Friday, 13 April 2012

Candles by Victoria March order review

I was very excited to get this order.  Well, I'm always excited to get a CBV order :)  I'm usually a bakery fan, but I was in the mood for something more summery, so I ordered a bunch of fruity and tropical scents that I had never tried before (ok, I got a few bakery too).  I believe I had 37 scents that were new to me. I was also super excited to try the Love Potion No 9 massage candle and soap.  At the time that I  placed this order, Melissa wasn't shipping her soaps to Canada, and I was really wanting to try them.  My nose is terrible at picking up individual fruit scents, but I'll try my best. So, here's what I got

The Love Potion candle didn't some already burned lol!

Crumb melts 24Oz, $19.50
Pink cupcake (reorder for about the 8th time)

This has become my number one favorite scent, and I use it a lot as a mixer.  It was my first jar of crumb melts, and I'm really glad I got it.  It comes full to the brim with chopped up scent shots, and has a cute little wooden scoop.  Pink cupcake is a funfetti frosted cupcake scent, light on the cake, heavier in the frosting.  So yummy!

Here's a size comparison with a 9oz jar

And a close up of the crumbs.  Its filled right to the top (I had used it 2 times when this pic was taken)

Scoop Some Scent 16oz, $14 
Coconut Cream Pie (reorder)

This is my number 2 favorite scent, it's a very creamy coconut without a crust scent, like a coconut cream pie filling.  I love this mixed with pink cupcake to make frosted coconut cupcakes.  Scoop some scent is a soft whipped wax that also comes with the cute wooden scoop.  It melts very fast, and at a lower temperature.

Love Potion No 9 Massage Lotion Candle $17.50

This candle is made of different oils and butters instead of wax.  This scent is only available in the candle and soap unfortunately.  I would definitely buy it in a large candle if I could.  It's a gorgeous fruity vanilla scent, similar to Best Friends, very soft and girly scent.  I disnt burn this one for very long, just enough to get a little melt pool going, then I blew it out and rubbed the oils into my skin.  It's not at all greasy, it sinks in after about 2 minutes and leave the most gorgeous scent on your skin.  I usually do this before bed, and my pajamas always smell awesome :)

I couldn't wait, I burned this one right away lol!  I also had cut off a little piece of the soap to use

Love Potion No 9 soap $5.50

This is the first of Melissa's soaps that I've tried.  When I opened it, I couldn't stop but pick it up and smell it all day long.  It's gorgeous, same scent as the candle.  It lathers well, I've since ordered a bunch of more soaps ( post to come on that soon)

9oz country jar $8.50
Mango Tango

This is a dupe of Gain Apple Mango Tango, my favorite detergent.  It's pretty much an exact dupe, very fresh and fruity.  It doesn't smell like a detergent, it just has all the notes from the detergent.  Very nice in the spring.
The throw on this is crazy strong!  Please excuse the part of a hair elastic in the following pictures :)

Pineapple Mango

I bought this because I loved my friends pineapple mango candle from BBW, but she said she couldn't really smell it when it was burning (big surprise lol).  This one is heavy on the pineapple, I don't really get much mango at all, but it's still really nice, a fresh pineapple scent.

8oz jelly jar $7.50
Bella Swan (reorder)

I am always surprised at how much I love this scent, as it's not my typical type of scent.  First, it's a gorgeous lavender color, so pretty.  It's a very feminine scent, a little powdery, a little floral, a little grapey.  It's so nice.  I have a soap in this scent too (my soaps came, yay!) that I haven't tried, but I'm definitely getting a perfume in this when its available. Absolutely amazing!  Also when I melted my s shot in this, just the tiniest bit (about the size of an almond) scented my whole upstairs and I could still smell it the nest day!  After melting my candle, I think it needs more cure time.  The throw was light, but still really nice.

4 oz mini jelly jar $5

Top row-Fresh Laundry
Middle row-Best Friends, Coconut Mandarin. White Nectarine and Pink Coral
Bottom row-Neroli Blossom, Kimono Silk, Champagne Pomegranate

Best Friends

This is a gorgeous scent, like berries mixed with cream and vanilla.  I haven't melted this yet, but I know it's going to be awesome.

Champagne pomegranate

This is pomegranate mixed with fizzy pop.  It smells like a pomegranate ginger ale that my daughter loves, very fizzy smelling.

Kimono Silk

This is a perfumy fruity scent.  I get peach, grapefruit, rose.  It's a very nice bedroom scent.

Neroli Blossom

This one is slightly orangey, slightly floral.  I'm not a floral fan at all, so this was just ok to me.  I may give it to a friend who loves it.

Fresh Laundry

This smells just like Ya**ee's Clean Cotton.  It's very strong on cold throw.  It's a nice, clean, fresh, sort of dryer sheet type of smell. 

