Introducing the Americana Collection

Introducing the Americana Collection

One of the things we love most about fragrance is the ability to reconnect with a favorite time, place, or event. And we also love to travel. We've brought these two interests together with our Americana Collection - celebrating and scenting the American Spirit!

Born in Ohio and raised in Indiana, I'm a Midwestern girl at heart. Give me an OH and an IO, and I'll give you some Buckeyes to take you back home. And if you're from Indiana, you know we love our "pinies" (Peonies) in the spring! Now living in Maryland, you can take me On the Chesapeake any day!

 And we love the Eastern Shore!  The fresh scent of Beachwood Vetiver gets us every time we walk over the dune. Our travels take us into Connecticut, where we just have to play Into the Mystic when we enter the city, or western West Virginia, where the spas and forests inspired our Almost Heaven fragrances. 

Other scents in our Americana Collection include:

Gift or give the fragrance of your favorite memory. More scents coming soon, but let us know if there is something you need now! 

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Using your home fragrance oils

Now, with so many options on the market, home fragrance has never been so popular. No longer do we only have the option of candles or potpourri (remember that?), but we have a plethora of alternatives in the forms of sprays, waxes and oils.

Boosted by the current interest in essential oils, home fragrance oils are gaining popularity. 

We're frequently asked, "What's the difference between your home fragrance oils and your reed diffuser oils?" Simply put, the reed diffuser oils are lighter and more viscuous, which allows the fragrance to travel up the length of the reed before being released into the environment. 

Home fragrance oils are a bit heavier and should not be used with reeds. However, home fragrance oils are extremely versatile in their ability to scent your home or personal space. We recently asked our customers in a Facebook post how they most liked to use these products:

"I use it on wool dryer balls to make clothes smell great. I have also used it on wood clothespins and then placed them around the house-makes the house smell fresh." - Stephanie

Home fragrance oils can be used with warmers traditionally used for melts. We've found these to work better in smaller rooms for lighter scents. 

"I use the Walt's Wonderful World on my light bulb ring on my desk! I am in the most magical place even while I'm sending work emails!" - Hillary

Quite often we're asked if our fragrance oils are compatible with essential oil mist diffusers. And the answer is yes! Actually, this is the method we use to scent our home (when we're not testing new candle scents).

Our recommendation is to use up to ten drops of oil with every full vat of water. You may need to test the strength of the scent to see what works best for you. It's also best to use distilled water which should not leave behind any residue or sediment. We recommend cleaning your diffuser in between scents, or about once a week. Try using witch hazel in place of water for one cycle and gently wipe with a Q-tip. 

You can also take your favorite fragrance in the car. We're partial to the GreenAir diffuser shown in white because it functions similarly to the essential oil mist diffusers. Admittedly, they can be a little messy, and it's best to pour your water and oil before you start your trip! We also use these diffusers when we travel - they're a great way to make your hotel room feel like home, if you're not staying somewhere with a signature scent.

Alternately, the smaller diffusers plug into your charging port and do not require water to carry the scent. However, they do have pads which may require replacement after a few uses. 

Other uses include drizziling oil over the filter in your furnace to allow air flow to circulate through your ventilation system. Or, refresh that potpourri. 

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Using your reed diffuser fragrance oils

Using your reed fragrance oils

One of the questions we are often asked is, "What is the difference between your home fragrance oils and your reed diffuser oils?" Great question! Simply put, our both oils can be used in most home fragrance applications, but the reed diffuser oils are specially blended for use with reeds, or "sticks" as they are more commonly known.

With reed diffusers, the "sticks" are pourous pieces of reeds which carry fragrance throughout the length of the reed. The oil is more viscous, allowing the oil to carry to the top of the stick and evaporate into the air. To get the most use out of your reed diffusers, we recommend turning the reeds at least once a week. In practice, I turn my reeds daily. The fresh oil which was recently soaked is now on top, so not only the fragrance which has pulled through the reed but also the fragrance oil on the reed is now available to evaporate into the air.

It's also a good practice to make sure your reeds are spread as far apart as possible. This allows for better air circulation around the scented reeds, which can then carry throughout your room. Evaporation of the oil may also depend upon the humidity of your environment. 

Having a decorative, small vase can bring a pretty element into your room, but I also use the reeds straight in the bottle at my desk. 

Reed diffusers are best used in smaller spaces, like a bathroom, small bedroom, office, or cubicle. As with any fragrance, scents with heavier bottom notes will carry more than lighter, ozone and top notes. 

I'm also often asked why we don't sell our reed diffuser oils in larger sizes. I've found that with my personal use of turning the reeds daily, my oils last approximately three months. Also, the reeds become clogged with oil and become less effective over time. Selling oils in larger sizes would yield you product you would end up not using.

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Introducing Bath and Body Gift Sets!

Send the gift of indulgence (or indulge yourself) with our new bath and body gift set. Each set contains one candle, one 4 oz bubble bath, one 4 oz soap, and one 4 oz body spray in the scent of your choice. The set arrives in a handsome gift box with matching bow. Sending a gift? Consider adding a gift card and add your message in the order notes. 

Here's what Brand Ambassador Stacy says about hers:

"This new body gift set would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift. I chose Sea Spray to remind me of my favorite Disney bath products. "

The new jars in our Reflections Series make perfect gifts! Beautifully painted in metallic silver, these jars are not labelled and hide any imperfections which occur time to time with artisan products. 

And Brand Ambassador Kaley says,

"I am in LOVE with these products! Inspired by the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World, this fragrance has made my dorm smell like I’m home!" 🌺 

Soaps are new to our product line and can extend your favorite fragrance into the powder or bath room. 

