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The beauty of Kelp and how it is used in Cosmetics.

Kelp…my favorite underwater forest.  I love the way the long lines of kelp sway with the ocean surge…hypnotic.

Did you know Kelp is known to contain at least 60 different minerals and elements, as well as 12 vitamins and 21 amino acids. This wealth of nutrition is aided by the fact that it comes in plant form that is quite easily digested through the human system.  Benefits from consuming this plant range from preventing strokes and heart attacks, improving circulation and maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.  For these reasons, kelp should make anyone’s list of Super Foods hands down.

The impressive list of nutrients contained in kelp can not only make us healthier on the inside, but improve our outward appearance as well.  Kelp is a natural detoxifier, both topically and systemically, and can reduce cellulite or accumulated fatty deposits, that sit near the surface of our skin.

There’s a large number of body lotions, treatments and bath products that contain kelp due to another benefit as well:  it can give the appearance of firmer skin

In cellulite creams, algae helps draw out impurities and temporarily “tightens” the skin. This firming ability is also an asset in eye gels or wrinkle creams. Sea herbs in facial masks heal, hydrate, detoxify, and re-mineralize the skin. While we still don’t know how much of the nutrients actually penetrate the skin, their amino acids—and slippery texture—do act as conditioners.

Kelp is used in everything from soap to dog food. A compound of kelp is a thickener used in making jelly, toothpaste, salad dressing, and ice cream. The ash is used in the production of soap and glass. Kelp kills the herpes virus and reduces hair loss. It also maintains mucous membranes in the body and lowers cholesterol levels.

To identify seaweed on labels, look for either common or Latin names: bladderwrack ( fucus ), kelp (laminaria), Irish moss (sometimes listed as carrageenan, the name of the extract), SuperPhycoDismutase (or SPD, the name of an extract of a French coastal seaweed), or simply algae extract. Most of these sea herbs contribute a silky texture to creams and act as natural thickening agents, making it easy to benefit from the power of the ocean—even if you live far from its shores.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Happy Midsummer Day!

Midsummer Day

Although Midsummer Day occurs near the summer solstice, or what we think of as the beginning of summer, to the farmer it is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting, and an occasion for celebration.

Although it’s also the feast day of St. John the Baptist, it features pagan traditions such as bonfires, fire walking, and a carnival atmosphere, all of which took place on Midsummer Eve.

Certainly, it’s a night of magic and soothsaying as well, for as Washington Irving said, this is a time “when it is well known all kinds of ghosts, goblins, and fairies become visible and walk abroad.”

After Midsummer Day, the days shorten. In Lithuanian tradition, the dew on Midsummer Day was said to make young girls beautiful and old people look younger. It was also thought that walking barefoot in the dew would keep one’s skin from getting chapped.

It was customary to honor all men named John on this day by fixing wreaths of oak leaves around their doors. This is usually done in secret, and John must guess who did it or catch the person in the act, in which case he must give the person a treat.

Information courtesy Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Uglies need love too!

Here at Blue Moon Candles we always strive for Beauty.  One of the things I enjoy most is hearing how our made for you creations delight our customers.  We truly enjoy handcrafting our all natural wax candles and products just for you!

However

sometimes when testing something new, a new color or technique…well-things in the lab don’t always go as planned.  So what do we do with our Uglies you ask?  We give them to a loving home of course!

All of our Uglies Candles have the same great Blue Moon Candles burn you can expect every time.  They smell fantastic!  (They just may not “match”-such as a Banana candle that is Blue instead of Yellow).  They just look a little “different” lol.

If you would like to adopt our Uglies-leave us a message!  Every month or two we will be giving our Uglies away to a good home-FREE.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


What is YOUR Candlelight Style?

What is Your Candle Style?


Candle Styles vary from person to person…like relationships, not everyone likes the same thing.

Before you buy, it is best to understand your Burning Style and get the ultimate candle for your cash!

For a Quickie with no commitment ~try a Tealight! Our clear cups showcase your color choice. There are hundreds of fragrances to choose from and they provide 5-6 hours of maintenance free, natural, fragrant candlelight.

If you have a little more time to burn, but still don’t want to commit ~ go with Votives! They come in natural soy or palm wax, any color you want, and hundreds of fragrance choices burning up to 15 hours- maintenance free. A great way to sample all of our extraordinary scents!

When you are looking for greater satisfaction, but with no excess baggage, go with a Container Candle-very minimal maintenance. Keep the wick trimmed and out of drafts, and you are good to go! We currently offer a Many different design shapes in glass and silver travel tins. Organic Natural Wax in your color choice and hundreds of fragrance choices! These candles burn from 35 to 120 hours.

Perhaps your style is classic traditionalist? Pillar Candles provide lasting fragrance and high style! These candles are meant to be burned for 1 hour per inch of diameter for optimum performance. Wicks should be trimmed at 1/4 inch, and candles kept out of drafts. There are many sizes and styles available in different finishes as well~ classic creamy, mottled (little snowflakes in the wax) to funky & chunky. Any color you like and hundreds of fragrance choices. Pillars burn from 80 to 180 hours.  Try our Gothic Drip finish!

When you are in it for the long haul! When you crave the slow burn! Go with a 3 Wick Candle! These big babies provide 170=200 hours of beautiful fragrant natural light! You chose your favorite color and any of our  fragrances. These candles are meant to be burned 6 hours at a time for optimum wax usage. (Burning flat across the top, and not “tunneling” down inside the candle.)

We have something for everyone…We believe that Natural Candles with the fragrance & glow they emit enhance life and offer an affordable luxury that everyone should enjoy!

Thank you for choosing us!
We look forward to lighting up your life!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!



Spring is in the Air! <3

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

What better way to celebrate than with Spring fragrances for your Candles and Bath & Body!  Even Nature herself has donned a pretty party dress!  This season it is all about rowdy blooms, rock star rose, earthy woods & gentle rains…What will be Your favorite?

Rock Star Rose~a new cult classic : blends Dune Rose, Musk Rose and Bulgarian Rose, Vanilla, Amber and musk…classic with an edge.

Stargazer & Cantaloupe~Sweet and juicy, fresh, ripe cantaloupe and a delicate heady exotic lily.

Belladonna~A very unusual scent, it is at once luscious and earthy, etheral and fruity…but so haunting. The fruit and floral accord dramatically mellows the Vetiver base note; it is neither too acrid nor overly sweet.  Belladonna blends Red Fig, Bergamot, Kumquot, Mandarin, Cyclamen, Currant, Cling Peach, Osmanthus, Violet Leaf, Rosewood, Teak, Vetiver and Black Amber.  A nocturnal garden scent.

Flowerbomb (Viktor & Rolf style)~Strap on your helmet and prepare to sample our interpretation of divine new fragrance “Flowerbomb.”  Filled with flowers, flowers, and more flowers (thus the name “Flowerbomb”), and “romantic, but volatile” connotes “glamour, but with rage” begins with top notes of bergamot, tea, and peony, leading to an explosive flowery midsection of real jasmine absolute, freesia, orchid, orangeflower, and a kiss of peach, with a warm, sweet drydown of cedarwood, patchouli, amber, leather, musk, and vanilla. Bottom Line: Dizzingly floral, delightfully upscale — one whiff and KABOOM!!!

Hello Sugar!~ The captivating and irresistible scent of sugar, infused with refreshing lemon is now a delectable scent that’s sure to become a new favorite for every woman who wears it.  Notes:Italian Bergamot, Yuzu, Mandarin, Lychee Flower, Orange Blossom, Ginger Flower, Oak Moss, Caramel, White Santal. Great in Candles-awesome as a perfume!

Jasmin Noir~a rich mix of voluptuous floral and precious woody notes with accents of almond and licorice. This infinitely addictive essence is sublimely revealed by jasmine, a flower whose beauty is as pure as it is tantalizing.  Notes:Green Sap, Gardenia Petals, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Satiny Almond, Precious Wood, Licorice, Tonka Bean Absolute.

Aria (by Culti type)~Our version of this Italian beauty begins with citrusy top notes of lemon and natural bergamot, which make way for a strong, long-lasting floral heart of jasmine, orange blossoms, rose, and irresistible notes of lily of the valley. The fragrance is finished with soft, aromatic base of cedar, musk, and sandalwood. This exclusive fragrance is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a fresh, complex, floral blend that smells molto, molto expensive.

Ultraviolet ~At once, Wicked and Innocent. This seductive floral combines two romantic Victorian favorites… Wild Rose and Sweet Violet. Like a nosegay updated, the fragrant bouquet pays homage to a sweeter time, but with a twist.  Equally at home in an urban club or a garden party, this scent is a terrific fusion of venerable and contemporary. A taste of Licorice. A hint of powder. Roll out the fainting couch and fetch the smelling salts. You must wear black, for black goes with everything. Top notes of Sweet Violet, Iris, and Sweet Clover. Middle notes of Rosa Rugosa, Lavender, Heather, Angelica, Basil Leaf and Sweet Fennel. Bottom notes of Oak Moss and Labdanum.

All of the above fragrances are ready to go for Candles and they smell even better as our new Perfumes!

*New* Apothecary Style Perfume!  

9ml  New listing special!  $13.00 each
Hand formulated Perfume Oils.
100% Vegan,  Paraben, Phthalate & Cruelty free.

MORE to come next week!  Feel free to email any questions to me, (lisa@bluemooncandles.com) I am happy to help.

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Love, Laughter and Candlelight!



Sweet Dreams Essential Oil linen spray~

Many members of my family are sensitive to the fragrance in commercial laundry softeners and dryer sheets.  Here is a great alternative that I use.

This is a recipe I use for linen spray to add natural beneficial fragrance to our sheets and towels.  (I also have first hand knowledge that it makes a fantastic Monster Banishing Spray for little ones to spray under the bed before sleep).

  • 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as hair spray).
  • 30-40 drops of your favorite calming/relaxing or sensual essential oil or essential oil blend keeping the safety data of the chosen essential oil(s) in mind.
  • 1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of high-proof alcohol (vodka is suitable, rubbing alcohol is not) or 3 ounces of distilled water.

This is my favorite blend:

  • 15 drops Sandalwood- relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. It’s considered an aid in meditation and prayer- It is grounding in times of emotional distraction and aids with peace and acceptance in times of loss. In vapor therapy, Sandalwood Oil can be used to help clear bronchitis, coughs, chest infections, asthma, insomnia and irritability.
  • 15 drops Grapefruit or Bergamot-(I love the Bergamot)- used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, hysteria, infection (all types including skin), anorexia, psoriasis, eczema and general convalescence.
  • 2 drops Rose- an exotic aphrodisiac, an emollient in skin care products, and a balancer of the spirit.
  • 2 drops Jasmine- a sensual, soothing, calming oil that promotes love and peace.

Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to use.

Directions: Fill the spray bottle with your choice of either 1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of alcohol or 3 ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.)

Then, add 30-40 drops of essential oil. Essential oils can very in strength. You may want to try 20 drops at first especially if you or your partner are sensitive to strong aromas. Shake the bottle prior to each use, and let it sit for about a day before making a conclusion that the aroma is too weak; the aroma can change after the linen spray has had time to sit. Mist your sheets lightly. Be especially careful not to allow the mist to fall onto your skin, furniture or into open beverages. Be careful also to only use lightly colored essential oils otherwise your linen spray could stain your bed linens.

Sweet Dreams! ❤

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Wordless Wednesday…

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Muchness & Madness…

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get to have some girl time with my 8 year old daughter Bella.  We went to see Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland together.  During the film a few of the lines struck me to the core.

Bella & I on our girls day.

