|We all know the feeling. You are approaching the end of a busy week at work and your attention naturally turns to the weekend, to
thoughts of a few days calm and relaxation.
As you get home after another hard day at the office there are fewthings nicer than putting on some relaxing music, perhaps pouring
yourself a chilled drink and putting your feet up to enjoy some well-deserved rest. Well, the next time you do so, why not also help set
a mood of relaxation by lighting a luxury scented candle or two? Scented candles made by luxury manufacturers such as
true grace candles – see them here – derive their all-important aromas from essential plant oils, the same oils used by aromatherapists
It is well known that certain scents can help aid relaxation, so the next time you are looking to unwind, give the relaxing properties
of candles in scents such as chamomile or gardenia a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Those of you who are familiar with the vast range of scented candles available nowadays will know that candles are to be found
not only in a range of different shapes ands styles, but also in a variety of different types of wax.
In times gone by, paraffin wax was the wax of choice for candle making, but today high end brands such as
true grace candles tend to use their own proprietory blends of vegetable wax.
Soy wax, made from the soya bean, is perhaps the best known of these newer waxes. Their popularity over traditional paraffin wax
can be attributed to two factors. They burn for a longer time than traditional alternatives, meaning they offer the consumer better
value for money.
In addition they have the major benefit of having a better fragrance throw. This means that they diffuse the candle’s aroma
better throughout the room in which it is situated, so you get even more benefit from these types of candles than from paraffin
Most people are aware these days of the benefits of aromatherapy which can be simply defined as the promotion of healing or relaxation by means of sense of smell. Aromatherapy practitioners use the essential oils of plants, barks and other botanicals to help soothe and calm the most frayed of nerves. However, if you do not have easy access to an aromatherapist, do not despair. Luxury scented candles such as those created by true grace candles or beautiful yankee candle are formulated by using top grade premium waxes which are then mixed with the same plant oils used by aromatherapists. When you light your luxury scented candle, the vapours from the essential oils are released into the air to be breathed in by you, thus aiding relaxation you no matter how stressful a day you have had. So, in effect, by using luxury scented candles at home you are treating yourself to a basic but nonetheless effective method of aromatherapy, without ever needing to leave the house!
Scented candles seem to be everywhere these days. You can find them in the supermarkets, at the local hardware store and at the newsagents, not to mention at the the plethora of online outlets. On closer examination you will also find a considerable discrepancy in the price of scented candles at these various points of sale. In the supermarket or general store, you may be able to pick up a scented candle for only a few pounds. Why, then, would you consider paying maybe eight or ten times as much for a candle, such as those made by luxury manufacturer true grace candles or yankee candles? The old adage is that “you get what you pay for” and certainly this appears to be true when it comes to scented candles. Whereas bargain brands tend to derive their fragrance by way of synthetic compounds, high-end brands rely for their fragrance on pure essential plant oils, meaning the scent which is emitted is purer, closer to the original plant. At the end of the day, you decide whether you are willing to pay a premium for this.
|If you are soon to be married you are probably bewildered with all the items needing your attention before the big day. Hopefully you have by now arranged the venue, the catering, the bridesmaids and the flowers, so that you can turn your attention to those smaller details which can often make the difference between a great wedding and a spectacular one, the type which folk will talk about approvingly for years to come. The choice of music is one of these details, as everyone loves to listen to great music and of course to dance. Another important point to pay attention to is the table decorations for your guests. Traditionally, flowers make a perfect table centrepiece, but another great idea is to decorate the tables with scented candles, particularly if you choose a luxury brand like true grace candles. Choosing two or three candles in complimentary fragrances adds a touch of luxury to guests’ tables, ensuring everyone can relax and enjoy the festivities to the full.|
|It is only natural that we should all like our homes to look as lovely as possible. As the weather improves and Spring approaches, we turn our attention to home decorating which we have perhaps neglected over colder Winter months. Freshening up your home can take many forms, from giving your room a fresh lick of paint, to something as simple as displaying some freshly cut flowers. Not only do flowers look good, they also give your home an uplifting fragrance. If fresh flowers are not available, one alternative is to use home fragrances, such as scented candles. In this respect one of the most popular choices are True Grace candles, handmade in England. These delightful scented candles give any home a bright and fresh feel and are available in a range of lovely floral scents, such as rose or hyacinth, meaning there is always something available to suit your requirements.|
It really is funny how you come across new ideas for the store. We were on holiday recently in Vancouver visiting relatives. My niece has opened her own hair salon – Raw Hair Lounge – in Vancouver. It’s an Aveda concept salon, so you have access to all the Aveda haircare products as well as their other lines such as – you’ve guessed it – scented candles. The girls at the salon not only cut your hair they also give you a massage, all the while you are able to drink in the great aroma of Aveda’s candles and other products. So impressed were we with the candles that we may give them a try in the store – what do you think?
