Strawberry Melts Vanellope Wax Chunks

This is one blog post that I’ve been dying to write. Why? Well…as a lover of fragranced wax in various shapes, scents and guises, certain pieces sold by vendors make me happy. This scent from Strawberry Melts has been available from them during different restocks and as much as I’ve wanted to buy it I haven’t..until it last went up for sale a few months ago.

Why this? The scent description was like someone shoving a cookie in my face and asking me to take a bite!. It sounded moorish, it sounded delicious, it sounded perfect for me! I also love chunks because of the amount you get. Having an idea I would love this I wanted more than the amount you would get in a standard pot or mini melt shape. And the physical look of chunks is so pretty and easy on the eye, so why would I NOT want this?

Strawberry Melt’s Vanellope Wax Chunks

How do these chunks look? My bag contained 6 great sized chunks in the scent of Vanellope. Each chunk similar, but not identical, in look and size giving it that perfect handmade look. Pillar box red in colour with lime green coloured chunks running through them.

Scent description ( Strawberry Melts ). Vanilla lime topped with strawberry marshmallow cream. House blend.

How does this smell? This scent reminds me so much of something and for the love of it I can’t recall what it is. But it definitely takes me somewhere when I smell this. You get an equal hit of of a zesty, fresh citrus ( lime ) with a blast of fruity strawberry rounded off with a sweet creaminess coming from the vanilla. It’s a beautiful blend. Its one of those blends that’s uplifting, energising, sweet, fruity yet clean all at the same time.

Strength. I used the smallest chunk out of my bag and this gave me a good medium strength in my kitchen. Longevity is great. Melted over 2 days for at least 8 hours and I could still smell this.

Recommended? YESSSS! Its gorgeous. Great for those who like citrusy scents but want something a little different and vice versa for this who love more fruity scents. This is one of those scents I can’t imagine not putting a smile on someones face. Strawberry Melt’s constantly change their stock because of course their waxes are hand made, so keep an eye on their website for this special scent to come up, or join their group for wax chit chat here as there are opportunities to get custom made wax in various scents at certain times.

*Anyone who has bought and melted this please share with me your thoughts and pop it in the comment box!*

Philosophy’s Pure Grace Whipped Body Crème

Since becoming a mum the amount of money I spend on skin and body care has changed dramatically. I could spend £20.00 on a body oil and not flinch. Now I’m spending more on dolls for child number 2 and debating whether I should buy myself a £2.50 bath bomb! But I still love products more likely to be found in a department store rather than in a supermarket. And one brand I love is called Philosophy. One of their products I had stashed away is their Whipped Body Creme in their famous Pure Grace fragrance.

Philosophy’s Pure Grace Whipped Body Creme

Philosophy as a brand. If you haven’t heard of Philosophy they are a US company that creates and sells a variety of beauty products that range from fragrances to body lotions, face creams to cleansers and more.

Why have I delved into this body product? It’s one of those items if I don’t use it for awhile I forget what its like, and then I use it and can’t put it down! And the scent….well..I will get to that soon enough..

Packaging. Simple, and very clean in look. 120ml of product is in a medium sized jar finished off with a screw top lid. Writing in black on the label e.g brand and product name, ingredients etc. No fuss, very classy and totally unisex.

Texture. Not thin or runny as a body lotion and not as thick or emollient as a body butter. It seems to hold its shape in the tub, so the first time I used this I was quite surprised that it was almost whipped in texture but not too light and airy.

On the skin. This was very easy and quick to rub in. Not much was needed, but I found that once it was rubbed into my skin it felt soft and smooth. Skin had a healthy, hydrated sheen to it. Not greasy or oily, so I could put my clothes on straight away. Considering this wasn’t thick and body butter like, it was super moisturising.

Scent. Imagine that fresh, clean, just come out of the shower or washed your hair type of scent and this is it. To say it smells like soap and water doesn’t do it justice but it sort of describes it so well. Think modern and not old fashioned.

Lets talk price! It isn’t cheap. For a jar twice the size of mine, direct from Philosophy, it costs £29.00. I didn’t pay this as I bought it in a set. But with all the other pieces that it came with made it great value. A premium product from a brand that sits in department stores in the US and the UK will have a price tag that relates to this.

Recommended? You could spend a couple of pounds on a body lotion and your skin can look and feel good. But if you can stretch to spending more, this would make a special purchase for yourself or someone else. The texture, the scent and it’s hydration makes this a great body creme, and one you can layer over/under too if needed. I love this and love all the products I’ve tried from this brand and in this scent too, so it’s a yes from me!

  • TOP TIP! Do what I did and look out for this in a gift set to get the best value. This product and others from the Pure Grace range can be bought direct from Philosophy, QVC, Boots just to name a few places. Happy shopping!

Forest Moon Apple Butter Leaf Wax Melts

Picking up my children from school this week made me realise Autumn is well and truly here. Its cooler, leaves are turning into a reddish/brown colour and are now covering the path to my children’s class entrance. It’s my favourite time of year for many reasons. No 1 Hibernation. No 2 Staying in the bath for hours and No 3 the best TV shows always comes out around now. A new time of year means trying out new wax to fragrance my home to coincide with the season. My first official Autumn wax purchased recently was from an Etsy seller called Forest Moon Wax Melts (formally Seraphim Scents). And the fragrance of choice is Apple Butter.

Why Apple Butter? Sounded unusual, very different and as a lover of bakery and fruity scents I didn’t think there was anything about this I wouldn’t like. I really just wanted to give it a go!

Appearance. Some of my wax comes in one solid piece wax and are housed in a lidded clear pot. These are different and are 30g of individual pieces of wax. Each piece flat, and beautifully leaf shaped. All dusted in a shimmering pigment, with some leaves rusty red in colour and some holographic gold. Although I haven’t sat counting these out, there’s easily about 15-20 pieces of wax.

Forest Moon Apple Butter Leaf Wax Melts

Melting. I wasn’t too sure how many of the leaves to use as they are quite small, but I opted for 6. They melted super quick because of their size, and the fragrance filled my kitchen very quickly. These were a joy to watch melt. The wax pool shimmered and glistened like molten copper.

Scent. There’s a hit of cinnamon but not the typical cinnamon scent you would think of when you cook or bake. It reminds me of a cinnamon flavoured chewing gum I used to buy years ago when on holiday in the States. So maybe more a confectionery take on cinnamon rather than the powdered or stick version. Its not an overpowering element but provides warmth. Once you get the cinnamon the apple comes through soon after. Think of juicy, crisp apples slowly rolling around in a pan with some butter simmering away with the smallest sprinkle of brown sugar. And this is the scent you get!

Strength & Longevity. Using 6 pieces of the wax and melted in a small kitchen, I would say this medium in strength. I’ve had this melting for 2 days now for quite a few hours per day and the scent is still there. So longevity, like strength, is very good. One pot of Apple Butter Leaf Wax Melts provides great value even if melted day in day out as it only costs £2.00.

Recommended? I absolutely LOVE this wax! Not only is it presented in a gorgeous yet simple way, the scent is amazing. Its not one I’ve ever experienced before and if someone was heading towards a seasonal inspired scent, this for me screams Autumn. But not like the typical ones out there, such as gingerbread. Its not too fruity or bakery like…its perfection!

Want to try this out? Visit their Etsy store here to grab this non calorific treat and get your home Autumn ready!