Fragrance

Tarts: The Art of Home Fragrance

So…………

How many of you know what tarts are?

The Muse indulges in masses and masses and masses of tarts to scent her home and indulge her sweet tooth minus the calories!

Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Want to hear more about ‘em?

Talk to me!

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MAC Stylistics Color Collection

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It appears MAC has quite a gorgeous collection in the works for us this Holiday season! Rumors are abound and everywhere the Muse looks some new information is popping up about the latest “It” collection from MAC!

This could have the potential to be HUGE, as in the best collection I’ve seen released from MAC in quite a while!

The collection won’t be out until November 29th but it hasn’t stopped the spread of rumors, speculation, and general chitchat about this exciting limited edition color story!

Here’s what the Muse has gleaned so far from her travels through cyberspace:

Check out Beyond Beauty Basics for an interesting little article about the collection!

Not only is there a new Holiday color story to look forward to but a limited edition fragrance entitled Air of Style that will be released as well! From what I’m reading the scent will be extremely limited and once it’s gone it’s gone!

The total collection is gem encrusted so these should be some pretty gorgeous compacts ala MAC Couture from last year! Which brings up another topic! I am wondering if this is similar to Couture’s release last year. Couture was released something in November I believe and than soon after Formal Black popped up! I’m wandering if Stylistics is merely a tease and prelude to the real Holiday color story! We shall see!

Some interesting little photos of what could possibly be part of the collection have cropped up!

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The moral of the story is save your pennies because come November you’ll be flat broke after purchasing some of this collection! I’m already shaking in my designer flats!

My very tiny collection of MAC Couture from last year:
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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloween Blends

With the new moon comes new perfume blends and of course it comes right on time to compliment tomorrow’s lunar eclipse!

The goblins have been mighty busy at the Lab and have concocted an array of scary little treats to make your blood curl!

The Trading Post has been equally busy creating it’s Halloween Trick or Treat perfume oil blends as well!

I explained the Lab in a prior blog do check it out prior to reading this one!

I believe I’m shivering with fright…errr…I mean excitement at the prospect of all the goodies that await us at the Lab this Halloween season!

The Newest Halloween Blends are cut into three categories.

The first which is simply entitled “Halloween Blends”. Lucky enough for me nothing is too appealing on this list as most of the blends are very earthy, herbal, or floral blends!

If you’re the type of girl that loves a dark scent this category be for you!

All Souls 2007

All Souls makes a reappearance year after year and of course each year it has a tiny touch of difference from the year before as no two scents are created equal!

The Lab describes it as An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is an entirely new blend for the Lab and has never been introduced prior to this year! The Lab describes it as Beer, woodsmoke, tar, and treacle.

The Death of Autumn

Another new blend! The Lab describes it as Dark amber, dead leaves, khus, saffron, bitter clove, chrysanthemum, camellia, galangal, and a drop of oud.

Dia De Los Muertos 2007 (Day of the Dead)

A blend that makes an appearance almost ever year and revisits to torture and torment! The Lab describes it as funeral bouquets, the candies, chocolates, foods and tobacco of the ofrenda, amaranth, sweet cactus blossom and desert cereus.

October

Yet another new blend! The Lab describes it as Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.

Samhain 2007

Another old friend that visits almost ever year! The Lab describes it as damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.

Samhainiphobia 2007

Again, a visitor from the past that is knock knock knocking at our chamber door! The Lab describes it as Menacing Haitian vetiver, patchouli, and clove with a shock of bourbon geranium, grim oakmoss, and dread-inspiring balsams pierce the innocuous scent of autumn leaves.

Sugar Skull 2007

Last but never least in my book another old friend that the Muse purchases each and every year….The Lab describes it as A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits.

Personally I’ll only be purchasing Sugar Skull 2007 from this lot the others are way too dark, earthy, and generally gross smelling to my nose!

The second category is entitled Halloween Blends: The Haunted House. This category appeals very little to me as well sadly but hey…money saved! All blends in this collection are brand new and have never been released prior to this year!

The Atrocious Attic
Described as sugared nectar of carnivorous blooms, putrefying wet greenery, oozing sap, crushed rosary peas, withered climbing roses, and nightshade berries.

The Lurid Library
Described as The incense-tinged scent of forbidden tomes and the musk-laden remnants of infernal servants.

The Perilous Parlor
Described as soft white pear and sweet vanilla.

The Twisted Oak Tree
Described as Blackened, rotted oak wood blanketed in moss and choked by a cloak of grasping ivy.

Lastly an old favorite of mine The Pumpkin Patch 2007 Set! As described in another blog of mine this is a great little set if you’ve never tried anything from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume! The blends in this set are truly a lovely little piece of Halloween and Fall! Some of these are revisited in a different format than prior blends and I’m not entirely sure if I am going to enjoy these variations as some sound a bit floral!

