Thursday, April 19, 2018

Upcoming Blog Birthday....

Hello there, friends! So this here blog is turning four next month. In the past I would have had the celebrations all planned out and would have been tucking away items here and there for a giveaway. This year is the Year of the Teacher and it has certainly been felt. I love my job, no doubt. But I have not been a full time classroom teacher in ten years so I have a few saddle sores. Time, she has run me over.

All this to say... What would you like to see for a giveaway? I know my blog has featured everything from perfumes, soaps, wax and jewelry to books, pottery, nerdy gear and candles. What would you be most interested in winning? Actual items? Gift certificates? The best candle I have ever experienced? A piece from my favorite jewelry maker? A box of wax? A few of my current favorite things? 

I would love for you to leave your thoughts with me. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blooddrop: Spring Collection Bath and Body

Opening up a box that looks like this is pretty much just like Christmas. The beautifully feminine florals and hues are well coordinated and striking in their display. I need to remember Blooddrop for my next bout of gifting. A box like this would make a lovely birthday gift. 

As I previously mentioned a few days ago, I partook of Blooddrop's spring collection restock. Astrid, the owner and perfumer behind the brand, teased a new bath product. And as I am always on the hunt for new bathing goodies to add to my nighttime ritual, I made sure to attend this restock. This particular restock also featured Astrid's wildly popular Whinnies line of perfumes which merge marshmallows and ponies... how cute is that?! I didn't pick up any Whinnies but I am sure I will come to regret that. I did pick up plenty, however, so let's check out what was in this beautifully packaged box.

Mousse de Bain  in Marshmallow with Smoky Copal and Vanilla Caramel $12.50 for 8 ounces

This is a creamy whipped soap that can be used as a shaving cream as well. It is delightfully light yet custard like in its texture. When I scoop some out with my fingers it is stiff and keeps its peaks like a well beaten meringue but is the creamy texture of gelato when being worked into a billowy lather. The scent of caramel and wooden cork-like copal resin lifts up from the scent. It really is perfect for shaving. I love the way it left my legs silky smooth.

 Astrid is currently stocked with marshmallow varieties in this product. 

Ahhhhhh... here she is. The new bath concoction I simply could not pass up. This potioin is called "Froth" and it is a bubbling milk bath soak, 6.5 ounces is $18.50 and comes in three scents with a common marshmallow thread.

Marshmallow, honey, smoky vanilla, ginger, oakmoss and sandalwood is the first one that caught my eye. I dumped about a tablespoon into hot running water and it immediately bubbled and frothed and birthed a mound of lacy bubbles that I happily sank down into, armed with a good book and a few candles. The scent of creamy honey sweetened woods wafted up from the steaming pool of water and the milky warmth caressed the skin. After reading about a chapter or so the bubbles dissipated and the steaming milky waters were left. I truly love a milk bath. This reminded me of the delicious Haunt milk bath I was gifted years and years ago, but even better with the bubbling and frothing added.

I also fell in love with the marshamallow, blackberry jam, crushed violets and thyme Froth. I used this in a bath too (guys, this stuff is really, really good) and the blackberries smelled so lovely against the powdery sweet violets. It was a dreamy bathing ritual to be sure.

A generous perk of purchasing $50 or more from Blooddrop is the inclusion of a Merci perfume. I received Merci No. 140. The notes of the Merci fragrances are unknown, which is fun! I am going to interpret what I smell, which may very well be different what you would smell. In fact, case in point, I asked my husband what he sniffed and my daughter too and we all three had vastly different answers. 

In the bottle, my nose picks up a brown sugar and tobacco vibe with a hint of earthy vetiver lurking about. Adam smells chocolate and coffee. Savanna smells creamy campfire smoke. On the skin I get a sweetly smoky tobacco and grassy vetiver still. I love it. There are tones of vanilla and the husk of coconut, a murkiness and woods. The drydown reveals a decantly chewy vanilla pipe tobacco aroma. This is soooo sexy and warm and perfect for my tastes. I will wear this one with utter abandon for sure. 

