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Three Scents That Will Bring New Life To Your Home

The other morning I left my house and was nearly assaulted by a dragonfly. While that may seem dramatic, the reality is that something is always flying around the hallways of my building because the super leaves the windows open. Of course we need ventilation but this is one of the reasons why many of you don’t open your windows during the summer months. Then when we notice the air is getting stale, we make the mistake of cracking the window and next thing you know, we’ve got mosquito bites. Well, the next time the air in your home needs freshening up, reach for one of these gems. Each has of given new life to mine.

Juniper Ridge Big Sur

Juniper Ridge Big Sur
Many of us who live in cities often want to bottle up fresh air when we get the chance to free ourselves from the smog. Fresh air in a bottle is how I’d describe Juniper Ridge’s Big Sur as it’s aromatic opening is a thing of beauty. Like all of their products, the scent is sourced from real plants and from Sur I get sweet mossy notes. With its jolt of energy, it immediately transforms stale air and gives it new life. $65

Nest Fragrances Sicilian Tangerine
Nest Fragrances Sicilian Tangerine
Like a fresh juicy tangerine on a hot summer day that quenches your thirst, Nest Fragrances’ Sicilian Tangerine is bursting with vibrant flavor. The scent is sweet with a bit of tang but what I really like is that it isn’t overpowering. It beautifully perfumes the air enough to give it a new life and along the way, lifts your spirits too. $38

Joya Pendleton Candles
Joya x Pendleton Cedar + Smoke Candle
If citrus isn’t your cup of tea and leather and cedar is more up your alley, you’ll dig Joya’s latest collaboration with Pendleton. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Pendleton’s founder, Thomas Kay, the brand partnered with Joya to launch a collection of candles. I’ve been burning Cedar & Smoke, which is gently masculine. Its notes read as follows: musk, saddle leather, damask rose, redwood chips and cedar leaf. I wonder how much rose they used because some of these notes read “pack me away until winter.” But together, they’re superbly balanced. $58

MCMC Fragrances’ Hunter Scented Candle

HUNTER_candle MCMC Fragrances

While at the recent Elements Showcase, I happened to stop by the booth of Anne McClain’s MCMC Fragrances and I’m so glad I did. The brand recently launched a collection of scented candles and they are excellent. As we chatted about life, her aspirations for the collection, etc., I couldn’t put them down. One after the other I picked up the candles and inhaled awesomeness.

The one my nose gravitated to most was Hunter. A replication of a scent in the collection with the same name, Hunter is comfort. It’s sweet and smoky and will leave you thinking a campfire is somewhere nearby. I wondered how the scent would diffuse as sometimes it’s just not the same. Hunter didn’t disappoint. The scent is just right; it nicely perfumes a room without being overbearing.

If history tells us anything, winter isn’t done with us just yet. As you agonize over the beginning of spring, Hunter’s notes of tobacco absolute, organic Bourbon vanilla and balsam fir will distract you long enough keep you at ease.

Hunter by MCMC Fragrances – $48 for 6.5 oz

When The Moment Calls For Being Still


As we batten down the hatches awaiting the arrival of hurricane Irene, I’m marveling at the cynics. There are a lot of people that believe the media attention is just hype. I remember sitting with my mouth open when I saw the pictures of Katrina. That said, I’d rather NYC be over prepared. You can never be fully prepared for mother nature but better to err on the side of caution. Continue reading

A Summertime Remedy for Stuffy Dwellings


In the summertime, to beat the heat, our windows are closed tight and air conditioners are on full blast. While that will keep you cool and the bugs out, the air inside your apartment or house can become stuffy. Continue reading

Odin Launches Candle Collection

Odin Candle Collection

The Odin crew of Paul Birardi, Eddy Chai, Larry Paul or Kelly Kovack has made the jump into home fragrances. This inaugural collection of scented candles matches their unisex fragrances of 01 Sunda, 02 Owari, 03 Century, and 04 Petrana. Continue reading

Serenity now, please

I am a huge Seinfeld fan. There are only a few episodes I haven’t seen. And no matter how many times I watch it, I laugh at the same jokes every time. A recurring theme was the use of Serenity Now during stressful moments. For some reason that popped into my head as I was reading tweets complaining about the repeated snowstorms battering the Northeast. One woman even said, “I wish Mother Nature would get her act together.” I laughed. Continue reading

Lavanila – A Fragrant Holiday Option

If there is one thing I love about the holidays, it’s the associated smells. Cinnamon, pumpkin, fresh pine, burnt woods; they’re all so comforting. I also love all the get togethers. I know I’ll be entertaining this year as well as attending a few gathers. With that, I wanted to get my home scents in order.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been testing the Healthy Candle by Lavanila Laboratories. What intrigued me about this product was the supporting material from the candle’s PR company that claimed, ” This all-natural and 100% healthy three-wick candle is non-polluting, soot-free and eco-friendly.” It made me think about some of the other candles I own. I recently bought a great candle, an extremely fragrant one at that. However, upon closer inspection, it certainly was producing soot.

