Bath & Body Works: Cactus Blossom

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Cactus Blossom is a 14.5 ounce 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works and White Barn that retails for $24.50 in stores and online. This scent is also available in other forms, such as wallflowers, room perfumes, and smaller sized candles. The scent notes included in its description include cactus flower, coconut, vanilla, and lemon.

When I smelled Cactus Blossom in the store for the first time, I immediately noticed similarities to the Bath & Body Works scent Endless Weekend, which I love. I’m not sure if this is a repackage of Endless Weekend, but it can probably pass as a “dupe” for the scent. I don’t really detect the coconut note strongly in Cactus Blossom. I do get floral, but not the typical musky, classic floral notes I’ve come to expect in scented products. It is a light scent with hints of fruit; it is almost candy-like due to the vanilla and lemon, but more on the fresh, perfume-y side overall.

The scent strength and throw for Cactus Blossom is about an 8. The best thing about this candle is that I can smell it around the house shortly after I light it. I love having this candle for its unique and seasonally-appropriate scent, but I’m mostly pleased with its performance. I have relied on it all spring long to quickly freshen up a room any time, for any occasion. It has never received any complaints. Would I recommend purchasing this candle? Absolutely!

Bath & Body Works $3 Spring Hand Soap Sale

I received an e-mail about a $3 hand soap sale from Bath & Body Works, and while mentally taking inventory on the seasonal soaps I had left, I realized I should probably take advantage. I ordered 7 soaps for around $24 with tax & shipping, plus a 20% off coupon. I bought all 5 of the new Paris/French themed hand soaps (not sure what this collection is called – sorry!) plus two more: Sweet Mint Mimosa and A Thousand Wishes.

I got a few hand soaps in the 8.75 fl. oz. foaming hand soap style, and the rest in an 8 fl. oz. creamy luxe style that is new to me. So far, it is doing well!

Onto the goodies!

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A Thousand Wishes – I picked this up because I own it in all of its forms: mist, cream, shower gel, lotion, candles, pocketbacs, perfume… so naturally, I should have it as a hand soap as well. Needless to say, its a favorite of mine. Its scent description lists the notes sparkling champagne, peonies, and almond crème.

Sweet Mint Mimosa – This scent is great. I’d been craving a fresh citrus scent for summer since last year, and Island Margarita didn’t quite satisfy that craving. This one does! The kick of mint and sugar in it is a nice twist on a citrus scent. I can’t wait to use it.

Paris/French Collection:

Waterlily & Lilac – The scent notes include green apple, lilac blossom, and jasmine. This smells like something I’ve smelled before, but can’t quite put a finger on it; it’s in the realm of Herbal Essences shampoo, or other floral scented hygiene products. It is a very pleasant scent for a spring hand soap.

Mediterranean Blue Waters – I’m in love with this scent. It’s clean, fresh, and perfume-y, with an ocean/beach vibe to it. It is what I was hoping for out of the hand soap Indigo Sky from last spring’s Italian line. Although lemon and peony are listed in the scent description, I don’t pick up on either scent note too strongly. It just smells like an aquatic unisex cologne/perfume to me.

Raspberry Rosé – I wondered if this scent might be similar to Black Cherry Merlot, which I am a big fan of. It is not. They are quite different. Its scent notes are raspberries, pink rosé, and fresh picked apple. I get the apple and the raspberries, but only a tiny bit of the rosé. It smells a little like some grapefruit face wash I used in high school… which is odd, but not necessarily bad. I’ll be happy to have it this summer.

Springtime in Paris – I get peach overwhelmingly when I smell this soap. It’s the same peachy scent that Bath & Body Works tends to produce, but mixed in with citrus and a hint of a floral note. It’s more of a summer scent than a spring scent to me.

French Tulips – This scent surprised me, because I was bracing myself for a strong, musky floral scent that my guests would probably complain about if I put it in the guest bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised. White jasmine, lily of the valley, and sparkling nectarine are included in its scent description, and it all blends together into a soft fragrance. What it actually smells like, to me, is Endless Weekend. I love that B&BW scent, so I love this soap as well.

Bath & Body Works: Happy Easter + Easter Goodies

Happy Easter is a 14.5 ounce 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works that retails for $24.50 in stores with a glitter lid, and $22.50 online without the decorative lid. I purchased this candle at my local store during a 2 for $24 candle sale, with the addition of a 20% off coupon I received in my e-mail.

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Two of my nieces and my mother were with me during this candle’s first burn and before we lit it, we passed it around and shared our thoughts on it through cold sniff. My younger niece thought it smelled like sugary candy. My other niece said that it smelled like sugar and cinnamon dessert, and my mother said that it smelled like oatmeal cookies baking in the oven.

Those were all pretty solid guesses. The scent notes for Happy Easter are White Sugar Crystals, Warm Vanilla Bean, and Crushed Cinnamon. To me, this candle smells like cinnamon rolls. It is similar to other sweet cinnamon candles that Bath & Body Works sells, such as Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and Cinnamon Sugared Donut. I cannot actually say whether they are the same scents or not, as I don’t currently have either candle on hand to compare, but they are quite similar. I was able to test this in the store with the Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla 3-wick on cold sniff.

I wasn’t sure about this candle in the beginning and I wasn’t planning on buying it. I saw that the scent notes were different from the previous two years, and that this year’s Happy Easter candle included cinnamon. I didn’t like that – my fall and winter holiday candles already have a lot of strong cinnamon, so did I really need more cinnamon during a spring holiday? I didn’t get a chance to purchase B&BW’s Happy Easter candle in 2015 or 2016, which I believe had a raspberry note in place of the cinnamon and was marketed as a marshmallow and cotton candy scent. It just seemed like an odd change.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s actually perfect… for me, at least. It isn’t a heavy, spicy cinnamon note like in fall candles. It brought me back to early Easter Sundays when my mother would put cinnamon rolls in the oven and their sweet aroma would fill the house as they baked. For a holiday loaded with chocolate bunnies and fruity jelly beans, a nice bakery cinnamon scent in the background is nice. I’m looking forward to lighting this candle during brunch this year (My Yankee Candle Bunny Cake large jar is for the evening).

The scent strength and throw is about a 5 or 6 out of 10, so it’s not going to throw anyone out of the room. I would recommend the fragrance to foodie scent lovers. If you can’t get past “cinnamon is for fall” association, I don’t blame you. I almost couldn’t either, but I’m glad I did.

 

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Since I was in the mood to test Easter products, I picked up some Peeps Oreos and Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs. I really enjoyed the Oreos – I definitely do get the Peeps essence from the frosting. It’s got a marshmallow-y flavor and a slight crunch with sugar crystals, plus a bright pink color like the traditional treat. It’s almost a rice krispie treat flavor, but what I really get from it, overwhelmingly, are those pink and white frosted circus animal cookies with multi-colored sprinkles. The taste is almost exactly like those, only… it’s a deconstructed or rearranged version. It’s a hit for me.

The chocolate Cadbury Eggs were nice as well. Do I prefer them to the original? No. Are they a nice addition to one’s Easter basket? Absolutely! The filling is a bit like a brownie batter flavor, only with a chocolate frosting consistency. They are yummy, indeed. Chocolate lovers would definitely enjoy these, but I think fans of the original egg would like them too.

Blogmas 2016 Day 25: Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas! To those of you that celebrate other holidays, Happy Holidays to you, and to anyone that doesn’t celebrate at all this time of year, I hope you have a great day and that the season has been kind to you.

I was going to post about some of the beauty & scent-related gifts I received, but I will save that for another post. Today I just wanted to focus my final Blogmas post on wishing everyone a happy holiday.

As a beauty and scent junkie, it’s been wonderful to receive all of my gifts this year, but of course the products themselves aren’t the real gifts. It’s the kindness that I’ve been shown, for this holiday and really the entire year. I’m truly blessed to finish this year and begin another one knowing that I’ve stuck to my goals of being happy and healthy, and that I don’t have bad blood with anyone. Instead I have a lot of kindness to repay.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. I’m off to eat a big plate of chocolate chip pancakes.

One last time for the final Blogmas post…

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Gingerbread Latte
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Goose Creek Christmas Cakes

Blogmas 2016 Day 24: Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m still sick today so I’m taking it easy. I’m not going to cook dinner or bake cupcakes like I planned to do today. Instead, my mom is going to cook a turkey with a few sides and has a chocolate silk pie for me. I’m going to paint my nails and then eventually curl up on the couch to watch movies. Being sick doesn’t sound too bad right now, does it?

Before it all comes down, I wanted to share photos of some of my favorite holiday decor. I’m slowly turning into an ornament collector, or baubles as they’re called by some. A lot of the things I’ve collected are mismatched and there really isn’t a cohesive theme to my winter holiday decor. It’s just a mashup of whatever I thought was cute! Here are a few of those things:

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I picked out a few of my favorite ornaments. I’ve got some decor that was passed down from my mother, a couple of 3-wick candle holders from Bath & Body Works, some fake and real plants, a Wisconsin Badger snowman, and more. There are some special things that I’m missing here, but hey, there is always next year.

I hope everyone is having, or will have, a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

Blogmas 2016 Day 23: My Christmas Trees

It’s about time that I posted photos of my Christmas trees! I didn’t end up decorating my large Christmas tree this year, so I’ve been surrounded by mini trees all month. My nieces helped me decorate two of them, which is always a fun activity for us to do when they come over to visit. I’m sure I’ll be sad to put the colorful trees away next month like I usually am when the new year begins. My trees have become my favorite part of my holiday decor. I have some favorite ornaments as well that I will post about tomorrow.

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It can be difficult to see it in person, but there is a baby tree next to that Santa.

 

I mentioned a few times that I was away from home for four days for work related stuff. I was so excited to come home, but since I’ve been home I came down with a cold! I’m not so sure I’m going to be cooking my Italian dinner for everyone if I’m still ill, since I don’t want to contaminate others. As of now, my Christmas plans are up in the air.

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I’ve been in bed all day, drinking lots of tea and watching all of the holiday episodes from That ’70s Show. It is snowing again, so we’re guaranteed a white Christmas at this point. I’ve had plenty of time to relax and watch the snowflakes drop down all around me through my windows; it’s actually really calming (when I know I’m not going to go out and shovel any of it).

 

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla Aromatherapy
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Goose Creek Vanilla Hot Chocolate

Blogmas 2016 Day 19: Christmas Music

It’s the Monday before Christmas! This month (well, this entire year) has just flown by for me. There isn’t a whole lot of time left to get Christmas presents or bake yummy treats. I had to place a couple of last minute orders on Amazon Prime early this morning to finally wrap up my gift shopping for this season.

I may not have all of my Christmas trees and winter scents with me where I’m staying for a couple of days, but the holiday cheer that I do still get to enjoy are some of my favorite Christmas tunes. In no particular order, these are a few of the songs I’ll be blasting until the 26th of December.

 

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Christina Aguilera – Merry Christmas Baby

Ray Charles – Winter Wonderland

Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin – A Marshmallow World

Louis Armstrong – White Christmas

Il Volo – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby