Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Main Event Episode 50 Vie Luxe Candles

The fragrances in the Voyage Collection by Vie Luxe were inspired from the fond memories of Marjorie Gubelmanns' favorite places.

Our favorite is Maldives - a blend of ceylon tea, heliotrope and palm leaves. It's a great summer scent and provides a great background fragrance when entertaining.

Cote D'azur is similar but more floral with white lily, water hyacinth, freesia, rose and French verbena.

Buenos Aires is a blend of jasmine, ceibo petals, ombu leaves and white pepper. If you liked the Slatkin Bamboo & Jasmine candle you will love the Vie Luxe Buenos Aires candle.

Palm Beach is similar to Buenos Aires and is a blend of night blooming jasmine, frangipani, orange blossom and ylang ylang.

All of the Vie Luxe candles are a blend of beeswax and palm wax. These 8oz candles last approximately 60 hours and are poured in nickel-finished glass.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Main Event Episode 49 Antica Farmacista Diffusers

Antica Farmacista diffusers arrived! We love these Mediterranean inspired fragrances. We brought in the demi size and a few of the petite size in stock.

The Aqua/Water diffuser has a nice, fresh, slightly citrus scent. It's is not ocean-side/salty like Anthousa's Okeanos. It's more simple, crisp and clean. A slightly soft scent. The fragrance is tinted blue which causes the white reeds to tint soft blue as well.

Magnolia, Orchid & Mimosa has a strong floral fragrance - the Magnolia is the most prominent scent. This is a very feminine, strong fragrance.

The Antica Farmacista Green Fig diffuser has a nice, woody fig scent. It's not sweet or overly green like some fig scents. This is a great unisex scent.

Pompelmo/Grapefruit smells just like when you peel a grapefruit and the zest sprays out. It's very simple, clean and vibrant. Great for a bathroom or kitchen.

The Antica Farmacista Champagne diffuser is their signature scent. This does smell like bubbly champagne and slightly citrus with a hint of sweet vanilla. A great year-round, unique fragrance.

Blades of Grass is a new fragrance for Antica Farmacista. It's a great version on grass because it isn't overly sweet. It's a great summer scent and it has a touch of citronella which could possibly keep bugs at bay.

We haven't come across an Antica Farmacista fragrance we didn't like! If there is an Antica Farmacista product or fragrance that you are interested in, but we don't have in stock yet, please let us know! We can order any Antica Farmacista product for you.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Main Event Episode 48 What's Hot Now? 5/10/09

What's Hot Now? This episode covers the best selling fragrance for the week of 5/10/09 at Candles Off Main in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland and at to give you inspiration on new fragrances to try.

1. Lampe Berger Amber Powder fragrance oil - removes odors
2. Way Out Wax Clean Air candle - removes odors
3. Trapp Fresh Cut Tuberose candle
4. Votivo Sumatra Lemongrass candle
5. Red Flower French Lavender candle

Question of the Day: What do you think will be the best-selling fragrance this week? Post your response here or on Twitter at or on our Facebook fan page at

If you have a suggestion for a show, please let us know! We're always looking for inspiration.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Main Event Episode 47 DayNa Decker Diffusers

DayNa Decker created beautiful diffusers to compliment the chandels in their Botanika Collection. The diffusers use the same hand-blown, green glass as the candle for a chic, sophisticated look. Packed with 20 rich brown reed sticks to diffuser the botanical oils, the overall look is stunning and effective. Large in scale, these diffusers will last approximately 6 months, though we guess longer than that. DayNa Decker offers diffusers in all their Botanika fragrances. We currently have Zelia, Sierra and Leila in stock, but can order and DayNa Decker Botanika fragrance if you are interested.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Main Event Episode 46 Best Sellers

We thought we'd do a show on what people love. Here's a list of the top selling candles. Most of these candles are not only our best-sellers, but the best selling candles nationwide.

