Brand New Scents for Valentine’s Day & Spring: Part 1

With Valentine’s Day around the corner and Spring following shortly after, we’re excited to be introducing our latest candles for your enjoyment. Wouldn’t it be nice to give your sweetheart the ultimate floral bouquet and one that will last a heck of a lot longer than just a few days? Personally, I’d love to receive something like that too!

Now I’d like to introduce the first of our newest additions to the Spring 2012 collection: our Violet scent. It is said that those with violet auras are forward looking visionaries while in ancient Chinese paintings the pigment cultivated from pure violet flower extract, represents the harmony of the universe, the yin and yang. Violets are known to have a flirty scent as its fragrance comes and goes with the gentle winds of spring. Inspired by the beauty and elegance of the color Violet & the simplicity of the plant itself with Iris at the heart, Violet represents love & luxury. This blend has top notes of florals & leafy greens, middle notes of violet & iris and bottom notes of musk.

Enjoy and once you try it, we always love to hear what you think!

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

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Happy Lunar New Year! As a little bit of background, Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival) is one of the longest and most important celebrations in the lunar calendar. Festivities begin on Monday, January 23, and continue for 15 days to usher in the start of a new year and the beginning of  the revitalizing spring season. The events consist of fireworks, family feasts, “lucky money” given in traditional red envelopes and on the final day, the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival is an exciting, action-packed day filled with music, dancing, acrobatics, parades, Yuanxiao dumplings, and, of course, the release of beautifully decorated lanterns.

I think Lunar New Year is a perfect time to revisit some of the resolutions we made at the beginning of this month and to evaluate our progress in each of them. In honor of the occasion, I will be celebrating the Chinese New Year this Monday by curling up in a comfortable chair with a good book and the Asian-inspired Bamboo candle in the background. The Bamboo scent, which has notes of Asian spices, grasses, citrus and lavender, is the perfect way to enjoy the New Year since bamboo is traditionally believed to bring in prosperity and good luck.

How are you celebrating the Lunar New Year?

Versatility

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Candles are usually associated with celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and many other festive occasions. Most of us don’t realize that candles have many different uses and are actually extremely versatile. Over the years, my mother and I have fallen in love with our candles and enjoy finding new ways to put them to use. We like incorporating our seasonal scents into our holiday decor (Forest Fir is a favorite around Christmas and New Year’s), and our full line is just perfect around the house and studio as decoration, aromatherapy and even come in handy as emergency lighting during power outages! Personally, I love to relax with calming scents like our Lavender candle. In fact, experts recommend relaxing with Lavender, which is thought to help create a sense of deep calm, soothe the nervous system, and stimulate the immune system. What are some ways you like to use candles in your home and which are your favorite scents to unwind with?

New Year’s Resolution: Getting Organized

Happy New Year to you all and we’re thrilled to be back after some much needed family time! Now that it’s officially 2012, it’s time to make good on these resolutions and start the year off on the right foot. We’re all about getting organized by eliminating clutter around the house and studio and thought some of you might be similarly resolved.

Since we use recycled paper, soy and water based inks in our packaging, we also strongly recommend recycling the candle’s decorative glass vessel after the candle has been completely enjoyed. Since soy wax is all natural, simply wash out the vessel with warm soap & water. Then it’s time to clean up the clutter! Our vessels make exceptional bar ware, vases, and lovely storage jars for cotton balls, q-tips, pens, pencils and more! How else are you getting organized? What other resolutions are on your mind for 2012?

We’re so excited to share all that’s ahead with you. Here’s to your best year yet!