Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shot Though The Tart....

I'm back with a round robin review so get ready...
   Not too long ago we had a Round Robin over on The Pouring Pot and I swapped out a lot of scents. So many that I have to break it into two part reviews. This will just be the review for this month since I gave up CBV for Lent, the second one will have to come later when Lent is over and I can melt again. I hope this tides you over until then. Without further ado I present my thoughts on the new scents I took out of the round robin...

We will start this one off with the bakery scents as usual...

Buttermint Candies:
Cold Throw: Being the mint lover that I am I just couldn't pass this one up. And it does indeed smell like real buttermint candies. Now if you have never had buttermint candies let me tell you there is no butter smell in this one so don't be alarmed if you don't like buttery scents. This is like a subdued soft peppermint candy, which is basically what a buttermint candy is. It is a small pastel melt in your mouth mint candy. This is like a semi-sweet soft mint. Not an abrasive or sharp mint. I like it a lot. But then again I love almost all things minty.

Warm Throw: Mmmm minty goodness. As I stated before, this one smells just like an authentic melt in your mouth pretty pastel buttermint candy. The mint continues to be a softer peppermint smell and the scent throw is strong without being abrasive. It is kind of a nice medium for the scent mint scents where it is more mint than anything else, but it isn't a sharp or too powerful kind of mint. Me likey. So mint fans you will want this one, those who want to try a mint scent but aren't sure about which ones to get I would maybe recommend you start with this one, Peppermint Bark, or Dark Angel as an introduction mint because the mint in this one and those are on the softer and less harsher side.

Apricot Crumb Cake: 
Cold Throw: I have wanted to try this since I believe it was Jenn over on The Pouring Pot mentioned it. Needless to say when I saw it I knew I couldn't pass it up. I get the apricots right away when I smell this and then I smell the crumb cake part right in the base notes. I like that the apricot doesn't smell artificial or candy like. It smells pretty much like how the name implies it should.It is fruity but the fruitiness is toned down by the cake which makes it a great mixture of fruity and bakery.

Warm Throw: This was pretty much the same as it was cold only the bakery and the fruit sort of come together as one whole scent instead of apricot and then the crumb cake. The fragrances are equally balanced so you don't get one more than the other.  It smells like a legit apricot crumb cake. The scent throw on this one is in the average range. I personally liked this one. It is a nice difference to the usual heavy bakery and fruity scents because it is on the lighter side. It is semi-sweet  but not thick or sickeningly so. Pretty good in my books.

Berry Blackberry Cobbler: 
Cold Throw: I definitely get the blackberries mixed with some other kind of berry and there in the very edges of the scent you get that cobbler fragrance which is kind of crispy. But the berries are the main focus here. These blackberries remind me of something but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it. I want to say it reminds me of like a fruit roll up or berry candy but that really isn't it. Maybe a juice? I don't know for sure but it is certainly a sweet kind of blackberry. Ali said once that this smelt like a blackberry pie and while I have never had a blackberry pie I think it is safe to assume she is right.

Warm Throw: The cobbler fragrance did come out more once warmed. I think it went hand in hand with the blackberries so it was more an authentic blackberry cobbler fragrance as opposed to it just being a blackberry scent with a little cobbler. It fits the name almost perfectly really. Not much more to say about it other than it smells like a blackberry cobbler. The scent throw on this one was decently average. I'm not a huge blackberry fan but both my mother and I liked this one. It was nice and wasn't too heavy on the blackberries or too heavy on the cobbler. If you do like blackberries you need to try this one.

Boston Cream Pie:
Cold Throw: At first sniff this one smells kind of similar to Chocolate Chip Cookies in that slightly crispy unidentifiable bakery scent. That is what makes up the majority of this scent. I feel like I can kind of sniff out the cream part, but it is mainly that crispy bakery fragrance.I don't get any chocolate with this one so far. It just kind of smells like how Chocolate Chip Cookies does only without the chocolate. I want to see if all that will change once I melt it.

Warm Throw: This one really changed a lot once melted. It began to smell more like an actual boston cream pie. It was very custardy and creamy smelling. No real discernible chocolate smell that I could tell though. The scent throw was medium. I liked this one more than I thought I would. It is a unique scent to have around if you are ever looking for a change of pace in your bakery scents. If you like custardy or creamy vanilla type scents then I would recommend this one. I think if you like Creme Brulee you will probably like this one too. The two scents are different but same in their creamy and mildness.

Blackberry Caramel Rice Pudding: 
Cold Throw: I can instantly smell the rice pudding part of this but it does go hand in hand with a semi-sweet blackberry scent couple with a drizzle of thick caramel. Basically I can pick out every scent in the name lol. The blackberry and the caramel kind of take the backseat to the rice pudding. I wasn't exactly sure how this mixture of odd scents would smell, but so far it smells pretty good to my nose. While some scents are stronger than the others all of the fragrances mix well and there really isn't one that "competes" with the others that might throw off the whole scent balance.

