Thursday, August 27, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #90: Rosegirls Chunk Wax Melts Sweet Lemon Confection/Sweet Tea

Tea and lemon has been my favorite combination since a few years ago. Not tea and cakes. Not lemon tea and zingerfluffzucchinibarfness. Tea and lemon. I tried my hand at blending, and......
Rosegirls Chunk Wax Melts Sweet Lemon Confection/Sweet Tea
Cold Rating10/10
Lit Rating: 10/10
Throw Rating: 10/10
Overall Rating10/10; PERFECTION. AMAZING. WONDERFUL. Strong! I melted this in the bathroom and smelled it in the bedroom and outside. Insane throw, wonderful combination. Almost like B&BW's candle London Calling. Excellent balance of tea and sweet lemon. Even the biggest tea haters would be forced to agree this is perfect. Literally (LOL) the best scent I have melted in a long time. Cutting wax is the devil. Shards of wax all over the place. Nice handwriting, needing more Rosegirls. Cool colors. Needing to get back into teas. Wanting to go to high tea. Curdle is an awful word.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #89: Candles from the Keeping Room's Cherry Blossoms

Florals and laundry scents are a wonderful bathroom option and I have been loving these types of smells more lately. Any time of the day. All day. Not just for laundry day. Am I getting more mature??? Maybe???? Bueller???
Candles From the Keeping Room's Cherry Blossoms
Cold Rating: 6/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7/10; lush and sweet, delicate and natural. So, so lovely. A slight orange blossom note, too? Like holding a big, giant bouquet in my hands right now, or like a laced lake filled with blossoms. Better while warming than I thought it would be. Lasted 4.5 hours in the bathroom. Pretty strong. Carol is still in my top 3 my favorite vendors. Her florals and laundry scents are some of the best in wax. No cherry, just a light sweetness.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #88: Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy Candles' Peach Margarita

Summer is winding down for people with kids who need to go back to school, which means the adults might be able to enjoy one or two cold beverages before the fall seasons starts. In the day. Around 10 am. Pants off. You know how we do. LOL.
Sugar and Spice Gourmet Soy Candles' Peach Margarita
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating9/10
Overall Rating8.5/10; not a fan of peach scents, but I am loving this combination. Insanely strong. The peach is juicy, the margarita smells just like a salty, tall glass of the limey frozen/rocked concoction. Lick the air good....drink the air good? Lime and peach are a surprisingly good pairing. Wanting to try this from other vendors. Awesome throw, excellent smell! Not drinking like I used to, just not into it. Tired of missing happy hours across the country. What's your favorite alcoholic drink?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #87: Better Homes and Gardens' Valencia Blood Orange

Wax sometimes comes in scents of weird fruits.
Now, unlike other fruits I have asked about, I actually do know this one exists, so the aforementioned "WUT?" was hasty. Anyways, onward!
Better Homes and Gardens' Valencia Blood Orange
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 9/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating8.5/10; Juicy. Ripe. Fresh. Very lovely. Super strong. Slightly spicy? Or no? Am I crazy. Either way, bomb! Repurchase for sure. BH&G getting a bad rep when it comes to wax. 2 cubes at a time. Cute label. Clamshells with no stinky smell. Amazing. Deceptive upon cold sniff. Wanting to buy more blood oranges. Blood orange tree? ORANGES MADE WITH BLOOD??? Begs the question.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Order of the Odor: Volume 12

Hello! This is the 12 installment of the Order, which means we have reached our one year anniversary! We all hope your summer is winding down beautifully and many happy memories have been made. Please join us in answering the question of the month:

What were some of your favorite scent experiences this summer?
As you may well know, I am a mint fiend. I made a blend of scents from SMT including rosemary mint/spearmint/peppermint, and I was SO SAD I only bought this blend in a 2 pack of popsicles. Luckily, they open soon, so I will try and rectify this situation! I have also been into coconut scents this summer, and Coconut Bay from Beezy Tarts has been an awesome pick! Finally, I have been super into candles again this summer....weird, right? Well, I received an Ocean & Sea Salt candle in one of my Flicker Boxes and it's almost gone, that's how much I loved it! Other candles include B&BW's Flower Shop dupe, Amsterdam, Yankee's Midnight Jasmine, and an old B&BW favorite, Beach Cabana!

The Bathing Garden has some seriously ornate wax tarts and if anyone can do them justice, it is Sunnee. Hop on over to her blog to read all about her latest The Bathing Garden order and see which ones stand out. And oh happy day!!! The Bathing Garden is open and has been open for orders for several months now.

Liz at Furianne found a lost waxy treasure and melted it recently. Check out what gem she found that is STILL performing after over two years old! 

Want the Bath & Body Works candle experience without the Bath & Body Works price tag? Deb hauled a few candles that fit the bill and will fill her home with fall cheer this year. You will want to read this!

Lolo gets to smell with the Rock is cooking... whenever she wants. And if you want to smell it too, as well as look at his cutie pie mug all over a candle... you must see what Lauren has recently acquired. Get ready for fits of "I NEED THAT!"

Candles From The Keeping Room recently moved over to Etsy, temporarily, and Julie placed an order on the first opening there. Read all about how the ordering process went and the abundance of scents she picked here. You can tell she went wild!

