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It's time to Energize! March 01 2015

Aren't we all tired of winter by the time March comes around? Now is the time to perk up and getting ready for spring!

Energize - Eucalyptus and Peppermint candles

That's why all March our Fragrance of the Month is Energize - a custom blend of Eucalyptus and Peppermint. The tranquility of Eucalyptus combines with the energy of Peppermint, bringing your home balance to a busy day!

Energize is 25% off all March!


Burning Your Candles: Tip #5 January 18 2015

For safety reasons, you should not burn a candle with less than 1/2" of wax. Most candles will extinguish themselves at the point as the head of the wick pin will be at that point or lower. However, what you can do with this, or any other candle which has a lot of wax is place it on a candle warmer similar to what is shown in this photo:

They are easily available at Hobby Lobby stores for around $5; they may be available in other craft or candle stores as well. If you don't have a candle warmer, you can cheat (as I do sometimes) and use the warmer on your coffee maker (just don't pour water into the carafe first!).

Using this method, you can enjoy your candle as long as the wax continues to give a good hot throw. Depending upon the amount of wax left and your usage, you may get another week or two out of the fragrance.

You can also use this method to clean the remaining wax from any jar candle. Melt the wax then pour it into a safe receptacle, such as an old coffee or vegetable can, wipe the jar with a paper towel to remove as much leftover wax as possible, then put your jar into the dishwasher. The water in the dishwasher will be hot enough to eliminate safely any drops of remaining wax without clogging your plumbing. You can then reuse any jars for other purposes, or take them to another chandler who may refill them for you.


January is National Hot Tea Month! January 01 2015

January is one month of the year we all tend to stay in doors as much as possible, dreaming of staying warm. Visions of log fires and hot tea drift through our dreams. How glad we were to learn January is National Hot Tea Month!
In celebration, we're offering all Cinnamon Chai, Coconut Green Tea, and Pumpkin Chai products at 25% off. 
Cinnamon Chai is a a sweet scent, reminiscent of tea from your favorite coffee shop. Topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of soy milk, this comfy scent is sure to please.
Coconut Green Tea
Coconut Green Tea is an exotic and spa-like scent. This is a softer, much milder coconut scent.
Pumpkin Chai
 Pumpkin Chai is another coffee shop inspired fragrance. Sweet pumpkin combines with nutty cinnamon for a rich, dark treat. 

New fragrances! October 12 2014

This week, we are proud to introduce three new fragrances, all to our Americana Collection:

Colorado - Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High celebrates the outdoors spirit of Colorado. A custom blend of fresh outdoors and balsam, Rocky Mountain High is a clean, masculine scent.

 

Indiana - Peony Bouquet

Celebrate the state flower of Indiana with our Peony Bouquet candles. Peony Bouquet embodies the true essence of our favorite spring flower, with additional notes of jasmine and white lily.

 

North Dakota - Red River Valley

Red River Valley is the scent of tall, fresh cut grass. Additional notes include summer florals, and a hint of orange and sandalwood.


Welcome to our Pumpkin Patch! October 04 2014

As autumn moves in to October, we begin thinking about fall fragrances, in particular pumpkin. What a scent which can handle so much variety! From spicy to sweet, pumpkin provides a veritable boom of creativity for the candle community. 

We offer three custom blends to you as the October fragrance of the month:

  • Pumpkin Buttercream is a decadent, sweet scent, full of vanilla. 

  • Straight from your favorite coffee shop, we offer our classic Pumpkin Chai Tea. Sweet but mostly spicy with a dash of cinnamon, this is one of our best selling scents. 

  • Introduced to our line last year, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake is a rich, decadent scent filled with dark chocolate. 

All pumpkin scented products are 25% off as the October Fragrance of the Month

 


Introducing Red River Valley! September 24 2014

Celebrate the American spirit with a trip to the Red River Valley as we pay tribute to the state of North Dakota.

 

The scent of tall grass, Red River Valley is the scent of tall grass, combined with summer florals, and a hint of orange and sandalwood. Red River Valley is available in all home fragrance and body products. 


