Hi all! Today I have for you a First Impressions review of Cocoa Pink.
This one is a little different because I attempted to do an actual video review, and I have never done one before. There was so much ground to cover, and in a way I was in the mood for a challenge, and also part of me just didn't feel like writing it all out (lazy girl!)This was serious stuff for an anxious INFJ, talking nonstop for 20-odd minutes is hard, as demonstrated by my copious water consumption.

This is a pretty bare bones, unedited, stream of consciousness review, and while the Mermaid Set I purchased is no longer available, hopefully my descriptions of the actual products will still be useful. I ordered on June 18th, my order was shipped on June 26th while the TAT was 5-10 days, and I received it this past Monday, June 29th. Shipping was around 7 dollars, and I did receive a small refund for overage, which is always a nice surprise. Here is what the package looked like:

In case you aren't interested in listening to me drone on ad infinitum, here is a quick and dirty run-down:

I got the Mermaid Set, which contained:

Coco Mango Body Butter in Paradise Found: Love the formula! Thick, soaks in quickly, not too greasy. Scent is a generally tropical, coconut, beachy scent. Body products tended to be pleasant, but more one-dimensional and one-note than the perfumes.

Shampink (formerly Princess Poo) in Seychelles Island: Sulfate free but still lathers well- will repurchase.

Argan Therapy Creme Conditioner in Beach Bum: Creamy, not too heavy. I keep this focused on my ends and it hasn't weighed my hair down. Scent was fruity/tropical, nothing amazing, but nice enough.

Ends with Argan Benefits in Lorely's Song: Spray leave-in Conditioner, scent was clean/cool, vaguely tropical. Used this as a detangler after swimming and it works nicely for that purpose for me.

Anti-Frizz Styling Serum in Morocco: Deep, warm, potent rose scent. Seems to work well on keeping my fine, sensitive-to-humidity hair under control.

Silky Soft Body Oil Spray in Breakfast on the Beach: gourmand scent-baked goods, vanilla, sort of artificial strawberry, but still yummy. Soaks in quickly, this is an actual oil spray, not a dry oil.

Linen Spray in Bonfire Celebration: Okay, smells more like fresh dryer sheets than any kind of bonfire, celebratory or otherwise. Can be used as a hair or body mist, too.


I ordered three drams of perfume oil (you can choose oil or alcohol as your base):

A Day at the Beach 
White sand castles lace the shoreline, black eyed Susan daisies scatter gingerly among thin blades of dune grass, hints of expensive warmed tanning oil with lashings of creamy coconut milk flow through gentle breezes and the indulgent aroma of smooth Madagascar vanilla beans complete this absolutely perfect day at the beach

 Really lovely beachy tanning oil scent with lots of coconut. Dries down to a musky kind of skin scent. Love layering this with Sun-Kissed Skin.

Wildwood Boardwalk
After a day relaxing in the warm July sun, brisk Atlantic ocean breezes whip gently through the long dune grasses and delicate beach daisies as you step off the hot dry sand onto the worn wooden planks of the boardwalk. The familiar childhood aromas of freshly spun pink and blue cotton candy clouds, jumbo soft pretzels and warm funnel cakes dusted with generous piles of sweet confectioners sugar greet you, quickly awakening your senses

Salty, tangy, yeasty bread note upon cold sniff with an interesting hint of florals and sweet sugary notes. Unusual, and I really like it!

Seaside Picnic
 Airy whipped cream, snow white cake crumbles, cotton candy frosting, aromatic white tea, and coconut limeade tempered with gentle sea breezes

Pretty! Very authentic cotton candy note with an impression of creamy citrus. Not very cakey to me, but fluffy, ethereal, gentle.


 I also requested a few perfume samples and received all three I suggested in alcohol based format. You can choose either perfumes or body product samples at checkout, but not specify both (x scent in y product). The alcohol is not too strong to me and dissipates quickly after applying. I liked both formats and am not sure yet which I prefer.

Thai Red Coconut Tea
Aromatic red clover tea infused with creamy Thai coconut milk, hints of ginger root and a delicate splash of bergamot

Mostly coconut with a refreshing, light hint of tea. Not particularly spicy or gingery.

