Monday, December 9, 2013

Tree Scented Candles for the Holidays


The most popular fragrance during the holidays is definitely that of the classic Christmas tree. Whether you have a live tree or artificial, it's impossible to get too much of this vibrant and inspiring scent. Tree fragrances have quite a wide range of scent. Here are different types of tree fragrances to try depending on the mood you want to create.



Earthy Tree Fragrances

These tree scented candles are earthy and grounding creating a relaxed atmosphere. Since these fragrances don't scream "Christmas Tree!" they can be enjoyed from September all the way to the end of April. I even enjoy some of these on rainy days in the summer.

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Votivo Icy Blue Pine
A potent powerful punch of prickly pine pleasure with the underpinnings of sweet and spicy stripped cedar bark topped with merry crumbles of crystallized, ice cubes the suspended delight of wintery wonderland adventure. 
I love this blend by Votivo. The sweet pine sap gives it a richness and the cedar bark gives it a bit of an edge that makes it so Votivo. There's just enough green notes to remind you of Christmas but not get sick of it. Perfectly balanced.  

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Lafco Tree
Fir and pine with a touch of balsam, birch and citrus for a true to life scent that recalls those freshly cut holiday evergreens.
This fragrance is more earthy than vibrant. The pine and balsam notes add a depth, weight and woodiness to make a full fragrance. The handblown jar can be saved for use as a pen or makeup brush holder. This over-sized candle lasts approximately 100 hours. 

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Aquiesse Monterey Pine
The crisp scent of frosted Evergreen pines, Canadian balsam wood and fresh thyme, evoking a snowy journey through a verdant forest glen.
I love the herbal tones in this fragrance that create an earthy, relaxing scent that can be enjoyed for many months. The glass lid works as a base while the candle is in use and a lid when not in use to keep dirt and dust out. When the candle is complete, the vessel can be used to store coins, jewelry...

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K. Hall Siberian Fir
A rich, sweet scent with a blend of Siberian fir and balsam - a great winter escape!
This fragrance smells like the entire Christmas tree stuffed in the back of the car - sweet sap, fresh cut wood and crisp green needs for a well balanced scent.

Sophisticated Tree Fragrances

Not too earthy, not too crisp. These fragrances offer a unique twist on your traditional tree scent.

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Simpatico Scotch Pine by K. Hall Designs
A warm, woodsy fragrance reminiscent of crisp winter nights. This true pine scent is known for its clarifying and uplifting properties. 
I love this hobnail glass that can be reused as a pen/pencil/makeup brush holder or flower vase. This fragrance is slightly powdery.


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Voluspa Golden Cypress Sawara
Sweet cypress needles getting crunched underfoot as you walk through a green velvet floored forest in mid winter. The smell of deeply satisfying sweet sugar mixed with spicy cypress with a luxurious layer of the smell of the actual tree wood which grounds the scent creating the base. 
This fragrance comes across almost like cologne. Imagine and incredibly sexy man treking through the forest this worn jeans and a warm sweater. This fragrances is available year round.

Fresh Tree Fragrances

These tree scented candles focus on the crisp green needles to create an uplifting, invigorating fragrance. These candles are great when you want to energize the room for an atmosphere the is open and bright.

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Thymes Frasier Fir
Mountain fresh with the aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood.
The Thymes Frasier Fir candle is definitely the most popular tree fragrance we offer. It's credibly fresh and crisp and perfect anytime of year when you want your home to be clean and alive.


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Nest Birchwood Pine
The aroma of a majestic winter forest is created by blending white pine, fir balsam and Birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber.
I love this new fragrance from Nest! This super fragrant blend is festive and energizing. Nest Birchwood Pine is the perfect compliment for your real or artificial tree.

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/trapp-white-fir-candle.aspx
Trapp White Fir
The Trapp White Fir candle fills your room with the refreshing, cool sensation of a winter frost. Clean, green and the fragrance only a Christmas tree brings.
This fragrance is pure and simple filling your home with the crisp scent of a forest covered in a blanket of fresh fallen snow.


