Delight Your Senses and Set the Mood!

One thing you can always count on that can alter a room is a beautiful candle with a lovely wafting scent. Not only are candles the most impactful way of effecting the look of a room, they add charm and can effect your mood via sense of smell and a glowing warmth. I have always had a huge affinity for candles and even remember back to my college days at Parsons School of Design when I would save up to buy a candle I’d been coveting. I say ‘save’ up because even early on I could see the difference between a good candle and a bad candle, from the wick, to type of wax, container, and to the way it burns.

A good candle starts with a clean wax, this could be wax of any kind but I prefer a soy, beeswax, or a vegetable wax, a good wick (no lead), and a heat proof container. Add a high quality essential oil fragrance that is pure and undiluted. However, if the parts are not of equal quality you will still get a sub par result.  If you take the best wick, and the best oils, and then blend them in a cheap, dirty wax, your candle will still smoke and not honor the integrity of the fragrance in the oils.  But, if you blend a pure essential oil, a clean wax, and a lead-free wick that is sized for the oil, wax, and container, you will have a beautiful candle that burns slow, completely, evenly, and throws a soft fragrance throughout the room while you bask in the flattering glow!

Here are few of my favorite all-time luxury candle picks. Soon to come my more budget friendly top picks!

The classic Dyptique Baies scent in a black colored glass container with a scent that recalls a bouquet of roses and deep blackcurrant leaves, one of my all time go to candles for home or as a special gift for those that appreciate true luxury.
Size: 300g (10.2 oz) Price: $90.00 Or available as a Standard candle $60.00Mini $28.00

Delirium Suede & Smoke candle is a slightly cheaper candle that always gets comments when people walk in the room. The smell is super sexy without being cheesy. Per the Delirium site it is a “smoldering vaporous mingling of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, lapsangsouchong dark tea and green manda. Reminiscent of sitting in a worn leather chair next to a burning fireplace. Encased in a midnight blue vessel w/ silver embossed snuff lid.” I don’t like flowery candles so both this candle and the Dyptique candle have a rich musky smell.  Size: 7.9 oz Price: $38.00

Marianne Guedin Figue Fraiche (Fresh Fig) candles are manufactured in France with perfumes from Grasse. The fresh fig scent is “like an open oven that lets the roasted odor of warm fig escape into the air”. Each candle comes in a beautiful recycled glass container but most importantly are made from almost 100% of the SAFEST wax you can buy, BEESWAX.  Size: 6.7 oz Price: $64.00

How to get Zen while Working: Florame USB Oil Diffuser

Somewhere in the spectrum of the stress or joys of work there is always room for a little aromatherapy relief. I’m a believer that scent and aromatherapy stimulates positive and calming energy. Although essential oils used in aromatherapy are not regulated by the FDA there are studies which show benefits such as relief for anxiety and depression as well as an improvement in quality of life, particularly those with chronic health conditions.

Which brings us to the uber-benefits of sitting at your computer, a tech savvy working gal, and plugging in a USB scent diffuser into your computer drive to align with your actual ambitious work drive. I was totally intrigued when I found the Florame USB Oil Diffuser at detoxmarket and set it straight to work.  How it works: Pick from fragrances like bergamot, verbena, peppermint, or lavender, fill the miniature bottle included in the package with your oil of choice, insert it into the specially designed USB portal, plug it into your computer, and let the air purification begin. If the scent feels too strong there are three different settings to regulate dispersal. I selected the yogi scent which is a blend of organic essential oils that induce harmony and peace. I found it initially a bit strong but I adjusted the dispersal and was fine. Now just because it plugs into your USB it doesn’t mean the device stores data like an actual flash drive, at least not yet! Florame oils are made in Provence, France and are also 100% organic.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. These highly concentrated oils can then be inhaled directly, or diffused or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts. The way aromatherapy is thought to work is by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. This limbic system when stimulated releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals.

Here are some of the top essential oils used and their purposes:

  1. Chamomile – Known for the popular herbal drink, chamomile is said to be useful for tension and anxiety, as well as improving sleep problems. It can also be used to soothe stress-related skin conditions.
  2. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is sometimes known as the natural antiseptic – useful for coughs, colds, aches and pains. It has a woody, camphorous scent.
  3. Geranium – The floral, earthy scent of geranium is said to be helpful for stimulating the nervous system as well as various skin conditions.
  4. Lavender – A well-known scent, the soothing qualities of Lavender can be used to combat anxiety and stress. It’s also said to be useful for burns or skin conditions.
  5. Peppermint – Peppermint tea has been oft recommended for digestive problems, and the refreshing scent can also be used to combat nasal congestion which arises from colds.
  6. Lemon – The sharp, tangy scent of lemon can help stimulate the nervous system and it is also said to be useful for the circulatory system.
  7. Tea tree – Another natural antiseptic, the fresh scent of tea tree oil can help with lung congestion as well as warding off bugs and insects.
  8. Rosemary – The well-known herb can produce an essential oil which can help with muscle aches and fatigue.
  9. Ylang Ylang – This oil has been known as a natural antidepressant, soothing anxieties and reducing muscle tension.
  10. Sandalwood – The rich, sweet fragrance of Sandalwood is used mainly for skin complaints.

USB Diffuser $24.00

Essential Oils Starting at $8.50

Available at: the detox market