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Powerful Scents Can Really Make You Happier

Posted by on Feb 20 2013 | scented candles

Most of us rush through life, overlooking the importance of little things which are all around us, while desperately waiting for something big and significant to happen. The truth is that those seemingly little things, if we recognize them and utilize them fully, will awake an enormous power within us, which then can be used for crucial changes of our internal world. This is a story about them, about flower in your office, alluring scented candle in your room, about pets, about a beautiful picture or a meaningful quote attached to the wall right above your computer. Each of them can seriously increase the quality of your being. Even if you are skeptical, it does not cost much giving them a chance to fulfill their purpose.

Nature gives us plenty of reasons to be happy and to feel alive. However, if you are one of us, one of billons people who do not have that privilege of spending a lot of time outside overcrowded cities and enjoying beautiful spectacles, sounds and fragrances of nature, do not despair. You still have a choice to surround yourself with those little pointers which will attach you with inner strength and aliveness, during critical moments when everyday responsibilities and stressful situations bring the burden of weakness and anxiety.

Buy a plant. During everyday activities, we often get lost in doing, thinking, analyzing, projecting, remembering… Most of these processes are problematic and stressful, or more precisely, we are those who make problems of them. This is why it is necessary taking as many breaks as it is possible, in order to retain strength and inner piece. The good news is that you do not need special conditions to get the quick rest from problems. You just need something to divert your attention from them, for example, a plant or a flower on your worktable. Whenever we bring the attention to anything natural, we become more aware of the present moment, our minds stop working for a while, and we become relaxed and livelier.

Refresh your inner space with a room spray or a scented candle. The sense of smell is by far the strongest of our senses. It can detect thousands of different fragrances which forever stay inwrought in man’s memory. Devine natural scents are capable to calm a mind, relax a body and uplift the energy. High-end scented candles, room sprays and diffusers can be great substitutes in case you do not have a garden or a park near the house. They can fulfill your personal space with the most refined aromatic blends which, depending on your preferences, can be based on floral, herbal, woodsy or spicy flavors.

Find a pet. Just like a plant, pets can be great guides to our real nature, to our inner energy fields. Cats, dogs, fish, turtles, all these little creatures show us a true beauty and the simplicity of being. If we start learning those simple truths from them, we will soon find ourselves enjoying more and complaining less.

Art inspires and motivates. Products of the human creativity and pieces of art are also pretty useful tools for sensing connection with the body and soul. Thus, surround yourself with artworks or your favorite quotes which can inspire, motivate, lift you up and set free all your capacities.

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Be the First One to Try Them – New Candle Arrivals

Posted by on Dec 21 2012 | scented candles

In constant effort to provide sensual and fresh scents, Candle Delirium adds new products weekly. These candles are made with intriguing combinations of the carefully picked ingredients that are meant to stir the market and offer new amazing mixes to all candle aficionados. Opting for one of these products will provide you an additional doze of exclusivity, since you will be one of the first people who will check them out and cast your verdict on the latest of candle creations. From the broad selection of the new arrivals, we have picked just a couple of recently created candles you can buy.

Cire Trudon Melchior CandleThe first one of these products is Cire Trudon – Melchior (Myrrh & Benzoin) Candle, a product that is exceptionally appropriate for the upcoming holiday season. This highly exclusive candle was made by the brand that has a reputation for being the most luxurious candle manufacturer and was named after one of the three wise men from the Biblical story of nativity – Melchior. As it is known, the Persian scholar brought gold as a gift, and this is reflected in the package of this candle since it comes in lavish gold leafed glass that is naturally hand-poured. This product by Cire Trudon Candles is made in a special limited edition, so beware, if you want one, you should hurry up before the stocks run out. It features a lovely holiday mix of scents of myrrh and benzoin and has the lengthy burn time of 80 hours. Since it is so exclusive and luxurious, it is quite expected that it features the slightly higher price of $98.

