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BuggyTown Candle Company is a tart and soy wax product vendor located in Georgia. The owner, Chele, started out making wax products as a hobby, but this hobby quickly grew into a successful business. I recently had the olfactory pleasure of experiencing BuggyTown products for the first time, and I wanted to share my thoughts on these awesome tarts with you!
My products were very carefully and beautifully packaged.
I think the labels are just adorable, and I like that the labels are on the cup lid instead of the side. It makes it easier to tell which tarts are which when you’re trying to choose one from your stash :)
As you can see, there were quite a lot of scents I got! Let me tell you about some of my favorites from Buggytown.
Caramel Apple Pecan–So strong! This tart had a great balance of sweet apple and buttery caramel notes. One tart threw scent all day in my open plan living room and kitchen.
Mint Chocolate Chip–I surprised myself in liking this tart. To me, chocolate scents are usually very overbearing and don’t smell anywhere close to real chocolate. But this scent is mellow, and you can actually smell the mint notes more than the chocolate.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte–This is a very nice, room filling coffee scent. I actually smelled it as soon as I put it in my warmer, before it was fully melted. I didn’t get many strong cinnamon notes but I think that cinnamon and coffee by themselves are such strong scents, that they balanced each other out in this tart.
Christmas Hearth— Nice throw. The top note I got was a woody smokiness, with some pine, and a slight indiscriminate fruit in the background.
Jack Frost–This is one of my favorite scents from any vendor. BuggyTown’s version had a good throw, and it was mostly mint and menthol I could smell. I love this any time of year.
Sleigh Bells–This was one of my top 2 tarts from the package. It’s so strong, and lasted forever! This scent is very unique and I’ve never smelled anything like it. I couldn’t even really tell you the notes I got, though the scent description says it has cardamom, nutmeg, and orange. I didn’t pick out any of those notes definitively, but let me tell you, it’s a great blend.
Apple Maple Bourbon–This scent is quite similar to Caramel Apple Pecan, but the apple notes take over more here.
Cherries in the Snow–I had been hearing so much about this scent that I was ready to try it, even though I mostly hate cherry scents. I found this actually bearable! There’s cherry but it’s sweet, and really smells more like a berry!
Spiced Cranberry–I enjoyed this scent a lot. The color was very bright on the pot once melted. The cinnamon was not too strong but I could detect it a lot more than the cranberry.
Sugar Plum Fairies–This was my other favorite! I really can’t decide which I love more out of this or Sleigh Bells. This is so strong–fruity and unique with a bit of spice in the background. I know these two are holiday scents but I’d love to melt them year round :)
The one and only caveat I had with BuggyTown tarts is that some of them were quite hard to pop out of their cups. I know that means they were made fresh!
Moneypenny’s Soysations is a tart and candle shop based out of Illinois…but of course you can buy their products online too! It is run by one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever talked to, Angie.
I had tried some of Moneypenny’s tarts several months ago, and while the fragrances were OK, the wax was really soft and crumbly. I recently found out that Angie had started using an entirely new blend of wax and had a new and improved line of tarts! I couldn’t wait to try them again, and in really cute shapes too!
I got a wide variety of scents to try! Angie puts a sticker on the package of each and every tart, so you know when it has reached its’ full curing time. I really appreciate this, because sometimes with soy and soy blend tarts, you are never really sure when to use them…you want them to give off the best throw they can, but you don’t want to let them sit for too long!
Moneypenny’s main line of tarts is their soy wax cube melts, but they now offer melts in a few other shapes too.
The jack o lantern and pumpkin tarts are the perfect shape for a melter bowl! The ghost is quite large and should probably be broken up or cut before you use it…unless you have a really large bowl!
Since there were SO many tarts for me to review, I’m not gonna list each and every one. I am gonna give you the details on my favorite scents from this package!
Apple Mango Tango–This is one of my top scents from any vendor, so I really liked this one. It was quite strong without being overwhelming, as some clean scents can be. This Apple Mango Tango seemed a bit different than others I had tried before, but in a good way. The apple seemed to really stand out to me in this blend.
Frosted Lime Cupcake–I really, really, really love lime bakery scents, and this one did not disappoint. You can definitely smell the zesty lime, on a vanilla cake background. No trace of “floor cleaner” notes that some limes and lemons can have.
Blueberry Muffin–Wow, this is a STRONG fragrance. A very classic blueberry muffin scent-sweet blueberries with a bakery background. Pretty much anything blueberry is alright with me, and this was great.
Caramelized Pear–I believe this is one of Moneypenny’s top sellers, and I can see why. It’s a very cozy scent for fall. I liked that the caramel and pear notes were equal in this scent–sometimes when you have any caramelized scent, the caramel notes are very hard to detect. This is somewhat like a caramel apple scent, but a bit more earthy.
