Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Ebb & Flow: March 2021

 The highs and lows of the month. 

Solstice Scents Manor EDP (almost out! Yikes!)

Perfume Oil:
Arcana Wildcraft Aged Patchouli and Nocturne Alchemy Holiday Crystalline Spice Cake (not together though)

Body Oil:
Wildroots Lavender and Rosemary

Wildroots Activated Charcoal (still all time favorite natural deodorant)

Black Magic 50 Shades of Chaga

Future Primitive Sparklebox 

Blood Moon Botanica Calming Milky Oats

Bath & Body Works Comfort (Patchouli and Vanilla)

Candles From the Keeping Room Celtic Moonspice

Wood, Willow and Whatknots Cosmic Minstral

Nail Polish:
Rescue Beauty Lounge Small, Dim, Summer Stars

Sumo oranges and chicken pot pies

Republic of Tea Lavender and Blueberry Iced Tea (unsweet)

My Hero Academia, Gardener's World, and too many IG stories

Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffett

Just finished Darwin's Ghosts and in the middle of Celtic Magic and about to start The Rattled Bones

My sister Heather's wedding! Looking forward to watching her finally marry her love after two change of dates due to COVID. Also awaiting more butterflies (SO MANY PUPAE!!!), summer break (ONE MORE MONTH), and endless sunshine on my skin. 

Seeing my 6th graders move on, job limbo, my oldest going off to high school. 

Golden Lotus Incense warmer

My last Society6 phone case order, both phone cases had white strips of no printing. Looked poopy. But the customer service was great and they refunded the money. 

Stressing about the state standardized testing dates moving around so close to my sister's wedding. Work uncertainties and missing my friends and sisters. Not sleeping well.

Got my one and done vaccine. Had a friend move into my neighborhood. Got lots of monarch butterfly babies. Harvesting carrots. Walking the neighborhood in evenings with husband to catch up on our days. 

How was your March? Are you growing anything? Seeing signs of life? 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Spirit & Venom: Hand Sanitizer


Spirit & Venom is a maker I have enjoyed following for a while now. Formerly, Twisted Wonderland Perfumery, I had purchased some wax and a candle in the past and liked the products that Rae created. In 2020 Rae rebranded into Spirit & Venom. I saw some cute stickers of potion bottles so I popped into the web-store and ended up grabbing some hand sanitizer to tag along. I picked up the 2 ounce bottle sizes for $5.50 each. There is a limit of four 2 oz sizes or two 4 oz sizes per order.

Necronomicon- Notes: Weathered book pages, leather, pipe tobacco, and a waft of blackberry bordeaux. 

I enjoy the packaging. The swivel nozzle allows for locking so that product doesn't accidentally pump out. The gel itself is is nice consistency, a touch more on the thin side but still a gel. It is colorless and spreads quickly, dries fast and doesn't leave a sticky or slick residue. It absorbs nicely but doesn't dry my hands out. This particular scent is unique among hand sanitizers. The blackberry wine pulls through first but the crinkly papers and leather book bindings aren't far behind. It makes for a pleasant scent to have on the hands, present but not distracting.

Winter Witch- Notes: White tea, ghostly lilac, winter cranberry, ethereal vanilla, juicy pomegranate, pink peppercorn and a squeeze of pink grapefruit.

This smells like a grown up version of the Fruit Stripe chewing gum sticks. I think it is the combination of fruits (grapefruit, cranberry, and a berry-like pomegranate). The tea and muted lilac create the "grown up" part of the likeness. It is a nice scent to have on clean hands. Cheerful and refreshing.

Cotton Candy Cocoon- Notes: Pink spun sugar cocoons coated with sweet goo.

I did notice a pink hue with this gel but it is very light. Another great hand sanitizer scent, cotton candy is an easy one to wear on the hands. It does have some mild fruity tones and even a touch of lemony zip lurking about within the fluffy clouds of sugar. 

Ghost- Notes: A mixture of light and dark vanilla notes.

