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High End Candle Review – D.L. & Co. Thorn Apple Candle

Posted by on Feb 27 2012 | candles - news and reviews

D.L. & Co. Thorn Apple CandleBlack as the darkest night and ultimately seductive, Thorn Apple Candle by D.L. & Co. Candles is a luxurious candle wrapped in mystery, excellence and abundance of delicate aromas that provoke passion and excitement. It is clear symbol of fine taste and refined style. It has a strong fruity aroma with grassy hints that overwhelms and causes surrender to its irresistible charm. This lovely scented candle is bound to provide lots of enjoyment for the sense of smell. However, the visual aspect of the product is also much expressed, since this high end candle comes in a stylish and beautiful packaging and with breathtakingly glorious vessel that clearly state its boldness and dominant presence.

This particular product by renowned manufacturer D.L. & Co. is part of its Signature collection, dominated by strong floral and spicy fragrances. As it name suggest, the most pronounced aroma in its mix is the one of applewood (despite its name, it is not made out of hallucinogenic and toxic thorn apple, also known as Jimson weed), one of the scents that has an intangible quality to activate the avalanche of associations from the carefree past and to inspire for future adventures. Since that it includes such amazing traits, this smell was widely celebrated in past, and one of the examples is the significance that ancient Celts attributed to apple. In their belief, it was a symbol of fertility, abundance and all of wonderful that make a life so important and beautiful. Besides, they saw it as a means to transport oneself into paradise-like scenery, and as a metaphor of long-lasting love.

The crisp smell of the apple tree dominates the mixture and seemingly hides other delicate smells that are revealed once the candle is lit. This can be felt especially when it core starts burning and exuding scents bountiful and verdant notes. The lung-filling sensation is enabled due to the inclusion of vetiver, known for its extraordinary opulent scent. Apart from vetiver, fresh grassy smell comes from another one of the ingredients that form the luxurious olfactory combination which is present in Thorn Apple Candle. It is oakmoss whose magnificent qualities are recognized all over the world. That is why this charming aroma is used in perfume industry so often.

The final herbal touch in the combination of fragrances is patchouli. This tropical bush from the mint family originated in Asia, and is also widely recognized for its extraordinary and pleasant scent. Its pleasant aroma is the cause of the fact that this plant is also utilized for making perfumes for hundreds of years.

D.L & Co. Thorn Apple Candle comes in a slick black glass vessel in the shape of a shell, and packed in hat box of the same color that includes a decorative silk ribbon on its top. There are three available sizes of this high end product. The cheapest option, which can be bought for $35 is small candle that weighs 2 oz. and burns for at least 15 hours. Medium candle exudes its smell for more than 40 hours. This type of candle weighs five times more than the small one, and has the price tag of $75. The most lasting option is large candle that can spread its scent for minimally 60 hours. This size weighs 15 oz. and costs $125.

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High End Candle Review – Tobi Tobin Signature Candle

Posted by on Feb 23 2012 | candles - news and reviews

Tobi Tobin Signature CandleA professional trait of interior designers is to seek to achieve the harmonic climate and surroundings. Well versed in creating the most comfortable and relaxing atmosphere to their customers, designers tend to transfer this philosophy into all affiliated endeavors. This is especially visible when they take a shot in designing scented candles. Not only do they try to make an entirely irresistible and voluptuous blend of sophisticated scents that are combined in seductive dance of fire, the designers also try to incorporate their views and opinions of a proper way to live and how to make your home more refined and pleasant. Very good example of such tendencies is luxury Tobi Tobin Signature Candle.

Tobi Tobin is an illustrious interior designer whose main goal is to create a sensual environment that has a distinct organic feeling and that tends to be in harmony with the surroundings. The basic idea is to create the enchanting environment that can enflame the passion, and evoke feelings of serenity and excitement at the same time. This signature approach is clearly visible in all of the candles created by Tobi Tobin. This is especially visible and noticeable in the very special product that bears the name Signature Candle.

