Band of Bloggers - Vol. 5/May 2016

You know what they say, April shower and all that jazz! Happy May, and welcome to the Band of Bloggers! We hope this post finds you well, and we hope the first half of your 2016 has been treating you right. Please join us in this month's conversation below, we love hearing feedback from our readers!

I don't know about the rest of you, but where I live, it's warm almost all the time. We barely have a fall season, and it hardly ever rains. I hate the heat, so in essence, I am forced to live with something I don't particularly like! 

My Band Of Bloggers question for May is: if you had to choose 1 or 2 scents you absolutely dread and you had to melt and smell them only for the rest of your life, what would they be and why? And also, why do you dislike them in the first place?

I have a strong dislike for coffee and pineapple scents. I almost threw up a little bit thinking of those two combined in a blend. But if I had to pick two scents that I had to melt, it would be pineapple first, then coffee. I'm not sure if I could ever get used to the bitterness that I smell in coffee scents. Pineapple is much less offensive for me but there's something about pineapple that makes me make weird faces. Not actual pineapple, I could eat the fruit all day but there's a dryness and almost saccharine note in pineapples in wax. But...I think I'd probably be able to get used to it and focus on the sweetness instead.

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.

Glitterati Haul (Part One) - March 2016

Custom orders from The Glitterati Candle Co. are hard to come by. One must have a combination of being very lucky in addition to being able to perform quickly under pressure for the chance to order whatever you want from this much loved wax company. 

There is no website, no newsletter, no storefront. There is a list and that list is everything. If your name is on that list, you were online, in the Glitterati facebook group and your fingers were hoppin' to it when the designated time arrived. Even if you were all those things, chances are you still failed to secure a custom spot before the predetermined number of names were accounted for. 

It's okay. It's happened to the best of us. It's definitely happened to me. 

While the disappointment is there, I sleep easy knowing that 1. I have a nice stockpile of Glitterati to keep me melting happily 2. I'm on the sampler list and 3. my last custom order just arrived!
More about the ordering process a little later. For now, take a look at what I've been sniffing lately!
Scent shots! This is the first time I've ordered scent shots and I'm tempted to only order them from now on. As much as I love Glitterati chunks, they are huge and require cutting. I'm not a fan of handling any wax, but Glitterati wax is especially messy so if I get great performance out of these shots, I might stick with them for future customs.
I ordered 2 cups in each scent. Scent shots are $1.75 each.

strawberry punch bread - not my favorite strawberry because it veers towards a cherry cough syrup. I can pick up a hint of the bread note which makes this blend remind me slightly of strawberry pretzel dessert (also not my favorite).

pumpkin pecan waffles / ice cream scoop bread / blueberry - did I mention that you can custom blend scent shots? You can! PPW gets even creamier with a little ice cream in this blend. The blueberry's input is a soft spoken sourness that works well.

serendipity / tropical bomb / toasted coconut - tropical bomb isn't on the scent list anymore and I can't remember exactly what it was but judging by the likes of this blend, it was pretty good. umbrella drink, beach, book and this blend.

creamy strawberry lemon - smells like a starburst, much heavier on the lemon than the strawberry. super strong

strawberry margaritas - another candy like scent with added fizziness and lime. nice and fruity.

watermelon / pomegranate / fresh pear - oh so good. a delicious, mellow sweetness that's not too sugary.

serenity spa - strong, calm and masculine (that's my kind of guy, btw). this comes off a little soapy but in a good way, a little fruity and a whole lot of freshness. 
boo berry country fair - love this. it's a cereal first and foremost. country fair is cotton candy, funnel cakes, ice cream and donuts. this combo is bakery heaven. 

salty sea air / tart fruit / white tea - come to mama. I was in the mood to experiment with fresh scents this go round. I wanted to combine them with fruits to see how they pair. The answer is wonderfully. I smell all three scents equally in this blend and I want several large bakery bags of this. It's a tad sweet but clean smelling at the same time.

bergamot / salty sea air / pink sugar - a clean, soapy scent with girly sophistication. 

citrus sunshine / watermelon - watermelon meets grapefruit, mangosteen and peach. Lots of peach then the watermelon with just a hint of the grapefruit mangosteen.

salt water taffy - not my cup o' tea. too cough syrupy for me.

lemon verbena / island peach - such a bright and leafy scent with citrus and peach overtones. 

watermelon / basil / sage / mint - this could pass for a spa-like scent, just a tad sweeter than the usuals....but so good. a grassy smelling watermelon works!

blueberry cobbler and blueberry muffins - okay. so I got both of these to see which blueberry was better and the definite answer is muffins. this particular blueberry cobbler oil is not good, it actually smells like cat pee. Not meltable at all. blueberry muffins is way superior. it's tart with sweet crumbles and pretty authentic to boot.

