During my end-of-year State of the Sandra assessment (yes, this is a thing) it came to my attention that during 2017, I spent far, far too much on myself. “Well, no durr, you went to Disney World twice,” you may be saying to yourself. Except I’m not talking about the back-to-back Disney vacations we enjoyed in 2017; those were incredible experiences, and worth every penny.
No, I’m talking more about all of stuff I purchased. The largely unaccounted-for stuff that ate up every bit of discretionary income I had, and then some. And the really depressing part is that for the most part, I hardly remember how I spent it. Wax, for sure; my stores are fit to bursting. Soap; eight bars’ worth of a product I ultimately wound up binning. Video games that went nowhere, movies that have languished on to-be-watched lists, and a revolving door of clothes, none of which ever seem to fit my always-changing figure. Mr. Finger Candy suffers from a similar spending problem with respect to video game DLC and Apple TV purchases.
And as it turns out, amassing stuff, particularly stuff you can’t even remember purchasing, is an excellent way to feel deeply unfulfilled, and possibly a little ashamed that you were such a fool with your money in the first place.
So hot on the heels of two excellent trips to Disney, Mr. Finger Candy and I are setting limits on our mostly mindless discretionary spending, with an eye to another (longer, just as blowout-y) Disney/Universal vacation in 2018. At this point in our lives, we’ve just decided to prioritize experiences (particularly those of an amusement park nature) above things. We have enough things. What we are lacking is living.
And so this may be one of the last wax posts you’ll see for a while; this Rosegirls haul from before Christmas is one of two orders that were waiting for me when I returned home from Florida, and I’m actively avoiding all of my favourite vendors in an effort to curb my over-spending in the new year. Don’t call it a no buy; it’s really more a low buy, or a moderated buy. I’m not turning off the tap entirely, just slowing things to a dribble. I’ll keep you updated on how I do. 🙂
But back in December, when I was spending pre-vacation money with reckless abandon, I placed a rather large order with Rosegirls for a number of replacement Mini Melters, as well as some cute traditional chunks and nearly all of the holiday Mario blends on offer. I did not exercise much restraint!
I’ve shared no photos of the replacement Mini Melters, because for the most part, it was just a whole lot of beige and brown (all of my favourite bakery blenders, from Waffle Cone and Vanilla Bean Noel, to Marshmallow Smoothie and Royal Sugar Cookie) with a tiny bit of Raspberry Sauce red thrown in for good measure.
But of the new blends on offer before the holidays, I snapped up two bags of Holy Cannoli Twinkies (left) and Christmas Wish Peeps Cake (right.) Christmas Wish, a festive blend of pine trees and iced sugar cookies, is an odd favourite of mine; blended with sugary sweet marshmallow Peeps, it’s positively scrumptious. And Holy Cannoli Twinkies, a classic Rosegirls Raspberry Sauce blend, is fan-freakin-tastic – a little sweet, a little tart, a little cakey and a whole lot fruity, it was love at first sniff.
I love creating my own blends with Mini Melters, but there’s always something to be said for Rosegirls’ classic chunks, and in such charmingly pretty colours, too! Of the many scents on offer, I grabbed three bags in Crazy Pants Wackadoodle (left), a super potent blend of juicy apples and rich sugar cookies, Strawberry Mango Peeps Cake (centre), a Peeps-enhanced blend of one of my favourite fruity duos, and Dunk My Donut Cuppa Cake Noel (right), a disappointingly light combination of cinnamon sugar donuts, cupcakes and Vanilla Bean Noel. I get that distinctive VBN note and not much else. I’m going to tuck this scent away for a bit and see if it comes around with time.
Saving the biggies for last, these jumbo snowflakes (a bit bigger than my palm and twice as thick) came in an assortment of Rosegirls’ popular Super Mario-inspired scent blends. It’s been my fun little holiday tradition for three years now to grab whatever’s available in these festive scents; I don’t think it would have felt like Christmas without them. 🙂
Starting with the topmost snowflake in purple, we have Up on the Castle Top, a favourite fruity-bakery blend featuring Berry Creme Brulee and Rice Krispie Treats. I think this smells like old school berry Bubbalicious bubble gum, the super smackery kind. Going clockwise, the green snowflake is Go Tell it on DK’s Mountain, a bracingly strong blend of cologne-y Sweater Weather, pine and Vanilla Bean Noel. I’ve no idea why I like this scent; it’s entirely unlike any of my usual scent preferences.
Continuing on clockwise, the dusty rose snowflake is in the blend that sold me on all things Raspberry Sauce, Yoshi the Red Nosed Dino, a nose-tinglingly tart combination of my beloved Raspberry Sauce and pistachio smoothie. Yes, pistachio; I stand beside you in your shock! But wow, this scent is wonderful. I look forward to melting it all year. Down in the 6 pm position, the pale pink snowflake is in Koopa Troopa Assault, another bracingly strong blend of pomegranate, lemon, Raspberry Sauce and Marshmallow Smoothie. With both of these ultra strong blends, I should get a solid six or more melts out of each snowflake.
The turquoise snowflake is in Koopa Klaus is Coming to Town, a warm and cozy blend of zucchini bread, coconut and sugar cookies. Rich and sweet, this delightful scent smells like the very best kind of Christmas baking. Finally, closing out the wreath with the rose red snowflake, we have Manic Mario Madness, a new-to-me blend of Mac apple, blueberry and vanilla ice cream. Apples and blueberries – can’t ever go wrong with that combo. The three Christmas lights are samples in Up on the Castle Top.
So there we have it, the fragrances that will be scenting my home for what I hope is many, many months to come. Low buy no buys are so much more satisfying when you have a stash to work through, and boy, do I have a stash! So I’ll be working through that, all while studiously ignoring all but the most tantalizing of wax offerings. Gotta keep my eye on that Disney prize. 😉