No Unicorns Were Harmed In The Making Of This Post

I swear TJ Maxx Homegoods has some of the cutest most interesting and unique things out there. From their yummy and healthy treats to their wide variety of bath and body to the crazy amounts of items to decorate ones home.  I have really been enjoying myself these past few shopping trips just letting myself get lost in everything they have to offer and browse. Though you know what happens when one tends to browse…$$ While looking through the body care I ran across this beauty below.

Unicorn Tears hand wash by Bubbleosophy caught my eye with it’s incredible name first. It’s unicorn themed come on! Everyone loves unicorns! Anyone who would make one cry though is a real piece of work but its still a cool name either way.  

For 4.99 you get 16.9 oz of thick glittery hand soap. 
‘Fall off my unicorn’ by the smell you say? Guys. It smells incredible! 
It’s thickness leaves you scrubbing your hands a little longer than most soaps but to be fair quicker is not always better for a good clean hand wash. After patting my hands dry I observed my hands for what I expected to be complete and utter shine but I was only left with a slight scent that lingered on the skin. Not a speck of glitter in site. 

As much sparkle that the bottle holds I figured my hands would have at least some shimmer after washing but somehow clean hands are all that remain. 
All in all its a very cute concept, smells great too but didn’t deliver the sparkle this girl wanted. I am glad I stuck to trying one bottle first!

Wait For It..Yep! Another Super Tarts Haul! 

Someone has to be out there that loves ST as much as I do. Has to be! Doesnt the nerdy/geeky theme just tug at your fandom heart strings? I’m a little behind in posting this haul but here it is in all its glory!  

Good Witch– Magically Delicious & White Clouds

Guys. This is a must try! Then when you try it, it will be a must have in your collection! I should have grabbed at least two! Usually I don’t do Brandi’s Magically Delicious scents but something about it being a slight bakery added with the most gentle laundry note is so relaxing. 
It Wasnt Just A Dream (x2)- Pink Sugar, Lavender cream and Peppermint. (Go To Sleep blend)

I’m beginning to think all of ST’s lavender cream blends, especially with pink sugar, are a favorite of mine. This one is a fast favorite though because of the lovely peppermint. 

President Snow– Peppermint cream, white rose and vanilla ice cream

I didn’t know what to expect with this. It’s strong on the rose but not as overbearing as most of the florally bouquets of rose or rose jam can be. 

Snow- Spearmint Mac Apple 

A different type of fragrance yet unique and beautiful in its own way. Fresh, deep apple mint gum type. I can’t wait to give this one a melt and see how I like it. 

Fake N Bake– Zucchini bread, sugar cookie and sweet cream

Everyone raves about this one so when it finally came available again I grabbed a clam. I’m very unsure about it though with the very salty like zucchini bread. The sugar cookie is present but light which I hope will come out more when warmed. Maybe I can make it work by blending something more sweet or fruity with it. 

Elsa– Cotton Candy ICE cream

Repurchase. Light, creamy candy like but very good for blending and sweetening up melts. 

BuffyRosemary Mint & Lemonade

Mouse Ears is that you? If I didn’t know any better I would figure this was Brandi’s mouse ears blended with the slightest hint of something added since the rosemary mint on cold is very light. 

Poltergeist- Icy Spearmint, Vanilla Cupcakes and Sugar Cookies.

Another repurchase. My previous review: “A strong blast of spearmint, more minty than toothpaste like, hits the nose first that’s less intense with the vanilla cupcakes and cookies.”

My favorites from this haul would be Good Witch, It Wasn’t Just A Dream and Poltergeist.

I’m excited for Brandi to restock her Fright Night Collection for fall. Any scents you are looking forward to? 
Until Next Melt, 

Haven Street Candle Company- Coastline Sunset

Vendor/Brand: Haven Street Candle

Scent: Coastal Sunset 

Product: One Wick  5.044 oz Scented Candle

Price: 3.99

Throw: Strong 

“Not a highly scented candle, A richly scented!” I found that wording interesting. 

