Sunday, November 20, 2011

Size Matters in Candles by Victoria

      My newest order includes some new scent shots for the month of November as well as a few 4 oz minis, which are $5 on page 1. I usually get these little cuties in fresh and pretty scents for the bathroom since they aren't big enough to fill my living room with scent but do a great job in a smaller room. At the same time I'm able to get a sniff for what the wax smells like when burning as opposed to melting in a scent shot in case I'm considering a larger candle.
     Pretty much every month, Victoria comes out with a few new scents or new items, which keeps things interesting and exciting even if you've been a loyal customer for a long time. This time of the year, the scents tend to be a bit more festive :) Not all of my scents here are new, but the main point of this order was to try out some new scent shots with some "bonus" minis I couldn't resist!
     I received this order today and they are freshly poured. They are made when they are ordered so additional curing time might be needed. This review obviously will be just a quick cold sniff without them being cured so they are bound to get a lot better and stronger.

4oz Mini Jelly Jars:

Breath of Ireland-Beautiful floral scent. Fresh and clean with a sweet fruity kick. To me this smells EXACTLY like that Country Garden carpet powder by Glade. And I love it!!!

Peace-this smells just like the scent shot. I believe this is a Lush dupe. I get a creamy orange smell kind of like an orange creamsicle. It's not super fruity though and has some floral notes. This is a very nice and unique scent.

P.S. I Love You-BBW dupe. I'm not exactly sure I remember what the original scent smells like but this is a gorgeous nice, soft, powdery and pretty flowery scent. I really love it! Hope it will cure to be stronger cause right now it's really soft. Notes include citrus, neroli, orchid, jasmine, rose, amber and musk in the scent description.

Spellbound-This is a rich, juicy, sweet fruity scent. I get some buttery creaminess to it as well. Scent description lists cotton candy, along with apple, butter, caramel with base notes of vanilla, maple and spun sugar. I can definitely smell a sweet candy apple. Again, this is super fresh and could cure to be quite different and much better than it is now.

Unwind-just like the scent shot, I smell Eucalyptus, mint and rosemary, maybe some lavender. The scent description just has the rosemary, Lavender and Geranium. I'm not really sure what Geranium is supposed to smell like. This smells just like my massage place. Nice, fresh and clean relaxing spa type scent. Perfect for the bathroom. I think some people compare this one to Vicks and I guess I could see that. Very strong scent!

8oz No Frills Jar (I wanted this scent in a bit bigger jar)

Moonlight Path-since the one I had previously was given away as a gift, I had to get one for myself as well. This needs some curing, but after some time it will be a perfect BBW dupe. Love it!!! This is one of my go to romantic bedroom scents. You can see my previous description of this here!

2oz Scent Shots

Pink Cupcake-this is a very popular scent and I can see why. It's sweet and yummy! Smells just like the frosting on a cupcake. Very sugary bakery scent. Love this!!!

Tayberry & Teakwood-I've never heard of Tayberries so I have no clue what they smell like, but this scent is amazing! It's a pretty mix of berries and just a bit of woodsy notes. It does remind me some of Best Friends but so far I like this even better.

Fruit Your Cares Away (free ss)- This is a nice, creamy fruity smell. The back of this scent shot if you pop it out, smells like Juicy Fruit gum. Very nice. Glad to get to try this one as a bonus.

Fair Day-this is a mix of caramel apple and cotton candy. It's good but so far I just smell a woodsy, fresh and tart apple. In fact this smell exactly like Apples and Oak, so I'm wondering if they got switched up by mistake.

Sugared Corn Pudding-very popular scent already! I really like it even though I just know it will cure to be a lot better but I think it has a lot of potential. Buttery and sweet, a bit savory. I don't really get a corn smell but I do smell the creamy milk in the description.

Leaves Type-another BBW dupe that is amazing! A bit softer than the original so far, I get apple with some pleasant mild spice. To me, this is a perfect fall scent!

