Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Candy Panda

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

I've been hearing about Candy Panda for some time now through the wax grapevine and finally decided to see what the brand is all about. It's a relatively new company having been open since the summer of 2015 that does both wax melts and some bath & body offerings. This is actually the second order I placed, the first being a preorder that is still in production.

Before going into the scents and products themselves, I wanted to talk about the ordering process since this was my initial experience. There are two websites run by the two owners, one for preorders and the other for the ready to ship (RTS) sales. Preorders seem to open about every three months with an unlimited quantity of product available. The process is easy peasy - the website opens for a few days with a solid selection of samplers and individual scents, and you can take your time since nothing will sell out. The turn around time is around two months or longer.

Now the RTS side of things, let's just say, is less than ideal. These sales happen every month with a faster turn around time of about a week and multiple orders will be combined with excess shipping refunded (I think the same goes for preorders but I'm not entirely certain). Here's the thing though - these sales move fast. They recommend having a tab open in your browser for each item that you want with an additional tab opened to PayPal in which you log in ahead of time. You also need to have the browsers autofill set with your email and shipping address. At the scheduled restock time, you refresh each tab until the items are visible and race through the checkout. I've become pretty accustomed to these Hunger Game types of restocks over the years and am almost always able to check out with everything added to the shopping cart, but this time I lost an item even though I was done within a minute. I went straight back to the website and noticed several listings had been removed because they had sold out already. I know there's only so much that a small business can make (believe me, I get it), but this just left a bad taste in my mouth. I scanned the Facebook group and didn't see any mention of there being a cap on the quantity each customer can order. If it really is unlimited quantities for these RTS sales, that just contributes to the hectic ordering process.

As for the shipping, this order was placed on 1/6 and received on 1/14. It came in a flat rate box filled with packing peanuts and a receipt was included. The wax melts are available in 5 pack scent shots for $6.75 each, the loofah soap is $7 and the sugar scrub is $12. The scent shots were not placed in a bag and many of the lids fell off during transit, some even cracked. Two wax samples were included.

I've melted three of these scents so far with good results. The throw is moderate to strong, lasting around twelve hours. I did notice a stronger throw in the hot plate warmer than the warmer with a 25 watt bulb.

Be My Valentine - berry bellini holiday drink of raspberry, red currant, coconut, pink sugar, blood orange and strawberry.

A mouthwatering blend of red currant and blood orange and maybe champagne in there somewhere? I swear there's a fizzy note. It's a bold, tangy blend.

Champagne Rose Parade - bubbling champagne infused + Ro's Jelly (soft floral blend of rose petals with a touch of vanilla).

A Lush Rose Jam dupe with a teensy touch of effervescent bubbles. It's a lemon and rose blend that leans a little sweeter and more floral than other dupes I've tried.

Cheers - ring in the new year with Auld Lang Syne and a fizzy champagne toast.

It doesn't smell like champagne, but rather a bubbly citrus blend. It's sweeter and smoother than other fizzy scents I've tried, and I swear there's a pear note in here. Yum!

Cotton Candy Cocktail - sweet cotton candy with a twist of raspberry liquor.

It smells like the raspberry rock candy blends I've tried from other vendors but more tart. I'm not picking up the cotton candy and liquor though.

Goosebumps - So White type + blackberry sage. 

This was a free sample. It smells like red apples and a pretty rose with some fresh sage that adds a unique touch. I thought it would be a strange combo but it smells pretty good.

Mango on My Mind - mango + clean, crisp air.

OK, this is awesome. Mango scents are iffy for me because they usually end up smelling bitter and unripe. This one is a nice balance of sweet and tangy while being fresh and tropical all at once. I planned on saving this for the summer but I'm not sure I can wait that long!

Meet Me in the Woods - Marshmalloween (toasted marshmallow) + Are You Afraid of the Dark? (an eery dusty breeze around a late night bonfire).

The toasted marshmallow is strong in this one, and it's veering into burnt plastic territory. The bonfire scent that smells like crunchy dried leaves and smoke is one of my all-time favorite fragrances, but it's getting buried under the plasticky toasted mallow.

Stay with Me - orange creamsicle + Blonde Moment (iced champagne + rich raspberry and cranberry)

Just like a mimosa. There's a lot of orange in here with light touches of champagne and bubbles. It's not a sweet creamsicle orange, but not quite zesty enough to be a real orange either. This was another free sample that was included.

Loofah Soap

Natural luffa, sorbitol, coconut oil, propylene glycol, stearic acid, water, sodium hydroxide, fragrance, glycerin, colorant, cosmetic grade glitter.

Approx 5 ounces (net weight) for $7.00

This is a really cool product. I've tried a few scrubby bar soaps before but never one that has a loofah inside. The lather it produces is silky smooth and feels like rubbing a light-weight body oil onto my skin. It's a gentle soap that doesn't strip the moisture from my skin and rinses away clean, leaving behind a noticeable softness. The only thing though is that there are no bubbles. To me, bubbles equal clean skin and hair, so this will take some time to get used to. I'll probably use another soap before this one just to feel like the dirt and oil have been washed away. The loofah is buried a ways in the soap so it will take several uses before getting that scrubbiness. As for the fragrance, it's a strongly scented product but the scent only lingered on my skin for a minute.

Whipped Sugar Scrub

Sugar, water, glycerin, shea butter, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sorbitol, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance, colorant.

10.5 ounces (net weight) for $12.00

This is a strongly scented product that comes in an array of fun, vibrant colors. It's a foaming scrub that rinses away clean with no oily residue. Looking at the label, it appears to be made from a base with sugar, shea butter, fragrance and colorants added. The consistency is very thick and fluffy like a whipped soap, and the closest thing I can compare it to is Moonalisa's Sugar Load scrubs. It produces a creamy white lather that was great for shaving because it allowed me to see the spots I had missed. I didn't get much scrubby action, though. The sugar feels like it has a medium grain texture, but it wasn't as densely packed as I prefer and the sugar dissolves within a couple seconds. Although I didn't particularly like the scent I ordered, the fragrance lingered on my skin for 20 minutes after the shower.

Recap - good scents and products but the ordering process really leaves something to be desired here. I'll give it a few more tries and see how I feel then. Like I mentioned above, there are two websites to order from - The Candy Panda for the ready to ship sales and My Candy Panda for samplers and preorders. Sales are announced in their Facebook group.

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