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Can I Make a Witch Craft Room?

Can I Make a Witch Craft Room?

­­ Sacred Space Around June of 2017, I realized I needed space for my craft. The word ‘space’ can refer to actual, physical space, and also emotional space. In this context, it meant both. For a long time, I kept my altar on the desk […]

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 2

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 2

Hello, saplings! It’s time for Part Two of the 2017 Witch Gift Guide. Just like Part One, this post is meant to suggest gifts that are good for witches and spellcasters of many different traditions. Curiosities Regardless of whether or not the magic-user in question […]

Are Fragrant Jewels a Good Gift for a Witch? A Review

Are Fragrant Jewels a Good Gift for a Witch? A Review

Witches love three things in general: jars, tea, and treating themselves. What’s a good treat-yo-self? Bath bombs.

A few months ago, I signed up for a monthly subscription to Fragrant Jewels, and this is my review. Note: I am not an affiliate of Fragrant Jewels and I was not sponsored by them in any capacity. Long story short, the Fragrant Jewels advertisements were all over Facebook and Instagram. Several of my friends and I were curious, so I ended up taking the plunge around early October and decided to go through a few months to see how I liked it. Their Halloween bath bombs looked right up my spooky alley, and I thought a lot of my witchy friends might like it.

Fragrant Jewels sells wax melts, bath bombs, and candles that include a fashion jewelry quality ring inside the product. One of their novelty appeals is that you can have a chance to win a ring valued at multiple thousands with every purchase you make.

 

Ease of Service: (3/5)

It was super easy to sign up for this service, and monthly subscribers (Inner Circle Members) do receive the benefit of getting more chances at popular items than normal customers. But, I had to change my ring size 2/3 of the way through my trial, and it was difficult to figure out how to do that. I ended up e-mailing customer service, and they got back to me very quickly. My big beef with this is the fact that you have to call to cancel your service. So it feels a bit like a trap, especially for those who have a hard time dealing with phone salespeople.

 

Actual Product: (3/5)

When I look for bath bombs, I look for two things: water coloration and scent. The Halloween and November scents were both rather nice. They had a smoky, woodsy smell that I’d count among my favorites on smell alone. But, the third bath bomb I received (Santa Baby) was not a winner. It smelled like sweet baking soda, and nothing else. In fact, there was almost a lingering sour tartness from the baking soda on my skin after the fact.

I get that the baking soda content is higher in these guys than in, say, Lush’s bath bombs. It adds the extra thick foam that seems to be popular for social media videos. But, I was not impressed in the scent department on this third bomb.

The texture of the Fragrant Jewel bath bombs is something out of my personal nightmare. All of the extra baking soda makes them SUPER powdery and soft. Each of them basically exploded in my hand while I tried to take off the shrink-wrapping on them and left heavy debris on my floor.

While I loved the smell of the first bath bomb, I HATED it for other reasons. Long story short, I spent a good amount of time trying to clean out my tub after using it. Even after that, I had to go to the grocery the next day for my baking soda, vinegar, and blue Dawn supplies for a heavy-duty clean. My husband asked me if I had been summoning, and then murdering, demons in the tub that night. It also stained my skin black in several places—which required a vigorous scrubbing in a shower after. I haven’t had this problem with any other bath bomb, ever.

The rings are exactly what you pay for. They are mostly $10 rings that have probably been mass-produced in China. But, they don’t itch on my skin. I don’t really wear rings, and would probably only use them as props in a game or LARP. Don’t get these under any illusion that you’ll make money by striking it lucky on the ring game. Many reviews indicate that customers think that they are actually going to get a big honking diamond out of this.

So, these bath bombs really weren’t for me at the $10 a pop price range. And I don’t really see the point of buying $30 candles. So while the bath bombs had a good smell 2/3 of the times, the problems I have had with them make this a no-go for me in the future. That in combination with the fact that I’m probably going to have a bear of a time unsubscribing make me unlikely to recommend this business in the future.

The Score: Solid 3/5.

Premium Mediocre.

But, if you are just in it for instagram videos and photos, it may be worth it for you.

 

Please let me know if this review was helpful. If you liked this post, please consider reading some of my other entries.

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 1

What Should I Get a Witch? A 2017 Gift Guide Part 1

Got all your favorite witch’s gifts bought and wrapped? It’s that time of year again, saplings. Whether you are celebrating Yule or Christmas this year, you may not have your holiday shopping done yet.  No idea what to get? No problem! This year, I’m offering […]

What is The Black Tapes Podcast?

