Monday, February 19, 2018

Blooddrop Perfume

I made this purchase several months ago and decided it was high time I got around to talking about Blooddrop. Blooddrop Clothing & Fineries is run by Astrid, a lovely and generous lady who is talented on many levels. She creates and sells corsets, purses, throw pillows, bath and body toiletries and perfume. Her perfumes are housed in attractive metal capped Austrian amber glass bottles that hold about 6-7 mls of perfume oil for $18 each.

A Baby Raccoon- Notes: Animal crackers, vanilla sandalwood, nutmeg, soft woodsy sticks, thyme and a little buttercream frosting.

Fresh from the vial comes the aroma of childhood, animal crackers and graham crackers with a thin layer of frosting, snapping and crumbling between milk teeth and dusting cheeks as round and smooth as two glowing peals. I miss my babies toddling around. Snuggled wetly on the wrists, A Baby Raccoon gains an herbal green edge that must be the thyme, but only just barely. The vanilla soaked crackers and cookies still feature foremost. Slowly the woods gather about and lean over the shoulder, their creamy pithy breath mingling with the gourmand. These are nursery rhymes and milky dreams and circle time snacks mingling with mother's garden stained hands and dark dusky embrace. 

Atlas Moth- From the collection "The Entomology of Miss Amnesty Mapleleaf" Notes: North African amber, sweaty tree bark, humid dirt, sandalwood, green myrtle, cinnamon leaf, vanilla oleoresin, mushroom absolute, anise, vetiver, lavender, juniper berries and moonflower.

In the quaint vial there hides a breezy sunlit meadow, a stretch of nurturing land showcases its pelt of fragile green stems and shoots while yellow flowers quiver like so many dollops of sunshine splashed like raindrops from the heavens. From the nearby village a melody of warm tea catches the nose, dulcet with anise and sepia from tannins. Once on the wrist, the sweet tannic anise weaves a shimmering pattern with soft florals and verdant hues, much like in the bottle, but more alive and as delicate and cool as the scales on a moth's wing. As it ages and dries on the skin it creeps and shifts and in a metamorphosis that straddles between forest, meadow and village and the scents associated with each. Sandalwood and tree bark ground the green floral light, they tie it to the earth. Grassy vetiver tamps the sweetness down as the scent draws down into a pillowy nest of meadow dreams. 

I will admit that at first I was a touch overwhelmed with the scent notes of some of Blooddrop's perfumes, but once I jumped in, I realized how fluid and melodious they wear. There is no need to hesitate at all and now I have much catching up to do. Astrid has a few collections out right now. Have you tried Blooddrop? What are some of your favorites? 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Candles From The Keeping Room: Anniversary Opening

Carol opened up on Saturday the 27th in January and she was my fourth and last order of the month. I try to catch a Candles From the Keeping Room opening if I can help it. I missed the last couple ones so I was due to pick up a bag or two... or some. This opening was extra special as Carol celebrated 19 years of wax making on January 10th and in honor of that huge milestone she had a 10% off sale. Most bags were $5.35 each. Items marked with (*) are repurchases that I have picked up in the past and enjoyed enough to get again. 

Peppermint & Cypress- I picked up two bags of this scent as I fell hard and fast for this one. The simple briskness of the arctic mint and woodsy cypress makes for a peaceful melting experience. *

Blueberry Cream Type- A strangely satisfying blend of sweet blueberries and floral musks that would probably make a cute perfume spray for a tween. It throws well and I like it for spring. *

Ultimate Bakery Noel- I am pretty sure I have had this in the past but if I have, it has been a good long while. This is Carol's Ultimate Bakery mixed with Vanilla Bean Noel. It is a robust vanilla bakery scent that does have a chewy sugar cookie note that I love. 

Gretel's Treats- This one is new to me from Carol. This is different than Hansel and Gretel's (which I love too). Despite being described as a cinnamon bakery and gingerbread treat, there is more to it than that alone. It has a brown sugar and sweet potato richness that I quite like. I look forward to melting it. 

Strawberry Noel- I had this as a sample once and vividly remember how much I sniffed and huffed and opened and closed that single ziptop bag to get at the yumminess inside. I finally brought myself to melt it and it was just as good as I hoped. A crystal clear strawberry sweetness heightened by vanilla cream. I finally scored a bag of it and I am thrilled to pieces.  

