Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rosegirls March Preorder

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

I've been paying close attention to Rosegirls after getting my last order. This one is from their March sale. I really wanted to order more scents that were offered, but the wax comes in large quantities and the budget only allows for so much. These are the blends that jumped out at me.

Muffins are $7.00 for a set of two and the square chunks are $10.50 a bag. Shipping is a flat rate of $10. Turn around time is approximately four weeks.

Escape to Neverland
Pineapple, raspberry, orange sherbert & vanilla ice cream 

Tart pineapple and creamy orange sherbert in the warmer. That pineapple is heading into chemical-smelling, cleaning product territory though. I noticed the same thing with her lemonade scents, so maybe I need to avoid her citrus blends for now on. Moderate throw and it burned off quick in the warmer. 

Rosegirls Garden, Raspberry Sauce & Vanilla Bean Noel

I just can't bring myself to melt this one yet so this is a cold sniff impression. It's insanely beautiful and I was a fool for only ordering one. This was a custom blend that Julie from The Redolent Mermaid created a few years ago, and I'm going to echo her review. A tart raspberry stands out against a thick rose syrup and a subtle sweetness from the vanilla. I'll add that I get a touch of musk as well. If RoseGirls ever ventured into bath & body products, I would snatch this up quick. I can only dream, right? In the meantime, I'll be hoarding this until I can get my hands on more. 

Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows
Mango, lollipops & strawberry raspberry guava

I think it's the lollipop that stands out here because this smells like tropical candies. More of a tart blend and not as sweet as I had expected. An excellemt scent with a strong throw but it burned off halfway through the day. 

Vanilla Crunch Donut Fluff Puffs

Vanilla bean glaze on top of warm sugar-dusted donuts. I wasn't too sure of this one on cold sniff. The scent was faint and more like yeasty bread, but it blossomed in the warmer and I'm really enjoying it. One cube gave a strong throw that lasted all day. 

I knew the raspberry and rose blend would be my favorite here, but I wasn't expecting to fall so hard for Sunshine and Vanilla Crunch as well. I'm pretty impressed with what I've tried from Rosegirls so far, so I went big on the April preorder that should be arriving around the middle of next month. 

Website @ Rosegirls

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sugar & Spice Wax Melts

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

The very first vendor I ordered from many years ago, Sugar & Spice remains one of my favorite brands. I think of it as a hidden gem in the wax world even though the owner, Shanna, has been around for a long time now. The scent list is extensive and everything is available year-round, which is always nice for when you're craving pumpkin stuff in July. And custom scent blends, she does those too. Occasionally she closes to spend time with family but she's open for most of the year so you can order almost any time you want.

I placed a total of three orders recently and the turn around time was ten business days. All of the cups were neatly stacked in plastic bags to keep the lids secure, and she included some free scents with each order.

Single scent shots are $1.85, 3-packs are $5.55, 4-packs are $7.40, and one pound bakery bags are $17.25. Custom blends are available in all quantities except for single cups.

Amazing Grace 
Philosophy type. Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon are sweetened with freshly picked citron and neroli. A white floral jasmine, orange blossom and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood

Sharp bergamot and clean skin musk with floral nuances in the background. Very fresh and uplifting without being too perfumey. Bergamot is something I try to avoid but this is a nice blend.

Berry Coconut Bundt Cake 
Berry bundt cake, coconut cream pie and birthday cake

A sort of sweet but mostly tart raspberry with the slightest hint of coconut cake in the background.

Blackberry Coconut Cream Cake 
Blackberry, coconut cream pie and birthday cake

A very tart, almost bitter, blackberry with some floral undertones. There's a strong chemical aroma though that reminds me of cleaning products.

Bonfire Bliss 
Notes of dried, wind blown leaves, heliotrope, charred woods of pine and cedar, amber, smoky sandalwood and musk with a background containing hints of roasted marshmallow, brown sugar, coconut and soft vanilla

Crunchy, dried leaves and an eery bonfire smoke. I love how mysterious this one is and it's one of my favorite vendor scents ever. It makes a great blender too.

Camu Camu 
Scentsy type. The scent is an abundance of tart red berries, juicy orange and peach nectar blended with a twist of lime

A red berry and peach blend with accents of citrus and fresh green leaves. Tart, tropical and punchy.

