Sunday, July 31, 2022

Ebb & Flow: July 2022

 The highs and lows of the month.


Perfume:
Solstice Scents Headmaster (craving fall already)

Perfume Oil:
Arcana Wildcraft Oberon (best pine ever)

Scrub:
The Bathing Garden Magician's Bonfire

Shampoo/Conditioner:
Future Primitive shampoo bar and conditioning hair rinse (in the scent Dusty Dogwood)

Soap:
Future Primitive Lagoon (sample sliver- very nice)

Lotion:
Cosmic Cleanse Magnesium Body Creme (unscented)

Candle:
Acorn Moon Mercantile solstice candle

Wax:
Candles From the Keeping Room blend of Lemon Noel and Serendipity Marshmallow Delight

Incense:
Exploring The Mother's Fragrances line of nag champas from India

Reading:
All the things. I cannot stop. I think it is my way of burying my head in the sand? Coping? Mental health maintenance? Ray Bradbury and Tanith Lee short stories have been devoured, poetry, novels and memoirs. I am only a few books away from finishing the reading challenge on here and my GoodReads number. 

Listening:
Twenty One Pilots Scaled and Icy album (the vinyl is really cool on this one- crystal clear)

Watching:
Whatever spooky movies Savanna chooses, also Archive 81 on Netflix (hated the ending though). And Stranger Things of course. Scarlette actually went back and re-watched them all so I stuck around for that.

Drinking:
Three Spirit Drinks- Nightcap

Eating:
chocolate

Doing:
Lighting incense and placing it on the edge of the pool while I swim, relax, and read.

Awaiting:
The start of a new school year. I go back to work very soon. 

Dreading:
Not a dread but a nervousness about the future. A pressure of, ok, well yes. It is dread. A pressure of dread on the back of my neck and around my heart about teaching. All these laws. Shootings. The kids' futures. Their unrest. My inability to reach even my own sometimes. Feeling like a failure. Not knowing how things will mesh with new co-workers. Pressure. Pressure for sure. A weight. I was actually told over the phone last year, by a parent "I thought you were one of the better ones..." and it sucked. Real hard. But I promised myself I would take it one day at a time. And I need to make that my mantra. 

Hit:
I think I have mentioned it before, but after a vicious twig ant (I always called them oak ants) attack while pulling weeds (invasive air potato vine) I used my Life Flower Bug Bite Elixir and found immediate relief. I swear this stuff really is magic. 

Miss:
I miss my Walkman cassette player. 

Low:
Everything the Supreme Court altered and destroyed. Monarchs. My girls' future. Attitudes towards teachers. So much. So much heaviness. It is hard to breathe sometimes.

High:
Seeing my niece. Seeing my sister Lindsey and her husband Dustin. Seeing England. Scotland. Belgium. Seeing poppies. Cathedrals. Castles. Having the summer to spend with my girls and husband. Getting in a ton of books and even some friend time.

How was your July? Are you craving fall or are you content to laze under the sun a bit more?

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Felin Lune Apothecary: Natural Deodorant Paste

 


I have a holy grail all natural deodorant from Wild Roots Body Care but sadly it has not been restocked in quite some time. That put me back in the market for one I could more easily replace. I was scrolling through some indie groups online and saw a haul post from Felin Lune Apothecary that included a deodorant paste. I quickly picked up a 2 ounce jar for $14 in the scent Garden Hippie (Ylang ylang, patchouli, orange, lavender, sandalwood, and jasmine essential oils). This paste is aluminum and baking soda free. It is soft, creamy yet firm, and putty-like. It spreads easily and melts beautifully into the skin. I have been using it for over a month now and I find that it neutralizes odor very well. It doesn't irritate my skin, it doesn't pill up, and it lasts all day. 


It is my new holy grail. There are smaller one ounce travel tins for $8 that I plan on buying to try other scents too. I am looking forward to sampling other products as well. Have you tried anything from Felin Lune? 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Stone Roses Handmade Rosaries

 


Kirsten, at Stone Roses Handmade, is a maker I discovered through following Britton (Archaic Honey/Blood Moon Botanica). In fact my first rosary bracelet came from a collaboration they did together, where Britton created a Holy Mother anointing oil for a crone memento mori bracelet that was sold as a set. 

Kirsten creates rosaries, chaplets, and bracelets to honor a wide range of deities and saints. She utilizes stainless steel wire for durability, which I appreciate as I tend to be klutzy and these have held up beautifully. 

Over time I have picked up three bracelets:
Crone Memento Mori- Black obsidian beads. Used to meditate on our mortality as a way of staying present to the moment.