Tiffany D-another big fave! This smells like melons at first sniff but then it gets a bit more complex. I also get some sweetness to it, and that must be the cotton candy. The vanilla in it, really mellows out the strong melon scent.

Vanilla Bean Noel-BBW dupe of the festive winter vanilla. The notes are all there, soft and creamy, very similar to the original but it's really not cured and ready yet. This might need quite some time. Super soft scent so far but it's nice! Can't wait for this one to be ready!

Kettle Corn-I get a sweet and savory popcorn smell. Very realistic. Buttery!!! This makes me crave Kettle Corn.

Sweet Milk- (free ss from another order)-I was curious about this one. It's a sweet milky and creamy smell with vanilla. Pretty nice but not very strong.

9oz Country Jar

Apricot Freesia-I definitely get a sweet apricot smell. This was a trade so it's already burned some, so I get some of that smoky smell. Hoping that when I light it, only the wax scents come out because I think this would be really nice. You can smell both the apricot and freesia. Nice!

A few little samples:

Neroli Blossom-I absolutely love this. Such a beautiful flowery smell. Never heard of Neroli Blossom before but I really like it! Description says the scent is that of a blossom off the orange tree.

Apple Cobbler-I just get a very good apple scent with some very nice spice. It's a good scent but I think I've smelled a few already with a good apple scent but the bakery notes were missing. Maybe it will cure to include a bit more "cobbler" :)

Hello Dolly-this smells similar to Simply Delicious and Leesha to me. A nice bakery scent without anything too special or sweet, maybe a slight brown sugar note. Just a nice comforting scent.

So I love quite a few of these, besides the ones I've smelled before. Here's a recap of my faves: Tayberry and Teakwood, Sugared Corn Pudding, P.S. I Love You, Neroli Blossom, Moonlight Path and Breath of Ireland. Do you all like these cute jelly jars and do you find them strong enough?

                If scents were visible, as color is, you would see a summer garden in rainbow clouds.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wicked Wonders-Candles By Victoria

     Patience is not one of my stronger attributes! At all... So when it comes to letting my wonderful new candles from Candles by Victoria cure for at least a couple of weeks before burning, I experience pure agony! I totally cheat! I sniff and sniff, day after day, waiting for that nice ripe scent to come through enough so that I can finally light it. Since these candles are freshly poured when ordered, it's a good idea to let them "cure" for a while before burning in order to get a truer scent as well as stronger. For example, when I first received a couple of them were just OK, but after a couple of weeks they blossomed and bloomed into the most amazing scents ever! That's when I know it's time to light that baby up! A few devoted fans from the CBV message board The Pouring Pot have been known to patiently wait even 6 months if not longer, for that fully scented and ripe candle. Think of it as a nice expensive wine; the more it ages the better it gets.
     With that in mind, the review I will present to you bellow, will have my newest candle order which has been curing for about 2 weeks. These will get much better but I have already lit most of them. Again, patience is not my virtue :) Bellow I will go through some 9oz country jars that can be ordered in a Country Sampler pack of 6 for $47. Also some lovely and adorable Designer Bowl Candles which hold 16 oz of heavenly wax of your choice for $13.50 and finally a few super cute Mini Jelly Jars for $5 that allows everyone to see how a specific scent burns as opposed to how a scent shot melts. Let's not forget the highly sophisticated Black Label candles that come in 14oz for $18.50 and that use superior quality highly fragranced oils. As a bonus I also have included my absolute love, in a wonderfully large mustard jar containing a whopping 24oz for just $18.50!!! You can check that one out here. Then comes the lovely 22oz large tureen for $18.50 that I had the pleasure of designing myself.
Here we go:

9oz Country Jars

-Wintery Candy Apple-BBW dupe. I've smelled both before and can honestly say CBV one is a lot better and it's highly scented. This is sweet and a bit perfumey, candy apple scent. Love it!!!