Sun-Kissed Skin
Deep warm notes combine together to create the romantic essence of clean sun kissed skin at the height of summer. Honeyed golden amber musk, dry myrrh resin lined with rows of sweet orange blossoms, crimson splashes of Spanish cabernet sauvignon complimented with a touch of sweet fennel essential oil.
Beautiful orange blossom, which is one of my favorite notes. Thankfully not bitter. Bright and warm at the same time. Layers nicely with A Day at the Beach.

 Garden State 
Cooled White tea, a sprig of thyme, soft nuances of tree bark, fresh green tomato leaf lightly tinged with fresh earth.

Clean, fresh, herbal. I get a hint of tomato leaf and basil. Dirt note is kind of sharp and metallic at first, but not bad.

 In short- I'm pleasantly surprised. The body product formulas are all good quality though the scents don't always translate as well, and the perfumes had more depth than I expected. Will try them out again!

And here is where I say a lot of words:

First Impressions Review Part 1



                                                                             Part 2

Hi all,

I'm currently trying to change my Blogger template as I've been needing a change, but there is a lot (OK, everything) I don't know about editing code and whatnot. So there will probably be a lot of  bugs and ugliness until I can get it all figured out. Sorry about that!

In April I had been bitten by the DIY bug and G and I spent some time in antique stores where I was looking for inspiration for some upcycling and home decor projects. When we moved into our apartment I was really into country primitive style. While I still like it, I've been hankering for a literal fresh start, with cooler, brighter colors. I love seafoam and coral and have been gravitating towards that color scheme. G has been groaning every time I bring home something that's seafoam or any variation on the theme. Even teal and turquoise cannot escape his disdain, it's all seafoam to him. I think deep down he likes it, however. He just enjoys giving me crap about it.

Anyway, in one shop I saw this pair of wings, and they immediately called to me. I wasn't thinking cute cherubic angel wings. I was thinking The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon angel wings. They didn't have a price tag so I asked how much they were. The owner called the booth vendor and they said they were just for decoration, but if I really wanted them they would take $60.00. Humph. I liked them a lot, but not quite that much. I figured I could find some online that looked closer to Daryl's wings and maybe distress them myself for less than that. So I passed, and started searching. 

Well, shows what I know. Anything close to what I wanted online was even more expensive than that- I saw some pretty ones on Etsy to the tune of $140.00. NO WAY. So I kept searching and ended up finding what looked like the same wings the Etsy seller painted from Oriental Trading for $40.00 (sadly they appear to be OOS at the moment). So I bought them and used a free shipping code too. But, how to alter them?

I knew I wanted to age them, and possibly give them a green patina. I've created patinas with small copper jewelry pieces but never a large metal piece (of unknown origin) so I researched some more and found THIS. Modern Masters Metal Effects basically allows you to patina any surface and give it an awesome aged look. What you do is paint the surface with the protective primer (what keeps the patina solution from eating through whatever material you use). After that you paint the item with the copper effects paint, which has particles of real copper which will react to the patina solution you spray on, causing the item to get that gorgeous vintage green patina look. 

I bought the materials HERE, and while that did cause my total expenditure to go over the $60.00 of the original wing inspiration, I have lots of patina stuff left for other projects, plus the wings are more unique and personal to us.

So! This is how I did it:

You need the wings, the primer, the copper paint, and the patina solution. You should also have some rubber gloves, a paint brush, a spray bottle for the solution, and some paper towels handy for blotting any excess solution when you spray it on.

This is how the wings looked at the beginning. They are lightweight, with lots of detail. They have two sets of saw tooth hangers for hanging in different directions. I decided to hang them the way Daryl's wings look on his vest.

First, I painted the wings with the primer. It's ugly and reddish-brown, but don't worry. This is just for protection and won't be visible later. I waited a half hour and then gave them another coat. I left them to cure overnight.

The next day, I painted the wings with a coat of the copper paint. I waited a half hour for it to dry, and then painted another coat. While the second coat was still wet, I sprayed on some of the patina solution that I had put in a spray bottle over the wings. I didn't totally saturate every inch, because I wanted some of the copper to still show through. I used paper towels to blot out any obvious splatters or large drops, so it would look more authentic. 