Apart from all that, if you are ever in Vancouver and in need of a terrific new hairstyle from a hard working, friendy team visit Raw Hair Lounge – it really is one of the finest hair salons Vancouver has to offer!
Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? Do you have some doubts about the style you want? Do you want it to look modern but glamorous at the same time? Well, read on and follow our simple advice on how to create the perfect ambiance in this area of your home. Home fragrances can play a part. Do not be afraid to mix and match materials. Why not choose different-sized tiles? Enhance the effect by going for contrasting finishes, too, maybe picking a matt for one wall and a gloss for the other. make a feature! Define the shower or bath area with dazzling tiles. Alternatively, line a wall with stunning wallpaper or paint it a striking shade. Dare to be bold! The fashion for sanitary ware may still be white , but other elements have moved in. Large dark-coloured tiles, gold brassware and patterned flooring are all in vogue. But do not go to all this trouble only to forget to make things a little bit more personal and homely feeling.
Scented Candles And Reed Diffusers Add A Personal Touch To Your Decor
Do not forget to include some more personal items, such as some freshly-cut flowers in a pretty glass vase or some lovely scented candles place on the window sill. There are lots of scented candles which are just perfect for use in the bathroom. You could choose the brightly coloured votives in Joya’s gift set and place these around the rim of your bath or even on a shelf. So many bathrooms these days are decorated in white, with predominantly white tiling as well as white bathroom suite. In that event, cool blues and greens work especially well – why not have a look at our vast selection from Yankee candles. We are sure you will find some inspiration there! Another great choice for the bathroom – if you do not want to leave scented candles burning unattended for a while – is a reed diffuser. One of our real favourites is the Wild Lime diffuser from True Grace.
We recently received a call from a gentleman who had received a present from one of his daughters in the form of a beautiful reed diffuser from True Grace. He was delighted with the gift – the only problem was, he didn’t know how to use it! We talked him through the process in just a few minutes and suggested he give the diffuser a few hours to really get to work. He phoned us back the next day raving about the diffuser, wanting to order a few himself as gifts for friends! It struck us then that quite a lot of people may find themselves in the same boat, so we thought we would come up with a quick guide on how to get the best from your diffuser. They are a great alternative to scented candles – or indeed can be used together with candles to give your home real fragrance. So here is what you need to do:
Open your diffuser set. In most instances there will be a bottle of aromatic oil, plus the rattan reeds themselves.
Open the bottle of oil. You can use this bottle or else decant its contents into another suitable bottle or container if you prefer.
Take a few reeds – six or seven is ideal, do not overcrowd the bottle. Dip the reeds into the bottle of oil – then immediately turn them over – so that the “wet” end of the reeds are expose to the air.
Essentially, that is all you need to do. The oil will be drawn up the reeds by the ambient temperature, before being dispersed through the air. Flip the reeds over from time to time – once a week is perfect – to ensure the reeds do not become clogged with oil or perhaps airborne dust. Avoid placing the diffuser in a draft or too near a radiator, but anywhere else is ideal. If you observe these few simple tips your diffuser should last you several months.
We recently received a call from a customer in a bit of a panic. She lived in an old Victorian period flat in the centre of town. She had guests coming over dinner that evening but she had begun to notice an unpleasant lingering odour which appeared to be coming fom her kitchen. On later investigation it turned out that it was being caused by a blockage in one of the downpipes which served the block of flats. Her immediate problem was how to get rid of the odour in time for her dinner guests arriving. Happily we were able to help. We quickly recommened a few home fragrances to take care of the problem. First we suggested she try one of the lovely Chef’s hat candles by Voluspa candles. These were specifically designed by Voluspa with cooking and the kitchen in mind and are a very elegant way to cover up cooking – or indeed any other – lingering odours. They come in a variety of beautiful fragrances including spice market – just perfect for Autumn, or a lovely invigorating lemon scent. Another terrific way to cover up any lingering odours is by using a reed diffuser. Reed diffuser work in a different way from scented candles. For one thing, you do not need to light them to make them work. Just uncork the bottle and place the reeds in to begin to diffuse the aroma. The great thing about a diffuser, as opposed to scented candles, is that once you have set it up it will continue to provide a subtle fragrance for as long as you require, making it the ideal way to combat any odours which may spring up from time to time. Anyway, because she lived locally, our customer was able to pop over and pick up some candles and a reed diffuser. She phoned the next day to let us know her dinner party had been a resounding success!