Monday, August 14, 2017

Rosegirls Samplers

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

Another Rosegirls post for the month and this time it's a set of two samplers that were available for preorder earlier this summer. Each was $24 and weighs a pound. The first is a sampler featuring the house blend Gilligan's Brew, described as a mix of Hawaiian coconut milk and heavy whipping cream.

Alice's Gone Wild
Honeydew, cotton candy, mango and Gilligan's Brew

Summery, fresh mango with a bit of a "green" lean and a touch of honeydew sweetness.

Blue Raspberry Slushie, Lemonade and Gilligan's Brew

Tart and fresh lemonade followed by hints of candy-like blue raspberry sweetness. No coconut.

Coconut Citrus Sorbet and Gilligan's Brew

Fresh orange blended with cream and a nutty coconut. Not a creamsicle scent though. Just pretty, fresh and summery.

Island Breeze
Secret RG blend of tropical fruits, flowers and Gilligan's Brew

A tropical floral blend (hibiscus?) with a fresh, spa-like feel. It smells "blue" and is very calming.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, Sugar Cookie Dough and Gilligan's Brew

Similar to Wackadoodle Gilligan's Brew down below. This is a buttery and sweet cookie blend with that distinct waffle note from PPW. Not a lot of coconut but it does add an extra creaminess. I don't really enjoy PPW but this blend is great and I ordered it in the latest preorder opening.

Raspberry Coconut Cream Pie

A very tart raspberry, realistic for the most part but there is a slight perfumey quality going on. No coconut on cold sniff though. 

Strawberry Cherry Coconut

This is pretty much all cherry. Tart and candy-like, one of the nicer cherries I've found. No cough medicine or sweet almond notes. There's a little bit of coconut cream pie far in the background but this is pretty much straight cherry.

Wackadoodle Gilligan's Brew

Buttery and crunchy shortbread cookies blended with creamy, nutty coconut. More of a bakery blend though. This is my favorite from the Gilligan sampler and goes straight on the reorder list. 

Favorites from this half are Wackadoodle and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. I do wish these were more coconut heavy but I ended up enjoying everything here.

The next sampler is fresh and clean. These aren't scents that I usually gravitate towards but have been enjoying these spa type of blends in the evenings.

Dragonfruit Awapuhi and Rainforest Sugarcane (BBW type)

A favorite from this sampler. Summer fruits reminiscent of mango blended with a fresh smelling floral. It's very clean like a shampoo. 

Lavender Bergamot Verbena

Lemony fresh verbena with soft green notes and just the teensiest touch of herbal lavender peeking through. 

Olive You

Sweet red apple and rose from the Lush So White dupe really jumps out but there's a little bit of greenery hanging around the edges. 

Pear and Hawaiian Hibiscus

A sweet and perfumey tropical floral blend. Sort of clean smelling but no pear notes on cold sniff. 

Raspberry Lilacs

Lilac is heavy at first, clean and sort of creamy, but then this delicious tart raspberry jam begins to push forward. This is the second lilac blend I've liked from Rosegirls and it may just be enough to convert this lilac hater. 

Rosemary Mint (Aveda type) and Gilligan's Brew

I'm actually not sure which sampler this belongs in since it can fall into either one, but it's a surprise favorite. Icy peppermint candies and refreshing rosemary fresh from the garden is all smoothed out by a rich coconut cream. Milky but also fresh and spa-like. I'll be on the lookout for this to return. 

Satsuma and White Nectarine & Pink Coral

Grapefruity satsuma, heady plumeria and crunchy nectarine in that order. Tangy and tropical with lots of floral. 

Under the Sea

Crisp and very green like a blend of freshly cut grass and hyacinth, but with a gentle background of blue waves and ozone freshness. I love this one and unfortunately just noticed that it was available in the last chunk preorder. I'll grab it next time though. 

White Tea, Green Tea and Ginger

BBW White Tea and Ginger make this a crisp, eye-opener of a scent with a trace of earthy green tea buried underneath.

Favorites from this round are Rosemary Mint, Under the Sea, and Dragonfruit Awapuhi. Really though, every one of these scents is good and smells strong on cold sniff. Samplers can be iffy but every single scent in this post is something I enjoy.