 What type of tree fragrance do you enjoy for the holiday season?





Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nest Holiday Candles, Diffuser and Room Spray

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-holiday-candles.aspx

Nest Fragrances has always offered an amazing Holiday Collection, but this year they really outdid themselves. 



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New this year is the Nest Holiday room spray. Room sprays are great for an instant burst of fragrance. They works well in foyers before company arrives, in your vacuum filter to fill the room with fragrance while you clean, and in powder rooms to keep them smelling fresh and festive. The bottle is so attractive it can be left out for easy use.

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Also new is the Nest Holiday Grand Candle which was understandably selected for Oprah's O-List this year. The enormous candle weighs about 12 pounds in the box and lasts over 350 hours. Covered with decorative gold detail and packaged in a magnetic close box, this Nest Holiday candle make a great corporate gift or anytime you want to make an unforgettable statement. We have one in our family room and it fills our whole home with my favorite holiday fragrance that lasts for at least a day after we extinguish the candle. 

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-holiday-candle.aspx
The classic Nest Holiday candle is a must-have if you've never experienced one before. These make great hostess gifts as well. The little Nest Holiday votive candle is perfect for powder rooms or to display across your mantel or to add a sprinkling of light and fragrance to your holiday decor.

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My favorite size is the Nest Holiday 3-wick candle. This over-sized vessel makes a great candy jar or flower vase when the candle is done and it looks beautiful on a coffee table. It's also a great value offering about 3 times the burn time as the classic candle for less than double the cost.

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-holiday-diffuser.aspx
The Nest Holiday diffuser is perfect of you want to provide constant fragrance. These are perfect for foyers so that you and your guests are greeted by this cheery scent, and in powder rooms where you always want it to smell nice. Nest diffusers are very well prices, at just $38 each, and last about 4 months which is the perfect amount of time for a holiday fragrance.

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We fell in love with Nest Birchwood Pine at first sniff. The scent is filled with brisk air and crisp greens for a clean, invigorating holiday fragrance that definitely gives the uber popular Thymes Frasier Fir a run for it's money.

The vessel for the Nest Birchwood Pine candle and votive candle were updated to match the decorative gold design on the packaging. New this year is the Birchwood Pine diffuser and room spray. Both are perfect to give your real or artificial tree a boost of that fresh pine/fir scent.

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/elton-john-candles.aspx


http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-sir-elton-john-fireside-candle.aspx
Nest also added 2 new products to the Sir Elton John Holiday Collection. We love the new Sir Elton John Fireside candle with a combination of Madagascar Vanilla, exotic woods, smoky embers and juniper berry. This fragrance captures the warm, familiar aroma of smoldering, fireside embers.

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-elton-john-holiday-3-wick-candle.aspx
The new Sir Elton John Holiday 3-wick candle is stunning and perfect if you want even more of this amazing holiday scent. I love the over-sized aubergine vessel and wax.  Elton John donates a percentage of his sales to the Elton John Aids Foundation.


What's your favorite Nest Holiday product?

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Luxury Home Fragrance


It's hard to select just a few items when there are so many amazing products available for gift giving this holiday season! Here are a few of our favorites:



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Best Teacher Gift: Bayberry Candles
This is hands-down the most thoughtful gift and it always appears on our gift guide. According to New England tradition, burn bayberry candles to the nub on Christmas Eve or New Years for health and prosperity in the year to come. This hand-dipped candles are made with real bayberry wax. Available in 6" pair and 10" pair.

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/voluspa-vermeil-gift-set.aspx
Best Gift to Impress: Voluspa Vermeil Gift Set 
No one makes gift sets as stunning as Voluspa. The new Vermeil Collection gift set is no exception. Featuring 6 fragrances from the Voluspa Vermeil Collection (Chestnut & Vetiver, French Bourbon Vanille, Branche Vermeil, Champagne Rose and the new Ponderosa fragrance), these adorable and so chic votives make a gift to impress the most difficult mother-in-law or girlfriend you want to woo.

