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Top Summer Scents 2017

Discover The Top Summer Scents of 2017!

7 Top Summer Scents Available from East Coast Candles

Summer is FINALLY here so it’s time to show off our Top Summer Scents for 2017!! Simply in alphabetical order…because I like the way that looks…

Bay of Fundy Breeze
Campfire Smoke
Luscious Lilac
Maritime Madness! *NEW*
Pineapple Melon *NEW*
S’mores
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade * NEW*

1. Bay of Fundy Breeze:

This fragrance stimulates the senses with it’s freshness and vitality. The invigorating scent of the fresh breeze right off the bay, sea moss and warm driftwood…with just a hint of fog. (Maybe a little bit more than just a hint of fog.)

2. Campfire Smoke:

Smokey…Campfire-y. Smells exactly like the smoke from a campfire. For reals.

3. Luscious Lilac:

“Hey East Coast Candles, isn’t lilac a Spring scent?” Of course it is. BUT who doesn’t miss that amazing fresh lilac scent once those poor flowers have browned and disappeared for the season? Extend the life of this wonderful fragrance by making it one of your new summer scents!

4. Maritime Madness! *NEW*:

“What?” Yes. Very yes. Our own new, unique creation. I can’t go into much detail without giving away our secret ingredients but I can tell you it is a very outdoorsy scent. Cause that’s how we Maritimers spend our Summers…Outdoors with friends and family, simply having a great time!

5. Pineapple Melon *NEW*:

Our own blend of juicy, fresh cut pineapple combined with a mix of many melons. Sweet and delicious.

6. S’mores:

Fill the air with sweet s’more scented memories of fun-filled summer nights by the campfire. Oooey gooey marshmallow, rich melted chocolate and crisp graham crackers.

7. Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade *NEW*:

A fabulously fruity aroma of ripe, juicy raspberries blended with sweet lemonade and a hint of fizziness. This scent is sure to have you wanting a cool, refreshing glass of the real thing! Check out the following recipe to please more than just your sense of smell! Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Recipe

 

Keep your home wonderfully fragrant with these great scents, perfect for Summer! All of our Top Summer Scents are available in Votive Candles, Wax Melts, Simmering Bars and 2.5oz Soy Wax Jars. Bay of Fundy Breeze and S’mores are also available in our signature Fancy Wax Melts. We must really like S’mores…as this scent is also available in our 12oz Soy Mason Jar and in Dish form. *Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Dish Coming Soon!*

Be surprised and delighted with our Summer Days themed “Surprise Me!” Pack which would contain various items in some of these great scents along with other “Perfect for Summer” fragrances.

Fruit Smoothie Fancy Wax Melts

Mix Up Those MELTS!

The Combinations Are Endless…

Sure, we have TONS of scents to choose from….but don’t let that stop you from creating your own unique scent combinations! Scented wax melts are a great way to fill a room with wonderful fragrance. And if you’re not a fan of  “the flame”, electric wax melters are an excellent alternative to those that require a tealight to melt the wax cradled above.

If the bowl of your wax warmer is large enough you could use 2 whole melts of different scents. If not, it’s no problem to cut a wax melt in half, or even into quarters for easier melt mixing. Alternatively, scented wax simmering bars are already divided into smaller chunks and are easy to break apart, no chopping required. Also, most East Coast Candles signature Fancy Wax Melts are in a variety of smaller (and adorable) pieces.

Is sweet and spicy is your thing? Try mixing Vanilla with Cinnamon! Or how about Cinnamon Buns mixed with Dark Chocolate? Chocolate Drizzled Cinnamon Buns sure sound delicious!

Let’s Go Wax Melt Crazy!!!

Cotton Candy + Dreamsicle + Coconut + Raspberry + Pink Sugar + Pineapple!! Now, there’s no way that doesn’t smell EXACTLY like a unicorn riding a rainbow ferris wheel on a tropical island, probably eating an ice cream. Am I right? I think I’ll try that one out myself.

There really are no “wrong” scent combinations, keeping in mind, however, that some scents are quite potent and might overpower those that are more mild. For example, Cactus & Sea Salt, Fresh Laundry, Country Heather etc…very strong scents. They might not play well with others, especially at a 1:1 ratio. They can be a little bossy. It would be interesting, though, to see who would win the fight if all these guys got thrown together.

Some other combinations that might be fun to try:

Apple Jack + Pecan Pie = Cinnamon Apple Crumble
Coconut + Strawberry Banana = Coconana Berry
Pineapple + Fresh Squeezed Oranges + Honeydew Melon = Sweet Citrus Smoothie
Lilac + Freesia + Citrus Breeze = Floral Breeze
Pomegranate + Pink Sugar = Pink Passion
Patchouli Orange + Sandalwood = Hippy Hippy Shake
Biscotti + Amaretto + Cafe Vienna = Delicious!

I could go on…
And on…

But now it’s your turn to come up with some awesome scented wax melt mixes of your very own! Get crazy and HAVE FUN!

Soy Bean Harvest

Choosing Soy Candles As a Healthy Alternative

Let me explain how soy wax is made, what the benefits are and what to look for when buying soy candles.

