If there is one event to bring in the Christmas season, an event to make you feel warm and festive and to embrace all things Christmas, it is the wonderful Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair.
Everybody enjoys lighting candles for their own reasons. Some may want to create an ambient atmosphere for a cosy evening in, some may want to fill their homes with all kinds of subtle or indulgent scents, and others may use them as a way to relax and unwind after a rather hectic day. The Cleethorpes Candle Company has created a collection of candles that are not only full of fragrance but are pretty fun too.
I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I just can’t resist a beautiful hardback, especially when they are as striking as this! The tales of two classic Disney characters told in enchanting stories with wonderfully illustrated covers. …
There is just two days to go – I repeat, two days to go – until my Macmillan Night In, and I could not be more excited! My shopping list is well and truly ready and decoration creation has already begun.
To start, if you haven’t heard about Macmillan Cancer Support’s fantastic fundraising idea, have a read of this. When you have signed up and are planning your event, you pin inspiration and ideas to your very own Macmillan Night In page – this is where I found a very handy tutorial for Tissue Paper Pom Poms.
So simple to make, yet so effective. You will need:
To start, cut your paper into eight pieces of around 20×30 inches; this makes quite a large pom pom. Fold each piece of paper concertina style, around 1.5 inches in width, and then cut the edges into a curved shaped. Lay your pieces out again, one on top of the other, and re-fold together in the same way. Tie a piece of your wire around the centre, and you’ll have something a little like this (hopefully not so messy!)
Next, pull the ends together to create a circle shape, like so…
… and then carefully pull each layer apart until you have a ball.
Carefully reach into the centre of the ball and tie a piece of your wire, or a ribbon, to the wire holding the paper pieces together – now you can hang your pom pom!
Mine may not be the neatest pom pom ever created, but now I know how easy they are to make, I will be buying more supplies and giving this another go!
Sign up for your own Macmillan Night In and start getting inspiration here.
Last week, I had a sneak peek of the brand new Love Aroma store in Grimsby before it opened to the public; I had a great time and learned a lot about the different ways to fragrance your home. Kindly, the Love Aroma team allowed me to pick three candles to experience, so here are my choices… (And keep reading for a special discount code to use in store!)
Usually when buying candles, I tend to go for very sickly sweet scents – vanilla, buttrecreams, cupcakes, that sort of vibe (and I’m putting that down to my big sweet tooth!) so when picking some candles from Love Aroma, I wanted to choose three fragrances which I wouldn’t ordinarily choose.
I didn’t intend to choose two pink candles, but obviously on this day I was in a very pink mood! These two particular scents are both candles I smelled during the tour of Love Aroma and instantly liked, for completely different reasons.
Champaca Blossom is part of Yankee Candle’s floral range, and it certainly has a powerful floral tone that is quite sweet which, for me, makes it quite relaxing. It reminds me a little of some perfumes, and after a quick search I found that champaca is actually a mid-note in Calvin Klein’s Euphoria! I do enjoy having fresh flowers at home in the living room, so Champaca Blossom is a nice way to accentuate this throughout spring.
Pink Grapefruit is exactly what you expect it to be – fun, extremely fruity and invigorating! Of course it is sweet, which is just how I like my candles, but it is not ‘sugary sweet’, making it quite refreshing. You can smell the citrus instantly, so I am sure this will be one for those who enjoy fruity, tart scents. I am going to be saving this candle for those bright, sunny summer days.
*QUICK TIP: When smelling candles, sniff the inside of Yankee’s lids rather than the candle; this allows the scent to be aired giving a more accurate taste of the fragrance.*
WoodWick is not a brand I know too much about, but after hearing about the candles at Love Aroma, I think it may become one of my new favourites! The candle is soy and, as I mentioned in this blog post, the PlusWick is specially designed to burn more efficiently, releasing the scent quickly, and it makes a great crackling noise – very calming.
I opted for a very neutral scent, something completely different to my earlier choices and what I would not normally purchase myself. WoodWick’s Linen smells exactly like freshly washed clothes that have been drying in a breeze, which makes it very refreshing, perfect for an post-spring clean home scent; it is easy to see why fragrances such as this, which are quite simple and clean, tend to be bestsellers!