Introducing Land of Cotton! September 13 2014

Travel to the Land of Cotton with our tribute to the state of Alabama!

 

Our newest addition to our Americana Collection, top notes of Land of Cotton include lemon, lime, green apple and clean ozone, moving to middle notes of cedar, jasmine, lavender and lily, and finalizing with base notes of soft violet, lavender and musk.


Celebrating Louisiana! September 07 2014

Celebrate the American spirit with our tribute to the state of Louisiana - Magnolia Blossom

Magnolia Blossom candle

Our newest addition to our Americana Collection, Magnolia Blossom is sweet and floral as the epitome of Southern hospitality and a soft fragrance for all to enjoy.


Introducting Amaretto Kiss September 04 2014

Pucker up for an Amaretto Kiss, a custom blend of cherry and almond.

Here's what satisfied customers are saying about Amaretto Kiss:

"It smells heavenly. Love it!"

Amaretto Kiss is available in all fragrance products. 


Bring the orchard into your home! September 01 2014

Welcome to September! The change of seasons are always exciting - it's an opportunity to give your home a fresh look, change your wardrobe and explore new weekend activities. While you're exploring change, add a fresh new fragrance to your home. Why not start with apples? 

This September, our featured fragrance of the month is apple, and all Johnny Appleseed and Apples & Oak products are 25% off.

Here's some fun apple trivia for you:

  • The number five is important in the world of apples, and not just because apple is a five-letter word: Apple blossoms typically form in clusters of five … an apple blossom has five petals … Red Delicious apples usually have five bumps (lobes) on the base of the apple … The "star" you see when you cut an apple in half is due to the fruit's five seed cavities. Each cavity has the potential for 2 seeds, thus 10 seeds per apple are the norm.

  • 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air. That is why they float.

  • Johnny Appleseed spent 49 years of his life in the American wilderness planting apple seeds to fulfill his dream of a land where apple trees blossomed everywhere and no one was hungry. Born John Chapman September 26, 1774, in Massachusetts, Johnny created apple orchards in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. There is no way to estimate how many millions of seeds he planted in the hundreds of nurseries he created in the territory lying south of the Great Lakes and between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. More than 200 years later, some of those trees still bear apples.

  • Apples are a member of the rose family.

  • In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.


Burning Your Candles: Tip #4 August 24 2014

Our candles are made with a nearly self-trimming wick, which accounts for the "curl" you see in the photo above. While the wick may be perfectly centered when the wax is poured, this "curl" can cause the flame to pull off center, thus causing your candle to burn unevenly. If this should happen, take a knife or other utensil and gently move the wick back to the center, using the center of the flame as a guide. This should help your candle to burn more evenly, helping you get the most fragrance for your dollars!

For more tips, see the following blog posts:

Tip #1

Tip #2

Tip #3


At the Emmys August 17 2014

We are pleased to announce The Columbia Fragrance Co., in association with The Artisan Group®, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on August 22-23, 2014 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees and Presenters. 

All attending celebrities will receive our business cards in their swag bags. This event will also be attended by nearly fifty press and media outlets.

The Artisan Group is a premiere entertainment marketing organization, and we are on a mission to introduce Hollywood to the best of the handcrafted movement. The Artisan Group does this by providing owners of artisan businesses the chance to introduce their products to celebrities, industry leaders, VIPs, and members of the press through participation in celebrity gift lounges such as those honoring The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes and The Primetime Emmys. Members of The Artisan Group showcase an array of handcrafted products, including jewelry; bath and spa products; designer stationery and paper goods; crocheted accessories; clutches, purses and totes; hand-poured candles; hand-bound books and journals; illustrations and paintings; hand-dyed scarves; fine art photography; hair accessories; and pet accessories and toys.

Chief Fragrance Officer Dorene Nowatzke has been a member of The Artisan Group since 2011 and has gifted celebrities such as Paula Abdul, Selena Gomez, and Trista Sutter.