Chubba Dubba 
The fresh aroma blend of Sicilian orange, lemongrass, lemon slices, jasmine, green tea and Tahitian vanilla

A sunny blend of orange and lemon with just a touch of lemongrass. This one is yummy and so fresh smelling.

Clean Green 
Refreshing combination of fresh greens and pear agave is brought to a new level with the addition of vetiver grass and clean forest moss

Every time I smell this I have to double check that I didn't get this mixed up with the Herbal Essence dupe down below. They're pretty similar being that they're both fresh fruity florals, but this one has soft green notes mixed in. I think I like this one a little more.

Fruit Smoothie 
A fruitastik blend of creamy vanilla ice cream bursting with sweet bananas, fresh strawberries, and a touch of juicy peach

Banana Laffy Taffy and vanilla mixed with hints of sweet strawberry. Pretty good, although it's more of a candy scent than a real fruit blend.

Herbal Essences type 
Clean, fresh and invigorating just like the Herbal Essences shampoo

You already know what this smells like. A clean and sweet fruity-floral with apple topnotes.

Marshmallow Jelly Donut 
Marshmallow blended with jelly donut

Sweet raspberry jam and fluffy marshmallows, not much bakery going on here. Love this one and I've repurchased it a few times now.

Orange Caramel Crumble 
Rich, yummy caramel blended with a rich, moist orange poundcake with even more caramel crumbles

A glass of orange juice and a slice of yellow cake. Mostly a citrus scent and I'm not picking up on any caramel sweetness.

Peach Margarita 
Fresh and sweet succulent peaches combined with sparkling notes of lime, lemon and orange rinds makes this the perfect party drink

A zesty orange and lime blend, and although I'm not getting peach or margarita from it, it's really good. I've reordered this a few times now.

Peach Strawberry Cream Cake 
Peach, strawberry, birthday cake and cream

A tart orange and strawberry blend. Not peachy but I love this one and have ordered it many times.

Raspberry Coconut Cream Cake 
Raspberry, coconut cream pie and birthday cake

A very tart raspberry and a curdled, sour cream note. There's a strong chemical smell to this one like with Blackberry Coconut Cream Cake and hopefully that will disappear in the warmer.

Snickerdoodle Latte 
Rich roasted Columbian coffee is blended with spices and hints of toasted nuts in this beverage sensation. A base of vanilla butter cream adds tempting sweetness to the blend

Loads of cinnamon mixed with a roasted, bitter coffee. Not a sweet blend at all on cold sniff nor do I smell any snickerdoodle cookie notes, but perhaps that will change in the warmer.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert 
Top secret blend that smells just like the dessert!

Tart strawberries and rich cream with hints of pretzel. There's that cream note again that nearly goes sour. I think this has been reformulated because I don't remember that cream note before; it used to be all strawberry and pretzel.

Vanilla Bean Nectarine 
Citrusy nectarine blended with sweet vanilla bean

A peachy orange blend with a thick vanilla base. Like peaches and creamsicles. Fresh, juicy and utterly delightful.

Waikiki Shores 
Blend of tropical pina colada, juicy pineapple slices, sweet pear and mandarin orange with a base of anise

Smells like something from BBW. A floral musk blend with coconut to add a tropical vibe. More of a floral (hibiscus?) and musk scent.

Warm Vanilla Nutmeg 
A mild creamy bakery nutmeg

Hints of fresh nutmeg but mostly a buttery vanilla. I'm reminded of butter pecan ice cream every time I smell this. This would probably make a nice blender if you want a different vanilla than VBN. Pumpkin and eggnog are blends that I have in mind to mix this with.

Mystery Scents!

These are freebies that Shanna sends along with every order. They're made from leftover wax that she's poured so each one is different and unfortunately there is no description of what went into each one. It's all a guess. There are a lot of these mystery scents because I made three different orders recently. The more you buy, the more freebies you get.

Starting from the top left -

Mystery #1 is a double layer peppermint blend. The top smells like vanilla bean noel, the bottom is peppermint and maybe marshmallow mixed in. Pretty scent.

Mystery #2 is heavy on plumeria but there's something else here. Cotton candy perhaps. It's ok, but I think I'll only be able to tolerate this floral for short periods of time.

Mystery #3 smells like lemon pie or lemon sugar cookies. There's a bakery note mixed in somewhere but it's mostly lemon.

Mystery #4 is a triple layer blend. The bottom is Peach Strawberry Cream Cake, the top and middle smell like a cinnamon laundry blend. It's a unique one for sure.