This candle was another one of my Ross Dress For Less finds. I didn’t know what to expect from the performance since most of my candles have been complete duds as of late and with this being a smaller sized candle and not a brand that I’ve heard about, I wasn’t holding my breath. 

I was wonderfully surprised within less than 10 minutes of lighting, my bedroom was filled with a scent compareable to an ocean breeze scent with light coconut notes.

This small candle carried a mighty punch strong enough for my high ceilings and medium bedroom. Not the cleanest burn on terms of leaving some wax on the sides of the glass but the wick required little to no mantinece and burned beautifully without sooting. If I find more of this brand I’ll definitely be picking up more. 

You can also find out more about this brand here @havenstreetcandles on Instagram or if you are unable to find them at Ross’s. 

Until Next Burn, 

A Cup Of Tea- Taste Test and Review

My poison of choice is peppermint tea. It used to be plain de-caffeinated black tea but because of limited drink options due to health reasons, peppermint tea it is. Nothing like winding down after a long day with a hot cup of tea in your favorite mug. Since I don’t drink coffee it is also nice to have to occasionally drink in the mornings when I crave something hot. 
As I’ve mentioned in a few post (and a few post to come) TJ Maxx/ Homesgoods has been my place of fun these past few weeks. I have found many neat things to share with you all. One of them being these Lavender Honey Spoons I’ll be reviewing here for you today. 

The bag includes 5 spoons that are single wrapped, vacummed sealed than twist tied. Having them single wrapped makes them perfect for sharing or gifting to others. I can’t help but think how cute these would be in a gift set along side a tea cup and a few packages of tea! 

First off let me add a little warning here that if you do decide to taste/lick this on it’s own before stirring it in your tea/coffee (hey, who am I to judge, it might be good in any hot beverage?) just be forewarned that it is strong and rather sweet! I’ve tried this on two different tea time occasions (both in which were peppermint tea) and each one was slow to melt which allows for sweetening throughout your tea sipping and let’s you control the amount with which you would like to add. The first time I was at work and had let the whole spoon melt and found it a tad too strong for my liking while this past time it melted out completely with a different brand of peppermint tea and a bigger mug and it was wonderful. I still found that I liked my two tea spoons of sugar to help balance out the peppermint but otherwise the spoon gives off a sweet candied lavender almost like what you could compare and think the sugared lavender twist melt at Wal-Mart would taste like with added benefits of golden honey. 

On the search through my home for tea scents, I found that I don’t have many tea inspired melts amd candles on hand. The few I was able to find are pictured above posed with darling Miss’s Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast. 

  • London Tea & Calling (Tea & Lemon) from Bath & Body mini candle and three wick
  • Tea With The Queen Bunny Melt from The Bathing Garden-This tart is the most amazing scent of roobios red tea. Very comforting and mild, just like the drink
  • Tea With Mango & Mint From The Bathing Garden- Freshly Brewed White Tea Leaves rounded out with mint and ripe mango.
  • Doomsday From Super Tarts –Plum Iced Tea & Lemon Slices 
  • (Not pictured) Slytherin From Super Tarts-Honeydew Melon, Blackberry and White Tea

Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite type of tea? Do you like tea in wax? Let me know! 

Bond, James Bond

Vendor/Brand: Super Tarts

Scent Name: 

007A Sexy Blend of Classic Tuxedos, $100 Bills and Golden Amber. 

Price: 4:00

Throw: Light 

Warmer Used: Glade 20 Wyatt 

“Bond.. James Bond. ”

A very handsome blend indeed on cold. Smells of a man’s cologne with the spice of rich honeyed amber. 

One cube threw very light in my tea light warmer which left me struggling to notice it’s presence the first time I melted this. The second time was in my glade as I normally would melt in. Almost the same results except possibly the slightest bit more of a throw though I still forgot I was melting anything within less than an hour of melting. On cold it was very strong so for it to come off so light it surprises me. 

