Sunday, August 28, 2011

Haus of Gloi Autumn Review and Haul

http://hausofgloi.com





Before I started sniffing, I was a little disappointed. The three perfume samplers were supposed to come in muslin bags with skulls on them. I have a nephew and two nieces and I had planned on giving their weenie treats in those bags.
UPDATE: I contacted Haus of Gloi and they sent along the muslin bags in my next order! :D

That said, upon sniffing each perfume I didn't find any of those "omg must have more of it right now" scents like I did with spring and summer. I like several pretty well, but not enough to order more in other products/full sizes. I almost didn't post this review because of how I felt about the release, but I guess there is a first time for everything.

Perfume sampler pack #1
Pumpkin Queen (and soap) - Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.
--Very warm and almost earthy - must be the hay or herbs but it also smells a little smokey/bonfire-like to me. I get the pumpkin, peach, clove and then the amber is laying beneath it all. Drydown is very smokey on me. I'm not a fan of smokey, but my tastes are warming up a little so I may like it more next year. :)

Saft Ernte - A merry drink of harvest and glowing with warmth: Peach juice simmering with sweet spices, pumpkin, silken hazelnut cream and made completely curious with a drop of orange blossom water.
--definitely picking up the peach, just like the one used in peach mama. I get the hazelnut and pumpkin, but I don't smell the floral. Its very sweet and candy like. Drydown is mostly peach, but its an almost caramelized peach! I think this would be good in any product if you're a peach fan.

Samhain (and soap) - Freshly turned earth, wet leaves, and a cool herb laden wind carrying spectres and spooks!
--reminds me of aveda rosemary mint shampoo with a dirt note. Very interesting, I think it might be great as a late night/cool winter weather scrub, but I wouldn't personally wear this scent as perfume. It is quite strong!

Hex - You've been bewitched! Brackish amber, aged vanilla bean and three dark fruits, veiled in darkness and otherworldly secrecy.
--I love how this smells, its quite sweet but the amber definitely comes through. The drydown is soft and almost clean/soapy smelling. Too bad this doesn't come in an other products, I'd be all over that!

Red Roan - Fresh strawberry flecked porridge with maple syrup and adulterated with a splash of white cognac.
--totally smells like sweetened condensed milk to me. Very yummy, very very sweet! The drydown has softened up on the sweetness, but the scent is still very similar to initial application just not quite as strong.

Perfume sampler pack #2
Pixie Sorcerer -They look cute, but beware! Deceptive pomegranate candy floss, beneath that a spiteful blend of coffee co2, vetiver and myrrh.
--I get the sweetness up front, but after I've worn the scent for about 30 minutes I get peanut butter. I am beginning to think that is the Vetiver. Its a scent note that I'm not too familiar with, but a lot of folks do not like it at all. I need to dig out some bpals with vetiver and see if they turn like this on me.

Pumpkin Eater -Cream, glowing pumpkin, rich vanilla bean and the tiniest touch of nutmeg butter.
--this smells like peaches to me when first applied and then turns to straight up cinnamon. My chemistry amps any kind of cinnamon, so I usually avoid those. I had high hopes for this one, but I guess any teensy amount of cinnamon just won't work for me.

Ghost Puffs - Buttery popcorn and marshmallow goo orbs, presented on a wooden stick.
--Smells great, I get a very buttery vanilla note on bottle sniff, no marshmallow. When I wear it, the scent fades after less than an hour to that candle waxy scent that my chemistry changes vanillas to. pewps.

Olde Cider Haus - Old oak, sweet drying hay fields, crushed apple pulp and vanilla bean husks.
--I get a bright green, tart apple here with an almost powdery dry down. I like apple ok, but if it was my favorite scent note I think I'd have to have more of this. Its definitely unique from other apple scents. I'm actually digging this well enough to want to wear it to work sometime. yes, the more I smell this the more I like it. I think the complexity of this apple scent is what I am liking. Bonus is there's no cinnamon in this!

Perfume sampler pack #3
Hedonic - Black fig, golden honey, saffron threads and Indian agar musk.
--Smells a bit smokey on me and I'm getting the dreaded pee scent from the honey. drats.