Introducing Hawaiian Breeze August 11 2014

Celebrate the American spirit with our tribute to the Aloha State - Hawaiian Breeze candles, a custom blend of coconut, mango papaya, and pineapple. 

On this day in history (August 12th), Hawaii was annexed as our 50th state. In celebration, all Hawaiian Breeze products are 25% off today only. Please use coupon code HAWAII at checkout!


Enjoy a Summer Sorbet! August 08 2014

Just in time for the remaining days of summer, we're offering our popular Summer Sorbet as the August Fragrance of the Month!

 Summer Sorbet candles

 Summer Sorbet is the refreshing, tropical blend of customer favorite Mango Papaya. Here is what satisfied customers are saying about this scent:

"The Mango Papaya candle has a lovely sweet gentleness to it that I was not expecting. I didn't want something overly powerful and sweet so this was perfect. It's not like stepping into a little kid's room full of overbearing scents but very lovely yet fruity. It was an unexpected surprise."

All August, all Summer Sorbet products are 25% off as the fragrance of the month. 


Happy National Blueberry Month! July 01 2014

Blueberry Muffin candles

In celebration of National Blueberry Month, all Blueberry Muffin candles are 25% off! 
Did you know...
  • In 1991, the state of Maine declared the Wild Blueberry to be the Official State Berry.
  • While blueberries are generally associated with Maine, blueberries grown in Michigan account for 32% off all consumed in the United States.
  • Blueberries are the largest fruit export from Canada.
  • Early American colonies made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.
  • High in vitamins A, C and E, blueberries are widely used in a variety of organic skin creams and lotions.
  • Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States after the strawberry, and it is the state fruit of New Jersey.
  • The blueberry muffin is the official muffin for the state of Minnesota.
  • Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables and may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

Introducing Yellow Rose of Texas June 30 2014

New to our Americana Collection is Yellow Rose of Texas. Named for the classic American folk song, this fragrance is a classic garden rose scent. Fragrance notes also include lily, fern and marigold.
Yellow Rose of Texas is available in all candle, home, and body products. 

Decorating with Candles - Independence Day style June 25 2014

Pull your Independence Day celebration together quickly with these quick decorating tips:
Supplies needed:
  • Tissue paper (blue and red)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Glass candle holder or vase
  • Decorative star punch
  • Tea lights
  • Glue gun
  • Decorative ribbon
Cut stars from the tissue paper with the decorative punch. I found it was easiest if I used four layers of tissue paper and emptied the holding container after every punch.
Paint a coat of Mod Podge onto the glass container. Adhere the cutouts in a random order.
While the Mod Podge is trying, work on the tea lights. Adhere a ribbon of glue around the center of each tea light. Press the ribbon onto the glue, overlapping the ends slightly.
When the Mod Podge is dry, paint another layer over the cutouts. The first layer of the Mod Podge acts as glue; the second layer acts as a sealer.
And voila! Insert a tea light or votive into the container and. Strategically place the tea lights around your space, or creatively use other glassware to act as pedestals.
 

Introducing Japanese Cherry Blossom candles June 16 2014

Celebrate the American spirit with our latest addition to our Americana Collection. Representing the District of Columbia, these Japanese Cherry Blossom candles are a sweet scent that smell just like the beautiful trees which surrounded the District's Tidal Basin earlier this year. Japanese Cherry Blossom is available in all home and body fragrance products.   


Burning Your Candles: Tip #3 June 10 2014

 

Mushrooms. No, not the ones which grow under trees, the ones which accumulate on candle wicks. 

Mushrooms on candle wicks are the natural result of carbon buildup as a result of burning your candle. Some candles mushroom more than others, depending upon its ingredients: the wax, the wick, the fragrance, and the dye. 

To burn your candles safely, these mushrooms should be removed prior to additional lightings. To remove, use a wick trimmer, which can "lift" the mushroom from the wick. Alternately, tilt your candle to the side then trim using a standard pair of scissors. Either way, ensure the mushroom does not fall onto the wax or become stuck in the wax pool. Always trim your wicks with a candle in which the wax has cooled.

