The Rustic Stamp Review

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This blog post is somewhat of a rather semi-personal one to me for which ill explain along the way as to why.

I was recently given the absolute pleasure of being graced with receiving a beautiful item from a lovely small business called The Rustic Stamp. The Rustic Stamp is an Etsy based business and can be found here. The owner and creator of items at The Rustic Stamp is a very friendly woman called Melissa. Located in California, a long way away from me here in the UK, i was thoroughly surprised and shocked at just how quickly the item got to me from all the way across the pond. From the date of posting i received it exactly 7 days later, including weekend days.

After already having a discussion with Melissa previously about her items i already knew what i was going to be receiving but what i didn’t expect was just how much i would actually like it. I mean, i knew i would like it but for a few reasons (and this is where the personal part comes in) i liked it more than i initially thought i would.

Let me explain (ill try keep it short and brief). I suffer from anxiety….on a relatively bad scale. It originates from my emetophobia and the two go hand in hand…much to my distain! Anyways, for some reason….and I’m not sure if its anxiety related or not but i seem to have a ‘thing’ for forming a ‘bond’ with something inanimate. It doesn’t happen regularly but from time to time it presents itself and in most cases the reasoning behind the ‘bond’ is an anxiety related one. For example, i have a Christmas decoration which i keep up all year round. Its nothing big, just a handcrafted santa claus made from glass. This remains hung on the wall 365 days a year. Why? Because one time when i was exceptionally anxious and was having trouble getting to sleep from having waves of panic attacks i lay there and focused on the Santa Claus decoration which i had put on the wall (for safe keeping until the tree was due to go up, but in the end the santa claus never left that place on the wall and remains there to this day). I focused on his bright yellow belt buckle and his cheery face. This enabled me to distract my mind and focus on calming myself down. And for that reason, i have a little ‘bond’ with that santa claus decoration.

Here are some photos of the stamped spoon which i received from The Rustic Stamp.

As you can see it carries the words ‘Be Kind’ on the face of the spoon. I opted for these words because i planned (and as you can see from the photos) to make a wall art piece from the spoon to always remind me to ‘Be Kind’. Not only to other people but also to myself. I often have a knack of ‘beating myself up’ about things….even the smallest of things. And i believe this to primarily be down to my anxiety. Which i always work on to try to manage it efficiently. Some days are good, some are bad….and i think i need to remind myself more often to ‘Be Kind’ to myself.

Enough about my anxiety and back to the item and review.

The item i got is a teaspoon with handstamped lettering. Melissa has ALOT of items to choose from, not only teaspoons but other items too…such as keyrings, forks, garden markers and more. Melissa sources and uses vintage items so its important to note that your stamped item may have marks on it other than the stamped lettering. This just adds character and adds to the rustic feel. If you like the item i received then you can purchase your very own by clicking here. The cost of the item i got is £8.70p (at the time of typing this). And i think it is truly worth the money.

The Rustic Stamp offers a large variety of items (as i type this there are 200 in the etsy shop!) with different stamped wording on. Whether you want a cute loving saying for your partner, a funny remark for a friend, a personalised item for that special gift or like me a little something for yourself then The Rustic Stamp can cater. And IF you aren’t able to find something that’s suitable, then there is the option for a custom item to be made. I’m sure Melissa would be happy to help create the right item for you.

As mentioned earlier, i decided to turn my spoon into wall art. This didn’t take much doing and the overall finished result is rather effective and i love it. I used hessian as the background and finished off tying a natural coloured bow around the ‘shoulders’ of the spoon. You could of course do as you wish with your own or look online for inspiration. But for me i decided to stick with the rustic feel of the spoon itself and keep the overall layout rather simple so that i didn’t detract away from it.

Be sure to follow The Rustic Stamp on their Instagram by clicking here. And also their facebook page here.

If you do decide to get your very own hand stamped piece by The Rustic Stamp then please do let me know what you get and how you decide to display yours by commenting below.

Until next time, toodles.

 

 

Simply Scented Devon Wax Melt Review

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I, have a HUGE passion for wax melts and anything that scents your home gloriously. And without taking away the focus from this blog post I would like to point out that I have my very own small business and within that business is an area of ‘home fragrancing’, including the making and selling of wax melts, but to name a few. I wont name my business in this blog post as like I said, I don’t want to take away focus from the business being blogged about here or their products. Plus, i do blogging and reviewing as an entirely separate entity from my business and so want to keep them unlinked as much as possible. So, while i have a very good understanding of the home fragrance ‘world’, what is required and/or expected etc I’m still only going to be reviewing the products i try from a consumer view point only…so the ‘business brain’ of me with it will be switched off.

With that being said lets get into the review…

I was lucky enough to have been sent some wax melts to review from a small business called Simply Scented Devon. Gail, the owner was very kind and generous with me and sent me a good selection of wax melts to try.

