Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to Reduce Sooting in Candles

Step 1: Buy high quality candles. If you're buying your candles from Celebrating Home Direct, you can check that off as "done". But, when you notice soot building up or excess smoke when you extinguish your candles, there are some other measures you can take. Here are some quick and handy steps to reduce or even eliminate sooting in your candles. 

What causes soot?

Discovering what causes soot is a good first step in eliminating it. Soot from a candle is caused when there is incomplete combustion of the fuel. In layman's terms, the fuel (liquid wax) is being drawn up the wick to the flame. If the flame is disturbed, the fuel is not being delivered consistently and too much is delivered. The excess fuel is expelled as soot and smoke. Something you probably don't want. 

Avoid placing candles in drafty areas

Drafts from vents, open windows, or fans can disrupt the flame in your candles and cause sooting. Choose a spot that is free from drafts and you'll notice a big reduction in smoking and sooting from the candle. Watch the flame on your candle. If it's consistently steady, there are no drafts. If it dances or bounces, try another spot.

Try Candle Cappers or Snuffers

If you're using jar candles, try using a candle capper or snuffer when you extinguish your candle. Candle cappers regulate airflow in and out of the jar and help to reduce sooting. Jar candles can produce more sooting when the wick has burned further down into the jar due to the distance between the flame and fresh air. Candle cappers help to regulate that fresh air flow and that reduces the soot.

Using a candle snuffer not only reduces the chance of splattering hot wax on your nice things, it also reduces smoke. And, it looks very elegant and refined to onlookers and guests (bonus!).

Trim the wick

This is the easiest and quickest way to reduce sooting. Keep candle wicks trimmed to about a quarter inch. If you notice that the flame is still bouncing or unstable even when free from drafts, blow the candle out and trim the wick a little shorter. Repeat this when necessary as the candle burns down.

Buy well-made candles

Candles purchased from Celebrating Home Direct not only have the highest fragrance throw, they're made of a high quality soy wax blend, highest quality fragrance, and have the highest quality braided cotton wicks to ensure a long burn life for your candle. We have a large variety of candles available. We offer the highest quality candle for great prices - as much as 50% below market. And we're not just blowing smoke! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Why Fragrance is Essential for Your Home

Stand in the middle of your living room and take a good look around. You've sculpted and crafted your home into a statement about you and your family. But, whether your aim was for comfy or high tone, fragrance will give your home an added dimension and depth that you, your family, friends, and visitors will remember for much longer than the color of your carpet. Home fragrance will bring back memories of their time in your home for years to come and it gives your home decor an entirely different level of "you".

Think of home fragrance like music, each room in your house deserves it's own tune. Subtle florals in Gardenia in the living room for relaxing or, if you're entertaining, an invigorating scent like Vanilla might do the trick. And, to enhance the delicious aromas that can already be found in your kitchen, a citrus scent will heighten their appetites and mix well with the fragrances of your favorite culinary creations. For the bath, you might choose a fresh fragrance like Crisp Cotton Breeze and the relaxing scent of Lavender for the bedroom. For the kid's rooms, try something fun like Mango Cooler or Pink Cupcake. Or, better yet, let the kids pick their own fragrances so they can start developing their own unique fragrance palette.

Celebrating Home Direct offers a variety of home fragrance, from candles to wax melts to Ooh La Lamps and Fragrance Crystals. You might choose for your fragrance to be delivered in a wax melt for maximum fragrance throw, or from the wide line of candles offered by Celebrating Home Direct to set a mood. Whatever you choose, you'll be layering on the final touch that will speak volumes about the statement you want your home to make.

Our newest addition, Sea Island Candles, are now available in Rose, Mango Cooler, Baked Apple Pie, and Gardenia scents. Order yours by February 14th and get the low introductory price of only $5. At these low prices, you can assemble your complete home fragrance collection! Every room in your home has a distinct feel and purpose. Enhance that with the perfect home fragrance from Celebrating Home Direct. Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What's Your Melting Point?

You finally have a moment to yourself, so you sit down, close your eyes, and go to your happy place. Mine is the beach. I imagine the sound of the surf kissing the shore... rinse, repeat. Then I can feel the mist and sun on my face. I can smell the unmistakable aroma of sand and surf and that's when it happens.... I melt. That's my melting point, when all my stress and tension just melt away. I sink into the chair and I can breathe again.