Then, you wait for the magic to happen!
 It takes several minutes for the effect to show up, so be patient.
This is not long after spraying:

After a while, the wings started to get a more powdery, rusty, aged texture to them, and a lovely, heh, seafoam-y color.

I left them to totally dry overnight and then sprayed them with a Rustoleum clear coat. You don't have to do this, but I wanted to make sure everything was sealed.Then I hung them up! I adore them and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. The ones in the shop were quite nice, but there's something so rewarding about an idea in your head coming to fruition by your own hands.

The past couple weekends the indie stars have aligned perfectly for me, bestowing upon my mailbox multiple indie orders. And if one bright and shiny package is a good thing, then two is damn near transcendent. A couple Saturdays ago I got my summer order from Darling Clandestine and an eyeshadow order from Fyrinnae. Happy dances ensued.

I've been meaning to get Cloudswing for the longest, so I went for a full size and a solid of that. I also got a bitsy of Brasao y Kinolau and a full size Homespun. Evonne threw in a cute bitsy solid of Pyrotechnik too!

Cloudswing is a bright, crisp, golden-green scent with notes of warm hay and wood and vanilla and mowed clover and marigolds and sweet woods and intense lemongrass. 

I am normally not a lemongrass fan at all, but Cloudswing is the exception. It's creamy and fresh and grassy and woodsy and just magically happy. I'm partial to the photo of the barn on the solid scent. It reminds me of the barn on my cousin's farm where I spent some time as a child. Spending long summer days where we would just roam around the fields, or hid out in the barn, way up in the huge piles of scratchy straw, with the dust motes caught in the shafts of sunlight. Nothing to do but find another adventure, total freedom. That's what Cloudswing smells like- endless possibility and optimism, a wide expanse of could-be's. 

Homespun is a fragrance that begins in the vein of Cloudswing, and then takes a tumble into dark woods, sprouting with lichens and morels and mint julep. 

I took a chance on this as a full size, partly because of the bottle. That gorgeous green bottle, like an electric emerald beetle scurrying through the forest floor, hiding among the fallen leaves. The scent is just as gorgeous. It is deeper, woodsier than Cloudswing, with a faint mintiness and freshness of tea. These woods are lovely, dark and deep. But not scary or sinister, it's actually quite comforting. If Cloudswing is a bright, creamy hay yellow, then Homespun is mossy green blanket.

Brasao Y Kinolau
Fresh, green, non-Christmasy holly, pink peppercorn and old-world wonders, fused with the maile vines of Hawai'i, lotus, honeysuckle and jasmine, spiced with a tiny touch of cinnamon and sweetened with coconut and honey. It's green and tart and languid and floral-but-not-floral and breezy and deep

This is a green, peppery scent- the kind Evonne does so well. It's got a kind of humidity to it, it's not a cool forest green. It's a jungle green. Hints of tropical florals-meandering through a jungle thick with vines and mysteries. It's definitely summery and per the description, non-Christmasy. I don't pick up on the coconut, honey, and cinnamon, but I do get an overall impression of the tropics without being super obvious about it.

Pyrotechnik is a sangria-spicy fragrance concoction with bold notes of cantaloupe and raw sandalwood darkened with smoke and earth.

This one is for melon lovers, and I'm not a huge melon lover. It has an orange aura for sure, deep and a little spicy/woodsy. But it is predominantly melon, and if you like that, you'll be good with this one. I enjoy it well enough, but it's not my favorite.

Next up, some new Fyrinnae shadows!

Innocent Sorrow is one of my favorites and I've almost used up the sample I had, so I got a refill. My favorites of the new ones are Ailurophile and Beyond Binary. Ailurophile looks like a medium sparkly purple in the jar, but it looks more subtle on my lids, and really brings out the green of my eyes. I've been wearing it with Beyond Binary in the crease just to soften it out, and it operates almost like a neutral for me. It's just lovely, with a slight golden metallic sheen to it. Beyond Binary is a "my lids but better" shade, mostly peachy-matte and velvety, evening out my skintone with a soft blue-ish glow. I've been using it when I don't feel like doing much makeup, but still want to look awake and put together.