What is soy wax?

You might be surprised to learn that soy wax, isn’t wax at all. It’s actually a form of partially-hydrogenated soy bean oil. Hydrogen is added to the soy bean oil and a chemical reaction takes place to turn it into a solid. Hydrogen is the most common chemical element on earth and is part of H2O (water).

Because soy wax comes from soy bean oil, it’s considered all natural and is biodegradable. Soybeans are grown around the world and are considered a sustainable and renewable resource.

Additives

OK, so soy wax is all natural to start – but there are some common additives. Some of them natural and some of them not. The most common additives in soy wax are dye, fragrance and chemicals to make a better performing wax.

Most commercial dyes are not natural. Although there are some natural dyes most are not being used in candle making. Soaps and natural beauty products are more likely to contain natural dyes.

Fragrance is not natural. Although there are many skin safe fragrance oils on the market, they are made synthetically and absolutely not natural.

All natural additives include botanical oils and essential oils.

Botanical oils are often used instead of chemical additives to make a better quality wax from a visual standpoint. 100% soy wax candles will crack and flake on the tops, this is corrected by adding botanical oils or in some cases manufacturers heat gun the top of each candle after it has been poured and cooled.

Essential oils are added in place of fragrance. These oils come from very leafy plants, trees, grasses and seeds. They are most often blended together and are often diluted with a carrier oil. Most producers will use a natural carrier oil to ensure the products made with their oils are still considered all natural. Some of the most common carrier oils are olive, hemp, and soybean oil. Essential oil candles can be more expensive than fragrance candles due to the high cost of the essential oils.

Other types of waxes

There are many types of waxes used in candle making the most common being paraffin, soy and beeswax.

Beeswax candles are all natural, unless they have been dyed or had scent added. They are most commonly sold as pure beeswax. The color of beeswax varies depending on how much it’s been refined and can range from yellow to white. Some batches may even have a blue color if the wax has come from bees that have fed on a lavender field.

Paraffin is by far the most commonly used wax in candle making, it’s the cheapest and easiest to work with. Paraffin wax is petroleum based and is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process.

It’s important to note that all candle waxes contain hydro-carbons and produce a yellow flame when they burn.

Some facts about soy wax:

  • Derived from the soybean plant, soy wax in its pure form is all natural, sustainable and biodegradable.
  • All natural soy wax candles are cleaner burning than paraffin based candles. Paraffin wax is petroleum based, a byproduct of petroleum refining.
  • Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax which helps to release the scent sooner, burn more evenly across the candle, and isn’t as likely to burn when it comes in contact with your skin.
  • Soy wax can be easily cleaned up with hot water and soap.
  • Soy wax candles burn between 30%-50% longer than paraffin candles.

Candle Safety

No matter the type of candle there are some basic steps to take in order to ensure your safety. Never leave a candle un-attended. Always place the candle on a non-combustible surface, away from curtains, children or animals. Make sure you trim your wick to about a ¼” to ensure the flame isn’t too large. In addition to unnecessary heat an untrimmed wick will smoke. Releasing soot and toxins into the air.

Today’s consumers have access to so much more information and are much more educated on their purchases. However, clever marketing still trumps consumer knowledge in some cases.

Shop Candles Online

Buy Candles Online – Take advantage of prices and variety over the internet.

Save time and frustration when shopping for candles online.

There are a lot оf advantages соnѕumеrѕ rесеivе whеn wе buу саndlеѕ оnlinе. Of соurѕе, it’ѕ nice whеn you can wаlk into уоur local big box store or раrtу store аnd lооk аt thе саndlе assortments. Sоmе реорlе, mе inсludеd, really еnjоу opening the саndlе jars аnd tаking a dеер whiff оf thе саndlе scents. However, thеrе is a much grеаtеr vаriеtу available online, and thеrе аrе оftеn much better рriсеѕ оvеr the internet аѕ wеll.
Save time and frustration when shopping for candles online.

Thе firѕt thing уоu ѕаvе whеn уоu buу саndlеѕ оnlinе iѕ ѕimрlу timе. Imagine thаt уоu drivе tо уоur local big bоx ѕtоrе or party store, lооk fоr a parking ѕрасе, thеn wаlk intо thе ѕtоrе аnd bаttlе the mаnу shoppers whilе you trу to find уоur ѕhоррing liѕt itеmѕ. And what if you саn’t find thе itеm at thiѕ ѕtоrе? Thеn you hаvе to wаlk back in уоur саr, drivе оut оf thе раrking lоt, deal with the traffic аnd finally reach thе next store. Thеrе уоu again hаvе tо deal with irаtе shoppers аnd over-worked ѕаlеѕ реорlе. All bесаuѕе you wаnt tо find уоur grаndmа hеr favorite votive candles or сinnаmоn apple scented soy candle. Shopping fоr thiѕ оnе gift соuld take аll аftеrnооn – оr lоngеr!

Wouldn’t it be muсh fаѕtеr аnd more соnvеniеnt to ѕhор at hоmе on the соmрutеr? Thеrе уоu саn buу саndlеѕ online and hаvе thеm ѕhiрреd tо your front dооr.

