Sunday, February 19, 2017

Behind the Scent: White Camellia by NEST Fragrances

    Behind the Scent: White Camellia by NEST Fragrances

    NEW from NEST Fragrances, White Camellia is a beautiful white floral bouquet. This lovely new home fragrance features fresh camellia, wisteria, and Indonesian jasmine.  Intermingled with crisp notes of white tea and amber, the fragrance is simply breathtaking.
    NEW from NEST White Camellia
    From NEST Fragrances:
    NEST Founder Laura Slatkin describes her new fragrance as “the perfect balance between vintage beauty and modern sophistication.”  The fragrance concept for White Camellia came to Laura Slatkin while attending a fashion exhibit at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She was captivated by the beauty of a wedding dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. It was adorned from top to hem in intricately handcrafted artificial flowers known in classic French couture as parurier floral.  Inspired by this elegant work of art, White Camellia was developed with careful attention to detail. Just like all NEST Fragrances, this new scent is certain to fill any home with a luxurious bouquet of fragrance.
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    Blue Agave Featuring Tart Lime is NEW From Linnea’s Lights!

      Blue Agave Featuring Tart Lime is NEW From Linnea’s Lights!

      They’re here! The release of new home fragrance from Linnea’s Lights is always a moment to celebrate! There are few other boutique candle lines that have such unique fragrance creations.
      It is also hard to find truly pure soy candles that are also incredibly fragrant, since soy wax often doesn’t hold fragrance as well as paraffin waxes.  Still, Linnea’s Lights always provides a fragrant experience for the senses with their complex candles fragrances.

      Escape to the Sea! Ocean 
      has returned again this year as a popular Spring and Summer scent. With notes of salty sea air, rain, and water lily, Ocean provides a clean and fresh scent. Truly a breath of fresh air with light floral notes.
      Linnea’s Lights introduced two new fragrances this Spring: Blue Agave and Linden.
      I love Blue Agave for this time of year; the perfect balance of green, floral, and airy. Notes of water lily create a light floral scent and the greenness of cactus and agave bring some earthy components to the fragrance. Add a twist of lime and you’ve got a perfect, slightly exotic, escape from the chilly winter air that is holding on.
      Though, in February it may seem a little too early in the year for floral fragrances (especially in parts of the country where winter is still in charge) Linden is the perfect fragrance for someone wanting a soft and gentle floral fragrance. Linden blossom creates a light floral, slightly honeyed fragrance, while neroli adds in a little citrus. White patchouli mellows the linden and neroli.
      If you are looking to try a new fragrance or candle line, I highly recommend exploring Linnea’s Lights. These newest scents from Linnea’s Lights have definitely been on par with the quality and complexity of scents from this Indiana based brand. Pure sophistication with long-lasting fragrance to fill a room– check out Linnea’s Lights today.
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      Thursday, January 19, 2017

      Leather, Tobacco! Indulge with NEST Cashmere Suede

      One of the newest fragrances from NEST Fragrances, and also perfect for the chilly winter months, is Cashmere Suede. Prior to its introduction, the NEST home fragrance collection was in need of a hearty wood fragrance, and Cashmere Suede definitely fills that void.
      Cashmere Suede
      Of course, NEST does floral SO well. But we’re happy to see such a bold, woody scent from NEST. Warmth is what Cashmere Suede exudes with notes of cashmere woods, tobacco leaves, and black amber. Bergamot and fig provide a slight hint of brightness to balance out the woody notes. Cashmere Suede is such a unique and complex fragrance — that will keep you intrigued long after you have first lit it. As always, NEST has delivered! Ask for a free scent sample from Candles Off Main. Shop all NEST scents at

      Thursday, January 5, 2017

      Voluspa Favorites for Winter!

      Voluspa has re-introduced a true fan favorite! Japanese Plum Bloom is back and encompasses the perfect balance of sweet, floral notes with just a little zest added by a hint of currant. If you’re a long-time Voluspa fan, you’ll remember how popular JPB (as it was called) was in the past. The scent itself is soft and whispering as not to overpower, but enough to intrigue the imagination of whimsical places only found in a dream.
      This fragrance is perfect for anyone who prefers floral, sweet overtones with a hint of fruitiness, but does not want an overwhelming scent. Elegantly displayed in jars with a lilac mercury glass finish or tins with a subtle extravagance of pale lilac and rich magentas. It is, in a word, majestic.
      If you’re looking to find the decadence of tart, citrus scents combined with warm, earthy notes, look no more! Voluspa’s NEW Persimmon & Copal will take you away to the spicy, South American heat with a pale shadow of rose to calm your senses.
      This fragrance is beautifully encased in a simmering coral mercury glass jars or tins with fiery, exotic designs of varying pinks and copper. Each candle (or mini diffuser) is sure to warm your home with a breath of citrus and a subtle creamy, resin finish as you drift to lands far away.
      As always, we’re never disappointed with anything from Voluspa. Treat yourself to one (or both) of these luxurious new home fragrances today!