Michelle recently received and reviewed a Super Tarts sampler. Her precise descriptions and on point nose will leave you scouting for some of these scents. Find out what sampler she got and her thoughts on it. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Subscription Box Corner: July 2015 Flicker Box Review!

Flicker love, my life! I absolutely love finding new candles, scents, and vendors each month through this subscription box service, so let's jump right into the July box and see what newness cropped up this time around!
The box, as per ush.
The theme for July 2015 was "Blue Lagoon." Doesn't that conjure up a lovely mental image of beaches, summer, cool water, and hot days? Unless you're a horror movie freak like me, then you might think of bogs and flies and sticky goo monsters...sorry to ruin that picture in your head!
Upon opening the box, I spied these 2 votive candles. VOTIVES! COOL! I have been so used to getting candles in glass jars or tins, I forgot Flicker Box often sends other types of wax/candle shapes. I like votives a lot, even more when they throw. The one on the left is COOL WATER and the one on the right is SAND DUNE, both from Armadilla Wax Works. Another new company, too! WOOT! I have burned the Cool Water votive, but not the San Dune one. They both smell really great on cold sniff and Cool Water has a medium throw. I will do an individual review of Sand Dune if y'all want!
Citronella! Nothing says summer quite like bugs, and citronella is supposed to be a good remedy to keep those pesky little fliers out of your face. I love that this box has such a variety of wax to it this month! There are 6 tealight candles in this box from Blue Dipper Wax Works based out of Seattle WA (nifty box, huh?). I have used one outside, but forgot it was there, so it extinguished. Going to use one of these this week when we have some work done on our house and the doors are constantly opened. PS: Does anyone know where to get some tealight holders besides Yankee Candle? Think cheap! ;)
This is probably the most aesthetically pleasing Flicker Box I have received. Look at the adorable charm on this candle from Earth Meets Water! And that lid! Gorgeous! This candle is in a mason jar (swoon) and is a peachy orange colored wax, scented in Toucan Jungle, a fruity/tropical explosion. I have melted this candle 3 times. The first time, the wick collapsed in on itself. I thought Josh blew it out since we left the kitchen for a while, but no, it collapsed in on, curled over, fetal position and all. I was perplexed...I've never seen a wick do that before! No fans were on and no windows were opened. The second time, I burned around the area of the wick to create a bit of space to get it standing back up. While the burn lasted an hour, eventually, the flame got so low, it burned out. Bummed, but not yet sold, I melted it the next day and it worked just fine, though a bit of tunneling has started. I am determined to give this candle my all! Needless to say, I haven't gotten a whole heck of a lot of output from this candle, so I will report back if anything changes. I love this company's labels and charms and they have tonnnnnnnnns of beachy stuff and wax melts, too! I am planning an order soon!
Don't you just LOVE the labeling on the Wood and Wax Handcrafted Goods candle? UGH, I serious fell in love with this candle at first sight based on the label alone, The, then I opened the lid and saw it was a wood wick candle? END OF STORY. Love wood wicks! On top of this, ocean and sea salt scents are my jam. This candle smells great! It's one that builds in strength the longer it has been lit, but it's a nice and pleasant medium in our bedroom. I had a helluva time with the wick the first burn, but this issue has since been corrected and I am in love with this scent. Yay!
Though there were a few individual problems, I LOVED this box. It was so full of great scents and an awesome variety of wax! I fall more and more in love with this company and candles again each time I get this box and melt my goods. Until next time!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Random Post: Restaurant Review - Blush Desserts in San Diego, CA

Josh and I caught wind of this dessert restaurant called Blush Desserts from my favorite local food blogger, This Tasty Life. She mentioned that they make ice cream macaron sandwiches (!!!) and we pretty much went the next day, LOL.
Inside, it looked like a kindergarten classroom, in a good way, not a bad way! There were tons of hanging things from the ceiling and it was quite inviting. There were tables with regular chairs, some with higher chairs, and a mounted bench seat running across a back wall. Quite a fun looking place.
At the time we went, the side of the restaurant was covered in tissue paper flowers. EEEEEE. It's so pretty!
With ice cream maracon sandwiches? Yes, life is beautiful.
Here's my pick! ISN'T IT GLORIOUS?? I am drooling just thinking about it. I got a fruity pebbles flavored maracon, dipped in fruity pebbles cereal, with vanilla ice cream. It might not look big, but this sucker was huge, like, major hamburger sized huge, can't-fit-it-in-your-mouth-in-one-bite huge (that's what she said). Yum! The fruity pebbles flavor meshed well with the almondy macaron, which was perfectly cooked and slightly gooey. What a pick!!! We have since been back and tried something else, but I fear nothing will top this beauty and how amazing it was. This thing should be in a museum.
Josh got a cookie butter macaron with cookies and cream ice cream. This was also delicious! He reeeeally liked this one, but agreed that he wanted to get the fruity pebbles one again. The spoon is a normal sized spoon, by the way, so you can sort of get a sense of how big and tall these suckers are.
Overall, we loved the experience we had here, but as I mentioned above, we went back again a week or so later and the items we picked then weren't as good as these two macaron ice cream sandwiches. That's not to say they were bad, but these were just waaaaaaaay better. We will absolutely be back here,, though. Have you ever had macarons? Do you like them? Do you have any hybrid desserts like this in your neck of the woods?