Let’s talk fragrance. It’s no secret that we absolutely love fragrance. In fact, we love it so much that we wanted to share the experience of choosing fragrances with you. At the Charleston, SC Flagship, we have two special “fragrance rooms” where we burn test new fragrances and ask for YOUR feedback. If you visit the store today and fill out the ipad apps in each room, we’ll take 10% off your purchase. Sounds like fun right?
So, to help make you a fragrance expert, we should discuss fragrance characteristics. Fragrances are characterized into top, middle and bottom notes. The top notes are usually the freshest and lightest notes in a fragrance. These are the notes you smell first. The middle notes are strong, lasting and emerge shortly after the top notes first impression. The bottom notes are the rich, heavy scents that emerge slowly and give the fragrance staying power. Enjoy National Fragrance Day & fill your home with your favorite Colonial Candle scent!
Ready for more new arrivals? Each season we introduce a new destination collection & this spring we are packing our bags for Bora Bora. Just imagine… overwater bungalows, crystal clear blue water, and sunshine, lots of sunshine! What could be better? We are traveling, by way of fragrance, to this exotic Tahitian destination with four beachy scents:
The new Colonial Cocktails Collection is now available! We’re toasting to the good life with these seven cocktail-inspired candles. Each candle is available in an 8 oz. oval jar and has a removable drink recipe that corresponds to the fragrance on the back. Living in Charleston, we can’t get enough of the Sweet Tea Vodka scent! Gin & Tonic also seems to be a fan favorite so far. Here’s a first look at each fragrance:
New spring fragrances have arrived! We have six bright and cheerful new fragrances that will add a little sunshine to your everyday. Check out the fragrance notes below and stop in the Flagship or your favorite local Colonial Candle retailer to smell each new fragrance.
Brazilian Lychee – An exotic combination of juicy rambutan, wild passion fruit and lychee
Clementine Cupcake – A yummy citrus treat of rich cake batter and clementine slices, topped off with a dollop of sweet frosting
Daffodils & Daisies – A bright and cheerful blend of airy greens, citrus and blooming jasmine
Leeward Lagoon – A serene and tropical mixture of water lily, flowering tonka and pink grapefruit with a splash of coconut water
Lemongrass & Cilantro – A refreshing scent of lemon, mixed with armoise and sparkling bergamot
Water Lily – A simple delight of dew-covered greens, fresh jasmine and soft cedar
Hard to believe it’s already that time of year again, here’s a few things we are thankful for…
Wishing you all a wonderful day with friends & family tomorrow, hope you’ve got a pumpkin pie candle burning!
All month long we have seen the power of pink. Thank you for supporting our Pretty in Pink candle & the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade!
Commemorating their 20th anniversary in 2012, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has donated more than $780 million globally for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. The Crusade has enabled more than 17 million women globally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated more than 100 million women about breast cancer and funded promising research into the causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the discease. To learn more about this organization, visit www.avonfoundation.org.
We are so happy to announce the Colonial Candle Flagship Store is officially open for business! The store sits in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, SC on the corner of Meeting Street and Market Street in the Shops at the Charleston Place Hotel. The store features all your Colonial Candle favorites as well as plenty of exciting new collections that have yet to be seen anywhere else! We hope you will stop in, smell a few fragrances and say hello to our wonderful store staff.
Monday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Happy Friday! It’s crunch time at the CC Flagship and we’ve had our hands full. (Quite literally, with boxes on boxes on boxes.) Over 12,000 lbs of candles arrived during the past week and the shelves are filling up. As our first truck arrived, we loved hearing a Charlestonian on the street yell, “It’s all the candles! Welcome! Welcome!”
From your CC favorites like Cranberry Cosmo & Tibetan Sandalwood to exciting new fragrances that will only be available at the Charleston Flagship, there will be plenty of candles to smell. In fact, we even have 2 fragrance rooms dedicated entirely to experiencing new fragrances and getting your feedback. We want to continue to create fragrances that you absolutely LOVE, because that’s what candles are all about. Finding a candle that you can’t wait to get home and burn after a long day. More inside scoop coming soon… but for now it’s back to unloading boxes!
Here at the Colonial Office, we get extremely excited about new product launches especially with these fabulous Moroccan tile labels and exotic fragrances! We wanted to share our excitement by giving away one 22 oz oval jar candle of each Marrakesh fragrance: Golden Sahara, Marrakesh Mint Tea, Mosaic Fountain and Spice Market. To enter, simply comment below and tell us the #1 destination on your bucket list. Check back on 1909&Meeting to find out the winners on August 20th.
