Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wickless Wednesday: Random Target Haul!

My obsession with Target is well documented. How do you not love Target? Where else can you get curtains, weed wackers and Windex, baseball bats, cinnamon and spices, and wax tarts all under one roof?! I feel like we go to this store more than is socially appropriate. Maybe I should move in to one of the stores? I'd probably be able to survive a long time. It seems like I find excuses to take my sweet time leisurely walking through the aisles, looking for new items and fun trinkets. Gah, I love trinkets. And I love new, cool food things. So, I have my haul for you. Do you enjoy these kinds of posts? Let me know!
A local food blogger Instagram-ed a picture of the Noosa pumpkin flavored yoghurt and I instantly turned on my heels and high-tailed it to Target that same day. OH MAN, this is amazing stuff! It's like it has real pumpkin pie inside, sans crust. It's creamy, delicious, and wonderful, and I may or may not be on multiple tubs in a month. #NoShame
Pumpkin spice lattes might be back at Starbucks, but I've never seen this chai tea pumpkin concentrate! I am super excite to try this out.
Josh chose these two babies! The pumpkin spice ones are just okay, the pumpkin isn't spicy enough and the chocolate is waxy, but the cookies are good. I haven't tried the caramel apple pie cookies, but they smell SO good!
If you don't have kids, you'd probably have no idea that applesauce comes in pouches now. POUCHES. So, you're telling me, I can just drink my applesauce from one of these little tiny thingies and not even need to dirty a spoon? Maximum laziness achieved! Here's another addictive thing...and again, I may or may not have had 3 of these in one day when we brought these home.
Glade's new fall scents are out at Target! Red Apple Bakery smells pretty generic, minimal spice, pretty waxy smelling, too. This was the least favorite on cold sniff, but I will still melt it.
Woodside Library is one we have talked about in our waxy chat quite a bit. This does smell leathery, but of the two listed "ingredients," leather and oak, it's more tree-ish. Very mature and musky smelling, but I think this will be nice in the bathroom warmer.
Sage & Thyme Market is one I have already melted. 3 cubes two times and each time, it was pretty darn strong! It would have lasted longer, but it does get tiring after a while because it's pretty herbal smelling. Quite nice for fall!
Eos is a really cool lip balm in this weird sphere thing! I like the way it spreads across the lips usually, but it takes a while to "get going." Enter the coconut milk kind. For some reason, this "flavor" spreads SO wonderfully across the lips. It's never greasy and doesn't feel heavy on the lips. The scent is almost like a pina colada drink mixed with a tropical bubblegum. It's not overly sweet, which I like. I am usually a medicated lip balm/chapstick kind of gal, but this is a really nice change of pace. I have to keep this in the bedroom locked away in my dresser because Freddo likes to get his paws on the little spheres and chew through to the lip balm part, lol.

There's my Target haul! I have had this post almost finished for a week, but I figured I'd wait until Wednesday since it's not all wax related. What cool things have you found from Target lately?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #36: Tiffany Candles Mega Post!

Tiffany Candles was one of the first vendors I tried in my foray into the wax world. I have a soft spot for Tiffany and her wax, what can I say! She makes some of the best scoopables the wax world has to offer, in my opinion. She is always opened regularly, plus, she has also started offering lots of new wax options! In addition, she has been doing pretty big restocks lately with new and exclusive scents and blends, so be on the lookout on her Facebook group page for those special dates!

Same deal as the other day, I have so many photos that I am going to bombard you with minimum wordage and get my reviews out quicker!
Apple Cinnamon Spice – A perfect combination of crisp apples & cinnamon spice
Tiffany Candles Apple Cinnamon Spice
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10 (fall encapsulated)
Carrot Cake – A buttery spice blend with hints of peach, coconut, carrots, cinnamon & warm vanilla
Tiffany Candles Carrot Cake
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating8/10 (I didn't get peach from this, but it was just lovely!)
Harvest (type) - *Yankee Candle type; Spicy blend of cinnamon bark & clove bud on a dry down of musk
Tiffany Candles Harvest (type)
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10 (could have been stronger)
Island Pineapple – A ripe & juicy pineapple scent will bring you to the tropics!
Tiffany Candles Island Pineapple
Cold Rating: 6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating5.5/10
Overall Rating6/10 (basic pineapple scent)
Tiffany Candles Sweet Pumpkin Noel
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating5/10 (rounded down, this was too buttery for me)
Winter Dreams – Festive aroma of cinnamon, clove & mulberry w/ hints of pine
Tiffany Candles Winter Dreams
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7.5/10 (love this scent for winter!)
Christmas Cookies – Candy Cane blended with Sugar Cookies (Created by Christy, A Tiffany Candles Blend)
Tiffany Candles Christmas Cookies
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating: 6/10
Coconut Lime Verbena (type)– Bath & Body Works* type. A luscious blend of juicy citric fruits such as lemon & lime on a delicate heart of creamy coconut & fresh florals. Vanilla notes & sandalwood round out the blend
Tiffany Candles Coconut Lime Verbena (type)
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 5.5/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating: 5.5/10
Honeydew Melon – Freshly picked, sweet sliced honeydew
Tiffany Candles Honeydew Melon
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 5.5/10
Throw Rating5.5/10
Overall Rating5.5/10 (meh)
Tiffany Candles Lemonade
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 5/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating5/10 (not my favorite lemon scent ever)
Tiffany Candles Mulled Cider
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7.5/10
Tiffany Candles Rosemary Mint + Bergamot
Cold Rating: 7/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 (musky and masculine, like black pepper bergamot from Bath & Body Works, lovely!)
Strawberry Cotton Candy - Fresh Strawberries with sweet cotton candy (A Tiffany Candles blend)
Tiffany Candles Strawberry Cotton Candy
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10
Tiffany Candles Strawberry Fields
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating8/10 (fake strawberry scent but I LOVE it)
Toasted Marshmallow - Sugary cinnamon marshmallow blend
Tiffany Candles Toasted Marshmallow
Cold Rating8.5/10
Lit Rating: 9/10
Throw Rating8/10