The Pumpkins can be purchased together as a set or solely.

They include the following perfume oil blends:

Pumpkin I
Pumpkin with pear, white wine grapes, and jasmine-laced tea.

Pumpkin II
Pumpkin with tobacco, champa flower, carnation, and tonka.

Pumpkin III
Pumpkin with white chocolate, caramel, pomegranate, and cream.

Pumpkin IV
Pumpkin with cactus blossom, sage, and sweetgrass.

Pumpkin V
Pumpkin with benzoin, bourbon vanilla, lemon peel, neroli, blood orange, and red ginger.

If you purchase the pumpkins as a set they’ll also include an imp of a special oil entitled the Murder of Crows.

The Lab describes it as Sleek iris and verbena, grey amber, benzoin, davana, and glossy herbs.

The Halloween Blends are on sale and available for order up until November 10th. They will be than taken down and may or may not return next year as blends do change and rotate year to year!

I’m excited that the Lab’s Trading Post has brought back it’s Trick or Treat Limited Edition perfume blends! These are something the muse wants to get her hands on!

The Tricks aren’t as appealing as the Treats so the Muse really wants to get her hands on some Treats!

The Treats

Sugar-slathered Candied Apple With a dollop of caramel!

Marshmallow Poof A gooey mound of white fluffiness! And yes, it is vegan!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Graham crackery and cream cheesy! Cinnamon brown sugary! Just a little carroty!

The Tricks

Egg’d Mailbox! Fresh egg, just starting to warm nicely in the sun!

Pumpkin Smash! Pumpkin pulp, beeswax candles, smoke, asphalt, and beer!

TP’d Trees! Cypress, oak, and pine covered in 2-ply!

And finally a special edition that’s neither trick or treat!

Spiked Punch Chunky fruit punch with a generous splash of booze!

These are on sale until October 10th and the chances of a revisit are slim to zero so get them while the going is good! Meaning they are highly limited edition!

It appears the Lab is boiling up tons of goodies in it’s cauldron for this upcoming Halloween!

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Weekend Beauty Shopper Deals!

Time has flown by this week and I’ve gotten very little sleep so much of my weekend will be about lots of rest!

But for those of you in a shopping mood check out this week’s Steals and Deals!

Isle Of Eden has updated it’s site with all it’s new Halloween goodies! If that hasn’t gotten you excited let me tell you something that will thrill ya!

Isle of Eden is offering one free Halloween Scrub Cauldron of your choice with every $35 you spend! Now if your total happens to be $70 you’ll get to choose two Cauldrons….if it goes to $135 you can choose three and so on and so fourth! Each Cauldron is not only a yummie free treat but also contains a code which will later entitle you to a further discount!

Wow! It’s only August and Trick or Treating is quite a steal and deal at Isle of Eden!

If you happen to be short and round, like the Muse, you can hurry on over to Torrid and enjoy discounted clothing at 20-60% off! Torrid is clearing out it’s Summer Closet and making room for it’s Fall/Winter goodies! Now is a great time to nab a deal, or two, or three! If you happen to be slim and gorgeous the Muse highly recommends checking out the sale accessories for some pretty nifty little pieces such as bags, jewelry, socks, etc!

The Muse loves natural products and sale products! Getting both together is always nice! Burt’s Bees has it’s natural lipstick on sale for $6.64! At this price you can afford to buy all the colors!

QVC has a set of three Tarte Vitamin Infused Lip Gloss powered by Borba for $45! These glosses go for $21 each so this is like buying two and getting one free! Check out item number A13111 at QVC.com

If you happen to love foody, fruity, or candy like scents head on over to the Muse’s favorite perfumery! Starring has a sale on it’s roll on perfume oils for $5 each! I can’t begin to tell you what a STEAL this is! Ashley’s scents are highly concentrated and very potent with plenty of throw and linger! If you happen to be a new customer Ashley will generously give you 15% off your first order!

Happy Weekend Everyone! The Muse is ready for some much needed sleep icon wink

See ya Monday!

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Touches of Fall

As I sit here and type this I can hear the crickets outside my bedroom window. This can sadly mean one thing, Summer is soon coming to an end.

I always get kinda melancholy when the season changes and a new one begins. It’s almost as if I am saying goodbye to friend that I won’t see for an entire year!

The good news is that soon the weather will get cooler, the leaves will start to fall from the trees, and the nights will become longer. All this adds up to the upcoming holiday that I may very much like more than Christmas. Some of you may guess what Holiday I am speaking of but some of you may well not be familiar with it in your part of the world. Halloween icon smile

Halloween holds a spot near and dear to my heart not only because it’s my birthday but because it’s just a generally awesome Holiday! I love everything about it! Candy, costumes, nutty (like me) caramel apples, kids….!