Creamy Peppermint Serendipity- Normally I hate peppermint and fruits. But can I confess something? I rarely think of Serendipity as a fruity scent. Weird right? For some reason I love peppermint and Serendipity together. Yes there is obvious coconut and yes the cherry is cheerfully singing its maraschino melody but my nose always reads it as a creamy tropical cotton candy type of scent. At any rate, I love this blend. Carol's Serendipity Marshmallow Delight is amazing too. *

Mahogany Coconut- I really do enjoy this Bath & Body Works dupe. It reminds me of driftwood and coconut shells covered in sea salt and a dash of sexy merman. How cute are the flip flops? This will be a great summer scent.

Strawberry Salt Water Taffy- A couple summers ago this was my new found favorite of Carol's Fresh Picked Strawberry variations. I have been out for a while now but when I saw it restocked I had to buy one. Now, typically Salt Water Taffy scents don't ring my chimes but this one is an exception. The Fresh Picked Strawberry with the taffy smells like refreshing strawberry iced treats on summer boardwalks by the shore. *

Merlin's Forest- This must be my fifth or sixth bag over time. I have a few tarts left in my last bag but I love this hippy woodsy scent so much I try to keep a full bag on hand. It is a fresh cedar and amber scent that throws well and always hits the spot. You know? That weird earthy craving spot? Gosh darn I love a well turned earthy scent. *

Nag Champa- This is my first ever bag of CFTKR Nag Champa. I knew if Carol decided to carry it, it must be good. That classic woodsy floral effluvia underscored by earthy patchouli will fit the bill when I am craving incense and calmness.

Pumpkin Firewood- I had to have one more bag on hand for next fall. I held on to the bag I purchased last year and was afraid it might not come back like Pumpkin Lager (darn I miss that one!!!). I love this. It is pumpkin woods but elevated. Much like the fancy but warming Pumpkin Peppercorn, this one has that same sophisticated pumpkin vibe. I mean it has guaiac wood as a note. It has to be lovely. Well, to me at least. *

Free Samples:

Ultimate Waffle Cone- Yes. Carol's "Ultimate" blends really are something special and this one is no different. Freshly pressed vanilla waffle cones in an old fashioned ice cream parlor. 

Pistachio Marshmallow Sugar Cookie- Pistachio is normally too cherry-almond for my liking but the added sugar cookie and marshmallows are nice here. I am actually looking forward to melting it!

Green Apple Smoothie- Bright and summery. This is not an overly tart or overly sweet apple. It smells of juicy green apple flesh.

Blueberry Meringue Torte- Vivid and bouncy blueberries with a lemony twist. Like a lemon meringue pie with blueberries in syrup poured on top.

Basil Sage and Mint- Fresh, green and herbal. I enjoyed this blend from TDC years and years ago, it is nice to have it on hand again. The mint is fresh from the garden and the sage and basil have a fuzzy warmth.

Acai Berries and Satin- Bubblegum and pink fruits.

Apricot and Fig- Watery clean mellow fruits with cucumbers and spring tagging along. 

Cottontail- Berry laden cookies and granola.

Avobath- Brilliantly strong Avobath Lush dupe of lemongrass and citrus.

Alpine Frost- Snow capped cedars and evergreens outside a ski lodge spa. 

Supernova- A lovely Supernova Lush dupe of bubbly grape wine spritzers and musk.

Iced Wine- I can't really place what this smells like but dry oak cordwood comes to mind. Wine does try to come through but by and far it is a musty old cabin scent on cold, one that has been neglected and needs the windows to be opened. I must melt this soon to see what happens to it. Curious.

Citrus and Teakwood- I quite like this one. Dusky aged citrus with dry woods. 

I am very happy with my Candles From The Keeping Room order. As long as Carol is selling, I will be in line to fragrant my home with her wares. February is half over (actually more!!! Where did that go?!) and I have made no wax purchases yet. I slated myself for three this month. I do know the Lasting Scent Candles will open up for RTS soon so I am hoping that will be one of them. I may just end up having less than three this month which would be nice. Did you pick anything up form Carol's anniversary opening?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wild Beast Pottery

I bought a teeny tiny pot and I love it. 