Posted by Jill Brown (see her full article here). “I think the most compelling scene in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and the one that resonated the most with me personally and will with all the single minded women out there, comes about half way through the film when Alice is doubting her significance and role. She doesn’t believe she’s been to Underland before, thinking her previous voyage was just a bad childhood dream and so she doesn’t want to step up and help the Mad Hatter in his rebellion and resistance against the Red Queen. While she expresses her reluctance to take action, the Mad Hatter says to her something along the lines of, “You used to be much more…”muchier.” Yes you were much more Alice the last time we met.   You have lost your muchness.”
This causes Alice to wonder if she has in fact lost her “Muchness.”

It was funny timing to hear such a quote, because the day before I had a very uncomfortable talk with someone that cared enough to tell me the ugly truth.  I had lost my muchness! “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.”
-Proverbs 27:17

As a mom that works outside the home and also runs her own business you can imagine that things in my home are sometimes chaotic.  Every now and then I *gasp* fail.  I cannot be all things to all people and still have “me” left, so it comes down to a matter of prioritizing.

I decided to face what he told me, dry my tears and run with it.  I am taking the weekend to rededicate and zero in on my family & business with laser like pinpoint focus.  I have several things in need finishing and organizing-they are getting done NOW!  If it is something you love and have a passion for, it is worth putting all of the effort in to see it though.

Part of what I am accomplishing will be finalizing our new product line.  We have simplified, and pared down quite a bit-but I believe the remaining and new products are fragrant little pieces of magic that can be ready in a fraction of the time.  I am also going to feature limited editions and one of a kinds.

What are your favorite products?  What products would you like to see Blue Moon Candles keep and offer?

Have you lost some of your Muchness?  What are you planning to Get it Back?

Here is our new very limited edition Alice in Wonderland inspired Candle ~Madnessbecause truly…We’re all Mad here…

12 ounces of All Natural Apricot wax fragranced to perfection in a magical garden green swirled glass container featuring our new Spring scent Madness…and its phthalate free too! (Also available in our new Spray, Rollerball and vintage solid perfume).

This fragrance was inspired by an afternoon garden party drinking tea with The Hatter…it has soft notes of Apricot and fresh garden grasses, leading into mid notes of nutmeg & ginger, leaving you with pollen dusted fragrant white tea. Fresh, slightly fruity, perfect for Spring and Madly Delicious!

Our new Alice in Wonderland inspired Candle.

Madness...our new Alice inspired Candle.

“How’s that for Muchness?!”

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Hotel Costes is finally here! :)

We have been buried under requests for this fragrance duplication, and at long last we have a blend that is Ahhhhmazing!

Hotel Costes is exclusive, hip, over-the-top and located in the heart of Paris.

Their house perfume — in its deep red bottle — became an immediate cult classic upon its introduction in 2004.

We receive more requests for this super-complex, super-chic fragrance than any other. We have searched high and low for a blend we loved with no luck…until Now!  (If you’ve never smelled the real thing, you’re in for an amazing treat!).

Our blend opens with spicy green top notes of natural cypress, basil, cardamom, lemon, nutmeg, black pepper, and cinnamon oil. The top notes give way to a spicy floral middle of rose and jasmine along with essential oils of lavender and clove bud. The bottom notes of this fragrance — which create an amazing accord that lasts and lasts — consist of essential oils of sandalwood, cedarwood, and patchouli, sweetened with a bit of  musk. This fragrance is truly unique — it’s almost like three fragrances in one as a medley of bright, green essential oils give way to an irresistible spice blend, which then leads to a long-lived, soapy clean, woodsy drydown.

This fragrance struck me as different when I first smelled it, I immediately picked up on the notes of cardamom and black pepper.  I was not sure what all the fuss was about…until I put it down.  I could not forget it and was drawn back to pick it up and re sniff about a hundred times.  It is as haunting as it is beautiful.  I am a fragrance addict to be sure, but this is truly love. ❥

Due to the cost of pure essential oils this fragrance is a bit more costly to use in candles.  (Running about an additional $12.00 for our largest size candle-we have decided to keep the price increase amount to what will cover our cost only, so this will allow more of our friends and customers to enjoy this wonderful fragrance! ).

