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Trapp Fragrances Hearth & Fireside Pumpkin

Trapp Fragrances Hearth & Fireside Pumpkin

Elegantly packaged and gift ready, these two fragrances from Trapp may be enjoyed during the Autumn and Winter seasons, or any time you feel like snuggling with a blanket and a book.

These fragrances are now also offered in the Wax Melts.  These do require an additional investment in a Wax Warmer (Melter), however it is a very economical way of enjoying the fragrances and also allows for easy mixing of fragrances for a signature scent that is all your own.

The Trapp Seasonal Candles make for great house warming and holiday gifts.  This season (Autumn 2015) is offering a bonus seasonal candle with the purchase of four Trapp Seasonal candles.  That is quite a deal to buy four, and receive the fifth free.  The great thing is that the order will also ship free as Zanadia offers free shipping with a low minimum requirement.

Fireside Pumpkin: Warm New England Spiced Pumpkins, warmed with a touch of glowing embers.
Hearth: Notes of autumn leaves, wild black currant, crushed nutmeg and sweet apricot comfort with feelings of family and memories of home

Nest Fragrances Hearth Collection

Nest Hearth Fragrance

A rich and luxurious looking collection by Nest Fragrances.  Smoked and cased frosted glass containers with gold accents hold extra high quality wax for a super clean burn.  The fragrance is as rich as the packaging with hints of exotic scents of Frankincense, Dark Woods and light notes of smoky embers.

The collection offers an 8.1 oz candle, an oversized three wick candle, and a lovely diffuser for a continuous fragrance stream.  A small 2.4 oz votive candle is also available in Hearth to sample this lovely fall  and winter fragrance.

 Hearth is a rich, dark, sensual fragrance to be enjoyed during the winter season – the exotic notes of frankincense, oud wood and smoky embers are reminiscent of romantic evenings curled up in front of a crackling fireplace. When combined with our Holiday and Birchwood Pine fragrances – the combination is intoxicatingly beautiful. ”- Laura Slatkin, Owner & designer of Nest Fragrances

Voluspa Casa Pacifica

Voluspa Candle Fragrances in 2015 Vermeil Collection

Voluspa Incognito
Voluspa Incognito

A mysterious and intoxicating blend of Amber, Black Patchouli, and woody Oud fragrance.

Makassar Ebony & Peach
Makassar Ebony & Peach

A spiced Oriental fragrance, with notes of solid black Ebony Wood combined with ripe peaches and Apple blossom.  A classic Voluspa fragrance.

Voluspa Casa Pacifica
Voluspa Casa Pacifica

Blending notes of California driftwood, Sea salt, and Shore brush.  An evocative fragrance that harmonizes a dreamy beach-house with Pacific Ocean ambiance.

Voluspa Branche Vermeil
Voluspa Branche Vermeil

Notes of an icicle crusted branch of winter Spruce, snapped with hints of citron, balsam and sugar.  The perfect Holiday fragrance.

Voluspa Bourbon Vanille
Voluspa Bourbon Vanille (formerly: French Bourbon Vanille)

Notes of French Bourbon Vanilla beans with their distinctive Rich & Creamy fragrance that ground and distilled for extract.  Rich & Sophisticated.

Voluspa Aurantia
Voluspa Aurantia

The perfect combination of Citrus and Fruit, with key notes of Auranita tree wood, ripe Blackberry and Acai.

Voluspa Prosecco Rose (formerly, Champagne Rose!)
Voluspa Prosecco Rose (formerly, Champagne Rose!)

A year-round celebratory fragrance with notes of sparkling Pink Prosecco, and Rose petals.

Voluspa Chestnut & Vetiver

Voluspa Chestnut & Vetiver gets a new look

The Voluspa Chestnut and Vetiver fragrance has been repackaged in beautiful royal purple vessels for the 2013 holiday season.  This fragrance is part of the Voluspa Vermiel Voluspa Chestnut & Vetiver Diffusercollection.  It is reminiscent of rich and warm fire roasted Chestnuts that are peeled, crushed and blended with earthy Vetiver, Oakmoss, and Golden Amber producing a very warm and rich fragrance that is not spicy or overpowering.

Other fragrances in this collection are French Bourbon & Vanille,  and Makassar Ebony Peach which were brought back from the retired Season’s Collection, and the Clove Pomander which used to Voluspa-Chestnut-vetiver-petitebe called Voluspa Holiday in the Original Seasons introductions.  New fragrances are Branche Vermiel which is reminiscent of the retired Frost Pinecone, and the lovely Champagne Rose with its crisp and smooth blend of edible White Rose Petals and tart cassis berries in a bubbling bath of Bruit Rose Champagne

For Holiday 2013 the new fragrance of Ponderosa was added to this collection.  Look for another post with more about the Voluspa Ponderosa.

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!

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.

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.