Friday, August 17, 2012

How I incorporate CBV into my home decor

I've seen so many blog posts/videos/etc on how people "store" their CBV stash. I have my stash in an amoir in our spare bedroom, but I wanted to take the time to show how I incorporate some of my CBV into my home decor (and it sort of gives a glimpse into our new house that we recently bought - thanks to the encouragement of you all in April when we decided to start looking!). I have various CBV things throughout the house, but I focused on the living room and dining room. So, here it goes. :)

Dining Room -

Inside the green vase, which I got for a Christmas gift probably four or five years ago, is a CBV Vanilla Maple Pecan (yum!) pillar candle.

Living Room -

All of my scent shots are stored in a large brown basket (that sits on top of a radiator cover next to our front door).

This book shelf is full of movies and our wedding photo albums. But on top is some of the most important things in the living room, including my tart warmer.

It took me a while to decide what to fill the empty space to the right of the pictures with. For a while I had my Singapore Sling Black Label candle there, but it was too small. So, I dove in and bought a decorative cube candle in one of my absolute favorite CBV scents Nutty Candied Apple. I think it fits on top of the mantle perfectly. :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Candles By Victoria - August Scent Shot Review

Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee (free scent shot) - This is a very creamy, rich hazelnut scent with a hint of vanilla, and a slight note of coffee. This would be a good one if you're hesitant on getting a coffee scent.

Baby Powder - This is a re-order for me. Smells exactly like the name suggests, dead on!

Lavender Apple - I was hoping this one would be more like Lavender & Basil, where the lavender is extremely toned down by the Basil. This is a very, very strong lavender with a light note of apple.

Spearmint - Another re-order. Smells like spearmint gum.

Apple Vanilla - This is a very nice apple scent. It's the perfect blend of green apple with a light vanilla touch to it.

Clean Cotton - Clean, fresh, cotton/laundry-y type scent.

Hell on Heels - I really like this one. It's a very sweet fruity/floral scent. The blend of nectar, apple, and blood orange, along with the floral note really makes this one nice.

Caramel Latte - Perfect blend of caramel and sweet latte scent.

Clothesline Fresh - Very clean, fresh, laundry-type scent. Just like the name suggests, like clean laundry drying outside.

Frangipani - The clean notes in this mixed with the baby powder, make it smell very clean and perfumey. I haven't heard a lot about this scent, so if you're looking for a clean scent, I would definitely recommend it.

Cookies N Cream - Right now I get that sweet cookie/almond scent that is predominent in a lot of Victoria's cookie scents. I'm hoping once this cures a little and I warm it, the chocolatey note will come out too.

Honey Vanilla Love Dust - Definitely get the honey note, along with chocolate. I've heard a lot of people say they needed to wait for this one to cure and warm it before the wonderfulness of it comes out.

Cantaloupe - Re-order. This one is absolutely F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!! Smells like a sweet, fresh, cantaloupe.

Mermaid Kiss - A very clean, fresh scent. This one reminds me exactly of BBW Deep Aqua and/or Aqua Blossom (new name).

Pumpkin Frappuccino - This is a great pumpkin scent, with a hint of coffee. If you like pumpkin scents, I would highly suggest this one!

Under The Big Top - Perfect mix of strawberry, cotton candy, and caramelized pralines. I love this one, and will be ordering it in a candle, for sure. If you like Sugar Kisses, you will definitely like this one.

Vanilla Velvet - This one needs to cure. It's a little off right now, and sort of has a soury note to it that reminds me of Cream Cheese Frosting (that I wasn't fond of). I'm hoping once it sits a little while and I melt it, I will like it more.

Chantilly Lace - This is a very sweet, perfumey floral. Reminds me of some kind of perfume or lotion or something, but I have no clue how to even describe any of the notes in it. But, it's nice!

Vanilla Bean - Straight vanilla scent.

Sugared Corn Pudding - Reorder, and I love this one! Sweet, sugar bakery scent, with a small, teeny hint of "corn". It's soooo good!

Banana Fritters (CAS by Tina) - Mix of Elvis and Cinnamon Donuts. Very great blend of Peanut Butter, Banana, and sweet sugary, cinnamon donuts. Yum!!

Barefoot In Blue Jeans (CAS by Deb) - Mix of Sexy in Stilettos and Blue Sugar Cotton Candy. This one is great!! If you like scents such as Pink Sugar, Love Shack, etc, you will LOVE this one!!

Sticky Toffeecorn (CAS by Jandre) - Mix of Kettle Corn and Caramelized Pralines. Sooooo good and yummy!! I get a little more Kettle Corn, but the Caramelized Pralines is hidden in there and I'm sure it'll come out once warm.

These are gifts for my MIL -

Cucumber Lime Twist (free scent shot) - What a great blend of lime with a hint of cucumber and a touch of fizz.

Orange Sandalwood - Just like the name suggests, it's a great mix of orange and sandalwood. If you like sandalwood, I would give this one a try!

Lavender & Basil - One of my favorites, I had to get for her. The mix of lavender and basil creates this wonderful clean scent!

Mediterranean Fig - Can't really explain this one, but it's a great fig, clean scent. And super strong!!

Gain Island Fresh - Smells like Gain laundry detergent. Sooo nice and clean!

Frankincense & Myrrh - This reminds me a very clean, powdery scent. I like it a lot more than I expected.

Jamaican Ginger & Grapefruit - A sweet grapefruit scent, with a hint of ginger. It's a very nice, sweet, clean scent.

Rosemary - Smells like rosemary herb. Super strong!!!

French Quarter - Very nice sweet, powdery floral. I didn't think I was going to like this at all, but I might need to cut off a piece to keep for myself!