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Best Hostess Gift: Thymes Frasier Fir Tart Warmer
Thymes created a new tart warmer this year that makes a great gift! The Thymes Frasier Fir wax tart melts on the top as it is warmed by the tealight candle below (both included in the gift set). The vessel is made with porcelain so it glows while the tealight is burning. Additional Thymes Frasier Fir wax melts are sold individually for future use. Charming and well done!

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-birchwood-pine-diffuser.aspx
Best Neighbor/Office Gift: Nest Birchwood Pine Diffuser
We're so excited that Nest Fragrances created a diffuser for their uber popular (an new just last year) Birchwood Pine fragrance! This scent screams fresh, crackling pine needles and is perfect to sit beside your real or artificial tree to amplify that real, just cut tree fragrance. This super fragrant and chic diffuser is a steal at just $38.

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-holiday-room-spray.aspx
Best Neighbor Gift: Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine Room Spray
Also new this year are the Nest Holiday and Nest Birchwood Pine room sprays! Finally!!! A room spray from Nest Fragrances. Now you can spritz your favorite holiday and tree scent for instant fragrance just before guests arrive or to use in powder rooms. We love the clean lines on the bottle as well. Perfect for setting out for frequent and spontaneous use.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Candles for Thanksgiving Day


There are many things that go into creating a memorable holiday, most importantly being surrounded by friends and loved ones. Decor can delight and enchant but fragrance brings everything together and creates lasting memories that can be triggered when you cross that scent again in years to come. Do you remember your Grandma when you smell apple pie? Or your Mom when the scent of stuffing fills the air? Pick a fragrance to enjoy at the holidays and the memories will come flooding back every time you enjoy that scent again.

Here are our top picks for fragrances that will compliment and enhance your Thanksgiving Day festivities:


http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-wild-oats-and-bourbon-candle.aspx
Nest Wild Oats & Bourbon candle
Wild oats and mandarin ginger are blended with the essence of bourbon.
 This fragrance will seamlessly blend with the aromas of your Thanksgiving Day dinner. The inspiration for this scent was Laura Slatkin's stuffing (and from what I hear she's quite the gourmet cook). This unique blend is warm, rich and comforting to make anyone feel right at home.


http://www.candlesoffmain.com/aquiesse-cinnamon-tabac-holiday-candle.aspx
Aquiesse Cinnamon Tabac 
Gifts of golden cinnamon gently dusted over warm vanilla, with hints of sweet aged tobacco, summoning memories of the glow from a stone fireplace.
If you like a fragrance that is more spicy and bold, try Aquiesse Cinnamon Tabac. The cinnamon spices are softened with hints of vanilla that contrasts with the unexpected notes of tobacco. This fragrance is sure to make lasting memories for everyone that enjoys the holidays with you.


http://www.candlesoffmain.com/votivo-winter-cranberry-candle.aspx
Votivo Winter Cranberry
Creamy vanilla and musk muddled with earthy balsam and amber essence, topped off with ruby cranberry jam and a twist of cassis extract - the perfect holiday cocktail.
This fragrance is very earthy and woody for a more grounding atmosphere. Notes of cranberry and cassis will keep everything lively but not too sweet or overwhelming. This is a great complimentary fragrance if you like something more fruity without the bellyache. 

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-wasabi-pear-candle.aspx
Nest Wasabi Pear
Anjou pear and fresh, ozonic watery notes are infused with the essence of wasabi.
We spend Thanksgiving down in Florida with my parents. When the weather is warm, I like a lighter scent that is a little more fun and bright and that is exactly what the Nest Wasabi Pear candle is like. It's bright and quirky as the touch of wasabi keeps the pear from getting too sweet. This fragrance also works well after dinner to lighten the mood if you go with something more heavy and cozy during dinner. 

