Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Scents: Outlander Clamshells

It has been a few years since I have placed a Book Scents order. A recent sale had me trundling over to the website to pick up two clamshells. Book Scents features fragrances based off of popular books and offers candles and tarts. I am a fan of the Outlander offerings. 

Snow and Embers-  Notes: Fresh mint, cool pine needles with a smoky undertone.

Smoky pine and cool ozone waft about this giant clamshell, smelling like chilled evergreen filled mountain air. Half of a cube threw medium-strong in the kitchen. 

The Gathering- Notes: Woods, leather, rich amber and smoky musk. 

This is one of my very favorite Book Scents fragrances. It is freaking incredible if you are a smoked woods fan. This is a true ember scent, not acrid, sour or harsh. It smells like a campfire in a forest clearing with leather horse saddles and Jamie Fraser lounging in his woolen kilt beside you. Strong throwing and fantasy inducing.

Now as I alluded, these clamshells are hulk sized. They hold 6 ounces of wax, so each cube is one ounce and they run $8.50 each.

If blind buying that much wax worries you, there is also a 4 scent shot sampler you can buy for $6.00 and try out additional scents. 

Book Scent candles are nice too. I had a Jamie Fraser one before and quite enjoyed it. Here is the post and it also highlights many other Outlander scents. Some names have changed due to copyright but they are still there. 

Do you like geekish, bookish themed scents? I must say, Book Scents did a great job of matching up the scent with the actual books and characters. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Candles From The Keeping Room: June Opening

Carol opened in June after taking her usual hiatus to travel and visit family. I was ready and eager to grab a few scents once she opened Candles From The Keeping Room up. Many of these are repurchases so I won't be going too much into depth, but the new-to-me scents I will review in detail. Tarts generally run $5.50 for a 6 ounce bag. Strawberry shapes are $5.75 each bag. Turn around time is always fast, usually only a few days as these are ready to ship.

I hit up the strawberry section like a crack of lightening and starting popping yummies in my cart willy nilly. 

Fresh Picked Strawberry, one of my favorites and a classic. A strong, sweet and true strawberry that I adore.

Strawberry Cotton Candy is one I fell hard for last order I placed and wanted to pick up a second bag. Strawberry flavored cotton candy, concise and delicious.

Strawberry Raspberry Guava is one my friend Lynda had told me about a while back but I am just getting around to trying it for myself. It smells like the classic strawberry raspberry guava oil that many enjoy. Fruity, vibrant and candied. I think this one will throw well.

Wild Mountain Strawberry blends FPS with Wild Mountain Honey. I threw one into the warmer and it let off a medium-strong throw of strawberries and honey. I like it but probably not a repurchase. 

Strawberry Milk is a blend of fresh strawberries and sweet cream milks. The idea of strawberries and cream/milk always sounds so dang good and I read everyones' raves about milk scents but I just can never get on board. This is my attempt to make doubly sure that I am not a fan. In the bag it smells like strawberry Crunch Berry cereal, a little bready and crunchy. Once the in warmer a bit of the bread melts off and it is a more mellow strawberry cereal and milk scent. It gave a medium throw in my bedroom. Probably not one I will buy again, though it was nice to try it.

Mulled Wine repurchase because I am OBSESSED. You can read my thoughts here. Ultimately, it is a cozy spiced Christmas wine scent.

Maple Buttercream Sugar Cookie is another repurchased scent. Crunchy sugar cookies with extra vanilla and a small glug of maple syrup. 

Sugared Strawberry Spruce is hitting the spot. Sweet strawberries and soft evergreen. I am craving strawberry woods scents really hard right now and I have none except for this bag now. This is a scent I have repurchased numerous times.

I have bought this scent once or twice in the past and occasionally I will get a yearning for it. Sugar Cookie Latte is one of the very few coffee scents I enjoy. The sugar cookie really amps up the vanilla and sweetness of the black coffee. The coffee portion smells softly of hazelnuts and is never bitter or puppy feet smelling. Such a snug and honey aroma.

Ultimate Sugar Cookie is one of my favorite sugar cookie blends. I think this is my 4th or 5th bag of it. I try to pick it up whenever I run out of the previous one. This is a huge warm and chewy vanilla sugar cookie with vanilla buttercream frosting thinly layered on top and sprinkled with sugar crystals. Yummmmmm.

Blueberry Cream Type- Notes: Vanilla cream, garden blueberries with sprinkles of sugar crystals.

