Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Random Post: November 2014 Treatsie Box!

AHAHAHA! You thought I was going to wait until January to get my November Treatsie box post up online! WELL THINK AGAIN!!! Here it is, and it's a good one!
As always, the card with a description for each item in the box. This time around, there is a pre-black Friday special! YAY! Use the code PREBLACKFRIDAY for a discount!
The usual box and tissue paper combo!
In this box, I received 6 mini chocolate bars from Alcove in various different flavors. This is a brand I had never heard of and it turns out they are located in Los Angeles. Woot! This was excellent because I got one of each and Josh got one of each. Yay! Let's look close at these, shall we?
The Mimosa Dark Chocolate candy was delicious, simply put. There was definitely a burst of orange scent right as soon as I opened the package, and it was there when I bit into the bar, too. There was also a distinctly different note to this, something more light and bubbly, but not fizzy like a drink, if that makes sense. The orange and sweet liquor taste meshed very well together, and it only heightened its awesomeness because it was dark chocolate. Winner! 4.5/5.
How can you go wrong with dark chocolate and salt? The answer is: you can't. Though this was nothing unique, the Fleur de Sel Dark Chocolate bar was tasty and a beautiful combination of flavors. Seriously, one of my favorites in the world, 4/5.
Not that the camera picked up on it, but the Red Velvet Milk Chocolate bar was a much darker red compared to the other 2 chocolates. Not that I needed it ti be red to know it was red velvet flavored, but it was a surprise to see! This was the best of the 3 bars and the biggest surprise. I LOVED this! It truly tasted like red velvet! I wish I had more of these right now to devour. Milky, sweet, surprising and delicious. 5/5.
Another fantastic addition to this box were two rather large pieces of nougat candies from Fixx Chocolates. These were called "chelle's," named after the maker's older sister who loves Snickers. These were amazing and soft and yummy! The inside was pillowy compared to other nougats I have tried in my life. One had cashews inside and one didn't. I favored the one without, Josh liked the one with the nuts inside the filling. Both of these candies were great. The caramel layer was thinner, but that's okay because they weren't too sweet and overfilled with goo. Tracking these down ASAP. 5/5.
A Megpie is basically a Pop-Tart made with flaky pastry instead of tough dough wrought with preservatives. The Cinnamon and Brown Sugar type of Megpie tasted exactly like a Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pop-Tart but even better because of its delicious crust. Ohhh man, so good. We opted not to warm them up, but could see them being good with a little bit of heat. The frosting was sweet, but not overpoweringly so. So good! 4.5/5.
The Blueberry Megpie also had frosting on it, only this time, it promptly got stuck to the wrapper as soon as we tried to open the package. Boo. There's nothing worse than paperfrosting. Regardless, this one was really good, too, even though we don't like blueberry! I think it being all natural really changed my perception of its taste because usually, blueberries taste so fake in stuff. They actually tasted delish here. Another great item for sharing! The sweet frosting combined nicely with the tarter middle and flaky pastry surrounding it. I might buy some of these for people for Christmas! 4/5.

Treatsie continues to surprise me with their excellent boxes. The last two have been much better than the first two boxes I received, and I am looking forward to getting the December box...hopefully there are some Christmas extras in there! ;)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Random Post: October 2014 Treatsie Box!