I picked up this beautifully glazed tiny hanging planter from Wild Beast Pottery on Etsy for $20. The gorgeous bleached out sand tone clay with the dreamy aqua drip glaze really fits my tastes. My new succulents seem to enjoy it too! There are no drainage holes so I placed rocks in the bottom and made sure to use a sandy succulent soil for good drainage. 

We are feeling some hot summer days already. I think this weekend I will be able to buy more garden soil and start planting on Sunday or Monday since it is a nice long weekend. Adam will be gone hunting next week for a few days so it will be incense burning in the house 24/7. I will miss him of course, but I am actually excited to burn some incense. What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

1. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

In the past I would write things I loved about my daughters and husband on a paper doily and tape it to their doors every night from February 1st until Valentine's Day. I didn't do that this year. Valentine's Day is Savanna's birthday so that is the most important thing to celebrate that day. She turns 11 this year. I will still swing by the Dollar Tree and pick up some balloons and things for the girls to see in the morning. I don't think Adam and I are doing anything other than singing Savanna "Happy Birthday."

2. Do you send Valentine's cards?

No. Usually the girls and I spend the night before filling out Valentine's cards for them to give out at school but this year they aren't celebrating for whatever reason. Instead they are practicing random acts of kindness all over the school. So no cards at all this year.

3. Do you like candy conversation hearts?

I do. Of course I do. I like candy corn. Why wouldn't I like conversation hearts? 

4. Are you romantic?

I think so. I love date nights. I enjoy thoughtful gifts and candlelit dinners. Well written love songs and love stories make my heart flutter and eyes glisten. I do think I am a romantic. No Hallmark movies though, please.

5. Would you rather receive flowers or chocolates?

I enjoy coming home to a nice bouquet of flowers from my husband but I also love to eat chocolate. Any gift is one that lets me know he has thought of me. 

6. Who is your favorite fictional or celeb couple?

Claire and Jamie from the Outlander novels.

7. Who would your dream date be with? (current significant other excluded)

Adam will always be my dream date. 

8. What would your dream date consist of?

My dream date with him could be relaxing in a fluffy white down bed after a day of swimming and snorkeling in Fiji in one of those huts over the water. It could be eating grilled octopus in Santorini, Greece in a quaint cafe. It may be bundled up gazing the aurora borealis in Alaska after a day of whale watching. Who knows... it might just be dinner and a movie in Orlando. Or a jaunt to Dave & Busters. I just love going on dates with him.

9. What scent will you be melting/burning/wearing this Valentine's Day?

You know what... I have not even thought of that! I am thinking Pink Twinkling Lights from Vintage Chic Scents would be a good one to melt on Valentine's Day. 

10. Finish in your own way:  Roses are red, Violets are blue ...... 

I am so very grateful for friends like you. 

Happy Valentine's Day! Check out Deb's blog at It's Always Something to read her TAG as well and Jessica over at The Melt Down Blog! What are you up to today? Any traditions or plans?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Nui Cobalt Designs: Winter Release

In an effort to not be a completely procrastinating blogger, I am going to post these two scents before they disappear from the Nui Cobalt Designs website on February 15th.  I eyed up many of Forest's releases during the holidays but Owl in the Evergreens was the one I absolutely needed to add to my collection. Perfume oils run $19 each. 

Owl in the Evergreens- Notes: Douglas firs, icicles, sweet resins and smoldering birch wood in the firelight. 
If this name sounds familiar it is because I recently reviewed a candle from Nui Cobalt Designs in a very similar scent called Cloak of Evergreens. Owl in the Evergreens is touted to be a warmer and more cuddly version of this scent. In the vial, a sweet and clear drop of honeyed amber mingles with a scant crumbling of evergreen resin. Freshly perched on the skin the owl hoots in a crisp night air. There is freshness here. Softly aquatic icicles hang from rough branches and sharp emerald needles. Almost immediately that honeyed amber pulls through to sweeten and assuage the intense greens and blues of the forest. This is a fragrance that gets more dulcet and snug as it wears, as if walking in from the chilled woods into a loving hearth. I will wear this one all year. 

