Don’t we all deserve a little something for ourselves sometimes? I don’t know about you, but I always seem so busy. The list of things I have to do inside and outside of the house just seems never-ending. I’m constantly juggling this and that, and it can get a bit overwhelming at times. I can even get discouraged if I am not careful because there is always so much more I want to do, but it seems like there is never enough time. I think it’s imperative to respect those feelings and remember to pat myself on the back for doing my best to keep it all together.
It’s tempting to treat myself with food. It’s been a major weakness of mine in the past, but I’m trying not to do that anymore. I want to bring health and wholeness into my life, not add to my frustration, as well as the size of my waistline.
I’ve found that little luxuries can help keep me on track. They are important signposts to mark when I am making an effort to have personal, de-stress time. My personal key to mindfulness, and bringing myself into the moment, is to engage as many of my body’s senses as possible. I need that to focus on myself and my well-being, instead of the busyness of my daily life. I find luxury candles seem to do that little something extra for your senses, which you don’t see too often.
The thing that separates them from more ordinary candles, in my opinion, is their unique scents. They simply stand so much farther apart from the more basic, scented candles. I really love how different they are from anything else that I’ve smelled before from the mass market.
They also burn perfectly cleanly, with no problems at all, but that is an obvious expectation from candles that are on the pricier side of things. I’ve decided they are definitely worth the extra money when I factor in how well they last and how they make me feel.
I constantly receive comments from my guests too, when I have any one of these burning. It just adds to the glow of our relationship when I can introduce them to what I love or new things I’ve tried. I think it adds to our intimacy to share my interest with them and it can be a great social opener or a way of making them feel a bit spoiled too.
My Top Five: The Best of the Luxury Candle Brands
Inspired by the eau de toilette Philosykos, the sweet fig, and milky tree sap blend to personify the best qualities of each in their warmth and freshness. Made in France with hand-poured vegetable wax and a cotton lead-free wick. Only natural ingredients are used in all of their fragrances to create pure and natural scents with a maximum of complexity and intrigue. The result is very soothing, green grassy scent that is great for spring and summer and perfect for relaxing.
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top note : spearmint, lemon, blackcurrant bud, apple, ginger, cloves / middle : jasmin / base : vanille
Cire Trudon is of the highest echelon when it comes to candle making. With an extremely long history of perfecting their craft, I feel like no luxury candle list would be complete without an entry from these master candle makers. I chose Abd El Kader because it is a scent that I feel can please nearly everybody. It’s a fragrance that I have loved from the very first time I tried the scent and I have been a die hard fan of it ever since. The candles are quite pricey, but if you can afford them, they are truly exquisite.
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Designed to create the ambiance of a ski vacation, these soy-based candles are clean-burning and feature a 100% natural cotton wick. The oversized, hand-blown, art-glass holder adds a simple, classic look to the scent of mountain air, a cedar log fire, and evergreens. Perfect for winter and the holidays, it feels almost spiritual, reminiscent of beautiful, old churches or a rustic, cozy alpine lodge.
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These are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. They always use only the finest fragrance oils available, in this case showcasing Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, and bergamot, with a bit of eucalyptus. Each of Nest’s fragrances are created by accomplished perfumers leading fragrance houses and the classic shape with its modern stripe etching will complement any décor. It has a definite refreshing, spa-like feel that is so much more sophisticated than a more typical floral or vanilla. It really fills a room, but It’s not overly spicy, just warm and inviting, very romantic too.
There is just something extra smart in the design of the custom, heat-resistant lid designed as a built-in pedestal for the candle to rest on while burning. That really impressed me, along with the look of the thick, smoke-brown glass. The Bamboo Teakwood candle itself combines Hawaiian violet, green bamboo, mandarin and Asian teak, made with a blend of soy wax and organic soybean oil with a lead-free wick. It has a unique, somewhat sweet, woodsy smell. The company is based out of California, promising to bring the feel of the West Coast with fragrances inspired by state’s flowers, fruits, ocean mist and fresh mountain air. This particular offering is very soft and fresh, just what I want for an exotic tropical get-away.
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