Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Arcana Wildcraft: Haint, Sleepy Hollow, Mongolian Death Worm, Mad Monk

Good morning, beautiful friends. I have been sitting on this post for way too long. I bought quite a few fall and Halloween-ish scents from Julia at Arcana Wildcraft about a month ago. This set is from her Halloween release and the next set will be from her new Craves line and website. Julia recently released another collection of witchy-based scents and I picked up two of those too. Use code WITCHES until November 8th for 15% off your order.

You probably recognize Haint. It is a cult classic from Arcana and I have blogged about it before. I found myself wearing it so often that I required a second bottle to have on hand as my original gets dwindled with each wearing. It is a soft and silken vanilla that holds a dusky tint of age and wears a crown of white pepper like a dust mote halo. Here is my previous review:

Haint- Notes: The sweet, melancholy essence of a Southern ghost drifting through dark mountain hollows and neo-classical mansions. White musk, vanilla musk, Madagascar vanilla, sugarcane and a faint trail of white pepper.
Haint is a legend among Arcana fans. Often revered and highly sought after for years, Julia was able to bring it back to life after a long hiatus. If I was to be an indie perfume blogger worth her salt I needed to buy this. I am glad I did. It is lovely, indeed. On my skin Haint hovers like a vanilla skin musk ever so gauzy and gossamer. The white pepper lends a human element to the musk so that it is more earthen and suggestive rather than scrubbed clean. A Gothic beauty in every way. 

This one kinda makes my heart quiver. Five years ago I featured some Arcana soaps (here) and Sleepy Hollow was one of them. I loved it so much. I never was able to get my hands on the perfume version, however, I did nab another soap. As soon as I saw this reborn I knew I had to have it. 

Sleepy Hollow- Notes: Fresh pumpkin, spiced apple brew, and bonfire smoke.

Charred eye sockets of desiccated Jack O'Lanterns ooze discontent from lonely door steps, woodsmoke clings to a scarf tightly wound around a chilled mouth and October bids farewell as the last leaf is crushed underfoot. November beckons from the vial. On the wrist that same charred smoky black pumpkin ekes out a ghostly existence. The smoke diffuses, making way for the boozy spiced apple cider. Warm dark spice laced with damp and decaying wood trails off into the haunted hollow, leaving apple peels and black vanilla behind. A spooky good scent that will be worn with pleasure during fall and winter.

Mongolia Death Worm- Notes: Barren sand dunes, cardamom, sandalwood, yellow silk, cinnamon, powdered ginger, and mare's milk accord.

I am such a sucker for anything that reminds me of Beetlejuice and this makes me think of sandworms. I also happen to have recently bought the book, Dune, so double the sandworm pleasure. The notes in this one already have me saying "yes." From the vial creamy sandalwood highlighted by soft ginger and cardamom slither into reality. The merest touch on the flesh imparts the same pale sandalwood but a lemony sheen appears as well. It could be the citrus hues of lemongrass or perhaps it is the tones of ginger. I have even sniffed some green cardamom with these gingery lemon flavors. There is a tang of earthiness to it that makes me think of lemongrass though. As the Death Worm morphs pale, peppery cinnamon tickles the senses along with a creaminess that brings to mind horchata while the feathery ginger still lingers about. The whole scent is underscored by the shifting amber hued sands that act as a golden musk. The Mongolian Death Worm is quite attractive and I can see why someone would be lured into touching it. I want to slather it all over. It is like a golden milky musk shimmering with gilded bergamot mica. 

Mad Monk- Notes: Golden amber resin, Siberian fir needle, Holy Terror accord (frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, beeswax), coarse brown bread, and warm fur.

Mad Monk was a gift with purchase over the summer but it was such a hit that Julia brought it into her classic line and it is available right now. This is a Rasputin inspired scent and such a magical maverick is certainly intriguing enough to warrant one. Pine needles strewn among the cobbled stone floor as heavy boots walk in from a snow storm. Incense smoke hanging like tapestries in the air and the faint aroma of a crusty heel of bread left on the wooden table. These images lie within the potion inside this bottle. Fresh on the skin Mad Monk does mysterious things. When sniffed up close the pine needles poke and prod the nose with delicious outdoorsy intent, however, when wafted from afar the bread appears like a holograph, infused with incense as if left on a Catholic alter after communion. The incense gets more and more corporeal until the classic perfume of Holy Terror makes itself known. The addition of amber and fir shifts Holy Terror from a dark nave into a gilded forest fogged with frankincense and myrrh. There is a touch of that furry warmth that reminds me of Sea Wolves and I adore it. Almost like guaiacwood or agardwood smoldering in there under the incense. Mad good. Wicked good.