Ceremony - Dusty beeswax candles, frankincense, myrrh, mastic, spikenard, pale honey, a pinch of tobacco and faded musk.
-- wet on the skin this smells like peanut butter to me. There is something bright and clean as a top note, but I cannot help smelling the peanut butter predominately. ok, peanut butter is gone now after about 2 minutes, its turning into something nice. I get a kind of minty scent, I can smell the musk and I am not familiar enough with the other notes to recognize them in a fragrance, but this is turning out to be really nice! I must say I am very pleasantly surprised! Which is why I always skin test oils when I'm reviewing! Never know what they might turn out to be! It smells like silky chocolate and mint now. Really loving this! Wow! Wish it was in pumpkin butter, I think I'd be ordering it.

Queen Mother I - Last years Pumpkin Queen oil with 5 year aged patchouli, jasmine essence and the blackest vetiver, co-distilled with honeysuckle blossom.
--Straight up pumpkin. I don't smell any single notes in this really, it smells just like an unspiced sweet pumpkin with a little bit of richness from the patchouli. This is definitely similar in concept to the peach mama, where patch really brings forth a juicyness. I really like this quite a bit.



Full 5ml bottle of perfume oil:
Queen Mother - reviewed above

Candy Corn - Very sweet and buttery smelling. Its not a dupe of the real thing, but its a nice scent. I am somehow getting a cinnamon note in this. Unfortunately, the vanilla in this one turns to candle wax on me and the cinnamon is amped up like woah. no likey =/

Peaches and Cream Gumball - very peachy, very creamy, totally dessert like! I LOVE this! omg I might take a bite of my arm! Its that wonderful! Wish this was a pumpkin butter and bubbling scrub!

Blood Orange Marshmallow - I am getting a children's bayer aspirin scent in the bottle. I thought this would be my pick of the whole bunch, but actually its second to last. It smells the same wet on the skin. After drydown, all I smell is marshmallow. =/

It may just be my perception, but I really feel like Haus took a different direction with the release than other seasonals. Tons of perfume oils, very few available in other products. It kind of surprised me and isn't the typical kind of release I've come to depend on from Haus. Perhaps it was time to change things up and be spontaneous! It just didn't fair in my favor this time. I still love you Haus, you're amazing in every way, and you're still my number one etailer for bath and body. I look forward to the Winter release and the early year reveries/valentines, which I totally missed out on this year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Solstice Scents Haul and Review

This is my very first purchase from Solstice Scents, so this is my complete stash of SS products. :)






Sugared Amber Whipped Cleansing Scrub in Keylime, Coconut Cream and Pineapple:
At first jar opening, I could smell the fragrance rising from the glistening, pure white sugar crystals. Lifting it for a closer sniff, I get a beautiful blend of all three scents. Such a wonderful aroma, I was ready to get a spoon and dig in!
But instead I went to the sink to do a test run of the scrub with a hand washing. Its nice and scrubby, the sugar granules seem to be very similar in size and as I rubbed I saw some bubbles while the scrub became creamy almost like a lotion. Very nice!
After I towel dried my hands I could still smell this tropical scent! Paradise!
Here's a photo of the top of the scrub:


The mini vials in the second photo above are perfume oils. I ordered two, and got two free since it was my first purchase with SS. She even let me choose the scents for the free ones!

Jack & The Devil - Vanilla, Tobacco, Oakmoss, Amber, Patchouli, Sweet Pumpkin & Soft Spice
--I am fairly certain that I can smell each of the above scent notes, they're really well balanced in this blend. I really love amber, and its definitely coming through on my skin; the spice is very soft which is good because my chemistry tends to amp spices. I smell something sweet now which I think is the vanilla but the tobacco is keeping the vanilla grounded in a very nice way. The patch is nearly hidden in here as well as the oakmoss, very subtle for both. I am really digging this scent, I think it'll be perfect for cool weather; a nice and cozy scent!

Violet Truffle - Dark Chocolate, Violet, Violet Leaf & Vanilla Absolute
--Wow! So complex, its difficult to describe. The chocolate is a nice rich bittersweet dark chocolate, nothing fake here. I get a top note that's a little green but not overly so, very well blended in. The violet sits just under the chocolate, as it morphs the violet turns to a soft powdery scent. The longer its on my skin, the more it changes to sweet scent. The vanilla base lingers throughout, making this a very well blended scent.

