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Monday, October 13, 2014

Crumb Top

Spent a great weekend sewing, visiting with old friends and just generally hanging out.  Cozy Fireside (yum!  one of my faves!) and Yankee's Cozy Cabin were my scent companions.

Finally had a chance at the end of last week to throw that Crumb Top in the warmers. Hmmmm...not bad.  The perfect blend of oats, butter, and brown sugar to top your favorite dessert.


Although Crumb Top is decidedly out of my scent box, it is a lighter bakery scent that really does have that sort of coffee cake streusel topping effect that is pretty good.  Translation: a bakery scent that doesn't make me gag.  Good job, Scentsy.

Mostly I get the brown sugar and butter, but then I always have a hard time discriminating "oat" scent, ya know?  Bottom line, I'd warm this on a cold day on the rare occasion I have a craving for a sweet scent.   As I already said, I did feel it was a little on the light side, and its last was definitely below average; I put it in the warmers in the morning and by bedtime, I couldn't smell it any more.  For me, that's not a problem, but it is something to consider if you like your scents to last a super long time.

For scent, it is a strong 6, throw was a 5, but last, I'd give it a 4.  YMMV.

Today I'm melting September's scent of the month, Ambrosia.  I'd put off melting this one, too, because I wasn't sure I'd go for the grapiness of it.  Hint:  It's very good.  Very very good.  Full review in the next edition.  As for me, I'm off to finally dig out my Pumpkin warmer.  I've been procrastinating on getting out my fall warmers, but I'm determined that today is the day.  I'll still have six weeks to enjoy it until Thanksgiving hits and it is time to drag out the Christmas warmers.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ack!

I know, I said I was gonna review Crumb Top next, but when I got Very Peary Pumpkin in the mail I had to throw it in first.  So sorry I did.  Ick.  Nasty.  Gross.

Sweet nashi pear, freshly picked pumpkin, tart green apple and toasted spices are carried on a breeze of crisp autumn air.

Pear and pumpkin make for one disgusting combo.  I actually had to get rid of it before it was completely melted, it was that bad.  Mind you, I love Scentsy's Pumpkin Roll and Yankee's Spiced Pumpkin.  I love the smell of fresh pumpkin.  I was repulsed by the horrid Very Peary Pumpkin. It was pearish, and sweet, and appallingly unlike any real pumpkin I've ever smelled.  Who knows where the apple and spices were?  Fleeing for their lives, apparently.


'Nuff Said.

Scent Rating:  1
Last and throw:  Well, it sure seemed strong--say a 10 for throw, but who knows how long that ughness would have lasted??

Blech!  I promptly replaced it with a mix of Pumpkin Roll and an old bar of Embers.

Tomorrow, on a fresh nose, I really will try out that Crumb Top

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Love You Berry Much and Autumn Blaze Maple

I am getting behind on my reviews, so today I have a twofer.

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to give Autumn Blaze Maple a try.  A bountiful harvest of crisp apples and earthy pumpkins with golden maple syrup, warm cinnamon, and a ribbon of smoldering oak.

Gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised.  It reminded me just a little of my beloved Yankee Candle swirl, Cozy Cabin (a mix of Mountain Lodge and Autumn Leaves), only with the addition of maple.  Of course, any time maple is in the mix, it tends to become the predominate note for me, and Autumn Blaze Maple is no different.  But, it didn't make me feel like I was at a pancake breakfast either, and I wasn't overwhelmed with sweetness.

It's a pretty good blend, though, because none of the notes overwhelmed the others--I really didn't feel like it was screaming "apples!"  or "pumpkins"  or anything like that.  It just gave me the impression of walking outside on a crisp fall day in a grove of maple trees.  I like it.  My youngest daughter, on the other hand, gave it a sniff and announced how disgusting she thought it was.  Have I mentioned she doesn't like sweet scents, too, and she really abhors anything with maple, so there you go.

Autumn Blaze Maple is a 7 in my book, and the throw and last are amazing, at 10 for both.  It was still going strong on the second day.  If you do like maple, you'll love it.  Definitely the best maple scent I've come across.


Love You Berry Much


I'm just gonna say it straight out.  Of all the new fall scents so far, Love You Berry Much is my fave of the lot.

A fragrance to crush on: bursting red berries, dreamy white peach, and tart cranberry finished with a splash of vanilla.

At the risk of repeating myself for the gazillionth time, fruity scents are what Scentsy does best.  In fact, I was never a fruit scent lover until I started buying Scentsy, and they have made me a convert.  Very few Yankee fruits grace my stash, although, let's face it, no one does fall/winter scents as well as Yankee.  

