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? 

Mixin’ it up

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Inspired by a conversation with Kari, one of the sweet Yankee Candle Sisters, I’m showing off some mixology I’ve been melting this month. My endless stash of Yankee Candle tarts have nearly been forgotten since discovering vendor wax, but what else is a girl to do when she’s on a wax ban and isn’t sure when her customs and pre-orders are arriving? She returns to her wax roots, in my case, Yankee Candle. Kari mentioned experimenting with mostly bakery blends, while I gravitate to the fresher end of the spectrum. I aimed to challenge myself with a few and am mostly happy with the results.

Fails: Of course, not every combo is a winner.

Coconut Beach + Coastal Breeze

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I wish I’d tried Coconut Beach before mixing to judge it’s throw, combined with this, I only got a hint of perfumed coconut. The Coastal Breeze was a little old and may have lost it’s aroma, making this combo as pale in scent as it looked. My hoped for combo of Salty sea air/Coconut was a dud.

Black Sand Beach+Oceanside=Midnight Beach (Did I mention I love naming my creations?)

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I enjoy both of these especially having a patchouli heavy summer option with an added driftwood note in Black Sand Beach. This combo failed because the BSB simply overpowered my beloved Oceanside. Though, a watery marine note did enhance the patchouli, there wasn’t enough of a balance to be a proper mix. I think I’ll take the remaining half of Oceanside and mix with the leftover Coconut Beach and see what happens instead.

Successes:

Macintosh+Juicy Peach=Summer Jam. Inspired by Yankee’s retired MacIntosh & Peach candle which I never got a chance to try.

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Macintosh is a most beloved scent but doesn’t do anything for me on it’s own. Mixed with a summer fruit, it creates a punch of tart tangy apple and golden sweet peaches. Sugary, but not overly so, the combo becomes reminiscent of a fruit jam. It is a winner. Unfortunately, I don’t think Yankee offers a straight peach scent in their current lineup, but I believe this would also work with Mango Peach Salsa. I love this enough to get the candle if it ever makes a return appearance.

Lavender Vanilla+Stormwatch=The Calm before the Storm

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I’m not sure how often I’d mix these two but the lavender brought out the floral note in Stormwatch and the rich vanilla softened it’s somewhat soapy aspect. As they’re both singly wonderful I was surprised to find they were improved upon when combined. The result is a strong fresh floral perfume.

Dreamy Summer Nights+Golden Sands+Beachwood=I dream of summer

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Beach Wood dominates and is enhanced by the powdery vanilla of DSN and cool musk of Golden Sands. The GS is honestly too subtle and gets lost, but the triple blend makes for a more exciting beach fragrance as I’ve always found the woody note to be on the bland side. A soft, soothing blend for a cool summer night.

Peach Cobbler+White Gardenia=Southern Charm*

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Here’s an example of two scents I wouldn’t melt in wax on their own, the gardenia being too strong of a floral and the cobbler too sweet of a bakery fragrance. However, put together the combo is a revelation. Intoxicating gardenia blossoms become toned down by the syrupy nectar of brown sugar, peach juice and crumbly crust. This would make a stunning perfume or body mist.

*I’ve had success melting votives in my Yankee Scenterpiece warmer, but when using tarts, which have harder wax, it takes much longer to liquefy. I recommend using a few small bite-size tart pieces, but votives are better yet.

Fresh Mint+Juicy Grapefruit=Pink Julep

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Oooh, I adore this blend. The tangy grapefruit carries an earthy tone which blended with mint leaf becomes a vibrant cocktail of mouthwatering refreshment. Sparkling citrus and crisp mint make a crowd-pleasing combo. Yankee should create this fragrance!

Granny Smith+Sugar and Spice=Granny’s Pantry

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My goal with this blend was to find a complementary scent for green apple that didn’t involve caramel. I don’t care for overly caramel scents, but am also dreaming up combos for my green-apple-scent-loving niece, who is very finicky with her preferences. She likes apple, buttercream, vanilla, marshmallow, watermelon and pumpkin. I almost grabbed my French Vanilla or Merry Marshmallow until spotting S+S. Succulent green apples are drizzled with golden butter, warm tonka bean, brown sugar and spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Not your standard spice mix, there is an additional toasted nutty flavor in which I can almost taste the crunchy note. I’m pleased as punch that I gave this combo a try and can’t wait to share it with her this fall.

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Now, I’ll spill a secret…I used to dream up scent combos all the time as a YC employee. We were tasked with offering a ‘complementary scent’ with customers’ candle choices and I favored matching a fragrance with a companion. I even kept scent pairing lists. It’s been fun trying out some ideas with the stash I have, not quite as many as offered in store, but close. As a vendor wax customer I’m much more inspired nowadays, thanks to the innovative blends vendors are brewing up. I plan to return to my YC roots again with a festive mixology version later this year.

Do you practice mixology? Are there any appealing combos above, or some favorite blends of your own? Nothing’s too far out there for me to pair up.

186th Day Recap (aka Midyear)

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Am I the only one who keeps used wax for way too long?

If the 186th day of the year is meaningless to you, that’s because it should be. It is not the midway point of the calendar year, that was July 2nd, the 183rd day. I wished to post my annual mid-year recap then, but was out of town a lot in June, pushing back my monthly Best/Worst to the 2nd. Then there’s a Band of Bloggers post to think about and…you get the idea. All in all, its been a much better year so far than 2016.

Favorite Candle:

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Water Garden-Yankee Candle 

Most Disappointing:

Black Chamomile-BBW Stress Relief. Loved on cold, zero throw.

Best non-reviewed candle:

Black Tea Rose-Bath and Body Works. Cedarwood love.

Top 10 favorite melts (so far):

10.Wine Cellar-BBW. Semi-sale pickup reviewed in January, still holding as a favorite. I’ll be getting this in a candle.
9. Melisandre-House of Phoebe.
8. Blue sugar/Shave cream-Sassy Girl Aroma.                                 
7. Rock Star/Olive Branch-Rosegirl’s (gift). Look, a Lush dupe fave! 
6. Balance+Glow-Candles From the Keeping Room (gift).
5. Briarcliff/Rosemary’s Baby-Super Tarts. I put these 2 together because they were both surprise hits. Briarcliff has an ST mac apple note I can handle and shaving cream I love. Rosemary’s Baby is the first rosemary mint scent to have me enamored. Also, they are good melted together!
4. Delilah-House of Phoebe. I’ve never tried a creamier vanilla.

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3. Sugared Pie Crust-The Bathing Garden. As much as I love TBG, it almost didn’t make the list. Then I remembered this amazing sample. To die for.

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2. Bad Romance-Pour Girl’s Wax. One of the first Vanilla Lace/Shaving Cream blends I’ve heard about back in February. Team fresh heaven!

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1. Fresh Cucumber/Pink Sugar– Rosegirls. This #1 surprised even me because I tend to like more complex blends. So simple, fresh and realistic, but unique and perfect.

Current favorite scent notes: Shaving Cream, Pink Sugar, Cedarwood.

Future favorite prediction: It could be Vanilla Lace, though like nearly everybody else, I’m into Salty Sea Air blends too.

Scent note I’d like to see retired: Fruit Loops, loopy’s, fruity pebbles. Yuck! Cereal seems endlessly popular, however, so not likely.

Top 3 vendors:

Rosegirls-No arguments here as RG is one of the most beloved vendors ever. Availability was the only obstacle compared to my 1+2, but for now, at least mini-melters are open for a few months. I’m hoping with the updated website, and consistent pre-orders, RG will be more accessible from now on.

House of Phoebe-complex house blends in my favorite types, combined with personal customer service and accessibility. Only open less than a year, some growing pains are bound to occur, but it’s a small business vendor I’m proud to support.

Super Tarts-innovative, consistent and constant. Best fandoms and comprehensive scent list. If only Brandy would update on Instagram as well as Facebook. I’d also prefer less broken clamshells, but ST has the strongest throwing stuff around, pushing it to the top.

Favorite Indie body care: Just starting to dip my toes into the body care product pool, I tend to get one or two items from a vendor rather than a full body regimen.

Best product: The Dirty Goat’s natural deodorant. Faster production and newly shorter turnaround time makes it even better. Relieved to be restocked for awhile, I’m going to try for some of the hair products next time.

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Scents: Tonka, Coconut Milk, Mermaid

Best shower scrub: The Bathing Garden’s Shea Butter sugar scrub in Evernight. I aim to try all of TBG’s scrub formulations.

Best lotion: Soak + Unwind’s aloe lotion sample. Many more of these wonder lotions on the way, very excited to have found this brand.

Worst vendor haul: Fresh Picked Scents. Every body product had issues, also my least favorite wax scents this year.

Favorite Wax haul: Pour Girl’s WaxI’m out of nearly all of my PG scents and I’m really missing them, hope to hear of a restocking soon.

