Saturday, February 5, 2011

Country Bumpkin - Scent Shot

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Name: Country Bumpkin
Category: Bakery
Description: A wonderful, complex blend of apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, crushed cinnamon bark, and fresh cloves.  Bring the country home to you.
Color: Dark orange-brown
Rating: 1/5

     This was my free scent shot in my very first order.  And all my nose can say is no, no, no.  I get two notes in this, and two only.  Something sweet, which is subtle.  And red-hots.  That's it.  I can smell nothing else in this, unfortunately.  I ~like~ cinnamon, but this is overpowering.  I wanted to like it so badly.  I can feel my nose hairs being singed every time I take a big whiff of it.  And it is the same on its warmth throw, very strong and overpowering for me.  I wish I could like this - it SOUNDS so good.  Mmm; marshmallows and brown sugar - man, that sounds delicious.  But yeah, RedHots.  That's all I smell.  Bummer.  =[  (Sorry, Victoria!  Just not a fan of this one!)

<3 Amber

Friday, February 4, 2011

Brooke's Delight - Scent Shot

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Name: Brooke's Delight
Category: Fruity
Description: A combination of Tangerine and Fresh Oranges, this is one fruity yummy scent!
Color: Light, burnt orange
Rating: 4.5/5

     At first sniff, I couldn't really place what I thought Brooke's Delight was, but I realized after reading the description, that it's tangerine.  I don't normally eat/buy tangerines, so I honestly didn't know they had a different smell.  They definitely do - and this is stronger on tangerine to me, than it is just 'orange'.  It's very strong.  A little ~too~ strong on cold throw for me, but this is very nice on warm throw - even though it's still strong.  I was surprised to find that it wasn't overly citrus-y, either.  It doesn't have a *sweet* smell, but it doesn't have that 'tart' smell to me.  I'd definitely call it a Summer-y scent, but I am not really picky about when I  burn my scents (other than maybe not burning a Hollyberry scent other than at Christmas, lol!)  I have every intention of buying this in a big candle, and look very forward to it.  I've been forcing myself to melt other scent shots so that I don't use all this one up right away, I still have half!  I'm savoring it!

     I'm glad that a few of you girls are excited to see me do this blog.  It gives me incentive to keep with it, instead of just doing it a couple of times and forgetting about it, like I have a habit of doing with ~everything!~  And with Victoria following, well, I can't NOT do it now, can I? =D
<3 Amber

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Butter Brickle - Scent Shot

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Name: Butter Brickle
Category: Bakery
Description: Extremely buttery and creamy smelling. Strong base notes of vanilla, with hints of almond. 
Color: Bright, butter yellow
Rating: 4.5/5

I am in ~love~ with Butter Brickle.  It really is true to its description.  Very buttery, which is how I describe it to everyone.  Very creamy.  The vanilla, while strong, isn't overpowering to me.  The almond comes into play for me after a few deep whiffs.  It took me a little while to detect it because I'm used to cherry almond, which this is *NOT.*  So if you don't like cherry almond, don't worry about it with this one.  There's nothing fruity about it.  It's the same on cold and warm throw, which I like.  It's not really something I think I'd equate with baking, as far as an ingredient goes - but it definitely belongs in the kitchen.  Something I think I'd like to burn in the center of my stove, to keep my kitchen smell homey.

I have intentions of buying this in a bigger candle, and look forward to it. 

<3 Amber 

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Welcome to my new blog!

I've been a fan of Candles by Victoria for a little while now.  I found out about CBV from watching sayanythingbrooke on YouTube, and her amazing reviews sucked me in.  I ordered right away.  It was a relatively small order, but I was hooked.  I got four or five of her 4oz mini jelly jar candles, and a few scent shots to melt in my tealight burner.  I was amazed at the complexity of some of the scents.  I described it to a few people as the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Violet Beauregard chewed the meal gum.  I was like, "Wow!  This smells like such and such."  And then right away, "Holy smokes, now I can smell this other thing..."  I was just blown away.  And while my first order consisted of a few scents I ended up not really caring for, they were definitely a great start.  None of them were "Oh my gosh, that's a gross scent."  It was really just because they were too strong a scent for me.

So I decided to create this blog to give me a place other than the forums, where I can go into detail about the scents I've gotten to experience.  What they're supposed to smell like, what they smell like to me, and what I ~can't~ smell in them.  What color they are, if they invoke any feelings,  and if I would recommend or re-order.  I might even come up with a rating system.  I'm not sure yet.

Of course, everyone will have to remember, this are my opinions only.  Everything I review has been purchased with my own money (or is the free scent shot that comes with orders!)  I'm not being paid for my reviews, and they will be honest.  There are some scents I just don't care much for (patchouli, being one) and some people love them.  To each nose his own!

Feel free to leave comments.  I'd be open to suggestions on things I should try, though my wish list is currently too big for even me to comprehend, lol.  But I wouldn't mind adding new things as I go along.

Become addicted with me!
<3 Amber

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