-Sexy in Stilettos-just like the scent shot, this is very pretty but gets a lot better when warm. It's pretty, flowery and sweet. Perfect bedroom scent!

-Best Friends-luscious berries! This is a bit different than the scent shot so far. I get a strong dark berry rich scent. There's also a fuel type scent which I hope doesn't end up sticking around after some more curing. Not sure what causes that.

-Viva la Juicy-just like the perfume, sweet and pretty scent, not too heavy, but soft and fresh. Another great bedroom scent to me. Added the perfume to my wish list because I love this candle so much already. I could rub the wax and dab some behind my ear, but really I should just get the perfume :)

-Salty Sea Air-crisp and fresh, this smells just like the ocean. Picture cold water on an overcast day with waves hitting the sand and crisp bubbles breaking and releasing this scent. Very nice bathroom scent. This was a present so I won't likely get to see how it ends up curing but it already smelled really similar to the scent shot.

-Jacob Black-Victoria's interpretation of what Jacob Black would smell like from the Twilight series and inspired by the actual character descriptions in the book. This definitely smells like what Jacob should smell like and most likely does! Yummm! Earthy, manly cologne scent with a bit of a spice. This does smell different to me than the scent shot but it's still really good and it's super strong already. Yet another Christmas present.

-Lily of the Valley-present for my mom for her birthday because she likes this flower a lot, so maybe someday I might get a chance to see how it cured. Having smelled the real flowers growing up and knowing what they are supposed to smell like, I can tell that this scent is pretty close and realistic smelling just like all of Victoria's scents are. She's good :)

-Banana Coconut Cream Pie-the coconut in this is really creamy and strong here and I get some banana and bakery in the background. I haven't lit this one yet but cold I love it!!! It's gotten a lot stronger in these couple of weeks that I've had it too. It has that artificial banana candy smell as the banana note and it's good. Picture banana flavored taffy. Yummy! 

-Apples & Oaks-awesome scent! Just like the scent shot, this is fresh apple with an equally strong woodsy note but no musk or spice. Really fresh, realistic smelling scent. I just wish this would be stronger so maybe it needs more curing time. Great fall scent if you're looking to take a break from the spicy norm that's popular this time of the year.

-Rock that Vanilla-I believe this is becoming my new love. Since lighting it for the first time last night, I have fallen in love. What a great different and exciting vanilla scent! A dupe for a popular body wash scent I believe, this vanilla is sugary and a bit fruity. I also get some soapy and powdery smell and it's gotten a lot stronger than it was a couple of weeks ago.

-Marshmallow Campfire-creamy marshmallow scent, a bit of muskiness but not real campfire smell yet. The scent shot did have a campfire note to it so I'm sure it will come out in this as well maybe over time or when it's burned. Still super light so I hope it gets a lot stronger.

-Country Fair Funnel Cake-great bakery scent! Just as yummy as the scent shot, I get a nice doughy smell, deep fried and covered in snowy powdered sugar. Delicious and comforting!

-Heavy Metal-this was traded to me and it's another dupe for a soap. I have the actually soap sample to compare and they are identical! It smells sweet and pretty with some fruitiness in the background and some vanilla but with an edge. Burning this is pretty strong. It reached my living room from the bedroom!

Designer Bowl Candles

-Christmas Eve (snowman bowl)-Great Christmas scent! I get cloves, pine tree with a creaminess from the eggnog. Very festive in a beautiful red color. Can't wait to try it out! Update: I've since lit this recently and it's amazing! I love it!

-Bath Time With Pooh (pink dot bowl)-a super popular scent, this is another dupe for a popular soap. Smells like a soapy, honey and toffee scent and since I've also tried the soap, I can say it smells 10 times better! I must say that even when burning, this stays true and fresh like a scent shot melted would smell. It does not reflect the smokiness of the wick when burnt despite it's delicate scent (which is still really strong).

