Archive for April, 2009

Wedding Candles

Posted by on Apr 28 2009 | wedding candles

It’s no wonder that candles have long been part of the wedding ceremony. Candles offer not only a beautiful light and a lovely decorative touch for every wedding, from the small to the elaborate, but candles are rich in symbolism. Wedding candles can represent:

  • Love. Just as the light of a candle has the power to light a dark room, so, too, do many couples see their love as powerful enough to turn unhappiness into happiness. Just as the candle gives off warmth, many couples believe that their love is a warmth that will sustain and comfort.

  • The future. Light is often seen as a symbol of hope, and candles are a source of light.

  • Union. Many couples choose to allow wedding candles to play a big part of their ceremony. Some couples choose to each have a lighted candle and to use these two candles to light one unlit candle. This simple ceremony is a powerful symbol of the union that is being created.

  • Passion. Fire is often associated with passionate love, and the open flame of a wedding candle represents this.

  • Faith. Candles are used traditionally in many religious and spiritual ceremonies as a symbol of faith, which sustains us in darkness and illuminates us. Wedding candles also are symbolic of faith, not only religious faith but a couple’s faith in each other.

Just about any candle can be used as a wedding candle, but wedding candles are even more special when they combine beautiful light with attractive design and a wonderful fragrance. Scented wedding candles add another element to the wedding ceremony and create an extra sensual pleasure.

Many scents are appropriate for wedding candles and there are many lovely fragrances that can make your day extra special. The Delirium & Co. Delicate Bouquet candle, for example, is an excellent choice. This scented candle blends fragrances such as peach flower, lilac, lily of the valley, jasmine, peach flower and ylang ylang. With an elegant silver and white decorative box, it looks perfect at any weeding. The fragrance is rich and exotic and glamorous enough for the big day.

The Tocca Yma candle is a gorgeous white and blue packaged candle that looks elegant. The rich scent of Peruvian guava fruit and red currant give this candle a unique and wonderful fragrance. The richly scented candle is long-lasting and smells heavenly. For after wedding, the aptly-named Jonathan Adler Capri Honeymoon candle combined scents of citrus, herbs, wood, moss, as well as musk. The chic brown glass jars and gorgeous boxes are a wonderful wedding gift to yourself.

Don’t forget that wedding candles make a great gift for a wedding. They are not too personal or impersonal and every couple enjoys candles. They are great for the newly married couple who is moving into a home and needs a few special decorative touches. They are also a wonderful luxury gift that gives hours of light and fragrance.

Whether it’s your big day and you want to add something great to the ceremony or whether you need a great gift because you’ve been invited to a wedding, think wedding candles. Scented candles, especially, can be the perfect little detail for a day that exists just to celebrate love.

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Candles for Men

Posted by on Apr 17 2009 | candles for men

Some men think that candles are not really for them, and these men are really missing out. Trendy men know that today they have a word of choice when it comes to quality candles. Some of the best candle manufacturers in the world are creating man candles specifically, with masculine scents, attractive masculine packaging, and great design. If you’ve always associated candles with flowery, feminine scents and pink candle wax, it’s time rediscover today’s world of candles.

Today’s best candle makers are going after the male demographic aggressively and are creating masculine candles that men love. These candles come with no-fuss, tough-guy, very masculine designs and wonderful fragrances that aren’t too sweet or too girly.  The Archipelago Bergamot Tobacco candle, for example, is scented with tones of citrusy bergamot and rich tobacco for an exotic scent that’s sure to please. Quality hand poured wax and premium fragrance oils mean that the candle requires no fussing and no hassle, while the minimalist packaging fits in well with even the most confirmed bachelor’s pad. The Dayna Decker Mahogony Candle is another masculine hit, with tones of tobacco flower, cloves, rosewood, Tonka bean and fruit. The macho all-black packaging is anything but feminine. The Delirium & Co. Suede & Smoke has notes of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, tea and green manda. With a dark striped box and a black glass jar, it looks chic and masculine in every room.

Maybe more men are buying candles for themselves because they realize that they have to start being nice to themselves. Yes, men try to carry the world on their shoulders, but sometimes they need to unwind, and a candle is a great way to do that. Maybe it’s just that men have become hip to the importance of a good home atmosphere. The busy executive and the relaxed dude both need a haven from the world, and a candle can make that haven smell and look great.

Then again, maybe men have discovered just how potent candles can be while entertaining. A sure way to impress a special date is with a candlelit talk or dinner and candles set the mood and the lighting for romance by combining a wonderful scent with low, flattering light. Women have known about the seductive powers of candlelight for a long time, but maybe the secret is now out.

For men, candles offer many advantages:

  • A great and quick decorating option. A few attractive candles lit around a room create a bold statement, and clusters of candles in a room create a terrific focal point.

  • A terrific way to add fragrance to a room, without the chemicals found in most air fresheners. Quality candles made from soy waxes or other quality waxes are safe and create a great fragrance for hours and hours.

  • A wonderful way to create soft and relaxing lighting. Candles offer a naturally flattering light.
    An outstanding way to pamper and relax. The soothing scent and lighting of candles is a natural stress-buster.

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Paddywax Candles

Posted by on Apr 06 2009 | paddywax candles

The story of Paddywax candles begins with college grad Gretchen Hollingsworth and several friends. To keep creativity alive after graduating, the group of friends decided to try some projects together. Hollingsworth became inspired after reading about the art of hand poured candles, a craft she discovered was many generations old. Out of a simple creative project a great passion was born and Paddywax candles was created when Hollingsworth met David Duncan. The two married and started creating the best quality candles possible, based on little-known secrets that have been passed down from one artisan to the next.

Gretchen and David knew they wanted to make artisan candles, and they have carefully studied the techniques that candle makers used hundreds of years ago. These are the same techniques used by Paddywax candles today. Each Paddywax candle is made using a carefully perfected unique recipe that establishes burn time and the perfect balance of fragrance. Gretchen and David pride themselves on creating Paddywax candles that offer all-natural and carefully crafted scents that are perfectly and evenly distributed through each candle for even scent release. Each Paddywax candle is hand poured and lovingly packed by hand.

Paddywax candles are created on the premise that details matter. That’s why each candle is completely unique and handmade, from the pouring process to the packaging. The result? A high quality candle that burns perfectly and evenly, producing as little soot as possible while giving off the most heavenly perfume. Each 8 ounce candle burns for 60 hours and comes in a beautiful etched glass jar that can be reused again and again after the candle is gone. Each Paddywax candle is made from natural vegetable wax to ensure a perfect burn and a clean burn that is safe and healthy in your home.

From the moment you light a Paddywax candle, you are transported to sensual bliss. Besides artisan craftsmanship, Paddywax candles get much of their va-voom from their scents. These candles simply come in an array of intoxicating aromas. The Paddywax Mint Mojito candle, for example, is a heady blend of sugar cane, lime, and fresh mint fragrance. The result is a delicious and invigorating scent that livens up an entire room. This scent is perfect for the home office or the living room, where the light scent will perk you up. The Paddywax Chamomile candle includes notes of linden blossom, chamomile, and sandalwood. Lighting this candle is like settling down with your favorite chamomile tea – it warms your heart and soothes your spirit. If you are looking for something a little more unusual, the Paddywax New Mown Hay candle should fit the bill. With scents of cut grass, thyme and verbena, this candle brings summer indoors all year long.

No matter what Paddywax candle scents you choose, you are assured of a luxury sensory experience like no other. Many celebrities – including Brooke Shields, Seth Green, Hayden Panettiere, Mimi Rogers, Jaime Pressly, and many others – love Paddywax candles and have their favorite Paddywax scents.

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