Top L to R: Beyond Binary, Istanbul, Haunted Ballroom
Bottom L to R: Innocent Sorrow, Ailurophile, Caramel Layer Cake

Top L to R: Beyond Binary, Istanbul, Haunted Ballroom
Bottom L to R: Innocent Sorrow, Ailurophile, Caramel Layer Cake
These were swatched over bare skin. Haunted Ballroom and Innocent Sorrow are more sheer/shimmery but can be built up, so I use them for both highlighting and as subtle brightening lid shades. 
Caramel Layer Cake, Haunted Ballroom, Innocent Sorrow, Beyond Binary, Istanbul, Ailurophile
I have another Happy Mail Day post coming up shortly!

Hi all, I'm feeling a lot better since my last post, and my eyesight is pretty much back to normal. I saw the specialist Friday but by that time it had improved so much he just recommended gel eye drops or allergy eye drops. I'm really relieved, as it was getting old fast! 

So, it is time for a review! I used my tax refund to sign up for Sixteen92's Circle subscription service. Since Sweet Anthem discontinued their sub, I felt like this one would be a smart investment. A year of four seasonal releases (in 2ml sample form), a limited edition scent exclusive to members, and a coupon code each season for use on full size seasonal products cost me $85.00. Plus members get their packages several weeks before the season officially launches, so you have plenty of time to make informed decisions. These are sold out for the year, but hopefully this service will return! 

My Circle Summer edition was packaged the same as other orders I've received, neatly in a  black bag with a cardboard wrapper, with a note card with the scent list and a handwritten 30% code.  There was also a cute sparkly bracelet, which I believe was meant to coincide with the Jazz Age theme. Full disclosure, most of these scents weren't my thing, but if you like fruity scents, you will be in heaven.

Here are the scents!

Wild honeysuckle bushes after a rain shower

The Beautiful and the Damned

Sparkling pink grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry and currant with soft violet, gardenia and vanilla absolute

I knew going in that this would not be a favorite, and it's not. It's got two of my least favorite notes, grapefruit and currant, so it just wasn't going to win. It's potent and heady and powdery; it smells like a humid day and a bowl of fruit that has been left outside to steep in the sticky heat. I'm sorry, this was a scrubber for me, though I can imagine it working just fine on others, and other reviews have indicated as such.


Tart sangria infused with ripe summer fruits (white peach, nectarine, berries, citrus), dark vanilla, wild vines, rose absolute

This one opens with a sharp, boozy top note tinged with berries, and soon after application smells more like apricots or nectarines to me. The dry down is  vaguely fruity and sweet with a little vanilla. It's a little lackluster and indecisive at the end. It just smells like it fizzles out, a little musty even?  I like this only marginally better than The Beautiful and the Damned. It's still got that humid and heady thing going on; fruity scents like this just make me want to take a shower.

Blood and Honey

Blood orange, wildflower honey (vegan), pale amber, honeysuckle

Le sigh. I can think of multiple scents now that contain honey and amber, and they all smell way too strong on me. It's tart and creamy and very, very sweet and it just amps on my skin until I feel like I'm drowning in a vat of honey. The dry down reminds me a little of the Body Shop's Satsuma, which I had a brief love affair with maybe 15 years ago, but it just takes too long to get to that point. On the plus side, these scents are lasting a lot longer than other Sixteen92 scents I've tried. Claire recently changed carrier oil blends and I do notice an increase in longevity. 

Paper Moon

Soft vanilla musk, benzoin, oakmoss, trailing ivy, peach blossom, rose

This is much better! It really does have a dry, papery, musky feel to it. It just now occurred to me that it smells like a more summery version of Solstice Scents' White Fox. It must be the vanilla musk doing that. It dries down to a nice, soft skin scent.The peach blossom is thankfully subtle and doesn't scream peach to me. I will use up my sample as it is quite pretty, but I probably won't need a full size, though it's possible this one might grow on me. The sillage isn't massive, but it did linger till morning after wearing it to bed, so it has some staying power.