All Is Bright- Notes: Home brewed chai with fresh ginger and saffron, cranberry gelee and a cozy seat by the fireplace.
This one abounds with festive cheer. That tart cranberry jelly tickles the nose and pinches the jaws in a mouthwatering pucker of flavor. Fiery ginger laces the cranberry treat. Drenched on the wrist a cheerful wassail emerges, full bodied and bursting with red fruits and mulled goodness. As it dries the ginger comes in dusty and warm with a soft floral tone from the saffron. The cranberries continue to emit their fragrance but they are dried now rather than buoyant and fresh. Maybe a touch of woods? It is a lovely wind down from a jolly evening. 

I picked up a few from the January release that featured bees. One is a gardenia and honey scent that is lush. I will try and post those soon. Have you tried Nui Cobalt Designs perfume oils yet? Forest has quite the hand and nose when it comes to perfuming. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tauer Perfumes: Attar and Solar Engineer Bar Soap

I have sung Andy Tauer's praises in the past as an incredibly talented perfumer and I am here to do so once again. 

I believe it was early last year that I purchased a small sample vial of Andy Tauer's Attar that he released as a tiny sample only and in very limited quantities. I did not review it as I was not sure if it would ever be available again. Fortuitously, Mr. Tauer did indeed release his stunning Attar again and this time in a slightly larger 5ml version. I fell deeply in love with this fragrance the first time so I gifted my sample to my sister who was enamored as well, and purchased the new 5ml version for 89 CHF (Swiss Francs). Thankfully the Swiss Franc and US dollar are pretty equal so no hefty currency exchanges and Tauer ships free to the US. I want to say I spent $90 in all. Keep in mind 5ml is a small amount but the liquid inside is a pure perfume oil without any alcohol or filler oil of any type. It is brimming with exotic woods and florals. Basically, it is liquid gold. 

Traditionally, attars are composed of florals that are steam distilled to capture their essential oils and then combined with sandalwood oil to created a concentrated perfume oil with which to delicately grace the body. A few drops will do, warming on the skin to create the most stunning aura of aroma. 

Attar AT- Notes: Mysore sandalwood, Arab wood accord, Egyptian jasmine absolute, Javanese vetiver, Spanish black cistus oil.
I recommend not judging this scent in the bottle or even on immediate application. This one blooms after settling in the skin after a time. This one smolders. Charred agarwood, a touch of guaiac wood and lavish sandalwood all ignite on my skin. Slivers of the most precious woods kindled into incense sticks. Dark, raw and intensely intimate. I love this scent. If using a few drops it holds close to the skin and lasts ages.  

Andy crafts highly fragrant and generously lathering glycerine soaps. Currently he has four aromas in soap format for $15 each. This one came free in my order. I believe he was generously including a free soap in every holiday order of a perfume over the month of December.

It comes shrink wrapped in a sleek box. The soap then lies in a thin sheet of paper.

This vegan glycerin soap includes activated charcoal, which provides a soft exfoliation, nootka tree oil, lavender oil, nutmeg oil and rosemary oil.

Solar Engineer- Notes: Fresh spices, bright herbs, ambergris and warm, dry woody musks. 
I am almost at a loss for words on how splendid this soap smells. On one inhale it smolders like a green smoky guaiac wood with undertones of sepia musk and sandalwood. The next inhalation brings sage and rosemary and a whisper of steely lavender to the nose, along with leather and woods. It is warm and bright. Vivid and complex. I cannot stop breathing it in while I shower with it. It lathers beautifully and cleans without a hint a of tightness. The charcoal feels amazing on the skin. My whole bathroom is fragrant after I use this soap. I am eyeing up the other scents to use in the future, furthermore these would make excellent gifts.

Tauer Perfumes offers beautiful perfumes, luxurious soaps and body oils as well. I like to pop over every now and then to see what Andy is up to over there in Zurich. Follow along on his blog to get great insight on what it is to be an artisan perfumer. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Melting Basket 116

Wax tarts that I quite enjoyed and would love to melt again from the previous basket include: TDC Rosewood & Amber, Blackberry Frankincense and Patchouli & Mint, Dessa's Peppermint, Smoky Mountain Berries, Smoky Mountain Christmas, Beezy's Butterscotch Marshmallow, Bohemienne Life Saturnus, SMT Lord of Misrule/Candy Cane/Marshmallow and VCS Pink Twinkling Lights.

