Bring the Garden In

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As Spring quickly moved on to Summer, the flowers in the yard have been in full bloom. Apartment Therapy recently posted a very timely piece with some lovely ideas for bringing the garden in,  and they were also kind enough to include us in the piece. With so many floral scents in our line, you’ve got some wonderful ways to freshen up the home for summer!

Try some of our favorites:

New! Wild Fern

New! Peony

Magnolia

Tuberose

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.

Introducing the new Grapefruit candle

One goal I set for myself in 2013 was to be more active. I’ve been setting aside time to fit in some yoga, go for long walks, and ride bikes with the kids when the weather permits. One activity I’ve been hearing a lot about is SoulCycle which apparently has a cult following in NYC, though it isn’t yet available here in Indiana. Have any of you tried it?

Besides the rigorous workout, I love how they incorporate candles into their workouts as an energizing tool and thought I’d bring some of that into my own at-home sessions. Our new Grapefruit candle is perfect for people who workout at home and want to set a motivational mood, or for people who just like the inviting scent of a citrus candle. A beguiling scent, this grapefruit candle offers a fresh infusion of citrus with spicy bottom notes of ginger and green wood. Would you incorporate candles into your workouts? I’ve really been enjoying it!

If you’d like to give it a try, you can purchase our new Grapefruit candle, here.

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.

Our Secret Garden: Introducing New Garden Mint Candle

In eager anticipation of relaxing afternoons spent at home gardening, Linnea’s Lights is proud to present its fresh Garden Mint candle. There’s no finer feeling than planting new seeds with love, allowing mother nature to work her magic, and with some  of our own delicate nurturing, seeing what grows.

Garden Mint ~ Known for its therapeutic properties and cooling scent, Garden Mint thrives no matter how green the gardener’s thumb. A perfect aroma to take the edge off summer’s fiery heat, watery notes of garden mint leaves mingle with cucumber, spearmint and hints of citrus. Cooling.

Linnea’s Lights® candles combine natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candle wicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. Each signature double wicked glass candle provides over 60 hours of illumination and is mindfully packaged in recycled materials, printed with soy inks and hand stamped.

Each 9 oz. candle is $30. Pick yours up now at Oliver’s Twist!

New WILDFLOWER candle, exclusively for Rachel Ashwell

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We are thrilled to announce our newest collaboration with one of our favorites, Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic Couture. Isn’t it pretty?

To celebrate the opening of Rachel’s newest venture, The Prairie Bed & Breakfast in Texas, we joined forces on this spectacular co-branded candle and we just know you’ll love the final product! Our new candle, WILDFLOWER, is inspired by the Texas wildflowers that grow on the prairie and which we’ve blended especially for the occasion. Can’t get to Texas, but want a candle of your very own? Give The Prairie store a call at 979-936-6907!

Rachel Ashwell is a self-made business woman who founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989 when, as a single mother of two young children, she looked to open a small shop where she could sell ‘pretty things’ without spending much time or distance away from her children and opened her first store on trendy Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, California.

Her vision and love of vintage style and flea-market has always struck a cord and inspired our like-minded aesthetic here at Linnea’s Lights. Rachel will release her seventh book titled Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspiration and Beautiful Spaces published by Cico books in October 2011, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy!

For reservations: The Prairie by Rachel Aswhell, www.theprairiebyrachelashwell.com 5808 Wagner Road Round Top, TX 78954, 1-979-836-4975