Monday, July 8, 2019

Candles From The Keeping Room: June 2019 Order

Carol opened up this past June after getting back from her yearly vacation to visit family. Carol desires to keep Candles From The Keeping Room open on a more consistent basis rather than her past open/close restocks of the past. She is trying to avoid the crush of orders that rush in and allow more of a steady stream to take place. I am excited for her and hope this will work out for her and her customers. Carol is a little hindered by a hurt arm but she does have her helpers in the wings until she heals.

I placed a huge order. This first part will be the actual order an the second part will be all the yummy samples. Each bag of tarts contains at least 6 ounces of paraffin wax shapes and costs $6.25 for most shapes except the pumpkins and strawberries which are a little more at $6.50 per bag.

Fresh Picked Strawberry comes home with me every time I can grab a bag. I love to share this wax scent with friends and family. In fact, I just melted this scent a few days ago at home. It throws strong and fills the house with the juicy and joy filled scent of robust strawberries. Sweet and true. 

Jill's Strawberry  Cream Filled Jelly Roll is insanely delicious. It has been way too long since I have had this one on hand to enjoy. This blend of jelly filled donuts, fresh picked strawberries and whipped cream is sweet and fruity and intense. The soft vanilla and bakery aspects really make it a special scent. It is more strawberry jelly than donut.

Strawberry Cream Soda is one I have been wanting to try for a while now. Carol has a fizzy and yummy cream soda so I knew it would be even better with the addition of strawberry and it is. Like an old fashioned flavored soda from the fountain.  Very happy with this one.

Carol poured some jumbo tarts this time around and I don't recall ever picking these up before so I had them in mind to try. I grabbed two in Celtic Moonspice which is a comforting sugar and spice aroma that throws strong. These were $2.50 each I believe and can be cut to make a few melts. 

Celtic Moonspice also came home in a bag. I recently ran completely out and I lurve my Celtic Moonspice.

Cinna Bits is one I have not bought until now. I noticed Carol restocked a ton of cinnamon centered wax tarts and so many were ones I had not tried yet. So I tucked this one and the next one into my order. Cinna Bits melds cinnamon sugar with coconut and buttercream to give it a chewy caramel tone that really makes it gooey and rich.

Cinnamon Fire meshes cinnamon sugar with the cinnamon broom and a touch of musk. The bark and musk are also accompanied by a slight bergamot brightness. If Amish Quilt and Celtic Moonspice are grandma's kitchen cupboard of coziness then Cinnamon Fire is grandpa's woodshed with a cinnamon broom hanging in it.

Lavender Mint was a long time coming. Not sure why I have not brought this home yet but here she is. The lavender is airy and earthy with an herbal lean and is joined by soft mint and spearmint. This is not a candied sweet scent but more velvety and spa like. It's a beauty.

Raw Sugar and Mint was one I fell for as a sample a while back. The mint in this one is strong and slightly perfumed with a touch of sweetness. Candy canes and white musk. I find it to be beautiful and relaxing.

Grapefruit and Mint is another one I discovered through Carol's free samples. I would not have picked this based on the notes but this goes to show me that going out of my comfort zone is worth it. This is a truly refreshing and lighthearted scent. The grapefruit zest is electric while the mint is bracing but a gauzy sheerness washes over the whole to make them pair effortlessly.

Lime Leaf and Lily was one that Lauren from LoloLovesScents recommended on her blog many moons ago. It is a lovely rendition of a fresh green scent with dried lime peels and musky bamboo and florals. 

Cedar Leaf and Lavender is a hazy masculine fresh scent where the cedar and lavender have a cleanliness to them. It throws strong and makes my home smell amazingly clean but not harsh. This is one I repurchase frequently.

Tuscan Lace is a new scent from Carol that I was excited to sniff. It is an amber and earth toned scent that ends up reminding a little of Moonlight Path from Bath & Body Works. I do like it very much and will happily melt this whole bag. 

Cedar and Spice is new to me. But spiced woods are definitely my cuppa and this is just that. Cedar plank hope chests and dried spices with nary a scoop of sugar to be seen. A rugged spiced cedar. Excellent.