I'm back with my October Treatsie box, just a month late this time! *smdh* As I mentioned in previous posts, I really like this box and look forward to its arrival on my front doorstep. Now that the hotter months are out of the way (???), Treatsie has resume sending their special packages in small flat rate envelope, which works out well and we have not had any broken products yet (cross young fingers). Let's get into it!
As always, each Treatsie box comes wrapped in nice Tiffany blue tissue paper, some shredded paper hay type of stuff and this little card which gives the value of its contents and a description of each item.
Last year for Josh's birthday, I bought him some Wondermade marshmallows and we really liked them! I was surprised to see them again in this box. The Apple Cinnamon flavor was subtle enough to not overpower the marshmallow texture and sweetness, but bold enough that you knew it was there. Delish! There were a ton of mallows in the bag in the box. I would repurchase these. 4/5.
We had never heard of Whimsical Candy before this box and now I'm sorry I learned of their existence because I WANT ALL THE CANDIES. This was a dark chocolate dipped sea salted caramel ribboned nougat and boooooy was it amazing. The saltiness cut through its uber sweetness, and the nougat had a really inviting and soft chew to it. YUM. I want to buy more of these, but won't because I'm "good." *browses website* 5/5.
Do you like ribbon candy but hate how large they are? The Papabubble candies were like teeny tiny ribbon candies...
...With adorable edible prints of each piece's fruit flavor! Seriously, these were addictive and the first thing to go from the box. There were apples, pears, kiwi, orange, strawberry, coconut, lime, lemon, pink grapefruit, a wonderful melange of fruits! Browsing this site is dangerous, too, but I think I will end up buying Josh come candy from this place for Christmas since we liked them so much. These are pretty hard, so eat with caution if you buy some and have dental troubles. 4.5/5.
I also got a Papabubble Halloween mix (the strawberry and orange from the first pack, plus blueberry and vanilla ones) in this Treatsie box, too. I liked this one a lot less since one of the flavors was blueberry, Blech. There's nothing like going for something orange and getting blueberry instead, Nast. One package of these was enough and I would have liked for there to be a different product in the box instead of two of these. 3.5/5.
As a special treat, this box included two individually wrapped caramels in both apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Both were really good! It doesn't get much better than fresh caramels! 4/5.

Have to tried the Treatsie box? Any of these products catch your eye? Let me know!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Haul AND Reviews: One Little Indian Scents Haul #1!

MORE NEW VENDORS! Woot! I heard about One Little Indian Scents on a Facebook wax group somewhere. Alisha, the owner of One Little Indian Scents, was advertising her newly opened Facebook group, so I joined and figured I'd get in on her grand opening. She has been testing her wax for a while, if I'm not mistaken. Let's see what I grabbed! There's not much because there was an overwhelming amount of bakery types of scents in her first restock. She does have some unique combinations!
Neat business card. Plus, my order came with a little lifesaver candy. Yum!
The business card, candy and my free sample were all in this cute envelope. I like the presentation of this.
I got one free sample in the form of a rather large bar of wax in the scent Berry Coconut Cream Pie, which I have already melted. I let this cure about a month and unfortunately, this scent wasn't that strong. The only thing I could smell was a faint berry scent underneath a blanket of coconut cream pie. Well, mostly pie. Whatever that coconut cream pie was, the 4/10 throw, it smelled like butter in the bathroom. It didn't linger too far out of there, though. I wouldn't purchase this scent for myself. Maybe I should have waited longer to melt this. 4/10.
Pink Slip: This is one pink slip you will want to get! Pink Chiffon, Pink Sugar, and a turn down of Vanilla Bean Noel. Even if you don't like Pink Sugar you might just enjoy this!
Pink Slip smells amazing. I love pink chiffon in both perfume and wax. And who can go wrong with pink sugar and VBN!? This smells super sweetly perfumey on cold sniff with a hint of creaminess from the VBN. Looking forward to melting this one.
Moon Dance: Rich Amber is the base for this dark but delightful scent! Sweet Cinnamon Sugar, and a hint of heady smoke adds a bit of romantic fall flair.
Moon Dance is interesting. There was a sweetness to this, but the amber note was definitely the star here. It's a richly intoxicating scent, though not as strong as I'd like it to be. Though it was only about a 6/10 all around, it lasted from 3pm one afternoon well into the next morning with a lingering scent. Nice. 6/10.
Cheerwine Fizz: This is a wonderful Cherry Soda drink yet not quite like a Cherry Cola, Cheerwine is indeed heavier on the Cherry. I blended this with just a hint of Fizzy for good measure. If you happen to live in an area that Cheerwine is sold rejoice! You can now have this yummy treat in scent form.
My mom's husband and his family loves Cheerwine, so I have been lucky enough to try it a couple times. It's delicious! It has a very distinct scent and flavor, super cherry cola, syrupy and sweet. Cheerwine Fizz here was sweet with a lots of fizziness, too. This one was stronger, and in my 24W hot plate lasted about 4 hours. I might repurchase this. 6/10.
Rosemary Mint Noel: A wonderful semi-spa blend. Rosemary paired with mint springs and a smidgen of other aromatic herbs. Vanilla Bean Noel is added in moderation to tone it down and add a bit of creamy inviting charm.
The rosemary here is suuuuper herbal, but without that usually cloyingly strong throw to back it up. The mint is sweeter to me and pretty much gets overpowered by the VBN. I pretty much got the same mediumish throw from this. I started melting it at 6pm and though it did last until the morning, it smelled like rosemary plus wax when I woke up. I did like this one a lot and it smelled nice on cold and warm throw. 6.5/10.
Serendipity Buttercream: Serendipitious! A delectable blend of Serendipity and creamy buttercream. This one makes me drool.
What could be better than sweet serendipity mixed with luscious buttercream? This scent smells really good on cold sniff. Can't wait to melt this!
Smoke on The Water: I tried to create a blend here that would capture the essence of a bonfire on the beach on a breezy summers night. The salty wind from the sea paired with the ever calming familiar scent of a bonfire.
Seas and bonfires, ahhh, what a picturesque scent in my mind. Smoke on the Water was okay, but I didn't get much of a distinction between this and any of the other bonfire, beachy sea scents. This was nice, but not great. 5.5/10.
Sugar Skulls: This Day of the Dead tradition lives on. Sugary Fruit Loops, Meringue, and a hint of Pink Sugar for good measure. These colorful candy skulls are sure to delight! 
Sugar Skulls was my favorite scent of the bunch. This one was SO GOOD! Pink sugar, extra sweetness, fruit loops, it was drippingly sweet and I loved it. Plus, the throw was much higher than the others and lasted about 8 hours. Loved, definite repurchase. 7.5/10.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about ordering from this vendor again. While I like the presentation, there were just too many scents I wasn't interested in purchasing (but many others would love her blends, they just weren't for me) and I had varied throws and strengths with her wax's performances. Most of it was pretty good, but there were a couple of concerns. Who knows, only time will tell!

Will you order or have you ordered from One Little Indian Scents?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #44: Alamo Candelaria's Candelaria

New vendors rule!
Old vendors drool!*

*not (always) factually accurate
Alamo Candelaria's Candelaria
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10; new vendors. Gifts from friends (with nice handwriting)! Really clever and cute "stamps" in the wax. HUGE tart, probably could/should have cut it in half. Hatred of cutting wax. Messy fingers, ruined clothing (just recently, Tuesday). Stronger while warming than while sitting in a bag. Having no idea what's in a scent because the vendor's website is closed! Slight perfume notes and fruit? Upper medium throw in bathroom warmer. Candelaria is a fantastic word. Lasted 6.5 hours, probably could have dumped it out around 5-5.5 hours. Meticulous calculations.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #43: Flaming Star Scents' Pink Peppermint

Ahhhhhhhhh. mint, my lovely little friend.
I hope our adventures never end.
Flaming Star Scents' Pink Peppermint
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 5/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating5/10; average all the way around. Nothing to write home about. More sweet than pink or peppermint. In fact, hardly any pink sugar in this. Beginning to YOLO and melt mints during the day, too. Love the light pink wax. Scent shots looking bigger than they do on websites and in photos. Vendors randomly changing their names (Flaming Star Scents is owned by Marcy who used to be Pics, Petals & Scents). Cute little sun logo! Lasted about 4 hours with an average throw in the bedroom. Overuse of the word average. Average = math = UGH. Mean, median, mode.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #42: Enchanted Candle Company's Nod & Dream

Lavender has been a big hit during the nighttime melting sessions for us lately.
Nod and Dream - It will be hard not to nod and dream with this relaxing blend of lavender, vanilla, and chamomile
Enchanted Candle Company's Nod & Dream
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; intoxicating lavender, slight sweetness from the vanilla, and the other things which I can only assume is chamomile (which I don't think I like). Only decent throw for something that's usually as powerful as lavender. Needing a stronger herbal note to nod off to beddy-by land. Lavender Vanilla from B&BW is what I imagine heaven smells like. Cooking with lavender? Vanilla overpowering everything. Lasted all night, medium throw, needed something else when I woke up. What does chamomile smell like straight up? I think I had it in a tea the other day and didn't care for that, either.