The Marrakesh Collection Giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for sharing your #1 bucket list destinations! Congratulations to our winners: Mandy K., Janie P., Kathy E., and Melissa W. Winners will be notified via email.
Hi Friends! We had a great time last week at the Dallas Market Center spending time with our retailers and sales team. We debuted a bunch of fun new products that we can’t wait to share with you later this year. Check out some of the instagram photos we took on our trip, including the texas shaped waffle we had for breakfast!
Have you tried our new destination London fragrances? Here on 1909 & Meeting, we are giving away one 22 oz oval jar of each London fragrance: Afternoon Tea, Abbey Road, Chocolate Souffle and Poppy Fields. To enter, simply comment below and tell us what landmark you would most like to see if you traveled to London. 4 winners will be randomly selected on Monday, July 2nd. Check back to find out the winners!
This giveaway is now closed. We loved everyone’s comments! Congratulations to our winners: Betti F., Colleen S., Tracy P., and Christa C.
All eyes are on London this summer. From celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee to gearing up for the Summer Olympics, London is center stage and we’ve been captivated by its royal charm. Our London Collection consists of four new fragrances: Afternoon Tea, Abbey Road, Chocolate Souffle and Poppy Fields. It’s ok to pretend you’re having tea with the Queen or Kate Middleton while burning Afternoon Tea and yes, it’s ok to listen to your favorite Beatles tune while enjoying the scent of Abbey Road. Developing this collection has inspired us to sit back and think about all things British!
A few of our favorite British things include:
Kate Middleton’s Wardrobe. Can we trade closets please?
Adele. It’s like she’s speaking to us.
Prince Harry. So you’re saying there’s a chance…
Fascinators. A look we would LOVE to pull off!
Father’s Day is a time to show Dad how much you care. How much you appreciate all the time he spent perfecting the lawn, cleaning out the gutters and offering good advice when you need it. Although he’s probably expecting golf balls or a new pair of socks, why not get him a thoughtful gift that he can enjoy for many months to come. We’ve handpicked five fragrances that Dad will be sure to love. Whether its the aroma of a campfire or the salty sea breeze, these candles will help Dad remember some of his fondest memories.
For the Outdoorsy Dad
For the Jetsetter Dad
For the Dad that Loves the Water
For the Laid Back Dad
Join us in supporting a wonderful foundation fighting childhood cancer, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The foundation was founded by a very brave and selfless little girl named Alexandra “Alex” Scott who was diagnosed with childhood cancer shortly before her first birthday. At the age of four, Alex decided to have a lemonade stand to raise money for doctors to “help other kids, like they helped me.” At her first lemonade stand, Alex and her family raised $2,000 for her local hospital.
While bravely fighting her own battle with cancer, she continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard. Word spread about the remarkable child helping other sick children, and people from across the world started hosting their own lemonade stands and donating proceeds to the cause. In August of 2004, Alex passed away at age 8, knowing that she had helped raise over $1 million to find a cure for childhood cancer. Today, her legacy continues with the help of her family and supporters through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Ways you can join Colonial Candle ® in supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation:
For more information on ALSF, please visit http://www.alexslemonade.org
Looking for a new Summer obsession? Add these five new premium fragrances to the list! Packaged in a beautiful exclusive gift box, these 16 oz 3-wick soy-blend oval jar candles are making a big splash this summer. Our Oval Insider gives us her take on each fragrance:
Oval Insider says, “Don’t let the color fool you, this fragrance is a hit with men”
Oval Insider says, “Unlike any other fragrance I’ve ever smelled. Absolutely Amazing”
Oval Insider says, “Floral Bliss. Peony season is here!”
Oval Insider says, “Soft and pretty. A natural crowd pleaser.”
Oval Insider says, “Can we rename this one ‘Cute Guy on First Date?’”
June is such a happy month. A month filled with sunshine, flip flops and fun weekend activities. We thought it would be extremely fitting to make Tropical Nectar our June Fragrance of the Month. The coral wax color and hibiscus flower on the label have a cheery summertime feel, and the fragrance has tropical notes of citrus, starfruit, and cane sugar. With promo code “FOM6” at checkout, all Tropical Nectar scented candles are 25% off. Enjoy the sweet smell of summertime!
It’s no secret around here that we’ve got the travel bug. With the release of our new destination collections, we spend countless hours daydreaming about the beautiful places in the world we would like to cross off of our travel bucket lists. Recently, Shannon, our graphic designer and photographer, had the amazing opportunity to spend ten days in Nepal. Shannon is truly talented and has taken all of the St. Barths and Cape Cod photography that we have been using, so we knew she would have some great photos from her trip. She was kind enough to share her photos and tell us a little about her adventure.