Remember, Julia offers samples now! They start at $6 while a regular 5 ml bottle is $26. 
If you could have a scent created from any legendary monster what would you choose? I am thinking a Wendigo or perhaps even a Boo Hag. But for now I will be content to smell of the Mad Monk. All these scents are still available for purchase.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Rosegirls: Halloween Sampler and Muffin Pre-Order

My sister, Lindsey, picked up some Rosegirls wax a month or so ago and her sweet little haul had me missing those sugary fall scents that I enjoy from Jenny and her crew. This was definitely a nostalgic haul. I picked up several muffins and a Halloween sampler. Each chunk muffin is around 2 ounces and runs $3.75. The Halloween Sampler was $44.

Light As A Feather Stiff As A Board- Notes: Leaves, amber, sandalwood, vanilla and toasted marshmallow.
I always think this one will be a natural hit for me, but the leaves are really clean and soapy in this. It is still very much a lovely scent but not as warm and sweet as I expect it to be. 

Apple Clove Butter, Vanilla Sandalwood and Campfire Marshmallows
This one makes my toes curl. The Apple Clove Butter is a softly spicy and sweet foil to the vanilla sandalwood. I love this scent blend.

Sweet Pumpkin Pie, Cider Lane and Marshmallow Smoothie
Cider Lane's creamy caramel heavy tones are given extra richness with Rosegirls' marshmallow smoothie blend, while the pumpkins add depth. I will happily melt this soon.

Octobers- Notes: Lavender, apples and oak, Snow White's honeycrisp.
A beautiful blend of sweet, perfumed apples and a touch of clean lavender linens. I wouldn't call this a typical fall scent and it will be just as welcome in the spring. I will probably save this one for March or so. 

Florida Key Lime Pie, Serendipity and Vanilla Ice Cream
This one is a total throw-back to the Rosegirls heyday for me. I always loved Jenny's Key Lime pie blend and the added cherry vanilla serendipity just makes it that much more delicious. I will save this one for summer time. <3

No Worries- Notes: Spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus.
How could I say no to that? Especially with cold and flu season up us. I have already been sick and Savanna has too but I am sure some more sniffles will head my way and when they do I will be armed with No Worries to clear my sinuses and lend comfort. 

Are You Ready For Some Football?- Notes: Vanilla Crunch Donuts, cinnamon, apple, citrus, peach, raspberry and clove.
This blend has intrigued me for a while. It is a tart fruity blend with vanilla bakery on the tail end and warm spice throughout. This is like eating a softly spiced danish with fruit compote baked in the middle. 

Apple Pumpkin Crunch Donuts
A sweet and creamy blend of golden apples and light pumpkin spiced with the tiniest pinch of cinnamon. This one might be my favorite of the bunch. 

Coconut Pumpkin Marshmallow Cupcakes
This reminds me of that Bath and Body Works candle that was all the rage a couple years back. A thick custardy coconut cream with dense pumpkin puree swirled in. Divine.

The Halloween sampler came in this adorable black drawstring bag that sported two huge google eyes. Most scents in the bag came with two small chunks or a 1-2 ounce shaped mold.

Butter Pecan Cake with Pumpkin Frosting
An edible smelling blend of nutty sweet bakery with a touch of cream cheese frosting scent. There is a tiny bite of something that reminds me of Pumpkin Pecan Waffles with buttermilk.

French Vanilla Latte and Vanilla Hazelnut Mocha
A powerful chocolate and coffee blend that will put hair on your chest. 

Fireside Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Bonfire Bliss with some vanilla laced frosted cookies. A sweet and smoky blend that I will enjoy melting.

Candy Corn Streuselkuchen
Man. I miss me some Streuselkuchen. And to top it off, it is easily the most fall-like wax chunk ever with that candy corn layering. Sweet cinnamon sugar dusted coffee cake with extra vanilla candy crunch. Top notch.

Skittles Bubblegum
Not my cuppa. Old fashioned bubble gum that comes in the yellow and blue wrappers and is dusted with powder. Pink. Ridged. Hard as a stone. That gum. 

Pumpin Carbs- Notes: Breads, donuts and cookies with pumpkin.
French baguette. 

Pumpkin Coconut Latte
A really well blended pumpkin coconut like the chunk muffin above with some added creamy coffee. I will keep this one for a cold winter day.

Ooey Gooey Pears
Pears. I have never really liked the pear fragrance oils out there. It has a weird backnote to me. 

Apple Puff Pumpkin Pie
A nice blend of spiced apples and flaky crusted pumpkin pie. It is almost a hair too bakery bready for me but I will give it a whirl.

Cranberry Macintosh Donut Holes
I am excited to melt this cranberry scent! A nice blending of tart cranberries with sweet melon-like Mac apples. 

Apple Fritter and Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice
A nice, classic apple pie scent. 

Tricks or Treats- No idea.
There is some cinnamon and spice in this one and perhaps some apples or harvest type fruits. I like it and will happily melt it.

Blueberry Pumpkin Patch
Candied blueberries in syrup top a pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Smoothie Peeps Cake
An almost sweet potato leaning pumpkin with vanilla marshmallows baked into a dish.

Blueberry Lemon Mousse Cake
This scent reminds me of Deb. It is a really tart and sweet, delicious smelling blueberry and lemon creation. Saving this for summer time. 

Caramel Kettle Corn Nilla Noel
Saving this for a giveaway. The popcorn smells like puppy toes. 

Huckleberry Cheesecake
Grape candy.

Ghoulfriends- Notes: Pumpkin sugared donuts, Nilla pumpkin, Noel Fluff Puffs.
An excellent creamy cinnamon pumpkin cake treat.

Sweet Lavender Pumpkin Pie
An interesting blending of fabric softner lavender sheets and soft pumpkin spice. I want to try it out though. It might just work.

I am very happy with the new Rosegirls additions to my melting selections. Samplers always run the risk of being a motley assortment of scents that might not always work but I am pleasantly happy to like all but five of them. And I tend to think I am rather picky sometimes with wax. 

Have you picked up any Rosegirls in a while? Any samplers you loving? I saw Vintage Chic Scents is making a 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar. That kinda perked me up.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Vapid Wax: Poison Apple Indie Pick Up Scent

This wax was sent free for reviewing purposes from Vapid Wax.

Vapid Wax is a new-to-me wax vendor who also has a nail polish line as well as some indie bath and body products. Jenn reached out to me and sent me Poisoned Apple which will be a wax scent featured in the Indie Pick Up November release from November 1st (today) through the 5th for pre-order for $5. 

Poison Apple- Notes: A candied caramel apple with notes of cotton candy, vanilla and coconut with a base of woods, smoke and magick. 

Cold sniff reveals a softly smoky play on Bath and Body Works' Winter Candy Apple. Two cubes threw strong in my kitchen and made for a sweet apple experience. I look forward to melting the rest of the scent. 

Are you a fan of apple scents? What notes are you going to be melting over the next week or so?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ebb and Flow: October 2019

The highs and lows of the month.

Solstice Scents Gibbon's Boarding School

Perfume Oil:
Whisper Sisters Mabon (used it all up!)

Body Oil:
Kings Road Apothecary Tulsi and Pinon (KRA is closing up shop by year's end, so I am trying to stock up while I can)

B. Perry Studios Facial Oil

Wick and Fable Hog's Head Inn

Vintage Chic Scents Pink Twinkling Lights (in the bedroom)

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Tons of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Halloween, Friday the 13th and new Monarch butterflies hatching from their crysalis

Tony Elman

Lots of planting of seeds, plants. Lots of weeding. Lots of landscape tinkering. Dirty fingernails. Achy back. Feeling good in the yard.

Getting to the dentist but I know it needs to happen soon. Got a sore tooth.

Seeing my friend Ashely. Thanksgiving break and the cooking and family that comes along with that.

Super soft 100% cotton sheets from Tuesday Morning. Still crazy expensive but very much worth it.

Trying to transplant some old hedges to make a privacy screen in the backyard... they all died. Boo.

Work stress.

Salem, time with my girls and sister, time with my other sister, Halloween at Hogwarts with the husband and girls, movie with a friend, butterflies, old books, great co-workers, decorating the bedroom, thrifting with Adam on a day date, finding out we get to go to Vail, Colorado in the spring and Las Vegas for my sister's wedding in April.

Happy Halloween!! How was your October? What are you looking forward to next month?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sihaya and Company: Sisterhood of the Moon Box

This monthly curated box was given gratis in exchange for photographs from Sihaya & Company. All opinions are my own.