This was a sample that I fell in love with in my last order. It throws nice and strong and smells incredibly lovely. This is a Bath and Body Words type but I don't recall having ever tried the candle. I feel like I missed out on a good one, though, if it was anything like this tart. On cold it has a strong yet almost sharp blueberry topped with white sugar and a touch of licorice. Once melted it turns into a lovely pool of vanilla musk and sugared blueberries.

2543- Notes: A strong citrus combination of lemongrass, lime and orange with sweet cotton candy and warm vanilla drying to a musk and tonka background. A Lush dupe.

 I have not tried 2543 as a Lush scent so this is my first time ever laying my nose on this fragrance, boy howdy is it nice. A vividly sunny and sweet scent that smells like crystallized lemon drops and a back note of tonka. Dreamy. I think this will be a fast favorite.

Winter Cabin- Notes: Charred woods of birch, pine and cedar and a musky, balsamic amber-vanilla and sandalwood drydown.

Another oldie but a goodie. I have bought this one many times in the past. It is a wonderful winter scent that is full of smoldering embers and fireside romance. This is not a sweet or smooth scent, but crackling and popping with heat. 

Fresh Picked Strawberry and Watermelon is pretty self explanatory. This is my first time trying it and I am all heart eyes over it. The watermelon is buoyant and juicy sweet. It straddles that fine line between ripe and real and just shy of candied. The added strawberry takes it to the utterly delicious end of the taste gauge. It threw strong in my bedroom. Savanna popped in and said "it smells fruity and good in here." Looking to repurchase for sure.

Applewood and Fern- Notes: Crisp apple, fresh fern while lingering cedarwood and musk complete this earthy creation.

Sounded too good to pass up. The apple, green and tart, lightly sweetens the greenery and woods. There is a definite soil note hovering softly in the background. It thew medium-light in the larger kitchen and living area. Might be best suited for a smaller space.

Apple Grove- Notes: The perfect combination of Cameo, Macintosh, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Granny Smith apples.

This is one my friend Lynda let me try years ago and I never quite forgot it. It is one of those rare non-spicy and very realistic apple scents. In the bag it is nice but not all that awe inspiring, but this is where the magic of paraffin comes in... once it melts it blooms into a bushel of jeweled apples perched jauntily at a farmer's market. Pure apple perfection at a medium-strong throw.

Vanilla Lace- Notes: Vanilla with a secret... base notes of vanilla and orchid flower, with a subtle drydown of ambered musk.

I have been seeing this scent all over the wax community and have been wanting to try it out. Stoked I did, because it smells like pure candy vanilla blessedness. I could see this being an amazing blending scent too. I have dreams of mixing it with Marshmallow Fireside or peppermint or pink sugar cookies.

Hot Apple Pie is just that. Apples, spice and crust. It manages to smell rustic and old fashioned and I love it to pieces. 

Free Samples!

Caramel Cinnamon Latte, sweet and softly spiced with a milky coffee and cream vibe. Yum. 

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, a York peppermint patty with less chocolate and more hazelnut. Interested to melt this one.

Snickers Coffee Type, a chocolate and nut coffee that I can't really get on with. I think it is the nuts. Will gift to a friend.

Pomegranate Orange Cider, the orange stands out the most with a touch of lemon and spice.

Cranberry Mandarin Carrot, fruity and tart with no spice to be seen. The carrot adds an element of freshness.

Pumpkin Peppercorn Type, spiced woods and magic Autumnal euphoria. Need this in large quantities.

Pumpkin Butter Chia, brims with pumpkiny goodness with cream, no spice and chia pudding nod.

Marshmallow Fireside, so yum. Smoky marshmallows. I need to pick up a bag of this.

Sugared Amber and Plum, I think I like this one even a touch more than my beloved Tokyo Nights. What is wrong with me?! This one has a touch more plummy juiciness and the amber is more sweet. Much love. 

Cinnamon and Amber Type, another one that has my name all over it. Piquant cinnamon and that base of sweet vanilla amber makes it paradise for my nose.

Boysenberry Santal Spice, a sweet and lovely sandalwood. The teeniest touch of woodland fruit makes it special. Would buy.

Snowflakes and Cashmere Type, a vanilla musk and perfumey amber fragrance tinted with blonde woods. Sophisticated and elegant.

Alpine Suede Type, soft musk and woods wrap around the senses. Gorgeous. More, please.

Apple Brown Sugar, sweet sweet apples with a touch of caramel. A nicely done non-spiced apple caramel.

Persimmon Apple Thyme, the thyme really jumps out! Herbal and green with a citrusy apple sweetness trying to round it out. Too sharp for my nose.

Chamomile Apple, spiced apple with an herbal twist. Sort of like a medicinal tea. Not for me.

