Category Archives: smell

My kind of exhibit!

NY Museum Stages First ‘Scent’ Exhibit

Chandler Burr calls his works ‘olfactory art,’ and says he’s not a freak—he just uses his nose more often and more carefully than the rest of us. Blake Gopnik reports.

What a fantastic idea! The very thought stirs my scent loving soul… I wish I was closer so I could attend. Although if I were making real wishes I would wish to share a bottle of red wine with Chandler Burr and talk scent for an afternoon.

I personally disagree with his idea that “a thing must be artificial; it is impossible to create art entirely with nature”—but I understand the point he is making.

Art by Katerina Silva Follow her talented work here: https://www.facebook.com/KatarinaSilvaArt

I love all kinds of fragrance; traditional as well as all natural.

There is room in my world and my shop for both!
What fragrances move your soul?

Leave us a comment to join the discussion.

For me this fall I am continuing my love affair with Cinnamon.

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 

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A Little Fragrance With Your Food

A Little Fragrance With Your Food
By Chris Perrin


There are a million reasons to love candles.  They look nice, they’re elegant, and pyros love them because they’re fire.  Still, the thing we love most about candles is how they smell.  Plug in air fresheners just cannot match the way a candle warms up a room and transforms it through pleasant aromas.  Food can do that, too.

There is an old saying in food: “You eat with your eyes first.”  However, that’s not always true.  When you walk into the kitchen and the smells of baking bread or garlic or cinnamon rolls hits you, you’re eating with your nose first.  The eyes come much, much later.

This is not news to professional chefs, who have been devising ways to turn meals into full sensory experiences for ages.  One of the ways they have been doing this is by serving meals with scented smoke.  It’s a technique that’s been used on shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef, but don’t let that fool you.  Using smells in your own cooking is easy enough to do at home with nothing more than a glass or metal bowl and some plastic wrap.

(Disclaimer: Making smoke is a really cool, unexpected technique that people will love.  It’s also a fire hazard if you’re not careful since we will, after all, be burning things.  Before you try this, have a good kitchen-rated fire extinguisher nearby.  Also, only do this if there is a window you can open lest the smoke detector crash the party.)

The Basic Technique

This is going to be simple.  All you need to do is get some type of food to smolder, lay it in a bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.  The smoke will waft from up from the smoldering item and get trapped in the bowl.  All you need to do is set the bowl down in front of your diners, puncture the wrap and enjoy the aroma as you eat.

As a variation, you can use individual non-flammable (stress non-flammable) trays that have lids for each guest.  Put the meal on the tray, then get individual items smoldering and drop them in glasses in each tray.  Cover and the smoke will get trapped until diners remove the lid.

Okay, So What Should We Use for Smoke?

Good question.   There are two things to consider when deciding what to smoke.  The first is what will actually produce the smoke.  Your best bet is to use either wood chips (hickory, mesquite, apple wood, etc.), nut shells (pecans, walnuts), or some herb branches (rosemary or thyme branches work well.)  Things like citrus peels can work, but they take a lot of effort to get to light and they don’t often smolder, they usually catch fire.

The other thing to consider is pairing the smoldering item to the food being served.  You want to add a complimentary ambiance, not an entirely new element to the meal.  If your dish has rosemary, burn rosemary.  If it was cooked on a cedar plank, use cedar.

At the very least, try to match the feel of the dish to the odor.  For instance, rosemary and thyme work very well for earthy dishes like steaks or mushrooms.  Apple wood would do very well for pork chops because it has a sweeter aroma.  Play around with it and see what combinations work well for you.

There is also a third consideration.  You can save yourself some extra expensive in ingredients if you have food-scented candles.  For instance, serve blueberry cobbler with a blueberry candle or ice cream with a vanilla candle.  If you use candles, you can choose to trap the smoke in a bowl or tray or not.

Whichever way you choose and whichever scent you use, enjoy playing with scents and your food.  It’s a fun way to turn meals into a full sensory experience of your own.

Chris Perrin

Check out Blog Well Done today to get tips great tips on things like vegetarian options, $7.00 dinner challenge and cooking with your kids.  I think Chris is a culinary genius and I know you will love his recipes and sense of humor as much as I do!

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Aromatic Living

The thought of pleasant fragrances may be enough to make us a bit more cheerful, but the actual fragrance can have dramatic effects in improving our mood and sense of well-being.

In the heat of summer we recommend using cooling fragrances such as lime, lemon, blood orange and grapefruit in your Candles and Room Sprays-especially in your living room. The citrus notes are uplifting, and not too heavy for hot summer days. We also have tropical fragrances blended with the citrus to take you on a mini vacation! Lime in da Coconut…Blood Orange and Patchouli-*even Patchouli haters love this one.

My mom swears her lemon infused candles are “happy”.  Bergamot and it’s pleasing citrus fragrance has been shown to help people suffering from anxiety, stress and depression.

In an experiment in a Las Vegas casino, the amount of money gambled in a slot machine increased by over 45% when the site was fragranced with a pleasant aroma!

What is your favorite citrus?!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Smell Sense

Did you know it only takes two seconds for an aroma to enter your nose and travel to the part of the brain that effects memory and controls emotion?

Fragrance can focus our concentration,  influence us to spend money and even prompt us to settle unpaid bills.

How can just a whiff of fragrance do all this?  Odor particles enter the olfactory sensors just behind the bridge of the nose.  These bind to cells that send out messages to the limbic system (the part of our brains that regulated emotions like fear, rage, anger, aggression and pleasure).

The limbic system regulates our stress responses and influences our sexual, metabolic and hormonal activity.

This is the reason specific fragrances have the ability to stimulate intense memories and re-create experiences and influence the way we behave.

In our next post we will cover some ways to use our Organic Wax candles infused with Essential Oils to help enhance productivity, create a calming mood and set a relaxing area in your home and workspace!

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!


Baked Cinnamon Apples

* 4 tart green apples
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Scoop out the core from top of the apple, leaving a well.
3. Stuff each apple with a premixed amount of 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Add a handful of walnuts or pecans if desired. Place in a shallow baking dish that has a layer of water in the bottom, Sprinkle apples and water with nutmeg and a generous amount of cinnamon.
4. Bake at 350 for 20 min. covered with foil and then for another 10 min. uncovered.
5. Finally, serve in bowl with the caramel/nut sauce around base of each apple. Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt in the center drizzled with caramel ice cream topping is another incredible addition.

This is one of my favorite winter night snacks…I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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!