Feeling HOT HOT HOT!

A heat wave is sweeping the country and is making a number of us miserable. Not only because we don’t enjoy being hot, but also because we don’t even feel like going outside. After a cold winter and a rainy spring the last thing we want to do now is be indoors! Well if we’re going to be staying indoors why not make it as enjoyable as possible. Here are some thoughts on turning your home into an oasis.

Create an indoor Oasis

Create an indoor Oasis

Try to make the inside of your home as “shady” as possible. Keep window shades or curtains closed and use as little lighting as possible. If you have a dimmer switch turn it to low. What you are trying to create is what feels like a shady spot. When you step into the shade outside you feel immediate relief – so create the same environment indoors. Next step is to keep the air moving – use ceiling fans, box fans, table top fans to keep the air circulating. Try to avoid having them on “full blast” – you want to create the feeling of an outdoor breeze. Try to keep the noise level of the fans low so it will feel calmer.

Make it shady!

Make it shady!

I’m hungry – I’m thirsty! Most likely you will still need to eat and drink, so what kinds of food and drink will help cool you off? Water, Water, Water – The best option is just plain water. Try to avoid sweetened or carbonated drinks. If you want to flavor your water, try fresh Lemon, Lime, or Mint. Use water to help cool your skin – a damp towel or mist bottle can give you some much-needed relief. Be careful as water can also dry your skin out. O.K. now what kind of food is refreshing? Fresh fruit is great – The moister the better -Watermelon, Peaches, Plums, or Oranges. Keep them chilled or freeze cut up pieces. Fresh salad is another good option – especially with tomatoes and cucumbers. Try to avoid cooking hot food – cook outdoors if you can. If you do cook indoors avoid the oven because the heat lingers for a long time. Use the stove top or an electric skillet if you have one.

Refreshing Snacks!

Refreshing Snacks!

The last tip is to create a cool/tropical feeling by using fragrance. The sense of smell can greatly influence our minds and the way we feel. So don’t be afraid to light a scented candle or use a Tart/Candle Warmer to add fragrance to your home. These scents can help, Coconut Lime, Cucumber Melon or Fresh Mint. Fresh fruit scents like Watermelon, Orange Citrus, or Apple give a cool crisp feeling. Also “earthy” scents like Sea Mist, Walk in the Woods, or Patchouli help make you feel cooler.

So get your indoor oasis going until the weather breaks and we can go back to enjoying the great outdoors.

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The Power of Small Business

This week June 17th through June 21st has been designated National Small Business Week.  Small businesses are a valuable asset to the nation’s economy and have more of an impact in our lives then you might think.

Check out some of these surprising and amazing facts about small businesses:

  • 28 million small businesses in the U.S. – Out numbering corporations over 1000 to 1
  • 70% of small businesses are owned by a single person
  • Small businesses employ 57% of the private sector workforce
  • Only 2% of small businesses are franchises — most (54%) are home-based
  • 60 to 80% of all new jobs come from small businesses

So as you can see small business is BIG business here in the U.S. For someone like me my small business has become my job, instead of working for another larger company. There are many reasons that people start a small business. For me I had two simple reasons: 1). I had lost my job in the retail industry, but more important is reason 2). I am a single dad whose wife died after a 2 year battle with Leukemia. We have 3 kids and for me I decided that caring for them and being an at home parent was too important so I looked into the possibilities of starting a stay at home business.

I opened Pure Scented CandlesNational Small Business Week in November 2010. I loved the idea of creating my own product to sell. I have had a wonderful time learning the candles making process and always looking for a new and creative ways to make candles. It is also fun involving my kids in the business. I am always busy with my kids, but my hours are flexible. As I write this article I am in between picking up kids from different activities.

So as you are out shopping our looking for a service you need, I hope you will keep us small businesses in mind – you’ll probably notice that there are quite a few us out here. And if you are looking for or enjoy scented candles, I hope you’ll try Pure Scented Candles – we hand make every candle fresh when you order.

What a Wacky Spring!

Springtime Candle scentsHere we are Mid-May, well into springtime and this is the first time I really feel like spring is here! It sure has been a challenge this year. Warm one day and snow the next. Windows open, windows closed, heat turned on and then back off again. Then if we get a really warm day – it’s time for the AC. And if you are an allergy sufferer – well let’s not even go there.
Anyway it is great smelling all of those wonderful spring scents: Flowers, Grass being cut, Food being grilled. I love felling the warmth of the sun on my skin, listening to the birds chirp, the sound of a gentle rain. There is the beauty of a rainbow, the butterflies dancing around open blooms, the morning dew – not to mention the sun is out a little longer each day!
If you’re like me, you want to spend as much time outside enjoying as much of this as possible. So why let springtime stop at the front door? Don’t leave it behind just because you came indoors or the weather is not cooperating today. That’s why springtime is just as good a time to burn scented candles as Fall or Winter!
Do you love the smell of Lilacs when they are in full bloom? The smell of the breeze blowing across an open field? Even if you are a fan of that fresh cut grass smell – there are candles to help you enjoy those fragrances. Remember our sense of smell can trigger memories and feelings and change the way we feel. So enjoy spring outdoors and indoors, and don’t let this wacky weather dampen your spirits.
Enjoy a sunshine fresh fragrant day everyday – whenever you chose – wherever you are.
Cheers!