Fresh Strawberry Cut Grass, strangely smells like a banana and fruit smoothie with kale. Not a fave.

Whew! This one was a doozy. Loving my order like usual! I even found quite a few more new favorites and ones to look out for the next time I can order. The next July opening is for people who could not get an order in this June opening. So my fingers will be crossed for the August opening. I need those decadent pumpkin and woods and spice scents to fragrant my fall home. 

Do any of these sound like something you would enjoy? If you would like the bags of Wild Mountain Strawberry, Strawberry Milk and Applewood Fern just be the first to leave me a comment below saying so and I will send them off to you along with a few other tarts on June 30th.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sixteen92 Perfume: Bruise Violet

Sixteen92 is a company I have perused a few times, meandering the virtual aisles of their store. All the offerings looked amazing but I really didn't know where to start, until recently. Sixteen92 has the honor of winning an Art and Olfaction award this year for their scent Bruise Violet in the Artisan Category. Well heck, what better place to start sniffing than an award winning scent? 

Bruise Violet- Notes: Red lipstick accord, dusting powder, white iris, violet leaf, Damascus and Bulgarian roses and red grapefruit zest.

In the vial, nostalgic threads of memory stitch the feminine ghosts sitting at gilded vanities to this moment's feline grace perched tip toe up to the bathroom mirror sweeping violet scented mascara onto her lashes. Guerlain lipsticks, vintage face powders and a single dried rose in a tarnished silver vase rest in the glass tube. Dabbed onto my skin, the fragrance holds to same promise as the vial but then the violets conjure green tender leaves and amaranthine iris blooms awaken. The drydown melts into a demure rose and violet bouquet, velvety and plush. Timeless and resplendent on the skin, a marriage of bygone and modern.

This fragrance can be purchased in a few sizes and in different formats. The premium fragrance oil comes in a 2ml sample for $4.65, a 6ml bottle (which is what I purchased here) for $15 (though it was $14 at time of purchase in May), and 10ml roll-on for $22. It also comes in a parfum concentration where 7.5ml is $20 and a 30ml bottle is $60. Shipping for the 6ml was $3.00 and came with a free sample.

Mercy Lewis "The Salem Collection"- Notes: Heliotrope, honeyed tea, rosehips, sugared almond, creamy sandalwood and milky vanilla.

In the vial it is a honeyed almond dream that is limpid. On the skin, the honey and almond crystallize into sugar cubes on a bone china saucer accompanied with a Cornish cream tea. As it dries, milky sweet sandalwood highlights the honeyed almonds and cream that never quite fade from the senses. A truly delicious delight that makes an almond shy gal like me fall in love. 

I am very pleased with these two scents from Sixteen92 and I look forward to getting a sampler to test drive some more of these amazing sounding scents in the future. Do you have any Sixteen92 favorites? I know they used to sell wax too, have you tried it?  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pottery Love: Swell Ceramics

I have enjoyed hand thrown pottery for a while but have really only picked up pieces here and there in travel. Recently, through the lens of IG, my eyes have spotted more and more fabulous pottery and ceramic arts. Swell Ceramics is one I follow on IG and has been the recipient of many longing gazes. This particular Mountains to Sea NC mug sent me over the edge of admiration to must actually drink my tea out of that. 

I scooped up the second to last one for $35, it holds 12 ounces of drink. Shipping was $9 and it arrived in perfect condition and swiftly too. Melanie was leaving for a trip and I did not expect to get it until after July 2nd, but she kindly squeezed me in at the last minute.

The texture on the mug is like a softly polished sandstone, a little porous and uneven on the fingers and I love it. The front portion with the mountain and wave scene is hand carved, then hand painted and drawn. The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. 

I am eyeing her desert mugs with the teal glaze rims. So lovely. 

Another potter I tried to order from recently was Ox and Otter but alas, I was not swift enough. I thought wax Hunger Games were bad... this one was epically intense. Maybe next restock in July. 

Do you enjoy pottery? Mugs? Have any favorite potters or ceramic artists? Please share!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Melting Basket 98

Wax from the last basket I would seek out again include: TDC Patchouli Mint and This Old House, HMiF Summer Smoothie and The Garden, LSC Bliss and SMT Mango/Coconut Pie/Waffle Cone.

Rosegirls- Lavender Violet Swizzle Sticks
Rosegirls- Rosegirls Garden/Raspberry Sauce/Vanilla Bean Noel
Sniff My Tarts- Blueberry Noel/Marshmallow Noel/Vanilla Bean Noel
CFTKR- Amish Quilt
Glitterati- County Fair
The Bathing Garden- Summer Melon & Mint
The Bathing Garden- Sea of Tears
The Bathing Garden- Tea Party with Alice
Lasting Scent Candles- Passionate
Lasting Scent Candles- Bliss (yes again)
Super Tarts- Groot
Ten Digit Creations- Rosewood & Amber
Handmade in Florida- Amber Dreams

If you would like any of these reviewed just drop a comment with your choices and I will be happy to do so, just for you!

The girls and I went hiking with my sister last week and it was crazy beautiful. 

Getting out and about, crossing some fun things off the summer bucket list, and sticking on the path to better health have all been making for a happy June so far.

Sure we might be covered in mosquito bites, I might give the 1,000 yard stare to a milkshake or two and maybe I have not done all the things I wanted to yet, but looking on the bright side is way more pleasurable.

The yoga hostel I mentioned in my summer bucket list sold out of space but I did manage to grab a hotel room on Clearwater Beach instead. 

The afternoon thunderstorms have been hampering the beach and springs trips, but make for cozy snuggly book reading and tea drinking time. 

I am on day 8 of the Whole30 and think I waited until the right time to do it. The proteins, fruits and veggies are filling me up and I am not craving too much. Once in a while I will dip into some dried fruit but that is it as of right now. I am still counting calories as I don't quite trust myself to stay within a reasonable amount right now. I want to start strong and then ease up as I get used to portion sizes and what not right now. 

I think this week we will try to hit up Lithia Springs, visit some grandparents and maybe have the girls cook dinner. 

What are you up to? Any struggles with silver linings? Proud of any recent accomplishments? Please share!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Warmed Wax: Handmade in Florida, SMT and TBG

Handmade in Florida Summer Smoothie threw strong in my kitchen and living area. It was the one of the juiciest and realistic tropical fruits and cream fragrance I have experienced. Repurchase.

Sniff My Tarts Mango Sorbet/Coconut Cream Pie/Vanilla Waffle Cone threw strong in the kitchen and living area. While the Summer Smoothie above was juicy and tropical while creamy, this one was a creamy mango bakery that hit the delectable spot. This was a huge winner of a blend that Sandra at Finger Candy blog did and I would buy it in a heart beat. 

The Bathing Garden Scarlet Cinnamon threw strong in my bedroom and was an amazingly done sweet yet fiery cinnamon scent. I love a great spicy scent and this is one. Repurchase.

I think I have had most of my orders and pre-orders come in. The only ones I am left waiting on are My Candy Panda (this one has been since March!), Sniff My Tarts custom order, Moonalisa for a candle, a Southbound pre-order and a Rosegirls Gilligan sampler. My mind has been drifting to fall lately. A nice fat Dessa's Homespun Scents order is calling out to me. 

Surprisingly, I have been burning through some candles too; Bath & Body Works Sparkling Woods and Winter Mint & Spruce have both bit the bullet in the past two days and my Haus of Gloi candle is half gone. I think all the rainy weather is making me want to light a candle. It gets so dark and gloomy that it feels comforting to light some wicks. 

What are you waiting on arriving? Plotting any orders? Burning candles in the summer?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Arcane Bunny Society: May Pre-Order

Arcane Bunny Society is yet another bath and body indie that has come across my smart phone screen and caused an instant attraction. I love the branding, scents offered and high quality appearance. And that appearance translated very well into reality. This order was a pre-order that I placed on April 21st and 22nd (I ordered a few times and it was all combined into one box and shipping overages were refunded). 

Everything arrived in pristine condition, wrapped well and packed tightly in blue crinkle paper. The scrubs and body butters are in frosted glass containers and were given the bubble wrap treatment. 

First up is a soap in The Owls Are Not What They Seem. One thing I neglected to mention... I am loving a lot of these Twin Peaks references. I do not have Showtime so I am missing the Twin Peak revival, but I hold out hope that Netflix will get it at some point. 

The Owls Are Not What They Seem- Notes: It smells more like pine than Douglas fir, but it's still DAMN fine.
This soap feels plush on the skin, bubbly and smooth like a polished river stone. The scent, to my nose, is exactly like a Sugared Spruce wax tart. All evergreen and a touch of mellow sweetness. I am in love with it. Reminds me of cabins in the mountains and hunting for Christmas trees.

This bar of soap was $6.99

Shoop Be Doo seashell bath bomb for $7.99 weighs 7 ounces and is scented with citrus and sweet coconut. It is two toned, top half grey with micro holo-glitter and the base is a vibrant green.

I am not quite ready to unwrap it and use it, so no performance review to happen just yet. I hope you understand. I desire to save this as an extra special treat when I have met a few goals. 