I am going to be showing the last two Sihaya and Company boxes I got out of order. Since Halloween creeps so near I wanted to showcase this most recent Sisterhood of the Moon box first. I will feature the Autumn Jewels box in November in a week or so. This is the third year I have received the Sisterhood of the Moon box and I fall further in love with it each year. The abundant spookiness, the fall flavors, the attention to detail and darkness. It all enchants me. 

Dryad Tea can be counted on to contribute a delightful tea called Black Cats and Pointy Hats that is redolent of spiced cider. Overripe apples, mulling spices, blackberry and lime leaves and jasmine all blend with black tea leaves to make a divine autumnal draught. $6.50

Little and Grim contributed a 4 ounce glycerin soap called The Augur in the scent Botanomancy which features fig, apple, lemon, ginger, sage, frankincense, caramel, cinnamon and smoke. It is a smoky fruity darkling. The fig and apple are tempered by herbs, yet the caramel and soft spice induce a temptation of their own. The smoke and incense lend a mysterious air to the fruits and herbs. I am putting this in my shower right now. $8.50

Sixteen92 is a perfume house that holds a special place in my collection. I appreciate the stony musks, chilly ozones, crisp leaves and foggy atmospherics that Claire creates. She also has a deft hand at woods, soil and smoky leathers. Not to mention metallics and other interesting bits. 

The Witching Hour- Notes: Dense fog, charcoal ash, a burned cedar chest, sacred willow, knotted roots, silver needle and a salt circle beneath a starless sky. 6ml $14
Sharp green sap, herbaceous and bitter, bite like the cracking whip of Devil's Snare. The stinging teeth are tempered by the dense metallic twang of midnight fog, mincing in on dewy padded feet. This slinks from the bottle and smells similar on the wrists when freshly anointed. The green crystalized sap dissolves into warm embers and lush woods. Claire's smoky woods scents are never heavy or cloying but rather sniffed through the filter of a crisp cool nighttime sky, where night winds cleanse the smoke and trees and mosses, dappling them in silvery moonlight and briskness. This is the witching hour. Where nocturnal hearts beat quietly and black eyes reflect the moon. 

A Black Phillip enamel pin from The Pickety Witch came in the box. $10. I love the cascade of fall leaves cresting his bust. 

I have been watching Christina of Sihaya and Company tinker with the idea of creating tinted lip balms for a couple months now. I ordered her Harry Potter lip balms a while back (strangely I am hesitant to break the seals as I am sure I will fall madly in love and then never be able to get them again). I love seeing the process of her adding mica and flavors, increasing shade pigments or adding shimmer. I love this plummy creation that she included in the box. The deep red-purple tone can be layered to create a vampy shimmery look or a light swipe can impart a slightly bruised blush to the lips. I appreciate the slip and cushion of this moisturizing lip color. $6.50.

So so sad to not have a bath tub to soak in. I really and truly miss my beloved salt baths. Bubble baths. Milk baths. Baths. I wonder if this sudden lack of magnesium from my salt baths is giving me trouble. Oh well. One day. 

This amazing ritual bath potion from Cattail Apothecary called Awaken Intuition blends mugwort, mullein, lavender, clove, sage, yarrow and patchouli into a bath time treat. $8. 

A bath time treat I will have to wait a long while to use but I think it will be worth it.

Ah! The candle. I always look forward to sniffing the Sihaya and Company candle that inevitably accompanies these boxes. The Thinning of the Veil stitches together carved pumpkins, smoky oudh, black amber and smoldering dragon's blood resin. $13. This is a haunting aroma that mimics the scent of a rotted out blackened log where unknown creatures dwell. Ashen smoke, pitch black soil, ebony wood and singed resins all weave into dark shadows. I have burned this candle before and loved it then as I love it now.

This is a great box filled with amazing items. Individually these run about $66.50 but the box is $65. The most alluring part of the box is the limited edition nature of certain items like The Thinning of the Veil, the enamel pin, the lip color, and the Sixteen92 perfume, which can only be had through this box. I am very happy with everything and will use it all up.

What items in the Sisterhood of the Moon box most appeal to you? Do you see any favorite makers in here?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Wildroots: Natural Deodorants

My friend, April, featured seom Wildroots products on her IG account a while back and their deodorant caught my eye when she mentioned that it was the only one she uses. 