Glitterati's ordering system is not for everyone but they're certainly a vendor I like to order from whenever the chance arises. I don't mind the long wait or the Facebook only ordering because there's no drama to it. There's no wigging out about cart holds or site crashes on a regular basis. Mostly, Glitterati wax is just a solid performer in my house. I like having a stash to turn to when I want a reliable melt. 

As I was proofreading this draft, it occurred to me that there were some unintended critiques of Glitterati. The messy wax (chunks), the lack of website ordering, some of the scent oils ....

Glitterati is not perfect. The wax is super soft (for chunks - there is a different and less soft consistency in the scent shots), ordering is tough and the current blueberry cobbler might need a replacement but let me make it clear that Glitterati wax is really, really good. And if you like to blend, they're one of the easiest vendors to come up with custom blends.  
Stay tuned for Part Two - the chunks! 

Target Beauty Box - April 2016

Hello sunshine, indeed! 

You're here, you're reading this - a huge, heartfelt virtual hug of appreciation is headed your way. 

Life stuff, later (perhaps). Today is all about my rekindled obsession with beauty boxes.

Does the Target beauty box count? I'm not sure. 

For one, it's incredibly budget friendly but might I add that it would be a great introduction to beauty boxes for the first timer with a little more reign on the purse strings. I paid $7 and that includes shipping. 

With the reasonable price tag comes a lack of high end products as can be scored from some other, more expensive boxes. A reasonable expectation, wouldn't you agree?

That's not to say, though, that there aren't desirable drug store brands that make their way into these boxes. I believe this is my third box in the span of a year and a half and I've really enjoyed the offerings in each box. 

In this month's box, the only true full sized product is the Covergirl colorlicious lipstick that has a current price on Target of $5.99. I've actually purchased the Hawaiian tropic sunblock in the exact size from the travel aisle for about two bucks or so. 

At the very least, you're getting your money's worth in this box. That is - if you use it. 

Here are the other samples provided, almost all of them are larger than the normal sample size. Several use, travel portions would describe them well.

  • 7 wipes of Simple cleansing facial wipes
  • 1oz Marlowe body butter
  • 2oz Hawaiian Tropic sport sunscreen
  • .085oz CeraVe healing ointment
  • 1oz Pantene airspray 
  • 1 Laneige soothing gel mask

This is the covergirl lipstick I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately this color, on my skintone, would scare small children. Since I've already swatched it on my wrist and it's no longer fit for giving away, I'll have to blend this with another not quite for me color, like the dark reddish wine lipstick I bought on a whim. 
I enjoyed opening this box and I know I'm going to use everything in it, especially in my travel bag. I'm really looking forward to that gel mask because I've become enraptured by facial masks these past few months. 

On the way to me is the Walmart beauty box which I saw someone haul on my Instagram feed. 

I'll let you know which one I like better. It's funny how there are things we go to Target for and there are things we go to Walmart for. All of us, right? 

Maybe beauty boxes will be equally desirable at both stores. 

although receiving free loot from Target is the stuff my dreams are made of, this is not a sponsored post. my Amex provided me with this box.

*edited to add*

Since writing this post the other day, I've used a few of the products mentioned : 

The Laniege soothing mask - I placed this mask on my face as we watched the third episode of American Odyssey (so good, highly recommend if you like military/spy/terrorist thrillers like The Americans or Homeland). The problem with most masks, for me, is that they leave a very tacky residue on your skin. This one included, which is why I wouldn't purchase it. I did find it moderately hydrating and I woke up with supple, soft skin. The coolest part was after I removed it from my face, the mask felt cold and squishy like a dead jellyfish. 

Marlowe body butter - the consistency is more like a lotion, maybe just a smidgen thicker. I prefer this over thick body butters so it wasn't the consistency that I didn't like. It was more the scent which was lightly aquatic and a little old lady smelling. There was a little bit of tackiness after application but it quickly absorbed into my skin.

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 4 /Apr. 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.

As my lack of posts may already indicate, I'm at a rather stagnant lull in my scented wax enthusiasm. Very rarely do I read the posts in vendor wax groups and I've been out of all the general wax groups for a couple of years. I think this tends to happen from time to time and I've seen several wax fans ebb and flow in both participation and general enthusiasm in melting wax.