Even the higher price tag of $250 is associated with the massive Diptyque – Tubereuse (Tuberose) XL Indoor & Outdoor Candle which has exceptionally large dimensions (the weight of 51.3 oz.) and the formidable burn time of six days and additional six hours. However, the cost of the candle is not caused solely by its size. Its price is even more determined by its voluptuous main ingredient – tuberose. This seductive scent by Diptyque is gotten from a Mexican bulbous herb and is the most valued existing floral ingredient of perfumes. The sensual candle is fitted in a vintage looking earthenware vessel and supplied with 5 wicks. It is very tricky to produce this kind of candle since the process includes 9 different stages. By opting for this product, you do not only get a candle with the most exclusive ingredient, but also a intense fragrance that equals the one made by two standard-sized candles which burn at the same time.

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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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Devine Fragrance of Sandalwood in the World of High-End Scented Candles

Posted by on Oct 12 2012 | candles - news and reviews, scented candles

Nest Mahogany Classic CandleThanks to its powerful healing effect and distinctive woody aroma, sandalwood has been highly valued for thousands of years. Extracted from sandalwood, essential oils are extensively used for making excuisite perfumes and scented candles, in skin care industry and aromatherapy. This fragrant wood has been a part of religious and spiritual traditions of India, China, Tibet and Japan, as well as an important medicament for these ancient civilizations. And this is not all. According to the scientific evidence, its sensual fragrance has a strong erotic effect on our senses.

Unlike some other aromatic woods, sandalwood (a class of fragrant woods from trees in the genus Santalum) keeps its rich, sweet and warm scent for decades. Blended with other fragrances that tend to evenish quickly, a sandalwood oil serves as the base note that both enhances them and helps them last longer. As a harmonizing agent, it brings together other aromas, without overpowering them. All these qualities make sandalwood oil one of the most valuable ingredients of the high-end natural fragrance products.

Speaking about luxury scented candles, sandalwood appears as one of the most refined fragrances, capable to make a divine atmosphere in your personal space. According to the spiritual traditions of the East, its sensual flavor calms and focuses the mind and relieves anxiety, which makes it perfect for meditation and other spiritual practices or simply for the quick recovery from a hard day. Besides, it is a strong aphrodisiac that can nicely complement a romantic evening, by relieving tension and mental blocks. Scientists discovered that the chemical effects of the sandalwood fragrance are very similar to those of androsterones (human pheromones), produced by male and female metabolic hormones. Thus, by using the scent of sandalwood, you will emit pretty effective erotic signal to the opposite sex.

There are plenty of high-quality scented candles, based on sandalwood aroma. Nest comes with a Mahogany Classic Candle that mixes sandalwood with star anise and patchouli, underlighed with the sweetness of vanilla and caramel praline. Bringing the spirit od the Far East, Voluspa Baltic Amber 3 Wick Tin Candle offers a very interesting blend of amber resin, sandalwood, cedar and vanilla orchid. I also highly recommend Diptyque Santal (Sandalwood) Candle, as well as Trapp Patchouli Sandalwood candle. Finally, there is a remarkable Delirium Samurai Woods candle, presenting a mystical blend of incense, bergamot, nutmeg, sandalwood, patchouli and blondewoods.

Due to the deficient resource of these precious woods, the price of sandalwood oil goes up dramatically, which leads to the emergence of fake products on the market. If you are a fan of scented products based on sandalwood aroma, you should be aware of this fact. Be careful when buying them and if you do not want to risk, choose brands with high reputation.

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Scented Candles – a Little Secret for the Perfect Interior Design

Posted by on Sep 28 2012 | scented candles

Delirium - Blue Absinthe CandleIf you have more than two scented candles in a room, that means they are not anymore just a few objects that smell nice. They have become an indispensable part of your interior design style. Whether you are aware of this or not, these candles decorate your personal space by their scent, by the way they look and finally, by their arrangement. They have the power to transform a living space, to open a room and make it bigger or to create a cozy, idyllic atmosphere. High-end candles send a strong message about your character, affinities and mood. Thus, do not let them do it wrongly.

If you have already defined which kind of scented candles provides you the most pleasure, it is time to cross to the next level. I usually start with the question: “Which message do I like to send”? If you care what people think about you, this is a very important question. The smell of the house is the first thing we notice when we step into someone’s home and that smell is something that unconsciously builds a strong first impression about the person we visit. Maybe it is superficial, but this is the way our minds usually work. Thus, as well as you carefully choose the furniture, color of walls and perfect lighting for the house, you should take care about the scent that will complement your home décor.