A little while back I did pick up this bath truffle ($5) in Soft with notes of violet, vanilla, heliotrope, birch and rice flower. These are melty, fizzying, bubbling bath treats that weigh about one ounce. The scent is primarily a sweet candied violet that is feminine and serene.

It felt amazing in the bath tub. It is definitely a quality bath melt, but I wouldn't say it was terribly fizzy or bubbly but it did froth a bit. It left the skin silky smooth and moisturized. I didn't have to use any lotion before bed, which I usually do. There was a slight purple oil on the rim of the tub but it was very easy to rub it away with my hand as the water ran out and did not stain. What I liked best was that after I got out of the tub and put on my jammies, Adam snuggled up to me and told me how good I smelled. So Astrid, if you ever want to make a perfume from this scent I would happily scoop it up. <3

Astrid kindly included this bar soap in my order. 

Eggnog & Spiced Rum is $6.50 and weighs about 5 ounces. These are glycerin based bars and heavy with emollient oils and proteins. This bar smells of sweet and creamy and gently spiced eggnog with a glug of rum for holiday cheer. It lathers beautifully, a bounty of bubbles with very little coaxing. It feels like firm putty on the skin, sleek and bouncy. It rinses clean and is a joy to bathe with. I will certainly be back for another bar in the future. 

I am as happy as a June bug in the tall summer grass with this Blooddrop order. 

Have you discovered any new bath potions lately? 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CBe Ceramics

I have been following Cate Be on IG for a while now. She creates sincere pieces of art with her rustic pottery that has charm and love pressed into each shape and line. I kept wanting to pick up a mug here and there but when she released her cute fat bellied planters I found myself tucking one into my cart and hauling fanny. She operates out of Etsy, here, but also has a website, here, where you can sign up for a newsletter (I highly recommend). In fact, her newsletter is where I discovered that she was planning on opening up for customs on April 1st. I am so very happy that I made it in time and she accepted my request to do a custom mushrooms in the night planter. I just know it will be amazing. 

This blue glazed and sandy textured planter is about 4 inches tall and sits on three adorable legs. It has a red glazed heart and the words "love grows here" etched into the back. There is a small drain hole in the bottom. The planter arrived packaged with love and care. Cate included a tea bag, a bundle of beautifully dried lavender tied with a strip of teal cotton fabric and two breathtaking rough citrine crystals in the box. It made for a lovely unboxing. 

Savanna and I hunted around Walmart in the garden center for just the perfect wee plantling to put in here to live. We stumbled upon this "Sweat Plant" which we quickly changed the name to Hobbit Fern. It is fluffy and green and now quite content. I am looking forward to my next CBe addition. Cate makes some excellent Studio Ghibli creations as well. 

If you commissioned a custom planter what would you have on it? I think I might ask for a No Face or Totoro planter in October when she opens up for customs again. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sixteen92: Penny Dreadful and Dancing in the Snow

Sixteen92 hosted their annual Resurrection in the beginning of the year and I picked up a few scents and items. I also recently joined Sixteen92 The Circle that is a subscription club that will enable its members to enjoy samples of all the new releases as well as a discount on items purchased. I believe there may even be member exclusives. But back to the Resurrection 2018... I ordered these two scents and Baker Street in a travel sized EDP as well as some hair serums and detanglers for the girls and myself. Resurrections take place once a year in January and Claire brings back oldies but goodies that have been retired. 

Penny Dreadful- Notes: Ambergris accord, labdanum, oakmoss, immortelle, Bulgarian rose absolute, black orchid and wormwood. 