Eternal Return

Peat moss and damp garden soil, tomato leaf, beetroot, grass, herbs, lavender spikes, galbanum, sun-warmed oak bark

Leaving the best for last here so this review doesn't read like a total bummer (it's not, I swear!) So, this one totally makes up for the other scents not working on me. It's a wonderful garden scent- green/herbal and earthy with a peppery punch from the tomato leaf. The dry down is a warm, clean, woodsy scent that truly smells sun-soaked.  I also love Haus of Gloi's Ploughman and Sixteen92's the Grass Harp, so if you like those or other scents that evoke rolling around in the dirt n' sunshine, perhaps try this one!

Finally, Sixteen92 recently debuted a line of hair care products. I picked up a Detangling Hair Mist in Lolita and a Sea Salt Spray in Vanilla Coconut. Lolita is definitely one of the brand's best sellers, and I've never tried it because the "tart peach candies" in it would usually make it a no-go. I figured trying it in a hair mist would be a safe way to just give it a chance. And of course,  given my general disdain for many fruity scents, I have no explanation for why I love this one. It doesn't make sense at all. But it smells like boozy gummi bears have been hanging out in my hair and having an awesome time frolicking and being their sweet, plump, juicy selves. It's not kapow-PEACH, it's more of a generalized fruitiness that makes me feel nostalgic for scents I wore a gazillion years ago, like Victoria's Secret Love Spell or Bath and Body Works Art Stuff Roll on Glitter. Absolute sugar bombs, but compulsively sniffable.

Anyway, the actual product does a decent job at detangling my fine, yet copious short-ish hair. I use it only on wet hair, a few sprays on each side of my head, and it does seem to make it more manageable. I admit a few times I used it on dry hair as more of a hair fragrance mist (I said it was compulsively sniffable!), and it did start to weigh my hair down a little when too much got on top of my head. As addictive as it is, I try to keep it focused towards my ends and only on wet hair, and that's the way it seems to work best for me. YMMV.

The sea salt spray has a really fine mist, and I notice I haven't gotten any of the crunchiness that some other wave sprays have left my hair with. The Vanilla Coconut is definitely a tropical beach coconut smell, not a gourmand coconut. It's simple but cheery and summery. I've been searching for a long time for a perfect beachy wave spray. My hair is straight but prone to waviness on rainy or humid days, and I'm always looking for products that can amplify that waviness so it looks like an intentional "look" rather than a colossal mistake. But my hair is fine so it's easy to weigh down and hard to hold a wave. This one isn't a miracle worker and doesn't give me the wave I seek, but it does give some texture without crunchiness or build up, and smells delish too. So I enjoy using it and would probably try more of both once I finish these.

And now it's time for a breakdown:

Dislike: The Beautiful and the Damned
Blood and Honey
Like: Paper Moon
Love: Eternal Return
Hair stuff

The summer collection launches Friday, 5/29!

2015 has been a hell of a year so far, dear reader. Multiple family deaths, car troubles, and weird health issues for yours truly. I had fully intended to start reviewing a lot more (and I've been on a creative streak, so more DIY posts too) but I've had a totally bizarre health scare this month, and it's not resolved quite yet. I doubt anyone is particularly interested in this unless maybe you've been having a similar issue and stumble across this post, so basically I'm writing this out so I have a record of my experience with this.

About a month ago, I started noticing that when I'd help patrons on the computers, I was having trouble seeing what they were working on. I was used to getting occasional computer eye strain, but my vision was actually starting to get blurry. I had to really strain to help people, and a couple times when they needed help with their phones, I had to get a co-worker to do it because I simply couldn't see clearly enough. I noticed I was getting a lot more floaters in my right eye, and most of the blurriness seemed to be originating from that eye. I have severe myopia, and my eye doctor always told me to be on the lookout for the signs of a detached retina, which I would be predisposed to because of that. So I was pretty damn worried something serious like that could be going on. I tried making an appointment with my regular eye doctor, but I couldn't get in until after G and I returned from vacation. I already had a small trip planned and a week and a half already scheduled off work, but I didn't want to wait that long to get in. So I called a different practice, and they were able to get me in the day before we left for our trip.