Mystery #5 is double layered. The top is a Leaves dupe (does that one have cinnamon? It's been a while since I smelled it and I'm getting a lot of spice). The bottom layer is Pumpkin Cinna Vanilla Crunch, a very spicy pumpkin pie filling. Both great scents that I've ordered before.

Mystery #6 is a double layer blend but all I'm smelling is Amazing Grace. A clean bergamot and musk scent.

Mystery #7 is triple layered. Bottom layer is a spicy cinnamon type of blend, maybe Caramel Praline Cinnamon Frosting. Middle layer I can't smell. The top is a lightly spiced pumpkin blend.

Mystery #8 is another triple layer. Sweet banana candies jump out immediately and I'm gonna say that Raspberry Coconut Cream Cake is mixed in. The bottom layer is a tart red berry.

Mystery #9 is a double layered scent. The top is a tart, red berry punch (seriously, what IS that? It's goood) and the bottom smells like laundry blended with something sweet and pink like cotton candy.

A lot of these will be reorders in the future and my top favorites are Vanilla Bean Nectarine, Peach Strawberry Cream Cake, Marshmallow Jelly Donut, and Bonfire Bliss I'll be needing a bag of. There are so many other scents that sound good and I'll place another order once I melt through these.

Website @ Sugar & Spice (Gourmet Soy Online)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Purple Fox Wax

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me

Another new brand that I've been hearing about lately. This time it's The Purple Fox based out of Oceanside, California. The owner, Pontip, offers monthly restocks and an occasional preorder. I missed out on the preorder earlier this year, but once I saw the orders start to roll out, I knew I needed to catch the next opening. The unique scent blends and quirky shapes are right up my alley.

Things sell out quickly so you do have to move fast in these restocks. I checked out in about 90 seconds of the opening and lost an item in my cart. It's a Hunger Games style restock, so opening a tab on your browser for each item will help.

Shipping was $10.75 and I had a CNS within a few days. The restock was on March 26 and the package arrived on the 31st. I want to say she refunded additional shipping charges but I can't find that email now. I'm pretty sure she did though.

First up are the two clammies. These are $3.95 each.

Blackberry lemonade

A glass of ice cold, kinda fizzy, lemonade with a pump of sweet blackberry syrup. It's a good blackberry too and not one of those perfumey floral types. I melted a cube of this one and it gave off a moderately strong throw that lasted around half a day. 

Pineapple, sweet lemongrass and hints of coconut water.

A bright and sunny blend of pineapple and lemon with hints of sweet grass lingering underneath. It smells strong on cold sniff and although I haven't melted this one yet, I'm sure I'll reorder it down the road.

These are the geo bars that caught my attention. They weigh between 3.2 - 3.7 ounces and are about the size of a king-size Hershey bar. They're on the thin side so it will be easy to snap a piece off. $5.50 is the price for each.

Duty Has No Friends

Salted pineapples and mangoes

Mmm! More of a tart pineapple with hints of juicy mango and plenty of salt on top. This and Poolside are my faves. I'm not about mango but salted pineapple is something I'll have to try this summer. Speaking of pineapple, have you tried it on the grill? It's super good and really brings out the juices. I keep seeing this recipe pop up in my feed for brown sugar glazed pineapple that you grill. Summer needs to get here soon!

Oceanside Pier

The Bakery (cinnamon sugared pastries, sweet bread, fresh baked cookies) and mango sorbet

Ripe mango and sugar-dusted donuts with the tiniest touch of cinnamon. A little heavier on the bakery notes. 

Triple Berry Cheesecake

Aren't these geometric shapes fun? This was a free sample that came along for the ride. It smells like a blend of sweet raspberries and blackberries (hard to say because there isn't a description on the site) on a thick, creamy base. The cheesecake stands out more on cold sniff but this is mostly berries in the warmer. Moderate throw that lasted half a day.

A fun order that I'm really pleased with. Her tropical fruit scents are the ones I'll be keeping an eye out for in future restocks. The next opening is scheduled for May 5, and you can follow the Facebook and Instagram pages for previews of upcoming scents.

Website @ The Purple Fox 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Moonalisa Romantic Tudor & Mardi Gras

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

I've been waiting on pins and needles for this latest Moonalisa order to show up, and here it is. This is from her Valentine's and Mardi Gras restock that happened back in January. Everything was broken up into two themes this time - Romantic Tudor/Valentine's are the florals and resins, Mardi Gras is all your fruits and gourmands. All of these scents are new to me except for one.

Those labels!

Perfumes and lip butters

Free samples

Amber Vanilla
Luscious, rich and boozy vanilla mixed with a sultry amber blend. 

This is all resin, no vanilla. A sharp amber that reminds me of Haus of Gloi's Haus Amber blend - very rich, a little sweet. Light enough for day but sultry enough for nighttime.

Amber Vanilla Rose

I had this in a sugar scrub years ago and it was a sad day when I used the last of it. It's a sugary sweet, powdery vanilla and spicy amber blend. The rose is pretty subtle and only hangs around for a few minutes. Mostly amber because the vanilla also fades quickly, but it hangs around longer than the rose.

Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Truffle
Decadent chocolate ganache, soaked in warm aged southern bourbon, and rolled in toasted pecans. 

A new scent for this collection that sounded too good to pass up even though I don't gravitate towards chocolate scents much. A slightly bitter dark chocolate with a strong bourbon note that dries down to a rich caramel. Seductive and intoxicating.

Buttered Rum Creme Brulee
A rich, caramel crusted, custard dessert with a buttery rum boozy twist. 

A super buttery, rich custard. Not boozy though. Honestly, I'm not sure how to feel about this one and it will take a long time to use. It's almost too rich that I can only use this a little at a time.

Chocolate Covered Cherries aka Cherry Cordial
Just like the chocolate covered cherry candy with liquor in it. 

Super boozy, rum-soaked black cherries with hints of decadent milk chocolate. The alcohol and cherry combo is starting to head in the direction of cough syrup but stops short. Still a nice scent and I'll reorder this next year.

Corsican Mendiant au Chocolat Blanc
White chocolate, walnuts, dates, and crystallized orange peel. 

Zesty, sweet orange with earthy dates and chopped nuts. I'm not getting the white chocolate though. It's more of a citrus blend but the nuts and dates are pretty prominent.

Duchess of Willowdale
Notes are reminiscent of old Victorian parlors. Honey, amber, pipe tobacco but with added notes of deep, dark, rich chocolates. 

A complex blend of mostly dark chocolate and deep amber but with an occasional whiff of honey to sweet everything. No tobacco so yay for that! Her amber tends to be sharp but this one is very smooth. I needed a chocolate scrub and decided on this one - this scent pops up frequently in her restocks and that tobacco note always gave me pause, so I figured a wash-off product would be the safest way to go. Well, I'm going to need this in a perfume once I finish the Bourbon Chocolate one.

Gilded Pear
Updated 2017 version. Apple strudel laced with brown sugar, pear oils, sandalwood and vanilla and a creamy sweet vanilla sugar lightly spiced with cardamom essential oil. 

Well this one instantly became one of my top Moona scents ever. That was unexpected! Sweet and spicy cardamom dusted on top of a caramelized blend of apples and pears. More pear but the apple gives it a crisp freshness.

King Cake
Reformulation 2017. The "king cake" takes its name from the biblical Kings. The season for King cake extends from the end of the twelve days of Christmas up until the end of Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), the day before the start of Lent. Some organizations or groups of friends may have "King cake parties" every week through the carnival season. There are many different recipes for King cake. However, the most common ones include: milk, butter, yeast, water, brown and white sugar, eggs, salt, nutmeg, flour and cinnamon. Topped with a glaze of confectioners sugar, lemon juice and colored sugar crystals.

Rich, buttery cake and boozy almond extract with a hint of chopped nuts. Emphasis on rich and buttery! This one smelled familiar so I dug through the stash and found that it's similar to Moona's Torta del Cielo scent.

Lavender & Chocolate 
Delicious real cocoa absolute and real Lavandula Angustifolia (true English lavender) essential oil make this bar refreshing and decadent at the same time. 

A little bit of sweet chocolate that smells like a packet of hot cocoa mix but mostly a very sharp, medicinal lavender.

Lavender Shortbread 
Subtle lavender-spiked crispy buttery shortbread. 

Occasionally I get the lightest wiff of herbal lavender but it's buried under the chocolaty cocoa butter and honey used to make this balm. Usually the lip balms are strongly scented so maybe this needs to cure a while.

Peach ou Apricot Confiture 
Peach and apricot jam. 

