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Trapp Candles: A bottle of perfume in every candle

Developing a niche is a very important aspect of any candle company’s need to flourish and prosper whether it is Voluspa, Archipelago, Aquiesse or Trapp candles. It is a method of standing out from the crowd and appealing to a specific segment of customers. Each of these very successful companies approaches branding and niche development in a different

Trapp Candles and diffusers
Trapp Candles and diffusers

For Trapp candles, the most important focus of their business motto is “it is about the fragrance.” Trapp fragrances are not subtle, they completely envelope a room in a matter in a matter of minutes and Trapp takes pride in saying “A bottle of perfume in every candle.”

Trapp takes pride in saying “A bottle of perfume in every candle”

Trapp has a very loyal following of customers that appreciate the fragrance qualities of the candles, votives and diffusers that they make. Trapp’s customers become loyal to certain fragrances and tend to brand themselves with one particular scent. Among the top Trapp fragrances are Orange Vanilla, Bob’s Flower Shoppe, Fresh Cut Tuberose, and Mediterranean Fig.
Scent is a very subjective quality and it evokes a different feeling or a different time or place in each one of us. The fragrances of Trapp candles will transform you to your special place, just find yourself in one of these categories and choose the scent that most awakens your senses.

Woodsy: Burmese Wood, Exotic Musk, Teak & Oud Wood, and Amber & Bergamot
Homey: Orange Vanilla, Bobs Flower Shoppe, and Sexy Cinnamon
Flowery: Honeysuckle, Lavender de Provence, and Pure Peony
Fruity: Mandarin and Goji, Pink Grapefruit, Pear, and Macintosh
Fresh: Water, Lotus Lychee and Pure Linen

Frasier Fir Candle Collection

Luminaria Frasier Fir Candle
The Original Luminaria Frasier Fir Candle

This collection started out as a single candle introduced in 2004 as part of the Luminaria collection.  The Frasier Fir Candle was a special holiday introduction and the whole production run ended up selling out in three weeks.
The fragrance is exactly like a fresh cut Fir tree.  Crisp with just enough warmth to bring memories of Christmas gatherings.  Over the years the Thymes Frasier Fir Candle turned into a complete collection with natural Potpourri along with a refresher oil to refresh the fragrance, a complete

Frasier Fir Dish liquid
Frasier Fir Dish liquid

sink side collection with a lotion and handwash or you can buy them combined in a beautiful holder as a sink set.
The Frasier Fir dish liquid became an absolute favorite and is a constant top seller.
Diffusers were added in three different styles, even one that looks like a pine cone, and with the Frasier Fir diffuser came the diffuser refill, an environmental way to keep this fresh holiday fragrance going all year long.

Customer review:  Christmas time, anytime!
Love this scent! It’s woodsy, piney, and simply wonderful! Will remind you of the Christmas holiday period anytime of year!


The collection now comes in two iterations.  An everyday section with understated elegant containers for everyday year-round use, and a holiday decorated presentation that is ideal for holiday use and gift giving.

Voluspa Vermeil Candles Collection


By all accounts the Vermeil collection from Voluspa Candles will follow in the footsteps of the Maison collection as being a runaway success!  The combination of design and fragrance is again stunning.

The Vermeil collection uses a vintage mercury glass look in many shapes for the candle vessels.  The result looks very old Parisian in nature.

An old favorite that Voluspa has returned to the collection is Makassar Ebony Peach, a very rich sultry fragarance.  My Vermille candle of choice has been Branch during the holiday season, and including Valentine’s Day.  The Voluspa Branche Vermeil reminds me of Frost Pinecone from Voluspa’s discontinued Season’s Collection which has visions of a cold crisp day with hints of spruce and balsam.  Very winter refreshing!

Another fragrance in the collection is Champagne Rose which comes in a beautiful pink vermeil silver jar.  The scent is a combination of cassis berries poured over Brut Rose Champagne, with edible white rose petals.  Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, this will be an absolute favorite Voluspa-Champagne-Rose-candlescent.

The fragrance rich and warm fire roasted chestnuts that are peeled, crushed and blended with earthy Vetiver , Oakmoss and Golden Amber describes the Voluspa Chestnut and Vertiver.  It comes in a golden distressed and speckled vintage silver vermeille glass.  Adding instant warmth to any room.