Lavanila burns 90% cleaner and 50% longer than traditional paraffin candles. Completely free of paraffin, formaldehyde, petrochemical, phthalates and other harsh chemicals, the soothing blend of Madagascar vanilla, soft freesia and rich heliotrope is quite calming. The scent isn’t overpowering either. It’s just the right amount to compliment a casual gathering or a relaxing evening.

Availability: http://www.lavanila.com, $32

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Le Cherche Midi

LCMCandle 20

Le Cherche Midi, a 20-year-old New York fragrance company that specializes in scented candles, has recently expanded from its initial scent and relaunched, selling eau de toilettes, candles, and “fragrance cubes” online at lecherchemidi.com.

No. 1, the company’s first scent, created by perfumer Robert Loiseau, is a very traditional masculine. The re-launch introduced a handful more. Nos. 5 (floral and pine), 9 (sweet and fruity), 14 (soft mandarin), 21 (spiced tea), and 57 (an exclusive for Bergdorf Goodman offered only as a candle) were created by perfumer Cecile Hua. No. 20 was done by Bertrand Dor, who was one of the perfumers who did Nautica’s Oceans men’s scent.

Like CB I Hate Perfume, another small New York firm, it markets fragrances as experiences. In LCM’s words, No. 20 (my favorite) “reveals warmly lit corners where whispered conversations are surrounded by dark wood, leather-bound books, and a cedar-wood fire.” More specifically, it starts out with citrus, powder and spice, and then turns to pine.

No. 20’s notes include armoise, bergamot, lemon zest, black pepper, rose water, soft cedarwood, sandalwood and dark amber. In the candle, the cedar and citrus are dominant, and they’re warmed by the amber and sandalwood. In the eau de toilette, powdery and pepper notes are stronger, and the dry down is much less of the earth and leather experience that the candle gives.

The fragrance cubes (which we didn’t test) are LCM’s alternative to the reed diffuser. It’s essentially a bottle of alcohol-free fragrance that uses an absorbent wooden top to scent a small room. Each one ($45) should last at least a month, maybe two.

The candles, offered online for $50, come in handsome light wood boxes with sliding tops. Inside, the three-inch square candles are covered with fabric-bound lids and feature the LCM logo and fragrance number discreetly on one side. Each 7.8 oz. candle should last about 40 hours.

If you like the candles, there’s good news: the eau de toilettes are an incredible value at a mere $39 for a strong 12% concentration in 3.4 ounce bottles.

By contrast, a typical mass-market men’s fragrance sells for about $70 for 3.4 ounces. CB I Hate Perfume’s 3.4 ounce water perfumes start at about $65. Smaller boutique brands often sell for about $110.

I asked LCM’s founder, Nathan Motylinski, about how the company prices them. “We work directly with our perfumers and consumers, allowing us to offer our luxury products at a better price and value to the consumer,” he told me via e-mail. “Without expensive marketing budgets and overhead, we can focus our time and resources on what we do best: creating unique, sophisticated fragrances unlike anything on the market.”

While the company may not have an exorbitant marketing budget, it’s obvious that they’ve put quite a bit of effort into the website. It’s beautiful, easy to navigate and full of videos designed to introduce the public to the company and its range. There’s also a blog with some engaging commentary by Motylinski.

-Harry Sheff

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Liven Up The Place With Slatkin & Co

slatkinfreshbamboo

This past weekend I hosted a very small dinner party and went through the usual mass clean up. Every room had to be spotless, no lingering dust bunnies allowed. For occasions like these, I love to fill my home with a mixture of scents. Enter the ever fragrant and affordable Slatkin & Co. candles.

On this particular evening, I burnt, Tropical Orange and Evergreen in the living room, Coconut Vanilla in the bedroom and Fresh Bamboo in the bathroom. I find the scents add another welcoming dimension after I meet my guests with a drink. The best part though was when one of my guests came out of the bathroom and said, “Your bathroom smells great, what is that you’re burning in there?”

We are all going through one thing or another right about now. Ease your mind after a long day and liven up your living space. These candles are extremely affordable and last quite a long time. Even when they’re not being burnt, they tickle your surroundings with pockets of freshness.

Slatkin & Co., available at Bath&Body Works.

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Pure Joy

bkc_joya

As I mentioned in my interview with Ouigi, The Brooklyn Circus has launched a scented candle collection. Joya was burning as we chatted and here it is; 60 hours of pure joy. With notes of Blood Orange, Vanilla and Sweet Musk, it’s the perfect compliment for a relaxing evening.

Get it for $30 at The Brooklyn Circus 150 Nevins Street 718-858-0919