Cassis

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Lynn often thinks fondly of her mother’s beloved rose garden and wanted a way to illustrate her French roots. Incorporating both into the Cassis candle, Lynn referenced the black currant berry indigenous to France & the delicate aroma of roses in homage. We think you’ll enjoy this amazing mélange of black currant with green herbs, floral & fruits.

Available from our friends at AshBlue.

Pomegranate

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Have you ever placed the seeds of a pomegranate at the bottom of a champagne flute on New Year’s? Did you know that Cleopatra used the seeds of the pomegranate to redden her lips before seducing Mark Antony? Lynn taught me both of these fun tricks. Sweet yet tart, this fruit is valued for its antioxidant powers and in candle form, its deep red and luscious scent is as seductive as it is powerful.

Visit Nest to pick yours up today, or pop into Abbracci in Redondo Beach California!

Currant Rouge

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The dark, mysterious and seductive scent of currants is the inspiration for this scent and this candle is all about setting the mood. Tangy & modern with citrus, tart apple & green accord, it makes us think of the brilliant red color of the currant berries found throughout Europe. In my travels, I enjoyed collecting these while walking through a friend’s garden in Belgium. I remember picking them straight from the bushes and popping them into my mouth, puckering from their unexpected but not unpleasant tartness.

Find yours at Zanadia.

The Winter Solstice & The Procession of Saint Lucia

Perhaps our Swedish lineage led us to love candles so much.

In Sweden, December 13th marks the start of the winter holidays, and candles play an important part in many of the holiday traditions like the procession of Saint Lucia.  The procession celebrates the start of the Christmas season and every year one girl is chosen to represent St. Lucia and gets to wear a crown of lighted candles in her hair. Behind Lucia all the other children march in white robes carrying candles and singing.

The procession has it’s roots in pagan culture and coincides with the celebration of the winter solstice—the longest night of the year, or Lussi Night, a night filled with goblins and evil spirits that swoop down chimneys and steal away children who hadn’t behaved throughout the year—sound familiar?  The girl with the candles in her hair symbolized the return of sunlight, tranquility and warmth to the world.  Each candle was a miniature sun, a symbol of the life giving light and fire.  In medieval times the Lussi Night celebration was adopted by the church to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season, and the evil spirits of Lussi night were replaced by the angelic Saint Lucia.

At Linnea’s Lights we wish you all the peace and tranquility of the season, and hope that our candles bring a little sunlight into your life and home this holiday.

~ Happy Holidays

Holiday Votive Gift Set

Linnea’s Lights Limited Edition Mini Votive Holiday Gift Set is perfect for entertaining or holiday gift ideas. Luxuriate this winter in the finest scents of the season with the Limited Edition Holiday Collection and warm your home with these classic, ambrosial fragrances:

Mini Votive Holiday Gift Set A collection of Fireside, Forest Fir & Winter holiday scents, this trio of 2.5oz mini soy votives is available in limited edition gift sets. Each is infused with the spice of the holidays, and sure to keep your home cozy and warm.

Fireside Spend your winter nights tucked beside the glow of this warm, smoldering blend of pine, tobacco and sensual sandalwood embers.

Forest Fir Allow this traditional holiday favorite to enchant your home with the rich, crisp blend of evergreen essences.

Winter This sweet twist of spruce, mint and hints of cinnamon and cranberry will transport your senses to a snowy wonderland.

The Holiday Collection candles set a perfect ambiance for your holiday celebrations. And don’t miss out on our other gift set options, available in:

Blooms Mini Votive Gift Set Magnolia, Tuberose, Blue Agave

Exotics Mini Votive Gift Set Amber, Bamboo, Cashmere

Fresh Mini Votive Gift Set Ocean, Sweetgrass, Lemon Verbena

Fruits Mini Votive Gift Set Currant Rouge, Yuzu, French Pear

Woods Mini Votive Gift Set Linden, Fig Leaf, Moss

Pick up gift sets for your loved ones at Uber Boutique and Design in Indianapolis.

Forest Fir

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I fondly look back on my childhood memories of walking through the local Christmas tree farms, picking out our family holiday tree and selecting the fresh greenery for the wreath Lynn always hung at our front door. Nothing was better or more inspiring than smelling the resin of the tree on our hands and then the tradition of enjoying some hot cocoa once we got back home. This brilliant, clean and crisp scent is inspired by the ancient Fir trees of Sweden—the oldest living trees in the world. Long used to perfume homes, the fir tree was also believed to be the home of fairies and was brought into the house to frighten away evil spirits.

Find Forest Fir in store at terrain.