Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Rhinestone Housewife Blooddrop Exclusives Reviews

Hello hotties!    Well I’m finally getting around to reviewing the exclusive perfume oils from Blooddrop for The Rhinestone Housewife.   I was so thrilled to be able to try them all, I love them!

Amethyst-A lush purple blend with scintillating highlights; wine notes, black cherry, sugared blackberries, tender violet, breathy heliotrope.
In bottle:  Wine and a breathy floral.
Wet on skin:  It’s a green floral right at first, then the wine note comes out and softly wafts with the black cherry.
Dry on skin:  As it dries down the sugared blackberry comes out.  It starts to blend seamlessly with the wine and and florals.   The floral is very soft and just hides quietly in the background, adding just a *touch* of femininity.
Verdict:  I love this!  Normally florals don’t work on me but this blend is just perfect and quite lovely without smelling of wine or straight up flowers.
Garnet-This lustrous, cranberry red stone’s blend is bright and enchanting; red mandarin, chrysanthemum, raspberry, rose, rooibos tea leaf, a wee touch of cassia, and adorable lychee.
In bottle:  Cranberry and red!
Wet on skin:  I get a definite red vibe with herbal tea leaf.  As it settles a bit fruits come out and dance a bit with the lychee.
Dry on skin:  This dries down to a sexy fruit/floral scent.   The rose is quite soft and blended perfectly with the fruits and tea leaf.
Verdict:  Surprisingly I love this!  It’s very rare that a rose blend works for me but this rose is so perfectly blended it smells fantastic on me.
Jade-Blended to imitate a silky, smooth, palest of green nearing white; white amber, matcha powder, vanilla, sandalwood, cyclamen, fern, and green tea.
In bottle:  Fern and a pale soft amber.
Wet on skin:  Bone white amber with a fresh green note….I’m assuming that’s the fern.  The sandalwood makes an appearance and it’s just gorgeous with the pale amber and vanilla.
Dry on skin:  The vanilla and sandalwood are right up front, followed closely by the vanilla and fern.    As it dries down the green tea and matcha powder waft ever so softly around, creating a mesmerizing blend of wafting deliciousness.
Verdict:  Oh my how I love this.   Normally I’m not a fan of green scents but Astrid has outdone herself with this one.   Drop dead sexy.
Moonstone-A cool, lunar, dreamy, luminous blend for this goddess stone; white tea, apple meat, moonflower, blue agave, wintergreen, jasmine, and white ginger.
In bottle:  Slightly soft and minty apple.
Wet on skin:  A soft wintergreen is the first thing I notice with the blue agave.   The apple meat and moonflower show up shortly and swirl around with the mints and white ginger.
Dry on skin:    The tea and apple are gorgeous together with the mints and white ginger.    I don’t get any of the jasmine but the agave and moonflower give it a nice grounded feeling.
Verdict: This blend definitely evokes a lunar vibe.   It’s cool and soft without being bracing.

What Are These Tart Warmers Anyway?

Good morning, hotties!   Wondering what the heck these tart warming things are?   Don’t worry, I didn’t know anything about them either until I was contacted by a friend who owns a business making them called Two Timing Tart.  She was kind enough to send me some samples to try out to see if they were something that I wanted to feature at The Rhinestone Housewife.

As a pet owner in the rainy and damp Pacific Northwest, I’m always looking for ways to keep the house fresh and yummy smelling.   As someone who once had a cat catch his tail on fire with a candle (kitty was fine, I noticed it the very moment it happened and shook it out!) I have a definite aversion to open flames and candles and such.    The tart warmers seemed like the perfect solution for my home.

How do they work?   Simple!   There are two different types of tart warmers that you can purchase.   One utilizes a tea light to warm the wax and the other uses a small light bulb.   Due to my aversion to fire (hey, I did play the Bride Of Frankenstein!) I chose to purchase the type that requires an electrical outlet.   There are many places that you can purchase them but I got mine at Hobby Lobby and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Once you decide where to put your warmer  you simply plug it in (or light the tea light), place one or two wax tarts on the bowl and sit back and enjoy the lovely scent wafting through your living space.   Each wax tart should provide 12 hours of scent.  How do you know when it’s time to put a fresh tart in?   As soon as  you can no longer smell it, it’s time to replace the wax tart.   The easiest way to replace the tart is to let it cool down and solidify, place the bowl in the freezer for ten minutes or so and then just pop the wax out. I generally use a bamboo skewer to nudge it out without scratching the bowl.    Remember to let the bowl warm up to room temperature before using again to avoid breakage.

Here is my cute little owl tart warmer that I found at Hobby Lobby for $15:


Frankly, My Dear is available here:

Contest At The Rhinestone Housewife!