This sophisticated luxury candle is a fascinating mix of scents that are each very pleasurable when taken separately. Mixed together, these fine ingredients reach another, even higher level of enchantment. It approaches that intangible quality that enables it to be even more than a high-end scented candle, and it becomes an awesome tool to transform your home into a balanced and pleasurable space that allows you to feel rested and invigorated.

The provocative blend of smells is initiated with the crisp aroma of aldehydes, refreshing synthetic smell used so much in the perfume industry due to their refreshing capabilities. Next ingredient in this noble combination is nose-tingling and exotic smell of black pepper. Another fragrance that tickles your olfactory sense is seductively fresh scent of cedar leaf. The blend is further enriched with hyacinth and eucalyptus blossom in order to achieve depth and to provoke a sense of intrigue. The entire luxurious combination is finished with subtle dashes of birch wood, cashmere wood, patchouli and incense. In this way, Signature Candle by Tobi Tobin reaches extraordinary opulence of pleasant aromas that are able to transform any space into a luxurious and serene retreat.

As it is customary for the brand, the candle is created using a combination of soy, palm and coconut waxes. The sophisticated blend of natural waxes is then hand-poured in a glossy black container made of glass. To maximize the spread of aromas that is unleashed once the candle is lit, Tobi Tobin candles are provided with three wick burning system. The luxury product weighs 16 oz, costs $85 and burns for at least 60 hours.

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High End Candle Review – Baroness von Neumann Czar Candle

Posted by on Feb 17 2012 | candles - news and reviews

Baroness von Neumann Czar CandleReal luxurious scented candles have a special quality and enable the people who use them to reach a special sentiment of high class. Its powerful and bewitching aromas have the ability to transfer you to mysterious and exotic parts of the world, and to make you feel as if you were a member of royalty. Undoubtedly, Baroness von Neumann Czar Candle is exactly that kind of product. It offers a profusion of exciting high end scents, and a real sense of class and olfactory excellence.

The story about the founder of this brand is somewhat filled with mystique and resembles a fairy tale. Born as Monica Ford in the bleak surroundings of Detroit, at very young age, the founder of this company moved to the West Cost and the seductive City of Angels where dreams come true. She started a career as a dancer, which allowed her to tour with great stars, such as Nina Simone. Somewhere on the way, Monica Ford met Austrian Baron John Von Neumann, and the couple fell in love. After that, she spent years in Swiss schools, studied with private tutors and learnt her husband’s native language. All of this enabled Monica who at that point held the title of Baroness Von Neumann to fulfill her long lasting desire and become a successful designer and a creator of magnificent interiors, as well as supreme fragrances.

Czar Candle is a great reflection of this dream-like journey to the elite and it is a fascinating and ravishing blend of pleasant smells. It has a notable and confident presence and an unusual mixture of Middle Eastern hint expressed with the aroma of black fig, underlined and enriched with strong and refreshing notes of currant and licorice. The amazing combination is accented with strong and luxurious notes of fine distilled brandy, a true trademark of success and refined taste. The whole enchanting cocktail of delicate aromas is rounded with the hint of far away mountains, expressed with a scent of Great Himalayan woods.

This fine scented candle is a part of the Legend Candle Collection by Baroness von Neumann. All of the products from the exclusive series are distinguished with dominant presence and impressive endurance and are brave mashes of energizing aromas usually with the inclusion of precious woods, exotic spices and spirits that make it evocative of distant and colorful destinations. It is truly a great means to reach pure luxury.

Baroness von Neumann Czar Candle is placed in a stylish black glass decorated with a silver emblem and packed in a distinguished black box with silver embossing. The high end product has a burn time of more than 70 hours and weighs 12.5 oz. Like most of the candles by the brand, it costs $45.

