Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Glitterati: Mystery Box


Janine does have the true unicorn wax and with a name like Glitterati, I felt the deep desire to host a glitter fest of a photoshoot. If you are a member of the wax community on Facebook or Instagram, chances are you have seen or heard of Glitterati. You can only purchase the wax via Customs List (which Janine projects to be finished in late 2018), Mystery Boxes, or Flash Sales. I am still kicking myself for missing the last custom's sign up, but I did pop onto the Mystery Box list. Though these tarts came in exchange for photography. You know... will work for tarts kinda thing. Also, some special ones came in the box for the Big Blog Giveaway. <3


These chunks are mostly overpours from Janine making the custom orders. I love smelling Janine's house blends and what her customers pick out and dream up. I usually cut these super creamy and soft chunks into fourths for melting but I often hear people go even smaller with great results. They hover around 2.5 ounces or more. For the scent descriptions, some I found notes for and listed, and others I simply wrote what I smelled. 


This one contains one of my favorite scents... Pink Marshmallow Fireside... so I indulgently took two photos of this spread. It's the pink one in the foreground. Yum. 


Pink Marshmallow Fireside- Gosh darn it. Just to have one more chunk of this beauty in my possession thrills me. I used up all my chunks that a sweet friends gifted me so I was pining. But I pine no more. The fireside is cozy and smoky, a lovely BBW type of version. Add to that gooey marshmallows and musky cotton candy caramel filled Pink Sugar and a sweet and smoldering scent is born. 

Monkey Bread- An amazingly gooey and spicy home baked cinnamon roll cake. Cinnamon and bakery spices meet fresh baked dough spirals, liberally brushed with caramel and maple glaze.  I will be writing this one down for my 2020 customs if I can hop on the next list. >crossing fingers<

Country Fair- This is one of Janine's most popular scents, I believe. Cotton candy, funnel cakes, ice cream and donuts. I love her version due to no kettle corn or apples. Just sweet tooth cakes and vanilla and sugar floss. The donuts and funnel cakes figure foremost with the vanilla cream of soft serve baking them up. Great blend. And I love that she pours it pink and blue chunks with yellow overpour every time. So festive.


Tahiti Treat- A blend of tropical fruits and berries with a slight musk base note. I love it. Smells like mangos and peaches, plumeria and oranges and raspberries and all things juicy and tartly sweet. The musk is very, very mellow and only lends a little depth, not overly perfumy at all. At least to me. 

Fizzy Oasis- Zesty and almost a touch salty, lime pulp and lemon soda mixed with island nectar, coconut leaves and orchids. A brilliant summer scent. 

Tropical Soda- This one is sweeter with more nectarine juice and jasmine flowers. Not as much of a bubbling fizz as Fizzy Oasis. If you aren't an effervescent fan, you may still enjoy this one. Sultry and full of Miami flare. 


Pearberry- The green and pink in front, smells just like the classic Bath & Body Works fruity scent with the same moniker. Sour and tangy berries, juicy pears and soft florals and musk that bring to mind hazy summer moments and the 90's red and white gingham check pattern of the old Bath & Body Works stores. 

Blue Water Orchid- A lovely sweet aquatic fragrance full of watery green bamboo, blue lotus and purple orchids full of nectar. Beautiful, serene and atmospheric. 

Honeydew Buttercream Cake- I would never have thought to combine these scents but I am here to tell you... it works. Sugared honeydew melons, angel food cake and whipped cream trifle, layered to perfection. It almost reminds me of the yummy Honeydew Marshmallow scent Carol does at Candles From The Keeping Room but more rich and cakey. 


Lemon Biscotti Black Raspberry Vanilla- What a bright and vibrant scent, but a little strange too. The lemon in the biscotti is delish and curd-ish but the biscotti is there too... a little like shortbread. Then the black raspberry vanilla with it sweet juicy but slightly floral tone is present, butting up against the bakery. Interesting to smell but probably not one that will stay around here. I will share this one. 

Pink Pistachio- I mostly get the cherry almond strength of the pistachio, with just a little bit of the Pink Sugar wafting around the edges, unsure about approaching. Pistachio doesn't tend to linger in my home either. But there are some who may enjoy this one too. 


Out of the eleven scents, I am hard in love with 9 of them, which is pretty great odds on a mystery box. 

Have you had any Glitterati lately? Any of these stick out to you?

12 comments:

  1. You are right. Glitterati is the true Unicorn wax of the wax world. I have had the please of getting in on a custom order and a few mystery boxes. That was before she exploded with customers. Honeydew Buttercream Cake is one of my top 3 scents.

    My husband tolerates my wax addiction. He will sometimes comment on a scent that he likes. With that said, he is obsessed with Glitterati. Lemon Biscotti being his favorite. He has even joined the Glitterati board. When the flash sales come up, it is him that tells me, "You better go post ME". LOL

    I just love Janine to pieces. She is a hip, cool wax vendor that I really enjoy reading. She has great business sense and knows how to take care of her customers. I can't imagine how she does it, but I am glad she shares her gift with all of us.

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    1. Right?! SO pretty and smell goody. Love me some Glitterati. Good to hear you love Honeydew Buttercream Cake, because you and I like a bunch of similar scents. I bet I will love it too. It is pretty great on cold.