What I’m looking forward to for the second half of 2017:

  • The arrival of my Sniff My Tarts custom orders. The waiting is said to be the hardest part.
  • Testing more body care products. I just hauled items from Salted Rock Bath Co.
  • My first Fakery Bakery Wax haul coming sometime in July.
  • Picking up several Rosegirl’s mini-melters after my wax ban ends in August.
  • There are about 15 new-to-me vendors I’d like to try, I think I’ll do a poll to gauge which ones I should order from and review. 

That’s half a year gone. Am I getting old, or are they starting to pass by faster? Any scents or vendors above that you favor too? Surprises? Scents I’ve missed out on, what’s on your best/worst list?

 

Sniff My Tarts-custom blend list

Beads of sweat appeared as my hot little hands hovered over our laptop keyboard on Saturday morning. Months of dreaming up fragrance blends, list making and revising all led up to this moment; the Sniff My Tarts 30 minute custom opening.

20170521_080552As a first time custom wax customer, I was anxious about ordering for many reasons, from computer glitches to untested blending skills. Luckily, I wasn’t going into SMT completely nose-blind. My lovely blogger friends shared some of their custom blends, giving me a generous taste of SMT’s scent offerings. I’d also have been much more in the dark if one of my besties hadn’t joined the Facebook group just to keep me updated on the custom news front-that’s friendship! She is very welcome to any of these, assuming they work out.

Order 1: The Spring/Summerish order

8 oz chunk pie:

*Barbershop overpour, Aveda rosemary mint, pink sugar

9 oz muffins:

*Blue Raspberry overpour, Sweet lavender, Cotton candy, Rosemary mint (inspired by a scent from Tori’s Tarts, not sure what the raspberry note was exactly but hoping this comes close)

10 oz No fuss chunks:
*Sun ripened raspberry overpour, fresh basil, spearmint (a collaboration w/my friend for a nice summery blend)

*Salty sea air overpour, Barbershop, Sandalwood

4 oz frosted cookies:

*Japanese cherry blossom, juicy grapefruit, pink cotton candy
*Apricot, swt lavender, angel food cake
*Sugared violets, vbn, blueberry noel (inspiration from Furianne, Liz’s blend)

Single scents:

Pink coconut
Lavender vanilla coconut milk
Vanilla baby powder

You can tell I started devising my customs during Springtime, with lots of herbal mint, floral and current favorite, shaving cream blends. I’m most excited for the chunk combos. I debated between blackberry and raspberry herbal mint, but thought the blackberry I tried was a little soft and might end up overpowered.

Noticing a lack of marine notes in the previous scents, I was overjoyed when Salty Sea Air popped up in the updated list. I have high hopes for that one.

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Loved this divine blend of Mango sorbet, Coconut cream pie and Vanilla waffle cone. I would have ordered it too, if I hadn’t pre-ordered the exact same scent from The Fakery Bakery wax, coming in July.

I made two separate orders hoping to get my summery blends sooner and to be less overwhelmed with a monster pile of wax all at once. Time will tell if this method proves successful.

Unfortunately, I made a mistake when transferring my paper list to the online cart and forgot to include my Creamy coconut, Chai tea, Coconut latte blend. A bummer as I really wanted to try SMT’s new Creamy Coconut, also because I planned it with my husband’s scent preferences in mind. I couldn’t get to the second, later time slot opening and thought 3 orders would be a tad excessive.

Order 2: The Fallish/Winter order

8 oz chunk pies:

*Buttercream sprinkles overpour, peppermint swizzle sticks, cream soda

*Marshmallow Fireside overpour, Sweet lavender, peppermint swizzle sticks

10 oz No fuss chunks:

*Barbershop overpour, Dragon’s Blood chunks

*Pie crust overpour, fallen leaves, marshmallow noel (inspired by Super Tarts’ Misery scent, with added mallow)

9 oz muffins:

*Lord of Misrule overpour, sugared violets, pink sugar, vanilla smoothie (inspired by Electric Love by Bonjour Wax Co)

4 oz frosted cookies:

*Cranberry spice, apple cinnamon, whipped cream

*Toasted pistachio, vanilla sugar

Single scents:

Eggnog Bread
Serendipity

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The above melt was a Lord of Misrule, peppermint swizzle sticks blend from a friend’s decorated wax cake. Melting it prompted me to include a second swizzle sticks pie. The little snowflake was revealed as the wax melted😊

Though I wanted one badly, I chose not to order a decorated wax cake. I’d rather spend the money on another combination instead, but I’m looking forward to seeing the beauty of these cakes as others receive them.

Now the long wait begins for my creations to be made. So does my summer wax ban, but at least it will be filled with visions of custom scents dancing in my head.

Okay ladies and gents, if any combo catches your eye, I’m very willing to trade for Creamy Coconut!

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?