Golden and opulent, this smells like a haunting chypre fresh from the glass vial. Deliciously dark and resonant labdanum taunts with its sonorous amber hue while golden oakmoss drips its earthy tang into the scent. Pressed into the wrists the perfume of amber roses drifts up, swollen with stygian intentions. These are dark roses, round with spice and musky with oakmoss and lichen clinging to their thorns. As the Victorian story progresses the roses fade to ghosts and the labdanum delves into deeper and richer territory. Ambergris, salty and suede-like lurks in the shadows while something just this side of sweet casts itself into the plot as well. It is a cloud of resinous beauty that is utterly enchanting. 

If this ever makes a come back again I will happily buy it in any and all product forms. 

Dancing in the Snow- Notes: Ice crystals and snow angels, delicate mint, white lace, silver birch, winter ozone and pale vanilla musk. 

A pale wisp of white woods and that signature fuzzy and ivory toned cashmere musk that many Sixteen92 scents have as a base. I love that base because it whispers of woods and resin but is diaphanous and elegant. Melting into the skin like so many snow flakes carved from an ice sculpture, a brief minty chill is greeted by the florescence of a carpet of sweet alyssum, lacy and dulcet. Winter air, frozen soil and the papery white peel of birch bark all meld into each other. This perfectly captures that backyard scene of Edward slashing away at a block of ice while the scents of previously sculpted hedges fly off his shears; Kim dancing in her crisp white dress and the scent of her vanilla musk twirling about the faux snow flakes. 

I love how easy this is to wear. It will make a beautiful summer scent that is light yet clean in a natural sense. It will make sweltering summers that much more pleasant to sweat in. 

I am very happy with both of these scents I picked up in the January sale. I got my Circle coupon code in time to pick up my first Friday the 13th bottle. I chose Lycanthrope. I think I need to read a werewolf series soon. Any recommendations?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bohemienne Life: Folktale Raptures

Bohemienne Life still lives. Kyme is definitely taking it slower but she still plans on creating odds and ends, popular soaps and wax as her schedule will allow it. She mentioned leaning more towards using essential oils and that excites me. In fact, the scent I am featuring today is an all essential oil creation that I simply adore. 

Months and months ago my sister Darby had Kyme make her a body powder with lavender, peppermint and patchouli. When I was over at her house I was sniffing it and got all starry eyed. Fast forward to about a month or so ago when Kyme mentioned slowing down and possibly closing shop, I knew I wanted to get an order in. By the time I was able to get on the site most of the wax I was wanting was sold out so I figured I would pick up some body care instead. It turned out to be fortuitous because I noticed that Folktale had just those three notes in it and was available in a few different products. 

Folktale- Notes: A blend of all essential oils... lavender, peppermint and a grounding bit of dark patchouli. 

I really do love this scent. Icy tendrils of peppermint marry beautifully with dusty wooden patchouli. The lavender is herbal yet serene. The push and pull of the cooling mint with the earthy patchouli and steely lavender make for a fragrance that touches upon the senses in a multitude of ways. 

I wasn't sure what to expect from the Bath Buttah but it is pretty darn amazing. I used it like a whipped soap in the tub. It lathers and bubbles up into a silky cream but it also has a bit of fizzing action to it. I have not tried anything like it before. It left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. 

I was remiss not to try the Sugah Buttah before this either. It is a pillowy sugar scrub that feels more fluffy and whipped than most I have tried. It certainly exfoliates well and it also has a creamy texture that lathers up.

You know me and my bar soaps. I am a bar soap kinda gal and my whole family is too. Kyme crafts a beautiful soap. And I just love her branding and touches, like the wax seal and printed vellum paper. 

Folktale makes a brilliant scent as a soap and creates a spa-like cleansing experience. 

It lathers well, possesses a rustic charm and smells deep and rich. 

I also have this scent in a clamshell and it melts wonderfully. If this was in a lotion and a pillow spray and body spray I would have bought all those too. And then surrounded myself in the peaceful haze that is Folktale. 

Kyme is restocking Bohemienne Life in her Big Cartel store which is linked above. It is slated to open today at 6pm CST. I will certainly be popping over to see what all will be released. What is your favorite Bohemienne Life scent?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Verdant Faerie: Butterfly Perfume

This perfume was sent as a gift from my friend Doreen at the Verdant Faerie.

My friend Doreen at the Verdant Faerie is not only a kind hearted beautiful soul, but she is also a magical writer and a talented all natural perfumer. I have reviewed some of her fragrances in the past that can be read here. I highly recommend reading Doreen's blog which can be found here or linked on my blog roll on the right-hand side bar. 

Doreen recently went abroad and brought back some copal resin, which she generously shared with me along with this new perfume of hers called Butterly. Butterly is an aromatherapy blend that lifts the spirits and soothes the senses. It works to alleviate jet lag, assist during long distance car rides and may even help with studying. 

Butterfly- Notes: Refreshing pink grapefruit, mint and rosemary to uplift, lavender, geranium and clary sage to balance and calm, and patchouli for grounding. 8ml oil based $23 rollerball

As Butterfly alights onto the skin a cool sweet peppermint ushers in feelings of serenity. The minty sweetness is an ephemeral top note, though the impression of coolness lingers and the peppermint transforms into garden mint. Soon a vivacious grapefruit pith shimmers like scales on a butterfly's wing and imbues its delicate citrusy tartness to the aroma. It is a felicitous compliment to the minty green springs of rosemary. Halcyon thoughts of spring renewal and tranquility settle over me as I inhale. And inhale deep. With each new breath, the fragrance grows a touch more green. The verdant greenness of the geranium, the pine green hues in the lavender, the dusty moss shaded sage. The herbaceous notes are seamless and perfectly blended into a mellow base of patchouli. These all harmonize effortlessly like the flora and fauna in the fields. The light and shadow play upon each other, the magic and nature go hand in hand. This is truly a scent for quietness and repose of the mind, body and heart.

This aromatherapy is portable magic, indeed. 

Do you have any all natural favorites? In what situation could you use a perfume like this?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Melting Basket 120: All About the Mints

Wax tarts from the big old basket of berries that I would happily buy and melt again include: CFTKR Fresh Picked Strawberry (every day all day), Strawberry Cotton Candy, Strawberry Salt Water Taffy, Creamy Peppermint Serendipity, Serendipity Marshmallow Delight and 2543, Rosegirls Rosegirls' Garden/Raspberry Sauce/Vanilla Bean Noel and The Bathing Garden Painting the Roses Red.

Vintage Chic Scents- Central Park Snowglobe
Vintage Chic Scents- Pink Twinkling Lights
Candles From The Keeping Room- Peppermint & Cypress
Candy Panda- Wonderful Christmastime
Beezy- Pink Peppermint
Rosegirls- Winter Mermaid (Coconut, Shaving Cream and Peppermint)
Sniff My Tarts- Peppermint Swizzle Sticks and Lord of Misrule
Sniff My Tarts- Candy Cane/Marshmallow/Lord of Misrule
Sniff My Tarts- Peppermint/Barbershop/Ocean
Sniff My Tarts- Marshmallow Fireside/Peppermint/Christmas Pine

I have been craving peppermint like no body's business. If you are interested in hearing about any of these blends or scents just let me know in the comments and I will happily review them for you. 

So I am by no means equipped to take wildlife photography with my teeny zoom lens but I just had to share with you my very first wild owl experiences. Jay and I have chatted about our mutual love of owls in the past and when she mentioned seeing one in real life in the wild not too long ago, my heart ached. I have heard them many times when out hiking and even hooting from the woods in our backyard. But alas, these eyes have never seen them in their wild habitats. 

Adam, the girls and I went for our usual hike in the Circle B Preserve (you know... the place that made national news when a gator the size of Godzilla was caught on film) and I mentioned to Savanna how cool it would be to see an owl. As we were leaving we saw a group of people crowded around the path and a few of those big honking professional cameras set up on tripods. Sure enough it was an owl. My heart melted

It was a mama Florida Barred owl (I think). Isn't she the cutest?!

