Autsy Box started as a mother/daughter team and launched just a few months ago. Their company name is derived from "autistic" and "artsy", as they have an adult autistic daughter, Marissa, who enjoys crafts, as well as wax melts and candles. She loves trying new wax melts and candles from different vendors, which sparked an idea for them. With Autsy Box, they're bringing the joy of sampling new fragrances and brands to others.
Autsy Box purchases directly from various wax melt vendors to include them in their monthly subscription box. They don't make or pour the melts themselves, but purchase from smaller vendors at standard wholesale prices. They also test the wax melts and have others test them as well, to ensure high quality. And the wax (which is soy and soy blends) is pre-cured for 3 weeks, so you can start melting as soon as you get them! The subscriber is not able to select the scents or the type of scents they receive, but I think this adds to the "mystique" and allows the subscriber to open themselves up to scents they may not normally consider.
Each month, they send out 12 wax melts, which feature at least 3 brands with 4 wax cubes of different scents from each company. With each box, they provide a scent card that includes scent description and brand information. If subscribers would like to purchase more, the websites are also provided so they can shop directly with each company. Opening the box was like opening a box of chocolates; you can't wait to see what's inside!
Each subscription box also contains a mystery melt. They offer a monthly contest to subscribers by answering a trivia question, such as guessing the brand or scent. Upon submission of their survey answer by email, each customer is entered to win a monthly gift prize. It could be a collection of melts, other featured items that the vendors may offer on their sites, a free box, etc.
I think this is a fantastic way to discover new wax melt brands that you may not yet be familiar with!
April, the owner, was wonderful to work with. She answered all of my questions, was very polite and provided fantastic customer service. She shipped out my box right away and I received it the next day. Everything was packed well, and presented very professionally. I can see subscribing to this service and feeling like it's Christmas every time that box arrives. It's exciting!
Autsy Box has a coupon code for 30% off, which is WAXREV30. This coupon is valid on their website at http://www.autsybox.com (but not on third party websites where Autsy Box is sold, such as Cratejoy).
Buttercupp Candles - Cedar & Lavender
Notes: Notes: French lavender, greens and cedar
On cold sniff I smell lavender and another sweeter floral (although it's not a floral or perfumey scent), with a bit of light wood, and maybe vanilla that gives it a slight foodie note. Melted, it's a men's cologne type scent, and quite nice.
Buttercupp Candles - Cozy Cashmere
Notes: Notes: Rich cocoa butter, warm spices and a touch of sweet coconut
I can't figure out what I'm smelling, but it's very nice. It's a sweet, warm, slightly perfumey ambery scent with maybe a smidgen of coconut and milk chocolate, and possibly a barely detectable smidgen of fruit (banana?). It's not a girly fruity perfume type scent at all though. What I thought was fruit ended up dissipating after about an hour. Looking at the notes, I don't detect any spices, and there's no fruit.
Buttercupp Candles - Paloma
Notes: Notes: Inspired by the citrus Paloma drink, this is a custom created warm blend of citrus and ginger, with bottom notes of amber for a sultry edge.
This was included as a scent sample. On cold sniff I barely smelled anything, but melted... Wow! It's a fantastic scent, and super strong! It smells like a combination of ginger with a bit of sweet fruit, like gingerbread with fruit and without the bakery notes, or like ginger ale and fruit but without the fizzy soda note. It also has a smidgen of wood and a barely detectable sweet perfumey note. I love this scent! I love this scent, and it lasted 24 hours, probably would have gone longer if I hadn't turned off the warmer!
Buttercupp Candles - Saturday Morning Cartoons
Notes: Notes: A delicious bowl of fruity rings cereal
I love this scent! It smells like Fruit Loops cereal, with the sweet, fake (in a good way) lemon and orange notes. But what differentiates this from other similar scents is that it has a strong lemongrass or lemon verbena note that gives it a spa quality. Whether it was accidental or intentional, it's a great combination! When melted, I smell more of the lemongrass.
Buttercupp Candles - Saddle Up
Notes: Notes: If you love leather then this scent is for you. This is what a sexy cowboy might smell like.
A very nice men's cologne scent with a leather note.
Hawaiian Candles - Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Notes: Notes: Vanilla ice cream with lilikoi (passionfruit) shaved ice on top
I smell coffee with a hint of fruit (strawberry?) and a bit of vanilla. It's unusual and very nice, but the scent doesn't match the scent name at all. Looking at the notes, no coffee, but I definitely smell coffee first.
Hawaiian Candles - Mango & Papaya
Notes: Notes: A sweet and fruity mango and papaya scent
A really nice scent that smells like kiwi, melon and strawberry. It's not mango or papaya, although from about an inch away I detect the slightly sour tropical fruit notes, but not in the room. I like it more than I probably would if it were mango and papaya!
Hawaiian Candles - Pikake
Notes: Notes: The Hawaiian jasmine flower, with its distinctive aroma
A lovely warm jasmine scent with a hint of soapiness and smidgen of perfuminess. I'm not sure if it's different from any other gardenia or jasmine scent, but it's very nice!
Hawaiian Candles - Tuberose
Notes: Notes: Elegant, decadent, seductive and sensuous Tuberose flower
This is a lovely jasmine type floral with a barely detectable smidgen of fruit. It has a tiny bit of a tropical vibe. But it's not tuberose, which is a very rich, full bodied, very sweet gardenia type scent with a strong note of musk. It's still very nice. From an inch or so away I detect a hint of baby powder, but not really in the room.
Star Valley Candles - Butterscotch Crunch
Notes: Notes: A tasty smooth creamy caramel delight
A yummy scent of salted caramel, butterscotch and toffee. It's intense and very rich!
Star Valley Candles - Day Spa
Notes: Notes: Lemongrass and black currant with hints of patchouli and sugar cane
A fantastic scent of lemongrass, but with a rich creaminess that almost gives it a bit of a foodie quality. When melting, I also detect a hint of fruit, and it's a bit sweeter than a regular lemongrass scent. I really like it. Looking at the notes, I guess the fruit is the currant, although currant is generally not a "fruity" scent. I don't detect patchouli.
Star Valley Candles - Hansel & Gretel
Notes: Notes: Vanilla frosting, cinnamon sticks, toasted graham crackers and juicy raisins
This is a yummy combination of vanilla cookies, gingerbread, and graham crackers. It's very authentic and not overly sweet. I get the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, but the spices are quite subtle. Looking at the notes, I think I do detect a smidgen of raisins, but probably wouldn't notice them otherwise.
Star Valley Candles - Strawberry Shortcake
Notes: Notes: Fresh strawberries, sweetened shortbread, and lots of whipped cream
A super sweet, rich strawberry scent that smells like real strawberries mixed with super sweet sugar syrup, kind of like a strawberry daiquiri mix but without the lime. It's cavity-inducing sweet. I love it! It doesn't actually smell like strawberry shortcake because I don't get shortbread or any bakery notes. But whipped cream, yes I think I do detect that rich creaminess. After a few hours it loses a tiny bit of the sweetness and takes on a bit of an artificial note, but it's still a great scent.
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