      Thursday, December 29, 2016

      How to Layer Candle Fragrances

      How to Layer Candle Fragrances

      It’s a great day when you find a fragrance that you really adore. Something that really speaks to you and you can’t get enough of. After a while, though, you may want to mix things up and create a fragrance that is uniquely yours. When people walk into your home they are welcomed by something they’ve never experienced before, creating a special memory for them.
      I like crafting new sensual experiences every night, mixing and blending for fun and variety. I put a different fragrance in each room of my home so as I travel around I pick up the different notes to peak my senses.  Like cooking, layering fragrance in your home can be a creative and rewarding experience.
      If you haven’t started layering fragrances yet, don’t be afraid! It can be a lot of fun and it’s hard to go wrong. Here are some tips to guide and motivate you:
      Floral fragrances blend well with other florals, citrus and woody notes. For example: Voluspa Tuberosa di NotteNEST Bamboo, and K. Hall Peony.Tip: try to only select one heady floral (like Tuberose) and the others bright clean florals unless you like a heavy/over-the-top floral scent.
      Tree fragrances blend with other trees, woody notes and citrus. For example: Thymes Frasier FirArchipelago Black Forest and Votivo Sumatra Lemongrass Tip: when you bring your tree home or set up your artificial tree, surround your home with a variety of green, tree fragrances to make you feel like you’re in a winter wonderland. It will create a lasting memory of your special day.
      Gourmand fragrances blend with vanilla and spicy notes. For example: NEST Vanilla Orchid & Almond and Trapp Exotic SpiceTip: try to stick to just one gourmand fragrance at a time as they can be dominating. Have the other fragrances support the primary gourmand scent. Keep this blend simple or you’ll feel overwhelmed by scent. 
      Amber blends well with other amber, vanilla and woody notes. For example: Voluspa Baltic AmberThymes Lotus Santal and Illume Amber DunesTip: these blends are good for romantic evenings at home or for relaxing with a good movie or book. These grounding fragrances will help you slow down and unwind. Don’t use this blend for too long or too often or you’ll never get off the couch. 
      Fruity notes blend well with other fruity notes, sugar, vanilla and amber. For example: Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry and Votivo Red Currant or Aura Cosmic (orange vanilla) and Capri Blue Volcano and Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange.Tip: don’t overdo the sugar — pick one heavy blend and the other lighter blends to balance the load.
      Citrus blends well with other citrus, florals and woody notes. For example, Archipelago LunaTrapp Lemongrass Verbena and Voluspa French Cade LavenderTip: don’t overdo it with the citrus notes or you’ll be too wound up and high above the clouds. Add in an earthy floral or woody note to help bring the fragrance down to ground level. 
      Anything with vanilla blends well with anything else with vanilla. For example: Trapp Orange VanillaVoluspa Bourbon Vanille and Aquiesse Sandalwood VanilleTip: have fun with this one! Be sure to avoid artificial vanilla fragrances when you have company over as they can be headache-inducing. (Avoid the cheap brands.) We don’t have any on our website. 
      This one is tricky, but sometimes florals blend nicely with sweet notes. For example: Voluspa Tuberosa di Notte and Voluspa Bourbon VanilleTip: use caution here, it’s easy to get nauseous on these blends. Even the most expert candlemakers tread lightly with this combination for good reason. They can be very sickening. 
      One combination you likely want to avoid is gourmand fragrances with florals. I’ve never known that to work, but other than that, it’s really hard to mess up. So go ahead and play around and create something new and uniquely you!
      What’s your favorite fragrance combination?
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      Tuesday, December 6, 2016

      Enhance Your Tree Fragrance: Best “Pine” Fragranced Candles

      Enhance Your Tree Fragrance: Best “Pine” Fragranced Candles

      Nothing feels like the Holidays like the scent of a Christmas tree. While some like that fresh, vibrant scent you get from a freshly cut fir tree, others like a more earthy scent that encompasses the crisp green needs and warm woody notes from the bark and trunk of the tree. Finding the perfect Christmas Tree can be fun and frustrating. Here’s our guide to help you find the perfect tree scent, without the frustration.

      Nest Birchwood Pine

      The aroma of a majestic winter forest is created by blending white pine, fir balsam and Birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber.

      The NEST Birchwood Pine candle is bright, beautiful and does wonders to fill your home with the aromatic scent of a freshly cut Christmas Tree. With a refined elegance in both the scent and the styling, NEST Birchwood Pine is definitely one to try if you’re looking for an energizing, true Christmas Tree scented candle. Birchwood Pine by NEST Fragrances is available in the standard size, votive, 3-wick, grande candle, diffuser and spray for all your fragrance needs. Be sure to set the diffuser by your artificial tree and spritz the tree with the Birchwood Pine spray. You’ll never miss having a real tree again.

      Thymes Frasier Fir

      Mountain fresh with the aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood. 

      Arguably the best Christmas tree scented candle out there, the Thymes Frasier Fir scent comes in a huge variety of products. This scent is wildly popular with Candles Off Main customers. Deb from Ohio calls this scent “stunning,” adding that “it has the perfect amount of sweetness and just the right amount of warm sandalwood to give it a soothing effect. Very crisp and uplifting fragrance.” Cheryl from Arizona calls this candle, “the one.” She wrote, “For years I have been searching for a real “pine” fragrance to compensate for an artificial Christmas tree. This is it! I burn this through the entire holiday season to evoke the memories of the past and create new ones for the future.”
      I imagine that this powerful scent is what the Griswold home must have smelled like when Clark attempted to bring an enormous tree home for the holidays in Christmas Vacation. If you’re an artificial tree devotee, this candle will bring the forest scent home with one little flame.

