Friday, October 6, 2017

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 22/October 2017

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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, it was a dark and stormy night. So dark and stormy, in fact, the power had gone out, and you had naught but a handful of scented three-wick candles with which to light your way. As you crept down the darkened hallway of the cabin in the woods along the picturesque shores of Crystal Lake that you and your randy teenage friends rented from the eerily helpful maintenance man back at the abandoned service station with all the weird pelts hanging outside, you caught a glimpse of movement out of the corner of your eye. Whirling madly about, you brandished your glass jar of Pumpkin Cupcake Crunch, set to square off against any number of undead, masked killers with nothing but the three-wick in your hand and your own blazing moxie. Then, with a chuckle of embarrassed relief, you realized it was just your lucky Chucky Doll figurine - must have fallen off the shelf when that puzzle doodad covered in all the bizarre symbols you found in the basement behind the walled-up root cellar tipped over. Pressing a hand to your fluttering heart, you shook your head as you contemplated the massive, flammable waxcident that nearly was - heavens, THAT certainly could have been messy!

And then THAT'S when one of your friends came banging through the swinging door of the kitchen, catching you square in the back, throwing you forward and the candle up, and out, and then eventually down, where it exploded in a geyser of molten wax, covering everything in the livingroom with burnt orange pumpkin spice, including the creepy two-way mirror and the snarling wolf head affixed to the wall. Congratulations; now you're really in a horror movie!

Oh, we've all been there, and not just waxies, but anyone who enjoys a hobby that occasionally errs towards the messy and dangerous (jest not, glitter glue burns are a real thing!) So this month, in honour of Halloween, we're taking a look at our most monstrous pastime nightmares - the waxcidents and beauty blunders and crafting calamities that haunt our hobby dreams. What's the worst hobby hazard you've ever suffered? And do you have any magical tips for cleaning Pumpkin Cupcake Crunch out of carpet fibers (or wolf fur)?

Soapmaking. It's a very rewarding, but also incredibly infuriating hobby. One thing could go wrong and an entire batch of soap could be ruined, or worse, expelled.

Back in my earliest soapmaking days, I hadn't fully grasped the importance of heat in regards to soapmaking. In short, hotter = soap thickens faster, coolder = soap thickens slower. At this time I still liked using a thrift find crock pot to melt down the oils and butters I planned to use in my batches of soap.

On this particularly fateful day, I forgot to turn off the crock pot once all the butters had melted down, and it was still around 100°F when I added in my water-lye mixture. I stirred once. I stirred twice. And the soap immediately hardened up. Like, finished soap hard. Like, I couldn't get it out of the crock pot hard.

Thus began the longest cleanup session I've ever had, with none of the final product I had grown so accustomed to enjoying. The lesson stuck with me. Now, I always check the temperature of the oils before I start the saponification process.

On a more personal note, I've been having a lot of jaw and tooth pain over the past few weeks. It culminated in an emergency visit to the dentist yesterday morning, where I had an impacted tooth removed. I don't know how some people have their teeth removed and go straight back to work like nothing has happened. I'm nauseous whenever I'm doing anything that's not laying down. I can't eat very much - in fact, I'm currently subsisting off of chicken broth and water. The site of the tooth is in pain, even with the pain medications I've been given to keep it under control. In short, I'm a big, miserable baby right now.


If you have a story to share about the worst hobby-related catastrophe you've ever suffered, please leave a cringe-worthy comment in the section below! And we hope you'll visit these Band of Bloggers blogs and help support the blogger community.
Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Liz at Furianne
Sandra at Finger Candy
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Glitterati - Cotton Candy/Honeydew


Scent Description: None available.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.5 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A gentle honeydew melon with just a hint of cotton candy. Quite delicious and sweet.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 No surprises once melted.

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 Filled the kitchen, hallway, and office with its delicious goodness.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got a little under 8 hours of scent from a piece of this chunk.

Repurchase: Yes! I think I'm going to try experimenting with some blends with the rest of the chunk I have. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stop & Chat: Word Vomit


Michael returned from his work trip on Friday the 1st. It was a nice reunion. I didn't realize how much I missed him until he was back. I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder. :P


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 21/September 2017


Welcome back to the September Band of Bloggers! It's that time of year again. School is starting back up. Trees are starting to turn. North America is recovering from the apocalypse brought on by the eclipse. Wait, what?

The eclipse that visited most of the United States on August 21st has been described as a once in a lifetime experience. The next eclipse to cover the US from coast to coast will not come until 2045.

That brings us to our question this month. What is your once in a lifetime experience?

It feels like such a cop-out response, but our time in Korea has really been a once in a lifetime experience. I do not think I would have gotten the same experience if Korea had happened at any other point in my life. If I were younger, I would not have appreciated it as much as I do now and would have ignored all of the opportunities for personal growth. If I were older, I could have been too wrapped up in our family or my career to take the time to enjoy what this country has to offer. 

Korea has altered my perception of the world. Of America. Of my own perception of an open heart and mind. It has challenged my viewpoints on culture and politics. Until Korea, my entire view of the world was based from my home in the US.

