Candle Review: Illuminations Thai Market

Original hand draw floating marketOne of my favorite quotes is a quote of a quote in Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a writing he found on the bathtub of King Tchingthang, which Thoreau describes, ” ‘Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again.’ I can understand that. Morning brings back the heroic ages.” I agree, to wake up early, enjoy the dawn, and have a productive morning is some of my finest time. And there are little things that bring the beauty and productivity into fruition, little things that I don’t take lightly – like the encompassing power of something as simple as a candle.

Having the perfect scent can completely vitalize my day, and studies have proven this. It is now known that certain scents physiologically help create moods, citrus scents rejuvenate and create energy, lavender scents are calming, and so forth. And then there’s the primordial magic of the flickering flame, and poetry in certain scent combinations. So what do I renew myself with? Thai Market.

The Thai Market candle from Illuminations completely invigorates my morning, probably due to the citrus element: lemongrass. The candle also contains the scents of sweet litchee, basil, aromatic cardamom, and creamy coconut milk. This combination is like a master recipe – a work of art. The soothing coconut balances with the crisp lemongrass and the other scents add a touch of enchantment. They conjure up Asian secrets and always leave me inspired. Citrus is also known to leave a clean feeling, partly because some citrus fruits like lemon are used as cleaning items. Not only does it smell clean, but also this candle inspires cleaning! The energy, the crisp cleanliness, perfect for tidying up in the morning.

When the work is done, it leaves me inspired, I’m more likely to play music or write or do something I really enjoy with this little touch. It’s these little things that can really enhance a day and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Your environment is important to your life, and a clean, aesthetically pleasing one will surely give you the happiness and energy to accomplish more than you normally would. So find a scent that really appeals to you, and if the scents of the Thai Market candle appeal to you, I’d highly recommend trying it out.

Candle Holders: Add Sizzle to Your Surroundings

Christmas candle decorated with cinnamonBy: M J Plaster

Is your home décor lacking that extra something that spells the difference between comfortable and vibrant or between comfortable and tranquil? Candles might be just the polish your décor needs. Take advantage of the sparkling colors, rich textures, and fresh scents of candles without draining your decorating budget.

Some candles are best unadorned, but candleholders offer an additional opportunity to highlight their presence and beauty. You don’t have to burn the candles; you can use them as objects d’art, incorporating them into displays, floral arrangements and centerpieces—alone as an accent piece, or in a grouping as a focal point.

Typical candles no longer exist—they belong to a bygone era. Tapers gave way to thick and varied heights long ago. Today, you’ll find square candles, heart-shaped candles, fruit and vegetable candles, gingerbread candles, floral candles, Christmas tree and ornament candles, and candles with artistic free-flowing shapes. Within that variety of shapes, you’ll find an endless array of adornments, such as beads and glitter, straw, botanicals embedded in the wax, still life scenes, etc.

Color, Shape and Texture

Today’s candles come in a wide variety of hues and shades, and many add the dimension of shape and texture to their composition. Marbled, frosted, and sculptured candles are widely available in a selection of sizes, shapes and prices—ranging from votives to thick, oversized candles.

If your living areas are frozen in time with a monochromatic color scheme—you know the rooms we mean, they looked oh-so-good on paper until you lived in them for a month—use candles to rescue you from the monotony without the expense of redecorating. Marbled candles are a quick and easy way to work complementary or harmonizing color into the room.

If your home utilizes color well, but lacks excitement, accessorize with textured candles to add pizzazz to the room. Position the candles to create a focal point or to add just the right accent. Marbled candles incorporate several hues and shades of the same color, and variegated candles can tie all of the colors in your décor together.

Sculptured candles provide a warm substitute for expensive knickknacks and require a minimum of space. Add smaller sculptured candles to guest bathrooms along with guest hand towels and guest soaps. It’s the attention to detail that rolls out the welcome mat for guests and creates the ambiance of a memorable stay.

If you’ve never used anything but wax candles, try one of the new gel candles. Gel candles are translucent and their shimmering glow is irresistible to the eye. You’ll find gel candles ready to display in their own attractive glass containers.