Vintage Chic Scents- Central Park Snowglobe
Vintage Chic Scents- Wonderful Life/Cookie Baking at Mom's
Vintage Chic Scents- Mr. Sandman/To Catch a Thief
Beezy- Pink Sugar Cookies
Beezy- Country Gift Shop
Candles From The Keeping Room- Mulled Wine
Dessa's Homespun Scents- Country Store
Sniff MY Tarts- Dragon's Blood/Butterscotch Candy/Cinnamon Sticks
Handmade in Florida- Frosted Berries
Bohemienne Life- Havana

If you would like any melted reviews of these scents, just let me know below.

Somebody got some succulents. 

My friend Stephanie directed me towards some succulent groups on Facebook a couple years ago and I became friends with one of the ladies who sells them by the flat rate box. I got a large flat rate stuffed to the brim for $58. I even used every little leaf that fell off in transit to try and propagate. If it works I will be swimming in succulents. Not that I mind. 

I planted them all over the porch and in every pot and crevice I could find. I hope some of them live. :-)

Between the plants and the birds, my sister and I were joking that I should do some Herbs 'n Birbs posts. I am tracking every bird I see to post at the end of the year. The birds did come back after I moved the feeder and now they visit the new bird bath too. 

Are you tinkering around outside yet? Or is it still too Winter?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Made at Newtown Pottery

I belong to a few groups on Facebook and one of the groups holds some really talented ladies that can create alongside the best of them. One particular sweet lady is named Samatha Hart. She sculpts amazingly gorgeous pottery creations and her partner crafts industrial functional art and together they run an Etsy shop called Made at Newtown as they both live in the UK. 

Samantha generously hosted a giveaway of a custom lidded pot in the group and I won. I could not have been more thrilled as it was my birthday and the stars seemed to align in order to make it the best birthday ever. 

She asked what things I fancied and I mentioned trees, stars, mushrooms and the moon. She made it all come together into the most magically romantic piece of art I could envision. It is a teardrop shape and about five inches tall. The inside is glazed in the same deep forest-teal shade the trees are glazed in. The moon and star embossing is even on the inside bottom. I love the "feet" of the pot and all the incredible details.

I am thinking of storing my incense cones in here or either my hairbands. Or maybe random stones and pebbles I find while one trips. Perhaps I will write a prayer or thought on a slip of paper and tuck them inside. I could collect my perfume samples and store them in here. So many ideas. 

I am beyond excited to have this lovely piece in my home and on my dresser. I am eyeing Samantha's moon phase tealight holder. 

What would you put inside? 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Solstice Scents: Owl Creek Aleworks

Owl Creek Aleworks by Solstice Scents- Notes: Toffee pudding, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, hazelnut and sugared pumpkin cream stout. $16

Rolled wet onto skin in a generous layer, coconut caramel rises to the surface. It smells just like the deadly delicious dessert I make featured here. The coconut is sweet and creamy and richly gourmand. My mouth waters with the promise of coconut cream pies, fluffy layered coconut cakes and coconut custards. As the scent burrows into its drydown, a toasted nuttiness appears and the pumpkin stout almost has a barley grain lean to it. The final aroma is a decadent tobacco-leaning vanilla that creates the perfect parting to a sumptuous treat.

This beauty stays close to my skin and the longevity is a few hours. It was a gift from my friend Jean. <3 

I believe Solstice Scents will be releasing their Valentine's collection soon. Have you partaken of any Valentine's releases? I did buy a few from Nocturne Alchemy but that is it so far.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Lasting Scent Candles: October Wax Pre-Order

Here she is. Perhaps my final Lasting Scent Candles post. Certainly bittersweet, but like I mentioned in the past... never say never, Pam might come back one day. Maybe. I will hope. Each 2 ounce scent shot was $2.65 and shipping was $9.75. Pam may open for RTS but that has not been decided yet as of the time of this writing.

