Sunday, March 26, 2017

L3 Waxy Wonders Preorder

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

I ordered these back in early January during a preorder sale. There were 100 different scent blends available, and at $1.50 a piece, it was too good to pass up.

Aslan - Cashmere, Twilight Woods and Sweater Weather. The juniper and berries in Sweater Weather really stand out here,  sweetened by a cozy vanilla musk. It sort of has a festive, holiday feel but I can't wait that long to melt it. This one might be a repurchase.

Bogart and Bacall - creamy coconut milk, musk and Golden Sands. A sweet blend of white tropical florals (jasmine mostly) and coconut with hints of vanilla musk. This is the only one I've melted so far and the throw is super strong with half a cup.

Cashmere Dragonfly in Amber - Cashmere, Lunar Eclipse and Blackberry Amber. White woods, amber, musk and sweet berries. This is a sensual blend, perfect for the bedroom.

Claire - fresh cut herbs, bergamot and vanilla. Mostly a zesty tomato leaf but there's something adding a little sweetness. I don't smell any vanilla at all, but I guess that's what it is from. This one is growing on me and I'd probably reorder.

Deep Throat - 1,000 Kisses and shave cream. Zesty orange and intoxicating orange blossom mixed with hints of sweet apricot and Barbasol shave cream to round it out.

Dirty Blonde - Blonde Moment, lemon, frosted lime cupcakes. Lots of fresh lemon with hints of champagne from the Blonde Moment scent. I do pick up some sour dairy notes that I've noticed in a few bakery lime blends, so we'll have to see how this does in the warmer.

Drink Me - strawberry raspberry guava, passionfruit nectarine, fizzy bubbly. Lemon lime soda mixed with Hawaiian Punch. I wish I had ordered more.

Lunar Eclipse Paradise Reef - a sweet blackberry floral blend with hints of musk. Smells like a B&BW store.

Murtagh - fresh cut grass, vanilla bean noel, sea salt and sea grass. Lots of grass sweetened with a creamy vanilla and just a touch of ocean breeze to freshen things up. Very pretty for springtime.

Peter the Magnificent - Peppermint White Velvet Bow (jasmine, white poppy, yuzu zest, white poinsettias and white velvet musk). This turned out much different than I had expected, but I love the end result. It's all peppermint and menthol with a soft white musk underneath that peeks out from time to time. Smells exactly like The Bathing Garden's popular Russian Ice Bath scent. I'll be reaching for this the next time my sinuses are stuffed up.

Salty Sea Air Salt Water Taffy - crisp ocean air and a super sweet vanilla. Like a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the boardwalk.

Sandy Claws - Eggnog vanilla marshmallow smoothies. Rich cream, buttery vanilla and lots of freshly grated cinnamon. Smells just like the real thing. Every time I sniff this, I close my eyes and wish it was Christmas morning already.

Through Dangers Untold - Southern Sunshine Pineapple Strawberry. Oooh! A blend of peach, orange and the truest pineapple imaginable. This is so good.

I'm pretty happy with this small order and plan on getting a few of these the next time they are offered. Drink Me and Through Dangers Untold are at the top of the list while Sea Air Salt Water Taffy, Aslan, Claire and Peter could also make that list once I melt them.

If you follow the Facebook group you can see when the brand is doing the next restock. There are always products available to order any time with ready to ship sales and preorders happening regularly.

Website @ L3 Waxy Wonders

Friday, March 24, 2017

Epically Epic Soap Co

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

This is a brand I've been meaning to try for a while now because I've heard so many great things about the lip balms. After browsing the website, it turns out that the owner, Allison, also offers a range of B&B products like body butters, soaps and sugar scrubs so I grabbed a little bit of everything. 

I saw a Facebook post announcing the new Island Heart collection that was inspired by her recent trip to Cuba. I was stationed in Guantanamo Bay many, many moons ago while in the military so this collection tugged at my heart. We were never able to leave the base and explore the island though, so I'm gonna live vicariously through her creations. 

