Saturday, July 28, 2012

Crazy for Coconut Candles

It never fails. The weather heats up and everyone starts clamoring for coconut candles.  A tropical oasis to the rescue you from the obliterating heat. Here are our favorite coconut candles:

Archipelago Botanicals Fiji - Fresh
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 If you are looking for something more along the lines of suntan lotion - this is it.  It's not as over-the-top and obvious as that, though.  It's more refined and sophisticated - like delicate cookies.  Take real coconut meat and shred it so the essence is amplified.  Stir in some real cane sugar to sweeten in just a tad and top with a quick squirt of lemon juice and a bit of lemon zest for freshness.  Perfection!

Simpatico Meringue - Creamy
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If Seda Citron du Sud is fruity and Archipelago Fiji is fresh, Simaptico Meringue is creamy.  The name for this one is perfect.  Think of a decadent coconut cream pie that makes you feel so good inside.  Creamy milk, a touch of sugar, fresh coconut and a meringue top that is perfectly toasted.  Bonus for this one - a beautiful hobnail glass holder that you will want to reuse for years to come with pens, makeup brushes, flowers, candles....

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 Voluspa Bella Sucre - Floral
You just walked into the atrium of a luxurious hotel in Hawaii.  They immediately decorate you with a Hawaiian Lei and offer you a tropical drink served in a coconut.  The smell of the taire flowers around your neck mingle with the creamy coconut drink refreshing you... ahhhh!  Voluspa Bella Sucre is decadently sweet with demerara sugar and soothing with coconut milk.  The touch of taire flower whisks you away to your favorite tropical vacation spot.  A necessary and well deserved indulgence.  Available in a scalloped candle, 3-wick tin, large jar and mini diffuser

Seda Citron du Sud - Fruity
Imagine a fresh summer fruit salad.  The bowl brimming with juicy pineapple and bright apricot.  On top there's a generous sprinkling of clean coconut shavings.  That is Seda Citron du Sud.  Slightly fruity. Intensely summer.

What's your favorite coconut fragrance to soothe the summer heat?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Aquiesse Sunflower Candle

The Aquiesse Sunflower candle is summertime in a jar.  It's bursting with French chamomile, golden sunflowers and orange mimosa. 

The vibrant floral bouquet reminds me of a high end suntan lotion you'd find in a luxury hotel.  It's one of those fragrances that make you warm and happy inside as memories of sunny vacations and summer breaks rush to mind.

The Sunflower candle by Aquiesse has done an amazing job of featuring orange mimosa.  It's well complimented by the chamomile and sunflowers.  A beautiful blend.  This is by far my favorite mimosa blend that immediately transports me to a lush estate in Florida on a warm sunny day.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hervé Gambs Herbe Intese (Intense Grass) Candle

It's been a hot, steamy summer. Today, we finally had a little bit of a break and I'm craving something fresh. I don't normally gravitate towards grass scented candles, but the Hervé Gambs Herbe Intese (Intense Grass) Candle seem just right.  And it was!

"Vivifying nature through which the freshly cut grass reveals the plant purity of the tree."

It's one of those fragrances that you don't notice right away in the room, but when you step out and come back in your taken aback by its beauty.  Clear and serene but also invigorating.  It makes you feel good inside and smile on the outside.  

This fragrance immediately hit my list of scents that most impressed me.  It is so well balanced and refined.  Rarely do I call a fragrance a masterpiece, but Herve Gambs Intense Grass is exactly that. 

The first thing that comes to mind is super soft grass that feels like velvet when you run your fingers up it.  Break it in half and smell the inside.  Fresh and pure.  Natural. There's also something slightly soapy about this scent that gives a clean appeal.  The Herve Gambs Intense Grass candle is perfect for afternoon company or anytime you want to brighten your space or your mood.  

I love the simple white vessel for this fragrance.  It's the perfect elegant and chic touch to this sophisticated scent.  The Herbe Intense candle by Herve Gambs would make a fantastic gift.  Clean and fresh

Fragrance intensity 3.5/5.  Burn quality 4/5.  

Hervé Gambs candles offer an intimate and personal olfactory experience of the nature world fragrances. Poured in a gloss white container with creamy white wax. Entirely made in France.