This was a free sample that came with one of my orders. Syrupy golden peaches with light and airy apricot. It definitely smells like jam.

Pecan Pralines 
Traditional Mardi Gras treat of sugary buttered pecans. 

Smells just like the caramelized pecans that smothered this cheesecake I had a while back. I need to find another slice now. I got this same scent as a tinted lip balm sample a few months ago and there wasn't much fragrance to it, but this version is much stronger. Now I'm wishing I had ordered two.

Peches Melba
French spelling for peaches. Juicy ripe peaches with a teeny squeeze of lemon and fresh raspberry topped vanilla bean ice cream. 

Golden peach syrup with sweet raspberry in the background. A hint of lemon freshness initially but that fades within minutes. Mostly peach.

Romance is in the air with this balance of scent between floral, citrus, spice and resin. Orange blossom cream with an English toffee swirl and a touch of frankincense and ginger. Scrub is a soothing blend of shea, coconut, and sweet orange butters whipped up with pure cane sugar, powdered frankincense and scent.  

This is a perfume, not a sugar scrub. It opens with a blast of ginger but quickly settles in to a rich custard cream topped with delicate orange blossoms. It's more of a floral scent at this point with the smoldering frankincense gradually pushing its way forward further into the dry down. Very different from the other orange blossom scents that I have, and the frankincense adds an interesting twist (interesting in a good way!)

Queen's Gloves
Brand new batch 2017, same recipe. This scent was inspired by a recipe for an aromatic powder made to scent the leather gloves of Queen Elizabeth I. This powder was a gift from her secret lover, the Earle of Essex. Date of original recipe is about 1588. It was said she was seen often walking around sniffing the gloves while carrying them in her hands with a smile on her face. I took the aromatic powder recipe and converted it into a compendium of modern herbs and oils to recreate the original recipe into a perfume. It has been aged for two years. This artisan perfume is made from 100% natural components. Notes include: Egyptian rose absolute, orris root, benzoin, essence of citron, clove, lavender, rosewood, muscade (nutmeg) and amyris.

I've been eyeballing this scent for years now and am glad to see it offered once more. I'm obsessed with Tudor history and have been wanting this perfume as a way to capture just a small glimpse into Elizabeth's life. It starts out sweet and somewhat lemony like a citronella candle with a brief hint of lavender, but later dries down into a spicy, woodsy scent. Google tells me that must be the amyris. It's unlike any perfume I've tried so far, and although I don't know when I'll reach for this again, I do appreciate the novelty of it.

Rose Petal Jam
Beautifully infused rose petal sweet jam. 

Hints of true rose (not Lush's Rose Jam) but it's very, very faint. What I primarily smell is the chocolatey cocoa butter that was used to make this balm. It needs to cure a bit.

Salome's Secret
A crushing blend of various amber resins mixed with a rich & boozy vanilla absolute for a smoldering promise. Really rich, slightly floral, amber resin with a heavy boozy vanilla absolute base.  

I couldn't decide on this or Amber Vanilla so when in doubt, get both. Salome is a softer amber with a heavier vanilla. Not a boozy vanilla but a buttery, slightly sweet one that helps round out the sharpness of the amber. I prefer this one over Amber Vanilla.

Sweet orange, neroli (orange blossom) & petigrain. Warming, soothing and refreshing to the spirit. This is a very special blend using every part of the orange tree: the leaves, fruit, rind and twig, helping you to feel whole again. This blend is great for postnatal fatigue. It represents spiritual and mental wholeness and well being.

This starts out as a sharp, almost spicy green scent that dries down into a sweet orange with floral nuances. Very lightly scented as a lotion and the scent fades quickly.

So that's everything for now. Moona hasn't announced the next opening but that should be coming in the next week or two on her website. She posts announcements through the Facebook page or you can sign up for a newsletter on the website.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Candy Panda March Restock #2

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.

There were two Candy Panda openings for the month of March, this one was from their 3/31 restock. I was really excited for this opening because it was full of wonderful floral scents that I've been craving now that spring is here. Everything sold out quickly as usual, but I was able to get this small order in without any trouble.

Each wax scent comes in 5 packs for $6.75 and the whipped sugar scrubs are $12 each. Shipping is $10.75, multiple orders are always combined and additional shipping charges are refunded quickly.