Hello hotties!

Whilst writing up the Helpful Hints section of the site I realized that I need MOAR helpful hints!   Knowing that I associate daily with many genius folks on the web I figured the best thing to do would be to host a contest.   The rules are easy:

1. Email us your helpful hint at therhinestonehousewife at gmail dot com (one entry per person please so pick your best hint!)  Please be sure that the helpful hints are related to items sold at The Rhinestone Housewife.

2. This contest will run until Wednesday the 27th and winners will be announced Friday 3/2/13 via the blog, FB and Twitter.  I will also contact the winners via email.

3.  If we choose to feature your helpful hint of the site you will be awarded a $10 GC to be used at The Rhinestone Housewife.  By submitting your helpful hint you give us permission to publish it at The Rhinestone Housewife.

Questions? Concerns?  Dirty limericks?  Feel free to email me or comment here!

Blooddrop Exclusives For The Rhinestone Housewife

To complement and honor the name of The Rhinestone Housewife, Blooddrop has created an exclusive line of limited edition perfumes exploring the theme of precious and semi-precious stones. This will be a rotating series only available at The Rhinestone Housewife.

Blooddrop’s hand-blended perfume oils are very concentrated and come in a 5ml amber glass bottle with black cone lined phenolic cap. The bottle contains 6-7ml of perfume oil. All ingredients are vegetarian and most are vegan. If you have any concerns, please ask. Blooddrop perfume oils are made from absolutes, concretes, CO2’s, essentials, extracts, infusions and synthetics with a jojoba or fractionated coconut oil carrier base. All perfumes are cruelty-free.

The first four selections in this series are:

Amethyst:  A lush purple blend with scintillating highlights; wine notes, black cherry, sugared blackberries, tender violet, breathy heliotrope.

Amethyst Perfume Oil
Amethyst Perfume Oil

Garnet:  This lustrous, cranberry red stone’s blend is bright and enchanting; red mandarin, chrysanthemum, raspberry, rose, rooibos tea leaf, a wee touch of cassia, and adorable lychee.

Garnet Perfume Oil
Garnet Perfume Oil

Jade:  Blended to imitate a silky, smooth, palest of green nearing white; white amber, matcha powder, vanilla, sandalwood, cyclamen, fern, and green tea.

Jade Perfume Oil
Jade Perfume Oil

Moonstone:  A cool, lunar, dreamy, luminous blend for this goddess stone; white tea, apple meat, moonflower, blue agave, wintergreen, jasmine, and white ginger.

Moonstone Perfume Oil
Moonstone Perfume Oil

Linen & Chamber Sprays

Blooddrop Linen and Chamber spray is a new way to add fragrance to your linens and surroundings. This spray is a safer alternative to “plug-ins” and scented candles and is equally long lasting. If you have any pets, please have them exit the room before spraying. This linen and chamber spray is very volatile and can sting eyes and extra sensitive noses! Use with caution and common sense. Do not use on any body (human or pet)! Blooddrop’s Linen and Chamber spray comes in 4 ounce fine mist spray bottles and should be gently shaken before use. Blooddrop’s Linen & Chamber Spray is cruelty-free and vegan.

The following blends have been created exclusively for The Rhinestone Housewife.

Cake & Pumpkin:  If you’d like your home to imitate the scent of an autumnal bakery, this captures the scent of scrumptious cupcakes, buttercream frosting, brown sugar, spices, and pumpkin. You don’t have to wait for October for this one.

Sandalwood & Blossoms:  Evocative, soothing, and sensual, this scent is also perfect for quieting the mind with its lush blend of sandalwood, blood orange and neroli blossoms.

Strawberries & Seraphim:  An unlikely, but heavenly blend of sugared strawberries and a traditional Arabian attar lifted with litsea cubeba.

Tea & Berries: A dainty, bright and fresh scent for your home and linens; raspberry herbal tea, white tea leaf, cucumber and ylang ylang.

Line & Chamber Spray
Line & Chamber Spray

Cuticle Charm

Cuticle Charm is a nourishing balm made especially for those needy fingers and nail beds to render them soft and supple again. This special cuticle treatment contains only natural oils and butters, such as sweet almond, mowrah, mango and coco butters melted into apricot kernel, macadamia nut, and vitamin E oils. Also included is candelila wax to create a protective cover to your skin. To add a final touch, Cuticle Charm is scented with sweet orange and vanilla absolute for a lush orange cream scent. This product is vegan and cruelty-free. Please take care of Cuticle Charm in warm weather, as it will melt if temperatures are too high and sneaky out of its container! Sold in half-ounce slidey tins.

