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?

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.

Windy City Wicks- Disney Duo

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I couldn’t resist a short Beauty and the Beast related post as I haven’t been this excited for a fandom movie in I don’t even know how long. As much as I’d have liked to attend on opening weekend, there’s some schedule coordination involved amongst my family, but we plan to see it soon. Belle’s story was an overlooked Disney fairy-tale when I was growing up, my favorite was always Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, however, I appreciate Belle’s princess origins much more as an adult. I saw the touring stage production last year and am enthralled by the music and characters’ tragic stories. Not to mention the stellar cast featured in the film; Emma, Dan and Ewan, be still my British-loving heart.

Not a true Disney World devotee, preferring Universal Studios instead, I usually skip past wax vendors who feature all the Disney scent tie-ins. I don’t know what the inside of the Grand Floridian hotel smells like, nor have I had a Dole pineapple whip, I would certainly try one, though.

Windy City Candle Wicks is one such vendor that specializes in Disney themed goods. In anticipation of the BatB movie release, I was gifted some cute merch including melts from this shop which I saved for this weekend.

Main Street Confectionery- Take a walk down Main Street USA at Walt Disney World and stop in the Confectionery, you are sure to be greeted with the delightful aroma of sugar, vanilla and cotton candy.

This was actually my niece’s clamshell, but she didn’t care for the scent so she passed it along to me. (She has a discerning taste which seems to only allow vanilla, strawberry and pumpkin.)

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As I’ve turned into a pink sugar disciple in all it’s forms lately, I happily warmed this up. Strangely, the overriding aroma is a too tart chalky scent. Very much like crushed up baby aspirin and bubble gum. Once warmed awhile the sticky top notes dissipate into a tolerable fruitiness, but without the light sweet spun sugar presence; these strawberries have gone sour.

One cube gave a medium-strong throw, but I soon changed it out. I do appreciate the note the vendor provides stating her wax performs well in Scentsy warmers. I find so few soy brands that do. These are 3 oz. soy wax for $ 4.oo ea.

Be Our Guest-Straight off the dessert menu at Disney’s “Be our Guest” restaurant comes the strawberry cream cheese cupcake. With scents of vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling and cream cheese icing.

Fruity and bakery are not my favored melts, yet this smells delicious on cold. Swirls of strawberry cream layered on a base of delectable moist, fluffy yellow cake. The cream cheese icing is not sour, providing a richly glazed finish.

Light to medium strength, I added a second cube, enjoying this scent more than the notes gave me reason to predict. It’s not an authentic berry nor a fresh from the oven homemade cake note, however, it’s a decent stand-in. And what I presume a Disney World cupcake might taste like. This melt is currently sold out online, but available in candles.

Fitting for a Beauty and the Beast inspired fragrance, by melting these, I’m reminded that you can’t always judge a scent by its outward description and appearance.

Any favorite Disney fragrances of yours, real or inspired? Which hero/heroine do you admire most?

 

 

 

Spring scents & suds

The irony of posting about spring scents today is not lost on me as my area sits blanketed under a half foot of snow that’s been falling since Monday night. It looks more like winter around here than all of January and February put together. Still, what better time to daydream of throwing the windows open and letting in the scents of spring?

I had a request to review recent Bath and Body Works‘ soap purchases that I may or may not have needed. This is my first gentle foaming hand soap review, here goes:

Beautiful Blue Skies– Dewy blossoms, a kiss of citrus & sheer driftwood. Most unique of the bunch that smells sweeter when opening the bottle than it does in use. A pleasing mix of citrus is the forward scent softened by a rain-kissed floral, my kind of bouquet. I detect lemony notes and possibly orange blossom.

While not alcohol fumed, or soapy smelling at all, this scent doesn’t linger on the hands after use except for the gentlest citrus kiss.

French Lavender– a soothing blend of fresh lavender with hints of amber. B&BW’s does lavender well and this is no exception. Smells as realistic as if you’ve crushed lavender buds in your hands. Slightly woody but not overly so, I enjoy the powdery finish from the amber. The longest lasting afterward, it was nice to smell the lavender when lifting my hands to my face 30 minutes later.

Pretty Pink Peony– Blushing peony, jasmine petals & sandalwood. I prefer sweeter peony to headier rose fragrance. This scent carries a strong sugar note in the bottle but has an elegance to it. The most fragrant blooms are present as the lather hits warm water, however, the scent dissipates before the bubbles are down the drain. Wish it lingered a little on the skin.

Cool Coconut Colada– Creamy coconut, lime granita & spun sugar. Yummy! Reminiscent of a frozen Pina Colada, substituting lime rind instead of pineapple. I would love to have this scent in wax, and in a cocktail. Similar to, but not the same as the popsicle label version from last year, due to the addition of lime; perfect for summer. CCC lasted 2nd longest on my skin, with a touch of coconut present a few minutes after.

There was another soap sale this weekend, but I have a little stash going already, so I didn’t partake. I’m still working my way through my Winter bottles, tucking these away for warmer months. My favorite of the festive season scents is hands down VMM:

Very Merry Meringue– Whipped lemon meringue, glazed sugar & a hint of vanilla. Not usually a fan of lemon sugar scents, this one is a perfect balance of sweet cream, tangy crystal citrus and decadent vanilla. It brings me back to a lemon dessert I had in childhood, that I just can’t place. Gorgeous and long lasting fragrance.

 

Spring first edition scents by Yankee Candle:

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Emerald Isle– Top:Fresh Meadow, Mid:Green Tea, Wood Anemone, Base:Musk. For me, these notes don’t represent Emerald Isle’s warmed fragrance well. It’s bursting with juicy grapefruit and a reedy green leaf, the likes found around marshes more than meadows. There is a crispness from the green tea and a complexity to it. Much more than just a fresh, or fruity scent. I’m happy YC broke away from the grassy Lucky Shamrock they’ve done forever, it gave me a headache.

These melt cups have a fragrance life of approximately 24 hours. This throws medium, with alternating notes present.

Honey Lavender Gelato– Top:Blackberry,   Mid:Lavender, Base:Vanilla Cream, Honey. On first impression, a toothy gelato; on second, sweet lavender; but warmed, very, very berry. Like many, I was freaking over this scent when previewed, but it didn’t deliver anything special.

Essentially, it’s berries and cream. At least blackberry is my jam, of the jammy scents. My tart threw medium-strong. A nice berry variant but I wished for so much more.

(Let me know if anyone wants a review of any of the rest.)

Yankee released a second spring edition a month ago which I haven’t yet purchased from, but I’m excited for one that I sniffed, Black Sand Beach. Now I’m waiting for just the right sale.

Which new spring scents are you falling for? Have you tried the new Paradise soaps collection? Hope you’re all well and warm if in this snow storm.