Candles and Fragrance

Scented and aromatherapy candles make an excellent choice for the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Consider odor-neutralizing scented candles a necessity for the kitchen when you entertain. They serve triple duty by quickly neutralizing cooking odors, adding a pleasant scent and a touch or warmth. Larger scented candles often include interesting texture, shape and color variation.

Candleholders and Display Options

If you use your patio as a three-season outdoor room, float citronella votives in water on the patio for a lily-pads-in-the-pond effect. You’ll scare away the mosquitoes and other flying irritants at the same time. Place all citronella candles a few feet from the table so that you don’t run off the guests along with the insects.

Votive holders have blossomed into every imaginable shape, including butterflies, bejeweled beveled glass holders, and seascape holders. Many of the votive designs are ideally suited for an outdoor environment.

Hurricane lamps add light and atmosphere to the outdoor table in the evening. Eve lights can produce harsh lighting, and hurricane lamps provide enough light to see without detracting from the atmosphere. When selecting a candleholder for outdoor use, it’s important to select one that shields the flame from the wind, and hurricane lamps provide ample protection from the wind.

If you haven’t seen the newer tea lamp candleholders, you’re not going to believe your eyes. These candleholders are every bit as elaborate and intricate as their electrical counterparts. If you prefer the formal look of a chandelier, consider a chandelier candleholder for a soft, diffused light. The next time a storm or tornado blows through your area, leaving you without electricity, tea lamp, hurricane and chandelier candleholders will be ready and waiting.

Scented Candles – Take Me AWAY!

By: M J Plaster

rs-aroma-candleRemember the old Calgon commercial—”Take me away Calgon!” There’s only one thing that can take you away faster than a Calgon bath, and that’s a scented candle. Whether you want a breath of fresh spring air, or you want to transport yourself to a South Sea paradise minus the hassle of airport security, crowded, delayed flights and lost baggage, grab a scented candle, and travel wherever your imagination leads. Smell is a powerful sense, and you can use it to alter your mood within seconds with the flicker of a candle. In fact, why not keep a supply of scented candles in the bathroom when you don’t have time to luxuriate in the bathtub. Envelope yourself in fragrance while you shower, dry and blow-dry.

Close your eyes and think of each season: winter, spring, summer and fall each evoke special “scentual” memories. If it’s the dead of winter and you’ve already suffered through 73 days of snow cover, light a piña colada candle or a seaside candle and pop in your favorite Beach Boys CD. Inhale the scents of summer and forget about the cold for a few divine moments. Select a delicate floral candle or maybe a rain forest scent to remind you that April showers are right around the corner. If it’s 102° F in the shade, there’s nothing like a pine-scented candle to send a quick shiver up your back. Longing for fall? Light a pumpkin candle to evoke the Harvest Moon and the bounty of autumn. Whatever the occasion you’d like to recreate, it’s only a candle away. That’s the power of the sense of smell.

Holidays are incomplete without candles. If you think back to your favorite holiday gatherings, your mind will probably wander to your favorite scents. Think about your favorite Christmas tree, and you’re bound to remember the crisp smell of pine or cedar. The traditional holiday season from Thanksgiving to the New Year provides a natural cornucopia of fragrance. From pumpkin pie to peppermint ice cream to vanilla, the scents of the holiday season are everywhere.

Perhaps you use an artificial tree instead of a fresh-cut tree each year. Simulate the scent of a Frazier fir with candles. Artificial trees are getting closer to their natural kissing cousins with each passing season, but they remain “flat” without the accompanying scent. They just can’t bring the smell of Christmas into a home like the real thing. Light a few pine or cedar candles, and voila—you may never miss the genuine article.

Feel free to light several complementary scents at once. The seasons and the holidays are full of naturally occurring complementary fragrance. Each season contains a wealth of pleasing smell. The holiday season probably provides the most scent. Recreate the memories of Christmas past with gingerbread, vanilla, cinnamon, eggnog, clove, nutmeg, pine, peppermint candles. The scents don’t compete, because they occur naturally, and you’ve smelled them from infancy. If you can think of a memory, you can find a candle to recreate the mood.

