Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Wax Review: December 7-9

First off, I want to start by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom! I love you very much, happy 30th birthday. ;)

In wax world news, I'm trying to finish my Project Wax bag before the new year begins. Next time I do a Project Wax assignment, I will give myself more realistic expectations and I won't keep adding things to the bag!

This week, we bought and decorated our Christmas tree! YAY! We melted quite a bit, but wanted to enjoy the tree, too!

...After the hell of a year that we've had, we're trying to remain positive about the holiday, even though it's sad and hard to do so. There's a local radio station here in San Diego that plays non-stop Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas day, and well, it's literally been on at our house every single day since Turkey day; we're just trying to keep our spirits bright!
*It's interesting to note that, each year that Josh and I have lived together (this being the third), there have been one or two specific songs that play EVERY SINGLE TIME we turn on Christmas music channels. This year, the songs are "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley (which is only 'the song' this year because, at a wine party with our friends, I said how much I dislike Elvis, LOL) and "Christmas in the Sand" by Colbie Caillat. I'm not exaggerating, it's ever freaking time. I'm getting off track...onto the weekend wax reviews!
...I need to learn to stay away from Front Porch's lavender scents. Straight-up Sugar Cookie Dough Bread is one of my favorite scents from this company, but it is so overpowered by the lavender that I just didn't like it at all. It was strong, and people LOVE their lavender blends, but I've been so spoiled by Tiffany Candles' lavender that I think anything else won't be up to par for me. Oh well, no love lost for the company. On cold sniff, 5/10: you get the lavender and the sugar cookie dough bread, and it smells alright. On warm sniff, 4/10, way too much lavender. Throw rating, 7/10, super strong, traveled all around the house and even overpowered the Christmas tree! Overall, 5.5/10: not my favorite, but you can't count things down if they are strong!
This was a new scent for me from Front Porch. It is an in-house blend, described as a mix of sugary cookies and lime filling. Less sugar cookie, more lime explosion. Just a lovely mix of bakery and citrus! I really enjoyed this one. On cold sniff, 7/10. On warm sniff, 7.5/10. The throw was strong, with a 7. Overall, 7/10!
I love lemon scents. Lemon Poppyseed by JMae's Soaps & Candles was fantastic! It was such a great mix of bakery/muffin/cake and lemon. On the top of this scent shot are little tiny black crystals of sugar (I think) made to look like poppy seeds! On cold sniff, 5.5/10, it wasn't too terribly strong on cold sniff. On warm sniff, 7.5/10. Throw is about a 6/10. Overall, 6/10! Loved this one!
Winter Dreams is a cinnamony, piney, berry scent blended together. Note that this is in their old wax blend, but it was still pretty strong. I enjoyed the scent and it was perfect as a Christmas scent! On cold sniff, 5/10, just a small amount of pine and cinnamon, but no berry. While melting, 6/10. Throw was 6/10. Overall, 6/10, not my favorite from Tiffany Candles, but still a great scent!
I've been trying to melt my samples from Ava's Country Cupboard, they have been pretty enjoyable!...but Christmas Splendor was nothing like the scent description of apple, fir, balsam, oak, and pretty much smelled like artificial cherry chapstick. I did not like it, and was disappointed because I was really looking for it. On cold sniff, 4/10. While melting, 3.5/10. Throw was measly, 4/10. 4/10 overall, misnamed and not enjoyable.
This was my favorite tart this month, and one of the best scents I have ever melted. Wildberry a word, perfection. It smells like raspberry Zingers! Truly magnificent, and Carol has done it once again. Is there anything Candles from the Keeping Room CAN'T do?! On cold sniff, 8.5/10. While warming, 9/10. Throw, 8/10. Overall, 8.5/10. Stellar scent!
Cozy Fall Nights from Pics, Petals & Scents is a perfect combination of apples and cinnamon! Great scent while warming, decent strength, and it lasted a few hours. I like the unique variety of shapes this sample had (from the Simply Sensational Sampler November box). On cold sniff, 7/10. While warming, 7.5/10. Throw was a little bit less at a 6/10. Overall, 7/10.
Here's the second of the two mystery tarts I got from my last order with The Bathing Garden. This has been sitting for a few months, since the last time I ordered was a while ago. I'm not sure why, but out of the two mystery tarts, I preferred the other one. This one had an odd note to it, maybe a heavy allspice or a different type of spice? Nothing I recognized or cared for much. On cold sniff, 6.5/10. While warming, 4.5/10. Throw was decent, 6/10. Overall, 5.5/10.
The last tart I melted was the most disappointing. Mango Cooler from Rincon Scents was very artificially sweet almost had a Kool-Aid sort of odor. It was strong, but the scent nearly choked me unconscious with its sugary, tropical smell! I did not like it very much, but someone who likes super sugary or exceptionally fruity scents will probably dig this. On cold sniff, 6/10. On warm sniff, 3.5/10. Throw was about a 7/10. Overall, 5.5/10. Unfortunately, if it were up to me, it'd be lower based on scent alone, but it performed well.
Only 15 more days until Christmas! YAY!!!


  1. We just burned a small Tiffany's candle in the Winter Dreams scent. I love that scent! I'd been meaning to go back and get it in tart form but never did, and then had iffy-at-best luck with their tarts anyway. The candle was great though.


    1. Have you tried Tiffany Candles new wax blend? I find it to be more powerful than their old blend, and the throw is a lot stronger, too! Winter Dreams is definitely an awesome winter/Christmas scent! :)

    2. No, haven't tried the new wax yet. I'd like to go back and try eventually but I have so many tarts right now, and I've become hooked on the Front Porch site stalking game . . . lol


  2. I am melting my sample of Wildberry Noel tonight! I thought it smelled familiar and you are right - Raspberry Zingers!!! So good! Oh, bummer about Front Porch's LSCDB. That's actually one of my favorite scents right now. I just love it. I haven't tried any of Tiffany's lavender blends. May have to try some next year when they reopen.

    1. I ended up with quite a few lavender scents from Front Porch and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them since I don't like them! I don't want them to go to waste, so maybe a destash? I'm hesitant about this, though. Most of my family and friends aren't so into lavender!


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