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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.