Next up is my hefty mamajama 11.5 ounce scrub in Here in Charm World. The frosted glass is quite substantial. I placed this in my shower to use and test and it fell from about 5 1/2 feet high onto the tile floor (scaring the gnargles out of me) and did not even take a chip. The ingredient list states that it it 100% vegan and brimming with nourishing oils. 

I am taking you on a tour of the label. It is so well done.

Here in Charm World- Notes: Candied violets.
 And it smells just like that, but maybe more cotton candied violets rather than those dry chalky old Choward's Violet Mints. The texture on this scrub holds true to the traditional oil based scrubs. No foaming or bubbling here, but just good old exfoliation. The sugar grains are so dense and fine they feel like when I run my hands into the super fine sand at the beach right where the ocean waves lap at the shore. Very scrubby. Very nice. $16.99

I picked up a matching body butter. This comes in a much smaller 3.75 ounce jar for $15.99, but before you balk... this stuff will last eons. This body butter feels like buttercream frosting rubbed between your fingers on a 100 degree day in Vegas. It dissolves into this shiny emollient butter that glides onto the skin like... buttah. Or cocoa butter. A very little bit goes a very long way. It does have a semi-greasy finish initially but then it soaked into my skin after a few minutes. 

Guys. Seriously. If you ever get this, please just use the teeniest bit and it will cover plenty of flesh. 

I did pick up one more scent in both the scrub and body butter. 

Back to Dream Castle- Notes: Cotton Candy
And boy is it heavenly. This is the perfect cotton candy scent that reminds me of my very favorite Cotton Candy Bubble Yum gum. Now, don't get me wrong. There is not bubble gum here. But if you have ever chewed that gum you know what I am talking about. Intense cotton candy fragrance with a hint of candied strawberries lurking about. This scrub performed just as nicely as Here in Charm World.

More label eye candy. 

Smells and feel so good I want to scoop it up and eat it. But it's not on my Whole30 plan. Give me a few more days...

The body butter was just as blissful in cotton candy as it was in candied violets. I kind of want to layer these. Or layer Back to Dream Castle with the sugared spruce of TOANWTS (the owl soap).

Fluffy buttah.

Damn Fine Coffee Lip Balm, because Special Agent Dale Cooper. This lip balm is wonderfully hydrating and soothing with a nice slip and a pleasant cocoa butter and coffee scent. $5.49

Fragrance Rollers ran $8.99 and I picked up a handful. These are a little over 8 ml and are a perfume oil format.

Again, The Owls Are Not What They Seem. Same great scent of sugared spruce as the soap. This will be nice for summer hiking and winter festivities or anything in between. I seriously cannot stop thinking of laying this with the cotton candy Dream Castle.  But it is very nice on its own merits.

I did scoop up Back to Dream Castle. It is a touch more candy in the oil than the butter or scrub but still quite lovely. The sillage is about medium-light so it won't be blowing your co-workers away but you will still smell pretty darn yummy. As much as I enjoy this scent I will probably end up letting Savanna have it (who keeps cooing loudly how much she loves it) and just swipe some from her now and again when I want a hit of the cotton candy goodness.

You Opened It- Notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, tonka bean, mandarin, agave nectar, African lotus, cardamom, nutmeg and black peppercorn.
Despite the notes, this one mades me real nervous when I first rolled it on. It smells eerily similar to tea and cakes with honey right out of the gate. The cherry almond tea cakes lighten after a bit and honeyed cardamom and sandalwood greet the senses. How this I can get down with! It is a sweet and softly spiced scent with woods and honey. I did open it and I plan on using it.

Scary German Guy- Notes: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.
It bursts out of the roller and onto the skin in a steamy haze of fresh baked pumpkin bread. After a few minutes, the heavy bakery bread portion dissolves into pumpkin pie raptures, tasty with spice. The cinnamon does warm a touch on the skin but it does not bother me one whit. I love this Scary German Guy and plan on wooing him properly this autumn. I am going to keep my eyes out for the scrub and body butter.

So that wraps up my first Arcane Bunny Society order. I think I tried to touch most of the bases. I did miss out on a log lotion bar but I may go back. Overall, I am one happy camper. I love the scrubs, body butters and more. And I wanted to get this post out as soon as possible since she will be opening with the rest of the items not sold briefly at 11pm EST tonight. Keep in mind this is a small restock, but I figured it would be worth it. If I am awake by then I might pop in. But I am old. And chances are slim. 

Have you tried Arcane Bunny Society? Any faves? Do any of these ring your chimes?