Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekend Wax Review: January 18-20

This has been one stressful week, folks.
I'm convinced I have the fly virus just gestating inside my body, waiting to rear its ugly head once something is finally going right in life.
I'll spare you the details, but yeah...lots of "stress melting" going on, for real. Like, non-stop melt-a-thon. Jumping right into it...and if you want to scroll passed, do so, this is going to be a long weekend post:
Again with the candy corn...I will re-refer to the Lewis Black skit about this horrid abomination of a candy (read; delicious, tasty, "no one will admit they are a fan" treat). This tarts from Victoria's Designer Creations was probably one of the strongest tarts I've smelled. EVER. It was so strong I had to turn it off! This mixes a deep caramel scent with buttery undertones shrouded in tooth-aching sweetness. WOW, I am impressed by the performance...but this was not my scent. I shouldn't have put the entire thing in, my mistake! On cold sniff, 7.5/10. While warming, 6.5/10. The throw was a 9/10, for a total of 7.5/10. Dang, Victoria's stuff is mighty intense, and while I wouldn't buy this one again, I may purchase from her in the future (if the CS stuff gets resolved).
I had never heard of Lil Candle Store until I started getting the Simply Sensational Sampler boxes. This scent had a lot of potential, but for me, it fell flat. The chocolate part of this fragrance overpowered the cheesecake AND the cherry completely...and it wasn't a flattering chocolate scent. Unfortunately, this was not good. On cold sniff, 5/10. While warming, 3/10. The throw was 4/10, for a total of 4/10. I would be more than willing to try this company again if it was stuff I actually like. Not a repurchase for me.
Lavender Vanilla has got to be one of my favorite candle from Bath & Body Works. I've been melting this one a lot lately and am hoping to buy another one on the next 2/$20 sale! I gave one to my grandma for her birthday in October and she liked it as well! On cold sniff, 7/10. While warming, 9/10. The throw is about a 8/10, for a final tally of 8/10. Just a great relaxing scent, and A DEFINITE repurchase!!!
When it comes to selection and price, no one can touch Haley's Heavenly Scents. If you buy $25 worth of wax, you get free shipping AND a couple of free packs of tarts! I got only sampler packs in my first order, and Jack Frost happened to be in the winter sampler. When I think of Jack Frost, I think of a nice combination of mint, possibly some vanilla, a hint of powder perhaps...this one was almost medicinal! It made Josh's lip swell (again), which happens every so often with scents that cause him to have a reaction. It was nice at first, but as time went on, I felt like I was in an exam room at a dentist's office. On cold sniff, 6/10. While warming, 4/10. The throw was unfortunately decent, 6.5/10. The total on this is 5.5/10. If the mint was a bit less medicinally assertive, I would be inclined to repurchase.
Christmas Pudding from this the same as figgy pudding?? I have no clue, BUT LOOK AT THAT CUTE BUNDT SHAPE!!!!! This scent was oddly definitely get a hint of burnt cream atop a fruity note, but I didn't know what this was until I looked at the website, plum! Weird, but interesting. I was digging it at first, but after a while it started to get overbearing. On cold sniff, 6.5/10. While warming, 5.5/10. The throw was decent, 6/10, for a grand total of 6/10. Interesting is all I have to say about that, and I probably won't repurchase it.
I am really becoming a huge fan of Streetman Candle Company. Heather's has amazing customer service and her products are fairly consistent if you let them curew. One of the samples she sent me was Sleigh Bells Ringing...this is a very manly fragrance, met with tree and musky notes. I couldn't find a scent description for this one on her site because it is seasonal, but I'm pretty sure I'm on the right track. This one was lovely on cold sniff, with a 6/10. While warming, 7/10. The throw was a 6/10, for a total of 6.5/10. Very nice evocation of holidays past!
Granny's Kountry Candles' Skinny Dipping promised an orangey, floral, and musky scent straight from summertime...but it fell way short. I have had hit and miss luck with GKC, and this smelled like straight artificial orange mixed with a faint hint of something, to me. Not a repurchase. On cold sniff, 5/10. While warming, 3/10. The throw was a 4.5/10, for a total of 4/10.
Another GKC scent...this was basically just a floral smorgasbord. Nothing "tank tops & flip flops" about it, really...when I hear that, I expect beachy clean or sunshine fresh, with hints of floral...but not a freakin' flower shop. On cold sniff, 6/10, it had promise. While warming, 4/10. The throw was decent at 6/10, for a total of 5/10.
Orange Clove, however, has been one of my favorites of the month. My grandma always has a box of Constant Comment Bigelow Tea at her house...and part of me just loves smelling it, let alone drinking it. She gave me a few boxes a while back, and I still have half of a box of one left. This smells EXACTLY like Constant Comment! It's spicy, orangey (NOT artificial this time), bright and clean. It was REALLY strong, too! On cold sniff, 5/10, more subdued than the others in this bunch. While warming, 8/10. The throw was great with a 7/10, for a total of 6.5/10, and an eternal love for Constant Comment.
What do YOU think a Corner Country Store smells like? If I was a stereotypical American, I would imagine goats, hillbillies, and mud-wrasslin'...but I am not that stereotypical jerk. I imagine potpourri, cinnamon sticks, freshly brewed tea, grandma's perfume...but this was surprisingly pleasant! Very intoxicating, in fact...a great mix of cinnamon and apples, almost like a mulled cider. On cold sniff, 6/10. While warming, 7/10. The throw wasn't too strong, with a 4.5/10, for a grand total of 6/10 (I tend to round down, but in this case, I rounded up because 5.5 doesn't seem high enough). A really nice scent!
Just like a cornucopia, Thanksgiving from Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy Candles had a wide variety of scents, from sweet potato to spices, from apples to bready notes, from corn to a creamy marshmallow note, this was very, very lovely. On cold sniff, 6/10. While warming, 7/10. The throw was a 6/10, for a total of 6.5/10. They are a great RTS company, check them out!
 I'm not too sure what berries are in Tiffany Candles' Berry Me Alive, but I was not a fan. Berry scents are just not for me, unless they are mixed with spice. On cold sniff, 5.5/10. While warming, 4/10. The throw was decent with a 5.5/10, for a total of 5/10; don't get me wrong, YOU might like this if you're a fan of straight fruit or berries, but I was not convinced.
Pumpkin Pie Spice, however, was a nice mix of spices and pumpkin! I enjoyed this one, even if it mostly stayed in the bedroom. On cold sniff, 6/10. While warming, 6/10. The throw was a 5.5/10, for a total of 6/10!
Finally, I close out the weekend wax review with Avaga Margarita from CFTKR. This was a nice, fresh and clean scent, as fresh as tequila and margarita can be, anyway! It was really bright and lovely. You could get individual whiffs of salt, margarita mix/sweetness, and tequila. On cold sniff, 5.5/10, a bit muddled. While warming, 7/10. The throw was a 7/10 as well, for a total of 6.5/10! A great, refreshing way to end my reviews!
Here's to having a better week! Enjoy, all! :)


  1. I have that Lavender Vanilla candle and I looooove the way it smells on cold sniff. I am afraid to burn it because I only have one. Will need to order another when BBW has their 3 wick candle sales.

    1. Their candles are 2 for $22 now, apparently all the time (!?). UGH! But, it's not THAT much of an increase, I suppose. Get 'em while they are on sale! :D


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