Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fresh Orange Candles

It's one of those stuffy winter days where you just want to open the windows and clean the stuffy air out of th house. Today I turn to my fresh, orange scented candles to help me out.

One of my favorite fresh orange scents is Orange Sanguine by Atelier Cologne. I fell in love with the cologne at first sniff. When they launched a candle in the same scent, I immediately snagged it. I'm crazy about Atelier candles. They smell exactly as the cologne so I can be surrounded in the scent I love so much. While they don't burn evenly, they do burn cleanly and completely off the glass. The fragrance is strong without being overwhelming. Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine features top notes of top notes blood orange and bitter orange along with heart notes of jasmine and geranium from South Africa. The base notes are amber woods, tonka beans and sandalwood. What's not to love?! Atelier Cologne candles are made in France with a blend of vegetable and paraffin wax.

I am completely addicted to the Tocca Stella Body Scrub (Tocca Esfoliante da Corpo Stella Rich Body Polish ). I LOVE this scent and the body scrub is the best I've tried. Surprisingly, it wasn't until just recently that I started burning the Tocca Stella candle. The fragrance is the same as the polish and it's a perfect, fresh scent. Heaven!!

Another favorite blood orange candle is Red Flower Italian Blood Orange. Red Flower does a great job at making scents that focus in one one particular fragrance. Their blood orange candle is their most beautiful burning candle offering a brilliant orange glow as the wax liquefies. The scent is simple and pure.

"Imagine the creamy flavor of a homemade gelato, dripping with mandarin, sweet tangerine, honeyed Clementine, and a hint of musk." I love Bond No. 9 perfume so when I heard they had a candle in my favorite orange fragrance, Little Italy, I jumped on it. I love the orange vessel and heavy gold top.

Zesty orange scents are great anytime of year. In the winter they offer a fresh reprieve. In the summer, they are cooling on hot, steamy days. Orange is one of the few fragrances that can translate well into bath products, personal fragrance and home fragrance. Or all of the above at the same time!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ecoya Giveaway

Ecoya products are crafted in Botany Bay, Australia where 100’s of rich botanicals were cataloged in 1770. Ecoya products feature natural waxes, cotton wicks and sustainable botanicals.

Ecoya offers the black Sorrento jar candle ($39 for 70 hours), clear Metro jar candle ($29 for 50 hours), small ($13.50 for 15 hours) and large ($20 for 30 hours) travel tins, soy wax melts and diffusers ($50). Ecoya features 6 fragrances including:

  • Lemongrass & Ginger: a clean and refreshing citrus with lemon, thyme and lime. Well balanced and not heavy handed with hints of African mint.

  • Vanilla Bean: Butterscotch and vanilla tones, mouthwatering and edible. Rich luxurious layered, dense and full with hints of caramel and toffee.

  • Lotus Flower: Elusive pineapple and sweet cotton candy notes with a light floral aspect, almost lavender. Warm floral and comforting.

  • French Pear: Spicy cinnamon, star anise characteristics reminiscent of stewed apples with crumble. Hints of spice, juniper berries, cranberries, nutmeg and tropical fruit. Sweet with passion fruit notes.

  • Wild Frangipani: Voluptuous with complex buttery intricacies and subtle nuances of rose. A fragrance that builds in layers throughout the burn.

  • Sweet Pea & Jasmine: light and refreshing watermelon and cucumber tones with refreshing notes of lavender.
Let us know what you think about Ecoya for a chance to win a gift pack valued at over $100 including a 4-votive gift set, diffuser and Metro candle. Answer the following 3 questions as a comment to this blog post for a chance to win. There is no right or wrong answer. We're looking for complete honesty. You cannot offend.

1. What do you like about Ecoya?

2. What do you not like about Ecoya?

3. Would you buy Ecoya products?

We'll select a winner on Monday, April 4, 2011. We'll ship the winning prize pack to any continental US address. Good luck!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Aura Cosmic is Out Of This World



Cosmic: limitless; grandiose. A creamy and scrumptious blend of blood orange, vanilla bean, vanilla orchid & amber.

Cosmic is definitely one of my favorite fragrances by Aura Candles. If you love blood orange and vanilla, be sure to give this one a try. I was immediately taken by it's delicious scent. It's my go-to candle anytime I need something uber fragrant and super yummy without being too sweet.

I love how Aura uses juicy blood orange essential oil for a super fresh and vibrant fragrance. The earthy vanilla bean makes it comforting and the touch of amber deepens the scent but doesn't overwhelm. The fragrances blend harmoniously and the result is perfection.