Want to see something even CUTER?!?!?!

This is her baby that was tucked into a tree about a 100 yards away from her. He reminds me of the grey dwarves in Ronja. Would you just look at his cheeky old mystical man face?!?!

And guess what? As we were leaving there was a bunch of red tape cordoning off this area of trees at the entrance and exit of the park so I got nosey and walked over to check it out with Savanna...

...and there was a baby Great Horned Owl in the tree! Look at his fluffy butt!

I know these owls weren't sent here for my own personal heart lifting, but it certainly did just that. 

I saw black bears last summer and owls two weekends ago. I would say it doesn't get much better than that, but I know I am hoping to see some whales in Maine in June. Cross your fingers for me please. 

Do you have any wildlife dreams? What would you love to see out in the wild?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Blooddrop Perfumes: White Tobacco and Green Musk & Iced Tea

Blooddrop continues to pique my interest. I seriously love the Victorian/Art Deco aesthetic and the scents continue to be enigmas to me. The unexpected complexity of the simplest notes and the bath and powder room treats have me mesmerized. I actually placed an order for a bath truffle, the mousse de bain and froth bubble milk bath soaks. I will feature those next week more than likely. I am very much anticipating the pleasant bathing rituals to come.
 The first perfume oil here is one I purchased when I hosted a giveaway recently and the winner chose a Blooddrop scent (I tucked this one in the order for myself) and the second one was a gift from a swap I did with my perfume friend, Lizzie. 

White Tobacco- Notes: White musk and tobacco from the Black, White and Amber Collection. $18 Still available for purchase.

From the bottle, the aroma of both the white musk and tobacco lifts up. The tobacco is boozy with pale whiskey and the musk has a lanolin sheep's wool tint to it. Pressed into the flesh, the emollient lanolin and skin musk fragrance opens up to a mild tobacco leaf with faint nuances of cherry and vanilla. Overall, my nose picks up an almond lotion suggestion, like being in the soothing embrace of mother's arms. Soft skin. Jergen's lotion. The lulling rhythm of a beating heart.

Green Musk & Iced Tea- Notes: Green musk and iced tea from the Summer Simplicity Duos.

The amber bottle holds the nostalgic aroma of sweet and tart green tea, infused with citrus fruits and sweetened with sugar. Once applied to the skin a classic Southern sweet tea experience unfolds. It is candied and tannic, yet wildly smooth and dreamy. A beautiful blend of velvety white, crystalline green and lush black teas. The sugared musk floats like the cool condensation above the chilled glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer afternoon. 

Do you have any recommendations for Blooddrop scents from her Permanent Collection that I should give a whirl? Did you buy any Whinnies? 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mermaid Treasure: Rising Tides Jewellery

Remember that book ring from Rising Tides Jewellery I featured a while back? 

I did tell you that I would end up getting it. 

This book ring has such great detail! It is crafted of copper and is stamped with a crescent moon and star, arrows and various designs. This is the back with another sliver of a crescent moon. There is a black velvet carrying pouch that came with it. It was 30 pounds in cost and shipped in about a week or so from the UK. 

It is a standard size to fit most thumbs.

I love how it fits. It is working out my thumb muscle a bit since I am used to using my thumb and pinky finger to hold my books open, but I am getting used to it. 

I just finished reading Watership Down and it stole my heart. I can't stop thinking about Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and the gang. I don't think I will ever quite look at the little brown rabbit that lives in the woods behind my yard quite the same. 

What are you currently reading? Any fun bookish things catch your attention?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Nui Cobalt Designs: March 2018 Collection

These perfumes were sent free from Nui Cobalt Designs in exchange for an honest review.