Look around your home. You’ve probably created a room or two around a theme. Perhaps you’ve created an indoor sunroom. Bring the scents of the outdoors into your sunroom to add authenticity. Perhaps you’ve built a room around a color. Add lavender-scented candles to that lavender room, rose-scented candles to a pink room, new-mown grass-scented and rain forest candles to a green room, vanilla or gardenia to a white room, and seaside to a blue room.

Don’t forget the kitchen. Not only will you want to add scent, but you may want to eliminate odors as well. If you’ve created the perfect dinner for guests, the last thing you want is the smell of garlic, onion, or fish wafting through your home when they arrive. If the odor is overpowering, turn on the kitchen fan, spray a little odor neutralizer in the air, and light citrus-scented candles to replace cooking odors with the clean scent of fruit.

Cheaper than a trip to paradise, quicker than you can even say “banana bread,” you can light a candle. If your mind can imagine it, you can create it with scented candles for mere pennies!

Discover Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy CandlesBy: M J Plaster

Nothing turns a commonplace, ho-hum room into a radiant, inviting setting faster than the flicker of a few ordinary candles scattered strategically throughout the room. Add scented candles and you can quickly evoke childhood memories, transport your imagination to a tropical island, or infuse the room with the crisp scent of a pine forest. Aromatherapy candles add yet another dimension to the equation.

Aromatherapy candles release a small, but continuous stream of herbal and floral essential oils into the air as they burn. The chemicals in the essential oils enter your body as you breathe, and travel throughout the body, including the brain, through the bloodstream. You receive subtle benefits as the chemicals interact with your body. Don’t expect to receive full healing benefits by lighting a candle, but aromatherapy candles provide the same dual benefits inherent in conventional aromatherapy in less concentrated doses: smell therapy and chemical reactions to the essential oils.

Burn aromatherapy candles to alter, enhance, and improve your state of mind while adding a touch of nature’s pure perfume to your surroundings. What a pleasant, powerful quick fix to an otherwise rotten day, not to mention a less destructive alternative to downing a pint of ice cream or a pound of chocolate to chase away the blahs.

Let aromatherapy candles help set the right mood for others with whom you spend time. Your guests will only know that you have that “special something,” that magical touch when it comes to hospitality.


Tips for Using Aromatherapy Candles:

Make sure that you purchase aromatherapy candles, not just scented candles. Look for labels that include “pure essential oils.”

Select the right candle for the situation. The best way to ensure that you have selected the best candle to achieve your goal is to purchase a candle with labeling that reflects your desired effect.

    • Invigorate – Perhaps you arrive home lethargic and drained after a grueling day at work, and like so many other busy parents, your workday at home is just beginning—with no time for an intervening catnap. Treat yourself to a short break, and light an energizing aromatherapy candle. Invigorating candles typically contain some mixture of oils from the mint and citrus families. The mint essential oils—peppermint, spearmint, basil, and eucalyptus—provide quick stimulation, revitalization, and an extra dose of energy. Other invigorating essential oils include cedar, rosemary, cinnamon, geranium, cassia, and vanilla.
    • Relax – Sometimes a sense of accomplishment or closure leaves you wired. You know that feeling. You’ve finished a big project, and you’re bursting at the seams with energy when you really want to kick back, relax and enjoy some quiet time. Light a stress-releasing aromatherapy candle, take a few deep breaths, and allow your mind to clear. Stress-releasing essential oils include lavender, chamomile, patchouli, geranium and rose.
    • Concentrate – Use aromatherapy candles to improve concentration when you need to tap into your creative powers. Nothing sparks creativity like the ability to concentrate and block mental and environmental distractions. Citrus essential oils help you to concentrate: lemon, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, and bergamot.
    • Add atmosphere – You’ve planned a quiet evening at home with that special someone, and you’ve made every effort to impress. You’ve cooked a dinner right out of a Parisian bistro, fresh flowers grace your home, the table is set with china and linen napkins, the wine is chilling, and you’ve never looked better. Add the final touch with an aromatherapy candle containing some of the sensual essential oils: Ylang ylang, vanilla, neroli, rose, clary sage, sandalwood.When using candles to add atmosphere, grouping candles together is fine, but less can be more. You’re striving for natural and nonchalant: think elegant understatement, not sacrificial altar.

