Pepper Grass, Benches and Scraps..

I am a bit bored with some of the florals I have and seems my regular place to get them does not carry the selection it used to. Sooo, I am on a hunt for a new vendor with some exciting selections. Around the shop you will notice I carry more than just pip berries.. I like a wide variety and like some unusual stuff.. everything from coleus and dusty miller to wild grassy picks.

This rustic looking floral is Pepper Grass and I am loving it in just about anything I put it in. It is a neat color.. going with the traditional burgundy, mustard and brown.. and also with some of the new reds and sage greens we are seeing. I have it in rusty pots and here it is in an old kettle.

These little Deacon Benches are back in stock and are a nice way to add some height to an arrangement. Made with pine that has a  medium stain and a rusty star, they go with just about anything.

No matter how careful you are making candles and melts.. some wax always ends up on the counter. Usually, we scrape it off and that is what I use at the house in my warmers. But, I have been burning some candles and have decided to try something new. Now we are bagging our scraps and selling them for .50 an ounce. Our regular melts are $1 per ounce, so you are getting your wax at half the price. There is no telling what you will get.. but that is half the fun. So, while we have it, come try an assorted bag of scraps and enjoy fragrance at an unbeatable price.

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Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 3:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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We Offer the Largest..

.. selection of candle and melt fragrances anywhere in Ohio. Each and every Northern Lights Candle and Melt is made right here in the back of the shop. As candle makers we have always offered a large selection, but now, with over 100 fragrances, we offer more than you will get any where else in the state. Each of our candles has been designed to be burned 6-10 hours a day without getting a large flame and each one MUST be highly fragrant. Out testing ground is the store and the testers are those who come in to shop our decor items. We listen to hear comments about different fragrances burning through out the shop. Those fragrances that repeatedly cause comments are added to our line when testing is done.

Each month we have a half dozen new fragrances to try out. How long does testing last? At the shop we burn 7-8 hours a day. Burning every day, 5 days a week, it will take us about a month to completely burn a test candle down for evaluation. Our candles easily go 115 hours total which is great for you.. but makes the testing phase take time. When a  fragrance is deemed worthy to be added, we order in the fragrance oils in and get busy making the candles and melts. Total time from start to finish is about 5 weeks.

With 100 fragrances you would think we have enough. But I love fragrance, and I have the ability to display 154 unique candle fragrances in my candle room. So, that is the number we are headed for. Do you have a favorite you would like to see us carry? Post it here or stop by and suggest it. Suggestions we are currently looking for are Cherry Lemonade and Vanilla Lime.

New Candle Fragrances

lg1_001517We are finally gettting our inventory of candle and melts back up after the Findlay show. We sold out of Buckeye, Amish Harvest and Caramel Crunch. Buckeye has been a favorite for years, but the Amish Harvest was brand new at the show. While burning the tester at the shop we got comments all month long about how great the fragrance was and when it would be ready. Amish Harvest candles and melts have been made and are ready for you to take home and enjoy.

The Caramel Crunch was a new fragrance last month and another that got lots of comments when we tested it. This fragrance is rich and decadent orange pound cake with a hefty coating of caramel. Absolutely delicious and the citrus notes are perfect for this time of year. We madef lots of melts in this to be ready for this being a new favorite.

Another new fragrance that we sold a lot of is Toasted Hazelnut. This is very warm and nutty and it has a great throw.  Other favorites at the show and around the shop are Pumpkin Crunch, Cinnamon Apple and Coffee Cake. A surprise sell out at the Findlay show was Dragon’s Blood. Not really a seasonal fragrance, it is one you either love or hate.. there is no middle ground. I’ve thought of renaming this fragrance but those that like it go out of their way to get it. I will have to make sure we bring a lot more next year when we do Findlay.

