Archive for December, 2012

Scented Candles That Will Transport You to Your Favorite Winter Destinations

Posted by on Dec 17 2012 | holiday candles

There is a very fine line between sensing the overpowering joy and almost childish excitement caused by the first snow, and the irritating ‘I hate winter’ feeling that appears somewhere in the middle of the first traffic collapse. To enjoy completely the idyllic winter atmosphere, we need to be relaxed and totally present, which is often just unattainable dream for most of us, while rushing from one to another daily duty.

So, instead of blaming this wonderful period of the year for our bad mood, it is better for us to slow down a little bit and capture the infinite beauty of nature. Before taking a trip to the favorite holiday destination, it is important to use every free moment to relax. To me, scented candles are inevitable ingredients for the perfect home atmosphere during cold winter days and long snowy nights, especially woody fragrances and the flavor of the forest and fresh leaves that create the illusion of the open space. To warm me up, there are various luxury candles with spicy and food scents, such as ginger, basil, clove, pepper, coconut, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla…

Some of them are specially designed to transport us to some magical winter destination. Complex fragrances of these candles are so powerful that I highly recommend you to take the favorite ones on a trip with you, just like I always do in order to complement the cozy atmosphere in the winter house.

Tobi Tobin Chalet CandleOne of my favorite is Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday candle with an extraordinary complex blend of ideal fragrances for cold days. While an intense mixture of cedar wood, pine and eucalyptus oil is here to quickly refresh you, a spicy blend of cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger and nutmeg will nicely warm you up. Finally, the addition of sandalwood and Middle Eastern frankincense should have healing and uplifting effect on your body and soul.

Christian Tortu Provence l’Hiver (Provence in Winter) Candle recalls the calming and gentle Mediterranean’s winter, by its stunning blend of cistus, cypresses, thyme and rosemary, while Voluspa Branch Vermeil Grande 3 Wick Candle lures with a fresh winter spruce scent, spiced by notes of citron, balsam and sugar.

With its refined mix of rare wood essences, Diptyque Feu de Bois (Wood Fire) XL Indoor & Outdoor Candle evokes the authentic flavor of a wood-burning fireplace on a long winter day. Another great product that nicely captures the essence of winter is Lafco’s Ski House (Feu de Bois) 3 Mini Candle Set that brings the thrilling blend of crisp, crystal mountain air and the unique scent of a cedar log fire, complemented with a hint of evergreen fir.

Off course, there are a lot more high-end scented candles, waiting to adorn your home with their quality, long-lasting fragrances. Just make a wish and you will find a perfect blend to make it come true.

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The Use of Candles in China

Posted by on Dec 13 2012 | scented candles

Although candle making was developed independently in many countries through history, according to some information, the very first candle was made in China from whale fat during the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC). In ancient China and Japan, candles were made of wax from insects and seeds, wrapped in paper.

Candles made of whale fat were found in the mausoleum of the first emperor of the Chinese Qin Dynasty – Qin Shi Huang (259–210 BC) which was rediscovered in the 1990s, twenty-two miles east of Xi’an. Also, some bronze figures which were excavated have been painted with candles.

During the history of Chinese Dynasties, there are many records and objects about candles usage. Among the gifts that the Emperors of the Han Dynasty (25-220) received often were candles and today excavated objects from that era, such as candle-holders and the evidence about candles usage.

The Northern and Southern Dynasties period which began in 386 and ended in 589 was the time during which China experienced 203 years of division and wars, but it was also the time of spreading of candles usage among Chinese people.

The Tang dynasty (618-907) is regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization, equal, or even superior, to the Han era. This is also the period with the numerous records about candles making and usage.

During the period of Sung Dynasty which ruled in China from 960 to 1279, candles were used as a means of measuring the passage of time. Although their candle clocks could not tell them the exact time, they could determine when nearly one hour had gone by making marks in their candles. Once a burning candle had melted down to the one-hour mark, they knew that an hour had passed. Also, sometimes the sticks of incense had varying scents, so that hours were marked by a change in fragrance.

During Ming and Qing dynasties, the usage of candles has been widely spread and candles came into almost every Chinese house.

Today the usage of candles in China is very popular, particularly during the holiday seasons. The most important of all traditional Chinese holidays is Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival. On the last, 15th day of Spring Festival, candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns. In a form of lampions, candles are also used during the Mooncake Lampion Festival, the Hungry Ghost Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Also, candles are an age old traditional part of Buddhist rituals. In conjunction with incense and flowers, they are situated in front of Buddhist shrines or statues and images of the Buddha as a mark of respect.

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Christmas Gifts – Scented Candles Under 25 Dollars

Posted by on Dec 10 2012 | Candle Gifts

Thymes Wildwood - Bitter Orange & Cedar Votive CandleIn order to share the message of love and care, Christmas gifts do not need to be expensive. If they are presented from heart and if they bring joy to your beloved ones, the price will become irrelevant. Besides, the high price is not always a guarantee of quality, while on the other side, some low-budget products, made with passion and know-how, can satisfy all your demands.

Those who consider buying a scented candle as a gift for the upcoming holidays should know that they can be pretty affordable luxury, even those that come from the world’s very best candlemakers, such as Nest, Archipelago, Thymes, Voluspa, Trapp and others. In order to make it easier to you, I will present the very best fragrances that you can get for a great price under $25.

Beside this, one more thing makes them perfect for the upcoming holidays – their delicate blends of powerful fragrances are carefully selected to evoke magical winter moments, to revive the spirit of the snowy nature and to bring warm, festive atmosphere into your homes.

The Queen of home fragrance, Laura Slatkin and her team from Nest Fragrances provide us to enjoy the brand’s bestseller candle for just $14. Nest Holiday Votive Candle features the refined blend of fruity, woodsy and spicy notes, with pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon, highlighted by vanilla and amber. Another reminiscent of snowy winter nights, Archipelago’s Birch Travel Tin Candle brings the refreshing aroma of a freshly cut pine tree, mixed with a hint of sage. For just $12, the brand’s high-quality soy wax will provide a long burning-time up to 55 hours. Another Archipelago’s signature holiday scent, called Hope Silver Jar Candle will adorn your inner space with a fresh blend of pine, bayberry and clove.

Very stylish, Thymes Wildwood Bitter Orange & Cedar Votive Candle is a surprise just when it comes to its price ($12.5). All other segments – material quality, design and beauty of a scent are exactly what we expect from a high-end candlemaker. Thymes also created Wildwood Blue Spruce & Elderberry Tin Candle that brings us a thrilling woodsy fragrance, complemented with warm herbs and exotic spices.

Voluspa has several highly affordable products. I recommend a stunning Branch Vermeil Candle that besides its strong flavor of winter spruce, snapped with the hints of citron, balsam and sugar, offers 60 hours of burning time, as well as the exquisite design that makes it look like a true luxury gift. Finally, among several Trapp’s high-end candles that you can get for just $22, a bestselling White Fir Candle stands out with its delicate fragrance that recalls a walk in the forest on a crisp winter’s afternoon.

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Cire Trudon Great Candles – The Most Luxurious Scented Candle Gifts

Posted by on Dec 03 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.

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 candlelovers around the world.

Known as the “Rolls Royce” of candles, Cire Trudon still uses the most sophisticated, traditional waxmaking 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.

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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