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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Candle shapes and styles

There are a lot of different shapes and styles of candles.

Most of the candles that have a shape are pillar candles.  These are candles that are placed on a candle plate on a flat surface away from anything that can catch fire such as paper, curtains, flowers or any cloth.

Some of the shapes of candles are round, square, octagon, pyramid and diamond.  Even these shapes can have different styles.

Round, square and octagon shaped candles can have either a flat top or a concave top (which is a sunken top).  Most candles have the flat top instead of the concave top.  In addition to having a concave top as a style, these candles can also have scalloped edges giving the candle a look of bamboo.

Pyramid and diamond shaped candles usually have straight corners.  You can find some that have a more rounded corner, but these are not as common.

Another style of candle is the container candle.  These are candles that are in jars, times or other types of containers.  These containers have lids that can be used to extinguish the candle.   These containers can come in various looks.  You can have a clear glass container where you can see the color of the candle or a tin candle that can have a design on the tin.  The tins are usually customized toward a season such as Christmas or Halloween.

There are container candles that are in various types of glass such as wine glasses, champagne glasses, coffee glasses or a variety of other types of glasses.  These glasses can also be reused after all the wax has come out of the glass.

Another style of candle is the votive.  These candles are smaller, usually 2-3 inches tall.  They can either be a pillar candle or in a container.  Even the votive candles can have different shapes.  They can have flat tops, rounded tops, triangle top or a top with some kind of design.  They can also be cupcakes, pumpkins, ghosts, leaves, flowers, etc.  You can get just about any shape of a candle you want.  Just ask the person making the candle if they can make a specific shape.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Great Summer Scents

With summer here, people will be opening their windows to let in some fresh air and the lovely scents of summer.  There will be the sweet aroma of freshly bloomed flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass, the clean fresh air and the tasty aroma of people grilling.

Not only will you get these great scents, you will also get exhaust fumes, insecticides, fertilizer and a variety of other scents that are very well liked.

How do you keep these aromas out and the fresh floral scents of summer?  It's easy.  Please a few great scented candles around the house.  This will help with any unpleasant odor or freshen up the house.

If you like floral scents, honeysuckle, rose, lilac and lavender are just a few of the summery floral scents.  You will get the same great aromas from these beautiful candles as the flowers from outside.  With any of these scents, you will be able to bring the outdoor scents indoor without the bugs.

Don't want any floral scents?  There are food scents such as fresh coffee, red velvet cake, pumpkin pie and chocolate, just to name a few of the yummier flavors.  Each of these scents will fill your house and people will thing you just made a fresh brewed pot of coffee, a freshly baked red velvet cake, a spicy pumpkin pie or had some chocolate.

There are also some great fruity scents associated with summer as well.  There's the clean, fresh aroma of lemon, the citrusy scent of a fresh picked orange, the sweet juicy scent of a peach and the tropical aroma of kiwi.

You also cannot forget the scents for outdoor living.  Probably the most famous or well known is citronella, which is known to help keep mosquitoes away.  Other little known bug repellants are eucalyptus and lemon.  If you like spending time outdoors, these fragrances will help in reducing the amount of bugs that bug you.

Any of these scents can be combined with any scent.  You can either have a candle that has multiple layers, each with a different scent or a candle that has a combination of scents together.  Now is the time to get creative with the scents you want in your house.  Find what you like and keep some handy.  Not only will they give your house the freshness of summer, but they will also add to your decor.