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  1. I never did see a sale from these rascals at the first of the year, and I checked for weeks. They probably aren't going to have one now, for a while anyway. 😕 Any of you have their Baby Magic? It's on my radar now. Would appreciate any other discussion about them too, as it looks like this itch isn't going to get scratched 'til I finally place an order.
  2. You want the least amount of FO you can get by with to still get a good scent throw, paired with the the right size HTP wick, and trim trim trim. Also how drafty is it where you're testing? Honestly that's not something you can control when the candle is in someone else's house, but I've noticed the more draft hitting my candles, the more they throw soot.
  3. I love NG's Cracklin Birch, but it smells very perfumey to me. It's a great "clean" type of scent. I'm going to say Rustic Escentuals Redwood.
  4. I keep hand sanitizers in purse and trucks, so I'm cutting down a good bit of cooties like that. A few years ago I got sicker than I had been in a while, and I think I picked up a bug from handling a gas pump nozzle. Since then, I also keep gloves in my trucks for when I'm filling up. You're never going to eradicate them all, but more than likely I've avoided at least a few colds and flu bouts I could've contacted along the way. Looks like Lush is one of the ones now cutting back in order to reduce its traveling around. This is all awful, but maybe with them and everybody else taking these measures now, not to mention the scientists in overdrive working on cures and vaccines, this thing will be beat.
  5. I don't put produce up to my face and take a deep sniff, and I wash it before using. Lush encourages putting something in your face and sniffing. Makeup testers have got to be the WORST. I may swatch a lipstick tester on my hand, then I go in their bathroom and scrub it off before I leave the store. But some people apply it their lips and EEEEWWW. I'm with you on people acting right, but they ain't gonna.
  6. I'm kinda hoping this whole scare makes a lot of companies think about things like this and put some more hygienic practices in place.
  7. I worked on organizing some of my FO's yesterday, and I made a new category for myself with a box labeled "Hippie". These are what I have and am putting in that category: Dark Musk --- Nature's Garden Egyptian Dragon --- Nature's Garden Egyptian Dragon --- Oregon Trails Goddess --- Old Mill Majmua --- Nemat International Mary Jane --- Peak Mayan Musk --- Nature's Garden Moon Shadows --- Heaven Scent Musk --- Heaven Scent Nile Queen --- Bramble Berry Patchouli --- Peak Scheherazade --- The Scent Works Strawberry Musk --- Old Mill; don't know how this one compares to RE's Violet Musk --- Green Leaf Sad that so many of these wonderful companies are out of business now.
  8. These are notes in a very expensive perfume called Thundra Perfumum Roma. I didn't think it sounded so hot at first but these are some of the comments I've seen in reviews about it: damp forest, soil, mushrooms, rotten wood, woods after rain, a cool root cellar, mint and musk add freshness, cold and wet, forest in Autumn, wet leaves, has lavender-like and pine-ish qualities. We've discussed on here trying to nail down that petrichor type of scent, and while I'm sure the perfume house has much more than just mint, musk, and patchouli in it, I thought this might be interesting enough to some of you to do some q-tip experiments. You could round it out with other notes if you thought it was lacking something after blending those 3.
  9. Just like all of our FOs have been getting reformulated over the past few years, so have ready-made perfumes, from the cheapie body sprays at Wal-Mart all the way up to Chanel, Guerlain, and all the other hoity-toity fragrance houses. I was discussing musk 'fumes that we all used back in the day and nothing is as good now as it used to be. The cheapest Jovan and Alyssa Ashley musks used to be perfectly divine, but not now. So what do we have in FOs that comes closest? Besides just musk, what are some other really good "hippie" type scents now? Patchouli comes to mind. Incense & sandalwood type stuff. Nag champa, dragon's blood, etc., all that stuff that smells like a head shop?
  10. I'm looking hard at Turkish Mocha from Bramble Berry, but that may be more than you want to spend for a candle scent. Their prices might be OK for B&B, but may be on the expensive side for candles (though there is a sale going on right now). I wonder if anybody carries Black Vetivyr Cafe any longer? I got that from somewhere but I think they're out of business now.
  11. Spiders are OK by me, but silverfish are abominations that should be obliterated from the Universe. They eat books.....
  12. So because of that, I'm trying to think of ways to upcycle or use in crafts before I just put all these bottles in the landfill. Have you guys seen any cool crafts with them or have any other ideas / uses?
  13. How about some more Bramble Berry discussion since they have a little sale going on? (Careful though, because I saw a few FOs NOT on sale, so I don't know why they're saying "sitewide".) I looooooove the Rosehip Jasmine from the past but it's probably been reformulated at this point so might be time to try anew. And I'd like to try that Cocoa Butter Cashmere some of you were describing above. These sound amazing: Sunshine Poppies - bright notes of lily, magnolia, rose, carnation, mimosa, plum, musk, and sandalwood Night Violet - bergamot, lemon, cucumber water, violet, and jasmine; base notes of cashmere, musk, and sap Moon Child - grapefruit, bergamot, thyme, white tea, nutmeg, rose, honey, tuberose, and jasmine Galactic Skies - citrus and wood notes; starts with bergamot, lemon, lime, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, cardamom, melon, and rose; then, base notes of musk, sandalwood, vanilla, and amber Sea Moss - bergamot, orchid, jasmine, violet, ozone, sandalwood, musk, and moss
  14. https://www.brambleberry.com/on-sale
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