When you light more than one aromatherapy candle, burn candles with complementary, not competing essential oils. You don’t want to burn candles with invigorating oils along with candles that contain a relaxing mixture of oils. Your body will receive mixed signals.

Why reserve your aromatherapy candles for special occasions or for company? Add an elegant touch and a little mood to your everyday life. What else can add so much pleasure with so little effort? Include aromatherapy candles in your repertoire to turn the mere ordinary into the extraordinary.

Soy Candles: A Natural Alternative to Paraffin Wax

spring aromaSoy candles are growing more in popularity all the time, probably because of the benefits of burning soy wax. It is known to last 50% longer than traditional wax (paraffin), they also burn slower, cleaner, and cooler – which helps to distribute fragrance. They are also non-toxic and less likely to cause an allergic reaction, and they don’t release the carcinogens that petroleim-based candles do.

They are also popular with environmentally conscious consumers. This is mainly because soy wax is made from 100% soybeans, it’s biodegradable, and it’s a renewable resource.

These organic candles make a nice, natural gift, and an even nicer gift if they are homemade. Candle making with soy wax is usually easier than making other candles, mainly because soy wax cleans up with soap and water, meaning you can often put your utensils in the dishwasher.

The basics of how to make soy candles are that you combine soy wax, dye, and fragrance. A good amount of each to start with is one pound of soy wax, one ounce of fragrant oil, and a few drops of dye (use your judgement to determine the amount of color you want). Put the wax in a melter or clean pan on medium heat, when the wax is melted, remove from heat and add the fragrance oil and dye. Position the wick in the center (using a pencil or clothespin if necessary to keep the wick straight) of the container you wish to use (mason jar, etc.) and gently pour the wax over it. When the wax dries, trim the wick to 1/2 inch, and your candle is ready to be enjoyed.

Soy Candles are a Natural Approach to Candlelight

What offers the scent of candles without the black soot and chemicals? What is all natural to breathe in and doesn’t leave that black soot as residue? The answer is soy candles. Have you ever ruined a table cloth or a runner with a dripping paraffin candle? Did you know that soy candles clean up with a simple mixture of soap and water?

How do These Types Compare to Other Candles?

Unlike paraffin candles that burn off chemicals and leave black soot, soy candles burn naturally and have little to no residue. Moreover, these candles burn longer and are more than capable filling a room with the delicious aromas candle-lovers have come to expect from a good candle. Another wonderful benefit is that these candles clean up with simple soap and water. That means that there is no longer any danger of ruining your favorite tablecloth or runner with wax drips from a candle.

Soy candles are relatively new on the market. They are created using soybean wax in much the same way that beeswax and bayberry wax is used to create other all-natural candles. The most obvious problem, particularly with beeswax, is the cost. Therefore, to have the benefits of an all-natural candle without breaking the bank, search for soy candles.

Where Can I Find Soy Candles?

One of the first markets for soy candles was The Body Shop; however, today these wonderful alternatives to paraffin or other more expensive natural candles may be found in a variety of locations. All that is required to find soy candles is a little perseverance. Search the natural health food aisles of your local discount store or seek out a natural health food market, and certainly you will be successful in your endeavor to blend all-natural soybeans with your love for candles.

Barring that, however, let your fingers do the work while you enjoy a cup of coffee in your bath robe some early morning. There are a variety of places online where soy candles may be purchase either by the environmentally conscience consumer or the would-be entrepreneur. For this search, your first stop should be your favorite search engines shopping page.

Whether your goal is to start a new environmentally conscious business, or to never again have to throw away a ruined tablecloth, soy candles are the answer. At a lower cost than beeswax or bayberry wax, and with the added benefit of burning longer without the black soot and chemical residue, soy candles may soon become the favorite of every candle lover you know.

