Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #93: Bath & Body Works' Spiced Apple Toddy Candle

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review? For a candle? Who says they aren't worthy of a quick review!?
Bath & Body Works' Spiced Apple Toddy
Cold Rating9.5/10
Lit Rating: 9.5/10
Throw Rating10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10; quintessential fall/winter scent. Apples, spices, a slight toddyness. Champion thrower each and every time it is lit. Amazing wax pool, each year has been the same since I started buying this candle in 2012ish? I let this burn for hours at a time, transforming our humble southern California home into a gorgeous lodge where it actually snows. Warming, spicy, strong. Beautiful label. Sparkling snowflake. Can't wait for Christmas. Doesn't need to be Christmas to burn this if you're a fan of spiced apple scents. Glory days of B&BW, they don't make 'em like they used to consistently. This is an annual Christmas present I look forward to receiving from my spiced apple-loving husband. 2 for $24 is pushing it, even with a coupon, but I just bought a few more candles so I will haul accordingly.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Subscription Box Corner: August 2015's Flicker Box Review!

Ahoy, friends! Here's my review for the August Flicker Box, sorry again for my lateness. :(
The box, all wrapped up in a neat bow.
The card detailing the contents of August's box. The theme this month was Wild West. Do you spy something on there that I love?! I DO, I DO!!
Illume luxuary candles sent a Cactue Verde scented one wick soy candle. This is a demi vanity candle and is really pretty. The gorgeously printed and designed top comes off to reveal the candle and instantly, I was hit with fragrance. This was such an excellent scent! A bit of a sea salted air meets light floral freshness scent. I have no had any problems burning this at all, so I'll give it an 8/10.
I SPY PADDYWAX! YAY!! I love Paddywax and have had tremendously good luck with their candles. This is their 7 ounce Desert candle in Cactus Flower & Sage. WOW. This one is slow to start, but really amps up over time. The scent is beautiful and the jar even more so. The orange glass container has a lid on top that is complete with a pull-top of twine and a very lovely card and arrow accent. These candles might be expensive, but by george, they are worth it. I give this a 7/10. Like I said, it takes a while for the scent to build, but even in a larger room, I can smell this really well after a while. Lovely!!
I must admit, I laughed a little when I saw the name of this candle from Soap For Your Soul was Peyote. It made me think of Beavis and Butt-head for some weird reason. This is a soy wax candle with an eco wick. This candle smells pretty sweet mixed with a combination of what I can only describe as clean scents. Limey, maybe some grapefruit, heavy citrus plus that weird fresh scent. It's not bad! It sort of smells like a detergent, but that might just be in my head. It throws decent, too. 6.5/10. Just look at that cool business card, too!
Stay thirsty, my friends!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Subscription Box Corner: September 2015's Treatsie Box Review!

The September Treatsie subscription box review will be my last. The day I received this box, I went and cancelled my subscription, and it's not because of this box, it's a bunch of things added up into one big pain in my ass.

As you might know, I have been unhappy with this box for quite some time. Between a lack of variety, not being able to personalize your box (which isn't so much of a big deal, but still a complaint), the box taking waaaay too long to ship if you do their "add to box," and their lack of prompt response when contacting customer service, I am just done with it. Plus, I have gotten more than my fair share of broken or melted items, gross products, or things that looked like they might have been sitting somewhere on a shelf for a while. I was ecstatic about a candy/sweet treats box, but now, I have allocated my funds from this box elsewhere to a box I, quite frankly, care more about. Anyways, let's get into these reviews.
The box.
The card.
Marlo's Bakeshop sent along their soft baked biscotti in the following flavors:

-Banana Bread: nope. Too mapley, too bananay, ew. 2/5.

-Midnight: this one was better, but all of this biscotti tasted stale. Is that how it's supposed to taste? Anyways, it was chocolate and espresso and both the flavors were there. 3.5/5.