The ordering process went off without a hitch. Her turn around time was listed as 2-3 weeks but I had the package in 10 days. Everything was packaged well with a free lip balm included. I'll start with the scents and then move on to the product reviews.

Anejo 7

Inspired by a finely aged bottle of Havana Club Rum. This has a less boozy scent than the real thing, but I picked out the notes dark vanilla bean, sugar cane and a hint of oak. 

If you ever wanted to bathe in rum, now you can. Deliciously boozy coconut and vanilla rum with a nice touch of oak to deepen the whole deal. I imagine this is what Jack Sparrow would smell like. 

Guava Pineapple

A perfect island breakfast. Tart guava and pineapple slices with a side of papaya, banana, passion fruit and garnished with a pink rose.

A sweet blend featuring papaya and pineapple as the stand out notes with some hints of floral and musk. I do notice a 'base' smell, although that may be from the oils and butters in the sugar scrub. 

Lavender Sugar Cookie
Warm, buttery, fresh baked sugar cookies with a twist of French lavender.

An opening of the prettiest herbal lavender over a drydown of buttery cookies sprinkled with large sugar crystals. I'm making a mental note to try more lavender scents whenever she offers them again. It's a soothing lavender that's somewhat sweet and without that icy, camphorous sting. Dreamy!

Malibu and Pineapple Juice
Delicious, tropical coconut rum and pineapple juice.

"If you like pina coladas..." This one makes me sing the song because that's exactly what this smells like. Deliciously tart and juicy pineapple mixed with rum and coconut cream. I can't believe how real this smells.  

Tropical Cola
The flavor of fizzy cola with fresh-squeezed lime and coconut milk.

Like a mix of Coca Cola and Sprite. There's a sharp kick of citrus over syrupy cola. It may sound like a strange combo but it smells so good!

Violet Mallows

This was a free sample that was generously included. I can't find it on the website so there's no official description. It smells like delicate purple petals with hints of fluffy marshmallow. More floral and not too sweet. 

Cold Process Soap

Olive oil, coconut oil, organic sustainable palm kernel oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, water, rum, fragrance, vanilla bean. $6.00

I love this soap. It lathers up nicely and gives off tons of bubbles, leaving my skin clean without feeling excessively stripped of moisture. It's heavily scented and the fragrance lingered around 20 minutes. 

Sugar Scrub

Cane sugar, turbinado sugar, olive oil, coconut oil, castile soap {water, olive oil, glycerin, potassium hydroxide}, shea butter, fragrance, mica color, jojoba beads, vitamin E, Optiphen Plus, grapefruit seed extract. $10.00

An oily type of scrub packed with medium grain sugar crystals and jojoba beads for some extra exfoliation. There's soap added to the formula but this scrub doesn't produce foaming lather (the website says this is to cut through any excessive oils left behind). The sugar is coarse and really scrubs hard, but it gets the job done. That dull, lackluster winter skin now has a nice sheen. It's packed full of butters and oils that feel heavy at first, but once I wash and dry off, my skin feels like I just used a lotion. The scent hangs around for a short while but it's light enough to not interfere with the lotion or perfume I'm using that day. 

Whipped Body Butter 

Macadamia butter, shea butter, fractionated coconut oil, colloidal oatmeal, jojoba, olive squalane, vitamin E, fragrance. $10.00

Allison isn't playing around when she calls this whipped. It has a spongy appearance from all those little air pockets and the jar is incredibly light weight. The feel is much lighter than most body butters I've tried but the formula is deeply moisturizing, making this something that I can use all year long. It spreads easily and I can take my time massaging it in, leaving behind silky soft skin. The lavender scent is strong but disappears quickly, leaving a faint sugar cookie aroma that hangs around for half an hour. 