Cenobite - A Deep & Rich Vanilla for Vanilla Lovers
--Oh Cenobite, how do I love thee! Very boozy smelling in the bottle but once applied the fragrance blossoms into the most wonderful, deep, rich vanilla. The longer I wear it, the more it smells like vanilla extract, straight from the bean. This is the first vanilla that has not turned to plastic on me. Win!

Astral Temple - Sensual Amber, Ginger, Orange & Clove
--This is the fragrance that drew me to SS. I love amber, and this sounded like a wonderful blend to try. Boy am I glad I did! Its a very lovely rich, yet sweet amber paired with orange and clove; which I think really enhance the amber in a wonderful way. I don't quite smell the ginger as a single note, but I am sure its there. Oh yes, now I smell the ginger layered on top of everything spicing it up just a hare. I wouldn't realize it was there, had it not been listed as a scent note. Gah I could totally live in this fragrance, its that good. If you're an amber lover, definitely give this a try!

Friday, August 19, 2011



Jason just finished making Pesto with basil he grew in his herb garden. I already ate one piece of flatbread of it and its soooo yummy!
He told me that he looked at a few recipes for ingredients and then made up his own proportions for each. I must say this is the best pesto I've ever tried!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cozy Cottage Scents Haul and Scent Review

Cozy Cottage Scents or CCS for short.
http://cozycottagescents.com
http://www.facebook.com/cozycottagescents

TLDR scroll to bottom of entry. :)








Baked Alaska Does anyone still serve Baked Alaska? We're here to bring it back! Vanilla ice cream layers of sponge cake and topped with meringue are just the beginning. The drama comes from the spalsh of rum poured on the Baked Alaska and then flamed table side. The meringue takes on an entirely new flavor!
--I ate this on the train ride on our recent trip to Eureka Springs. They shaped the whole cake like an old fashioned steam engine, and put the rum in the smoke stack so it was aflame when they carted it out. It was such an exciting site to see, so I had to have this tart! I smell the meringue and then I get hit with cinnamon. I don't recall any cinnamon in my baked "train" alaska, but I reckon there could be some variation of recipes. Its a nice scent and has good cold throw, just a bit different from what I had expected. :)
What I really would like, is another bite of this!


Blackberry Marmalade Hard to pick which we like better, our Cranberry Marmalade or our Blackberry Marmalade. This has an absolutely authentic blackberry scent so real you can taste them as they burst open with juiciness. Add a little sugar for sweetness and simmer down to bring out the natural flavor. You can picture the handwritten label on the jar!
--Definitely juicy blackberries and I'm picking up a faint vanilla in there too! Very yummy! cold throw is medium

Bonfire Bliss Reminiscent of gentle dusky breezes and bonfires with notes of dried wind-blown leaves heliotrope cedar amber smoky sandalwood and cinnamon musk with a background containing hints of roasted marshmallows brown sugar and soft vanilla. A truly beautiful lightly spicy fragrance with very very subtle smoke in the background.
--Ooo! Woodsy, yet sweet and campfire smelling! Definitely picking out the marshmallow in this and surprisingly, the sandalwood is not turning my nose away! I really do like this one!

Butterscotch Toffee (butterscotch brulee?) Not sure if this will give you shivers of joy or cavities! Perfect scent of creamy butterscotch. This is one of Lulu's favorites!
--Simply delicious! I could eat it, better yet I will just huff it and save the carbs! I do get a little bit of a plastic aftersmell (is that a word? it is now!), but its not horrible, hoping it will be unnoticable while melting. I think this was mislabeled, either way its the same thing! Cooking sugar to a certain heat point makes toffee. :D -dusts glitter off hands- weee!

Candy Corn This is so yummy they now make a version of this for all the holidays. Vanilla maple butter honey and sugar blended for one of a kind flavor and great throw in a tart.
--sniffs tart, sniffs bowl of candy corn- Not exact, but it is very sugary with a touch of butter. I get a barely there maple too, I'm curious how this will smell when warmed. The cold throw is between medium and strong on this one!