Warm Throw: I felt like this one was more caramel rice pudding than anything. I didn't really get much if any of the blackberries. That being so I still ended up liking this one.The caramel wasn't super thick or sweet and it blended really well with the rice pudding. I feel like the caramel definitely sweetened up the otherwise maybe a bit plain rice pudding. The rice pudding in this smells like rice porridge, but that could just be my mind's interpretation. This reminded me of like a slightly sweeter, fun twist on Bonsai. I like how this scent is mild and isn't anything that could be construed as "offensive" or too sweet. The scent throw was in the medium average range. This one is good to fill a room with, but granted if you don't like rice pudding scents like Bonsai then this one might not be for you.  
These were all good!
Graham Cracker Crust: 
Cold Throw: I have been wanting to try this one for awhile now. I never added it to my orders though because while I like graham cracker crust I wasn't sure I was going to like it as a stand alone fragrance. But then there it was in the round robin box just waiting for me. Naturally I had to trade for it. Right now on cold throw it smells a little off even though the date on the lid says it has had about 4 months to cure. I'm assuming then that this one will be one that shows it's magic once warmed up. Right now I don't smell graham crackers at all. In fact I'm not sure what it does smell like at the moment. It has that unidentifiable crisp bakery note that is in Boston Cream Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have no idea what to make of this scent on it's own because I don't know if being in the round robin has altered it a bit or if that is how it just is. I guess I will just have to melt this one to find out.

Warm Throw: At first this one really smelled like graham cracker crust but the longer it was on the more it began to smell like burnt graham cracker crust. I'm not talking about the typical burning smell you get with the warmers sometimes either. The burnt smell wasn't an offensive something's burning in the oven type of smell but more like the edges of the graham cracker crust got burnt a little. Like it got a little too crispy. At least that is what it smells like to me. But in the beginning it really did smell like it's namesake. It could just be me, but I wasn't too blown away by it. I mean I didn't hate it by any means, it was just one of those neutral take it or leave it scents in my book. I prefer Get Me S'more because the graham cracker crust smells better in that one to my nose. Don't let me scare you off of it though because I can see a lot of people really loving this one as it is. The scent throw was pretty average too.

Breakfast In Vermont: 
Cold Throw: I get a baked bread type of smell first with this one. There are other scents I'm getting, one kind of smells creamy so I'm thinking that is the white chocolate. It is like this bready fragrance with this under current of semi-sweetness though I wouldn't say it smells chocolatey exactly. I'm not really sure how to describe this accurately. I mean you do smell the flour and the white chocolate and a touch of molasses and caramel but they all come together to smell like some baked specialty sweetened bread. If you were expecting this to smell anything resembling breakfast foods though, don't lol.  

Warm Throw: I still got a slightly yeasty baked bread scent. I don't know if that is just the type I got or not but it smelt like baked bread with a little bit of a chocolatey and semi-sweet maple note. Now I am a maple hater, so fellow maple haters before you write this one off let me just say it wasn't syrupy or sticky sweet in the least. In fact I hesitate to put down maple because it really wasn't distinct enough to call it that.There was something that sweetened it up without it being creamy or sugary so I'm guessing it was maple. Over all though I'd say it smelt like a chocolate pastry but more on the bread side. Like a baked bread with a drizzle of chocolate on the top. The scent throw was pretty moderate. I have mixed feelings on this one. I don't hate the scent, I'm just not sure I like it all that much either. It doesn't bother me and I can see a lot of bakery lovers liking this one I just think there are other bakery scents that I prefer a lot more. So I'm not sure if I want to keep or swap this one. Time will tell, but if you like bready chocolatey scents then get this one and don't let me scare you away from it. My nose is just finicky is all when it comes to bakery scents.
I can't decide if I like the last two or not...
Cajun Cornbread: 
Cold Throw: Okay so I have had this one before but was so turned off by the cold throw that I couldn't bring myself to melt it. I ended up swapping it in the last round robin. So after regret set it in wondering if the scent changed miraculously after melting I began to want to try it again. But I didn't want to pay for another shot if in case I didn't like it after all. Needless to say when I saw it pop up in this round robin I snatched it up quickly. The cold throw still smells like how I remember my last one smelt like: sickeningly sweet vomit with the tiniest pinch of cornbread. It has had plenty of cure time. So here is hoping that it does in fact smell much better once warmed up and now at least I will know for sure whether I love or hate this scent.

