Tag Archives: comforting scents

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

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Liven Up The Place With Slatkin & Co

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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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John Bartlett Holiday 2008 Collection

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If there was ever a time we fill our homes with fragrances of warmth, its the
holidays. Whether its the smell of various dishes simultaneously cooking to make the
stomach growl or the fresh pine scent from the tree or wreath, it tells a fragrant tale that comforts, envelopes the mind and soul and helps us escape our present reality to feel fuzzy and warm.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing the new John Bartlett Holiday 2008 Collection. Created in conjunction with the expertise of fragrance curator Eileen Harcourt, the collection includes a wonderful selection of candles and incense that reflects the comfort, joy and spirituality that scent brings to the season. As I entertained family and friends I chose to burn Theobrama which means food of the Gods. With a blend of chocolate, orange, vetiver and patchouli, it was a perfectly sophisticated welcoming atmosphere.

These are not your ordinary holiday scents that major retailers put out after Thanksgiving or after Halloween these days. They’re much more updated to reflect our growing global perspective. If you’re looking for a great gift or you’re into entertaining and every single detail matters or you enjoy the mood scent can create in your home, this is definitely a collection worth looking into and the prices are extremely friendly.

Travel Candle Trio – $45 for set
Glass Candle – $45
Incense – $15 each tube

John Bartlett – 143 Seventh Avenue South @ Charles Street – 212-633-6867