Mini Jelly Jars

-Moonlight Path-BBW dupe and it smells just like it if not better. This was a gift and regretted not getting one for myself so recently I did get one ordered as well. This is amazing! My favorite romantic scent. Flowers and a pretty soft musk scent, it's rich and sexy!

-Fresh Laundry-I've been looking for an accurate laundry softener scent and I can say now that I've found it. I love this one! Smells just like Bounce dryer sheets. I wish I would have gotten a bigger one. This is in the same family as Clothesline Fresh but in my opinion much, much better!

-Twilight Woods-BBW dupe, smells pretty similar although I believe this needs more curing. I'd like for it to be stronger too. Very pretty scent!

-Sugared Spruce-fresh Christmas tree dipped in white sugar, which takes the edge off the pine smell and makes it a lot friendlier. Fresh and woodsy and mellowed out, and still strongly scented. A lot of fans burn this year round, not just around Christmas time.

Black Label

-Moulin Rouge-on cold sniff, the first scent I get is a soft cinnamon but not a bakery scent. It's creamy, almost like a rich rice pudding with cinnamon. There are a lot of scents listed in the description, but this is so well blended, it's hard to pick out individual scents. Maybe once it cures more I will be able to pick up all the notes. Here's the actual scent description: Moulin Rouge - This fragrance is extremely complex and unique beginning with top notes of butter, almond, mandarin orange, lemon, herbaceous lime, and pineapple with nutty notes, maple, clove, cinnamon, spicy berry notes, sage, lavender, jasmine, and ozonic notes, with a dry down of creamy vanilla coconut, amber woods, cedar leaf, cedar wood, sandalwood, and exotic musk.

Mustard Jar

-Cajun Cornbread-Just as yummy and amazing as the scent shot! I get a tart/sweet dried apricot, salty cornbread and butter. Delicious!!! Savory and sweet bakery but not doughy. It smells like apricot jam on hot cornbread drizzled with honey butter. This is a great jar by the way, with an awesome scent throw. My #1 scent so far!

Large Tureen (Create a Scent+Pick your glitter)

-What Christmas Is All About-This is a combination of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Pumpkin Eggnog. I picked these 2 scents to be mixed together along with dark green and red glitter for a festive color and I absolutely love it!!! The scent includes everything I expect Christmas to smell like: yummy and festive. The eggnog really mellows down the spices in ACBC and takes the edge off, making it creamy and rich. It was so much fun picking which scents would go good together too. You can mix any of Victoria's scents and pick any of her glitter colors to make this amazing large tureen candle. It's absolutely beautiful and smells divine and I got to name the scent I created :) Take a look at this beauty:

     So there you go!!!  Another large haul of CBV candles, and I can now say I'm stocked up for a Christmas or two, and my house has never smelled better! Quick recap of must try scents: Bath Time With Pooh (creamy toffee and honey), a CAS (of course my What Christmas is All About), Cajun Cornbread (savory and sweet comforting bakery), Rock That Vanilla, Fresh Laundry (if you're looking for that type of clean scent), Moonlight Path (as an excellent dupe of a very romantic scent) and last but not least Sexy in Stilettos. Oh heck, I could keep going this time! I like them all! That's the upside of being able to try the scent shots first before buying the candles. Gotta love it! Must try jars are the mustard jar and tureen with glitter. Amazing scent throw and look gorgeous! Now run and get yourself a couple of these delicacies or 10, and make sure your loved ones get lots of hints about your new Christmas wish list ;) I did!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Round of Shots-Candles By Victoria Review

     There are about 52 new scent shots in this review, only a couple of weeks old, so some might need more curing. All the descriptions are just cold sniff so far. I have quite a few faves so far in this lot and I'm bound to have more once they cure longer. Can't wait to warm these!!! Here we go:

Buttery Gingerbread-I smell lots of ginger, brown sugar and some butter. Not super buttery yet, I'm expecting more will come out after some curing, but so far this is sweet and yummy! Love this already!