I may not be up on my wax knowledge and I no longer have an insatiable urge to purchase as much product as possible, but I still get immense enjoyment out of melting my own, still well stocked selection of what I believe to be the best wax out there.  And I say this because as each month goes by that I'm not ordering much wax, my collection is getting older and older but the performance is still top notch.

That's what has surprised me the most. Some of my wax is getting up in the two year old mark, wax that I would not even think of giving away, and they are still perfectly prime. 

Which wax, specifically, am I referring to? Well, probably no surprise but the big names in indie wax are giving me a shelf life way beyond expectation : Sniff My Tarts, Rosegirls, Beezy-Tarts and Lasting Scent Candles.  The best, though, is Daphne's Divine, which is almost like fine wine or stinky cheese - it's getting better with age. I bought drawers full when Daphne's had their end of business blow out and stashed them away until recently. I know at some point there was talk of Daphne's getting back into the game but that was right around the time I stopped following wax news, so I have no idea.

Unrelated to wax, I'm surprised by the performance of micellar water. I wanted to hate it. I really want to know how to properly pronounce it. I didn't think it would work and that it was just gimmicky and overhyped. I love it. It removes the last traces of makeup I thought was already removed. I'm currently using Lancome's version.

Clinique's high impact mascara. Where has this been all my life. I get compliments on my lashes when I use this and I'm not the kind of gal that fetches a ton of eye lash compliments. Surprisingly, it's moderately priced and not that much more than drugstore mascara. 

Ked's ultra low cut sneaker socks. Sneakers or tennis shoes? I'm embarrassed to say I say sneakers most of the time. This made my list because it's surprising that the performance of socks would ever stand out but let me tell you, there have been more than a few occasions where I have rummaged desperately through my sock drawer trying to find these socks. I love the gripping silicon heel so much I can't stand it.

SNS powder dipped nails. I'm on my third application and love that they are just as - or even better in performance then gel nails but much healthier for your nails. No more baking the gel coating in UV light. 

I think that's it for now. I forgot how much fun it is to talk about things I love! I can't wait to read what my bloggy friends have to say. I'm sure I'll be looking up quite a few of their surprise hits. 

Have a great week!


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.

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 3 /Mar. 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 have to admit that I've been much less diligent following the forums, facebook groups and even my favorite fragrance related blogs to have observed what trends seem to be up and coming. 

The websites that I have visited have been to purchase candles. Maybe it's because spring is right around the corner but most of what I'm seeing for candles are very fresh and clean scents. 

Personally, my interests have turned to the sweet + floral variety. Bath & Body Works has a sugared peony petals that I can't wait to try. If you've had a sniff of this one, please let me know!

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.

New Blog!

I'm still working on the design of the new blog (it won't change drastically, I wanted a simple page) but I'd like to share the link with you in hopes that you will join me there. I plan on writing about general life and travels over at the new space. I've uploaded the first travel update with day one from New Zealand. 

I hope you are well and happy!

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 2 /Feb. 2016

Welcome to the month of February! Congratulations, you survived the start of the New Year! If this is your first month joining us, Band of Bloggers is a revamped version of the Order of the Odor, where we do a monthly chat about all matters of waxy things and life. We hope you join us in the conversations!

This month's question is: Now that we have settled into the new year of 2016, we wanted to find out what are your goals for this year (life, blog, work, travel etc)?

I love this month's topic, especially because the timing of it is right around the time I start slacking on all of those first of the year resolutions. 

LIFE - 2016 is a year of big changes and new beginnings for me and Curtis. We're transitioning into our new life in the Atlanta suburbs and will hopefully establish healthy routines. I really want to focus on my health this year and continue to make it my goal to work out, make better food choices more often and not stress out so much. 

BLOG - yes. I need to up my blogging game big time. I've been working on a more personal, picture heavy blog that I hope to make live in the next couple of weeks. I've been going back and forth in terms of what to do with Fragrance Obsessed and I think I will keep it. Talking about wax purchases isn't really what the other blog is going to be about and I still want a space to talk about waxy goodness so another goal this year is to manage both and keep them updated.

WORK - I'm taking a hiatus from the working world to settle into our new home and figure out what direction I want to take my life. This is probably going to sound trite but I want to "work" on being happy and content while bringing joy to everyone I meet and have a relationship with.

TRAVEL - travel goals bring air to my lungs, I truly am most alive when I travel or plan my travels. After our upcoming trip to New Zealand and Australia, 2016 travel goals will hopefully bring trips to New Orleans, Martha's Vineyard, Daytona Beach, Charleston, Nashville, Destin and many trips to San Diego. 


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.

Thank you, and have a great day!