Caramel Cinnamon Latte A fabulous blend of sweet caramel hints of cinnamon and espresso with fresh steamed mild and topped with whipped cream. Your home will smell simply unbelievable
--This one was double bagged, and I can see why! Its super strong and super delicious! I want to just drink this up. :D

Cherry Pixie Stix Our Purple Pixie Stix are a best seller which made us determined to make a perfect Cherry flavor. We did it! The right tartness, nothing artificial, all the cherry candy goodness of the sugary treat.
--Luden's cherry throat drops! Yep, I love them though so I adore this tart too! :D

Chocolate Chip Cookie Sometimes even we are amazed at how perfect a scent can be. Whether you're a slice and bake cookie maker or carefully blend your ingredients from scratch, chocolate chip cookies have a one of a kind aroma as they come out of the oven. We promise we have captured that piece of heaven!
--YUM! First I get the chocolate, then I get the cookie dough. I don't know how they did this blend without it smelling like a sugar cookie. Lovin it! (light scent throw on cold sniff) -looks at all the pretty sparkly glitter on the keyboard tray!-

Cottage Mimosa No doubt this will be a top seller. Bubbly notes swirled with berries make for our very own mimosa drink. Sitting on the porch of the summer cottage, watching the sun come up or go down, enjoying this sparkly, fruity drink. Don't wait for Sunday brunch!
--A very nice blend of berries and orange juice. Its sweet yet not overly tart, the orange is kind of hidden in there but I can smell it. Great for a morning burning, quite refreshing!

Cottage Sangria An easy breezy summer wine cooler, cottage style! Mountains of finely sliced and chopped fruits, from oranges to berries, peaches and pears, swimming in sweet red wine. We like to add a splash of Triple Sec to keep the party lively. Come join the celebration! If you'd like our real recipe for your next party, email us!
--Very similar to purple pixie stix but it has this hawaiian punch fruit note to it which makes it have that wine scent! I think I'm going to love this one when its hot! -notices glitter sprinklings now on the desktop-

Custard Cream Cake NEW - Really, you'll wish this was a real cake. Moist yellow cake with inches and inches of creamy custard filling. Sweet butter, bakery vanilla, powdered sugar and cake, cake, cake! A fantasy come true for all our bakery scent lovers.
--VERY strong buttercream notes with a base of vanilla cake, all topped off with sparkling sugar. Very strong on cold sniff!

weeee! I have glitter all over me! woops there it goes down the shirt! oo this baggie is crunchier than the others, oh yeah, scent reviews!

Frosted Winter Berry A juicy, spicy, berry blend with notes of milky amber, creamy French vanilla, cinnamon and caramelized sugar. Much more complex than the name implies, this scent is a must-have for fruit lovers!
--Very cinnamony on cold sniff, I do pick up the vanilla and a teensy bit of berries. Cold throw is fairly strong. I am hoping the amber and caramel will come out to play when melted!

Grandma's Cupboard Cookies baking in the oven at Grandma's house! Is she making Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip or Sugar Cookie or maybe all three? Stronger than a Sugar Cookie but not as spicy as an Oatmeal Cookie. Fresh baked goodness!
--I ordered two of these because it sounded like the ultimate in kitchen spiced bakery, and boy is it! Its cookie, its cinnamon, its chocolate all wrapped up in a single super fragrant tart! -goes to wash hands, sooooo much cinnamon!-

Marshmallow Fluff - our own blend Sweet gooey marshmallow! The perfect blend of butter sugar and vanilla. We think our Marshmallow is the best you'll find! Absolute perfection.
--straight up marshmallow goo! SO super yummy! This tart makes me want to get body products in Marshmallow, like, now! -bumps cocoa pink to top of wishlist!- No plastic, no sawdust, just straight-up yummy gooey marshmallow!

**Over the Rainbow This fragrance will take you to the world of wishes that come true. With base notes of white and dark chocolate it smells almost edible! Other notes include violet fresh jasmine musk blackberries and vanilla. Hard to describe and even harder to forget.
--A sprinkle of fairy dust from Tinkerbell, that's what this tart is made of! Bakery, floral, musk I don't know whether to take a bite, feel cozy, or think of a warm summer night blooming with jasmine! Its all here, just like she describes - Very unique, a must have! -daydreams of what paradise might smell like, back to the review!-

Panna Cotta This delicious Italian dessert is a decadent and thick creamy pudding with vanila bean, sugar, and sweet cream. Luscious and delicious, this is a scent every bakery and vanilla scent addict must try! Our version is perfect with outstanding throw.
--Highly recommended by our very own jennistarbrite @MUA, I just had to try it - twice! This is a very very rich sweet gooey buttery creamy vanilla tart. Wow is just about all I can think of to say about this one. Super strong on cold throw, I'm sure its going to be way strong when melted! Thank you for the rec Jenni!

peeps Chicks and bunnies of marshmallow dreams coated in sugar sprinkles. Do you like them fresh and fluffy or a week old and chewy? Save some to toast over a campfire amazing!
--Straight up marshmallow and sugar. No other way to put it. :D I am not sure of how strong this will be melting, as it seems a little soft on cold throw.

**Pink Frosted Layer Cake This is NOT a Pink Sugar Blend - this is a Philosophy dupe. We could hardly wait to finish creating this magnificent scent. Our "philosophy" was to take yummy cake, lots of sugar, sweet berries and vanilla frosting to a level of cake fantasy unlike any other. Bakery lovers will build a little shrine to this one.
--OMG this is soooo delicious smelling! Someone hand me a spoon, stat! Sinfully sweet and quite strong cold throw for a bakery scent!

Pink Bubble (Bazooka) - pink sugar and bazooka bubble gum blend.
--Pink sugar kicked up a notch! A little sweeter and a little pinker! YUMMY!

**Pink Lavender - Pink Sugar and Lavender.
--Bow Chicka Bow Wow! Porn Star! Yep, this is the purple one with all the bling in the macro photo I took especially for MsGoddess at MUA. I hope seeing the porn helps her have a speedy recovery! The scent is heavenly. I love pink sugar blends and I have never smelled one done so well! Its like Lavender was made for pink sugar. I thought I liked pink sguar marshmallow and pink sugar vbn, but this blows them both away. Purple, sparkles, yummy! I cannot emphasize enough how much I really love this one! Its sweet, yet rich, and somehow clean. I'm stumped, I am just glad I know how to order more of them! -adds to wishlist-

Pizzelle Picture a sweet vanilla waffle that is really thin and crunchy and looks like a giant snowflake. That's a pizzelle, a cookie the Italians have made famous. It's made in a pizzelle iron, similar to a waffle iron. Vanilla, sugar, butter baked into a delicate and artistic cookie.
--My very first Pizzelle tart, and I'm quite happy about it! Smells just like a waffle cone baking in the hot cast iron press. A little light on cold throw, but I am excited to melt this one!

**Purple Pixie Stix Nothing else taste like that grape powder candy in the skinny paper tube. It's a grape like no other with a bit of tartness that tickles the taste buds and then explodes into sweet grape candy. This one is spot on and fun!
--A reorder, I got two! Stunning and delicious, just like my first. :)

Red Licorice Marshmallow Red licorice in high gear! Our Red Licorice blended with Marshmallow
--yep, I get both notes in this; creamy vanilla spiked marshmallow and sweet red licorice! It has a fairly strong cold throw!

Rice Krispy Treats Do you have a secret ingedient for your crispy rice cereal marshmallow bars? We like to add a little extra butter and the real secret, a teaspoon of vanilla in the melting marshmallows! Try it! Our blend mimics this childhood treat adults love to sneak. Marshmallow, butter, a little vanilla and crunchy rice crisps is what you get in this yummy treat!
--cooked marshmallows, crispy rice and butter - a real treat!

**Sweet Lime-a-licious Kisses This is a must try for everyone it is that good! A kiss of lime and a kiss of suagr is a kiss you'll crave more of! If you are a fan of Fresh Lemon Sugar oh how you're gonna love this fragrance! Fresh lime infused with sweet sparkling sugar crystals gently kissed by lemons. Incredible!
--no joke, this is the best lime tart I have smelled. Its got super strong cold throw, yay! I cannot wait to melt this I think its going to be a nose hair burner!

