Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Main Event Episode 70 Nest Blue Garden Candle for Autism

In honor of Autism Awareness month, we'll donate 10% of all our Nest Fragrances Blue Garden candle sales in the month of April, 2010, to Autism Speaks. Autism affect 1 in 110 children and Autism Speaks is "the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families."

The Nest Fragrances Blue Garden was created to help raise money for Autism Speaks. Laura and Harry Slatkin have a child with autism, so this is a great way for them to raise money for an important cause. Proceeds of Nest Fragrances sale of the Blue Garden candle are donated to Autism Speaks.

Blue Garden has lush green notes, a dew drop accord and hyacinth top notes, forget me not, blue hydrangea and honeysuckle mid notes, and plush oak moss, sandalwood and cotton flower base notes. Blue Garden is our favorite scent by Nest Fragrances with it's fresh, clean and dewy scent, and it has been receiving rave reviews by customers. The 8.1oz. luxurious candle lasts approximately 50 hours.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Main Event Episode 69 AQUIESSE Candles

We recently received a mystery box from Aquiesse filled with a diffuser, full size candle, small candle and several travel tins, so that we could see what they are all about. Aquiesse has been around since 2005 and is steadily growing in popularity. Their soy wax candles are some of the nicest burning candles we've ever seen. They burn with a nice, tight, steady flame without any maintenance needed. Aquiesse has 18 sophisticated fragrances and a wide variety including clean scents as well as more sultry fragrances. We loved their Rioja scent - a very clean take on currant with orange zest, grapefruit, and cassis. They also do a very nice job with sandalwood transforming it into a warm, mellow scent with a lot of character. The large Aquiesse candle lasts an amazing 100 hours and retails for $36. The small candle lasts 45 hours and retails for $20.

We especially love the super chunky, smokey glass containers for the candles and diffuser. The packaging for the Aquiesse candles is luxurious, sturdy and functional. The glass container for the large candle would work well as a pen holder or as a pot for a beautiful orchid after the candle is finished. The sturdy, cloth covered box for the large candle is also reusable with a button pull top. The large candle comes with a lid that can be used as a candle plate when in use and cover when not in use to keep dust out.

The diffuser also comes in chunky, smokey glass and includes a glass top with rubber stopper to seal the diffuser when not in use or to use when the diffuser is done. It's a challenge to create a diffuser with the same scent as the candle, but Aquiesse mastered that beautifully. The Rioja diffuser scent is beautiful and fresh and provided a clean scent. Aquiesse diffusers last 6-12 months and retail for $50. Refills are available. The cloth-covered box for the diffuser is also reusable with a button pull-top lid and would make a great storage box for cards or other sentimental items.

All-in-all we were very impressed with Aquiesse. They combine attractive packaging and quality ingredients to create products that perform in top form. We'd love to hear from you. Have you ever tried Aquiesse? What do you think of their products? Do you enjoy luxurious, reusable packaging or do you favor something more eco-friendly? Let us know what you think and you may win a free Aquiesse travel tin candle!