Monday, March 6, 2017

February Use It Ups

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 


Hi guys! I can't believe March is already here and Spring is just around the corner. The weather is starting to warm up, but this season has been unusually wet here in Southern California. It's rained about 1-2 days a week here for the past month, which is a welcome change. It's supposed to rain again today, so I'm ready to enjoy it because we never know when it will happen again! Speaking of the weather, I saw this beautiful sunrise the other day and had to grab a pic -




I thought about doing something a little different with a monthly use-it-up post. I'm always curious to see what others are using in their stash because I'm nosey like that, so I thought this would be fun. I figured this would give me an opportunity to go back over things I've already reviewed with some updated thoughts and to cover things in the stash that I haven't reviewed yet. Also because most of the wax reviews are cold sniff, I can talk about how they smell once the warmer is fired up.

A lot of the stuff I used last month isn't included here because, well...I just thought of doing this post a week or two ago. And a few things aren't pictured because I threw them out before remembering to take a picture. The next time I do a use it up post there will be a lot more to go over.





Alchemic Muse

Figgy Pudding
Festive and delicious! Sugary dried figs simmered in brandy with shavings of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon leaf spooned over creamy tapioca and drizzled with a honeyed vanilla glaze. 

Whipped soap. Lots of fresh cinnamon on top of a base of creamy vanilla and brandy. I think I mentioned before that it reminded me of potpourri or a cinnamon vanilla candle, and it still does.

Repurchase? Maybe


Candy Panda

Baja Cactus Blossom
Fresh flowers and light coconut wrapped in green cactus blossom. 

Wax melt. Succulent cactus and that signature B&BW floral musk. Clean, sweet and powdery. Strong throw, lasted all day with half of a cup in the warmer.

Repurchase? No

Cotton Candy Cocktail
Sweet cotton candy with a twist of raspberry liquour. 

Wax melt. Raspberry sweet tart candies and an almost powdery pink spun sugar or rock candy note. Strong throw with a half cup.

Repurchase? No


Cocoa Pink

Indian Donuts
Cakey sugary donuts with pistachios, cardamom, a splash of rose water and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Ends with Argan Benefits sample. Lots of spicy cardamom and sweet rose petals garnished on top of a spongy cake. It reminds me of Cardamom Rose Sugar from Solstice Scents, but not as syrupy sweet.

Repurchase? Yes

Vanilla Rose
Bulgarian white rose petals caressed with pale cream infused with decadent vanilla and softly sprinkled with sugar crystals topping fluffy white squares of angel food cake.

Ends with Benefits. I just don't know about this one. It smells one way on my skin and another in my hair, which is all I used it for aside from the previous review. On the skin, it's sweet rose and vanilla cake. In the bottle and on my hair, there's a sharp, peppery aroma. I thought about reordering it in a perfume sample, thinking there might be a "base" smell to the Ends with Benefits spray that is altering the fragrance. The thing is though, I have tons of these sprays and none of them have this same smell. I tend to love Cocoa Pink's gourmand rose blends, but this one didn't work out.

Repurchase? No


Future Primitive Soap

Violet Milk
Woodland violets coaked in sweet milk and sugar.

Bath truffle. A clean, white scent that smells like the little slivers of soap in a hotel room. I expected powdery sweetness from the violet on a creamy base. It's very strongly scented though even when I used 1/4 of a piece in the tub.

Repurchase? No


Haus of Gloi

Come Hither
Based off of traditional herbs and roots used in Hoodoo to draw and attract a lover, or entice the one you've already ensnared! Bourbon vanilla, tonka bean, a touch of rose oil, Queen Elizabeth (orris) root, saffron, and a touch of honey to sweeten the whole deal.

Pumpkin buttrr. In theory, I should love this. Rose, vanilla and honey are my jam, but this just smelled dirty. It's an earthy, bland scent that makes me think of roots mixed with spicy saffron that amped on my skin. That has to be the orris because I recognize it from other scents I've tried with that same note. The strange thing is that orris is supposed to smell like violets? I dunno. It just wasn't for me.

Repurchase? No

Milk
Different from many of the milky notes that we generally use. This is a fresh milk. 

Butter bomb. Just a plain milk scent. No sugary notes like condensed milk nor any curdled, sour notes. The scent lingers for a while on my skin, so I like to use this for layering with lotions and perfumes when I want to add a creamy element.

Repurchase? Yes

Who Needs Love? 
A mahogany box filled with chocolaty orbs, coated in crystallized coffee, filled with pomegranate and raspberry filling. 

Sample perfume and scrub. Mostly jammy red fruits and coffee with hints of rich chocolate, but it's the mahogany that really makes this special. It just adds this luxurious, high end feel, and rounds this scent off nicely. I did notice the perfume going bitter on my skin sometimes (that's from the coffee), and I'm starting to suspect it's hormonal fluctuations. I've read about it happening before, how a scent can smell differently throughout the month. I think that's the case here because I can't figure out any other reason.

Repurchase? Yes


L3 Waxy Wonders

Gardenia Coconut Coast
(I couldn't find a description)

4 pack wax melts. Coconut milk blended with a starchy laundry note and heavy florals. It doesn't really smell like gardenia though. More like a tropical floral scented hairspray. Strong throw that lasted all day.

Repurchase? No

Passionfruit Guava
Sweet passionfruit and tangy guava.

Wax sample. Tart tropical fruits with strong green and floral undertones. Strong throw all day long.

Repurchase? No, but I'd consider using it as a blender for customs


Lasting Scent Candles

Buttery Pecan Latte
Buttery sugared pecans, creamy caramel, light roasted coffee, and a dollop of whipped cream. 

Wax melt. Rich, creamy and nutty, but heavy on the coffee. It's very bitter on cold sniff, but the caramel helps smooth it out in the warmer. Strong throw that lasted all day with a half scent shot.

Repurchase? No, because there are other coffee blends from LSC that I prefer


Moonalisa / Mooscents

Raspberry Essence
A pure natural raspberry essence, juicy and sweet. 

Cocoa Creme. A sweet, authentic raspberry scent with creamy milk chocolate. The chocolate is coming from the cocoa butter that this product is made from. I thought it would be a subtle aroma, but it's about 50-50 for both notes.

Repurchase? Probably as a perfume, but not as a cocoa butter

Woodland Gingerman

Wax melt. I still haven't found a description, but this smells like warm gingerbread with a heavy amount of cloves. Strong throw, lasted almost all day

Repurchase? Yes


Super Tarts

Dark Swan
Dark chocolate cocoa, whipped cream dusted with cinnamon. 

Wax melt. I got the cinnamon on cold sniff, but in the warmer it was all creamy milk chocolate. Strong throw, lasted all day.

Repurchase? No

Green Goblin
The Omen (ocean breeze, vanilla bean noel and red delicious apple) blended with key lime. 

Wax melt. The Omen, which smells like crisp Mac apples coated in rain droplets, is one of my favorite Super Tarts blends. However, my kids and I thought this one smelled like throw up. There's the acidity from the lime, but there's also a curdled dairy smell going on here. It had a strong throw and lasted most of the day.

Repurchase? Nooooo

Orange is the New Black 
Orange juice, burnt marshmallows and pomegranate. 

One of my favorites. Fresh OJ deepened with a moody pomegranate and a soft toasted note floating around the edges. I think of citrus as being a warm weather scent, but this one is dark and fitting for colder days. Strong throw that lasts all day.

Repurchase? Yes!


The Bathing Garden

Banana Batter
(No description available)

Wax sample. Warm banana bread next to a heaping spoonful of vanilla ice cream. The only thing is that the throw was almost nonexistent. I have clamshells from Shannon that are several years old and still throw well, but sometimes the samples that come in plastic baggies lose their scent over time. That may have been what happened here, but I don't remember this having a strong scent to begin with.

Repurchase? Maybe

Belladonna Tincture
A spicy blend of black pepper, patchouli and vetiver softened with mellow sandalwood.

Wax sample. Three of the four notes I tend to avoid, but I loved this. A sprinkle of black pepper smoothed out with soft patchouli. It looks like it would smell headshoppy, but it doesn't at all. Calming and tranquil, but dark and moody all at once. This is a Lush Lord of Misrule dupe. Strong throw, lasted the entire day.

Repurchase? Yes

Citrus Cake Batter
Bright citrus, vanilla cream, cake batter, and clouds of sugar bake up into the perfect summer cake.

Sugar scrub. White cake topped with a thick layer of vanilla frosting and fresh orange zest to balance out the sweetness. It was a sad day when I finished this one, and I hope it returns soon.

Repurchase? Yes

Frosted Fruitcake
Fruit, nuts, cake, and a drizzle of cream cheese frosting. A fruitcake you will actually be glad to receive this holiday season!

Scrub sample. Thick cream cheese frosting and marascino cherries soaked in rum. I didn't think much about this one until I started using it, but now I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for it to return.

Repurchase? Yes!


Wonderberry

Lavender Iced Lemon Cookie
Warm sugar cookies and a zesty lemon glaze, sprinkled with delicate lavender petals. 

Wax sample. Yum! Authentic buttery cookies dripping with a gooey lemon glaze and *very* subtle lavender nuances. Strong throw all day long.



Links
Alchemic Muse

Candy Panda (monthly restocks and preorders)

Cocoa Pink

Future Primitive Soap

Haus of Gloi

L3 Waxy Wonders

Lasting Scent Candles

Mooscents and Moonalisa

Super Tarts

The Bathing Garden

Wonderberry Wax and Wonderberry Bath

2 comments:

  1. Good to know about Green Goblin.. It was on my list to try but now I will stay clear! Anything resembling sugar milk or sour milk notes is a no go for me.

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    1. It was a strange combo! I think it would've worked better if it was fresh lime instead of a bakery one. How is the sugar milk? Is it really sweet or does it go sour?

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