Acai Berries & Satin
Acai berries, lemon, strawberry and rose (inspired by Herbal Essences)

Just like the shampoo. Apparently Herbal Essences reformulated the scent sometime in the 70's or 80's. I didn't discover the shampoo until the 90's, but that's what this is. Red berries and white florals, perfect for spring!

Blanket on the Beach
Ocean mist + warm blankets 

Crisp, salty ocean breeze combined with a sweet, powdery linen that come together to smell just like dryer sheets. This was a free sample.

Vibrant bluebell and lily of the valley blossoms (inspired by Jo Malone)

I'm not sure what bluebell smells like nor have I tried this perfume, but it's an almost watery lily scent. Soft and alluring but light and fresh. Very "blue."

Die Young
Cedar Leaf & Lavender (French lavender, rose and sandalwood) + clean cotton 

A free sample that smells mostly of lavender with hints of herbs and mint. Fresh and clean, but also tranquil and spa-like.

Hydrangea, lilies and carnations.

A strongly-scented, spicy green blend of hydrangea with delicate lily underneath. Very sharp, slightly soapy.

Spring It On 
Fresh tulips and spring florals.

I've never noticed a smell from tulips before. Do they smell? Anyways, this is a really pretty, complex scent and is supposed to be a Yankee Candle dupe. Clean and fresh, somewhat sweet, bright and sunny like there is a citrus topnote. I need to track this candle down!

Sweet Honeysuckle
Spring aroma of golden honeysuckle nectar.

Smells more like gardenia than honeysuckle. No complaints though. Gardenia is a scent that is very difficult to replicate, and this smells just like those delicate, intoxicating white petals I used to bury my nose in when I would visit my grandma's house.

Delightful blend of tropical fruits and sugared oranges, lemons and limes (inspired by Capri Blue)

A punchy, sweet orange blended with pineapple and maybe passion fruit. It smells like a delicious summer cocktail, and I'll be reaching for this one a lot.

My favorite order so far. I'd reorder everything here aside from the free sample scents, but my favorite one is Spring It On.

Website @ The Candy Panda

Monday, April 10, 2017

Haus of Gloi Spring Order

Disclaimer -all products were purchased by me. 

Spring is my favorite Haus of Gloi collection, and I eagerly await it's arrival every year. Their floral scents in Splendiferous, Milkmaid and Honeybelle are staples in my collection, but I'm all stocked up on those and passed on them this year. Instead I went with a few of the new Milk scents and Celestina, along with a butter bomb and body emulsion in Litchi Milk Tea for summer.

Ripe red apple and Egyptian musk with a hint of fresh rose

Sugared rose petals and an ultra crisp, juicy Mac apple. The rose pulls a little stronger on my skin with the apple adding a lovely freshness, and these two notes compliment one another nicely. The musk is clean smelling like a second  skin and really amps up at times, but helps tame the sweetness from the fruit. The drydown is all musk that hugs close to my skin. Sillage is strong and total wear time is around 8 hours. I really liked this one and will probably try it out as a pumpkin butter next time (hopefully the musk will be lighter in that format).

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

This is actually one of the general catalog scents, but I'm including it here since it fell into the shopping cart along with the rest of these spring goodies. It's a tangy 'red' fruit blend similar to a raspberry combined with a glass of refreshing, crisp tea. It's more lychee than tea, and I don't smell the coconut at all. I reviewed a sample of this a while back so this is a repurchase.

Well worn leather, dirt n dandelions, carrot, a pinch of tobacco and a light sheen of feral skin musk

I ordered this one last year and meant to review it at the time but totally forgot. Anyway, I feel like Bugs Bunny wearing this one because it smells like carrots that have just been pulled from the dirt. Cool and clean (seriously, how does dirt manage to smell clean?), vegetal and sweet. The sillage is strong at first but later dries down to a skin hugging clean musk. I admit, I took one sniff of this last year and set it aside until now, but it's slowly growing on me. It's not something I would wear, but I might consider this in a soap or sugar scrub one day.

The break of waves, gurgling sea foam, kelp, rain tinged air, sand smoothed driftwood and wild sage.

This was a free sample. It starts out crisp, salty and green, like a cool ocean breeze carrying the smell of murky kelp that has washed ashore. Unfortunately it all goes downhill quickly because it begins to turn soapy. Think unscented laundry detergent powder. I had to wash it off after an hour because it was just too much. Now I had a Selkie pumpkin butter a ways back and don't remember it having that soapy smell.

