder-filled candy in the paper straws. Happily bestowed this sample to our niece, who loves TBG’s sweets, but never melts them because they’re too pretty.

Blackberry Jam Lemon Curd-Tart, ripe blackberry is layered with delicious London Lemon Curd. Powerful lemon but not harsh as some curds are to my nose. Sweet enough to be a fruity marmalade with a kick.

Calyspo- reviewed back in May. I wish for more of this beachy blend.

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Cemetery Keys-Vanilla tonka bean, lime citrus, and sugary sweet white floral. Utterly infatuated by this wicked black pumpkin, but on the fence over the scent. A popular limited edition Lush scent dupe. I’m all for tonka and citrus, but ooh that white floral, possibly ylang-ylang, scares me off.

Haunted Hayride-Tart granny smith apples, caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin, and hints of hay. Simple blend of cinnamon apples elevated by a few hay stalks pitched in. Nice.

Illusions of the Labyrinth-Mandarin, musk, sugar, and a woodsy violet. Fresh, light and airy, I’m not sure this scent reads fall. Still, a pleasant mix of sweetened mandarin and woods to be found in this labyrinth, I’m considering ordering but fear it may be too light.

Pumpkin Pie Spice-With last year’s fall samples, I received a similar spiced pumpkin pudding that I don’t think made it into the scent line-up. This is a unique PPS version, with a deep, dark spice bouquet, it’s rare to find a savory pumpkin scent rather than sweet. No description available, but certainly nutmeg, ginger and a pinch of cinnamon are ingredients.

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Toxic Earth-Coffee, whiskey, caramel, cake, and lightly of beer…sprinkled with candy bones. Hmm, this is a strong Cuban-style coffee with a glug of whiskey to awaken the senses. No beer hops on cold but there’s almost a chocolate note, interesting. I prefer caramely Coffee Sprinkles to this brew however.

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Vampire Blood-Strawberries, persimmon, raspberry jam, pomegranate, cranberry, fig, and crushed vanilla beans with a sprinkle of brown sugar. I usually shy away from wax shaped as vital organs, but this sparkly cortex is perfectly detailed and such a shiny pink that it captures more of a kooky mad scientist vibe than zombie meal. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the queen of elaborate wax design. The scent transmits a muddled fruit, similar to The Sweetest Thing without the floral.

Any thoughts on The Bathing Garden’s planned switch to announced RTS restocks? When I first heard the news, thanks to an IG friend’s posting, my knee-jerk reaction was “Oh please no!” Not a battle for products, a lá Hunger Games style, not with TBG, one of the few vendors one can count on getting what they want. Upon further thought, this could be happy news if it means getting my tarts faster, assuming I can get them. Shannon’s assured she will replenish the stock at least once per collection. It sounds similar to Super Tart’s current releases, with Shannon’s being seasonally based. My hope is the restocks won’t be during the middle of my workday as with so many brands. In a public service job, hanging out on my phone or computer ordering wax is out of the question. Though I don’t like change, I am hoping for the best. What’s your opinion on the news and will you be ordering any summer blends before the change occurs?