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Candles for Valentine’s Day – Part Three

Posted by on Feb 12 2012 | Valentine's Day

Red Flower Moroccan Rose Petal Topped CandleThe holiday in which we celebrate love and affection is just days away, and all those who have not still chosen the right gifts for their darlings are trying to find the best items to show their appreciation to the partners. As we previously explained in first two parts of our Valentine’s Day selection, we think that luxury scented candles represent the most passionate of emotions, and are a great way to create the pleasant and romantic mood and atmosphere. In the third and final part, we will round up our list of suggestions for the amazing present to your sweetheart.

We shall start with a few floral fragrances that provide intoxicating aromas that are immensely suitable to demonstrate your love. The first one is Red Flower – Moroccan Rose Petal Topped Candle. It is full and velvety scent created with the use of very strongly perfumed essential oils that were made by extractions from delicate petals of Moroccan rose. The enchanting and fulfilling combination has the potential to fuel daydreaming and to transfer you to exotic sceneries of North Africa. Additionally, with this amazing candle you will receive a handful of scented petals that you can use to beautify and scent the bath, or in some other way you prefer. These candles are also eco-friendly: their package is mostly made from recycled paper and they include very slow burning vegetable wax that is lit by cotton wicks.  This velvety product costs $34 and offers more than two days of slow burning exotic pleasure.

The next flowery candle even has the name that is perfect for Valentine’s Day gift. It is Thymes Offerings – Love Candle. It is a seductive floral mix that captures refine aromas and blends them in a magnificent and generous celebration of love. Once lit, it exudes provocative notes of tuberose and jasmine, rounded up with the hints of exclusive golden apricot nectar and Hiroki wood. The product that is conceived as a token of appreciation and an evidence of importance of love is tastefully designed to enrich your surroundings. It offers about 60 hours of romantic-inspired fragrance for the price of $27.

The last item on our list of recommendations is a fresh-scented candle with a cheeky name: A Scent of Scandal – Good in Bed Candle. Intended for the ones who are not too bashful and like the dose of provocation, this product is made of hand-poured soy, enriched to release the pleasurable fragrance of lavender. Fitted in a tin and equipped with cotton wick, this sassy candle insures between 30 and 35 hours of burn time at the price of just under $15.

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Aerin Lauder High-End Scented Candles

Posted by on Feb 10 2012 | aerin lauder candles

Aerin Lauder Sky Flower CandleAerin Lauder, the third biggest shareholder in the Estée Lauder empire, had launched her own namesake company with the idea to create the new generation of luxury products. Back in fall of 2012, she debuted with the stunning Beauty line, but what is more interesting for us, is that the new lifestyle brand had also presented a scented candle gift line for holidays, developed in collaboration with renowned NEST Fragrances. We will now go back a few years and analyze her past endeavor:

Estee & Aerin’s Collaboration

Nest’s unsurpassed quality in making high-end candles, combined with the priceless experience that Aerin acquired working alongside her grandmother Estee, provides us a new set of extraordinary fragrances to be experienced and shared during upcoming winter holidays. Aerin Lauder scented candles are distinctive by the classic design style of their hand-blown glass vessels and decorative packaging. They are made of natural, soy bland waxes which provide clean burning up to 60 hours, while their harmonious combinations of powerful and long-lasting fragrances can satisfy even the pickiest scented candle lovers.

Aerin Lauder and Nest Fragrances give us a choice of six high-end candles, each of them unique by carefully selected mix of natural aromas, based either on spicy, fruity, floral or woodsy notes. My favorite blend from the line comes with Aerin Lauder Sky Flower Candle and as I have read, it is also Aerin’s signature scent. This divine flourish candle brings the unique combination of gardenia, turberose, jasmine and magnolia, underlined with nuances of bergamot and a touch of Bourbon vanilla. If you need something to calm your senses, while uplifting the energy level in your body, this candle can be a pretty good choice.

Holiday Delights, Courtesy of Lauder

For the upcoming holidays, Aerin Lauder prepared two more floral delights. Poured into a gentle rose vessel, a reminiscent of Aerin’s collection of antique and modern Venetian glass, a Pink Climbing Rose Candle combines blossoming pink roses with exotic fruity touches of mandarin orange, Asian lychee and Anjou pear. Even more charming is a Lauder Trumpet Vine Candle with its distinctive Lily of the Valley scent, mixed with the essence of flowering garden vines and hints of lotus blossom, hyacinth and musk.