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/nest-fragrances-pumpkin-chai-candle.aspx
Nest Pumpkin Chai
Wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.
You can't go wrong with Nest Pumpkin Chai. It is by far our best selling fall fragrance. Not too sweet or too spicy, this candle will compliment any Thanksgiving gathering. The eye-catching orange box, translucent brown vessel and glowing orange wax also make this candle the perfect hostess gift. 

http://www.candlesoffmain.com/trapp-hearth-candle.aspx
Trapp Hearth
Autumn leaves, wild black currant, crushed nutmeg and sweet apricot comfort with feelings of family and memories of home.
If you like a warm, spicy, comforting scent but aren't ready to dive into Aquiesse Cinnamon Tabac, try Trapp Hearth. It's everything fall in a harmonious blend.  


  
Those are our favorite picks for Thanksgiving Day. What fragrances do you enjoy when you gather with friends and family?


Thursday, November 7, 2013

DIY Apple Tealight Holders for Fall Candle Display

Photo from www.boho-weddings.com
We absolutely love this photo we found on Pinterest of apples used as tealight holders for your fall candle display. How economical and easy!

Simple carve out the top of an apple to make room for a tealight candle. Insert the tealight into the top of the apple and light. Voila! An attractive centerpiece perfect for the season.

What's your favorite fall candle display?

Monday, October 28, 2013

How to Layer Candle Fragrances

It's a great day when you find a fragrance that you really adore. Something that really speaks to you and you can't get enough of. After a while, though, you may want to mix things up and create a fragrance that is uniquely yours. When people walk into your home they are welcomed by something they've never experienced before creating a special memory for them.

I like crafting new sensual experiences every night, mixing and blending for fun and variety. I put a different fragrance in each room of my home so as I travel around I pick up the different notes to peak my senses.

If you haven't started layering fragrances yet, don't be afraid! It can be a lot of fun and it's hard to go wrong. Here are some tips to guide and motivate you:

Floral fragrances blend well with other florals, citrus and woody notes. For example: Voluspa Tuberosa di Notte, Nest Bamboo (jasmine), Red Flower Japanese Peony.Tip: try to only select one heady floral and the others bright clean florals unless you like a heavy/over-the-top floral scent.

Tree fragrances blend with other trees, woody notes and citrus. For example: Thymes Frasier Fir, Archipelago Burl Wood and Votivo Sumatra Lemongrass Tip: when you bring your tree home or set up your artificial tree, surround your home with a variety of green, tree fragrances to make you feel like your in a winter wonderland. It will create lasting memory of your special day.

Gourmand fragrances blend with vanilla and spicy notes. For example: Nest Wild Oats & Bourbon and Trapp Exotic Spice. Tip: try to stick to just one gourmand fragrance at a time as they can be dominating. Have the other fragrances support the primary gourmand scent. Keep this blend simple or you can get sick.

Amber blends well with other amber, vanilla and woody notes. For example: Voluspa Baltic Amber, Thymes Lotus Santal and Trapp Burmese Wood. Tip: these blends are good for romantic evenings at home or for relaxing with a good movie or book. These grounding fragrances will help you slow down and unwind. Don't use this blend for too long or too often or you'll never get off the couch.

Fruity notes blend well with other fruity notes, sugar, vanilla and amber. For example: Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry and Jonathan Adler Sugar or Aura Cosmic (orange vanilla) and Red Flower Blood Orange or Capri Blue Volcano and Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange.Tip: don't overdo the sugar or you'll get a belly ache. Pick one heavy blend and the other lighter blends to balance the load.


Citrus blends well with other citrus, florals and woody notes. For example, Archipelago Luna, Aura Clairvoyant and Red Flower French Lavender. Tip: don't overdue it with the citrus notes or you'll be too wound up and high above the clouds. Add in an earthy floral or woody note to help bring the fragrance down to ground level.

Anything with vanilla blends well with anything else with vanilla. For example: Trapp Orange Vanilla, Voluspa French Bourbon Vanille and Aquiesse Sandalwood Vanille. Tip: have fun with this one! Be sure to avoid artificial vanilla fragrances when you have company over as they can be headache inducing. (Avoid the cheap brands.) You don't have any on our website.