Candles: History and Perspective

candle bedroomWhat role do candles play in your life? Since they were first invented, their role in human societies continues to diversify. In the beginning, it was all about light. Of course, the meaning of light is as diverse as it is essential to our existence. A candle may play a different role in your life today, tomorrow or the next day. Just how profoundly have candles affected human development functionally, culturally and spiritually?

Retail sails for candles in the U.S. for 2001 were approximately 2.3 billion dollars. Candles are used in seven out of 10 U.S. households. The majority of candle consumers burn candles between one and three times per week and burn one to two candles at a time. There are over 300 known commercial manufacturers of candles in the U.S. alone. These statistics are provided by the National Candle Association (NCA – []).

What elements constitute or define a candle? The essential elements of early candles were a wick, fuel and container or mount. Aromatherapy and colorants have become common editions to most modern candles. Candles have been used for thousands of years but until the 20th century, their essential and primary purpose was to provide artificial light. Today, the applications for candles are so broad and diverse; they have become an integral part of our everyday lives. [].


It is fair to assume that controlling and capturing fire to produce artificial light on demand has been an obsession since early man first discovered fire. The first known records of this process begin with the ancient Egyptians. Clay candle holders dating from the 4th century B.C. have been found in Egypt. Egyptians eventually used rush lights or torches. They made these torches by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow. Tallow is the fatty tissue or suet of animals. The tallow of cattle and sheep was routinely used because it became hard. There was no wick involved in these early candles.


The people of the Roman Empire were the first to use candle wicks. They melted tallow to a very liquid state and poured it over flax, hemp or cotton fiber which created a wick. These candles provided artificial light for utilitarian purposes and were also used in religious ceremonies. There were two primary problems with the use of tallow. It produced both a terrible odor and smoke. Tallow did not burn cleanly.


Early Asian cultures extracted wax from insects (coccos pella) and seeds and then molded it in tube containers of plant paper. The Japanese extracted wax from tree nuts to create candles. In China, beeswax was used during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.).


Early Indian cultures extracted wax from boiling cinnamon and created tapered candles. These candles were used in Indian Temples.

Middle Ages

By this time, beeswax had been discovered. Although harder to acquire, this was a great improvement because the beeswax produced a subtle sweet smell and burned cleanly. These candles were highly valued by the clergy and upper classes that were among those who could access/afford them.

North America

In the first century A.D., Native Americans burned oily fish that were called candlefish. Missionaries that eventually settled the southwestern United States boiled bark from the Cerio tree to extract wax for candle making. Colonial women in New England discovered they could boil the grayish green berries of bayberry bushes and extract wax. This was a difficult and tedious process but the bayberry wax burned sweetly and cleanly. In the late eighteenth century, the whaling industry developed. Spermaceti wax, a whale product that had a mild odor and was harder than both tallow and beeswax made candles available to more people. Many historians claim that the first “standard candles” were made using spermaceti wax.

The Industrial Age


Mass production came to candle making. Joseph Morgan invented a machine that used a cylinder featuring a piston that ejected candles as they solidified in their molds.


Paraffin wax was invented. It is processed by distilling the residues left behind by the refining of crude petroleum. This bluish-white wax burned cleanly and with no unpleasant or much odor of any kind. It was also cheap to produce.

20th Century

Eventually, stearic acid was added since it was discovered this ingredient in the original tallow candles was what maintained a higher melting point and produced a harder candle. The growth of the meatpacking and oil industries made candles a common necessity. In 1879, the electric light bulb was invented. However, history did not end for the development of the candle. This was just a temporary setback that reinvented the mission and the market for candles.

Modern Chandlers (Candle Makers)

Internationally, paraffin remains the most popular candle fuel although the use of stearic wax is mostly practiced in Europe. However, technology continues to develop candles that offer new and more benefits. In 1992, after much testing Michael Richards made the first all vegetable candle wax which has developed into our modern soy candle. The versatility of this wax allows for use in both low-melt container candles and high temperature melt for free standing pillar candles.