Of course, I cheat on my journey to my melting point by setting up my warmer and Melt Moments wax melts from Celebrating Home Direct before I even sit down. It's my process to get to my melting point fast. Aromas are the hardest things to recreate in your imagination. But, if you're presented with the same smell - even years later - your brain pulls memories and the emotions tied to those memories from your long term memory and serves them up again. Sometimes our memories need just a little aroma therapy to get back to our happy place.

If you're not sure where your melting point is, now is your chance to find out while we have our Melt Moments wax melts on sale. Try a fragrance four pack for just $8.75 (originally $17). That will give you more than enough aroma fuel to get you to your melting point and relaxation.

Take a look at the combos we're offering and make your way to YOUR melting point! You deserve it!

Baked Apple Pie Melts
Baked Apple Pie four packOur # 1 selling melts! Baked Apple Pie highly-fragranced wax melts features juicy apples baked in cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. What could be better 

Pineapple Paradise four pack -  Fresh melon, sweet pineapple and lush kiwi shimmer over soft pikake, white orchid and whispers of tuberose touched by tender musks and sheer citrus. Our highly-fragranced Pineapple Paradise wax melts will bring that island feel right into your home.

Vanilla Sugar & Berry four pack - Smooth vanilla musk and sweet woodland berries blend with touches of precious woods and sugar dusted jasmine to bring the delightful fragrance of Vanilla Sugar and Berry into your home, office or workplace. Try our highly-fragranced Vanilla Sugar and Berry wax melts today! 
Pineapple Paradise

Mango Cooler four pack - One of our top selling melts, our highly-fragranced Mango Cooler wax melt combines mango, tangerine and lemon scents mixed with star fruits and a hint of red grape. Outstanding! 

Variety four pack - Food - One Baked Apple Pie, one Blueberry Biscotti, one Expresso Bean, and one Frosted Pink Cupcake wax melt.

Variety four pack - Fruit - One Citrus Splash, one Lemon Zest, one Mandarin Mulberry, and one Mango Cooler wax melt.

Variety four pack - Floral - One Dove of Paradise, one Gardenia, one Sea Lavender, and one Sweet Pea wax melt.

Variety four pack - Beach One Beachwood Mist, one Coconut Beach, one Crisp Cotton, and one Sun & Sandcastles wax melt.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What is a Picture Worth?

It's been said that "One picture is worth a thousand words." Though the attribution of who initially said that phrase is up for debate, the meaning remains the same. A picture can coax us out of a dark mood and fill us with peace or leave us staring in wonder at the details of the brushstroke. It can bring back our own memories or take us back in time to historical events long before we walked this earth. One picture is worth far more than one thousand words. 

Napoleon Bonaparte said, "A good sketch is better than a long speech." Anyone who has ever sat through a long speech would more than likely agree. After all, we don't hang speeches on the walls of our homes and it's quite rare to find one worthy of a museum. We prefer lovely works of art on our walls.

This week at Celebrating Home Direct, we're offering some of those lovely pieces of art at a further reduction on pricing. Save 20% off our already low prices on ten of our top selling pieces of wall art. 

Bordeaux Fruit
These are not just any wall art. These are custom framed and include a protective piece of glass to preserve the beauty for you and yours to enjoy. You'll receive your new artwork in gallery wrapping and ready to hang. 

Choose from ten different framed pieces that include floral art like Bordeaux Fruit, Majestic Fruit, or Magnolia Blossom. Or you may prefer traditional religious pieces like Sagrada Cena (The Last Supper) or Our Lady of Guadalupe Busto.

No matter the art you choose, you'll enjoy the beautiful decor much longer than a book and that's worth a lot longer than 1,000 words...

Happy Shopping to our art aficionados!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Science of Scent or "The Nose Knows"

From the moment a human being enjoys (or finds displeasure in) their first breathed-in fragrance, the brain hard wires us to connect scent with surroundings, fragrance with what follows, and commands us to make associations with aromas. It's one of the first senses that's activated when we're born. It's in our DNA to connect the refreshing scent or citrus with the delicious taste of oranges or maybe even a slice of lemon meringue pie. Or the smell of baked apple pie might bring back treasured memories of your childhood. Perhaps the fragrance of fir trees or evergreens being back fond memories of Christmases past. Whatever your personal fragrance journey, every human is wired for smell and the triggers that go along with it.

Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, explains it like this, "The charm of language is that, though it is human-made, it can on rare occasions capture emotions and sensations that aren’t. But the physiological links between the smell and language centers of the brain are pitifully weak. Not so the links between the smell and the memory centers, a route that carries us nimbly across time and distance."

Smell is provocative and deeply rooted to our emotional state.. It has an extremely significant influence on our behavior, perhaps even more than we realize. Certain fragrances have been shown to improve health, reduce stress, enhance sleep, and improve physical and cognitive performance. There is definitely a "mind-body connection" going on. Although the list of fragrances and their effects are extensive, here's a short reference to get you started when choosing your "signature" fragrances:

Scents to Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium and Violet Leaf.
(Try these Key West Candles, on sale this week for a little anxiety relief: Mahogany Teakwood, Peach Orchard, and Gardenia)
Scents to Improve Memory: Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary.
(Try these Key West Candles, on sale this week. to boost your memory:Gardenia, Mahogany Teakwood)

Scents to Invigorate and Overcome Fatigue: Cinnamon, Clove Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Sage, Vanilla, and Spiced Apple.
(Try these Key West Candles, on sale this week, for a pick me up: Baked Apple Pie, elevate your mood with Stay Awhile Vanilla, think positive with Pomegranate, and Gardenia)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Are You Ready for Some Bowl Games?

Starting on December 17, 2016, there will be 42 bowl games played before the big Semi-Final playoff on January 9th, 2017. Teams from around the country will be scheduled to square off in a battle to hold their places on the roster and emerge the champion on the field of the modern day coliseum battles we like to call College Football.

Spirits will run high as loyal fans prepare to support their school team and scream them to victory. Faces will be painted, jerseys will be donned, and flags proclaiming their team allegiance will be proudly flown outside front doors in neighborhoods throughout the country. Let the craziness begin!

But you, being the hostess with the mostess, will not be shaken by the insanity on bowl game days. You will present yourself calmly, in your team jersey, prepared and ready for whatever chaos ensues. You, my friend, will be serving your game day grub in durable stoneware from Celebrating Home Direct, so there will be no worries for you on game day. Not only are these stoneware bowl sets great for storing your creations the night before and then warming them on game day, they're also perfect for bowls and bowls of bowl game dip. Hot or cold, the stoneware holds it in to keep your culinary creations tasty throughout the day. And, all of our stoneware is refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. 

Just to make it a little easier to set your prep time, here's a little preview of the final bowl games scheduled just before the semi-finals on January 9th:

For a complete list, click here to download a printable copy of the bowl game schedule.

Don't forget! You'll save bowls of money while our stoneware bowl sets are on sale for just $7.75! That's below cost! Scoop up these great deals while supplies last and only until December 27th.

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas from Celebrating Home Direct!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How to Enjoy a No-Muss, No-Fuss Fragrance Experience

We've all got choices when it comes to home fragrance. Some are devoted to candles and even the candle-lighting is an event. Others prefer wax melts for the flame-free fragrance. Still others like to use crystals, like the ones for our Ooh La Lamps. Other fragrance fans might like an atomizer or incense. But there's another, often forgotten and even more frequently misnamed fragrance delivery option for your home. Fragrance gels from Celebrating Home Direct.

Not only do they have all the wonderful fragrance throw of our other fragrance products, they are also a snap to set-up, use, and clean up! 

Just to be clear, Fragrance Gels from Celebrating Home Direct are not beads. There are no gelatin caps to clean up and they're not that gelatinous gob that comes in a cone and shrivels into something unspeakable. These are no-muss, no-fuss Fragrance Gels and, once you try them, you'll wonder why you haven't been using them for years! 

All our large, 8 ounce Fragrance Gels are on sell this week. Just $4.50! Originally $18. They come in lots of fragrances, so you're sure to find your favorites and the 8 ounce bottle gives you twice of much creamy, fragrant gel to enjoy for just 50 cents more than our 4 ounce bottles! 

These gels work in any fragrance warmer. Our fragrance warmers are also top of the line and perfect for enjoying these gels.

Your home or office will smell fresh and fabulous with our wonderful Fragrance Gels! Choose from scents like Angel Wings, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Peony Chiffon, Raspberry Lemon Delight, Sandy Beach, Sandalwood, and Sonoma Berry. Stock up while these great fragrance gels are on sell!

Happy shopping and Happy Holidays from Celebrating Home Direct!