I wear mine in our new Apothecary style perfume that will be listed very shortly…stay tuned.  😀

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Spice up your life with Cinnamon! ❥

Cinnamon can spice up your life!

Did you know that Cinnamon is mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as 2800 BC.?

Cinnamon was one of the first trade spices of the ancient world. Biblical references indicate that merchants carried the Asian spice all the way from Ceylon to Palestine – that’s a 24-hour airplane trip today – before the pyramids were built.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is a tree belonging to the Lauraceae family. The bark of the tree is what is used as a spice.

The Egyptians used cinnamon medicinally and as a flavoring in food and beverages as well as during funeral ceremonies.

Cinnamon was used on funeral pyres in Ancient Rome. In 65 AD, Nero burned a year’s supply of cinnamon at his second wife Poppaea Sabina’s funeral in order to show the depth of his grief.

In the Middle Ages, cinnamon was only affordable by the wealthy elite of society. A person’s social rank could be determined by the number of spices they could afford.

Cinnamon has many health benefits. It has shown promise in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, memory function, and even leukemia and lymphoma.

The Chinese believe that cinnamon heats up a cold body, improves the circulation, and generally gets the blood rushing around, stoking up the waning fire, and they prescribe it for loss of vigor, whether due to stress, aging, or illness. They believe the spice warms the kidneys and cures impotence, weak legs, and backache. Specifically, cinnamon is held supreme for blood deficiencies that leave one feeling weak.

One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.  It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Two teaspoons of cinnamon has about 12 calories.  Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.  Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon has been used as a tranquilizer and is excellent as a tea used to relieve a stressed out spirit and overworked nerves.  Cinnamon Tea is even used in Asia as a treatment for asthma and is a great tonic when feeling run down. Take four cinnamon sticks, or two teaspoons of cinnamon, and add to two cups of boiling water. Let it boil for ten minutes, and then add honey to sweeten to taste.

One of my favorite easy ways to incorporate Cinnamon is shaking a teaspoon on top of my waffles.

My favorite chili with cinnamon and Chocolate! https://bluemooncandles.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/chocolate-chili-3/

or try Baked Cinnamon Apples.

Try our all natural Eco Friendly Organic wax Candles with Essential oil fragrant blends in Cedar & Cinnamon and Cinnamon Ginger Mint!  What better way to set the mood?!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Easy Peasy Holiday dip-Texas Caviar…

Funny…I got this from my girlfriend Tisha *who hates to cook*~but everything she makes is yummy! ❥ Thanks for sharing Tish!☺

Texas Caviar:

2 cans Pinto Beans

2 cans Black Beans

2 cans White Corn

Drain and rinse and put in a large bowl.

Add 1 green, 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper diced.

1 red onion diced

1 bunch of cilantro diced

1 jalapeno or serrano chili diced (more if you like it)

1 bottle of zesty Italian dressing (or whatever brand you like).

Mix well and serve with chips.  Yummy & healthy!

Great to take to holiday parties…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ❆


Why not use lead candle wicks?

What is the big deal with lead candle wicks?

My husband Scott recently asked me “why do some candle makers use Lead Wicks?”  this got me thinking that perhaps others wonder the same thing, so here is my answer.☺

The metal lead core provides rigidity for the candle wick to keep it upright while burning.  Most American companies voluntarily no longer use lead wicks.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to ban Lead wicks, most metal wicks used in the USA today are either Zinc or Tin.

How can you tell if your candles have a metal cored wick?

As you trim the unlit wick, look for a metal wire inside.  If your candles have a metal core, how can you tell if it is lead?  The best way is to check with the company you bought your candles from.  They should be able to tell you.  If they cannot, you can always ask to trade for a candle with no metal in the wick.

Blue Moon Candles has always been lead and metal free in all our wicks with health & safety in mind.