Love You Berry Much is just an excellent tartsweet fruity blend, mellowed by a splash of vanilla .  I get way more red berries than I do peach, and the vanilla is very understated.  The bar I melted had just a tiny hint of powder to it, although I haven't heard one other person say that, so it may have been that bar or my nose, or both.   I give it a strong 8, and the throw is excellent at 9.  The last, however was average, at 6.  I couldn't really detect it much on the second day, but oh well!  Just a chance for a new scent in the warmer.

We're winding down on fall scents with only a couple more to go.  Next up is gonna be Crumb Top.  However, I am very much looking forward to trying out November's scent of the month, Very Snowy Spruce.  You know I love me some evergreen.

Also should mention that it is time to vote for January's Bring Back My Bar scents!  Go to https://scentreview.scentsy.us and click on the link for Bring Back My Bar and vote vote vote!!!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Shimmer

What happens when Cerise and Flirtatious have a baby?  Shimmer!  Actually, you might have to throw a little Lucky in Love to get the blend just right <g>.

Get your girly-girl on! Sweet cherries, velvety apricots, and sensual white musk crowned with a tiara of shimmering spun sugar.

When I melted Shimmer, I really couldn't pick out any of the scent notes.  It struck me as more floral than fruit, which is weird, because it doesn't seem to have a lick of floral in it.  It is a soft, floaty Victoria Secret-type scent--something a 16 year old would spritz all over herself after bathing.  Not that that's a bad thing, needless to say.  I enjoy a blast from the long-distant past myself.  

I tend to melt scents like Shimmer on hot summer days when I don't want something heavy or oppressive.  It also would make a great bathroom scent since the throw is a little softer than average.

Overall, I like Shimmer well enough.  Again, I haven't found my fall love. Maybe I'll find it in my next scent--Love You Berry Much.  I give this scent a rating of 7 (the highest so far!), but the scent throw was quite light--a 4, and the last was pretty average--a 5.

A little diversion into Scentsy' forumulation:  It sure seems like the wax is a little harder than usual lately.  I often rinse out my emptied warmers with very hot water to remove the wax traces, and it sure hasn't been as easy to remove.  I've also noticed that some scents have been giving me a little bit of an asthma reaction (which I tend to get with soy based candles and melts--I can't use Bath and Body Works scents for that reason, although I love some of their scents.  I had a horrible asthma attack with one of their candles once, because of the soy, and gave away all the rest of my stash.  So much for soy being the "healthier" alternative to paraffin.  It is a terrible allergen.  I also avoid the Yankee candles with soy.  Ugh)  Anyone else noticed that the formulation seems to have changed, or is this my imagination?


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Orange Amber

Got a hilarious note from a customer this week.  It said,  "I can review Orange Amber in two words: Mandarin Moon."

I could almost hear Orange Amber whispering, "I resemble that remark."

But all jesting aside, there are some similarities, although I personally think Mandarin Moon is way spicier.  When I first melted Orange Amber, my first thought was that it smelled an awful lot like an oldie, now retired, Two Harbors.

Orange Amber's description is:  An alluring blend of bitter orange and clementine, exotic wild ginger, cozy cardamom, and sultry amber.

Two Harbor's was:  Escape to distant shores with tart Meyer lemon and refreshing lime, warmed by sweet vanilla and golden amber rays.


As you can see, it is that citrus/amber thing. However, back to the original comparison.  All I can say is, if Orange Amber and Mandarin Moon were 20's movie characters, Mandarin Moon would be a wild flapper dancing the Charleston and Orange Amber would be the refined gentleman retired to his palatial library.  Gotta say, I do like both, but I'm a little less...well, enervated...by Orange Amber.

But, all it really boils down to is...do you like citrus scents?  Or not?  Does it hedge on orange cleaner, or is it better than that?

Orange Amber is just orange mellowed by amber--not too cleanerish--and just fine.  It is Two Harbors redux, Mandarin Moon only less spicy, Sunkissed Citrus, only, well, a little different.  In other words, we've been there, done that.  And the down side for me is that Orange Amber seems to fade into the sunset pretty quickly...I got a day.  So, the scent is a 6, throw is an 8, and last is a 5.

Next up in the Scentsy Fall 2014 review line-up:  Gonna switch things up and turn up my girly-girl with Shimmer.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sugar and Spice....

and Everything Nice....

Well, Mother Goose was pretty charitable attributing all those good things to little girls, wasn't she, when all the boys got were snips and snails and puppy dog tails?   When I was thinking about Scentsy's new Everything Nice scent, I couldn't help but google the poem to remind myself how it all goes, and I found out something pretty amazing, but more about that later.


Everything Nice


Sugar and spice and everything nice: deep caramel and swirls of butter with roasted pumpkin and glazed pecans.


