Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Candles

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Aromatherapy and essential oils are experiencing a real Renaissance. The other day I was having lunch with my friend, and she told me about an aromatherapy class she was taking. By virtue of my profession, I have been interested in the meanings and properties of scents for many years, but I was excited to know that my friend and others were starting to develop an interest in a subject I am so curious about.

The history of fragrance is very interesting and it began with the burning of wood and leaves in ancient times. Neolithic man realized that some firewood, like Cedar and Cyprus, did more than provide them with warmth and sustenance, it also filled the air with a rich redolent scent. The origin of our word perfume hints at this discovery, as it comes from the Latin per fumum, meaning “through smoke”.

I love feeling connected to this rich history through my craft and thought I’d share a little bit of this background with my lovely readers. In ancient times, essential oils and aromas had many purposes; they were used in medicinal healing, food, religious ceremonies and as aphrodisiacs. I think much of this is still true today, and is certainly something I keep in mind while creating new blends for our candles. The demand for these precious oils and scents established a long distance trade, as the oils were not only relatively easy to transport but sometimes more even valuable than gold and jewels. One could say that the map of the world might be very different if human beings had not cultivated their passion for fragrance.

Bringing good habits into 2013

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We have been thinking a lot about our New Year’s Resolutions, as we mentioned last week, and have been focusing on incorporating good habits into our daily routines in the new year. One idea we loved came courtesy of one of our favorite blogs, Design*Sponge: meditation.

Have you ever tried it? Admittedly it’s difficult to find the time as a mother and an entrepreneur, but the benefits might outweigh any temporary inconvenience. Amy Azzarito had some helpful thoughts for creating a meditation space at home, and was even kind enough to include our very own Hearth candle into the inspiration board!

Of course, you don’t need to buy anything to start a mediation practice. But it can be helpful to have a space dedicated to meditation when you’re trying to quiet your mind. Creating a meditation space is about tapping into what centers you, so it should be completely personal. If you do decide you want to create a meditation space, check out the blog post for a few starters!

Bright Whites, Great Deals

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We are thrilled to be a part of another fabulous sale with our friends at One Kings Lane. Scoop up some of our favorite candles at incredible prices: from Tuscan Fig & warming Chai Tea to Hearth & Winter Spice, there is something to warm every nook and corner of your home.

Does the new year have you decorating a new space or redecorating an old one? Finishing off that room is easier than you think. Fresh white candles, crisp coffee table books, shimmering silver frames—these thoughtful accents round out a room with texture, scale, and ambiance. No matter your style, this collection gives you the look you’ve always wanted. Promise.

Shop the collection here for a limited time only!

New Years Rulin’s & Resolutions

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This time of year is big on introspection. I like to spend time thinking about the past year focusing on the highlights and, without being too hard on myself, thinking about where there was room for improvement and allowing that to inform my New Years Resolutions.

While coming up with a list of my own, I stumbled across this charming New Years Rulin’s list from 1941 written by American folk legend Woody Guthrie. I loved reading through his full list on a great blog called Lists of Note, which you can check out here.

The results of my own brainstorming session lack illustration, but I think they will carry me into 2013 with motivation, great to keep in mind both professionally and personally. Would you like to hear them?

My 2013 Resolutions are:

Be Healthy

Be Optimistic

Stay Focused

Remember What’s Important!

Happy New Year to all of you, our wonderful supporters. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. Stay tuned for big things in 2013!