Thursday, February 2, 2017

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 14 / February 2017

Welcome to the February edition of Band of Bloggers!  You're probably getting tired of winter already as we start this new month.  Maybe your thoughts are already turning towards spring, or maybe your all about Valentine's at the moment.  Hearts and roses, chocolates and cards, and special someones making you smile . . .   With all that love floating around, our question this month is quite simple.

What scent are you *loving* at the moment?
It can be anything from wax to perfume to body care to . . . whatever!

I am loving watermelon punch from Butterfly Lane Scents! I have dwindled down my "vendors to order from" list A LOT in the last few years, but Butterfly Lane has always been at the top of this list. I am also currently obsessing over coconut scented body products, my shampoo and my body wash are coconut scented madness!

We hope you'll join the fun and leave your own answer in the comments below.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 13 / January 2017

Hello, dear friends! We all here at the Band of Bloggers would like to welcome you to a brand new year. We hope it will be full of good health and much happiness, and of course a plethora of fragrance. 

Let's kick off the new year but asking what your fragrant plans are for 2017. Are you trying new vendors, going on a low-buy or no-buy, or planning on burning more candles? Do you dream of new wax blends, trying out incense or something entirely different? Are perfumes, indie bath and body or artisan body care on your list? Or do you plan on making your own home made brews?

Look, I'm not going to lie to you, dear readers. I've had some money problems this last year. Between medical bills and work expenses, I haven't bought a whole lot of wax. I know I've talked about this before, successfully and unsuccessfully, but I want to melt what I have in a sort of Project Wax. My wax stash, as it were, is not incredibly large, but I want to make sure I'm using what I've got and only buy the staples I run out of. My days of experimentation are over. So, long story short, I'll *try* a low-buy this year. I plan on buying maybe two or three times next year, but not over that. I've got candles up the wazoo, so I'll continue to burn those as well ans get my stash down to a reasonable size. As far as indie vendors for bath and body products, I've not found one I'm overly fond of, to be honest. I had high hopes for some of the biggest names in indie B&B, but nothing has lived up to my expectations. Goals for aromatic related things include BLOGGING MORE. My god, I suck. I've dropped off the face of this planet on this blog and I don't want to be that person anymore, but sometimes, when I get in a rut, I only melt pink peppermint. That is my solace. <3

And do tell us what your aromatic plans and goals for 2017 include!

We, sadly, have had a few bloggers lay down their pens. And they will be deeply missed. However, we are welcoming some new bloggers to this motley and aromatic group. 


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 12 / December 2016

 A full year of fragrant sharing with the Band of Bloggers rounds out 2016. Thank you for supporting the blogger community and taking the time to read and participate in our posts. We will be continuing the Band of Bloggers in 2017 but with some new writers and blogs to follow. Thank you Sunnee and Michelle for this past year of fellowship. We will miss you!

Did you have any favorite wax moments this year? A vendor who went above and beyond? A blend that knocked your socks off? Did you have a RAOK or wax community experience that left you warm and fuzzy? Please share some of your favorite wax moments of 2016 with us. 

My favorite wax moment of 2016 is really an overall theme to the year, and that's buying less and melting what I have. It might sound like a cop-out, but I was on the fast track to crazytown there for a while. I couldn't stop buying, hauling, and videotaping what I'd buy, I thought for sure I was headed for addiction status. When my husband and I moved, I realized just how much wax I really had. My restraint has slipped up here and there, but I've only purchased wax a handful of times this year as opposed to a handful of times each week like the last few months. I am proud of myself, even if my blog has slipped in the meantime.

A vendor who have gone above and beyond this year is Shanna from Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy. She always has the best, most consistent products around, and she clearly works her tail off so she can stay opened for custom orders most of the year. I just love her wax, and you should try her if you haven't done so already!

Please visit these Band of Bloggers blogs

and help support the blogger community!

Lauren, at Lolo Loves Scents.