The doctor was super nice, and did LOTS of tests. The standard eye charts I failed miserably. I couldn't get past the top largest row of letters now matter how she adjusted it, with glasses or without. I paid a little extra for this new test, a machine that takes a picture of the structure of your eye. You can see your optic nerve, everything. She said it wasn't a retina issue, I wasn't going blind or anything. WHEW. 

But. My corneas were really inflamed, which is what was causing my blurriness. She diagnosed me with Superficial Punctate Keratitis. What the hell is that, you ask? Well, I guess my corneas are covered in tiny little spots/lesions that are causing the blurriness, sensitivity to light, double vision. The doctor described it as "like looking through a stained glass window." And that's what it feels like. Everything's distorted, text and computers are especially problematic, and even if text is magnified, it's still blurry. I couldn't even get through watching a movie. I haven't presented like other descriptions I've read- I don't have any pain (aside from the photo sensitivity and achiness from eye strain, and I didn't have any redness or outwardly visible irritation. She suspects it could be contact lens related, so no contacts for me until this is resolved. There are a lot of potential causes though, and it's hard to know for sure. And the extra shitty thing is, this may be a chronic condition. If it goes away it could come back again, perhaps over the span of years. I personally suspect it's immune system related. I was feeling really stressed out and run down around the time it started (hence the planned vacation) and I've been having some painful eczema/dermatitis flare ups too. It just seems related to me, though I don't know exactly how. 

So, she told me to use preservative free eye drops often and come back after a week to see if it would resolve on its own. No such luck.
We went on our trip, and it was fun, but my sight did hinder my enjoyment. I couldn't see all the nature on our hikes. We saw a family of deer in the woods, but all I saw was a blur when they moved, otherwise I couldn't see them at all. I told G that I'm like a T-Rex, my visual acuity is based on movement. Ha ha. But it wasn't funny in the moment. I was disoriented, and felt detached from everything. I couldn't see people's faces clearly (or my own in the mirror), and couldn't see expressions, nuances, details. Signing forms for our car rental reservation and lodge rental was difficult. I just felt kind of adrift, not like myself. I haven't worn glasses for so long since I got contacts in 2008, and while I don't mind them at home, they just don't feel like me anymore. And doing my regular eye makeup was an exercise in futility, since I was using eye drops every couple hours. So on top of being pretty scared and frustrated about my vision, I was feeling kind of self-conscious and not my best. I made the best of the situation though, and we still had a good time. 

The rest of my time off I had a zillion craft projects planned. I only managed to get a couple done. But I am proud of them considering, and I hope to get some posts done about them. I went back to the eye doctor the Friday before I returned to work, and she said it was no better, and seemed to have gotten worse, as my left eye was now in bad shape too. She gave me a sample of steroid drops and Restasis. She warned me that the steroids were "hit or miss" and my own research suggested that they may prolong the disease in the long term, so I'm glad it was just a sample, as I didn't really want to continue them. Going back to work last week was not much fun, I was feeling like I was only partially refreshed, and kind of like a failure for not getting as much done as I'd hoped. The lights are so bright in the branch, with tons of natural light too, so I was constantly squinting and uncomfortable and struggling to help people. Feeling generally helpless. I went back to the doctor AGAIN last Friday, and she said my right eye had marginally cleared (fewer lesions) and I could mostly get the top line of letters on the eye chart. But it hadn't improved to her satisfaction, so she made me an appointment with a cornea specialist, and I'm going to see him this Friday. 

Over the weekend I feel like it's improved a little, but I'm not ready to get my hopes up just yet. The chronic nature of the condition is weighing on me and keeping me from getting too excited. But I'm able to type this post (hopefully not too many typos), so that is an improvement for sure. A couple weeks ago I simply couldn't. Even if it gets totally better, I'm still going to see the specialist, because I want to know if there are any other new treatments out there, especially if it happens again. My doctor told me about something called Autologous Serum Drops that may be an option for me. They're basically eye drops made from your blood that has been centrifuged to isolate the plasma. They're supposed to be regenerative and great for dry eye syndrome and other ocular diseases. Sounds weird, but it seems like they work. And since it's made from you, you can't really have an allergic reaction to it. But I will have to ask the specialist about them, as they're outside her realm of knowledge. I don't know if they're cost prohibitive or if there is a lab nearby that can make them. I'll see soon. LOL. I hope.