-Original: chocolate chips, walnuts, and chocolate covered raisins??!!! What!? Weird combo. This biscotti was fine, but nothing special. 2.5/5.
Frittle from Newfangled Creations is both a repurchase for me and a repeat from at least one other Treatsie box. I really like this product. It's basically small pieces of peanut brittle, but they are much softer than normal peanut brittle. 5/5, an excellent product.
Salty Road's salted caramel apple salt water taffy is the last item in this box. YUM! W really liked this as it was a good balance of caramel, apple, and salt flavors. We love taffy, even if it pulls at your teeth in bad ways. 4/5.
I have said all I can say about Treatsie. Who knows? Maybe in a few months, I might be inspired by the reviews of others to re-up my subscription, but right now, I am content without it. Sorry, y'all, maybe when you work out your kinks.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Subscription Box Corner: August 2015's Vellabox Review!

You all know of my love for Vellabox. It has been well documented. Their August standard box was no different! Let's jump into some pics!
I absolutely love their packaging and aesthetic when it comes to wrapping their candles! *swoon*
The gorgeous lid!
Sweet Fig by Brooklyn Candle Studio was this month's standard box candle. It is a 1-wick regular wick 100% soy candle. Brown sugar & fig is one of my favorite Bath & Body Works scents, so from there, I assumed I liked fig......and I was right! This candle is so lovely. It's a little gold travel candle, so it's small in size, but is can pack a mighty punch! I have burned this candle several times and have pretty much had the same experience each time: medium-medium high throw, pretty decent wax pooling, and a lovely, earthy yet sweet smell. I really like this one! It's cool to get these subscription boxes because you'll find things you never knew you might like! I have a bit left to burn, so off I go!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Subscription Box Corner: August 2015's Love With Food Review!

Again, I am sorry for my very late review for the August Love With Food subscription box service. Sorry. Let's get right into it without the formalities, shall we?
The box.
First look.
August 2015 guide booklet.
The fruity pie in apricot and almond from I Love Snacking was okay, nothing special. It's basically combined apricot mush and almonds. The texture was weird and we hardly tasted any of the almond in this. You really have to love apricots for this, and since we're only so-so on them, when combined with the said texture and rather unimaginative product, we weren't impressed. 2/5.
Beyond a brief burst of mild lemon scent when opening the cap, the Lemon Rooibos iced herbal tea powder from Stash was a bust for me. There is an even more, barely recognizable lemon flavor in this, but I prefer the flavor packets from last month's box to this, those were insanely juicy and very tart. This had no tea flavor whatsoever. In fact, if it weren't for the brown color, you'd barely know it was tea. 1.5/5.
Sesame....cranberry....peanut butter??? Weird combination of ingredients! Fortunately, this was excellent. Nutty, slightly sweet, and very sesame-y, I loved this product. Josh didn't try it, but I'd love to see what other bizarre combinations Wild Friends has in store for us, Definite repurchase, love the squeezy pack, too! 4/5.
It's rare that we eat Indian food in our house, but when we do, we always get tons of naan. It's one of the best things out there. These naan crisps by Stonefire were pretty bland, but not awful. The lack of flavor was okay because they were crisp, tasty, and really good! 3.5/5, would love to see a variety of flavors offered by this company!
Go Organic sent a full sized back of apple flavored organic hard candies! I would have preferred a different flavor, but beggars can't be choosers. These are pretty good, very appley, and they have to be since it's the only flavor in the candy, lol. You have to be in the mood for these and really like the taste of apple. 3/5.
Who the hell has heard of a broad bean? Hmmm..roasted broad beans. Another weird thing in a box this month. Anyways, these are shaped like little ears and pack quite a hefty crunch, but unfortunately, the roasted garlic flavor was very artificial and I didn't care for it at all. The bean gets a 3.5/5, but the flavor here gets a 2/5.
479 Degrees included a bag of Asiago, Parmesan and Cheddar artisan popcorn, and with ingredients like that, you'd expect this to be bursting the flavor, right? WRONG. This was gross, bland, and boring. No salt, no flavor, just ugh. 1/5.
We found out about Kind products a few months ago and have been obsessed ever since. I love quinoa in anything, and this salted caramel popped bar was delicious. Sweet, filling, crunchy goodness filled with ingredients you can pronounce. 5/5.
Overall, there were a few winners in this box, but a lot of losers. Oh well, they can't all be great, and this box has been consistently better than Treatsie! See anything you like in here?