Nutty Candied Apple-fruity sweet apple scent. I picture a pretty pink apple. The scent is clean and sparkly but I get no nuttiness in it yet.

Chocolate Chip Cookie-sweet dough, very little chocolate and doesn't smell very yummy yet. More curing needed!

Blueberry Cheesecake-sour blueberries, I guess the sourness could be the cheesecake. This reminds me of sour blueberry candy.

Log Cabin-Yummy sweet bakery, brown sugar and maple. This one is very good and buttery! You can smell the real maple syrup dripping down pancakes. Super yummy!

Peppermint Bark-Very good chocolate and sweet peppermint, rich and yummy. The chocolate in this one is very realistic smelling and delicious. Best chocolate I've tried so far.

Chai Tea-Comforting scent. I get some light cinnamon, this is sweet but not a bakery one, very pretty too. I think there's something floral in there too but I can't be sure. Doesn't really smell like tea to me.

Happy-Dupe for Clinique Happy perfume, this is floral and fresh, very pretty. Smells very similar to the perfume but it's not very strong yet.

Whispering Winds-minty fresh, nice scent but it's clean and minty kind of like toothpaste.

Tomahawk Memories-woodsy and musky. I smell some pine trees in there. It's a bit sweet, a bit floral, grassy and citrusy. Love it!

Who's That Lady-I smell berries, this is sweet and perfumey, floral and fresh, a bit musky. Very nice scent.

Tonka Truck-musky, smoky manly type smell with some spice to it maybe nutmeg...not sure. Description lists bergamot, apple wood and tonka bean, along with patchouli, cedarwood and oakmoss. Sure enough there is also allspice in there as well so not nutmeg but I was close.

Black Velvet-floral and powdery, pretty and a bit musky. This is similar to Blackberry Amber but not as bitter smelling to me. This is smooth and rich as well.

Frankincense and Myrrh-not sure what these are supposed to smell like really but it's a nice familiar scent but hard to describe.

French Quarter-musky rich floral with some fruity sweetness, must be the apricot in there. This is really nice, earthy and perfumey.

Piney Forest-sharp pine scent with some bitterness to it. I thought I would like this but so far I think I'll stick with Sugared Spruce. Maybe it will be better once it cures some.

Snow Drift Berries-berry fruity, minty sweet. The 2 scents seem separated though, maybe needs more curing. It doesn't work well yet but I'm thinking it's got potential and I really want to like this one.

Cookies for Santa-cinnamon and sugar. I also get an apple cinnamon butter note but no real cookie scent. I heard this one is good so maybe it will get there.

Star of Bethlehem-there's a Christmas tree scent with some citrus, cinnamon and clove. I get creaminess and spiciness. Very nice Christmas scent. I also get a slight minty undernote.

Christmas Memories-very similar to Old Fashioned Christmas to me, and even Christmas Cabernet. I get a grapey sweetness with some tree scent. This one's not a fave.

Snowberry-very similar to Snow Drift Berries. Same sweet berry fruitiness, also minty sweet. Maybe they will cure to be different.

Three Wise Men-Love this one! It's earthy and musky. I get amber and sandalwood along with some fruityness. This has frankincense and myrrh in it as well as patchouli.

Let it Snow-Christmas tree scent, minty and wintery fresh. I also get a sweet vanilla undernote. Description includes eucalyptus so that's probably where I get the tree scent.

White Christmas-Another tree scent, this is creamy with an edgy pine scent along with some vanilla. Very nice! Not sure where I get all that from, because this is supposed to be just white florals and Christmas tree.

Mermaid Kiss-This is fruity, grassy, green fresh with some floral notes. Nice bathroom scent.

Soothe-Fresh, relaxing and invigorating laundry type scent with some floral maybe lavender...not sure. It has eucalyptus, patchouli, lemon and basil.