Tiramisu with Tony (Tony's tiramisu?) Tiramisu has changed dessert menus forever! Delicate sponge cake, soaked in amaretto, espresso, and chocolate with a kiss of cinnamon topped with whipped cream. Can anything be more decadent and European at the same time?
--Now this is what baked alaska should have smelled like! Sweet Amaretto, the hint of coffee adds that burnt meringue scent, the chocolate smells more like a milky white cream to me, and I'm getting a sort of cake batter in this too. Absolutely no cinnamon note - I wonder if they accidentally swapped labels on these? I love it! This is another one that my scent twins, jennistarbrite and tgirl @MUA will love!

Watermelon Candy Is this the one you reach for when you see a bowl of Jolly Ranchers? Mouth watering watermelon candy and we left out all the artificial notes!
--oh my! The description is very accurate, it smells just like a watermelon jolly rancher!! Its really strong on cold sniff too! I LOVE this!

**White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie We really don't need a description for this one, do we? You really need this scent. Really, you do.
--To answer their question, no! You really need this scent. Really, you do! This is like..Exact and...perfect..in every way! I think this has got to be one of my favorite bakery scents compared to all over tarts I have ever sniffed! No kidding, you need this tart! Definitely re-ordering this on my next ccs order.-adds to wishlist- jennistarbrite, tgirl and all my scent twins @MUA, you will LOVE this! I just know you will. :)

Mediterranean Fig The classic fig scent blends earthy notes with sweet, ripe fig. The fig scent is recreated using cashmere woods, melons, lily, ripe strawberry and greens. This is a deep, ripe fig and not overly sweet.
--Very rich and woodsy yet sweet. Just imagine a teeny wood nymph fluttering near wild berries nestled amongst sweet blades of grass! She's being sneaky as not to alert the campers sitting beside their campire. I think this is a really well balanced tart for someone venturing into the woodsy/warm scent category from bakery or even from clean/fresh as this does have a touch of green. If its not your usual M.O., give it shot - I can almost guarantee you'll like it! And if you don't, feel free to toss them my way!

Pineapple Upside Cake This is always such an eye appealing cake when served, don’t you agree? A rich combination of sweet pineapples, vanilla flavored cake, with hints of orange zests, butter, and brown sugar.
--I'm getting vanilla, sweet molasses from the brown sugar and perhaps a little butter. I'm not smelling candied pineapples or orange zest on cold throw. There is a good unusual scent in this that I cannot figure out. lol the tart smells great and I am very curious how it will smell while melting.

Autumn Spice This is the way home should smell when the air is cold, leaves are blowing and your favorite afhgan is calling your name. Very cozy and comfy, a feel good scent!
--Very very heavy cinnamon.I think I'm picking up a red delicious apple in the far distance. Cold sniff is very strong!

Cactus and Sea Salt Interesting combination as you don't see cactus at the sea shore. I like to think of this one as a long distant romance, so perfect together. One of the most amazing scents you will ever smell. Stimulates the senses with oceanic accords and refreshing and shimmering top green notes giving this fragrance a signature of fresh sea spray. Sea moss and driftwood create a rich undertone. A must try.
--Her description suits this perfectly, very fresh oceanic and the green is very soft like an aloe or sweet grass. Jas picked this one out and I'm pleasantly surprised that I like it! :D

**Southern Tea Cake A beautiful afternoon tea on the wrap around porch of the farm house is what day dreams are made of. Picture yourself sipping sweet tea while nibbling delicate tea cakes filled with plump, sweet raisins and crunchy nuts.
--oh. my. God. yep, this one is worth spelling it all out! Its sooo -sniffs- sooo -inhales- soooooo -considers taking a bite- YUMMY smelling. I have not ever smelled a tart quite like this. Delicate little raisin cake petit fours frosted with pastel colored icing and finished with sprinkles of crunchy nuts. A sip of tea, a cool breeze floating by, yes this one is all that and a bag of chips!

**Fruity Fizzy Pop Yes, you will smell the fizziness! A thirst quenching combination of red fruity berries, effervescent bubbles and fun. A feel good, happy scent!
--this was a "order more to get free shipping" scent, and boy am I glad I did! This tart is wonderful! I get grapefruit top notes (the fizz), with berries at the heart, a little something green perhaps, and the base is a barely there vanilla. cold throw is super strong! I am in LOVE with this fragrance and MUST order another! -adds to wishlist-

Fruity Sugar Sprinkles A sweet and fruity concoction of berries, bananas, apples, melons, and pears blended with French vanilla and sprinkled with sugar cane.
--Wow! What an explosion of sugary sweet fruits! This one is going to be great to melt!