Aura candles burn easily and completely. The soy wax blend burns clean leaving very little residue on the glass. I even posted a photo so you can see how cleanly and completely they burn. One thing I love about Aura candles is that I know I will be able to smell them. I'm never let down with the intensity of the scent.

Burn quality: 4.5/5. Fragrance intensity 4/5.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Aura Luscious Candle - It's Auralicious


Luscious: highly pleasing in taste or smell. A warm and exotic blend of tangerine, vanilla, sandalwood, musk and amber.


I am completely addicted to the Aura Luscious candle. I can't be without it and I even take it with me when I travel. It's such a grounding scent for me. I know I can count on this scent to help settle my nerves. It untangles my muscles until I'm a puddle on the couch.

I love sandalwood/vanilla blends. Aquiesse Sandalwood Vanille is comforting like being wrapped in a thick, warm blanket. It soothes me. Tocca Colette is a very sensual sandalwood/vanilla fragrance for a romantic evening. Aura Luscious, though, is the most bold sandalwood/vanilla blend. Aura Luscious grabs me like a big bear hug and let's me know everything is ok.

Here's what customers:

"Luscious is literally an addictive blend. The sandalwood, amber and tangerine elements come through like the perfect marriage. They are so relaxing and beautiful." - D. Roberto-Kelley

"Luscious is one of my favorite Aura fragrances. It's a sexy, sophisticated scent that's warm and spicy." - D. DeMarco

"Luscious has such a sweet & sexy depth." - R. Kelley

"To me Luscious is my consistent go to candle." - W. Wiltsey

One of the things I like about all Aura scented soy wax candles is that they burn so well - cleanly and easily. I trim the wick before I relight (as I do with all my candles) and that's it. I never have to fuss, worry or mettle with them to keep them burning cleanly. They also burn evenly and completely with no wax residue on the glass. With a burn time of 70 hours and ultra hip/chic packaging, what more could you ask for?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Aura Lucid Candle


Aura Lucid is a fresh watery floral blend with notes of lotus flower, freesia, wild celery, hyacinth and orange blossom. It's one of those fragrances that feels great on a hot day or refreshing any day. The addition of wild celery gives it that unexpected twist that we're growing to expect from Aura. They have a creative way of making ordinary fragrances unique and contemporary. If you like the Voluspa Laguna candle or Aquiesse Shoreline, you will fall in love with Aura Lucid.

Aura Lucid Scented Soy Wax Candle
Customers are "head over heels obsessed" with this latest fragrance by Aura Candles.

Aura creates creamy custom blended soy candles generously scented with the finest fragrance and essential oils. Each evocative blend is designed to burn slow and clean using cotton wicks. This fun and slightly edgy candle line is simple, yet detailed, and always down to earth. Hand poured in the USA.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

K. Hall Designs Peony Fragrance

Today I'm enjoying the K. Hall Designs Peony candle - True to its name, this floral is delicate and heady with peaceful, watery notes. This feminine fragrance is reminiscent of dew covered vintage peonies.

Peony is a romantic and feminine fragrance and K. Hall's interpretation is unadulterated. It's a slightly heady and somewhat sweet fragrance, yet comes across with a delicate nature and grace. While old-fashioned, it isn't powdery or grandmotherly. The cold throw is far greater than the warm throw. It is not an overwhelming fragrance but rather softens the room in a relaxed and elegant way. The K. Hall Peony diffuser would be a welcome addition to any powder room or guest room.

This new fragrance is available in a diffuser, diffuser refill and soy wax candle. K. Hall candles are made with 100% vegetable wax. K. Hall Designs uses 100% recyclable containers and recycled or reusable material for packaging. All of their products are hand-made in the USA and they never test on animals or use animal by-products or petroleum bases.

Monday, March 14, 2011

K. Hall Sugared Magnolia

Earlier this year K. Hall announced their newest fragrance, Sugared Magnolia - a delightful blend that is breezy and warm, sweet and soft and anchored with grassy notes and woodsy vetiver.

This fragrance is extremely floral, though not heady or cloying, and very feminine. There is a strong sweetness to it. It smells like soft, velvety flower petals. As if a thousand fresh flower petals were jammed into the glass. Even though it is intensely floral very slightly powdery, I wouldn't classify this as a "Grannie" scent. It has a youthful, fun appeal. While the name is Sugared Magnolia, the sweetness comes from the natural sweetness of flowers. It reminds me of sweet rose petals. It's not a sugary or candy fragrance.

