Even More Candle to Love

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When we launched our new (and initially limited-edition) holiday triple-wick candles at the end of 2013, they were our biggest candles yet and we knew you’d like them. It quickly became clear, however, that you LOVE them… and we heard you! We are so thrilled to announce the expansion of our large, 3-wick candles with a collection growing even larger for Spring.

The first of our newest 18-ounce candles is the elegant Cashmere candle. With winter holding on a bit longer and Spring on the horizon, nothing warms you up like cashmere. Now you can wrap yourself in this inspired and sophisticated herbal scent. Infused with the warming scent of patchouli, Persian limes and a touch of vanilla, this scent will brighten up any room. Now with an impressive burn time of about 90 hours!

Available for purchase at our California partner, A Beautiful Mess. The triple-wick candles will be up online soon or call in to reserve yours now (818.874.9092).

Stay tuned for our next big candle release!

NEW Spring Candle: Geranium

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Rounding out our Spring launches is this delicate, new Geranium candle!

Soft rose geranium blended with uplifting bergamot & clary sage. Cheerful and pleasing to the eyes on a spring afternoon, geraniums are said to uplift and soothe with their refreshing floral scent. A dash of fragrant fruit and a hint of musky clary sage round out this blend.

Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
- Handmade in the USA

Available for purchase, here.

NEW Spring Candle: Persian Lime

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Just as in nature the flora and fauna seem to undergo a rebirth each Spring, so too do we crave a seasonal reawakening as the days grow longer. To celebrate the season of renewal, Linnea’s Lights has released three new scents for spring. The first I’d love to introduce you to is our new Persian Lime candle.

Bright and effervescent, this candle blends tart lime with crisp grapefruit and rich notes of vetiver. Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
- Double wick
- Scent: Persian Lime
- 9 oz.
- Handmade in the USA

Available for purchase, here.

A Candle Spell to Ring in the New Year

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I like to take the first few days of the New Year to think about the year ahead with goals for myself and wishes for my family. A wealth of tradition helps to usher in the new year, a time for new beginnings, and is an opportunity to ensure one’s luck for the year to come.

I came across this whimsical yet poignant so-called “candle spell”, which I felt captured what I wanted to focus on in these first days of January, 2014:

As I light this candle,
I bid the Old Year farewell,
With gratitude for milestones passed,
And memories cherished.
And I welcome the New Year in
With love and warmth and blessings.
That the quality of this new year be assured,
I now dedicate a moment to visioning
Some ways to make this year
A year of excellence,
A year of fortune.

Pause for a moment to envision the kind of year that you want to have and the kind of person that you want to be. Enhance these visualizations by imagining your objectives charged with energy and bathed in glowing light. Then continue:

And thus do my wishes for the year
take on their own life and purpose.
So does the year itself
take on a glowing life and power;
A bright year, a bold year,
a golden year, a year of magic!
So may this year bring luck,
and peace, and prosperity
to one and all.

You can allow the candle to burn continuously, or relight it every morning to reactivate the magic of your celebration. Whether the candle takes a few days or a few months to burn down, you can be satisfied that its flames will radiate your blessings to last the twelve months out. Kind of a sweet idea, right?

How are you starting off your New Year?

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers & Happy Holidays

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is next week! I am so ready for some quality time with family and friends but find myself still scrambling for some last-minute stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. Just in case you’re in the same situation, I thought I’d round up some of our holiday scents and where to find them to help inspire you.

And for a current list of where to buy our candles at a shop near you, of course check out the retail list on our site, here.

Our new Triple Wick Winter Candle: Winter is a divine blend of cedar spruce and mint topped off with citrus and vanilla, a best-seller year after year!

New Triple Wick Forest Fir Candle: Crisp aroma of a freshly cut tree. A traditional favorite!

New Triple Wick Holiday Spice Candle: Sweet pomegranate, tart cranberry, and warm notes of clove and cinnamon make this candle a winter favorite, evoking the welcome aroma of a holiday meal.

As always, we combine natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents. Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
- Triple wick
- 150 hour burn time
- 18 oz.

NEW Linnea’s Lights Poppy Candle, Excusively at Terrain

We couldn’t wait to share this new Poppy scented flower with you! Scented with fresh florals and stored in a reusable, painted vessel, this house-warming candle was made just for terrain. Sophisticated. Blooming. Happy. Notes of Wild Poppies. Combining natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents, Linnea’s Lights’ clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- A terrain exclusive
- Soy wax
- Double cotton wick
- 70 hour burn time
- 12 oz.
- USA

4″H, 3.25″ diameter

Shop for our Poppy candle here.

The Diary of A Nose

Since I’ve built a career in the world of scents, I am always interested to hear what has inspired some of the world’s most renown olfactory experts. Jean-Claude Ellena, the official perfumer of Hermès, shares his thoughts on perfume in his new memoir and I think this will be the perfect summer read for me.

A scent is such a personal thing, capable of transporting you to your past, of kindling fantasies… out of thin air. It is quite a task (one that I love) to create each candle, capturing the essence of the candle’s namesake (Peony, Vetiver, Wild Fern…). And so, in the name of research, I am looking forward to sticking my nose into this memoir by Jean-Claude Ellena, the official perfumer of Hermès: “The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur“. Available now from Rizzoli.

Per the Rizzoli website:

An intimate exploration of inspiration and creativity, from the “parfumeur exclusif” of the house of Hermès. Where does inspiration for this visceral art come from? How does one capture the essence of emotions, of desire? Jean-Claude Ellena has a sublime gift. As “parfumeur exclusif” (or “the nose”) for Hermès, he elevates fragrance to an art form. A “writer of perfume,” his concoctions are as finely composed and evocative as a haiku. He is also a conjurer of sorts: “I create an illusion that is actually stronger than reality . . . you enter the scent and follow the path.” The Diary of a Nose is a collection of Ellena’s meditations on the world of scents, and what stirs his creation of some of the world’s most desired fragrances. Inspiration can come from anywhere—a market stall, a landscape, or even the movement of calligraphy. Though each smell has its own distinct character, a gifted perfumer creates olfactory experiences that are intensely personal and unique, that blossom on the body and leave a trace of us lingering after we have left a room. Seductive, delicate, and elegant as any of Ellena’s creations, The Diary of a Nose seeks to capture the most elusive facets of this rarefied and mysterious art.

About the Author

Jean-Claude Ellena has been the exclusive perfumer to the house of house of Hermès since 2004. Over the course of his career he has created some of the world’s bestselling fragrances, including “First” from Van Cleef & Arpels, “Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert” from Bulgari, and “Déclaration” from Cartier.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Photo by: Con Poulos; Image courtesy of Bon Appétit

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is always a fun way to enjoy the warmer weather and eat some great Mexican food and fruity drinks with friends. This year I wanted to think outside the margarita box and thankfully, Bon Appétit posted great ideas for what to drink on Cinco de Mayo: Margaritas, Palomas, Micheladas, and Aguas Frescas.

My favorite of the bunch is this Watermelon-Ginger Agua Fresca. How delicious does this sound? You can make it easily to drink straight, top with sparkling water, or spike with vodka, gin, or tequila. In case you want to try it out this weekend, here is the recipe which makes about 8 cups.
Another way to garnish? Spread our Sea Salt candles around the dinner table. Mexican, margaritas, agua fresca and salt go hand in hand!

For mixing, matching, traveling and gifting

Good things come in our small packages

Linnea’s Lights Mini Votives: 15 hour burn time

With Spring and Summer around the bend, I look forward to some weekend trips out of town. One of the first things I pack are a selection of our smaller candles in my favorite scents like Cashmere, Ocean and Sweetgrass. Petite but as powerful as our traditional size candles, our mini votives come in a variety of classic Linnea’s Lights scents. Without taking up much space at all, they make great hostess gifts if you’re staying with friends or family, or perfect if you just want to make a new space feel like home! They can be lit alone or try combining different scents together and enjoy a unique atmosphere.

Our mini votives are available online at Urban Farmhouse for just $15. Which scents will you bring on your next trip?

Introducing the Wild Fern Candle

Spring is a time of magic, as the natural world miraculously comes alive after the barren winter. Because this is such a wondrous season, I wanted to create a new scent to pay homage to the enchantment of nature.

Our new Wild Fern candle is a verdant escape, with crisp & fresh leafy greens, stems and herbs blended with sheers woods. I tried to capture the essence of the warming earth, of soft sunlight and intense green. The fern is ancient, older than the dinosaurs and predating flowering plants by two hundred million years. It derives its name from its aesthetic likeness to a feather, and has long been associated with fairy lore for its powers of invisibility and supernatural protection.  It is suggested that the person who breaks the first fern frond of Spring will have good luck all year round. Step inside the fairy ring and become enchanted with redolent primeval forests of vivid green.

And good news! Our friends at Uber Boutique and Design just got some of the new Wild Fern and Peony candles in, so I hope you’ll enjoy!