Mary Magdalene- Red agate. Teachings about the balance between esoteric and exoteric spiritual practices, sexuality, and devotion.

Saint Joan of Arc- Garnets. Visionary, warrior, martyr, badass.

The bracelets were $40 each, but until Sunday everything is 20% off in her Etsy store, and are currently $32. Kirsten does customs as well.


Do you have any connections with a particular saint or deity? Are you drawn to any? How do you honor them?

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Siren Co.: Waxed Canvas Bags and Goods

 


As of late I have been buying my underwear from WhiskyDogWares, by golly she makes the best buttery soft undies ever. Anyway, I noticed she shared her sister's business (what a creative family!) and I immediately fell in love with her wares as well. Her company is called Siren and specializes in waxed canvas bags and accessories. 

I picked up the Legion 3-way satchel in olive for $95. It can worn cross-body, around the waist or through a belt. The construction is impeccable. I have worn this as my go-to bag for over a year now and it has endured with grace and durability. 


I attached a lucky Mercury coin for my travels. I enjoy the two small side pockets. One houses an amethyst worry stone and the other is where my For Strange Women Baba Yaga lip balm tin dwells.


I love the indigo ticking lining, but you can choose your own lining color among several.


It snaps closed in the front and the back has an outer zip pocket. I tend to keep my money and cards in the back zipper.


The inside houses hand sanitizer, balms, cards, notepad, pens, my phone, perfume roll-on and more. It holds just what I need while I zip about.

For work I need a bit more room. The past two years I have been using one of those free Vans bags they give you if you buy a pair of shoes in the store. It finally ripped apart and I was on the hunt. It did not take me long to remember where I should get my new work bag: Siren. 


I tend to carry a laptop, charger, legal sized clipboard, composition notebooks, pens, lunch, papers, folders, wet wipes, masks, markers, water bottle and a whole universe of whatnots in my work bag as a teacher. I knew I needed something large, with lots of pockets, and versatility. My choice... Tote #2 for $160. It comes in six color combinations and I chose tan on olive. I liked tan on tan as well but my oldest voted on this one between the two.


It boasts two front snap pockets, two side pockets, one large back pocket and one inside pocket that is perfect for a water bottle.


It is deep and wide and features two styles of handles, long for over the shoulder, and short for hand carrying.


I enjoy how great these pieces look and function. The waxed canvas really holds up well.


Both of these pieces are currently available. And luck you, the Tote #2 is on sale for $20 off, making it $140. It is going to be one of those bags you have forever. Support a small business. I know she would appreciate it! Links for WhiskeyDogWares and Siren are in the first paragraph embedded in their respective names (as always in case you didn't know- my hyperlinks don't show up visibly). 

I am eyeing up that duffle next. 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Arcana Wildcraft: Moonstone & Black Tourmaline

 These perfumes were sent as a gift.


Julia at Arcana Wildcraft created some scents for Troxel's at Rockaway Beach in Oregon that revolve around minerals and gemstones. Celestite is one that I have had in the past when she paired with Brooke Perry at B. Studio with some amazing scrubs to go with previous gemstone perfumes. In order to obtain these scents, contact Troxel's via Facebook.


Black Tourmaline- Notes: Used for protecting and grounding oneself in the midst of negativity, black tourmaline is a stone of confidence and power. Cafe au lait with black spruce, toasted hazelnuts, sugared amber resin, fir balsam absolute, and a drop of blackberry nectar.

Camping among primitive evergreens with a plaid tin thermos steaming with black chicory coffee cupped between chilled hands, this is the vision that emerges from the amber bottle when uncapped. Black Tourmaline is robust and intense. On the wrists, the evergreens ignite into a camphorous blaze that quickly merges with the warm and limpid black coffee. The soft touch of hazelnut, cream and sugar lend a gentleness to the brew that balances out the fizz of the firs. This is a lovely scent that would be perfect for those who love the coffee and woods aroma of Leaves Falling Like Rain, but would enjoy a twist of evergreens in place of the ginger and herbs. It truly feels like protection and comfort. 


Moonstone- Notes: In ancient times moonstone was believed to contain the shining rays of the moon itself. Wear it for luck, love, and a more beautiful life. Tuberose petals are infused in a cold pitcher of sweet milk with creamy coconut and white sandalwood.

