Thursday, April 7, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 4 / April 2016

April is upon us! The birds have returned, the Northern Hemisphere has warmed up, the plant life is blooming, and the Band of Bloggers are gearing up for another monthly post. Feel free to join us in this conversation by commenting below!

What product have you tried that has surprised you with its performance? It can be anything that comes to mind.
Many years ago, Bath & Body Works had the best Wallflower bulbs. I mean, knock you on your socks, intense scent amazingness. I'd say this was 4-6ish years ago. Now, the ones I have tried lately have been real stinkers. It's sad knowing what products used to be fantastic have now been reduced to meh. That's an older example, so let me think of something newer for y'all!

I placed my first order with Lake Providence Lodge about a year ago. This is a vendor that was super hyped up in wax groups and the like. I am always wary about hyped-up vendors because usually, I am massively disappointed when it comes time to melt me goods. I will always regret being a doubted about LPL because her wax has always been relatively consistent for me! I have not had one horrible or non-throwing product yet, to my joyful surprise! And, her scents are super realistic, too. 

Now, for a bad example. I'm all about Trader Joe's. I like to read review blogs about new products and get a sense about what people think about products they have, anything from baked goods to cookies to frozen meals. I tried these really highly recommended thai lemongrass appetizer sticks one time, they have chicken in them, and they were the most disgusting, soap-tasting baked poo-logs I have ever eaten. Disappointment doesn't even begin to cut it. Do you think you can be surprised in a bad way, or does this count more a shocked?! I don't care, I'm leaving it in so others know not to get those nasty buggers ever!!!!!! ;)

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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #103: Glitterati's Mac Apple Cranberry Woods Vanilla Bean Noel

What a looooooooooooooong scent name! Good lord!
Glitterati Candle Company's Mac Apple Cranberry Woods VBN
Cold Rating: 7/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; an intriguing blend of scents. The apple is the strongest, crisp and fresh, but right behind it is the intense woodsy odor mingling with sweet cranberry. The vanilla mellows it all together to make a wonderful fall and winter blend. This tiny tart threw better than some full size tarts I have melted. Same problems as before, wanting to order but can't, insanely long waiting periods, worth the wait??? Gotta be quick about getting on a list!! Loving this small sample size, especially when it throws this brilliant. Lasted 8 hours in the bathroom, perfect for a gloomy day. Conjuring up ideas for next year's Thanksgiving and Christmas day scents.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #102: Glitterati's Cucumber Mint

Do you ever want your house to feel like a cleaning factory? I do. Is that weird? Sometimes you just need to make it smell, the cleaner, the better.
The Glitterati Candle Company's Cucumber Mint
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating9/10
Throw Rating10/10
Overall Rating9/10; One of the most boss cucumber scents I have ever smelled. So fresh, extremely minty, made for a wonderful cleaning day scent. Growing scent preferences as I get older?Keeping up in the little cup even since June 2015. Straight cucumber and mint, no more, no less. Referencing Star Wars prequels makes me hate myself. Green wax makes it looks like I'm melting nothing in my green warmer. Lasted 11+ hours in the bathroom warmer, and I even closed the windows to savor the last vapors of fumes. Loving Glitterati's wax, hating insane waiting periods for wax in the form of custom list sign up only and flash sales along the way. Worth the wait????? Well, not when you're itching to order!!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 3 / March 2016

Welcome to the third edition of the Band of Bloggers. March is upon us and visions of spring lull us out of the winter doldrums. This month's topic sprung forth from a conversation with Deb and reading Michelle's blog post recently about Tea & Cakes being a scent trend. 

What scent trends have you noticed or have you fallen into so far this year? What do you predict being some trending scents? Scent trends can be in wax, candles, perfume, and/or body care. 
I feel like evvvvvverywhere I look this year, Pink Stiletto is a huge scent trend between vendors. I personally don't know what's in it, but it seems like it's everywhere. As for me, I have stayed in the same peppermint/minty scent trend I'm always in, I can't get enough of 'em! I'm super boring when it comes to scents and trends now, I only buy what I know I like or something in the general vicinity of what I think I'll like. I've wasted too much money buying stuff I've either hated or thrown away because it was stinky. As far as scent trends in body care, I have seen a lot of bakery scents making their way into popularity. Breads, cakes, sweets, the whole nine. Personally, I don't feel like smelling like a donut, I'll let my house take care of that! :P

We would love to hear from you! 