Currently burning around the shop are Harvest, Moonlit Path and Raspberry Patch. So far the Harvest and Moonlit Path are burning well and the throw for both is great. The Raspberry Patch is a Raspberry Patchouli blend that has done well in our lotions.. but the patchouli in the blend makes it very difficult to wick for a good burn. Patchouli is a very dark oil and even with the largest wicks, does not burn properly. I have found it impossible to wick in something I would sell. So this fragrance will probably only be available in melts.. like our Patchouli.

I have also poured some new ones that we will start burning next week. Look for Pecan Pralines and 7up Pound Cake when you enter the shop. We currently offer over 90 fragrances in both candles and melts and in time will offer 150 to be the largest selection of candles and melts in Ohio.

The picture at the top is one of  our Village Wax Warmers and it will quickly melt you wax tarts to fragrance you home at the same time it adds ambiance with its lighted glow.

Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Fragrances

We have just added some new fragrances to our Melts and Antique Jar Candles.

In our melts today we added Bamboo Sugar CaneApple Fritter,  Orange Vanilla, Sandalwood Vanilla and Bitter Sweet.

New in the Antique Jar Candles is Sandalwood Vanilla, Brown Sugar Spice and Orange Danish.

Currently being tested are Plum Crazee, Botanical Orchard, a new Fresh Linen, Cotton Candy, Pink Cupcake and Blackberry Sage.

Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 2:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Now Testing

02180002Monday we got a dozen new test fragrances into wax. I have 2 Sugar Cookies, 2 Lemon Pound Cakes, 2 Green Teas, Orange, Apricot Freesia, Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Sugar, Pecan Pickups, Cinnamon Frosting and Caramel Orange. Last night I took home the Cinnamon Sugar, Pecan Pickups and one of the Lemon Pound Cakes to test. The Cinnamon Sugar is strong and delicious! We will be adding that one for sure. The Pecan Pickups was in the dining room where I was working and it also is very nice. Today in the shop we have a Sugar Cookie, the other Lemon Pound Cake, Cinnamon Frosting and Apricot Freesia burning. Early favorites are the this Lemon Pound Cake and the Apricot Freesia. The Cinnamon Frosting is also nice. These need a couple more hours of burning before we can really see if they have a nice throw. Most are looking to be keepers so we sill get the fragrances ordered and add the scent to our melts.

Well, the weather is forecasting snow.. again. I got Spring going on around here so kinda hate to step back out into cold Winter weather when we leave. My son has finally had a chance to ride the dirt bike he got for Christmas.. and now the weather is making it difficult to get out and have fun with it again. He waited so long for the bike… saved for several years. His Christmas money gave him enough to get one.. and now the weather is not cooperating. Inside, he is getting interested in tropical fish. We have a 10 gallon tank that is still in the new tank cycle. He has a Sword-tail female and several Guppies. The Guppy has given him 8 babies that he is real ct6proud of. He also has a pair of Bettas. In my younger years.. in Texas.. I used to raise Bettas on my apartment balcony. I raised them up and traded for more fish food till the weather got cold and I had to stop for the season. So, we are going to try to breed this pair and see what we get for colors. If you like this fish, you have to check out this site: Betty Splendens . WOW! The fish has come a long way in the 15 years since I raised mine. The fins, the colors.. it is hard not to appreciate these fish. If we are successful from the pair we got from the pet shop.. I’d love to get my hands on a fancy pair and breed them. Just what I need.. another hobby. But for now, my son is interested and we will see how far his interest goes.

We finally got some lotions back out. The ever popular Buckeye and Sandalwood Vanilla as well as Honey Almond and  Pink Sugar. I will be making more of the Naturally Nothing hopefully this weekend. The Naturally Nothing has no fragrance.. just our wonderful lotion. Good for sensitive skin, use on the face and for some of the guys that don’t like fragrance. The new Body Butter formulation is awesome! I am sooo loving it. Softer than our previous version, it is easier to apply and melts quicker with body heat. It melts to more of an oil, but quickly penetrates into the skin. I have been using this all over and am noticing a much softer and smoother skin. Great on the face [unscented] under the eyes it helps smooth out the fine lines we get as we mature. I also like it on my hands and keep some by the computer. This will also get made up this weekend so you can experience it too.