Warm Throw: Yep, I still hate it lol. Granted it wasn't as bad as I initially thought it to be. It doesn't smell like sickeningly sweet vomit anymore. The cornbread does come out more, but for my part the Peach Preserves ruins it and makes it too thick, too heavy, and too pungently sweet. I just don't care for this mixture of scents. I think the cornbread would be fine on its own and I like peach fragrances but together this is just a big time no for me. That being said my mother said it smelt good to her. So it is entirely my nose that just does not like this at all. The scent throw was pretty strong. I can't say exactly how strong since I had to turn it off after a while. So I would say this is somewhere between strong and super strong. I can see other's liking this scent it just isn't for me.  This one is going right back into the next round robin, but at least my curiosity is now satisfied. I'd say if you don't like cornbread or especially if you don't like Peach Preserves then hard pass on this one. If you like those then give it a shot you may love it like a lot of people.
My final verdict on Cajun Cornbread.
Now for the fruity scents....

Brooke's Delight: 
Cold Throw: This is definitely one for the citrus lovers. Luckily for me I just so happen to be one of those people. I get the "pow" kind of tangy citrus from the tangerines but it is anchored down by the juicy oranges. It kind of reminds me of Tang. You know that powdered orange drink? That's what this smells like. It is slightly sweet and slightly tangy with a whole lot of citrusy goodness. Now if you don't like citrus or Tang then hard pass on this one for you.

Warm Throw: I stand by my initial description. This one smells like straight up Tang. I actually like it a lot. I like how it is a different kind of orange fragrance thanks to the tangerines.  The tangerine adds this slight tangyness  and the oranges add some sweetness so it all just comes together as a unique citrus scent. The scent throw on this one was pretty moderate. I really liked it but if you don't like the smell of Tang the powdered orange drink then you won't like this one most likely.

Grape Soda: 
Cold Throw: This is a funny scent because while it is Grape mixed with Fizzy Pop, the blended mixture actually comes out smelling like grape gummie bears to me. It is the strangest thing lol. Over all not what I was expecting but a fun scent none the less. Doesn't really smell like grape soda to me though. The fizzies of the Fizzy Pop is toned down the most I have ever smelt it in all the scents that have been mixed with it. It adds this candy sweetness but not really a carbonated kick that I am used to expecting. The grape is really a candy like grape scent. I don't know if that is the effect of the Fizzy Pop or just the type it originally was but nevertheless it all ends up smelling like gummie bears to me.

Warm Throw: This still smells majorly like gummie bears. My mother said it smelled like grape Kool-Aid to her, but all I smell is straight up gummie bears. Not a problem for the candy craver me, but if you were expecting an actual grape soda fragrance then you may be disappointed. There really isn't any tingly carbonated fizzy smell that you usually get from Fizzy Pop blends. Really the best I can describe what this smells like is just open up a big 10 gallon jar of gummie bears, stick your head inside, and inhale. That's what this smells like. The scent throw on this one surprised me because it is pretty strong. It filled almost my entire house and lasted decently long. I personally liked this one. It wasn't what I was expecting , but I like the novelty of it. I mean you don't find very many gummie bear like tarts out there. So if you like gummie bears or sweet candy scents in general get this one. You know what, get this one just for the novelty of it. It is a fun scent that is just neat to have tried and I'm really glad I found this in the round robin because I don't know if I would have tried it otherwise.
The nostalgia of these 2 scents made me so happy.
And now for some seasonal scents out of season lol... 

Christmas Eve: 
Cold Throw: Smells pretty much exactly like how the description makes it sound. It does smell like a Christmas punch complete with nutmeg and ginger. Don't be scared off by the eggnog since it isn't a creamy spicy scent at all.  The eggnog and vanilla really just add this nice anchoring base that helps round out the overall scent. The spices in this one are all the baking kind of spices so they aren't too sharp or too stringent or overwhelming. This one is a great and unique Christmas scent.

Warm Throw: It is a little bit heavier on the nutmeg and ginger in the beginnings of melting this scent, but don't worry it evens out once it has had some time to fully melt and release the rest of the fragrance. I really liked this one. I didn't have this one around Christmas time and so I am excited to keep it for next Christmas because I think it will be perfect for the season. It does smell like a festive Christmas punch. It has light spices that are soft and just brings in the fragrances of the Christmas season. It is hard to describe because it isn't like fruit punch, but more like a lightly spiced kind of drink. It is perfect for the holidays. I like Christmas Lane better but this one is definitely nice to have around the yuletide season. The scent throw is pretty medium strong.

Pumpkin White Chocolate:
Cold Throw: Who cares if it is spring? Pumpkin fragrances are good all year round in my house. The pumpkin in this does have some spice in it so it is more like spiced pumpkin.  You can really tell the Red Hot cinnamon in this one which mixes great with the creamy pumpkin however it overshadows the white chocolate in my opinion. In fact the white chocolate part of the scent is kind of hard to detect. If you have tried many of Victoria's pumpkin scents like I have then you can tell that there is something else in this scent that tones down the spiced pumpkin half but it really isn't something that you would immediately point out as white chocolate. More just like a mild base of some sort. I'm kind of hoping the white chocolate will come out more once warmed because if not then this is just another spiced pumpkin scent only a little bit more subdued than most.