Pumpkin Chill- Repurchase. This definitely has that creamy milky scent of ice cream. It is churned with lightly spiced pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Panna Cotta- I think I just groaned out loud. This might just top my favorite as a spiced pumpkin scent... even over Spooky Apparitions. It is pumpkin but different, not so much a puree as it is a dense pumpkin cake with a browned butter frosting sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Poke Cake- A caramel pumpkin baked delicacy that smells comforting and rich but not overly heavy. 

Toasted Embers- Repurchase. I have said it once and I will say it over and over, LSC has a killer Marshmallow Fireside dupe. It is deep and multifaceted, sweetly smoldering and woodsy. A brilliantly warming and snug aroma. 

Amaretto Nog- This is apparently a dupe by Aromatique. This does not come across as a nog for my nose but rather a crystalline almond and vanilla syrup. It is buoyant and almost floral. 

Toasted Pumpkin Latte- Repurchase. Because nothing is as good when it comes to coffee as LSC's creamy latte scents. I particularly enjoy the spice in this one. It is not overly hot but just gives it a fallish vibe. Almost like a chai latte.

Insanity- This is new sugar cookie blend Pam created that is next level. It is a classic chewy sugar cookie dotted with vanilla beans and sprinkled with coarse sugar crystals. Half a tart threw strong in the kitchen warmer and the other half in the living room warmer. Glad I have one more on hand.

Buttery Ale- This is a Three Broomsticks butterbeer fragrance that smells more creamy than fizzy. There isn't a butter rum tang but it is golden and sweet and topped with thick cool cream. 

Cinnamon Sugar Churros- A creamy sweet and surprisingly realistic churro aroma that isn't too spicy and smells like it is dusted with crunchy cinnamon sugar dust over its crisp fried dough exterior.  

Autumn Evening Hay Ride- Crisp straws of hay and brown rustling leaves are the strongest scents with a touch of watery nectar from apples. It has a fresh air tang to it as well. 

Candy Corn Cookies- Caramel cookies with chopped candy corns nestled inside, gooey and chewy. 

Cabin Fever- Repurchase. Over and over. Again and again. If I could. I love this spicy autumnal woods delight. The mahogany and cinnamon are plush and just a touch sweet. 

Peppermint Snow Cookies- Peppermint sugar cookies with a marshmallow frosting on top. 

Pink Sugar Spruce- Repurchase. Even though, like I mentioned previously, this one doesn't throw as strongly as I would like but it still does nicely enough in my bedroom. It is a sweet blend of evergreens and Pink Sugar. 

Autumn Dreamin'- Wow. This is a throwback for me. I haven't had this scent in a good few years. It is like the OG lavender and pumpkin blend. The pumpkin is rich and spiced and thick. Almost custardy. It is tempered with herbal lavender and it works. 

Apple-y Ever After- This is a blend of mac apples, burnt sugar, sweet cream and burning embers. I don't catch much of the burning embers on cold sniff but it smells lovely, like a creamy apple creme brûlée. 

Blueberry Fritters- A blueberries and cream delight. Extra blueberry syrup on top. 

Free samples:

Spooky Brew- I love this chai tea and pumpkin blend. It is heady and peppery and full of exotic spices. 

Other free samples included Mint Mallow Creme, Sinful and Cinnamon Waffle Cone and I love them all. 

Do you have any Lasting Scent Candle favorites that you will lament the passing of? 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Lasting Scent Candles: Winter Order Aroma Mists

I placed an order during Lasting Scent Candles last pre-order back in October. They arrived a couple weeks ago. Since then Pam has announced that was the last pre-order she will be having. Lasting Scent Candles closed a couple years ago due to some health concerns and then Pam opened back up. I am not sure if that will be an option for her again this time. I am thankful I placed an order as I did not know it may be my last. Pam may still open up for RTS with her leftover stock. That is why I will be continuing to review my last purchase. These Aroma Mists turned into one of my favorite items to have on hand in my office, in my car and in my bathroom. They were handy on vacation too for sprucing up musty cabins. Aroma Mists run $6.75 each. 

Mint Mallow Creme- This one is mint, vanilla sugar and marshmallow fluff. This strong sweet mint does have a spearmint lean. It is similar to the Buttermint Candies scent I have below but Buttermint Candies is more creamy and buttery. Mint Mallow Creme leans more spearmint and crisp.

