Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thymes Kimono Rose

"A sheer, sensuous floral heightened with effervescent clementine and voluptuous cassis on a creamy bed of satiny rose, peony and jasmine petals finished with a kiss of vanilla. Thymes Kimono Rose is a modern reflection of who you are, and who you want to be…all wrapped up in one truly lovely fragrance."

Thymes Kimono Rose CandleI really enjoy the Thymes Kimono Rose fragrance. I don't tend to like florals, but this one is fun and flirty. I like the blend of fruit and floral sweetened with a hint of vanilla. The rose blends nicely with peony and the jasmine accents the two well. It's a good balance between the fruit and the floral - neither dominate but rather play nicely together.

Thymes Kimono Rose Rollerball Perfume
The Thymes Kimono Rollerball Perfume is a lot of fun. My little daughter loves it and it smells amazing on her. A perfect, youthful fragrance for her or any woman that wants something uplifting.

Thymes Kimono Rose Body CremeThymes Kimono Rose body creme is wonderful. Very emollient without being greasy. I love the Kimono Rose soap set - 2 adorable round soaps in a box that is ready for gift-giving. Thymes has a way with packaging!

Don't get me wrong, as flirty and playful as the scent is, the fragrance is strong. You will definitely smell the lotion, perfume and candle. Thymes Kimono Rose Bar Soap Gift Set Candle fragrance intensity 4/5. Burn quality 4/5.

Enjoy Thymes Kimono Rose anytime you need to smile!

Meet The Maker - Stephanie Shopa of Thymes

We recently met with Stephanie Shopa, President and Co-Founder of Thymes. Stephanie started Thymes with her best friend when they were both in their 30's. As the company grew, her partner moved on and Stephanie continued to grow the business. Thymes now features candles, body lotion, perfume, hand soap and lotion, diffusers, bar soap, room sprays and more.

Congratulations to Jasmine Parks of Ca. You won a Thymes candle for the question you submitted for our Meet The Maker series.

This is the best article on the history of Thymes:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thymes Moonflower

The Moonflower candle by Thymes is a very comforting, soothing scent. It's a blend of cinnamon, clove and sugared quince with fresh myrtle leaves, rich mahogany, dark amber and smooth cognac. The amber and sugared quince come across the strongest, while the spices offer a soft background. Quince is typically very tart and piquant, as in Seda Japanese Quince and Voluspa White Currant Quince. The sugared quince in the Thymes Moonflower candle is definitely more sugar than quince though, for me, adding a sweetness fragrance. The amber calming and youthful. Also adding to the sweetness is the mahogany. It reminds me more of the sweet Nest Mahogany candle than a true woody scent. The overall effect is a very sensual fragrance that can be appreciated as a home fragrance as well as a personal fragrance.

I love the how the lotion and rollerball perfume have a hint of glitter to add shimmer. A fun surprise to a casual fragrance. Nothing like a little glimmer and sexy scent to make for an entertaining evening. This fragrance works well on a cool, rainy night to warm your soul. It's also perfect for fall or anytime you are looking for a cozy atmosphere or a romantic evening. Enjoy!
Fragrance intensity: 4/5. Burn quality: 4/5.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Best of Thymes Giveaway

Best of Thymes Giveaway
This week we're giving away Thymes gift basket valued at over $100!

Thymes strives to create products that stand apart in their uncompromising quality and attention to detail. From the way they make your skin feel, to how they restore and brighten your outlook, to the way they look on your counter or dressing table. Thymes creates expressive, evocative scents that convey style, personality and feeling with beautifully designed packaging.

Below are the various ways you can earn raffle entries. Raffle entries end Sunday, October 3rd.
  • Stop in the store and smell all the Thymes candles and tell us which one you like best for 1 raffle entry.

  • Join our Facebook Page. Post your favorite Thymes fragrance or a Thymes fragrance you'd like to try on our wall for 1 raffle entry.

  • Follow us on Twitter. Post this tweet "@CandlesOffMain I'm here for the Best of Thymes" for 1 raffle entry.

  • On Wednesday, 10/1, we'll post a video on our YouTube channel. Answer the question in the video for 1 raffle entry. Only 1 post per person. You must be a subscriber of our YouTube channel.