Cuticle Charm
Cuticle Charm

Ingredients: Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera ) Wax, Madhuca Latifolia (Mowrah) Butter, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Mangifera indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter,  Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Tocopherol (Vit. E). is Live!

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Arcana From Eros and Chaos Valentine LE

Well, there are a LOT of delicious smelling oils in Arcana’s newest LE collection, From Eros and Chaos.    With seven new scents and four returning favorites, there’s bound to be something for everyone.   Behold the valentine-y luper-y awesomeness!

Amorini:  With their chubby knees and wings, these tiny creatures are like particularly naughty cherubs. A playful mix of cherry candy, three vanillas, pink musk, guava, sugar, and a warm rush of cinnamon hearts.

BloodLust:  Rich red anise and animalic musk with fermented apples, burnt sugar, iron-distilled patchouli, Bourbon vanilla, and the merest whiff of peppermint.

CakeLust:  Golden bakery cakes spiked with blonde tobacco, pipe tobacco, Balsam of Peru, cardamom, and mace.

Eros:  In Greek mythology, dark, irresistible Eros joined with Chaos to create the whole human race. Bittersweet cocoa absolutes from France and Cote d’Ivoire, black tea leaf, mallow root, blackseed, vintage patchouli, and a drop of overripe strawberry.

The Honey Thief: “Are not thou like the bees, that are so small yet dealest wounds so cruel?” –Aphrodite to Eros in the 19th Idyll of Theocritus
A smoky, astringent blend of labdanum absolute, ginger syrup, and black locust honey.

Venus Callipyge:  Ripe, luscious peach halves and soft skin musk with amber, lime, frankincense, blackberry, sea salt, and white cognac.

Venus Libertina:  Night-blooming tuberose, pink gardenia, wax myrtle, tiare, bay rum, sandalwood, cucumber, iris, and a teensy spill of champagne.

And these returning scents…

Death in the Afternoon:  The scent of decadence and delightful risks. We drew on an old recipe for an infamous cocktail to create this pastiche of absinthe, champagne, sugar, blood orange, tangerine, aniseed and lemongrass.

Lady Lamb:  Caroline Lamb, Lord Byron’s eccentric mistress, was brilliant, beautiful, and infamously obsessed with him. Rich yellow gateau, strawberries, dark clove, vanilla, champagne, and a mad little dash of mint.

Soft Hearted:  All tenderness and compassion. This gentle union of pink grapefruit, sweet lavender, green lotus and softest musk is touched off with an arterial spark of black pepper.

Stretched on Your Grave:
When my family thinks that I’m safe in my bed,
From night until morning I am stretched at your head.
Calling out to the air with tears hot and wild,
My grief for the girl that I loved as a child.
–17th century Irish love poem

Cold green apples, alabaster musk, and a scattering of cheerless white blossoms: calla lily, gardenia, tuberose, moonflower, and heart-leaf milkweed.


If you want to check out some decants before purchasing bottles, then check out this amazing decant circle here:

Even though the site isn’t up yet (next week, w00t!) you can still place an order for any of these oils by emailing at and I can send you an invoice via PayPal.

Ella’s Lead Collar And Leash Review

So a while ago (ahem) I ordered a couple of items from Ella’s Lead.  I saw a Walker Bait collar on Facebook and just knew that I had to have one for Minnie.   If the ZA actually happens, Minnie is just wily enough to not only survive, but thrive.   Just like Glenn in The Walking Dead.  This collar has held up amazingly well and  I couldn’t be happier with it!

Minnie's Walker Bait Collar
Minnie’s Walker Bait Collar
Pretty Pink Princess
Pretty Pink Princess


Because I wanted this to be a fancy, sparkly collar it would mostly be for ‘going out’.  Rebecca and I decided that she also needed an every day collar.   We decided on black leather with pink and gold.  I *love* this collar and it’s been worn every day for months and held up remarkably well.


I also got basically the best leash in the world.   I wanted something in pink and orange to match her new collars and I also choose a style I hadn’t tried before.  This on has a handle with a clip and the other end also has a clip.  There’s a floating ring on the length of the leash that you can use to make it a slip leash.   This is really important if you work with some shy dogs like I do.  Sometimes leashing them up can be difficult but this allows for less stress on everyone involved.  It’s also convenient and quick.   Because I work with dogs all day every day I like to always have a leash on me.  This one lets me wear it around my neck and clip each end onto a belt loop.    That way I’ve always got one that’s convenient to get at but not flopping around or falling out of my pocket.  This leash has been used all day long, every day for months and it’s amazing.  I’m going to order another one soon.

The Wonder Leash
The Wonder Leash


If you are interested in any of these products, you can peruse the site here: