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  • Our Favorite Candles for Cold and Flu Season

    “Flu Shot” signs are everywhere and it’s a constant reminder that along with fall’s crisp air and beautiful foliage, so comes cold and flu season (what a buzz kill!). Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent and/ or cope with whatever nasty bug you caught or are about to catch. Whether your choice of treatment is pharmaceutical or not, almost everyone seems to have some sort of remedy ranging from onions in socks to good old fashioned homemade chicken noodle soup, sipping whisky, or even sex! Check out this funny article from Shape magazine to see what others have said. What you may not know is that one of the best ways to combat the cold or flu is through essential oils and aromatherapy. They can help ward off illness or speed up recovery by boosting immunity. They also can help with the discomforts of colds when used in baths, chest rubs, compresses, and inhalants. Eucalyptus oil is particularly helpful in that it fights bacterial, viral, and fungal infections while also relieving congestion. Other oils that do the trick include orange, juniper, pine, basil, and ginger. Here’s a list of some of our candles that are great to have on hand in case you feel an illness coming on. While our candles may not cure the common cold, they will surely help to create a soothing environment to help encourage relaxation and healing.

    Eucalyptus: Country Pine Cone New Kitchen, Citrus Herb Village Classics Village Candle Citrus Herb Scented Candle Village Candle Country Pine Cone Scented Candles Pine: Forest Pine Glass Pillar, Redwood Forest, Siberian Pine Radiance, Happy Holidays Premium Round Village Candle Forest Pine Scented Candle Village Candle Redwood Forest Scented Candle Village Candle Happy Holidays Scented Candle Juniper: Christmas Tree Premium Round, Forest Pine Glass Pillar Village Candle Christmas Tree Scented Candle Orange: Canyon Sunset Premium Round, Golde Safari Limited Edition Label, Cranberry Orange New Kitchen, Orange Cinnamon Premium Round Village Candle Canyon Sunset Scented Candles Village Candle Golden Safari Scented Candle Village Candle Cranberry Orange Scented Candle Village Candle Orange Cinnamon Scented Candle Ginger: Gingerbread Cookie Premium Round, Gingerbread House New Kitchen, Celebration Village Candle Gingerbread Cookie Scented Candle Village Candle Gingerbread Cookie Scented Candle Village Candle Gingerbread House Scented Candle Do you have a special home remedy to fight the cold or flu? What scent do you find most soothing when you’re not feeling well? Please share!

  • Comparing Apples to Apples: Satisfy Your Senses with Candles and Pie

    Fall is right around the corner so get prepared for crisp autumn breezes, beautiful foliage, and apples (lots of apples!).  We are inspired by the season’s go-to fruit and dedicated our apple-based candles, Crisp Apple Premium Round and Baked Apple New Kitchen, as a few of our August Candles of the Month.

    Crisp Apple Premium Round Scented Candle


    Village Candle Baked Apple Scented Candle

    To satisfy your taste buds while enjoying the decadent aroma of these apple-scented candles, we’ve provided some of our favorite apple pie recipes.  So grab your apron, and get ready to bake!  And don’t worry these recipes are as easy as, well, apple pie.  Enjoy!

    Perfect Apple Pie

    Here’s a super easy, basic apple pie that the entire family will enjoy!  Click on the link for the recipe as well as coupons or promotions available at your local grocery store.

    *Recipe courtesy of


    Apple and Cherry Pie with Oatmeal Crumble Topping

    This one is slightly more advanced in the prep, but it’s certainly worth the extra effort!  Chef Emeril Lagasse provides a recipe for apple pie with a twist, adding cherries and a sweet oatmeal crumb topping.  Delicious!


    *Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse on


    Simple Blueberry Apple Pie

    Here’s a down home recipe from Sunny Anderson on the Food Network.  A homemade pie crust, fresh blueberries, and Golden Delicious apples come together making this a simply irresistable dessert.

    Simple Blueberry Apple Pie

    *Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson on


    Caramel Apple Pie

    This recipe won 1st prize for best apple pie in the 2003 Food Network Challenge.  Given an “intermediate” rating on, this recipe is going to provide more of a challenge for the average baker.  Put your skills to the test and prepare this tasty treat!

    *Recipe courtesy of Marles Riessland on


    Do you have a favorite apple pie recipe or baking tips?  Please share!

  • Celebrating our June Candle of the Month: Flavorful Recipes for Iced Tea

    There’s nothing like a cold glass of old-fashioned southern iced tea during the hot summer months.  Not only is it a refreshing beverage, but tea is also loaded with tons of healthy antioxidants (the same ones found in red wine) and helps fight cancer and heart disease.  In fact, we love sweet tea so much that we named our Sweet Tea New Kitchen Collection candle as our June Candle of the Month!  So in honor of our favorite summer drink, we’ve provided helpful tips to making the perfect batch as well as delicious recipes to add a little extra flavor.  Enjoy!

