Monday, September 24, 2018

Solstice Scents: Guardian and Flintlock

As much perfume oil as I have been collecting over the last few years, I still have a soft place in my heart for EDP fragrances. I love to have the scent of a beloved perfume lingering on a sweater or in my hair. I enjoy encountering a snippet of aromatic memory on a soft scarf or cardigan.  Plus sometimes spraying with abandon just feels good.

Angela at Solstice Scents was experimenting with creating EDP fragrances right about the time I really fell in love with her scents. I remember being over the moon about this new venture, and I still very much am. I have a few of her scents in a full 60 ml bottle and recently acquired two more when The Rhinestone Housewife closed her doors. I actually bought three but one came broken and completely emptied. I was a touch heartbroken (it was Spirit Wolf).

Thankfully Guardian and Flintlock arrived intact. I had sampled Guardian previously and knew I delighted in it. Flintlock was a blind b no regrets. 

Guardian- Notes: Natural forest amber chypre blend with amber, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss, white sage, desert sage, pinyon, spikenard, oud and more in undenatured organic cane sugar alcohol. 

My review from the first time I sampled it:
A crystalline chypre that starts with an aged bergamot and golden aldehyde nuance that reflects tawny motes swimming in liquid late afternoon sunlight pouring into an old growth forest. The dancing orbs float down to rest in the carefully formed nest of a forest creature. Quietly animalic, plush with oakmoss and grassy vetiver, crisp pine needles and sage, soft as a lamb's ear. The base of the scent cradles that classic chypre finale of smooth creamy sandalwood and sepia toned musk. The sun has set and the gloaming rolls in. The motes settle and rest for the night in the warmth of the wood.
Stunning scent. Beautifully executed.

I still feel the same way about this scent. It is an oakmoss and bergamot masterpiece. Gold dappled ferns and peachy citrus glimmers melt into smooth velvety soft moss and woodsy musk. This is a beautiful scent to wear in summer and fall. I have a feeling it will be wonderful in a Florida winter as well.

Flintlock- Notes: Tobacco, saddle leather, Virginia cedar, black pepper, woods, bayberry and evergreens.

Flintlock reminds me of the horseback riding excursion our family took last year in the Smoky Mountains. Creaking saddles and the warm flannel blankets that lie underneath to pad the horse, peppery bayberry and Easter Red Cedar line the trails along with wild hemlock and pine. The lead trail guide trails the faint scent of chewing tobacco, sweet and mild from a pouch. Closing my eyes under the sway of the trot I can imagine how this would be for Jamie and Claire Fraser riding horseback through the Appalachians up to their home on the Ridge in the late 1700's. 

Flintlock is dead sexy. The cedar, light leather and tobacco are spiced by the bayberry and pepper and meld beautifully. The leather is marvelously tame. My skin pulls the trees and spice forward the most. It is a perfect scent for this time of year. But I will definitely wear it during the other seasons too.

I picked up Hidden Lodge in the full size EDP which is an old favorite of mine from way back. I would love to have Night Watcher one day too. 

What is your favorite Solstice Scents EDP?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Good Morning

Good morning! 

The last few weeks full of parent/teacher conferences have finally come to close as of yesterday afternoon. I enjoy chatting with parents and having students lead their own conferences and set their own goals. I will admit that it does take larger amounts of emotional energy from me than a typical day teaching does. I am happy to have them checked off the list. 

My students are currently working on two big projects, a Creation Story project based off of any culture of their choice and research of their Historical Timeline person of interest from the 1700-1899 time period. I am learning so much about The Golden Chain, Pangu and more. There are some really cool creation stories out there. 

This weekend we are trying to relax a bit. My debit card was compromised (again- it was this summer too). So I have to go to the bank and get a new one. I am thinking someone at Sonic has a card reader and is up to no good. It is quite coincidental that both times it was right after I went to Sonic. Not going there any more. 

The most exciting part of this weekend is MegaCon in Tampa! I hope to share some photos from that later. <3

What are you up to? How do you keep debit card fraud down? I am thinking of just taking cash out and going the old fashioned way. Have you ever been to a Con? SHOULD I DRESS UP????

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall Fun Friday: Fall Scents Abound

Welcome to Fall Fun Friday! This six week series will be hosted by my friends Jay, Sandra and myself. I will post links to their blogs down below. 