Published in: on February 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Production

It’s been a few days so here’s an update..

Three new fragrances have been added in our Melts. Bamboo Grass , Sandalwood Vanilla and Peony. The Sandalwood Vanilla Candle has already been added to our line and the other two are expected by the end of the month. Both of these two have been burning around the shop and are a nice refreshing change to the yucky weather outside. We have received 2 Sugar Cookie samples and they will be in wax later this week. I have over 50 new fragrances to get tested so need to get busy.

Today I made lotions. Buckeye, Sandalwood Vanilla, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Honey Almond and Pink Sugar. They just need to be labeled and put out.. look for these by the end of the week. These lotions sold really well over the holidays and are still selling strong. The cold, windy weather and dryer home environments make your skin need and appreciate these lotions. Thick and rich, they have Emu  Oil to heal and soften the skin. All of our lotions are available to sample in the shop. Stop by and put some on and see how nice your skin feels hours later.

I have been playing around with my Body Butter recipe. I decreased the Cocoa Butter a bit and added more Mango Butter. The desire was to make the butter a bit softer and easier to apply. I also added Cycolmethicone as a non greasy light conditioner for the skin that leaves it soft and very silky. I came home, after rubbing the new recipe all over my skin, and asked hubby for his opinion. He agreed, soft and silky with out a grease feeling. I put a smidge on his hand and there is a definite difference from the other hand. Very smooth and soft. I will play with this a bit more before putting it into production.

Soap has finally gotten made as well. I will have Antique Lace back out for sale in about 6 weeks. This soap sold very quickly. Also made are Chocolate Amber [this is AWESOME!] and another nice one I haven’t decided on a name for yet. The unscented Goat Milk and Oats as well as another one [can’t remember right now] just need labels and they will be out for sale. These bars of soap will be a bit larger than the previous ones.. close to 6 ounces when cut and curing to about 5.5 ounces. I can’t help it.. I just like a big bar of soap.

 If you have never tried a hand made soap.. please treat yourself… you are worth it! You will be amazed at how nice your skin feels after use. No dried out skin.. the fine lines and wrinkles that mature skin gets are reduced. I have used a hand made soap on my skin for about 10 years now, and it is one of the reasons I look 10 years younger than I am. Good genetics help.. but taking care of your skin helps even more.  In my soaps I use premium oils like Shea butter, Grapeseed, Walnut and Flax oils as well as a high percentage of Olive oil. Coconut and Palm Kernel oils are used for lather.. but the common soybean and crisco.. not on my skin. They make a nice soap, but when you are making soap from scratch, why use the cheapest stuff around?? I like to be spoiled! I even use my soap to wash my hair. It leaves my hair softer and silkier than any commercial shampoo does. 

I have taken some pictures.. just haven’t off loaded them onto the computer. Will get more pics in the next few days. Time to get some sleep.

Published in: on February 10, 2009 at 6:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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New Arrivials

Another delivery today! My plates from Hearthside came  and we got them all 20080416092511-579862priced and put out. Some favorites are back in stock and we have a few brand new ones. Many of these plates have nice inspirational messages like these from designer Barbara Lloyd  “Once you chose HOPE, everything is possible.”  “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart… SING anyway.” and “Do not be afraid of tomorrow, for GOD is already there.” We also got some fun ones for coffee addicts.

school1Another delivery received this week that we got put out today are wax warmers. We got some of our regular Revere warmers and also some of the Village Warmers. We have been waiting for months to get the Schoolhouse and Church warmers in. Beautiful as an accent in any home, the light bulbs in these warmers quickly melt wax tarts to fragrance your home. If you need wax melts for these or any other warmer, check out our selection Here.

Another item that has been back-ordered and finally in are the Saltbox Night Lights. We recently got our other night lights like the Outhouse, Federal Star, Paul Revere Lamp and Tent Top night lights. To see all our night lights see Here.

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