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Sample pack size wax melts from Simply Scented Devon.

From the day i was notified by Gail that my parcel had been posted it only took a couple days for me to receive. The posting packaging was a standard envelope with the inner packaging being a turquoise and white polka dot paper bag with a ‘thank you’ sticker to seal the wax melts inside.

The wax melts themselves were encased in their own clear plastic packaging which i think had been ‘heat sealed’ (I’m not sure of the correct term) and finished off with the wax melt scent written on washi tape and attached accordingly.

The shape and size of the melts i received are on the small side. However, i would like to point out that this may be due to them being ‘sample’ sizes. The shapes varied from hearts to flowers and the colours were varied also, making for a very colourful little package. On the melts i received there were little imperfections, aesthetically speaking (chips, dents)…but honestly i think most people would be hard pushed to have wax (a soft substance) travel in the mail and not have any marks/dents on them. For me, its not an issue as i acknowledge this aspect and think it adds to the fact that its a handmade item…something which i passionately support. It doesn’t deter away from the product performance any but it may be worthwhile mentioning to Gail if you require more pristine melts, as i know she does wedding favours too….and so perhaps for this you may wish for more protection in the packaging area. But for the everyday use/user…its not a big deal at all.

Despite the size of the melts being small i would like to say that these pack a punch with the scent!!! As soon as i opened the parcel i could instantly smell them…in particular one came through more prominent than the others and i believe it to be the ‘Raspberry Vanilla’.

I had an internal battle with myself as to which to use first as honestly they ALL smell divine!!! There are a couple which remind me of some sort of sweet, or drink or ice lolly that i have had but i cant quite place what. But i can assure you its utterly mouthwatering and a nasal sensation!

I will do a brief explanation of each scent individually according to my scent perception.

Jamaica Me Crazy– This is sensational! I have this on as i type this blog and its one of the ones that reminds me of a sweet, drink or ice lolly. The scent, for me, has prominent pineapple and a sweet strawberry tones with hints or watermelon and orange. This one is ideal for imagining its summer but its also one to make you want to have a very refreshing fruit drink!!

Raspberry Vanilla– This one is the one that i could smell immediately when i opened the parcel. This one reminds me of a blackcurrent sweet that i had when i was younger..i want to say blackcurrent chewits. I don’t really get the vanilla through it but again, each persons scent perceprion varies.

Monkey Farts– I LOVE MONKEY FARTS! haha. While I’m confident that monkeys farts don’t actually smell like this I wouldn’t like to physically find out. So I’m happy living in the belief that this is what they smell like. This has banana tones running throughout the fragrance with additional fruit tones too….im not 100% sure what other ‘fruits’ i can smell but i want to say a pineapple almost.

Freesia– Now, i know i said i wasn’t going to do this blog with my ‘business brain’ but for the purposes of this particular scent i am. Freesia, for me, is a very special scent. It reminds me of my great grandma and my grandma. I often find freesia scents to be very difficult to ‘get a good one’. I have personally used a freesia scent within my own business and i hated it! It didn’t smell anything like freesia. So when i saw freesia in my parcel from Gail i was nervous…..i needent have been, because shes got a nice one!!! I haven’t used it yet but i can already tell that I’m going to like it when i do use it because its the best freesia scent ive came across yet in ANY home fragrancing item.

As mentioned earlier, the size of the melts i got sent are small in size. The nerd i am timed how long it took for them to melt in my electric burner. And it took almost seconds for the scent to start being emitted into the air and overall around 7 minutes for both of the melts the melt completely. It has been around 30 minutes now and the scent is still going strong and i am loving it. Gail has done an amazing job at fragrancing these melts and based off the ones ive been given I’m confident all her products are equally impressive in scent throw.

Simply Scented Devon is an Etsy based business and can also be found on facebook and Instagram too.

The price range for Simply Scented Devons products ranges from £0.25p-£10.00+. There is a mixture of product types to choose from (such as pick n mix, seasonal and shape specific) so I’m sure you will see something suitable for you.

There is a good variety of fragrances for you to choose from for your items, but from what i can tell its focused around fruity, floral and designer copies.

The p&p cost is £2.85 second class (at the time of typing this) but she does state that she can ship internationally too and to contact her for shipping quotes if you require international shipping.

CONCLUSION

All in all i think Simply Scented Devon is a delightful business that produces great quality home fragrance items and certainly shouldn’t be underestimated just because some of them may be smaller in size. I can confidently say that i have tried other melts from big chain brands that while may be double or even triple the size of Simply Scented Devon melts dont come close on the scent throw aspect. If you like your home smelling amazing then definitely give Simply Scented Devon a go.

Until next time, toodles.