Hi All! This post was slate to be a Friday Fun Stuff post. I became immersed in the research so I had to turn it into a full blown post. I have been on the hunt for a good candle since I put my Christmas stuff away. This post came about out of my own frustration. I love a beautifully scented candle but I loathe a "faux" over scented sweet one. I have two prerequisites when candle searching. I have to LOVE the fragrance and I want the candle itself to blend with my decor (difficult, yes).
To resolve the blending in with the decor issue; I FINALLY had a "come to jesus" moment. A pretty container to house the candle will solve half of the equation. Here are a few that I like. If you have more of a rustic farm house look this one is great. The best news is you get two for a little over $20 with shipping and you can fill one of them with flowers or feathers as I did here.
I own both of these. They have just a slight metallic cast but they don't look too "holidayish" and they will house a 4 x 4 candle.
Scented candles can create mood and atmosphere just as effectively as music and lighting. Different scents can help you transition your space from season to season and room to room. The entry is a great place to establish a "fragrance story" that is your own.
The right fragrance will draw people in.
Light, fresh citrus scents are perfect for spring and summer, Spicy earthy scents compliment a crackling fire in fall and winter. Clean herbal scents can calm or revitalize your mood. Scent is extremely personal. Understand what you like and seek out scents that attract you. Start by identifying a fragrance family that appeals to you.
Sandlewood, cedar, patchouli, leather, smoke, moss
Killy of the valley, tuberose, rose, jasmine, etc.
Orange Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon
Grassy, Herbal, Clean notes
Edible Dessert like Scents
Aromatherapy can 'enhance your psycholigical and physical well being". To further confuse you most fragrances have three notes: top, middle, and bottom notes. “Plain, simple, and delicate notes, such as citrus and some florals, do not translate well and can be altered by heat.” These notes below might help you further refine your selection: