Category Archives: spice

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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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!


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
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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?


Chocolate Chili <3

This is a favorite of my family & friends.  Full of spices and flavor and a touch of chocolate…nothing like it on a cold autumn night!

This is great with warm fresh cornbread & honey!

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Ingredients:

 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 12 ounces chorizo all beef sausage, (or soy) casing removed, cut into 1/2 cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (new mexico)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans beef broth
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup Van Houten cocoa
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 green jalapenos, slit lengthwise 3 times each (Less if you like it mild)
  • 3 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnish with Cheddar and sour cream, if desired.

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Directions

Place oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Brown the sirloin in batches. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add ground beef, chorizo and onions to the pot and brown. Make sure to break up the meat. Return sirloin to the pot. Stir in remaining ingredients, except for garnishes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally, breaking up tomatoes. Before serving, discard cinnamon stick, bay leaves and jalapenos. Garnish, if desired.

Soooo yummy!  😉

Enjoy!
Love, Laughter & Candlelight,

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~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.)