From the bottle a milky white flower pours forth a froth of cream perfumed with coconut milk. It is a tropical moon, sweet, full and overflowing with abundance. It is the Milky Way of richness, a galaxy of starry blossoms floating in the pearlescent nebula of space. On the skin the heady tuberose, coconut, and milk all swirl and mingle in harmony, each a subtle reflection of the other. Blue flashes of airy sandalwood gleam through the pale lush fragrance. This will wear beautifully in the Florida heat, blooming in its fragrant largesse. I love the parallel that the Florida state stone is the moonstone as well. This perfume does it justice.

Now that summer is here I am looking forward to doing some deep cleaning, organizing, resting, swimming, and all the things that fill up my love tank. I know the two months will zoom past, but ain't that just the way.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Candles From The Keeping Room: End of May Order 2022

 


Candles From The Keeping Room is number one for wax in my heart. Ever since my first purchase from Carol all those years ago, I was hooked. Carol announced that she plans on retiring in 2022 so I am giving myself permission to go whole hog each time she opens from here on out which might be one or two more times. Bags contain six ounces (or more) and cost $7.50 each. The paraffin wax throws strong and has multi-year longevity. I picked up some old favorites but also a ton of new ones to break out of my melting routine a bit.


French Lavender and Honey is a lovely aroma. It smells like a spring floral, with tiny violets, iris, and tender lavender with a wildflower honey haze that floats about the edges.

Blue Sugar is a scent that I appreciate. When I just began exploring handmade bar soaps there was a Doctor Who bar soap in Blue Sugar that I loved using. It is the masculine counterpart to Pink Sugar. Herbal patchouli smoothed with vanilla and accented with citrus and greenery. Looking forward to blending with it. I think it is lovely with mint.

Vermont Honey Apple was a sample that I melted and enjoyed. It melted into a juicy golden apple, sweet with honey and sunshine. It does not feel like fall and is not spiced at all. It makes the home feel like a spring apple orchard, fresh and sweet.


Pink Sugar and Sweet Lemon is incredible. I am not sure why I have not explored more of Carol's Pink Sugar blends, but I will be in my next order. The sweet lemon makes the mouth pucker with Lemon Head candy goodness, the pink sugar acts as a cotton candy base. It is delicious and bold and cheerful.

Watermelon Jolly Rancher is sweet and mellow. I did expect it to have that sour bite on the end but it smells just like a simple watermelon hard candy.

Lemon Noel is one that I know a lot of waxies enjoy. I don't know why I have not tucked this into my cart before but I won't make that mistake again. It throws strong and smells divine, a bright tart and juicy lemon with creamy vanilla sugar cookie yumminess. Lemon zest studded vanilla cookie to the T.


Coconut Lime Verbena was one of my favorite scents from Bath & Body Works when I was in high school and college. I love the citrusy vibrance and tropical feel of the scent. It always went well with Florida's hot summer days. I love having this on hand to melt this summer. It will be nostalgic.

Velvet Sugar Type hasn't been in my warmers for a long time. I sometimes read old reviews to see if there is a scent I liked but have not sought out in a while. This was one of them. It is a simple sugary perfume with soft floral and a touch of berry.

Exotic Coconut was one I picked up to scratch a beachy itch. I was craving some coconut suntan type of scent. This is less suntan but an excellent coconut that does not veer into coconut pie territory. It is slightly dry, with a vanilla musk undertone beneath the coconut flesh. I look forward to melting it.


Dry Gin & Cypress simply sounded appealing. I love these invigorating camphor scents. The gin speaks of juniper and the cypress is smooth and arid at the same time. It smells expensive but rustic. I adore it.

Old Colonial Hearth is a smoky beast that I have missed having on hand. I like to blend with this one. It smells similar to liquid smoke, lots of embers and a touch acrid. If you are jonesing for smokiness, this will fill that with spades.

Hemlock Forest is relatively new to me. I picked some up in my last order (which I never blogged about) and enjoyed it. It smells fresh and clean, softly woodsy, the bergamot and amber shine beautifully.


Fair Funnel Cake was an impulse choice, but possibly my favorite. I was simply bowled over by it from first sniff. I don't think I was expecting the rush of vanilla that was included in the funnel cake. It is a creamy decadent vanilla cake treat.

Strawberry Coconut Cake is new to me. That coconut craving was still hitting hard. This smells like a moist coconut layer cake with buttercream icing and thick layers of strawberry jam nestled between. This tart makes me want to bake one.

Strawberry Marshmallow Jelly Donuts quickly popped into my cart as well. I have never had this one but please don't sleep on it like I did. The fresh picked strawberry makes a delicious jelly filling inside of a doughy treat topped with a melted marshmallow. It is a perfect combination. Strong and divine.


Sugared Strawberry Cookies is another first for me. Knowing my deep love for fresh picked strawberry and Carol's cookie scents, I knew I needed to try it. It smells just like the strawberry cookies that Parksdale Farms sells, sprinkled with powdered sugar and all. 

Creamy Peppermint Serendipity is an old favorite. I love Carol's serendipity blends as well. This creamy sweet coconut and cherry delight is cool with peppermint, making it have an almost ice cream quality. 

Tropical Cookies is an oldie but goodie. This is a blend Carol reformulated but it still smells just as good as in the past, a serendipity blended with cookies, cupcakes, pies and such. It is a heavy bakery with a touch of zucchini bread.


Cimbellies sounded like a treat I needed to try out. It is based upon an Italian sugar cookie with a touch of cinnamon and that is exactly what it smells like. It reminds me of Amish Quilt but with a chewy sugar cookie richness. Of course I love it.

Pizzelle is a fantastic crisp sugar cookie that straddles the line of waffle cone and stroopwafle. It is delicate but robust with vanilla bakery. It isn't overly sweet. 

Ultimate Vanilla is a deep love. I pick it up whenever I can. I love baking a fresh vanilla cake and eating it without icing. This wax reminds me of just that. Warm, fresh baked vanilla cake without icing. 


Farmhouse Treats smells like jelly and jam filled donuts and pastries. The preserves are brimming with strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. This is very close to Jelly Filled Donuts. 

Strawberry Raspberry Guava is a classic. Super strong, fruity and electric. The fresh picked strawberry sparkles with gooey peachy guava and tart sour raspberries. Grab one if you can.

Mac the Bear is quickly moving up in the comfort ranks. I used to be ambivalent to macintosh apple scents but my nose is coming around to not only welcoming them but craving them. These mac apples are honeyed and juicy and pair well with the bear claws pastry to make a wonderful apple filled danish aroma.


Cinnamon and Cider is a warming autumnal scent. Velvety cinnamon, woody nutmeg and mulled apple goodness. I am not sure if this is the same scent as Cinnamon Cider.

Cinnamon Strudel has thick ribbons of cinnamon sugar and brown sugar running through the dense and divine coffee cake. A welcoming scent to melt in the home.

Apple Coffee Cake should be on your list if you love apple cinnamon bakery. There is a lovely gooey sauce that is reminiscent of apple pie filling in this fragrance that makes this apple cinnamon treat a standout.


Mr. Bears Caramel Latte is me branching out in the coffee arena. Normally, the only coffee scent I have found that I enjoy is Carol's Sugar Cookie Latte. On cold sniff this seems very manageable due to the caramel and bear claw components. They keep the coffee from dominating it too much.

Glazed Cinnamon Donut is a simple gem of a tart. It is a cinnamon sugar with a light cake note.

Bear Claw had to come home with me since I have been loving the Mr. Bear blends. I wanted to try this on its own merits. It brings to mind the individually wrapped honey buns I used to have for breakfast while working at the golf course when I was young, the ones that come in vending machines. Soft, chewy, honeyed and rich. 

Baked Apple Maple Panna Cotta sounded too good to not pick up. I have only had a panna cotta blend from Lasting Scent Candles so I was excited when I saw Carol do this one. In the bag the baked apple and maple comes across as honeyed and sweetly mellow. There is no spice in this scent. The panna cotta lends a touch of creamy custard. This will be easy to melt all year long.

Banana Crepes was one that was out of my comfort zone as I normally do not like banana in wax. This one has a bit of spiced warmth and bakery that makes the banana read like banana bread. I actually liked melting it. It threw strong in the kitchen. 


Getting further out of my comfort zone meant more zucchini breads too. 

Buttercream Maple Zucchini is rich and buttery, full of sweet maple and a touch of frosting. It makes this a cozy scent. It threw strong and made the home feel inviting.

Sugar Cookie Zucchini threw strong and smelled amazing as well. The sugar cookie smooths out the zucchini and adds a vanilla aspect to the bread. This one read as more rich than the Buttercream and Maple version.

Caramelized Praline Flapjacks is one I have not had before. I don't think I have ever really explored Carol's flapjacks. When it was warmed in the house it provided a strong aroma. It brought to mind a thick stack of pancakes topped with toasted pecans, caramel and maple syrup. Definitely caused some drooling. I will try some of the other flapjacks now too. 


Toasted Sugar Corn Pudding Fluff is a traditional favorite from ages ago. I am so sad I missed out on it for so long. Cold sniff in the bag does not do this one justice. Once it warms the pillowy marshmallow goodness really blossoms with the semi-sweet corn pudding.