*QUICK TIP: Have your candles burning for a few of hours at a time. If you burn them for a few minutes and then blow them out, you will end up with the annoying tunnel that runs through the centre of the candle.*
SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER!
The lovely team at Love Aroma have given readers of YellowBelle a special discount across the UK and Europe! Use YELLOWBELLE at www.lovearoma.co.uk for 10% discount until 31st May 2015.
*These candles were gifted to me after a visit to the Love Aroma store in Grimsby. All words, images and opinions are my own.
As you walk through Freshney Place, you may notice a refreshing scent of sweet, fruity and fresh fragrances in the air; this is the arrival of the shopping centre’s latest store.
Love Aroma is a leading retailer of home fragrance, bringing candle, diffuser, fragrance oil and accessory brands from across the globe into one beautifully-scented destination store. Originally established in Derby, Love Aroma is now opening its new branch in Freshney Place, Grimsby (today!), and fans of home fragrance will not be disappointed.
To begin, you have Yankee Candle; Love Aroma is the largest independent retailer of Yankee Candles in the UK, and Grimsby’s store contains shelf after shelf of both classic customer favourites and brand new collections, including the deliciously sweet and welcoming Café Culture.
The store stocks all sizes of candle, including votives and wax melts, and also has a selection of accessories, from shades and trays to votives and tea light holders (the Gold & Pearl range is most definitely my favourite!). Here you can also buy gift sets that can be wrapped by the team in store – perfect for experimenting with fragrance mixology.
Another brand on offer is WoodWick, high quality soy candles boasting an innovative wick that is actually quite special.
WoodWick’s fragrances range from fun and fruity, such as Seaside Mimosa to the more rustic and subtle scents such as Linen and Cedar, and again are available in all sizes. What makes WoodWick candles special is their ability to produce vibrant scents in such a short space of time, and this is thanks to PlusWick. This natural wood wick allows the fragrance to be released quickly, and it also creates a soothing crackling sound when burning – these candles are a must for creating a homely, relaxing atmosphere when curling up with a good book or in front of the telly in the evening.
But it is not just candles, Love Aroma has various solutions for home fragrancing, including a range of elegant, stylish diffusers from proud British brand Stone Glow.
The Stone Glow range of diffusers and candles have a luxurious appearance, with scents such as Lotus Flower & Jasmine and Grapefruit & Mimosa included in the collection. Whilst in store, the candles, which are all hand poured right here in the UK, are kept under a cloche; by smelling the air inside the cloches, you will experience the true fragrances of the candles as the perfumer intended. It really gives a boutique, expert feel to customer service.
Finally, we come to Lampe Berger, a French brand that uses unique technology to provide a whole new home fragrance experience. (I NEED one of these in my home!)
In 1898, Maurice Berger invented the system of diffusion by catalysis to help purify the disease-ridden air of hospitals. Fragrances were added and soon, this innovative way of purifying and perfuming air was introduced to the home. To release the scents, light the Lampe Berger stone and wait for a couple of minutes until the flame reduces in size, and then you blow the flame out. Soon, your home will be filled with fragrance that can last into the next day.
Love Aroma sells both the fragrance and the decorative lamps, which are not only elegant and beautifully designed, but are also refillable. Should you wish to change fragrance – and there are many you must try – you simply use the neutral oil, allowing you to enjoy the next scent as it should be enjoyed.
To celebrate the Grimsby store opening, Love Aroma has three special offers…
*Only certain fragrances are available as freebies – there are more details and T&Cs in store. Plus, these offers are only in store while stocks last – so be quick!
And of course, not forgetting 25% off the Fragrance of the Month; May’s fragrances are A Child’s Wish and Soft Blanket by Yankee Candle, and Ocean Escape and Beach Boardwalk by WoodWick.
Love Aroma can be found in Friargate of Freshney Place, close to WH Smith and Thorntons and is open from today (Wednesday 6th May!) You can also visit Love Aroma online at www.lovearoma.co.uk.