This one is tricky, but sometimes florals blend nicely with sweet notes. For example: Voluspa Tuberosa di Notte and Voluspa French Bourbon Vanille. Tip: use caution here, it's easy to get nauseous on these blends. Even the most expert candle makers tread lightly with this combination for good reason. They can be very sickening.

One combination you likely want to avoid is gourmand fragrances with florals. I've never known that to work, but other than that, it's really hard to mess up. So go ahead and play around and create something new and uniquely you!

What's your favorite fragrance combination?









Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Best Selling Voluspa Candles



When a brand like Voluspa has so many fragrances to choose from, sometimes it's hard to pick one.  If you're not sure what to get sometimes you can get inspiration for a new fragrance by finding out what other people enjoy.  Here are our Top 5 Voluspa Best Sellers:




Voluspa Vervaine Olive Leaf
French lemon vervaine and crushed olive leaves with a heart of rosewood.
 Vervaine Olive Leaf by Voluspa is clean and pure - reminiscent of hand soap you would find in the restroom at a fine luxury hotel. This best selling Voluspa fragrance is great for gift-giving with it's neutral appeal and fresh essence. Voluspa Vervaine Olive Leaf is available in a 12oz jar candle, 15oz ceramic candle, votive candle, 2-wick tin candle, diffuser and room spray. Voluspa room sprays are made with cosmetic grade ingredients so they can also be used as a body spray.

Voluspa Baltic Amber
Amber resin, sandalwood, cedar and vanilla bloom.
Baltic Amber has been a top Voluspa seller for many years for good reason - it's the best amber on the market. Period. It's warm and sensual with a hint of sweetness from the vanilla. This Voluspa fragrance is perfect for cool nights when you want something snuggly or anytime you seek comfort.   Voluspa Baltic Amber is available in a 3-wick tin candle, jar candle, scalloped candle, travel tin candle, petite diffuser and room spray.

Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange
Ruby tarocco orange peel and tart goji berry.
While Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry (also uber popular) is a jammy and sweet-fruity fragrance, Voluspa Goji Taracco Orange is a tart-fruity fragrance with pungent goji berries. This Volupsa scent is crazy fragrant and extremely vibrant. If Vervaine Olive Leaf is Eva Cassidy and Baltic Amber is Michael Buble, Goji Tarocco Orange is Lady Gaga. Front and center and impossible to not notice. Beautiful in a very bold way. Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange is available in a 3-wick tin candle, jar candle, scalloped candle, travel tin candle, petite diffuser and room spray.


Voluspa Makassar Ebony & Peach
Solid black ebony wood combined with ripe peaches and apple blossom.
Makassar Ebony & Peach is like Batman - dark, super sexy and slightly mysterious. This fragrance marries polar opposites -  feminine, fruity peach notes with deep, manly woody tones - in a very sleek way. If you like peach, you'll love it. If you hate peach, step aside so everyone else can get in line to get it. This fragrance is very unisex (guys dig it big-time). Voluspa Makassar Ebony & Peach is available in a petite maison (votive) candle, corta maison candle, 3-wick tin candle and diffuser.

Voluspa Branche Vermeil
An icicle crusted branch of winter spruce snapped with hints of citron, balsam and sugar.
Branch Vermeil is something old, something new, something borrowed yet something silver. If you liked the Voluspa Frost Pinecone fragrance from the old Seasons Collection, you'll love the new Volupsa Branche Vermeil scent. It's fresh, like crisp mountain air, yet warming at the same time as hints of sugar soften and mellow the scent. I absolutely adore this new fragrance and find it fighting for air time with my beloved Voluspa French Bourbon Vanille so often that I usually end up layering the two together for a lovely combination. If you haven't tried this one yet I highly recommend it!
Voluspa Branche Vermeil is available in a petite maison (votive) candle, corta maison candle, 3-wick tin candle and diffuser.  

Voluspa fragrances that aren't on this list but should be are Santiago Huckleberry and French Bourbon Vanille.

What are your favorite Voluspa candles?