For highly experienced candle lovers this should be a great fun. By picking an appropriate fragrance or by combining different flavors, they can manipulate with atmosphere, because fragrances, just like the right song, have the power to change a mood. You should experiment and find your personal secret ingredients, but for the beginning, there are a few tips. Fruity flavors are great for body refreshment and quick uplifting of energy, and they nicely match with vivid tones and lively atmosphere. Woody notes, the scents of the forest and fresh leaves, as well as the delicate aromas of the ocean and mountain air, create the illusion of the open space. They are ideal for autumn and winter days, when closed windows, as well as a lack of fresh air and natural light may make us feel anxious and depressive.

For a warm and idyllic atmosphere, we recommend high-end candles with spicy and food flavors, including ginger, basil, coconut, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla… Perfect for chill out nights, some herbal scents have a strong healing effect, while the scents of leather, tobacco and champagne will give a subtle touch of luxury to your home. Finally, the seductive fragrances of sandalwood and exotic fruits seem like the perfect aphrodisiac.

Now, since you have already achieved the ideal “scent decor”, it is time for the last step. Complement your interior design by choosing a perfect candle arrangement. Usually this task should be a piece of cake, since the majority of luxury candlemakers pay a great attention to design of their products. Thus, you just need to reach the basic harmony among different candles and your guests will be amazed. Group together the candles of different sizes and textures and there it is – a modern decoration for a table in your living room. For an elegant dinner, you can use candlesticks of different heights and shapes, while a romantic night in two can be warmed up by arranging candles all around the loving couple.

There are countless ways to adorn your living space with scented candles. All depends on your creativity and enthusiasm, so do not miss the opportunity to leave a good impression. Small things make a difference.

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Autumn Candles and Fragrances

Posted by on Sep 17 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.

Thrilling and addictive, relaxing and uplifting, the world of scented candles may be this little extra to 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.

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.

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.

If you still have not found the perfect scent for this autumn, do not worry. There is a 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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Little Tips for Scented Candle Lovers

Posted by on Jul 24 2012 | scented candles

True joy and happiness rather depend on the way you do things than on the things you do. Thus, a magical moment can be increased and prolonged just by taking care of little details that look unimportant at the first glance, but instead, they are crucial for the complete pleasure that each of us is searching for. That is why we come with this simple guide that may help you to take the most of your favorite scanted candles.

Always choose high-end scented candles. Beautiful fragrance is a soul of every scented candle, but first thing that you should check before you buy a candle is a structure. Make sure that a candle contains natural, high quality ingredients that are safe both for you and the environment. Candles with clean burning soy wax and all-natural, lead-free wicks should be a perfect choice. The soft wax liquefies rapidly and allows optimum diffusion of the flavor, while a quality wick keeps air in your room clean. Although they look and smell great in the store, some low-cost candles may contain lead wicks and chemical fillers, as well as wax that melts unevenly and quickly stays without desirable fragrances.

It is easier with a candle lighter. My first experience with a scented candle was a little bit painful, since I considered buying a candle lighter as something totally unnecessary. At first, matches or fluid lighter had done a job perfectly, until reaching a wick became impossible without pushing a hand into an elegant candle glass. Finally, I successfully lighted a candle, but also burned the skin on my fingers. For those who are not ultra skilful with a classic lighter, I highly recommend some of the nicely designed candle lighters as the first useful item that you will appreciate to have near a luxury candle.

Trim and clean a wick. Black smoke and soot were pretty irritating from time to time, but only after my candle had started to burn unevenly and drip, ruining the perfect, stabile light and aesthetic, I decided to take out scissors and trim a wick. For the perfect burning, it should not be longer than ¼ of an inch. For perfectionists, there are special wick trimmers, created to help you trim wicks safely and precisely (long handles ensure you don’t get near the flame).

Pick a candle location carefully. Not only this is a safety issue; position of a candle in a room also affects a quality of fragrance diffusion. To be totally relaxed, make sure you place a candle on a solid metal or glass surface, away from walls, curtains, books, papers, and other flammable objects. In order to ensure optimal diffusion, the ideal location for your candle is at half-height.

