Friday, April 24, 2009

The Main Event Episode 42 Nest Candles

Nest Fragrances recently launched new votive candles in 10 fragrances. We have Bamboo (jasmine) votive candles, Nest Orange Blossom votive candle and the Grapefruit scented votive candles in stock.

The 2.4oz scented votive candles last approximately 20 hours and are poured in frosted glass, straight-sided containers with the word NEST and random N's printed around the side. These votive candles are perfect small gifts and are also a great way to try new fragrances. Nest Fragrances are highly scented candles and they burn beautifully.

Laura Slatkin's Holiday candle was our best-selling Holiday candle in 2008 - the first year they launched. Nest Fragrances was just nominated for two Fifi Awards (the fragrance equivalent of the Oscars). Nest was nominated for Best Interior Scent for both the Everyday Collection and the Holiday Collection.

We are currently offering a free gift with purchase promotion. When you purchase at least $60 worth of Nest Fragrances candles you'll receive a free Nest votive candle. Offer valid while supplies last. Fragrances vary.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Main Event Episode 41 Beau Bain

Beau Bain sent us some gorgeous bath and body products to review. They make beautiful bath bombs, body creme, sugar scrubs and salt scrubs. They select ingredients that not only smell fantastic (and they do!), but that are also beneficial to your skin. Their bath bombs include oils, vitamins, clay, dead sea salts and other ingredients to leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. The quality of the products and the packaging is excellent. The lotion is very creamy and moisturizing and the fragrance is VERY long lasting. It's a very silky, soft moisturizer - not too thick, heavy or overdone. Sometimes body creams are too overwhelming for me, but this one seems like it would be like slipping into a silk robe after a nice bath. It would make tan arms or legs look stunning.

We had a chance to try the bath bombs after the show, and quite honestly, they are absolutely amazing! Beau Bain's Coconut Lemongrass fragrance is one of my favorites in our entire store. I can't get enough of it. Soak in the tub with one of these Beau Bain Bath Bombs and you body will thank you. Skin is perfectly moisturized. Body is perfectly balanced. Feel relaxed and revived. Our only warning, these are extremely addicting! Be sure to buy more than one. Many, many more...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Main Event Episode 40 Water & Ocean Candles

Since there are so many water and ocean scents to choose from we thought it would be fun to do a show comparing all the options. Some of the scents are more floral and some are more "salty". Some smell like tap water and others more like linen. Watch the video and see what you like! We didn't select any diffusers or Lampe Berger fragrance oils for this show that have an ocean scent but we do have a few in stock.

Here's what we took a look at:
Red Flower Ocean: red mangrove, bay lavender, beach morning glory and bay laurel leaf. This candle actually smells like Noxima. It comes across as more of a eucalyptus/spa-like scent than ocean. It's a beautiful and refreshing scent, but the least like the actual ocean. Vegetable wax. Large: 45-50 hours $34. Small: 15 hours $12.

Anthousa Okeanos: sea grass, cactus water, lime leaves, green clover blend and ozonic sea notes. The Anthousa Okeanos candle smells much more salty than the diffuser. It smells a lot like the ocean. Soft and delicate with a pale blue wax in a beautiful, seaglass-like, hand-cut tumbler. Vegetable wax. 40 hours $38

Voluspa Del Mar: crisp kelp and sweet ocean air. This candle smells a lot like the ocean and the reusable, apothecary jar is nice. This is a favorite ocean scent in the shop by most of our customers. Food & cosmetic grade paraffin wax. 40 hours $19

Archipelago Botanicals Pacifica: ylang-ylang, cedar and sea greens. This is a nice, soft ocean scent. Slightly floral. Soy wax. 60 hours $25

Paddywax Mediterranean Rosemary & Citrus: rosemary, grapefruit, amber. This is a very soft, summer-like scent. Not extremely ocean, but does smell like water and the beach. This is a great "background" scent - it will not overwhelm a room. Soy wax. 50 hours $17

Jonathan Adler Shelter Island Ocean: ocean notes of sea moss, sand grains, sage, fir balsam. This is one of the candles that smells the most like the ocean and it's one of our best-selling ocean scents. Fine grade paraffin wax. 50 hours $38

Votivo White Ocean Sands: This is a new fragrance for Votivo. It's a very ocean/beachy scent. Slightly subtle when cold but Votivo tends to be highly fragrant. Paraffin wax. 50 hours $25

Votivo Mountain Springwater: This is a water scent that leans towards linen and slightly floral. It's a fresh clean scent. Paraffin wax. 50 hours $25

Trapp Water: fresh aquatic notes. This candle smells like tap water. If you're looking for a pure, just water scent, this is it. Paraffin wax. 40 hours $17

Trapp Ocean Marine: oceanic, aquatic notes, cassis. This fragrance has a lot more character than the Trapp water scent, but it's not quite ocean. It's more floral and "perfumy" than salty or beachy. Paraffin wax. 40 hours $17

All prices as of April 2009 and subject to change.

What's your favorite lake or ocean-side spot?

