Thursday, December 29, 2016

How to Layer Candle Fragrances

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.  Like cooking, layering fragrance in your home can be a creative and rewarding experience.
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 NotteNEST Bamboo, and K. Hall Peony.Tip: try to only select one heady floral (like Tuberose) 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 FirArchipelago Black Forest 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 you’re in a winter wonderland. It will create a lasting memory of your special day.
Gourmand fragrances blend with vanilla and spicy notes. For example: NEST Vanilla Orchid & Almond and Trapp Exotic SpiceTip: 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’ll feel overwhelmed by scent. 
Amber blends well with other amber, vanilla and woody notes. For example: Voluspa Baltic AmberThymes Lotus Santal and Illume Amber DunesTip: 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 Votivo Red Currant or Aura Cosmic (orange vanilla) and Capri Blue Volcano and Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange.Tip: don’t overdo the sugar — 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 LunaTrapp Lemongrass Verbena and Voluspa French Cade LavenderTip: don’t overdo 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 VanillaVoluspa Bourbon Vanille and Aquiesse Sandalwood VanilleTip: 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.) We 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 Bourbon VanilleTip: use caution here, it’s easy to get nauseous on these blends. Even the most expert candlemakers 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?
Jenny,
Candles Off Main

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enhance Your Tree Fragrance: Best “Pine” Fragranced Candles

Enhance Your Tree Fragrance: Best “Pine” Fragranced Candles

Nothing feels like the Holidays like the scent of a Christmas tree. While some like that fresh, vibrant scent you get from a freshly cut fir tree, others like a more earthy scent that encompasses the crisp green needs and warm woody notes from the bark and trunk of the tree. Finding the perfect Christmas Tree can be fun and frustrating. Here’s our guide to help you find the perfect tree scent, without the frustration.

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.


The NEST Birchwood Pine candle is bright, beautiful and does wonders to fill your home with the aromatic scent of a freshly cut Christmas Tree. With a refined elegance in both the scent and the styling, NEST Birchwood Pine is definitely one to try if you’re looking for an energizing, true Christmas Tree scented candle. Birchwood Pine by NEST Fragrances is available in the standard size, votive, 3-wick, grande candle, diffuser and spray for all your fragrance needs. Be sure to set the diffuser by your artificial tree and spritz the tree with the Birchwood Pine spray. You’ll never miss having a real tree again.
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Thymes Frasier Fir

Mountain fresh with the aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood. 


Arguably the best Christmas tree scented candle out there, the Thymes Frasier Fir scent comes in a huge variety of products. This scent is wildly popular with Candles Off Main customers. Deb from Ohio calls this scent “stunning,” adding that “it has the perfect amount of sweetness and just the right amount of warm sandalwood to give it a soothing effect. Very crisp and uplifting fragrance.” Cheryl from Arizona calls this candle, “the one.” She wrote, “For years I have been searching for a real “pine” fragrance to compensate for an artificial Christmas tree. This is it! I burn this through the entire holiday season to evoke the memories of the past and create new ones for the future.”
I imagine that this powerful scent is what the Griswold home must have smelled like when Clark attempted to bring an enormous tree home for the holidays in Christmas Vacation. If you’re an artificial tree devotee, this candle will bring the forest scent home with one little flame.
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Aquiesse Monterey Pine Cande

Aquiesse Monterey Pine Candle is the crisp scent of hilltop Evergreen pines, earthy Canadian balsam wood and fresh thyme, evoking a misty morning journey through a coastal forest grove.


If you want a a Christmas tree fragrance that is not overly ‘crisp’ or bright — we recommend this scent. In this fragrance, I detect soft creamy notes of vanilla blended perfectly with the crispness of balsam. I consider this a very inviting Christmas scent that will be perfect all winter long. Guests to your home will feel the comforting notes of this idyllic tree scent.
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Trapp White Fir

The Trapp White Fir candle fills your room with the refreshing, cool sensation of a winter frost. This top-selling candle features a clean, green fragrance only a Christmas tree brings.


This candle is not only highly fragrant but an incredible value! For a true ‘fir’ fragrance that matches the scent of any freshly cut Frasier fir tree — we recommend this beautifully packaged candle. Great gift!
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Voluspa Spruce Cuttings

Spruce Cuttings is filled with the scent of royal Colorado blue spruce cuttings freshly snapped and trimmed for a fragrant garland.


The signature holiday candle by Voluspa make your home festive and bright, featuring a beautiful green glass candle  that sparkles! Whether you’re gifting it to a host or hostess or yourself, each candle features a proprietary coconut wax blend with a cotton wick for a pure, clean burn. If you’re looking for a very fragrant tree candle — this scent has amazing throw!
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Votivo Christmas Sage Candle

Freshly harvested juniper berries, tangy hemlock cones and fragrant emerald hued spruce boughs transform the rustic cabin into a light filled workshop where dreams are crafted with pride and hope fills the heart eternal with gifts that truly linger.


The Christmas Sage candle by Votivo is one of my favorites. It’s earthy, gritty, herbal and incredibly grounding. When the holiday festivities of bubbly champagne and sweets can make you spiral out of control, this scent is perfect for bringing you back down to earth. I love this scent on cool or raining nights when I need to relax and unwind. The travel tin is great for weekend ski getaways.
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Rigaud Cypres

The aromatic mildness of lavender, the woody and crackling notes of pine needles and the forceful fragrances of cedar wood all intermingle.


The luxurious French line Rigaud has been around for decades. Ever since First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy introduced Rigaud to the homemakers of the US in the 1960’s, the intensely fragrant Cypres candle has been a Christmas tradition.  With its elegant and distinguished history, Rigaud Cypres is the most complex tree fragrance in this list, reflecting more of a cologne or soapy scent than true Christmas Tree. If you’re looking to make a statement, it’s easy to do with a Rigaud Cypres candle.

riguadcypressmallcandleFrom fresh and vibrant focusing on the crisp green needles, to earthy and grounding encompassing all the essence of a forest tree, there’s a Christmas tree fragrance for everyone. We think these are the best Christmas Tree scented candles, but what we really want to know is:
What Christmas tree scented candle is your favorite?