      Aquiesse Monterey Pine Cande

      Aquiesse Monterey Pine Candle is the crisp scent of hilltop Evergreen pines, earthy Canadian balsam wood and fresh thyme, evoking a misty morning journey through a coastal forest grove.

      If you want a a Christmas tree fragrance that is not overly ‘crisp’ or bright — we recommend this scent. In this fragrance, I detect soft creamy notes of vanilla blended perfectly with the crispness of balsam. I consider this a very inviting Christmas scent that will be perfect all winter long. Guests to your home will feel the comforting notes of this idyllic tree scent.

      Trapp White Fir

      The Trapp White Fir candle fills your room with the refreshing, cool sensation of a winter frost. This top-selling candle features a clean, green fragrance only a Christmas tree brings.

      This candle is not only highly fragrant but an incredible value! For a true ‘fir’ fragrance that matches the scent of any freshly cut Frasier fir tree — we recommend this beautifully packaged candle. Great gift!

      Voluspa Spruce Cuttings

      Spruce Cuttings is filled with the scent of royal Colorado blue spruce cuttings freshly snapped and trimmed for a fragrant garland.

      The signature holiday candle by Voluspa make your home festive and bright, featuring a beautiful green glass candle  that sparkles! Whether you’re gifting it to a host or hostess or yourself, each candle features a proprietary coconut wax blend with a cotton wick for a pure, clean burn. If you’re looking for a very fragrant tree candle — this scent has amazing throw!

      Votivo Christmas Sage Candle

      Freshly harvested juniper berries, tangy hemlock cones and fragrant emerald hued spruce boughs transform the rustic cabin into a light filled workshop where dreams are crafted with pride and hope fills the heart eternal with gifts that truly linger.

      The Christmas Sage candle by Votivo is one of my favorites. It’s earthy, gritty, herbal and incredibly grounding. When the holiday festivities of bubbly champagne and sweets can make you spiral out of control, this scent is perfect for bringing you back down to earth. I love this scent on cool or raining nights when I need to relax and unwind. The travel tin is great for weekend ski getaways.

      Rigaud Cypres

      The aromatic mildness of lavender, the woody and crackling notes of pine needles and the forceful fragrances of cedar wood all intermingle.

      The luxurious French line Rigaud has been around for decades. Ever since First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy introduced Rigaud to the homemakers of the US in the 1960’s, the intensely fragrant Cypres candle has been a Christmas tradition.  With its elegant and distinguished history, Rigaud Cypres is the most complex tree fragrance in this list, reflecting more of a cologne or soapy scent than true Christmas Tree. If you’re looking to make a statement, it’s easy to do with a Rigaud Cypres candle.

      riguadcypressmallcandleFrom fresh and vibrant focusing on the crisp green needles, to earthy and grounding encompassing all the essence of a forest tree, there’s a Christmas tree fragrance for everyone. We think these are the best Christmas Tree scented candles, but what we really want to know is:
      What Christmas tree scented candle is your favorite?

      Monday, March 24, 2014

      Lampe Berger - New Spring 2014 Fragrances

      A few times a year Lampe Berger launches new fragrances and lamps to continuously keep the selection fresh and inspiring.
      We love the new Lampe Berger Polygon lamp - A geometric glass lamp, both modern and elegant, dressed with glossy opaque lacquer. The lacquering is shaded downwards from the top to reveal the base of the lamp. This fragrance lamp is available in red, black and white.
      Another popular lamp for gift giving is the Lampe Berger Cube. It's simple stying and affordable price make it great for hostess gifts and housewarming gifts. The Cube lamp is available in several colors. The new Smoky color is a nice addition with its neutral color tone.

      Lampe Berger also has 3 new fragrances this spring, all with a clean, fresh theme.

      Soap Memories is a clean fragrance reminiscent of bath-time. This floral chypre has orange, peony and cotton blossoms that are enhanced with a hint of sweet almond. Lampe Berger Soap Memories has top notes of lily of the valley, clean notes and orange blossom, heart notes of peony and cotton flower and base notes of sweet almond, patchouli.

      Lampe Berger My First Fragrance is like the scent of fresh water, so gentle and tender. This scent is reminiscent of the first fragrance you smelled as a child - slightly musky and powdery and incredibly comforting. My First Fragrance has top notes of bergamot, lemon and tangerine, heart notes of rose and orange blossom and base notes of grey amber and musk.

      Lampe Berger Miss Violet  is a feminine blend of rose petals and violet powder softened with a hint of delicious vanilla and fruity raspberry. This scent is reminiscent of subtly iridescent luxury lipsticks. Miss Violet has top notes of cherry and rose, a heart note of raspberry and base notes of oris and violet powder.

      What Lampe Berger fragrance do you use most in the spring?