Haul: VCMA Halloween Sampler!

Sometimes I go through phases where I actively try to avoid Facebook, not because of the drama llama rearing its ugly head or awkward quizzes, but because of WAX. Yes. WAX. It gets to the point where, if I am on Facebook, sometimes I will go through the many wax groups I am part of and browse for sales because I am bored. NO. BAD LOLO. *swats hand* I was am *trying my best* to go through one of those self-imposed Facebook bans/going it is less-es right now, and it was working until BEEZY. But, I only got a few scents, so I will share those with you.

I also go through phases where I do and I don't want to share my hauls. Not because they are embarrassing or I am ashamed of the amount of wax that I bought because, let's be real here, we passed that stage a loooooooooooong time ago. I just don't want it to come off as braggy. I know that sounds stupid, but sometimes I (and many others, so why I feel this way makes no sense) are very lucky to place orders when wax vendors like Beezy/SMT/Rosegirls who only open every so often here and there, so I just don't want it to seem like a "Dumb and Dumber" HAAAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAAAA!! IN YOUR FACE!!!!111~~`` moment.

Anyways, this is uber late and, once again, I fail, but today I am going to share with you my VCMA (Veteran Candle Makers Association) Halloween sampler. But, I took the pictures, so you will have to deal! MWahahaha!! *eye-roll at how late I am* This purchase happened on a day when I was bored and happened to be at the right place at the right time. And boy, am I glad! It was about $20-$25 shipping, I cannot remember the exact price point.
The sampler came with this cool Halloween pen. I LOVE PENS! I love themed pens even more! It writes really well and has pumpkins on it, so there ya go!
The first vendor in the VCMA sampler is Makes Scents Candle Shoppe. YAY! This vendors has been on my "to buy from next" list, but I haven't jumped the gun and I don't know why. I have only tried one thing from her in the past, which was a tart from a round robin, and it was great. Other people have compared this vendor to CFTKR in that she uses paraffin and gives a ton of samples, but I noticed that even her scent descriptions are CFTKR-esque! Woot! When I start buying again in 2072 (because seriously, that's when I will be out of wax at this rate), she is next!
Pumpkin Marshmallow Latte- Pumpkin spice, rich espresso and sticky marshmallows…what a fantastic combination! 
This scent smells incredible and I usually hate coffee scents. It's rich and creamy, but also has a pumpkin note, the one that I love. Mmmmm, can't wait to melt this.
Halloween Treat Bag - Everything you’d find in a trick or treater’s bag….caramel apples, marshmallows, candy corn and a little bit of magic!
Halloween Treat Bag is very much a candied apple scent with other nondescript sweets in the background. Now that I know candy corn and marshmallows are in there, I guess that's where the slight hint of creaminess is from, but to me, it is sickeningly sweet smelling with a little bit of candy apple. Nice, but not my favorite. Strong on cold sniff, though.
Pomegranate Cider - Tart pomegranate with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove and nutmeg. This fragrance wax will bring a warm and cozy feeling to any room.
 I have really come around to pomegranate scents this year! Plus, it's fun to spell and write. P-O-M-E-G-R-A-N-A-T-E. heheheh! I really liked this one as I already melted it. It was spicy, fruity, bright and fun. I give it a 7.5/10. The throw could have been stronger, but in the bathroom, it smelled amazing. The scent didn't linger, though, and was helped by a great cold and warn sniff smell overall. Very, very cozy.
Cinnamon Orange Swirl - The sweet, zesty orange scent blends deliciously with the cinnamon swirl.
On cold sniff, this smelled like it was going to be super strong, but in reality, it was a nice, mellow orange cinnamon scent. I melted this one, too, and gave it a 6/10. I loved the overall scent, but felt it could have been a little stronger.
Rustic Lodge -  This warm and cozy blend has notes of fresh green apple, honey, cinnamon, nuts, creamy caramel, maple sugar, spiced cider, and warm French vanilla. 
To me, Rustic Lodge has always been a more masculine sounding name, so I was taken aback when it still smelled like a craft store. This was nice and had a decent strength with good lasting power. so When I saw this was apples and honey and sugars and vanillas, I was shocked. I got mainly an apple scent from this, but there was definitely something more musky in there, which you wouldn't know by looking at the scent list above. Good one. 7/10.
The next vendor in the sampler is Sugar and Spice Gourmet Soy Candles. I have ordered from Shanna several times in my life and LOVE her stuff. She is an excellent, consistent vendor. If I'm not mistaken, she's the one who puts these samplers together and ships them out with all the vendors inside. Cool! Her website is being redone, and some of her scents are unavailable anyways, so I will go through them with descriptions as best I can.

