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Voluspa Candles

Posted by on Jan 23 2008 | voluspa candles

Voluspa CandlesVoluspa is considered to be one of the premier boxed candle lines due in part to the loving attention placed on all aspects of packaging the handmade candles. For example, the signature patterns that dress each box are spirited and decorative. The look is carried throughout the design of the product, even down to the label on the bottom of the candles. Extra details, like lids on most of the products, are fine touches that the company’s founders say “exude luxe and superior craftsmanship.”
With more than 50 employees, this Lake Forest-based company boasts more than 350 products. Says Traci, “We resource components from all over the globe including fragrances and glasses, but every Voluspa candle is poured by hand in the Lake Forest facility.” She adds, “All design, marketing, sales and operations happen here too.”
It seems the family business is good for the Arnsten family. While some couples cannot fathom working together, Traci and Troy wouldn’t have it any other way. “It is wonderful, ” Traci says. “There are, of course, days when it is difficult and we spend more time together than we should on the business. However, the benefits outweigh any of the negatives. We bring our children to work with us, and when we have a major success with our business, we experience it together … most couples are outsiders to their spouses’ successes at work.”

According to Traci, Voluspa has over 5,000 active customers both nationwide and abroad. And Hollywood’s heavy hitters can’t seem to get enough of Voluspa’s luxuriously scented products. “Voluspa has developed a long list of celebrity clientele over the years,” says Traci, “…everyone from Halle Berry who loves our ‘Cocoa Tamarind’ fragrance to Goldie Hawn who bought several of our ‘Sake Lemon Flower’ candles at one of our accounts up in LA. Voluspa is literally the most popular candle brand in Los Angeles. All of the best stores carry our products… and that is where celebrities shop. We also recently had a former N’ Sync band member visit our offices and take a tour.”
What makes Voluspa candles so special is their ingredients which include a proprietary blend of vegetable waxes and cosmetic wax. “We chose this blend after four years of experimenting. We were looking for the strongest fragrance throw and a perfect long-lasting burn,” Traci explains. The couple hasn’t always been in the candle business, but their previous career experiences have definitely proven to be helpful assets.
“When we started Voluspa, we were lucky in that we both already had a background in the gift and fragrance industry,” Traci says. “Troy had started a company with two partners a few years before we started Voluspa that imported essential oils from all over the world. These oils were sold to aromatherapy and fragrance companies as raw ingredients. During that time, I was working with a master aromatherapist who created products and fragrances for his own collection of products and who also did custom work for clients such as Crabtree & Evelyn. It was then that the world of creating fragrances opened up to me and I was hooked.”
When asked if she has her own personal favorite, Traci laughs. “I don’t have one. I’m always mixing them together to see what new creation I can come up with.” The most popular fragrances include top-selling “Crisp Champagne”, followed by “Italian Tangelo”, “Vervein Olive Leaf”, “Cardamom Fig”, and “Yashioka Gardenia.”

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Exploring Aromatherapy Scents

Posted by on Jan 19 2008 | aromatherapy

The practice of aromatherapy is believed to be over 6000 years old. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used aromatherapy in their baths, massage and even in the embalming process. Studies have proved that scents made from essential oils, have an effect on the brain and body.

Majority of people have their own personal experiences related to incidence that a specific smell evokes a sensory memory. Be it the lavender perfume mother used to wear or the warm tempting smell of baking cookies. Aromatherapy utilizes this same effect to address many health issues. Certain aromatherapy scents can induce reactions within the body, helping the person become relaxed, alert, and free of pain.

Aromatherapy Scents – Use

Essential oils can be used on their own or in mixture to create specific scents that can be used for a variety of conditions. Some studies have been conducted by using aromatherapy scents on mice in attempt to evaluate the incidence of response. The outcome was that certain scents like, sandalwood and lavender helped calm agitation in mice.

Aromatherapy scents are also beneficial since they cover a wide range of conditions. For instance, Clary Sage – that is characterized a warm, soothing smell, can be used in addressing conditions like muscular pain, asthma, throat and colic infections among others. Geranium is one of the scents which have a soothing and relaxing scent. Eucalyptus is used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, flu, colds, and skin conditions.

Both of the mentioned scents can help with skin problems including acne, broken capillaries, and bruises. Lavender is one of the scents with the widest range of application, and can be used in nervous disorders, depression, skin problems, shock, sprains, asthma, sunburns, flu and many others. Other useful scents, usually administered in form of scented candles, include Jasmine, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree and Ylang Ylang – to name just a few.

From the historical perspective, aromatherapy scents have been successfully used for curing ailments, inducing relaxation, and supporting patients in becoming healthier in body and spirit. Nowadays, certain aromatherapy agents are used in commercial application. Studies indicate that when a Lavender scent is gently used with senior patients, they begin having less difficulty falling asleep, and many stop needing sleeping pills. The conclusion of Japanese research was that when certain scents, Lavender, Jasmine or Lemon, were administered, the mistakes in keyboard typing were dramatically reduced. The Lemon scent induced the biggest decrease in mistakes, they fell down for 54%. A Discovery of this mind-body-scent connection may lead towards a new path to health wellness.

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Seda France Candles-how to get most of them

Posted by on Jan 17 2008 | seda france candles

Each Seda France candle is hand-poured and carefully crafted to provide you many special moments. Any eventual irregularity in it is simply a confirmation of its authenticity. We want you to enjoy the long-life of each candle and suggest the following simple guidelines to ensure that enjoyment.

The first burn of your new candle is the most important and should be long enough to create a melt pool that goes to the glass edge. Our candles are designed to burn for 2-3 hours at a time which should be adequate for achieving this desired melt pool. Our smaller occasion candles should burn across in less time than the larger candles which may require at least 3 hours for a complete burn pool. Any less time than this may cause the candles to “tunnel” or burn down the center with too much wax unused. And burning for periods longer than 2-3 hours will increase the intensity of the flame creating excess carbon that may smoke. Our candles should not smoke if proper care is taken of the wicks. We suggest trimming the wick to 1/4 inch before each use, keeping the candle out of drafts, and again, limiting burning time to 2-3 hours. If at any time your candle wick starts to smoke, please review the previous precautions; it may be necessary to extinguish the candle and trim the wick again. Taking these simple steps will prolong the life of your candle and allow you to enjoy it as intended.

If your candle is not allowed to burn long enough to melt the wax to the glass edge and starts to tunnel, you can correct this by burning the candle longer on the subsequent use. However, do not trim the wick when attempting this type of correction and allow the candle to burn long enough to melt the entire surface which may exceed the aforementioned 3 hours. Once the correction is made you must always continue to follow the initial instructions regarding burn times, wick length, etc.

All of our wicks are lead-free, and each of our fragrances is matched with the best size wick that will insure the desired melt pool. You may notice a shiny center in some of our wicks which is zinc oxide that creates stability in the wick and allows it to stay centered as the wax melts. Not all of our wicks have this, and as your candle burns, it may be necessary to re-center your wick to maintain an optimum burn. Also, if you notice the flame throws too much in one direction, it might be necessary to re-center your wick and/or adjust toward the unmelted wax.

Finally, always place your candles on heat resistant level surfaces and out of the reach of children. Keep your candles free of foreign objects and never leave a lit candle unattended or in a draft.

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Aromatherapy – A Brief History

Posted by on Jan 15 2008 | aromatherapy

The history of aromatherapy is nearly as long as our civilization. Although the term was first introduced in 20th century, the practice of using plants and plant oils for treating physical and mental ailments has been with us for thousands of years. Various cultures all over the globe are known to have studied and used aromatherapy methods for health benefit.

The Chinese people were among the first cultures that practiced the methods of aromatherapy. The famous Chinese Yellow Book of Internal Medicine is an old manuscript (dating back to 2500BC) that discusses a number of plants and their application in medical treatments. It is also known that the Chinese always used aromatic plants oils and incense in order to maintain a natural life balance. Even today, in China and related cultures, there is equally wide use of scents in creating a peaceful and healthy balance both at homes and at work places.

History of Aromatherapy – Egypt

There is a well documented usage of aromatherapy methods is ancient Egypt. Many papyruses dating back to 1st century BC, describe the uses and methods of application of various plants. Some of the mentioned plants are still used and applied in the same way as was the case in ancient times. Ancient Egyptians, being advanced in a wide range of scientific areas, are proven to have used the plants in the procedures related to embalming for their dead. Egyptian culture was also advanced in sense that they kept a record of the body of knowledge for future generations.

History of Aromatherapy – Greece and Rome

Both civilizations have a long history in aromatherapy. Hippocrates, the famous philosopher and physician, was an advocate of aromatherapy use for both the fragrance benefits and the medicinal benefits. Many Greek people used certain plant oils for treating wounds and soothing inflammation.

In Rome, massage oils were used for treating the skin and other tissues following the baths. Romans also utilized aromatherapy for distilling and makeup techniques. There is the evidence that the history of aromatherapy in Rome comprised the use of aromatic fragrances.

History of Aromatherapy –Other Cultures

There is a number of other cultures that have the history of using aromatherapy over the centuries. In spite of the fact that this history of usage and records are scattered and not entirely conclusive, it is evident that aromatherapy had an important place in many cultures: European, Asian, African and Indian. Along with the exploration of the world, the cultures shared information from the world of aromatherapy – to our global benefit.

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Candles – Brief History of Symbolism

Posted by on Jan 12 2008 | candles symbolism

Candles have always had a distinctive place in our society, and as such they represent an incredible link that taps into our past. In a quite unique way, candles radiate messages of romance, passion, security, warmth, hope, spirituality, mystery, to name just a few. Candles indeed are a burning example that the whole is more than sum of its parts – be they just a little wax and wick as they are. Deeply rooted in almost every religious and spiritual practice, creed and nationality, there is something peculiar and symbolic in a solitary flame and the aura of light surrounding it. It communicates with our souls. It speaks beyond words. It is the Unspeakable that dwells in the midst of the candle flame. It enlightens, enlivens, inspires, whispers secrets, comforts and ultimately connects. No matter how thick the darkness, the light of one candle conquers it. No matter how solitary one flame is, it is never alone or lonely for its light knows no boundaries and touches eternity. People of all faiths and walks of life, and many different creeds, have been joining together in a candlelight vigil to grieve, pray or celebrate. Candles are an integral part of our identities, they have been playing an important role in both our collective and individual consciousness.

Although we are living in modern times of technical revolution, blessed by the miracle of electrical lighting for a century, very few of us haven’t had contact with candles. From the very first blazing encounters on a birthday cake, where candles are introduced as a magical agents which help our wishes came true, to every possible ritual and practice of social initiation, rite of passage or pleasure lubricant, candle flame has been our constant companion. Our initial enchantment with birthday candles is precursor to our belief that magic and candles naturally go together. Symbolism of birthday candles is not the only candle symbolism we are exposed to from the earliest days. No matter what religion we are born into, there are sanctuaries and special places to light a candle for health, protection, blessing and loving memory of departed ones. Candles are believed to connect people with divine, and with the deceased. They send our message beyond the boundaries of the visible and material world. In a candle light, the material world and the world of the Spirit are met.

In our everyday lives, candles are preferable catalyst for special moments, no matter if we need a lovely, romantic supper where candle light is a must, a “relaxing” aromatic candle bath, or just a warmth, both physical and spiritual to look at on a frosty winter night. The popularity of candles has skyrocketed in our modern world of electric lighting. Now there are even more colors, improved production methods and much more pleasant and exotic scents than our ancestors could ever have imagined. Due to the popularity of aromatherapy, essential oils candles are also more widely available for home use. Don’t think twice. Think candle.

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