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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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! ❤

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Wordless Wednesday…

Happy St. Patrick's Day!