When I first melted Everything nice, it reminded me of something I couldn't quite place my finger on.  At first, I thought maybe it was that sweet potato marshmallow casserole my sister-in-law brought to our Thanksgiving dinners.  You know the one.  But that wasn't quite right.  Finally, it dawned on me that it smelled just like the sweet potato pie that my adorable daughter got from her equally adorable mother-in-law.  Just like it.  I'm pretty fork-shy of sweet potatoes (they're sweet.  I find that weird), and sweet potato casserole is about the only way I can eat them.  It's the quintessential southern-style pie--lots of butter, brown sugar, spice, sweet potatoes (of course) and if it were up to me, gobs of pecans.



That's what Everything Nice smells like.  It's not bad for a sweet scent.  But you know me.  I wouldn't voluntarily melt a sweet scent if I had something else on hand.  But, if you like the scent of oodles of brown sugar floating in melted butter, with a hint of pumpkin and pecan, then this will be your winner.  For me, it is an acceptable sweet one (meaning it doesn't send me gagging like Caramel Pear Crisp), and the throw and last are outstanding.  It is still going strong in my warmers; I started it yesterday morning and I keep my warmers on all the time, even at night.  All in all, I give it a 5 for scent (that sweet thing), and a 10 for throw and last.

Next review?  Orange Amber


Mother Goose

Now, back to the Mother Goose thing.  Mother Goose was the backbone of my early childhood, and I very vividly recall the big Mother Goose book of rhymes we had at home right down to the illustrations.  But, when I googled the poem with What are Little Girls Made of, I was blown away.   I had no idea that there was a long version of the poem!  The original version is attributed to a 19th century poet, Robert Southey, however, it is believed that unknown authors extended it over the years until it became this somewhat ballad-like version.  It goes like this:


  What are little babies made of, made of? 
          What are little babies made of?
             Diapers and crumbs and sucking their thumbs;
          That's what little babies are made of.

          What are little boys made of, made of?                                      
          What are little boys made of?
             Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails;
          That's what little boys are made of.     
                                         
          What are little girls made of, made of?
          What are little girls made of?
             Sugar and spice and everything nice;
          That's what little girls are made of.

          What are young men made of, made of?
          What are young men made of?
             Sighs and leers and crocodile tears;
          That's what young men are made of.

          What are young women made of, made of?                                
          What are young women made of?
             Rings and jings and other fine things;                                        
          That's what young women are made of.  
                                     
          What are our sailors made of, made of?
          What are our sailors made of?
             Pitch and tar, pig-tail and scar;
          That's what our sailors are made of.

          What are our soldiers made of, made of?
          What are our soldiers made of?
             Pipeclay and drill, the foeman to kill;
          That's what our soldiers are made of.

          What are our nurses made of, made of?
          What are our nurses made of?
             Bushes and thorns and old cow's horns;
          That's what our nurses are made of.

          What are our fathers made of, made of?
          What are our fathers made of?
             Pipes and smoke and collars choke;
          That's what our fathers are made of.

          What are our mothers made of, made of?
          What are our mothers made of?
             Ribbons and laces and sweet pretty faces.
         That's what our mothers are made of.

          What are old men made of, made of?
          What are old men men made of?
          Slippers that flop and a bald headed top.
That's what old men are made of. 

          What are old women made of, made of?
          What are old women made of?
             Reels, and jeels, and old spinning wheels;
          That's what old women are made of.

          What are all folks made of, made of?
          What are all folks made of?
             Fighting a spot and loving a lot,
          That's what all folks are made of.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Boho Chic!

                Scentsy does Boho Chic with its own version via scent---Boho!

A bohemian fragrance of clove-studded winter apples entwined with juicy black plums, candied mulberries, and cinnamon sticks.

          
      One thing I really like about this scent is its balance.  A lot of fall scents really bring on the cinnamon and clove pretty strongly---and I like that—but once you have done it, then what?  Boho reminds me a lot of an older Yankee scent whose name escapes me right now, but it is the right blend of fruit, spice, and that undertone of fall woodiness that can be very pleasing.  Boho is perhaps a bit stronger on the fruity than the rest.  And big bonus?  It is not toooo apple-y.  I definitely get more of the plum/mulberry vibe, and that is just fine by me.  Another big plus is the departure from that perfume note that was bugging me in Pom Pear and,  to a lesser extent, Sno-leil. 
            Boho is another Scentsy fruit story success .  I like it quite a bit, although, once again, it doesn’t cross over into the love department.  I give Boho a 7 plus.  The scent throw is pretty good, although it’s not a screamer, another strong 7, and the last is acceptable—a solid full day and a half per cube, another 7.

            Next up in the Scentsy Fall 2014 trials?  Everything Nice