Jenny hasn't announced a future sampler sale yet but I know I'll order whatever she does next. These are no longer available on the website, but she has tons of Mini Melters for sale that can be used to recreate many of these blemnds. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Glitterati Mystery Box

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

My Glitterati mystery box arrived a few weeks ago and this is my first time trying out the brand. This wax is hard to come by because the wait time can be quite long, but I saw an opening for customs earlier this year and jumped right in. 

The owner, Janine, operates solely through her Facebook group rather than a website. There are three ways to order. The first is through a weekly drawing that is held every Sunday afternoon. A handful of winners are chosen at random and invoiced for a mystery box. The second option is a mystery box. A sign up list was posted in the group back in February and every week 20ish people are called in order and invoiced for a sampler. The list has over 2000 names so it will be a long time before a new sign up sheet is available. The third option is through the customs sign up. I haven't caught the custom sign up but from what I hear the list is only open for a few minutes before being closed down. That's how fast it fills up and also takes a long time for Janine to work through. The quickest way to get ahold of Glitterati is through destashes or trades. 

The mystery boxes have a random assortment of scents that are left over from customer creations. There's a little bit of everything here - fruity, citrus / fresh and atmospheric. I was surprised to see how large these chunks are. I've been cutting them into 6 thin slices. The wax is pretty soft so it's like slicing through butter. Here's a pic of a standard clamshell cube for comparison.

I've been melting through a couple chunks lately and the throw is strong with a small piece, although comparable to brands like Rosegirls, VCS and Sugar & Spice.

Pink Watermelon Pink Sugar Mist is sweet watermelon and hints of green honeydew with a touch of musk wafting around the edges from the Pink Sugar.

Lavender Coconut Milk Cotton Candy is mostly fluffy cotton candy with hints of sweet lavender. A soft coconut blends everything together and adds a creamy touch, but it does lean a little artificial to my nose.

Serenity Spa has fresh lemon and lime topnotes with something green and herbal underneath. Green tea maybe? Very zingy and clean smelling.

Black Currant Tea Blonde Moment is a "purple" smelling blend of dark berries and grapes served beside a cup of refreshing black tea. 

County Fair is scoops of vanilla ice cream piled on top of a powdered sugar dusted funnel cake. A little warm and cozy from the fried dough but mostly a creamy vanilla scent. 

Serendipity Fruity Loops Sugar Milk smells just like a bowl of cereal when you're done with it. Mostly lemon and orange from the cereal but with a sweet milky smell in the background. 

Barbershop Salty Sea Air is sea salt with the smell of a gentle ocean breeze and a  light touch of shaving cream for a masculine edge. I've been melting this one lately and it's more shave cream in the warmer with a strong throw that lasts all day. 

Tahiti Treats & Peaches is all peach and smells identical to Candy Panda Just Peachy. Thick, sweet and syrupy, more of a gummy candy rather than real fruit, with a little bit of green freshness.

Strawberry White Clouds is more of a clean laundry / white linen scent with a sweet strawberry that has some fresh green undertones. This is a softer laundry scent and not at all overpowering. 

Citrus Herb is like a lemon verbena scent. Lots of lemon with a green freshness, sometimes a little sweetness comes through. There's something else in here that gives this one a clean feel, white tea maybe? A favorite from this order.

Cucumber Melon Mist is heavy with the smell of sweet honeydew melon and a soft touch of cucumber. Similar to the popular BBW scent but much sweeter.

Berry Tangerine Honeydew Melon features a deliciously tart and realistic tangerine with a green sweetness from the honeydew floating around the edges.

Overall I'm happy with this first time experience but I do have some mixed emotions. Most of these scents aren't ones that I particularly loved, although this was a mystery sampler and that's just how samplers go. The throw is strong from the ones I've tried and you only need a small piece of wax so these should last a while. Aside from a few unique scents that I haven't found anywhere else like Black Currant Tea and Citrus Herb, most of these are blends that can be recreated from other popular vendors with a fraction of the wait time and an equally strong throw. I'll give the mystery box sign up another go when it reopens and try for the customs list eventually but won't get my blood pressure raised if I miss out. It's good wax but like I said, there are other vendors with great wax and shorter wait time.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rosegirls Mini Melters

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

I have several Rosegirls posts for the month and this one is all about Mini Melters. These are 6 ounce bags of mostly single note scents that can be melted alone or combined in the warmer, allowing you to create your own custom blends. The chunks are the perfect size to toss in without needing to chop them up. There are two listings on the website - one for "permanent" scents and the other for summer scents that are available through August 15th when a new round of seasonal blends will be offered. 