Lip Balm

Olive butter, olive oil, candelilla wax, carnauba wax, virgin coconut oil, castor oil, olive squalane, vitamin E, shea butter, natural sweetener, flavor. $3.75

This is the product that I was most excited about and it really lives up to the hype! The formula is soft and glides smoothly over my lips with one or two swipes, lasting several hours between applications. Not too oily and not too tacky, which is exactly how I like it. It feels similar to the Haus of Gloi balms if only a tad less slippery. And the scents! That's the best part. These are the most realistic scents I've found in a lip balm and there are so many to choose from. No synthetic notes or heavy oil and butter smell. She also offers tinted balms, which I plan on trying soon. The ones I ordered are colored in the tube but go on clear. These are my new favorites, hands down!

I love everything here and would highly recommend giving the brand a try. The products are high quality and reasonably priced, the turn around time is fast, and the scents are mind blowing. The lip balms and body butter are my favorites that I plan on reordering in the future. Some of these scents and items are sold out but there are tons of products still in stock on her website and Etsy shop.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cosmic Cleanse Retro Restock

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

Here's another brand that I've been hearing great things about and finally got the opportunity to try. This time it's Cosmic Cleanse Scentsations, a wax and bath & body brand owned by Heidi and based out of Southern California. She carries a range of items such as body butters, bath soaks, sugar scrubs, whipped soaps, bar soaps, lip balms, and so much more. The few products I've tried so far are good quality, but they're even more special since you have the option to have them infused with CBD oil for no additional cost.

I talked about CBD a bit in a previous post but in case you missed it, here's the scoop. CBD is a chemical that naturally occurs in marijuana and is responsible for the therapeutic benefits. Pain relief is the main one but it is also shown to help with anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, gastric conditions and seizures. I started ordering these products for my daughter's inflammatory bone disease (you can read about it here) and she had such good results with CBD that I wanted to try it again. Most of these items are for her, but I also wanted to try some myself for general achiness.

The brand mostly operates through preorders although there are occasional ready to ship sales. I ordered on 1/15 and the box arrived on 2/24. Given the popularity of Cosmic Cleanse and the number of orders Heidi received, this turn around time is impressive. Even though this was a preorder, items can and *will* sell out. There was an opening that was supposed to run through this past weekend but she had to close down early in order to keep the turn around time manageable. It's not a Hunger Games style restock per se, but you do need to get in there early before her preset inventory is depleted.

First the scents and then the products themselves, all of which are infused.

California Love
Cali Kiss (Lush Calacas dupe) x Fizzy Soda Pop

Fresh limes and oranges plucked straight from the bush with effervescent bubbles to brighten things up even more. Heavier on the citrusy fizzy pop than the Lush dupe.

Fizz Fairy
Snow Fairy (Lush dupe) x Fizzy

Both scents combine to smell like a refreshing, sparkling pear. I've tried the Snow Fairy scent before and never noticed pear, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Kweens See Kweens
Strawberry, raspberry, guava and cotton candy

Somebody in the group described this as strawberry Sour Punch straw candies, and I totally see that. I'll just change that to say that it smells like sour straws once the sour has been licked off.

Party with Heidi
Fruity/fizzy cosmic house blend x fizzy soda

This was a free soap sample that was included (and I forgot to take a pic). It's an orange and lemon fizzy blend with punchy red berry notes. Really good!

Suicide Squad Goals
Serendipity, strawberry, raspberry, guava and Blonde Moment 

Berry punch with grapes (real grapes, not the Kool Aid or candy kind)

We All Float Down Here
Fresh ocean, shaving cream and sea salt

A mossy green scent with a clean ocean breeze and shaving cream to smooth it out. It has a masculine feel and reminds me of Haus of Gloi Selkie.

Miracle Budder

Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, fragrance/essential oils, vitamin E. 2 oz mini jar for $3.75 and 6 oz jar for $12.00

This looks thick in the jar but it has a surprisingly light-weight feel. It glides easily over my skin and I can take my time spreading it around before it soaks in with no greasy, heavy feel left behind. I used less than a dime sized amount to cover one leg, so this stuff should last a while. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple, but not all that moisturized. It will work fine by itself in the coming warmer months, but I'll probably have to layer it with something heavier once the weather cools down again and my skin begins to dry out. The scent lingers for close to an hour which is longer than most lotions and butters in my stash.

I ordered the infused version for both me and my daughter which contains approximately 500 - 600 mg of CBD oil. She's been using this stuff daily for the past month for the pain and inflammation in her arm and leg. A small dab of this product is all she needs, and within minutes the pain has subsided significantly. Her pain is pretty severe at times, often leaving her in tears and many restless nights, but she feels better within minutes and is able to sleep better now. Using a heating pad over the areas she applied the Miracle Budder to seems to work even better.

I ordered a mini jar for myself to try out on those pesky monthly cramps and soreness in my lower legs from crappy circulation. For my legs, I use a small amount and massage for a minute. The pain is completely gone in about 10 minutes and lasts for several hours. The menstrual cramps were still there after rubbing the Budder on my hips and lower back, but it was more of a crampy ache rather than a stabbing pain. It's not total relief, but the pain was diminished. I've also had a couple knotted muscles in the past month that I tried the Budder on, but I didn't notice a significant improvement. So far, I'd say that it works better on mild soreness rather than more painful muscle aches. That's just personal experience though. My daughter's pain is pretty bad at times and she loves the relief that she gets.

I did notice that there's no preservative in the ingredients, which is what prevents the growth of mold and germs. I've grown wary of this over the years after having to throw away products that have grown specks of mold even with a preservative in them. Generally I set new orders aside to use up older products first, or I use a lotion halfway and set the rest aside for future use. The lack of a preservative is not a deal breaker by any means and I'll continue to order the Budders, but I think I'll stick with the unscented version for now on. This way I can use them daily and layer another lotion on top for fragrance.

Gemstone Soap

Glycerin, lye, coconut oil, castor oil, palm oil, canola oil, olive oil, dolce extract, evening primrose extract, aloe extract, mica mineral pigments, colorants, fragrance or essential oils, vitamin E. $9.00

It's prettier IRL but my camera doesn't have the best zoom. The chunks inside are different colors and the whole bar is swirled with shimmer and fine glitter. This soap produces tons of lather and rinses away clean with the scent lingering for a few minutes. My skin feels clean without that tight, stripped feeling but there's enough moisture left behind that I don't need to use lotion. The one I ordered is infused with CBD, but I didn't notice any pain relief afterwards. I don't think it stays on the skin long enough to absorb. This is a retro product so it's only available a couple times a year.

Lip Bomb

Soybean oil, candelilla wax, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera oil, coconut oil, cranberry seed oil, lip safe colorant, sweetened flavor oil. 0.25 tube or jar for $4

The two flavors I ordered are Peach and Tropical Fruits. Both are tart and punchy, reminding me of the packets of Crystal Lite powder before it's added to water. The lip balm formula is perfect, not too oily nor tacky that my hair sticks to my lips. Both tubes are infused, although I didn't notice any effects from the CBD. Maybe it adds additional moisture to the formula? I'm not sure. Like the gemstone soap, this is only available at the retro restocks offered a few times a year.

So! I'm happy with everything here and jumped into the preorder this past weekend to try more products. I ordered a couple large jars of the unscented Budder with the hope that I'll get more pain relief if I use it less sparingly. The effects weren't as significant as I had hoped, but it worked wonderfully for my girl and that's what really matters. As long as she is happy, I'll keep ordering.

The website is is maintenance mode right now while Heidi processes the orders from this weekend, but you can follow the Cosmic Cleanse Unicorns group on Facebook for restock announcements.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Candy Panda Preorder

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.