Liz, at Furianne.

Michelle, at Waxing About.

Sunnee, at Fragrance Obsessed.

Thank you and have a beautiful rest of 2016!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 11 / November 2016

Sweet, lovely November. Halloween has come and gone (hope you didn't gorge on  candy!), the election is about to be over (it feels like it has been years!) and now, we're (technically) in the full swing of the holiday season! Thanksgiving will be here in just a few short weeks, and before you know it, it will be all Christmas all the time! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

The Band of Bloggers question for November is:
What does your ideal Thanksgiving day and table look like? What are you eating? Any candles or tarts burning/melting in the room? Who fills your table? Are you stressed? What does your house look like? How's the weather? Give us the deets!
My ideal Thanksgiving day starts early, the earlier, the better, even if we're not hosting! I like to open up all of the windows and let the November breeze (provided it's not sunny!) pour through the house. We usually have a light breakfast since dinner is such a glutton-fest. If we're providing food for someone else's dinner, we'll make our dishes and be extra prepared. If we're hosting turkey day at our place, chances are, we've already gotten a lot done! I'd like to say the day is stress free, but let's be honest, it's not! We'll usually be cooking right until the last minute. We usually have some guests come early, so we'll have snacks and drinks prepared. As for the actual dinner, turkey is, of course, a must. Rolls, gravy, my grandma's garlic mashed potatoes, my mom's stuffing balls, green bean casserole from my brother in law, perhaps a small ham, maybe another type of bread or starch, some sort of pie for dessert, and my famous pumpkin roll will fill our plates and mouths as we chatter over the hum of clanking forks and happy conversation. It will always feel a little empty without my mother in law, but we'll usually say something about her best the guests arrive. Of course, it'll be family, my mom and her husband's extended family, my brother in law and his kids, maybe a friend or two, and if we're lucky enough, my brother will make it back down from Portland. As far as scents, when we have guests, I load the house with cinnamon and apple scents, crowd-pleasers, I call them, and usually get compliments on how nice it smells. Really, it's all about family and love, no matter what's burning or what we're eating! Dishes can wait until tomorrow! ;)
Please visit these Band of Bloggers blogs

and help support the blogger community!

Lauren, at Lolo Loves Scents.

Liz, at Furianne

Michelle, at Waxing About.

Sunnee, at Fragrance Obsessed.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 10 / October 2016

Aahhh, October.  We're full steam into fall now.  Leaves are reaching full color change.  Sweaters have been hauled out of storage.  Hot chocolates are being sipped again.  Pumpkins are out.  Halloween costumes need to be picked.  Christmas trees are showing up in stores.  Wait . . . what?! 

Let's get back to the spooky task at hand.  The Band of Bloggers ghoulishly fun question for October is:
What do ghosts smell like?
Many might think that ghosts smell like musty attics, creaky floorboards, cobwebs and mothballs. To me, ghosts smell like memories, the binding of old books like my mother-in-law's collection, sawdust from the constant construction, the smell of her fajitas, or the freshly baked cakes she'd make on birthdays. Ghosts have been known to smell like camphor, the minty, pungent ingredient in Vicks VapoRub my grandma always had on hands, or the Snickers bars she would keep in the freezer. Ghosts smell like freshly poured coffee, like pillow mints, like the old coins and papers Josh's grandma's housed, like her little dogs who thought they were tougher than they were. Ghosts smell like the memories of all of the people who have left this world behind and have traveled to the great beyond. When we smell those scents in our world, we can think back upon the fallen fondly and know that they are always keeping watch over us.
Please visit these Band of Bloggers blogs
and help support the blogger community!

Lauren, at Lolo Loves Scents.
Liz, at Furianne
Michelle, at Waxing About.
Sunnee, at Fragrance Obsessed.

Thank you, and have a spooky day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Fun Series: RAOK and Melts!

