Monday, January 17, 2011

Friend Fest

Friend Fest

We're giving away 3 Gift Packs valued at over $200 each!
Below are the various ways you can win:
  • Twitter Raffle: Follow us on Twitter and earn 1 raffle entry every time you tweet "Follow @CandlesOffMain and RT for a chance to win a luxury gift pack valued at over $200! Contest ends 1/28/11."

  • YouTube Raffle: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and earn a raffle entry every time you post a comment on any video by 1/28/11.

  • Facebook Raffle: Join our Facebook Page and earn a raffle entry when you post on our wall: "I'm here for friend fest". Earn a raffle entry every time you have a friend join our Facebook page and post: "[yourname] sent me for friend fest". Your friend will also earn a raffle entry for joining us.

We'll announce the 3 raffle winners on Saturday, January 29th. Good luck!
We will ship the prize packages to any continental US address. Fragrances and colors may vary.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ana Candles

Over 15 years ago, Frank Weeden was driving down the New Jersey Turnpike thinking of a gift for his girlfriend. That is when he devised the idea for Ana Candles - the original striped taper candle. That was over 15 yeas ago. Since then they've graced the O List and many exquisite homes across the country.

Ana Design started on the first level of Frank's historic factory building in the old Trenton Window Washing Factory where the business still resides. Each year Ana Candles creates new color combinations to keep things fresh and current.

Look for Ana Candles in the set backdrop for a scene in Janet Evanovich's "One for the Money" movie starting Katherine Heigl. Evanovich is a Trenton native who's novels about private detective Stephanie Plum all take Place in Trenton, NJ.

Ana Candles can be found in art museum shops, resorts and specialty boutiques nationwide.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sugar Jones

For the new year, I'm trying to eat healthier. For me, that means missing all my sweet treats. Since I can't gain weight sniffing, I decided to surround myself in yummy scents to cure my sugar craving.

I'm layering Modern Alchemy Cake Walk with Voluspa Truffle White Cocoa. I love the combination. Since neither are overly sweet, they work well without inducing complete scent sugar coma.
When I smell the Cake Walk candle cold, I feel as though I've stuffed my head inside the box of Pillsbury Vanilla Cake mix. Dry, fatty, vanilla flour heaven. I love it so much I want to eat it. It's far more creamy than sugary but still incredibly indulgent. A girl's best friend.
Burning, it takes a curious twist. Modern Alchemy candles would never resemble a normal cake fragrance, so I shouldn't be surprised, but I wasn't expecting it from the cold throw. Burning, it turns slightly bitter. Almost like when you just cross that line between perfectly caramelized sugar and burnt sugar. I think it's the chicory coming through. Chicory root is used as a coffee substitute and has notes of caramel, chocolate and roasted nuts. It's a nice compliment to sweetness of the Madagascar Vanilla adding a more earthy element. Esthetically, the vessel is stunning and perfectly suited to the fragrance. Thick, frosted, smokey cream glass with subtle etching. One of the prettiest vessels burning.

Fragrance Intensity 2/5. Burn Quality 3/5 - I had to trim the wick frequently and it didn't liquefy to the sides.

The Voluspa Truffle White Cocoa candle was also not as sweet as I was expecting. The fragrance reminds me of when you melt unsweetened chocolate and butter just before you add the sugar for brownies. Chocolate heaven without the belly ache. While I love the name (elegant and perfectly Voluspa) it isn't a match for me. The fragrance isn't as creamy as cocoa and it's definitely not white chocolate. It's more bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate Ganache would be a better fit for a name. It's a very enjoyable sweet fragrance that isn't nauseating.

Fragrance Intensity 3.5/5. Burn Quality 3/5 - for some reason I have to frequently trim the wick on the 10oz Seasons Collection candles. I'm not sure if they changed their wicks when they switched to the coconut new wax formulation a few months ago. My tester was a year old.