Archive for June, 2011

Aromatherapy in Everyday Life

Posted by on Jun 27 2011 | aromatherapy

If you want to bring aromatherapy into your life every day, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for expensive sessions or consultants. Candles are a wonderful way to bring aromatherapy into your life. Quality scented candles are especially good for this, as manufacturers of these candles often use natural fragrances and scents – just like your favorite aromatherapy oils.

There are many advantages to using candles for your aromatherapy needs:

1) It’s less messy. Toying with small vials of aromatherapy oils often leads to spills and frustrations. With luxury scented candles, there’s no problem with mess. You can just light a candle and start breathing in the rich scent as your worries melt away.

2) It’s easy. Lighting a candle is much easier than trying to combine different aromatherapy oils. If you need more than one scent, you can simply light a few candles. It literally only takes seconds.

3) There are so many candles to try. Candle manufacturers make an endless array of luxurious scents, including wonderful scent combinations that can help soothe you and entrance you. For example, if you want to invigorate yourself with a citrus scent, the Baroness von Neumann Fete Candle combines scents of navel orange, Seychelles cinnamon, Zanzibar clove, Norwegian pine, Indonesian patchouli, and amberwood for an incredible scent sensation.

4) Candles are portable. You can easily pack your candles into your luggage when traveling and can bring them with you to your lake house, home, or anywhere else you may need to unwind.

5) Candles engage all your senses. Aromatherapy oils work by scent, but luxury candles deliver a dose of beauty, fragrance, and light. You can light them by a bath for a complete experience in de-stressing and pampering. You can even meditate with luxury scented candles to enjoy even more powerful benefits. For example, light the beautiful Agraria Balsam Crystal Petite Candle to create a beautiful soft light and to surround yourself with notes of balsam, Californian redwood, French sage, and white flowers. The American Society of Perfumers selected this candle as the Best Home Fragrance of the Year in 2005, and the beautiful glow of the candle, the stunning glass jar, and the scent will pamper your every sense.

6) The makers of luxury candles now offer an array of products to help you surround yourself with the fragrances of your choice. Diptyque room sprays, for example, can be used on any type of fabric, including pillows and curtains. A few squirts are all it takes to transform any room into a wonderful haven of scent. Diptyque room sprays are also very portable, so they are perfect for your trips to the cottage or for traveling (when you might need to freshen up that hotel room).

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My Favorite Diptyque Candles

Posted by on Jun 20 2011 | diptyque candles

Diptyque candles are one of the best-known and most respected names in luxury candles worldwide. Made only from all natural fragrances and ingredients, Diptyque candles and products have been made the same way for hundreds of years. They are routinely featured in glossy magazines as one of the best candles to buy, and many celebrities count these candles as among their favorites. Diptyque candles are made from a blend of fragrance and special waxes, so that one candle can fill your room with scent in only 30 minutes. Made from a carefully-created 12-step process, Diptyque candles burn for over 60 hours and burn cleanly and evenly to the last drop.

While Diptyque is best known for candles, the company also creates luxury room sprays in some of the same popular fragrances as their famous candles. If you are somewhere where candles are not allowed or if you have children and pets and worry about the safety of candles, Diptyque room sprays are a wonderful option that allow you to bring the luxury of Diptyque wherever you are.

Diptyque candles make perfect gifts or a wonderful luxury gift for yourself. If you have never tried Diptyque before, you are in for a treat. Since the brand offers many choices, however, you may wonder which scents to try first. All are wonderful, but you might especially want to consider:

1) The Diptyque Ambre (Amber) candle. This candle was originally a limited edition candle for the 2008 holidays. However, it was so overwhelmingly popular that it became a permanent part of the Diptyque collection. With notes of tonka bean, rockrose, and incense, this is a rich and spicy candle that is perfect for the holidays, for fall, and for anytime. It is not too sweet or too feminine, but is full of an exotic fragrance and sophistication.

2) The Diptyque Cyprés candle. If you love the smell of the Mediterranean and want to dream of the beauty of that part of the world, this candle, which is reminiscent of Mediterranean cypress with notes of resin and honey, is perfect. It’s clean and fresh warm scents will make you feel as though you are on vacation.

3) The Diptyque Gardenia candle. This very popular candle is a very popular scent in the collection. If you love the spicy and sweet fragrance of gardenias, you will love this candle. Lighting this candle is like burying your nose in a fresh bouquet of white flowers. This is a fresh, floral candle scent that is perfect for spring, summer, and any time of year. It also makes a wonderful candle for weddings, thanks to its sweet scent and classic white packaging.

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Why Candle Quality Matters

Posted by on Jun 11 2011 | scented candles

Some people believe that a candle is a candle and stock up on scented candles at discount stores and grocery stores. However, those in the know realize that quality, luxury candles are worth it to pay a little more. If you want to know why Oprah Winfrey gives away luxury scented candles to guests and why celebrities adore quality, luxury candles, just consider all the advantages of buying a better candles:

1) Quality, luxury candles are safer. Brands such as Votivo candles and others have a reputation to keep up and these makers genuinely care about candles. As a result, they tend to use high-quality manmade waxes, cotton wicks, natural waxes, and other quality materials. Imported, cheap candles have sometimes been found to contain lead and other toxic substances which an harm your indoor air quality. Quality, luxury candles are made to be safe – manufacturer’s reputations depend on it.

2) Quality, luxury candles tend to be made ethically. Very often, cheap products are made cheaply because manufacturers cut corners or employ very low-cost labor. With quality, luxury candles, this is often not an issue. These candles are often made in countries with strict labor laws – such as the US – so that while labor costs a little more, there is less likelihood of exploitation. Many quality candles are in fact hand poured and some manufacturers even contribute some of their proceeds to charitable causes, so that you can feel good about buying these candles.

3) Quality, luxury candles have better scents. The scents that you find in a drug store candle tend to be cloying and plain – scents such as orange or lavender are the order of the day. In contrast, quality candle makers pay the same attention to candle scents as perfume masters pay to scent. In fact, many brands of luxury candle, including Diptyque, use natural perfume-quality scents. Adding these quality candles to your home is like introducing a fine perfume to your home – these candles are richly scented but never cloying and the scent is always true to nature. As well, many manufacturers take great care in creating unique, innovative scents that will truly delight you.

4) Quality, luxury candles offer better value. While you may pay less for discount candles, in the end luxury candles offer more value. These candles are designed carefully so that they produce less soot and burn evenly, so that you enjoy very long burn times. Richly scented luxury candles are also designed to ensure that the scent of the candle is rich all the way to the final drop of wax. This is because the scent is fused with the wax. In some inexpensive candles, complete candles are sometimes only dipped in scent, so that by the time the candle has been burning an hour or two, most of the fragrance is gone. In contrast, many luxury candles offer up to 60 hours (or more) of a rich scent that fills your whole home.

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