Shipping time is up to 6 weeks but I received this order in less than one week. 

Banana Colada
Rich blend of ripe bananas, coconuts and tropical fruits

This is more of a pina colada scent with sweet pineapple, rum and coconut cream in that order. The little bit of banana I do smell is almost sour. I ordered two bags expecting this to be my favorite but I'll have to toss this in the warmer before making a final judgement.

Clean Cotton
Clean fresh laundry

I was hoping this was a YC dupe and it is! The crisp smell of starchy white linens with a powdery sweetness floating overhead. Not headache inducing or overpowering like many laundry scents are. This one is perfect by itself or as a blender.

White Nectarine and Pink Coral
Fruity, floral and musk

Sweet, peachy nectarine and plumeria. Summery and tropical with a slight clean edge to it.

These next two scents are available in the seasonal category for now and will be removed from the website on August 15.

Lilacs and Violets

Sweet and powdery because it's heavy on the violet but with a laundry type of freshness from the lilac which hovers in the background. I took a gamble with this because lilac rarely works out well, but it ended up being one of my favorites.

Pink Sands in the Sun
Pink Sands YC type and Sun & Sand YC type

It's a good thing Rosegirls doesn't need a long cure time because I'll be diving into this a lot before summer comes to a close. It's a little stronger on Sun & Sand which is a crisp, beachy blend that smells like wet sand and sunscreen, but the Pink Sands adds a sweet and sugary floral softness. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Purple Fox - July Restock

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

A small order from Purple Fox but it's a good one. I had such great luck with the scents when I first tried this brand a few months ago and finally caught a reopening. Last time things sold out quickly but there was plenty of stock on the website for this round long after the sale went live. I had a tracking number and partial shipping refund a day or two later with two free samples included.

Pineapples, sweet lemongrass and hints of coconut water

A repurchase because it's just that darn good. Zingy from the lemon which stands out the most with a soft sweetness from the grass, followed by hints of sweet pineapple and creamy coconut. 

House Mouse
Raspberry rose hibiscus tea

I lost this one from my cart a couple restocks ago but it all worked out because now I have a big bag of this beautiful fragrance. A soft, pink rose with fruity accents is what this primarily is but occasionally I get whiffs of crisp black tea and tropical hibiscus. This will be a repurchase once it's used up. 

Satsuma and sweet pineapple Dole Whip

More of a grapefruity satsuma blend with a little bit of sweet pineapple mixed in. It's not what I had expected being more of a grapefruit scent, but that's only because I didn't read the complete description. I saw Dole Whip and in the cart it went. Still a good one though.

And the two free samples this time are...

Key West Sunset
Lime buttermints

Rich and creamy key lime pie with the smallest hint of peppermint that helps accentuate the sharpness of the lime. I didn't even realize there was mint in here until looking up then description, that's how subtle it is. And as a bonus, there are no soured cream notes that I usually notice in key lime pie blends. Just zesty summer limes and a soft touch of vanilla cream underneath.

Raspberry Beret
Blue raspberry and watermelon hard candies

Sweet blue raspberry syrup stands out the most with a slight tang from the watermelon Jolly Rancher candy.

Another great order from this vendor. She has some unique blends that I haven't seen aanywhere else, and the geometric shapes are a fun touch. She hasn't posted about the next restock yet, but you can follow the Purple Fox business pages on Facebook and Instagram for announcements.

Friday, August 4, 2017

July Use It Up

Hi guys! Another month down. It's been unbearably humid the past few days and I just can't wait for summer to be over, even though that really doesn't end until November here in So Cal. 

