Home Scents, Shopping - January 23rd, 2009
Valentine’s Day is coming, and one of my favorite gift ideas is a lovely candle or candle set. A great way to set the mood is to present your gift, then turn down the lights and enjoy the romantic flicker of candlelight. For gifts, I’d pick jar or container candles with beautiful packaging and quality fragrance. Here are a few I recommend.
Diptyque candles are known for being super-luxe, and the limited edition Pink Roses candle is no exception. The scent is a mixture of antique rose petals, and aromatic geranium leaves, and the candle and its jar are tinted a delicate pink. Even the box is pretty! You can find Diptyque candles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, and Bergdorf Goodman, as well as online at Smallflower.com.
Chesapeake Bay Candles is a company that is new to me, but I’m just knocked out at how beautiful the scents are and how elegant the packaging is. The candles are made with soy wax and 100% cotton wicks for a cleaner burn (and soy wax is more sustainable than petroleum-based waxes) and did I mention the scents are amazing? I think the small filled votive sets would make great gifts, and the filled candle sets are even more luxurious. You could also pick one or two of the large filled candles, which feature a silhouette of a tree on the glass jars. All the scents are stunning, but my favorites are Honey Lemon Creme and Nutmeg Cardamom.
Pacifica is based in my hometown of Portland OR, and their combination of lovely scents and decorative packaging make their candles great gifts too. The soy candle gift box comes in two varieties, Fruits and Flowers Of Paradise or Beloved Woods and Coveted Spices. If you are looking for individual scents, I think Vanilla Vera Cruz, Sandalwood, and Tunisian Jasmine are particularly romantic. For extra fun, you can also purchase coordinating body care products and perfumes.