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Main Event Episode 39 DayNa Decker Viva Chandel

Viva is the newest fragrance by DayNa Decker. It's a blend of bergamot, lemon flower, carnation, rose, amber and sandalwood but it smells like a bouquet of Stargazer Lilies. It is very similar to the Tocca Grace candle that has a Casablanca Lily fragrance.

The 3oz chandel lasts approximately 25 hours while the 6oz DayNa Decker Viva candle lasts approximately 45 hours. All DayNa Decker candles are made with a wide wood wick that gives a hissing/crackling sound effect while burning to simulate a fireside ambiance.

All DayNa Decker secondary packaging is 80% post consumer waste and Sustainable Forestry Initiative approved. The candles are poured in hand-blown recyclable green glass. The Ecowood wick is made from organic, sustainable wood via a natural manufacturing process. DayNa Decker chandels are made with 10-15% pure essential oils and complex fragrance notes to highlight the base, middle and top notes of each scent.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Main Event Episode 38 Anthousa Okeanos

This limited edition Anthousa Okeanos reed diffuser is fantastic for summer! It's a blend of sea grass, cactus water, lime leaves, green clover blend and ozonic sea notes. The overall effect is a nice water/ocean scent but not too salty. We pick up a hint of a cucumber/melon note - perhaps that's the cactus water.

The Anthousa Okeanos candle is hand-poured in a hand-carved glass container that is reminiscent of sea glass. No two are alike. Anthousa candles are made with vegetable wax and this candle lasts approximately 40 hours.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Main Event Episode 37 Free Gift with Purchase

1 for Mom, 1 for You! Buy a gift for Mother's Day and received a gift for yourself!

When you purchase at least $60 in Voluspa products, you'll receive a free Voluspa votive candle.

Purchase a Le Cherche Midi candle and receive a free Le Cherche Midi travel tin.

When you buy a Linnea's Lights candle you'll receive a free 2oz Linnea's Lights travel tin.

Purchase an Anthousa diffuser and receive a free Anthousa votive candle.

When you buy at least $60 in red flower products, you'll receive a red flower italian blood orange soap.

Purchase at least $60 in Nest Fragrances and receive a free Nest votive candle.

Offer valid while supplies last. Limited quantities available so don't delay.

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Candles Off Main!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Main Event Episode 36 Voluspa Dahlia Orange Bloom

Dahlia Orange Bloom is one of the 4 new fragrances in the Voluspa Spring/Summer Seasons Collection. Dahlia Orange Bloom is a blend of clementine, Mexican neroli orange blossom, organic lemon peel from California and patchouli from Indonesia. The fragrance is very earthy/incense-y - not floral or citrus-y.

Voluspa's Dahlia Orange Blossom is available in many different shapes and sizes. The 10oz candlepot lasts 85 hours. The 5oz jar candle lasts 45 hours. The most popular size is the 3-wick tin that lasts 80 hours. The diffuser provides a constant fragrance for approximately 6 months.

QOTD: Do you have a fruit tree in your yard?

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Main Event Episode 35 Voluspa James Boyce Collection

Voluspa just launched a new collection in collaboration with 5-star restaurateur, James Boyce. These six amazing kitchen-inspired fragrances use unique natural and organic ingredients to both compliment the food in your kitchen and to remove cooking odors. The collection won "Best in Show" in Extracts at the NY International Gift Fair in January 2009. Each hand poured candle is made with organic apricot wax pioneered by Voluspa.

The first four fragrances were designed to remove cooking odors:

California Citrus is a delicate blend of satsuma tangerine and meyer lemon. This candle has a nice, fresh scent that is reminiscent but not quite as sweet as their Italian Tangelo candle.

Chef's Special is a delicate blend of heirloom tomato, celery and fennel bulb. This fragrance smells like a delicate vegetable garden - very fresh, light and clean.

Herb Garden is a delicate blend of black chanterelle and cardamon flower. This scent is like a soft, herb garden. Not heavy or spicy.

Spice Market is a delicate blend of cassia, ginger and ground clove. This is candle is a nice spice blend. This fragrance is a more delicate spice blend than their Clove Pommander that has a strong clove bite to it.

The following two fragrances are meant to be paired with food as wine:

Vintage is a delicate blend of brut champagne, almonds and oak. This scent smells like bubbly champagne that was made in an oak barrel. The combination is fantastic and it has been a huge hit. This scent was my favorite new fragrance at the NY Gift Fair in January 2009.

Sommelier is a delicate blend of ruby port, mission fig and star anise. This scent has the subtle hint of a mulled wine fragrance, but is slightly stronger in spice than wine.

The James Boyce Collection by Voluspa won "Best in Show" in Extracts at the NY International Gift Fair in January 2009. Each candle is housed is a beautiful glass jar and packaged in a wooden box reminiscent of a wine cask.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Main Event Episode 34 Anthousa Bougainvillea

Anthousa recently brought their Bougainvillea 1768 fragrance into the core collection and relaunched the diffuser with a candle. The Bougainvillea fragrance is a blend of bougainvillea honeysuckle, lotus blossom, gardenia and jasmine. It's a nice, fresh floral blend.

