Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nest Holiday Candles, Diffuser and Room Spray

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

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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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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?