Sunday, June 10, 2012

Newly Blooming in the Poison Garden... Lilac, Gardenia, and Jasmine

Happy weekend all!  So a few years ago I learned how to make these little floral candle tarts which we have previously offered in Rose scent.  The tarts are made from 100% natural soy wax, strong fragrance oils and come in small organza bags.  I love these little gifts because after you have used the candle tarts, you can use the organza bags to hold potpourri, jewelry, or other goodies.  While Rose is a great scent, I decided to create some new tarts in different floral scents and colors for you to enjoy:

Gardenia Candle Tarts
Gardenia.  The Gardenia shrub has large brilliant white (or sometimes yellow) blooms.  Interestingly, this plant  is actually part of the coffee family (gotta love it even more!), and most frequently grows in the subtropics of Africa, southern Asia, Australia, etc.  You can grow Gardenia in the United States, but they do best in the humid, southern states.

While the Gardenia is sweet like the Rose tarts, our Gardenia scent is a lot richer fragrance than Rose.  It is warm, with a more tropical flowery scent.  When given as a gift, Gardenia can represent several emotions including joy, hospitality, grace and secret love.

Jasmine Candle Tarts
Jasmine.  Moving from the coffee family to the olive family, the Jasmine is a climbing plant.  These flowers are also often white or pale yellow, but are a great deal smaller than the Gardenia.  In fact, some varieties of Jasmine flowers look almost like little stars.

As with the Gardenia plant, Jasmine is another tropical flower but it is a sweeter scent.  Jasmine means different things to different cultures.  In Victorian tradition, Jasmine represented modesty and elegance, while in other cultures Jasmine is the flower of sensuality, romance and attachment.

Lilac Candle Tarts
Lilac.  Also a member of the olive family, Lilac flowers grow both in tree and shrub form and take the shape of cones or clusters of blooms.  Most people associate Lilac with a particular shade of light purple, but this flower also blooms in pink and white.  Today, the lilac symbolizes youthful innocence and first love.

While I decided to make these Lilac tarts in a springtime green color, you may also request the more traditional purple, pink and white colors.  When it arrives, you will notice that our Lilac scent has a surprisingly fresh scent (almost citrus-like) at first sniff, intermingled with a spicy sweetness afterwards.

I plan to make some blue, purple and red tarts in the next few weeks - so keep an eye out for new scents and colors!

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