Voluspa-Branche-vermeil-candleWhen the Seasons collection was retired, we lost the very popular Voluspa French Bourbon Vanille, fortunately it is also back in the Vermeille collection with its rich library and warm leather notes.

Voluspa candles have been given accolades from the famous and the media, but they are very affordable for everyday enjoyment.  Scent your world with luxury!

10 ways to create an ambiance with candles

Candles create a sense of warmth and create an elegant statement wherever they you use them. Here are 10 ways you can use candles to enhance your ambiance:

  1. Use candles in groupings. This creates more of an impact as opposed to setting a single candle on a table. However, do not place too many clustered very close together, as that will create an up-draft, which will cause the candles to smoke.
  2. Use scented candles to create a scent that will enhance the mood you are trying to achieve. Scents have been proven to evoke certain feelings that these days many stores, boutiques and even grocery stores, car dealerships and investment houses pump fragrances into their HVAC systems to enhance the shopping experience. Use this same technique in your home or office.
  3. Mix different fragrances to create a scent that is all your own. For a fresh spring scent Try mixing a berry scent like the Votivo Red Currant Candle with a citrus candle such as the Voluspa Saijo Persimmon
  4. For more a more exotic mood, mix the Votivo Teak candle with a musky scent such as the Trapp Amber and Bergamot candle
  5. For dinner parties keep the scents away from the dinner table. You do not want anything to interfere with the food you slaved over all day. Use unscented candle tapers, pillar candles or votives to create a warm glowing
    atmosphere for dining.Voluspa-Votivo-Archipelago-
  6. In the kitchen, you can use some scented candles that will complement your food. Try the Voluspa Candles created in cooperation with renowned chef James Boyce with scents like Sommelier, Vintage, Herb Garden, and Chef’s Special.
  7. Use color to set the tone and complement your accessories. Many designers will use neutrals on larger furniture pieces, and then use accessories to create color splashes. Use candles to create a pink and red theme for Valentine’s Day, a pastel display for Easter, or rich warm tones for Fall and Holiday.
  8. For parties use Tea-lights in small sandwich bags weighed down with some sand and set on your porch and the path to your house to set the mood. You can use old glass containers, or inexpensive cylindrical glass jars from a florist supply shop with tea-lights to carry the same effect inside the house.
  9. Use Pillar Candles in groupings on large decorative plates surrounded by evergreens, Camellia leaves and blossoms, or and glossy showy leaves from your garden for a stunning center piece.
  10. Use Reed Diffusers in place of candles if you have any fear of setting your house on fire. Candles are extremely safe when burned as directed and have been used for centuries for lighting and decoration.

New Zanadia YouTube Channel launched!

Zanadia has launched a Zanadia YouTube Channel that will cover and spotlight some of the candles, diffusers, artisan jewelry and body care lines and products that we offer at .

Some of the new videos added cover the Votivo Holiday Collection, DayNa Decker Chandels and Bath & Body products, the Aquiesse Alpine Meadow collection, and a short movie about the Niven Morgan collection of candles and body care products especially the ever so popular Gold Velveting hand creme.

You can see the videos directly on YouTube or through the Zanadia Facebook Page .   You can also subscribe to the YouTube Channel or follow Zanadia on Twitter for immediate notifications of new videos.

Aquiesse Alpine Meadow Candles and Diffusers

This newer Aquiesse fragrance has been a very popular collection since it was introduced late last year. With a combination of Woodland, Floral, and Grass fragrances it has acquired wide appeal amongst Aquiesse fans and discriminating candle and diffuser connoisseurs everywhere.

The fragrance is a perfect complex mix of enchanting fragrances that will transport you to an Alpine Meadow. Dewy grass & wild fruit. Alpine floral & mountain pepper. Balsam fir, wood & light musk.  It is available in three sizes of candles, a long lasting impressive 100 hr candle that comes packaged in a beautiful box with a button lid ready for gift giving, a 45 hr candle, and a set of two votives poured in glass.  There is also a travel candle tin for under $5 which makes it perfect for sampling, traveling or to give a favors or a stocking stuffer around the holidays.