    Scented Candle of the Month: Sweet Tea Village Candle

    June Village Candle of the Month: Sweet Tea

    Easy Steps to Brewing Iced Tea

    1. Place 3-5 tea bags into 2 cups of boiling water.
    2. Steep black tea for 5 minutes and green tea for 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bags after allotted time.
    3. Pour the concentrated tea into a pitcher and add 2 cups water.
    4. Before chilling, let tea sit to room temperature to avoid clouding.
    5. To sweeten your iced tea, add you can add granulated sugar until it dissolves (this only works when the tea is hot!).  If the tea is cold, add simple syrup or try a flavored syrup (see recipes below) and stir until the syrup is dissolved.

    Simple Syrup

    Combine ¾ cup water with ¾ sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Yields 1 cup (serving size 1 tablespoon)

    Fresh Peach Syrup

    Mash 1 cup peeled, ripe peach in a bowl.  Add hot simple syrup to peaches and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

    Mint-Lime Syrup

    Place ¼ cup chopped, fresh mint leaves and 3 (2-inch) strips of lime in a small bowl.  Add hot simple syrup, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

    Raspberry-Chambord Syrup

    Place 1 cup fresh raspberries in a small bowl and mash with a fork.  Add hot simple syrup and 2 tablespoons of Chambord.  Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

    Lavender Syrup

    Rinse 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds (stems removed) under cold water, and place in a small bowl.  Add hot simple syrup, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve and discard solids.

    Cucumber-Ginger Syrup

    Place ½ cup grated, peeled cucumber in a small bowl with 5 (¼ inch) pieces of peeled, fresh ginger.  Add hot simple syrup, cover and let stand 30 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve and discard solids.


    Recipes courtesy of Cooking Light. 

  • Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many of us are struggling to find the perfect gift for all of the wonderful mothers in our lives.  A bottle of perfume, spa gift card, and coupon book of IOUs are lovely gifts, but haven’t you done that before?  Think outside the box this year, and consider a themed gift package inspired by one of our exquisite, handmade candles paired with a potted plant or tree, floral bouquet, or herb garden.  It makes for a beautiful, well-thought out gift that capture her favorite aroma both indoors and out.

    Unless you already know your Mother’s favorite scent, the first step is to do your homework.  Does she prefer a floral fragrance or more of a citrus scent?  No matter her favorite aroma, the options are endless with this themed gift idea.  We will provide some direction, but you can add your own personal touch to make it that much more sentimental.

    You can buy this special edition, laser-etched candle here. Limited quantities!

    Spring Blossom:  For the Mom who loves to garden, capture the essence of spring with scents from our floral collection inspired by the season’s most fragrant blooms. Some of our favorites include Gardenia Premium Round, Hydrangea Premium Round, Cherry Blossom Radiance Collection, and Cherry Blossom Premium Round. Visit your local florist or nursery, and select the same flower as the candle that you can pot or have the florist assemble a beautiful bouquet.  Complete the gift basket with a gift card to the nursery and new gardening supplies – gloves, kneeling pad, shovel, pruner, etc.

    Citrus Grove: If Mom loves a zesty, sweet citrus aroma, she will enjoy any of our citrus-based candles such as Lemon Pound Cake Premium Round, Pinkalicious Glass Pillar Collection, Cranberry Orange New Kitchen Collection, or Orange Dreamsicle Limited Edition.  Pair with a lemon tree or a citrus cocktail tree that grows multiple citrus varieties so she can add garnish to her favorite drink (available at Lowe’s or online retailers such as  Complete the package with lemon infused olive oil, soaps, or citrus-flavored foods.

    Herb Garden:  For the Mom that loves to cook, choose an herb-scented candle from the Citrus Herb Village Classics Collection or the Citrus & Sage Décor Collection.  Next, select Mom’s favorite herbs and plant an herb garden in a large planter for easy picking as she prepares one of her fabulous gourmet meals.  To complete the garden, purchase special labels for each herb that was planted.  Another idea is to add pre-mixed tins of dried herbs from a gourmet market or jars of individual dried herbs with fun labels that will help organize the pantry.

    Homemade Treats: If the aroma of freshly baked apple pie or blueberry muffins is reminiscent of special times with Mom in the kitchen, this gift will truly warm her heart.  Pair a Blueberry Muffin Premium Round candle with a blueberry plant (found at or a Baked Apple New Kitchen Collection candle with an apple tree (  Add a personalized or monogrammed apron with baking supplies or specialty ingredients from a gourmet market.  Include a card that recollects your childhood memory of her making these homemade treats at home.  A very happy Mom is guaranteed with this gift!

    To make this Mother’s Day gift even more special, get the kids involved.  Visit your local craft store to purchase a flower pot, some paint, and get those little hands painting!  Nothing is more special than tiny handprints and fingerprints!   It’s also a great way for the children to take part in the gift giving, so they too can show their appreciation for Mom or Grandma.

    To all of the Mother’s reading this blog, we want to wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!

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