The Fakery Bakery Wax-summer preorder

Such is this batty, in-between time of year, I’m posting a Summer preorder after a Halloween preview. This is the Fakery Bakery preorder placed in mid-May which arrived the Friday before Labor Day. Still feeling conflicted over posting about wax hauls in the face of such devastation and loss experienced by so many this month, however, I think I found a solution that makes me feel better about it, more on that at the end of September.

As I was getting into vendor wax in a hard core way last Spring/Summer, I noticed the adorably eye-catching products of The Fakery Bakery Wax. This happened to be around the time Athena, the maker, was slowing down on store openings because she was expecting a baby. I missed a Spring restock this year, so when I heard she was offering her first preorder, I jumped at the chance to try these darling creations.

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Around mid-July, Athena began updating with information that preorders wouldn’t be ready to go for the stated turn around time of 8 weeks. She was waiting on additional wax and expressed the amount of orders were more than initially planned for; communication through Instagram updates continued. She expressed her gratitude to everyone for their patience and even poured extra ‘Thank You Gift’ melts for her customers. I appreciated this level of communication and awareness that some people might be disappointed. Then I just had to sit back and wait for my shipping notice and rejoice when my happy melts arrived.

Para-soy Wax cup duos:

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Mango Milk– mango sorbet/sugar milk. Hearing good things on this scent I couldn’t wait to try it. Upon opening the cup, I was hit by a powerful plastic odor. Slightly nauseating, as my nose adjusted, the bright  fruit came out and assured me I’d be able to melt it. I believe the plastic smell comes from the mix of oils, NOT the plastic containers for 2 reasons: the other scent in the cups didn’t contain the smell and I’ve received this same blend as a gift, from a different vendor, with the exact same plastic note.  

You can never go too wrong with Mango Sorbet, if you like that orange sherbety goodness. Happy to say once melted, the strong plastic mostly dissipated and the punchy mango took over. Succulent and juicy fruit, while already creamy from the sorbet, is enhanced by sugar milk elevating the creamy factor immensely. As cooling and appetizing as a frothy Mango Lassi, ooh, gonna have to get one of those soon. Strong performer in the living room using only half a melt.

Mermaid Dreams- peppermint/salty sea air/lavender. An intense peppermint topped with a few lavender sprigs. My husband really liked it, but I’ve yet to find a Salty Sea Air blend that can stand up to stronger scented oils and this is no exception. The mint is sharp and acquires an astringent note from the lavender, giving the blend a medicinal finish. Another powerful throw from half a cup in my 18 watt warmer.

Souffle cups $6.75 ea.

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Cake By the Ocean- pink sugar/shaving cream/ocean breeze. A hugely popular scent by FBW, I was happy to get the opportunity to try. The caramelized sugar present in Pink Sugar is the star of this blend, freshened up by distinctive shaving cream. Ocean Breeze contains sea water, ozone and lily of the valley, but is undetectable thus far. Popping in my warmer produced a sweet musky aroma with a light throw.

Triton- blue sugar/shaving cream/sea salt blossom/lavender. A highly fresh scent that actually smells like the sea shore, huzzah! A perfectly composed fragrance for a hot summer day; salty sea water, sheer green floral, fresh marine spray without any suntan oil. Made more invigorating by bracing Blue Sugar cologne and cooling shave cream. Fresh and floral scent lovers should be elated by this balmy fragrance with a light-medium throw. I recently enjoyed a Himalayan salt spa and Triton has got a similar relaxing aura going on.

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Twirl- mango sorbet/coconut cream pie/waffle cone. A friend sent a similar blend from a custom order, so I already knew it to be good, but holy moly, this combo is heavenly. Coconut cream pie transforms mango into a decadent dessert and the waffle cone completes the ice cream experience missing from Mango Milk above. Luscious sweet coconut with hints of creamy vanilla, crumbly graham cracker crust and sugar crusted waffle cone poured over the rich mango fruit chunks. My favorite facets of this scent are warm toasty notes of coconut and baked wafers atop cool, refreshing sorbet. Those decorative sprinkles are enough to make me twirl like a kid wrapping my fingers around a swirled ice cream filled cornetto.

Extra “thank you” cubes:

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You’re sweet- salt water taffy. So good, you can almost taste it. These are as delicious-smelling as they are adorable. Thank you!

Samples:

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I sent Gran on with a friend’s order. It smelled like a yummy fall mix of apples, spice, and graham crackers. A crowd pleasing melt. The bundt shape in Do Bad Things melted  golden pools of butter with heavy handfuls of clove and cinnamon. It lasted for 3 days!

Because the wax cups outperformed the souffles and were poured in May compared to August, I think cure time is necessary for this wax. Only a tad disappointed that I received my scents near summer’s end and because I was splitting a few with a friend, I hoped for her to get them sooner. Our weather forecast is hot and sunny this weekend though, and I’ll delight in melting these as a summer send-off. Soaking up a little more summer is never a problem for me. 

What’s your philosophy on preorders? Are reviews helpful when the scents are no longer available and the season is past? Do you prefer restocks instead?

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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? 

Vendor Feature-House of Phoebe Wax

This kaleidoscope of color represents one of my absolutely adored vendors. I named HoP my favorite find of 2016 in my year-end recap. Recently celebrating six months in business, House of Phoebe excels in my favorite scent types-earthy, woodsy, masculine, smoky and citrus. The store re-opened last week after a hiatus and I’m eager to check out the new fragrances Casey whips up.

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Each carefully wrapped black & cream package with gleaming golden touches presents a gift befitting of royalty, the 1.5 oz. cups inside resemble precious sparkling gems.

The scent list is extensive and I’ve tried dozens. Because reviewing them all would be impossible, I shared a few of my favorites below. The melts run $1.35 and are sprinkled with shimmering glitter. Full-size samples included with every order. The categories featured on the HoP website are organized a bit differently, I grouped mine for broader simplicity.

Incense/Resins/Earthy:

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Baron La Croix-Cuban tobacco, earthy woods, musky sweetness.

Daenerys-Dragons blood, incense, bonfire, and blood orange. There is a quality spectrum of Dragon’s Blood oils, from rich smoky spice to sharper flowery notes. This falls on the good end, with an edge. Imagine descending to the rocky depths of cool cavern air, rivulets run down the walls, when a sharp tinge of smoke creeps up…there be dragons ahead. A burnt offering of incense, fire and blood orange must be made.

Melisandre-Firewood, amber, currant, patchouli. Establishes it’s scent before you realize it, then it’s everywhere, permeating the room with spice and sweet smoke. As beguiling and mysterious as it’s namesake inspiration.

Rebel Rebel-Lord of Misrule type (patchouli, sandalwood, citrus, black pepper) mixed with cedar, earthy moss, woody myrrh, and musky florals.

Third Eye-Saffron, sandalwood, leather, frankincense, and a touch of violets. Feathery wisps of sandalwood lighten resinous frankincense. Leather provides a backbone to the powdery essence yet remains supple and tender, so as not to overpower. This fragrance soothed my inner savage beasts as I sought needed solitude to dwell in my own mind’s eye, and speculate on life, growth, change. I need to repurchase this peaceful, calming blend.

Vendetta-Smoky myrrh, scorched earth, a touch of citrus and light florals. The only bitter quarrel I’ll have is with myself if I don’t acquire more of this moody, musky, myrrh-soaked blend. Thank you Casey for fulfilling my sample request on this one, well done!

Citrus:

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Bless Her Heart-Sweet iced tea and lemon bars.

Bungalow-A tropical mix of pineapple, citrus fruits, and pomegranate over subtle tones of vanilla.

Mina-White tea leaves and lemon over earthy woods, rose petals, and a mixture of green florals.

Stars Chase the Sun-Orange citrus, bergamot, ginger, cypress, and rosewood.

Sansa-Sweet lemon cakes over notes of cedar and spruce. This was House of Phoebe’s first scent creation, inspired by Game of Thrones. (Character inspired scents related to the character are a must). 

Sugared lemon petit fours layered with chiffon cream and laced with delicate fondant served on a gilded tray. If cakes aren’t enough to send a young maiden into rapture in order to gain her secrets, then the clever nuance of blue spruce and sturdy cedarwood should do the trick.

On the lighter side, but I’m glad for it as both lemon sugar and cedar oils can be too much in heavy doses. I first received Sansa as a sample last August and adored it ever since. I try to grab it when available because I need this scent in my life.

Woody/Earthy:

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Forest Fairy-French lavender, lush green earth, sage, and eucalyptus. In love and admittedly confused by this one. I know I smelled a strong green minty tone when melting, and don’t believe I’m confusing eucalyptus with mint because they often pair together. Maybe it’s a more of an herb garden fairy? Either way, it’s fresh and strong.

Frau Holle-A blend of roasted pinecones and fir balsam with hints of apple and vanilla sweetness. A true-to-life fir tree essence enhanced by pinecones crunching underfoot.

Ygritte-Earth and foliage, spruce, and a hint of crackling firewood. Crisp, woody, smoky, warm, it holds every element I love about being outdoors on late fall days. Strong enough throw to melt half a cup.

*Better Call Saul-Cocobolo wood and boozy tobacco. (not pictured) An eye-opening experience, as if relaxing in a zen spa setting, a steam room outfitted in coastal cocobolo wood and tropical teak. My first cocobolo scent, but hopefully not my last. A HoP favorite.

Masculine:

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Arya-Freshly fallen snow, warm hay, leather

Asha-Driftwood, sage, aquatic florals, sea moss, and rum.

The Bear and the Maiden Fair: Brienne (Clean citrus, rain water, mountain air) x Penny Dreadful (Herbal tincture of poppy and lavender)

Brienne-Clean citrus, rain water, mountain air. One of HoP’s most popular fragrances. It’s SUPER FRESH. If that’s not your happy scent place, it will likely overwhelm.

I’ll let you in on a secret to why I think this scent is beloved…it smells exactly like a swimming pool. One sniff reminds me of long ago summers; padding gingerly across hot concrete, peeking over the edge for that glimpse of crystal clear, shimmering water, first wading, then jumping into the bracing coolness. It also carries the tangy note I enjoy from aquatic plants and greenery.  Not chemical, or crisp, but misty and potent.

Outlaw-Vanilla liqueur, oak, leather, cherry tobacco

Floral:

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Amaterasu-Fresh bamboo, sweet lemongrass, coriander, and sandalwood

Earthling-Lavender and pink sugar.

Margaery-Crisp summer fruits over a bed of roses. My favorite rose scent ever. More rosewatered than fresh rose. Imagine a bowl of stewed fruits and dark berries just leaching their juice, layered with sugar and sprinkled with rose petals. It’s soft, summery, and special.

Penny Dreadful-Herbal tincture of poppy and lavender

Fruity:

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Cersei– Sweet white grapes, bergamot, and myrrh, the perfect mix of sweet and sunny fruits and smoky darkness. Saving this for July’s Game of Thrones season premiere.

Delilah – A mix of vanilla, amber, heliotrope, tuberose, and birch. No explicit fruit notes, but on cold it gave a fruity sweetness. Upon melting, the most decadent vanilla I’ve smelled flowed forth into creamy, gourmand heaven. No floral appears, just divine velvety cream with hints of golden fruits and amber. At risk of repeating myself, I need to repurchase Delilah soon.

Screen Door in a Hurricane-Rich coconut, vanilla absolute, and tiare flower with a touch of lavender

Violet-Sugared lemons and blueberries, jasmine, violets, vanilla and cedar. One of the few HoP misses for me. A very muddled note smelled off immediately, the blueberry was the strange smelling culprit, I think. Wouldn’t repurchase.

Sweet:

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Decadent and Depraved-Candy cigarettes frosted in vanilla buttercream and pink sugar. Who conjures candy cigarettes scents? Maybe I’ll try this when I have the kids visit, as I don’t think candy cigarettes are widely available anymore. 

It’s Good to Be Queen-Rich black tea steeping next to fluffy white cake. Casey represents the classic blends well too, like this tea and cakes.

Outliers: scents which don’t easily fit into a category 

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Aristides-Mint Julep; bourbon and mint with a hint of powdered sugar. Brimming with a cool freshness, but thought it too minty sharp and boozy for my nose. My sister ordered some and raved about it, however. 

Lonely Girl-Tea rose, cardamom, vanilla, currant, and peach

Bastet-A rich blend of Egyptian amber, patchouli, jasmine, citrus, and musk. An unexpected surprise due to its subtle cold throw. Bastet, an Egyptian goddess, transports me to a balmy southern clime where smoky smudge pots of incense alight a green orange grove at dusk. The aroma of night blooming jasmine mingles with sacred oils. Misty amber clouds envelop the crisp night air beneath a perfumed veil. Stunning.

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Why do I love House of Phoebe so? The artistic blends ALL created in-house, affordable luxury, courteous customer service and the gorgeously saturated wax pools aren’t bad either. If I could suggest any future endeavors for HoP, I’d love to see clamshells make an appearance. They store easily and I know Casey would decorate them beautifully.

Update: sadly, my favorite shop has closed this September. If anyone has extras of the GoT melts, let me know in the comments or on Bio page! I wish Casey lots of luck in her new endeavors.