Not a repurchase but it may be one that could work for you as I’ve heard a few people really enjoy this scent and have got good performance from it. It just didn’t work for me and my home. 

Until Next Melt, 

Something A Bit Different- A Ginger Candy Taste Test

Ginger has been used for centuries to treat inflammatory conditions to reduce inflammation. Ginger is also said to help in soothing nausea and digestive issues. With its many uses it’s quiet a handy seasoning/spice to keep on hand. 

One Friday afternoon my mother and I were shopping and had stopped by our local TJ Maxx Home Good’s to do some mother daughter shopping. Along side many fun beauty products and home decor, they have has some of the most interesting drinks (teas, coffee, sodas), snacks/candy (gummies, caramelized nuts, chips, crackers, cookies ect.) This is when I found an assortment bag of ginger candies called Gem Gem’s that sparked my interest. 

Included in the bag was a pouch of: Just Ginger, Zesty Lemon, Oh, Oh Orange and Gimme More Mango. 

I’m unfamiliar with ginger as it isn’t a spice I use on a regular and I haven’t had it in a candy form either so I was interested in giving these a try. I appreciated that the company put together a sampling of each flavoring in one sample package like this so that it gives the buyer a chance to see what they like. I also love the bright packaging and artwork on the side decorating each one. Something I love even more is that each of the candies are individually wrapped for sharing and/or the ease of on the go snacking.

Made from just a few ingredients such as ginger, tapioca starch and cane sugar and the flavored ones have their added natural flavorings. 

I decided to go for the plain ginger first to get a feel of what I’m working with. Very tacky and chewy out of the package but lightly dusted in what I believe to be powdered sugar. Chew this well like you would a caramel. It isnt as tough as a caramel just has that sticky, stick-to-your-teeth consistency. The spice though.. wowza, that is different. It’s hot and spicy leaving your taste buds tingling. 

Zesty Lemon– Oh this is delicious. The ginger is much more palatable and toned down. The lemon isn’t sour but more of a bright sunshine lemon zest that is lightly flavored in the background. (This would be a good wax melt too!) 

Gimme More Mango!– Too strong for my liking. I associate mango with strong wax or perfume notes so it comes off very perfumey to me yet my husband really liked it and describes it as more of a fresh mango juice with light spice. 

Oh, Oh, Orange-

Another great one! Freshly squeezed orange juice to sweeten and brighten this chewy candy. 

I returned back to TJ Maxx and I was able to find a big bag (5 oz) of the Zesty Lemon along side another sampler bag. The big bags run about $2.99 each and the sampler bags are $3.99. I would recommend the lemon and orange. They both really do a great job of being subtle enough to still enjoy the ginger yet take some of the heat off the pallet. 
If interested these can also be purchased through The Vitamin Shop or I believe you can find them on Amazon. Their website can be found here
Are you a ginger fan? Have you had these candies before? Let me know! 

Band Of Bloggers- August 

How well do you know your favourite Band of Bloggerette? Sure, we’re all reasonably up to date on each other’s interests, hobbies and the pretty, glittery things that make our hearts go pitter pat, but when it comes to the vitally important markers of a person’s character – favourite band, desert island scent, fight stance in the zombie apocalypse – how well do we truly know our virtual neighbours? 🙂 Let’s delve into 10 deeply random questions and find out, shall we?

1. No really, zombie apocalypse survival strategy: Fight or flight?

I’m going to have to be a whimp and say probably flight yet im not very fast either.. so I wonder if my best bet is to try to stick it out and fight? I’m pretty dedicated when I put my mind to something so if it was staying alive I think I would fight until the end yet it wouldn’t take too long.