Herbal Mist-green and herbal smell, soapy green, fresh and pretty. Needs some curing but so far it's better than the other herbal one I tried.

Gain Island Fresh-really good laundry scent. A very good dupe for the detergent. Very strong and clean smelling. Love it!

White Nectarine and Pink Coral-really good nectarine scent, this is very pretty and sweet. Love it! I see this becoming a fave. The color of this one is really pretty too, here it is:

Bikini Bottoms-honey citrus tropical type scent. I think I get some pineapple in here too. No pineapple in the description though, but a lot of fruit scents in here along with sandalwood, jasmine, lily, vanilla and musk.

Party in my Cabana-this one is very nice but hard for me to describe, it's a complex floral to me and powdery fresh. I like it!

Palm Island-clean and pretty, fruity sweet along with a soapy smell. Actually this reminds me of a soap I used to use as a kid and it was made by Fa (European brand). Brings back memories. I loved using that soap, it was a special treat. It also has a gorgeous blue color, here's a pic!

Carnation-this is just OK to me, carnation scent along with musk. I thought this would smell pretty but I don't think it's cured enough yet.

Catchin' Fireflies-this one is awesome!!! Clean and pretty, powdery fresh. Love it! Reminds me of Dove soap with an orange note to it.

Unwind-I smell eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary oil. Very relaxing and nice. Reminds me exactly of my massage place. Love that scent. Not just straight lavender and much nicer.

Breath of Ireland-very clean and green scent, but pretty flowery as well. Love this one! I almost smell bubble gum in here. Very strong too.

Cleopatra's Closet-musky sweet floral, needs  more curing so more notes come out.

Apples & Oranges-this is a very nice even combo of fresh apple and orange. Smells juicy and yummy. I smell the apple and orange equally strong.

Citrus Spice-very good fall scent, I smell spices over a bitter orange. I also get a strong cider scent from this one as well as some pumpkin notes.

Enchanted Apple-BBW dupe, this is dead on. Very familiar scent, I remember smelling this from BBW a long time ago and I remember it. Great candy apple type scent. Really pretty! This will be a fave!

Pomegranate & Cider-Green fresh notes in cider with juicy pomegranate. Another wonderful fall scent.

Bite Me-one of the only ones I've warmed so far. Cold I get some really juicy red berries and cherries. It's yummy and sweet, a little tartness and maybe some vanilla creaminess.

Georgia Peach-really peachy and authentic, smells just like a ripe peach. I like this one! It's not too tart and not too sweet, just perfect.

Monster Mash-I smell apple cider in here along with some spices and musk. Great fall scent!

Witch's Brew-fruity bubble gum scent. Love it!!! Some slight spiciness too.

Geisha-soapy clean, fruity and floral notes, very pretty scent. I get some lemon in here too.

Peace-love this one! This will be a fave for sure and I've already warmed it. Hard to describe and complex to me, probably because it's so well blended and everything goes so well together. I think I get some honey and it's a bit perfumey. This is a must try scent and a fave on the Pouring Pot Message Board.

Gorilla's in the Mist-soapy, piney, minty or maybe it's eucalyptus. Also a green freshness to it. I picture a rainforest when I smell this. But it's not a fave scent yet.

Emperor's Love-I smell grape or plum musky scent in this one, it's a very interesting scent. Might need some curing because it's kind of hard to describe right now.

Snow Storm-another great one! I get vanilla, mint, and a floral powderiness, very pretty!

Snuggle Up-green fresh grass notes, floral and also very similar to a laundry freshener type scent.

So, this is it!!! That is a lot of scent shots in one order! Can't wait to see how they will cure because in the past, my scent shots got 100% better after a month or so, if I can wait that long before I finish them. A lot of them are great already but they only get better with age, kind of like a fine wine. Remember to check out my previous posts about Candles by Victoria, which will contain more info about the company and how to order.

Hope you all enjoyed our round of shots ;) and that you find some faves (I've highlighted mine here).