Anthousa's diffusers last approximately 6-9 months. Anthousa reformulated their fragrances so that it is not necessary to flip the reeds to freshen the scent. However, if you do find the fragrances to be too soft, simply flip a few of the reeds every few days or all the reeds everyday. The oil eventually evaporates over time and will evaporate quicker based on how many reeds you flip and how often you flip them.

Anthousa's candles are made with 100% vegetable wax and they burn beautifully in exclusive, frosted Italian tumblers. When the candle is finished, the glass washes out easily with soap and water and can be reused as a bud vase or votive holder.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Main Event Episode 33 Beth's Boutique Candle

In this episode we open a mystery box sent to us from Beth's Boutique Candle. She sent 4 candles for us to review. The packaging is creative and nice quality and the candle burned beautifully in the shop. The scents she sent include Bamboo Garden, Aloha, Blueberry Muffin and Lemon Pound Cake.

Her candles can be found at She is also on Etsy at and you can follow her on Twitter at @boutiquecandle.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Main Event Episode 32 What We Love Now

With summer weather on the way, we're anxious for spring and summertime scents. In this episode we discuss the fragrances that are fantastic for early spring. Here are the scents we love now:

The Le Cherche Midi 01 candle is a beautiful scent that has notes of lemon, bergamot, lavender and night blooming jasmine. The combination reminds us of cologne. The scent is gorgeous cold and while burning. Le Cherche Midi is the most luxurious candle in the bunch.

The Soleil candle is a brand new fragrance for the Seasons Collection by Voluspa and it's already been a huge hit. Soleil blends pineapple, coconut, organic tangerine and vanilla. Soleil is available in a 10oz candlepot, 5oz jar, 3-wick tin and diffuser.

DayNa Decker's Leila candle is a great scent for spring and summer and it's our best-selling DayNa Decker chandel. This is another fresh, citrus scent that is grounded with light musk. If you haven't tried a DayNa Decker Botanika candle, we highly recommend it! Leila is available in 60z and 3oz sizes.

Nest candles provide a burst of fragrance to waken any stale, pent-up home. We love this Grapefruit fragrance for spring. It's balance between zesty and floral and it's very strong.

The Anthousa de Gournay Jardinieres & Citrus Trees Diffuser is a limited addition fragrance from Anthousa that just arrived! We love this scent. Think citrus, but more in a fresh way than zesty. It's also well grounded with woodsy undertones. This scent is perfect for spring in summer and would work well in a foyer, kitchen, powder room or to make your guest room a special place to stay.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Main Event Episode 31 Red Flower Hammam

Hammam is a bath and body line by red flower. Hammam is a great collection for detoxification. There are 6 steps in the Hammam ritual for bathing.

The first step is the Moroccan Mint Tea Silt Purifier. This cleansing wash is used to deeply purify and detoxify the skin. I enjoyed the soft fragrance and the silky feel of the wash.

After that step, the Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub is used to exfoliate and tone. I loved the invigoration scent of coffee and they way the scrub worked to exfoliate without being scratchy or drying. This scrub helps redistribute fat cells and decreases the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasoconstrictor to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Given those two advantages, this scrub is a huge hit in the summer to make your legs look great in dresses!

After exfoliating, the Rose Jasmine Rhassoul Clay works as a body polish to detoxify, tone and balance. I love that red flower creates body polishes within their lines to take exfoliation to the next level. My skin has never felt so soft, clean and moisturized as it did after this treatment.

The 4th step is the Orange Quince Steam Room Mist. Although it is called a room mist, it's actually for spraying all over your body to replenish, cool and awaken the skin. It works to stimulate blood flow and circulation to help remove impurities,tighten pores, brighten and rehydrate the skin. This is a pampering spray to beat the wintertime blues or a refreshing spray in the hot summer months.

After the spray, Cardamom Amber Oil is used to warm the body. While it looks heavy and greasy, it absorbs into the skin quickly and feels very light and moisturizing. This has a heavier scent, reminiscent of college days and patchouli. Many people where this as a body fragrance.

Finally, the Tangerine Fig Butter Creme is the ultimate indulgence. The creme is so thick and rich and very earthy in smell. It covers your body in a protective layer of moisture to replenish dry winter skin or revive sun-dried summertime skin. This is a great way to end the treatment.

Overall, the fragrances blend well as they are layered one on top of the other. None of the fragrances were overwhelming, but were all clearly fragrant. Some were more earthy than my preference but all enjoyable and perfect if you prefer more incensy/heavy scents. After this treatment my skin felt more healthy, smooth and soft that I can ever remember!

I also tried the Neroli Cypress High Atlas Bath Soak which can be used on occasion for deeper detoxification. I enjoyed the blend of dead sea salts, clay and essential oils and felt refreshed and relaxed afterwards. I also noticed that this bath didn't dry out my skin like some bubble-baths do.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Main Event Episode 30 Clean Air Candle

The Clean Air candle by Way Out Wax is the only candle we have that actually removes odors. This candle doesn't add a fragrance, but it does do a great job at absorbing and removing odors such as cooking odors, pet odors, cigar and cigarette odors and more. Clean Air candles are made with 100% soy wax, hemp seed oil and pure essential and botanical oils guaranteed to neutralize offending odors, not just mask them.