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5 Heavenly Home Scents for Fall

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

5 Heavenly Home Scents for FallNothing quite captures the essence of fall like the aromas of the harvest or of our favorite seasonal treats. And, did you know that our sense of smell is most strongly tied to memories? There is perhaps no better way of creating memories of friends, family, and home than with a tradition of seasonal scents you can use every year. Here is a list of some heavenly smells that will make your home celebrate and memorialize this special time of year.

1. Apples and Cinnamon. These two can be used on their own, but what a pair they make when added together! When people think of fall, one of the first things to pop in their head is a comforting cup of hot apple cider, and this combination will make your home smell sweet and delightfully spicy at the same time. You can achieve this smell by simmering a cinnamon stick and apple rinds over your stove.

2. Pumpkin. This iconic symbol of fall smells just as beautiful as they look. Having pumpkins adorn your entry way while having guests greeted by their smell as they walk in would create quite an impression. There are many pumpkin fragrance oils and candles available, or you can just bake a pumpkin pie to quickly fill your home with their delicious smell.

3. Mulling Spices. This spice mixture is commonly used in drink recipes during fall and winter, such as mulled wine, cider, or beer. Mulling spices contain many of the familiar smells of fall, including: nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. You can have your home smelling cozy and festive for hours by boiling and simmering cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange rinds, and raisins.

4. Baked Goods. Whether its cinnamon rolls, apple pie, or pumpkin bread, the smell of something baking is absolutely heavenly. Candles have become very good at replicating a baked smell, like this buttercream frosting candle, but getting a scent like warm vanilla and mingling it with another seasonal food scent will also do the trick. If you want a to ignite excitement among guests you can also do some real baking.

5. Pine. The smell of pine needles and fallen leaves beneath your feet is also famous during fall. There are many pine candles and essential oils to use in your home, and you can create center pieces out of fallen leaves, or incorporate them into some other décor to add their scent to your home.

Though it’s hard to recreate some smells, like the comforting smell of your friend’s sweater, or the previous nights’ rain mingling with freshly fallen leaves, you can see there are many fantastic aromas to fill your home with this fall season.

Summer Fragrance Guide

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Summer Fragrance GuideEveryone’s social life revs up in the summer. You want to look and feel your best, and that includes wearing a fragrance that’s perfect for the heat and fun — light and flirty, with a summery feel.

Go fresh and natural — natural scents, that is

Your best summer fragrance bet: something fresh and natural. Think sparkling, tart citrus and fresh berries. Think cool ocean waves and shady forest groves. Try a very soft floral note like freesia, magnolia, or honeysuckle. If you like spicy fragrances, you might love a scent that contains ginger or mint.

Save the heavy florals, patchouli, and syrupy vanillas for colder months — heat can actually make perfumes smell stronger, and you don’t want your fragrance to enter the room before you do.

Look for different formulas

Just can’t part with your usual perfume? Designers and retailers sometimes make lighter, limited edition “eau” versions of popular scents for summer. These fragrances have more of the fresh “top notes” and fewer of the heavier scents that develop last as you wear the fragrance.

Make it last with layers

Now’s the time to use beauty products — body washes, body lotions, and even shampoos — scented with your favorite perfume. These can help layer the fragrance and work with the way your body heat rises and falls to lessen the need to reapply your perfume during the day or evening.

Be aware of the fragrances of all your beauty products, though, and look for unscented products or versions so your perfume smells its best and isn’t competing with other scents.

Be ready to reapply

Summer’s light scents contain lighter and more volatile molecules, which means the scents will wear off faster. Alcohol- and water-based fragrances also don’t last long in high temperatures. Be sure to carry a supply of your fragrance in your purse for touch ups.

Try it in different places

Fragrance doesn’t work just on your skin. Spritz some on an inner hem (keep it away from the outside of your clothing; some perfumes can stain) or mist it on your hair for a longer-lasting scent.

A touch of scent works at your pulse points — behind your knees and inside your elbows — or in your cleavage, where perspiration can release the fragrance.

Help! I’ve used too much

If you’ve overdone the scent on your skin, use an alcohol-based sanitizer or individually wrapped alcohol wipes to remove it. Witch hazel can work, too, and so can a cotton ball dipped in unflavored vodka. These work best if used as quickly as possible after you’ve applied the scent.

Brand Spotlight – Lavanila

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Brand Spotlight - LavanilaPrepare to be body-pampered and skin-nourished! Lavanila produces effective luxury beauty products based on plants and other natural ingredients that support what skin truly needs. The company’s name “Lavanila” comes from the word for vanilla on the island of Madagascar, where much of the world’s vanilla is produced. Vanilla is used in many of Lavanila’s products because it is a powerful antioxidant as well as an aromatherapy ingredient that comforts and soothes.

Not only are these formulations ideal for people with sensitive skin, but the products have a delightful fragrance without being cloying or overpowering. They work by allowing skin to breathe and utilize the benefits of their natural ingredients, as opposed to those that smother the skin. The company also has fragrance-free versions of its deodorant and body butter.