  • Earn 1 raffle entry for every purchase over $100 in-store or on-line between 9/28 and 10/3.

  • Post a review for any Thymes product on our website for 1 raffle entry.

  • Join us for our Best of Thymes in-store party on Saturday, October 2nd from 11am-2pm for 2 raffle entries.
We'll announce the winner on Monday, October 4th. Good luck!
We will ship the prize package to any continental US address.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lafco Family Room Cortland Apple Candle

Lafco Family Room Cortland Apple candle

It's sticky hot outside and I am ready and anxious for Fall weather. The Lafco Family Room Cortland Apple candle just arrived and is my cure to escape this unseasonably hot weather. The description reads "A bright and dazzling scent, like a bite from a perfectly ripe apple just picked from the tree on a crisp autumn day." It does not disappoint. The description is exactly as it smells. Fresh and crisp like a perfectly tart and juicy apple. I like that they kept the scent simple and didn't add spices to turn it into apple pie or anything gourmand. Instead the created the pure essence of the fruit in a glorious candle. A beautiful respite from this heat to help me feel like it's Fall. All I need now is some hot apple cider.

Lafco candles are made with clean burning soy-based wax and 100% natural cotton wick. The Cortland Apple candle is poured in an over-sized, hand blown, brilliant red, art glass vessel (approx 4” x 4”) that will become a keepsake for generations to come. The red glass is stunning as the candle burns.

Fragrance intensity 4/5. Burn quality 4/5.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

MOR Hibiscus Bloom Candle

MOR Hibiscus Bloom
I really enjoy the Hibiscus Bloom candle by MOR. The name scared me a bit. I was afraid it was going to be too floral for me. It's actually a fruity-floral blending of pink jasmine, sweet pea and soft plumeria with the crisp notes of juicy grapefruit, honeyed apricot blossom and a touch of warm musk.

Most of the MOR fragrances are feminine, and this is no exception. It's a very youthful floral, probably coming from the sweet pea and plumeria. Sweet pea and plumeria are such a fun, fresh scents and are lovely in a candle. I like the way they used jasmine in this blend. Jasmine is my least favorite scent, but a very popular and commonly used fragrance. Most jasmine candles I can't smell because they give me an instant and lasting headache. Jasmine, however, can work really well to turn up the volume in a fragrance and give it a nice punch. That is exactly how it is executed here. It makes everything else in the fragrance more brilliant without dominating the candle.

I can pick up the grapefruit to lighten the scent and I am especially excited about the apricot to add a hint of sweetness. I love the touch of musk to soften and add warmth. It really rounds out the floral and fruity notes.

I definitely recommend this fragrance if you like a slightly sweet floral. It's very enjoyable and playful. It's also a versatile scent, easily adaptable to any environment. As with all the MOR candles, the packaging is exquisite. MOR candles burn beautifully, easily and level without tunneling.

Fragrance intensity 3/5. Burn quality 4/5.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MOR Italian Blood Orange Candle

Our old description of MOR Italian Blood Orange lists notes of orange, apple, peach, pineapple and pear and Italian Blood Orange. MOR's most recent description lists ruby red Italian blood oranges infused with soft summer floral notes of jasmine, rose and Lily of the Valley. I definitely have to say the first description is far more accurate. I am overwhelmed with sweet fruit explosion. A little of the rose comes through for me, but again, more of a sweet rose than spicy. I can't pick up the jasmine or Lily of the Valley much. I definitely wouldn't describe the candle as floral or even as having strong floral tone.

Italian Blood Orange is one of my favorite scents. It's fresh and juicy but not zesty or floral. Just perfectly refreshing. The MOR Italian Blood Orange candle started out fresh and juicy but grew into an overwhelming fruit bowl for me after a few hours. The pineapple, peach, pear and apple started to dominate and the whole thing got too sweet for me. If you like sweet-fruity candle - this is for you! If you like Volcano No. 6 you would probably love this fragrance. The candle was very fragrant and burned beautifully - very easy, clean and level across the top. The top re-solidified smooth and the whole candle looks stunning from start to finish.

