Hello, blog friends and wax lovers! I'm Lauren from Lolo Loves Scents, and I am super excited to bring you this guest post while Jacqui is on vacation. I want to take a second to personally thank you again for thinking of me to guest post, Jacqui. I hope you have a wonderful time!
I'll tell you a little bit about me before I get started, so you can see where I'm coming from! I am 26 years old, I live in San Diego, and I am a wax FIEND, and when I say fiend, I mean it! I can't get enough of the stuff. My favorite scents include: anything with the word "serendipity," "noel," or "fluff" attached to it, stuff with cinnamon or spices, lemon/lime scents, and anything minty. The more powerful and strong the wax, the better the chance I will re-order from a company. While I am fiercely loyal to a few of my favorite vendors (read: Candles From The Keeping Room, Tiffany Candles, Front Porch), I also love trying up-and-coming and new-to-me vendors and exploring what they have to offer.
With that being said, today I am bringing you my very first haul from Can-Do-Candles (actually, the full name is Can-Do-Candles...rather do tarts...cute, huh!?)! Donna, the owner, was offering a Valentine's day sale and all of her single tarts were $0.70 a piece (normally $1.00). I used the sale as an opportunity to try out her wax! I must say, first, that after I placed my order, Donna was super sweet during our email correspondence. In my book, good customer service is a must, in real life AND online. Without good customer service and communication, your business could be doomed, plain and simple. In this order, I didn't get too crazy with my scent choices, but I will show you what I bought! Follow me!
From left to right, top to bottom, we have:
-Amish Apples: veeeeeeery apple! Undertones of spices, it almost smells like apple juice or apple cider. Quite lovely, will be nice for a mid-day slump.
-Apple Cinnamon: A very nice mix of cinnamon and apple; the combination is sort of floarly, though! I'm sure it's just me, but it's alright.
-Strawberry Shortcake: An artificial strawberry mixed with a very subtle cake note. As bubblegummy as a bubblegum smell can be.
-China Rain: I have heard this scent is super strong from people online, and boy, does it smell intense! I love the smell of rain, it's so fresh and bright...I wouldn't call this rain as much as it Irish Springs soap. But, I like it. This will be great for a cleaning day!
-Cinnamon Spice: Just your average cinnamon scent, nothing special. I really like it, but it's not my favorite scent of the bunch.
-Citrus Zinger: heavy on the orange with some spicy undertones. Enjoyable, but again, nothing special.
-Dark Spice: I am perplexed by this one. On one hand, it smells like the musky smell of a man. On the other hand, it smells like the musty smell of old spices. Not a fan of this one.
-Debbie's Peppermint Twist: almost dead-on to Bath & Body Works' Twisted Peppermint. This will be a good sleepytime scent.
-Donna's Pink Pound Cake: extremely pink, which I love! I can't get enough pink suygar. There is a cake note in there, too, buttery and delish. Happy about this one!
-Farmhouse Spearmint: In an attempt to broaden what I call my "scent-tastes," I am trying out all sorts of spearmint types. I love peppermint, but spearmint? Not so much. However, this is very nice! Super strong on cold sniff, and quite refreshing. I'm happy about this, to!
-Pink Sugar Beans: If I'm not mistaken, this is Can-Do's vanilla bean noel + pink sugar. It's very nice, but not super strong on cold sniff. I know these are paraffin, but I am hoping some more scent comes out while warming.
-Peppermint Spa: an herbal peppermint, and extremely spa (DUH!). Actually, the peppermint is sort of muted by the herbalness in this tart. Me likey!
-Honey Pear Cider: A dupe for the Scentsy scent of the same name (which I have never smelled, but I have heard a lot of hype about it). You get the pear note first, juicy and sweet, mixed with a slightly spiced honey. My second favorite of the ones I ordered...now I need to cave and buy the Scentsy version!
-Home Sweet Home: A dupe for my favorite Yankee Candle fragrance. It smells similar, but not the same, and unfortunately, it's not very strong. I think I prefer Cinnamon Spice over this scent, even. =/
-Hillbilly Homebrew: a very nice, spicy apple/fruit type of cidery drink! I have a candle in this scent from another vendor and it smells almost identical. Definitely going to love this one.
-Rose Petals: this does smell like flowers, but the rose amount in there might hover around 5-10%. It smells like other flowers to me, but I don't know which ones. Just a melange of flowers. Flowers. How many times can I say flowers?!
-Salty Sea Air: I actually put this one in the Round Robin, too! It was a really nice mix of salt and ocean air. Very fresh!
-Sugar Beans: ...vanilla bean noel? Maybe? I don't remember, in all honesty, but that's what it smells like, with a little dollop of butter on the top. Meh...it's alright.
-Valerie's Vanilla Butter Fudge (2): I bought one of these for Jacqui's Round Robin box in mind since I know vanilla butter fudge is a very "in" scent right now. I am so sad about this one, though. it doesn't smell like any vanilla butter fudge I have ever smelled...dare I say it's too buttery. It almost smells like artificial butter you'd find on popcorn. I AM DISAPPOINT.
-Wintermint: Probably the favorite thing I purchased in this order. To both my husband and I, it smells like those Lifesaver Wint-O-Green candies...like you stuck your nose in a big bag of 'em and took a huge whiff! So, so wonderful, I only wish I would have bought more!
-Pink Coconut (sample): this one smells AMAZING. In fact, it might be one of my favorite scents of the bunch! I love then the freebies are SO GOOD, it *almost* forces me to place another order. The pink sugar mixes so well with coconut. Yum!
-Peppermint Soap (sample): This is a subdued peppermint, but is amazing on hands. I have used it a few times, and I liked it, I'm personally not a huge fan of bar/chunk soap (change my mind??), but it was very nice smelling.
So, there you have it, my first haul from Can-Do-Candles! Based on my first impressions, I will most likely purchase from this company in the future. I hope you've enjoyed reading this post, and be sure to check out my blog for more insanity, if you're so inclined! :)
Thank you so much to Lauren for this guest post! Sounds like you had some hits and misses with this order. I may have to place and order just to get some Pink Coconut!! It sounds amazing!
And so concludes the guest posts for my vacation. I will be returning on Sunday and will resume regular posting next week! I'd like to thank Abby, Dana, Shelby and Lauren again for these posts, it was so fun to have you all here at The Scholarly Nail's Wax Blog! I will see you all again next week and thanks for stopping by today =)