Is Winter Over yet?

I know the days are starting to get longer, but as I look out the window it doesn’t seem as spring is any closer to getting here. No buds on the trees, grass a pale green, and there are certainly no Robins around. So I need some spring time cheer!

Flowers are nice and smell terrific, but they don’t last too long. I could use a spray air freshener – if you like that aerosol smell. That’s why I love soy wax candles. Soy wax is very clean burning, effectively dispersing your favorite scents and are surprisingly long-lasting. So lets consider some scents that will put us in a “springtime frame of mind“. Lilac is probably one of the most obvious and one of my favorites when they are in bloom. Some other options you can consider are Daffodil, Honeysuckle, Rose or Lavender. It’s amazing what a fresh scent can do to improve the mood around your home.

There are also some great Aromatherapy Candles you can use in your home that not only smell great but can help solve some issues that you maybe having. For example – if you have had a tough winter fighting the common cold the following scents promote a feeling of well-being:  Basil, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange Citrus. If you’re a little short on energy try: Basil, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood. Or maybe you want to just unwind at the end of a long day – a good choice would be: Chamomile, Lavender, Orange Citrus, Ylang Ylang.

So enjoy a beautifully scented candle and dream of spring and before you know it that wonderful season will be here. Green trees and grass, flowers blooming, warm breezes, barbecues,  and enjoying being outside. I can’t wait!Springtime Candle scents

The 12 Days of Candles Sale @ Pure Scented Candles

Get ready for exciting specials on some of our most popular scented candles! From December 1st to the 12th Pure Scented Candles will feature a different candle everyday with special sale pricing. Just find Pure Scented Candles on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to see what the Candle of the Day is! All of our candles are handmade fresh with pure soy wax, so they are clean burning and long lasting. That means your gift will last long after the Holidays are over. Jar Candles, Rustic Candles, Tarts and more! Get some really unique gifts like: the Body Massage Candle – a scented candle that the melted wax is used as massage oil or Candles for MEN for the guys on your list! The hardest part might be deciding which scent to get with dozens of everyday and seasonal fragrances to choose from. Best of all you can shop any time of day from the comfort of your home – Be online NOT in line – Pure Scented Candles – Shopping made Simple! Let us help you finish your Holiday gift shopping. Give a gift that will be remembered this year – Give the Gift of Fragrance. Get your gift list ready – watch our social pages then start shopping and start saving! Handmade Candle

Cyber Monday Special at Pure Scented Candles

Get ready for great savings on Handmade Holiday Gifts at Pure Scented Candles. SAVE 15% on your entire order and we will ship it to you FREE! Use coupon code CYBER15 at checkout to save 15% off your order. Save money on your Holiday shopping – Be online NOT in line – Pure Scented Candles – Shopping made Simple! Get some really unique gifts like: the Body Massage Candle – a scented candle that the melted wax is used as massage oil or Candles for MEN for the guys on your list! See all of our Handmade Candles: Apothecary Jars, Mason Jars, Aromatherapy, Rustic, Tarts, and Votive Candles at purescentedcandles.com And all of our handmade candles are made from pure soy wax, so they are clean burning and long-lasting. That means your gift will last long after the Holidays are over. Best of all you can shop any time of day from the comfort of your home. Let us help you finish your Holiday gift shopping. Give a gift that will be remembered this year – Give the Gift of Fragrance. Get your gift list ready – start shopping – start saving!

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Help Pure Scented Candles celebrate Small Business Saturday November 24th with great savings on Handmade Holiday Gifts. All of our Handmade Scented Candles are 25% OFF – Plus save an extra $5 on all orders over $15! Save money on your Holiday shopping – Be online NOT in line – Pure Scented Candles – Shopping made Simple! Every kind of candle we make: Jar Candles, Rustic Candles, Aromatherapy, Massage Oil, Votives, Wax Tarts and Warmers – We even have Candles for MEN. Best of all you can shop any time of day from the comfort of your home. Use coupon code SAVE5 at checkout. Get some really unique gifts like: the Body Massage Candle – a scented candle that the melted wax is used as massage oil or Candles for MEN for the guys on your list! Give a gift that will be remembered this year – Give the Gift of Fragrance. Get your gift list ready – start shopping – start saving! 

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