What we need for this winter is something warm and spicy. An Aralia Cedar Candle seems like the perfect answer to our desires. By combining vetiver and Moroccan cedar base and the flavor of Florentine iris with the spicy essence of star anise, clove and nutmeg, Aerin Lauder and Nest Fragrances team achieved the thrilling harmony that will certainly warm up the atmosphere of many houses during the upcoming holidays. If you like to enjoy refreshing forest flavors, there is a Jacaranda Wood Candle with a great mix of Jacaranda wood, patchouli and Spanish moss, underlined with the sweetness of myrrh and the lingering warmth of frankincense. Finally, Aerin Lauder offers us a nice fruity fragrance of wild mulberry, red plum and cassis, blended, combined with fig leaves and the hints of sandalwood and golden amber.

Although it has been a few years since she launched this line, we await to see what comes next for Aerin Lauder.

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Autumn Candles and Fragrances

Posted by on Feb 10 2012 | scented candles

The season of vacations, long sunny days, exotic travels and adventures comes to the end. It is perfect time for us to slow down, let our bodies recover and restore the energy. Nature will soon get its most colorful outfit which, together with lovely fragrances in the air will indicate exiting changes. Whether we prefer long walks through a city, resting moments at a vivid countryside or just decide to spend more time in the intimate home ambient, these changes will have a great influence on us. Thus, do not resist them. Accept every little shift in your life and add a personal touch to it.

From Summer to Fall

Thrilling and addictive, relaxing and uplifting, the world of scented candles may be this little extra to switch from summer and turn Fall into your favorite period of the year. That is why the world’s most renowned candlemakers take care that all these wonderful fragrances which make autumn so adorable can find the way to your house, even through closed windows. Just light up some of these special autumn candles and you will immediately feel the fresh kick of the upcoming season.

Here is the carefully selected list of the most authentic autumn candles on the market:

Nest Pumpkin Chai Classic CandleLet us see what “the Queen of home fragrance” has prepared for this season. Firstly, it is a high-end Nest Moroccan Amber 3 Wick candle that brings the powerful earthy blend of Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli and heliotrope, which is complemented with bergamot and a hint of eucalyptus. The next amazing soy blend candle that comes from NEST factory is a spicy Pumpkin Chai Classic. Perfect for the colder days that are coming, this luxury candle, poured in a glossy chocolate brown vessel combines fragrances of wild pumpkin and Masala chai, which is additionally enhanced with notes of cardamon, ginger and cinnamon. Finally, from the woodsy family, there comes a Nest Birchwood Pine Votive Candle, poured into a fancy gold speckled vessel and boxed in festive packaging. Its extraordinary flavor of a majestic winter forest is created by mixing white pine, fir balsam and birchwood over the base of rich musk and amber.

Autumn Scents

Voluspa Warm Perique Tabac CandleAnother highly renowned candlemaker, Voluspa comes with several exiting products for this autumn that will leave a lasting scent of the most beautiful fragrances for days. Made of creamy coconut wax, Japonica Baltic Amber candle brings us exotic flavor of the Far East, striking our senses with amber resin, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla and orchid. The best representative of the brand’s new Maison Rouge Collection is a Maison Warm Perique Tabac candle. Such sophistication has been rarely seen, even among the high-end candle manufacturers. This unique combination of warm aromas, such as perique tabac, antique leather and worn wooden floors will perfectly complement a cozy, idyllic atmosphere of an autumn night. For the end of fall, there is another Voluspa’s bestseller from the Basic Cream collection. By bringing us a clean sugary balsam of a snapped cypress needle, Maison Golden Cypress Sawara candle will transfer us to the heart of a green velvet floored forest.

