Thursday, September 30, 2010
I 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.
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 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. Candle fragrance intensity 4/5. Burn quality 4/5.
Enjoy Thymes Kimono Rose anytime you need to smile!
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
Monday, September 27, 2010
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 http://www.candlesoffmain.com/best-of-thymes.aspx" 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 will ship the prize package to any continental US address.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
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
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
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.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
"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."
- 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.)
Friday, September 17, 2010
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
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.
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.
We will ship the prize packages to any continental US address.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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....
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.