Lavanila does no animal testing and labels items that are gluten-free. Some of the chemicals they do not use include silicon, phthalates, aluminum, parabens, synthetic dyes, and propylene glycol — all of which are listed in most beauty products sold through retail outlets ranging from drug stores to high-end exclusive department stores.

The founder of Lavanila, Danielle Raynor, made a career of trying beauty products from every type of retail store. She wanted toxin-free items for her daughters and realized that even high-priced luxury brands contained ingredients to be avoided. Danielle was also allergic to traditionally-formulated perfumes, so she worked with chemists to develop fragrances that did not include ingredients that exacerbated allergy symptoms.

Lavanila began selling its products in 2007 when it offered the first organic fragrance in the industry. The company developed a sugar-based alcohol for its perfumes, and savvy women everywhere welcomed the skin-friendliness of the formulations and the exclusive combinations of essential oils for a truly personal signature fragrance. Packaging included regular sizes and a mini roll-on to tuck into an evening bag.

Other items intentionally designed to nourish and protect skin include aluminum-free deodorants with essential oils — also available in mini sizes for travel — and sunscreen that keeps harsh chemicals away from sensitive areas. Consider the possibility of actually enjoying using sunscreen because it has an amazing smell and nourishes skin with its vitamins!

Discerning women around the world are taking control of what they put on their skin, and the products from Lavanila are helping them revitalize their bodies through the best of nature.

Ring in the New Year with a Signature Hypnotic Fragrance

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Signature Hypnotic FragranceNew Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the past year and bring in a shiny new one. It’s about beginning anew. Why not start by reinventing yourself with a fragrance that represents your personality? A hypnotic scent can become your signature and a compliment to your personal style. From fresh florals to deep spices, cologne and perfume options are more complex than ever before. The intricate blend of ingredients, or notes, are designed to appeal to certain senses and elicit a particular response. Do you want to be playful? Maybe you want to be sweet or a little wild. Here are some amazing fragrances to help you find just the right scent to hypnotize everyone on New Year’s Eve and all year long. Which one speaks to you?

Warm and Sensual
Givenchy Play Intense: This sexy scent contains Mandarin orange with pink pepper and patchouli. It’s alluring and seductive.
Hayari Only for Her: Grapefruit, sandalwood and vanilla combine for a warm, inviting fragrance that appeals to the senses.

Daring and Exciting
Delices de Cartier for Women: Fruity and floral notes combine beautifully to create a thrilling scent with Morello cherries and jasmine.
Spark by Liz Claiborne: This “night on the town” fragrance has hints of cinnamon, honey, caramel and cedar, just perfect to ring in the new year.

Sweet and Innocent
Marc Jacobs Dot: Vanilla, driftwood, jasmine and coconut water are blended for the sweetest of scents. It is innocent and enticing at the same time.
Philosophy Amazing Grace: Innocence is bergamot and lily of the valley, but made less syrupy with a touch of musk.

Playful and Bubbly
Theirry Mugler Innocent: Don’t let the name fool you. The mix of bergamot, sugared almond and musk is more spirited and bubby than innocent.
Purr by Katy Perry: Nothing is more playful than fruity notes including such unusual ingredients as forbidden apple and green bamboo. It’s casual, but fun.

Reinvent yourself in the new year with a fragrance that elicits just the right response in others, but also one that represents who you are or maybe even who you want to be. The notes, or blended ingredients, of colognes and perfumes are the key to finding a hypnotic fragrance that becomes your signature. Find what speaks to you and discover who you will be in 2015.

Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Get Your Home Ready for FallFall brings forth a changing of outdoor foliage into stunning yellow, gold, and orange colors. As the world moves into the next season, your home should also make the transition. The right decorations in a home can make it cozy and inviting, while the wrong furnishings will make your fall life one of solitude.

The Kitchen

When you’ve made the decision to begin changing your home to match Mother Nature’s will, you should start with the decoration in the kitchen. Remove any remnants of summer from your cabinets, counters, and tables. Obviously, you don’t need to repaint the kitchen for a seasonal makeover, but it’s always an option.
You may also find your dining centerpiece needs to be changed. You can create a simple centerpiece by purchasing some gold and orange colored, artificial leaves. Use a glue gun to hold the pieces together in the shape of a wreath. Many people find candles, such as GloMineral’s Ambience candle, fitting in the center of the wreath.
To further enhance the kitchen’s appearance, purchase a warm-toned tablecloth. You can find fall themed tablecloths available in many stores. If you don’t want to be changing things after Halloween, it’s best to pick a cloth that doesn’t have any Halloween images or symbols on it. Fall colors will last the whole season, but the holidays change rapidly during this time of year. Purchase new golden or orange seat cushions for wooden kitchen chairs. If the chair has a bold, colored fabric covering already, such as green, purple, or blue, you should consider purchasing new chair coverings to completely tie the fall-theme together.

The Living Room

If you have an existing rug in the living room, consider swapping it with a brown, reddish, orange, or golden colored rug. This will bring guest’s attention to the living room. Make a second centerpiece, similar to the one for the kitchen table, to place on the center of the coffee table. Change current throws and pillows on the sofa to fall colors. Make this decision based upon the color of your furniture. Don’t change the color to something that is visually unappealing. Remove anything that evokes thoughts of the summer, such as sea-shells, ocean-scents, or unnecessary vacation photographs.


