Saturday, I received a small sample pack of items from Vat19.com. In my package was a small packet of InstaSnow, a package of Rainbow Moments colored flame candles, and a Very Berry scented Smencil.
That’s the only picture of the Smencil that I have, but it’s really cool. It smells amazing, for one, but it’s also made out of recycled newspaper. Yummy and eco-friendly? Sounds good to me! They sell them in packs of 10 with the following scents: Chocolate, Orange, Cherry, Cotton Candy, Grape, Watermelon, Popcorn, Root beer, Very Berry, and Bubble Gum. I could see these making great stocking stuffers!
Next, I had to try out the Color Flame Party Candles. The two white candles in the package burn with the normal orange colored flame, so I thought it would make a great comparison to the others! I tried the purple one first, but the effect was so subtle, I couldn’t really catch it on camera. So I put that one down, and lit one of the green candles. Now THAT was cool! I had to go in the bathroom in the dark to get the picture, but check it out:
Finally, it was time to play with the InstaSnow Powder. I admit, I was a skeptic when it came to this stuff, but I gamely poured the small packet of powder into a large bowl and measured out my 10 oz. of water. I poured it in, and the powder started expanding immediately! We get loads of the real stuff every winter, but it was still fun to play with the completed product. It would be really neat if you could form snowballs with this stuff (you can’t), but it would be useful for a Christmas Village or to put around a Christmas tree, especially if you live in warmer climates. I actually left this bowl of “snow” sitting on my stove last night so I could see how well it lasts, and so I could play with it some more!
Vat19 has a lot of fun things on their website, obviously, but they also have some useful things as well. The Bodygard Emergency Tool, for example. It’s a keychain that can be used to cut seatbelts, break car windows (in case of an emergency only, you hooligan!), and has a sonic alarm, LED flashlight, and a distress signal light. Coming into the winter months here in Indiana, I can see how this tool might be a very useful thing to have! Anyways, go check out the Vat19 website… if you’re like me, you’ll browse every page of the website, and come up with a few things to add to your Christmas list.