Korea has helped me finish healing hurts and moving forward in life. Back in 2016, I said I wanted to move forward. I have been able to do so in ways here that could never have happened in the US. Stepping outside to a foreign world, with a foreign language, culture, and people staring me right in the face has pushed my comfort zones so much further than the US could have ever done. That's not to say that I could not have gone through all of this growth back home. Things have just lined up in Korea in such a way that it felt easy and effortless. The end result is this country will forever have a soft spot in my heart.

If you'd like to play along at home, please feel free to answer this question in the comment section below, and we hope you'll visit these Band of Blogger blogs and help support the blogger community!
Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Liz at Furianne
Sandra at Finger Candy
If you are a blogger and would like to join the Band of Bloggers for our monthly posts, please contact us.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Glitterati - Pink Sugar/Marshmallow Fireside


Scent Description: Strawberry, bergamot, musk and vanilla/sweet, smoky BBW type.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.5 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 Mainly marshmallow fireside, with just a hint of pink sugar in the background.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 The smoky notes got slightly stronger, but otherwise no surprises once melted.

Scent Strength: 1/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the kitchen, hallway, office, and entryway.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got about 7 hours of scent from a piece of this chunk.

Repurchase: Yes! This was a wonderful juxtaposition between a more smoky, outdoorsy scent and a tried and true (for me at least) home fragrance.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Glitterati - Little Black Dress/Tea & Cakes


Scent Description: White carnation, blood orange, sandalwood, black rose, smoky wood, patchouli, toasted vanilla bean, vetiver, amber, and musk/none available.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.4 oz

Location of Warmer: Guest room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 5/5 How do I describe this? A delectably exciting blend that brings to mind sultry date nights and a nice drink. Not too musky, not too heavy. Hides somewhere between bakery and 'other.'

Warm Sniff: 5/5

Scent Strength: 2.5/3

Scent Throw: >3/3 This filled the guest room, hallway, entryway, and kitchen.

Melting Power: 5/5 I got about 11 hours from a piece of this chunk, and the scent lingered long after I stopped melting. Definitely a strong blend with lots of staying power.

Repurchase: Yes. I have to get my hands on larger quantities of this blend when I next can!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Glitterati - Strawberry/Eucalyptus/Cucumber Mint


Scent Description: None available/Perfect wintertime-sniffles scent that will uplift your spirits and clear your airways/none available.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.4 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A combination of sweet strawberries, cucumber mint, and a blast of eucalyptus to wake you up.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 No surprises once melted.

Scent Strength: 1/3 It's there, but it's a surprisingly light scent.

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire living room and a little bit of the highway.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got a little under 6 hours of scent from a piece of this chunk.

Repurchase: Yes, though I think I will try and melt a little more next time. This scent was a lot lighter than I expected!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Glitterati - Blue Cotton Candy/Pink Chiffon


Scent Description: None available/exotic fruits, vanilla orchid, sweet vanilla, whipped chiffon musk.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.6 oz

Location of Warmer: Guest room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A nice, sweet, slightly musky blend between sweet and sultry goodness and a strong kick to the face.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 No surprises once melted. These two blends mix together quite nicely.

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: >3/3 This scent burst out of the closed guest room door and added the entryway and hallway to its fragrant range.

Melting Power: 5/5 About one fifth of a chunk lasted about 10 hours. Talk about a whammy.

Repurchase: Yes! It's a good thing I'm on both the mystery and customs list that are being worked on.

I realized the other day that I hadn't been melting very much Glitterati. I couldn't figure out why until I remembered that my Glitterati was in a completely separate drawer from the rest of my wax. When I reach for wax, I reach by scent category and not vendor. When putting away my Glitterati stash last summer I had no space in my drawers and ended up putting it all in its own drawer. Thus, The Forgotten Wax.

Thus begins Project Glitterati. I'm going to try to exclusively melt Glitterati until I've melted every scent at least once. This kind of sucks, because I don't have many Fall related scents in my Glitterati stash and I'm itching to start melting for Fall. All the more reason to melt through my Glitterati faster, muahahah! How many times can I say Glitterati in one paragraph? Glitterati.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Lasting Scent Candles - Sweet Kisses


Scent Description: Cakes and frostings, sweet kisses. Formerly Sweet Decadence.

Date Received: April 8, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.8 oz

Location: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 2/5 Has a very strong waxy note to it. Generic sweet vanilla scent.

Warm Sniff: 3/5 That waxy note died down a lot, but was still there. There was an added sweet bakery note to the generic vanilla.

Scent Strength: 1/3

Scent Throw: 2/3 Filled most of the living room.

Melting Power: 3/5 I got about 5 hours of scent from half of a scent shot.

Repurchase: Pass. That waxy note was just a little too strong for me to fully enjoy this scent.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beezy Tarts - Caramel Macchiato

Scent Description: Caramel, French Vanilla Creamer, & Freshly Brewed Coffee.

Date Received: May 17, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.9 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A typical coffee type scent. I usually associate this smell with Yankee Candle stores.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 A delicious, not-too-nutty, not-too-milky rendition of coffee. Slightly bakery-ish.

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire kitchen, office, hallway, and entryway.

Melting Power: 5/5 Half of a scent shot lasted 9 and a half hours.

Repurchase: I'm going to go with yes. I really enjoyed this scent!

I don't think I've found 'The One' in terms of coffee blends so much as my nose has just undergone some changes. I feel like I'm less picky than I was a year ago. Either way, it opens up the scent horizons for me.