The Aquiesse diffuser is also very impressive with the smoked glass container with the glass ball stopper.  The diffuser refill comes with a set of reeds allowing you to replace the old set.  Diffuser reeds should be replaced every six weeks or so as their ability to wick the fragrance oil diminishes with time.

Visit to shop the Aquiesse Alpine Meadow fragrance, or to see the complete Aquiesse collection.

Honey House Naturals Beeswax body Care

Honey House Naturals is a small company in the Pacific Northwest that makes natural beeswax based body care products. All their products are naturally “Green”, with all natural and mostly local ingredients utilized in manufacturing.Honey-Bee-Bar-lotion

The Bee Lotion Bars from Honey House Naturals contain the highest quality ingredients from the best sources. Filled with nutrient-rich Shea Butter, Jojoba, Beeswax, Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Kukui Nut Oil, and Pomegranate.

Another great item is the Belly Bar in two sizes. Originally developed for expectant mothers, the natural Belly Bar is perfect for anyone’s dry itchy skin. Contains five vitamin-rich butters: Shea, Avocado, Aloe, Mango and Cocoa, that work together to nourish tight, damaged skin. Combined with Meadowfoam, Calendula, and Raspberry Essential Oils that enrich with omega fatty acids to heal dry scaling skin. Beeswax and Lanolin seal in all these natural emollients to keep them working for a long time. This indulgent Belly Bar Lotion will leave skin soft and supple, sealing in the moisture to protect even the most vulnerable skin. Both the Bee Bars and the Belly Bars are:

  • Made without petroleum or artificial colors
  • Not tested on animals.
  • Water Free, and will not dry out
  • All natural fragrance
  • U.S. Made in the Pacific Northwest

Zanadia also offers Lip Balms and sumptuous Honey Blossom Soaps from Honey House Naturals. Moisturizing and creamy, this triple milled natural soap bars are overflowing with Royal Jelly, Shea Butter and Honey to rejuvenate and freshen dry tired skin. Vitamin E a natural antioxidant and Olive Oil condition and protect. This natural gentle soap will cleanse, condition and rehydrate thirsty skin.

Beeswax is a byproduct of hive manufacturing by bees and has been used over history as an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and an anti-irritant product.

Mixed with other natural butters and oils, the beeswax not only provides its own benefits, but serves to seal in the other protective a restorative against your skin for maximum effect and benefit. The Belly Bar utilizes these benefits to relive the itchy dry skin of expectant moms that is associated with pregnancy.

Linnea’s Lights Candles

Linnea’s Lights Candles are Hand poured natural soy wax candles with double wicks for extra fragrance throw, and a magical effect to the two dancing flames. Every Linnea’s Lights candle is hand crafted in small batches with premium oils using only all natural soy wax. Some of the features of these candles are:Linneas-Lights-Blue-Agave

  • All Natural Soy Wax that burns cleanly allowing for an even fragrance throw
  • Premium Fragrance infusion
  • Double lead-free cotton wicks
  • an included decorative matchbox
  • Recycled packaging materials and is poured in recyclable glass tumbler
  • Hand stamped with water based inks

With an artful skill in fragrance blending, seemingly simple, yet complex fragrances are achieved

some of our favorite Linnea’s Lights fragrances are:

  • Blue Agave, with refreshing & clean with notes of citrus, floral & soft woods
  • Pomegranate, with sparkling pomegranate and hints of citrus and fruit
  • Yuzu, a refreshing & luscious Japanese grapefruit with exotic fruits ^ watery green notes
  • French Pear, a juicy and delicious fragrance like a ripe Anjou Pear with a touch of spice
  • Black Vanilla, a nostalgic & warm vanilla fragrance with notes of patchouli & Tonka bean
  • Moss, an earthy & sensual blend of oak moss, Sandalwood & other woods.Othe fragrances in the line include Bamboo, Cashmere, Cassis, Currant Rouge, Lemon Verbena, Linden, Magnolia, Sweet Grass, & Tuberose.

