St. Patrick’s Day Candles

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching quickly, and I hope everyone has their green outfits ready! Candles are a great way to get in the spirit for this holiday. If you love green, these candles will be ideal for you all year round!

Diptyque’s Figuier Vert is the perfect shade of green to get everyone in that St. Patty’s spirit, and the fig scent is perfect for this time of year. Another great idea is the Archipelago Tuscany 4×6 Pillar candle. This green one is beautiful and a great decor piece.

Deep Clover by Votivo

However, Deep Clover by Votivo is by far the best St. Patrick’s Day Candle. Celebrate in style and enjoy the lush fragrance of clover and moss.

Did you know every year the Chicago River is dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration? What are some of the ways you celebrate?

Brand of the Day: Aquiesse

Aquiesse Candles

Aquiesse is a line we love for a number of reasons: every product they come out with is beautifully packaged and has a unique scent that can’t be easily duplicated.

Let’s talk about the packaging first. Each box has an embossed cream covering: proof they don’t cut corners when it comes to appearance. Once you open the box and see the product, there is further proof of their dedication to brand image. The glass is thick cut, tinted, and bears a medallion with the brand symbol on it. Aquiesse offers the look of an extremely expensive candle at a reasonable price.

The candles themselves are beautifully scented, and the soy blend wax they use guarantees a long, even burn. Whatever size you choose, Aquiesse candles are unique because instead of simple fragrances, such as “Jasmine” or “Currant”, each candle is created with a complex blend of scents. So, instead of a candle containing only jasmine, we get Moonlit Petals, a perfect mix of jasmine, gardenia, and musk. That’s definitely more appealing to me.

From top to bottom, Aquiesse is a brand that we stand by. Beautiful packaging to accommodate equally beautiful scents. Tell us about your favorite Aquiesse fragrance!

Bath & Body at Scents & Sprays!

The majority of our products are either candles or diffusers, but there is a small section we have overlooked: bath and body! Three of our brands sell amazing bath & body products that I felt had to be shared!

First up, SoapRocks. The worst thing about so many soaps on the market is the way they dry out your skin. Soap Rocks are great because they are the perfect decoration for the bathroom, and they won’t be as harsh as other soaps on your body. They come in tons of colors, which makes them perfect for any home.

The Thymes offers a multitude of bath & body products that we absolutely love. Each line consists of hand and body lotions, hand and body soaps, bubble bath and bath salts. With a candle to go with each line, a relaxed, exotic bathroom is only a step away. If you really need to relax after a hard day, I’d suggest The Thymes Lavender line to relax your mind and body.

Finally, the height of luxury bath oils, Loree Rodkin. From Michelle Obama to Elton John, her couture jewelry has been worn by hundreds of celebrities. She is well known in the fashion industry, and has put the same dedication into her home fragrance line. The bath oil is scented to match her signature candle, and luxury has never been quite so wonderful. A small splash of bath oil will leave your bathroom and body smelling amazing.

Friday is here

Friday’s are the perfect days for outings to the park and lunch with old friends. Are you stuck in the office while everyone else is out doing these things? Yeah, us too. Want some of the sunshine stuck inside with you? We are here to help!

Some places are not okay with burning a candle in the office. “But boss, why?? I know I have papers all over my desk and it’s an extreme fire hazard, but I need my candles!!” Not to worry, I’ve come up with a few products perfect for just that occasion.

If it’s a candle you’re set on, Candle Warmers are a great way to release the scent without having to risk burning the office down. The candle warmers we sell all light the candles from the top, so the candle melts exactly as it normally would. Plus, they come in quite a few styles, so you can probably find one to match your decor as well!

Another great alternative is, of course, diffusers. Sunflower by Aquiesse comes in beautiful hand-blown glass that looks great and makes even the smallest of office spaces seem like a field full of sunshine. Also, as long as you take care of the diffuser properly (see the blog focused on diffusers), it should give you quite a few months of wonderful scent.

Currently, my office space is fragranced by Archipelago’s White Fig diffuser. We want to know how you scent your office space. Feel free to comment and let us know!

What’s the deal with diffusers?

Diffuser Day!

There are tons of diffusers on the market, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what makes a good one. Our goal is to provide only the best products for our customers. Many of the cheaper diffusers are made with a large amount of alcohol and very little fragrance oils. These types of diffusers are really only good for those people that want to stand with their nose directly above the reeds at the perfect angle to enjoy the fragrance.

For the rest of us (or all of us I would hope), we want a diffuser with a little more to it. Currently I have a diffuser in my kitchen (Votivo Clean Crisp White, to be exact), and when guests come in they not only notice it immediately but, knowing where I work, they want to know what candle it is. Most of the time, when I mention it is a diffuser they look at me like I must be kidding. This is because they have never tried a quality diffuser. What better way to sell my guests on our products!

Now, I know you are dying to leave this blog and purchase your favorite candle in diffuser form, but stick with me and you will learn how to make your diffuser last as long as possible.

Each diffuser we sell comes with the fragrance oils, a set of reeds, and the glass container. When your diffuser is first set up, put the reeds in the oil for about 5 minutes, and then flip them over. You will want to continue to flip the reeds about once a week or so. If you don’t, the oils can clog the reeds, and they will stop releasing the fragrance into the air. If you find a few months in that you are flipping the reeds, but the fragrance just isn’t as strong as before, try getting a set of replacement reeds. It’s commonly mistaken that once the oils get low there is no fragrance left. This is definitely not the case. As long as there are oils in the glass, you should be able to smell them!

