Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Candles From The Keeping Room: March Order

More wax?!?!?! Yes, ma'am! Hey. If I am going to be inside my house melting 24-7 I am going to need ammunition. Of the waxy variety. Carol opened up Candles From The Keeping Room on March 21st and even though I was about an hour late I was still able to find some amazing scents to bring home. Each bag of tarts is $6.50 and is very long lasting and strong throwing due to Carol's paraffin wax formula. 

Merry and Bright- Notes: Oranges, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla.
A warm and cozy scent heavy with fiery spice and thick rinds of dried orange peels. These types of scents always speak of home and hearth, hygge and family. It is a brazen pomander aroma with nuances of strong black tea swirling about.

Apple N Spice- Notes: Mac apple, cinnamon, and clove.
This is a repurchase. I love this one. It brings to mind another favorite, Apple Dumpling, but this one has a slight low light of woods and a highlight of juiciness. A brilliant apple cinnamon scent that will be melted all year.

Spearmint and Basil
The herbal greenness of this fragrance is pared serenely with garden mint. It brings to mind cottage herb gardens and pots of mint and basil growing in a tangled riot by the front door. Excellent spring and summer harbinger.

Strudel and Spice- Notes: Warm bakery with notes of vanilla and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
Cinnamon bakery? Mmmmm hhmmmm. The bakery is a touch bready but extra flakey and sweetened with cinnamon. I think I have had this one before. I think I will enjoy it again.

Basil Sage and Mint- Notes: Basil leaves, clary sage, and peppermint sprigs with hints of citrus, spring flowers and soft musk.
This is one I had ages ago and enjoyed. It is an herbal, fresh aroma with a hint of powdery musk that creates a dry haze about it. I love how clean and uplifting it is. Another pleasant spring and summer wax tart to melt.

Rosemary Mint
Are you seeing a pattern yet? I did mostly try for herbs, mints and fresh with a dash of fruit and spice. This rosemary mint is sweeter and stronger on the mint than the Aveda version you will see below. Given the beautifully icy mintiness of this one I will probably save this one for my bedroom. I crave sweet sugary lavender and mint, rosemary and pillowy vanilla scents in my bedroom for soothing sleep experiences.This one will fit perfectly.

Fig and Rhubarb- Notes: Strawberry, blackberry, and currants with tart rhubarb.
The currants are always hot or miss for me. They are so dry and tart. But the other berries and soft fig help to tame some of that zing. I do like this one but only once in a while when I am craving something a little different. It is tart and powdery, soft and tangy all at the same time. 

Ultimate Vanilla
I am not sure if I have had this one or not but I can say I was missing out if I hadn't. Ultimate is no lie. It is robust with vanilla. Creamy and strong. It has a backnote of vanilla extract that I adore. I have a feeling this is going to be a fast favorite. I was just lamenting my lack of simple vanilla scents in my stash. Well, hello, nurse!!!

Strawberry Martini- Notes: Fresh picked strawberry with club soda spiked with citrus, rosemary, balsam, ginger, and crisp cedar.
I noticed this one was still available and was shocked. I love, love, love this version of FPS. The martini note is like bubbly champagne woods with plump berries floating about. 

Apple Jack and Peels- Notes: Grapefruit, orange peels, apples, spices.
I love the nostalgia factor with this one. This is like one of the OG scents I feel like. It is strong rustic country store charm with some clove and anise to make it darker and more deep. Happy to have this on hand for dark fall evenings. 

Rosemary Mint Aveda
A spa-like blending of mint and rosemary with some light touches of amber musk. A lovely relaxing scent.

Black Magic Sangria- Notes: Refreshing black grapes, orange, black plum, berries, apple, and pineapple drenched in chilled red wine.
I very much enjoyed this scent as a free sample Carol gifted in my last purchase and was happy to see a bag was open for the taking. This is a wonderfully rich berry scent that resided within sweet grape wine. For days when I need something vibrant and lively.

Free samples that Carol generously and abundantly gifts:

Candied Citrus smells just like those gummy orange slices that are coated in a sparkling blanket of sugar. There is even that gumminess scent.

Day At The Spa is a lush green scent with herbs and lime along with a soft musk that keeps it from smelling like the kitchen garden. I almost pick up an alcohol smell, maybe juniper?

Watermelon In The Rose Garden is lovely. Softly sweet roses and fresh watermelons. It smells like a watermelon sorbet made with rosewater.

Sweet Orange and Sriracha pulls no punches. It has an almost amber perfume feel to it but the Sriracha is pure red peppers, the sweetness of the orange rounds the scent but it is without a doubt a red pepper.

Sea Minerals is beautiful. Long, long ago Bath & Body Works used to have this Aquatanica line (or something like that) and it was comprised of this silken, fresh take on sea minerals and sea silt. This reminds me of that. A cool, plush sea aroma that is a touch perfumy but not aquatic or ozonic.

420 Strawberries is dang good. I like this blending of fresh berries and cannabis. Earthy, sweet, smooth.

Black Spa is a sexy man scent. Polished vetiver, amber musk, maybe some guaiacwood thrown in there. Smoldering.

Cactus Flower and Jade is a soft watery bamboo/aloe type of scent with some fruity sweetness.

Rainbow smells like SweetTarts and Skittles had some babies with flowers.

Fluffy Hawaiian Pineapple is a creamy sweet pineapple, almost like a pina colada but with out the coconut. It smells like a gelati with pineapple sorbet swirled with vanilla soft serve. Dole whip?

Kumquat Ice Cream is a citrus and guava melding with some vanilla underneath.

Sparkling Grapefruit is a bright sugarcoated pink grapefruit. Yummy.

Bubblegum smells pink and sweet, like the tiny round baubles in the machines that ping and clank as they roll out the metal chute. 

Pink Sugar Cookie is thick and rich, bready and crisp with pink sugar.

Bramble Berry is lovely. I think I have a thing for these powdery musky berries. It smells like unripe blackberries on the vine made into a perfume.

Pineapple Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting smells like pineapple and soft coconut, I don't get the frosting or cream cheese but perhaps it appears when melting.

Apple Coffee Cake is always a beloved type of scent. I adore cinnamon rich bakery and coffee cake takes the... well... cake. Cinnamon cake with apples too? Yep. Recipe for Julie love.

Mulled Berries is another soft musky berry scent. But this one is a little more playful.

Lemon Tree is a powdery lemon scent with a touch of soft woods that remind me of bergamot a little tiny bit.

Grapefruit Glow is downright yummy. Airy pink grapefruit with berries and sugar and sweet florals like peony or something. Lovely!

That is my big CFTKR order from a couple weeks ago. Like I said, even though I was way late to the party I was still able to place a very nice order. Not sure what Carol is doing but it is working for me. I hope you are doing well. Finding some small joys in fragrance or tidying, in reading or watching programs, or simply cackling to the latest silliness Leslie Jordan has been up to. 

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