The Body Shop’s Warm Vanilla Body Scrub

It doesn’t take much for most of us to travel back in time without a TARDIS to our younger days, a different time and possibly place too. When I think of the young teenage me my memories consist of particular things. As an example… making my own mix tapes, music posters on my walls and covering myself with either Dewberry or Vanilla fragrance oils from The Body Shop. This was the time when scent was important to me so to say I was obsessed by their oils is an understatement. Its nice to see 20 plus years later I’ve become reintroduced to the brand, and discovering they don’t just make and sell oils but loads of other goodies too! My love for vanilla has never died away, and this is why I received Warm Vanilla Body Scrub by The Body Shop as a birthday present from a dear friend.

A one off. Warm Vanilla was brought out in 2019 as a limited edition scent to their range, which already makes it quite special in its own right and not available to the public indefinitely.

The Body Shop’s Warm Vanilla Scrub

Packaging. 250g of product poured into a clear tub with a beautiful label on the lid with pictures of vanilla pods and flowers dotted over it. Very festive in look with added silver detailing makes this already a great gift giving purchase.

What lies inside. When I unscrewed the lid for the first time it reminded me of opening a jar of honey. The colour of this scrub could resemble a type of honey, or liquid caramel or toffee as its so rich and looks like something you should eat ( but please don’t ). You can just about see its not totally smooth in consistency as it looks a little grainy, but really does look inviting.

Scent. There’s no mistaking this to be vanilla. Warm, sweet and comforting is what my nose sucked in. At the same time a slight muskiness to it, giving it the same type of depth that a musk type of scent gives to a perfume. And somewhere in the middle of this is a faint floral. So…add all these together, yes its vanilla but not quite as you know it! Not your typical sugary, synthetic version in the slightest but a moreish, sophisticated and gorgeous, clever fragrance.

Consistency. There are lots of grains in this scrub, but not so much where you feel its solid. These perfectly sized grains of sugar are living happily in an almost serum like oil. Its not a sloppy mixture but its easy to take what you need and apply to the body and loose enough to move freely over the skin.

Using in the shower. Some scrubs I would apply on damp skin this I didn’t. I wanted to feel and enjoy the oiliness of this product direct onto dry skin. From the top of my shoulders to my feet this has been applied to. The grains in the scrub didn’t feel harsh but definitely did the job you would expect from this type of product, and the scent really made me enjoy this process even more adding to my satisfaction.

After use. Skin super soft, not dry but felt hydrated, slightly scented ( I could smell it a few hours after using it on myself. Not strong but there and lovely! No irritation which is very important for me right now ( I’m a psoriasis sufferer and all the naughty foods and drinks I ate over Christmas really caught up on me! ).

My top tip. To get the most out of this scrub and upgrade it from exfoliating to more of a treatment, I would suggest to use this while in the shower then slip into the bath straight after its been applied. That’s what I did and it was perfection.

Recommended? This is heavenly! I really can’t praise this scrub enough. If you are a vanilla lover like me you will automatically love this. If you love your body scrubs in general you will love this as it’s a fantastic, luxurious scrub that does what its supposed to do but is enjoyable to use and makes the skin feel so soft and supple and fragrances it too is a bonus. Limited edition so bare this in mind…..AND HALF PRICE!! Down from £15.00 to £7.50 which is amazing. Buy yours direct from their website here or place an order with one of their consultants (subject to availability). You know you want to…..

The Body Shop’s Enchanted Forest Wax Melt

I shouldn’t be surprised that my first blog post of 2020 is based on a home fragrance wax melt. Well….there are a few reasons for this. I’ve just shaken off a slight cold so my sense of smell is only coming back, so my love of wax is full on! New Year means a massive house clean up and wax is definitely something that needs to be melted in the background to make my house smell fresh along with looking fresh. But possibly the biggest reason, at least for the write up on this particular melt, is who its from. For all you wax lovers out there did you know The Body Shop makes and sells wax melts? I didn’t! I only discovered this as it was gifted to me by a good friend who is one of their consultants. And this is where the review begins on Enchanted Forest….

The Enchanted Forest Wax Melt. A special edition, so possibly limited or at least available over this winter season, is a scent that The Body Shop describes as bringing ‘ The fresh forest scent indoors ‘. On the website it mentions this scent to be pine, which is what I guessed anyway purely from its name and appearance.

The look. Quite simple but very effective in its style. A green circular disc shaped wax roughly 2 inches across and 0.5 inches in depth. Flat underneath, but on the top there’s a very festive Christmas tree like shaped embossed on it giving it a slight 3D feel. Housed in a protective plastic little holder and then shrink wrapped to keep it all safe and cosy. 15g in weight.

In melt. I wasn’t too sure how much to use of this, but considering how many wax melts I’ve used over the years I trusted my judgement and popped in two thirds. It took a little time to melt but when it did it released the fragrance steadily. I tested this out in my kitchen, only because my other wax melter was in use in another room, but I also find this room is a good testing ground for wax as it can be quite an awkward space when it comes to getting the best out of fragrance.

Scent. I expected pine. Unfortunately my experience of pine in the past I can only describe as being something that reminds me of a bad toilet cleaner, so I wasn’t too sure what this would be like. But the scent was a massive surprise to me. Enchanted Forest has that pine element because it does have that earthy, leafy, plant like aspect to it. But what makes this quite special is it has an uplifting sweetness to it, and with that combined with the overall freshness makes this easy and enjoyable to smell. If all Christmas inspired pine wax smelt like this I would buy it more often!

Strength and longevity. Strength I would put this down as a medium. Could possibly be stronger if I added more ( with wax sometimes the more you add the less scent you get, so I’m not going crazy with that comment ), but I don’t think it needs to be stronger. I could smell it clearly in the room it was melting in and it came into the living room like a delicate draft throughout the day. I’ve had this going for around 12 hours if not more over 2 days and the strength is still the same, and of course I still have more wax left over so my fix on Enchanted can still continue.

Enchanted Forest Wax Melt

Recommended? Yes! For this time of year and of course over Christmas this is an ideal piece of wax to melt. It’s very seasonal, but with it not being a straight up pine, I genuinely can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to melt it throughout the year ( if you got your hands onto it! ). It looks great, smells great and currently on sale for £1.50 ( normal price £2.50 ). What is there not to love? If still in stock, get yours from The Body Shop here, or get in contact with your local consultant to grab these before they disappear!

Tranquility Cosmetics Baby Powder Type Sugar Scrub

There are certain things I wouldn’t skip when it comes to a body or face care routine. Something to cleanse the body and face is a must firstly! Who wants dirty skin? I don’t! And of course something to add moisture to it…because dry skin on any part of the body is not good. But one thing I do miss out on and I am ashamed to admit it is a scrub. Facial scrubs I’m getting better with, body scrubs I’m getting worse with. If it’s there I will use it occasionally, if its not then obviously I won’t. And that’s why I purchased a sugar scrub in a baby powder inspired scent from Tranquility Cosmetics.

Tranquility Cosmetics. Never tried them before but a few friends had, so I decided to order various products to try out. Manchester based ( yay! ), they sell everything from bath bombs, bubble bars, wax melts, scrubs and more. For me this was a one stop shop to stock up on some treats. I zoomed in on the scrub because I kept thinking how much harder my body products would work and be more effective if used alongside a scrub and that hopefully would mean a better conditioned skin on my body. So I ordered at the budget busting price of £3.50!

Packaging. 200ml of scrub sits in a plastic tub with a screw top lid. Simple labeling with all relevant information around it such as product name, scent, ingredients etc.

Tranquility Cosmetics Baby Powder Type Sugar Scrub

Consistency/texture. I would say it’s similar to caster sugar. Its soft when you touch it, the grains don’t look big or feel very rough but you can see its made up of the smallest sized crystal like grains ever. If you rub it between your fingers it feels very very fine. This is dry textured.

Super fine sugar scrub!

Fragrance. When you think of a baby powder type scent you think of something which is clean, fresh and comforting which you get from this. Very similar to what its inspired by but not as heady and strong. But it is strong enough for you to recognise the scent, and enjoy it.

On the skin. I used this in the bath. I chilled in the bath for awhile, cleansed my face while I was sat in there. Then I used about a palm full of scrub and rubbed it into the body, starting with legs, torso then arms. I could feel the grains, and with my body at this point being damp these grains glided over the skin and I could feel the exfoliating action. They didn’t feel rough, and depending on the pressure I applied when rubbing this over my skin, I could make this as soft or as hard as needed. What I liked about this scrub is after awhile the majority of this dissolved, leaving my skin feeling as if something was on it but not greasy or sticky or oily. After using this I sat back into the bath and continued to soak, while washing away the tiniest bit of residue off myself.

