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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Pemberley Gardens

This candle is part of the limited time Spring collection!

Time for the candle I had the most concerns with: Pemberley Gardens.

When I opened the tin, it was like I got punched in the face with a rose. Not the most terrible thing to be hit with, but I was hoping for more of the lavender scent to make an appearance. So far, it’s the spring candle with the most scent throw.

Now, I have to say – for having such a strong initial throw, I expected this candle to be overpowering. It’s not though. I burned the candle for a couple hours, and while there’s a definite rose scent to the room right now, it’s not like someone is trying to shove an entire rose bush up your nose. It comes across as the scent you would get if you were walking through an actual rose garden. Sometimes the smell is stronger, and I can just perfectly imagine walking through a rose garden with puffs of wind carrying more of the scent as I go.

As someone who isn’t generally fond of roses, I have to give this candle its due: it’s good. The tin pictured is actually the 4oz, because as soon as the 2oz tin was gone, I turned around and immediately ordered the larger one. I figure this should last me until next year.

Still, I do wish the other scents were actually noticeable


Breakdown:Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Rose, Lavender, HyacinthRose garden.
Scent Strength Medium/StrongMedium/Strong.

Note: This particular candle is seasonal and only currently available from
March 16 – May 31 .

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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Book Cellar

This candle is part of the limited time Spring collection!

Okay, so candle two of the spring collection: “Book Cellar.”

I’m beginning to think Frostbeard and I have much different ideas of what certain things smell like. Book Cellar is supposed to smell like dirt, basement, and vanilla bean. I can kinda smell the vanilla, but the rest is all nope. I asked my roommate, and we both agree that there’s a bit of mint to the smell. Not sure how that is supposed to give off any sort of basement air – or dirt, for that matter – but it’s there.

Also, the strength is weird. When you first open the tin, the smell pops out at you. I thought for sure that it was going to be one of the stronger scented candles. Burned it in my small room for hours sitting right next to it – nothing. The site says this should be a “mild/medium” strength scent.

Not. Even. Close.

If you like a very lightly scented candle, this is perfect for you. If you want something to really fill a room, keep looking, cause this is not it.


Breakdown:Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Dirt, basement, vanilla beanVanilla and mint.
Scent Strength Medium/MildLight

Note: This particular candle is seasonal and only currently available from
March 16 – May 31 .

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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Sexy Librarian

This candle is part of the limited time Spring collection!

I finally got the spring collection candles in, and I am thrilled. The first one on the block is “Sexy Librarian.” I’m just going to say that I really should’ve read the description closer than I did when I ordered it. I was expecting male cologne and books, and that is certainly not what I got. As soon as I opened the tin and sniff, I had an immediate “Wait, what-?” moment.

It doesn’t smell bad, mind you, it’s just…not what I expected. I looked at the tin, and saw the mix of scents and went “….Oh.”

Rosewood, lilac and musk.

Now, I’m not saying there aren’t men who would wear something similar, but it’s definitely not a scent I would associate with my idea of a “sexy librarian,” so. Oops? It works out in the end though. It honestly reminds me of a shop I like to go to. They’re always burning some sort of incense, and I love it. I think it’s the musk part of the scent, but the rosewood also comes through very nicely. I already have a crap ton of incense to work my way through, so I’ll probably wait til next spring before I buy anymore of this one, and even then, only a 4oz candle.


Breakdown:Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Rosewood, lilac and muskMusk and rosewood
Scent Strength MediumLight

Note: This particular candle is seasonal and only currently available from
March 16 – May 31 .

Click on the bearded fellow above to get your order on~

[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…