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.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #101: Sugar and Spice Gourmet Soy's Pomegranate

Sugar and Spice Gourmet Soy's Pomegranate
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; fresh, sweet pomegranate that's also a bit...something else that's not quite earth and not quite clean, but somewhere in the middle? If that makes any sense (but I know it doesn't so humor me). Quite a thrower, medium-strong scent for about 6.5 hours in the bathroom warmer. Noticeably dissipated after about 4-5 hours, stayed in the air for the rest of the time. Lovely on a hot winter's day (seriously, it has not been a cold winter, and where the hell is this el nino we were promised!?). Reminds me of a perfume I smelled once, but not quite as complex. Not in your face pomegranate, but a mellow, lovely one. Wanting to buy a pomegranate from the store, not knowing what to do with it. Chocolate covered pomegranate seeds from Trader Joe's. SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS WINTER??? Josh remarked that he liked this one, too!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #100: Candles from the Keeping Room's Strawberry Marshmallow

I have done 100 Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review! WOWZA!!! :)
Candles from the Keeping Room's Strawberry Marshmallow
Cold Rating9/10
Lit Rating: 9/10
Throw Rating10/10
Overall Rating: 9.5/10; one of the best throwing melts I have ever encountered. SO GOOD. The strawberry is Carol's signature partially candied sweet/partially realistic earthy strawberry, mixed with her wonderful, gooey marshmallow to make this one heck of a melt. Those. Strawberry. Shape. Are. So. Cute!! Could smell this outside my house. Lasted 12+ hours between the bathroom and bedroom melts. Finally, I feel reinvigorated to melt again! Needing more of CFTKR's new scents. Missing restock windows, or opting not to buy. Not good for my wallet. Wanting to make angel food cake. Air smelling so good you want to taste it. Tremendous staying power mixed with insane throw  = one of the greatest melts I have had in a long time!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Random Post: Hi!

Hey all, it's been a while! Happy New Year!

During and after the holidays, I got into a bit of a wax/blogging funk. It was a combination of things, really. The funk, plus I had to reformat my computer. I had a bit of a scare a month or so ago, and after several desperate attempts to save my stuff, I had reconciled with the fact that all of my photos, music, and videos would just be gone, vanished without a trace. On a whim, I tried to reinstall Windows on my PC and save the C drive to see if I could have a sliver of a chance at keeping all my stuff. AND BAM! IT WORKED! It was a pain in the ass to be without a computer for nearly a week, but all my photos were there when I backed the computer up, thank the stars! Well, everything but the program I use to tag my photos.  :'(

I must be honest, I have not been buying wax much these days. It's a combination of the money factor, the fact that I have been trying to spend less time thinking about wax that I'll barely ever melt, and melting through what I already have while getting rid of stuff I know I don't want/will never melt. Yes, I've even had to throw away a bit of wax that had lost its smell. YIKES. This, as you know, is a waxy's worst nightmare. I am also very much off of the Facebook wax group game. Every vendor has a group, every group of friends as a group, and somehow, I wound up in all of them. :P I think I have dwindled my list down to the vendors and groups I adore the most, but it seems like new groups pop up every single week.

It's not that I'm not melting, it's just that I've been distracted a lot more these days. I know, I know, I'm a terrible person, but we have had so many projects going on over at Lolo Loves Films between the year-end recap lists, Oscar movies month, out monthly editorials and lists, juggling our new column in the Clairemont Times, doing a podcast show on the weekends with friends, and trying to see all of the newly released theatricals films, we've had a lot on our plate. Unfortunately, this blog has taken a bit of a back seat. I know what you're thinking: she's done. She's out of the wax game for good. I want to assure you, I'm not going anywhere! I have been trying to get better at waking up and switching out the various wax dishes I have right in the morning so I have *something* to blog about other than years old tarts and the same Bath & Body Works candles everyone else buys.

Bare with me, friends, I haven't forgotten about the smelly goods that brought us together. I hope you stick with me, even if I'm blogging less than I used to. :)