I have to say my skin felt so soft and smooth after I dried myself off. And it was so enjoyable to use as well as getting the benefits of what its used for. I have to be honest here, I did have my doubts whether I would like this product or not. All of the scrubs I’ve used before have either had an oil base to them or a cream base, so putting something on so dry I didn’t know if it would be as effective or fun to use, but I was wrong! Easy to use, didn’t need to use as much as I thought and lot less messier to use as well. No slippery skin and no oily bath left for me to rinse out which is always a bonus.

Recommended? Yes! It does exactly what its supposed to do which is smooth out the skin thanks to exfoliation But on top of that it smells great, perfect for those who want something that isn’t greasy or creamy and super easy to rinse off! Great thing about this scrub is it comes in a variety of different fragrances which are inspired by well known scents mainly perfume or aftershave-esq smells which means if you like the sound of this product but not sure of the scent is right for you, there are many others to try out. Definitely on my repurchase list as I would LOVE to try out another fragrance. Did I say this only costs £3.50?? Want to grab one for yourself? Or give as a gift? Head over to the Tranquility website here now.

Cosy Candles Summer Fruits Pod Wax Melts

I am absolutely loving the autumnal scents coming out at the moment from various wax sellers. So many scents I’ve never heard of before let alone smelt…and I have to say that I’m trying very hard to sit on my hands from ordering more wax. And although the weather is cooler, with the sky getting darker sooner, I’m still enjoying some wax scents more associated with the previous season. And one of my more ‘ warmer ‘ inspired fragrances comes courtesy of Cosy Candles in the form of Summer Fruits Pod Wax.

Cosy Candles. This is my second order from them this year. I ordered a selection of small wax melts called Family Favourites which I have to say hooked me in thanks to their stunning scents and strength. I ordered Summer Fruits along with a few other scents to see what the rest of their range was like as my first order was such a hit!

The Mother of all Wax! Now…like a lot of wax I buy this comes in a lidded tub. And this is where the comparison ends while thinking of other potted wax in my stash. Most wax pots come in two standard sizes/weights which is between 20g and up to 50g. This whopper weighs in at 110g! Never seen a wax melt so big in my life!

Cosy Candles Summer Fruits

Appearance. Not what I expected. I thought I would open this up and find a deep red coloured wax which it wasn’t. I would describe the colour being similar to the flesh of a ripe mango. One colour, no glitter, no embedded chunks or swirls, very simple in appearance.

Scent. You get a juicy, sweet collection of berries which is pretty much what you would expect considering the name of this wax. But what you also get is a tropical twist, almost mango possibly peach like scent to it, which reminds me of a packet of chewy sweets with various flavours to them. This is the type of scent that makes your mouth water. Its sweet and slightly tangy at the same time and totally brilliant! Summer in a tub.

In melt. Well…before I turned my wax warmer on I had this sat on the top the night before. Really didn’t use much, and what I did use it already fragranced the room without it melting! Took very little time to warm and melt through and evenly as well, with the fragrance being stronger than when cold but what I smelt while it warmed through is what I smelt when cold. The wax pool being a lovely, summery orange matched its tropical like scent perfectly.

Melting

Longevity and strength. The small amount I used was a great strength…..medium to strong I would say in my living room. And it had been melted easily all day and afternoon for two days on the run. And with this being such a massive size you can imagine how many hours you could get out of the whole wax. On Cosy’s website it suggests up to 100 hours which I believe as my slither took forever to wear out scent wise.

Recommended. Well its not a no! I love this scent. I love fruity fragrances and the quality of the fragrance, wax and size is impressive. If you love fruity scents you will love this, and if you love sweet/confectionary type scents you will love this too and if you don’t I promise there will be a scent in Cosy’s wax closet to satisfy your nose. Its well balanced in regards to the type of fruit fragrances in this e.g not all berries, and its not too sweet and not sickly either. Actually, a perfect scent to mix with others if you feel adventurous. Summer Berries isn’t just for Summer, its for all year round! Grab yours from their website here for £5.99 and spread the berry love!