Snuffers can be pretty stylish. Unless it is your birthday, do not blow on candles. Putting it out with a snuffer seams much cooler. Besides, by simply covering a flame with a snuffer (usually shaped like little bells), you will avoid excessive combustion, which means that unnecessary smoke and soot will not undermine divine aromas of your intimate space. In order to keep the richness of the scent contained in wax, you can leave a snuffer cap on a candle, as soon as wax gets cold.

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Bestselling Scanted Candles – Fragrances that Cannot be Missed

Posted by on Jun 27 2012 | scented candles

After so many scented candles being tasted and enjoyed, I could hardly say which my favorite fragrance or a candle is. Choosing the favorite brand is also an impossible mission. At least, I could come up with my top five candlemakers list. However, it is much easier to detect what customers like. Just take a look at our TOP 40 best-selling candles and fragrances list and maybe you will get a useful hint what should be the next amazing scent to fill up your personal space.

Nest Holiday Classic CandleIn this post, we are analyzing what makes these products be ahead of thousands remarkable high-end candles on the market. Including the number one – Nest Holiday Classic Candle, we have three products of this stunning brand in the first five. The most frequent in top 20 are the renowned candlemakers Tocca and Trapp with its Orange Vanilla #4 Candle as the second bestseller.

There are lots of obvious reasons that make Nest Fragrances so popular. First of all, there is an impeccable reputation of its founder and CEO, Laura Slatkin, who sells brand’s products. Known as the queen of home fragrances, this remarkable lady has developed one of the leading companies in the business that works with more than 50 world-class brands, while creating its own high-end products. In 2009, the brand’s scented candle collection won the 2009 FiFi Award – the Oscars of the fragrance industry – for “Interior Scent Collection of the Year.” If you are in the store and cannot pick one of thousands tempting products, this award should be a pretty clear recommendation.

In this moment, Nest Holiday Candles are absolute hit, starting with the bestselling Holiday Classic. The Holiday Votive is on the forth place of our bestselling product list, while the Holiday 3-Wick Candle takes the 6th place. Each of them brings the exotic flavors of a sparkling holiday season, including pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber.

Trapp - Orange Vanilla #4 CandleSince it is the most frequent name on the list, it seems that Trapp Candle brand produces fragrances that create a long-lasting impression. Whoever used Trapp’s candles, had to be thrilled with the power of their scents. At the moment, the most wanted product of this stunning candlemaker is the Orange Vanilla #4 Candle, special by the refreshing crisp orange notes elevated by the exquisite addition of Tahitian vanilla. Trapp Fresh Cut Tuberose candle is another must-have. A tropical white flower with an intense, heady floral fragrance is the perfect bland for the summer. Other Trapp’s bestsellers are Patchouli Sandalwood and Bob’s Flower Shoppe candles, as well as a Mediterranean Fig candle.

Tocca Stella CandleDelirium, Archipelago, Seda France, Thymes and Tocca are also brands whose products find the place in the top ten of bestselling products. What distinguishes Tocca from others is the pretty smart concept of connecting a particular fragrance or a blend of aromas with a classic movie icon or character, such as Agent 007, Rodolfo, Cleopatra, Sofia, Fellini, Giuliette, and Grace. They all convey the romantic connotations synonymous with the Tocca name, but more importantly, these easy-remembering names can quickly awake desire for already experienced flavors. Some brand’s candles inspired by movie legends are among the most sought after products on the market. However, the brand’s bestselling product is an amazing Tocca Stella Candle, renowned by a slightly sweet, never bitter and always fresh scent of blood orange. Another must-have product of this luxury candlemaker is a Tocca Feu de Touch with the brand’s signature scent – a fruity-floral accord with the notes of gardenia, pomegranate and Egyptian balsam.

Delirium and Archipelago CandlesDo not miss a magical Delirium Suede & Smoke candle that brings an unbelievable mix of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, lapsangsouchong dark tea and green manda, which promises something verry similar to the brand’s name. And for the quick, refreshing touch of nature, we strongly recommend Archipelago Black Forest candle. Besides, we soon expect some of the stunning Ecoya high-end candles to enter the bestselling list.

