Candles From the Keeping Room: First Ever Order Haul!
So let’s jump right into my first post about wax!
Candles from the Keeping Room (known as CFTKR for the rest of this post!) is one of the most popular tart vendors among those of us who love melting. The owner, Carol Wolstencroft, used to sell her goodies on Ebay only, but recently has opened up her own website shop. When I found out the shop was open and I had some birthday money in my hands, I decided to make my first ever purchase!
One of the first things I noticed upon browsing the site was that she has hundreds of fragrances! For someone who may be just getting started in the tart world, this can be overwhelming. Luckily, the site does have a very nice, detailed fragrance description list. And luckily for me, I know a lot of Carol’s biggest fans, who were more than happy to give me their recommendations!
Another thing I noticed was that you must buy most of the tarts in bags of either 4 or 8 ounces. This can be somewhat off-putting, because who wants to be stuck with a whole bag of stuff they don’t like? I much prefer buying my tarts in singles, mostly because I like a large variety and I get tired of fragrances quickly. But, the prices for the bags of tarts were great–at $3 for a 4 oz bag, you are paying less than a dollar an ounce, which is a great bargain.
The final caveat I had about ordering was that to me, a perpetual bargain hunter, the shipping rates seemed to be a little pricey. But, I was reassured by the fact that all of Carol’s tarts are pre-made and in the inventory. There is virtually no turn around time (TAT-I’m gonna have to do a post about tart world lingo!), and she ships Priority mail, so you will have your order within a week. Another thing that helps make up for the shipping costs is that Carol includes a lot of freebie tarts in your order, and she seems to have a knack for throwing in freebies that you will probably love, based on the scents you have in your order.
I knew going into the website to order that I would be wanting at least one bag of a Zucchini Bread blend tart, because they are the type CFTKR is most famous for. Zucchini Bread (usually shortened to ZB) is a fantastic bakery scent that smells divine on it’s own, but is absolutely amazing when it is blended with other fragrances. Carol’s ZB is described as “The scent of fresh Zucchini Bread with notes of freshly grated zucchini, cinnamon and spices.” Some of her most famous blends are Wildberry Mousse ZB, Caramelized Praline ZB, and Apple ZB.
After much deliberation and a lot of advice from my tart lovin’ friends, I decided to order the following: 4 ounce bags–Caramelized Apple Praline ZB, Pumpkin and Pralines, Sour Cream Spice Cake, Butterscotch Oatmeal Thumbprints, Ultimate Cheesecake, and Falling Leaves. I also got a sampler pack. Carol’s samplers include six individually wrapped tarts in one each of six fragrances in a particular category. I picked a Pink Sugar sampler. Pink Sugar is another favorite scent of mine that stands on its’ own but is best when blended. Pink Sugar is described as “A complex combination of Cotton Candy, Vanilla and Caramel with a hint of Bergamot and orange citrus top notes, with touches of Berries, Muget, Strawberry, Plum, and Dry Fig Leaves, Musk, Anise, Musk and Woods.” It’s absolutely mouthwatering when combined with fruity or bakery scents.
I ordered on a Friday and received my package on the following Thursday. When I opened it, the yummy smell hit me immediately, meaning these tarts definitely have a great cold throw. Everything was wrapped snugly in bubble wrap, which I do appreciate–I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a Louisiana summer, but it’s hot, ya’ll! In the summertime, great packaging means no melting. My tarts were all in pristine condition. They were beautifully packaged in double cello bags, with cute plaid ribbons to hold them closed. And of course, Carol did not disappoint in the freebies department–I got a total of 5 freebie packets–one of which is a huge pumpkin, which I will have to cut to put into a melter!
How yummy does all that look! Now, usually I am not a sucker for cutesy little shapes when it comes to tarts. I figure if I am going to melt them anyway, who really cares what they look like? But Carol’s tarts are so nicely molded. The Zucchini Bread tarts are in little toast shapes, which absolutely kills me and I don’t know why! My bag of Falling Leaves scented tarts were actually shaped like leaves in beautiful autumn colors. The cheesecake tarts were shaped like tiny pies. And I love that pumpkin–it is huge, probably 3 or 4 ounces on it’s own.
Since this post has gotten quite long, I’m going to review the scents themselves in another post. But suffice it to say, I am so far very pleased with my order from CFTKR. I now understand why so many people love her products! With great customer service, minimal TAT, and deliciously unique scents, Candles from the Keeping Room has secured its’ place in my tart stash. I will definitely be back for more.