Mac Apple Leaves Marshmallow Fireside is a combination of Leaves (BBW type), Marshmallow Fireside (BBW type) and Macintosh apples. I have melted this before and was excited to have another one. WOW, talk about quintessential fall! I LOVE this scent and it is ridiculously strong on cold sniff. Yum! This one is an 8/10.
Campfire Marshmallows smells a little bit like marshmallow fireside in that it has a smokey marshmallow smell to it, but with a slight graham cracker note and maybe even some chocolate mixed in he background?? I like it, and again, it's strong, too.
Pumpkins in the Fire is another scent I have tried already. It was nice, but there's a slight perfumey note that is a little bit off-putting to my nose. I don't know if it's muskiness or just the way one of the notes in this scent is, but it makes me like it less. At least it's strong, which could be good or bad in this case?? 6.5/10.
Pumpkin Pecan Waffle CB (Cookie Butter) Crack...totally not anything I'd ever be into all wrapped into one scent. I was determined to give this scent the old college try, and I did and liked it, surprisingly! It had a soft cookie note in the background mixed in with a warm, rich pecan waffle scent, all topped off with waffles and a liiiiiiiittle drippingly decadent butter note to tie it all together. OH MAN, where will the bakery loving end?! 6.5/10 because the throw was less than I expected.
Ghost Munch ~ *Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!*blend of caramel apple, toasted marshmallow, candy corn and zucchini bread...just awesome! #1 best seller!
I already know I don't like Ghost Munch because the zucchini bread is all I ever smell, so I will be gifting this to a friend who I know loves it. :)
The last vendor in this sampler is Can-Do-Candles, another vendor I have tried in the past. In my opinion Can-Do does amazing with fresh and overly fruity scents, but some of her sugary and vanilla scents are lighter in throw. Her website is also closed in preparation for Thanksgiving, so no scent descriptions here, either.
Cider Webs is a very appley scent with another note in the background I can't quite make out...caramel? Sweetness? There is spice here, too, but it's overpowered by the apple scent. Love!
On cold sniff, Black Licorice smells just like the real thing and is pretty overpowering! While melting, quite a bit of the punch is taken away in the throw, but it was still nice. I don't know if I'd ever go out of my way to buy it, though. 5.5/10.
Autumn Spice is just that, spiced! Cute mold, too!
I looooove Leaves (type), which is apples, crispy crunchy leaves and other fruits and a BBW dupe, and Donna's version is delicious smelling and strong. I will melt this one soon and report back!
Pumpkin Marshmallows smells soooooooo good on cold sniff. Creamy, sweet, and very true to the pumpkin smell. Yum!
Pumpkin Butt was the first thing I melted from this sampler. LOOK AT THAT FACE! How adorable! This was a combo of pumpkin and sugar butt, which is some sort of a vanilla scent, I think? Either way, excellent scent and great throw. 8/10. The sweetness and pumpkin worked together instead of against each other and it lasted for 8 hours in the bedroom, though the throw decreased by a bit after about 5-6 hours.

And there's my VCMA sampler! I don't feel as bad being late since I have melted some of these and being able to report back to you on performance. Have a wonderful weekend, all!