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I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but there is some truth to the saying you get what you pay for and candles are no exception.  The good news is, two of my favorite candlemakers are reasonably priced, & both produce a luxurious, high-quality candle that you will always want to have on hand.  Now, what exactly makes them better than the “other” candles?  Well, I am going to let you know!

First on the list, Voluspa Candles.  I experienced my first burning Voluspa candle at a girlfriend’s house, and it just happened to be Baltic Amber from the Voluspa “Japonica” Collection.  Let me tell you, it smelled SOOO GOOOD, described as “amber resin, sandalwood, cedar and vanilla orchid for an intoxicating and rich scent, alive with hints of the Far East”, it is one of their more popular scents.  So, naturally, I found out where she got it (Anthropologie) and I went and purchased one ASAP.

They are made of 100% coconut wax, use 100% cotton wicks, the finest blend of fragrances, and in return, you get a super concentrated, virtually smokeless, eco-friendly candle.  In lamens terms–A candle that burns ridiculously clean, fills your entire home up with its scent, doesn’t smoke while burning or when you blow it out and the smell lasts for hours after you blow it out.  Last but not least, the packaging-I’m a sucker for marketing, but really only if the product’s as good as it looks….and this definitely is.  The next time I went to Anthropologie I bought 2 more fragrances from the “Japonica” collection to try out,

  • French Cade & Lavender-combines the rare French cade wood with lavender Bulgaria, verbena, and moss for a gorgeous and unusual scent like no other.
  • Champaca Bloom & Fern-Creamy Champaca blooms-one of the most prized flowers in modern perfumery-embody pure elegance. Heady, yet light and graceful, the blooms are blended with soft green Fern Leaf, White Muguet and Gardenia to create a beautifully fresh floral that is appropriate for almost any occasion.
…..and they were equally fabulous!  They are just one of those companies that everything they make is great.

Next on the list, Tyler Candles.  Once again, I experienced this candle burning for the first time at a friends’ house in Texas (what can I say, my friends have good taste ;)), and, the “Brand New” scent that they were burning smelled so fresh & clean!  I was happy to find out that there was a cute store in my hometown that sold them & the funny thing is I had noticed them there before because of their adorable lids.  Anyhow, when I got back into town from Texas, I made my way to that cute store, bought a couple of them, LOVED them, and have gone back for more (I probably have bought 20 over the last year and a half :)).

They are made in Tyler, TX and are a special blend of soy & paraffin wax.  Like Voluspa, they too hold a concentrated amount of fragrance that will fill an entire home up with its everlasting scent and use lead free wicks that are 100% cotton.  They tend to be priced a little cheaper , but in turn, smoke a little more than Voluspa.  Nevertheless, Tyler candles are still a high-quality candle that remain a favorite of mine.  Below I have listed some of my favorite scents that I have tried:

  • Brand New-MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! Fresh ozonic awakens, cedar and oak moss complete!
  • Cashmere Elegance-Unpredictable and unique, the essence of femininity and privilege! Peony is richly drenched with Rose de Mai. Sandalwood, Vanilla, and Cashmere Woods combine to create a regal experience!
  • Fearless-AN IMMEDIATE ATTENTION GETTER!! Extreme masculine blend of Musk, Citrus & Patchouli! Undaunted, Very bold & Confident!
  • Tyler-Bursting with the medley of currant & grapefruit. A dash of green undertones adds an opulent twist! Firmly grounded with confidence!
  • VIP-Bold mandarin & decadent Brazilian oranges swirl with Italian bergamot to build & intensify a frenzy for the elite! Sage, ylang ylang, cedarwood inspire an upscale undertone! Not conceited…only convinced.
  • Icon-An invigorating, fresh fragrance as legendary as the leading man who wears it! Spicy, sporty, original, and truly unforgettable! Notes of sandalwood blend with ambergris, violet leaves, French verbena, and Florentine iris to create the ultimate aromasensory experience!
  • High Maintenance-Our #1 fragrance!! Floral, woody blend combined with patchouli and vanilla with a heavy musk undertone! Very sophisticated and truly addictive!!!!!!!
  • French Vanilla Oak-Light camphor notes atop a warm, sensual blend of creamy vanilla, soft amber, cedarwood, and sandalwood! Just when you thought you knew vanilla!!!!

and there are many more that I would like to try! 

p.s. I would also like to get my hands on one of these! This Tyler Candle finial would be so cute on a console, dresser, counter, or bookcase!  Love!


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One of the first times I was at my boyfriend’s house after we started dating, I noticed this blanket folded up on his couch while we were sitting on the cold leather sofa watching a movie.  I soon unfolded it and wrapped it around me, and that’s when I fell in love….with the blanket (and him too I suppose :)).  It was just so soft and warm and cozy and relaxing and unique AND soooo….cuddly?  I quickly asked him where it came from and much to my surprise he said, “my mother makes them for close friends and family, it’s her “thing””.  Within a year, I had my very own “cuddly”.  Needless to say, it hasn’t left my side since and it doesn’t get very much shelf time either; it’s almost always on the couch, the bed, a chair, or traveling with me wherever I may go & I wouldn’t dare let just anyone borrow it.  She did a fantastic job in choosing the correct fabric & colors for me:  a girl shopping with her dog on a light teal background flannel paired with a darker coordinating teal in a soft velour (pictured below).

It means a lot to her to find the perfect fabrics for the recipient of the blanket, as these blankets truly last years and I mean YEARS.  They really do get better with age; the more you wash and use them, the softer and better they become.  Now, how awesome is that?  Lucky for you, she no longer keeps these amazing blankets to her inner circle of friends & family, she has her own website, “SophistiCuddly”, where you can shop & purchase one of your very own, and trust me, you’ll soon want to get one for all the favorite people in your life.

P.S.-  After 5 long years, I have commissioned myself another cuddly, & here are the fabric combos…. I can’t wait until it’s finished!  It’s going to be so nice!


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