Another Candy Panda haul, this time for the preorder back in mid December. There were a few sampler sets available along with individual scents offered in 5 packs. Everything was made in unlimited quantities so ordering was much less stressful than their monthly restocks.

Jarritos Mexican Pop Sampler

12 scents + 1 mystery scent for $18

Lima-Limon yuzu soda. It smells like Sprite with an additional kick of fresh lime. Extra citrusy.

Strawberry Soda - fresh strawberry fizzy. All lemon-lime and fizzy bubbles, no trace of strawberry.

Cherry Pies & Cola - cherry cola. Just like the real thing. Black cherries sweetened with Coca Cola bubbles. No bakery notes despite the name.

All Tomorrow's Parties - bubblegum fizzy. Smells more like chalky Pepto Bismol instead of bubblegum. Not much effervescence in this one.

Blue Suede Shoes - Blue Hawaiian + Blonde Moment + fizzy. The Blue Hawaiian is what really jumps here, smelling like a blend of rum, pineapple, and cherry with a teensy bit of effervescence. Tropical and yummy.

Kick Jump Twist - watermelon fizzy. Punchy watermelon rather than a sour candy one. Some citrus and bubble notes but more watermelon in this blend.

Mandarina - mandarin fizzy. This one is my favorite of the bunch, and I hope it's brought back in a 5 pack and b&b. Mostly mandarin, which is deeper and more bold than regular orange. Sort of like a tangerine. Some fizzy notes but mostly mandarin.

Love on the Brain - juicy pineapple fizzy. Extra tart pineapple juice with lemon-lime soda. Their pineapple scent is the truest one I've found.

Toronja - grapefruit tangelo mango fizzy. Effervescent grapefruit. Smells just like this.

Cheers Darlin' - cucumber lemonade fizzy. A clean spa scent. Mostly cucumber and effervescence, but I'm getting a touch of mint as well.

Stones Around the Sun - stonefruit apricot honey fizzy. Lemon lime and bubbles are prominent with a little bit of sweet apricot nectar underneath.

Green & Gold - guava fizzy. Some sweet guava but mostly fizzy citrus.

Old Money - Monkey Farts (banana, strawberry and bubble gum) + coconut fizzy. Fizzy pina colada with hints of ripe banana.

Some of these are really good, like Mandarina and Cherry Pies & Cola. It's a good collection of summery scents, but a few of them ended up smelling similar because the "fizzy" fragrance oil. It tends to be quite strong and overpower other scents in the blend, which is what happened with Lima Limon, Green & Gold, and Strawberry Fizzy. I'd reorder a few of these as individual scents, but I'll have to melt through these before considering a reorder of the entire collection.

Faceted Lady Sampler

8 scents + 1 mystery scent for $12.00

Amethyst - honey blossomed blackberry sage. That camphorous, cough drop smelling honey with slight hints of perfumey blackberry. Mostly smells like cough drops though.

Citrine - juicy oranges, peaches, grapefruit and mangosteen. Mostly bitter mangosteen (it smells sort of green, like an underripe fruit) with orange juice. Very tart and somewhat tropical.

Rose Quartz - raspberry ro's jelly. Smells nearly identical to the Rose Jam dupe, only a pinch sweeter. There's not much raspberry in here so it's mostly lemon and rose.

Amber - warm amber linen. A clean laundry scent with rich, golden undertones. It has a masculine feel to it.

Aquamarine - ocean aloe and white lilac. A watery mint blend, both spa-like and tranquil.

Moonstone - moon moss ozone. Damp, mossy and kind of fresh from the hints of ozone. It's a complex, masculine type of blend that would be great in b&b.

Kyanite - clean green lime verbena. Zesty lime with lemongrass. Very summery and uplifting.

Sunstone - sugarcane apple blossom. Tart green apple with clean floral nuances. I stick with apple scents in the fall and winter, but this one is perfect for spring.