Overall Rating8.5/10 (one of the best toasted marshmallow scents!)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #35: A Ton of Random Stuff!

You wouldn't believe the amount of pictures I have of wax just piling up in folders.
Today, with very minimal wordage, I am going to share reviews with you. QUICK!
Aunt Nena's Apples & Oak
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 5.5/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10
Beezy-Tart's Apple Jack & Peel
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10 (had a strange smell while melting that I didn't like, too perfumey)
Beezy-Tart's Cranberry Orange Scone
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 5/10
Throw Rating: 6/10
Overall Rating6/10 (overly doughy and didn't like the cranberry, that was perfumey, too)
Beezy-Tart's Pink Toasty Marshmallow (UPDATED REVIEW)
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 9/10
Throw Rating8.5/10
Overall Rating8.5/10 (stronger than 2 years ago, one of my favorite blends from Beezy)
Beezy-Tart's Rainbow
Cold Rating: 6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating6/10 (fruity but also clean, very weird but decent)
Beezy-Tart's Satsuma (Body Shop type)
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10 (another fruity and perfume mix, I had never smelled this from The Body Shop so I didn't know)
Beezy-Tart's Blonde Moment
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7.5/10 (wonderful!)
Beezy-Tart's Fresh & Clean
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10
L3 Waxy Wonders' Love Spell Pink Sugar Cotton Candy Frosting
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating6/10
L3 Waxy Wonders' Hawaiian Cupcakes
Cold Rating4/10
Lit Rating4/10
Throw Rating4/10
Overall Rating4/10
L3 Waxy Wonders' Spring Breeze
Cold Rating: 6/10
Lit Rating6/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating6/10
L3 Waxy Wonders' Blue Rainbows
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating6.5/10
Overall Rating6.5/10
Rainbow Melts Purple Cow Cotton Candy
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10
Rainbow Melts Serendipity Rock Candy
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating7/10
Throw Rating6.5/10
Overall Rating7/10

Monday, September 8, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #34: iheartwax's Pomegranate Rosemary Mint

My closest waxy comrades are quite the blenders. Whereas I am afraid to take a chance on things because they might be horrid, they are sort of fearless. The below blend is no exception.
iheartwax's Pomegranate Rosemary Mint
Cold Rating8.5/10
Lit Rating: 9/10
Throw Rating: 10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10; gift from a very generous friend. THIS IS SO GOOD. So strong, so, so strong! Amazing throw. Delicious blend of herbal rosemary, mint and sweet pomegranate. WOW! Shattered expectations. Having creative waxy pals who make awesome blends. Another example of two scents that don't necessarily sound like they go together, but end up blowing my mind. Wanting my entire house to smell this good all the time. Having just recently discovered we have a rosemary bush in our backyard. Adding rosemary to everything. Juicy pomegranates. Thinking my entire childhood we had a pomegranate tree out front, only for it to be something else. Shattered childhood memories.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Order of the Odor: Volume 1




 
Welcome! This will be a monthly highlight of some great wax related posts from the previous month. 
 

What is your ultimate fall scent comprised of?

Answer: My ultimate fall scent has to be something uber spicy, because to me, the spicier, the better. There's a difference between bakery cinnamon and homey cinnamon, though, and I love a good homey cinnamon, something that makes you feel warm and tingly inside, something that gives you a wonderful scent memory! A few scents off the top of my head like this, for me, would be Celtic Moonspice or Amish Quilt (which is often classified as bakery, though it never really smells "bakery" to me). I also like some apple thrown in with my cinnamon scents. To me, this makes a winning pair!
 