Votivo Red Currant CandleThis prestigious list would not be complete without remarkable Votivo candles. Interior designers who need to create appealing atmosphere know that Votivo candles can transform a personal space. Their high-end quality has been already recognized by many celebrities and it looks that our customers also highly appreciate the brand’s unique production concept, the naturalness of the most versatile fragrances and sophisticated design. Votivo’s bestseller is a Honeysuckle candle that bring back youthful days with the true nectar of the rambling Honeysuckle blossoms.

The majority of luxury candles meet the highest standards, such as the extraordinary richness of fragrances, long-lasting burning time, a clean, gentle glow and natural, eco-friendly contexture. Modern design and fancy packaging are also common things that you can always count on, when it comes to the top end candle brands. However, there are special moments when our senses detect something really special, a divine blend of aromas that we may want to taste every-day. Than, we can keep experimenting with other fragrances, but those must-haves will always be close to the hand and a lighter (Luminere Candle Lighter is the number 3 bestselling product on our list) to bring wonderful moments of joy and relaxation.

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The Choice of Intriguing Scented Candles for 2012

Posted by on Jan 20 2012 | scented candles

Terre d'Epices (Land Of Spices) CandleAt the start of the year, we have decided to make a list of luxury candles we think that have the potential to be very sought after in the following twelve months. The list of recommendations was put together after the careful deliberation and our main intention was to pick distinguished products that would please candle aficionados with various preferences. Some of the scented candles we chose are among the best selling products at Candle Delirium. However, it was not our intention to predict the most successful sellers. It is simply a suggestion for all the candle enthusiasts who will, without any doubt, be able to find the scent that suits them best, even without our help.

At the beginning, we would like to turn your attention to the very popular product from Archipelago Botanicals. The lovely product dubbed Havana Candle has an unusual smoky aroma that combines the delicate and exotic smells of bergamot oranges, tropical ylang-ylang plants and of course, Cuban tobacco leaf to validate its name and to give it an undoubted association with the capital of Cuba. Made only from the very finest ingredients, the Havana candle comes in various sizes in order to please different preferences. It is the brand’s best selling item.

After the Caribbean, let us move to France to discover another high quality product that utilizes enticing fragrance of bergamot. It is Terre d’Epices (Land of Spices) Candle, fashioned by the Parisian designer Herve Gambs. His fiery mixture combines bergamot with sweetness provided by the base of liquorice wood, heavy and dominating patchouli. At the end, everything is topped with the touch of amber, in order to get a nice, unmatched and “intimate olfactive experience”.

The next candle on our list is an incredible seductive and citrusy product – Orange Pop Candle by Jonathan Adler. The lovely fusion of garden fragrances puts together mouth-watering and ripe Mandarin oranges and papayas and blends them with the hints of Clementine, lemon water and lush greens. This hand-poured candle comes in an unusual and reusable orange vessel, as it is expected for a product that is named Orange Pop.

After the fruity candle, the next of our recommendations is the sweet and spicy synthesis – Pineapple Ginger Candle by Archipelago. The wax blend used in the luxury candle was created with the most quality of ingredients, and is comprised of more than 70 percent of natural soya wax.

Another similarly inspired product is Pomegranate Sage Candle by Aquisse. Apart from the luscious fruit that is mentioned in the name of the sophisticated candle, it also utilizes the touches of patchouli, green sage and teak. This seductive product is made exclusively out of the soy wax, and with organic soybean oil (which will many of you probably find very pleasing), as well as with lead-free wicks.

If you want to go in the slightly different direction, we suggest creamy and delightful French Bourbon Vanille Candle by Voluspa. Made entirely out of rich smell of vanilla from Bourbon, France (you were wrong if you though it smells of alcohol), it is a nostalgic product that will take you back in time to treasured memories from your past.

At the end, we would also like to bring your intention to another provocatively named candle by the experts of intrigue – A Scent of Scandal. The product in question is Gangsta Candle that exudes the aroma of firewood and gives a slight additional touch of, believe it or not, gunpowder. The hand-poured innovative product is made entirely from soya wax.

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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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