Totally Obsessed With: Jewel Scent

I have been meaning to do this review since I restarted this blog. It was going to be my first review, but after seeing DeadPool, I put it aside to do that first. Then I got lost in the land of books, and subscription services and life.  So I am finally coming around to it, I have decided to do in addition to my normal reviews a spotlight feature, which I’m going to call “Totally Obsessed With:”. When I discover something so great I want to tell everyone about it, that’s going to be the criteria.

First and foremost, Jewel Scent is part of the emerging trend of Jewelry candles.  This is essentially a cracker jack box for women- a great smelling candle that a ring is hidden in.  There are different companies such as Diamond Candles, Prize Candle, Fragrant Jewels, and my favorite, Jewel Scent.  Diamond and Prize candle as far as I know surprise you with  a ring that could be ANY size. As with most jewel candles, the ring hidden in your candle has worth: they can be anywhere from $10 to $10,000.  When you discover your ring in your candle; hidden beneath foil and carefully wrapped in plastic, there is a code which you log on to the website provided to check and see how much your ring is worth.  The higher the price, as in over $100 or so, you get a special colored  token or code that you can go online and order the ring in your size.

Usually before I come around to actually trying something out, I research wheather or not it’s a good idea by googling reviews and comparing it to other similar products. This was no different. I had discovered Diamond Candles first, thinking it was the only one of it’s kind.  Their candles sell for $25 and when I saw my nail tech had one in her office, I inquired about it. She seemed to like them, but didn’t care partiulary for the rings which she said averaged about $15. I hopped online and checked them out, and decided I would shelve the idea for Christmas. That would make a great present right?

So as I prepared for Christmas gifts, I researched the candles and came across some other companies and their reviews and comparisons. I had narrowed down my choices to Fragrant Jewels and Jewel Scent. Both had gotten great reviews as far as the worth of the rings in their candles and the scent.  One of the things that drew me to Jewel Scent was the ability to choose your ring size. This is what sold me.  Most of the other companies did not let you choose a size (although that may have changed in the last year I can’t be certain now) and the fact Jewel Scent did let you choose, made this a winner for me. Now I could personalize the gift more, and get a ring that would fit the intended person. I decided to wait until there was a good sale, which was Black Friday. I ordered 3 candles from the signature line: Peppermint Truffle, Sunset Soiree and Candied Amber. I ordered 2 in size 5 and the other in a size 6. I gave the Peppermint Truffle and the Sunset Soiree as gifts to people, and the Candied Amber was given to a gift exchange.  Because it was Black Friday, they had a deal where if you spent a certain amount, you got a $75 ring free with your order. Looking back on my order form, I spent $78 total with shipping on the 3 candles.  The Sunset Soiree was actually on sale and cost $17, while the other 2 were regular priced and cost $23 each.

The recipients all loved their candles.  They all txt me pictures of their rings, and how much they were.  All recipients rings ranged between $21 and $34.  At the gift exchange,

there was quite some buzz about the ring candle, and others said they wish that they had received it, which I noted. February came around and I decided to purchase a candle for a family member’s birthday gift. At the gift exchange she had raved about how cool the idea was, so I waited until there was a sale again,  and purchased 2 candles this time, one for her, and one for me.  The sale was if I spent over $35, I got a $10 ring free with my order.  I ordered 2 candles in the scent Peach Moscato, again from the Signature line.

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Of course, my aunt loved her candle, and as soon as I unpacked mine, I was burning it. The $10 free ring shown above was beautiful and a size 5, since I ordered both candles with size 5 rings.  The candle itself smelled wonderful and had great scent.  It took about a day and a half to burn my candle down about 1/4 of the way where my ring was hidden.

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My ring I received in my candle was worth $31. Not bad, right? Considering the candle itself cost $23, my ring cost $31 which was more than the price of my candle. I loved it too, perfect and pink. I was now seriously hooked.

For Mother’s Day I decided to purchase candles for the mothers I am getting gifts for.   These women have not yet received a jewel candle, so I’m pretty sure it will go over well. I purchase a candle from their Classic Collection, which are taller and thinner than the Signature Collection, and cost $24.99 instead of $23.99. That candle is Blush Peony scent.  I also purchased 2 Signature Collection scents, in Velvet Tube Rose and Golden Amber.  The sale this time was during Easter, and a select few products had easter eggs on their pictures. I purchased 3 candles with hidden eggs, which meant I got 3 free $10 rings with my purchase.

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I was surprised to discover when researching Jewel Scent, that they are a consultant driven company.  What I mean by that is, much in the same way you can sell PartyLite, you can sell Jewel Scent. Their parties can be held online, and you can earn rewards that get you jewelry that is NOT AVAILABLE to the public or found in candles as well as designer purses and even appliances.  I definitely think I will be hosting an online party in the future, after everyone has tried them out.

I can’t really say enough about the product, except that it sells itself. In addition to candles, Jewel Scent offers sugar scrubs, aroma beads, wax tarts and body cream; all of which hide a ring in them. Their rings claim to be anything from $20-$7,500 and as usual, the higher rings can be selected and ordered in a variety of size and style.