Fragrance intensity 4.5/5 Burn quality 4.5/5

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MOR Black Cherry Plum

MOR Black Cherry Plum CandleMost of the MOR fragrances are very clean, floral or fresh. Feminine and delicate. The Black Cherry Plum fragrance, however, really jumps out at me. It's distinct, bold and unwavering. I love the balance of tart red currant and musky blonde woods. My only confusion is the plum. The name includes plum and the fragrance description lists plum red currant. Do they mean plum and red currant? Or plum red currant berries, as in ripe or plump? I don't really smell plum. Perhaps it's in there but it such a subtle scent it gets lost by the pungent red currant. Nonetheless, I love it! The cherries play happily with the red currant for a fun and lively blend.

Red currant is always a winner. Just ask Votivo. Many a candle line have tried to duplicate their fragrance victory. MOR, however, is no copy-cat. I like that. This Black Currant Plum, while very red currant, is unique and distinguished. I like how they added the musky wood notes to ground the piquant currant notes. I can detect a little tangerine to add a touch of sweetness. The overall effect is a fun, vibrant, sweet fruity scent that is delicious and slightly curious.

This MOR candle burned beautifully and I'm always a sucker for sexy black wax. I like the way the vessel is translucent and the 24 karat gold logo adds a little bling.

Fragrance intensity 2.5/5 Burn quality 4/5

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rigaud Jardin d'Orient Candle

It's funny that such an elegant candle line, like Rigaud, actually has very dirty, gritty, earthy fragrances. The Rigaud Jardin d'Orient candle is a prime example.

"Like a window opened onto imaginary oriental gardens, I bring the light and fragrances of magical, scented nature. Woodsy base notes, the subtleness of patchouli, disconcerting and penetrating harmony of honey and musk. Magic is my territory."

Rigaud Jardin d'Orient
Jardin d'Orient comes across as an almost equal blend of musk, honey, deep woods and patchouli, with patchouli being the softest of the four. The overall effect is a very dusty, musty fragrance. The honey sweetens and softens the scent. It also works well to tie all the fragrances together harmoniously. I picture the inside of an ancient English stone castle rich with ornate wood on the inside. This candle would be perfect if you life in a high-rise in the city and you crave the scent of the earth or a fragrance to break the stale, sterile environment of a clean slate condo.

If I were to give this candle a...
  • Month: April, when the ground is thawing and oozing its earthy aroma
  • Celebrity: Joaquin Phoenix as he is now in real life. Ruff/gruff looking.
  • Color: deep, dark brown like mud or espresso
  • Element (fire, water, air, earth, metal): Earth
  • Sex: Male
  • Wax feel: silk
  • Fragrance age: 56 (Not the age of the consumer. If the fragrance had an age.)
We tried hard to come up with a name. An English, male, older and refined name but not staunch. Couldn't come up with anything perfect. Maybe Everett or Quentin??

The color of the wax is a stunning, deep burgundy and the candle burns beautifully and re-solidifies just as gorgeous as it is when first revealed.

Fragrance intensity 4/5. Burn quality: 5/5.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rigaud Bois Precieux Candle

"Warm, welcoming, I take you serenely o a world buzzing with images. Memories of Asia, wooden houses in the heart of the ancient city, hot, spinning spices. My unique woody harmony of patchouli and teak brings a refined exotic touch to your home."

The first thing I'm struck with in the cold scent of the Rigaud Bois Precieux candle is teak. It reminds me of the Votivo Teak candle that I love so much. While Votivo Teak brought me down into the hull of a luxurious sail boat with a sexy man, the Rigaud Bois Precieux candle is more exotic than that. The rich spices and patchouli bring images of ornate, dark wood. Very detailed and highly complex. When burning, the spices swell and infuse the room. The wood and earthy patchouli keep everything grounded and natural.

Rigaud candles burn beautifully and easily, liquefying quickly across the top. They leave very little residue on the glass and when the wax re-solidifies it looks as pretty as it does when first opened. We've never seen any other candle burn quite like it. If you can afford the indulgence, be sure to give Rigaud candles a try. They are pricey but incredibly impressive.

Fragrance intensity: 4/5 Burn quality: 5/5

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rigaud Candles

Riguad was the first luxury candle ever created. Rigaud candles began in the 1850's when the Rigaud family started a perfumery. They gathered rare plant essences from around the world to create unique, exquisite perfumes. In the 1960's, Madame Rigaud had the Cypres candle created for her to burn in her fashion boutique on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Customers raved over the fragrance and the Riguad candle line was born.