I'm amassing quite a collection of wax, it seems. I may even get through the summer without having to buy any candles at Bath and Body Works or Yankee, and that's saying something. But despite not really needing any more wax, the collections that Lysa from Sugar and Spite has been releasing lately are just too much fun to resist. Seriously, I've gotten a lot of impressive packages from a number of indie companies over the years, and I should probably be desensitized by now to the artistry and care so often put into their work, but this one maybe, just maybe, takes the cake.

This collection, based on classic horror films, was not a pre-order.I ordered on April 11th, and received it on April 15th. Super fast TAT! The collection included eight 2 ounce cups of wax, and cost $16.00. Each scent was a different color with various unique "garnishes" that often brought to mind the movie it was referencing, which made it all just a generally colorful and fun package to open. 

This is the bag the goods came in:

When I lifted this up and realized the tie was a noose, I knew I was in for a treat. How cool is that?

What horror collection would be complete without postcards all the way from snowy Sidewinder or the Bates Motel?

These are totally going on our fridge.

I also got a menu of all the scents and I had also ordered a soap in Ah, Miss, which smells like refreshing tea with just a hint of floral. Sugar and Spite has really great tea notes! 

I got two sample shots from a potential future release. She was thinking of doing a New Wave collection, but online polling instead led to the new collection being Villains. She Bop is super sweet and cutesy- kind of a Pink Sugar type smell. Lips like Sugar smells like buttermints to me.

And here's the Horror Collection!

I would say my favorites from this collection are Thorn, Overlook, Candyman, and His Father's Eyes, though I didn't dislike any of them. Thorn I got as a sample in my last order and liked the cold sniff-but wow, it really bloomed on melting! G remarked that "this place has never smelled better" when I melted that one,which is good I guess! It looks super cool, with a wax skull looking up at you when you open it.

 Overlook has a kind of chilly musk vibe, sort of like Solstice Scents Snowshoe Pass, and it's neat that the bottom white layer has little red drops of "blood." Candyman is sweet and rich honey with sprinkles and lavender buds, and His Father's Eyes is a delicate, soft lavender with hints of vanilla and even what appear to be mini marshmallows. I haven't melted them all but while the smells don't necessarily morph much, they do bloom when melted and you can get more of the nuances. London is a rugged, more "masculine" scent-a little smoky. Pennywise, I can now pick up on lemon and honeysuckle, though I understand why I initially thought it was a tutti frutti bubblegum type scent. The ones that are more muted to me in the cups, Mr. bates and Evil Ed, I suspect may improve and reveal their true colors with a little more cure time and upon melting. 

This collection is currently sold out and  I'm not sure at this time when/if some or all of the scents will return. The next collection is Villains and includes one of my personal faves, Jareth the Goblin King. This is nostalgic for me as Labyrinth was the very first movie I ever remember seeing in a movie theater at the tender age of 5, and I remember crying and wanting to leave because the fire guys scared me. I stuck it out though to the end and it became one of my all time favorite movies. My childhood friends and I may have worn out our VHS copy when freeze-framing certain moments in order to fully appreciate the bounty contained within Jareth's super snazzy gray pants. 

Here is the scent lineup and a LINK to the preorder (which will only be active for a few days as of today, April 22nd).

Maleficent - Jam, swimming with overripe blackberries and currants, tea, butter cookies, patchouli and sinister florals.

Ursula - Ice cold waves, ocean floor, kelp, orange blossom and driftwood

Hook - Black leather, sandalwood, creamy pumpkin, and vanilla pods

Jareth - Black cedar, vanilla bean, aged patchouli, teakwood, and a delicious drop of candy apple.

The Joker - A ridiculous blend of sweet amber, vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pecan waffles, day lilies and lemon balm

De Vil - Dragons blood, toasty marshmallow, sweet cream and spice.

Scar - Blueberry orange muffins drizzled with fig syrup and an afterthought of wood smoke

The Evil Queen - Shiny red apple, dark chocolate, sprinkled with pink and blue sugars.

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