The name Linnea (Lynn in English) is a nod to the national flower of Sweden, and is the Linneasname sake Lynn Manley and her daughter Laura Cler that created this elegant and beautiful candle line. Throughout her life, Lynn maintained a passion for fragrance & luxury items, and was inspired to create her own line of candles. Partnering with her daughter Laura, with experiences in private label buying/purchasing, and years in the management of key strategic partnerships within several channels the Levi Strauss & co, Lynn and Laura created what is to become Linnea’s Lights, an environmentally mindful candle company with an outlook towards nature.

Archipelago Boticario de Havana

Boticario-de-HavanaIn the 1940’s the world flocked to Havana. From Hemingway to Hollywood, they came for the night life, but left with the secrets of the small apothecaries – or “boticarias” – that dotted the side streets of the city. Blended with natural ingredients like coffee bean and tobacco flower, and pure essences and extracts of orange, sugar cane and sweet pineapple – the chemists crafted their own formulations to promote beautiful, soft and healthy looking skin. Today we know those ingredients contain the alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants and other agents that actively moisturize, hydrate and reduce the redness associated with dry, rough skin.

Enjoy the daily rituals of the boticarias in this new Boticario de Havana collection from Archipelago.

Collection elements are formulated with different essences and ingredients for maximum benefit to your skin. The Boticario de Havana Body Lotion contains Jojoba Esters, Sugar Cane, Pineapple & Orange Oil for a glowing, healthy, vibrant skin. The Soap has coffee exfoliants, and the Bath Oil contains Orange Oil, Coffee Oil & Vitamin E and is ideal to use after a bath or shower for a soft healthy skin, and makes for a great massage oil. The Boticario de Havana Perfume has a clean citrusy fragrance with notes of extract of Orange Blossom, Patchouli, Bergamot & Honeysuckle..

The Archipelago Havana Candle has always been the most popular Archipelago candle. Formulated with Bergamot, Cuban Tobacco Leaf & Ylang-Ylang, the fragrance exudes a rich and warm fragrance that has endured the test of time, and remains a top seller after many years.

The packaging on this collection is a clean classic look in the dark brown bottles, with attention to details like the unique flip top cover on the body balm for easy convenient access, and the aluminum tubes for the hand and shaving creams. This collection will be a beautiful addition to your bath decor, and become a daily ritual is your beauty regiment.

Thymes Offerings Candles

Celebrate the connections that matter most.

The Thymes Offerings Candles are a testimony to the importance of the relationships in our lives. They are an emotion more than an object, a scent to evoke a feeling or kindle a fond memory. They are the start of a conversation between friends, a catalyst to Thymes-Offerings-Abundancemold experiences into being and an inspiration to live each moment completely.

Eight carefully crafted Offerings fragrance captures the sentiment of what you want to share. Personalize each beautiful package with your own inspired message.

The scents in the Thymes Offerings Collection include:

  • Peace: Watery cyclamen and white lilies sway gracefully among blond woods while white musk creates a delicate finish.
  • Good Luck: inspiring notes of spicy pink peppercorn, Kashmir saffron and sweet frankincense dance on a graceful base of sandalwood.
  • Thankfulness, A decadent treat of velvety cream and warm milk enveloping sweet notes of bourbon vanilla, rich caramel, and tender peach.
  • Happiness: A cheery compote of plump raspberries, tart rhubarb and spicy sugarcane lovingly tempered with delicate sweet pea blossoms.
  • Friendship: Warm and inviting red tea and Magnolia fig re gently wrapped in cashmere musk and comforting sandalwood.
  • Love: Captivating floral essences of heady tuberose and dewy jasmine mingle with golden apricot nectar and exotic Hinoki wood.
  • Abundance: A lavish blend of intoxicating Ylang-Ylang, Bulgarian rose, and earthy iris infused with opulent Tonka bean and clove.
  • Good Health: the best offering any of us can receive. “ A restorative blend that combines healing aromas of rosemary and basil witOfferingsh tender jasmine petals and clarifying lemon blossom.

The nine ounce glass containers are frosted and have a soft golden ivory glow when lit. Embossed on each glass is the symbol of each offering.

We all had friends, family and partners who deserved these incredible candles personalized with message from our hearts. Where to begin! Love is great for Valentines Day. Friendship, Thankfulness, and Happiness covers any birthday. The concept of a personalized message with the soft glow and clean burn of these candles have made them an instant favorite around the Zanadia office.