Lately, deodorant has been an issue for me. The naturals I had tried in the past have been failing me. Handcrafted Honeybee wasn't keeping the smell at bay and Dirty Goat was a crumbling texture nightmare. I love Blood Moon Botanica's roll-on deodorant but an $18 glass dram lasts me about one month and the restocks are not consistent. I don't mine sweating, but the smell and the wear have to be pleasant for me and I need to be able to get my hands on it when I need it. In comes Wildroots. Which, somewhat ironically, have since temporarily closed shop while the husband and wife team who runs the business and makes the goods relocated to Salt Lake City. BUT I swear they announced they will be reopening in late fall. 

On to the goods.... I picked up two types of deodorant: the Herbal Deodorant in Coconut + Clay ($14) and the Sensitive Deodorant in Juniper + Citrus Mint ($14). I ordered both on August 1st and they came fast. I have been faithfully using both since, alternating which type based on whimsy. 

Both come in a glass 2.5 ounce container and are very creamy and melt into the skin easily without reside or chalkiness. Both have controlled arm pit funk and lasted all day long. The sensitive has a beautiful wild and woodsy, clean herbal citrus scent and I love it. It is baking soda free.

The Herbal charcoal and coconut one is a touch more mellow in scent but just a lovely as the sensitive version. I feel like I try to wear this one when I know I will be doing some heavy duty sweating.

A little goes a long way and with daily wear I have dug about half way into one jar and about 1/3 of the way into the other and it has been almost three whole months.

I will be back for more once they open. I will be tempted to hoard in case they ever decide this is a venture they may want to leave one day. 

I am now tempted to try their other goodies.

Off topic, but now I am looking into facial toner. Lately I have been only using witch hazel but looking to change it up. Do you use toner? Any recs?

Monday, October 28, 2019

Melting Basket 145: Halloween

Wax from the last basket I melted (over a month ago... shame... so much shame) that I would buy again: VCS Should I Stay or Should I Go? and Cozy Jackie O, CFTKR Apple Dumpling and Olde Town Bake Shop. 

Lasting Scent Candles- The Great Pumpkin
Lasting Scent Candles- Black Pumpkin
Lasting Scent Candles- Toasted Pumpkin Latte
Lasting Scent Candles- Pumpkin Juice
Lasting Scent Candles- Spooky Brew
Dessa's Homespun Scents- October
Dessa's Homespun Scents- October and Apples and Cinnamon
Dessa's Homespun Scents- Harvest Cauldron Cider
The Bathing Garden- Charred Jack-O-Lantern
CFTKR- Cinnamon Fire
CFTKR- Pumpkin Firewood
Vintage Chic Scents- The Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Sniff My Tarts-Apple Cinnamon/Celtic Moonspice/Country Christmas/Pink Noel
Closet Full of Wax- Wildlings <3 gift
Swanky Candle Company- Palo SantoClean Shave Coconut Milk <3 gift
Sniff My Tarts- Vanilla Sandalwood/Caramel Tobacco/Campfire Marshmallow <3 gift

Since Halloween will be occurring during this melting basket I wanted to dig out any spooky or October themed scents I had one hand. I went to the bottom of the Rubbermaid for this one. I only have a handful of LSC and Dessa's left. Though I am looking forward to moving some of the wax under my bed out and into my regular storage. I believe I will be on a no-buy for the rest of the year and into 2020 on wax. My last few hauls from Bohemienne Life, CFTKR, Ten Digit and Rosegirls have me set for a while.

I told you I would do an update on the bookshelf my husband and his Dad built me once I got it situated. It still isn't "done" but it is as good as it will get this year. Progress. 

Looking back and realizing I only published 3 or 4 posts in October is a little wild for me. I don't think I have ever had such a slow month in the years since I began doing this. I can tell you it isn't from lack of wanting to blog. Or material. I have plenty of perfumes I am behind on and wax and indie bath and body. It is the time. I used to have a job where I could pretty much come home and have down time. Lay my work at the school door when I left with the exception of report card time. However, this new job is... heavy. I don't like to do anything by halves if I can help it (with perhaps the exception of cleaning). The result is I don't really have much "me" time. I shut down my Facebook page for the blog and to be honest, if it wasn't for the awesome events I find out about through FB my personal page would be on the chopping block too. The precious time I do have I am spending with my girls, my husband, my books, my plants. I will still be blogging, but the pace will be sluggish until the end of the school year. I am hoping the breaks will give me spurts of writing and photography time. 

Thank you guys for being here for me. I appreciate the love and kindness. I will be giving away some wax and perfume here soon. So keep an eye out!

