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The magic of Basil.

I love that historically Basil has been used to symbolize hatred, yet it is also used as a symbol for love. I wonder if this is where the term love hate relationship comes from?  Did you know there are more than 30 distinct and intensely aromatic varieties of basil?

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Artist information found here: http://pentacle5.deviantart.com/

The first recorded mention of basil, in records dated to pre-206 B.C.E, states that it “exists only to drive men insane.” For the Greeks, and later the Romans, basil was associated with hatred.

To grow the most potent plants they believed the seeds needed to be sown with swearing and ranting.  (sounds like they were watching me pull weeds in the summertime ha!) However, basil later became a symbol of love in Italy, to the point that Giovanni Boccaccio used it to symbolize the tragic love between Lisabetta and Lorenzo in The Decameron. Sicilian folklore associates it with both love and death, and in Moldavian folklore a young man who accepts basil from a young woman will fall in love with her.

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Europe in general is rather conflicted on the subject of basil. Parkinson’s 17th century herbal says it can “procure a cheerful and merry heart” while Culpeper’s links it to poison through the observation of its effects in drawing venom out of wounds and the proclamation that “like draws to like.” He even goes so far as to say that basil can generate scorpions, possibly even inside someone’s skull.   This scorpion connection is often linked to the Greek story of the basilisk, which in turn is linked to basil in the name basilicum. In some folklore, basil is said to have been used to ward off both the look and bite of this king of serpents.

Perhaps reflecting the plant’s conflicted history, the Victorian language of flowers has two meaning for basil: common basil signifies hatred and sweet basil conveys the sender’s best wishes.

To the ancient Romans, it was a symbol of hatred, yet basil eventually became a token of love in Italy. Young maidens would wear a sprig of basil in their hair to profess their availibility. In some regions of Italy, basil is known as “kiss-me-Nicholas.” One can only wonder if the conflicting symbolism of basil in Rome is the origin of a love-hate relationship?

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The royal herb is regarded in a similar manner in Romania where if a boy accepts a sprig of basil from a girl, it means they are engaged to be married.

In Greece today, basil is readily grown as an ornamental and is used in certain religious rituals as a symbol of fertility..

It’s one of my favorite herbs! I love the flavor and the fragrance so much so that we offer a candle and perfume in our Blackberry Basil fragrance.
What does it smell like?  I’m so glad you asked…
It is a delicious mix of rich sweetness!  Sun kissed Blackberries entwined with green leaves, white musk and the unexpected herbal zing of basil. The rich, winey Blackberry takes predominance over the edible leaves and lightly anise-scented basil. It is a fresh, fruity, wild and sensual scent, blending fresh sweetness with a dry herbal accord. 

Perfect for the coming spring days ahead!

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles!   http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Blackberry Basil perfume & candles! http://www.bluemooncandles.com

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

lisa


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.

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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!

 


Hand Blended Perfume Locket…Beautiful gold tone locket with crimson beads and golden key. Holds our handblended solid perfume in Spellbound Woods. 

Luscious berry and iced jasmine petals with magical notes of white amber and creamy sandalwood to create this Magic fragrance inspired by a walk in a Winter Orchard at dusk.

Top Notes: Wild Goji Berries, Ripe Raspberry
Mid Notes: Gardenia Petals, Jasmine, Peach Nectar
Base Notes: Coconut Musk, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood, White Amber ♥

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(Source: Hand Blended Perfume Locket…Beautiful gold tone locket with crimson beads and golden key. Holds our handblended solid perfume in Spellbound Woods. Luscious strawberry and iced jasmine petals with magical notes of white amber and creamy sandalwood to create this Magic fragrance inspired by a walk in a Winter Orchard at dusk. Top Notes: Wild Goji Berries, Ripe Raspberry Mid Notes: Gardenia Petals, Jasmine, Peach Nectar Base Notes: Coconut Musk, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood, White Amber ♥)

New perfume from Eden’s Alchemy & Blue Moon Candles!  