Candy Land Dreamin'- I love this one to the moon and back. Especially in a room and linen spray. I picked up two. Candy Land Dreamin' blends beautifully sweet herbal lavender, peppermint and subtle vanilla sugar. The lavender blooms the most in this format with that cool peppermint tingle to lift it. 

Toasted Embers- Lasting Scent Candle's Toasted Embers remains one of my favorite Marshmallow Fireside dupes. I love having it in an Aroma Mist. Smoky embers, smooth woods and sweet airy marshmallows slowly toasting over the flames. 

Cranberry Citrus Balsam- Christmas in a bottle. Good grief. I forget how much I love this scent. Cheerful crimson cranberries and jolly citrus fruits merge with evergreens and fresh cut wreaths. 

Pink Sugared Spruce- I adore this fragrance but sadly it has not been throwing well for me in the wax format. It is bloody brilliant in the Aroma Mist. Pink sugar crystals, pillowy cotton candy and caramel drizzles decorating festive spruce trees. 

Cabin Fever- I currently have this one in my Jeep. It is a gorgeous spiced woods fragrance that warms me in the cool weather and smells amazing in a car. One spritz is enough to scent the whole vehicle. This bottle is a back up for the one I have in there now. I also used this particular scent when we stayed in Tennessee last summer to freshen up the cabin. Apt, eh?

Buttermint Candies- Just like the pastel after dinner treats that melt on the tongue. Extra buttery and vanilla laden with a hint of cooling peppermint. 

I forget what type of contest there was going on in the Facebook group, but it turned out that I won and the prize was a loaf in Winter White Cake. This is a great scent. More for the vanilla mint lovers who like their vanilla heavier than the mint. It is a stunningly gorgeous loaf of wax and the nice thing about Lasting Scent Candle's soft wax is that it cut like buttah. 

I will be posting the wax tarts I picked up tomorrow. I must say 2018 has seemed to be a year of change for many of my favorite artisan creators. Laurie at Sonoma Scent Studio, Kyme at Bohemienne Life and now Pam at Lasting Scent Candles. I will miss them all terribly but wish them all much love and success. 

Do you use room or linen sprays? 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ten Digit Creations: Anniversary Sale

Ten Digit Creations celebrated their 10 year anniversary earlier in January. That is quite a milestone in the wax world. There were some bumps along the way (you can read about it here) but by and large Amber has blazed a trail by offering quick TATs, affordable wax and a wide variety of scents, while adding in color, customization and a new wax formula as of late. 

I picked up this loaf in a blend of Blackberry Frankincense and Cherry Tobacco for around $10 for a 14 ounce loaf. They are regularly priced $13 which is still less than a dollar an ounce. I love this blend of these two scents. The cherry tobacco imbues a rich chewy sweetness that smells of grandpa's pipe. Combined with the deep fruity spice of blackberry frankincense, the two marry in a heady example of a Moroccan holiday where English gentlemen in suits unwind in exotic locales. A small slice melted with a medium-strong throw in my larger living areas. I love it. 

Free samples:
Twilight Woods- A Bath and Body Works dupe that contains berries, apricot and cypress woods. 
I enjoy a good Twilight Woods dupe and this one seems to be just that. On cold it is much stronger than most versions I have sniffed. For some reason, for my nose, this one seems to be a notoriously light throwing scent. I will melt this in a basket soon to see how it goes once the heat is put to it. I am liking my chances right now though. 

Birthday Cake Waffles smells wonderfully cozy. A caramel drizzled sweet waffle dessert, much like the one I enjoyed in Tokyo that was topped with ice cream and whipped cream. Mmmmmm. I look forward to melting this one too. 

I won a $25 store credit during the anniversary celebrations and used it to pick up three more blends, one being for one of my friends who was missing Enchanted Candle Company's Roses in the Graveyard scent. So I mixed up some potting soil and Lush Rose Jam and I think it is pretty darn close. 

Do you have any wax vendors that you miss? I am totally bummed that Kyme at Bohemienne Life is selling the rest of her stock and moving on to new endeavors. I am very happy she is blazing her path, but it is bittersweet as I do love her offerings. So... stock up while you can, my friends.