Rest & Relaxation

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I find that one of the most wonderful advantages of being in the candle-making business is that I am always mere moments away from a restorative aromatherapy session. Lucky me, I know! I just love burning our lavender candle while soaking in a warm bath, drinking a glass of wine, cooking a family dinner or while talking with friends. I find it eases all of my tensions and it’s such a simple solution after a long day of work.

When life gets in the way, as so often happens, what do you do for a quick exercise in relaxation? Which Linnea’s Lights candles help you unwind?

Indiana State Fair

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Being from Indiana, the annual state fair is something the family looks forward to year-round. Unfortunately, as I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, this weekend the festivities took a scary turn with the tragic events that unfolded on Saturday evening. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.

In light of these recent events, it’s more important than ever to show your Indiana pride. The fair’s calendar of events has been adjusted, but will be going strong through August 21, and I hope you can make it out.

This year’s event took on special meaning for the Linnea’s Lights team in particular as we helped celebrate the year of the soybean! A key ingredient in our candles, we combine natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candlewicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. Today, farmers in more than 30 states grow soybeans, making soybeans the United States’ second largest crop in cash sales and the No. 1 value crop export. Find out more fun facts and support your local farmers at the fair. Be safe and we’ll see you there!

Fresh Summer Pastimes

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After our wonderful family vacation in France, it’s business as usual here in Indiana and we’re busy getting the factory ready for Fall & Holiday. Aside from all the wonderful goings-on and delicious new scents in the works at the office, I have been indulging in some of my favorite pastimes: going for a walk in the neighborhood, gardening and, recently, teaching the kids the importance of living green.

Since Linnea’s Lights is an environmentally mindful company, I felt it an important lesson to imprint on those precious young minds. Last night, we picked all of our bountiful tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers from our home garden. We had the most wonderful salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil from the garden with a drizzle of olive oil from our to trip to Mausanne les Alpilles and a sprinkling of sea salt from Camargue. It was heavenly!

Lately we’ve also enjoyed shopping at the local farmers market together. It’s a great way to spend some productive quality time together, see our neighbors and shop locally. When we can’t get it from our own garden, we know we’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables there, and the vibrant colors are almost hypnotizing. Nothing beats biting into a juicy piece of watermelon on these hot August days, plus it’s the perfect destination for fresh scent inspiration; it’s all about the multi-tasking, after all!

What hobbies have you picked up this summer?

Pre-Fall musings

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It feels like just a second ago I was picking up my kids from their last day of school and already it is almost time to send them back. This must be what they mean when they say “time flies when you’re having fun”. Though we don’t want to admit it, summer is winding down and it’s time to break out the backpacks and prepare the fall coats. Especially with the high temps and humidity this summer, I know we are all looking forward to Fall with much cooler and cozier temperatures.

As much I love summer, I look forward to the time when the leaves start to change and the air is crisp. Inspired by the changing seasons, we have come out with a Fall line of candles with some luscious scents for any occasion. In this season’s collection we have a wonderful variety guaranteed to warm up your homes with fragrances like:

Pomander Allow this rich blend of orange, clove and spices to tickle and intoxicate your palette.

Pumpkin Burn this earthy, autumnal scent to purify and perfume any room.

Amber Appealing to the romantic in all of us, indulge in this ancient and irresistible scent with our rich amber candle blended with Egyptian musk.

Pomegranate The deep red and luscious scent is as seductive as it is powerful.

Exotics Gift Set This special set includes Amber, a clean, purifying fragrance; Bamboo, a sultry and exotic aroma of Asian spices, grassy notes, citrus, lavender and cyclamen; and Cashmere, infused with the warming scent of patchouli, Persian limes and a touch of vanilla.

Each 9oz. candle retails for $30 and the gift set retails for $32.

What are you looking forward to this Fall?