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

The budget that I allow myself to spend on…well…myself…has changed a lot since becoming a mum. Its funny how I will now get excited seeing the latest doll my daughter would love and I will plot to make a mad dash out of work with credit card in hand to go and buy it for £40, yet ummm and ahhhh about whether I should treat myself to a new bath bomb at the cost of £2.50! But it doesn’t mean my love affair of brands that you won’t find in your local supermarket or discount store has died. And my love for the brand Philosophy is one I won’t shake off. One of their products I have stashed away is their Whipped Body Creme in their famous Pure Grace fragrance.

Philosophy as a brand. If you haven’t heard of Philosophy before 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 so much more.

Why have I delved into this body product? It’s one of those products if I don’t use it for awhile I forget what its like and when I remember I can’t put it down! Its one of those products you could use anytime during the year but even more so when it gets colder and I felt my skin would really appreciate this now more than ever.

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

Pure Grace Whipped Body Creme

Texture. Not thin or runny as a body lotion and not as thick or emollient like as a body butter. It’s quite solid in the tub so the first time I used this I was quite surprised that it was almost whipped in texture but not overally light and airy.

On the skin. Very easy and quick to rub in but less is more. You don’t need much, but I found that once it was rubbed in my skin felt soft and smooth, and had a healthy, hydrated sheen to it. Not greasy or oily at all, and I could put my clothes on pretty much straight away.

Scent. Anyone who has used or possibly heard of Philosophy will know they are famous for their scents and Pure Grace is definitely one of them! Imagine that fresh, clean, either 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…. but done in a very modern way.

Lets talk price! It isn’t cheap. For the same size jar I have ( 8oz ), direct from Philosophy it costs £29.00. I didn’t pay this I bought it in a set so with all the other pieces that it came with was actually great value. But you are paying for a premium product from a brand that sits in department stores in the US and the UK.

Recommended? You could spend literally a couple of pounds on a body lotion and your skin can look and feel good, which this product does. But if you can stretch to spending more and making this a special purchase for yourself or someone else, what you get is an amazing product that ticks all boxes of what’s required from a body moisturiser, has an unusual and addictive scent ( I always get comments when I wear the actual Pure Grace fragrance without fail! ) and really is a joy to use even if its everyday and not kept for special occasions. If I was to be given this as a Christmas present, I would be a very VERY happy and clean smelling girl!

  • 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!

Seraphim Scents Apple Butter Leaf Wax Melts

Picking up my children from school this week made me realise Autumn is here! Its cooler, leaves are turning into a reddish/brown colour and are now covering the path to my children’s class entrance. And I’m not ashamed to say this, but I love this time of year…. so much more than Summer for loads of reasons ( its cooler, I like hibernating, TV is better-thank you America’s ‘Fall’ season where my favourite shows release their new series and so on). And a new time of year means trying out new wax to fragrance my home bringing the change of season inside from outside. My first official Autumn wax purchased recently was from an Etsy seller called Seraphim Scents. And the fragrance of choice 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 so I really wanted to give it a go for the first time.

Appearance. My usual wax pots come in one piece of solid 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.

Seraphim Scents 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 as you can imagine super quick because of their size and the fragrance filled my kitchen quickly too. 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 to this fragrance. 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 ( this doesn’t scream sweet so don’t be afraid! ). And this is the scent you get!

Strength & Longevity. Strength wise based on using 6 pieces of the wax and it being melted in a small ( but not tiny ) kitchen, I would say this a medium. 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 it was being 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, but 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 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!

Scents of Smell A Birthday Wish Wax Bar

Lets talk about wax….again! I made a small order recently made up of different scented wax bars from a company called Scents of Smell. As a wax vendor, they had been recommended to me so many times by other wax lovers it seemed rude not to try them out and see if they were as good as everyone was saying. So when my order landed the first bar I melted was called A Birthday Wish. Each bar ( included this one ) was £2.50 each.

Scents of Smell’s A Birthday Wish Wax Bar

Why A Birthday Wish? This is a combo of two scents that I’ve melted before separately so this combination really intrigued me as I would never have put them together myself.

Scents of Smell scent description. A blend of 1000 wishes and sweet birthday cake.

Packaging. Placed in a simple clear plastic sleeve with company and scent name on front, on the back general warnings and ingredients are listed.

Appearance. Shape wise think of a bar of chocolate but wider than the standard bar. Segmented, so easy to break any of the 12 squares off to use. A pale baby blue colour, with a lemon yellow trail running through it randomly.

How much to use? I used three squares in my wax warmer which was the right amount for the room it was fragrancing ( living room ). Depending on the warmer/melter used and room, this may vary.

Scent. Oh my! Once I opened this up and stuck my nose in the wrapper I knew this was the perfect scent for me. You get 1000 wishes coming through first. This has a perfume scent and feel to it ( it should as its inspired by a branded fragrance ). Sweet, floral, a touch of citrus but with a little musk. Rounded off with the most delicious, cake like smell which to me reminded me of a Victoria sponge ( think vanilla sponge, cream and jam! ) which had just been freshly cut ready to eat.

While melting. This melted evenly and quickly, and the wax pool it created had a shimmer to it which I wasn’t expecting and really looked beautiful. The scent I smelt before melting and the scent while melting were identical.

Strength & Longevity. This is a scent which is strong. When I say strong it’s not strong where its fighting with your nose, but strong in the sense of it holds its own in a room, stands out against other smells e.g food, and I could even smell this through a closed window as I opened my front door! Longevity is excellent and this scented wax bar really provides great value for money. For 3 days my 3 squares wax were melting for good duration at a time e.g 5 hours on each day, and it still continued to give a great throw of fragrance even after that.

Recommended? Lets just say this will be on my list of favourite scents this year ( its slowly growing !). I love scents that surprise me and this did. Marrying the two different scents together and it working so well blew my mind and I am totally in love with this perfume and bakery collaboration. And as a vendor Scents of Smell will be another website for me to visit to get my wax fix. Fancy trying out this scent-sational scent? Grab yours here now to satisfy your sweet tooth and let me know what you think of itx

Druid & The Witch’s A little Bit Of Magic Bath & Shower Whip

This probably isn’t information that anyone wants or needs to know but my bathing routine consists of a shower in the morning and a bath in the evening. What that means is I like trying different products, whether that would be products just for bath or shower use, or something that can be used in both. So can you imagine the different products I use or at least have stashed away for future uses? Bath bombs, bubble bars, soap sponges, shower gels…and whipped soaps. So I was delighted to find a vendor who could provide me with ALL of these products….not to mention wax ( but we will leave that for another post ). A few months ago I purchased a specially priced box of goodies from a company called Druid & The Witch, and one of my first products to try was their bath & shower whip called A little Bit of Magic.

Whipped soap? Ok, out of all of the bathing products I’ve tried in the past this one took me awhile to get my head around but now I understand them and enjoy them. Whipped soap is literally what the name suggests. Its not a solid bar of soap or a liquid soap, its a soap that tends to be of a similar consistency to whipped cream as an example, and you use it the same way you would use a more traditional form of soap to cleanse the body in either bath or shower.

Packaging. Very simple. 100g popped into a clear lidded tub with the relevant labeling on it e.g product name and ingredients. I liked the fact the lid was sealed and you had to push it off after breaking a small seal on the side, so you know it hasn’t been opened previous to purchase.

Appearance. Goodness me, a massive reason why I love whipped soaps is how they can look. This whipped soap was mid purple in colour. Looking down at this once you lift the lid off, it literally looks like someone has piped buttercream into the tub because of the shape its made into and it really does look edible and totally inviting.

Druid & The Witch A Little Bit of Magic Bath & Shower Whip

Scent. This has such a yummy fruitiness to it. It’s predominately a citrus scent, but sweet rather than zesty. Scent wise this isn’t far off from resembling a juicy, ripe peach so quite mouth watering. Quite fresh and almost sweety like but not in a synthetic way.

In the shower. I’ve never used this in the bath, this is purely a shower product for me. I do go a little overboard with how much I use I won’t lie. But for the whole body you could probably use a teaspoon sized amount as it really goes along way. When you take some of this out, you will find the texture of this to be semi solid so isn’t runny, easy to use and easy to take out what you need. Think of a body butter but a little denser and you will get an idea on how this behaves. On a sponge and under a warm, flowing shower, this lathered up beautifully and the foam was creamy, white and so soft and a pleasure to be covered in. Cleaned my body perfectly and left my skin with its faint fruity fragrance. Skin after shower was clean, soft, not dry and ready to receive any other products I wanted to put onto it. And as a psoriasis sufferer no irritation and I wasn’t desperate to follow up with a body lotion or cream.