Gel candles

The most recent state-of-the-art technology revolves around gel candles. The gel is a combination of polymer resin and mineral oil. The patent for making gel wax is held by Penreco Corporaton (US Patent 5,879,694) and is called versagel. Gel provides exceptional safety in terms of its flash point. It is best used in creating what is known as a hurricane candle by putting it in a decorative translucent container and adding a wick. Due to the clarity of the gel, these candles produce 40% more luminescence than regular paraffin wax. Modern chandlers turned artists, now produce beautiful collectibles in the form of embedded glass candle designs. The gel can be reinstated, and the candle passed down through generations to be used again and again. Detailed pictures of these art candles are available at [].

So…What role do candles play in your life?

Well, they can still light a room…but they can also light a heart. They can express love that lasts a lifetime and an infinite collection of special moments and appreciation. Candles are a cultural, technical, artistic, therapeutic and spiritual expression of the finest moments in human evolution and experience. That is why they are still present in our lives…in spite of the electric light bulb. This article invites you to use them to celebrate life in all its creative glory.

Author Biography

Janet K. Nelson has done research and written articles on subjects that range from the cultural to the technical. She is an author noted for integrating information and providing a fresh, clear and whole-picture perspective on her subjects. She has written articles, manuals and perspectives for marketing, cultural, media and distribution organizations. She has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. More information is available via

Aroma in a Bottle: Scented Jar Candles

Lily of the valley bouquet and burning candleDo you love the smell of fresh blueberries, apple pie, or rain? Do you enjoy the soft warm glow of candlelight? Then, why not combine those two favorites and transform your home into something inviting and wonderfully aromatic? I know. You have tried this, and for the cost of the scented jar candle, you could only smell pine from a foot away. Don’t give up just yet! By carefully selecting your scented jar candle, you can enjoy the smell of fresh pumpkin pie without ever once having to turn on the stove.

Emptor Caveat: Don’t Buy the First One You See!

Scented jar candles are in every discount store and outlet mall you walk into. You can buy one for as little as a dollar, but the scents of these cheaper versions will, quite often, not reach past the lid. So, emptor caveat or buyer beware! If you only want the candle for the glow, then the cheaper versions should work quite well; however, if you are looking for something truly aromatic, then don’t skimp on the cost.

Scented jar candles come in a variety of styles and types. For example, two of the current best quality scented candles on the market are Yankee and Salt City. Both of these are known for both the ability to last and the fact that they can take a room from ordinary to spectacular in no time at all. These are both either paraffin or petroleum-based candles, and are seemingly costly but well worth every penny in the end.

If you are the type who is most interested in all-natural products, however, do not despair. Soybean wax is currently being used to manufacture quality scented jar candles, among other styles, that rival their petroleum-based cousins in cost and effectiveness. While these candles are a little bit more difficult to locate, if the lack of soot and the ability to clean messes with soap and water appeals to you, then persevere.

Another benefit to using a scented jar candle as an air freshener for any room is that most come with a glass lid. The lid will keep dirt out of the candle when it is not in use, so you never have to try to clean the wax. The lid can also double as a means to “snuff” out the candle when blowing it out is simply not an option. If you’ve always wanted your house to smell like blueberries, but have never had any luck, try again. This time, you have a bit more information and aren’t likely to get caught buying the “glow only” type of candle again.

Creating a Mood with Scents

candles-spa-featHave you ever noticed how the warm scent of a candle wafting through the air can be uplifting, energizing, or make you cozy? Or maybe there’s a certain body spray, soap, or perfume that just keeps you going through the day. Did you wonder why maybe that Key Lime candle smelled yummy but also energized you or even motivated you to clean? Or why that Apple Pie scent really helped you appreciate fall? Wonder no longer, study after study has shown that scents do affect your mood! Take a look below of some scents that can really enhance your moods:

1. Citrus Scent – Energy
Need a pick-me-up? Grab a cup of java and light a citrus candle, citrus scents enhance energy and boost mood; so look for candles with lemon, lime, grapefruit, verbena, or orange scents.