Cashmere Cedar smells like sex on a stick. Smooth silky blonde woods and amber with vanilla sugar highlights. I need lotions that smell like this. Perfume. Body wash. And more. I wouldn't call this a cedar scent unless it is candied cedar dipped in vanilla beans. So. Good.

Cashmere Cream is less candied and more musky than Cashmere Cedar but they have a similar plush woods underlying both. Both feel very boudoir. I will absolutely be picking both up again in the future.

Winter Flannel was a fast fave. I love this smoky woods and spiced marshmallow scent. Its like Marshmallow Fireside's smokier and more rugged older brother who is also Grizzly Adams. 

Cozy Cabin rings my chimes too and is yet another sample that Carol gave out in the not too distant past. This is a cedar and soft spice scent. Mostly cedar. Not sweet. Realistic, primitive and charming. This is what Bob Ross would smell like.

Lumberjack, however, is not the masculine scent it sounds like. This was also a love at first sample. Sweet juicy apples and a hint of tobacco (although none is in the notes, it is what it reminds me of). A beautiful fall scent along the lines of Rustic Lodge, fall without the spice. Apple goodness without being artificial. Pretty much perfection. Try it!!!!

Mulled Wine is an old favorite. Richly spiced mulled cider wine. I love this for fall and winter comfort.

Amish Quilt is along the same vein as Celtic Moonspice. Sugar and cinnamon. I like to pick up Amish Quilt too since it throws so nicely and is good for me to have on hand when I run out of Celtic. Either one scratches that spice itch I tend to have all year long. To me, sweet cinnamon is very much a "home" scent.

Down Home Country, speaking of home. :-) This is a woods and eucalyptus scent that is quietly camphorous and cedar-like. No sweetness, all woods and nature and breath-of-fresh-air.

Cardamom and Star Anise is one I have not sniffed before. It was a total blind buy. It is also just like opening up a box of Mike and Ike's. A true to life black licorice, chewy sticky sweet with a touch of citrusy zing. Very cool.

Farmhouse Kitchen is also one I haven't tried. It is a fiery spicy aroma with a backbone of bakery goodness rather than sugar. Reminds me of coffee cakes and snickerdoodles. Very yummy.

Pumpkin Patchouli is a repurchase because I love it. Dark and earthy patchouli freshly ground in a witch's mortar and pestle sitting next to fat jolly gourds. Similar to Witches Brew and Pumpkin Stew but darker and earthier, more rich.

Frosted Sugar Cookie is a classic. A very strong throwing, dense, flavorful sugar cookie. Doesn't get much better than this. I always make sure I have a bag of this one on hand.

Tiffany's Apple Fritter Cupcakes is the only one out of my order that I am not sure about. I want to love Tiffany's Cupcakes. And then I think I do, but then I melt these blends and I just don't really enjoy it. And it isn't Carol. I have tried Tiffany's from a few different places but it just isn't my thing. I was hoping the apple fritter would spice it up some but the chocolate note in Tiffany's is pulling ahead of the rest. I will melt it soon and see how I like it. If I don't I will happily pass it on to a new home. Are you a Tiffany's fan or not? Why does everyone love this and I don't?

Blue Spruce is amazing. A chilly and menthol hued evergreen scent that is strong and festive. Cannot wait to melt it this winter.

Roasted Pine Cones kinda made me laugh. I have tried SO MANY of Carol's amazing scents that I sometimes forget ones I meant to buy in a big bag once I liked them in sample form. I literally went back through my whole blog reading my CFTKR posts and saw how much I liked this one and made sure to add it to my order. It is a creamy vanilla woods with some warm toasty tones. It reminds me a little of the White Cedar Woods I love so much. Definitely a win. Plus I love Carol's cute evergreen shapes.

Did you order from Carol? She still has a few of these scents in particular available right now on her website. I believe Carol just restocked too. Are you thinking of fall scents??? No? Just me?


  1. I'm excited to hear she might be open more consistently now! Those crazy stalker open/close restocks are a huge recent I quit even trying to order.

    Ahhh, seeing the pumpkin and corn cob shapes and reading about the cinnamon scents has The Fall Slut stirring. A couple days ago, a Yankee Candle thing popped up on my Facebook, for their Farmer's Market fall lineup. *drool* I've started keeping a closer eye on the wax aisle at my Walmart now too.