Monday, October 7, 2013

Diffusers for Dorm Rooms

It's that time of year again when dorms fill up with anxious college students overflowing the room with hormones, clothes and digital paraphernalia. It's no wonder how such a small space stuffed with 2-4 kids, that rarely do laundry or clean, can eventually create a rather odorous ambiance. It's almost like a haze that fills the air.

Since most dorms ban (in theory) the burning of candles in rooms, and plug-ins can give many people headaches, diffusers become a very attractive option. While they won't get rid of the odors (sadly only cleaning or Lampe Berger lamps will do that) they do mask odors very well. Reed diffusers provide a constant fragrance with little maintenance (you can flip a few of the reeds to amplify the scent when necessary) and no worry.


For girls rooms the Votivo Red Currant and Voluspa Crisp Champagne diffusers work very well. Red Currant is bright and lively for a fresh fragrance. This uber popular scent is a fan favorite of many so the likelihood of the all the girls in the room enjoying this particular scent is extremely high. Crisp Champagne is a fragrance that is very well loved by young women and would also be a big hit with the girls. It's fun, warm and sexy with just a hint of vanilla.

For manly fragrances Archipelago Botanicals Havana and Nest Fragrances Moroccan Amber fit the bill. The Archipelago Havana diffuser is a blend of bergamot, tobacco leaf and ylang ylang for a smokey, sultry scent. The Nest Moroccan Amber diffuser is a blend of Moroccan amber, patchouli, heliotrope and bergamot with a hint of eucalyptus. This fragrance is warm and sweet and filled with spices.

Diffusers are a great way to mask odors because they provide constant fragrance. They work very well in powder rooms, basements, closets or anywhere you want it to smell nice but can't keep a constant eye on a candle.

What fragrance would you have liked in your dorm room our did you get for your child's room?

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Trapp Candle Giveaway on Facebook

Guess It to Win It! 

Join us on Facebook today for a chance to win a Trapp candle in our best selling Trapp fragrance! Checkout the Facebook post below for more information. Good luck!



Monday, September 30, 2013

How to Prevent Candle Tunneling

Have you ever burned a candle and had a ring of dry, hard wax around the outside edge that just wouldn't burn? It's so frustrating! Eventually the candle becomes difficult to light and drowns out from the wax melting down on top of it. It's such a sad situation. Before we started this business I thought that was just the way candles burned. I didn't know any better.


Photo above: The candle on the left is tunneling - you can see the flame below level of the wax. The candle on the right is burning evenly and completely with no residual wax. 



Luckily, one of the first things I learned, before we even opened our store, was how to burn a candle properly. The first time you burn a candle sets the stage for the life of the candle. The size of the wax pool on the initial burn is pretty much the size of the opening from there on out. So if you only burn the candle for an hour or so, and have a really small wax pool, the dry hard wax around the outside edge will almost never burn.

Candle Tunneling - This is NOT how a candle should burn.

When you spend a lot of money on a good quality candle that has a long burn time, you want to be sure to get everything out of it. Plus, it just looks pretty when it burns properly. A well constructed candle with the proper size and type of wick for the wax, fragrance and vessel, should burn evenly and completely. There should be about 1/4" melted wax across the top of the candle with no soot on the glass. A tough challenge for any candle maker! If they've done their job right, then it's all up to you from there on out.

Candle burning evenly, completely and cleanly. Perfection!


How to prevent candle tunneling

  1. The first time you light the candle, don't trim the wick. This is the ONLY time I recommend NOT trimming the wick before you light a candle. Depending on the wax and size of the vessel, you may need a flame that burns large and hot enough to melt the wax all the way to the edge. If you trim the wick too short, the flame might be too small to melt all the wax. This is particularly true of really wide candles like Lafco. If, after you light the wick, there is any smoke at all, then extinguish the flame and trim the wick slightly. You never want any soot or smoke at any time - ever.
  2. Let the candle burn long enough to get the entire top liquid wax. This takes about an hour per inch in diameter of the vessel. So if your candle is 3" wide, let it burn for at least 3 hours. If it doesn't melt all the way to the edge don't panic, but get as close as you can. Sometimes the last 1/4" will burn as the candle goes down. It won't burn evenly across the top, but it will burn completely.
  3. After the first burn, try to let the candle burn for long stretches as often as you can to keep that really wide opening and prevent tunneling later on.
Note: If you burn candles on your dining table for just and hour or two each night, opt for taper candles so you don't have to worry about tunneling. Pillar and poured candles are best for longer burn sessions.