Basil Sage Mint–This scent reminded me of a man’s cologne or body wash. The top note I get is the sage, the mint is very slightly there in the background. I think this would be great in a body product…for my husband! Actually, I’d like that very much ;)
Pumpkin Pie Spice–I liked this scent not because it was knockout strong, but because it was so different than what I was expecting it to be. Usually when you melt a pumpkin pie fragrance, you expect it to be overwhelmingly cinnamon-y. In this blend I detected clove as the top note, and I really love that about it. It’s still a great fall fragrance, and it’s not in your face with the cinnamon.
Toasted Marshmallow–Well, one ounce of this tart was not just a room filler, it was a whole HOUSE filler. I honestly put this in the melter in my bedroom at one end of the house, and before long I could smell it from 3 rooms away. Very powerful and delicious. This is a very sweet, mouthwatering fragrance. It will make you want to bake something or eat something sweet!
Lemonberry Crumble–This is a sweet, not tart, bakery lemon with a background of berries…not sure what berry, it may be strawberry or raspberry or something in between. But this is one of my favorite scents from Moneypenny’s, and it’s definitely very original.
Pink Sugar–Yall all know how I like pink sugar, but I so rarely ever melt it just plain! I’m not sure why, but I know now I want to more often. This PS was true to the real thing, and my husband claimed it almost knocked him out when he walked in the door while I was melting it!
Citrus Sunburst–I’m not usually into orange type scents too much, but this one was different. My husband is in love with this scent. I think it’s because of the tangerine and kumquat notes in it…his grandmother had a kumquat tree in her yard and he ate and picked many. This lasted all day for me!
I am so glad that Moneypenny’s Soysations has been changed for the better. Some vendors are so offended when they hear bad things about their products, but others take it upon themselves to make their products better. Angie has done this beautifully. The wax in the clamshells is much harder now, and not at all crumbly! It pops right out. If you haven’t tried Moneypenny’s yet, or if it’s been a while since you have, I highly recommend giving them another go! Angie ALWAYS offers free shipping on orders of $25 or more!
Sweet Light Candle Co. is a company based out of Florida that makes unbelievably realistic dessert candles and melts. The shop also offers dessert shaped soaps, tealight candles, and tart burners.
When I first visited the site, I saw these unique, looks too real to be wax, cannoli shaped tarts!
In addition to making me hungry, they made me want to give Sweet Light Candle Co. a try. The owner, Dina, sent me a selection of products to review.
I received a Cinnamon Bun candle, a Pumpkin Spice Muffin Candle, Gumdrop Mini Cupcake Melts, and Wild Strawberry Melts.
The first thing I noticed about these items was that the attention to detail in these products is second to none. These are beautiful wax pieces.
This is another one of those vendors whose products are so gorgeous, you don’t want to use them! But the cold sniff was pretty good on each item, and I knew I had to go ahead and melt all this lovely wax for review purposes ;)
Pumpkin Spice Muffin Candle–Looks just like a huge pumpkin muffins still in its’ wrapper. You can clearly see the ruffles of the cupcake liner and everything :)
This candle was lovely and had a good cold throw, but its’ throw when melting was quite light. I could smell it when I got within about 3 feet of it. I melted this on the plate all day, about 10 hours, and it still had some wax left to burn the next day.
Gumdrop Mini Cupcake Melts–These are so adorable, and the “frosting” on them is hand sculpted. They are a nice size, over an ounce each. It seemed one melt took a little longer than usual to fully liquefy in my melter. Sweet Light Candle Co. wax is a blend of paraffin and vegetable waxes, so I’m not sure why that was so. To me, this gumdrop melt smelled like sweet grape candy. The throw was not knockout strong, it was more light to medium. But the scent lasted for hours.
Cinnamon Bun Candle–There’s not many foods I love more than a warm from the oven cinnamon roll covered in dripping frosting. This candle definitely smelled and looked like the real thing. The cinnamon bun candle was quite a bit smaller than the muffin candle, so it melted for a shorter time. But I got a bit more throw out of this one than I did the larger candle. Not a room filling scent, but pleasant nonetheless.
Wild Strawberry Melts–These are teeny tiny enough that I put 6 into my melter.
These were my favorite item out of all that I tested. The throw was medium, not overwhelming but I could smell it from quite a distance. The fragrance is sweet, sugary fresh strawberry. I let these melt for about 6 hours before I threw out the wax. I think adding more strawberries to the dish would give a better, longer lasting throw!
Sweet Light Candle Co. is worth a try if you are someone who likes your candles to look as realistic as possible! I know some people like to purchase candles as decor, and these would be perfect for that. If you want something that smells as good as it looks, go for the melts they offer. SLCC has an affiliate program, and also loves to do wholesale orders!
Sweet Light Candle Co. Website