Bonjour Wax Co.- Mini wax haul

A mini-haul because the order was split with my sister, who made me proud by successfully purchasing from her first timed restock (noon EST restocks don’t work for me). She got the “Paris is Always a Good Idea” sampler and received a yummy Gaston melt cup sample too.

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Who is Bonjour Wax Co, if you don’t already know? A small business operated from Florida by a young mom striving to generate a way to stay at home with her little daughter while creating innovative home fragrance with palm wax.* Mandi, the business owner, has such talent; I’m one of many who’s happy to enjoy her products.

Julie over at The Redolent Mermaid featured Mandi’s melts awhile back. But I’d first heard the name (love the inspiration from a Paris trip) when one of my friends introduced me to Bonjour last fall, after purchasing a Create-Your-Own sampler. I was used to introducing her to wax vendors instead, so when I sniffed the earthy, spicy melts from a company I hadn’t heard of, I immediately searched out Bonjour and placed an order shortly afterward.

What Bonjour does best, in my opinion, is create fun, pop-culture inspired samplers. Culled from binge-watched shows on Netflix such as Stranger Things and television icons, like Bob Ross, Mandi is humorously in tune with the masses. Currently featuring a Dr. Who sampler, still available when I last checked.

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Easter Bunny Cakes– 2 oz. 2-pack, $3.75. Another Bonjour strength is the care put into the wax decoration, these bunnies being a sweet example. Toasted coconut, vanilla bean buttercream, sugar & cream cheese frosting make a decadent spring bakery blend.

I don’t always enjoy bakery, but when accented with coconut, it’s usually a hit. The truly stand-out note is the buttercream. It’s rich, creamy layers evoke a confectionery showpiece worthy of the most prestigious Parisienne bakery.

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I suspect I may have enjoyed this scent more than other bakery types because instead of a cake base, it’s all frosting-glorious gourmand frosting. The cream cheese is delicate and fluffy, not at all curdled, like some cream cheese scents. And, seriously, that’s one delicious buttercream oil. The bunny threw a light-medium in my living room.

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3 single melt cups, approx 1.4 oz., $2.25 each:

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Peonies-Peony, orange blossom, musk & vanilla. I recently lamented to some blogger friends that it can be difficult to find non-offensive, non-allergy inducing floral blends in wax. Enter Bonjour Co., offering an impressive list of true to life florals and varieties mixed with fresh, spice, sweet, etc.

Peonies is a straightforward flowery scent. Softer than a pungent rose, yet brighter and greener than violets. As Peonies bloomed upon warming, the floral notes perfumed my home with vines of powdery musk and lush, sunny blossoms. As I opened the windows, I could remember my French grandma’s garden as the air wafted in to mingle with the scent of fragrant petals. A medium-strong thrower that permeated two rooms.

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Electric Loveviolets, vanilla, patchouli & pink sugar. I can’t seem to get enough pink sugar scents lately, but I’d yet to try it with patchouli.

On cold throw, Electric Love is hands-down my favorite Bonjour scent, including the “Bromance” sampler I got in November. Sultry patchouli, cozy pink sugar, comforting vanilla accented by lightly sweetened violets makes a perfectly balanced combination.

Unfortunately, I experienced little warm throw at all. Trying 2 separate rooms, scooping out and retrying 3 different warmers and only capturing fleeting edges of pink sugar and hints of vanilla for my efforts. Disappointed, yet still obsessing over the scent, I’m willing to try it in the wax snaps version Mandi does to see if I can add more oz. and increase throw.

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My pickle wax dream has come true!

Doug’s Dill Fries– part of the Bob’s Burgers sampler, I got excited to see this cup was also offered separately. Described as crispy french fries, dusted with dill seasoning (innovative, or what?). Those who know me, know my love for pickles, especially the garlicky dill variety. A jar of pickles is a standing order on my grocery list and I always get extra on my sandwich, but how would it be in fragrance form?

The dusting of dill is rather light, but does come through. Oddly, so does a hint of coconut, perhaps these taters were fried in coconut oil? I’m keen on this herbaceous, savory scent which could have gone horribly wrong and overly sour. Instead it’s refreshing and somewhat tropical. Again, I wish it were stronger.

*A note on palm wax from Bonjour’s site: “I use sustainably sourced palm wax, phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils, and non-toxic dye. Palm wax is a natural wax free from paraffin and other petroleum by products. It creates beautiful crystallization patterns, holds scent well…”

I know of some Bonjour Wax lovers; what are your thoughts on palm wax and have you had poor performers too? Any strong scents I should be aware of, as I normally don’t have issues with throw? Have you tried her gorgeous wax snaps, or missed out during restocks?

