Caribbean Tradewinds

Here is Jenna and Kari’s combined review of Caribbean Tradewinds!

ctw1Kari:

Caribbean Tradewinds is a World Journey that pops up occasionally at Homegoods/TJMaxx/Marshalls and the Yankee Candle Outlets. It is also one of the older World Journeys.

I am lucky enough to have a small tumbler that has the older “double” label design. For anyone new to World Journeys (the highly additive Yankee Candle collection not available in Yankee Candle stores) World Journeys used to have two labels on every candle. The front label is the same as the more recent versions with the 3 pictures highlighting the locations. The second label had a “story-like” scent description.

Scent: This is the first ocean air scent that has not given me a headache! It’s a fresh scent with hints of salt and maybe even that slight masculine scent that I always attribute to ocean water scents. Not bad, but nothing I’d go out of my way to find. B-

ctw2Throw: Unfortunately, the throw is pretty light. I could only smell it if I was right over the candle. Not scentless, but definitely a forgettable throw. D

Jenna: 

I love this scent cold. It’s a lovely fresh scent with a hint of sea salt. It may be one of my favorite world journey scents cold. However, when I lit this scent I was a bit disappointed. It doesn’t have a very strong throw. I can only smell it when I get close to it (it smells great up close though!

On a side note, I just got back from a Caribbean cruise and I now know why they call this candle Caribbean tradewinds. It is so windy there–especially in Aruba and Curaçao. The locals there told us it’s always windy. Below is a picture from Aruba–you can see the wind blowing the palm trees!

May Birch Box

m1I am definitely keeping my Birch Box subscription. I love the idea of getting a “present” each month and getting exposed to new beauty products that I would not have found on my own. Where I currently live, the closest mall is ~45 minutes away, so it is very difficult for me to get to a Sephora, Macy’s, Bare Minerals, etc. So, for $10 a month, I get to try sample sized products….and if I find something I like, I can always order it online!

Well, my May Birch Box has arrived, so what’s in this month’s box?

m2Benefit “It’s Potent” eye cream:

My one must have is an eye cream. Between the amount of coffee I drink and occasional late night during work, I typically get the worst dark circles! This cream has been great so far! My eyes wake up fresh and not puffy or dark. This may be a keeper! It is a close second to my Ole Henriksen eye gel. A

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 eyeshadow

m3This one is just okay, in my humble opinion. I am a huge fan of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, and these eye shadow do not seem to go on as pigmented and did not last all day like the Urban Decay palette. BUT, they are pretty colors (two glittery and two matte) and the whole palette is only $20 compared to the $50 for Urban Decay. Thus, these are great for the price, but I’ll prefer to splurge for the Naked Palettes. C-

Harvey Prince Hello perfume

This perfume is much better than the Yogini I got in the April box. It is much lighter, so I can wear it to work without feeling like I am suffocating everyone in my office suite. On my body chemistry, all I can smell is a vanilla-musk scent, which is disappointing since citrus is supposed to be the dominant note. So, not for me (where is my lemon!), but I actually liked this perfume. B-

Marcelle Hydrating face gel

m4I was surprised by how much I liked this face gel. It goes on very nice, almost cooling. It is a great substitute for a face moisturizer and is not greasy at all. I’ve been using it in place of my primer (under my make-up) and it’s been a great base. But, I’m not tempted enough to buy a full-sized. B-

Parlor Moisturizing Sea Spray

I am torn on this one. It absolutely has been adding texture and volume to my hair. Wow, just a few spritz, then I braid my hair, and when I wake up, poof! And it does not dry out my hair at all, like other sea sprays I’ve tried. So it works, but I think I prefer my straight hair. (I also am not a huge fan of the smell….it’s not bad, just weird). A-

 

I cannot wait to see what’s inside my June Birch Box! I’m really hoping for a candle sample at some point ;)

-Kari Ann

Salt Water Taffy

I finally got to melt Salt Water Taffy, one of the new summer 2015 Yankee Candle scents.The scent of salt water taffy is so nostalgic for me, so I am loving this “boardwalk trend” I am seeing in the candle world. Jenna and I spent many summer weekends going to the beaches down Cape Cod, and I remember seeing the salt water taffy being pulled fresh in the windows of the local candy stores.

My quick thoughts: I love this creamy scent, I just wish the throw was a tad stronger!

salt water taffyThe Scent: This version of Salt Water Taffy is creamy and fruity with dashes of vanilla. I actually cannot pick out any specific fruit scents, but that mix of fruit is perfectly enhanced by that creamy note! A-

The Throw: I’d call this throw average….I could smell it as a light-medium in my living room, but it quickly faded into the background (aka my nose got used to the scent very quickly.) So, not terrible, and definitely smellable, but I wish I was one notch stronger! B-

marathonSo, how does Yankee Candle’s Salt Water Taffy match up to the Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Pulled Taffy? I prefer the Yankee Candle scent! The BH&G version was more fruity, and I enjoy that true cream note which was more dominate in the Yankee Candle version. But, the throw for the BH&G version was superior!

As and aside, I ran my second half marathon today! I am really enjoying my new running hobby! Thank you for all the support! :)

-Kari Ann-

Burt’s Bees Tropical Mango

bbBurt’s Bees, the company that makes my favorite chapstick in the world, also has candles! Who would have thought that? (Although, I guess if beeswax is your main selling point, I shouldn’t be so surprised!) I will point of that the Burt’s Bees candles are made from soy wax, so it burned like a dream, but did that that slightly less than wonderful throw.

Jenna send me this tin of Tropical Mango (and some wax cubes in Raspberry Lemon) for Easter and I just finished burning it!

The Scent: A lovely mango! It reminded me of the mango smoothie I love drinking after a run from a local coffee house (Rise Up). It had that creamy, soft, yet fruity mango scent that is spot on! B+

bb2The Throw: The throw was on the light side and did not have a far “scent radius.” I could only smell the soy-based delicious mango scent about 10 ft from the candle. My take home was that the Tropical Mango tin would have been best off in a small room, like a bathroom. So, unfortunately, the throw was weaker than average, but better than some of the other soy-based candles I’ve tried. C-

So thank you to Jenna! I never would have thought Burt’s Bees had fun and fruity candle scents! The tin was also really cute and didn’t get very hot, even at the end of the candle’s life. I’m excited to try the wax melts to see if that improves the throw!

-Kari Ann

Creamy Spiced Eggnog

It’s been a very busy week! I have been busy at work, spoke at a county budget meeting on an environmental issue I am working on, and am preparing to attend a workshop next week!

What a better way to de-stress than melt one of my favorite wax cubes: Creamy Spiced Eggnog from the Better homes and Gardens line at Walmart.

cseThe Scent: A milky and sweet eggnog spiced with the right amount of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Simple perfection. This is one of the only scents my husband will actively melt on his own! (He never uses candles!) A+

The Throw: In the rare event, a perfect scent has a perfect throw! Within minutes, my living room is filled with this scent using only 1 cube! A+

Creamy Spiced Eggnog is one of my go-to scents! I bought a half dozen of these 2 years ago to ensure a constant supply! 2 years later, it’s still one of the best (scent and throw) I’ve come across!

-Kari Ann

Papaya Sunset

Papaya Sunset 1My husband has been tuning up the pair of folding bikes we just bought (I love great deals on Craigslist!)……which means he’s been using up all my soap to get the grease and dirt off! (Haha, I knew he liked these fruit scents from Bath & Body Works!!!)

So, we are now onto May’s scent: Papaya Sunset!

I love Papaya scents; it is a fruit that has such a unique scent to me, making it hard to “compare” it to anything else! Regardless, Papaya Sunset is a smooth and tropical scent that really goes well as a “wash you hands before dinner” soap! The packaging claims it has a jasmine note, but it is definitely a fruity scent with very little floral undertones! I sure love it….enough to hope my bike is all tuned up so my husband won’t be using it up!

-Kari Ann-

Fun Announcement

Hi everyone!

jenna and meJenna and I have decided to sporadically write a review together!

In this special post, we will both be writing our opinions on the same candle. We have wanted to try this for a while, and finally got organized enough to set it in motion!

Our first combined review: Caribbean Tradewinds (Yankee Candle World Journey)

Coming soon….we both just need to burn and experience the scent before we can make an opinion!