This perfume sample was a freebie and I am actually extremely happy it was sent because I ended up liking it. Ghost is a boozy dark vanilla with some gentle tobacco and vanilla extract tones. Sometimes I just crave a simple vanilla. I went ahead and picked up a 1 ounce bottle of this scent in the extrait form since I enjoyed it so much here. 

I also added two more hand sanitizers to my cart in the larger 4 ounce size and one more sticker. We have been going through hand sanitizer in this house for sure and probably will continue to. Between Fortune Cookie Soap, Moonalisa, and now Spirit & Venom I am happy to have found some small businesses to share the love with. 

Do you have any favorite hand sanitizer makers? Favorite scents from Spirit & Venom? Listened to any good records lately? 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Candles From The Keeping Room: Spring Haul

I was thrilled to order some wax from Candles From The Keeping Room when Carol opened in February. I ordered some old favorites and threw in a couple new ones too. The wax runs $6.75 per bag and holds a generous amount (usually around 5-6 ounces). 

Twisted Peppermint is one that I have either not picked up before or if I have it has been a long time. I used to melt a lot of minty wax in my bedroom but now I enjoy it throughout the whole house now too. Twisted Peppermint is a wonderfully chilly mint with some touches of vanilla musk in there. 

Spun Sugar and Vanilla Bean is a new one to me. It is a lovely scent. There are fruity notes in here but they are soft and gentle. It comes across as cotton candy for sure. This is a light and airy candy floss with a vanilla musk undertone. Quite nice. 

Marshmallow Fireside is one of my favorites from Carol. Her version is hearty and strong and brimming with that sweet marshmallowy goodness. The fireside portion is serene and softly smoky. A real dream.

Spicy Apples and Peaches is one of those oldie but goodie scents that has been around for ages and stands the test of time. I had not had it in ages and was craving it. Man. I forgot how good this scent is. The apples have a flavor of a homemade pie but the peaches lend a cobbler richness too. It is extra sweet and fruity and bursting with flavor. Cannot wait to melt this. 

Fresh Picked Raspberry is a new one to me as well. You probably know I am a huge fangirl of Fresh Picked Strawberry so this was a no brainer. And it is great. The raspberry is clear and juicy, almost candy like in its sweetness. There is also a softness and mild greenness to it as well. 

Santa Claws is a blend of vanilla bean noel, bear claw, and a hint of Mrs. Claus magic. This is another first and a delicious purchase. It is a yummy vanilla bakery with a touch of creamy cinnamon. Reminds me of fresh baked vanilla glazed cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.

Apple Cinnamon Icing is one I recently fell in love with and scooped up another bag of it to have on hand. It smells like a decadent apple cinnamon danish with a layer of melty vanilla icing on top. It is strong throwing and comfort inducing.

Celtic Moonspice is one of my original favorites in wax scent. The name pulled me in all those years ago and then the scent notes firmed it up. It is basically a warm and bright spice blend full of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It throws well and makes it feel like home.

Alpine Cheer is a repurchase. It is a crisp evergreen and cranberry with notes of spice, cedar, and patchouli. It reminds me of a sophisticated cranberry balsam. It is not overly concentrated holiday because the cedar and vanilla sugar round it out and make it more year round.

Country Gift Shop is another repurchase. I love how strong and warm this scent is. Cinnamon, apples, dried fruits, and pure bliss. Nostalgia.

Free Samples!

Carol is extremely generous with her free samples and they always lead me to a new favorite.

Yummy Mummy is a gorgeous soft fruity and creamy scent. Divine.

Sweet Minty Spells of Love is a peppermint and Love Spell blend ripe with peaches and florals.

Apple Mango Salad is fresh and sweet with apples and mangos. Tropical. 

Let's Play has a velvety green aroma. Almost like bamboo or cucumber. 

Vanilla Frosting is rich and hearty. Almost with a cereal or bread quality.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake is rich with bakery goodness. Almost a maple decadence.

Boardwalk Taffy Type is yummy. Cotton candy musk. I want to bathe in it.

Citrus Shower Avobath has intense lemongrass and lemony sugar brightness.

Pink Strawberry Chiffon is a berry delight. Juicy, peachy and candied.

Juicy Fruit smells similar to the gum. You can even detect the thin paper wrapper.

Yellow Cake is a wonderful classic blender scent. A simple buttery vanilla cake.

Lush Vanillary is the one I am most excited about. I love this scent. Boozy vanilla, fuzzy tonka and sweet musk.

Sweet Spicy Zucchini Fluff is an intensely strong zucchini bread scent that many will love.

Mango Nectar and Hibiscus is a bright and vibrant tropical with peachy cranberry leanings.

Boardwalk Marshmallow Clouds is my second favorite. Musky sweet and creamy. 

Coconut Shea is a lovely calming scent. Powdery and smooth.

Pink Champagne is a tart and fruity floral.

Merlot Wine is a wonderful dark berry scent.

I am so happy with my wax order. I hope to grab some Boardwalk Marshmallow Cloud and Lush Vanillary next time. Have you picked up any wax lately? Are you aiming for a CFTKR order soon?

Melting Basket 156: Spring Time


I looked back and saw that I have not done a melting basket since the holidays. Yikes a doodle. I assure I still melt copiously. This is probably the 4th basket of 2021 but I do find making time to blog to be pushed to the side at this season in my life. So why now? Well, frankly it is because I am on spring break and it is a happy diversion that I do miss. I am still juggling some ESOL classes and some to-do list things but I am trying my best to not feel rushed or put too much on my plate this week. I have even managed to take some naps and rest up along with planting some caladium bulbs. Ok, usually I ramble after the basket so I guess I better get started. 

Teddy Bees- Milky Way Roses (already melted and LOVED this blend) and Vintage Flannel. These (and several more) were gift from a surprise gift box from my friend April. (Thank you again, April!!!)
Vintage Chic Scents- Killer Clowns From Outer Space (cotton candy explosion- another love)
Lasting Scent Candles- Watermelon Wedding Cake
Bohemienne Life- Brigid
The Bathing Garden- Blackberry Jam & Lemon Curd
Candles From the Keeping Room- Cedar, Sage, and Blackberry
Candles From the Keeping Room- Strawberry Noel
Candles From the Keeping Room- Charcoal Tonka
Candles From the Keeping Room- Frosted Sugar Cookie
Candles From the Keeping Room- Lime Leaf & Lily
Candles From the Keeping Room- Fresh Picked Raspberry

Even though it has been nice to harvest some herbs and lettuce (though the family thinks my mixed mesclun is too bitter) I have finally decided to let it go to flower and seed. I love watching the fennel flowers shoot out like miniature golden fireworks. I did just read that fennel flowers are good for menstruation issues so I probably should have been eating them rather than gazing but either way it was time well spent. I have two raised beds growing some ground cover to fix some nitrogen into the soil and the tiered raised bed has potatoes, yellow summer squash, and borage planted in it. Once I turn under the cover crop I will plant tomatoes, cucumbers and maybe some type of bean. We are almost done staining the chicken coop panels too so that we can put them together.

I am excited for this coming weekend. I plan on baking hot cross buns and perhaps going to a native plant sale. Also going to have some family over for Sunday lunch. I was able to get my COVID vaccine and I chose the Johnson & Johnson single dose. I felt a little light headed the first day but was still able to run errands and drop of some resumes. I think combined with my period it just made for a tiring experience more than anything else. I am very thankful I was able to get it once they opened it up to all teachers. 

My youngest wanted to go to the beach so that is the plan for today. I must admit that my body and soul are ready for the sun and salt water. It will be very nice to laze about, read, swim and look for shoreline treasures. And maybe even some ice cream after. 

How is your spring unfolding? Finding signs of new life? Any celebrations coming up for you? I have a CFTKR haul, some soap and a hand sanitizer haul to show. I have been trying to slow the wax pace. But I do still get some from Carol whenever I can.