Best & Worst-March

Best:

Month to attend the thea-tah, is March, apparently. From Playhouse Square to the school play, every weekend involved an aspect of attending some performance.

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During the state Speech tournament, I saw some exceptional performances. Judging a state quality competitive Humor round was a highlight. Marveling at the level of talent achieved by these speechies, it was awe-inspiring and fall-out-my-chair funny.

A suspenseful live show of Wait Until Dark was cool and creepy, it’s based off of my mom’s favorite Audrey Hepburn film. My mom enjoys thrillers, who knew? Then there was the Harry Potter CineConcert which was unique and beautiful.

Lastly, we finally saw Beauty & the Beast! Actually, about two weeks after a release is usually when I catch a film. I enjoyed it. Belle was radiant, the Beast could have been beastlier, but there was still a decent transformation of character. I was surprised by the heartfelt and emotional portrayal of Maurice by Kevin Kline, Gaston was the perfectly preening arrogant foil and Lefou, while not my favorite performance (I have a one-sided love/hate with Josh Gad) was well played, if a bit forced.

My only hesitation stopping a full on love fest for it was the CGI in some scenes. During the ballroom scene, the CGI was magical. I don’t think it worked as well in the supporting character transformations and the castle crumbling climax. Still, I’ve been singing the songs ever since.

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The best is yet to come

Best:

Reason to binge watch everything on my DVR- It seems the Mister and I are the last two people of my generation to finally cut the cable cords. From April 1st, it’s the tv streaming life for me. Any favorable recommendations Netflixters and Huluers? I checked out the top 50 currently playing Netflix series and think I’m only interested in a few I haven’t seen. Older series, Firefly and Bloodlines, and original content such as Stranger Things have intrigued me enough to commit, but there has to be more out there.

Melts of note:

While hurriedly binging on the tv seasons stored on our exiting DVR, I subconsciously at first, then purposely paired the shows with fitting fragrances to enhance the occasion.

“Turn:Washington’s Spies” (season 3)

Bonfire Bliss-Candles from the Keeping Room This mysterious melt grew on me with a much improved warm throw. Smoky, woody and dense; a perfect aroma for meeting in the woods to discuss treacherous plots, which the characters are constantly up to.

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Bright Copper Kettles from Yankee also suited the period drama, Paul Revere was a blacksmith and a patriot. It’s my most treasured cinnamon scent.

“The Big Bang Theory” (season I’ve lost count) There were tons of episodes stored up and I got through several but will miss the remaining dozen till I can grab a library copy.

Candied Blackberry Cookie Bread– K’s Kreations A lovely melt, gifted from a lovely person. Tangy, sugar infused blackberry with a crunchy bit of magic that must be the cookie bread. Fruity/bakery goodness in a feel-good scent for watching a feel-good show.

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Key Lime Cupcake w/Mountain Dew overpourSouthern Sisters Wax

This precious piggy mini-loaf was gifted by the Southern Sisters for correctly guessing their next wax sampler theme. (Dirty Dancing!) They are pop culture nuts and amazingly generous.

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I can’t believe how much I love this scent. Some fragrances work with fizzy, some don’t; the effervescence compliments the sweetness without adding to it. The key lime cupcake isn’t even needed but adds a creamy note that takes the edge off the lemon-lime. I don’t drink Mountain Dew but I will require more of this scent, it’s luscious.

“Outlander” (season 2)

Rose Jam SerendipitySniff My Tarts Nothing more serendipitous than Outlander’s plot-lines. Another generously gifted scent, I wasn’t taken with the Rose Jam because I found it watery and not rosy enough. However, the Serendipity note is fruity, creamy and yummy. I’m so smitten that I plan to order it in single scent form when Sniff My Tarts opens.

ClaireL3 Waxy Wonders

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I love an herbal scent that smells of garden herbs! The bergamot is soft, not harsh and the vanilla is tinged with a woody tone. As strong, bright and outdoorsy as it’s namesake.

Worst:

Not following through on my work wellness challenge. I got a few runs in and just restarted my yoga practice, but it was too little, too late for the challenge. On the bright side, nothing gets a butt in healthy gear more than a looming birthday. Mine’s two months away, yikes! Time to recommit to wellness.

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Johnny and I were literally dodging falling trees on this windy trail run in early March.