This first post in the series will feature some of my current favorite fall fragrances. 

Lately I have been craving tobacco and leaves, resins and spice. Some of these are old loves and some are newer.

Serge Lutens Chergui is a stunning aroma full of deep woodsy fruits and tobacco. 

Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles slinks about with juicy pine that is warm and flush.

Solstice Scents Foxcroft tumbles about the skin like leaves blown in an autumnal breeze. 

Solstice Scents Vanilla Pipe Tobacco feels right anytime to be honest but adds an extra layer of cozy during the fall. 

Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain and Tauer Attar are perfect once the air becomes more crisp. Again, truly they are perfect anytime but I tend to enjoy the comforting spice of Desert and the smoky warmth of Attar once it gets cooler.

Wylde Ivy Autumn Twilight's sweet spiced cider musk is sugary and sparkling, light hearted and easy.

Sixteen92 Death By Stereo wears like a leaf strewn nag champa and The Bell Witch is a wonderful blend of earthy apples and pumpkins.

Arcana Wildcraft Cake Lust and Undead Gentleman scratch that sweet gourmand tobacco itch that I get sometimes. 

Arcana Wildcraft's Quelle Horreur brings to life a spooky French Quarter evening with dark gardenias and haunting musk. Again, more tobacco. Mmmm.

Arcana Wildcraft Cottage Witch also rings my chimes this time of year. Spiced ginger cookies and a bounty of fall harvest treats delight the senses.

Nocturne Alchemy Halloween 2017 delights with rich vanilla and a side of cardamom and sandalwood. 

Nocturne Alchemy Pumpkin #15 is full of copal and oudh and those resins make the pumpkin pie so smooth and deep. This one has sold out already but a quick restock is taking place later this morning. It is one not to be missed.

My fall candle collection houses a typical classic or two and some newbies from the Wick and Fable line.

Bath & Body Works Leave because I am perfectly fine being basic. 

Timberwick Ember Glow warms with its softly spiced woods and crackling wick. 

Wick & Fable candles in Mordor, Gryffindor, The Burrow and Hog's Head Inn will all be reviewed as I burn them but they have components of spice, woods, fireplaces or some other snug note that makes me think of fall. (You know, since I am from Florida and I have to borrow the typical temperate fall that we lack).

Wax scents that I look forward to melting this fall:

Ten Digit Creations Practical Magic is a lovely earthy incense that reminds me I need to read the book. Also the Haunted Soul/Pipe Tobacco/Vintage Vanilla skull is going to be pretty spectacular. 

Dessa's Homespun Scents October blends all my favorite fall notes.

Candles From The Keeping Room Butternut Pumpkin and Pumpkin Firewood both won me over as some of my favorite pumpkins. Butternut Pumpkin is rich and spicy and a touch rustic while Pumpkin Firewood is simple the best pumpkin bonfire/fireside/campfire scent I have smelled yet. 

Lasting Scent Candles Toasted Pumpkin Latte is one of the few coffee scents I enjoy. Creamy, sweet and delicious. Pam's Pumpkin Poke Cake is yummy too. 

MooScents The Rumpkin is bittersweet. SO much lavender pumpkin beauty but this is the very last one I have and there is no more to be had. Especially since Moona herself announced her stepping back to only do perfume while Paul (the guy who ran MooScents) now takes over everything else for MoonaLisa. So I doubt he will be doing MooScents anytime soon. Or ever.

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We hope you join us for this series and please chime in with your current fall favorites in fragrances. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mermaid Treasure: Freyja Jewels

Check out my new mandrake buddy. Isn't he the sassiest?! This mandrake was hand crafted by Freyja Jewels and sold through Kate and Marie's Etsy store. I have only had interactions with Kate but I am not really sure who forges which creations. These mandrakes are hand cast and hand sculpted. These are truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Only 50 will be made in total. 

In fact, he is lightly numbered on his back. I think mine is 32/50. 

Look at those legs. They make me chuckle.

He comes on an 18" necklace with a 2" extender. I love to wear him with my broomstick (Nimbus 2000, ahem) necklace from Sam Ryde. 

The customer service from Freyja is fabulous, the silver jewelry pieces are fanciful and unique, and they accept payment options. 