Delirium Suede&Smoke CandleFor the upcoming season, Delirium offers several sophisticated products which are ready to fill up your room with exotic flavors. The brand’s bestseller, Suede & Smoke candle, will set you up in a worn leather chair next to a burning fireplace, while seducing you with the amazing blend of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, lapsang souchong dark tea and green manda. Even more seductive and uplifting, Delirium’s Arabian Sandalwood candle is a remarkable mix of Egyptian sandalwood, tobacco, honey, caramel, vanilla and clove buds, encased in a midnight blue vessel.

Dry Home Fragrances

Diptyque Santal CandleThe master of home fragrance, Diptyque, provides a great choice of woody flavors that come with a Feu de Bois (Wood Fire), a Santal (Sandalwood) and a Diptyque Patchouli candles. A Feu de Bois candle is a sophisticated blend of rare wood essences, a reminiscent of the authentic scent of a wood-burning fireplace. Just like every other Diptyque’s product, a Santal (Sandalwood) candle is 100 percent made of natural ingredients that provide the purest possible scents available in a candle. Its dry, erotic and woody flavor is capable to uplift energy and awaken all senses. If you would like to discover a scent of the Indonesian hills, try a Diptyque Patchouli candle with nicely combined woody and herbal notes.

Mountain Fresh

If you still have not found the perfect scent for this autumn, do not worry. There are plenty of great products on the market, waiting to be discovered. A famous candlemaker Thymes features a mountain fresh Frasier Fir Votive candle, an aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood. If you search for even more thrilling blend, I highly recommend Christian Tortu‘s Forets (Forest) Candle and its fantastic mix of the resin and needles of pine tree, the cistus of labdanum, the leaves and the wood of Virginian cedars, tree moss and freshly cut grass.

Archipelago Istanbul 3 Wick Tin CandleFor a healing and soothing effect, there is Carriere Freres Aqualaria Malaccensis (Agarwood) Candle. Used in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as in many Indian and Tibetan Ayurvedic treatments, agarwood is also known for a delicate flavor of its white flowers that will fulfill your room with peace and harmony. For those who want something more exotic and adventurous, Archipelago Istanbul 3 Wick Tin Candle could be a perfect choice. Its complex blend of black cannabis, amber and rose leaf, as well as its striking design are here to reveal yet undiscovered parts of the world.

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Cire Trudon Great Candles – The Most Luxurious Scented Candle Gifts

Posted by on Feb 10 2012 | cire trudon candles

Cire Trudon - Abd el Kader Grande CandleRenowned by its high-end quality and refined style, Cire Trudon Great Candles Line is the best you can get from the renowned Parisian brand. Each oversized and equipped with three wicks, Odalisque, Solis Rex, Ernesto, Abd El Kader and Spiritus Sancti candles reveal five complex blends of beautiful fragrances, bringing the distinctive spirit of exotic and divine places into your home.

French Origin

One thing that stayed unchanged during the thrilling history of France is the finest quality of Maison Trudon Candles. Originally a wax merchant, Trudon began crafting candles in 1643 to remain one of the leaders in the industry to date. These luxury candles have followed the rise and the fall of the monarchy, adorning courts of Louis XIV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette with their extraordinary fragrances. During the Napoleon’s reign, they were used for lighting and for ceremonies. Today, Cire Trudon Candles are not just a privilege of the minority. Instead, these distinctive products are affordable luxury for millions of candle-lovers around the world.

Innovative Techniques

Known as the “Rolls Royce” of candles, Cire Trudon still uses the most sophisticated, traditional wax-making processes and combines them with innovative techniques to get the 100 percent vegetable wax for its candles (essentially made with soy and copra). Free of pesticides, allergens, and heavy metals, this biodegradable wax, paired with a pure cotton wick, ensures the cleanest possible burning. At the same time, one can feel the powerful kick of refined fragrances that can last for hundreds of hours. Poured into sophisticated hand-crafted glasses and adorned with the brand’s blazon, each Cire Trudon product provides the very best that you can expect from a scented candle.

