I caught a marvelous opening at Candles From The Keeping Room. Well, they are all pretty awesome and there is always a scent (or two or three) I am eyeing but I promised myself to keep it small(ish) this time. And I think I accomplished that reasonably well. And most of these are new to me via samples with only two bags being repurchases. The bags are 6 ounces and run $5.50 each.
Coconut Rum Cake- Dark rum, banana, sweetened condensed milk, coconut cream and vanilla sugar.
The softly spiced dark rum and dusky coconut pair well. This is no artificial banana candy note, but almost a banana liqueur. No cake in sight, this is a moody black pirate concoction and I love it. It threw medium-strong with that same heady combination of vanilla bean coconut cream and rum.
Yum Yum Buttery Rum- Vanilla simmered in rum, topped with fresh cream and just a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon.
I fell pretty hard for this one on cold sniff. I never got around to melting it because I shared it, but I knew I would be aiming for it on the next opening. I actually got two bags of this, but one is for a friend who shares my love for all things Butter Rum. Definitely brimming with rum, infused with vanilla and a splash of heavy cream. The spice is not obvious but contributes a warmth. I feel a little drunk just smelling it.
Fresh Picked Strawberry. Every dang time I can score it. I will. My absolute, hands-down favorite single strawberry scent from anyone, anywhere. Just look how lovely. Strong throw. Field ripe Florida strawberries, sweet and juicy, crunchy seeds popping between the teeth.
Apple Ale- Apple with a little cinnamon and clove, caramel, rum and barley, with a base of woods, musk and vanilla.
Sugary red apples brewed into a mead that has been mulled into a chilled unfiltered apple cider. A touch of the hops and barley is certainly there. I like this. I don't know if I could melt it frequently, but I like it. In the kitchen and living room this scent threw medium-strong and smelled of that same sweet mellow apple and hops. No spice. No woods or musk to my nose.
Mulled Wine- Apple cinnamon wine made for sitting in front of a fire on a cold winter's night.
This was a repurchase. I am not sure why but this one really stole my heart. I hope Carol brings this one back in the fall. I bought two bags of this but one is for Deb, who is also my Butter Rum BFF. Apple cinnamon is already a weakness of mine, but add in some of that red red wine.... dark clove and fruit filled warmth and I am on cloud 9.
Twisted Mermaid- Berries, citrus, sugary sweetness and vanilla.
I had not tried nor even heard of this one until close to opening day. I messaged Carol asking if I should try to grab this one and she said, unequivocally... "YES." And whatever Mrs. Carol says, I will abide by. And she was right. This is one tart and mouthwatering fruit candy scent. Looking forward to melting this one. But let's take a moment and coo over these sandal shapes. And that pink?! Twisted Mermaid is pretty awesome.
Sun Kissed Sugarcane- Morning dew and citrus zest brighten sweet notes of sugarcane and sandalwood.
If I had not had this in a sample I would have probably easily passed this gem up. But thankfully, Carol knows her stuff and knows that samples more often than not enable further purchases. I did pass on this stunning sunny scent onto a friend who I wanted to try it, but this full bag will tide me over until the next ordering opportunity. A summery fragrance of luscious yet sour citrus with vanilla musk and sandalwood. Spa like, aromatic, fruity floral leaning.
Strawberry Cotton Candy, my beloved Fresh Picked Strawberry with cotton candy and a sugar glaze. I want to roll in this. It smells exactly as it is named. No description needed. Good grief I hope this will be available again one day.
Rose in Lavender Patchouli, herbal and pine filled lavender with a backdrop of dark powdery patchouli. Need.
Grubby heart in Buttercream Sprinkles, smells like a more sugary version of Vanilla Bean Noel. I am loving this new scent that is taking many vendors by storm. Carol's is fantastic.
Blue bunny in Blueberry Cream Type, not sure who is the originator of this type but it is pretty nice. A candy blueberry with a musky, soft floral undertone.
Orange sunshine man in Tarocco Orange is a favorite of mine. I have personally used this fragrance oil in a blend before and it is incredible. A true blood orange. Fresh squeezed oranges with a splash of Ruby Red grapefruit juice and slices of blood oranges.
Dark pink cookie in Napa Valley Sunset is another fast favorite. Wine, oak barrels, flower gardens and vineyards. More, please.
Blue flip flops in Mahogany Coconut, at the risk of sounding like a skipping CD... is a fast favorite. Mahogany Teakwood and coconut woods. Making my list.
Pink berries in Fruit & Melons & Berries smells like a honeydew centric fruit salad. I am really looking forward to seeing how this one melts. Great potential.
Did you squeeze in any Candles From The Keeping Room tarts this time? Carol will be taking her annual break in May to travel and visit her mom and family. She will be taking scent requests for her next restock, which will be in June. I am going to see if I can get Mulled Wine added again. <3
What would you request?