**Herbal Raspberry We weren't sure what to expect with this scent however once we tested it, we knew it was a keeper and future best seller. Wow. Not too sweet, not too much berry! An intoxicating blend of raspberry that is mellowed by the scents of an herb garden. If a fruit scent could be described as fresh and clean, this would be it.
--oh wow, this is like Haus of...well you know, raspberry in the raspberry cream soap. So super happy I got two of these, Its divine!

Cozy Cottage Signature Pictue walking into a warm, welcoming cottage in the country and immediately feeling comforted and completely at home. This is our signature scent! A blend of all thing cozy, delicious and comforting including vanilla, sweet raisins, graham crackers, baking spices, and a bit of caramel.
--exactly how its described! When I first opened the box of tarts, this is what the blend of all the fragrances smelled like. The descriptions mentions spice, but there is very little cinnamon, I barely even smell that note. I love this!!

White - Pure. Cleansing. Refreshing. Uplifting. Captivating. Beautiful. Fresh. Perfect. Impossible to describe, everyone needs to experience this intoxicating scent.
--yep, its all that! This is a crisp/bright white, almost like a hint of citrus in it. Its not like those fresh linen scents, its more like a fresh soap. I really love this and think it would be the perfect melt after cleaning house!

Chocolate Rasberry Drizzle Decadent and aromatic with dark chocolate notes surrounding tart raspberries. Aromatic green notes soften the chocolate accord.
--Heaven sums it up nicely! Pure semi-sweet chocolate covering a truffle center of succulent raspberry. I want to bite into this!

Pink Purple Pixie - Pink sugar and purple pixie stix, how could I not love this one!?


TLDR
Faves are:

Pink Frosted Layer Cake
Pink Lavender
Purple Pixie Stix
Sweet Lime-a-licious Kisses
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie
Southern Tea Cake
Fruity Fizzy Pop
Herbal Raspberry

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Villainess



Ordered August 1, shipped August 2, arrived August 5 - fast!
This was my second order from Villainess and I am very pleased with everything. Its nicely packaged and shipped and just look at the cute stickers they included for me!
Villainess is celebrating their 8th birthday and so the first 200 orders received birthday candles. Some of the candles had a special code with them!

Banana Cream Soap - Fresh Banana and Sweet Pineapple creamed with Crisp Coconut.
--A really sweet, ripe creamy banana scent. Love it! Will go great with my bungalow body butter and Sudsy's Banana cream pie body splash!

Some More soap - Smokey milk chocolate, sandwiched with toasted marshmallow between cinnamon honey grahams.
--Chocolatey and well mostly just chocolatey. Yummy from what I can tell, kind of difficult to smell through the shrink wrap.

Supervillainess Redux - Dry woods, worn-in leather, bittersweet cacao and arabica, succulent blackberry and lime, and a salty thread of cilantro.
--I don't usually buy scents with notes of leather in them, but the blackberry and lime persuaded me. I can't quite decide what I think of it. I like it but, then there's that leather note. Will have to keep sniffing and see if its one of those "acquired" scents.


Freebies:
I opened both of these before the photo and so I messed up the labels a little bit. I just couldn't wait to sniff them! :)

Blush soap slice - A blend of sweet berry and tart lime notes, grounded by a slightly tipsy touch of cheap dry wine.
--I smell the berry, with what seems like something woodsy or maybe a warm floral like jasmine. I am not picking up the lime note. Its a pleasant scent, but not a favorite.

Decadance - An indulgent vanilla - alcoholic, buttery and bittersweet with delightful undertones of tonka and coconut. Our favourite vice.
--This soap smells a lot like another favorite fragrance of mine. I love it!

I opened up my candle and I didn't see a code, but it was fun to participate in the 8th birthday for Villainess Soaps.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wahm's Scented Wax haul and review




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This is my second order with Wahm's Scented Wax and I absolutely love everything that Julie makes. From how it looks, to how it smells on cold throw and while melting. She is top notch and has made her way to the top of my list for tart makers. I am already plotting a third order.
Julie is very communicative, fast, and friendly. She's simply amazing, I don't think the gal ever sleeps!

