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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Lallybroch

This candle is part of the “Bring it Back” collection

Well, it’s official. I’ve found my least favorite candle so far. Lallybroch. It’s supposed to call to mind the Scottish Highlands, and be “heavy on the Scotch whiskey.” All I’m going to say is holy haddock, Batman, they aren’t kidding.

The description says it’s supposed to smell like whiskey, peat moss, and firewood. All I smell is medicine. I mean, as soon as I opened the tin, I had to take a step back for some fresh air. It’s strong.

To be fair though, whenever I smell whiskey, I automatically associate it with the Hot Toddy my aunt made me when I was like, six or seven, to try and stop me from coughing up a lung. It was absolutely disgusting, didn’t help any, and I won’t touch the stuff now. Just like I won’t be burning that candle any further, either.

I definitely suggest you all to remember the whole “personal taste” thing and give any/all of these candles a try. Just because I don’t like one doesn’t mean you won’t.

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Whiskey, peat moss, firewood. Medicine
Scent Strength StrongVery strong

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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Stay Home and Read

Get it while you can. After March, it gets moved to “Bring it Back.”

The candle for today is Stay Home and Read. It’s supposed to smell like a hazelnut cappuccino and a fireplace. I love hazelnut, but I’ve never had cappuccino (that I’m aware of, anyway), so I’m not sure how accurate that part of the scent is correct, but I can tell you I definitely do not smell a fireplace.

Like most of us, I always smell a candle before I actually light it; it’s usually a good indicator of what kind of scent to expect when it is lit. When I smelled this candle, I was immediately concerned that it would be too sweet. I gave it a chance though, and I’m glad I did. The scent is just barely on this side of not too sweet, and honestly? It makes my coffee taste better. Weird, but I like it. Not enough to buy the big candle, but enough that I would recommend it to anyone who likes the coffee shop feel when they’re writing.

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Hazelnut cappuccino and fireplace Every coffee shop EVER.
Scent Strength MediumLight-medium

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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Bedtime Stories

Finally put in my order for the spring seasonal candles, and I am so ready to find out what Frostbeard Studios thinks a Sexy Librarian smells like.

This candle is now part of their “Bring it Back” collection.

The candle for this week is Bedtime Stories. According to the makers, this candle should smell like jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood, and – while I’m not sure about the sandalwood part – it seems to have hit the mark. It reminds me of when we would get my youngest nephew ready for bed when he was a baby. I’m not sure what baby wash my roommates used on him, but I remember the scent would mix with the lavender and chamomile lotion I use myself, and it would smell just like this candle (his family is more into bedtime songs, rather than stories, but anyway…). I can’t say the candle is a favorite, but I don’t consider it a waste of money either.

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Jasmine, Chamomile, Sandalwood Chamomile, baby powder and lavender.
Scent Strength MediumLight-medium

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[Update] C’est mi vie.

Sorry everyone, I know it’s been a while. I was finishing up my last term as a full-time student, and was having some major issues with the final. I am happy to report, however, that all that is over. I am now a part-time student, and trying to get back into the swing of things.

This past month has been rather interesting, so this is going to be a long post. For the TL;DR people, here you go:

TL;DR: My eyes are stupid. It might be cancer, it might not be. School still sucks, but not as much. New chapter coming soon. Got $5 to spare? Life is [Redacted]. K-pop fandom is a mess right now.

[Update] Please help?

News news news!

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In March, I will be starting my senior year at Southern New Hampshire University. I will also go from being a full-time student, to a part-time student. My workload is about to drop significantly. This means, a lot more time to focus on writing and this blog. I’m looking forward to being able to spend more time writing what I want to write, instead of one paper after another. After three years of that, I am feeling more than a little burned out. (Also, I graduate next year! March 2020 should be my last class. Very excited~)

(This second bit, is what is holding back “Say ‘No!’ to Zombies” from being published, just so you know.)

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I mentioned before that there are health issues at play. Well, those health issues are my teeth. I’ll go into the long of it soon, but right now, I’ve found out that I need $11,300 $9,800 (Thank you, CareCredit) to get them fixed. I do not have that kind of money, so I’ve started up a GoFundMe. Anyone who feels up to donating, it would be appreciated. Once that is done, I’ll be able to move onto hiring the editor I want to use (I finally found one!), and getting my book out there. I’ve already decided, however much people end up donating, I will pay back into the system after I am able to get what I need done taken care of. I know there are people that need the money more than I do, and I plan on doing my best to help them, as people are helping me. If you can afford to help out, please do. If you can’t, please share the link.