Sorry for not posting last week at all, I hadn't melted anything but boring ol' peppermint from LPL. We were mostly out of the house getting ready for an upcoming local film festival we are attending, and one day, my husband Josh had to have emergency dental work mid-week, so needless to say, I wasn't melting a whole lot! I am here to share some melts this morning, though!
-Butterfly Lane's Mountain Cider: increeeeeeeeeedible. Seriously one of the best fall blends ever, by any vendor. I melted this in the bedroom, it is such a fantastic scent. Perfect for transitioning to fall.
-Lake Providence Lodge's Strawberry: A lovely, sweet scent. This may rival Carol's fresh picked strawberry for my favorite strawberry scent! This one is a touch sweeter than hers, but man, it packed a punch!
-CFTKR's Cinnamon Fire: Grabbed this when Carol opened a week ago and I LOVE IT. It is all cinnamon, all the time. It might not be whole-house super strong (or maybe it is, we had to have the air conditioner on because it was 90 DEGREES YESTERDAY), but it smelled wonderful in the bathroom. You have to be a true spice lover for this one.
-CFTKR's Mulled Cider: This is an always and forever repurchase from Carol, and since my first bag was getting low, I decided to get a spare because, you know, mulled cider. I love cinnamon and apple scents, and this has 'em both. Good for all different times of the year because it is a people pleasing scent!
I will be sending out a random act of kindness this week, but don't want to go into too much detail here because they might be reading. Also, I wanted to say a special thanks to Amanda, who sent me a lovely little package complete with a drink coozy she made herself! It is adorable and has a pumpkin on it. She clearly has a ton of talent with a needle and thread! Thank you SO much, Amanda! <3

Check out the other RAOKs on everyone else's blog:
Amanda at ThriftyPolished
Hayley at Polished at Heart
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Liz at Furianne
Stephanie at Imperfectly Painted
Sunnee at Our Sunny Life 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fall Stash Update: I LIED

After I posted my fall stash for the Fall Fun Series, I got to browsing the other rooms in my house to see if I had any lingering fall blends I could melt and showcase...

...and then it happened.

I hit the motherload.

I found an entire bag of wax squeezed between the bed and the wall in our spare bedroom. I'm not even going to ask how it got there, but it did. Needless to say, there was some stuff in there...some really good stuff. Here's what I found!
Perhaps the most exciting discovery: ONE MORE APPLE CLOVE BUTTER. Yaaaaaaaaaaas!!
And one more Amish Quilt, too!
If you're new to Lake Providence Lodge and love spicy scents, Karen's The Lodge's Kitchen is one of my top 3 favorite fall scents (along with Apple Clove Butter from Beezy Tarts and Country Charm from CFTKR). It is super strong and is the perfect blend of spiciness. I am thrilled to have an extra one of these!
Cinnamon Creek was from my order last year, so I'm happy to have any more of Karen's wax while I can. I really need to order from her again. This one has a touch of sweetness added to the cinnamon apple notes I get when I smell it. Oh boy, this is gonna be excellent.
MORE AMISH QUILT! Apparently I had some in every room? ;) This is from Haley's Heavenly Scents, and since I haven't ordered from Janet in a long, long time, I don't exactly know how old this is. Oops! Guess I'll give it a go in the bathroom warmer right now!
As you know, I showcased 2 bags of Mountain Cider from Butterfly Lane Scents in my fall stash post, but I found this little guy in the bag and I am melting it now. It's seriously incredible. As soon as it hit the warmer, BUH-BAM! Insta-fall.
EXTRA COUNTRY CHARM TARTS!!!!!! I told you guys I hoarded this! This has to be 2 years old. My favoriteeeeeeeeeeee.
I'm super glad I was able to pick up cinnamon cider when Carol opened a long while back, this is a good blend. Though it's not my favorite apple/cinnamon/spicy scent from her, it's still a nice one. You can rarely go wrong with Carol's fall scents.

Sorry I lied about my stash, ladies and gents. Can you forgive me?