      Your husband likes the good stuff! Nice! Mine never says he enjoys any of it, but he will tell me if it stinks. Though he does tell me funny stories about people mentioning that he smells good or his stuff does or the house does when things are delivered. So at least he recognizes that it DOES smell good at home. :-) And he will buy it for me, but I love that your guy will actually get in the group and bid on lots for you!! How cool!!

      Janine is very sweet and generous. I like that she has her line in the sand about how much time and how big she wants to grow and keeps it there without letting people bully her into growing and taking more time away from her family. And like you, I am glad she does make wax for us. I hope she will for a long time to come.

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  2. The glitter though! Perfect touch.
    I actually have not had the chance to melt this vendors wax as hard as it is to get your hands on her product. That being said I bought a destash not too long ago and was surprised to find a scent shot from Glitterati included and was floored. I believe it was in the scent Lick Me All Over? Not too sure on the scent itself but I will melt it to see how it performs in my home. For a mystery box I think you hit big with 9 out of 11 scents with most of them sounding super amazing so I am super glad it worked out!

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    1. I was wracking my brain and wanted to make it special since I rarely get to have this wax... and then it hit me! Glitter for Glitterati! DUH! It did make a hot mess and it stick all over the wax but it was fun and worth it, I think. Oooooo!!!! You scored some unintentional Glitterati?! How awesome!!! Lick Me All Over is a fun and fruity scent too! Perfect for summer melting. Please review it!

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  3. I got the Pink Pistachio and the Blue Water Orchid in my mystery box a couple weeks ago. You really can't go wrong with any of Janine's blends. I've found so many scents that I would never dream of blending together and somehow it just works. I truly believe Janine is a sorceress. I am one of the total die hard County Fair fans. It's perfect as you mentioned because it doesn't have that heaviness from the caramel apple and kettle corn. I love apple scents but for some reason it doesn't work for me in these types of circus concession type blends. I'm going to have to try and score a Pink Marshmallow Fireside from a destash (though I doubt anyone will give up their goodies) so I can see how it smells. It sounds amazing! As usual, I love your pics and reviews. Thank you for a great read!

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    1. Did you like them? I loved the Blue Water Orchid. Janine is great at blending. I am wishing I could get my hands on come Violet Sugar Cookies again. I had a cube of it that I loved melting so much. Are you on any customs or Mystery Box lists? Make sure you enter the giveaway so you can have a shot at the Pink MF. Thank you for your kind words, Renee! Hope you are doing well!

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    2. I'm on the fence about the Blue Water Orchid. One sniff and it's nice and subtle and complex, the next it's BAM flower power!! I'm going to melt a piece and see. Yes, Violet Sugar Cookies!!! I got a piece in a destash and it's amazing!

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  4. Ooh, awesome reviews and photos! You know I love me aome Glitterati. I've purchased 2 flash lots so far and some items here and there in destashes and trades. Surprisingly the only one I've tried of those mentioned here is Tahiti Treat and I really enjoyed it. I neeeed some pink sugar mf in my life as I adore her other mf blends. I'm on the mystery box list too; just a handful of spots below you. (Yay Glitterati 2018!) I can't wait to see what surprises you have in store!

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    1. Thanks! You did get some great luck on the Flash Sale lots! Tahiti Treat is such a nice tropical fruity scent. I love it. I didn't know she had other MF blends. I wish I was on customs so I could make some MF blends with her. Maybe we will get some similar scents when our names come up. It has been a while since I looked at how far she has gotten. 2018 it is looking like? Not bad. At least that will put me at getting Glitterati once a year. Not bad.

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  5. Julie. Seriously. Your photos look phenomenal! I love the glittery background - it looks fantastic with this wax. You totally earned that unicorn wax payment, because this makes me want all the Glitterati, and I didn't really give a fig about it before. :)

    Country Fair sounds fantastic; I've heard raves. And it's so darn adorable, too - such a festive little chunk. Enjoy your goodies!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. I appreciate that! I try to get as creative as I can, sometimes I fall flat, or am uninspired, and then other times I do get a jolt of innovation. Not that sprinkling glitter on the ground is all that innovative but better than the same old woodgrain. The funny part was me pulling my light up birch tree over to the table and taking the pics through the branches so I could get the sparkle and shine to be brighter... I must have been a strange sight, glad none of the girls' friends were over for that. They have to witness enough weirdness with my wax photoshoots. "What is your mom doing?" "Why does she do that?" I have heard those questions asked before as they walk to their rooms to play.

      Do you happen to like Pearberry? I can send you that one when our TBG comes in. :-) If not I will slice off some of the others (County Fair for sure, whether you like Pearberry or not) and bag them up for you to try. Gotta try it! But beware... there may/will be glitter on the bottoms.

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    2. You know, I don't believe I've ever smelled Pearberry before. Is that a BBW fragrance? Anyhow, one should not look a gift smelly horse in the face, or wax beggars can't be choosers, so yes, I'd love to try it, regardless! With or without glitter!

      Speaking of, had I walked into any of my friend's houses and found their mom playing around with awesome smelling candles and glittery craft supplies, I'd probably ditch my friend to hang out with their mom! You might look odd, but it's actually pretty cool. :)

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