President Charles de Gaulle gave the Rigaud Cypres candle to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She loved the candle so much she had the line brought over to the states and the rooms of the White House were filled with Rigaud candles while the Kennedy's were in office.

Cypres is the original Rigaud candle fragrance and is still their most popular fragrance. It a blend of pine and cedar with a hint of lavender. Rigaud candles are available in a demi, standard and mini sizes with a silver top. A Rigaud recharge, or refill, candle is the standard size without the silver top.

A Cabin in the Woods - Rigaud Cuir de Kyara

This week we're celebrating all the fall fragrances by Rigaud, starting with Cuir de Kyara. At first it reminds me of Belle Fleur Kyara Clove as they both use agarwood and cloves for a smokey, cozy fragrance. The similarity quickly ends there. The Belle Fleur Kyara Clove candle leans towards a more polished fragrance bringing in exotic wood notes and vintage leather. It brings me to an over-sized, worn leather chair inside an elegant study surrounded by rich wood paneling and shelves brimming with books.

Surprizingly, the Rigaud Cuir de Kyara fragrance takes a far more down and "dirty" approach. It's an intensely smoky fragrance. It brings me to a rustic cabin in the woods. Dawn is breaking and everything is completely still and quiet. Burning embers have been simmering in the fire throughout the night creating a very smokey, ashy scent in the air. The exposed beams, rafters and worn floors infuse the air with the aroma of raw, aged wood. I fix a warm drink spiced with cloves and the heat warms me inside. I stand by the fireplace and listen to it's rustling noise as the ashes continue to burn and settle. I remember the roaring fire from the night before and many other times before that. I am filled with memories of laughter and shared stories. The cabin floors are worn from generations of enjoyment. A floor board creaks. Someone is awake. The day begins and more memories are formed in the rustic cabin in the woods.

Burn quality 5/5. Fragrance intensity 3/5.

Rigaud Giveaway Week

This week we're giving away 3 Rigaud candles!

Rigaud is the original luxury candle created back in the 1950's in Paris, France. Each candle is hand-poured and inspected to insure a premium quality product. When burning, the wax liquefies rapidly, with a quick and mighty diffusion of the fragrance. Rigaud candles burn evenly, without leaving any deposit on the glass.

Below are the various ways you can win a luxurious Rigaud candle:

  • Stop by the store and smell all the Rigaud fragrances. Tell us which scent is your favorite for 1 raffle entry.

  • Post a review for any Rigaud candle on our website for 1 raffle entry.

  • Earn 1 raffle entry for every on-line or in-store purchase of $80 or more from Wed, 9/15 - Sat, 9/18.

  • Join our Facebook Page. Check our Facebook page on Saturday to see if you won.

We'll select the random Facebook winner on Saturday, September 18th.
We'll draw 2 random winners for the raffle drawing on Sunday, September 19th.
Good luck!

We will ship the prize packages to any continental US address.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Taking It To The Streets - Nest Pumpkin Chai

We love the Nest Pumpkin Chai candle. The way the chai spices make it different from your ordinary Pumpkin Pie candle... the scent of warm, baked pumpkin instead of fresh, fleshy pumpkin... the orange wax... the stunning packaging.

I don't think there is anything we don't like about the candle, but we wanted to know what you think, so we went to the streets of historic Annapolis, Maryland to see what you had to say.

Thanks to everyone that participated in our video including the following Annapolis boutiques:
Jen at Hats in the Belfry
Fern at Lilac Bijoux

Nest Wasabi Pear Candle

Wasabi Pear by Nest Fragrances was another fragrance that I was a little scared to try. I was afraid the wasabi would too spicy for me. I was so pleasantly surprised when I tried it. It's lovely! We had been trying all the Fall fragrances by Nest such as Moroccan Amber, Wild Oats & Bourbon and Mahogany. While those fragrances are all perfect for fall, very comforting and cozy, I craved something lighter after all those heavy scents.

Wasabi Pear was my reprieve. It's such a fresh scent and actually perfect for fall. It reminds me a lot of Macintosh apple. A fruit that is slightly tart and not too sweet. The wasabi adds just enough kick to keep the pear from getting to be too much. The ozonic watery notes also help dilute the pear to make it more fresh and light. The result is a beautiful fragrances that adds beauty and comfort in an elegant way.

Honey, This Is One Sweet Fig

I’ll admit I was very hesitant to try the Nest Black Fig & Honey candle. Honey is not my thing and I had a bad experience once with a honey candle being so accurate it filled the store with bees. The cold scent throw comes across very strong as honey so I was curious to see how the scent would evolve when burning.

I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The honey fragrance was strong but not domineering. I’d still like more of the fig to come through, though. The fig that does come across is lovely. Not too fruity or too earthy and it blends effortlessly with the honey. Even though the honey is so sweet, I actually like the way the hint of vanilla softens it and warms the fragrance. The cognac brings everything together in the most elegant way and balances the sweetness. (I wouldn't mind more cognac too!) The fragrance is growing on me. Thumbs up for an intriguing blend.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Nest Fragrances - Overview

Nest Fragrances has 11 fragrances in their Everyday Collection and 2 special edition candles, Blue Garden and Pumpkin Chai. In this video, we categorized the fragrances by type of scent.

Clean fragrances:
Blue Garden - a watery floral. Perfect for any day or for gift giving.
Moss & Mint - a very clean scent. The moss in this candle is soft and the mint makes it fresh.

Floral Fragrances:
Bamboo - this is also a clean candle with green accords and bamboo but jasmine as well. This fragrance is very similar to the Slatkin & Co Bamboo & Jasmine candle.
Pink Jasmine - very strong in jasmine. The Slatkins do the best job with jasmine.
Periwinckle Hyacinth - a fun, lively floral. A great fragrance for spring/early summer.
Orange Blossom - I put this in the floral category because orange blossom is very floral and similar in scent to tuberose in this candle

Fruity Fragrances:
Grapefruit - this is their most zesty candle, but it also has a strong floral accord with Lily of the Valley and a sweetness to it.
Black Fig & Honey - Honey beware, this candle is very strong in honey and a hint of vanilla adds to the sweetness. This fragrance is definitely more honey than fig.
Wasabi Pear - this is a great pear fragrance, watered down with ozonic notes to keep it from getting too intense and a kick of wasabi to offset the sweetness of pear. The result is a nice, fresh pear.

Fall Fragrances:
Mahogany - a sweet blend of caramel praline, sandalwood and patchouli. This candle is more sweet than woody, but the blend is very sexy and sultry to soften the crisp air of fall and winter.
Wild Oats & Bourbon - a rich blend of hearty oats, boubon and a nice hint of ginger to keep it from getting too sweet. This scent is so chewy you can almost eat it. Very comforting for fall.
Moroccan Amber - this is one of the most fragrant candles we have ever burned. The amber mellows the intense spices in this blend. Perfect for a cold night.
Pumpkin Chai - The addition of the chai spices adds a very sophisticated accent making it less American and more ethnic. I like that twist. Very comforatble and cozy.

Holiday - this is the quintisential holiday fragrance blending mandarine orange, cinnamon, pine and eucalyptus. It doesn't get better than this. A must try scent.

Nest Fragrances candles are highly fragrant and most fragrances are available in a votive and 3-wick version.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Nest Mahogany Candle

The Nest Mahogany candle is rich, sensual and delectable. Creamy caramel swirls around me. The spice from the star anise balances the sweetness. I want more from the earthy sandalwood and patchouli to help ground me as I float away, lost in the dreamy scent. I love wood fragrances so much that the name Mahogany is my only let down. I expect more woody accents. Instead of Mahogany wood, this or more like a Maple Tree - sweet and syrupy.