If you have been following the neverending saga of my daughter's medical issues, I'm happy to say that this month has been productive. An appointment with her orthopedic specialist confirms the diagnosis of chronic osteomyelitis that she was given years ago and he agrees with the treatment that her rheumatologist recommended. Methotrexate is the medication she was given and is taken once a week with no side effects so far. This is only the second week and we won't know if it is stopping the inflammation until she goes back in mid-September. If it isn't working, they will add a second medication that is injected at home every other week. The insurance won't approve the second medicine until 4-6 weeks after the first one was started so we wait. Ortho wants to see her back in 6-12 months and will do another biopsy on her arm and leg if there is no improvement. And then she had an appointment with the stomach doctor to find out why she only weighs 73 pounds now (she's 15 years old). Lots of protein is recommended for now, but they will want to put a camera down into her stomach if she doesn't start gaining weight. They also tested her for celiac disease but those results aren't back yet. I'm hoping this is something that can be fixed with diet and medicine, but my mind can't help but wander to something more serious like anorexia. For now though, we will wait for her test to come back and hope for the best.

And in lighter news, I've been loving the hell out of Game of Thrones. I barely started watching it and will finish up season 5 tonight. The kids will be starting school on Monday which I'm not looking forward to. I love having them at home, especially the little one who is still in the cute kid phase and not the moody teen phase like her sisters, but they really do grow up quick. They're great kids though and that's what matters. I just wish time went by more slowly.

I have tons of reviews that I really need to get a move on. Moonalisa, Wonderberry, Glitterati, Rosegirls, Lasting Scent, Sniff My Tarts. A big decant circle from the Nocturne Alchemy reopening is arriving any day now and there will be tons of their signature vanillas that I will compare.

Alchemic Muse

Garden Party
A soft and feminine blend of wild orchid and peony blossoms touched with bergamot, white patchouli and sheer musk

Very sweet in a floral kind of way with a soft freshness. Kinda rosey.

Pineapple Milk
A perfect blend of fresh, tangy pineapple enveloped in rich and creamy milk sweetened with raw sugarcane

A bowl of melted vanilla ice cream with the remnants of crushed pineapple. A summer favorite.


Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows and white chocolate

Milk chocolate and coconuts swirled with hints of fluffy marshmallows and rum with fragrant white tropical florals in the background. More foody than floral and very, very sweet.

Candy Panda

Ring in the new year with Auld Lang Syne and a fizzy champagne toast

A crunchy, sweet blend of green apple and pear. Not really a champagne scent but pretty nonetheless. Medium throw.

Coco for Mango
Mango coconut bliss

A little bit of mango but more of a milky coconut with heavy floral notes. This same coconut popped up several times in the items I used this month, and I'm really not crazy about it. It's what I imagine a B&BW store in Hawaii would smell like. Medium throw.

Olive tree house blend with sweet nectarines, mint and fresh ocean breeze

This is a unique blend that I can only describe as aquatic and spa-like. Tranquil ocean waters and sea salt, peppermint and fresh greens. Light throw.

Strawberry Soda
Strawberry fizzy pop

Zesty lemon and lime with lots of fizzy bubbles that later becomes a thick strawberry syrup after a couple hours. Medium throw.

Over the Sheets is one that I reviewed last month, but to recap, it's a clean linen and sugary Pink Sands blend with a light throw. 

Epically Epic Soaps

Guava Pineapple
A tart tropical fruit salad of guava, pineapple, a little bit of papaya, passionfruit, banana and pink rose

It's mostly sweet papaya and a tiny hint of juicy pineapple with a very soft floral heart. It did smell a little plasticky at times and I wonder if that is from the oils and butters the scrub was made with. The label says solid lotion but it was a scrub.

Haus of Gloi

Black Tea with Milk & Honey
Black tea with creamy milk and a drizzle of honey

Even after using this, it still smells more like soap than tea, milk and honey. Very clean and not foody at all.

A blooming orange orchard, orange blossom honey, soft white tea and creamy white amber

I just adore their orange blossom note. It has zesty citrus topnotes on an enchanting base of summery white petals. Follow that up with the smallest trace of powdery honey in the background and you have perfection.

Honeysuckle Ginger
Heady honeysuckle warmed with ginger

The ginger has become more pronounced now that it has had time to cure, but I still get more of a citrusy honeysuckle.

Pink Marshmallow Milk
Magical pink berries and frothy cold milk

A creamy, pink strawberry blend. I've reviewed this twice now as a perfume and pumpkin butter, but the bathing dust version was more milky and sour at times. This was the bathing dust which are salt soaks with a little added moisturizers. I got six uses from the jar with soft skin and light fragrance left behind, but I didn't notice any relaxing properties from the salt.

Lasting Scent Candles

Girl Time
Every girl needs her time to relax and get pampered. This is a very upscale spa scent, clean and refreshing. 

This scent keeps popping up lately. I want to say it is the same as Alchemic Muse Sea Moss and Future Primitive Soaps Old Seaside Town. Basically it's a mossy type of scent but it has a heavy soapy undertone. Eventually it began to smell like bathroom air freshener and I had to change out the wax. Strong throw.

Hurricane Punch
A fruity, summery concoction that will take you right to Bourbon Street. Juicy orange and zesty lime with hints of sweet passionfruit and just a touch of grenadine

The sharp bite of lime and orange is softened by juicy passionfruit. It's mostly a citrus blend but there is plenty of passionfruit to help sweeten it while adding a tropical twist. Medium throw. 

This is a luscious blend of red and pink notes on a background of fruity fresh, and it screams LOVE

This has to be a dupe for something and I suspect it is Love Spell. Clean smelling cherry blossom and a heavy white musk with the sweet nectar of peach or apricot. Medium throw.

Pink Petit Fours
An incredible blend of buttery white cake, yummy Pink Sugar, iced with rich buttery creme 

Mostly Pink Sugar with a thick, buttery vanilla bakery base. Light throw.

Razzleberry Rock Candy
Our original LSC white sugar crystal rock candy flavored with the very best razzleberries we could find

A tart and true raspberry but there's that artificial, plasticky rock candy again. A very light throw.

Possets Perfume

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

This is a playful blend of orange blossom and a sweet vanilla. Very light and airy like chiffon fabric while reminding me of an orange blossom version of Solstice Scents Chiffon. Softer and sweeter than Possets Christina de Pizan that I reviewed last month.


Best Friends Forever Club
Pineapple, lemonade and frosted cupcakes

A very sharp lemon that borders on a cleaning product smell with hints of sweet pineapple and yellow cake. Strong throw.

Sniff My Tarts

Berry Bellini / Passion Fruit / Lemonade

Sharp lemonade, fizzy soda effervescence and tart raspberries. Very strong throw.

Marshmallow Cake

Vanilla cake topped with sweet marshmallow fluff. Very, very light in the warmer but it does work well as a blender.

Ocean / Spearmint / Salty Sea Air

A crisp blend of chilly spearmint ocean breezes carrying a hint of sea salt. A nice scent to help relax in the evenings with a strong throw.

Serendipity / Peppermint Swizzle Sticks

Like peppermint candies and sweet milk with hints of maraschino cherry. Seriously, this one is saccharine sweet and was almost at the point of being headache inducing. Strong throw.

Soak in the Sound

This is a neroli blend and one of the better ones I've tried. Sunny citrus topnotes with creamy, summery white florals underneath. It's infused with CBD oil and I've had great relief when I use a small dab on my legs for aches and pains in the evening. The body butter formula is not my favorite (my daughter was using it for a while and said it's like Crisco, which I certainly agree with), so when I reorder I will stick with the thinner, less greasy lotion formula.

Solstice Scents

Vanilla, white chocolate, tuberose & tiare flowers

I'm not entirely sure what tuberose and tiare smell like, but this is reminiscent of gardenia blended with an ultra creamy vanilla and sweet white chocolate. The ganache is more chocolatey because of the natural smell of the cocoa butter it was made with so it is more foody than the perfume. Fo a white floral, this is surprisingly soft and easy to wear.

Sugar & Spice

Fruit Smoothie

A very sweet banana candy blended with hints of strawberry syrup. I can't find the description on the website anymore so it looks like it was recently discontinued. It had a strong throw.

Mystery Scent

This is a blend of peppermint and either marshmallow or vanilla bean noel, maybe even both. It's thick like VBN, fluffy like marshmallow, and wonderfully soothing from the peppermint. Medium throw.

Simply Divine Cherry Pie

Another that has been sadly discontinued. It's a B&BW dupe that smells just like a can of pie filling - tart, juicy and mouthwatering without that yucky cough syrup note. Medium throw.

Super Tarts

Sweet bananas, buttery pie crust and sweet cream blended together to make this delicious banana cream pie 

Sweet and ultra rich banana cream pie filling with just the tiniest trace of flaky pie crust. It's closer to a true banana than sugary banana candy. Medium throw and a certain repurchase.

