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Clean burning amber candles 🕯
🕯Even if amber scents aren’t your thing, this California company has something for everyone. I love how affordable they are for a true luxury candle. 💖All Voluspa candles are free of Phthalates, Parabens & Sulfates. 🥥They’re made from clean burning Coconut wax, have 100% cotton wicks & are hand poured in California. +Not tested on animals 🐇 Coconut wax provides a really nice clean & even burn🔥 VOLUSPA - Ambre Lumiere Maison Votive Ambre Lumiere $9/3 oz I’ve repurchased this candle scent many times. I like these little votives, the large style votive of this scent comes in slightly translucent black glass, so classy & chic. For a small votive, the glass is really thick, I’ve never had a Voluspa candle crack or break from heat, & that can happen in smaller candles if wicks aren’t straight, burning a long time etc... These burn extremely evenly down to the last drop. The scent is described as notes of Light Amber, Vanilla Benzoin & Indonesian Patchouli. I had to look up Benzoin. It’s a sap/resin that comes from cuts in the trunk of trees that belong to the Styrax family. Amber is a natural resin, however takes between 2-10 million years to said resin to become amber. Jurassic Park anyone?📼🦖 🦟 The scent we know as Amber was originally derived from Ambergris (a wax that is produced from the protective secretion in the digestive system of Sperm Whales. The substance acquired a sweet, earthy scent as it aged. Um- Humans are insane! 🐋 Due to the endangered species status of the sperm whale the scent of amber is emulated now by resin derived from the plant-based source of Labdanum. Amber sometimes refers to a collection of scents. Like many other fragrance ingredients, Ambergris has an unusual & dark history. Sadly this ingredient isn’t banned from what I could find, but not common due to its costly extraction/production. This is certainly not made with Ambergris! This scent makes me so happy, a great therapy candle for me when I need to relax & chill. The scent is very inviting, warm & cozy as, many amber scents are. It has depth & maturity, but still very refreshing. I bounce back & forth between which one of these I prefer more, today it’s this one! But last time the other’s slightly sweeter vibe was love. Scents are interesting that way⤵️ VOLUSPA - Baltic Amber Petite Tin Candle Baltic Amber The size shown here is a .9 oz sample I got to pick from 3 scents from my last Voluspa purchase. I actually contacted them shortly after because I wanted to know if they did, or would, sell me this size, because it actually had a really decent burn time & wanted them for my doggy altar🕯🐶❤️ Notes: Amber Resin, Sandalwood & Vanilla Orchid 🔥These candles are similar, but this one has a slightly sweeter & also woodsier profile. I truly love them both, & are two that certainly work well burned together! The Ambre Lumière is a little more soapy & fresh, while this is deeper Vanilla & slightly more sweet.
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Marc Jacobs Lip Lock🔒moisture balm with SPF 18
💋Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen $24/.15 oz shade: 10-MAKEOUT (no pigment or shimmer) 🎂I had run out of the mineral SPF lip balm I normally use from Sun Bum that’s $5, I purchased what I thought was the same one on Ulta’s site, but it was flavored... anyhooo, I treated myself to a lil Sephora shipment for my bday & added this to my cart as a treat. I know it’s not a mineral sunscreen lip balm, but it had a lot of positive holy-grail type reviews, so I wanted to try it anyways. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY - Lip Lock Moisture Balm This is definitely pricey for a standard .15 oz lip balm (chapstick size) but it really does deliver on its “Moisture Lock” claim. It actually really reminds me of these Vitamin E lipstick style lip balms from the health food store I used growing up. 🍃This product has a delicate touch of Spearmint leaf oil & Peppermint oil, so it has a way more refreshing scent than those 90s health store balms! For the record, I’m not a huge fan of peppermint oils, but these don’t bother me at all in this formula... it’s really just a light scent, not a flavor. 🔒It’s extremely creamy & luxurious, especially for a lip balm with sunscreen... I don’t have to reapply it too often, the “moisture lock” is real. It’s definitely super moisturizing! 🌤I would recommend reapplying pretty often if you are wearing it out in the sun because the SPF of 18 isn’t really that high. 