It's Always Something- Curious how Kim's Tarts are faring these days? Deb took the plunge and has had some great results.... to her husband's chagrin.
 
Fragrance Obsessed- Butterfly Lane is back open and trying new things, some work and maybe some need tweaking. Find out Sunnee's musings here.
 
The Redolent Mermaid- Is your sniffer searching for something unique and complex? With help from her friends, Julie rediscovered a not-so-hidden gem. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Swift & Supersonicly Snappy Short Review #33: Aunt Smellman's Peppermint

I often like to fall asleep with a wonderful peppermint scent melting in the background. It's quite peaceful and dreamy.
Peppermint - A true pure peppermint.
Aunt Smellman's Peppermint
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating4.5/10
Overall Rating: 4.5/10; sweet peppermint as opposed to a stronger and more menthol-y one, which I don't care for quite so much. Reminded me of one of those candies you'd get at a restaurant on cold sniff. Pretty colored wax. Throw wasn't terribly strong. It was sort of noticeable, but not like other peppermint scents I have melted in the past. Warm sniff was even sweeter than cold sniff. Needed pink, LOL. Very crumbly wax that broke apart when I pushed it into the warmer. I HATE CRUMBLY WAX. Love ordering from sales. Melting through my entire stash as quickly as possible. Problem wax buyer. Needing to make a document with all my reviews. Needing to update reviews. NEEDING TO FOCUS. Waxidents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lightning Round Reviews #24: Jaimie Lauren Cupcakery and Confections in Wax Super Post

JLCCW (Jaimie Lauren Cupcakery and Confections in Wax) closed to focus on her family almost a year ago. I totally get this, family comes first! I can usually get over vendors closing, but I must admit, I was sad about her closure! Well, I thought we were saved because she was planning on re-opening in the fall this year. Naturally, I went through a melting spree of her tarts, assuming I could get more. Well, she's not going to be reopening, as it turns out, so I am left with tons of melts to review for you! I wish her the best and hope that, when things calm down, she will open again, she has one of my favorite spicy scents ever.
JLCCW's Legally Blonde Noel
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; her version of legally blonde is a pretty one, and when it's mixed with vanilla bean noel, it's not half bad! It's not all that strong, but it's nice enough. Sweet and slightly creamy. Lasted for about 4 hours.
JLCCW's Melon Ball Fizz
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating5.5/10; nothing fancy about this scent, either. I think melon ball fizz works better as a mixer as opposed to a stand alone scent. It was okay, just a basic melon scent, and also nothing fizzy about it. Lasted 3.5 hours.
JLCCW's Monkey's Delight Aloha Pineapple
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 3/10
Throw Rating4/10
Overall Rating4/10; this blend I didn't care for. I think this was a random scent I asked Jen to make for me (I asked her to give me whatever she had or whatever she wanted). The monkey's delight wasn't particularly tropical, but did have banana for sure. When it mixed with the pineapple, it was cloyingly and artificially sweet and I didn't like it one bit. I only melted it for 2 hours.
JLCCW's Pink Sugar Cookie Dough
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 3/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating5/10; I did not care for this one while melting. It had a very weird, off smell to it that was almost rancid note.It had medium strength but I couldn't get over that weird scent, so I dumped it after 30 minutes. It's gotta be the sugar cookie dough. :/
JLCCW's Pink Toasted Marshmallow
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10; a decent pink marshmallow! I didn't get anything particularly toasted about this, but it was nice nonetheless. Good throw, lasted 5 hours. I wish it had more pink, though!
JLCCW's Pink Wicked Watermelon
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; pretty good, but not as juicy as other watermelon scents I have smelled. This wasn't my favorite watermelon blend, but it was a solid medium all around. Lasted 5.5 hours.
JLCCW's Toasted Marshmallow Pink Sugar Legally Blonde
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating8/10; one of the best things about JLCCW is that she let people blend scents (up to 3, I think). This was spectacular! It was really nice to see a fruity scent like legally blonde mixed with pink sugar marshmallow! It was pretty strong on cold sniff, and decent enough while melting. Lasted 6 hours!
JLCCW's Vanilla Pear
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 5/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating: 5/10; this was pretty generic, actually, nothing too special about it. The pear was more of a muddled fruitiness and the vanilla was sort of sweet. Really nothing strong or wonderful, just sort of there. Lasted 3 hours in the bathroom.

My JLCCW stash is almost gone, and when Jen said she wasn't going to reopen, I made it my mission to finish off what I had left so I didn't hang onto it like I was doing. The notion of doing that is silly, and I am trying to retrain my wax thinking when it comes to hoarding scents I love!