My office is not exactly an example of cleanliness and tranquility (once I left a half-eaten veggie burger under my easel for so long it started to grow arms and legs), but the scent of this Island Vanilla soy candle is so lovely and intoxicating that I can light it and close my eyes and forget about my cluttered, chaotic reality for a moment. I can take a deep breath and pretend I’m on some tropical vanilla-scented island, swinging in a hammock, without any risk of being attacked by an angry, sentient veggie burger. And that, my friends, is the sign of a really great candle. [$6, Pacifica]
All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the scent sophisticate in your life ….
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Hey stoners, guess what? That’s right: in Washington and Colorado, marijuana is now completely legal for recreational use by legal adults (that means anyone over the age of 21). You jealous? I am, but I guess I’ll get over it. While we wait for the other 48 states to come around (or is it 49? Puerto Rico, are you there?), let’s celebrate this very small victory with a selection of eight classy, subtle products, from bougie candles to a soothing body cream, that are either made from or inspired by Cannabis sativa. And please, for the love of god, leave your Bob Marley shirt at home.
Because I’m a jealous and petty person, I can’t stand to read lifestyle/home/craft blogs. Who are these people with endless amounts of free time, money and craft experience who seem to effortlessly turn their homes into the back page of a Martha Stewart magazine? They obviously don’t have cats. And because I’m jealous and petty, and not going to subscribe to Folk Magazine anytime soon (though they keep threatening me with a subscription), I need shortcuts to elevate me from sloth to semi-functioning, well-designed person.
Which is why we’ve collected a bunch of easy, really easy, tips to help make your house one others can be jealous of. Keep reading »
We’re all a little bummed out that summer is over, but hey, if you can ignore the rapidly shrinking amount of daylight, there’s a lot to look forward to about the fall, namely: pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, Halloween parties, and a whole array of delicious baked goods (just wait til you guys see some of the recipes I have coming up!). Whether you’re begrudgingly trying to accept the change of season or are welcoming autumn with open arms, I rounded up some awesome decorations and accessories that will bring a little fall flavor into your home. Shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
I’ve seen many Virgin Mary candles in my day, but this is definitely the first Virgin Who Can’t Drive candle I’ve ever come across, and everything about it–from the “Clueless” quote to Brittany Murphy’s incredulous expression, is amazing. The perfect gift for anyone who worships at the altar of ’90s movies. [$12, The Mall]
The Yankee Candle Company is trying to tap into the man demographic with a new line of scents including Riding Mower, First Down, 2X4 and Man Town. I have no idea what Man Town might smell like (feet?), but let’s hope it smells nothing like The Original Man Candle, which promises to fill any room with the aroma of farts. Mmmmm. [WOW]
Lucky magazine recently did a little article about how the scent of grapefruit is so energizing that a few gyms have released grapefruit candles as part of their product lines. Inspired, I went out and bought this minty grapefruit candle. I love the springy citrus smell, and every time I burn it while taking a bath or relaxing around the house, I count it as a trip to the gym. Don’t question my logic, OK? [$5, Ulta]
Growing up, my family never had candles because my parents generally understood that my brothers and I would use any open flames in the house to set our youngest brother on fire. Also my dad hated any smell that wasn’t whale bones or microwaved hominy. Recently I’ve decided that hey, I’m an adult, I have a cute house, I like pretty smells — maybe it’s time to give the whole candle thing a try. So I consulted my candle-loving friends, I rearranged my shelves, I spent a small fortune, and guess what? I have three candles burning right now, as I write this. I think I’ve officially become a candle person. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way … Keep reading »
Let’s be honest: Shopping for candles is a fairly thoughtless task. If we do spend more than 3 seconds mulling over whether to buy one candle over another, it’s mainly for scent reasons. But whether it was a taper that dripped all over the table or a pillar that burned so unevenly that you’d think it was placed at a 90 degree angle, we’ve all gotten ripped off in this department. And even if it’s a question of $5, it’s $5 more than we’d like to lose on a purchase.
It doesn’t have to be that way. These tried-and-true simple shopping tips will reliably guide you to a quality candle … at any price point. Read more…