Biolage, blackberry jam and cotton candy frosting

More like a dark cherry blend with the clean, fruity-green scent of Biolage shampoo. All of her Biolage blends are great but this one is really special. Strong throw with one cube.

The Bathing Garden

Circus Cake
Blue raspberry shaved ice, powdered sugar and a white vanilla velvet cake

Sweet blue raspberry syrup with a fluffy powdered sugar softness. Low to medium throw.

Sweet jasmine and vanilla blend for a milky floral

It's all jasmine but not as sweet as this note tends to be. It has a bit of a grungy, dirty edge to it and I love that. Strong throw.

Curiouser and Curiouser
Bergamot and lemon combine with soft florals and sweet greens

Nothing soft or sweet about this one. It smells of a harsh lemon similar to the Sparkling Limoncello dupe with a little bit of bergamot added. Medium throw.

Scandalously Talking Flower Bomb
Soft and milky jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage

Very creamy like milk, a little bit of white florals mixed in, but fresh sage is what really stands out. I'm still unsure whether this is a Flowerbomb dupe given the name of the scent, but I'm leaning towards no. I was using another vendor dupe recently and they smelled very different. The other was all jasmine and much sweeter minus any herbal sage. That's what I remember the original smelling like. This version is still pretty and I even ordered a clamshell based off this sample.

Smitten Diaries
Coconut flakes, golden vanilla and whipped cream kissed with a garden of white winter flowers

Two products that smell very different. The scrub was more of a tanning lotion coconut with that harsh chemical smell. It smells pretty similar to B&BW Exotic Coconut. The lotion was softer and creamier, more of a coconut milk. No florals in either format.

Sweet Madi
Sweet vanilla blends with succulent, ripe strawberries and the soft floral of violet and jasmine

A Lush Rockstar dupe. A very powdery blend of violets and red berries with the milky sweetness of jasmine. Strong throw.

Tea Cake
Black tea, almond-y cake and vanilla frosting

Refreshing black tea with a soft and not too sweet almond. It's more of a real almond instead of that saccharine Lush Snowcake type. Medium throw.

Tonshi Mountain


A fresh smelling floral that leans almost into clean linen territory. It's pretty light in the warmer but a nice scent.

Kudzu Blossom
Grapevine, strawberry, jasmine & musk

I still think this smells like purple grape juice mixed with the VS Strawberries and Champagne scent. Kinda boozy from the champagne but more fruity from the grape. Strong throw and very unique.

Vintage Chic Scents

Al Capone
Strawberry mango ginger ale

This is more of a sparkling mango and fizzy ginger ale in the warmer than it was on cold sniff. A little bit of strawberry but not much. Very strong throw.

Beach Bombshell
Bright citrus / coconut lotion / sea salt

A sharp citrus and sunscreen lotion that is softened ever so slightly by a thick coconut cream. I really wanted to like this but the sunscreen note has a harsh chemical smell. Strong throw but not one I'd repurchase.

Freak Show
Cucumber watermelon mint

The mint is pretty strong but I get a lot more watermelon than I did on cold sniff. The cucumber is hanging around the background with that soft, tranquil aroma that makes this a lovely spa scent. Strong throw.

Wonderberry Wax

Fruit Loop Fizz
Fizzy soda and fruit loops cereal

It's heavier on the fruit loop smell of sweet orange and lemon, but just enough fizzy pop to cut through that sweetness. Strong throw.

Lavender Milkshake
Sweet lavender blended into a cold, creamy vanilla milkshake

I mentioned in a review a few weeks ago that this was very light on cold sniff and, unfortunately, this also holds true for when it is melting. It's more of a thick, kinda buttery, vanilla with a soft lavender hidden beneath.

Sex Bomb
Soft notes of jasmine, lily and lavender on a base of musk and woods. Lush type

Smooth white lilies and sensual white musk with a soft, tranquil lavender in the background. I've had this before from other vendors and never really cared for it, but I'm slowly starting to come around. Strong throw.

Sex on Coconut Beach
Sex on the beach blended with creamy coconut milk

The return of that floral coconut that I mentioned above. That's all I smell here. Strong throw but I don't think their coconut is for me.

Sparkling Limoncello

A very sharp but "dry" lemon that is more like the rind rather than the juice inside. Medium throw.