Do you have any fandom jewelry? 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Melting Basket 127

Wax from the fall basket that I would love to melt again are Beezy Apple Clove Butter, Dessa's Harvest Moon, LSC Cabin Fever, CFTKR Olde Town Bake Shoppe and Warm and Cozy, Golden Willow Wax Fall on the Fruit Loop.

Bohemienne Life- Stache
Bohemienne Life- Bella Bohemienne
Vintage Chic Scents- Cookie Monster in Salem
The Bathing Garden- Sleepy
Beezy- Apple Clove Butter
Dessa- Apples & Cinnamon
CFTKR- Fire Roasted Marshmallow
CFTKR- Country Charm
CFTKR- Leaves
CFTKR-Ultimate Sugar Cookie
Rosegirls- Ooey Gooey Caramel Tobacco <3 gift
Zeep- Gather 'Round <3 gift

If you would like me to review any of these scents in detail, just holler. Below are a couple that were requested last time.

A couple warmed reviews:

Golden Willow Wax Fall on the Fruit Loop. This one, well, threw me for a loop. I was expecting the Spiced Apples and Peaches but I figured Fruit Loops would be in there too. I really only picked up the spiced apples in peaches but they were yummy and it melted medium in my kitchen. You can see this one in the warmer above. I would consider repurchasing it. I have yet to order from Golden Willow but I think I should.

Vintage Chic Scents Riff Raff's Cozy Cocktail is a bourbon pumpkin bonfire blend. It sounds like it would be right up my alley but that bonfire smells similar to Bonfire Bliss FO and I don't really care for that sweet version. It melted strong and after the bonfire wore off it did smell like a nice woodsy pumpkin but not one I would repurchase. I did order some wax from VSC from the Stranger Things restock. 

So normally I have begun the Fall Fun Series around these parts on the first week of September but things are a little different. Jay and Sandra and I will be doing a shorter fall celebration and then Deb and I will be doing an October and perhaps a November word of the day type posting. My typical reviews will still be posted but the word or theme of the day will follow after or be tied into it. 

I cannot believe September is already half over. I see some cooler temps in the forecast and it has me giddy. I ended up baking the first apple pie of the season on Sunday. Today I have a teacher work day so it is pretty chill. I will be attending a few conferences then planning some lessons. 

What are you up to today? How is your week looking? 

Do you like apple pie?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Wick and Fable: Tea With Hagrid Candle

Good morning! I am ready for a lazy Sunday. Well, not too lazy. I have plans today of sweeping and picking up my clothes and baking the first apple pies of the season with the girls. My grandfather is not doing too well so we will be swinging by to give him a small apple pie. But other than that I plan on being kinda lazy. Watching some Charmed, reading some Poe. And having this lovely candle nearby to sniff. 

Wick & Fable's Tea With Hagrid blends Early Grey tea leaves, shaved nutmeg and spiced caramel into a cozy tea blend. The nutmeg and spices are very, very tame in this one. In fact, I don't even really pick up on them. This is mostly a tea scent. A clear, sweet tea that is lightly steeped and softly floral. It burns beautifully with a white wax that swirls with fine glitter. The throw is medium in my large living area. It pairs companionably with my current fall wax melting. I love the label art. 

This 8 ounce candle runs $16 at regular price but I purchased it during their BOGO 1/2 off sale. 

I would consider purchasing this candle again. I am slowly coming around to tea-based scents and this a well crafted, subtle tea to cut my teeth on. I do wish the spice was a bit more prominent but I am sure those who are spice adverse appreciate it just the way it is. 

I just mostly wish I could actually have tea with Hagrid.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens

"Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."

- refrain from "The Stolen Child" by William Butler Yeats

We got to see some faeries. 

Some were rulers with quite the regal homes.

While others preferred the quiet and scented beds of tiny violets.

The bookish magpie sprite caught our fancy. The wee hammock and stockpile of tomes and paintings led me to believe we would have much in common.

Scarlette even got to personally meet this colorful impish being.

Tucked between proper English rose gardens and rustic herb filled plots would emerge a faerie home or two.

Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens in Orlando is beautiful. There is much to explore and I have a feeling we will make our way back there again. 

They offer movies on the lawn and fun exhibits from time to time, like this fairy door one.

It's nice to know that sometimes there are things I will just never out grow, even with all the weeping the world is full of.

Do you have a botanical garden nearby? I am anxious to visit an observatory next too. Have you been to one of those lately?