Fragrant Candles

As the Cire Trudon’s trademark, the Great Candles bring the unique fragrant experience that lasts up to 250 hours! Each of these extra-large candles is 22 cm high and weights 2.8 kg. The most quality waxes that you can find on the market are poured into stylish glasses, adorned with the brand’s golden blazon, providing a thrilling choice of powerful scents. For example, the exotic Abd El Kader (Moroccan Mint Tea) 3 Wick Candle brings the sensual mixture of refreshing mint, blackcurrant bud, apple and lemon, with the hot and spicy note of ginger and clove, jasmine and sweet vanilla on the bottom. From the Moroccan coast, you can travel to the Caribbean paradise, carried by the flavor of Cire Trudon Ernesto (Leather & Tobacco) Grande Candle. Cire Trudon Solis Rex (Versailles’ Wood Floors) Grande Candle recalls the aroma of the Mirror Gallery and the vast wooden floor of the Château de Versailles, while the Spiritus Sancti (Incense) Grande Candle is a nice reminiscent of a holy scent of altar candles. Finally, there is an uplifting Odalisque (Orange Blossom) Grande Candle. The price of these extraordinary products is significantly higher than the average, which is another sign of their exclusivity and exquisite quality. If you want something more affordable, there is a choice of the same scented candles in the smaller sizes, with the burning time from 70 to 80 hours.

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Valentine’s Day Candles – Part Two

Posted by on Feb 03 2012 | Valentine's Day

D.L. & Co. Pink Pepper CandleThe holiday when we celebrate love, Valentine’s Day, is almost here. If you still have not picked the present for your loved one, we will assist you by recommending few more scented candles that are especially designed for this day. With such a romantic present that burns like your love and intoxicates your senses in the same way, you will get a true feeling of warmness. As the pleasant smell of luxury candle fills the room, the heart of your partner is bound to melt, in the same way as the wax melts. Here is the second part of our list of voluptuous recommendations.

The first high end candle we would like to bring to your attention is an invigorating flowery mix with a hint of uncontrollable passion – Aquiesse Moonlit Petals Candle. The rich floral mixture mimics the sentimental scenery of night blooming jasmine, with its sweet aroma spreading in the moonlight lit garden. The mixture is further spiced with the fragrance of white gardenia petals, and rounded with a sensual hint of warm musk. As it is customary for the luxury brand Aquiesse, the candle is made from in-house designed soy wax that was composed from only organic soybean oil. The perfect burn of the floral candle is enhanced with the use of lead-free wicks. The pleasing fragrance is available in candle forms of various sizes and in a diffuser. The largest amount of enjoyment and pleasure is available through the large candle, with the weight of 10 oz, about 100 hours of burn and the price of $36.

The next suggestion on our list is yet another seductive scent made from petals of a famous and loved flowery plant, widely renowned for its sweet and dominating aroma. The candle in question is Burn – Gardenia Absolute Candle. The enticing scent was made to be the reminiscent of warm and steamy southern nights, with its mixture of gardenia milk and petals that lay on green leaves. It is interesting that the brand decided to utilize a true multitude of different notes and aromas on the candle’s top, base and heart. The richness of smells can be compared to the luxury eau de perfums that would satisfy even the ones with the highest demands and with the most sensitive sense of smell. This candle is available in two different sizes: Medium one (which weighs 5 oz.) costs $20 and offers its sensuous flickering for more than 35 hours, while the large option (weighing 12 oz.) has the price of $45 and the potential to burn for at least 100 hours.

At the end, we would like to turn your attention to the rousing product that presents an exotic and distinguishing aroma. It is D.L & Co. – Pink Pepper Candle. The refreshing and original blend consists of pink pepper, creatively combined with black, white and pink peppercorns which are confronted by a luscious fragrance of carnation absolute. The beautiful pink candle is placed in a stylish and decorative pink vessel and presented in a pink silk box ornate with the ribbon of the same color. The glamorous candle that weighs 10 oz. will entice your sense of smell for more than 40 hours at the price of $75.

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