Read on for my scent review!

Christmas Wish - A wonderful Christmas treat. A unique blend of hints of lemon, orange, cedar wood and pine all nestled in a warm, rich vanilla cookie base. It reminds me of a kitchen filled with freshly baked sugar cookies surrounded by pine and pine cones scented in a fireplace.
--Half a dozen donuts! This scent is absolutely amazing. Teresa sent an oil sample to me, and I asked Wahm's if they could find it, little did I know Teresa had asked too! :D So here we are, tart scent heaven. :)

Pumpkin Noel - no description
--Yummy creamy pumpkin, I don't smell any cinnamon at all which is awesome! This scent was done in the scoop w/pumpkins and the whole thing is meltable!

Lemon Buttercream zucchini - no description
--A very yummy sweet lemon buttercream frosting piled high on top of soft zucchini bread. A nice cozy scent!

pumpkin bread (toast 4 pack) - no description
--This smells just like the pumpkin bread my grandmother used to bake! So comforting and warm smelling, this is strong!

gingerbread house (toast 4 pack)- Candied Citrus, Pink Sugar, Ginger Root, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Buttercream Frosting, Allspice, Golden Caramel, Vanilla Sugar.
--a fresh baked gingerbread house decorated with candies, non-perils, frosting, sparkling sugars and spicy gumdrops!

Christmas Cupcakes - You can still smell them baking as the cupcakes are taken out
of the oven and covered in icing and decorated with your favorite Christmas scene.
--This one is the scoop, I asked her to surprise me with the shape and she made cupcakes by hand without a mold! I think she did a wonderful job with them. Reminiscent of vanilla bean noel with a dollop of buttercream frosting. yummy!

limeade - Lime and Sugar
--Definitely fizzy smelling and very limey! Jas and I both love this one, its going to be a strong melter!

Freebies:
Strawberry Shortcake - no description
--Hello Kitty shaped layered in white and pink. The sweetest sugarard strawberries sitting atop a buttery shortcake round. I can't stop sniffing this!

Butter Pecan Ice Cream - no description
--Popsicle shaped. I got this as a freebie in my first order too! Love it!

Bad Banana Jamma - Wahm didn't have a description, so I found this on the supplier's webpage: We combined Banana, pineapple, strawberry, cherry, coconut, vanilla custard, caramel, almond toffee crunch, chocolate fudge and french vanilla.
Then we topped it all off with a super rich and lusciuos whipped cream.
--Straight up sweet, ripe banana, and perhaps a touch of rum. No basey/caramelly/taffy scents in this at all! I would have never thought by the blend decription that this would smell like a real banana! Amazing what certain blended scents can do!

Haus of Gloi - second hand purchase



Ploughman emulsifying scrub - Well worn leather, dirt n' dandelions, carrot, a pinch of tobacco and a light sheen of feral skin musk
--To me this smells like the earth when its starting to rain. I LOVE that scent and have always wished I could find something like it in a body product. This is going to be so awesome to use in the shower on a cool autumn night.

Honey Tree perfume sample - Quite rich! Right from the bee hive - honey amplified by seductive essence of resinous vanilla, darkened by a passing waft of mild rare wood smoke.
--I get a creamy dark vanilla, but when I asked Jas what he thought of it, well..you know what they say about honey scents. =/ So I will most likely be gifting this one elsewhere.

Earth bar soap -Aged patchouli, three vanillas and the glorious exhale of jasmine blooms.
--This soap smells a little spicy and a little..hmm..perhaps musk but its light. I don't smell patchouli distinctly in it, which is great, cause I don't like patch! However; I think I'll love this when using it.

My Bath and Body Stash from etailers














only etailer with their own shelf. :D Love me some HoG!





These are all etailer except for the behemoth scrub from bbw. I didn't want it to feel left out. xD
This is almost my whole stash, I didn't photograph shower gels I have five from Sudsy's which are stashed under the bathroom sink, I forgot to grab them for the photos.
Hope you enjoyed!

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