Once you do run out of oils, sadly this is inevitable, many of our brands sell convenient refills. These have the same amount of oils, with a set of replacement reeds. The refills are perfect because you can stick with the same scent you love, or clean out the glass and try something completely new without having to buy a whole new diffuser!

Discussion for the day: Your favorite diffuser!

Is it almost Easter already?

Valentine’s Day has passed and Easter is right around the corner. Everywhere you look, pastel colors and Easter bunnies surround you. The family will be gathering to decorate eggs and enjoy the occasion together, so it’s time to get the home ready! What better way to do this then with your favorite scent?

Candles are the perfect way to get everyone in that warm, springtime mood. Salt City’s Pink Lemonade will add a bright, pink touch to the living room. Archipelago Monogram candles come in a variety of fragrances and are perfect as gifts. The light pastel colors are ideal for this time of year, and with the monogrammed letter on both the candle and the box, it is a great decorative piece!

My personal favorite at this time of year is Illume’s Pineapple Cilantro. The scent is extremely fruity and tropical and the beautiful green color makes my home that much brighter. Whatever fragrance you choose to have in your home, candles will create a happy environment and cause every guest who enters to ask what smells so amazing!

So this post, let’s go a little off the topic of candles: What is your family’s favorite Easter pastime? My personal favorite is when we all gather to decorate the eggs. All the nieces and nephews are there, and in the end very few eggs look professional quality. In fact, most of them are a complete mess. But then, that’s what makes it memorable.

Monday’s Fragrance: Eucalyptus

Monday’s Fragrance of the Day: Eucalyptus

Let’s face it, Monday’s are tiring, and everyone is moving at about half speed. The refreshing scent of eucalyptus could quickly turn that around! In aromatherapy, eucalyptus is thought to improve alertness and fight mental fatigue.

Just the scent of eucalyptus can turn your mood around, so it’s a great idea to have eucalyptus near you at times during the day. In the morning, use The Thymes Eucalyptus Body Wash in the shower to help you prepare for the day. During the after lunch drowse, pop out The Thymes Eucalyptus Hand Lotion to up your energy level.

The Eucalyptus Candle by Archipelago is my personal favorite. The scent always makes me think of a spa, where you go in drowsy and come out feeling like a revitalized person. It’s my personal Monday morning boost to push through the rest of the day. Before you know it, Tuesday will have arrived!

Happy Birthday to You!

There is nothing worse then forgetting a close friend or family member’s birthday, except maybe having your birthday forgotten. One or the other is bound to happen to you eventually. With busy work schedules, kids, school, and a million other to-dos, sometimes we forget those little important things.

Because I have forgotten a few birthdays over time, I have input reminders in my phone. About a week prior to their birthday, I get a little alarm buzz and a message reminding me that it’s coming up. This gives me just enough time to pick up something special.

But what happens when you don’t quite know what to get someone? You remembered, check, you acknowledged, check, but you still want to get them a nice gift to show you care. One of the things I fall back on in those moments is Luxe Linen by Aquiesse. This is their best seller, and the fragrance is a nice, clean mixture. When you really aren’t sure what scent a person likes, clean fragrances are always a great way to go.

Another great idea, when you absolutely can’t decide what they might like, is to go with a gift certificate. It can be used for anything on our site, and can be emailed directly to the person you are getting it for. So, if you tend to do things last minute, you can buy it and they can receive it on the same day.

Whatever it is you choose to do, keep an eye on the calendar and don’t forget to make someone feel special!

Everything you wanted to know about candles.

How to burn a candle properly.

We often have customers asking us how to get the longest, cleanest burn out of their candles. First off, quality candles are necessary for a clean burn. At Scents & Sprays, we only carry candle lines that we have personally tried and looked into, so we insure they offer a quality product we can sell.

Once you know you have a good candle, there are still a few vital steps:

1. Wick Trimming.

Wick Trimming is key to reducing smoke and creating an even burn. If the wick is too long, you will have more soot and the candle won’t burn evenly. The ideal length for a wick is ¼ inch. The best way to trim the wick is with a wick trimmer. CleanCut Wick Snippers have a convenient “dish” shape to the blades, perfect to catch the cut piece instead of it falling into the wax.

2. Re-coating the wick in wax.

When you first receive a candle, the wick is coated in wax. After the first burn, you have burned off that wax. So the next time you burn it, what happens? You are burning the actual wick, creating soot and smoke. Since that’s the last thing any candle burner wants to happen, it’s important that after the candle has been burned once, you dip the wick into the wax, re coating it for the next burn. The perfect tool to make this an easy process is the CleanCut wick dipper (plus it comes in four colors with jewels and a medallion).

3. Enjoying the amazing, clean burn of your candles.

Yup, that’s the last step. You’ve got a quality candle in your favorite fragrance (personally, I’m a huge fan of anything Pomegranate), your wicks are the right length and they are constantly being coated with wax. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your candle the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

Is it wedding season already?

Spring is almost upon us, and one thing that Spring is sure to be full of: weddings. Whether you are the lucky bride or groom, a happy guest, or an unhappy guest even, we have something to make the occasion that much more special.

As a guest, are you having trouble coming up with the perfect gift for the lucky couple? One thing many of our customer’s have bought in the past is the Archipelago Monogram line. The box is gift ready, with an elegant jewel to top it off, and it’s a great way to acknowledge the new last name for the bride.

As the bride, gifts for the guests can be a very stressful checklist item. Trapp Water Votives are great as gifts, and they are also great to use in the centerpieces to create the perfect wedding scent. In fact, the owners of Scents & Sprays used them at their wedding!

Whether you are attending the ceremony or joining in marriage, Scents & Sprays is here to help with all of your wedding needs!

Do you have a great wedding story? Feel free to share it!