Tocca Grace - a gorgeous, and very fragrant, Casablanca lily scent.

Nest Bamboo - Slatkin's are know for their jasmine. Harry Slatkin had a national best selling candle, Bamboo & Jasmine, with his Slatkin & Co Classic Collection candle line. Now Laura Slatkin is setting records with Nest Fragrances Bamboo candle. This candle is available in a single wick, votive size and 3-wick candle.

The Seda France Japanese Quince is a popular scent. It's regularly featured on the Oprah Show and it's Colin Cowie's favorite fragrance. We currently have Japanese Quince in the Pagoda candle and diffuser.

Votivo Red Currant is one of the best selling candles available on the market. Red Currant is available in incense, diffuser, hand soap, hand lotion and candle.

Santiago Huckleberry is one of the best selling fragrances by Voluspa. On-line it is our best-selling Voluspa scent, but in store Baltic Amber and Makassar Ebony & Peach do well.

Trapp Orange Vanilla is one of the most popular candles nationwide. We have Trapp Orange Vanilla in a 5oz candle, diffuser, votive candle and room spray.

Milk is the best selling scent for k. hall. The name is deceiving, it actually smells like vanilla. Think more cookies than milk. We have Milk in the 100% vegetable wax candle, diffuser, diffuser refill, bar soap, egg soap and hand lotion.

The Rigaud Cypres candle is a classic. It's been a top seller for Rigaud since it's creation over 100 years ago. We have Rigaud Cypres in the mini, demi and standard candle sizes.

Every candle line has it's stand-out fragrance. These fragrances are tops in their lines. If you're looking for a gift and you're not sure what to get, try one of these!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Main Event Episode 45 Ana Design Striped Taper Candles

Ana Designs created the first striped taper over 15 years ago. They've graced the O List and many exquisite homes across the country over the years. Frank Weeden, Founder and Creative Director, for Ana Design stopped by to visit our shop yesterday so we thought we'd feature Ana Design striped taper candles on our show today! We're hoping to tape a show at his factory in Trenton, NJ sometime this summer.

QOTD: What two colors do you think would look good in an Ana Design striped taper candle?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Main Event Episode 44 Tocca Cleopatra Eau de Parfum

Tocca drew from their most popular candle scents and added fragrance notes to create perfumes that are beautiful, feminine and quintessentially Tocca. The first four perfumes for Tocca were inspired from their Cleopatra, Florence, Stella and Touch fragrances. While the perfumes are similar to the candle scent, they are not a perfect match since the fragrances have been adapted to make a well-balanced perfume fragrance.

Perfumes are made up of three notes. The top note is the initial fragrance you notice and the first to evaporate. Tocca Cleopatra Eau de Parfum has top notes of grapefruit and lush greens. The second note is the middle or heart note which is the core of the fragrance. The Cleopatra perfume has middle notes of white jasmine and tuberose. The bottom or base note is the longest lasting portion of the scent that grounds the overall fragrance. Tocca Cleopatra parfum has a base notes of warm patchouli, golden amber and rich vanilla musk. The overall effect of this Cleopatra perfum is stunning. It's feminine but well balanced and our most requested perfume.

Tocca later launched Brigitte and will soon launch Giulietta. We will grow our Tocca perfume selection based on request, so if you have a Tocca fragrance that you would love to see in stock, please let us know!

QOTD: What is your favorite Tocca perfume or Tocca product?

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Main Event Episode 43 Beth Terry Fragrances

Beth Terry from Creative Universe sent us two samples of her perfume: Element of Desire and Vita. Beth Terry was the first to create a green tea perfume back in 1995 and it was an instant sell-out at Barney's in New York.

As a child she would watch her grandfather steep tea. As she saw the clear water change to freshly scented water, she was inspired to create tea infused perfume. She is a self-taught perfumer. She now has five fragrances in her collection including Te, Element of Surprise and her best-selling scent, Mare.