Thanks for checking out my spotlight “Totally Obsessed With:”. Until next time!

 

ModCloth Stylish Surprise

I have always been a fan of ModCloth’s clothing even though I didn’t actually own anything. I always peeked from the sidelines, oohing and awing at their cute, vintage boutique style. When I joined My Subscription Addiction.com, I saw a review for something called  ModCloth Stylish Surprise, so I read the review and discovered that ModCloth ran these “specials”, where you could sign up to get a mystery item, for a fraction of the price the items sold for. I was intrigued, but at the time there were no Stylish Surprise sales available, so I jumped on the list to be notified when they came around next.

I had somewhat forgotten about it until I was notified about a week ago when I was up very early for me ( I work at 3:30 in the afternoon, so 8- 9 am is early to me) that the Stylish Surprises were available, and had the most size and  style availability yet. Since they tend to sell out fast, I jumped at the opportunity not wanting to miss it.  I had read in the reviews that the clothing runs a little small, so size up from what you normally wear. I purchased one of each surprise: 1 Large Apparel which was promised to be a shirt or blouse or something of the such, 1 Large Dress, and 1 size 6 shoe. The  apparel and the dress were both $20, and the shoes were $15 which in my opinion isn’t a bad deal. With shiping, my total came to $59. The price alone can be the cost of 1 item from modcloth, so getting 3 items even though I had no idea what I was getting, was a good deal to me. I joined a Buy, Sell and Trade group for ModCloth on facebook, just in case I didn’t like what I got, I could in someway get something I DID like, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with what I got.

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img_0686 I can’t tell if they are cats or bunnies, I’m more leaning on the side of bunnies, but I think I am going to say they are cats because I love cats.(I know, I know that doesn’t make them cats) These are the kind of shoes, that I would see in a store and eye up, thinking they are cute, but ultimately not buying them because they are too expensive. A look up on ModCloth.com showed the company T.U.K. makes these in different animals, from cats (which look very different) to foxes, and other animals in between.  The look up told me I was right about the price: a whopping $59.99. The shoes alone cost more than what I paid for 3 items.

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I tried looking up my other items on ModCloth to check their prices, but didn’t see them listed. ModCloth’s website has a lot of clothing, so I am sure if I combed the site for awhile I’d find them, but I have ADHD and am impatient.  The going rate for a dress on ModCloth despite the brand and excluding sale prices is about $59.99 and spans a variety of  styles and goes up to dresses that cost up to $200. I was worried I was going to get some strange print I didn’t care for, and was pleasantly surprised that the dress I got, is something I would have bought myself.

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It has beautiful pleats, and though it’s a it more conservative in the top than my usual, I really like it. It even has a ribbon to tie around the waist, which is something of a trend with most of my casual formal dresses. ( I know casual formal isn’t a thing, but in my closet it is considering most of my dresses are prom and social dresses). I could see this being a day dress or an evening dress, depending on how you dress it up.  I only have 2 other black dresses, which are very formal,  so this little number will fit in my closet perfectly. I was glad I sized up and got a large, because it fit perfectly. The brand is  Moon, who I have not heard of, but the quality of the fabric is very good and I can’t wait to wear it.

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I was a bit surprised to get this t sweater in April, but nonetheless I am in love with it.  Fall is truly my favorite time of year, and this will be perfect to pair with my LuLaRoe leggings and Bailey Button UGG boots ( I am a basic white girl, I know….I know). I can see myself wearing it, snuggling up on my couch with my favorite FootSac (it’s a blanket with pockets for your feet, from LoveSac) and a cup of hot cocoa in front of my fireplace (should we ever get the new receiver we’ve been waiting for since November that’s on undetermined back order). The fabric again is great quality and comforatable. It fits perfectly and again I am glad I sized up. The brand is again something unfamiliar to me, Blue Pepper.  I tried looking it up on ModCloth.com, but couldn’t find it. I would guess it might be about $30 or $40 since those are pretty normal prices for garments on there.

Recap:
$15 for a pair of shoes that cost $59.99
$20 for a dress that cost about $59.99 or more
$20 for a sweater that costs about $30 or more
Total with shipping cost $59.00 for all 3 items which would cost about $150 (an estimate)

Overall, I was very impressed with my items, especially for the price. I think I it is safe to say should the Stylish Surprise come around again, I will be purchasing it again.  It’s a great way to try out something new without breaking the bank, and should you get something you don’t like you can always exchange online through one of the ModCloth BST groups, or sell it.  ModCloth itself will not exchange or return since all sales are final on the Stylish Surprise, which is why I joined the BST group on Facebook. If you would like to be notified of the next time a Stylish Surprise comes around, I suggest getting on the notification list from MySubscriptionAddiction.com or join ModCloth for their newsletter, and when it does come around, make sure you order FAST. I ordered as soon as I saw, and every size was available, but many people have claimed that they had trouble finding their size because they sell out so quickly.