Recommended? I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a company that makes top quality whipped soaps and I think I have found one of them! This is GORGEOUS! It looks inviting, it smells divine and my skin loved it so much and I can’t wait to try the other scents. Great news for anyone wanting to try this pot of gold as it’s a regular stock item. Visit them on Etsy to order 100g of bath & shower whip in 16 different scents for only £4.00! Dare I type the word Christmas? Well I just did! This would make an ideal little gift or part of something a little bigger. Just saying!X

Retrospective Candles & Gifts Perfume Inspired Sample Wax Box

I’ve been in one or two groups on social media that focus on the majestic and awesomeness of home fragrance using wax, and one of the questions I’ve seen asked is about samples. Do vendors do them? This is a question I’ve seen more in groups that are run by an actual vendor so a potential customer asking this isn’t just a random comment. I’ve been a lover of wax melts for a number of years now and I did think to myself when reading this that wax isn’t the most expensive stuff in the world, in fact one of the most inexpensive ways to home fragrance so why have samples? But if you don’t know what scents you like or want, how do you start? Or you may know your wax but are new to a particular vendor…are they any good? And a sample box containing a few different scents possibly could be a good place to start. So a purchase of mine a few months ago was a perfume inspired box by a Blackpool based company called Retrospective Candles & Gift.

Why this box? A friend of mine tried these and I really wanted to see what they were like for myself. On the website there were different sample boxes available containing different sets of scents which meant plenty of choice. The one I was drawn to was the perfume inspired wax sample box as it contained fragrances I haven’t experienced before in perfume or in wax form. And with it only costing £5.00 which included postage I didn’t feel I had anything to lose but everything to gain.

What do you get? A small but perfectly formed box slotted through my letterbox containing 10 ( I lie somehow I got 12 but lets keep that between us! ) flat circular wax melts. Each one wrapped in some form of tissue paper with their relevant labelled inspired scent name in the middle. 2 inspired by the fragrance Alien, 2 Ghost ( well I got 4 but whose counting? ), 2 Angel, 1 Flower Bomb,2 of Mademoiselle and thrown into the mix was a Unicorn Poo!

Perfume Inspired Sample Box By Retrospective Candles & Gifts

Angel. An uplifting, sweet, feminine floral.

Ghost. Feminine, with a touch of floral and sweetness. Youthful but timeless and smells expensive.

Alien. Quite a flirty scent and grown up. Musky undertones with a touch of sweetness to it.

Mademoiselle. Slightly floral, with a hint of powdery musk. Feminine and very fresh.

Flower Bomb. A fresh non overpowering mix of florals.

Unicorn Poo. Almost sweety like but not sickly.

Scent when cold. I could smell the scents of these before melting quite well. Good strength to them but I did struggle with Unicorn Poo, but the more traditional perfume scented ones were much more obvious. The scent descriptions above is how I would describe what I smelt from each melt.

Ghost inspired wax melt

True to the perfumes? These are inspired by certain scents so not copies. And in all honesty I can’t say I’ve owned any of the fragrances these waxes are inspired by, so wouldn’t feel confident in saying how similar they are. What I will say is that they are all beautifully scented, definitely perfume like and smell high end.

While melting. Where I could I would use two melts, which melted quite quickly and evenly. These melts were used in three different areas of my house. One being the kitchen, hallway and living room. All melts smelt the same as they did when melted as they did on cold so no surprises.

Strength & Longevity. What I found with each of these scents is they were quite subtle. I would leave them to melt and then think to myself I couldn’t really smell them. But I would then think how that particular room or area smelt nice but it wasn’t obvious, very soft and natural. I had these on one scent at a time for a few hours over 2 days before I changed them.

Recommended? I think this is a nice, affordable way to to try out wax. Personally, I think these are better suited to smaller rooms as bigger ones these maybe too faint in strength, and ideal for those who don’t want to have strong scents in their homes for whatever reason, but want a soft background scent. For me, I would want these to be stronger or potentially bigger ( they are sample sizes remember! ) so I could adjust how much I used. In saying that these would work perfectly and the ideal strength when I need nice smells but not overpowering ones, especially during bouts of hayfever. These would make nice little gifts ( house warming! ) that won’t break the bank. Fancy trying them out? Get yours here.

*Scents my vary, check description box for details on website before ordering*