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

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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!