How to fix candle tunneling

There isn't a pretty or easy way to fix candle tunneling. Your best approach is prevention following the steps above. However, here's how you can try to fix a candle that has tunneled:
  • Put the candle inside a hurricane or vase and let it burn for a few hours. The hurricane keeps the heat around the candle to help melt the excess wax. I've also seen people wrap the top of the candle in tin foil (with an opening at the top) to get the wax to melt while burning. You may have to carefully remove some of the liquid wax as you go to keep the flame from drowning out. Let the candle burn until the entire top becomes liquid wax about 1/4" deep. This resets the wax and decreases your chances of tunneling in future burn sessions. If you just remove the dry hard wax down to the wick, it will likely tunnel again the next time as the wax around the edge still has never melted. Wax has a memory which is why it's important to set the stage right on the first burn. 
If you can't fix the candle there's still ways to enjoy the fragrance. You can either place the candle on a candle warmer and melt the wax that way without lighting the candle. Though you won't be able to enjoy the ambiance of a burning candle, you will be able to enjoy the fragrance.


You can also remove the dry, hard wax and place it in small portions on the top of a tealight warmer. This is another way to warm the wax without lighting the candle. A nice little tealight candle under the warmer adds some ambiance and candlelight while the scented wax on top provides fragrance.
Use caution with all these techniques to ensure the wax doesn't become too hot and ignite. Always follow the manufacturers instructions for maximum burn times.

Hopefully these tips have been helpful. Feel free to share your tips on how to fix candle tunneling by commenting below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

3 Must Have Fall Fragrances

Just as much as I love slipping on flip flops early in the spring time, I cherish the feeling the first time you pull on a pair of everyday jeans in the fall. Crisp, clean air. Light sweaters. Bright blue skies and colorful leaves. Everything about fall makes me smile and I welcome the dark nights to unwind inside with candles.


Fall has so many great fragrances as well - gourmand, rich and warm. The scents are a nice respite from the cooler, brighter fragrances from summer. If you're looking for something new here are 3 fragrances that are very well loved by many.



Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle - Gourmand
Pumpkin Chai is one of those fragrances that has everyone clamoring for it as soon as mid-August comes around. One of our Facebook fans, Caitlin Curtis, said it best: "I think it's the blood pumping through autumn's veins! As in, autumn couldn't exist without it." The touch of chai spices makes this common fragrance so unique and slightly exotic. There's also a hint of Grand Marnier for a sophisticated appeal like no other pumpkin scented candle. Don't wait to order - this one is extremely tough to keep in stock!


Lafco Family Room (Cortland Apple) Candle - Fresh
Nothing says fall more than apple picking in New England. The quintessential red barn on a hill, every shade of orange on the leaves and the bright smell of apples bursting off the tree limbs. If you've ever taken a bite out of a Macintosh apple fresh of the tree in New England, you know there's nothing like it. Crunchy, juicy, tart and vibrant. Many apples have let me down since I moved out of New England, but this candle hits the spot. It smells exactly like apples straight off the tree. This candle is very energizing and fragrant and nails the apple scent better than any other candle I've come across.


Trapp Orange Clove Candle - Warm and Spicy
If you like warm, spicy fragrances it doesn't get much better than Orange Clove by Trapp. This fragrance is based on their best-selling Orange Vanilla candle with the addition of comforting spices. I love that the clove isn't harsh or sharp in this candle. Instead it's soft like a big, thick blanket to make you feel good inside, just like Grandma's homemade cookies. 

Those are our top picks for fall. If you haven't tried any of them, but sure to check them out. You won't be disappointed.

What fragrances do you like most when the weather just starts to turn cool?