What was the most memorable part of your trip?
“I made plenty of new friends while I was in Nepal. I had tea with a Lama (a monk teacher) and had a 2-hour conversation about religion. I got a “blessing” and a hug from a Shaiva Sadhu (a holy man considered to be a living god), saw Mt. Everest, wore a sari, and even fed a wild monkey one of my granola bars. I spent some time at a school and got to hang out with the kids, which was a lot of fun. On the last day, they dressed up and performed a few traditional Nepalese dances. The whole trip was memorable!”
What did you learn while you were there?
“I have picked up a new appreciation for reliable electricity, drinkable running water, and peace and quiet. I have also learned a lot about Hinduism and Buddhism, the two most common religions in Nepal.”
How would you describe the culture in Nepal?
“Friendly, relaxed, and easygoing. You can walk up to anyone on the street and have a conversation like old friends or take them out for tea. In America, people generally focus on their schedule and their families; in Nepal, people are pretty open for anything as long as you’re friendly.”
Do you have any advice for anyone planning to travel to Nepal?
“Make sure you know the conversion rate and the average price of things before you buy any souvenirs… they will try to overcharge you. Don’t be afraid to barter! You can usually get things for more than 50% less than the asking price.”
If you could describe your trip in 3 words, what would they be?
“Fun, beautiful (people, landscape, architecture, & religion), and inspiring”
Mabel knew that the pilgrims had made candles from native bayberries growing nearby, so she began the laborous process of boiling, skimming and straining the bayberries. Each bushel of berries yielded only 2 kg of wax. She handbraided cotton wicks and lovingly hand dipped each taper candle as much as 35 to 50 times to create special Christmas gifts for her friends and family. The candles became so popular that she began selling them in her husband’s hardware store. By 1909, many stores on Cape Cod were selling Mabel’s candles.
We’ve come a long way since then, but it’s still important to us to pay tribute to the rich heritage of Colonial Candle. Our new Cape Cod Collection consists of 4 fragrances: Salt Water Taffy, Peach Cobbler, Old Fashioned Lemonade and Line Dried Linen. Exactly how we imagine summers on the Cape!
Still not sure what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Don’t fret! We have 5 easy DIY crafts and all you need is an empty 8 oz oval jar. Make sure you clean your oval jar completely before making the following crafts.
The team at Sincerely Yours of Santa Rosa, California has posed an interesting question to their Colonial Candle customers. How do you choose your candles? Is it by fragrance first and then color? Or is it by color then fragrance? Which is more important?
To help answer these questions, Pamela of Sincerely Yours put a survey at her checkout stand and has asked her staff to ask every customer purchasing Colonial Candle how they selected their candles, by color or by fragrance. Pamela says it’s been fun and led to very interesting discussions. Customers are even going back to the display and adding a candle because they realize they need a special color for a certain room or event. So far, the results have gone both ways at Sincerely Yours. If you are in the Santa Rosa, CA area stop by Sincerely Yours at 2324 Magowan Drive and participate in their survey.
What do you think? When shopping for a Colonial Candle, do you choose by color or by fragrance? Comment below!
Located in Clawson, Michigan, Leon and Lulu has created a truly unique shopping experience. Previously home to the Ambassador Roller Rink, Owner Mary Liz Curtin has preserved much of the historic charm of this popular landmark by including the orginial floor, hockey scoreboard and over 300 pairs of skates displayed around the store.
At Leon and Lulu, Mary Liz features 12 feet of Colonial Candle dinner candles and pillars making her store a destination for candle shoppers in the Metro Detroit Area. Her large Colonial Candle product offering and array of formats, sizes and colors gives customers a wide variety to choose from.
For more information visit www.LeonandLulu.com or stop by the store at 96 W. 14 Mile Road Clawson, MI 48017.
How important is color to a candle? Well, not only does the fragrance have to be one of a kind but the colors must be on trend and capture the feeling of the fragrance. For the St. Barths Collection, we have 4 fabulously tropical fragrances that let you envision touching the crystal clear topaz waters, smelling the sweet aromas of cocoa plum and coral hibiscus, and even sipping on a melon mojito by the pool if you so desire. In addition to the fragrances, it is the bright and vibrant colors that complete the island vibe. To achieve the St. Barths feel with our unscented classic wax candles, we recommend the following color palette:
We love seeing creative and unique ideas from our retail partners. At Nanz & Kraft Florist in Louisville, KY, they have combined a love for fine fragrance and flowers to create one of a kind fresh floral arrangements that incorporate our 22 oz Oval Jar Candle. What a great gift idea!