Wylde Ivy

Juicy mandarin oranges, sweet apples, tropical coconut & strawberry puree

Aaaand the coconut strikes again. Very white floral and milky with a cloying sweetness and a hint of red apple.

Coconut Island Castaway
Coconut, vanilla, suntan lotion, sun warmed sand and salt spray

It starts out smelling a lot like the old B&BW Exotic Coconut blended with sunscreen, but eventually it takes on a harsh chemical smell much like VCS Beach Bombshell. These sunscreen scents just aren't working out as much as I would like, but I'll probably reorder this in another format because the opening is lovely.

Alchemic Muse

Arcana Wildcraft

Candy Panda

Epically Epic

Haus of Gloi

Lasting Scent Candles

Possets Perfume


Sniff My Tarts

Soak in the Sound

Solstice Scents

Sugar & Spice

Super Tarts

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vintage Chic Scents - July Opening

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

A new VCS order has landed from the restock a week(ish) ago and the fall scents have started to roll out. That's pretty much what I went with this time but I did manage to grab one spring scent that I've been wanting to try for ages now. I grabbed 4 packs in Velvet Underground, Loretta's Haunted Plantation and Autumn in Salem, the fall sampler, and blossom squares in Violette. A free sample of But That's None of My Business was included.

Autumn in Salem
Pumpkin cinnamon sugared donut

This is more of a pumpkin and cinnamon blend first. The donut is pretty subtle but, from what little I can smell, it's real enough to ignite a craving. 

Loretta's Haunted Plantation House
Pumpkin coconut cookie bars

This one is divine! It's a spiced pumpkin scent, but the spices are smoothed out by loads of coconut cream and a touch of buttery cookie. It's a little more pumpkin and spice to my nose, though. I need to find a recipe for this. 

Velvet Underground
Banana pancakes topped with blueberries and cream cheese frosting

A super sweet Laffy Taffy type of banana with a hint of blueberry and creamy bakery peeking through. 

Violet marshmallow wafers

I've been eyeing this one for ages and finally brought it home. It's just as good as I had hoped. Sweet and powdery violet stands out the most, sprinkled on top of a thick slice of vanilla cake. It's the same floral as Super Tarts Fluffy Violet Candy but this one is more rich and creamy. 

But That's None of My Business
Pistachio pudding / cherry chip amaretto cupcakes / pink frosting

A free sample scent that Kirby generously included. Pistachio pudding is what I smell with that signature sharp cherry topnote. Some pistachio scents I can do, but this isn't one of them. 

Is It Fall Yet? Sampler

I was lucky enough to nab the fall sampler which sold out quickly. Twelve leaf shaped tarts that are individually wrapped and weigh between 1.6 - 2.2 ounces each. The whole sampler was $28.30. Ten of the scents are reviewed down below and the remaining two (Autumn in Salem and Loretta's Haunted Plantation) are above in four packs. 

The Great Pumpkin
Pumpkin layer cake & cream cheese frosting

More of a sweet pumpkin with loads of rich frosting, but I do pick up a small dusting of cinnamon. Pretty similar to The Witching Hour except that one is more  cream cheese frosting. Both are very light on cold sniff and close enough to only need one or the other. 

The Addams Family
Leaves type

The quintessential fall scent of spiced cider and a trace of cool dirt. It's been a while since I smelled this popular dupe, but this one seems to have much more apple than I remember. 

The Warrens
Cinnamon glazed marshmallow donuts with a big mug of Cider Lane

It's pretty much all Cider Lane, which smells like a chilled glass of cider and light cinnamon spice. The tiniest hint of warm donuts finishes off this delicious blend. 

The Phantom of the Opera
Spiced pumpkin / marshmallow / zucchini bread

Lots of spice and some rich pumpkin puree when I open the bag to sniff. The zucchini bread only jumps out when I have my nose pressed up to the wax. 

The Witching Hour
Pumpkin / cream cheese / cinnamon glazed baklava

A pumpkin cupcake buried beneath gobs of cream cheese frosting and topped with a light dusting of cinnamon. 

Aunt Nellie's Zucchini Supreme
Pumpkin pecan waffles / sugar cookie dough / zucchini bread

Sometimes it is more warm and cozy from the pumpkin pecan waffle and other times it is more sweet and gooey from the cookie dough. The zucchini bread is only present when I stick the wax up to my nose. 