Homemade Cinnamon and Nutmeg Biscuits was one that Jay alerted me to on IG. Her husband enjoyed the biscuit blend so I wanted to give it a whirl. It has the bread aspect of a deep bakery scent and this version has a hint of spice. There is minimal sweetness to it. I look forward to trying another one. Maybe apple. 

Cinnamon Corn Pudding melted deliciously. It threw well and crafted a warm and cozy atmosphere brewing with cinnamon and rustic kitchen treats. I will miss this one when it is gone.


With a CFTKR order comes amazing samples! I am so grateful to try all these wonderful new treats. 

Sweet Bliss is a tart and sweet bubbly fruity drink. 

Strawberry Jam Sugar Cookie Bread Dough is jammy and sweet with the strawberry and a touch creamy with the bakery. I have a feeling this one will bloom when melted.

Strawberry Funnel Cake merges the berry and the spiced cake really well. Going on my wishlist.

Summer Strawberry is a dreamy mix of fruits and sugar musk. There seems to be a bit of candied vanilla in the mix. This one is a new favorite.

Strawberry Lady Fingers smells like berry filled sugar cookies. Excellent.

Fresh Raspberry Martini is a chewy raspberry taffy. Love it.

Pink Flamingo Ginger Ale is incredible. That fizziness feels like a fruit punch at a birthday party for the senses. 


Lemon Zest is sour and tart, effervescent and acidic. Very little sweetness.

Blueberry Meringue Torte is a lively blueberry. Fresh and slightly tart. 

Orange Sherbet Filled Waffle Cone is a light and airy orange sherbet with a touch of crunch.

Gooseberry Birthday Cake almost leans to blueberry and melts into a yummy pool of berry and cake.

Marshmallow Filled Yellow Cake is a simple yet lovely vanilla.

Coconut Rice Milk reads almost like a bread scent. It is very nice.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a clear and sharp pineapple.


Cranberry Bundt is rich with cherry-almond flavors.

Amish Quilt is one of my very favorite cinnamon sugar scents.

Island Dreaming smells of mango and tropical greenery.

Blackberry Fizz is a deep and dark berry with a slight bubbly soda edge.

Sweet on Paris is a sugary and candied fruity floral.

Tangerine Gelato wafts out with orange goodness. A great scent.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie smells bright for a cookie, it must be the raisins. 


Pumpkin Rum Cake warms with wooden spice and that touch of rum. 

Caramel Apple Praline is a candy that I would like to eat. It smells like something made in a copper pot in Savannah, Georgia. The apple and caramel makes it almost feel like fall.

Bourbon Soaked Raisins is rich with whiskey and a dark sweetness.

Campfire Marshmallow is a wonderful version of marshmallow fireside.

Bonfire Bliss is a sweet and smoky fire fragrance.

Vanilla Zucchini Wafers was amazing. I have never had this but the vanilla wafer with it really makes it incredible. 

Citrus Indulgence Cake makes my mouth water. That juicy and zingy orange with the pillowy layer of cake is bliss.

Blueberry Brown Sugar Zucchini Bread wowed me. I plan on trying to get this one in a bag next time. The blueberry is lovely and with the extra dark brown sugar and the zucchini, it was perfection.

Pomegranate Apple Zucchini is just as fabulous. The fruits pair really well with the rich bakery. 

I am blown away as usual by my Candles From The Keeping Room orders. I am a bit sad that this season is winding down for Carol but I totally understand that she needs a break. My goal is to stock up so that I can melt for a long time to come. Did you pick up anything? What are some of your favorites that you are keeping an eye out for?

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Ebb & Flow: April 2022

 The highs and lows of the month.


Perfume:

Serge Lutens Fleur d'Oranger


Perfume Oil:

Arcana Wildcraft Quick Bright Things

Nocturne Alchemy White Amber Beetle


Candle:

Bath & Body Works Rainforest Gardenia


Wax:

The Bathing Garden Sleepy (pink peppermint)


Incense:

MerMade Magical Arts Japanese incense (New Moon)


Soap:

Black Magic Soap in Rootbeer


Scrub:

Paintbox Soapworks sugar scrub in Illuminated Dick Joke


Deodorant:

Felin Lune Apothecary Deodorant Paste in Garden Hippy (I have had trouble getting my hands on Wildroots sensitive formula and this one from Felin Lune is AMAZING! I will blog about it soon).