This new fragrance is available in a diffuser, diffuser refill and soy wax candle. K. Hall candles are made with 100% vegetable wax. K. Hall Designs uses 100% recyclable containers and recycled or reusable material for packaging. All of their products are hand-made in the USA and they never test on animals or use animal by-products or petroleum bases.

K. Hall Giveaway Question

K. Hall Designs fragrances are mostly single note scents, such as Peony, Pomegranate, Moss and Lavender. If you were to create a one-note scent, what would it be?

Post your answer below for a chance to win a 3-wick candle by K. Hall. We'll select a random winner on Monday, March 21, 2011. We'll ship the winning candle to any continental US address.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Modern Alchemy Historical Collection

Alchemy was the medieval pursuit to transform un-precious metals into gold through a combination of magic and science. Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essences, and absolutes Modern Alchemy is able to create fragrances that conjure time and place, transforming environments from the mundane to the sublime.

According to Modern Alchemy, smell is often called the sense tied most closely to human memory, profoundly influencing people’s ability to recall past events and experiences. Each fragrance in the Historical Collection by Modern Alchemy will evoke the essence of a moment in time, places long past and events rooted in our collective history.

I love the vessel for the Modern Alchemy candles. Thick and colorful but muted. They remind me of a mysterious castle. Rich with dark wood and stone. Masculine and powerful. I love the glow of the container when burning. It's mesmerizing. When the candle is done they can easily be washed out with soap and water and reused as tealight or votive holder.

Modern Alchemy candles are made with a patented blend of high-grade European waxes including soy, maple and palm wax. Many of these waxes are used for luxury body creams and lotions. If you run your fingers along the top of the candle, it has a silky, smooth finish. You can immediately fell the difference in the wax when you run your finger along its milky surface. Moist but not greasy, it is virtually absorbed into the skin upon contact. This formula houses the delicately balanced essential oils without altering their fragile character. The wick used in all Modern Alchemy candles is hand-braided cotton and lead-free.

Modern Alchemy Tincture of Winchester

Tincture of Winchester - a blend of fire arsenal of wood stock, 19th century lacquer and smoky gunpowder.

According to Modern Alchemy, smell is often called the sense tied most closely to human memory, profoundly influencing people’s ability to recall past events and experiences. Each fragrance in the Historical collection by Modern Alchemy will evoke the essence of a moment in time, places long past and events rooted in our collective history.

Modern Alchemy definitely achieved this feat for me with their Tincture of Winchester candle. It reminds me of warming by the fire on cold New England nights. Tincture of Winchester is most likely my favorite Modern Alchemy candle. I always gravitate towards woody, smoky scents.

The Lucifer candle by Juliette Has a Gun plays on the smoke from a fire. When you're out for a walk on a dark, brisk night and you pick up the scent of a roaring fire in a nearby home. I love that smell. It makes me happy inside. That smell makes a house a home.

The Lafco Ski House candle celebrates the wood in the fire - the heart. Natural and fresh. Slight sweet with just a hint of smoke.

Votivo Smoke on the Water is the ashes under the fire. Damp, smoldering newspaper ashes. The morning after a late night campfire by a lake.

Tincture of Winchester brings all of that together. Imagine standing next to a grand, stone fireplace almost as tall as you. Rich wood paneling lines the walls. Thick rugs are scattered on the floor and you're relaxed in an oversized, worn leather chair. It's not refined, stuffy or pretentious like a Ralph Lauren ad. It's warm, relaxing and welcoming and yet rich and luxurious.

It's fun when fragrances bring memories to life. I wonder where the other Modern Alchemy fragrances will take me...

Tincture of Winchester is in the Modern Alchemy Historical Collection by D. L. & Co.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Modern Alchemy Giveaway-a-Day


Modern Alchemy Giveaway A Day


Featuring the Modern Alchemy Historical Collection by D. L. & Co.

Alchemy was the medieval pursuit to transform un-precious metals into gold through a combination of magic and science. Utilizing the rarest of extracts, essences, and absolutes we are able to create fragrances that conjure time and place, transforming environments from the mundane to the sublime.

We're Having a Modern Alchemy Giving-a-Day (M-F) on Facebook this week!
  • Join us on Facebook and check our page each day to see how you can win something from the Modern Alchelmy Historical Collection. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we'll giveaway a Modern Alchemy candle ($45 value). On Friday, We'll give away the History Lesson #2 Gift Set and an Owl snuffer. Friday's prize pack is valued at over $100.