You have a much greater variety to choose from when you buy candles online.

Yоur lосаl stores оnlу have so muсh ѕрасе tо ѕtосk shelves with available candles. Thеу trу to сhооѕе thе 10 tо 20 mоѕt соmmоn саndlе fаvоritеѕ and ѕtосk thе ѕhеlvеѕ ассоrdinglу.

Thiѕ limits the ѕсеntѕ you can сhооѕе frоm. However, when you buу candles оnlinе, уоu саn сhооѕе from litеrаllу hundrеdѕ оf scents, ѕtуlеѕ, shapes and colors. You саn even choose the ingrеdiеntѕ of уоur саndlеѕ оnlinе. Fоr еxаmрlе, dо уоu likе the ѕоу wax саndlеѕ? Only ѕоmе local retailers carry thеѕе. Do уоu likе the саndlе wаrmеrѕ thаt uѕе a 25 wаtt light bulb tо warm thе wax аnd rеlеаѕе their аrоmа? Agаin, оnlу ѕоmе lосаl rеtаilеrѕ carry thеѕе. Arе уоu lооking for саndlеѕ thаt аrе composed соmрlеtеlу оf bееѕwаx? These, too, are only саrriеd bу a limitеd numbеr of local retailers – if аnу.

When you shop аnd buу саndlеѕ оnlinе, you can find vеrу ѕресifiс itеmѕ thаt mау nоt bе аvаilаblе tо уоu locally. For instance, bееѕwаx candles аrе generally mаdе bу beekeepers аnd thеir fаmiliеѕ, since thеу hаvе thе mаtеriаl (beeswax) there аt hаnd frоm thеir bееѕ. Dо уоu know any bееkеереrѕ whеrе уоu live?
Mоѕt реорlе don’t when уоu ѕhор online, however, if you’re looking fоr a bееѕwаx саndlе ѕсеntеd with sweet almond еѕѕеntiаl oil, уоu саn.

Prices can be much cheaper when buying candles online.

Onlinе rеtаilеrѕ, juѕt likе уоur lосаl rеtаilеrѕ, are fееling thе рinсh оf thiѕ есоnоmу. In mоѕt саѕеѕ, thеir rеvеnuеѕ are down and many intеrnеt retailers аrе оffеring wоndеrful ѕаvingѕ tо encourage consumers tо ѕреnd money. You саn find such deals аѕ buy оnе, gеt оnе (or mоrе) free, sale рriсеѕ оf 25 tо 50%, and еvеn free ѕhiррing оn рurсhаѕеѕ.
Internet candle retailers want you to buy candles online.

Sо if уоu like tо ѕhор lосаllу so that уоu can ѕmеll thе аrоmа оf the саndlеѕ, grеаt, but dоn’t forget tо check оnlinе аlѕо, bесаuѕе that same саndlе уоu mау have fоund аt уоur lосаl diѕсоunt ѕtоrе mау bе much сhеареr оnlinе.

 

Top 5 Fall Scents For Fall - Autumn Scents

Top 5 Fall Scents for 2016

Fall is an exciting time of year, the summer has wrapped up, kids are back in school and the days are starting to get chilly. There’s nothing better than sitting down on a cool fall day with a warm sweater, coffee (or tea) and the warm aroma of a  scented candle.

Here are this year’s most popular fall scents:

Pumpkin Pie – Smells just like grandmas home made pumpkin pie!

Home Sweet Home – Smells like warm cinnamon and pecan pie!

Macintosh Apple – Smells like Macintosh hot apple cider.

Cinnamon Buns – Hot cinnamon buns, fresh from the oven!

Autumn Spice – Smells of clove with a hint of woods and leaves.

Don’t take our word for it, order online and find out for yourself.

Candles Made in Canada

At East Coast Candles we offer the top fall fragrances along with over 200 scents and scent combinations to choose from. All of the candles are hand poured in Canada, shipped across the country and throughout the United States. When buying a Candle made in Canada, you’re not only supporting a local business, but keeping your money in the Canadian economy.

Candle Burning Tips

3 Candle Burning Tips for Longevity

Candle Wicks

The number one thing you can do to to help keep your candles around a little bit longer is to trim the wick as they burn. Some candles do have self trimming wicks (like our wooden wicks) and won’t need to be trimmed – but most candles will need a trim as you burn them. Keeping the flame the right size will not only make your candles last longer, but it will also reduce or eliminate smoking. Your wick should always be trimmed to about 1/4 of an inch.

Votive Candles

To extend the life of your votive, place it in a votive holder. Your holder should be the same size and shape as your votive leaving little to no gap between the candle and the glass. Sitting them out on a plate or saucer will allow the wax to run away from the candle and flame, thus reducing the life.

Burning Time

The length of time you let your candle burn each time will play a factor in how long the candle lasts. This will vary greatly depending on the type of candle you’re burning, but the goal here is once it starts really melting to blow it out and give it a rest (where practical). This is especially effective for jar candles, votives in a holder and our dishes.

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