Skin Care:

Blood Moon Botanica Moon Dew mixed with Forest & Fjord Deep Forest Serum


Lotion:

Future Primitive Campfire Marshmallow Luxury Body Cream


Reading:

A translation of an epic poem called Gudrun by a deceased Jewess author who disappeared in the Minsk concentration camp named Alma Johanna Koenig. Beautiful story. 


Watching:

That cheesy show on Netflix about it being cake or not and wrapped up Seinfeld.


Listening:

Beach Boys Good Vibrations album


Awaiting:

The end of testing and the end of the school year! Ready for summer break just as much as the kiddos. 


Dreading:

Some health insurance issues have me dreading opening up bills and statements. Dreading having to fight all the insurance battles. Dreading the outcome. Dreading having to hire a lawyer.


Hit:

Life Flower Care CBD bug bite roll-on. It really works well for mosquito and ant bites. I have been getting eaten up by mosquitoes lately.


Miss:

Tidy Cats Lightweight litter. It sticks to my cat's paws and she drags it all around the house. Clumps in the couch. Scattered litter sand all over. Yuck. Heavy duty for us.


Low:

Insurance issues. Seeing Adam struggle with it too. Tax issues. But we will get through it.


High:

Knowing I will see my sister and her husband and baby (who isn't even a baby anymore!) very soon! Kind husband. Awesome daughters. Sweet cat. Adorable chickens. Copious amounts of flowers around me. All the high I need.


How was your April? Was the weather normal for you? As it warms up what are you looking forward to? What are you watching?

Friday, April 15, 2022

Arcana Wildcraft: Nectar and Crossing

 Julia sent these perfumes as a gift.


Julia at Arcana Wildcraft released these two perfumes as a fundraiser for Ukraine under the collection Pax, proceeds donated to help refugees from the war. 

Crossing- Notes: The soft earth of home, a swath of incense-infused linen, unsweetened violets, dark stones, freesia, purple iris ocean tides, rich olibanum resin, a whisper of leather, and ultra sheer patchouli. $26

In the bottle it smells like crossing a brook in the springtime. Tender green and purple violets spring underfoot at the edge of the water, icy cool pebbles shimmer in bronze and silver, carelessly tossed like coins, embraced by the mud and silt. The water undulates, pulses, and rushes past carrying leaves, petals, and silvers of silver minnows. Fresh. Cleansing. Calming. On the skin this is an exquisite iris perfume. Julia truly outdid herself on this one. The hazy iris and gauzy incense flutter around the soil stained hem of Mother Nature's gown. If dryads dwelled in secret hollows where creeks thread and iris and violet dance under oaken canopies then this is what they smell of. The leather and frankincense resin elevate this scent from being purely earthen to ethereal as well. As it transitions along its journey the leather and iris entwine effortlessly, it is floral and subdued, delicate and ghostly. I feel like a vintage starlet wearing this. Don't sleep on this one. It is absolutely stunning.



Nectar- Notes: Ripe, plump blackberries and creme de cassis with sheer summery georgette, cold swirls of vanilla ice cream, a tuft of tender lambswool, and a field of softly blooming sunflowers on a nearby hillside. $26

Holy crow. This one is divine straight from the bottle. Julia was NOT playing around with those blackberries. They are intense. Sweet, fruity, deep and dark. They are fresh-picked, macerated with sugar, jammy with nectar and ready to spoon onto a mound of custardy ice cream. Wet on the skin the blackberries do not disappoint. They are just as plump and lush out of the bottle and graced on the flesh. The black currants lend a tart bite to the tail end of the sugary berry that adds a dimension of hyper realism. There are other nuances to the blackberries but this is definitely a situation where the sum is more than the parts. There is a hint of creaminess, a touch of sunlit, the glint of something lovely seen form the corner of an eye, like a prism or a butterfly wing. Nectar must be how bees see their flavors, how butterflies feel the perfume of petals, how birdsong harmonizes with the wind. It is all the sweetness that spills out of an embrace, out of the wombs of flowers, that feeds the gods and nourishes our tastebuds. Simply delicious.

Feel good about smelling good. Pick these up when you get a chance.You won't regret it.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Sihaya & Company: (Not So) Dark Ages Dream Box


There really is nothing like some classic creepy medieval times art. I love that Sihaya & Company curated a dream box that revolved around this very topic. The (Not So) Dark Ages box was brimming with tongue-in-cheek naughty frivolity that would go perfectly with the jangly buzzing sounds of a hurdy gurdy. This spring box was $65 and packed with goodness.