How are you doing? What kind of season is your life in right now? How do you spend your "free" time?

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sihaya & Company: Ember & Mallow Candle

Sihaya and Company candles have been burning throughout my house for the past couple months. Ember & Mallow is currently on rotation in the sun room and might just be my favorite Sihaya candle to date.  

Ember & MallowNotes: Vanilla marshmallows over a smoky autumn bonfire. $12

A beautifully rendered smoky toasted marshmallow scent with amber highlights and woodsmoke shadows. As much as I love Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside, Ember & Mallow beats it hands down. I not only want this wafting about the home but also all over my skin. Which is why I picked this scent up in the body lotion and body scrub Sihaya did in collaboration with Paintbox Soap Works. This candle throws strong and burns evenly over time. Trimming wicks is a must or the flame will be towering. 

Christina is raising her candle prices by $1 beginning today I believe. Though I paid $12 I think it will now be $13 but in my opinion it is well worth it. I will be back for this one again and again. 

If you could only buy your candles from one place for the rest of your life... where would it be from?

Monday, October 14, 2019

A Fall Weekend in New England

The girls, my sister and I very much enjoyed our autumnal weekend in Massachusetts. We landed in Boston, spending a few hours warming up with some hot apple cider, hot cocoa and lattes then walking around the Boston Public Garden.

It was a little cumbersome with our luggage in tow so we opted to go ahead and book it to Salem and our hotel room.

We stayed at the Salem Inn, which was the home of Captain Nathaniel West and built in 1834. We booked the West room about a year in advance (the best places to stay book very quickly for October dates). We had to stay at least three nights and pay in full but it was easily the best decision we made. It was close to everything, boasted beautiful accommodations and even a delicious breakfast each morning downstairs in the kitchen and dining rooms. In fact, we could even see The Witch House (photo above) from our room. 

Packing just the right perfumes to scent my first autumn in New England was important to me. I stuffed my quart sized ziplock bag for the plane ride with: Whisper Sisters Mabon, Moonalisa Broom Brittle, Sixteen92 Baba Yaga, Lycanthrope, The Bell Witch and Spirits of the Dead, Solstice Scents Library and Gibbon's Boarding School, House of Orpheus Raven and Tobacco Murder and BPAL Hair Gloss in Boo. I found myself layering scents and brewing up a new fragrant potion each day. 

The Witch House is a bit of a misnomer as it really was the home of one of the judges who sat on the Court of Oyer and Terminer during the witch trials of 1692. But it is one of the last standing homes of that time period and looks amazing. You can go in for a public tour but we mostly just gazed at it morning, noon and night as our travels carried us by or we looked out the window.

I expected Salem to be packed more than it was. We are early risers so we hit the town at around 9am each day and it was quiet. Crowds started milling about mid-morning and noon until about 7pm or so then it became quiet once more. The weather was a perfect chilly 50 to 60 in the day time.

We walked Salem for three whole days and still found cool alleys and streets to discover. It is easily a place to go again and again and still embark upon something new. I loved how the whole town got into the Halloween spirit.

There was lots of shopping of course. I picked up a candle from Witch City Wicks, some crystals from the street market called Bizarre Bazaar, and loads of books and candy.

I think one of our favorite places was Ye Olde Pepper Companie, the first commercial candy maker in the United States. 

Scarlette is looking at a time capsule that was buried under the Hawthorne Hotel 200 years ago full of the Pepper Companie's most famous candy, the Gibralters. 

Across the street from the candy store was the House of Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

The home and grounds are stunning and well worth the full tour experience.

This was the home Nathaniel himself was born in. I had not read the book so I picked up a copy in the museum gift shop.

We also did a tour of the Salem Witch Museum, heard ghost stories in Salem's Pioneer Village and participated in two Edgar Allan Poe plays given by Theater In The Open. We ate tons of clam chowder (Savanna and I both agree that Rockafella's was the best) and picked up so many colorful leaves and acorns you would think we were squirrels.

We also visited the cemetery and memorials for the 19 victims of the trials where Scarlette left coins as a token to each.

We spent the last day before our night flight in Boston where we walked some of the Freedom Trail, visiting Paul Revere's house and the site of the Boston Massacre, bought arm fulls of vintage books and ate some gelato in Little Italy. 

I have a feeling the girls and I will be back one day. Boston and Salem were beautiful places swollen with the past waiting to be remembered. 

What places would you like to go in autumn?