Apparently the minimum amount one can donate is $5 (I didn’t know that til just now), and if that’s all you can give, that’s fine. Seriously, every penny helps, and I’m working on reducing the amount needed from donations as much as possible, too.

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When I drop down to being a part-time student, I’ll be able to pick up a few more hours until summer. during the summer, I’m a full-time nanny, which is what pays for my room and board. I will only be available to work on the weekends then. I get money back from student loans, however, and that is all going towards the money needed.

I am so ready to get this done and over with.

[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Snow Maiden

Sorry for all the candle posts lately, but it’s almost time for the Spring Seasonal candles to come out, and I want to get all the wintery candles done before then.

This candle is not seasonal but does appear to be limited time only.

The candle for this week is Snow Maiden. According to the makers, this candle should smell like winter birch, frost, and cranberries. All I can tell you is that it smells a lot like the standard “Christmas” type air freshener. It definitely has an evergreen smell, but it’s almost overpowered by something else, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it’s supposed to be. Whatever it is, it’s so sharp it almost stings. Definitely not a candle I would buy any other time besides Christmas, but if you know someone who prefers real Christmas trees, and is stuck with fake ones most of the time, this is the candle to get them.

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Winter Birch, Frost, Cranberry Christmas trees and pine needles.
Scent Strength StrongVery strong

Currently available in:

2oz cans4oz Cans8oz glass jartarts (wax melts)
$6XXX

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[Review] Frostbeard Studio – The Wall

Okay, sticking with the seasonal candles from Frostbeard Studio, today is “The Wall.” Honestly, I’m not really sure which wall it’s referring to. I’m thinking, maybe from “Game of Thrones,” but there are so many walls in fantasy literature, I don’t even know (oh, look at me channeling Jon Snow here…). The other reviews on the site echo my own thoughts though, so there’s that.

I bought this candle because I wanted to give it a try. The scents are listed as “cedarwood and winter mint” so I was a bit torn on whether or not I should even bother. I mean, I love cedar, but I do not like mint. At all. This candle isn’t terrible though. It’s kinda weird, actually. One minute, I’ll smell the mint – but softened enough that it’s actually tolerable – the next, the scent is all cedar, and I’m in love. Then I swear it shifts to Pinesol and I start hardcore side-eyeing the candle.

All in all, the candle isn’t bad. Not one that I’ll be buying again, but not terrible. I will say this though: I almost thought I was going to have the same problem that I did with “Through The Wardrobe.” The first half hour I had the candle burning, I didn’t smell anything. Around the 45 minute mark though, it started kicking in. It’s not as strong as the “Oxford Library” candle, but it’s not exactly weak, either.

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Cedarwood and mint Cedarwood, mint, and Pinesol (?!)
Scent Strength Strong Mild-strong

Availability:

2oz cans4oz Cans8oz glass jartarts (wax melts)
$6$11$18$6.75
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Note: This particular candle is seasonal and only currently available from January 1st – March 15th.

[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Through the Wardrobe

This week, I’m reviewing one of Frostbeard Studio’s seasonal candles, “Through the Wardrobe.” Like all of their candles, it’s based off of scenes/ideas from a book, and this one (for those of you who can’t tell) is from “The Narnia Chronicles” by C. S. Lewis.

I bought this candle, pretty much for this post alone, even though I have – oh, about ten others I could be reviewing. I’ll get to those eventually, but I have this one burning right now, so I figured I’d write my thoughts on it while they’re still fresh. (Plus, it’s seasonal, so you have a very limited time to get your hands on it before next winter~)

Now, the scent it’s supposed to be is a mix between spruce, applewood, and snow. To me, though, it smells a lot like baby powder mixed with a hint of the trees I remembered playing in when I lived in Arkansas. (Fun little story: I always thought the trees were pine, but according to Google, they’re spruce. So, I mean, they got the spruce part down right…) I imagine some people would love it, but I’ve never been fond of baby powder, and for me, the powder scent comes through much stronger than the spruce. To be fair, however, the scent is supposed to be reminiscent of stepping through a wardrobe and into Narnia, and I can very easily see how it’s represented. I’m just not a fan.

Spruce photo by Irina Iriser on Pexels.com

Luckily, the scent is very light. I burned the candle right next to me in a tiny room, and I barely smelled it. Every once in a while, I would get a stronger whiff of it, but for the most part, it just sat there and looked pretty while it burned. Granted, I only bought the little 2oz can to test, so it’s possible the bigger candles will have a stronger scent. A side note, however, is that this isn’t really an issue with the other test candles I’ve used so far. Most of them have had a strong enough scent to fill this room, down the hall, and halfway up the stairs (seriously, though, the room is small).

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Spruce, Applewood, Snow Baby powder with a hint of spruce
Scent Strength Mild Faint

Available in:

2oz cans4oz Cans8oz glass jartarts (wax melts)
$6$11$18$6.75

Just click on the bearded fellow above to get your order on!

Note: This particular candle is seasonal and only currently available from January 1st – March 15th.

Note: These are seasonal and only currently available from January 1st-March 15th.

[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Oxford Library

A lot of the Frostbeard Studio candles seem to be hit or miss. I try one, and oh my Gods, I am through the roof with happiness. I try another, and I’m handing it over to my roommates to see if either of them care for it.

Oxford Library 8 oz soy candle front view

“Oxford Library” is, by far, my favorite so far. It’s supposed to be a mix between sandalwood, oak, and leather, but all I smell is the leather, and I love it.

When I say leather, by the way, I mean, kinda like a mix between a sort of New Car smell, and…okay, this is going to sound weird, but has anyone else here ever smelled a leather-bound Bible? (I grew up in a churchy-church house, and both of my parents had leather-bound Bibles.) I’m not a fan of the book, but I loved the smell, and that’s kinda what the candle reminds me of. New car + leather-bound Bible. I don’t know. That’s just what my brain gives me.

I’ve been using this candle when I’m looking over my Korean notes, because somehow, it seems like it helps my brain focus a bit better. The only thing I can figure, is that it reminds me of all the times I was supposed to sit up and listen to the Sunday sermon. Whatever it is, it works for me. It’s not my “writing” candle/scent, but it is firmly on my list of favorites.

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says:I say:
Scent DetailsLeather, Oak, SandalwoodLeather.
Scent StrengthStrongPerfect

A friend mentioned that she had a candle (from a different company) that lost its scent about halfway through, and I can tell you now, you will not have that problem with these. I’ve bought three of the 8oz candles so far, they’re all down to about 1/4 left to burn, and the scent is still going strong. These candles are meant to smell good til the end. On that note, however, I did not time how long the candles actually burned for, so I can’t tell you how accurate the site is in regards to that. I can tell you that the 2oz tins are supposed to burn for about 10 hours, and I’m pretty sure I got longer than that out of them.

Something I really like about FrostBeard Studios is that they’re all natural, and use sustainable sources. All of the candles come in reusable containers (either glass or aluminum), and are made from soy wax. I haven’t noticed any sooting problems with the candles yet, and the only complaint I have regarding the containers, is that it’s difficult to remove the labels from the jars. They like to stick a little too well, which makes reusing the container tricky. I’ve worked around it on the smaller tins by sticking a label over the one already on it, but the glass jars are a bit too big to do that with, and I haven’t burned one of the glass jar candles completely out yet. (I love the scents too much to wait for a new delivery ^_^;; )

When it comes to delivery:

I have 0 complaints. I have yet to have a problem with any of my orders. All of the candles came in without any damage, and I love the stickers they send. The delivery cost is pretty good, too. So far, the most I’ve paid was $8 (but it probably helps that they offer free shipping for orders over $50…).

Honestly, the main reason I haven’t signed up for their subscription box is that I’m worried I won’t like the scent of the newest candle. Add in that it comes up to about $22-$25 a month for just one candle, and…yeah. That’s a nope. If it ever changes to something like two candles a month, or some other freebie, I’ll probably rethink it. I do love the idea of getting something in the mail besides junk…

BANG, BANG, BANG

I told ya’ll she was accusing me of nefarious things!

The Biblio Feels

Hiya friends, welcome back to my adorable and random little corner of the internet. I have a problem, and we need to talk about it. K-pop! I am hoofin addicted and I’m not even mad. I completely blame this recent addiction on Tiff (you can follow her here…go tell her I sent you and remind her that this is all her fault).

Gangnam.jpg Psy says, “You know you dance like a fool to my song. Welcome to k-pop!”

Let’s start from the beginning with this. Tiff and I have been swapping music back and forth for a little while now, and she constantly sends me random Korean pop music videos, everything from MBLAQ to Shinee. Not gonna lie, every video she sent me was incredible – the level of creativity and work that goes into them is just unmatched. One night she sends me this video and as usual, I…

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