Forest, the perfumer and artist behind Nui Cobalt Design, recently released a March Collection that is inspired by many of the denizens of spring. Each of these perfume oils cost $19.

Little Brown Rabbit- A blend for abundance. Notes: Nutmeg, tonka bean, fluffy marshmallow, cotton flower, pink pepper and carrot seed.

Fresh and fluffy cotton bolls push out of the blue vial like clouds scudding across the sky. There is a pillowy sweetness that is imparted by the marshmallows. Once caressed onto the skin, the cotton bolls meld with a fuzzy vanilla that is shaded with the fragrant tones of tonka beans and coconut. A truly beautiful fragrance that speaks of dew drops on meadow flowers, sunlight glinting through ferns and gentle breezes ruffling sable fur. It is as refreshing as a spring frolic could possibly be. If you were ever a fan of Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton, you would fall head over heels for this much more beautiful and exquisitely rendered version of the cotton flower. 

Robin's Egg- A gentle and protective blend. Notes: Forget-me-nots, lily of the valley, whipped blueberry creme and a cozy birch nest tucked into a flowering dogwood tree.

The cobalt glass cups blueberry and cream hard candies that float on a background of cool toned florals. However, graced on the skin, the perfume opens with the tiny waxy bells of the lily of the valley and miniature blue forget-me-nots. Their musky florescence emits the merest whisper of paperwhites and lilies. Gradually the flowers are sweetened with homemade vanilla blueberry hard candies, but only around the edges. Sage green hued florals and the almost wintergreen and anise facets of birch wood hatch to reveal the drydown. This is a sweet and speckled beauty of a fruity-floral aroma in those gorgeous Robin's egg blues, complex and dainty.

Red-Tailed Hawk- A blend for wisdom. Notes: Cedar, spruce, cinnamon bark, pimento, sandalwood and lemon verbena. 

Brightly radiant spice that is as warm and luminous as the sun sparks off the tops of woodland trees. This is the scent that rises from the bottle. Glossed on the wrists, candied spice, that is brightened and lifted by lemony verbena, soars about the senses. There is a joyful rootbeer-sarsaparilla effervesce accord that is created with the notes somehow. The effect is sweet, bubbly and spiced woods. Light and buoyant like the cinnamon stained hawk framed by a lemony sun. The honeyed cedar and sandalwood glow with the last embers of spice in the drydown. This glorious fragrance lifts the mood and yet still creates a comforting and snuggly feeling. This is a sweetly spiced woods perfume that is perfect for wearing all year, even during the summertime, given its airiness. 

Black Squirrel- Notes: Almond, spiced apricot, rich benzoin, copaiba balsam, black oak, black currant, vanilla bean and myrrh. 

From the bottle warily creeps a dark and sweet scent, dulcet almond and black furry benzoin resin that possesses tonka bean nuances. These notes form the ebony pelt of the squirrel, furred and mellifluent. Dabbed onto the wrists, almond and apricot emerge first. Dried and chewy apricots embedded into an almond pastry. However this is not quite overly gourmand, as wooden notes of tea hover in the background lending a perfumed musk. The tea gets stronger until it fills the senses and you realize you are sipping a cup of apricot and currant tea while observing the squirrels scamper about in the oak tree in the backyard. The dried currants bob in the tannic waters, lending their characteristic tartness. As the scent burrows in and dries down, these become the apricots and currants the squirrel has tucked away in her nest for the winter. They smell of the secret dusky resinous hearts of trees, the mysterious places of the forest. I love the dark dusty earthy tones of the woods and resins in this one. 

White-Tailed Deer- A blend for peace. Notes: Soft brown suede, golden musk, wild forest berries and roasted chestnuts dusted with maple sugar. 

The aroma of nutty maple candies and buttery leather waft up from the bottle. Once on the skin, a gorgeous tawny suede unfolds. It is light and airy, supple and velvety. The golden musk lends the aura of lightness and rests like a halo over the skin. As the suede melts into the flesh, nuances of dusty chestnuts and the thin delicate skins of berries add dimension to the soft worn leather. This is the quiet scene of a spotted fawn cupped into a hollow of underbrush with her luminous obsidian eyes, ever watchful. Bits of berries and nuts peek around her knobby knees that are folded close to her downy body. A tranquil perfume to bring peaceful feelings. This might quite possibly be my new favorite leather scent. I love how golden and light it feels. 

Copper Fox- A blend for wit and resourcefulness. Notes: Warm chai with steamed almond milk, cashmere, crimson musk, sarsaparilla and budding birch. 

Copper Fox lifts up in a melange of peppery and anise filled chai paired with wintergreen tinged birchbeer. This sly fox does not lose any intensity when rubbed into the skin either. The pepper, nutmeg and anise swirl in the black tea hued pools of the fox's eye. An intense scent for an intense gaze. The orange and browns and reds of his handsome fur speak of russet spices blended with musk. Just as inviting and silken in its scent as his coat is. 

I love all of these wonderful perfumes but my heart belongs to Little Brown Rabbit, Red-Tailed Hawk, White-Tailed Deer and Black Squirrel. Which animal do you think you would gravitate towards? 

Nui Cobalt Designs has been generous to offer my readers a free shipping code on order over $50 from now until May 12th. This would be a great opportunity to pick up some Mother's Day bath treats, perfume oils from Nui Cobalt and Arcana, candles and jewelry. Use the code: Mermaid

Friday, April 6, 2018

Paine's: Pinon Pine and Fir Balsam Incense Cones

We took the girls to the Florida Strawberry Festival last month and enjoyed all the typical things a small town fair has to offer: the midway, carnival games, exhibits, fried foods (Fiske fries with malt vinegar and season salt! Funnel cakes!) and of course some strawberry shortcake. The handcrafted vendors though are always some of my favorite to visit. This one booth hosted an older man who created miniature wooden cabins and inside their tiny stone chimneys there were incense cones that smoked and puffed away. Of course it looked adorable, but it also smelled amazing. Even Adam commented how great it smelled and he loathes incense. It turned out the mini cabin maker also sold these incense cones, so I picked up two boxes. Adam quickly changed his opinion on them once he realized I was buying them. Poor guy. 

It turns out these are sold online, so I decided to share them with you! Paine's sells all sorts of Balsam derived products from their headquarters in Maine. They are brought the boughs of the evergreens from local woodsman for sustainability. No chemicals are added to their incense. They also have a sewing room where they create other items for the home. I particularly am charmed by their embroidered bird pillows. The cardinals and tufted tit mouse may be mine. No judging. 

I bought a 32 pack of Pinon Pine incense cones for $6 and a 72 pack of Balsam cones for $9. They both smell very realistically of burning evergreen logs. Like the annual Christmas tree burning we have every year in January. They are incredibly potent but very comforting if you enjoy smoky resinous pine and balsam. 

The cones come in bricks like this that have to be broken apart. There are also individual sticks. Red Cedar is another scent offering as well. What really tickles my goat is that they also have a tiny cabin incense burner that is very affordable.

As much as I love these incense cones I will say, they do not light and burn easily for me. I have to keep the fire to them to light them and occasionally to keep them going. But this is probably for the best as they are pretty potent like I mentioned before. This will not stop me from using these fellas. 

I am charmed, indeed. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New Page Added!

I made a new page in the hopes of streamlining all the perfume oil reviews I post. I have so many I have yet to write about but that is being worked on here and there. So if you see winter or Yule or fall scents being reviewed, in say, June, please just excuse me. I am trying to catch up. I think this may help with readers who search for reviews of particular scents when shopping destashes or doing swaps. 

If you have any suggestions or would like me to do this with artisan and niche perfume houses, just let me know. If you would like me to do any comparisons or anything of the sort, I am up for that too. 

Let me know what you think of the new page!