Here's what Brand Ambassador Keri loves our new soap:

"I received a bar of soap in my quarterly box and I didn't think I would like it as much as I did! It smells SO good, I have the Grapefruit Glow and it is so light...just delightful. Doesn't leave a residue at all, washes away and leaves such soft skin. Love the goats milk in it!"

Bath and Body gift sets are available in all your favorite fragrances. Pamper yourself or send a gift today! 

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Savoring Spring Scents

Savoring Spring Scents

Spring time is when I start moving from the scents of winter and welcome the freshness of a new season. When I was a little girl we used to go mushroom hunting. Any true mushroom lover knows that once the lilacs start to bloom that it’s time to start hunting. Anyway, lilac has become a memory scent for me. My mom used to have a lilac bush right outside of our front room window and those flowers had a calming effect on me. So now that I’m older I look for scents that soothe me in our busy stress filled lives of go go go.    

I’ve looked forever for a true fresh lilac fragrance that wasn’t fake or over powering. So when I became an ambassador for The Columbia Fragrance Co., I couldn’t wait to try the Lilac body spray. I not only wanted that scent in candles and room sprays but I wanted to take that scent on the go with me. How better way to stay calm than with a soothing lilac body spray to say hello to spring with. Now I can have my home smell of spring and my body.

Next I tried Riverside Rendezvous! As I write this, it’s raining outside and dreary. So, I decided I wanted something clean and refreshing to spruce up my home. So I sprayed my Cotton Blossom room spray and it took me to a fresh spring day in my living room. It’s funny how a scent can take you on a trip to your happy spot. This scent drew my attention because I’ve always been curious about Port Orleans Resort. A place that’s on my bucket list to visit. I would proudly give this scent as a gift it’s light refreshing and not overpowering. 

I’m thinking a Mother’s Day gift!I’d love to send my mother or mother in law on a trip To days gone by with the new Riverside Rendezvous - the fragrance of fresh and floral cotton blossom. Riverside Rendezvous is lovely. Plus the man of the house even loves it. 

My last treat was Sweet Pea, which is a scent which truly surprises me - unquestionably floral with light herbal and musky bottom notes. Very clean, romantic and sensual all wrapped together. When I opened the candle it was such a light scent I was afraid it wouldn’t be strong enough. But once lit the magic of this scent wrapped around my heart. Very springy and I am in love with it. Now I want to order this in their body line. Wow. Being an ambassador has such great perks.  🌸   

Shop our Spring Scents

Bring the scents of spring into your home today and enjoy 20% off with coupon code SPRINGSCENTS. Limit one per customer. Coupon expires May 30th. 

- Authored by Guest Contributor and Brand Ambassador Raquel, who loves her family, Jesus, art, daydreaming, and biking, and has made it her life mission to smell every candle available.

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Introducting The Monthly Melt!

Monthly Melt Subscription Boxes

Based upon our fragrance of the month, each box contains one 8 oz Reflections Series candle, one 2 oz diffuser oil refill, one 4 oz fragrance spray, and two artisan gifts. Additional options include our Mini Melt with one candle and boxes with fragrance oils instead of candles. 

It's more than a candle of the month club.

Monthly Melt boxes make are an easy way to try a new fragrance every month and to take fragrance throughout your home. With artisan surprises included, they also make great gifts! 

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Thirty Days of Thanksgiving

All November, we are sending one free gift with every order! We can't share what gift you will receive, because the special is only while supplies last. Every day will feature a different free gift!

This is just one way we get to say "THANK YOU!" Your continued support means more than you'll every know.

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Introducing Tobacco Sandalwood

Introducing Tobacco Sandalwood 

Returning to our fragrance lineup is our vanilla tobacco, now renamed Tobacco Sandalwood. The scent is unisex and musky, featuring a base of herbaceous tobacco and gourmet vanilla, with a solid dose of woody sandalwood. Tobacco Sandalwood is available in all fragrance products, including body spray, roll on perfume, and dry lotion spray. 

Here's what Richard says about this scent:

"I love it, it's very sweet smelling."

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Our new jars

As we reflect on our six years in business, we realize how far we've come, while also recognizing we still have many opportunities to grow and to evolve. One of those evolutions involves changing the jars for our candles. While we love the contemporary look of the Madison jar, we found the opening we too inconsistent and would often not fit the silver lid we preferred. After months of experimenting and testing, we have decided to switch to a more traditional, apothecary-styled jar.

In preparing for the launch of this new style, we found three things:

  1. The candle burned best when double-wicked. This provides a larger melt pool, which in turn gives a greater release of fragrance.
  2. We use a smaller wick with the double-wicking, which reduces the grey soot on your jar and in the enviornment.
  3. The apothecary jar is molded, not poured, which provides a more consistent opening. Every jar will now be capped with silver lid - no more plastic replacement dust covers!
  4. The jars are less expensive, and we can pass these savings on to you.

At the end of the day, we want what you want - a great scented product, which will provide fragrance to our home. We hope feel the same and will enjoy this change. 

Thank you for your continued support. We could not be where we are without you.

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Introducing Cactus Flower!

Arizona cactus flower candles by the columbia fragrance co

Celebrate the state of Arizona with our new Cactus Flower candles. Starting with top notes of orange blossom and sage, moving to middle notes of jasmine and rose, this warm and herbaceous scents ends with a woody base.

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Introducing Caribbean Teakwood!

Experience the tropics with our Caribbean Teakwood candles! With top notes of leather, tobacco, amber and musk, this scent melts into black tea and pepper and ends with bottom notes of aged teakwood, patchouli and sandalwood. It is a warm, masculine scent suited for the summer.

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Introducing Bay Rum!

Enjoy a trip to the tropics with our new Bay Rum candles! Spiced orange blends with cinnamon and clove with bottom notes of sensuous musk. Please sniff responsibly.

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