White Nectarine and Pink Coral

This one smells like Pantene shampoo.  It's a very nice, clean, slightly perfumey smell, would be very nice in a bathroom.

Coconut Mandarin
Not so crazy about this one.  I get the coconut and I get the mandarin, but the coconut is sort of a suntan lotion type of coconut.  It's good, just not a favorite.

Scent shots 2 oz, $2

Sorry these pics are sideways, no matter how I rotate, they always show up like this

Blushing Peaches
Love this one!  Strawberry and peach.  Hopefully the vanilla will come out once it's been melted.  edit-melted this today.  Didn't get the vanilla, but it was amazing!!!

Cotton Candy
This one smells just like pink cotton candy with a candy strawberry scent in the background.

Fig Lychee
This smells just like sweet tarts candy to me, and they happen to be my favorite candy, so YUM!

Fizzy Pop
Holy moley, I had heard people talk about how you can smell the bubbles, and you really can, it's crazy!  It's just like ginger ale, and it's a great mixer with fruit scents that I find to be a little too strong.

Grapefruit Blackberry
This is the one that I couldn't stop smelling when I got it.  It's very tart and juicy, it's amazing!  If you have daughters-it smells like strawberry shortcakes friend Plum Pudding :)

Lemon Meringue Pie
This is exactly what lemon meringue pie smells like.  You get the crust, the filling and a bit of the meringue.  It's not a fake lemon at all. Very yummy.

Peaches and Cream
This is really strong when you melt it.  I don't really get the cream, it's just a nice candy peach scent.

Tropical Temptation
This is definitely a tropical scent.  It's hard to pick out any one note that stands out.  I get mango or papaya, a little coconut, but there's more than that.  Can't wait to melt this one.

Raspberry Zinger
This one is really strong, but I find all of Victoria's raspberry scents to be strong.  It's mixed with lime, and I get both scents equally.  My friend said she could smell this as soon as I opened my front door.

St. Barts
A coconut pineapple piƱa Colada type of scent.  Very beachy.

Tropical Cooler
I don't really know what I'm smelling in this.  It's definitely tropical with lots of different fruits, but like I said, my nose doesn't distinguish fruits very well.  Victoria's scent description says that this is a very soothing scent, and I'd have to agree.  It's not one of those really juicy scents, there may be some vanilla in here to mellow it all out.

Bermuda Triangle
This one is really nice. I get some melon, lime, a bit of the candy scent that I got from Fig Lychee.

Pomegranate & Mango
This reminds me of Mango Sorbet.  On cold throw its not that strong, but it blew me away when melted.  Very juicy, you get the mango and pomegranate equally.  I had to turn this one off after half an hour it was so strong, but in a good way :). I may mix this one with Fizzy Pop.

Mango Tangerine
To me, this smells just like orange flavored Kool Aid crystals. It's really nice, kind of a mellow fruit scent.

Morning In Madrid
I'm not sure about this one, but I haven't melted it yet.  I get a strong orange oil scent, like from orange rind.  It seems pretty tart, it's definitely a complex scent.

Tropical Kisses
I smell a bit of a green note, some strawberry, peach, apple peel.  Smells very juicy.

Vanilla Grapefruit
I get a little grapefruit in this, but mostly it smells like that soft plastic used to make dolls or my little ponies lol!  But, I haven't melted it yet, so it will probably smell different on warm throw.

Bergamot and Herbal Mint
This one really surprised me.  I ordered it mainly because Sabrina loves it so much.  I don't really know what bergamot is supposed to smell like, but this is a light minty smell, it's very relaxing, would be a good spa scent.

Coco Beach Baby Peach
Coconut and peach, awesome!  The peach is a little stronger than the coconut on cold throw.

Coco Mango
Very similar to Coco Beach Baby Peach, but less juicy.

Raspberry Guava
This is another strong raspberry scent.  The guava makes it even juicier. Very strong when melted.

Georgia Peach
This is pretty close to a fresh peach, which is what I was hoping for.

Star Fruit & Mango
This smells just like Victoria's Fruit Salad scent to me.  Smells like a fake fruit scent, not a fan.

Pink Noel
This is Pink Cupcake mixed with Vanilla Bean Noel.  I'm not the biggest fan of VBN, but since I love Pink Cupcake, I had to try it.  On cold, it smells just like the 2 mixed, you can smell both equally.  I'll update once I've melted it.

Bite Me
This is nice!  I get lime, cherry, a fizzy pop type of smell, but I don't think that's actually in here, some strawberry.  Very nice.

Get Me S'more
On cold throw, all I get is the chocolate.  It smells delicious.

Marshmallow Campfire
This is a slightly perfumey marshmallow scent, I don't get any campfire, which is good.  This one is in Fluffer Nutter, which is one of my favorites.  It's really good.

Sugared Corn Pudding (reorder)
I have this in a candle, and love it.  It's just like the golden edges of a baking cookie, no corn smell to my nose.  Delicious!

Birds of Paradise (free ss)
I never would have ordered this, but it's one of my favorites from the order.  Strawberries and cream, delicious :). Not too heavy on the strawberry on cold throw.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Candles by Victoria review of the day - Breakfast in Vermont

Breakfast in Vermont

I have this scent in an 8 oz jar, and I got it after seeing a video where Tina (from the message board) said it was very similar to fudge brownie, but better. Well, that was all I had to hear.  I love fudge brownie, so if this was better than that, it had to be mine!  And she was absolutely right.  You still get the yummy, rich chocolate scent that you get in fudge brownie, but also a bakery note, maybe a little bit of a crusty scent.  I think the description for this one says you can smell the flour, and you really can.  It's like the best chocolate pastry baking in your oven.  I found the throw from my 8oz jar wasn't strong enough to scent my whole upstairs, so I ended up scooping out some wax to melt in my tart burner, and voila, upstairs was scented!  This would be really good as scoop some scent I think. to plot my next order...

Candles by Victoria review of the day-Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

This one is soooo good!  Sometimes pecan pie scents can smell very mapley to my nose, but this one smells just like warm pecan pie (I always warm mine up, yum!) There is a light crust scent as well.  Not too buttery, not too brown sugary, with a true pecan scent.  Delicious!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Candles By Victoria review of the day - Lovespell


This is another scent I've had for ages but never melted.  I bought it hoping it would be a dupe for a  perfume from Victoria's Secret that I love, but I don't know the name of (and I don't think they make it anymore).  And while it is a dupe for one of their perfumes, it wasn't the one I was looking for.  Still, it's a very pretty fruity floral.  What kinds of fruits and florals, I'm not sure, as I'm terrible at identifying those notes.  It's a gorgeous dark purple color, and it's super strong, I could smell it in my whole bedroom just by taking the cover off the scent shot!  And because of that, I was a little hesitant to melt it, it seemed like it would be way too strong for my floral-hating nose. So, I warmed up my dish on my melter, and just rubbed the scent shot around to melt just the tiniest little bit, and that little bit scented my whole upstairs!  It was a very pretty, girly scent, nice for the bedroom.  I think I would prefer this in candle form, but it's definitely a beautiful scent.  I'm also getting this soap from cbv bath and body soon :)

Yay! Finally I get to order some soaps!

I'm so excited to be placing my first CBV Bath and Body order!  Melissa is just now shipping to Canada, so I'm just waiting on my invoice to finalize my order.  I'm getting all bar soaps.  While I am interested in trying her whipped soaps, 2 of the soaps I'm ordering have whipped soap on top, so I'll try that first.  I'm going to be getting

Bella Swan
Pink Cupcake x 2 (my favorite cbv scent)
Sexy in Stilettos (new scent to me)
Tiffany D (new to me as well)

I'll be doing a review with pics as soon as I get this order, as well as my huge candle order, which should be here by the end of the week.

Candles by Victoria review of the day - Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

This scent is a mixture of Granny's Pie Crust and Brown Sugar.  I find this to be a sweeter version of Granny's Pie Crust, which is a slightly salty, sweet pie crust smell, similar to a graham cracker crust.  The throw on this is a bit light, and I was finding it a little too sweet for my liking, so I threw in a piece of Snicker doodle, which is a little strong on its own.  Together, yum!  It was a sweet sugary cinnamon cookie.  I had to run out for a bit after melting this, and the receptionist at the vets office commented on how good I smelled!  I think this would be a good scent to use as a mixer to tone down some of the stronger, spicier bakery scents.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Candles By Victoria Review of the Day - Bella Swan

Bella Swan

I ordered this scent after reading so many raves about it on the pouring pot message board.  Its a little out of my comfort zone, as I typically do not like florals.  I melted about 1/16 of my scent shot (I was sure I wouldn't like it) but OMG, it was amazing!!!  Its a sweet floral with a slight grape scent.  Like I said, I don't like florals, so I have no idea what the floral scents actually are.  It is such a pretty scent, its makes me think of a perfume a very girly girl would wear.  And let me tell you, that 1/16 of a scent shot scented my entire upstairs, and I could still smell it the next day!  This is an original scent created by Victoria and her daughter Chelsea.  I will definitely be getting this in a full sized candle, and it just goes to show how things can smell really different when you warm them.  It makes me want to branch out a little and try some others that I've stayed away from.  This is definitely one to try!!