Three amazing notecards with envelopes came from Bingham and Bloom on Etsy. One notecard is $3.09, which is about $9.25 plus shipping for three. These are great quality cards. Bright jewel-tones, sturdy cardstock and excellent graphics. I look forward to gifting these to some quirky friends and family who will appreciate the humor.

The grey cat licking its butt reminds me fondly of my own cat, Toddles. This enamel pin is from P S Brooks Illustration on Etsy and runs $6.12. I cannot wait to put this on my backpack.


I love when a bag of Dryad Tea comes in the box. One ounce of loose leaf Strawberry Imp can be purchased on their website for $7.00. This is a fruity and bright tea that will taste incredible as iced tea during the summer, gently sweetened with honey. 


The body care items were lively and perfect for a spring awakening. 

Paintbox Soapworks Sorbetto sugar scrub in Illuminated Dick Joke- Notes: A proud shaft of ruddy cedar and cypress showered in orange blossom honey and red musk, gilded in amber. 8.4 ounces is about $9.16
I enjoy Paintbox Soapworks sugar scrubs. The sugar particulate is on the larger side, allowing for longer and more effective scrubbing. The texture is very thick and grainy when scooped and emulsifies beautifully when scrubbed in with water. It provides a bit of lathering and rinses clean, leaving behind soft and smooth skin. I enjoy picking up a ton of the sample size scrubs in several different scents just for fun when I can. I always throw in a bar or two of the soap as well. I really should start blogging my PBSW hauls. I think I have some still wrapped up. Anyway, this scent is gorgeous. The woods and musk are papery and elegant. While the honey and amber smooth it out a bit without making it sweet. A wonderful scrub to use any time of year.

Dreaming Tree Workshop Magical Luxury Soap in Totally Not A Witch- Notes: A bewitching blend of jasmine, herbs, black tea, incense and cauldron smoke. $8.50
I love Dreaming Tree soaps. This bar is lovely! I love the dried flowers and subtle sparkle on top, the rustic texture, and the beautiful soft smoky floral scent. It really does smell like the wake of a witch's robe as she twirls about. It lathered up with some friction with tiny bouncy bubbles and a buttery texture. The soap rinsed squeaky clean leaving only a tiny bit of grab behind and no residue. 

Deconstructing Eden Sex or Cake- Notes: Inspired by Struffoli, deep fried balls of citrus zest spiked dough, drenched in honey, and dusted with hazelnuts. 5ml is $9.75
This 5ml parfum extrait came in a sleek black box with a window. It is a spray bottle with a gorgeous label. Sprayed on the skin the citrus zest springs up, sparkling and energetic. Quickly the velvety cocoa aroma of hazelnuts slinks in and you know you are in for one of those desserts. The moaning, sighing, lip licking type. Creamy honey and silken textures shoulder any hints of chocolate out of the way. This is a gooey baked vanilla treat dripping with golden caramel honey. It settled down to smell of vanilla tobacco and chewy vanilla amber. Lovely.


Sihaya & Company Murder Bunny candle- Notes: Decadent shortbread cookies, topped with costly marchpane, then paired with a rich red berry jam. $13
On cold sniff this has a putty like quality from the marzipan, but once burned it morphs more into sweet vanilla sugar cookies. There is the merest hint of berry candy but the vanilla cookie is most noticeable to my nose. It was a great candle that burned perfectly. I do recommend that the wick is trimmed before each burning so that it burns evenly and doesn't produce soot. 

Sihaya & Company Moisturizing Lip Color in Earthly Delights which is described as a warm rosy peach shot through with delicate rose gold shimmer. $6.50 I love Christina's lip colors. This one leans pinky nude on my skin tone and makes an ideal spring time blush on my lips, like pale ballerina slippers. The slip is cushiony and the pigment lasts a few hours. 


Sad that this candle is already a part of history. I did use it all up with frequent evening burning.



This is a box well worth the money. The time, creativity, and passion that all the makers put into this was obvious. I loved the theme, the goodies, and the joy of opening this up. I will be visiting these shops in the future for sure. 

This box made me want to read more medieval historical fiction. Any recommendations?

Friday, April 8, 2022

MoonaLisa: Various 5ml Perfumes

 I have a few more MoonaLisa scents I would love to chat about. These, like the 3mls I previously discussed, are from past orders within the last couple years. These are from fall/Halloween and winter/Yule. The 5mls are priced same as 3mls, at $15.95 each. These come in a roller-ball format. I have not had any leaking issues and I love the label artwork.


