Monday, September 19, 2011

Candles By Victoria or Garden Of Eden?

I am not ashamed. I openly and honestly admit it. I, like many others who shall remain nameless...they know who they are...have become an obsessed; addicted; crazed candle whore! Don't bother trying to deny it...many of you (just check the CBV message board "The Pouring Pot" and the enabler's names will be revealed), are equally as guilty as I am!! soon as one of these highly fragrant little pieces of Heaven is lit, the choir begins to sing and the whore becomes an angel. Okay, so maybe that IS stretching it a bit; but you get the point. The world becomes a better place...a happy, relaxed, contented place...when surrounded by Candles By Victoria.  Experiment with finding the right scent group for you, and you too, will discover your own personal Garden of Eden.

Are you tempted yet? How about a quick review of my last order? 

Cinnamon Donuts - Rich, warm, doughy goodness smothered in cinnamon and sugar.
Granny's Pie Crust - Sweet, buttery perfection. One sniff will cause your mind's eye to see that adorable silver haired lady with rolling pin in hand and flour on her gingham apron.
Sugared Spruce - Freshly trimmed Christmas tree to a T !! 
Pumpkin Pralines - Sweet, creamy pumpkin with just a hint of spice. Mmmmmmm...mouth watering good!!
What Goes Around Comes Around - A mix of patchouli and dragon's blood, this reminds me of an ice cold, crystal clear lake in the middle of a forest. Another favorite.
Sexy In Stilettos - Sweet and fruity (like Lovespell with an extra feminine kick), Sexy In Stilettos has soared to the top of my favorites list!!
Oatmeal, Milk and Honey - There's something in here that's reminiscent of a sweet tobacco leaf in a very pleasant way.
Fudge Brownie - exactly what the name says. Rich brownie batter. YUMMY!!
Egyptian Musk - Reminds me of  Peace, another CBV favorite, with a touch of sweet floral.
Caramel Apple - I truly want to love (or at least like) this one, but all I smell is apple stem and dried peel with not even a hint of caramel. Maybe I got a dud? : (
Peanut Butter Cookies - Fresh from the oven cookies made with chunky peanut butter.
Honey Spice Cake - Sweet honey, warm bakery cinnamon, and yellow cake. The perfect fall bakery scent.
Mango Sorbet - OMG...the sweetest, plumpest, most juicy piece of fruit in the garden. If the apple doesn't tempt you, this will !!
Aquolina Blue Sugar - A very sexy, woodsy, masculine scent with just enough sweetness to turn everyone's favorite bad boy into a knight in shining armor. 
Sea Moss - Clean, green, soapy and manly without being over powering. 
Christmas Eve - Warm fruit punch with the perfect blend of Christmas spices. This is destined to be one of my must have holiday favorites.
Spiced Pear - Another scent perfect for the holidays. Red hot cinnamon mellowed out by the sweet smell of pear.
Three Wise Men - Very musky, woody and earthy. If you like those types of scents this may be perfect for you. I picture the wooden box used to bear gifts to the baby Jesus. 
Holiday Wassail - Complex, but one I really like. Imagine sitting in front of the fireplace with your favorite book on a cold and snowy winter evening sipping spiced cider.
Wintery Candy Apple - BBW dupe. Very much like Enchanted Apple, but a hint sweeter. Another of those that gives me an instant headache, I've sadly decided I just can't handle it.
Twilight Woods - Like walking through a fruit orchard in the moonlight. I adore this!!
Cleopatra's Closet - Normally not a floral fan, I was very pleasantly surprised. Sweet, slightly musky and powdery this is AH-MAY-ZING!! A slightly darker version of Bella Swan.
Mahogany - I was hoping for a manly woodsy scent, but I get a cloyingly feminine floral soap. Not a fan.
Wood Nymph - With just a touch of  jasmine this is a walk through the southern countryside in the autumn.
Catchin' Fireflies - Slightly musky, green, and softly floral, I can easily picture a field full of those glowing bugs on a warm summer night.
Sweet Angel Dust - I KNEW this reminded me of something but it took a little while to figure it out...Sather's red shoelace licorice. An awesome throw...1/4 of a scent shot lasted a solid 48 hours!
Autumn Leaves - I'm in awe of what Victoria is able to recreate. This IS autumn leaves on a rainy fall afternoon.
Buttery Gingerbread - I'm starting to pick up a hint of spice and think with more cure time this will be wonderful.
Spearmint - Straight up Wrigley's spearmint gum. 
Apricot Crumb Cake - *Cold sniff*  Tart dried apricots soaked in brandy (?) *Warmed* Thick, hot, sweet apricot jam on top of a rich yellow cake dressed with buttery crumbles.

With over 700 scents to choose from, CBV, can transform you from sinner to saint and back again. Come on; you know you want to. What have you got to lose other than your candle virginity? However; be warned...when Victoria runs one of those awesome sales that she's so incredibly generous with, you may just have to make another trip to the dark side...........
but only until your order arrives :D

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Candles By Victoria...also known as my addiction

What? No way! Seriously? You haven't yet heard of Candles By Victoria; the most amazingly fragrant and highly scented candles known to the greater US and Canada? Well, hang on tight to your hats, seats, horses...whatever...because you're about to take a trip to candle Heaven!!

Based in Van, Texas, CBV (as we addicts lovingly refer to it), is a family run company that's been in business for the past 12 years. Victoria uses 100% fragrance oils and distributes the scent throughout, which allows for a strong lasting fragrance during the entire life of the candle. In addition to the scent strength, which in my opinion (and a lot of others) is unsurpassed; you will also find the best customer service you've ever experienced, prices that are affordable to everyone AND you'll be given a 100% guarantee. What more could you ask for? How about over 600 scents to choose from? Yes, I said 600...with more being added each month!! And let's not forget the wonderful ladies on Victoria's message board..."The Pouring Pot". These are some of the sweetest, most helpful women you'll ever come across, with each one always willing to offer advice and extend a hand in friendship. 

That being said...I know the thought of over 600 scents can be a bit overwhelming. I didn't know where to start either; so I'm posting not only the link to the website, but also the link to the master fragrance list and the message board to help get you started. You'll find everything from bakery to floral; perfume and lotion dupes to tropical; Christmas to earthy and house blends...and more. You can even create your own scent if you so choose!

Want to know my top 10 favorites? Here they are, in no particular order:
1.) Sexy In Stilettos
2.) What Goes Around Comes Around
3.) Mango Sorbet
4.) Cinnamon Donuts
5.) Honey Orange
6.) Wildberry Scone
7.) Peace
8.) Coco Lime Cooler
9.) Sugared Spruce
10.) Granny's Pie Crust

Now what are you waiting for? Go check it out!! And don't forget to hold onto your...ummmm...whatever! :D