WITH many of us still reeling from the Winter Festivities, this time of year can be dark and dull, and often leaves many of us feeling low. The nights are still drawn in like heavy curtains, but for me, I would be lying if I didn't say that I love this time. It feels like the promise of Spring is hiding, but yet is not so far away now. And what makes this time of year better is the tiny flicker of candles - made all the better if they quietly nurture a sophisticated fragrance.
NOTHING fruity or overly powerful, but a subtle background for a large glass of rich red wine and a great book, my journal or planning my garden for the year coming.
BUT why are candles important? Here in the Northern Hemisphere candles, lights and anything which glows have been used throughout the winter period to add celebration to the cold, damp months. We have the Pumpkins from Halloween, the Fireworks and the religious festivals including Hanukkah, Advent and Diwali. All these festivals flood the skies with perfect riotous glory, but for me the soft slow flicker of a candle remains the perfect demonstration that the day is settling and the work is done. Time now for the rest of relaxation, before the craziness of the next day starts.
WHEN we took over the care of this beautiful cottage, I was conscious of our effect and impact, and so began my quest to surround ourselves with as less as possible plastic and a more sound environmental package, I have become passionate that I don't fill our home and HQ of Self-Wellbeing with toxic chemicals. After all this house was here long before us (600 years before!) and I hate the idea that in another 600 years others may find our plastic waste and detritus.
AND that's how I discovered Lynda from Dusty Daisy. Scented candles are often over powering and heavy, and as our tiny cottage is just that - tiny, it doesn't take long to be filled with candles which are too strong or too heady.
LYNDA has a passionate desire about the beauty and effect of Aromatherapy. She explained about the complex dance of scent that produces a powerful and emotive response that is natural to us all. It is linked to our memory, and is intrinsically intertwined to our futures and our children's futures. It benefits our soul, our senses and our well-being. Whether you are looking for a perfect scent for your wedding venue (If I had to pick - definitely Lynda's pear and freesia),or to liven up a rainy morning (Lemongrass is perfect!) Although I confess it made me want to spring clean, which is my other great passion! But for me my quest for the perfect evening scent lies with Jasmin Noir
AND that is how, for me at least, using the tiny glow as a backdrop for the perfect evening is a beautiful way to stop, unwind and relax.
THE process of candle making is a closely guarded family secret. In a tiny cabin in Scotland in the height of Winter, a mixture of premium soy wax is carefully teased and manipulated into a boutique product with a firm ethical policy for its effect on the natural environment. Finally the fragrance is lovingly combined and allowed to infiltrate the candle, before it is packaged and delivered with care.
IF you are interested, I know Linda and her team would love to hear from you.
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