Honeyed Amber
A blend of three ambers and two types of honey

A lone butter bomb that found its way here. This is a deeply comforting blend - sweet, a little powdery, and very snuggly soft. I'd snatch this up if they ever offered it in a pumpkin butter.

Neroli Milk
Honeyed orange blossom and sweet milk

Smells just like Honeybelle and their orange blossom butter bombs from the spring collection. Tart orange, sharp green notes, and hints of creamy white petals. No milk or honey notes were detected after testing it a few times. Moderate sillage with a wear time of 3 hours. 

Pink Marshmallow Milk
Magical pink berries and frothy cold milk

In the bottle, this starts off smelling like a glass of Nesquik strawberry milk. The berries are sweet but not excessively so, leaning more into artificial territory than realistic. They disappear quickly, giving way to a powdery vanilla floral that bears a striking resemblance to Milkmaid at times (I'm going to call this the fruity version of Milkmaid). The sillage is low to moderate and this one lasted around 4 hours on my skin. It's a pretty scent, but I know I've smelled this before.

So that's all for now. Celestina was really nice but that musk amped something fierce on my skin. I went looking for a mini pumpkin butter to try this scent in a different format but it's sold out. Ah well, maybe next year. The two milk, I don't know. The neroli one wasn't milky at all, and the pink marshmallow one feels like a stock oil. I'm 99% certain I've smelled that pink berry scent from a few wax vendors and with Haus of Gloi, I expect one of a kind. Anyways, a few of these items have already sold out, but you can find the remaining spring stuff here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Scoopable Tart Wax

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.

Here's a small order from a vendor I've been wanting to try for a while now. This time it's Scoopable Tart Wax owned by Kathy Fahley and based out of Wisconsin. She offers monthly ready to ship restocks of 4 ounce and 8 ounce jars of strongly scented scoopable wax. It's a softer wax than clamshells so all you need to do is grab a spoon and dig into the jar.

I've been wanting to try out more scoopables ever since I ordered one from another vendor earlier this year. Because the wax is so soft, it's a little messy but they're so much fun to play around with that I don't mind. You only need 1-2 spoonfuls in the warmer and it's easy to mix and match scents to create your own custom blends.

These are the scents I picked up from the March 17th restock. She gives a list of scents that will be offered and a time that she will open, so ordering is simple. These are 4 ounce jars that were $5.00 each. The box arrived on March 22 so shipping is lightening fast. A free sample was included as well. 

Cool Water Type
A refreshing, spicy lavender and amber fragrance. Contains a blend of lavender, jasmine, oakmoss, musk and sandalwood.

So this was the reason I ordered. I've been thinking about trying a Cool Water dupe lately because of the nostalgia from the high school days when everyone was wearing this perfume. One whiff from the jar had me confused as it smells nothing like I remember. And then the 'derp' moment came - there were two versions of this scent, one for men and one for women. This turns out to be a dupe of the masculine version and not the feminine one that I was looking for. Whoops! Anyway, this smells like bergamot and clean musk with an ozone freshness. Moderate throw with one spoonful.

Hypnotic Vanilla
This incredibly rich, creamy, smooth vanilla has a hypnotic lure to it. This scent is so captivating, we believe it will heighten your standards for a true vanilla from here on out. 

A deep vanilla bean ice cream scent. No buttery notes and not too sweet, but very rich. Good on its own and I'm sure this will be a great blender too. Moderate throw with one spoonful.

Oatmeal Raisin Monster
Monster Cookie (brown sugar, butter, Madagascar vanilla & spices) blended with oatmeal raisin cookie.

A free sample that was included. I'm going to call this a bread scent rather than cookie. It has a strong yeasty aroma like fresh baked bread with an abundance of cinnamon. Moderate throw with 1/4 of the cup added to the warmer.

German cake with the crumb topping known as streusel.

Sweet cake buried beneath mounds of brown sugar crumbles and lightly spiced with cinnamon. This is one of those 'home sweet home' scents that wraps you in a cozy embrace as you walk in the room. The throw was very light with one scoop so I'm going to set this aside to cure a while longer.

These scents are impressive, especially Hypnotic Vanilla and Streuselkuchen. I was expecting the throw to be a bit stronger, but I also jumped right into these without letting them cure much. Overall I'm very happy with this order and plan on checking out more scents that the brand has to offer.

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