You can enjoy your sweetly scented candle light guilt free!

Blue Moon Candles is proud to be listed at Candle Safety.Org

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Healing properites of Lavender ♛

If you want to learn about Aromatherapy and are interested in starting to collect Essential Oils for your own use, Lavender is where you want to start!  Talk about a hard working multipurpose essential oil, lavender is king! ♛

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Lavender essential oil has soothing, calming, antiseptic and restorative properties.  Lavender is considered the multi purpose oil, is readily used neat, (undiluted) and combines well with almost all other oils for a wide variety of benefits.

Lavender Essential Oil Physical Benefits and Effects…

  • Skin care – especially dry or acne prone skin-I use this on my daughter for her eczema.
  • Natural Antibacterial – Lavender has a minimum inhibitory concentration of 0.32% against staphylococcus aureas. (in the presence of 0.32% of the oil this organism cannot grow).  I even add some to the water I mop my floors with.
  • Headaches – rub a drop or two on the temples for tension migraine relief.
  • Burns – The cooling, soothing and skin restorative effects are good for anti-inflammatory sunburn care. Documented use as an emergency care for heatstroke until medical personnel can arrive. I keep a bottle in the kitchen because I *always* burn myself cooking.
  • Insect Repellent/Bites and Stings – Repel bugs and takes the sting away from bites.
  • Blood Pressure and Heart – Soothes heart palpitations and lowers blood pressure because of anti-stress properties
  • Congestion/Asthma – Anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects make lavender good for respiratory support. Suitable for use with children as well.
  • Dandruff – Stimulating and moisturizing effects help with hair shine and dry scalp.

Lavender & your Mood…

  • Antidepressant – Lavender is a well-documented antidepressant essential oil.
  • Refreshing and Uplifting – Can help balance mood swings and PMS symptoms 
  • Anti-Stress – Calming and soothing effects help counteract stress hormones
  • Insomnia – A mild sedative effect for restless or anxious nights

Cautions for Using Lavender: There are very few precautions with the use of lavender essential oils.  High quality organic lavender essential oils are best.

We love ours mixed with some Madagascar Vanilla Essential Oil and added to our Organic Coconut wax Candles!

Lavender & Vanilla Organic candles

Sources:

  1. Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques by Tappan and Benjamin. 4th Edition.
  2. Aromatherapy Massage by Clare Maxwell-Hudson
  3. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche by Peter and Kate Damian
  4. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals by Len Price and Shirley Price

The meanings of Color.

In our culture different colors are associated with different meanings.  Hopefully this will give you some tips and ideas on how to choose great colors for your Candle’s .

A century after Sir Isaac Newton invented the first color wheel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe began studying psychological effect of colors. He noticed that blue gives a feeling of coolness and yellow has a warming effect. Goethe created a color wheel showing the psychological effect of each color.

ColorWheel

 

Redred rose

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Orange orange-slices

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.

Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design.

Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.

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Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

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Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance.  Green is often favored by those with high IQ’s.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

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Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

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Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.

White moonflower

White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning.

In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it’s the color of snow.

Black rainbow-obsidian

Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.

Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes).

Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but a black background diminishes readability. A black suit or dress can make you look thinner. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, you can use a black or gray background to make the other colors stand out. Black contrasts well with bright colors.

I seem to favor Black a lot, although I also love vibrant jewel tones…what is your favorite?

Did you know that at Blue Moon Candles we can make your candles in Your favorite color at no extra cost?!   What color candles are your favorite?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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How to use your left over candle wax.

Here are some of our best uses for left over candle wax.  (Although our goal at Blue Moon Candles is to never leave any wax behind.)  😉

Pine cone Fire Starters
pinecones
You can make fire starters for yourself or for gifts, with pine cones compliments of Mother Nature and scented wax from leftover candles.

Use a double boiler to melt down the left over wax (or melt it in the jar over a candle warmer) and then dip pine cones in it (or drizzle it over the pine cones).  I sprinkle mine with cinnamon or nutmeg while the wax is warm so they stick easily-any crushed spice you like will do. Let the wax covered pine cones cool in refrigerated muffin tins or on an old baking sheet.  These make great fire starters for your fireplace or bonfire and smell good just sitting in a pretty basket. They can be easily decorated by putting them in gift bags and tying with ribbon to make thoughtful & fragrant gifts.

Candle warmers work great too for flame-less candle fragrance! Just place any jar candle that has wax remaining on the warmer, to melt the wax and diffuse the fragrance.

You can also pour the melted wax into mini muffin tins and make wax tarts for a tart burner. This way you get all of the scent and do not waste any wax.

I usually keep any leftover scented chunks and use them in a tartwarmer. Also, I put them in little snack size zipper baggies and poke a few pinholes in the bag to let out the scent. These can be stashed in the dresser or linen closet and the coat closet as well as under a car seat.

Candy Molds can be used to pour the leftover pillar wax in and when dry, thread with pretty ribbon and you have cute ornaments!

Are these ideas helpful?  Let us know what you think…do you have any ideas on how to use leftover wax?


Dreams of Dracula™ perfume WINNER! :)

We wish everyone could win this great perfume!  But alas…only one can win it for free.

It will be listed on our site for sale this week, but our winner gets it First and FREE tonight!

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Thank you to all of our friends that spread the word about our products and site.  The best compliment you can ever give us is to refer us to your friends & family.  We are grateful!

On to the good stuff.  We have switched to Random.org for the drawing service (rather than the name in the hat) to make things more legit.

The winner of this drawing is Danyale Hammiel Small! Congratulations Danyale!  Your perfume is sealed away in its dark casket ready to wing it’s way to you today!  Email me (lisa@bluemooncandles.com) and let me know your chosen shipping address and it will go right out.

There are TONS of upcoming events and loads of free giveaways.  Stay tuned here and on our FaceBook Fan page for advanced notice, secret sales and one of a kinds!

Our next giveaway starts later this week!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
~Lisa


~The Magic of Sandalwood~

Here in our Studio, Sandalwood is a huge favorite.  Sandalwood is very versatile, it smells fantastic on its own, and it is great in blends with fruit (such as Pomegranate) and Vanilla.

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Did you know that it is sold only to perfumers, craftsman, and incense makers from India at auctions under armed guard due to its high value.  One sandalwood tree in a forest makes the whole forest smell of sandalwood as the scent clings to other trees.

Sandalwood is a root parasite and extracts nutrients from the host plant by means of special formations called haustoria.

It is endangered due to modernization and strictly controlled by the Indian Government.  The most valuable part of the tree is the scented heartwood.

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Sandalwood trees are a minimum of 30 years old before they are harvested although 60 years is more normal.

The documented use of Sandalwood goes back 4000 years to India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Many temples and structures were built from Sandalwood and the Egyptians used it in embalming. This practice has steadily decreased to the point where Sandalwood East Indian is now only being used for the distillation of oil. The largest reason for this is the over-harvesting of the tree coupled with the 30 year period required for the regeneration.

Sandalwood Essential oil is often used in Alternative medicine and in Ayurveda.

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Our favorite Candle blend with Sandalwood is our Vanilla Sandalwood: Sexy, languorous, blend of woody Sandalwood & musk infused with just the right amount of Vanilla.

We also now offer Sandalwood Floral Water, (which makes an excellent facial toner.)


Enter Sandman…..

Don’t underestimate the power of sleep.

Did you know not getting enough sleep can impair your immunity causing you to get sick more often, create constant low grade inflammation,  increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and even make you fatter!

Most of us need between 7-9 hours of shut eye a night, with those getting 6 hours or less facing the increased risk of disease.

Here are some tips to hep you fall out faster!

  • Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  • Limit your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco products during the day, especially in the hours before sleep.
  • Finish eating 2 to 3 hours before bedtime, avoiding big meals.
  • Exercise regularly. Finish your exercise a few hours before bedtime.
  • Eliminate napping or limit the duration to 20 to 30 minutes.

Create the Best Possible Sleep Environment

  • Remove electronics like computers and televisions from your room.
  • Keep the room cool, comfortable, quiet, and dark.
  • Use a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Use the bed only for sleep and intimacy.

Prepare for Sleep

  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine: take a bath, read a book, bask in candlelight and stare peacefully into the flame, listen to relaxing music before bed.
  • Don’t watch the clock—it can cause anxiety about sleep.
  • Get out of bed if you can’t fall asleep within 15 to 20 minutes. Only spend time in bed when you are actually sleeping.
  • Write down concerns that keep you awake, creating a “to do” list for tomorrow. Also keep a sleep journal to help you see patterns in your sleep.

Let  aromatherapy relax you-we love our Lavanilla scented natural wax candles, but really you can use any fragrance you love.

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Share your tips for a peace filled night, what helps you drift off to dreamland?


The healthiest of all human emotions is Gratitude…

In this world of downturns and difficulty it is easy to give in to the negative vibe around us…I think that is even more reason we should hold on to gratefulness.

Gratitude will not only make you healthy and happy, it will also change your perspective in life.  Happy people basically focus on others; unhappy people focus on themselves and wallow in self-pity and doubt.  Grateful people are far more optimistic and see whatever circumstances they’re in as an opportunity for good.

Gratitude sweetens our disposition, brightens our day, and encourages those around us.  Gratitude will help make us healthy, is the antidote for every negative emotion in our lives, and that virtually every negative thought – anger, worry, fear, hostility or doubt – has at its root ingratitude.

This holds true not just in business but in life…my grandpa always said you do not have to be Happy to be Grateful.  Think about how you feel attracted to a positive person with passion- it draws friends and customers alike.

Sure, this does not come easy for everyone, or in every situation.  Here is a video by Zig Ziglar that speaks to me…make that list, I did and I can tell you, you will NEVER regret it!

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

What are you grateful for?  Leave us a comment and let’s start a list!  🙂


The Vivid world of Fragrance…

A Report from Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

 In The Remembrance of Things Past, French novelist Marcel Proust described what happened to him after drinking a spoonful of tea in which he had soaked a piece of madeleine, a type of cake: “No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me,” he wrote. “An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses…with no suggestion of its origin…

“Suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was of a little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings…my Aunt Leonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea….Immediately the old gray house on the street, where her room was, rose up like a stage set…and the entire town, with its people and houses, gardens, church, and surroundings, taking shape and solidity, sprang into being from my cup of tea.”

Just seeing the madeleine had not brought back these memories, Proust noted. He needed to taste and smell it. “When nothing else subsists from the past,” he wrote, “after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered…the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls…bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of their essence, the immense edifice of memory.”

Proust referred to both taste and smell—and rightly so, because most of the flavor of food comes from its aroma, which wafts up the nostrils to cells in the nose and also reaches these cells through a passageway in the back of the mouth.

 

Our taste buds provide only four distinct sensations: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Other flavors come from smell, and when the nose is blocked by a cold, most foods seem bland or tasteless.

Both smell and taste require us to incorporate—to breathe in or swallow—chemical substances that actually attach themselves to receptors on our sensory cells.

The average human being, it is said, can recognize up to 10,000 separate odors. We are surrounded by odorant molecules that emanate from trees, flowers, earth, animals, food, industrial activity, bacterial decomposition, other humans. Yet when we want to describe these myriad odors, we often resort to crude analogies: something smells like a rose, like sweat, or like ammonia.

Our culture places such low value on olfaction that we have never developed a proper vocabulary for it. In A Natural History of the Senses, poet Diane Ackerman notes that it is almost impossible to explain how something smells to someone who hasn’t smelled it. There are names for all the pastels in a hue, she writes—but none for the tones and tints of a smell.

Nor can odors be measured on the kind of linear scale that scientists use to measure the wavelength of light or the frequency of sounds.

Coming Soon- The Memory of Smells….