I think one of the best things about Halloween is when the beauty industry takes a step into it and store shelves not only line up with candy and decorations but Halloween themed bath goodies, perfumes, and an assortment of bits that any girl will love!

I’m particularly partial to heading into Bath and Body Works when they start loading their shelves with body lotions, shower gels, and body sprays in an array of funky Halloween blends like Spicy Pumpkin, Apple, etc….! I’m quite curious what they’ll be introducing in the Temptations line for Halloween/Fall!

Many smaller shops online take part in the festivities of Halloween and theme many products for the Holiday!

One particular shop that I know and love dedicates an entire line of perfume oil to the Halloween holiday!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab or BPAL to it’s diseased, addicted fans (Hey I can call them diseased because I’m one of the club with a gold membership card!) releases anywhere from 10 to 15 limited edition perfume oils every year for Halloween! This is truly an eagerly anticipated event for fans everywhere!

If you aren’t familiar with the Lab let me give you a very brief introduction to it.

The Lab started out as a very small operation that sprung up into a pretty huge full time online shop! It’s immensely popular and has an order wait time of 20-45 days!!!!!!!!!!! They sell 5ML bottles of highly concentrated perfume oil in a variety of scents. Perfume Oil is very potent and strong, a dab will last all day and into the evening too! 5ML seems small but it will last you a long time since you’ll be applying so sparely. The Lab, sadly, isn’t particularly a great place for people like me. Reason being is because they lack fruity, food, and sweet blends. A majority of the catalog are earthy, herbal, dark blends which I can’t stand. These have a huge cult following and many girls absolutely love them. Personally they aren’t for me. The good news is that if you dig deep enough you’ll find quite a few gems in the catalog! They release limited edition scents quite often and with every new moon they release a fragrance dedicated to that particular moon! I find that the limited edition scents are where the real treasures lay! They do Halloweenies during the Fall and Yule blends during the winter and Christmas Holiday! They also have themes for Valentine’s Day but those are normally too dark for me! They even went so far as to release some very silly Paris Hilton in Jail themed oils! Now if you are weary and just want to try they offer what they call “imps” of catalog blends. Imps are tiny vials of oil for you to test and see if you’d love a larger bottle! 6 are $19.50 plus shipping! They also include imps with any full size bottle purchase as an extra little gift for purchasing!

Well that’s a bit of background info on the lab….

Mostly I’m excited because shortly towards the middle or end of the month (Depending on Beth’s, the owner, schedule) the Halloweenies will pop up and be available for purchase!

Each year I really get excited to see which blends will make a come back from the year before and which new blends will be available! If you LOVE Halloween as much as I do you’re in for a real treat if you do decide to order from the Lab! The past few years I’ve collected many a fantastic perfume oil! Spicy Pumpkin, Candy scents, and so many other interesting bits and bobs have popped up! I’m especially a huge fan of the Pumpkin Patch oils which are released in a set of 5 and consist of 5 different blends of pumpkin mixed with different notes such as cocoa, pomegranate, and more!

These are actually a good investment. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Perfume Oil an investment. But actually they are. Bottles have ranged, over the course of a few years, from $14 to $17.50 and $20-22 for Limited Edition. Now if you hang onto a particular blend long enough you can fetch triple or more your money back! Not that I’d sell ANY of my rare blends EVER but it’s an interesting little fact of information to share! I’ve seen bottles of Pumpkin King go for $300 on E-bay! I’ve also seen many bottles from the Carnival Series go for $90-$120! I’ve even heard rumors of unreleased blends going for $500!!!!!!!

Occasionally with the Limited Edition blends the Lab’s Trading Post shop will release special oils that are a bit more costly! Last year they released 4 blends entitled Trick or Treat. It consisted of 4 oils, 2 Trick and 2 Treat. In order to get the oils you had to plea your case of which you wanted and why! It was all in good fun and made your purchase interesting and fun icon smile I got all 4 of the bottles! They cost $50 each and came with a cute little T-Shirt! The oils are well up in price now on E-bay but I refuse to part with them icon wink

Soon the new blends will be released and again the yearning for a new scent will fall upon me and others like me!

If you’ve never purchased from the Lab before now is a good time as any to start checking it out and see which Halloween blends will pop up that you might be interested in!

If you need any help deciding on a particular scent do let me know as I’ve tried plenty!!!!

Happy Shopping!

I leave you with some pictures from my collection!

Trick or Treat Oil Blends from Halloween 2006
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Pumpkin Patch Oil Blends from Halloween 2005
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A few of the Halloweenies from Halloween 2006
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A few Halloweenies from Halloween 2005 (As you can Sugar Skull is in both this picture and the one above! Sometimes oils get a reprieve and make a reappearance from year to year! I always buy the reruns because the blend is sometimes slightly different from the year before and it’s delightful to pick apart how they differ from year to year!)
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