Winter Wonderland Perfume: Luscious strawberry and iced jasmine petals with magical notes of white amber and creamy sandalwood to create this Magic fragrance inspired by a Winter’s Wonderland.

Top Notes: Luscious Strawberry, Wild Goji Berries, Ripe Raspberry
Mid Notes: Gardenia Petals, Jasmine, Peach Nectar
Base Notes: Coconut Musk, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood, White Amber ♥


“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.” 
― George Edward Moore

Check out our Night Spirit fragranced Candles & Perfumes:This mystical scent embodies the warmth of the communal fire, the dry sensuality of the dusty Desert earth, the piercing clarity of the bright evening stars, and the soft purple blanket of Winter night.

A well-balanced bouquet of nutmeg and cinnamon spices, black pepper, and chili, blended with warm amber, earthy patchouli, cedarwood, and soft, sweet vanilla.

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Love, Laughter & Candlelight!
~Lisa


File under Must Have!  One of our *new* Luxury Candle-  What’s it made of?  All Natural Veggie wax blend, two 100% all cotton wicks, Decadent and pure Fragrance oil.  Wrapped in our black silk bag, and two piece matte black gift box with foil labels.

Black Vanilla:The elegant simplicity and comfort of Vanilla.The perfectly intoxicating fragrance of rich, bourbony Vanilla with an incredible purity…no baked or butter notes, not a musky or perfumey vanilla. Essence of Vanilla in it’s most elegant simplicity..

But there is nothing ordinary about the intensity and strength of this fragrance. It has a clarity that makes it outstanding!  Notes of Vanilla Absolute, Vanillin, Bourbon, Tonka Bean and Orchid.


Candles and scent bars in the making! Spiced Hot Cocoa Hot Cocoa made with Dark Belgian Chocolate and warmed with Winter Spices… Cinnamon, Clove and a touch of Nutmeg…omgggg!

Blue Moon Candles & Eden’s Alchemy ❤  TGIF!


Eden’s Alchemy Fall & Winter Fragrances…<3


Our Candles for Spirit Walk tomorrow night in downtown Riverside.  Spirit Walk is a spooky traveling cocktail party through downtown Riverside designed to incite guest’s anticipation of the ballet’s annual Ghost Walk events. Spirit Walk will allow guests to visit several downtown Riverside restaurants where they will delight in signature cocktails and appetizers.

We are pleased to announce that Phood on Main, Mario’s Place and a trip into the Catacombs of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa will be the featured attractions for this year’s event.

Event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Open to Adults 21 and over.

Tickets on Sale Now


Belladonna…a *new* Eden’s Alchemy fragrance!

Belladonna-Our *NEW* Fragrance!

What’s it smell like???

Belladonna:an intoxicating, sensual fragrance. The color of mystery, the texture of luxe, this very sexy, seductive fragrance has the sweet scent of sultry, smouldering, feminine sophistication. Exotic. Sensual. Luxurious!

With notes of Saffron, Masala Spices, Clove, Nutmeg, Pimento Berries, White Pepper, Mediterranean Broom Flower, Patchouli, Crimson Red Marechal Rose, Ethiopian Guggal Incense, Wengue Wood, Bois de Miel.

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
Ambrose Bierce ♥

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Dreams of Dracula perfume…*love

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Blue Moon Candle’s limited edition Summertime Scents! :)

Summer fragrance descriptions…limited time ❤


Natural Mood Enhancers. ✿

An Italian Garden I love ♥

Sometimes we forget that natural essences and plants and herbs are not just beautiful to look at, they have wonderful healing properties as well!

Here are some of my favorite plants and flowers that are readily available along with some of their benefits. ♥

If you are suffering from mental fatigue add  a few drops of Peppermint to a handkerchief and inhale deeply! (Works great for headache relief too!)

To boost your energy level vaporize zesty citrus oils of Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon or Lime.  Avoid warm-smelling fragrances as they hamper activity.