What is The Black Tapes Podcast?

I am all about podcasts. The first one I ever followed was Welcome to Nightvale, and I’ve been hooked on podcasts ever since. But, I have recently discovered The Black Tapes Podcast, to my absolute delight. Get a drink, and turn out the lights, because […]

Fluorite: What’s it Good For?

Fluorite: What’s it Good For?

Fluorite is one of my absolute favorite minerals. It comes in a wide variety of colors, even within the same crystal. From dreamy, creamy whites to transparent whites, to blues, to greens, to purples, fluorite is an absolute delight to look at.

 

Fluorite is also called fluorspar, and has the atomic formula of CaF2. That’s two Fluorine atoms bonded to a Calcium atom, if you are curious. Fluorine occurs as a poisonous gas in many conditions. It has seven electrons in its outer shell, and Calcium has two—so the bond between those three atoms leads to a general even 8 electrons per outer shell and/or a full outer shell. That’s an energetically preferable way to be, for the non-science readers on this blog.

 

Fluorite is a great cleanser, and I’ve been told it helps augment the abilities of other minerals. For people like me, who seem to suffer from never-ending mental chatter, it soothes and aids in meditation as well as quieting the mind. To that end, it also helps with focus and learning, so it’s a great addition to a student’s collection. Supposedly it also helps with treating depression symptoms and aiding in decision-making. Many claim that different colors of Fluorite have different properties. I’m a sucker for every color, so I don’t worry very much about the uses of each individual color, but, that might be a fun research project.

 

Fluorite is readily available, and I usually leave the local rock and mineral show with more specimens in my bag. If you’re looking for inexpensive minerals to start out with, I definitely recommend tumbled fluorite! I usually can find it for a dollar a piece, or even cheaper. Right now I’m really in love with points, or towers.

 

If you want to carry it around with you, be careful! With a Mohs hardness of only 4, it can chip. One of my favorite pieces has a little chip in the side now, and I feel awful about it. So learn from my mistakes, everyone!

 

Have a story about Fluorite or an observation about this beautiful mineral? Let me know in the comments below!

What are Personal Metaphors and Images?

What are Personal Metaphors and Images?

What are metaphors? If you’ve taken high school level English, you’ve probably encountered that term before. A metaphor is a comparison between two things without using the words ‘like’ or ‘as.’   Here is an example. My friend and her significant other planned to visit […]

How can I Become Patient and Learn Focus?

How can I Become Patient and Learn Focus?

I am not a patient person by nature. I used to fidget and whine if I had to wait even twenty minutes for something—even when I was 12 years old. Maybe that seems normal, but it caused me a lot of frustration. It was difficult […]

What is New at the CedarCopse Store?

What is New at the CedarCopse Store?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am ready for spring. There are a ton of new things coming to the CedarCopse Store this week, and I’ve got plenty of ideas for more treasures!

 

I updated the planner printables for witchy inventory, which come in A5. The full set has pages for Mineral, Herbal, Divination, and Miscellaneous inventory. I’m planning on having them available in PDF and PNG formats for download. I’m not sure if I’m going to offer them already printed or not. I really enjoyed making these, so let me know if there is another printable that you guys would find useful!

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Next up are seashell candles. Even though I don’t work with Aphrodite, I made these with Sea Witches and witches who work with Aphrodite in mind. They also make for great altar decorations, or decorations for witches on the down-low. I think they’d look great in a bedroom or bathroom—especially by the bathtub! Combined with some quartz towers and blue candles, no one would guess your beautiful bath-side display was a miniature altar.

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Snoots are a new species of familiar that will join the shop in a short while. They are in a second prototype, and I’m working the kinks out of their design. Hopefully I’m only one or two prototypes away from when they will be ready to go out. They are cute little buggers!

 

I’ve got a couple more things in the works that aren’t quite at the prototype stage. But look forward to seeing some leather products and some altar wreathes in the future! I’m personally fond of wreathes, as they can hang on hooks and are easy to store. I have several for the front door—for all four seasons. I can’t wait to get some in-progress shots for the CedarCopse Instagram!

 

Here is my personal wreath!

 

If you guys are looking for anything in particular, let me know in the comments below!

Is There a Ghost in my House? Can the Living Haunt you?

Is There a Ghost in my House? Can the Living Haunt you?

Time for a bit of a strange topic. Information about the dead, spirits and hauntings are common in witchcraft circles, both secular and religious. I have pretty limited experience with the dead, but my experience has lead me to believe that the living are likely […]