Wicked Woods- Notes: Just like Wicked Woods should, this scent morphs each time you go through it. It's woody and its wicked.
Sweet amber sap drips bulbous tears of sugary resin down the trunks of gnarled trees. This haunted forest is toothsome with vanilla woods. Some you pass may be honeyed spruce, while others you glide by are fashioned of frosted sandalwood. Smooth, dulcet, and dreamy. This lasted about 3-4 hours on my skin with moderate sillage.

Witch Wood- Notes: Deep in the dark, dark woods you see dancing women around a fire with aromatic herbs and spices burning of patchouli, cinnamon, and cedarwood, and brewed with Siberian musk.
Smoky patchouli and fiery cinnamon have me in raptures. I am weak for this combination and Witch Wood delivers. As the warm cinnamon and aged patchouli slow down to a simmer, the witchy herbs offer a subtle greenness while a musk starts to slink in from the background. 

Witchery- Notes: Sultry ambers, woods, and magic!
This scent starts out just like the dry and flaking chunks of bark that are the deep valleys and wide crumbling plateaus of the tree's skin. As the scent morphs the dusty wood gains the warmth of aged cupboard spice and dried patchouli leaves. It wears light and airy, a faint aura about the body.

Bohemian Velvet- Notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, and nag champa incense notes. 
I love this scent. I first got this in the body powder several years ago. I then picked it up in the wonderful wax tars MoonaLisa used to make. It is a lovely high end metaphysical store scent, crowded with handcrafted incense sticks of all varieties, dried herbs and flowers scattered about in abalone bowls and crinkling in organza sachets. Magical oils and spell candles line the shelves, emitting their own effluvia to add to the bouquet. Happy to have this as a perfume to slather on and evoke ritual.


Kris Kringle- Notes: Blend of various woodland accords, Yuletide spices, vetiver, and Douglas fir essential oil.
The woods, cinnamon, and nutmeg emerge with a tang of dank darkness, like the ghostly corners of the cupboards that used to house cakes and breads but now only have a scattering of crumbs within. The vetiver is spooky, skanky and moody. It gives Kris Kringle a bit of a goblin grin to his gnomish face. Eventually the vetiver slinks back to the corners and the spices and firs really get their chance to shine. I love this festive scent. It has depth and a touch of mischievousness behind the festivity.

Sugared Forest- Notes: Sugared spruce, frosted berries, and fir trees.
Wet on the skin the berries are saturated in cherry and strawberry reds. The cherry quickly fades, allowing the strawberry to fold beautifully into the sweet candied spruce. This jubilant and jolly scent will be worn all year long on my skin. I love sweet sugary evergreen scents. As it dries down a creamy vanilla rounds out the dulcet balsams. There is a touch of cherry-almond putty somewhere in there but I am curious if it will age out.

Elspeth- Notes: A magical and sweet blend of French vanilla, marshmallows, romantic ambers, and smoldering embers.
I usually enjoy aging my ambers for a year or so before wearing. I have so much perfume, that the time passes before I know it by the time I get around to it anyway. Wet on the skin the amber in this is warm and sandy, sweet and gritty like sugar between the teeth. An edge of cinder hovers around the vanilla amber, giving it a bite of mystery. I can tell Elspeth and I will get to be fast friends in the next year or so. Until then, she will linger in the armoire. 

Shire- Notes: Rich soil, earthy bark, dried grasses, stones, and pinecones. 
I love this scent. I had this in some bath salts ages ago (back when I had tub time). This smells like Christmas in a Hobbit hole. Sweet soil, bayberry, the cool mineral perfume of chilled winter stones and swags of evergreen and holly to grace the doorways.

Krampus Night- Notes: Various dry woods including birch, blended with a touch of silken white wool and suede, sweet smoldering resinous embers, with a touch of wet blackened earth.
A dark smoky delight. The red hot coals of a recently banked fire flicker and glimmer in the pale moonlight. The primitive outdoor revelry may have quieted down but something still lurks in the night. The woods whisper of spices and sacred frankincense beads hanging in golden nuggets, treasures to entice and lure. I love the melding of the fire and frankincense. It is raw and powerful. A really moving scent.

My favorites are Shire, Krampus Night, Kris Kringle, Elspeth, Wicked Woods, and Bohemian Velvet. But I will happily wear them all. My recent MoonaLisa order for spring perfumes should be arriving soon. I still have a few EDPs I plan on reviewing here in the future. I also picked up some of the tarot perfumes from her and a tarot mystery bag. She will be opening soon for bath and body care according to her latest newsletter. Hope you guys are having a good week. We have been getting some storms around here and I love it. The plants love it too.