Soft florals like Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Geranium are best to boost self esteem and increase security. (Jasmine & Gardenia white florals happen to be my favorites!  Fresh and Bright!) Grab some of our All Natural Jasmine Butter here.  (A perfect moisturizer for after a day in the sun!)

Some of my Star Jasmine growing all around Jack, my patio Pirate ♥

When your spirits are low try vaporizing some Rosemary & Eucalyptus…they will come to the rescue.

To help you be more alert try an essential oil blend of Jasmine, Basil, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang.

If you suffer from nervous exhaustion a combination of Lavender and Jasmine essential oils will help restore your natural balance.

If you are feeling sad or anxious try vaporizing some Patchouli or Geranium oil; they are reputed to be both grounding and stimulating.

Rose, Cypress and Lavender will boost feelings of contentment. ♥

What are your favorite blends? ✿

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Today we are blending Breakfast at Tiffany’s perfume:  Classic Silver Screen Glamour!  This fabulous essence features notes of sparkling mandarin, gardenia, and vetiver that scream retro Hollywood. Ladylike and ultrasexy-great for day or night.  Picture Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe-Unleash your inner pin up girl! 


Got Perfume?

Ours is hand blended, in fragrances you don’t expect…Our top five this week? Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bella Morte, Di Luna, The Blue Hour & Vanilla Noir….check it out, and pass it on 😉


The process of Creativity.

Do you dream in color?  Have you ever dreamed with fragrance?  Sometimes I do…

This fragrance has haunted me since the first time I smelled it in a dream…this is the closest perfume reproduction I can make.  It is not exact, but very close. I love this one so much I felt she deserved her own blog entry…

I wanted to share a little bit of my insane process of creating with you in hopes that you will love, or at least better understand the end result.

I keep little blotter papers near me so I can scratch out ideas and inspirations as they strike-I have been known to pull over when driving to record ideas, jolt upright out of sleep to scratch them down,  and sometimes they just quietly sneak up and tap me on the shoulder.  Either way I hope this helps you understand the crazy that creates my fragrances….

Bella Notte Fragrance note scribbles

A few weeks ago during a rainstorm I woke up at 2 am in the middle of a haunting dream about a girl with a velvet dress (I think I am going to write a book about her someday) reading an old leather book, cemeteries, angels, roses, mist, leather,  and I could literally smell her perfume.

I decided to re-create her Perfume and I have decided to call it Bella Notte (Italian for Beautiful Night)

Bella Notte Perfume: Rich Dark & Warm, Intense, Sensual and Feminine…it begins like a dream with wistful  Rose Absolute & Grey Amber, mid notes of Smokey Cedar  grounded with Dark Sweet Benzoin & Vanilla, hints of Wild Lavender, ancient Woods and Earth, infused with burnt Caramel Bitters.

Inspired by old roses on a lovers grave, tattered time worn velvet, lost love, longing and heartbreak, misty full moons, wild gardens and herbs growing irreverently, remembrance of things past…

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think….❥

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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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!



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!


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


Fragrance Notes…

Here are some explanations of fragrance notes that will help you decide on your favorites!

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Fragrance Notes-Perfume is described in a musical metaphor as having three sets of ‘notes’, making the harmonious scent accord. The notes unfold over time, with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually appearing as the final stage. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume.

  • Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a fragrance and thus are very important in the sellingof a perfume. Also called the head notes.
  • Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. They are also called the “heart notes”.
  • Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and “deep” and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application.

The Fragrance Wheel is a relatively new classification method that is widely used in retail and in the fragrance industry. The method was created in 1983 by Michael Edwards, a consultant in the perfume industry, who designed his own scheme of fragrance classification. The new scheme was created in order to simplify fragrance classification and naming scheme, as well as to show the relationships between each of the individual classes.

The five standard families consist of Floral, Oriental, Woody, Fougère, and Fresh, with the former four families being more “classic” while the latter consisting of newer bright and clean smelling citrus and oceanic fragrances that have arrived due to improvements in fragrance technology. Each of the families are in turn divided into sub-groups and arranged around a wheel.

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Reference Wikipedia.