Family owned and operated, Nanz & Kraft Florist has been in business since 1850. For the past 24 years, they have been proudly selling Colonial Candle. They offer the finest in floral arrangements, plants and home accessories. The friendly and helpful staff strives to provide customers with unique products and great service. Visit www.Nanzkraft.com or call toll free number 800-897-6551 for more information.
Stop by and visit the Nanz & Kraft Team at the following Louisville, KY locations:
141 Breckenridge Lane (Main Location)
4450 Dixie Highway
2415A Kiln Lime Lane
Have you thought about what you will pack in your St. Barths suitcase? We loved seeing Beth’s picks, so we decided to ask Kelly, our Online Coordinator, to do the same. We can’t say we’re suprised about these preppy picks!
Other things you can find in Kelly’s Suitcase:
Looking for a last minute Easter recipe? Amanda, our Product Manager, is just as passionate about cooking as she is candles. We asked her to share a few recipes from her personal collection.
Lemon Pancakes: “Perfect for Easter Brunch”
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Freshly-Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Butter, Melted
1 Cup of Self-Rising Flour
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Lemon Zest
Powdered Sugar (to sprinkle on top)
Method: Beat the yogurt, butter and eggs in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and 1/2 the lemon zest. Stir in slowly to prevent curdling. Add the flour and sugar, stir slowly. Preheat a non-stick pan. When the pan is hot, pour silver-dollar sized pancakes. Watch for small bubbles to form on the surface. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Garnish with powdered sugar and lemon zest.
Black Bean Salad: “Add to your lunch menu”
1/4 cup Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette
1 can (15 oz) No-Salt-Added Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
1 tsp Ground Cumin
2 cup Fresh Corn Kernels (about 2 large ears)
2 oz Smoked Mozzarella, Diced
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, Quartered
3/4 cup Coarsely Chopped Avocado
1/2 cup Finely Chopped Red Onion
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
Method: In a large bowl, combine vinaigrette, beans, cumin, salt and pepper to taste, set aside. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn and pan-roast, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir corn and remaining ingredients into black bean mixture and toss together. Chill until ready to serve. Divide evenly into four salad bowls. Makes four servings. Tip: If you use frozen corn kernels, make sure they’re thawed and dry so they don’t stick to the pan.
Berry-Topped Cupcakes: “A light & fresh dessert”
1 pkg. (2 layer size) White Cake Mix
1 cup Fat Free Milk
1 pkg. (4 serving size) Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Lite Whipped Topping, thaw
24 Small Strawberries, stems removed, each cut into 5 slices
1/2 cup Blueberries
Method: Prepare cake batter as directed on package for reduced fat cupcakes. Spoon evenly into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake as directed on package. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Pour milk into a large bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Glently stir in whipped topping. Spread tops of cupcakes with pudding mixture. Arrange 5 of the strawberry slices on top of each cupcake to resemble a star. Fill centers of stars with blueberries. Store in refrigerator. Makes 24 servings, 1 cupcake each.
Other things you can find in Beth’s suitcase:
Put on your topsiders and get ready to sail away with four tropical new fragrances from the St. Barths Destination Collection. Below is the fragrance breakdown of the top, middle and bottom notes of each new fragrance. The top notes are the freshest, lightest notes of a fragrance that you smell first. The middle notes emerge shortly after the top notes and are strong and lasting, making up the body of the fragrance. The bottom notes are the rich, heavy scents that emerge slowly and give the fragrance staying power, the base of the fragrance.
Top Notes: Frozen Lime, Papaya Juice, Pineapple
Middle Notes: Mango, Lemon, Sugar, Fruit Cocktail
Bottom Notes: Vanilla Extract, Whipped Meringue
Top Notes: Fresh Bergamot, Blue Mandarin, Black Anise
Middle Notes: Blue Freesia, Geranium, Mediteranean Lavender
Bottom Notes: Tonka Bean, Driftwood, Turquoise Musk
Top Notes: Black Raspberry, Juicy Nectarine
Middle Notes: Jasmine Petals, Amber Crystals, Patchouli
Bottom Notes: Vanilla Suede, Warm Musk, Creamy Sandalwood
Top Notes: Exotic Papaya, Nectarine, Sweet Citrus Water
Middle Notes: White Jasmine, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Bean
Bottom Notes: Creamy Sandalwood, Beachwood, White Cedar