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.
-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.
-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!