👄 The finish is pretty semi-matte/satin-y, definitely not shiny, so great for under lip color!💄No pigment, shimmer or glitter to speak of. I really love the case. Very chic, & the screw off cap keeps it very secure in bags & pockets. It has a nice weight to it, but not too heavy. I only knock off 1 ⭐️ because the balm stick itself wiggles around a little bit in there, which may be an issue for warmer temperatures. So far it’s held strong in heated rooms (otherwise freezing where I live run) but doesn’t “feel” strong. 🌻🥑🍇 Also... even though it has some wonderful moisturizing ingredients like Safflower oil, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Glycerin, Carnauba wax, Meadowfoam seed oil, Avocado oil, Jojoba seed oil, Grape seed oil, Carapa guianensis oil, Black Currant seed oil, Monk Fruit extract & Vitamin E... 🧪it does contain some touchy synthetic ingredients as well as chemical sunscreens. I’ve been trying to go mineral with everything, but this is much more soothing than my sun bum. Full ingredients in the slides, the first ingredient or base is the Coconut oil derivative, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. ➕I like that this product included the expiration date on the product itself, not only the box... even if it does expire like 3 months from when I received it 😟 I donno Sephora?! Maybe this product has a short shelf life? I’ll certainly use it by May of this year, but definitely not one to stock up on! 💰Overall, this was a birthday splurge, & I may not purchase this again, but I had a great experience with it.
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Clean burning amber candles 🕯
🕯Even if amber scents aren’t your thing, this California company has something for everyone. I love how affordable they are for a true luxury candle. 💖All Voluspa candles are free of Phthalates, Parabens & Sulfates. 🥥They’re made from clean burning Coconut wax, have 100% cotton wicks & are hand poured in California. +Not tested on animals 🐇 Coconut wax provides a really nice clean & even burn🔥 VOLUSPA - Ambre Lumiere Maison Votive Ambre Lumiere $9/3 oz I’ve repurchased this candle scent many times. I like these little votives, the large style votive of this scent comes in slightly translucent black glass, so classy & chic. For a small votive, the glass is really thick, I’ve never had a Voluspa candle crack or break from heat, & that can happen in smaller candles if wicks aren’t straight, burning a long time etc... These burn extremely evenly down to the last drop. The scent is described as notes of Light Amber, Vanilla Benzoin & Indonesian Patchouli. I had to look up Benzoin. It’s a sap/resin that comes from cuts in the trunk of trees that belong to the Styrax family. Amber is a natural resin, however takes between 2-10 million years to said resin to become amber. Jurassic Park anyone?📼🦖 🦟 The scent we know as Amber was originally derived from Ambergris (a wax that is produced from the protective secretion in the digestive system of Sperm Whales. The substance acquired a sweet, earthy scent as it aged. Um- Humans are insane! 🐋 Due to the endangered species status of the sperm whale the scent of amber is emulated now by resin derived from the plant-based source of Labdanum. Amber sometimes refers to a collection of scents. Like many other fragrance ingredients, Ambergris has an unusual & dark history. Sadly this ingredient isn’t banned from what I could find, but not common due to its costly extraction/production. This is certainly not made with Ambergris! This scent makes me so happy, a great therapy candle for me when I need to relax & chill. The scent is very inviting, warm & cozy as, many amber scents are. It has depth & maturity, but still very refreshing. I bounce back & forth between which one of these I prefer more, today it’s this one! But last time the other’s slightly sweeter vibe was love. Scents are interesting that way⤵️ VOLUSPA - Baltic Amber Petite Tin Candle Baltic Amber The size shown here is a .9 oz sample I got to pick from 3 scents from my last Voluspa purchase. I actually contacted them shortly after because I wanted to know if they did, or would, sell me this size, because it actually had a really decent burn time & wanted them for my doggy altar🕯🐶❤️ Notes: Amber Resin, Sandalwood & Vanilla Orchid 🔥These candles are similar, but this one has a slightly sweeter & also woodsier profile. I truly love them both, & are two that certainly work well burned together! The Ambre Lumière is a little more soapy & fresh, while this is deeper Vanilla & slightly more sweet.
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🕯Scents for the Holiday Season 🌶🫑🫔🕊
🎁I’m so happy with these early Christmas gifts! Scent is a very powerful & effective tool for me to help with ptsd/flashbacks, anxiety & my general mood. I think everyone can experience a little (or a lot!) more stress &/or sadness around the holidays... ✨Personally I find it helpful to try new candles as well as return to old favorites to have a great metaphorical toolbox for mood shifting!🧰😉 🧯Always remember SAFETY FIRST! My apt burned down in 2011. Fire is no joke & it took me a while to be comfortable using candles again. This is my ultimate fav candle company-never had an issue with candles tipping, breaking from heat, anything like that. I also really appreciate that their small glass votives are made of thick glass, because I can still touch them with my neurological condition, if i need to move them. 🕯All Voluspa candles are free of Phthalates, Parabens & Sulfates. 🥥Wax from Coconuts! Burns much cleaner than even Soy wax (about 90% cleaner!) The proprietary formula starts with fresh cold-pressed Coconut oil, which is then hydrogenated & is turned into wax. 100% cotton wicks Hand poured in California & cruelty-free! They’ve been around almost 2 decades & have such a broad variety of both scents & styles at very decent prices. They also carry diffusers & room sprays, if that’s more your thing. 📦Another thing to mention is how well your shipment will be packaged. I first discovered them at Sephora, Barney’s, Neiman etc, but was so impressed when I ordered online-other luxury & electronics brands could take notes *cough* um Gucci. 💻So many different scents, but you have shop their site, selection at Sephora/other retailers is often without many size or scent options. #Voluspa - Elysian Garden votive[products]#[FiveStars] $9/3 oz 🪴This is one of those old favs I return to time & again. It has a bit of a Christmas-y vibe, but it’s crisp & fresh enough for year round. 📝Official notes are: Speckled Fern, Moss & Grotto, Citrus Fruit & Green Foliage. Kind of general... & what does “Elysian Garden” mean? ☁️Elysian; adjective meaning heavenly, or like paradise. Honestly smells e$spensive ok! Warm, yet crisp & refreshing, it really is quite heavenly, like a dewy forest! VOLUSPA - Ambre Lumiere Maison Votive Ambre Lumiere $9/3 oz Another old fav. I love amber! This one is crisp & woody too. VOLUSPA - Baltic Amber Petite Tin Candle Baltic Amber *Sample (.9 oz) $10/4 oz w/$50+ purchase you get to pick 1 of 3 scents. I picked an amber one obvi & like it even more than ‘Ambre Lumiere”, it’s warmer & sweeter! #Voluspa - Milk Rose large jar candle[products]#[FiveStars] $32/18 oz Trying a new rose scent! Full review🔜 #Voluspa - Crushed Candy Cane macaron candle[products]#[FiveStars] $16/1.8 oz Full review🔜 VOLUSPA - French Cade Lavender Small Jar Candle French Cade Lavender $18/5.5 oz A happy accident shipped by mistake! My bf said he really likes it & I didn’t ask!
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🕯Scents for the Holiday Season 🌶🫑🫔🕊
🎁I’m so happy with these early Christmas gifts! Scent is a very powerful & effective tool for me to help with ptsd/flashbacks, anxiety & my general mood. I think everyone can experience a little (or a lot!) more stress &/or sadness around the holidays... ✨Personally I find it helpful to try new candles as well as return to old favorites to have a great metaphorical toolbox for mood shifting!🧰😉 🧯Always remember SAFETY FIRST! My apt burned down in 2011. Fire is no joke & it took me a while to be comfortable using candles again. This is my ultimate fav candle company-never had an issue with candles tipping, breaking from heat, anything like that. I also really appreciate that their small glass votives are made of thick glass, because I can still touch them with my neurological condition, if i need to move them. 🕯All Voluspa candles are free of Phthalates, Parabens & Sulfates. 🥥Wax from Coconuts! Burns much cleaner than even Soy wax (about 90% cleaner!) The proprietary formula starts with fresh cold-pressed Coconut oil, which is then hydrogenated & is turned into wax. 100% cotton wicks Hand poured in California & cruelty-free! They’ve been around almost 2 decades & have such a broad variety of both scents & styles at very decent prices. They also carry diffusers & room sprays, if that’s more your thing. 📦Another thing to mention is how well your shipment will be packaged. I first discovered them at Sephora, Barney’s, Neiman etc, but was so impressed when I ordered online-other luxury & electronics brands could take notes *cough* um Gucci. 💻So many different scents, but you have shop their site, selection at Sephora/other retailers is often without many size or scent options. #Voluspa - Elysian Garden votive[products]#[FiveStars] $9/3 oz 🪴This is one of those old favs I return to time & again. It has a bit of a Christmas-y vibe, but it’s crisp & fresh enough for year round. 📝Official notes are: Speckled Fern, Moss & Grotto, Citrus Fruit & Green Foliage. Kind of general... & what does “Elysian Garden” mean? ☁️Elysian; adjective meaning heavenly, or like paradise. Honestly smells e$spensive ok! Warm, yet crisp & refreshing, it really is quite heavenly, like a dewy forest! VOLUSPA - Ambre Lumiere Maison Votive Ambre Lumiere $9/3 oz Another old fav. I love amber! This one is crisp & woody too. VOLUSPA - Baltic Amber Petite Tin Candle Baltic Amber *Sample (.9 oz) $10/4 oz w/$50+ purchase you get to pick 1 of 3 scents. I picked an amber one obvi & like it even more than ‘Ambre Lumiere”, it’s warmer & sweeter! #Voluspa - Milk Rose large jar candle[products]#[FiveStars] $32/18 oz Trying a new rose scent! Full review🔜 #Voluspa - Crushed Candy Cane macaron candle[products]#[FiveStars] $16/1.8 oz Full review🔜 VOLUSPA - French Cade Lavender Small Jar Candle French Cade Lavender $18/5.5 oz A happy accident shipped by mistake! My bf said he really likes it & I didn’t ask!
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🕯Late Post: Holiday themed candles 🎁🎄
My home still smells of Christmas-y peppermint candy & cypress trees! I also still have my tree up, don’t @ me😚 🎄Since I didn’t have my phone working during Christmas, I snapped some Xmas themed reviews I wanted to do on my bf’s phone, but for the most part, I took a big break from going online during Christmas time. I got my shopping done early, so there wasn’t really anything I was too worried about & I really enjoyed the holidays so much more! 🎁Though this online break was involuntary, it was somewhat freeing to not have my phone! I prefer to photograph products before I start using them, but I let myself relax a little on that & it was fun. #Voluspa - Crushed Candy Cane macaron candle[products]#[FiveStars] $16/1.8 oz This claims to have a 15 hour burn time, I think it gets close to that with the candle regularly trimmed, but maybe not quite. The other scents in this size/style called ‘Macaron’ are so cute & make an excellent travel size. The other scents are only $13, this one had the 2 colors of glass making it a little more expensive, but I love how this looks like a candy. They’re recyclable, but I’ll be using this as a lil Christmas decoration for years to come! I bought this more because it was so cute, I blind purchased both of these candles before Christmas... I usually am not drawn toward minty scents, but this has delicious notes of vanilla as well. It’s sweet & refreshing without being overwhelming at all. Probably won’t purchase again, but maybe next year around the holidays! Some variations on sale at Bloomingdales right now if anyone is curious about this scent! VOLUSPA - White Cypress Glass Jar Candle $18/5.5 oz This scent is a very earthy Christmas tree, & it was wonderful. A bit strong for some people... it will smell like you have 20 Christmas trees in your room, if that’s your thing. I’m really into it, but probably not year round. It’s basically a better smelling version of my yard lol🌲🌲🌲 Official notes are: White Cypress, Juniper Berry, Mint Leaves & Evergreen Wood. This scent is limited edition as well, but still available! Some cheap “Christmas tree” scented candles are the worrrst imo, but I was really happy with this one. It is one of my favorite real life smells, & this captures it very naturally! The delicate mint green is so lovely. The glass jar is so luxe & high quality. Voluspa candles really deliver for their price point! And give every more expensive luxury candle company out there a serious run for their money!!! Such a great brand I’ve been supporting for years! 🕯The candles are made from clean burning Coconut wax, 100% cotton wicks & they’re hand poured in California. Not tested on animals 🐰 Sulfate-free, Phthalate-free , Paraben-free!!
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