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Traditional candles are a fan favorite when it comes to home décor. We love the ambiance they set in a room—not to mention the different scents you have to choose from that allow you to breathe in all the delights in nature or the sweet smell of an old town bakery. The perfect scent can really help you feel right at home. But what about when you can’t light a candle? You can still have your signature smell no matter where you are if you use a room and car spray. There are a lot of benefits to utilizing scented sprays, and we have a feeling you are going to fall in love with a few (or several) of your favorite scents in spray form just as much as the candles.

Not Your Grandma’s Air Freshener

When you think of a car freshener, your mind likely jumps to the old pine smell of a tree shape hanging from your rear view mirror. The aggressive punch of the pine transports you to the backseat of an old cab where all you want is to just get home. Room and car sprays take a more refined approach to air fresheners, instead allowing you to have the choice of dozens of scents that give your car a light misting of heavenly aromas from freshly brewed cider to coconut, bourbon, vanilla, leather, and more. You certainly will not feel any rush to get out of your car when you are enjoying the smells of Mahogany Teakwood or a fresh cup of Turkish Coffee.

Say “Bye” to Bad Odors

The amount of time some of us spend in our vehicles every day can really add up. Because of that, the various odors that end up tainting your sweet wheels can really be a bummer. It is not uncommon to eat in the car, throw your gym bag in the back, or let your favorite 4 legged friend(s) ride shotgun. And on the really eventful days, you might experience all three. Not to mention, if you have kids in the car, you are multiplying the odors all the more.

One of the great things about these amazing car sprays is that these wonderful scents you love replace the horrid smell of that day old half eaten bag of French fries someone left in the backseat or the lingering smell of your wolf pack’s trip to the park. Now, you get to drive around in the serene setting of a Lavender field!

The Perfect Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

One reason car and room sprays are so favored is because there are so many scented candle fragrances available in spray form. You will have no trouble finding the scent you love to sprits in your car, and you also won’t have trouble finding your friend’s favorite scent either! Not only is intentionally picking out scents for your friend, sibling, or parent fun for you, but they will absolutely love the thought and practicality behind the gift. Everyone has needed an air freshener in their car at some point. With this perfectly sized little bottle that fits perfectly in your console or glove box, you are now giving the people you love access to a better, more enjoyable car ride. A great gift indeed!

Next time you're restocking your scented candle supply, take a moment to look for some of your favorite scents in spray form. You never know when the added on-the-go convenience will come in handy!

Check out all our Room + Car Sprays. Just click here!!

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Not counting meals in restaurants, when did you last light a candle at your own dinner table? Most of us only think of doing so whilst attempting seduction. This is a shame because, although there are many things you probably shouldn’t attempt by candlelight (reading small print, sharing really scary ghost stories, the plumbing), dining isn’t one of them.

Here’s how to indulge more often:

Don’t restrict yourself to dining à deux. Experiment! Have a candle-lit meal with a friend, or a bunch of friends, or see your family in a different light. And what about when you eat alone? Instead of a late night snack by the light of fridge, sit down and light a candle. You’ll eat more slowly, enjoy your own company, and stop once you’ve had enough.

Unscented is unsurpassed. Scented candles will confuse your palette and dim your appetite, whereas letting the food provide the fragrance maximizes your enjoyment. The only exception might be kitchen candles that smell naturally of citrus, spices or herbs and complement your dishes.

Candlelight makes everything look better. That includes food, glassware, cutlery and people. It’s lovely to pull out all the stops for a special event, but when you have guests at two hours’ notice and it’s already been a long day, just light the candles. They’ll change your mood, throw a new light on the room and flatter everything, including you.

Try candles at breakfast. At this time of year many of us get up in half-light if not actual darkness. Morning rituals can include a mindless breakfast rushed down by the light of a mobile phone, or else a sparse standing one as you orchestrate everyone else’s. Try taking an extra 10 minutes, make something hot and fuel up by candlelight – it’s a much gentler preparation for going out into a cold morning. If you work from home, whether it’s with a laptop or a series of domestic appliances, you can indulge yourself without the clock-watching.

There’s a reason taper candles are known as dinner candles. Being tall and slender, tapers are ideal for shedding light over your table, though it’s useful to check sight lines so that diners can see each other. If you’re planning a Halloween event and want people to mistake the burrata for monsters’ eyeballs, by all means use just one tealight. Otherwise, if you love tealights. do use them, but bear in mind you’ll need to use at least twice as many as you would tapers. The white porcelain tealight holders (pictured above) go with a variety of schemes and the copper mini box lanterns are just stunning.

We are like moths to flames.It’s innate in us to gather around fire, it’s not just the light, it’s the movement; the way it dances. It draws us together and helps us to forge connections. It creates an intimacy that makes conversations more real, more reflective and more relaxed. Give it a go because it’s probably been too long since you last ate by candlelight. Plus, it makes you look gorgeous (so don’t rule out attempting seduction).

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Winter may be here, but that doesn't mean we're not stressed to the max. Whether it's from the looming threat of another winter storm or a deadline at work, stress is huge part of everyday life.

Before you get too stressed thinking about stress, we've brought back a fan fav to chill you out a bit: The Zen Collection. There are eight fragrances - including Golden Amber and Soothing Eucalyptus (my personal fav). Light one of these babies and you'll be on your way to finding inner peace.

So, now that you've got a Zen candle lit and you're feeling halfway serene - what's next? Lucky for you we've compiled an easy DIY list on how to rest and de-stress:

1. Take a Deep Breath

How often do you find yourself hunched over your desk at work, not moving for hours at a time? Probably a lot more than you realize. The easiest and fastest way to feeling *Zen* is by focusing on your breathing.

But don't take our word for it. The American Institute of Stress has an entire blog post on how breathing is one of the best ways to relieve stress.

2. Drink Green Tea

Or even better, light a Green Tea and Lemongrass candle.

Green tea is a fantastic way to counteract anxiety - and it's all natural. A few years back, Woman's Health Mag wrote an article listing advice on how to instantly de-stress your life. Guess what made the cut: good ole green tea! It's got an amino acid, called theanine, that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation.

3. Exercise

"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." Thanks Elle Woods.

She's right! Literally any form of exercise can act as a de-stresser and distract you from your daily troubles. So, pick your poison. It doesn't matter if you're a yogi or a marathoner, just get moving.

4. Listen to Music

Obviously, we're not talking about screamo, instead listen to something with a slower tempo, like light jazz or classical music. The University of Nevada found that music around 60 bpm causes the brain to create alpha brainwaves. These brainwaves are present when we're relaxed.

It's time to break out the Beethoven.

5. Meditation

Meditation can be a bit daunting. The first thing that comes to mind is probably a monk sitting criss-cross applesauce somewhere in the Far East, but that doesn't mean it has to be intimidating.

Psych Central breaks down the process so it's easy to understand:

Find a quiet spot away from any commotion (yes, that also includes your phone) and start by focusing solely on your breathing. Start with 60 seconds, then work your way up to five minutes... then fifteen minutes... thirty minutes... the more you practice, the better you'll get.

Hopefully these five tips can really help you de-stress. They might take some practice (especially #5), but they'll come with time. In the meantime, The Zen Collection is here to help!

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