After a year spent excitedly throwing myself onto and then most likely staggering off of any number of actual roller coasters, I find myself, here at the end of 2018, riding the Emotional Roller Coaster Express. It’s been a real “Stop the world, I’d like to get off” kind of month. But upon reflection, that’s been my entire 2018 – wild vacation highs followed by protracted periods of gutting real life lows. On the whole, I haven’t enjoyed this ride. In fact, I’m totally sick of it (instead of just getting sick by it.) Zero stars on TripAdvisor, this attraction sucks.
Pretty much the only thing I didn’t biff this year was my commitment to cutting back on my discretionary spending. I mean, I did just turn around and plow that money straight into Disney vacations, so file that one under the “Re-Prioritization” files. But after 2017, when I spent every bit of money I had on things that I thought would make me happy, but didn’t, I knew a shift was in order, and I curbed my spending HARD.
Part of that curbing was limiting my wax purchases to three orders, a custom order from Sniff My Tarts (due any day now!), a hugely anticipated order from The Melting Duck and this order from Rosegirls, a holiday tradition of mine for three seasons now. I love receiving these whimsical Mario blends every year; it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without them. Just being handed this sweetly scented package put a smile on my face, possibly the first genuine one in weeks. Also, not for nothing, but by limiting my purchases to a few absolute must-haves, it made what was becoming kind of boring and accepted (oh look, another wax order) a Very Special Event. It’s nice to actual derive some enjoyment and delight out of my treats again.
All right, enough emotional shop talk, on to the wax. Let’s take a look-see and peep the Super Mario-themed blends I picked up in 2018, shall we?
First up, a sextet of adorable little muffins (“Title of your sextet tape!”) in, top row, starting on the left, Jumping on Clouds, a candy floss-dominant bakery blend of Vanilla Crunch Donuts Fluff Puffs, Marshmallow Smoothie, Cuppa Cake and Cotton Candy Frosting, Starbeans Cafe, a gently caffeinated combo of Espresso, Vanilla Crunch Donuts and Vanilla Bean Noel and Thwomps, an incredibly unique, “Wow, this one’s got a taste!” blend of Pine, Peppermint, Sugar Cookie Dough and Campfire Marshmallow. I’m not entirely sure I like Thwomps, but I don’t dislike it either (which means in about a month’s time it will become my most favouritest scent blend EVER, trust.)
Then on the bottom row, once again starting on the left, we have Warp Zone, a spritely combination of Monster Cookie Fluff Puffs, Peppermint and Vanilla Crunch Donuts, Koopa Klaus is Coming to Town, a rich, ultra comforting blend of Sugar Cookies, Coconut and Baked Zucchini Bread (and an all-time favourite of mine) and Bob-omb Blast, an improbably delicious blend of Blackberry, Campfire Marshmallow, Vanilla Bean Noel and Glazed Donuts. It is so weird and I love it about as much as I’m confused by Thwomps. Both feature Campfire Marshmallow; is that the weird at work here?
Finally, we have a pretty random assortment of chunks, top, and a new item called Mario Melts, bottom. In chunks, I grabbed Yoshi the Red Nosed Dino, left, a beautifully hued and ultra tart combination of Raspberry Sauce and Pistachio Marshmallow Fluff (another favourite, if not THE blend that turned me on to scented wax in the first place) and Go Tell it on DK’s Mountain, right, another “Why do I like this?” fave featuring Fresh Pine, Sweater Weather and Vanilla Bean Noel. How bizarre that all my Mario usuals are my usual unusuals, no?
Then in the Mario Melters, little layered, bar-shaped wax chunks, I ordered another annual favourite, Up on the Castle Top, left, a bubblegummy blend of Berry Creme Brulee and Rice Krispie Treats (it does not smell like pink bubblegum, but rather this berry Bubbalicious gum I loved as a kid) and then the new wax on the block, Koopa Klaus Needs a Latte, right, a combination of my beloved Koopa Klaus is Coming to Town and Espresso. Holy smokes, this one is great; Mr. Finger Candy’s going to be all over this coffee ‘n’ cookies combo. I also think the potential for someone to actually mistake this wax for something edible is nearly guaranteed, particularly at this time of year – it looks EXACTLY like these homemade Twix bars I like to make, and smells just like them, too.
So there we have it, a highly anticipated Rosegirls wax order over one year in the making. I really wish a lot of things had gone differently this year, particularly in the last month, but I will continue to be proud of myself for reining in my more destructive shopping impulses so that I can once again enjoy the things I do buy, like this special little wax order. Gotta take pleasure in the small – and smell 😉 – victories.