    1. I am excited too! She has stayed open for about a month so far I think. I like that I can pop on and grab a few things I like rather than having the impulse to go big and hoard.

      OOoooooo TFS is waking from a long slumber. Mine certainly is. I am ready for pumpkin everything. Today I am even wearing a pumpkin and incense perfume. Somebody stop me!!

    2. JULIE!!!!
      Ohhh, The Fall Slut's glare is racing across state lines, heading directly at you...

  2. I have been buying from Carol since we were in a candle group on Yahoo WAAAAAAAAAY back in the day! LOL! I don't buy from anyone else. There's no need to!

    1. How fun!!!! I know she has many many long time, forever customers. I wish I knew about Carol all those moons ago! I rarely buy from other vendors any longer either. I still get an itch for The Bathing Garden and a few others but I don't stray as much as I used to.

  3. Sex on a stick. <3 I love it!! LOL

    Winter Flannel sounds amazing. Just reading the name, I'd think it's a laundry blend and skip right over it.

    Cardamom and Star Anise is still on my to buy list.

    I haven't placed an order with Carol since before Christmas. Still enjoying the stash I do have.

    I've been melting "Fall" scents already for awhile now. Yum yum!

    1. I thought Winter Flannel was a fresh linen scent too at first but once I saw those notes I knew I needed to try it. The nice thing about Carol's tarts is that they will last a goooood long time. They have a healthy shelf-life. I melted that Mamey Sapote pumpkin the other day and it was a welcome aroma to have wafting about this cabin. Loved it. I think it is time to make my first melting basket for my new home next week. <3

    2. Yes!! Can't wait to see what's in your melting basket. :D <3

  4. Great order! I have always wanted to try her FPS, but alas, never quick enough. lol. I'm hoping to pick up a few things for fall in the near future.

    1. I understand that!! There have been many times I have missed out on a scent but persistance does pay off. If you win another giveaway I will tuck some in your box!! xoxo

    2. Gotta have fast fingers for sure! (I'm always down for winning another giveaway. lol)

  5. Alright, let's do this:
    Count me as huge fan of Carol's always being open, I hope her stock balances out once the novelty wears off for people and she doesn't become overwhelmed with the constancy. For the Facebook-less, untimed non-manic restocks are a dream come true.
    Scents in common: Cedar Leaf and Lavender-this may have jumped ahead of Blue Cedar Lavender to me, it's so crisp and satisfying.

    Tuscan Lace-meh to me on cold, will have to try melting I guess to see if it has any substance.
    Lime Leaf and Lily is beautiful from what I can remember, will have to repurchase that one sometime.
    Grapefruit and Mint I received in a large succulent shape and oh my, its tantalizing. Whereas, I was hesitant over the mint, I should have known it would be a not-overwhelming breath of fresh juicy air. Glad she sent that one.
    Cashmere Cedar-I wouldn't go quite so far, but I enjoyed it (I am easy to please I swear) I just like my cedar a little more present, more hardcore, if you will;) Swanky Candle Co has a good Cashmere Cedar too, I'll have to compare.
    Cashmere Cream was a miss for me-I can't remember what turned me off but I remember not digging the sample I melted in March. That's the problem with CFTKR sometime, I try so many samples,if I don't review them, I have trouble pinpointing more than a vague thumbs up or down.

    Scents you shared I have wanted to try and will someday if they're around: Mulled Wine
    Pumpkin Patchouli
    Roasted PineCones-why do I miss this from every vendor, ugh?

    Scents you have added to my to-try list:
    Winter Flannel, Cozy Cabin, Lumberjack, Down Home Country

    Enjoy these fallish beauties in your fresh new space, I have to run but will be back to discuss samples when you post your first melting basket.
    Take care my friend!

    1. I hope it works out for Carol for sure. It has to be hard being a small business like that with a huge fan base of customers and a quick use product that is easy to buy multiples of. Her stock still goes pretty quickly. Crossing fingers it works out for her. I have not ordered since she has been open 24/7.

      I am a huge fan of Cedar Leaf and Lavender for sure. It is gorgeous. I will happily share Mulled Win, Pumpkin Patchouli and Roasted Pine Cones with you. I have been itching to send my Fall Fun friends a box for some time now. <3

      I will send the ones you want to try too.