Worst:

A disappointing wax haul. It’s trivial in the larger picture of life, but still a downer. After a nine week TAT for my Lasting Scent Candles wax order, I was disappointed in much of it and received an incorrect fragrance. Of course mistakes happen and I’m reserving final judgment for when I’ve melted a few, and after hearing back from customer service.

Worst: 

Saying goodbye to the special group of seniors on our Speech team. The final performance fundraiser night is next week and at the thought of those last moments …words fail me.

Was everyone’s March as up and down as the crazy weather? Have you tried any melts that surprised and beguiled lately? More tv series and scent recommendations are appreciated.

Wax Haul-Sassy Girl Aroma

20170322_131342I had a plan, a wax purchasing plan whereby, I was only going to order from one larger and one smaller vendor each month. Fulfilling my desire for irresistible restocks while not going overboard, and allowing me to save extra spending money for my New York City trip in June without feeling deprived.

It started off swimmingly with my spring The Bathing Garden order promptly on March 1st and my fave smaller vendor House of Phoebe restocking mid-month. Then this happened. I was lounging one morning wondering what to do with my Saturdays now that speech season is over, when I caught wind of a Sassy Girl Aroma restock through fellow IG accounts. SGA is a vendor I’ve wanted to order from and whose wax I’d been gifted, but the scent list is of the overwhelming variety and I hadn’t looked up any blends. Telling myself there’s no harm in ‘just perusing’, I remembered reading of her shaving cream scents and used the shop search function to find one. A few choices were sold out just five minutes after the restocking, but when I found a loaf in Blue Sugar Shaving Cream, my wax plan was a distant memory.

Second only to shaving cream is my love of Pink Sugar types. I purchased 2 bakery chunk bags between 9-9.5 oz. based on weight, costing $9.95 each.

Pink Sugar/Serene Waters/Rainforest Sugarcane

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Fragrance: I can say without shame that I’ve deeply sniffed the contents of this bag for over 5 full minutes. One of the most satisfying and interesting fragrances that’s come across my nose. I believe PS/RFS is a popular SGA blend, but I’m not sure if it originated with this shop or elsewhere.

The initial note bursting forth in all it’s spring glory is the wild mint of the Serene Waters, the last note my palate registers is the fresh lime. Everything in between? Lush, dripping rain-soaked vegetation. Exotic blooms, green palm leaves swaying in a warm breeze, dewy water lilies floating in sun-dappled pools; suggesting a dreamy aquatic botanical garden.

This refreshing initial fragrance dissolves into the cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam sweetness of its Pink Sugar base. The playful pink sugar lingers and envelops the room.

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I’m remarkably taken with this distinctive green sea scent that isn’t grassy, but juicy and succulent.

Performance: medium strength for 4 hours before fading to light. SGA fans recommend curing the wax for a while before enjoying, which I will do, but couldn’t wait to try one of each blend first.

Pink Sugar/Lavender Mist

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Fragrance: Lavender Mist description- calming and clean, smooth with a touch of morning dew and sweet apple blossom, slightly herbal European floral.

I wouldn’t describe this lavender as very herbal in nature. I found it sweet and silky soft. The misty element really makes this a special house blend, soothing and romantic. When swirled with fluffy pink sugar, it’s bound to transmit me into sweet dreams.

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Performance: light-medium but with a two room radius, a perfectly performing background fragrance.

Blue Sugar Shaving Cream  One large 16-17 oz. loaf was $18.75

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My shaving cream adoration is probably well known by now, but I love it best when mixed with other fresh aromas.

Fragrance: combined with Blue Sugar, it may be a perfect match for the tangy, almost mouthwatering zestiness of the crisp bergamot and clean amber talcum of this barbershop blend.

The warmth and resinous woods of the spicy Blue Sugar enhance the already rich manly shaving cream, elevating it to a doubly divine scent. I may have to get my husband some of this Blue Sugar cologne, it’s a sexy beast.

Performance: medium-strong throw.

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Just look at those wax chunks, no skimping whatsoever.*

I will note the texture seemed crumblier than others I’ve tried. That and the amount of chunkage made it a tricky wax cutting job. Numerous chunks got in the way of even slicing, causing the overpour to break apart when cutting through. I probably should have microwaved it for a few seconds, but I’ll have to consider this before purchasing another chunk-filled loaf. For now, I just threw the broken bits back into the sealed bag, it would be a crime to waste a single crumb.

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No regrets for this detour from the plan. Finding three amazing affordably priced new blends was well worth it. I hope that SGA’s growing popularity doesn’t result in continual stress-filled competitive restocks. It would be nice to have an accessible vendor with this level of quality.