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Naadine Koi

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Casting Light on Black Representation in the Candle Industry

The Black Lives Matter Movement is bigger now than ever, finally. It’s important to make sure we’re all doing our part to keep the conversation going – myself included. I’d like to share my experience as a Black woman in the candle industry, highlight the importance of Black representation, and share some of my favorite Black-owned businesses and content creators. You’ll also find some helpful tips on how to keep the momentum of BLM going, as well as how to…

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0 In Styling

Florals & Fragrances: Pairing Fresh Flowers and Candles

Springtime brings to mind beautiful bright colors and scents. What better way to showcase this season of renewal than by pairing fresh flowers and candles?  Even if your dinner party is just for two, there’s no reason not to fancy things up a little for your stay-at-home meal. Instead of a traditional floral centerpiece, consider adding some chic candles to your feature. Here are a few easy tips for creating an unforgettable floral-candle combo.  Pairing Fresh Flowers and Candles in…

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0 In Candle Care

Candle Care 102

I love a high-quality, finely scented luxury candle as much as the next person (okay, probably more). Sure, they can be a bit of an investment, particularly if you love burning them in every room of your house – like I do! I like to think of luxury candles as an investment in your well-being. As with any good investment, you want to make sure it’s long lasting.  Enter candle care and candle maintenance – so easy to forget, but…

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0 In Candle Club/ Events

Women Supporting Women: Galentine’s Day 2020 Done Right

“Who run the world? Girls.”- Beyoncé   Running the world isn’t easy, so when Galentine’s Day 2020 – the most sacred of holidays – comes around, it feels like a crime not to gather up a few girlfriends and celebrate together.  Every gal and her group of friends is unique. So the way you celebrate is up to you. Whether you decide to keep it simple with a pajama party and girl talk, or go paint the town red, it’s…

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0 In Entertaining/ Styling

Light + Style: Charcoal Rose Petite Hostess Candle

Wax Type: Soy Wax Blend Burn Time: Approximately 40 hours Throw: Medium Notes: Subtle Charcoal, Fresh Roses, Cassis Nectar, Black Currant Leaf, White Jasmine, Blond Wood, and Airy Musk Room Recommendation: Living Room, Kitchen, Spaces for Entertaining, Bedroom The Petite Hostess Collection is a must-have for any host. If Havana is the pre-dinner-welcome fragrance that sets the perfect ambiance, then Charcoal Rose is the after-dinner scent that elegantly wraps up a wonderful evening, with a bow on top. Charcoal Rose’s…

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Light + Style: Havana Petite Hostess Candle

Wax Type: Soy Wax Blend Burn Time: Approximately 40 hours Throw: Strong Notes: Bergamot, Tobacco Flower, Ylang Ylang, Spun Sugar, and Smoked Patchouli Room Recommendation: Living Room, Spaces for Entertaining Fall is settling in and any good hostess knows that it’s time to switch up the décor and ambiance at their gatherings. Archipelago’s new Petite Hostess Gift Sets certainly helps create that autumn vibe with their Havana, Charcoal Rose, and Pomegranate Citrus Candles. These three fragrances make a great team,…

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0 In Candles

Carrière Frères: La Rose Aime la Menthe

La Rose Aime la Menthe (“Rose Loves Mint”) Wax Type: Vegetable and mineral blend Burn Time: 45–50 hours Throw: Strong Notes: Spearmint leaves and Damascus rose Room Recommendation: Living room, bedroom, and office Price: $45 In time for Mother’s Day, La Rose Aime la Menthe from Carrière Frères deliciously combines the scent of spearmint leaves with sweet Damascus rose. Offering a gentle floral cough drop that stimulates the senses with hints of rose while relieving sinus pressure with fresh mint…

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0 In Candles

LUMIRA: Tropical Gardenia Travel Candle

Wax Type: Soy Burn Time: 15 hours Throw: Strong Notes: Gardenia, tuberose, and amber Room Recommendation: Bedroom, bathroom, living room, and office—especially well-suited for hotel rooms. Price: US $30 As a resident of Southern California, I’m always surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. So, whenever I head out of town, I like to take some of these notes with me as a little reminder of home. Today, as I packed for a quick trip to Wisconsin, this included the gorgeous…

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0 In Hotels/ Luxury Spa/ Travel

A Night of Luxury at the Mandarin Oriental Paris

I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cities in the world: the beautiful city of light that is Paris. The heart of French fashion, arts—and, yes, candle culture—Paris is home to such fabulous brands as Diptyque. If you ever have the chance, I can’t recommend anything more tantalizing to the senses than walking past shops and taking in the mingled scent of French parfume, fresh coffee and croissants, and deliciously inspired candle fragrances. During my stay in…

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0 In Candles

Fall is in the Air: My Favorite 2017 Autumn Scents

My regular readers will know that I absolutely LOVE autumn. It’s the perfect time of year to start pulling out gorgeous layer items, enjoy delicious pumpkin spice lattes, and spend time with the family over the holidays. Every year, I celebrate fall by pulling out some truly delectable autumn-scented candles. Fall is my favorite season, which should make it no surprise that many of my favorite candles are also essential this time of year. I especially find myself burning autumn…

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0 In Candles

Kicking Off Candle Season with Vintage Matches!

Candle season is upon us, and I’m declaring today its official kickoff: October 1! While others might be carefully planning their Halloween costumes and holiday plans right now, those of us in the candle industry are ramping up for the biggest sales season of the year! Did you know that over 35% of candle sales occur in the fall months leading up to the holidays? This means that us candle aficionados are in for lots of delightful new home fragrance…

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