2. Lavender Scent – Relaxation
When it’s time to wind down try burning a lavender candle. In studies, lavender has been found to correlate with slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and lower arterial pressure. It has also been found to decrease muscle tension. Other scents that have been found to have relaxing effects are bergamot and sandalwood.

3. Citrus, Minty, and Pine Scents – Uplifting, Clean
If you want to create a cheerful, clean environment in your home, choose candles scented with citrus, mint, or pine. Often these scents can be not only uplifting and motivating, but just give that “clean” feel. When you or your guests walk in, these scents will be a fresh breeze to welcome anyone.

4. Lavender, Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Jasmine, Gardenia, Sandalwood, and Rose Scents – Romantic
Studies indicate that lavender, vanilla, and pumpkin pie scents are the most desire enhancing. Many also believe there’s romance in the air if you’re burning scents such as floral and woody scents, they give that wistful, romantic feel to a room.

5. Season Enhancing Scents
Delve into the season with your favorite candles scents! Autumn’s a great time for burning pumpkin spice candles, as well as other baked good candle scents, as is winter. To create that cozy winter environment, choose cinnamon, apple, berry, and pine candles. Fresh candle scents such as cucumber melon are great for spring, as well as fresh cut grass candles which carry into summer. Nothing says summer like a nice citrus, like a lemonade candle scent drifting through the air.

If you love a certain candle, soap, or body spray – whatever the scent may be – don’t do what I too often do, which is save it until that scent runs out! Light it and enjoy, it’s sure to affect you in a positive way!

Candle Review: Passion Fruit & Guava from White Barn

Passionfruit & GuavaI don’t normally buy White Barn Candles – but NOT because I don’t like them, but rather, I just don’t see them in shops often – except for when Bath and Body Works has a few on display – so I forget about that brand. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great brand.

In fact, I’d say that White Barn is one of my favorite brands of candles for three main reasons: they burn well, they are strongly scented, and the scents can be amazing!

“Fresh and Ripe Passion Fruit & Guava” is no exception, and the “Fresh and Ripe” bit is one of those rare cases of truth in advertising. It smells so fresh that I can almost taste the fruit. If I had to pick a scent that it comes closest to, I’d have to say fruit punch. It smells very similar to punch, yet even better, it is actually now one of my favorite scents. Note, my favorite candle scents are fruity scents anyway, so I may be a little biased here.

As for the way it burns, the three-wicks in the medium sized jar ensure that there won’t be any wax left on the sides of this candle. After just 30 minutes, the wax in mine was melted all over the top – so it’s not one of those candles that you have to burn for hours just to avoid the dreaded candle tunnel.

With its good burning and its delicious scent – I’d recommend this one for any candle lover, and I’d have to give White Barn’s Passion Fruit and Guava a big four and a half out of five stars.

Ideas for Candle Centerpieces

rs-candle-centerpieceCandle centerpieces can be a beautiful part of any event – be it a casual dinner party or a wedding. Here’s a guide to some different ones you might want to consider putting together yourself.

This is a great chance for you to use your creative energy by deciding which decorative items would look best together. First you might want to place a reflective candle “plate” down, this could be a metal pillar holder, an attractive metal plate, or a mirror. Place a clear candle holder in the center then decorate accordingly.

For a wedding, you might place ivy or white flowers around the candle. For a dinner party you might use colored flowers or something that fits in with the theme. Just remember to make sure the objects placed down safely and aren’t in danger of catching fire.

Here’s an example of a lovely floating centerpiece, a festive and attractive decorative piece you can easily put together for weddings and other special events.

Floating candles make beautiful candle centerpieces as well, one thing to keep in mind when using them is the you want to make sure you have a sturdy candle bowl in case a flame floats toward the edge a heats it. Flimsy bowls have been known to break in this way.

Different sized pillar candles are always attractive, whether used in a fireplace or on a table. One idea is to place a reflective plate in the center of a table, and then combine about three different sized pillars for a multi-tiered look.

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