Labradorite - olive tree house blend with sweet nectarines, mint and fresh ocean breeze. Salty sea spray and wisps of mint.

More complex blends than the Jarritos sampler. There's a little bit of everything to cover all the bases - fruits, florals, resins, spa, and aquatic. My favorites are Sunstone and Moonstone, and I'd probably reorder this collection down the road.

5 packs

These were additional scents included in the preorder that were not part of the samplers. $6.75 each.

Day of the Dead - a sweet zest of fruit pastilles and fresh lime slices (inspired by Lush Calacas). One of my favorite scents ever so I had to stock up. Apparently there are two fragrance oil dupes of this scent, so it smells very different depending on which vendor carries it. One version is a creamy orange with woodsy undertones and the other is zesty lime gummy bears. This Candy Panda version is the latter.

Goody Garlands - spruce berry, Winter Candy Apple, cranberry salsa. Heavy on the chilly spruce and tart cranberries but with some sugary sweetness from the candy apple. I can't wait for the holidays to come so I can melt this.

Over the Sheets - Pink Sands + Clean Cotton. Starched white linens with a hint of pink floral sweetness.

Yog Nog - sweet toffee, toasted caramel + coffee and clove (inspired by Lush). Bitter coffee, clove cigarettes, brown sugar and sour buttermilk. Theres a bit too much going on here and the notes don't really compliment one another.

Free Samples

Marshmalloween - toasted marshmallow. More like a smoky vanilla bean. It's not quite sweet enough to remind me of marshmallow, and it leans into plasticky territory.

Postcards from Italy - orange sparkling limoncello with a plop of berries. Fizzy lemonade and grapefruit with fresh tomato leaf. This one is nice and I'd totally reorder it.

A new preorder will be available starting tonight on the website. The Jarritos sampler will be back along with a few others, although they are still working out the details. You can follow their Facebook group for updates.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Possets Valentine's Retour

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

I picked up a few decants from Ajevie last month, and these were a part of that order. Possets is a perfume brand that has been around for many years now, but I'm just now placing a first time order. They offer a broad range of seasonal and general catalog fragrances that come highly recommended by customers, so I figured it's time to check them out.

These were all offered during their latest Valentine's retour, which is a limited return of every V-Day scent they've ever made. Normally they would do one retour a year that includes every limited edition/seasonal collection, but this year they're doing things differently. The original owner and creator of the brand, Fabienne, sadly passed away last year so the company is under new ownership by a married couple named Jenny and Tom. To keep things more manageable for them, they are doing smaller retours this year. Valentine's is the first and will be followed by spring, summer, fall and winter. Each of these collections is quite overwhelming so this is a more affordable option for customers as well.

Perfumes are available in full size bottles ranging from the standard 5 ml up to 30 ml. Sample vials are also available as a 6 pack, but you can order individual scents through Ajevie.

Bridal Veil

Froth of orange blossom, neroli, and the scent of silk woven into the most sheer of chiffon. 

It starts out with a piercing green note over a creamy white floral base. I've done a little reading on the difference between neroli and orange blossom since they come from the same plant. Apparently the neroli is the sharp green note and the orange blossom is the creamy white one (from this thread here). It has a clean and sensual feel all at once, almost like a sexy second skin. The floral notes fade quickly, transforming into a sweet, fluffy vanilla musk in the drydown. Sillage starts out low and this hugs close to the skin, but the vanilla musk drydown amps a bit. This lasted around 5 hours on my skin.

Christine de Pizan

Shot through with neroli and finished off with citrus and a bright white musk (unlike any other I have in my possession). This is a bright and inspiring scent, youthful and spring like, but with a good deal of power. 

The same sharp green neroli from Bridal Veil minus the creamy orange blossom. They ended up being very similar though. The only difference I noticed was in the drydown - the musk is cleaner and not as sweet & fluffy as the one in Bridal Veil. Light sillage, total wear time was 6 hours.

Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw

Heather of the moors and the lavender of English nobility, a drop of wildness in a perfect oude reminiscent of Gypsy heritage and Catherine and Heathcliff come alive again. 

I ordered this because I loved the heather in Mary Queen of Scots, but Heathcliff and Catherine didn't work out as well. This one ended up smelling like a first aid kit full of band aids and antiseptic spray. Very medicinal and sharp from the lavender, but also plasticky from the oude. Strong sillage and I wore this for 5 hours before washing it off.


Roses, the old fashioned and wildly flagrant pink and red/white striped kind, combined with a jolt of what I call "ivory" musk (it's like a white musk but much nicer with more character), galbanum to keep a bitterness in the mix like love gone awry, and add a clean edge to it all as if tears had washed away the traces of touch. 

Fresh cut roses with leafy green freshness and a clean white musk. It's a linear scent so it doesn't morph much on my skin, but the sharp green note does disappear over time. The drydown is all roses and musk. The sillage is pretty strong, and this one lasted around 12 hours on my wrist.

Mary Queen of Scots

Heather and buttery shortbread and the very air of the Scottish moors. It manages to be at once outdoorsy, floral, and never cloying. Somewhat foody, somewhat floral, yet there is a definite backdrop of sophistication and class that you only find in the best of places. 

One of my favorite historical characters, and it just so happens that this is my favorite scent here (this BBC documentary is a good watch). This blend is mostly heather floating on a buttery bakery background. The floral is herbal and fresh, like a cross between lavender and rosemary, but with a tiny touch of sweetness. The shortbread starts out buttery and somewhat yeasty, drying down into more of a sugar cookie scent. Strong sillage with about 7 hours of wear time.

Michelangelo and Tommasso del Calaliere

The most sweet of sugar, honey, brown sugar, and a touch of fig fresh from the tree at full ripeness. Foody and divine.

Not at all like B&BW Brown Sugar Fig in case you were wondering (I was, that's why I ordered it). It smells very different between vial and skin. The scent in the vial is all brown sugar (a true brown sugar without those chemical tones this fragrance oil sometimes has). On my skin it's earthy fig with a honey glaze and flaky pie crust. Not as sweet as I was expecting from my initial impression, but more of a snuggly, comforting gourmand. The sillage is extremely light and I was struggling to smell this after just 3 hours.

These are high quality fragrances that already have me exploring the website for more. Each of these feel well thought out and the notes compliment one another nicely. I already ordered a bottle of Mary, and I can see Michaelangelo and Bridal Veil being reordered next year.

These scents are no longer available on the website because they were brought back for a limited time, but you can check out Ajevie for leftover decants and the Possets website for their huge catalog of year-round offerings.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Candy Panda March Restock

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

This was the small order I made during the ready to ship sale last week on March 3. It arrived just a few days later in a flat-rate box, packaged nicely with two sample scents included.

This time the wax melts were packaged in baggies that help keep the lids in place.

Also a new flip top lid for the sugar scrubs...

There was a small snafu with this order though. I had ordered a 5 pack of the Love Like Ghosts wax melts, but it turns out that the wrong scent was made. What I have is apparently a different scent called Goodnight Moon, which is a lavender and Vick's blend. The brand owner asked customers to contact her for a resolution, and I was promptly refunded the cost of the melts ($6.75) with an apology. I would've preferred a replacement that I would be happy to pay for, but I can also understand that may not be practical for the owner. The situation was handled quickly and appropriately and I'm good with that. I'll just have to keep an eye out for when Love Like Ghosts reappears. So even though the wax in the picture has a LLG label, the scent I'm reviewing is actually Goodnight Moon.

Crazy for Coconut
Mahogany coconut, creamy coconut and Hawaiian Tropics

I reviewed this one last month when I ordered the sugar scrub, but this one is a wax melt and it smells a little different. This version is heavier on the coconut cream and Hawaiian Tropic, smelling more like tanning lotion with just a hint of mahogany for a rich depth. The sugar scrub is the opposite, being more woodsy than tropical. I love them both so I'm happy to have two different "versions."

Blonde Moment (iced champagne + rich raspberry and cranberry) and fresh picked strawberry. 

A free sample that was included. This smells just like grapes with a teensy hint of bubbles. I was surprised that it smells completely  different from the description, but I love grape scents so I'm enjoying this one.

Fluffy White Clouds
Fresh cotton, vanilla and powder.

This one smells like baby powder. Sweet, delicate, kinda clean.

Goodnight Moon
Lavender + Sinus Relief (Vick's vapor scent)

All I'm really smelling is Vick's. I can occasionally pick up hints of herbal lavender but the camphorous notes drown it out.

Lord of Chaos
Patchouli, vanilla and black pepper (inspired by Lush Lord of Misrule)

The second free sample that was included. I'm really starting to like this Lord of Misrule scent. A creamy patchouli accented by black pepper.

Mahogany Cotton
Clean cotton, coconut, oakmoss, vanilla and mahogany.

Another baby powder type of scent. It has a subtle depth from the mahogany that helps temper the sweetness, but between this one and Fluffy White Clouds, I really can't tell them apart.

I'm loving the Crazy for Coconut and Mahogany Coconut blends from this order. Its the mahogany...I'm going through a phase right now lol. Both website will be opening soo , this weekend for preorders and 3/31 for the next ready to ship sale.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Arcana Doll Parts

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

Arcana released a small Valentine collection early last month, and I went ahead with decants (courtesy of Ajevie) to test out a few. Here's what I ended up with -

Carvel's Ring

Extra sweet. Vanilla-infused candy floss, sugared violets, blackberry jawbreakers, Tuscan grapefruit, and green musk. 

It starts out with the grapefruit and sugared violets, but the citrus disappears almost immediately. In its place comes the most delicious tart blackberry. No floral or perfumey notes with this blackberry either because it smells just like the real thing. The violet helps balance out the tartness, creating a candy-like blend that becomes sweeter over time. If I were to grab a full size bottle from this collection, it would be this one. More fruity than floral with a moderate sillage that lasted 6 hours.

Fairy Cakes

A sprightly, pretty mix of two golden cakes, lush fig, apple peel, buttery lavender absolute, and carnation petals.

In the vial this smells like red apples and baked potato. Thankfully that changes once it touches my skin because now I'm getting spiced apples on a bed of creamy carnation. The lavender is fleeting, only sticking around for a short while, and it's hard to detect because of the spice. The drydown smells like buttery yellow sponge cake smothered in baked red apple slices. I wore this for close to eight hours before hopping in the shower and it was still going strong. This scent could easily last all day.

Lady Garden

A fresh floral. Heady notes of lily of the valley, honeysuckle, jasmine sambac, and marigold are balanced with green galbanum and soft dill feathers.

Oy! I'm smelling pickles both in the vial and on my skin. It's a sharp, acidic note like vinegar with a distinct green feel. There's a lovely bouquet of jasmine and honeysuckle unfolding underneath, but that pickle scent is sitting right on top and that's what I mostly smell. I scrubbed this off after two hours.

Mother of All Souls

A queenly, unapologetic gourmand. Three dark, decadent vanillas entwine around white chocolate, a small sip of rum, and a drop of French cognac. 

A flea collar is what comes to mind when I smell this. Powdery, cloying white chocolate over rum and a plasticky vanilla bean. The vanilla is left behind in the drydown but I wouldn't call it "dark." It's more of a straightforward vanilla bean but it's plasticky like a candle. Low to moderate sillage that lasted 4 hours.

Well, normally I have better luck with Arcana. Corvel's Ring is the one I'll reach for, and a full bottle may be  in the cards. You can find full bottles of these scents and many more through Arcana's Ebay store and decants through Ajevie.