Mushrooms can also be minimized by trimming your wick to 1/4" prior to burning. 


Candle Scoop review our Snickerdoodle candles June 05 2014

Snickerdoodle candle by The Columbia Fragrance Co.
An insightful blog for the candle lover is Candle Scoop, which features product reviews of as many candles as they can get their hands on! A few months ago, one of the writers, Andrea, commented on a tweet we sent on our Snickerdoodle candles, and we offered to send one for her to sample. Andrea loves bakery scents and was quick to take us up on the opportunity. 
Here are some of her thoughts:
"The scent filled my small room with a pleasing aroma – it was noticeable and present in the air,
For her full review, click here.
We'd love your feedback on any of the products you've purchased from us. Click here to email us your thoughts on your favorite scent!

Strawberries are in season! June 04 2014

Celebrate the beginning of summer with our succulent strawberry scented candles! Strawberries & Cream is a luscious combination of late spring/early summer strawberries with the rich vanilla fragrances of creme. More luxurious, less outdoorsy, than a pure strawberry fragrance, this is a candle you will want in your home for late spring/early summer! Strawberry Jasmine fragrance tarts are a sweet, floral yet fruity treat for your home. One of our custom blends, Strawberry Jasmine is a flirty fragrance for the floral fragrance lover.  Both strawberry scented products are 25% off as the June Fragrance of the Month. 


Introducing Lavender & Mint May 01 2014

Joining our Lavender Collection is our newest custom blend, Lavender & Mint.

Lavender & Mint creates a soft, fresh scent, yet is not overly floral. The addition of mint enables this fragrance to be nearly unisex and will work well in most environments. Naturally clean, Lavender & Mint will work well in bathrooms or anytime you want that freshly scrub smell.

To celebrate the launch of our newest scent, Lavender & Mint is the May fragrance of the month. All Lavender & Mint products are 25% until May 30th. 

Try yours today!


Burning Your Candles: Tip #2 March 16 2014

We recently posted about the importance of the first burn of your candle. Here's how to help them best burn each and every time following.


Remember the concept of the melt pool? It's the softer wax which melts more quickly than the rest of the candle. You'll notice this wax will melt much more quickly on the second burn than it did the first time.

A good rule of thumb is that a candle will burn one hour per inch of the diameter of the candle. So, using either of our jar candles as an example, the top and the bottom diameters are 3", so you'll need to allow about three hours for every burn. The larger the melt pool, the more fragrance will be released into your home, meaning the greater the fragrance throw from your candle.

Additionally, burn the candle only until you get 1/2" of a wax pool. Any more, and you risk the wax becoming too hot. The fragrance oil used is your candle is a combustible element. 

Also, if the wax becomes too hot, the glass itself could break. Glass is a funny material; you may not be aware of tiny fissures existing in the container which could melt, causing a sudden breakage.

So, what do you do if you didn't burn your candle correctly the first time, and each subsequent burn produces a lopsided candle? It's ok to scoop warm wax out of your container and create a level surface. Remember to use a spoon rather than a knife. Then treat the next burn as your would a first burn. 

What to do with the left over wax? Put it in a wax warmer and enjoy the fragrance while it lasts!


March Fragrance of the Month - Green Clover & Aloe March 01 2014

We introduced Green Clover & Aloe to our Outdoors Collection last year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and we're ever so glad we did! In the 12 months since its introduction, Green Clover & Aloe has become one of our best selling scents!
Green Clover & Aloe is a clean, fresh scent both men and women will enjoy. Reminiscent of an herb garden, there is enough aloe included to keep the fragrance from becoming too grassy. 
Customers often find our Green Clover & Aloe scent while searching for the "Disney scent." In fact, one customer wrote to us specifically saying she enjoyed the fragrance of her resort room so well, she begged for its name. Here's here feedback on her purchase:
"They smell exactly like a Disney resort!"
As the March Fragrance of the Month, all Green Clover & Aloe products are 25% off. Start your shopping here!