2. You’ve been a bad, bad kitty and you have just one final meal coming your way. What’s on your plate?

This is a tough one. I’m not really sure what I would pick because in all honesty I would probably be a complete wreck/bucket of tears and wouldn’t be able to eat let alone enjoy anything. Though I feel that I would probably go simple and nostalgic like a few peanut butter sandwiches (single slice, folded in half to create the sandwhich) and dunked into a good ole bowl of veggie tomato soup or fried deer steak and hashbrown casserole. Though if I had the option of fast food probably Pizza Pro Cheese Sticks or Chick-fil-a.. but again how do you choose? 

3. Aside from wax (or nail polish, or crafting supplies, or beauty products) what item do you have major multiples of?

Well, you’ve completely knocked me out of the game especially when you said crafting supplies. Let’s see, I would say I have quite a bit of board games as I mentioned in my earlier collection post, though I also have too many leggings. Leggings I hardly ever wear unless it’s around the house since I don’t have a lot of tops that go with them or that are the  correct length. Some of them are pictured above

4. You’ve just won the lottery. Before best friends you didn’t even know you had begin to show up on your doorstep, what’s the first thing you buy without even thinking twice?

Probably a new car. Pretty generic right? My car is around a 2005 so it’s about that time to get into a new one but it sure is nice to not have to make a car payment! 

5.Biggest celebrity crush? This can be anybody – an actress, a musician, a fictional character from a favourite movie, book or television show, or maybe even an historical figure.

I currently don’t have one. I wracked my brain on this question and I just don’t have any drool worthy, juicy crushes. Though for the sake of the blog, my husband reminded me that back in the day I used to have a thing for Patrick Swayze especially in the role of Dirty Dancing, Outsiders and Ghost, but who didn’t? I also thought that Benidict Cumberbatch Sherlock didn’t look too shabby either as I stumbled down that incredible series thanks to the hubs.

As for actors I simply look up to, you know I gotta say my Girls! (Golden Girls) Betty White is still incredible and as beautiful as ever! 

 6.Flats or heels? Or are you running barefoot through life like some sort of hippie?

Are converses an option? Ha-ha! 

Okay, Flats. I love the look of heels and how dressy they can make an outfit look but I just have no idea how one wears those on a daily! My feet hurt after an hour date in them and I’ll be having trouble walking back to the car dreading my decision the whole walk back and playfully whining to my husband about how I hope he enjoys  that I dress up nice for him :P.  Though when I’m home, barefoot is the way to go. 

7. Whether it was created through a customs order or simple pick-and-mix blending at home, what’s the greatest scent blend you’ve ever stumbled upon?

I haven’t created many customs though I have been blending a lot here recently. Not a custom just a favorite, pink lavender peppermint is a must have. Though I was pretty impressed when I stumbled on blending Brandi’s (ST) Lauvea (Lavender Buttercream Sugar Crystals) with So White Peppermint from Rose Girls. My favorite candle from Bath and Body Works to this day is still probably Tea and Lemon (London Calling) 

8. It’s snack time!  Are you reaching for the sweet or the salty?

SALTY! This would be almost any kind of chips or crackers even down to plain tortilla chips. I would say my favorite though are Cheese-its or those Goldfish and chips I am all about those baked lays especially the bbq ones. 

9. What’s a personal style moment you’d never care to re-live?

I’m assuming you mean like a fashion style or haircut of the past so I would definitely choose a haircut that I had as a child by accident that completely made me look like a boy! I had to wear bows or headbands in my hair just to try and help things out; it was so short. I believe it started around the tops of my ears on the sides. I just cried and missed my hair. 

10. You are going to live in a biodome beneath the sea for the next three years and have been allotted space for just ONE book (tiny dome!)  What cherished book will keep you entertained for the next 1095 days?

I have pondered this and without being disqualified and saying my iPad with the kindle app, I assume a cook book to practice my under water cooking skills is a no go as well? In that case I would than choose my Bible as it would be the perfect time to catch up on my reading and have no worldly distractions/excuses to stand in the way. 

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Diamond Ring- Breakup  

Diamond Ring Candles

Product: One Wick Scented Ring Candle 

Scent: Berry Cooler

Throw: Non-existent 

I feel the need to start from the beginning before I go further. My first post on this blog was a review of a Diamond Ring Candle. On this post I gave it rave reviews on it’s throw, clean burn performance and just expressed that overall I was happy with my experience. Since then I have posted at least two other reviews on this company and have burned several others. 

This past Christmas my husband bought me several more DR Candles as again we were both pleased with our past experieces and expected nothing else. That being said, I don’t know if there has been a change in the way they are now making the candles or if we have just received old/bad batch of candles ect but I have had the worst luck with them as of late. 

Not only have I received poor or no throw (I assumed some of the lighter scents maybe just wouldn’t do as well?), I’ve also struggled with a few tunneling issues and the wicks sooting like mad. One night sooting to the extent that I was so concerned as we watched tv and had one (the candle you see above) burning and could see the wick giving off a stream of smoke. I won’t put up with dirty, sooting candles. This leaves me no other option than to melt them in my candle crock. 

When I first started experiencing problems I just assumed it had to be something I was doing or just a fluke since this was a familiar brand that I had grown to love but after testing a few others with the same result, I had, had enough. I will probably melt through the rest I have left in my candle crock as I do not like to waste candles but I do not have high hopes and I went ahead and told my husband that I think we are through with this company. I’m just greatly disappointed. 

Have you burned any candles from this brand? What are your thoughts?

Until Next Burn, 

Small ScentSationals Wax Haul

Retail wax: ScentSational/Better Homes & Gardens aka Wal-Mart Wax is I’m sure where most of us waxies first dipped our toes into the water of wax melts. It’s where we first began and where we continue to return to for affordable dependable wax fixes especially come fall! This past weekend I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart looking for fall melts which of course they didn’t have out yet. Did I walk out empty handed? Of course not! All but two are ScentSationals, the others are Better Homes & Gardens.  

Vanilla Bean Value Pack– 12 cubes of vanilla creaminess. Not to be mistaken with Vanilla Cookie Crunch from BH&G, as it has more of a vanilla bakery while VB is more cream and true vanilla. My plan for this is to try blending it with other scents to achieve that extra creaminess I want in my melts. I have really been enjoying ice cream in my vendor wax so I’m excited to see how this compares. 

Strawberries and Cream– A favorite of mine that is great melting alone or blends well with many other melts. Sweet cream and tart candied strawberries. 

Calypso Sands-Ocean mist and light aquatic florals with only a kiss of honeydew to sweeten this melt. 

Caribbean Sea Breeze- Strong coconut and ocean waves reminding me more of a perfume than rolling tides.  Though this would go nice im the bedroom during the summer.

White Sandlewood 
Manly, outdoorsy, cologne type. 

Fruit Medley- 

Smells exactly like it’s named. A fresh, sweet mix of tart fruits. Citrus and kiwi dominate.

What are some of your favorite retail wax scents? 

Until Next Melt, 

Stormy Nights- Interiors Candle Review

Vendor/Brand: Interiors (Family Dollar)

Product: Single Wick 18 Oz, Scented Candle 

Price: $5 

Scent: Stormy Nights

Throw: Light

The wick had me fearful of some major sooting so I decided this would be strictly a melting candle in my beloved but hardly ever used candle crock. On cold it smells very strong and like a freshly showered man would smell. This candle really reminds me of the car mirror air freshener trees in the scent I believe to be named Black Ice by the Little Tree’s Brand. 

Melting the candle down I expected more of a powerful punch than it gave as the masculine scent was SO strong on cold.

The candle threw pretty light in the crock both times that I tested it. I let the full candle pool out and let it melt for several hours each time but still the end result was just a low throw. 
Until Next Burn,