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.

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.

Last Minute Father’s Day Inspiration

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With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, I always find myself scrambling for ideas up to the last minute. Does the same thing happen to you?

One sweet idea is giving him something homemade, made with love. For my husband, I love the idea of my daughter and I baking the cute sugar cookies pictured above together, and found this easy enough recipe from Martha Stewart.

Since you’re probably here though as a fan of ours (lucky us!), did you know we have a pretty new masculine candle, Vetiver? Earthy, rugged and altogether masculine with notes of vetiver, light musk and ozone. It’s actually one of my favorites as well, so now you can share your passion with the man in your life!

Check our site for a list local retailers if you want to pick this up near you, though we recommend calling first to make sure it’s in stock!

Here’s to a wonderful Father’s Day and spending a beautiful day with the ones we love.

Christmas in July

We are so excited to be taking part in The Markoff Group‘s Christmas in July event, going on today and tomorrow at the incredible Vosges SoHo store.

It’s hard to believe it’s already that time again… Christmas in July. The Markoff Group has included us in their very special press preview, July 19th & 20th featuring their very favorite clients along with their Fall & Holiday releases. It’s a perfect chance to start those wish lists and between Vosges chocolates, wine from Pasanella and Son, our candles & Hester van Eeghan handbags and accessories, we can promise there are surprises in store.

For starters, there’s a sneak peek at our brand new masculine scent, Vetiver, which we’re thrilled to launch this Fall, along with our top Holiday limited edition scents like Fireside, Forest Fir and Winter, available in a special gift set or as long burning 9 oz. candles.