Hello, friends! First, a quick “Where the Eff You Been?” update. So, we sold our condo apartment, we purchased a single family home, and now we’re neck-deep in a Really Big Move! You know, little life things that can totally be summarized in a single sentence. 😉 I promise I’ll have so much more to say when we take possession of our new home next month – might even get back to that nail art thing if I can stop breaking my nails – but for right now, I’m laser focused on putting our condo lives to bed. Onward, upward and outward, as it were.
But yeah, my life involves a lot of packing these days. SO. MUCH. PACKING. Why and how do we have so much media? I’ve packed up about two dozen boxes, all of them filled to the shoulder-separating brim with books, cookbooks, RPG manuals and game guides, to say nothing of the DVDs, the CDs, the video games and the special editions (that embossed velveteen box containing artwork by My Chemical Romance and The Black Parade album ain’t gonna pack itself.)
So it totally makes sense that, having already packed up my wax stores, I’d add to my moving burden by placing my first ever order with Vintage Chic Scents, a pop culture-minded vendor I’ve wanted to shop with forever, but for that pesky little thing that they really only just recently started offering shipping to Canada – a welcome policy change I took happy advantage of with this order of delicious-smelling goodies I purchased just a bit before Halloween (hence all the Halloweenie-type scents, although you’d be forgiven for thinking that that’s just business as usual around here; I can get a bit weird about October 31st.) 😉 Let’s take a look at what I nabbed, shall we?
First up, the money shot! What adorable little shapes! The ice scream scoops are of course my favourites, but those chunky unicorns might be running a close second.
The themed collection on offer for Halloween was R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps. I was never a fan of the series (never been a Stein stan – Pike for Life, yo – and it also came along just as I was transitioning from YA novels to more adult books) but I like the scents from which they’re inspired very much. Also, three cheers for the horror comic font on the labels – it’s the perfect cute and creepy touch.
Starting at the top, we have a little baggie of The Horror at Camp Jellyjam, a light, mild combination of Strawberry Jam, Campfire Marshmallow and Birthday Cake. I was expecting a big bang from this blend, because all three of those scent notes tend to be STRONG, but the only horror here is how wussy this scent is. Shame, as I was expecting it to be major – hence the larger (if not large) bag.
Heading clockwise, we next have a plump little ghostie in Night of the Living Dummy, a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew scent. I purchased this for Mr. Finger Candy on a whim, as he loves coffee in all its many and varied iterations, and it’s GOOD. Night of the Living Dummy smells exactly like a steaming Pumpkin Spice Latte – bracing espresso, touch of cream, nose-tingling pumpkin pie spices. Delightful! I wish I had more of this and less of The Horror at Camp Jellyjam.
Continuing on, we have a sparkly leaf in Calling All Creeps, another coffee blend described as “Sweet Vanilla Maple Custard with a cup of Hot Coffee.” Solid. Not quite the slam dunk of Night of the Living Dummy, but super as a more traditional, drip coffee-type of scent.
Down at the bottom we have an ice cream scoop in my preferred pick of the Goosebumps collection, Say Cheese and Die!, a “Hamburger cookies” scent – Peppermint Patty, Vanilla Wafer, Shredded Coconut and Red Frosting. This is a crowd-pleasing peppermint that smells like the very best bits of After Eights and the candy coating on mint Tic Tacs. I wish I had a very large sack of the stuff. 🙂
Finally, we’ve got a strong contender for Best of the Entire Order, another shimmer-dusted leaf in A Night at Tower Terror, a scrumptious fall-to-winter blend of Apple Clove Butter and Campfire Marshmallow that I really hope my friend Julie picked up, because it is SO her jam. Mmm, this is delicious – juicy and lightly spiced, like pot of cider simmering away on the stove. I think this is the first scent I’m going to melt in our new home.
Next up, we have…the rest! This is a mix of old scents, new scents, Halloween scents and just-whatever-the-heck scents. A nice mixed bag.
Starting at the far left, we have the sample that was included in my order, a glittery scent shot in Regan’s Exorcism, a sweet Cranberry Apple Cider blend. Not bad, beats pea soup. 😉
To the right of Regan we have an ice cream scoop in Sweet Caramel Jackie O, a classic VCS blend described as “Rich vanilla bean cake topped with sweet caramel and whipped marshmallows.” Ooh, this is decadent! Rich, buttery and caramel-y, but somehow not cloying. Scrumptious!
Next up we have another scoop in Purple Haze, a blast of berry bakery containing Jelly Glazed Donuts, Gooey Marshmallows and Zucchini Bread. Lots of folks shy away from zucchini bread scents because they can err unpleasantly bready (or corn chippy, to many noses) but this one is sweet quick bread goodness, zero snack foods. Yuh-um!
To the right of one music-inspired scent we have another, this time Strawberry Fields Forever, a sweet berry confection of Strawberries and Cream Zucchini Bread. Smells like a strawberry turnover drizzled with vanilla glaze, and I mean that in the best way possible. As in the way that wants a strawberry turnover RIGHT NOW!
Down from the strawberry pink unicorn, we have another member of the VCS scoops troop, this time Drew’s Favourite Scary Movie, an awesome Scream-and-Firestarter-inspired scent featuring Candy Corn, Cotton Candy, Sugar Cookies, Buttercream Frosting and Firestarter Embers. Smells like a delicious bag of mixed Halloween candies left beside the campfire. Can’t wait to melt it while working on some nails to go along with Stephen King’s Firestarter, which I read back in the summer.
Beside Drew we have another chunky ghostie, this time in Wendy Torrance, a Shining-inspired Apple Butter Zucchini Bread scent. I like this apple butter scent ever so slightly less than A Night at Tower Terror, which smells like hot apple juice spiked with delight. 😉 Wendy Torrance is a more traditional baked apple goods scent – nice, but nothing too groundbreaking.
Finally, we have the colourful outlier of this order, a cake-hued unicorn in Pugsley, which is Fruit Loops (not Froot Loops?) Birthday Cake topped with Gooey Marshmallows. This was another pick for Mr. Finger Candy, who flips his lid over crunchy cereal scents. I’m fine with them, although Pugsley is a better-than-usual specimen – no lemon cleaner here, just yummy, Saturday morning breakfast goodness.
So there we have it, what’s going to be scenting my new home in the (hopefully better, less FRAUGHT) new year. Until then, I promise to keep in touch, friends, and not flake off on you too hard. Thanks for sticking around; you’s good people. 🙂