We'll ship the prize package to any continental US address. Good luck!

Rub a Dub Dub - This is The Best Scrub!

I absolutely LOVE the Tocca body scrub in their amazing Stella scent. I've tried a zillion scrubs and this one has the best consistency by far. Exfoliating without being scratchy. Uber-moisturizing without being greasy or heavy. The Italian blood orange fragrance is amazing - fresh and lively - and the scent lasts and lasts.

The Tocca Stella body scrub (Esfoliante da Corpo ) uses crushed olive granules to delicately exfoliate dry skin. It's also rich in natural oils including Italian olive oil, safflower oil and grape seed oil.

I used this scrub before flying cross-country and it worked wonders at helping me stay fresh and moisturized all day. I use this scrub at least once a week and the results are incredible. A must have product!


Disclaimer: Yes, we sell this product. Typically my posts are objective and slightly analytical (just my nature). This blog post, however, is simply out of passion for this product. Just wanted to share some Tocca scrub love with you.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Because Life Doesn't Always Smell Like Roses

Ahhh.... waking up in the morning. The sun is rising. The air is fresh. Birds are chirping. If only every day was like that. Today is gray and dreary. Outside it's as if someone pushed the mute button. There are no birds or sunlight in sight. The air, unfortunately, is also not fresh.


Have you ever had a morning where you walk into your family room or kitchen, and instead of smelling pleasant or neutral it smells like last night's dinner or worse? Welcome to my day. Today it smells like rotting trash. Like someone cleaned out the worst from the fridge yesterday and didn't bring the bag outside. Blick.

Normally, with cooking odors, I try to be proactive. If I know it's going to be bad (like with bacon or fish), I'll light a Clean Air candle while we're cooking to absorb the odors without interfering fragrance. When we're cleaning up I'll light my Lampe Berger lamp to obliterate the rest of the cooking odors. Done deal.

Today, though, I know if I remove the source (the rotting bag) I'll be in good shape. There is, however, a trail of stench that remains. My first attack is with my handy Voluspa room spray. I always have a bottle in the bathroom and by the kitchen trash bag. I like to spray the trash can before I put a fresh bag in. It makes throwing out the trash a fresh, pleasant experience. I always have Golden Cypress Sawara for this task. I love clean, mountain air. Since I'm eager for spring and more citrusy scents, I think it's time to switch to the Voluspa Arcadia room spray. That bright lemony scent would be a welcome addition right about now. Both fragrances layer nicely with candles.

My candle of choice when I need something bright and alive is Aura Clairvoyant. It provides a simple, fresh, citrus scent. Direct and to the point, it's exactly what I need when I need to wake up stale or stinky air. It's also useful on mornings when I'm groggy and my eyes just don't open up as much as I need. Clairvoyant is a burst of unconvoluted citrus without being too grapefruit or too lemon or too orange. It's the perfect blend of fresh.

I also recently brought home the Votivo Sumatra Lemongrass candle. When we first opened our shop one of the original founders for Votivo stopped by to visit. He spoke passionately about how much he loves Sumatra Lemongrass from the Votivo French Collection. He smokes at home and loves how this fragrances makes his home smell fresh. Even given his compelling story, I never tried it. A customer of ours had trouble with hers (see blog post on tunneling) so I brought it home to see if I could fix it. I ended up falling in love with the fragrance. Fresh and bright. It layers perfectly with Aura Clairvoyant.

Now my stinky kitchen is stellar! If only the weather could turn around as easily.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jo Loves... by Jo Malone


Very excited for this! What an inspiration. Watch for updates on www.joloves.com.

Volupsa Candles in a Minute


Voluspa was created in 1999 by Troy and Traci Arnsten of Southern California. Voluspa is known for creating beautiful collections including their new Maison Blanc, Maison Rouge and Maison Noir Collections. Voluspa also offers the Seasons Collection, Japonica Collection and James Boyce Collection.

We love Voluspa Candles because they offer excellent quality, gorgeous packaging, unique contemporary fragrances, and long lasting candles all at an amazing price.

If you're not sure what Voluspa fragrance to try, check out my favorite, Makassar Ebony & Peach, or Dave's favorite, French Boubon Vanille. Both of those fragrances can be found in the Seasons Collection. You can also try the best selling fragrances by Voluspa, Baltic Amber or Santiago Huckleberry, both in the Japonica Collection.

Voluspa candles are hand-poured in the United States using a coconut wax blend and cotton wicks for a clean and easy burn.