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?