Warm Throw: This one smells like it did on cold throw. The white chocolate really wasn't that detectable but like I said if you have tried a lot of pumpkin scents like I have then you will be able to tell that there is something acting as a creamier base to tone down the spice in this. It smelt more like spiced pumpkin than anything, which isn't a problem for me but if you don't care for spiced pumpkin then this might be kind of a let down for you. The scent throw on this one was, as usual for pumpkin scents, super strong. I enjoyed this one. I would enjoy it more in the fall, but it is a nice slightly spicy pumpkin fragrance. It isn't as powerful or as spicy as Pumpkin Pie Spice. This reminds me a little of Pumpkin Pickin at the moment but I haven't compared the two just yet. I'd say if you like Harvest or Pumpkin Pickin you will like this. If you aren't big on spiced pumpkin scents then I suggest trying Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Bread or Pumpkin Eggnog first just to ease you in.

Frankincense & Myrrh: 
Cold Throw: Smells pretty much like how you would think. If you aren't familiar with frankincense or myrrh then allow me to attempt to describe it. This smells kind of like clove in that it is like a very soft spice scent but it isn't "spicy" at all. There is no sharpness to the scent at all. It is all very smooth. I also feel like it is kind of a neutral scent in that is smells really nice but is neither girly or masculine smelling. I can see both genders enjoying this one without much complaint. You know some scents can just be "offensive" to certain noses but I don't see too many people having a problem with this one since it is so smooth and steady.

Warm Throw: Remains the same as it did on cold only there is a touch of powderyness to it, which kind of makes sense because it is typically used as an incense scent especially for certain religious purposes. Smells pretty nice to me. It is a unique scent that is really difficult to explain because unless you have smelt frankincense or myrrh you can't really compare it to anything else. Having said that it isn't too spicy, or too earthy or herbal, nor is it too sweet. It really is just a well rounded soft but deep kind of scent. That probably made no sense, but you really just have to try this one for yourself. For me personally I really like it. The scent throw is just kind of average. which is still good I just want all my scents to fill my entire house lol. I'd say try this one at least once that way you can decide for yourself because really it is just so hard to explain in words. I like this one, but that could be for my personal religious beliefs that make it a special and comforting scent to me.

Pink Noel: 
Cold Throw: Almost since I first got into CBV I had heard many people rave about Pink Noel. I had also heard the same thing about Vanilla Bean Noel.  I got VBN on my second order ever and I didn't know much about cure times back then. So naturally within the week I melted VBN and hated it. It was way too perfumey and sickeningly sweet for my nose. Now I don't know if my hatred for the scent was because it didn't have enough cure time or because I just don't care for the scent itself. I haven't ordered it since then. So naturally I immediately halfway wrote off Pink Noel because it is half VBN. Still something always drew me back to Pink Noel on the list. So I was excited when I saw it in the round robin. And once I popped off the lid I knew I had to try it in the warmer. It smells so much better than I thought it would. To be honest I thought it would smell gross lol. But it isn't, nor do I find it too sickeningly sweet smelling. The main scent I'm getting is Pink Cupcake but you can pick out this undercurrent of coolness which is coming from the VBN. It is definitely a cupcake scent, but it is like a cool and sweet cupcake. The mint really isn't standing out, it is more of an accompanying scent that just boosts the fragrance and gives it that special cooling twist. 

Warm Throw: It smells so good. It smells like a heavy vanilla cotton candy cupcake (not at all disgusting like it sounds, try Watermelon Cupcake on it's own to make sure you like it first) with a very slight cooling undertone. The mint is a cool scent that really isn't all that minty or strong. There is no like menthol or sinus clearing mint in this one. Just sweet heavy cupcake with a unique cooling tone to it. The scent throw on this one wasn't super strong like a lot of mints tend to be. Instead this one had an average scent throw.  I liked this one and think it is a sweet and fun fragrance. I also think you could melt this one any time of the year. I would make sure you try Watermelon Cupcake first before you try this one because if you don't like the cotton candy cupcake smell from that then you most likely won't care for it in this one.
These will be perfect come Christmas time!  
    Well that's it for the first part of my round robin reviews. I still have a few more from the round robin to review but won't get to that until after Easter when I can melt again. So please be patient with me guys. I will have a lot more spring and summer scents to review for you guys next time. Anyways I hope you enjoyed this little review and I hope you guys have a wonderful Saint Patty's Day! Until next time guys!

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