Annabelle Doll
Cranberry strawberry pomegranate

A sweet and creamy strawberry like the pink Starburst candies with a depth from the tangy red fruits. 

Axeman of New Orleans
Sweet pumpkin milkshake & whipped cream

The pumpkin is there but this is more of a lightly spiced warm vanilla. The vanilla is a bit bland, which is to say it's neither sweet nor buttery but more of a rich cream. Similar to Great Pumpkin but that one is more pumpkin and Axeman is more vanilla. 

Sanderson Sisters
Green apple / caramel / candy corn / marshmallow

This is a tart green apple first and foremost but with just enough caramel to smell like a caramel apple pop. 

Pecan caramel swirl / sugar cookie dough / marshmallow

Gooey caramel and cookie dough, rich and sweet, but with just enough pecans to keep it from being too sugary. 

Favorites from this order are Violette, Loretta and Dracula. The pumpkin scents are pretty good but a lot of them are similar to one another so I'll need to melt through them before deciding if any are repurchases. I would have liked to see a little more variety with the sampler to include things like blueberry, pear, some earthy and woody blends, but I'm pretty happy with everything here.

The next restock is scheduled for August 15th with a Supernatural Victorian theme. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Haus of Gloi Honey Perfumes

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

A new themed perfume collection hit the website a few weeks ago and this time  honey is the starring note. Vegan, of course. I was really excited for this theme but the collection wasn't quite what I had in mind. These are the five I picked up through Ajevie decants. Let's check it out.

Honeyed Apricot
Tart apricots drizzled with light golden honey

Thick apricot jam made even more thick with the subtle addition of honey in the background. All apricot from start to finish and the only one that did not turn powdery. It ended up being my favorite of the bunch, but a sample will suffice. Wear time was four hours. 

Honeyed Cantaloupe
Summery and bright honey drizzled over fresh cantaloupe slices

Sweet cantaloupe in the very beginning that quickly becomes baby powder. It skipped right past that golden syrup stage and went straight to powdery sweetness. Three hour wear time. 

Honeyed Coconut
Honey accord with coconut cream and coconut pulp

This is pretty much all honey. The coconut is so soft that I realllly have to concentrate to find it. It was also the shortest wearing perfume I've tried in recent memory, barely lasting one hour each time it was tested.

Honeyed Ginger
Warm red ginger, exotic white ginger and a nice helping of honey

Spicy, fresh and sweet, the ginger opens this blend and quickly disappears into the thick golden goodness of the honey. It wore for close to four hours.

Jasmine Honey
Heady jasmine flowers with an accompaniment of thick, rich honey

All jasmine here - sweet, enticing and milky - with a little extra sweetness from the honey. It's extra thick and sticky, powdery in the drydown, but I suspect that is more from the jasmine than the honey. Another scent with an unusually short wear time of one hour.

Well, like I said, these combos weren't exactly what I had in mind and felt a little out in left field somewhere. I would have liked to see some snuggly scents for autumn like honey & amber and honey & vanilla. Maybe something woody like oak?

In addition to the perfume samples, I also nabbed a few bubble bars that were offered in the general catalog scents. Three of these have been reviewed before but Moon Dog is one I haven't tried yet.

Litchi Milk Tea
Tart lychee fruit and black tea met with a splash of coconut milk

Just like the perfume in that it is a tangy red fruit similar to raspberry with a crisp black tea. One of my favorite general catalog scents along with Imp.

Moon Dog
Solar storms erupt: cracked coconut, dry sandalwood essence, heated with nutmeg and clove

Lots of clove in this blend against a soft, milky coconut. The coconut is hard for my nose to pick up so this is more of a warm and spicy blend with an intriguing sweetness.

A trinity of milks, almond, oat and coconut, lashed with sweet agave nectar and the ethereal scent of clean white

Sweet almond is what stands out followed by the clean linens and a very soft background of creamy coconut. It smells just like the perfume although I'll have to stick with bubble bar format because I seem to remember their almond not working well with my skin chemistry.

Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts and blanketed in black chocolate

This one is a little different than I remember and the most lightly scented of the four. I get a rich chocolate and roasted coffee beans but the other notes didn't carry over into this format.

I just checked the website for availability and the bubble bars have sold out but the honey perfumes are still available for $15 each. Fall will be the next collection and I can't wait to see what they come up with!