The darkness comes across like tea that has been steeped far too long with more tea bags than the water can manage. The brew grows cold and black to the point where you can't see through it. Throw in 2 star anise for spice and stir in some creamy caramel syrup to balance the bitterness from the tea and you have Nest Mahogany. Rich, dark, sweet, sensual. A sexy scent for fall to warm up a cold night and provide comfort from the brisk air.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How to Switch Fragrances in your Lampe Berger Lamp

Lampe Berger is a wonderful product for removing odors while fragrancing the air. There are over 40 Lampe Berger fragrances available so you can select just the right scent for your environment. While it's wonderful to be able to use so many different scents with one lamp, switching fragrances can be tricky. Here are some options on how to change Lampe Berger fragrance oils gracefully:
  1. Use Neutral between fragrances to remove the previous fragrance before adding the next. Neutral helps to unclog your wick/burner so using Neutral between scents is also good practice. Neutral can also be blended with any fragrance to make it more subtle. You can use any ratio of Neutral to fragrance to get the right concentration for you.
  2. My least favorite way to switch fragrances is to rinse the lamp and wick between scents. If you choose this option, only use water (no soap) and be sure to let everything dry completely before use.
  3. Some fragrances blend nicely. For example, Lavender to Grapefruit, any floral to any floral, Southern Vanilla to Creme Brulee. If you think the two scents will blend nicely, go ahead and add the second fragrance whenever you like or when the lamp is empty. Keep in mind that the previous scent will still be in the wick even if the lamp is empty. The residual fragrance will blend with the next whether you want it to or not. This is sometimes a problem for customers that buy a new scent and add it to an empty lamp. If you don't like the scent, it may be the previous fragrance throwing off the new scent. Be aware of that possibility and judge any new fragrance you try carefully considering it may be tainted from the previous scent.
  4. If you like to switch between different types of scents frequently, create a wick for each scent category and store the unused wicks in ziplock bags. For example, keep one wick for sweet fragrances and one wick for florals. Be sure to label the ziplock bags so you know what wick you're using.
  5. If you switch fragrances very often, or like many different types of scents, consider purchasing multiple lamps - one for each scent category. Multiple lamps makes categorizing fragrances easily, by lamp, and eliminates the hassle of switching out the wick each time. Having more than one lamp also allows you to layer fragrances without having to blend them. For example, I put Lavender in my living room but Grapefruit in my kitchen and the two blend nicely but remain separate in the lamps for single use. We've found that many Lampe Berger customers start with a simple lamp to get comfortable with the process and then get a more decorative lamp once they get comfortable. Avid Lampe Berger fans have lamps for each room to suite the decor and their fragrance preferences. While that may sound outrageous to the beginner Lampe Berger user, after frequent use and increased adoration, it won't seem so outlandish. You'll see....
While it's a good idea to try new fragrances in the smaller 500ml size, once you find a Lampe Berger fragrance oil that you like, be sure to buy it in the 1-Liter size. It's a much better value. Not sure what to try? Ocean Breeze is the best seller year-round. Orange Cinnamon and Winterwood are the most popular in the winter.

Please note that it takes a couple of uses to get comfortable with Lampe Berger. If you're nervous or unsure at first, give it a few more tries to get things just right. In no time you'll be a pro and want to get another lamp. They also make great gifts.

Have fun and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Day Stuffing at the Slatkin House

Wild Oats & Bourbon is all the rage on our Facebook Fan Page, so I though I'd give it a try. It's a very gourmand fragrance with hearty oats and soft spices. The ginger gives it a slight kick and who can complain about boubon? It's a perfect scent for fall. Rich and comforting, and dare I say, "chewy?". Sounds odd, I know, but the scent is very chewy. Sniff it and tell me if you understand.

Candlemakers get fragrance inspiration from all sorts of places, events and experiences. Laura Slatkin was inspired by her Thanksgiving Day stuffing to make the Nest Wild Oats and Bourbon candle. Not only does she have an eye for design and fragrance, but she is also an amazing cook (from what we've heard on her Facebook Fan Page).

If you were to create a fragrance, what would be your inspiration?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sail Away with the Votivo Teak Candle

Votivo describes their Teak candle as "An aromatic blend of coarsely chopped dried herbs and forest floor earthen moss blended with an intoxicating masculine scent of moist skin fresh from the shower. Teak is a wood inspired fragrance designed to fill a room with exotic taste and lingering flavors of opportunities gone by and sensual dreams to come."

This fragrance reminds me of the inside a luxurious sailboat filled with rich teakwood. It's refined and yet so relaxing and comfortable. The boat is anchored in a safe harbour surrounded by lush, moss covered woods. The air is rich and healthy from the pure, untouched, surrounding. I open the bathroom door and steam from a recent show envelopes me. I am overcome with the smell of a man with dewy clean skin and freshly applied cologne. It doesn't get better than that.