Transforming the bathroom is easy. Change out the shower curtain and rugs with others containing fall colors. Add some of the artificial, fall foliage around the interior door frame of the bathroom. One of the most well-know fall scents is apples, and the Primal Element’s Appletini candle works excellently in bathrooms. Swap out existing towels with white or strong orange towels.

Decorating a home for the changing seasons can be overwhelming if you do not have the right tools. However, making some minor changes to the accessories in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms will bring the fall season into your home easily.

Choosing Your Signature Scent

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Choosing Your Signature ScentWhether an array of florals or a musky vanilla catches the attention of your nose, you have recently become more interested in perfumes. While you like to dabble with different scents from time-to-time, you would like to know how to pick out a scent that is your very own.

What Appeals to You
No one can tell you what the best scent for you to wear is except yourself. The scent has to be one that you are attracted to. Some people find certain smells horrific, and others laud the same scents at the most pleasing to the olfactory sense. Start with getting a basic idea of what smells you like. For example, a deep lavender fragrance is much different from a light strawberry mist.

Consider Its Appeal
While you want to love the scent, you also do not want to smell offensive to everyone around you. People who work in a small office with many others probably want to avoid opting for anything that is too potent. Take a family member or friend with you. The person does not need to love the scent, but make sure he or she does not seem entirely repulsed by it.

Light and Heavy
You also need to think about how heavy the perfume is. If you are looking to buy something that you can wear every day no matter where you go, then you likely need to choose something a bit lighter. However, for those who wear perfume only to special events, the options are at least a bit wider.

Consider Allergies
Let’s say that you found the perfect scent for your senses. However, you should not buy it without checking the list of ingredients. Failure to do so could mean that you are purchasing a product to which you are allergy, and the consequences could vary from mild to extremely serious.

Order Some Samples
Purchasing some small samples can help you to determine if you really like a perfume and how long it lasts on your body. Individuals who frequently buy makeup or other such products from one particular store might even be entitled to some free samples. Then, you do not need to spend any money determining which perfume should act as your signature scent.

Knowing what you like, but also what is realistic to wear all of the time, will help you to decide upon the perfume to purchase.

Fragrance Do’s and Don’ts

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Fragrance done right evokes the subtle reminiscence of an alluring, sensual, sweet or romantic dream than lingers gently in the nose; however, fragrance done wrong places people around you in a nightmarish nasal assault. If you want your signature scent to be noticed without knocking people’s noses off their faces, follow these fragrance do’s and don’ts.

Know Your Strengths

Do familiarize yourself with the five fragrance strengths, which contain varying concentrations of perfume oil mixed with alcohol or another solvent.
Fragrance Do's and Don'ts


    • 20 to 30 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts six to eight hours.

Eau de Parfum or EDP

    • 15 to 20 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts four to five hours.

Eau de Toilette or EDT

    • 5 to 15 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts two to three hours.

Eau de Cologne or EDC

    • 2 to 4 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Eau Fraiche

    • 1 to 3 percent concentration of perfume oil.
    • Lasts up to two hours.

Do wear the appropriate concentration: Strong concentrations can overwhelm in an enclosed space, but weak concentrations can become lost in a crowd.

Try Before You Buy

  • Do test on your skin. Spray fragrance onto your wrist, wait 10 minutes and take a sniff to see how the scent interacts with your unique body chemistry.
  • Don’t test on paper. Spraying fragrance on paper tells you what the fragrance smells like but doesn’t tell you what it smells like on you. Body chemistry does affect the fragrance’s aroma.
  • Do test only one fragrance at a time. If you wear more than one test fragrance, the scents will collide in a decidedly horrid battle, and your nose will rebel.

Wear Fragrance with Flair

  • Do remember a balance exists between too much and not enough. Only people within a one- to two-foot radius of you should catch a whiff; if people outside that little circle can smell it, you’re wearing too much. Generally, three spritzes will suffice.
  • Do spray on pulse points. Pulse points generate slightly more heat than the rest of your body, and this heat gently activates your fragrance’s scent.
  • Don’t apply after a workout. Fragrance and sweat don’t mingle well.
  • Don’t apply more often than the concentration suggests. Remember that your nose might become so familiar with the aroma that it can’t detect it, but that doesn’t mean the fragrance isn’t still lingering.
  • Do apply to hydrated skin. Hydrated skin better absorbs scent than dry skin does.
  • Don’t mix with scented soaps and lotions. If you do, you risk clashing odors and confused noses.


  • Do store your perfume in a cool, dry, dark place. Light, heat and humidity destroy fragrance’s chemical bonds and change your fragrance’s delightful bouquet into a nasty pong.
  • Don’t store your fragrance in the refrigerator. While heat isn’t good for fragrance, the temperature fluctuation of cold fridge to warm room and back to fridge again also destroys scent. Avoid stressing your perfume by keeping it in an area that’s cool but not drastically cooler than room temperature.

By following these fragrance do’s and don’ts, you will leave behind you the wisp of a delightful reverie and subliminal pleasant memory.